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by Zak Billmeier
Clarion

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Fill your vehicle's double-sized opening with the Clarion CX609 CD receiver — its sleek, stylish looks will make a statement, and its performance will bring a smile to you and your passengers on your next road trip. You can even select from 728 display colors to pick the look that best fits your dash.

Hands-free convenience
Built-in Bluetooth® lets you conduct phone calls while keeping your hands on the wheel. When a call comes in, your music mutes and you hear your caller through the speakers. Clarion includes a microphone you can mount in a strategic place for crystal-clear call sound quality.

Discs and playlists
Play your store-bought CDs or those you've loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files, as Clarion's powerful internal amplifier pumps out all your favorite music with authority. Connect your iPod® to the rear USB slot and access your playlists with the receiver's controls — no adapter needed. Whatever your source may be, you can check out song info with a quick glance at the large, 2-line display.

Sound controls
BeatEQ gives you three preset tone curves, all of which you can customize with the 3-band parametric equalizer. Magna Bass EX lets you dial in big bass when you want it, and BBE MP reproduces the warmth, nuance and harmonics that may be missing from your digital music files. Clarion includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.

Expandability
Add endless entertainment variety with a satellite radio, or load up a thumb drive with MP3, WMA, and AAC files and plug it into the rear USB slot. Your friend can plug her MP3 player into the auxiliary input on the front panel. Two sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs for a complete car audio system.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Clarion stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Clarion, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • double-size CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
    • built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • 2-line dot matrix display
    • 728-color variable illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ with three preset tone settings and 3-band parametric equalizer
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • BBE MP digital music enhancer
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: USB input on rear cable (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod), front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    728 Color
    Key Button Color
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    728 Color
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    11 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • RCB-176 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 3-Volt Lithium battery
    • Microphone with attached 9.5' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • Self-adhesive microphone bracket
    • Large visor clip
    • Small visor clip
    • 8 Counter-sunk phillips-head screws
    • 8 Hex-head bolts with a flat-washer attached to each one
    • 8 Plastic rings
    • 2 Self-adhesive gaskets
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion CX609 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using your vehicle's factory radio brackets and the supplied hardware. There is also an optional custom double-DIN sleeve (0202DBKT, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the CX609 in a custom 4" opening.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    728 Variable-Color Illumination Display: The high visibility, 728 Variable-Color Illumination LCD display on the CX609 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in all lighting conditions. You can select the exact color you want for the headunit's display and button illumination to match your car's instrument panel. You can adjust the display contrast to match the angle of installation of this unit between 1 to 16.

    Illumination Dimmer: The receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. The wiring harness includes an orange/white lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    Screen Saver: This unit is provided with a Screen Saver function which allows you to show various kinds of patterns and characters in the operation status indication area of the display in a random order. You can turn this function on or off. If the button operation is performed with the screen saver function on, the operation display corresponding to the button operation is shown for about 30 seconds and the display returns to the screen saver display.

    Message Information: A message up to 30 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed as a type of screen saver.

    Anti-Theft System: Since the CX609 does not have detachable face, this unit features Clarion's Anti-Theft System (CATS). CATS allows you to create a 4-digit code that must be entered to operate the unit if it is ever disconnected from your vehicle's battery.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CX609 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the CX609 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    Two 2-Volt Preamp Outputs: The CX609 is equipped with a pair of 2-volt front and rear preamp outputs. You can fade between the front and rear preamp outputs or you can set the rear-preamp output to a subwoofer (non-fading) preamp output.

    Crossovers: The Clarion CX609 is equipped with high and low pass crossover filters.

    • High-Pass Crossovers: The CX609 features a high-pass crossover filter which can be set to "Through", 60, 90, or 120 Hz for the headunit's speaker and preamp outputs. The high-pass crossover setting will be the same for the front and rear speaker or preamp outputs of the headunit.
    • Low-Pass Crossover: When the rear preamp output of the CX609 is to "Subwoofer", you can adjust the headunit's low-pass crossover to 60, 90, or 120 Hz to prevent any unwanted high-frequencies from reaching your connected subwoofer amplifier and speaker. You can also se the low-pass crossover to "Through" if your connected subwoofer amplifier features its own built-in low-pass crossover.

    Subwoofer Output Volume: You can adjust the volume output from the headunit's subwoofer output between -6 and +6 dB.

    Beat EQ With Parametric Equalization: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Excite, Impact, B-Boost), BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern with a 3-band parametric equalizer.

    • B-Boost: Bass is emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Excite: Bass, treble and midrange are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Off: No sound effect.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently from -7 to +7. You can set the effected bass frequency to 50, 100, or 200 Hz; the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1kHz, or 2kHz; the effected treble frequency to 5k, 10k, or 15k. The Q-factor for each frequency (Bass, Midrange, and Treble) can be set to 0.7, 1,0 1.4, or 2.0.

    Magna Bass EX (Extend): The Magna Bass Extend feature does not adjust the low frequencies like the normal sound adjustment function, but emphasizes the deep bass frequencies to provide you with a dynamic sound. The Magna Bass EX circuit boosts bass at 50Hz. This creates a rich, deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness control. The Magna Bass EX boost levels are dependent on the system volume, which results in balanced system response and dynamic bass reproduction

    BBE MP (Minimized Polynomial Non-Linear Saturation): By restoring the harmonics that are lost during digital compression of MP3 and WMA audio files, BBE MP reproduces the warmth, details and nuances of sound that you would otherwise miss. Effective for digital audio files and CDs.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CX609 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with a total of 24 presets (18FM/6AM). You can store these presets manually or automatically. The headunit also offers manual or seek tuning, as well as preset station scan.

    Instant Station Recall (ISR): You can store one radio station in Instant Station Recall (ISR) memory and recall it from any mode (except Power Off). Once the ISR station has been recalled, you cannot tune to another station without first disengaging the ISR function. You can, however, switch to another source.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: The Clarion CX609 features a direct XM port for connecting and controlling an optional XM Radio tuner. There are two options for purchasing the parts needed to add XM Radio:
      • CNP2000UCA: The CNP2000UCA package (220CNP2UCA, sold separately) includes all the necessary parts, plus an extra; the included XMDirect² Vehicle Tuner and car antenna are used; the included protocol interface is not used, therefore no firmware download is required.
      • Home XM Tuner + Antenna: The XM Tuner (220XHD2H1, designed for home use) includes one necessary part, plus an extra; the included XMDirect² Home Tuner is used, but the included home antenna is not used. A car antenna must be added to the tuner (209XMICRO2 or 250XMICRO, sold separately) to complete the installation.
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner and the Clarion CLA-SC1 Ce-NET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (700SIRCLAR, sold separately). You can also use the Clarion CLA-SC1 Ce-NET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (020CLASC1) and the SIRIUS dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1) along with a compatible portable SIRIUS radio (all sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The unit can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Joliet, Romeo, or APPLE ISO formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. Bit rates for MP3 and AAC are 8-320 kbps, plus VBR (Variable Bit Rates). Bit rates for WMA are 8-320 kbps. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3, WMA, and AAC ID3 tags up to 64 characters.

    Note: Copyright-protected WMA/AAC files cannot be played.

    Title Entry: Titles up to 10 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed for CD, CD changer, and Radio stations. The number of titles that can be entered for each mode are as follows - 50 disc titles for CD Mode, 30 station titles for Radio Mode, and 100 disc titles for Changer mode.

    Disc-In-Play-Function: This feature allows you to turn the power to the unit "on" and start playing the disc automatically when the disc is inserted even if the unit is not powered up, as long as the ignition key is turned to the "on" or "acc" position.

    Top Function: The Top Function resets the CD player to the first track of a CD-audio disc. In the case of an MP3/WMA/AAC disc, the first track of a folder being played will be reset.

    Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of all the tracks recorded on a CD or the first 10 seconds of the first track of all the folders on an MP3/WMA/AAC disc.

    Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit while a disc is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping point when it is turned on again.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

    Mounting: For proper CD playback, you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port on a 42" pigtail that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. This unit is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. MP3, WMA, and AAC files with a bit rate of 8-320 kbps are supported, while titles up to 64 characters can be displayed in USB mode. This unit also supports USB Digital Media Steaming which allows you to play music files transmitted using Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and supports the playback of WMDRM 10 files. The headunit can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. The CX609 offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection.

    Note: Copyright-protected WMA/AAC files cannot be played.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion CX609 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone to the headunit's rear-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. This headunit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod/iPhone.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 90dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Clarion headunit supports audio playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: The CX609 offers two iPod playback modes - Play Mode and iPod Menu Mode. During Play Mode you can control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, Random, and Cancel. The iPod Menu Mode allows you to select music for playback from your iPod by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can select between categories by using the headunit's numbered preset buttons 1-6. Once you have selected a category, you can search through the tracks in that particular category alphabetically.
    • Information Display: The headunit will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

      Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CX609 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of January 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N Y N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The CX609 feature a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this headunit. You can adjust the Auxiliary input sensitivity level from Low, Mid, to High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone or music hands-free operation. The Clarion CX609 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless connection with Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 Players. The CX609 supports Bluetooth Ver.2.0 profiles A2DP/AVRCP for audio streaming and HFP/OPP for hands-free operation, so you can easily communicate and transfer digital music to your vehicle's audio system.

    • Hands-Free Communication: The CX609 will be able to retrieve phonebook contacts, received calls, dialed calls, missed calls, incoming calls, outgoing calls, and redialed calls. The CX609 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. A wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person.
    • Audio Streaming: The CX609 will also be able to control basic playback features such a Pause, Track Selection, Fast Forward, and Reverse. Up to 5 phones and/or audio devices can be paired to this unit.

    Note: The Clarion CX609 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. See Clarion.com for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    Wireless Remote: The Clarion CX609 is equipped with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control for convenient and wireless operation of the headunit. The remote measures 4.461" long x 1.718" wide x 0.494" deep.

    OEM Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    clarion cx609

    Written By Les, Lakeland, Fl on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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    This unit is just what I wanted with plenty of power to run some nice Alpine speakers.
    Great controls. Handsfree works great. Mic pics up nice. Easy install. Stock looking with
    non-stock power. Picks my phone and other bluetooth right up. A little hard to figure out
    how to do initial phone link. Instructions suck on the bluetooth info, leave some steps
    out. Fits my nissan perfect
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    4 out of 5

    Set-up a little difficult...

    Written By Virtualscouser, Savannah, GA on Friday, February 11, 2011
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    Bought this as an Open Box product from the outlet store. Product was in the factory box and with no signs of any wear or tear.

    Pros: Great system for the money, Bluetooth, USB, MP3 Playback, XM ready. Fits well into the Subaru Double DIN. Sounds Great. Easy to operate once set up.

    Cons: Was sent the generic "master sheet" even though I entered my car in the "Select My Car" widget. Also didn't include the adaptor harness. I tried hooking this up using the manufacturer's instructions and the bit on the back of the adaptor package but couldn't get it to work. I then searched Crutchfield's knowledge base I found wiring information sheet that would've saved me loads of time if it had been included in the "master sheet". I'm not sure if this was a computer issue since I kept getting the impression that it wasn't saving my car and customizing my installation package??

    The only other con is the Bluetooth set-up.Ye Gods! Even with the phone ¼" away from the unit it wouldn't find it and the instructions are the definition of VAGUE. Once it was set up it was fine.

    Conclusion: Great deal, great unit, could've done with more info from Crutchfield and Clarion needs to stop writing their instructions geared toward IT people.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Job

    Written By Mike, York, PA on Monday, February 07, 2011
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    Overall a great radio. Installs easy. CD, AUX, SIRIUS & USB sounds great! I dont know
    why but the regular radio could have better sound (?). Programming takes a little while
    to get right but overall not too bad.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Anonymous, San Jose, CA on Monday, February 07, 2011
     
    It works very good and the instalation was very simple with the instructions provided by
    crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Jim, Cosmos,MN on Sunday, February 06, 2011
     
    I have a 2004 Silverado and the unit fit well and works great. The manual leaves
    a lot to be desired. The bluetooth works well with my samsung phone. Even
    streams music from it. No real complaints for this head unit
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    1 out of 5

    iPod and Bluetooth is annoying

    Written By EricF, Sacramento, CA on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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    The radio overall is ok. The remote doesn't have anywhere near enough buttons to
    actually use for driving the controls. Navigating through an iPod is horrible and can only
    be done from the radio. You have to click-click-click, through the list on the head unit to
    find anything on it. It won't navigate the podcast list, so you have to use the headphone
    jack for that, then you lose the charging you get from the usb connection. I can deal with
    most of that, but the worst is the bluetooth. Is does connect to the phone just fine and
    plays music from the phone and the call clarity is OK....BUT...everytime time you start the
    car and the radio turns on, about 10 seconds in to it, the radio links with the phone and
    stays there, on the bluetooth source. If you have songs on the phone, it tries to play
    them. Then you have to cycle back through the 5 input choices to get it back to what you
    were trying to listen to. And you will likely have to exit your phone out of playing music
    (mine is a Droid). I probably would have returned it, but I spent too much time with the
    install and soldering all the wires in the harness. I didn't want to redo it with another
    radio that somehow could've been worse.
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    5 out of 5

    Just what the doctor ordered

    Written By H1850, Naples, FL on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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    I bought this one to take the place of another radio I ordered that would not
    sync with my cell phone. I have to admit that I am used to buying Pioneer
    radios, this would have been my third, but after talking to a sales adviser and
    a technician I bought the Clarion. I should not have been worried. It works
    beautifully and all the features are just what I was hoping for. The manual is
    confusing but I received excellent assistance from the Crutchfield staff.
    Installation was relatively simple. I did it myself and once I got help
    identifying certain wires I was off to the races. I also saved about $130.00
    by choosing this radio. You can't go wrong with this one.
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the price

    Written By Mike C., New Orleans, LA. on Friday, February 04, 2011
     
    I am pleased with the radio purchase but there are quite a few irritations in using it. I
    love how the bluetooth (BT) works to tie in my phone and radio, but I wish that I could set
    the radio to now always start playing my songs from my phone. Maybe I've missed this
    feature. Getting to all the settings is not that bad, but I do feel it is a bit convoluted and I
    have found certain things I have to repeat a few times as if you mispunch a key, your
    knocked totally out to the beginning. Other than that, for the price, it was a great
    replacement for my '06 Tahoe full din radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By J.B., Orangeburg, SC on Friday, February 04, 2011
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    Nice receiver. Great support from technical on any questions!
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Anonymous, Mitchell, SD on Friday, February 04, 2011
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    Great sound, easy install. Looks fantastic. User interface is a bit off. It
    allows for automatic connection of a bluetooth device, which I like. But, when
    it connects to that device it automatically changes source to that device and
    doesn't change back once the connection is established. Also, it automatically
    turns on my phone's music player when it connects. Sometimes the phone will
    start randomly playing music when I am out of the car, and I think it's because
    of this feature. Phone is a Blackberry Storm 1, and it works fine with it
    otherwise. All in all, this is a fantastic receiver and I am thrilled with my
    purchase!
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Unit

    Written By Bob T., Milton, DE on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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    Delaware just passed a no hand held device law, and I wanted to make it easy for my
    wife to get into the car and have her phone automatically communicate with the radio,
    without her having to to anything. It installed easily, sounds great and she loves it...
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Mike S., LaPlata, MD on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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    Excellent product for the money!
    Easy Install with the supplied wiring harness.
    Bluetooth works excellent with my Blackberry Bold.
    Phone is crystal clear and my hands never need to
    leave the wheel to receive a call.
    Music also streams from the Blackberry to the Clarion
    wirelessly using Bluetooth.
    Just an excellent product!
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent choice

    Written By AUTOGUY, MA on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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    The Crutchfield adviser made an excellent suggestion. The unit has performed to
    expectations and is a very good value. The only drawback is that for a double
    DIN unit the buttons (and related labels) are very small. My suspicion is that
    Clarion is using these buttons across multiple models and didn't want to incur
    the cost of having larger buttons specific to this model -- real estate on the
    front of the radio does not appear to be the issue.

    Other reviewers correctly noted the difficulty setting up Bluetooth -- the
    manual is not that informative. You need to have at least some prior experience
    setting up Bluetooth devices. The second item related to Bluetooth was setting
    up the phone book. The manual again was unhelpful. I did call the help line and
    the rep was very responsive but did not have information that solved the problem
    His suggestion was not relevant to reading in the addresses from my phone. I
    figured out how to do this via trial and error.

    A final point is that the instructions for dealing with the factory sub woofer
    are not explicit (which wire to connect from the Crutchfield harness). The
    answer was readily available by phone but it would seem that detail (if well
    known) could have been included in the package.

    Overall, to be clear, I am very happy with the purchase and in general the
    responsiveness by Crutchfield's support team.
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    5 out of 5

    2 For the Road

    Written By DC, Augusta, GA on Monday, January 31, 2011
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    I bought my first Clarion CX609 from Crutchfeld, Christmas 2009 for my son's 2004
    Mustang. The quality, performance and features made it easy when it came time to
    replace my daughter's 1998 C-RV factory stereo, it was another CX609. I, as well as my
    drivers, appreciate the on board Bluetooth option of the CX609 for hands free operation.
    Crutchfield's installation kits, wiring harnesses and detailed instructions, make it a snap
    for the do it yourselfer. It also made simple stereo changeouts a great father son project.
    I have oredered from Crutchfield in the past and will do so again in the future.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing Radio

    Written By Gardiner, Poughkeepsie, NY on Monday, January 31, 2011
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    I did not know what to expect. I installed it myself and with the great help of
    their Tech Support, it was easy. Tech support was very knowledgeable about the
    Clarion. It fit perfect inside my Subaru. The radio is amazing and the price
    was great. I have an iPhone and I am able to use my itunes through the bluetooth
    feature. No wires. Also, the handsfree calling works perfect through the
    speakers. The phone rings through the speakers so you never miss a call. Perfect
    since I travel a lot and need to be in contact with my customers. I highly
    recommend this product. The technology is amazing.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By JasonA, Cranston, RI on Friday, January 28, 2011
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    The good: Stereo looks great and sounds great. I bought this stereo for 2 reasons:

    1. I kept losing my bluetooth headset and wanted automatic, hands free phone calls.
    2. I wanted to be able to control my iPhone's music through the stereo.

    Not only does it do both of these well, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my
    iPhone's music plays wirelessly via bluetooth! If I don't connect the USB cable to my
    iPhone, as soon as I turn on my car, the phone connects, and whatever music I was last
    listening to starts to play automatically! Playing via bluetooth instead of USB does take
    away the functionality of being able to scroll through song titles and playlists using the
    stereo's display, but I can still play/pause, fast forward/rewind and skip to the
    next/previous track.

    The bad: As others have stated, the instructions were clearly translated very badly. The
    controls are not intuitive and take some time to learn. I'm a bit of a technology geek and
    can usually figure things like this out without using the instructions. That was not the case
    with this stereo. It takes some getting used to.
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    3 out of 5

    Mixed

    Written By Stephan, Fargo, ND on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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    Great CD player and MP3 input. However, FM reception is poor, AM is fair.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Todd, Cheraw SC on Monday, January 24, 2011
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    Love the product, I still have not been able to get the Bluetooth to work with the phone.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Rich, Sarasota Fl. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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    USB connection is flawless and loud. FM receptions is fine could use amp upgrade.
    Easy to install and best of all looks like it came with the truck.
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    3 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Jeff, Saint Albans, WV on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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    Unit is pretty good, bought mostly for the Bluetooth, works good with I-phone 4. CD
    sound is good. Used a thumb drive in the usb port, works good. Overall good sound.
    with factory speakers.
    Unit looks good in dash, can easily match factory dash lighting.

    What isn't so good- controls, settings are a pain, too many steps to go through, had to
    get the manual out to figure out how to adjust bass/treble. The FM reception is the worst
    of any unit I have EVER had, will only pick up close local stations and unless I missed
    something, you can't manually tune stations in, only scan for them. Took a trip recently
    and could tune in no stations for long periods of time. If you mostly listen to radio, don't
    buy this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Great so far

    Written By Jeff, Milton, GA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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    So far so good. I installed the deck yesterday and everything works as promised. The FM
    reception may be slightly worse than the Clarion/Bose deck in my Infiniti G35, otherwise
    I'm very happy with the unit. Most of all, huge thanks to the Crutchfield team!

    I got my order fast, I called in twice and both times the reps were incredibly helpful --
    thanks Russ and Jason! The outstanding tech/installation support is a service you just
    don't see much anymore. I was blown away, thanks Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By CS, PA on Friday, January 07, 2011
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    Just installed this in to my '05 Silverado about a month ago. Part of the reason I got the
    cx609 was its factory like look; I didnt think a single DIN would look right in my truck. I
    also got the GM integration adapter to go with it to retain power until the door opens .
    There was a slip up when ordering and crutchfield did not send out my vehicle kit and
    instructions, but the quickly sent it and I had it in about 2 or 3 days. Install was pretty
    easy except for a couple wiring questions(illumination/dimmer wires), but tech support
    was quick to give me my answer. I got this to have bluetooth and also aux input/usb. I
    havent used the aux yet, but I loaded a thumb drive up and stuffed it in the usb and I like
    how it organized everything. Bluetooth took some playing around, but I ended up getting
    it how I wanted. Phonebook transfer took the longest, but searching the web I saw you
    need to send your contacts via BT and not just let the stereo try to dig them up. I had to
    do it in small chunks(10-15 people) or else it wouldnt work right. Sound is excellent and
    the bluetooth calling works great. Overall pretty happy with my purchase and would put
    this in another vehicle.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Unit for the Price

    Written By Chris C, Maryland on Thursday, January 06, 2011
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    I bought this 6 months ago to replace the terrible OEM unit in my 08 Impreza. The install
    was very simple, and the unit doesn't look like it's an aftermarket-it looks like it belongs in
    the car. I got the steering wheel control adapter which works great, and I love having my
    audio stream through Bluetooth from my phone which allows me to play Pandora as well as
    all of the music I have on my phone. The only negative thing I can say is that Bluetooth
    pairing can be a bit challenging. I've liked this so much that I bought a second one to put in
    my other car.
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    4 out of 5

    Everything I expected

    Written By RandyR, Cary, NC on Thursday, December 30, 2010
     
    Crutchfield says the CX609 does not fit on a 2004 Ford Ranger but I read other web
    posts from people that had gotten it working and decided to go for it.

    I replaced the factory radio with the CX. It fits fine, but requires the upper and lower
    plastic tabs to be cut from the dashboard console opening. The unit is slightly too tall for
    the opening without some mods.

    The wiring harness was a life-saver. The electronic connection was a breeze - I had it
    working in 20 mins. Mechanically, I attached the support hook from the back of the
    factory radio to the back of the CX before sliding it in. Between the support hook and the
    snug dashboard opening, it stays put with no other support.

    The audio sounds way better than the factory unit (duh!) but I wanted it for the hands-
    free - I'm not an audiophile - so that's about all I can say. This is my first unit with
    iPod/USB connectivity so I'm loving that part. Browsing folder trees is a pain though, so I
    mostly use All Random mode.

    Pairing to my Windows phone was challenging. 1st try: the phone found the CX. Result:
    BT audio but no hands-free. Delete phone. 2nd try: the CX found the phone. Hands-free
    but no BT audio. I left it this way because I could "connect to BT headphone" on the
    phone and get the audio going after the fact. Also linked to my wife's iPhone4, no
    problems at all.

    Have not been able to sync my contacts yet, which is annoying. Have to dial from the
    phone.

    Very happy with the looks, fit, and hands-free.
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    4 out of 5

    What a deal!

    Written By Luck, Montgomery, al on Sunday, December 19, 2010
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    First thing first, burn the manual. That is the only neg. thing a can say. The unit looks great
    in my FJ and installation was seamless, but for a bad mic/ Bluetooth in the first one which
    crutchfield replaced in 2 days.

    This unit is amazing. We are an apple family and this unit does it all. I have 3 iPhone 4's
    paired to it and they all work great...except the phonebook. I cannot get that to sync but not
    a problem I just look at the phone to see who is calling. I also have 2 iPads and an itouch
    paired audio only. I can watch Sunday ticket, movies, etc on the iPad over the speakers and
    when the phone rings answer it, talk and go back to the game...unbelievable.

    Cons are that if you are used to a touch screen to do things you will be a little lost at first.
    But even my wife got it in a few days. Colors to match any interior
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    3 out of 5

    Love the radio hate the install

    Written By Joe, California on Friday, December 17, 2010
     
    The sound quality is so much better than the OEM unit and the looks are very elegant. I didn't purchase the half dozen add on modules available, but was FORCED to buy the Onstar module to install in my GMC 2500 pickup. The radio doesn't work without the interface module even though I don't subscribe to Onstar. Go figure.

    The unit doesn't come with a nice professional harness, you build it. Yes, you have to get out the soldering iron and try to piece together the 5 plug harness using two sets of foreign instructions. One for the Alpine and one for the useless Onstar interface module. I've had a lot of good experience with Crutchfield over the years but can't in good faith recommend buying this product from them.
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    3 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Mike E., Houston, TX on Friday, December 17, 2010
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    I bought this for my 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlinited Sahara. The install was a complete
    nightmare. Crutchfield says the dash will need to be "notched" to get a proper fit. I do not
    know what "notched" means. I had to remove a steel bracket with 2x 7mm nuts and 2x
    8mm nuts, cut it in half with a dremel and pry it out. Then I had to cut out a large portion
    of plastic supporting the underside of the dash to get the radio to fit. The supplied
    mounting brackets have poor instruction and the correct way to mount them is with the
    writing on the brackets upsidedown. Getting the bluetooth to pair with my Droid X took 20
    minuets. I still can't get the phonebook downloaded to the radio. I also lost the ability to
    fade from the front speakers to the rear ones on the sound bar. Overall the radio looks
    and sounds good. The instructions from Clarion are a mess like always....too many
    uncommon terms used for basic features make it confusing.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Product

    Written By Ricky D, Oak Ridge, TN on Friday, December 03, 2010
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    I just installed this awesome product in my 2009 Nissan Frontier. The install was quick and easy, took less than 10 minutes to actually mount the stereo. The product guides from crutchfield were right on spec and could not have been better. So far the radio reception is much better than stock because I am getting stations that are 100 miles away from where I live. The sound quality is awesome and can be tweaked to how you want it. I love the bluetooth features, it is the coolest thing to control my Android Phone and iPod Touch via bluetooth. (look mom, no wires!)

    Crutchfield rep "Dolly" was awesome and did an excellent job making sure I got the right product and parts. I would recommend this product and Crutchfield to anyone.
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    4 out of 5

    Works with my Droid X

    Written By Will, Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, December 03, 2010
     
    I wanted a radio to replace the stocker in my 2008 Vibe (double din). I'm tired
    of being tied to a dozen or so tracks on an audio CD so the prospect of an MP3
    CD player was appealing.

    Of course, now that I have a Droid and Bluetooth.why listen to CDs?
    The unit paired well to my Droid X after I figured out the little blinking "ENT"
    in the upper right corner was prompting me to press that button on the unit.
    Now that I understand that, using the controls is a snap.

    It wired up easily with the supplied harness adapter and slid right into place
    with the CF supplied brackets.

    PROS: lots of power to the speakers, sub RCA out, Bluetooth to Droid X,
    customizable colors, in car phone calls (I had my first today and it rocks).

    CONS: the manual can be a bit confusing, the 'screen saver' is distracting and
    ugly but can be turned off. I wish it had a visual equalizer while listening to
    tunes but I don't think it does.
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    5 out of 5

    Just a really good stereo

    Written By Yuri, Bellevue, WA on Thursday, December 02, 2010
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    This receiver is simply a very good unit for listening to all kinds of music sources. I used to
    own a Clarion receiver in the past, and I was always pleased with its sound. This unit is
    no exception, the sound is excellent and it has plenty of juice to drive the speakers. I've
    yet to crank it up all the way for fear of my stock speakers exploding (need to upgrade
    those soon!). There are only two things that I have issues with:

    1) When I plug in my iPhone, it automatically switches to iPod functionality and starts
    playing. If you listen to Pandora, you'll find that annoying, since you will probably be using
    the bluetooth feature to stream music to it and you'll be using the cable just to charge the
    phone.

    2) Bluetooth doesn't automatically connect. Not sure why, I always have to connect
    manually from the phone. With that said, you can control playback using bluetooth
    (pause, skip songs, etc). This is very handy and it actually works on my iPhone 3GS when
    listening to Pandora, so I can actually skip songs without trying to hit that touchscreen
    button on the phone.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Dave B, Baltimore on Wednesday, December 01, 2010
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    Great product but operating instructions vague. Bluetooth works great when finally
    figured it out. USB/Ipod is awesome with built in controls on unit. LPF instructions vague
    also- dont show what the Rear audio cables are for subwoofer.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By DavidB, Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, November 28, 2010
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    This head unit was at the "sweet spot" of price and capabilities for my
    application. Bluetooth, USB, iPod, MP3/CD, were all features I was looking for
    that were surprisingly lacking in the stock "Bose" head unit installed in my
    2008 Mazda MX-5.

    Installation was fairly straight forward. I have installed stereos in the past,
    but not recently. I was a little apprehensive about running the speaker level
    outputs into the Bose amp, but a call to Crutchfield technical support reassured
    me that it was ok to do it that way. It was, it works fine.

    The stock manual is a little vague in spots and after about ten minutes trying
    to set up the bluetooth with my Motorola Droid I called tech support again and
    they were very helpful in getting me connected - I don't think that's the first
    time they have had to do that...

    I was able to find a color that matches the instrument lights of my Miata
    perfectly, which was nice. In bright sunlight the display can wash out a little
    bit... Single pixel width characters might not be the best idea, especially with
    all the room of a double din receiver.

    I am still learning all of the capabilities of the unit. The iPod controls are
    somewhat rudimentary... One nice thing is that you can drag some music onto a
    USB thumbdrive and plug that into the unit.

    My wife says that phone calls sound better through the bluetooth than they do
    through the actual phone... Liked it so much I bought a second one for in my
    truck...
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Ken, Halifax, PA on Monday, November 22, 2010
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    I bought this for my wifes car and she is very happy with it. I was pritty simple to hook up and easy to operate.
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    4 out of 5

    Helpful Review good unit

    Written By Alan, NJ on Thursday, November 18, 2010
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    First I want to say this is a really nice unit once you figure out the menus. I love how the dash
    lights make this unit look like it is stock. It is simple to operate once you get done setting it up.

    If you have been reading these reviews you already know the instructions are terrible. A
    helpful hint for the setup menus; In most menus there are general settings, and custom
    settings, the general settings are limited and only give you a few select choices. It took a
    while to figure out that the costume user settings are separate.

    Bluetooth settings

    It took a little work to get this to link to my phone the pairing code is 1234, after 4 or 5
    attempts, I let the unit find my phone, and had to put the pairing code in on the phone side. It
    works great and people can't even tell I am in my truck. I could not upload the phone book in
    the usual way, but I researched and found out a way to do it, and it actually worked! if the
    phone disconnects when you try to send the phone book try this;

    First on the Unit, follow the instructions until the unit says it is receiving the phone book.
    Then go to the contacts list in your phone and go to options, there is an option called (send
    name card) Select this option then select (Bluetooth) then in the contacts list select (mark
    all) then it will show you devices that can receive the phone book select (CX609) I couldn't
    believe it actually worked.

    I would give this unit 5 stars if it could activate the voice command on my phone.
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    4 out of 5

    Love the Bluetooth and iPod controls

    Written By Josh, Dallas, TX on Monday, November 15, 2010
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    I replaced the factory stereo in my 2003 Avalanche with this Clarion head unit.
    Installation was a bit of a challenge, and required the use of my neighbor's
    Dremmel rotary tool. Once installed though, I have been pleased with it. I
    bought it specifically to be able to use the Bluetooth connection for hands-free
    calls and to play music from my iPod. This unit does a great job in both of
    those areas. The main downside of this unit is the complex menus for setup and
    operation. After a few weeks of use, I'm just beginning to figure them out, but
    I still have to refer to the manual occasionally.

    A good deal for what I paid, and I would do it again.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Linda M., NJ on Saturday, November 13, 2010
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    This unit was a great replacement for my factory stereo. I was looking for something
    that could play music from my iPod. I have a 2001 Subaru Outback, which has a large
    dash opening, plus a pocket underneath, so the rear USB connection worked out well. I
    drilled a hole in the back of the pocket for the cable, and can stash the iPod out of the
    way, no wires visible, yet easily accessible.

    I love the large preset buttons, and curved face. This makes it easy to operate the radio
    by feel, which is very important in a car! I think a touch screen operated by the driver is
    dangerous. The customizable illumination color is great for that OEM look.

    The tuner is reasonably good, better than I expected given some of the reviews, but
    most of the stations I listen to are strong. I don't have a bluetooth phone so I can't
    comment there. I did install a Sirius tuner, which works beautifully.

    Installation was fairly easy, thanks to Crutchfield's wiring harness and accurate
    instructions!
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    5 out of 5

    My Clarion experience

    Written By Paul, Carpentersville, Il. on Thursday, November 11, 2010
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    I am really happy I purchased this unit. It is exactly what I needed, not too much to really
    distract me but everything I needed.
    I checked prices on line and Crutchfield was cheaper and you got the instructions and
    wiring adapter along with it.
    Thank You so much.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion cx609

    Written By Dean, Blairsville Ga on Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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    Install went smooth but the instructions to set up the bluetooth operation were confusing. A
    call to tech services got it going but it was a long process. Also error messages come
    across the sceeen sometimes when the ipod connection is used. does not work consistantly.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By B, Chicago, IL on Saturday, November 06, 2010
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    Overall, I have no regrets buying this unit. Very pleased all around. Blue-tooth hands free is a blessing, works beautifully, and is crystal clear. Installation was a snap (crutchfield makes it very easy, and yes I would buy from them again), and fit perfectly into my 2004 Xterra. As mentioned by numerous others, the blue-tooth sync with my blackberry was a pain the first time, because the instructions are terrible in the manual. Your better off googling, or looking through the forums for how to properly synch, it'll save you a headache. Address book transfer is not instant, and confused me to the point where I gave up on it, only to find the next day everything appeared. That comment will make more sense when you perform that step yourself. It also could've just been an issue between my phone (blackberry bold 9630) and the Clarion.

    The only real complaint that I still have after about 5 months, is the fact that the clock does not appear at the same time when the station identification is turned on. Kind of annoying, since I feel like I no longer have a clock in my car, cause I would rather see the radio/song info of current. Kind of bogus, since both are important, at least to me.

    Pros: price, stock look, flexibility of colors, blue-tooth, usb

    Cons: clock
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    4 out of 5

    great unit, not quite intuitive controls

    Written By JohnL, Lancaster, PA on Saturday, November 06, 2010
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    Great unit, tons of features and all work well. Looks like it was always in place in my
    2003 Pontiac Montana. Great clarity on Bluetooth, CD plays well, USB connectivity is
    great, and with XM playing via the aux input it sounds great. Not sure why some
    complained about the tuner, reception is just as good as the factory unit, both AM and FM
    are fine. Just used on a 2,000 mile road trip and sounds great! Only complaint is the
    difficulty of use for some features, like the bluetooth, and the manual is poorly written.
    Once I figured out how to configure things, it works great. The installation help from
    Crutchfield of course was top notch as always.
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    3 out of 5

    Good unit but confusing bluetooth

    Written By Jason, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, November 02, 2010
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    First the good: The unit looks OEM in my CRV which was one of the reasons I chose this model. The features are great for the price but I do wish it had HD radio.

    The bad: the bluetooth is very cumbersome to set up. Following the instructions in the owners manual will cause problems. Clarion has a product bulletin on this but Crutchfield does not include it in the package. It really should be included. Anyway, if you follow the manual instructions you will have to reset the unit before the bulletin instructions will work. I spent 2 days messing with bluetooth and searching the internet before I finally found the answers I needed. Remember, if you follow the bulletin instructions without resetting the unit will cause you a great deal of frustration.

    The plastic installation brackets were worthless. I could not figure out how to use them and there were no instructions. I ended up slightly modifying the brackets from the OEM radio and that worked great. The instructions reference a DIN sleeve that doesn't exist.

    Overall: This is a very good unit for a very low price once you get it working correctly. I had an installation problem and Crutchfield tech support was great. This is the 4th unit I have bought from Crutchfield and all the installation kits and instructions have been great but this one fell short. That is the reason I buy from Crutchfield but this one was disappointing. If I would not have had some prior experience I would not have got this installed.
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    5 out of 5

    Pretty Good

    Written By Chris, Rhode Island on Monday, November 01, 2010
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    I am pretty happy with this product. I had a little problem pairing my phone to it but
    Crutchfield helped a lot. Clarion needs to hire better translators to write their manuals.
    But with that said, I had to switch back to stock because I traded the truck in and all I can
    say is the Clarion sounds infinitly better. I am glad I picked it up on sale. Made the deal
    even sweeter. Now I need to put it in my new truck. But that will have to wait.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609 in a 2001 Saab 9-3

    Written By Sendsam1, Baltimore, MD on Monday, November 01, 2010
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    I purchased this unit after considerable investigation regarding my 2001 Saab 9-3. This
    particular Clarion is listed as a "does not fit" unit on Crutchfields website, and this is a
    honest evaluation on Crutchfields part. Saab's are unique in more ways than one.... I
    really wanted a double DIN unit that looked stock. So, I removed my factory head unit
    and measured it... The specs for this unit fell within those measurements....so I went for
    it. I wanted a head unit with all the great options that this offered. I had to basically
    remove the center support below my factory cupholder in the dash and had to fabricate
    some brackets to secure the unit, but it fit. The unit just sits in the opening and I
    secured it with brackets that extended up and I screwed them into the plastic in the
    sides. The original factory cupholder and trip computer in my Saab 9-3 are still in place
    and functioning. On a side note, I removed my old On-Star antenna on the roof, gutted it,
    thinned the walls a little and installed my Sirius satellite antenna under it. Didnt have to
    cut any holes, and used some 3M double sided tape to put it back over the satellite
    antenna and it looks stock. Also put the mic for the bluetooth in the old On-Star location
    in the overhead cluster, so no mic on the sunvisor.. expect to spend a little time setting
    this unit up, but once you do, you will love it.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit For The Price

    Written By jeffb, Pensacola, FL on Monday, November 01, 2010
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    If you are looking for a radio that has bluetooth, mp3, usb, ipod, and satellite capability and
    don't want to spend a fortune this is the unit for you. It's face is simple which makes it look
    closer to stock than many units and it's sound quality was much better than the stock unit
    that was removed. Learning the "logic" behind the control menus wasn't the easiest but
    within a few minutes all functions were under control. The ability to change the light color to
    match the car was great couldn't be happier.
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    4 out of 5

    A good buy

    Written By Hubz, Rhinelander, WI on Monday, November 01, 2010
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    Easy install and a nice look. Once you figure out how to work the unit it sounds great. I would
    recommend this stereo to anyone.
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    4 out of 5

    Still working out the kinks...

    Written By SR, Ohio on Thursday, October 28, 2010
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    Installation was flawless thanks to the guides and equipment Crutchfield provides. If
    you can't install this stuff, you shouldn't be driving a car. This unit was selected because
    it would match the interior displays of my vehicle in addition to providing for numerous
    means of throughput. The unit and remote feel solid and are a quality product. Sound
    quality through my modest aftermarket speakers is excellent though they don't produce
    the bass. The quality through the aux input, BT, CD, USB and FM is great. I would buy this
    again but would like to note a few gripes:

    -Remote won't control volume

    -Menu is tedious

    -The BT will connect to my BlackBerry 9630 quickly and have never had problems with
    the phone connection. The BT audio started giving me problems in the cold weather
    (40s-50s) where it would cut out like a digital TV station. I can only assume the temp is
    affecting the reception and buffering by the unit itself.

    -No rear aux jack to hide the connection that would eliminate the unsightly wire hanging
    there.

    -File navigation on my BB 9630 is bizarre through the USB input and it won't shuffle.
    When playing the last song, it will start over in that particular album even though it might
    be in a play all or shuffle mode. It could be that the way iTunes plants the songs on the
    memory card is to blame, as the Clarion documentation said something about putting all
    the music in one folder.
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    4 out of 5

    Solid Stereo - A Few Cons

    Written By Joe, Va on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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    I decided on this stereo after much research and discussing a few concerns with
    Crutchfield support. I was looking for a system with built-in bluetooth as well as the
    ability to connect and charge my iPhone4. Some of the research I found said the system
    would not charge the iPhone and that the bluetooth did not perform very well. I got the
    system installed (@2hrs) and began testing the various features. The bluetooth pairing
    is somewhat of a pain due to the poor instructions and the lengthy procedure to get it
    setup. Clarion has a good bulletin update on this process. Once paired with my
    iPhone4 phone calls worked great and voice quality was great. Also, bluetooth audio
    quality for iPod playback was great. The 2nd concern was the charging issue. I am
    happy to say that the iPhone4 charges just fine through the USB connection. You will
    get a message on the phone saying the device may experience issues with wireless
    service but the phone operates perfectly. Lastly, I have noticed the FM tuner does not
    work quite as well as the factory system did. Several FM stations and a couple of AM
    sports stations that I normally could get reception on no longer are picked up by the
    CX609. All in all though very pleased with the system and Crutchfield support was
    great. I would definitely recommend this system and I am thinking about getting one for
    my wife's car.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Ray, Spanaway, WA on Saturday, October 23, 2010
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    This is an awesome unit. Very user friendly, this unit does what it says it will
    do. Installation was a breeze with the kit and instructions that were provided
    by Crutchfield. I would recommend the Clarion CX609 to anyone looking for a
    aftermarket radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Great low budget head unit

    Written By Mike S., Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, October 23, 2010
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    Unit works great, had everything I wanted for a low price, so it was perfect for me. I use
    an iPhone 4 with the unit, and it works fine although the phone gives you the message
    that it wasn't designed for optimal use. The only issue I have is that the unit gets a little
    confused when you are using an iPhone for music and bluetooth phone. It will play the
    music off your phone via bluetooth but then you don't get the title/artist display. So I have
    learned to connect via bluetooth first, then plug the USB cord into my phone so it plays
    off the USB rather than the bluetooth.

    So far, I haven't had any complaints from people I talk to over the bluetooth, and it has a
    mic that you can position wherever you want. I haven noticed that if you switch to the
    tuner and then back to the iPhone, it tends to not pick up the audio, but I think it would
    work fine if you were using a traditional iPod.

    Overall, great product.
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    5 out of 5

    Best bang for the buck

    Written By KROB, Odenton, MD on Friday, October 22, 2010
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    This deck is worth every penny and then some! I like the OEM appearance of the headunit in my dash; the fact that you can customize the unit's backlighting to match your existing dash lights is a bonus.

    The iPod controls and bluetooth function make this unit worth every penny (it was a steal this price).


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    5 out of 5

    Nice Head Unit

    Written By Adolfo, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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    I purchased the unit specifically for the bluetooth and ipod features. I must say this unit worked out perfectly. I paired it with my sprint EVO and i was even able to send contacts to the phonebook in the unit. Bluetooth works wonderful and sound on the recieving end is great. I can also stream pandora via bluetooth without cables. The instruction manual is a little hard to use, but you can figure most things out on your own. With the free harness and instructions crutchfield sent, it was easy as pie. I'm no installer and was able to do it with 0 problems.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit, way to go Clarion

    Written By Tony, Raleigh, NC on Monday, October 18, 2010
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    I just installed this unit in my 05 Tacoma this weekend and it rocks. The
    Bluetooth works great and I love the USB adapter. Installation was very easy
    and took about 1 hour.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Kevin, New York on Friday, October 15, 2010
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    This deck has a lot of bang for the bucks. Match up really well with any newer cars' dash. Looks very OEM. There are 768 backlight colors you can choose from to match with your OEM backlight. It has ipod controller and bluetooth. The instruction that came with the deck for setting up bluetooth is horrible. The bluetooth option works really well with the iphone. The bluetooth sound quality is amazing. I was able to stream pandora with this without hesitation. You can even switch sound in pandora without having to touch the phone. The button is very easy to find without having to take your eyes off the road.
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    5 out of 5

    Great, Solid Product

    Written By SeattleZach, Seattle, WA on Friday, October 15, 2010
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    PROS: Great sound quality .. good bass projection .. solid power. For what you're getting here, this is a solid replacement unit for your wimpy factory stereo.

    CONS: Controls take a while to learn. With some help of previous reviews and the manual, I was able to figure out how to program this thing. But yes, the included instructions from Clarion leave a lot to be desired.

    All in all .. it's a good looking unit and a good looking price point. I'd buy this one again!
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    4 out of 5

    Nice unit!

    Written By PB, York, PA on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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    I wanted a larger unit that looked factory, as I wasn't looking forward to messing up the factory look of my dash when my factory unit quit working. Spent a few days narrowing down the options, not ruling out standard sizes, and kept coming back to this one. I specifically wanted one with usb in the rear. The extra aux on the front is a nice bonus. The only thing missing is that it is not HD radio ready. I read all the reviews, and have to say it wasn't hard to install or set up. It has every color display imaginable to match my dash. BT took a little reading of the manual to figure out. The manual left out one step, one call to Crutchfield for the missing step was all I needed. One annoyance is when I hang up from a call, it will not switch back to the previous audio source (like my ipod) unless I do it manually. Instead, it stays connected to the phone, and will start playing music from the phone. I think it's more a flaw of my phone. Listening to Pandora through the BT is great. Overall, it's a great unit, should have done it sooner!
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    2 out of 5

    Don't buy for the radio

    Written By re8609, Fredericksburg, VA on Sunday, October 10, 2010
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    The unit has good sound. The controls are a little confusing and take some getting used to.

    The bluetooth sync with the iPhone4 is terrible.

    The radio reception is horrible.

    Overall, I would not recommend this radio.
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    5 out of 5

    So much more than expected

    Written By Deon F, Bovey, MN on Saturday, October 02, 2010
     
    Let me start by saying this was the fastest install I have ever did from start to finish half an
    hour. I installed this unit in my 2008 Ford F-150. Also would like to pass on that you can
    remove the rubber mounting stud from the factory unit and modify a proper sized screw be
    cutting off the head and using it to mount to the back of the Clarion CX609 to add to the
    stability of the unit after it is mounted.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Anonymous, Mississippi on Wednesday, September 01, 2010
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    Great product! Very powerful and user friendly. Looks great in my Nissan 350z.
    I love the ipod interface. Very easy to use and understand.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    g35 girl

    Written By G 35, Kent, Wa on Saturday, August 28, 2010
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    works great. a little hard to figure out but once you do it works fantastic. Blue tooth a little to quiet but works pretty good. Ipod works perfect. Doesnt display artist and song name while in radio mode. Display colors are great. Would recommend 100%. I Put it in and Infiniti G 35 Coupe so we had to rewire alittle for the steering wheel controls. Crutchfield gave me everthing I needed to install and were very helpfull when called for help.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent options, Decent sound.

    Written By jaketec, Providence, RI on Monday, June 07, 2010
     
    I have the CX609 installed with 6 channels of external amplifier power, Infinity
    Reference 6" up front, and 5" in the back, & Pioneer 10" subs.

    Menus are easy to navigate. I found the manual straight forward.
    I was able to get the custom color to match factory display perfectly.

    IMPORTANT for Audio clarity:
    Using the same speakers, I was concerned that the audio was not as good as
    direct from the Factory head unit.
    I solved the problem by tweaking the input levels of the Amps higher than one
    would set using normal methodology. Perhaps due to The CX609's 2 Volt pre-amp
    outputs, it distorts when the pre-amps are being driven by higher volume
    settings. After adjusting the Amps, the difference was evident.

    Summary:
    I am happy with the options, controls, sound, size, and color adjustment which
    makes the CX609 as close to "factory looking" as possible from aftermarket.

    Nitpicks
    - Bass/Treble adjustment:
    This is my biggest issue with the CX609. Settings are buried three levels deep
    in a "custom" EQ setting which requires many clicks on three different buttons
    to access. Bass and Treble should be the first options in the "sound" menu,
    ahead of the dopey EQ "presets" that no self respecting audio nut should be
    using anyways.

    -File type limitations:
    When using a flash drive on the USB input, one is limited to lossy file types
    like MP3, WM and lossy AAC type MP4. Apple's loss-less .mp4 is not supported.
    One must connect an Ipod to get lossless.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Mike, Denver, CO on Friday, June 04, 2010
     
    I bought this receiver to replace the stock 6-disc in-dash CD changer in my 02 Honda Accord Coupe. I wanted a double DIN receiver with bluetooth, USB, and satellite radio. However, I didn't want GPS since I have a portable TomTom. I was going to get a Pioneer receiver but it was a little pricey, so I decided to give this one a try. One feature I was looking for was that the receiver looks stock when installed. This one does just that and even has preset buttons. I have had my CX609 for five months now. So far I love it. First of all, the installation went great. I've never installed a car audio system before this one. Crutchfield's instructions were accurate and made the process easy. They also include all the installation equipment that you need. Secondly, this receiver works great. The bluetooth connected to my phone without any problem and does a great job transmitting my calls. The other features also work great and I love having them. The only problem I'm having is that when listening to satellite radio the audio only plays on one side of the car. I checked all the other audio modes (AM, FM, CD, Ipod, USB) and they all play on every speaker, but the satellite radio doesn't. I still need to check if a connection is loose. I only wish Sirius Satellite radio had MLB baseball. I bought the Best of XM package thinking it would had both MLB and NHL game broadcasts, but it only added NHL. I would definitely recommended both the Clarion CX609 and Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Good sound, odd operation, awful directions

    Written By gavin, Boston, MA on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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    You don't have to read many of these reviews to see that the instructions are staggeringly sub-par, but if you are prepared to experiment you can work through it. The key is, if in doubt, hold the "enter" key for a second or so when trying to input data....that helps signifcantly on bluetooth. Does not (quite) integrate seamlessly with the iphone if you try to use bluetooth and USB it always connects to bluetooth and starts playing music (randomly) and you have to manually tell it to use the connector (but this is an iphone issue, you can't turn off audio streaming separately from telephone). That aside, the only gripe is that it always defaults to bluetooth input when it connects (it doesn't do it in the background), which is irritating if you want to listen to the radio, but you get used to it.

    All that being said, the radio is much more noise immune that the stock Subaru unit and the sound quality (even on the stock speakers) is much better too (particularly the bass). Definitely recommended.
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    4 out of 5

    Good product...terrible directions

    Written By Robert, New Jersey on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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    I bought this to replace the stock unit in my 2009 Honda CRV LX. I wanted a
    unit that would look relatively close to a stock unit. I also wanted pre-set
    buttons, not that push the volume control dial to one side or the other garbage.

    The installation was pretty easy with the Crutchfield directions. The hardest
    part was routing the XM & microphone wires.

    My reason for not giving it a five is not for the unit functionality, but for
    the AWFUL instructions from Clarion. Although, I called Crutchfield a few times
    and their tech support was GREAT!!

    I had a hard time (like many others) trying to pair my blackberry to the unit.
    I've finally got it paired (I know this because it is playing my music) but am
    not having much luck with getting the phone portion to work through the radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver!

    Written By Adam, Colorado on Sunday, April 18, 2010
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    I am not an audiophile. I do not need to play DVDs in my car. I wanted
    something that would look relatively non-flashy (I have had radios stolen from
    various cars before), but would handle BT for both calls and A2DP streaming,
    have a back-panel USB connection (I do not want a thumb drive sticking out
    of the front panel) and an AUX input. I also did not want to spend a lot.

    The sound is fine, although as I said, my setup is not even close to high-end.
    The audio quality on both ends of phone conversations is very good. The
    everyday usability of the receiver is great. Auto connects to my phone,
    sounds great, streaming music from phone is easy, etc. The customizable
    color display is a nice bonus -- I got it to match my 2005 Toyota Tacoma's
    dashboard perfectly.

    I highly recommend this receiver. I am considering getting another one for
    my wife's Civic.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice unit once you figure it out!

    Written By D-Train, Bend, OR on Sunday, April 18, 2010
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    Like the other reviewers have said, the owners manual is terrible, and the controls are not very intuitive. BlueTooth Pairing is an exercise in patience but I eventually got it with Crutchfields excellent support. I'll try to explain the procedure as I remember it: Basically after putting the unit in Bluetooth mode you hold the DISP button for over 1 sec., then hit the FFWD>> button until it says "Pairing" then hit ENT (maybe twice?), select a memory location and hit ENT again, display should show "search". Now press and hold ENT for over a second and it should say "searching" on the 2nd line. Make sure your phone is set to discoverable. After about 30 seconds the searching should finish and show the name of your phone, press ENT again and the name of your phone should start flashing. Now tell your phone to pair with this device and enter 1234 (the undocumented default pairing code) and voila!
    I'm still playing with the rest of the functions. The Bass, Mid, and Treble controls are a bit confusing and will require some fiddling to get the sound like I want it. 99% of the time I will be playing my iPod with this unit. I wanted a direct USB connection for my iPod and the ability to hide my iPod in my glove box and control it from the stereo and I got that.
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    5 out of 5

    Great BOSE replacement

    Written By Anonymous, Durham, NC on Sunday, April 04, 2010
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    I installed this head unit on my 02 Acura TL after yet another BOSE factory failure. This unit is amazing with its feature set ((Bluetooth, IPod, satellite radio, multi colored display capability, and ability to connect to the factory steering wheel controls via the PACS hardware that Crutchfield sells).

    Crutchfield provides everything to install the stereo from the instructions to disassemble your car, thru the wire harness and dash kit.

    I would recommend to anyone who doesn't need a Navigation System, or DVD player in their dash.
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    4 out of 5

    Get the Clarion CX609 instead of a new car!

    Written By open24hours, Orange County, CA on Thursday, April 01, 2010
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    No regrets. The Clarion CX609 is great! Given uncertain economic conditions, better to replace the factory sound system (no Bluetooth, no USB flash drive functionality) in my fully paid car, instead of getting into payments again with a new car.

    Reason for 4 stars instead of 5: Upper limit on USB storage is 510 files (Reported by Crutchfield Hands-On Research. I have not yet confirmed). I will live with that limit, because the overall package is great. But a word to the folks at Clarion - we are in an era of 64gb flash drives and thousands of music files.

    My work-around, get several smaller flash drives and use each for different categories: jazz, classical, pop, audio books.

    TIPS:

    - Music files in AIFF. Yep, I have my entire CD library in iTunes saved as AIFF files. Storage is inexpensive these days, so why not keep them in the original format? With car audio... we need MP3 files. The answer: free software (Mac and Windows) called "Switch".

    - Mac users: Be sure to format your flash drive as MS-DOS (FAT), not Mac OS Journaled.

    - Pairing with Bluetooth: Had trouble getting Bluetooth to pair on the first try because I wasn't pressing "ENT" one more time to switch the CX609 prompt
    from "Search" to "Searching". You have to select the method of pairing ("Search" or "Wait") and then actually start the process by pressing "ENT" again, which will result in "Searching" or "Waiting" on the display.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion CX609

    Written By mediacop, Westchester, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010
     
    I installed this in my Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's color can be set to match the car's other gauges perfectly. Sound quality was definitely better than the stock Bose head unit. Ipod and Bluetooth integration work as promised.
    The only negative is the manual which is poorly written. You need to spend some time learning all of this unit's features, but the investment is worth it.
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    4 out of 5