You love local radio — why not experience it to the fullest? Clarion's CZ401 CD receiver lets you enjoy the crystal-clear reception and high-quality sound that HD Radio™ technology brings to AM and FM broadcasts. On participating stations, you'll hear AM that's as clear as FM, along with FM that's almost CD quality. Many HD Radio stations also broadcast more than one channel on the same frequency, giving you even more listening choices.

Tag it!
Plug in your iPod® or iPhone® to the USB slot, and you can control it using the CZ401's knobs and buttons. You'll enjoy great sound quality, and your player stays charged while you drive. Song info shows up on the easy-to-read two-line display. When you're tuned into an HD Radio station with your iPod connected, you can "tag" songs you hear by simply tapping a button on the stereo. Then the next time you sync your iPod, you'll be reminded to buy the tagged songs in the iTunes™ store.

Build a system
Clarion made sure the CZ401 is ready for the future. You can add a Bluetooth® adapter to enjoy the safety and convenience of hands-free calling. You can connect a SIRIUS satellite radio tuner directly to this receiver without the need for a brand-specific translator cable, and that'll save you some money. Of course, a subscription is required to hear satellite radio programming.

At the core lies great sound quality
You'll be impressed by the clean power of the CZ401's built-in amplifier. Clarion's unique bass boost will add punch to your sound without getting muddy. The 3-band parametric equalizer gives you pinpoint control over the highs, mids, and lows — much more effective than the simple bass and treble controls found on most factory radios.

You can play your store-bought CDs, recordable discs, and discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You'll also find the front auxiliary input handy for plugging in a Dock & Play satellite radio, an MP3 player, or any other portable audio player. The receiver features three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs that'll get a clean, strong signal to your outboard amps. A built-in low-pass filter lets you control the character of your bass, while a high-pass filter lets you send your speakers the frequencies they were designed to handle.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an 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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ with three preset tone settings and 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Clarion Bluetooth adapter and SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front-panel USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

    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.

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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with two transports screws installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Face (inside included hard-plastic face-case)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • RCX001 IR wireless remote
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Machine screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's/Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Sheet (USA/Canada)

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A hard plastic face-case is provide to protect the detachable face when removed. A face-fixing clip is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    H.M.I. Design: Clarion's superior H.M.I. (Human-Machine Interface) Design features an easy-to-use rotary volume control and easy-to-read illuminated buttons on the face which are laid out in an asymmetrical design to place the most used features within a specific area for ease of use and less user distraction.

    High Visibility LCD: The two-line, high visibility LCD (with black background and white characters) on the CZ401 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

    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 then the display returns to the screen saver display.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CZ401 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CZ401 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 CZ401 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 45 watts x 4 channels (180 watts total)

    BeatEQ: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Bass Boost, Impact, and Excite), Clarion's BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern. You can tune the sound to your liking, depending on the category of music, for a more fulfilling listening experience.

    • Bass Boost: Bass is emphasized +/-3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized +/-3.
    • Excite: Bass, midrange, and treble are emphasized +/-3.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently +/-7.
      • Bass: You can set the effected bass frequency to 50Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
      • Midrange: You can set the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1.0kHz, or 2.0kHz and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
      • Treble: The effected treble frequency can be set to 5kHz, 10kHz, or 15kHz, and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
    • Off (Flat): Bass, midrange, and treble are set to 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. This circuit boosts bass at an ultra-low frequency of about 50Hz, creating a rich, deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness control. What is more, boost levels are dependent on the system volume, resulting in balanced system response and dynamic bass reproduction.

    6ch/4V RCA Output: The Clarion CZ401 features 6ch/4V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (+/-6) and phase adjustment (normal/reverse).

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion CZ401 is equipped with built-in low-pass and high-pass crossovers.

    • Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: The Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low frequency range through the preamp outputs to ensure superb performance with a connected subwoofer. The low-pass filter can be set to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range).
    • High-Pass Filter: The CZ401 features a High-Pass Filter (HPF) for the unit's front & rear channels, via speaker-output or preamp-output. You can adjust the high-pass filter from 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range). The HPF prevents low bass notes from distorting your front & rear speakers. The high-pass filter setting effects both the front & rear channels of the headunit.

    Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    HD Radio: The Clarion CZ401's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio technology offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well. Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com). No subscription fees required.

    Station Text: The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the Clarion in-dash unit.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Preset Stations: The Clarion CZ401offers 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

    Preset Scan: Preset scan receives the stations stored in the unit's preset memory in order. This function is useful when searching for a desired preset station.

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

    • Sirius Satellite Radio: To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 Sirius Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) directly to the headunit's Sirius direct connection (no proprietary interface required). You can also connect 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 also be connected to the headunit via the front-panel auxiliary input.

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

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The unit can play MP3 (8-320 kbps/VBR) and WMA (8-320 kbps) 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 and 999 files per folder, with a maximum of 3,000 total files per USB device. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 and WMA ID3 tags up to 32 characters.

    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 or first track of a folder for an CD-R/RW disc.

    Folder Select: This function allows you to select a folder containing MP3/WMA files and start playing from the first track in the folder.

    Playback Functions: The CZ401 provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.

    • 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 disc.
    • Repeat Play: This function allows you to play the current track on a disc repeatedly or play a file currently being played in a MP3/WMA folder repeatedly.
    • Random Play: This function allows you to play all tracks recorded on a disc or in a folder in a random order.

    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 Connectivity

    USB Port: The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect and play USB (1.1/2.0) Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA files. MP3 and WMA files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and formatted with FAT are supported. The headunit can recognize up to 999 files per folder and 3,000 total files. Titles up to 64 characters can be displayed while in USB mode. The CZ401 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. This unit will also charge you connected USB device when the receiver is turned on.

    Note: The Clarion USB extension cable (020CCA755, sold separately) can be used to connected your USB flash-memory device. Copy-protected WMA files cannot be played on this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Clarion CZ401 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone to the headunit's front-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 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Clarion headunit supports audio playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone. iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the CZ401 to an external universal monitor with RCA video input and connecting a compatible iPod/iPhone via the optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748, sold separately).
    • Music Navigation: The headunit lets you search music for playback from your iPod/iPhone by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can then search each category alphabetically. You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod/iPhone: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, and Random. In addition, you can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. 
    • Information Display: The headunit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Label.
    • 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.

    iTunes Tagging: iTunes Tagging allows you to "tag" songs heard on the unit's built-in HD Radio tuner. Tagging saves the song's title and metadata to a connected iPod/iPhone (you may store up to 64 tags in the memory). When the iPod/iPhone is synced to iTunes, a playlist is generated with links to the iTunes Store where the song can be purchased and downloaded.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CZ401 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The CZ401 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 set the Auxiliary input sensitivity level to Low, Mid, or High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The CZ401 is compatible with Clarion's BLT370 Bluetooth system (020BLT370, sold separately) via its front panel 3.5mm stereo minijack input. The BLT370 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth cellular phone and wireless streaming audio from any Bluetooth compatible portable audio device. The CZ401 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Wireless Remote: The CZ401 comes supplied with the RCX001 infrared wireless remote control for wireless operation of the CD player. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium Cell 3-volt battery.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Clarion CZ401

    Written By C MAC, Richmond,VA on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    Bought it for the price, not for the bells and whistles. 8 Months later had to send it in for repair. Problem came back in a few months. out of warranty, out of Crutchfield's hands. New problem, radio is internally shorted and blowing my vehicle fuse. I expect more than a few years out of a simple deck.

    Pros: AUX and HD radio, USB port I could charge up my phone.

    Cons: poorly made. disappointed with the longevity. Also I could not figure out how to turn off demo mode once I got it back from Crutchfield from warranty repair.

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    Written By Dave S, TN on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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    The radio does everything I hoped. The installation instructions were easily understood. The installation for a non-professional was a snap.

    Good ffor the price paid

    Written By Russ, Southington, CT on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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    Good unit for the price, Siruis/XM radio option, USB from MP3/ iPod input, Bluetooth option, etc. Like another reviewer stated, the HD radio drops out on an AM station I sometimes listen to. It changes the volume and there is no way to just select HD radio or not. Also, you have to hit the "D" Display button to get the clock on the display. It doesn't stay on if you change or shut the unit down.

    Pros: HD Radio. Options for Sirius/XM radio & Bluetooth. Cost for everything you get, install kit, connector, etc.

    Cons: HD radio drops in and out which changes the volume/ clearity on stations. No way to select or deselect the HD feature.

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    Written By Anonymous, Martell, NE on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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    Always buy Clarion. Have liked the way they work and look.

    Pros: Aux input and multiple RCAs, customer support

    Cons: not sure about the HD channel if a station is picked up in HD then gets dropped the volume drops and sometimes it fluctuates when driving.

    Great Unit!

    Written By Anonymous, Ellington, CT on Monday, January 14, 2013

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    The Clarion CZ401 is an incredible value (got it all with free shipping, wiring harness, dash kit, and vehical specific install instructions). This is replacing an after market Kenwwod casset deck I had in my 2002 Ford Ranger. Right now it powers 4 Kenwood speakers, and sounds great! Comes with 3 sets of pre amp outputs (front, rear, and sub), so you can add and improve your system as needed. I would like to get a small sub in the near future. The USB slot is awsome, just put your CDs on it and you have a 100 disc CD changer. The one issue I have with it is you have to press a button to display the time, then after 30 seconds it times out and starts scrolling features the stereo has. So every time you want to check the time you have to press the button 1-3 times, not a deal breaker but annoying. This is the only reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 5.

    Pros: 3 sets of pre amp outputs, USB drive, looks cool, great price

    Cons: Every time you want to know what the time is you need to press a button. The time will not stay displayed on radio, after 30 seconds it times out and starts scrolling features the radio has.

    Good for the price

    Written By Moshier, Corning,ny on Saturday, January 12, 2013

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    This stereo was a good price at $89. When you plug in your ipod it automatically picks it up and starts playing and you can control the ipod from the dash. It also charges the ipod when plugged in.

    Pros: When you plug in your ipod it automatically picks it up and starts playing and you can control the ipod from the dash. It also charges the ipod when plugged in. The radio seems to work well and the cd player too.

    Cons: When i installed it there was no sound. I called crutchfield and they were very helpful. I had to connect one extra wire that wasnt in the directions. It had something to do with the onstar connection, so you need to buy the extra connection if you want to use your onstar. I imagine this is an installation issue with any stereo and onstar. The other thing i dont like is that the time or whats playing wont stay on the display. It always goes into a mode that scrolls through all the options it has

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    Written By Mr. Chazey, NW Arkansas on Saturday, January 12, 2013

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    I'm recommending Crutchfield to everybody I know who might need a new radio. The USB port is worth every one of the 89 dollars I spent, since I can carry all of my music on a $3 USB drive.

    Pros: Great tech support. Two quick calls and they helped me with the wiring on my 98 Jeep Wrangler. Took an hour and a half tops to get in and going.

    Cons: Took awhile to figure out how to set the clock, but instructions are not complicated or long, and when I looked at them carefully it walked me through the steps. Not as intuitive as they could be, but not impossible.

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    Written By Bill, Paris on Friday, January 11, 2013

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    Excellent

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Blue lights don't dim-pretty bright at night

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    Written By Anonymous, Kansas city, Missouri on Friday, January 11, 2013

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    Can't say enough about how great your service and products are. This is my third order from Crutchfield and I couldn't be happier. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else for my audio needs. A sincere thanks.

    Pros: Great sound, easy set up, looks so good in my dash, great price

    Cons: None

    Great value stereo

    Written By andy, Jasper, GA on Friday, January 11, 2013

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    I got this for my Wife when her crappy OEM stereo started refusing to play CDs. It would keep the disk and not eject. I must say that the experience was quite pleasant. The install was very easy. Although I had to make a small modification on the mounting adapter. in order to get the trim ring on. But I understand that these adapters are designed with the vehicle in mind, and not necessarily the stereo. The wiring harness adapter made things so easy, and the schematics supplied with it was clear, and easy to understand. Even with the mod I made to the adapter, the install only took the better part on an hour, and with very little swearing.

    The performance of the stereo exceeded my expectations. I was expecting this stereo to sound like a cheap stereo. But the quality was great. Other than the head unit, the system is all OEM, and it sounds like we spent more then twice what we paid. The controls were fairly easy to figure out, so I had the settings adjusted and the EQ tuned in a matter of minutes. My Wife loves the fact that she can load a thumb drive with a ton of songs instead of lugging around her overstuffed CD case.

    If you are looking for an upgrade, or replace a defunct OEM stereo without breaking the bank, then you can't go wrong with the Clarion CZ401 paired with Crutchfield. One low price got me a great inexpensive head unit, and all of the adapters necessary to install it quickly and easily.

    Pros: Easy to install, great value, and very good sound quality for the price.

    Cons: The adapter needed a slight modification with a Drimmel tool in order to make the Clarion trim ring to fit. But not a deal breaker.

    decent unit

    Written By s, Me on Thursday, January 10, 2013

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    I put this in my Durango with factory amp and the Alpine audio package. This unit easily doubled the power over stock radio. The unit has a clean face and isnt "busy" looking. I ended up returning this as I listen to regular radio a lot and in order to "seek" you have to push and hold the advance button until it beeps, The buttons are small and having to push and hold, I found it took too much attention away from the road. All other features performed as advertised.

    Pros: Good power, clean face

    Cons: small buttons, doesnt have one touch seek.

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    Written By Winger, Puerto Rico on Saturday, January 05, 2013

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    This is a very nice radio for the price

    Good buy

    Written By ripper, Chino Hills Ca on Thursday, January 03, 2013

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    For the price its hard to beat

    Pros: Great sound, and features

    Cons: The HD does not work with a few stations on the AM band , it could be the station or my proximity near power stations.

    Great receiver

    Written By BK, Ohio on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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    I found an amazing deal on this unit and love the built-in iPod control function. Perfect for listening to my playlists and Pandora radio on long drives. Sounds great and is fairly easy to use. Overall a great value.

    Pros: USB input, multiple RCA outputs and high end features.

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    Written By Joi, Denver Co on Monday, December 31, 2012

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    The only thing I don't like about this stereo is that you can't turn off the screen display showing the specs of the stereo. It might be in the owners manual but I haven't looked.

    Nice radio actually!

    Written By Chris, Cottleville, MO on Monday, December 24, 2012

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    Great radio actually. My only complaint is accessing the hd stations is a hassle. Sounds amazing actually! Got it for a steal totally worth it.

    Pros: Build quality and features at a great price.

    Cons: Hd tuning is stupid.

    Great features ruined by display/visual problems

    Written By Nolan, Lafayette, CO on Sunday, December 23, 2012

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    Great features ruined by display/visual problems - I'll explain. The features are everything listed on paper, HD Radio, front panel USB and aux inputs, etc. It's great to have all of these, unfortunately my experience with HD radio left me wanting. When going through an area where the signal would switch back and forth between digital and analog, each switch was accompanied by change in volume and a skip in the sound since the signals weren't in sync. For example, "Christmas" would sound like "ChristChristmas" or "Happy Birthday" would sound like "Hap-irthday", depending on whether is was skipping forward or back. The other issues were more disturbing, which are all pretty much related to the display. -The station displayed would not always reflect the actual station you were on. For example, if tuned to 100.1 and seek up I might see the display change to 100.5, yet I know it is on 100.3. go up again to 100.7 and it might show correctly, or it might not. Another example, if you have presets set; changing from preset 1 to 2, sometimes the display will change right away, sometimes after a few seconds, sometimes not at all. Pressing preset 2 again will update the display. -Pressing band to switch between FM1, FM2, FM3, and AM. Instead of AM, after FM3 comes FM5 (that's right "5"), but if you seek for a station, it then displays AM like it should. -Dimmer - only one level with little change. Doesn't affect the button brightness, which is way too much for night driving.

    Pros: HD radio, EQ adjustments, front panel USB and aux input, remote,

    Cons: Display issues, button brightness, preset buttons too small, no ISR button like other Clarion units.

    Love it every thing I wanted

    Written By Henry, Greenwood, DE on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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    Was replacement for wife's dead stereo . Had every feature we wanted. Multi source inputs cd cool looks.

    Pros: Multi source music input , fit , remote, price

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By Gabe F., So-Cal on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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    This deck is bada$$. It brought my factory speakers to life. I had no idea they could sound like that. The best bang for your buck.Under $100 and Crutchfield gives you everything need to install it. Took me about 25 minutes to install in my 2006 Tundra SR5.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

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    Written By Rick, Los Angeles on Monday, December 17, 2012

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    I haven't even listened to this radio for more than a moment, these are installation notes. My previous radio was a Clarion DB355MP and I bought a Clarion again because I thought it would be easy to install, given all the work I did on the dash to make the previous model fit. For reference the installation is in a '71 Datsun PL510, and I had to cut the dash opening for the installation sleeve and then cut some tapered shims on my table saw and bond them around the opening to make it all work.

    So here are my tips. 1. The screw for additional bracing (typically plumbers strap) that goes into the back of the unit is M4 x .70. This is a relatively small size and was not provided. 2. Speaker leads on the harness to the plug are only about 6" long. They were a foot long on my old Clarion and I spent a couple of hours splicing wire due to the difference. The pin-outs had changed from my old model and the harness swap was necessary. 3. I thought the old models sleeve would work with the new unit, but the fingers on the sides of the sleeve wouldn't engage, so I had to swap in the new sleeve too.

    BTW, I upgraded because the disc player in the old unit quit after about 7 years. I think this is going to be an awesome radio and I'm looking forward to the additional features of HD FM, USB and 3.5 mm aux that I didn't have before.

    Pros: High enough power for real music listening, nice heat sink in back, RCA outs including subwoofer, HD Radio, USB, and 3.5mm aux that I didn't have before. Lighted buttons.

    Cons: Speaker wires on the wiring harness are short, about 6".

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    Written By clarion cz401, brookhaven,mississippi on Friday, December 14, 2012

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    i owned a clarion years ago i had no problems then ijust purchased this one it is easy to installed the sound is great and it also very affordable ialso like the idea that it is sirius ready and its ipod ready

    Great Radio, right price

    Written By David P, Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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    Just installed this radio. The install was really easy, once i soldered up the wiring harnesses. The only issue I have with the radio is that the volume knob is kind of shallow, and is a little hard to turn, but its really not that bad.

    I was looking to get an inexpensive replacement for a factory radio, so I could plug in my android phone (and ipods). This has totally done the trick, and Crutchfield's instructions were spot on.

    great radio..great experience

    Written By mike, richmond, va on Monday, December 10, 2012

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    Crutchfield impressed the heck outa me. Great vehicle specific directions, free adapt and wiring..everything fit! Great radio..just reallllly blue...i mean reallly blue lights...and the clock wont stay ..keeps going awayyyyyyyy

    Good deck to replace factory

    Written By Nick, Omaha, NE on Friday, December 07, 2012

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    Good deck to replace the factory unit. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but get the job done well with a good feature set for the price.

    Pros: Good value and sound

    Cons: Not a lot of display options, interface can be clunky

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    Written By Mike, Phoenix Metro Area on Monday, November 19, 2012

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    Best price for a head unit with 3 sets of pre-amps ouputs and HD Radio. I've had a great experience with a Clarion CD Head Unit many years ago (unlike all the Sony CD players I have purchased - they all quit on me within 2 years). I've only owned this unit a month but so far so good.

    Pros: 3 Sets Preouts HD Radio works great Good Reception Price

    Cons: Station Preset Buttons are small I haven't figured out how to have the Artist and Song Names auto scroll. I have to push a button that looks like the 7th preset in order to get it to display the artist or song title.

    Great for receivers below $200

    Written By ATL_Falcons, Duluth, GA on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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    What a great player for the price! It is a steal now at $100. Sounds great with sources like CDs, USB and iPods. The radio could be a little bit better but overall it is good. Installation wasn't that hard and could be done in about an hour. I would definitely buy Clarion products again in the future.

    Pros: Great sound and value. Ample connectivity. Comes with remote. The best receiver for under $200.

    Cons: None

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    Written By ftbird37, Millington,TN on Monday, October 29, 2012

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    So far seems to be a good product.

    Pros: Good sound. looks good in dash.

    Cons: a little hard to set up.

    Great radio

    Written By Izzy, Fort Worth, tx on Friday, October 26, 2012

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    Love the Clarion it's a very nice piece. HD and iPhone control just what I wanted in my new radio. Great sound.

    Pros: Sound, looks.

    Cons: Can't control my iPhone, have to use radio controls to change songs.

    clarion cz 401 awsome

    Written By peter, w.p.b., florida on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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    great sound, easy to install, can't beat the price for this quality, sooo much better then the original radio, should have changed to clarion long time ago

    Pros: great sound, great reception-especially the hd, like the remote

    Cons: none

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    Written By ryan, columbia,ky on Saturday, October 13, 2012

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    i got to say,its one of best sounding radios i ever had.

    Pros: the high,mid,&low filters are great. you can get your music to sound perfect!

    Cons: none

    Excellent for the price!

    Written By doctavic, NJ on Sunday, October 07, 2012

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    Like an Clarion product, great value. Easy to install with Crutchfield's MasterSheet and the harness. Sound quality is excellent. iphone and ipod controls work well. Really