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Clarion CZ401

CD receiver

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Item #: 020CZ401

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Original Price: $89.99

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Overview

Our take on the Clarion CZ401

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.

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.

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

Dave S, TN

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What's in the Box:

  • 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)

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)
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    Reviews

    Clarion CZ401 Reviews

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    109 Reviews

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: C MAC from Richmond,VA on July 1, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from TN on January 20, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

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

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    Good ffor the price paid

    Written by: Russ from Southington, CT on January 16, 2013

    2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Martell, NE on January 15, 2013

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Ellington, CT on January 14, 2013

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Corning,ny on January 12, 2013

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Clarion CD/MP3 USB player

    Written by: Mr. Chazey from NW Arkansas on January 12, 2013

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Paris on January 11, 2013

    1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent

    Pros: Sound quality

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

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    Written by: Anonymous from Kansas city, Missouri on January 11, 2013

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Jasper, GA on January 11, 2013

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Me on January 10, 2013

    2006 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Puerto Rico on January 5, 2013

    1995 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a very nice radio for the price

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    Good buy

    Written by: ripper from Chino Hills Ca on January 3, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Ohio on January 2, 2013

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Cons:

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    Written by: Joi from Denver Co on December 31, 2012

    2002 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

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    Nice radio actually!

    Written by: Chris from Cottleville, MO on December 24, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Lafayette, CO on December 23, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Greenwood, DE on December 19, 2012

    2003 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Cons:

    Awesome Stereo

    Written by: Gabe F. from So-Cal on December 18, 2012

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Installation Notes

    Written by: Rick from Los Angeles on December 17, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from brookhaven,mississippi on December 14, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

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    Great Radio, right price

    Written by: David P from Brooklyn, NY on December 12, 2012

    2005 Ford Focus ZXW
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

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    great radio..great experience

    Written by: mike from richmond, va on December 10, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

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    Good deck to replace factory

    Written by: Nick from Omaha, NE on December 7, 2012

    2006 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Phoenix Metro Area on November 19, 2012

    1987 Mitsubishi Starion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Duluth, GA on November 6, 2012

    1994 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from Millington,TN on October 29, 2012

    1991 Honda Accord SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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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 from Fort Worth, tx on October 26, 2012

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 from w.p.b., florida on October 17, 2012

    1997 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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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 from columbia,ky on October 13, 2012

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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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 from NJ on October 7, 2012

    1996 Toyota Celica ST
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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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 boosted sound quality in my 96 Celica!

    Pros: sound quality and features

    Cons: none

    Satisfied with Clarion CZ401

    Written by: Don from Chino, CA on October 7, 2012

    1991 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Receiver was very easy to install and sound is great. Thanks Crutchfield for your good service in sending a product that was the right one for my Jeep Cherokee XJ.

    Pros: Sounds great and was easy to install.

    Cons: None

    Good radio.

    Written by: Jayhawker from Lake Zurich, IL on September 28, 2012

    2009 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio for the price. It has all of the features that I wanted, and more.

    Pros: Lots of features for the price. Sounds good and is easy to use.

    Cons: The display dims with the headlights, but the backlighting doesn't. So there is a blaring blue light just below my sight line that is quite distracting at night.

    Unimpressive

    Written by: MarkQ from Hubbardston, MA on September 26, 2012

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    If this was my first Crutchfield purchase, it would be my last. I was looking for a simple to use radio for my wife's Subaru Forrester. Rather than doing the reasearch I chatted with a rep for a basic, simple to use unit. This was the single recommendation I was given so I bought it. The directions were poor, and I found the best way to install it was to ignore them and do it by trial and error. THings like bracketts and bezels fit poorly or had to be removed completely. This is probably the 30th radio I've installed so it was not from lack of knowledge. Next, the owners manual was translated Japanese which was completely unintuitive. My wife hasn't tried it yet but I know she is not going to be thrilled.

    Pros: None

    Cons: Poor installation instructions. Poor operational instructions, nonintuitive. Tiny buttons.

    Great features, Great SQ - Especially for the price!

    Written by: Tim M. from Rapid City, SD on September 7, 2012

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Picked up this head unit on clearance for $109.99 - for that price, nothing comes close! I upgraded from the stock head unit in my 07 Grand Cherokee and the quality difference was even better than I expected. It's relatively easy to figure out how to tune your music with this head unit - with or without an amplifier and subwoofer hooked up. It's got plenty of power to drive your speakers without distortion, or if you're using a sub, you can use the built-in crossovers and the quality really stands out. The 4v preouts for the amps are both powerful and clear - there's no unwanted noise from my sub at all. As others have written in their reviews, the access to the clock is a bit inconvienient. You have to hit a button 4 times to get to it and then it gets cleared out as soon as you do anything else. Also, a lot of people complain that the buttons are too small - I think it's moreso that they're a bit crowded on the faceplate, and the rotary knob could stand to stick out a little farther to make it easier to rotate. However, I think that will just take a little getting used to controlling the deck with your fingertips. All in all, it's a quality unit - looks good, sounds good, and you won't beat the price, especially for a name like Clarion.

    Pros: Great sound, great looks, well built, amazing price!

    Cons: Clock is difficult to access, buttons on faceplate are a bit crowded.

    great value

    Written by: mt from Englewood, CO on August 29, 2012

    2007 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My radio transmitter for my MP3 was going bad after about 2 years.. For the price of 2 more transmitters, I got a huge upgrade in sound. The aux input is far better than any transmitter and I've been wanting HD radio for years.

    Pros: Sounds great. Great price.

    Cons: Controls are dopey. Setting the clock is a labyrinth. The blue LEDs don't dim.

    Clarioncz401

    Written by: Anonymous from N.C. on August 27, 2012

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It is a awsome reciever

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    awsome head unit

    Written by: Douglas from Marana,Az on August 21, 2012

    1984 Chevrolet Blazer
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This thing rocks! This is the best head unit I have ever had!

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    Not Recommended

    Written by: Johnny from Los Angeles, CA on August 16, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a poorly-executed radio in more ways than one. First off, the button has to be pressed twice to display the artist/song title unlike in a Kenwood or Pioneer for instance, where the artist and song on HD Radio continuously scrolls. Second, while the other two let you choose a HD subchannel by pressing the seek keys, the poor user of this Clarion has to access two menus which is distracting and dangerous. The Magna-Bass EX continuously makes my speakers (Infinity References) bottom out and at low volumes, fuzz can be heard even while using a USB stick. Not to mention that AM HD Radio is completely useless on this unit. There's one AM station that I listen to that broadcasts in HD, the Pioneer in my other car has no problem picking it up, and this Clarion picks it up, but with so many buzzes and pops that it sounds like I have a malfunctioning Pac-Man arcade machine in my car. Moving the antenna didn't help. On the other hand, the faceplate construction is excellent and the sound is well-balanced if the Magna-Bass is disabled. I cannot recommend this radio due to its interface shortcomings.

    Pros: Robust build, neutral sound

    Cons: Bass is muffled, buttons do not dim, asinine that artist/title does not scroll in HD Radio, ridiculous system of tuning in subchannels, bad AM reception

    Great Except for Sirius Reception

    Written by: DS from Mid-America on August 13, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great unit UNLESS you intend to use the SCC1 Satellite Receiver. The unit more often than not shows loading and does not receive sSirius. The HD Radio reception is good as is analog. It had a great sound, but the ability to listen to Sirius is lacking. If you don't plan on using the satellite function, this is a great unit for the price.

    Pros: Sound quality, HD Radio

    Cons: Satellite reception

    Used to think highly of Clarion

    Written by: zed from Washington, DC on August 13, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This radio sounds great and it's really too bad that I hate it so much. I got this primarily to listen to Sirius radio. I would constantly get the "loading" error when I turned on my car and had it set to Sirius. I would have to reset the whole system about once every month (I've only had the thing for six months.) I was contemplating calling Clarion and it turns out they had a new patch on their website to fix it. I guess it worked but now, a week later, my display is completely gone. I can't see what I'm listening to and have to keep my Sirius tuner on the same channel because after trying to reset it once again, I lost all of my presets. If I want to listen to my iPod, I have to disconnect it completely and search for the song I want to listen to before reconnecting. I hate this radio!

    Pros: Easy install, pretty to look at.

    Cons: They seem to not really care about displays at Clarion. You have to switch to a "clock" display mode to see what time it is. Also, on Sirius mode, there are two display lines where they can put maybe a title and and artist on the same display. Instead, you can only look at one or the other and you have to keep pushing the tiny buttons to see who's singing and what song it is.

    Great Clarion Source Unit

    Written by: Jeff M. from Dallas, TX on August 9, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I purchased the Clarion CZ401 and installed it in my '07 Subaru WRX last week and it has been great! Crutchfield shipping was fast and the Subaru dash pocket, wiring harness and instructions were included for free. Over all this receiver is a great value and it has literally "woken up" my stock speakers (6.5" in front w/ tweeters and 4" in rear). I added a sub and amp during the install of the deck and the Clarion unit has a sub volume control which is super convenient. I was a bit concerned at first about the HD radio sound quality cutting in and out as other reviews indicated. When I select a station in the Dallas area it will receive analog signal at first and within a few seconds there will be a slight delay as it switches to HD and then the sound comes through crystal clear. I have no problems with the switch over as it is CD quality sound when it changes to HD. Definitely recommended!

    Pros: Value, HD Sound Quality, IPOD control

    Cons: Small buttons

    CZ401, Best Value for the Buck

    Written by: Darin from KS on July 30, 2012

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    In my opinion you will have a hard time finding a unit with this many pre outs and sound quality that you get with the CZ401 for this price. Outstanding value. I upgraded the stock unit in my 2006 F150. I was running amplifiers off the stock unit with line out converters. I just didn't want to change the stock look. I finally broke down and bought this aftermarket head unit. I shouldn't have waited so long to do so. The sound quality is amazing. HD radio is a huge improvement over standard. USB and AUX in for iPods etc. The eq on this deck is top notch. It may only be a 3 band eq but you have 3 options within each band so you can fine tune with ease. I'm feeding a 4 channel amp for my front comps and a mono amp for my JL audio stealthbox subwoofer. Crystal clear 4v pre outs. Hard to find 4v pre outs on head units at this price. Using the high pass and low pass on my amps and tweaking the eq on the head unit has brought my system to life.

    Pros: Value, Sound Quality, 4v Pre Outs, EQ Adjustments

    Cons: None.

    Bang for the buck

    Written by: LloydC from Casper, WY on July 16, 2012

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The buying experience was as usual excellent. I purchased the CZ401 to replace the original stereo in a 2000 F250 SD. Everything came packaged in such a way that it was protected. Instructions were clear, and the wiring harness very easy to match up with the stereo harness. A little solder and some shrink tubing, and it was done. The installation kit fit well, though it does rattle a bit on gravel roads. Overall very easy to install in an f250 The CZ401 itself is a mixed bag. It has excellent sound quality and a bright clear display. Operation is fairly straightforward. As several have noted here, it is difficult while driving to use the tiny buttons on the face of the unit. For me this is especially obvious when trying to move between folders on a USB stick. It is too easy to hit the wrong buttons. Menus have all of the basic functionality easily accessible from the rotary control in the center, but there is a lot in the menu beyond that which is a bit difficult to get to. I suppose once that I have been using it for a while it will be easier to use.

    Pros: Display is very easy to read and large Sound Quality Remote Controls are high quality.

    Cons: Buttons small and placed close together (hard to use while driving) Display does not show much information

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: Mustang driver from FL on July 7, 2012

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Unit installed in 08 Mustang convertible primarily to connect to Sirius. Wiring harness adapter kit instructions lack detail - some functionality lost.

    Pros: Detactible face plate.

    Cons: Pushbuttons smaller than cell phone - unusable. Sirius radio option unreliable - keeps going to LOADING display. Sometimes connects even while display reads LOADING.

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: trollmaster from New Jersey on July 2, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I found that the only thing is better the sound quality ,is the value.

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    Love this Clarion!

    Written by: Camille from LA on June 29, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am so glad I picked this Clarion CZ401! It took me and my husband over two hours of difficult, frustrating work to install, but once we got it in, we were so happy! I don't know what all these people are talking about with how easy the installation is. Maybe they have lots of experience. I have no experience, and I wish I had paid the $65 to Geek Squad for them to do it. Regardless, we finally got it in and it's gorgeous. Beautiful blue buttons with a nice white-text display. The two-line display is nice because it shows the track number, name, and time all at once. The sound quality got a huge boost when I plugged my iPad in with a usb cord rather than an auxiliary cable. I have a separate clock on my car, so I don't care that my stereo doesn't provide a good clock function. You could also buy a special little car clock that sticks to the dash. I wish I could give this more than five stars for value. This was by far the best deal on the internet or in any brick and mortar. The fact that it came with an installation kit was a huge savings, plus I found a $20 coupon code. Great deal. Anyway, to make a long story short, WE LOVE IT!

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Installation was difficult, but once it's in, it's perfect

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: Fred from Wayne, PA on June 25, 2012

    1993 Volvo 240 Series
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit!

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    Cons:

    Happy I bought it

    Written by: PaulG from Huntsville, AL on June 25, 2012

    1996 Ford Aerostar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to install, easy to use. Don't know why I waited this long! Easy setup, good sound, simple to use. I like the two-line scrolling display, especially when playing .mp3 files from portable media - CD, Thumb Drive, etc. Wen adapter is used properly, it fits like a glove! Can't really tell that it's an after-market add-on.

    Pros: Plays all kinds of music content. Remote control is very handy. Radio sensitivity is great, picks up stations without a lot of static.

    Cons: Can't set the hour on the clock. Always returns to the hour previously displayed each time I try to correct it. Minutes can be set perfectly. Never had this issue before, but since I can't see the clock from the driver's seat anyway, it's not a big deal.

    Great audio functions/options

    Written by: Donald from Florida on June 20, 2012

    2001 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Flawless headunit. I replaced my alpine with it expecting a sq drop off. None. And by the way, you can disable the scroll functions. Manual says how. Hd radio is amazing.

    Pros: All

    Cons: None

    Great sound and FM reception

    Written by: MikeV from McConnelsville, OH on June 19, 2012

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great replacement for the Mach 1000 in my Ford Mustang GT (2003). The OEM Mach 1000 had terrible FM reception and the 6 CD changer kept jamming. The Clarion has great reception, the CD player works great and the trim kit makes it look like it was always there. It also had hook-ups for the quad amps in the trunk. Great value for the money.

    Pros: Easy to install, great price, great reception.

    Cons: need to get used to some of the controls.

    small buttons

    Written by: scc from il on June 19, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The buttons are too small, have to get used to it, I guess. I wish the strolling info could be disabled, annoying. A good buy. I long for simple bass and treble controls!! Nice and simple to operate. Same issues with the clock, have to cycle through or use remote.

    Pros: price

    Cons: small buttons

    Easy Install...Confusing Use

    Written by: PB_in_CT from Connecticut on June 18, 2012

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I purchased the unit while on sale, so the price I purchased it at makes the rating higher than I would've given it if it weren't on sale. Overall, the install was super easy, and the master sheet combined with the user manual made the install a breeze. The sound quality is great, and the HD radio is fantastic (when you can find an area that has HD stations...my neck of the woods only has two). I love the front usb and aux inputs as well, which makes it incredibly useful when you can't find the type of music on the radio that you want to listen to. The unit feels sturdy, although the buttons are extremely small, and the words above them are even smaller. It does have a couple seconds of delay when starting up, which can be an annoyance at times, but if you can get past that then this is a decent unit for a low price.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, Incredibly easy install.

    Cons: Small Buttons, Delayed startup, Time screen is not constant, Switching from station to station causes a lag on the screen readout (shows the previous channels information, then switches after a long lag).

    cz 401

    Written by: Bob from NJ on June 16, 2012

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sorry I bought this.Most confusing radio I have come across. Bought it for my truck,install was easy, and so was removal a day later. I am now using this in my shop where I have the time to push all the darn buttons to get it to do what I want it to do.I do not like driving off the road while playing with the radio!

    Pros: It works.

    Cons: Everything else!

    Great value

    Written by: JWG1987 from Cheyenne, WY on June 13, 2012

    1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy install. Everything needed for the install was there except for wire crimp connections, but they seem to want you to solder it together, so I can't mark down for that. Very good directions, installed wire harness easily and it snapped into factory harness. The adapter worked as designed.

    Pros: Looks great, easy install, upgrade ready to sirius or amplifiers if I decide to go that route later.

    Cons: No bluetooth for Cell phone use.

    Great Upgrade From OEM!

    Written by: Tim Backstrom from Colorado on June 9, 2012

    2009 Jeep Compass
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I just finished installing the Clarion CZ401 in my 2009 Jeep Compass replacing the factory headunit, and the improvement in sound and functionality is great! I bought this radio mostly for it's built-in HD radio and playing MP3s from USB, and both of those work fantastically. Installation was also really easy with the Crutchfield provided instructions and parts.

    Pros: Great sound and functionality

    Cons: None I've found so far.

    It's going back

    Written by: DavidH from Dallas, TX on June 8, 2012

    2001 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sending back- has significant issues. Main issue- the faceplate keeps popping off! Be driving along - pop. And yes, I've made sure it was pressed in as well as it will go. It sounds worse than my 11 year old cheap factory radio. FM crackles all the time, the sound is flat and tinny, and if you happen to pick up an HD AM station, you get these loud random screetches that are so jolting that you might wreck the car. Was hoping the parametric EQ would help the sound, but no luck. So I'm getting an AUX input add-on for my original car radio and putting it back in.

    Pros: Looks nice, easy to use, you get a lot of features for the price.

    Cons: Faceplate constantly pops off, FM is crackly, scary HD AM noises, sound is flat and tinny.

    Bang for the Buck

    Written by: NAJ from Pearland, TX on June 4, 2012

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The sound adjust ability with this unit is immaculate and will wake up your speakers. I had a head unit that was six years old and worked fine. Now with the Clarion I can use my speakers more fully. With the ability to fine tune your own sound level I now have full range bass and don't have to turn the bass down in worry of blowing the door speakers. Great product with an outstanding price! I may buy another just to have for a future vehicle.

    Pros: Well lit Easy to read screen Easy to learn

    Cons: The buttons stay lit when the unit is off

    Good for the money

    Written by: Loxx from North Carolina on June 3, 2012

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It's good for the money.

    Pros: Lots of features. Works well with iPhone.

    Cons: Cryptic to use. Not intuitive.

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: TeresaK from Bel Air MD on June 2, 2012

    1995 Chrysler New Yorker
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    We are pleased with the stereo but the clock is not always on automatically. You have to press a button 4 times to get the clock to appear and if you adjust the volume or change the channel you have to cycle through to see the clock again. If I had known this I would not have purchased this stereo.

    Pros: Great sound. Blue lights are nice .

    Cons: Clock never stays on automatically.

    Amazing product

    Written by: Ted from Olney, MD on May 29, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bought this for my 06 Ford Fusion to replace my factory radio and it is great! The quality of sound in my car jumped from crappy to amazing. Its got cool features like HD Radio, iTunes tagging and easily compatible with my iPhone 4S. It was a steal at the price and has great power output with its preamp along with its 45 watt RMS output. Highly recommended!

    Pros: Lots of features, great price and easy install.

    Cons: none

    Excellent Value for Money

    Written by: palag1 from American Samoa on May 28, 2012

    1998 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have a 1998 Nissan Frontier, i live in American Samoa so i was skeptical about whether shipping would occur. It can within 1 week, sent priority mail. Installation was a breeze after i read the directions. There were some extra parts that didn't fit in my truck but overall, the product is sleek, works great and was easy to install. The bracket braces are made for every nissan which means you have to break off the ones that don't correspond to your make and model. It would have been easier if they were perforated instead i had to spend close to 30 mins sawing the extra parts off with a kitchen knife

    Pros: sleek design, good sound quality

    Cons: have to install brackets that are not perforated.

    not bad for the price.....

    Written by: dank from ohio on May 28, 2012

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice for the price, hard to navigate. Overall I like the unit, has lots of features and accessories packed into an affordable price. I wish I could shut off the HD tuner, HD sounds worse than analog and it turns on and off automatically which is annoying.

    Pros: Features and price.

    Cons: Four key strokes to see the clock, then every time you turn the car off you have to do it over again. no control over HD tuner.

    Nice, with a few "features"

    Written by: Michael M. from Tucson, AZ on May 24, 2012

    1999 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Decent receiver, but the user interface needs some work.

    Pros: Has usb, cd, and HD radio for a low price.

    Cons: The play/pause button is tiny and hard to hit: it is one of the preset buttons and not one of the big buttons. The store demo mode (called screen saver) is on by default. I could not find anything about how to off store demo mode anywhere online. I had to call the Crutchfield help line to find out it is called the screen saver; you can find instruction on how to turn it off on page 11 of the product manual.

    I'd buy it again.

    Written by: N8 from Cornwall, PA on May 22, 2012

    2001 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a GREAT head unit for the price. Everyone that has heard the stereo is amazed how good it sounds. The only thing for me to consider is why didn't I pay the couple extra bucks to get the bluetooth model. If Bluetooth isn't an issue for you, then this model is your best option.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Price

    Cons: No Bluetooth

    cz401

    Written by: SWM from LaSalle IL on May 14, 2012

    2004 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Just installed in my girlfriends 2004 saturn vue Sounds Great. The price is amazing with the install kit and wiring harness looks like it belongs. Called tech for help and the had all my info from my phone number which was great. THANK CRUTCHFIELD. And it was a big improvment over the factory system sounds much better after installed.

    Pros: PRICE!!!!

    Cons: none

    Good looking, but reception isn't that great

    Written by: CamE from Lehi, UT on May 14, 2012

    2008 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I liked how it was so inexpensive but had a lot of options that I wanted, like HD Radio. The unit looks great and has a lot of style that I like. I have used Kenwood, Pioneer & JVC in the past, but this one actually looks nicer than most of those. My only complaint is the sound quality and reception of the radio stations (HD or non-HD) is really really poor. I installed the antenna in the back but it doesn't pick up stations really well. Other than that, I'm pleased. I used a coupon code and got the unit shipped, etc. for a great price so I can't complain.

    Pros: Great looks, style, and features for the money.

    Cons: Radio reception is crap. The controls aren't as intuitive as I like.

    mostly perfect

    Written by: Anonymous from columbia, mo on May 11, 2012

    1999 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Not all menu operations are intuitive but very functional

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Very nice upgrade

    Written by: JEEP JOE from Georgia on May 9, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was an upgrade from an older Clarion head unit. The install was VEY easy since i used the old wires and mount bracket. After that I was ready to play around with it. The sound is great, much better than the older Calrion. This has to be one of my favorite H/U buys of lately. I really like the IPod/ usb and the aux inputs on the front. I'm running 2 4x6 in dash and 6-1/2 in rollbars along with a rockford 600 pushing a solo 10"sub. REALLY brought the system alive. I live in the middle of a 100 acre farm and my wife hears the music while I'm on the main road about 400 yards from the house. I am impressed with this unit for being the price it is. Really glad I went with it.

    Pros: Great sound, features,and you get a great unit for low cost

    Cons: none yet, kinda hard to set the eq right. not that big of deal tho.

    Excellent value

    Written by: JPaganel from Minneapolis, MN on May 6, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a very nice unit for the price. It has a great feature set, good sound and is solidly built. I bought it mainly for the iPod integration. I was also looking for something that had a built in HD radio tuner because I did not want the extra cost and wiring of an add-on. A big plus in this radio is the volume knob. It is large, easy to find, and the extra functions it carries are disabled in the normal mode, so that going over a bump while turning the radio down doesn't throw you into a menu. I was also pleasantly surprised that there is a function to dim the display when the car lights are turned on. It's not as nice as having a fully functional dimmer that would follow dash illumination, but it's better than most aftermarket radios that blind you at night. The sound is excellent in any mode. The HD tuner works well. It does cut out inside parking ramps and reception can be spotty in places, but this is a function of HD technology, not the tuner itself. HD reception is either there or it's not, unlike the analog broadcasts that can still be heard with a weak signal, albeit with lower quality. The only complaint I have is some display annoyances. I like to see artist and song info, but the display defaults to station ID and you need to push a small button to switch it every time after starting the car. Same goes for the clock - it's at the end of the menu. Clock setting is also a bit counterintuitive.

    Pros: Price, sound quality, automatic dimmer, iPod support, built in HD tuner, handy volume control

    Cons: Inability to set default display, can't read Unicode tags in languages other than English, quirky menu function

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: Momo from L.A., CA on May 3, 2012

    1995 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    works great! the quality of receiver is high class. had some difficulties with those buttons but i'm getting better at it. highly recommended

    Pros: value, build quailty

    Cons: ease of use (not really a con)

    Lot of bang for the buck

    Written by: shusky from springfield,va on April 28, 2012

    1989 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    outstanding unit for the money. I dont think you can do any better than this for the money. Very nice eq section, good amp power and solid iphone control. HD radio works nicely too. Sonically this is a very nice stereo, reminds me of the Alpine units i owned in the past. Highly recommended

    Pros: display, ipod control, sound,

    Cons: nested menu access

    Good for the price but nothing special

    Written by: wyo_vr4 from Tampa, FL on April 27, 2012

    1999 Lincoln Navigator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For the price, it's a decent unit. Sound quality is lacking but for the price, I wasn't expecting great things. It takes a long time to start playing a CD. HD Radio is OK, slightly better than FM, but poor reception can lead to a weird sound defect, which kind of reminds me of when a record skips. The free installation gear and Crutchfield support was great, as usual. If you are looking for a solid budget receiver, this will fit the bill. Just do not expect anything approaching greatness. I like the I/O options but my Navigator's factory Alpine stereo actually sounded better.

    Pros: Easy install, compatibility with factory components (sub, in my case), build quality, input/output options, big volume knob.

    Cons: Sound quality, user interface, HD radio, slow CD start-up, small buttons.

    great stereo for the price

    Written by: Brooke from MN on April 20, 2012

    2007 Chevrolet Aveo5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    I purchased this stereo to upgrade my Chevy Aveo from its factory stereo. The installation was not quite as simple as promised and it was a bit confusing going between 3 different instruction sheets. But the stereo fit perfectly and the sound is a huge improvement over the factory install. I love having an AUX and a USB connection available on the front. Not having an iPod is a disadvantage though with the USB connection. It only plays tracks in order or shuffle all. I have not found any way to play shuffing in a single artist, playlist or genre. The HD radio works great in my experience. The connection is quick and clear. The display is fairly well organized and easy to use. The small buttons do not bother me, they really aren't that small. The remote is handy as well.

    Pros: Great sound for the money, even without upgrading speakers. Easily accessible AUX and USB ports. Easy set up for settings.

    Cons: Limited compatibility with non iPhones for USB connection. Installation requires cross referencing 3 or 4 instruction manuals.

    Good value

    Written by: Anonymous from Columbus, OH on April 19, 2012

    2003 Honda Civic
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    Took a bit to get settings set. Looks good when installed.

    Pros: Good sound. but that is also due to better speakers installed with radio.

    Cons: When the radio is powered off, the time/clock is not displayed. The clock is only visible when the radio is on and selected. Unable to sort/group songs on USB stick Buttons don't work all the time.

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: Skeeter from mississippi on April 16, 2012

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great radio very easy to install !!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: nothing

    Great sounds

    Written by: Steve from San Jose CA. on April 14, 2012

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Anything better would cost alot more money. Great sounds for the price.Crutchfield customer since the early 1980's.

    Pros: The buttons are well laid out for my application. USB connection in front. Sound quality.

    Cons: My other cars already have Clarion units.

    Best Sounding Stereo

    Written by: HAWKFAN49 from Davis Junction, IL on April 8, 2012

    2000 Saturn SL1
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For the money, I have never heard a better sounding unit. The functions/controls are well laid out and easy to use.

    Pros: Great sound and easy to use. By far, the best sounding easy-to-use stereo I have ever purchased in my lifetime.

    Cons: Only one; when the radio is powered off, the time/clock is not displayed - even when the car is running. The clock is only visible/operable when the radio is on.

    Amazing

    Written by: Kmratliff29 from Cincinnati on April 5, 2012

    1999 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Cannot beat it especially for the price.

    Pros: Cool looking. Clean sound. Has all the new technology features.

    Cons:

    excellent

    Written by: cjs from arlington va on April 4, 2012

    2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installation was easy--instructions were good. Sound is excellent and basic controls intuitive.

    Pros: Price, sound quality

    Cons: none

    great

    Written by: jsak from beaufort sc on April 2, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Amazing best for price available!

    Pros: Awsome everything about it!

    Cons: Lpf and hpf could have a few more settings as well as the crossover frequencys thats it though.

    Very Nice Receiver

    Written by: Sean M. from Oklahoma City, Ok on April 2, 2012

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The CZ401 has proven to be a great receiver for the money. It's very easy to use and navigate, although the Ipod control is a little drawn out since you have to scroll through all menu and list options, but I just navigate the actual Ipod so it's no big problem for me. Sound quality is very good; very clean looking in my dash. Install with the supplied guides and equipment from Crutchfield was a breeze, awesome free stuff with the purchase. I don't use HD radio so I can't comment on that, but all the other features I have been very pleased with so far. I have read on some of the lower rated reviews that the HD and satellite don't work well, and some say the FM doesn't get great reception but I don't use any of these myself. So if you're like me and only use an MP3 player with the AUX input or CDs, I think you will be very happy with this deck. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase, especially at the price.

    Pros: Really easy to use; looks great if you like a simple, clean set-up; great expandability features for future add-ons such as amps or subs.

    Cons: Would be nice for the clock to stay on when you want it to, but between my car's clock and my phone, not a big deal to me. No other cons I have found.

    Clarion CZ401

    Written by: Big Jim from ELA from ELA, Ca. on April 2, 2012

    2001 Saturn SL2
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    Good value and easy installation

    Pros:

    Cons:

    nice for the price

    Written by: Clarion CZ401 from bay area, Ca on March 31, 2012

    1998 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very decent deck for the price. comes with everything you need. HD radio reception a little spotty. USB and AUX connections work great and with the install kit, installation was clean and easy. Only complaint is the clock/time does not show on the screen, only after pushing six/seven buttons.

    Pros: price, free install kit, sound options, front USB, front AUX, remote

    Cons: Clock is hidden, display has high gloss so you can't see it when the sun shines

    CZZZZZZZZZZ401

    Written by: BEN BLESSED from Knoxville TN. on March 31, 2012

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I just installed the cz401 in my 1999 dodge ram yesterday WOW!!! for the great price from Crutchfield and installation gear with can with the unit made my life easy and saved at me over 75.00 dollars that what iam talking about great product great price and great service i called for tech help and it was great also HAPPY IN TENNESSEE!!!

    Pros: GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND THE THINGS YOU NEED, IVE READ MANY REVIEWS ABOUT THE CZ401 AND THERE ARE A LOT OF COMPLAINERS OUT THEIR ,HEY WOULDNT BE HAPPY WITH ANYTHING!!!!

    Cons: NONE SO FAR

    Takes getting used to

    Written by: Ed in Lugoff from Lugoff SC on March 28, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    • Build Quality
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    I had to ask my college age son for help in replacing the radio in my 1975 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. He immediately sat at his laptop and went to Crutchfield's website. They offered several choices. I chose this clarion Z401 because of the lower price and freebies that came with it.. Local stores charged extra for the harness, antenna adapter, etc, I had to go to a local car audio shop for installation help and it took that whiz kid about 40 minutes to remove the original factory radio and install this new Clarion Z401. He charged me $78 and I was glad to pay it and get it done right the first time. I am pleased and would recommend this unit to someone like myself that doesn't want anything complicated while driving.

    Pros: Low cost and freebies. USB connection is very handy With just the original Dodge Dakota speakers this Clarion Z401 sounds so much stronger and better quality sound that the original factory audio unit.

    Cons: Being 65 years old, the buttons are small for my fingers and take getting used to, but I am setting my favorite channels in the memory and that makes it much easier that the scan or seek buttons. Those are kind of a hassle while you're driving.

    Great bang for the buck!

    Written by: TimB from Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2012

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I am very happy with this receiver, especially for the price.

    Pros: Lot of tuning features to get the perfect sound. Powers my aftermarket speakers perfectly.

    Cons: Boring display but I don't really care about that.

    Disappointed

    Written by: JoeD from Phoenix, AZ on March 25, 2012

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