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Clarion CZ500

CD receiver

Item #: 020CZ500

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Original Price: $139.99

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Talk hands-free in your car with a compatible phone — Clarion's CZ500 CD receiver features built-in Bluetooth® so you can keep your hands on the wheel during your conversations. When a call comes in, the CZ500 mutes the music while you talk to your caller over your car's speakers. Clarion includes a microphone that you can mount in the best spot for maximum sound quality.

Play music from your iPod® or iPhone®
You won't need an adapter to play digital tunes in your car. Simply connect your iPod or iPhone to the rear USB input, and you can browse your music collection using the stereo's controls. That way, you can stash your player and keep it charged while you drive. An included remote lets your passengers control the tunes while you concentrate on driving.

Even more ways to play your music
The CZ500 will play your store-bought CDs, plus recordable discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can also load up a USB thumb drive with MP3 and WMA files for even more options.

Sweet sound
The built-in amplifier delivers plenty of power, while a bass enhancer and 3-band parametric equalizer allow you to adjust the sound to your taste. If you're building a system, three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs send a clean signal to all your amplifiers. The subwoofer volume control comes in handy when you're switching from one kind of music to another, like from jazz to reggae. You can use the built-in low-pass filter to get maximum efficiency from your subs.

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

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • detachable face with LCD display
    • wireless remote
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ (3-band parametric EQ and five preset tone settings)
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • low-pass filter
    • subwoofer level control
    • built-in iPod and iPhone control — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with optional Clarion HD Radio tuner, satellite radio
    • inputs: rear USB input (for USB thumb drives, iPhone, and iPod), front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other features and specs:

    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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    Truck already had CZ500 installed when purchased

    Written By Michael, Los Fresnos, Texas on Sunday, February 02, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Not Rated

    Great radio does what it says and sounds great too! I purchased my Jeep Cheeroke and radio was already installed, was going to replace with Kenwood excelon KDCX895 but don't need to. The Clarion CZ500 performs great.

    Pros: Bluetooth, sound adjustability

    Cons: could look cooler

    Great Head unit

    Written By Raymond, Cookeville, TN on Thursday, November 08, 2012

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

    I always wanted to have a unit that had bluetooth and can hook up to an iPod very easily. I bought this right before they discontinue it about 1 1/2 year ago. it has great sound for a preamp unit. super clear on Bluetooth streaming. When i added 2 subs to the unit, it made my truck booming down the highway. overall, its a great unit and i wish they have another just like it. the one thing i didn't like was when connecting to Bluetooth, it switches to Bluetooth. And sometimes it won't play music when connected. When you hang up a call, it stops the music and you have to disconnect and reconnect later.

    Pros: Great Sound USB connection Bluetooth calling It puts the boom in Booming easy installing best buy to get for $140

    Cons: discontinued Syncing Contacts Switching back to music after hanging up a call

    Not a great unit

    Written By Anonymous, bonaire,ga on Sunday, November 04, 2012

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

    This is the first clarion I've owned that did not live up to expectations, hasnt worked since july 2012, checked all wiring, rewired radio just will not cut on, found my older clarion unit plugged it in, tadah it worked, the cz 500 didnt make it 2 yrs, my father rarely drives the car thus not knowing the radio was inop, very diassapointed in build quality, hit reset you can here it reset but nothing happens, it will not turn on!

    Cons: Will not work

    Bluetooth Calling Terrible but can be upgraded

    Written By Anonymous, DCS on Thursday, September 15, 2011

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    I have had the same problems with the microphone - no one can hear me even if I am physically hold the microphone in front of my mouth. However, I came across a software upgrade on the Team Clarion site for the radio via the usb. MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY. I have not done this yet to see if it works, but it seems like it should. If possible I will post an update to this review after I try the process. I am happy with everything else about the radio which I mostly purchased for A2DP bluetooth streaming from my phone.

    Great product but even better customer service....

    Written By Diana, Hot Springs, AR on Saturday, August 20, 2011

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    My son has an older truck and was not sure what type of radio could replace the old one. The customer service guy was wonderful. Asked me what all I wanted the features to be and recommended a great product. If I ever need anything I will certainly use Crutchfields again and again....... Wonderful company and people involved.....

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By JasonW, Suffolk, VA on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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    I really like this unit. It was easy to install, and after a little time it was easy to use. I have not hooked up Satellite radio yet, but as far as IPOD and Flash Drives, this thing is GREAT! Functions great, bluetooth capability is great. One small hiccup was setting the clock. Other than that, great.

    Bluetooth is useless

    Written By Tony, NY on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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    I was looking for a low priced receiver (i.e. under $100) to replace my factory unit and decided to spend a few extra bucks on the CZ500. The main draw of this unit for me was the built in bluetooth. Unfortunately the bluetooth is basically useless. Every time I made a call the person on the other end could barely hear me.

    The unit functions fine as a stereo but I would have bought something cheaper if I knew that the bluetooth is a gimmick on this unit.

    Amazing head unit for the price.

    Written By Psypher, NW Arkansas on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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    After extensive research and reading review upon review of various head units, I decided to get a Clarion. I picked up this unit because it fit perfectly into my budget. After installation I fired up this unit, and instantly started playing around with it. I have to say I love the EQ on this thing, and its got several other features I haven't even had time to mess around with yet. Compared to stock, this unit gave me much crisper highs, and clean lows which I found to be a pleasant surprise. All in all I give this head unit a 5 star rating based on features, sound, looks, and price.

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By Jason, Merrimack, NH on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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    After one bad unit tha affected only the XM tuning. The unit is great. The sound and features are a big upgrad from my factory Civic radio. The bluetooth sounds pretty good, the Ipod, Aux input, and Sat. radio all sound very good. customer service has been very good. When I had the problem with the radio the guys at Cructhfield sent my entire order over again to be sure the right part was replaced. Stereo for the money, I wouldn't trade it in.

    a great choice

    Written By Chris, Texas on Monday, July 11, 2011

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    since I did not know what kind of stereo system I had in the truck for sure, I thaught I had the non infinity system, when i was installing the stereo, and running everything I needed for the speakers and future amps and subs today, I found out I had to have an adapter for the infinity sound system, because the amps are attached to the factory speakers and have 8 wires to each side. well my fault for not knowing. I got the head unit installed, and replaced the two front door speakers as well with components. the trick was figuring out what wires went where. the adapter would cost 150.00 at best buy, wal mart didn't have it, and I just cut the wires, and figured out what went where with the factory radeo still in place, after I did all that I connected everything up started puting together everything I tore apart and installed the head unit. I can say was a lond day, but was finished in 7 hours with a miss hap included. multi meter was very handy figureing out power wires to old amps. havn't tried the hands free as of yet, but one day this week will do so.

    very cool radio

    Written By fiona, roselle park,nj on Saturday, June 25, 2011

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    My factory radio was going bad so I had to get a replacement and I must say this was a perfect choice. Great features and I love the remote. Would recommend it to anyone.

    Great Feature set but a pain to use

    Written By mina, reston, va on Thursday, June 23, 2011

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    I bought this radio because of the external mic for the bluetooth, the expansion features, and because its a Clarion, it arrived quickly I installed it and then went on vacation driving 10 hours each way that is when I realized how bad this thing really is:
    1. The user interface and menus are the most counter intuitive I've ever seen
    2. Pre-set buttons are very small and a pain to push
    3. The controls don't have much travel or feedback but you have to push them very hard to get the radio to do anything
    4. Bluetooth sound quality is good but sometimes it won't connect to the phone unless you power the radio down and turn it on again (I tired 2 phones that work great in my other car with a Sony radio)

    While on vacation I had crutchfield send me a Return authorization, do yourself a favor and avoid this thing.

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By Lin, Knoxville on Saturday, June 11, 2011

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    Had it installed just over a week ago. Great sound. Hard to see display with sunglasses on. Need short iphone 4 cable so as to store phone in opening under radio. The Griffen cable I bought doesn't connect well.

    Last years model...

    Written By Deallio, NW Indiana on Sunday, June 05, 2011

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    Installation easy due to the kit Crutchfield provides. Looks good and sounds great on tuner, CD and off USB thumbdrive but bluetooth linking not very simple. Have to manually relink every time the car is started up...for example; even when stopping for gas. My CZ501 (next version up) I have in my other vehicle automatically links which is much nicer.

    Almost a good deal

    Written By MikeT, Greenville, SC on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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    I thought I had gotten a really good deal on a receiver when I bought this one. After getting installed, with some help from the Crutchfield team to rewire the factory amp, it seemed to be a good receiver. Good sound, especially compared to the factory unit.

    However, after living with it for a short while, it went from good deal to annoying. The bluetooth would not automatically pair for the first week or so, then mysteriously started working. Now, when you get in the car, no matter what you were listening to, it defaults to bluetooth and you have to reselect your previous source.

    In addition, the microphone is useless and there are no gain adjustments to try to make it work. The person on the other end of the call can not hear anything that is said through the mic, even held up to your mouth.

    This one is definitely going back, as soon as I can decide on a replacement.

    Radio is great except for 2 things

    Written By Anonymous, Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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    Love the radio for the price ($140 plus free 2 day shipping and no tax). But the clock issue is more annoying than I imagined when reading other reviews prior to purchase. Why the clock doesn't show at all times is beyond stupid especially with a 2 line display. The other issue is I didn't even begin to think that the song info wouldn't show on the radio display when streaming by bluetooth. It does when hooking up an IPOD through USB. I have to look at my phone when a song comes on I don't recognize which defeats the whole purpose. Other than those 2 issues, very happy with radio so far.

    No Double dinn...

    Written By James P, Detroit Mich on Monday, May 30, 2011

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    Clarion is a good product but the CZ500 has too much confusion to use all it has to offer...buttons are multi-fuctional & too close together for an average size hand to opperate...

    Fist Time Buyer, Long time reader

    Written By Healey, Nashua, NH on Monday, May 30, 2011

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    Bought this Stereo to keep my daughters hands on the wheel and it worked right out of the box. Bluetooth and Ipod connections keep her from fumbling around with her phone or music while driving.

    NOTE: The "Power Antenna" refers to an "amplified antenna". make sure to make the connection if you want good FM reception.

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By RickH, Broken Arrow, OK on Thursday, May 26, 2011

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    This is the first modern deck I have purchased that was packed with features, but simple to use. Most have some rediculous control scheme involving joysticks and push in to pop out a control and other nonsense. This deck installed easily with included harnesses from Crutchfield and worked flawlessly. It's like getting a factory stereo with all the features you could ever want built-in. If I have any complaint, it would be that the design seems to be sculpted away from the driver position meaning it seems to slant (just slightly) from left to right. This is not a big deal but in my convertable is causes a slight glare to occur with the top down and I have to 'lean' toward the passenger side to see the display in that situation.

    06 F250

    Written By Bryan, Texas on Monday, May 23, 2011

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    Nice unit for the price. Very happy with it. Like I read in other reviews, the blue tooth isn't all that great. Yes it works, but other ppl have a hard time hearing me. I did try mounting the microphone in several different places, it did not help. Other than that, great unit, I am still very happy with it.

    CZ500 rocks

    Written By Carl, Houston, Texas on Monday, May 23, 2011

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    This is a great head unit at a great price. I installed this in my 2003 Kia Sorento and it operates flawlessly. The bluetooth works great and sync'd easily with my iPhone 3Gs and my fiance's iPhone 4. The mic cord wasn't long enough to route up to the visor so I stuck it to the steering column right behind the steering wheel. Voices from this mic position come through well on the other end, the mic is more than sensitive enough. There's a little echo on the other end but no more than most factory bluetooth systems. The AD2P function for playing music through bluetooth is awesome and works great with music files as well as Pandora and other music streaming services on iPhones.

    connecting ipods and iphone to the system via the units USB cable is easy and works good. It didn't recognize my iphone 3Gs the fist time I hooked it up but the second time I plugged it in it worked fine.

    The unit has been working really well so far.

    Nice Price.. Superior Service... And Nice Unit...

    Written By Danjeep, Smithfield ,Va on Saturday, May 21, 2011

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    The order was placed on Wed. the 18th and arrived the 19th. I am happy with it so far and the price was nice.Very adjustable as far as the sound goes and easy to use.I mounted the mic on my a pillar and dont have any problems hearing my girlfriend when she calls. Bluetooth is tempermental like any other but a quick reset solves that real easy. I must say I cannot complain at all about this purchase and will be back soon...

    Great Sound, Poor BT and Garbage Radio Search

    Written By Stephen2, Norton, OH on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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    I started of with a DUAL which made me think I needed new speakers. I installed this unit instead and the sound was amazing! I love the ability to hide my USB stick to listen to music. As with many other reviews the Bluetooth does not automatically connect which makes it useless. I'm not going to manually connect every time I hop in my car.

    The radios search function is USELESS. There is no scan, only seek. To use it you need to push and hold the button for about a second every time you need another station. So if you plan on searching for stations, forget it. I can't believe a system like this would have such a poor execution of a simple function.

    -Excellent sound
    -Hidden USB

    -Incompatible Bluetooth (LG Optimus)
    -Poor BT sound/functionality
    -No reasonable scan/seek function for radio
    -Ugly display/faceplate

    I would not recommend this unit unless you wanted it purely for the hidden USB functionality.

    Great unit for the price but...

    Written By Tim Sullivan, Phillips, ME on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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    The only problem I can find with the unit is the microphone for the hands free
    calling sucks. The only way people can hear you is to hold the mic close to your
    mouth. Other than that it is a very nice unit.

    Terrible Quality

    Written By ACP, San Francisco on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Bought this for my wife for bluetooth capability for phone and music. Worked fine for a week. Had small annoying issues: you have to re-pair the bluetooth phone every time, could not have it show just the time. Bluetooth microphone was terrible, could not hear anything. But I could live with all that. Now, four months later, buttons stopped working, tuner just keeps scanning. Resetting it doesn't work. Very bad quality. I am going to see if I can get it replaced.

    Good but not great

    Written By Dave B, New England on Monday, May 09, 2011

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    Installed this in my girlfriend's 2002 Civic.It's a decent unit for the price but the
    menus are pretty confusing, the display despite being a 2 line isn't very flexible
    in what you can have it display, the buttons feel cheap, the ipod interface while
    good, is not as fast as my new JVC (reminds me more of the old Alpine KCA420i
    in terms of scrolling speed when turning the dial). Perhaps most importantly the
    bluetooth interface seems poorly designed. Despite the booklet saying you can
    initiate a call from any source by hitting two buttons together, neither my gf or I
    can make it bring up the call interface unless on the Bluetooth A2DP audio
    source. We also had an issue with her iPhone 3G not auto connecting but a
    helpful post in the forums here solved that. All in all, for the price you get a lot of
    features, but it may be a case of quantity over quality. I'd recommend the JVC
    815 over this big time.

    Great product

    Written By Mike M, allentown, PA on Sunday, May 08, 2011

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    This product was great for the start, easy installation, great look, and quite
    affordable. The main reason for me buying this certain one was the Bluetooth
    capability and let me say that it works like a charm.
    The only con for me would be connecting my phone each time to the Bluetooth and
    sometimes it doesn't pick up my iPhone 3g either through the usb cable.

    BEST for the Money

    Written By Very Satisfied, SD,CA on Monday, April 25, 2011

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    This deck has great sound, look, and usability. If you are looking for something
    in expensive w/ alot of features get this one.

    The only cons I've had with this deck are that the bluetooth does not auto
    connect w/ my phone(but this might be a problem w/ my phone) and the blue
    tooth mic isn't the greatest but it does the job. Neither of these is a deal
    breaker. The A2DP is amazing. I connect my android phone and i can play
    music and have an amazing navi in my car.

    All I can say is buy it.

    For the Price It's Great

    Written By Bob, Modena, NY on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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    This is a very feature rich product and easy to work stereo for the price. I
    think the max volume is a little low and would like a wireless mic.

    Very Nice

    Written By Sri, centreville,va on Friday, April 15, 2011

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    Got this system for my 95 Lexus ES 300 as it has bluetooth. I have to say that
    this is an awsome system for that price. The output is also good, I have to
    mention the bluetooth is really really nice, i have a iphone 4 which connects
    with the system good(but one little disappointment, i have to connect the
    bluetooth everytime after i turn on the system, it doesnt connect automatically
    like the bluetooth in Garmin Nuvii GPS, in Garmin Nuvii it connects
    automatically after I turn on the system everytime) streaming of music via
    bluetooth is really awesome, I even connected the online radion from my IPone
    4 by bluetooth. Call quality is ok sometimes the other side couldnt hear me
    but the display will show you all the calls placed, receive and missed. You can
    even place a call with new numbers using the dial of the receiver. The radio
    quality is good as long as you have a good antenna, but it is awesome for the
    old antenna. They have a preset sound and also you can do custom sound
    options. only the disappointement is the installation kit, cruthfield has to field
    study and introduced new installation kits may be a different make. As far as
    the clarion receiver I am happy with it. May be I have to wait and see as it is only
    a month older to see if it is funtioning good. May be I will write a review again
    after 6 months to make sure the same quality is there in the radio.

    Great for the Price

    Written By BrianC, SAINT SIMONS ISLAND on Friday, April 15, 2011

    For the price this unit is ideal.
    Pros: I ran the USB cable to my center console and it works perfectly with my Ipod
    and Iphone. The Sound is great and has really enhanced my audio in my car.
    Bluetooth works good picks up my phone when I enter and exit.

    Cons: from what I can tell it is somewhat hard to hear me from the bluetooth mic,
    but the ease of use helps me ignore that.


    Written By Scott, South Carolina on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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    Great stereo, strong sound quality and it performs well in all aspects. The only
    reason I did not give 5 stars is I have had trouble with bluetooth connectivity,
    but it is nothing to surprising considering the cost of the stereo. If you are
    looking for a very good replacement and bluetooth is not a huge concern I would
    recommend this.

    Awesome Head Unit for the Price

    Written By Patrick, Bayville on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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    Recently bought a 2004 Ford Explorer it came with the stock CD / Tape Unit my old car had a CD / MP3 player from Panasonic granted it was 5 years old it worked. I wanted something I could hook my iPod or Droid X up to as well as with blue tooth. After reading reviews and taking a few trips to local stores i decided on the CZ500 for a few reasons although it is the older model there is now the CZ501. i liked the fact that the USB was a cable coming out the rear so i could hide the iPod and not worry about cables being left out for some one to see. It has 3 sets of pre-amps for if i ever want to hook up my Amp in the future. the blue tooth supported audio profiles so i can stream from the Droid. All this for less them some other units with out as many features. As for the blue tooth it works like a charm the only thing i could complain about if i had to pick something wrong is the auto playing when you sync it to the phone but its not that big of a deal all you do is pause it on the phone and it works fine after that.

    Great deal!

    Written By Rick, San Francisco, CA on Monday, April 11, 2011

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    Great, unit, sounds great, easy install. My only two beefs: 1) the EQ controls are
    OK, but I wish that either that were more bands for the parametric EQ and/or that
    the Max Bass (or whatever it's called) had more control that simply on or off. When
    it's on, it's far too much, but a little of that extra deep bass would be nice. 2) the
    microphone for the bluetooth function is terrible. No matter what I do, callers can't
    hear me. I rarely make phonecalls in the car so it's not SUCH a huge deal. Other
    than these two relatively minor issues (for me) this is an amazing unit.

    Incrediable for the price

    Written By Steve, Gig Harbor, WA on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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    Just got this from Crutchfield for my daughters 1996 Honda accord. The parts
    that come with it for the dash kit do not match up to well with the car. however,
    the stereo is very nice. For a sub $150 unit, it comes with a bluetooth mic
    cable, and can also control an Ipod from the head unit.

    The sound is wonderful, and it is easy to navigate after about an hour of playing
    with it. The bluetooth disconnects every time you turn the car off. However you
    have to manually get the phone to connect again. This is a pain in the butt.

    You cannot change the color of the display, but then again this is not a higher
    end unit. You also cannot control the Ipod from the Ipod when it is plugged in.
    The display has a nice 2 line display, but nothing like the 10 lines on the Ipod. I
    wish I could control it from both ends.

    Another nice thing about this unit is that you can connect a Iphone 4 to it.
    Others only go to the 3gs. This is a nice feature.

    I would recommend this unit if you have a budget like I do. The
    bluetooth mics in the head units are not good at all, I highly recommend you
    get one with a wired mic like this one which comes with the unit.

    Great unit for the price.

    Excellent unit for the money

    Written By Jonathan C, Bloomington, IL on Monday, April 04, 2011

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    I've been a user of Clarion stereos for 17 years now, and havens been
    disappointment yet, including this new stereo. The features that it offers for
    the price is definitely hard to beat. I love the options for playing my music as
    well. I have the USB cable currently routed to my glovebox with a 14gig flash
    drive attached that hold most all of my music. I don't have an iPod yet, but so
    far I see no need to get one. The Bluetooth feature is great for playing MP3s
    off of my Blackberry as well.
    Pros: Clean sound, Bluetooth, USB, and 6 channel RCAs
    Cons, Browsing the USB drive can take time. Bluetooth automatically starts
    playing the last song played on my phone when it connects.

    Nice Stereo Head

    Written By Jim, Sunnyvale, CA on Sunday, March 27, 2011

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    Car: 2001 Ford Sport Trac; Phone: HTC Evo 4G, Sprint

    Aesthetic:The light of the head is bluish, but the dash lighting is green. So
    the Head stood out sorely at night. Also didn't realize that the clock DOES NOT
    show up on the display when the radio is off. As a result, I lost the clock
    function once the factory head was replaced.

    Bluetooth:The built-in BT functions well, except that answering calls by
    pressing the button on the head doesn't work, as described in the manual.
    However, calls answered by pressing the answer button on the phone would
    transfer the call to the stereo head. A2DP is working well, except that as soon
    as the phone is connected to the head, it starts to play the music. So I have to
    stop the music on the phone. Not sure if this is a problem with the phone or the
    head. The work around is to change the selection to HD Radio when A2DP starts,
    and that would pause the A2DP. On the other hand, the A2DP is helpful when
    using GPS routing because it sends the instructions to the head and car speakers.

    The HD Radio module makes listening to radio a pleasure. It seems that the power
    is not equally divided between the front and rear speakers. I had to adjust the
    fader more to the rear speakers so that the sound fills the cabin. This maybe a
    factor of distance between front and back speakers in relation to the driver's
    ears... Balancing between right and left seems to be acceptable.

    Great Radio for the Price

    Written By Williams, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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    This is a great radio for the price. I installed it in my 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It fits perfect and looks good. The features are great. I can stream music from my iPhone 3gs and control everything from the radio. My wife loves now having hands free calling from her iPhone in the car as well. With the wire harness included from Crutchfield it integrated into my factory installed infinity sound system beautifully and sounds great.

    Best bang for your buck!

    Written By Steve, Indy on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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    I installed this in my 96 Toyota Avalon w/Factory Premium Sound. All around good
    radio; sounds & looks great, has build in bluetooth, ipod / iphone control's,
    and with the installation kit Crutchfield includes, installation was a snap.

    Good For The Price

    Written By Glenn, Naples, FL on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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    This is a decent unit for the price. It doesn't have a lot of the "fluff" that you get
    from higher priced units, but it is quite feature packed for the price.

    The unit performs well, but you're not going to get the quality that you would in a
    higher priced model. This unit makes a great replacement for a factory unit in
    an older vehicle.

    It does have a few issues:
    1. The unit has no way to keep the clock on the display. As soon as you perform
    any function, the display changes and never goes back to clock mode unless
    you manually put it back.

    2. The unit did have issues connecting to my phone using bluetooth. My
    phone's bluetooth had to be switched off and then back on for the unit to
    connect, even though it was told to auto-connect.

    3. The startup sequencer seems to be out of order. The amplifier circuit turns on
    before the input (tuner, iPod, etc) circuits do, causing a popping sound even at
    low volumes. (Output circuits should ALWAYS turn on last!)

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By FrankM, Sillycon Valley, CA on Saturday, March 12, 2011

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    An iPod 4G (2005ish) confuses it -- I think it sees it as USB storage first
    rather than an iPod.

    An iPhone 3G, once auto-connecting for bluetooth speakerphone use, becomes the
    default audio source. So the radio switches from tuner to silence about ten
    seconds after I start the car, then I have to press the SRC button to get back
    to the tuner.

    An iPod Touch 2G connected via USB is iffy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it
    claims the CZ500 isn't a compatible device and the CZ500 shows ERROR 3 on its
    display. The navigation is a bit clunky, not least because my iPod Touch has
    lots of albums on it.

    A USB flash stick works well. If you're using a Mac, and dragging MP3 files to
    the flash stick, you may need to get rid of some additional files that are
    created on the USB flash stick but don't show up in the Finder by default. I
    cleaned them up from Terminal but then I use Macs because they're nice Unix

    Bluetooth speakerphone and radio work OK for me. They give you that long mic
    cord for a reason, so you can run it up the roof pillar and hook the mic to the
    sun visor. In front of and above you is good.

    Sad that the clock doesn't keep good time and that the "screen saver" is useless
    dancing fruit instead of a slow-moving clock display.

    Great radio and install package for the price

    Written By Doug S, Chicago area on Friday, March 11, 2011

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    Great radio for the price - including install package and shipping plus instructions.
    Granted the install instructions are lacking and the insert cabinet was not secure,
    yet this was a great buying experience with Crutchfield. Definitely will shop there
    Radio has all the basics plus some extras and just about every way possible to
    connect to it.
    Wish the clock would stay on all the time (no punn intended) since I have no clock
    in the car other than the radio.

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By Doug.W, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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    CZ500 is a nice unit at a reasonable price. It was fairly easy to install in my
    2010 Honda Civic coupe. I like the rear USB connection so that I can tuck my
    iPod or USB key inside where it can't be easily seen. Bluetooth works fine for
    me w/ my Eris phone w/o any noticeable problem using its microphone.

    There are some minor issues that you may have to put up with..

    - LED light during the day gets very dim and hard to see
    - Buttons are hard to press around iPod control
    - As mentioned by other users, having to press display button a few times just
    to get the time can be a hassle.

    Overall, I'm really satisfied with the purchase and like the enhanced sound
    quality even w/o adding anything else. I did get the HD radio for free which
    works fine.

    Nice Try, But Poor BT Design

    Written By 13thScorpion, Spokane, WA on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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    Nice unit, easy to install. However I was very disappointed by the poor handeling of bluetooth features.

    First, the auto connectivity feature does not work all the time. Especialy if you shut your phone off and restart it - the reciever will not connect to it. It is as if it is only connecting to the phone when the vehicle is started, and if connectivity did not take place there - good luck.

    Second, and most annoying - the reciever will start playing your recent playlist automatically. I have my iPhone connected to it and it is SO ANNOYING. Best case you have to stop it, which is hard for me because I live in a cold weather and it means I have to get the gloves off, get the phone out of my pocket etc. Worse case, you switch the unit off not realizing that they did not bother to also STOP the ipone from playing, and after an hour of driving you discover you lost a significant charge on your battery.

    I called Crutchfield and they were amazing about it - switched to the Sony BT3900U. I used the BT3700U in the past and LOVED IT. We will see how the 3900 does. But I will stay away from Clarion going forward.

    I gave it two starts because sound was OK (not great) and the design was slick and non intrusive (e.g. no flickering lights that you can't turn off etc).

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By Anonymous, Maynardville on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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    great radio for the price

    once u figure it out it's great

    Written By Dean, San Antonio, TX on Monday, March 07, 2011

    This unit is hard to figure out, but once you do it's great. I don't care about blowing out
    my eardrums any longer, but this unit will do it. It's a vast improvement over the stock
    unit in my 2001 Ford Ranger. The main reason I purchased this one was for the
    Bluetooth option. After I installed it, I was a little disappointed in it, it did not work well
    with my phone. All of the options worked, but I had to yell for anyone to here me. I have
    since gotten a new I Phone, and it works great, everyone can here me fine. So it matters
    what kind of phone you have as well. I like the USB. I didn't have to buy a car charger for
    my new phone.

    The HD radio is a plus. Mine stopped working after about 10 days while driving down the
    road. I called Crutchfield and they immediatley sent me a new HD reciever. It did not
    work properly either, so the tech suggested that I reset the unit? I had no idea what he
    meant. under the face plate there is a very small rest button. I used a toothpick. That
    cured the prblem, and now it works great.

    Not a fan of the manual. obviously it was written by someone who does not speek
    english, because it leaves alot of detail out, but if you are halfway tech savy you will
    figure it out. It makes since beacuase it is made in China.

    Clarion CZ500

    Written By SterlingB, Nevada on Friday, March 04, 2011

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    The CZ500 is great for the most part. Only thing I dont care for is how you scroll through
    your songs on your ipod, would have be nice to be able to scroll through artists to
    get to the song you want to hear faster other then that everything else is great!


    Written By Rock, League City, TX on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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    I am impressed with the clarity and simplicity with which this unit operates. It is quite
    good. I have not used the CD player yet but if it works as well as the rest of the unit, it will
    be fine. The installation was easy as well. It was helped by the instructions that came
    with the unit. It looks great in the truck. A 2004 Nissan Frontier. I am completely happy.