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Clarion CZ500

CD receiver

Item #: 020CZ500

144 Reviews

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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
    Expandability:
    • 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.

    Clarion CZ500 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    144 Reviews

    Truck already had CZ500 installed when purchased

    Written by: Michael from Los Fresnos, Texas on February 2, 2014

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

    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 from Cookeville, TN on November 8, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "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 from bonaire,ga on November 4, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "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!

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    Cons: Will not work

    Bluetooth Calling Terrible but can be upgraded

    Written by: Anonymous from DCS on September 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great product but even better customer service....

    Written by: Diana from Hot Springs, AR on August 20, 2011

    1991 Chevrolet R-V Crew
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.....

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    Written by: JasonW from Suffolk, VA on August 10, 2011

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Bluetooth is useless

    Written by: Tony from NY on July 27, 2011

    2000 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Amazing head unit for the price.

    Written by: Psypher from NW Arkansas on July 26, 2011

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Jason from Merrimack, NH on July 20, 2011

    2011 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    a great choice

    Written by: Chris from Texas on July 11, 2011

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    very cool radio

    Written by: fiona from roselle park,nj on June 25, 2011

    2004 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great Feature set but a pain to use

    Written by: mina from reston, va on June 23, 2011

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Lin from Knoxville on June 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Last years model...

    Written by: Deallio from NW Indiana on June 5, 2011

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

    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.

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    Almost a good deal

    Written by: MikeT from Greenville, SC on May 31, 2011

    2001 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Radio is great except for 2 things

    Written by: Anonymous from Louisville, Kentucky on May 31, 2011

    2004 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    No Double dinn...

    Written by: James P from Detroit Mich on May 30, 2011

    2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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...

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    Fist Time Buyer, Long time reader

    Written by: Healey from Nashua, NH on May 30, 2011

    2002 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: RickH from Broken Arrow, OK on May 26, 2011

    2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    06 F250

    Written by: Bryan from Texas on May 23, 2011

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    CZ500 rocks

    Written by: Carl from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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

    Written by: Danjeep from Smithfield ,Va on May 21, 2011

    1991 Acura Integra GS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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...

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    Great Sound, Poor BT and Garbage Radio Search

    Written by: Stephen2 from Norton, OH on May 18, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    PROS:
    -Excellent sound
    -Hidden USB

    CONS:
    -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.

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    Great unit for the price but...

    Written by: Tim Sullivan from Phillips, ME on May 12, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Terrible Quality

    Written by: ACP from San Francisco on 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.

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    Good but not great

    Written by: Dave B from New England on May 9, 2011

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

    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.

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    Great product

    Written by: Mike M from allentown, PA on May 8, 2011

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    BEST for the Money

    Written by: Very Satisfied from SD,CA on April 25, 2011

    2011 Toyota Prius
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    For the Price It's Great

    Written by: Bob from Modena, NY on April 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Very Nice

    Written by: Sri from centreville,va on April 15, 2011

    1995 Lexus ES300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great for the Price

    Written by: BrianC from SAINT SIMONS ISLAND on 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.

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    CZ500

    Written by: Scott from South Carolina on April 14, 2011

    1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Awesome Head Unit for the Price

    Written by: Patrick from Bayville on April 12, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great deal!

    Written by: Rick from San Francisco, CA on April 11, 2011

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

    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.

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    Incrediable for the price

    Written by: Steve from Gig Harbor, WA on April 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Excellent unit for the money

    Written by: Jonathan C from Bloomington, IL on April 4, 2011

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Nice Stereo Head

    Written by: Jim from Sunnyvale, CA on March 27, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


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    Great Radio for the Price

    Written by: Williams from Atlanta, GA on March 17, 2011

    2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Best bang for your buck!

    Written by: Steve from Indy on March 17, 2011

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

    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.

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    Good For The Price

    Written by: Glenn from Naples, FL on March 15, 2011

    1998 Saturn SC2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!)

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: FrankM from Sillycon Valley, CA on March 12, 2011

    1998 Saturn SW2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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
    workstations.

    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.

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    Great radio and install package for the price

    Written by: Doug S from Chicago area on March 11, 2011

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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
    again.
    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.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Doug.W from Baltimore, MD on March 10, 2011

    2010 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Nice Try, But Poor BT Design

    Written by: 13thScorpion from Spokane, WA on March 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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).

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Anonymous from Maynardville on March 9, 2011

    2003 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great radio for the price

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    once u figure it out it's great

    Written by: Dean from San Antonio, TX on March 7, 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.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: SterlingB from Nevada on March 4, 2011

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    CZ-500

    Written by: Rock from League City, TX on March 1, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: DJ from CT on February 28, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the radio - it controls my IPOD splendidly! The blue tooth is great also. For the
    money you can't go wrong.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Albert from Phoenix, AZ on February 26, 2011

    1997 Honda Prelude
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the stereo... but there are a few quirks.

    Out of the box, the stereo wants you to manually connect your iPhone/iPod every time. To remedy this, you need to enable "AUTOCONNECT".

    On your stereo, press SRC till you get into Bluetooth mode, then hold the "D" button then cycle thru the next menu till you see AUTOCONNECT. Turn it Off, then On. iPhone should automatically connect from now on.

    Even so... another quirk... when the stereo connect to iPhone via Bluetooth it automatically starts playing music from my iPhone. Not the last played song... but it almost seems like a random song.

    I wish it would just connect and let me launch the iPod app myself... like on my previous Sony stereo.

    But it is still a solid stereo.... especially for the price I paid.

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: JohnD from Oklahoma on February 25, 2011

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

    Easy to install, made factory speakers sound 10x better

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    Best bang for your buck

    Written by: Albert A from Bakersfield CA on February 24, 2011

    1990 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    2 thumbs up, built in bluetooth the best, great product. : )

    Pros:

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    Very poor design

    Written by: Jim from Seattle, WA on February 23, 2011

    Capable unit, but full of bad design decisions and quirks that, after 6 weeks, have become major annoyances. The things that drive me up the wall, in descending order:

     BT auto-play: Once you do the BT workaround, it autodetects my phone every time I get in the car. Eventually. But then it tells my phone to start playing random music, interrupting the radio.

     Phone integration broken: When a call comes in, music is muted, and the phone rings through my speakers. But pressing the Answer button never works. Instead of making it easy for me to keep my attention on the road, I'm trying to grab my phone at the last minute after unsuccessfully trying to answer via the stereo.

     The radio reception is poor (analog and HD).

     BT intermittently drops when trying to answer calls, or change source on the phone.

     Off switch: Instead of turning or pushing a knob, you have to press and hold the source button for a few seconds. When I turn the thing off, it's usually because I need to be able to concentrate particularly intently on the road; having to press and hold a button doesn't help me at all.

     Clock: doesn't display by default. If you push a button 3 times, it shows the clock, but the moment you change anything on the unit, even the volume, it's gone.

     The USB cable won't charge my phone.

     Source always cycles through Aux, even when nothing connected.

     The microphone is next to useless. (Would be higher on the list if I was able to actually answer incoming calls.)

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    Fantastic System

    Written by: Dana from Pasadena, MD on February 22, 2011

    2000 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would highly recommend this system. Everything about it is great.... the sound, the
    features and the price. The system does require you to purchase a receiver for the XM
    Radio. XM Ready only means that it has the ability to receive XM, with the correct
    receiver from XM.

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    I just don't know what to think.

    Written by: Chad from California, MD on February 20, 2011

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    I bought this headunit to go in my 2005 Silverado. It looks good and fits nicely after the
    metal support bracket in my dash was cut out.

    However, the menus are sparse and hard to navigate. For example, this was the first
    headunit that I ever had to read the directions for just to figure out how to change the
    clock.

    If you are using it with your iPod and have a lot of music like I do, it is kind of a pain the
    butt to find any particular song or artist because you have to scroll through every single
    item.

    If I had to buy a headunit again, it wouldn't be another one like this.

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    Excellent Value

    Written by: JeffK from Northern Ohio on February 19, 2011

    2005 Saab 9-2X
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple Installation, Quality product. Easy connection with bluetooth and settings are simple
    and fairly intuitive. Buttons take a little getting use to. There are better receivers out there,
    but for the money and for what you get, this is hard to beat!

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    Great bang for the buck

    Written by: RandyS from Phoenix, AZ on February 18, 2011

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

    My two main options for a stereo receiver were Bluetooth connectivity for my cell phone and iPod connectivity, mainly via USB although I would have settled for minijack. I was willing to spend up to $300 but got away with a lot less with the Clarion. The sound is great and I have all three options built-in with no extra adapters to buy. The iPod interface on the Clarion is a little too simple and I wish there was a larger display or quicker method of scanning through the menu of songs or artists as it can be distracting. There may be a way to set my phone to be discovered each time I start the car as well but I still always have to reconnect each time I turn the car off. Otherwise, the clarity of the calls on each end is great. Definitely would recommend for anyone looking for a budget car stereo receiver edging into the Bluetooth/iPod market.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: dc from Huntsville,AL on February 17, 2011

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Clarion CZ500 has a lot of features and does a nice job with them all.
    Sounds great in my truck. The hands-free bluetooth works great with my phone. I
    have a small nitpick with the clock display... If you set the display to clock,
    it doesn't change to temporarily show new song information when transitioning
    songs or change to show the new radio station when you switch radio stations.
    It's a small annoyance, though, and would recommend this head unit.

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    5 stars, it earned them.

    Written by: Jeff from Beattyville, KY on February 15, 2011

    1995 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Right out of the box, the receiver looks great. Tons of options includes high voltage
    front,rear and 2 sub out RCA's, connect for steering control, rear USB w/ built in iPod
    control,built in Bluetooth and connector to expand even more.

    Sound is great w/ lots of adjustments. iPod control is very smooth and Bluetooth easily
    synced and worked / sounded great.

    Had to do a custom Mach 460 preamp (the small amp behind the radio) bypass in a
    2000 Mustang GT and Crutchfield sent all the stuff they had (actually had to use wiring
    from two different kits to make it work) to make sure I could make it happen. They sent
    me two different wiring kits for free. I still had to make a custom connection to get the
    signal passed the preamp and to the amps in the trunk that run the factory subs but it
    was well worth it. And all of this with a very low price. I knew there was a reason I buy
    from Crutchfield so often.

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    cz500

    Written by: Mike A from Philadephia, PA on February 11, 2011

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good head unit, at a great price. Feature rich product with great flexability. Links to
    iPhone perfectly. After using radio for a few weeks only one complaint, diplay could be
    better in both clearity and information. Highly recommend and would buy again.

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    Froze and broke after 4 months...

    Written by: MightyMikeNice from Linden,NJ on February 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this head unit in October 2010. The unit is a true value,considering the features for the price. The unit is very "buggy".Examples are leaving the iphone connected to unit via USB cable,but listening to radio.Once deciding to listen to music on iphone and selecting usb via menu button,the unit takes FOREVER to discover and play songs from iphone,if at all.Sometimes a simple push of preset #4(which also serves as pause/play button) will do the trick,other times you have to unplug the USB and replug to work,and other times it worked just fine. That was just one example of some of the "bugs". The main reason I decided to leave a review is as follows: A few nights back,I start ther car,take the iphone from my belt holder,and plug it into the USB cable.I was waiting for it to discover the iphone forever.IT didnt,so I disconnected the USB cable in attempt to reconnect it.However,this time, a 6 digit message appeared on the display(something like MCU ELG)and the unit froze.It stayed like that until I arrived to my destination,shut the car off,and proceeded to wealk away.I noticed a dim blue light while walking from the car,so I went back only to discover the unit now was frozen and wouldn't shut off!!!I started the car again,took the face off and pushed in the reset button.The speakers gave a little pop,and the unit died.Thats it,broke,done,malfunction.

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    Excellant Radio

    Written by: Janet E from West Carrollton, OH on February 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one of the greatest purchases that I could have made. My factory radio in my
    Hyundai Sonata was dieing on me, CD wouldn't play anymore because a CD was stuck
    inside and the light on the radio didn't work any more so I never knew what channel it was
    on. So I called a Hyundai Dealer and the cheapest radio was $450 so the parts person told
    me about Crutchfield, so I went to the web site but there were so many to pick from that I
    called and spoke to a terrific salesperson named Brian who was so helpful to find me a
    great radio. I purchased the radio and the professional installation, it was worth the money
    to have it put in the car and I'm enjoying the music, I can also talk on my phone over my
    car radio because the radio has bluetooth which is terrific. So take my advice and use
    Crutchfield to make your purchase and consider the Clarion CZ500. Thanks Crutchfield for
    your help.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Joe from Illinois on February 9, 2011

    1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to use and sounds great with great features at a reasonable price

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Jim from lewisville tx on February 9, 2011

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

    So far so good. Have found the unit cheaper but not with the equipment
    Crutchfield throws in. Add the hd radio unit and this is definately a better
    deal. Slight learning curve to use and get setup. The HD Radio tuner doesnt
    add much to the unit. I live in the Dallas TX area and the stations to sound a
    bit better but not enough to buy the tuner. Good thing it was free!!

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    A Great deck at a great price

    Written by: PlanoViking from Plano, TX on February 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The deck is an absolute blast. I got it with the HD radio and pulled the USB
    cable to the front so I can hook up thumb drives. With Bluetooth, USB, HD, CD
    and everything else the possibilities are almost limitless. The deck
    automatically finds my phone when I start and bluetooth is on.

    The only drawback in my case was that the deck sticks out a bit, but in a large
    old Suburban who cares...It might be a Chevy problem since my previous deck,
    also a Clarion, didn't fit in all the way either. I just covered up the metal
    with black tape and it looks good.

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    Awesome Deal!

    Written by: Reaper from Ronkonkoma, NY on February 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I absolutely love this unit! What a great deal; built-in Bluetooth, HD Radio tuner, FREE trim kit and FREE connection adapters for MY car! Did the installation myself, and it looks AWESOME!

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    Heckuva a stereo for the price!

    Written by: Bob from Colorado on February 3, 2011

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

    I picked this stereo up for my Jeep, and got the HD radio adapter! All in all, this is a VERY nice stereo. The built-in Bluetooth works well, although as others have noted, the microphone isn't overly sensitive (probably to reduce background noise). I found that putting the microphone on the rearward edge of my sun visor worked just fine. The bluetooth does take a couple of steps to set up, but after that, it works just fine.
    The HD radio works great, as does the USB/Ipod interface. My only (very minor) nit is that I wish I didn't have to push the display button after I do something else (such as switch sources, or adjust the volume) to show the time. It would be better if it remembered that I had the time displayed, and go back to that after I did something else. Not a deal-breaker, but an annoyance.

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    Difficult Browsing,

    Written by: EKing from Columbus, OH on February 3, 2011

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

    It's a great unit, but if you're like me and have a TON of music on your iPod, you'll drive off of
    the road browsing for stuff farther down in the alphabet. The volume knob is used to browse
    down the list, and it is slow going.

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    Good Value

    Written by: Bryan B from Minneapolis, MN on February 2, 2011

    2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to replace the factory head unit in my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander. At the
    time Clarion was inculding the HD receiver at no charge so that sealed the deal for me.
    HD is really great and we have many station choices in Minneapolis. One of the things I
    noticed about the CZ500 is you can't get the clock feature to stay on as a default. No big
    deal if you have another option. My factory head unit included the clock so the only other
    clock I have is now on the CZ500. It's a minor annoyance. I read reviews about other
    people not being able to hear well with the Clarion supplied mic for bluetooth calls. I
    have had some people say I'm hard to hear and with others it has not been as issue.
    Mostly it has not been a problem for me. My istaller placed the mic high above the
    rearview mirror. Overall the bluetooth seems to work well and the unit recognizes my
    Android phone every time, no problem. Overall I'm happy with the purchase. It solved a
    major problem that I had with the radio reception on my factory head unit. Since most of
    the time when I'm driving I listen to the radio I'm glad I also got the HD receiver, it's really
    amazing.

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Anonymous from Dallas. Tx on January 30, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo has great sound and for the most part very easy to use. One disappointment is that I do not know how to set where the tuned into station and time will stay visible all the time. It will show but soon go away and all you are left is a light show on your display. DBD

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    nice

    Written by: krazykcracing from wa on January 29, 2011

    got this from a local stero shop after looking around got this,at first it was way to
    confusing tell you read the book,still geting used to the features,aklso got the hd box
    with it and it made a big diff even with stock speakers they still sound good in hd,the
    bluetooth i called the gf and had to talk almost yell for her to hear,my mic is mounted on
    the a-pillar,love the detach face for more security,u can also plug your headrest dvd
    player into the aux in front,overall nice radio will take awhile to get used to work all the
    features and know about them

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    Great Radio

    Written by: Joey W from Dallas, TX on January 28, 2011

    1998 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We purchased this stereo to replace my son's Alpine that was 4 1/2 years old. Right
    away, the ease of installation, the quality of the sound and the bluetooth made this a
    great purchase! My son is away in college and will call and say "Hey, mom, dad, I'm on
    my bluetooth, can you tell?" which we cannot. It was so easy all the way around. Had to
    make one tech call to make sure we wired it properly because of the previous install and
    the tech walked me right through and everything is great. We received the HD kit with the
    purchase, WOW what a difference that makes!

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    Cons:

    Decent unit with some glitches

    Written by: JoshS from Portland, OR on January 28, 2011

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

    Pros: Great feature set for the price, good sound, pretty clean interface. Cons:
    Build's a little cheap, buttons somewhat hard to use and interface simplicity
    means you have to learn a lot of routines to change settings (I don't think any
    radio is probably that great in this dept). In a 98 Honda Civic with stock kit,
    the faceplate is difficult to re-insert once you've removed. it. Also, I'd have
    preferred a USB port and hands-free mic on the face instead of having wires
    coming from the back of the unit that hang in the footwell. Finally, THD300 HD
    tuner, which came with my unit, died after a couple of weeks. Crutchfield's been
    great with CS, and will be sending a newer unit as replacement. I hope it lasts.

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    Good to go!

    Written by: Daniel from Rome,GA on January 28, 2011

    2000 Lincoln LS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this CZ500 clarion and was ship as said 2 business days. I reviewed all of
    these reviews b4 I purchased and yes I had trouble with the bluetooth staying synced I
    had to redo it everytime I got out of the car. Then I read the directions and it works
    absolutely perfect everytime now. This stereo has alot of product for the price, the only
    thing is yes the mic has to be close to you for others to hear you good very clear just has
    to be mounted close. I would recomend this product to anyone and crutchfield has
    grade A+ service.

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    excellent stereo

    Written by: Jeremy from TX on January 27, 2011

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

    This is a really great stereo. I bought a 16GB usb thumb drive to use with it. I listen to mp3z
    from the thumdrive 99% of the time. Even with all of that music it is still pretty easy to navigate
    through the hundreds of albums stored. The bluetooth works reasonably well as a
    speakerphone. I don't use it a whole lot but it is convenient when I need it. I also have the hd
    tuner for it which sounds really great. I am not big on the radio but it certainly makes a
    difference in the quality of the radio audio. All in all a great little stereo. I would definately
    recommend this to anyone who is looking for a stereo to use with a thumbdrive.

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    Pound for Pound one of the best out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Written by: tra mac from fayetteville nc on January 27, 2011

    2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would have to say that I was sceptical about purchasing this unit as Clarion had kind of
    phased out over the years but I am here to say now that dollar for dollar this is a very well
    rounded unit. I read in some reviews that people had trouble with their bluetooth mic and
    not being able to hear but I for one have had no issue whats so ever with it. I have mind
    placed right behind the steering wheel under the digital cluster and it works great. I would
    defintely make a suggestion to purchase this unit as it looks very clean with the install
    and for a luxury/ sports car its not all that flashy with all the unused bells and whistles like
    some of these other units with all the crazy colors. Thank Crutchfield you have once
    again stood behind the products you sell and I'm 100% satisfied

    Pros:

    Cons:

    EXCELLENT CLARION STEREO PRODUCT

    Written by: Anonymous from ORLANDO FL on January 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    VERY DEPENDABLE AND RELIABLE. I'LL RECOMMEND CLARION PRODUCTS TO
    ANYONE. THEY ARE EXCELLLENT STEREOS.

    IT SOUNDS PERFECT. DID NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS INSTALLING IT. WILL
    RECOMMEND. THE BLUETOOTH CAN BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. EXCELLENT
    QUALITY. THE CLARITY AND SOUND ARE GREAT....

    Pros:

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    Made the right choice

    Written by: Chris A from Estero, FL. on January 24, 2011

    I wanted a blue tooth stereo, i also wanted HD radio, I already have Sirius but needed a
    stero with an aux input too. This stereo has all of the above and MORE. I bought a flash
    drive and filled it with MP3's to see how it would work, it is awesome. Easy to search
    folders, etc. This stereo replaced a Kenwood I bought last year on sale. What a HUGE
    difference! The sound is ten fold better than the Kenwood, and I hate to say it but it is
    better than the Pioneers I have owned in the past. The blue tooth works perfectly, clear
    sound, it paired with my Blackberry Curve with not a single issue, and it streams music
    from my phone clearly. As soon as I get in the Jeep it connects immediately. For the
    price Crutchfield sell s this stereo, anyone would be nuts not to buy it. The upgradability
    is great, sub outs, front and rear outs, 4v at that. Great stereo, I made the right choice...

    Pros:

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    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Steve from Florida on January 19, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice upgrade to my truck. I use my I-touch and USB imputs all the time. wish it had a
    clock.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Outstanding

    Written by: Will from Ft Leonard Wood, MO on January 17, 2011

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I read plenty of reviews on this radio itself. First things, VERY FAST shipping. It was on
    my doorstep two days after I ordered.
    Secondly, I am still not quite sure what people are talking about by saying that they
    cannot get the bluetooth/handsfree to sync. As soon as I turned my bluetooth on my
    phone, I went into my bluetooth setting on the phone, found the stereo and synced them
    together. Now I get in my truck, it automatically finds my phone.
    Third, very easy installation. Came with everything I needed plus more. I think the total
    time on swapping out my orginal unit to this one was maybe 15 minutes. The thing that
    took the longest was routing the USB extended cable to glove box and routing my mic.
    The way it streams the music from my phone to the stereo, sounds cd quality. The
    Ipod synced with no problem. Everyone says that the sound on the handsfree mic
    sounds clear. My Voice can be heard very clear.
    Overall, I am very please with this unit. The radio station come in clear and I love
    it. I would recommend this unit to others that want alot of equipment without breaking
    your wallet. THANKS

    Pros:

    Cons:

    should be better

    Written by: Sean from Poughkeepsiee, ny on January 11, 2011

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off any unit that has a week tuner is just unforgivable in this time of technology. Bought this unit so that my teenage daughter would have hands free in her car. That would be great if it actually worked without having to spend 3 minutes each time going into her phones settings and reconnect it to the BT. Tried the auto connect "fix" but all I ever see is "Bluetooth Disconnect" on the screen. Fiqured the phone was just too new for the unit until I got the sony around the same price range, and when i get in and start the truck the phone connects without a problem. Just wish I had returned this while I had the Chance. Anyone with the Droid Incredible should look elsewhere for a bluetooth reciever.

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    Cons:

    Great Radio for the money

    Written by: Troy from Loganville Ga on January 9, 2011

    This radio is everything and more than I expected from a bluetooth radio. I put it in a 2006
    tundra with factory speakers and it brought the system to LIFE. I had intentions on buying
    new speakers but learned when I installed the CZ500 i DONT need them. The wiring
    harness and installation was a breeze. It looks as good as it sounds. You have the capacity
    to tune this stereo to your liking. The usb works great with flash drives. I use a Blackberry
    Storm with this stereo with no problems. The ONLY mark I give this stereo is the Mic has to
    be a foot or less to your face or it doesn't work. Put it on your visor and all is good. Best
    stereo for the money.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: Austin from Houston, TX on January 2, 2011

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I am very happy with this unit from Clarion. I have it driving some 6.5" Rockford
    Fosgate full range speakers (fantastic sound for the money) in front and some Kenwood
    speakers in the back. Here are some comments/suggestions that might be helpful to you.

    1. Read some of the other reviews and follow their directions on Bluetooth connectivity, it
    will work.

    2. This head unit has a LOT of stuff hanging out of the back of it. I know that you can see
    that from the photos, but it still surprised me. I have a 2000 GMC Sierra, so it was not a
    problem, but if you have a very small car with a tight space for the stereo it is something to
    keep in mind.

    3. The HD Radio tuner is larger than I expected it would be.

    4. The UI is not very intuitive, but you do get used to it. The owners manual is not very
    helpful, it should be much more in depth.

    5. With the iPhone 4 (and other phones I am sure) you can get Pandora, Tune In Radio,
    Last.fm, etc., etc. to work through the dock connector which is nice, but if you do, you won't
    be able to skip tracks with the head unit or the remote, but of course you can still do it with
    the phone.

    6. Streaming music through Bluetooth A2DP works fantastic--I am REALLY happy with
    this feature. Sound quality is much better than expected.

    7. Some reviewers mentioned that the microphone cord was too short, but I located mine
    on the steering column and still have a couple of feet of cord tie-wrapped and stowed
    away.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Not too bad for the price

    Written by: Skyjockey from Lowell, MA on January 1, 2011

    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Never bought this brand before and wont be again. So far this has been a decent deck for the price I paid, lots of options, beautiful display. Still haven't explored many of the options yet.

    Not very well laid out user controls but my biggest issue is the clock! How long have electronic clocks been in radios?? They are usually the primary display since it is the only clock in cars these days but not this one??? Sure you can push a button to display the clock but the moment you touch ANYTHING it reverts back to whatever your input is. I think I know why they hide the clock, it looses 1 minute a WEEK!! I have a $10 digital watch that is accurate 1sec a year why can't they make this work?

    The display, while being very attractive, it is not very well laid out. Based on the catalog images I thought this unit had a 2 line display?? Some modes it may but not for basic operation. It would be so nice if they displayed the radio station on one line and the clock on the second. Even when it does show the clock I don't need 1/2 the display to show me AM/PM, I can figure that one out pretty easy. I tried to see if there was a firmware update I could download but couldn't find anything. I take it most people like the ergonomics of the display?

    Yah I know I'm hung up on the stupid clock :-) By the time I figured this all out it was too late to return to Crutchfield so I will have to live with it. I'll stick with Alpine from now on.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great for the price

    Written by: BobbyC from Chesapeake Oh. on December 30, 2010

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this and it sounds fantastic with the stock speakers. Those will
    be changed out shortly. The only issue that I had was taking off the front panel
    that houses the factory air controls. On the right side of that panel the wire
    is clipped in very tightly. When you look behind there you will see there is a
    gray clip on the wire harness. That clip needs to be raised up to release that
    harness. That was the only issue that I had installing this unit.
    I was able to fit the HD receiver right behind the stereo on the transmission
    hump. The microphone is long enough to run underneath the steering column and up
    the drivers side door trim to the top of the window with ease and to be taped to
    the windshield.
    Also had no issues pairing my Blackberry Torch to this head unit. Really glad
    that I purchased this unit.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Nice upgrade and features but some drawbacks

    Written by: Mike Fever from Rhode Island on December 29, 2010

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

    I installed this in my 98 Honda Civic last week. Overall, I am very happy with the
    performance. It is quite an improvement over the factory radio in both sound and features
    but it does have some minor drawbacks. Below is my pro/con list.

    Pro:
    -Built in bluetooth with microphone
    -Mine came with a Free HD radio upgrade.
    -USB connection for ipod and memory stick
    -Screensaver can be disabled
    -Good sound with plenty of power (although the low end is a bit much for my factory
    speakers causing some distortion)
    -Install kit looks good in dash.

    Cons:
    -Ipod controls are hard to use and the ipods internal control is disabled. I am using the
    AUX in at this point
    -People have complained that bluetooth phone sounds "far away" I am still searching for
    optimal mic placement (currently attached to passenger side visor)
    -Display is unreadable in bright sun conditions due to dim display and glare off of plastic
    -There are a LOT of RCA connections on the back which makes installation a bit tough.
    -USB connector comes from back and is not mountable (i.e. no screw mounts or snaps
    to mount it into a panel)
    -Lack of a front USB connection
    -Display is sluggish in cold weather (response speeds up as soon as unit heats up a
    little)

    Pros:

    Cons:

    ipod bluetooth auto connect

    Written by: gluepet from st. pete on December 24, 2010

    I was about to rip this out of the dash and send it back - but it just got a new
    lease on life. As multiple reviews have stated - the unit does not automatically
    pair with iphones via bluetooth out of the box - but it can be done. the
    following worked for me. I am still not sold on the unit, as it does not
    recognize my iphone/ipod consistently through USB - but I will keep it a bit
    longer to see if I can make it work 100%:

    FINDING THE "AUTO CONNECT" SETTING - You have to pair the device manually, have
    the audio source set to bluetooth - and then hold the "D" button on the bottom
    right of the unit until it brings up some options ("clock"), etc - click the
    right arrow until you see the "Auto Connect" feature. Turn it to 'off' and back
    out of the menu - turn the unit power off and back on - go back to "auto
    Connect" and select 'on' - now it should sync up automatically.

    Again - make sure the source is set to bluetooth, or the "auto-connect" option
    will not show up...

    As far as I can tell, the "menu" button does not figure into the process at all
    - it's all about the "D" button.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Cheap. Load of Features. Works!

    Written by: LoiN from Eastvale, CA on December 23, 2010

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this head unit for two weeks now.

    1) The installation was easy and straight forward.
    2) Bluetooth works flawlessly. Just remember to turn auto reconnect off and on.
    After that it will auto reconnect from then on. Bluetooth microphone placement
    is limited by the length of the cable. Wish it had an extra foot or two.
    Microphone made me sound distant and wanted to move it closer to improve the
    volume of my voice.
    3) Bluetooth address book has weird sort order. Probably the order it was stored
    in memory.
    4) Bluetooth A2DP worked great. I did notice more distortion when you play music
    via bluetooth versus iPod connection. I like the fact that I can now stream Pandora.
    5) IPod connection worked great. Searching for individual song is cumbersome if
    you have more than 20 songs. However, using playlists or one of the other sorted
    search like album or artist works great.
    6) Aux works like it should
    7) Haven't tried connecting a USB drive to it yet, but I think it would work
    similar to the iPod controls.
    8) Radio reception is the same as stock. HD radio is awesome, but I live a
    little far from the stations I enjoy so it switches between digital and analog
    often. There is no lag or delay. You know it switches when the sound quality
    changes. Switching sub channel in digital mode takes to many menu screens to get
    too.
    9) Built in EQ controls are nice. Wish there were more built-in EQ settings than
    3 (bass, excite, impact). I'm used to (rock, classic, jazz, concert, etc.).

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Bit of a letdown

    Written by: Tyler from Lynchburg, VA on December 14, 2010

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    -No scan function. If you travel a lot, this sucks when you're trying to find a radio station.
    The preset scan doesn't count, as that only assists in scanning your presets.
    -Hold button down to seek radio stations. With no auto scan button, you're left manually
    scanning. And to do that, you have to hold the tuner button down for a second to scan to
    the next station. That's a lot of button holding.
    -Microphone sucks. The microphone is way too quiet. Mounted on dash, on a-pillar, or on
    sun visor, once it's more than a foot away from your mouth volume drops off
    substantially. Found an obscure firmware update-method that may allow me to increase
    the gain, but Crutchfield wasn't aware of any way to do it and this is totally something that
    should be in the menus.

    +Rear USB is always nice for cleaner installations.
    +Bluetooth music playback works well.

    Overall this leaves me unsatisfied. Girlfriend says she loves it, but still uses CDs instead
    of the USB MP3 method because of difficult navigation. The bluetooth handsfree is
    useless, and I took away her ability to scan radio stations. Overall seems like a
    downgrade from her stock unit.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great Value!

    Written by: ERK from Lancaster, PA on December 11, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the Clarion CZ 500 with the free HD radio. Using with my ipod and also using the bluetooth for Droid 2. Using it with stock speakers in 2003 Volvo. This is an outstanding value. When I was choosing what to purchase, I saw some reviews with complaints about the ipod use and bluetooth compatibility, but I had no problem. I previously used Kenwood Excelon product, and the sound coming out of this Clarion is not noticeably better or worse, and the ipod functionality works fine. I have no complaints about the user interface. In fact, I like the pre-set buttons on the Clarion much better than the Kenwood preset system. With the free HD radio, this Clarion is the best bang for the buck!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    How sweet it is......

    Written by: Anthony from Van Nuys, CA on December 7, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I been eyeing this unit for awhile. I had a clarion in my car for over 6 yrs and the CD player stopped working. In comes the CZ500! I have 2 10" subs, component speakers (tweeter/midrange) and 2 sep amps. This unit handles all with ease.

    Pros--Bluetooth connectivity is flawless. I get in the car and my phone automatically connects. There is a setting to turn the auto reconnect "on" or "off" (Read the manual folks...lol) I have an older car ('84 325e BMW) and its not a quiet ride, still yet, the bluetooth mic is very clear. Many options for fine tuning the sound. My older 60gb ipod works without an issue when connected to USB. I purchased the unit from crutchfield with the HD Tuner pkg. (What a great deal). I got (slightly) better reception with my old clarion but the sound is so much cleaner now. My fav jazz station is still fuzzy, so I will be upgrading my ant, Lots of clean power.

    Cons--The display is clear but cluttered and you can't adjust the speed of the scroll (song info). No way to keep the clock perm displayed (but thats ok. My comp display has a clock). The display/panel light color can not be changed from blue to match my speedo and other panel light (amber) the old clarion unit did that. I have alot of music stored on the ipod (12k+ songs) and the scroll/search knob is slow. Would have been nice if it worked like the ipod scroll.

    Get this unit with the HD Tuner. Great for the price.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Worth the money

    Written by: TrentR from Rochester, NH on December 3, 2010

    2002 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall this is a decent deck. The feature set is very robust but I give it
    three stars because it falls short on navigability and a couple of glitches (or
    features without off switches).

    The inbuilt amplifier is weak and if you use the excite and bass boost features
    you will just distort it out. iPod connectivity is reliable but clunky.
    Selecting an artist beginning with "z" takes a long time if you have more than
    10 artists. You will have to memorize the 1 - 6 buttons as they are impossible
    to read without ducking and squinting. Menus take getting used to but once you
    figure them out they are fine.

    My big issue with this deck is the audio to bluetooth feature. Really cool
    feature but sound quality isn't that great (would be AWESOME for somebody that
    listens to podcasts or spoken word). My iPhone connects well so that I can make
    calls but every time it connects (every time you start the car) the deck will go
    to your last source for a couple of seconds then jump over to bluetooth audio
    and you have to switch it back. You can turn the bluetooth off but it turns off
    the ability to make and receive calls which is what I'm looking for in a deck.
    Also, if I use my iPhone through the usb cable, the phone sometimes gets
    confused as to which pipe to push the audio down and you get silence but the
    phone claims it is playing.

    Conclusion: good deck but needs a firmware update to address bluetooth issues in
    my opinion.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    cz500

    Written by: lou b from denver co on December 2, 2010

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great the best deck iv ever owned does everything i want it to

    Pros:

    Cons:

    CZ500 for my 98 K1500 (installed 5 months)

    Written by: Brian from Norfolk, VA on December 2, 2010

    1998 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The price on this unit is very reasonable for the abilities it has. You can setup a custom
    EQ, has pre-outs for an amp, and installation is not particularly hard. The problems lay
    in that you get what you pay for. The radio does not have loads of features and the ones
    it does have are not particularly well thought out.

    -The Ipod cable is easy to hide in a glove box or center console and works well with my
    5th gen Ipod. The menu and options for browsing music ffrom the CZ500 are horible.
    The
    -Blue tooth Microphone is not great either. Some people hear me fine, others can hardly
    hear me at all.
    -The A2DP streaming is ok, but needs work. Even on my DROID2, set to
    low sound quality to maximize streaming performance, the sound will frequently pause
    or glitch. Also, when you get into the vehicle, it will automatically begin playing from the
    phone any audio files you have downloaded.
    -Sometimes the streaming comes on right away, other times it doesn't come on at all.
    The fix on this one has been to turn off my phones blue tooth and turn it back on.
    Streaming starts automatically.
    -ou can set and forget the bluetooth sound level. It stays on whatever you set it at.
    Problem there is that, you can not set seperate levels for calls and streaming.
    -FM reception has been fine on this CZ500.
    -AUX input on the front works fine.
    Don't expect a superstar with this unit, just a
    solid bargain and reasonably reliable performance.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    CZ 500

    Written by: JMS from Saginaw,MI on December 2, 2010

    2007 Saturn ION 2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for the money. I've always been a Pioneer fan so buying anything but
    was a little scary. The CZ500 did everything I expected it to...after playing
    around with it for a couple hours. The manual was very vague on some of the
    features like some of the sound settings, the book only tells about the preset
    EQs. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because the microphone is
    WORTHLESS. I thought it would be neat having a BT stereo to use hands
    free....but no one can hear me. I even set the mic right in front of me on the
    steering wheel column, and I still had to lean forward for anyone to hear me. I
    will probably try some different locations but I would have though that right in
    front of me, maybe 14 inches away, would be perfect.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: James from Gainesville, FL on December 2, 2010

    1993 Lexus SC300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm pretty happy with this headunit. The bluetooth works well as well as the iPod connectivity.
    My only complaint was that you had to control the iPod through the headunit, which is pretty
    tedious. I realized you could just disconnect the iPod, make your selection, and then
    reconnect it to solve that problem though. Overall, I'm very happy with it.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: dblake from Bethel,OK on December 1, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio. Love the bluetooth. Tight fit in dash w/HD tuner (but does fit).
    Wish it had separate high/mid/low controls.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Decent Stereo, Significant Upgrade

    Written by: NathanS from Oakland, CA on November 30, 2010

    I got this unit because it was only a little more expensive for the built in
    blue tooth. Overall, I am very satisfied. I got this unit in July so I've been
    using it for about 4 months. I just ordered a small usb portable hard drive for
    it, so I hope to have all my music on it at all time soon. I list several cons,
    but they are extremely minor. Overall the unit is very nice and I am quite
    pleased with the purchase.

    Cons:

    -I can't figure out a good seek functionality, which is annoying when traveling.
    The only tuning function is a one step button press.
    -The sound reception in the microphone is tricky. I have the mic really close to
    me and people still complain that I sound far away.
    -takes over the ipod which annoys the passenger who prefers that interface. I
    could just use the AUX cable for the same effect, but then the ipod wouldn't
    charge.
    -The clock doesn't show automatically, you have to press another button.
    -my old radio displayed the song name as broadcast by the radio station, but
    this unit doesn't.
    -the trim on the head unit that goes around the removable face plate is cheap
    and doesn't fit in very securely.

    Pros:

    -Sounds great.
    -Bluetooth autoconnect works great. There is some trick to get it to work
    everytime that you have to do once. I think it is just turning autoconnect off
    and then on in the settings menu.
    -ipod functionality is good and easy.
    -installation was super easy.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Nice Deck for the Price

    Written by: Martymann from Fresno, CA on November 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice deck for the price. I have read a lot of people complain about the
    bluetooth, but I learned very quickly that the higher you mount the mic the better the
    quality. The iPod features are a little hard to navigate, esp. since I have a 60GB with
    tons of music. I took me a while to find Podcasts on the deck. Overall though for the
    price it has been nice. I will tell you thatolder phones need to be manually added to the
    blurtooth everytime you turn on the car.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    doesn't work with iphone

    Written by: Debra from Denver, CO on November 28, 2010

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

    this unit doesn't work well with the iphone. continually get file read error.
    if you want to use your iphone with a head unit i would not recommend purchasing
    this unit. also the left speaker keeps cutting out and the clock doesn't keep
    accurate time. have to reset it weekly. sound quality is average. controls
    and menu functions not user friendly. overall i am not satisfied with this unit
    at all and would not recommend it.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Sounds great

    Written by: Danny from Dayton OH on November 28, 2010

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works like a charm. I love technology, but this is a bit much for the car, could take a while to
    learn how to use all the amazing features!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Clarion CZ500

    Written by: NeilC from San Francisco on October 29, 2010

    This stereo looks great, works and sounds well. Adding the HD tuner makes this an awesome deal.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Don't waste your money

    Written by: Rich from Camillus, NY on October 29, 2010

    FM reception = D (terrible)
    Ipod control = B (good for playlists not for artist / albums)
    Blue Tooth = B (tricky getting auto connect to work)
    Phonebook = F (No order, missing contacts and numbers)

    Tried to save some money with this Clarion unit but had to returrn for JVC model. As always Crutchfield was awesome to work with.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    exactly what I was looking for!

    Written by: Ryan T from Vancouver, WA on October 25, 2010

    1997 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My wife bought me the CZ500 for a present after I had finished doing research on
    what new head unit to get for my pickup. I needed a head unit that had built-in
    Bluetooth (Washington is a hands-free state) and I needed (wanted) something
    with 4V pre-outs and a rear USB. The front USB head units are an accident
    waiting to happen, first time your thumb drive is bumped, its time for a new
    head unit - that's just a dumb idea, especially if you have kids. The CZ500
    fits the bill perfectly.

    This head unit just plain sounds great! I have been a Pioneer faithful for
    years and this Clarion (so far) has blown all the Pioneers in the same price
    point out of the water. It doesn't have all the features and functions that the
    Pioneers have, but if clean sound with solid 4V outputs, built-in USB, built-in
    Bluetooth (with A2DP - Bluetooth music streaming) is what your looking for, you
    will NOT be disappointed with this head unit.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    FM reception is weak.

    Written by: Joe L. from Baldwinsville, NY on October 25, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The CZ500 is relatively easy to use for heads in this price range. The sound is good but
    the FM reception is weak. There is nothing more annoying than a station fading in and
    out.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Best Bang For The Buck

    Written by: David from San Diego, CA on October 24, 2010

    2003 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have the CZ509 installed in my Miata, & just ordered this model for my Honda Element. Being kind of an audiophle while getting the best bang for the buck, i'm always looking for the best deals with the most features. I have always been a Pioneer man, but didn't want to spend alot on my 1992 Miata, which is why I bought the CZ509. Once installed, I was amazed at the features for a system at this price. The bluetooth works flawlessy with my Blackbery and the custom EQ makes your ipod pop and rock like there is no tomorrow.

    I wanted the same model for my new ( used ) Honda Element, and was bummed when I found out it was no longer made. I found this item & jumped all over it. With the special price, this deck is a steal. Take a chance, it won't let you down. Thanx

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Nice Sound Poor iPod Ability

    Written by: Robert from Lawrence KS on October 24, 2010

    2002 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio in September and enjoyed setting it up in my 02 Forester. It had good sound with my factory speakers and it sounded even better when I bought some replacements to hook my external amps to. It was easy to use and sounded really well with my iPod.

    I had a few problems, the iPod controls were not easy to use. When I wanted to play all the albums of one artist it would only play one album. And you always had to start over in the ipod control menu, you couldn't start were you left off.

    I didn't like the screen size either, it came with two lines but only used one for the artist/album/track. Not very modern, more like 1997. Sorry Clarion, it's time to step it up!

    The Bluetooth didn't work, Crutchfield thought it might be a software problem. I did everything they suggested to resolve it, and ended up sending it back.

    Not sure what radio I will be buying, but it won't be a Clarion, I bought my wife a high end Pioneer "It is the best after market radio I have had, and I have had a few in the last 12 years", not sure why I was so cheap for myself.

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    Written by: AndyK from Baltimore, MD on October 22, 2010

    2001 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Now that i have it installed i really enjoy this unit. However installation was
    a giant pain. I have an 01 bmw 3 series and there was not even enough room to
    install this sucker by itself. All the rca's as well as the mic and antenna and
    sat and hd radio wires are protruding from the back so you definatly need room
    for those guys. In addition to this, i had to shove a pac soem-4 in there too!!
    so i took my dremel to the bmw and tore out a TON of plastic from the stock
    radio chassis. However, after five hours of installation time i finally got it
    to fit and now i really do enjoy it,. However i could not route the mic or rear
    usb cords so im going to have to go back to address that issue in a week or so.
    ALSO, the contacts are listed in some not aphabetical order, i dont know wat the
    order is yet..... but over all . i do like this HU

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    Written by: chuckk from buffalo ny on October 21, 2010

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    best receiver I have had in years and it was so cheap, (low priced)

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    Written by: John from Indianapolis on October 21, 2010

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio, good sound, good price. Replaced the original factory unit in my 2000
    Accord. Came with everything needed to install. Added the steering wheel control
    adapter which works great. Love the rear USB...can run the cable where you want it and
    no USB cable sticking out the front. Only fault I have found so far is the Bluetooth
    microphone...you have to yell into the microphone at close range for them to hear you. If
    the microphone worked well I would give it a 5 for the price.

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    Mixed Emotions

    Written by: BMoney from Montgomery, AL on September 30, 2010

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

    I got this stereo for my 2005 Toyota Tundra. It was a hard install since I had to run extra
    wire and bypass my stock amplifier in my truck. After completing installation, I found out
    that the unit that was sent was faulty. I had to go back and have Crutchfield send me a
    replacement unit and swap the systems out. Since then everything has worked great. It
    sounds good and my calls are pretty clear. Lastly, I wanted to say that Crutchfield has
    the best customer service people out there. They were able to walk me through my
    problems and were always at my disposable whenever I needed them. I would definitely
    consider using them again.

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    Written by: Lee from Virginia on September 28, 2010

    2004 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything is as advertised. User interface could be better (have had to
    generate a 4x6 card with a cheat sheet summary). Play from USB cuts off too
    soon (loses last 1 sec of songs). Otherwise, it has been rock solid and would
    recommend highly.

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    Not bad, but...

    Written by: Mark Z from Baltimore, MD on September 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Luckily I had a friend who understood wiring diagrams and taking apart dashboard trim. The radio is decent, but if you own an iPhone4, don't buy. Wait for a different tuner. The pricepoint was a little high, considering there is no HD Radio Tuner included.

    If you own a Hyundai Sonata, don't cut the factory wire to the pre-amp as suggested by the techs. Add pin outs to the Ford harness and it will plug in with the rest of the spaghetti. The bracket was cheesy plastic and the frame on the outside exposes metal, so it looks installed, not natural.

    Also, charging the phone overheats the phone, so I think they are sending 12v and not 5v which is bad for Apple products that prefer slow charge.

    Overall, I am happy with the radio, but the hands-free dialing is tricky and not easy to use while on the road. This is why I bought and considered Clarion a good company. The phone book was not intuitive and I find myself digging for my phone to look up numbers. If I could hold a button to speak-to-call, I would be 5-stars.

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    Written by: Jbetts from Miami, FL on September 27, 2010

    1997 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the Clarion CZ500 with an entire sound system as well, so I can't comment on
    the quality of the built-in amplifier because I use a separate amp. I also bought the
    optional THD-300 radio tuner, which works seamlessly with the CZ500 and is easy to
    install. Overall, it is a good receiver and good value.

    As a head unit, the CZ500 works well, and has no problem connecting to my iPhone.
    However, the screen only displays 2 lines of text, and is very slow at scrolling through the
    iPhone/iPod music. When connected via USB, you are unable to select music directly on
    your iPhone. Unfortunately it takes a long time to select music that you want to listen to
    through the CZ500 interface. That said, the front auxiliary input works fine with iPhone or
    other source, and you can still have your iPhone/iPod plugged in the USB to charge.

    Bluetooth was pretty painless to set up, only took a few minutes. You can also play music
    from a device through bluetooth, at a loss of some audio quality. Its helpful to read the
    instructions, especially to know which buttons on the receiver control your phone dialing
    functions. You can call anyone from your phonebook from the CZ500 itself. Call quality
    was decent, but not great. My only complaint about bluetooth is that the included
    microphone is not great; I had to almost yell into the mic for the caller to hear me, even
    when the mic was placed right above me on the sun visor.

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    Written by: Josh from Washington on September 26, 2010

    1997 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bluetooth will not auto-pair unless you turn "AUTO CON" off then back on again.

    I have an iPhone 2G that the head unit displays "ERROR 3" when plugged in a lot of the time. I haven't been able to resolve the problem. It will work for a few days then this error happens. If I unplug/plug and reboot the phone/head unit eventually it will start working again. It doesn't seem to have any problems with the iPhone 4.

    The backlight on the unit is really distracting. The dim feature only dims my unit by about 5-10%. I haven't been able to get this resolved either. For some odd reason when the radio is completely off the head unit's lights will light up with the headlight switch. This happens even without the keys in the ignition.

    Bluetooth won't voice dial, and is a little clunky when trying to dial someone from the phone's memory. I can't figure out what order the contacts are displaying, but they definitely aren't alphabetical. The external microphone work's really well for non-highway speeds but my car (1997 Mustang Cobra) has aftermarket exhaust and that combined with the road noise requires me to yell when on the freeway.

    I love the unit overall. At first it was a little frustrating and I was looking to find a different head unit in the same price range with the same features and it just couldn't be done. I would definitely buy this again. I am trying to convince my wife that she needs one as well!

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    Good Receiver-Terrible Microphone

    Written by: mulligan from Hampton, Va. on September 22, 2010

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, I like this receiver very much. But one of the main reasons I bought it was the bluetooth phone/audio compatibility. The music from my Droid X works great, but the included microphone for using the phone is absolutely terrible. Even if I have it 2 inches from my mouth talking loudly people on the other end say it sounds like I'm in a hole.

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    Great budget deck

    Written by: Bal from Canada on September 21, 2010

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

    this deck is great for what you pay.
    Ipod
    CD
    Bluetooth phone and music

    also has some quirks that if you dont mind is a great overall purchase.
    The ipod connect is good, but hard to navigate unless you organize your playlists regularly.

    The bluetooth is great at connect automatically, but i dont know if i haven't figured something out but some calls will come in and i use the handsfree calling, sometimes im connected but it comes to my phone.

    so if you can get over those two "prolems" then its a great purchase.
    also the clock doesn't display unless you press the buttons to view. not a big deal especially if you have another clock in the car.

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    great for the price

    Written by: dave from mo on September 19, 2010

    1996 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    had all the features i wanted at a great price point. bluetooth, usb, aux input.

    only cons.
    cannot leave clock as the display. mic isnt working the best, have to talk really loud
    for others to hear me, though it may be placement, i think it is in a suitable location, so i
    might be able to correct that at a later date. other than that i am very happy with this
    purchase from crutchfield. they had the lowest price and include the installation goodies for
    free.

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    Written by: deniz from merritt island,fla on September 13, 2010

    2004 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product for the price!

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    Sounds Great Poor Ipod Contols

    Written by: BrianK from Midlothian, VA on September 8, 2010

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

    I was primarily replacing my factory unit in my 2002 Honda Accord to get something I
    could plug my iPod (5th Generation Video) into without using the FM modulator. This
    head unit also had the bonus of having the rear usb so I could run the cable into the
    glove box to keep the iPod/USB device locked and hidden.

    This unit has horrible iPod controls; it might be because I have an older iPod but to
    control the iPod through the head unit was unbearable. The search functionality gives
    you no way to quickly move through a long list of artists or albums. There is no way to
    play all songs from an artists with multiple albums. It just wasn't working for me....

    On the positive side, the unit does sound great... I could tell an immediate improvement
    with my factory speakers and when I installed my new speakers it sounded fantastic.
    Also the bluetooth feature is works well. However, if you have a Blackberry, there are
    known issues with the Blackberry where you can't control the mic volume through the
    Blackberry (so the volume is locked in one position). On my Blackberry, people I called
    could not hear me but on my other phone where I can adjust the volume on the phone I
    could be heard just fine.

    In the end I returned it and got the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 and it's great overall!! Thank
    you Crutchfield for your fantastic service and support!!

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    Written by: DaveB from Parkville, Md on September 5, 2010

    2003 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with the Clarion headunit. Sounds great with the factory speakers.
    Ipod controls are adequate, but not exactly like on the Ipod.

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    AWESOME!!!!!

    Written by: CraigC from Toms River NJ on September 4, 2010

    1992 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Clarion CZ500 was everything i was looking for. Blue Tooth Hands free, USB for
    Ipod, I just have to finished getting familiarized with with!! Well worth the money if you're
    upgrading from a basic CD player with now special features.

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    Great receiver, poor manual

    Written by: Steve M. from Minneapoils, MN on September 3, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has great sound, especially once the custom 5 parameter equalizer
    is set up. (Parametric equalization goes way beyond simple base and treble.)
    However, note that the manual does not give any instructions on how to access
    the custom equalizer parameter settings; you get to figure it out on your own.
    Because of the poor manual, 4 stars -- otherwise I'd give it a full 5 stars.

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    Excellent Stereo!

    Written by: psj from AL on September 3, 2010

    1997 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love to play pandora from my Droid X via bluetooth. My only complaint is the disparity in
    the volume between a phone call and music. The volume must be greatly increased
    during a phone call compared to the music level. Other than that small issue, the stereo
    is awesome.

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    Super Slow Loading

    Written by: Anonymous from Altoona, PA on September 2, 2010

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

    For the price the sound quality and the feature set are not bad BUT the player takes like ten seconds to load a CD. Intolerable! I would avoid unless you are very patient person. Pretty insane i start my car pull out get half way down the road and the music finally starts playing. This is all with the CD already in. Crutchfield told me this is normal for this unit, pretty bizarre!

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    Written by: Evans from Guam on August 29, 2010

    Great product. Only flaws are the buttons on the left side are difficult to
    press at times so prefer the remote. Also blue-tooth is nice to have but when
    you get in the vehicle it automatically defaults to that source mode so you have
    to change the source manually each time. Would definitely recommend this product.

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    could be better

    Written by: Erwin from Miami on August 25, 2010

    PROS: great capability to set the quality sound, i have 3 amps and i can set it right in the perfect sound form me, i dont need equalizator or sound procesor any more.

    CONS: i only use Ipod (no radio, no cds) and it have some issues with it, if i use the same ipod on my other car (different brand stereo) it works super faster, with not these issues at all, both radios are of the same price level. At the end i could live with this issues thanks to the ability to set the music right like i need to hear it.

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    Great Features - Horrible Sound

    Written by: FF from Port Huron, MI on August 19, 2010

    I've owned a Kenwood and 2 Alpine decks prior to this unit so I took my time researching
    and toiling over many different options. I ultimately decided on the Clarion because it was so
    feature rich for the price. After installation I have to say I completely regret this purchase and
    will be returning it tomorrow. The sound quality is horrible and the unit is extremely limited in
    terms of audio adjustments. There is no treble selection, only several preset EQ settings
    which are not explained in the manual. I also find the menu navigation to be very poorly laid
    out. It's unfortunate because as indicated, it's very feature rich with bluetooth, 3 pre-outs,
    ipod connection etc. Sadly, I would not recommend this receiver.

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    Written by: Bill from Florence, MS on August 19, 2010

    1999 Volkswagen Beetle

    I bought this for my daughter's 1999 New Beetle. I picked the CZ500 because it had the Blue Tooth built in. I haven't used it much myself, but it seems to sound good and have good FM reception. I tried out the Blue Tooth and it worked pretty well. The caller on the other end sounded clear through the speakers and they said I sounded clear to them. I think the trick is to get the microphone as close to the area around the steering wheel as possible. I had mine on the visor and it seemed to work fine. The blue dial lights on the CZ500 match the dash lights on the Beetle, so that was a plus. For the money and all the freebies Crutchfield offers, you can't go wrong. The wire harness, installation kit, removal tool, and instructions were all free as was shipping. The CZ 500 also comes with a plastic case for the removable face, unlike those from other manufacturers that you would have to purchase separately. Crutchfield treats you right and has a great staff available if you need help. I definitely recommend the Clarion CZ500 and Crutchfield.

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    Great value, but misses on the details

    Written by: Justin from Lexington, SC on August 19, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The CZ500 is an outstanding value at the price I paid for it, with the steering wheel control adapter. It had every feature I was looking for, like Bluetooth built in, HD Radio ready, CD player, USB hookup in the rear, and of course, the Crutchfield extras like awesome customer service (thanks Brian!), great instructions and install kit. The sound quality is fantastic.

    The problem with the CZ500 is in the details that I didn't look into. I had bought a Clarion receiver for my wife's car, and it's great; mine isn't nearly as nice.
    * Her can change the color of the display very granularly. The CZ500 doesn't have this, so I get this bright neon blue stereo in an otherwise sedate interior.
    * The display is ugly like a digital clock.
    * The random album feature only applies to songs from an iPod, but I use a USB drive.
    * You can only navigate music by: next/previous track or folder, or by scrolling through all of the folders. The folder scrolling ALWAYS starts at the top of the file structure. If you sync from Windows Media Player to the USB drive, the only way to know where the album
    you want is if you know the names of the artists AND albums for your whole collection.
    * The buttons for radio presets have other functions, which are not lit, so you either memorize what functions are where, or turn the light on at night to see them.
    If I was on a tight budget, I would buy this again, but I would gladly pay another $50 to not have these issues.

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    Written by: gelover from Monterey, TN on August 15, 2010

    2001 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed it in my Porsche Boxster and it looks great, just like a factory unit. The sound is very good even with the top down at 80 mph. The controls are a little hard to figure out until you experiment with all the options and there is a lot left out of the operators manual which makes it harder than it needs to be. The installation kit instructions were also hard to follow but once I figured them out it was very easy to install. Overall I am very pleased with the unit and would recommend it to a friend.

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    Excellent quality for the price

    Written by: Don from Cocoa Beach, Florida on August 5, 2010

    I have the CZ200 in my truck (already had a Parrot CK3100 also awesome!) and did not need the bluetooth. I originally called to get an add-on bluetooth module for my Kenwood system. After talking this over with the extremely helpful salesman, I realized it was only $45 more to get a new head unit with everything integrated.

    I received in in 2 days and it took me less than an hour to remove my old unit and replace with this one in BMW 328i. The sound is awesome and the menus are easy to follow.

    A couple of things that kept me from giving a full 5 stars:
    1. Although the connections on the rear are supposed to ease connections, it does create a problem when inserting the unit into the dash.
    2. Whenever I connect my iPhone 4 (or a 3GS), once the unit detects an ipod, it displays pause and nothing plays. I have to disconnect the cable at the phone, open the iPod function and press play then reconnect it then it will play over the unit.
    3. The autoconnect feature for bluetooth must be turned off and then back on to actually initiate the auto reconnect feature (only need to do this after a complete power disconnect)

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    CZ500 Rocks, even makes country sound good.

    Written by: Russell from Moundsville, WV on June 25, 2010

    1998 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have to give the CZ500 5 stars for being a great head unit with excellent sound, lots of options and the way it connects to and works with my IPod Classic.

    The Bluetooth works fine after I figured out that I had to Put the mic up where it would be near my head. People on the phone say it sound fine.

    The Bluetooth would not "Auto Connect" at first but like another reviewer said, you need to have your phone connected then hold the D button for 3 sec. and page to "Bluetooth auto connect", turn it off then back on and it should auto connect everytime. I did that and it works everytime now.

    One reviewer talked about the phone not having a separate volume. I found that it does. With the phone connected, go into Bluetooth mode and set the volume where you want it and it should be at that volume when ever you get a call no matter what you were listening to before.

    As far as the clock, yea it would be nice to have the clock on the display all the time but I guess you can't have everthing :-( However the clock will stay on as long as you don't push any buttons or change the sound level.

    As allways Crutchfield was great with shipping (only took 2 days) and included the mounting kit and wiring harness all free of charge.

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    Feature-packed and sounds great!

    Written by: Jon from Charlottesville, VA on June 1, 2010

    This stereo had everything I wanted: USB input, iPod controls, Bluetooth, and a clean, stylin' look. I crank tunes from my thumb drive most of the time and they sound great. Folders full of mp3s are easy navigated using two buttons on the face. I clipped my Bluetooth microphone to my visor and my wife reports that my voice comes across loud and clear, and hers sounds lovely through my car speakers. Speaking of my car's speakers, this stereo makes the music coming through them sound better than it used to with my factory stereo. I use the "Impact" EQ setting the most. I'm very happy with this stereo and will go with Clarion for future car audio purchases.

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    Sweet

    Written by: Paul from Omaha, NE on May 10, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First time having bluetooth. I also upped to the HD radio too. My phone hooks right up with the radio every time I start the truck. It would be nice to see the time all the time or a one step button to get to. Loving the USB hook up too. This radio is easy to use and fun to play with. The only down side I can see is when I start up the truck it auto connects to my phone and I have to hit the source button to get back to what I was listening to before. At least I know the phone is connected. If you looking for a easy to use, easy to read radio, then this is what I would say to get.

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    Written by: dkelly701 from Raleigh, NC on May 10, 2010

    2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the unit overall except one big issue. When using the bluetooth for telephone calls, people can barely hear me. It makes this feature useless. Other than that, great unit.

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    Made for iPod?

    Written by: matt93312 from Bakersfield, CA on May 10, 2010

    I took a big risk purchasing this stereo before there were sufficient reviews to judge the
    product. That being said, installation was easy, sound is great, USB and Bluetooth
    audio is perfect.

    BUT... I purchased this model because it promised a great interface with iPod/iPhone.
    This stereo will not auto-detect my iphone each time I start the car. I have to go through
    several menus everytime I get in the car to re-pair with the Bluetooth hands-free feature.
    In my opinion, this is a serious flaw with the product. Now I will have to go spend $100
    on a mediocre Bluethooth that IS made for my iPhone.

    If you are looking for a stereo that will automatically detect your iPhone 3GS, look
    elsewhere.

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    CZ500

    Written by: Anonymous from St.Louis, MO on May 3, 2010

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

    I like the unit overall. I have noticed a few issues that I wish were different

    The sound is great works good with my I phone 3gs however it takes up to 15 seconds for it to reconnect the blue tooth.

    Was a bit disappointed that the track forward and back function does not control from the stereo while in blue tooth mode, so you have to look at the I phone to change songs ect...

    The 4 speaker setup is just the clone of the 2 speaker setup, there is no fade or balance. there are no bass or treble controls, except through the built in eq.

    The microphone with the hands free over blue tooth needs a volume control also, most of the calls people say they can barely hear me.

    I agree with the comments about the clock, it would be nice to have it stay on the screen without having to hit the display button every few minutes.



    Crutchfield was great with shipping and including the mounting kit and wiring harness free of charge.

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    Some Fundamental Issues

    Written by: Adam from Vermont on April 27, 2010

    2001 Jeep Wrangler

    I believe this unit has some fundamental issues:
    1) There isn't any setting to have the clock display all the time. There is
    only two options. One is a lame screen saver, the other is screen saver off,
    which just displays either the radio station or the song info if you are using
    an iPod or USB stick. To get the clock to display you have to hit the "D"
    button on the front of the device. But after a min or so it automatically goes
    back to the Radio display. This is quite annoying.
    2) While my iPhone 3Gs streams music via bluetooth, and sounds awesome. You
    have to manually connect it each time. So in other words you have to start the
    car then on your iPhone you have to go to Settings -> General -> Bluetooth and
    then click on "CZ500" then it connects and starts to play music.
    3) The same is true if you want to use your iPhone's hand free calling. You
    have to "connect" it manually then you can use the phones hand free calling. It
    should auto connect when you turn on the car.
    4) After the bluetooth is connected, if you are listening to the radio, etc and
    you start playing music on your iPhone the receiver doesn't automatically detect
    this and switch to the bluetooth source. You have to select bluetooth source
    manually.

    On the flip side it looks really good, and the sound quality is great. Once the
    bluetooth is connected the audio quality is great.

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    Bluetooth is worthless

    Written by: Eric from Ct on April 26, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The main reason I bought this unit was for the wired micrphone. Which is not very good. I basically have to hold the mic to my mouth for people to hear me. I tried mounting it on the visor and if I yell people can hear me. The radio does not automatically pair with my phone so everytime I get in the car I manually have to go into my phone and pair the unit. The corded USB is nice so I can hide my flash drive. I would recommend another unit if you are going to use the hands free call feature. And if you are not buying it for this feature you can buy a cheaper unit, so don't buy this one.

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    Perfect upgrade for my Miata

    Written by: Herbert from Stony Brook, NY on April 11, 2010

    I wanted Bluetooth & iPod functionality in my Miata, along with the AUX option. Having had great luck with Clarion units, I thought I'd give the CZ500 a try. This was a risk, because at the time, there were no user reviews for this unit. Installation was a breeze, since I already had the wiring harness from my previous aftermarket radio. I replaced my Pioneer head unit and wired up the Clarion harness to the factory harness interface. I installed the phone mic on the steering column and its barely noticeable. My bluetooth phone found & paired up with the unit very quickly. My iPod plays clear and the interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. FM reception is good. CDs & CD-Rs play great. Look for my video review on youtube shortly.

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    Great concept, poor execution

    Written by: Chris from Lake Forest Park, WA on April 10, 2010

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the CZ500 specifically for use with my iPhone. The streaming bluetooth music works great- with Pandora as well as iTunes, and so do all the phone's functions. The problem lies with the phone function: Phone volume is really low, and you have to turn it up to have a decent conversation. When you hang up, the stereo reverts to radio, which is now REALLY REALLY REALLY LOUD!!!
    Clarion makes mention of this in the manual supplied with the stereo:
    "Audio playback will be set to the same volume level as set during telephone calls. This might cause problems, if extreme volume level is set during a telephone call."
    Obviously, they're aware of the "feature" and have made mention of it in the book. Why don't they just offer a preset, adjustable phone volume, independent of the stereo.
    A workaround is to lower the volume of your phone call before you hang up- It's too late after you hang up, and the volume knob doesn't work until the system "resets" to stereo. Scenario:
    Phone rings while you're listening to the radio. You answer. the caller's voice is VERY faint, so you turn the volume WAY up so you can hear the caller. You conclude our call, and hang up. the radio comes back at HUGE volume. YOU CAN'T TURN IT DOWN!!! THE KNOB DOESN'T WORK!!! You crash.
    Buy another unit if the bluetooth streaming audio and phone features are both important. I'm going to work with Clarion to see if they can fix. If not, I'm going to work with Crutchfield for a refund.



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    Written by: vuckozagi from Sacramento CA on April 8, 2010

    Works great, sounds great.

    Bluetooth would not reconnect with my 1st gen iPhone so went to the settings and set "automatically reconnect" to OFF, and then again to ON and it gets reconnected every time since then.

    It sees my 4th gen ipod as mass storage and not as ipod?!? Works great with iPhone. I purchased HD radio THD309 and it works with this unit.

    Overall great buy.

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    Great car receiver

    Written by: Stephen from North Florida on April 3, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Blue tooth is awesome. Has everything I need to work with my i phone, usb,,
    very easy to install in my 2004 Toyota Tacoma

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    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with two transports screws installed)
    • Sleeve (attached) Face (inside included face-case)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • Microphone (with visor-clip and attached 8' cord terminated by right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive microphone bracket
    • RCB-176 IR wireless remote
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Machine screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's/Installation Manual (Eng/Fren/Spa)
    • Warranty Sheet (US/Canada)

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 19 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready XM
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Clarion CZ500 is an AM/FM/CD receiver that can play MP3/WMA audio files on CD-R and CD-RW discs; and supports ID3-Tag, as well as CD Text. It also has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a portable audio device and a rear-panel USB type-A port for connecting your USB mass storage audio device or iPod. In addition, the CZ500 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless communication and audio transfer. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include HD Radio tuners (sold separately), as well as an optional steering wheel remote interface (sold separately) which allows you to keep your factory steering wheel controls.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A hard plastic face-case is provide to protect the detachable face when removed.

    Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    H.M.I. Design: Clarion's superior H.M.I. (Human-Machine Interface) Design utilizes a distinctive "starburst" control button array. The headunit's buttons are clustered symbolically for intuitive operation, with a large rotary volume control that is blue illuminated for easy recognition and a cool look in your vehicle.

    Digital LCD Display: The two-line, 10-digit, digital LCD display (with black background and white characters) on the CZ500 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

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

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

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CZ500 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the CZ500 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 19 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

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

    • Bass Boost: Bass is emphasized +/-3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized +/-3.
    • Excite: Bass, midrange, and treble are emphasized +/-3.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently +/-7.
      • Bass: You can set the effected bass frequency to 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz and the Q-factor to 1, 1.25, 1.5 or 2.0.
      • Midrange: You can set the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5 kHz and the Q-factor to 0.5, 0.75. 1.0, or 1.25.
      • Treble: The effected treble frequency can be set to 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz.
    • Off (Flat): Bass, midrange, and treble are set to 0.

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

    6ch/4V RCA Output: The Clarion CZ500 features 6ch/4V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (+/-6).

    Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: Switching on the Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low frequency range through specified outputs to ensure superb performance with a connected subwoofer. The low-pass filter can be set to 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Through (full-range).

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ500 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The CZ500 provides 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, proving you with 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

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

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

    Local Seeking: When Local seeking is turned "On", only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Clarion THD300 HD Radio tuner (020THD300, discontinued), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The add-on HD Radio tuner includes iTunes Tagging capability, so if you hear a song on the radio that you like, you can tag it to download later from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

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