Ever buy a CD receiver with lots of high-end features, but you just couldn't figure out how to run the thing? Clarion's DXZ585USB CD receiver sports the unique SLIDETRAK control that makes it easy to access its full list of features. SLIDETRAK eliminates obtrusive buttons and knobs, replacing them with a supremely ergonomic set of toggles located on either side of the display. You can scroll quickly and easily through the receiver's menus, plus you get the added bonus of seeing system info on a bright, dot-matrix display.

Sonically, the DXZ585USB uses Clarion's most powerful built-in amplifier to reproduce your music with impact and detail. The 24-bit digital-to-analog converter reveals all the excitement and energy your favorite artists put into their recording sessions. A digital equalizer offers twenty-one different EQ curves to complement the speaker setup in your vehicle.

You can use the front-panel USB input for your thumb drives, hard-disk drives or even your iPod®. You'll even find a good old-fashioned auxiliary input for connecting your non-USB music portables. Expand your musical repertoire by adding an optional satellite radio, or get into hands-free cell phone conversations with an optional Bluetooth adapter. Building a killer system? Tap into the 6 channels of 6-volt preamp outputs to connect your high-performance amps.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (21 watts RMS CEA-2006/53 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with 2-line, dot-matrix display
    • SLIDETRAK control system
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Digital Z-enhancer EQ (2-band semi-parametric EQ and 21 preset tone settings)
    • selectable high-pass (speaker, preamp outputs) and low-pass (preamp outputs) filters
    • Sound Restorer feature adds life to compressed music
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer, Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front USB input, rear auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, sub)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • Preamp output harness
    • RCB-176 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Phillips-head bolt with washer attached
    • 8 Rubber caps
    • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet

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    Features
    External Device Controls

    Features

    SLIDETRAK Controls: SLIDETRAK Control provides precise control of the key features on the head unit with a simple swipe of the fingertip. In addition, SLIDETRAK maximizes the available space on the head unit's face to create a large easy-to-read display. SLIDETRAK also allows an increase in button size for easy identification of buttons. This way, you can keep your eyes on the road while operating the source unit, promoting safe driving.

    Flip Down Control Panel with High Visibility Display The DXZ585USB features a flip-down detachable face with a high visibility 2-line display making the radio theft deterrent and easy to read. With the ability to display text characters as well as numbers, you can see the name of the track that is playing or check the time. It's high contrast multi-color design makes it easy to see under any lighting conditions. You can adjust the display contrast to match the angle of installation of the unit. The unit comes with a hard plastic face-case to provide protection for the detachable control panel.

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

    AAC Playback: This unit will also playback AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs with a bit-rate of 8-320 kbps or a variable bit-rate. AAC files composed with the following conditions can be played: AAC files encoded with iTunes, iTunes Ver. 7.0 or earlier, and File extension .m4a (.M4A). The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. The headunit will also support folder name and file names up to 64 characters.

    Note: Tracks purchased at an iTune Music store, and copyright-protected files cannot be played.

    Auxiliary Input: The DXZ585USB feature a rear panel stereo RCA auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this headunit. You can adjust the Auxiliary input sensitivity level from Low, Mid, to High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Three 6-Volt Preamp Outputs: The DXZ585USB is equipped with a pair of 6-volt front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs. You can fade between the front and rear preamp outputs, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The high-output pre-amplifier voltage provides reduced signal clipping and lowers the chance of stray electrical noise from degrading the audio signal. The end result is musical reproduction with extended dynamic range and more headroom

    Built-in Crossovers: The headunit's built-in high pass crossovers let your front and rear speakers reproduce the proper frequencies (selectable between 50, 80, 120Hz or Full-Range) for natural sound and efficient power handling. A low pass filter with selectable frequencies of 50, 80, and 120Hz or Full-Range, coupled with a Subwoofer Level Control of -5 to +5 allow full adjustment and control of a subwoofer for maximum performance.

    Digital Z-Enhancer: By using a digital equalizer, there is more flexibility in tailoring your music to sound the way you want it. The Digital Z-Enhancer employs digital signal processing offering three preset equalization curves each adjustable to -3 to +3. You can choose from 21 custom EQ curves, each tailored to a specific speaker type.

    • DZE 1: Suitable for genuine speakers.
    • DZE 2: Suitable for separate (component) speakers.
    • DZE 3: Suitable for co-axial speakers.
    • DZE Off: No sound effect.

    Parametric EQ: The DXZ585USB features independent Bass and Treble settings with center frequency and Q-curve adjustments.

    • Bass: The center Bass frequency can be set to 50, 80, or 120 Hz while the Q-curve can be set to 1, 1.25, 1.5 or 2. The Bass gain can then be adjusted from -7 to +7.
    • Treble: The center Treble frequency can be set to 8 or 12kHz while the Treble gain can be adjusted from -6 to +6.

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

    Sound Restorer: The Sound Restorer feature enriches the playback of all types of music files that have undergone any level of data compression. The Sound Restorer can be set to three different levels or turned off.

    • Level 1: For music sources compressed for high quality at low bit rate.
    • Level 2: For music sources compressed for standard quality at low bit rate.
    • Level 3: For music sources compressed for low quality at low bit rate.
    • Off: For music sources compressed at high bit rate.

    Title Entry: Titles up to 8 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed for CD, CD changer, Radio stations and TV stations. The number of titles that can be entered for each mode are as follows - 50 disc titles for CD Mode, 20 station titles for TV mode, 30 station titles for Radio Mode, and 100 disc titles for Changer mode.

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

    OEM Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls and/or rear seat radio controls when used with the optional SWI-JACK interface adapter (item number 127SWIJACK, sold separately). The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Mounting: You can install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal. When ISO-DIN mounting, you will need to use your vehicle radio's original factory ISO screws.

    Wireless Remote: The DXZ585USB is equipped with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control. Dimensions: L = 4.461", W = 1.718", D = 0.494".

    External Device Controls

    USB Port: The front-panel USB port allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA files. This unit is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. The USB port can be used with USB memory media carrying up to 130,560 songs. MP3, WMA, and AAC files with a bit rate of 8-320 kbps are supported, while titles up to 64 characters can be displayed in USB mode. This unit also supports USB Digital Media Steaming which allows you to play music files transmitted using Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and supports the playback of WMDRM 10 files. The DXZ585USB offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion DXZ585USB allows you to connect your iPod to the headunit's front-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control and charging of your iPod. This unit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod. The DXZ585USB offers two iPod playback modes - Play Mode and iPod Menu Mode:

    • Play Mode: During Play Mode you can control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, Random and Cancel.
    • iPod Menu Mode: The iPod Menu Mode allows you to select music for playback from your iPod by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can select between categories by using the headunit's P.Ch switch. Once you have selected a category, you can search through the tracks in that particular category.

    Note: The head unit's USB port supports the following iPods - iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod video (5th generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), and iPhone/iPhone 3G. Your iPod should be updated with the latest software from Apple. For 4th generation iPod and iPod photo, you will need the 020EA1251B iPod interface, connected through the head unit's Ce-NET input.

    Bluetooth Ready: The DXZ585USB is compatible with Clarion's BLT370 Bluetooth system via its rear panel RCA stereo auxiliary input. The BLT370 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth cellular phone and wireless streaming audio from any Bluetooth compatible portable audio device. The DXZ585MP can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (item number 220CNP20UC) and the Clarion CNP-CLA1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMCLA1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner and the Clarion CLA-SC1 Ce-NET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRCLAR).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.

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

    CeNET CD Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with a CeNET control connector and can control up to a total of two CeNET changers (CD and/or MD). Two changer control requires a Y-adapter (item number 020CCA519, sold separately). The following operations are the same as for built-in CD mode: Pause, Track Selection, Fast-forward/Fast-backward, Scan Play, Repeat Play, and Random Play.

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    Nice, but...

    Written By NebulanFree, Colorado Springs on Friday, January 09, 2009

    I really dig this thing. I've had a couple of Clarion units in past rides and this one feels almost like an old friend.

    The only issue I have is that the front USB jack doesn't want to work right. I mean it charges my iPod (5th Gen, 30 GB Video), displays track info, and the counter moves like something should be playing... but nothing does. Same goes for when I try to play music from my 4GB stick.

    All of the other features are nice, though.

    Quite the learning curve.

    Written By Corky, Montevideo, MN on Saturday, September 27, 2008

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    Living in the "Boonies" there's not much choice on the radio & the local stations are into everything except music, i.e sports, hog reports, grand opening of the feed & farm stores, etc. Tired of missing tunes I looked for something better. I'm not heavy into CD's as I prefer my ipod.......so here comes Crutchfield to the rescue. After an exhaustive perusal of their offerings I selected the Clarion DXZ585USB primarily for its front mount USB port. Thanks to Crutchfield installation was a snap. Now when the local stations start blathering about the price of hog bellies or whatever I can plug in my Nano I listen to what I want.

    My only gripe is the learning curve but that's the norm with any aftermarket stereo with advanced features.

    All in all a great unit, super sound, a nifty display & no hog reports.

    Flash Drive & ipod

    Written By Paul, Peoria AZ on Thursday, September 25, 2008

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    Great player. Manual controls different, but easy to cope with. Sounds great paired with nice speakers. I have suggested to all of my friends to shop Clarion because their hardware is strong and pounds. Also, the flash drive capability and easy ipod is the coolest thing ever!

    Love It

    Written By fred, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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    Well worth the $ for this head unit. Blends right in with my dash (carbon fiber trim) and works flawlessly with my Nano. Sounds great and with the
    6V preamp output it gets plenty of juice to my amp.

    Nice Device Low Price

    Written By Wayner, Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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    Awesome head unit that syncs well with my IPOD, thumbdrive and H320 player. You can't beat a front input USB head unit. No holes to drill, just shove it in the dash and ROCK OUT! Paired the head unit with new high speed Alpine front and rear speakers. Sound clarity is well above average, controls are super easy to use and the learning curve is low. The slide control is way different than traditional knobs but it looks good and you have no knobby protrusions.

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