Clarion's DB355MP CD receiver is all about value. Not only does it offer plenty of speaker-driving power and convenient sound shaping controls — it adds MP3 playback to your entertainment array. That means you can burn a CD-R or CD-RW with up to 10 hours' worth of your favorite music files and take it wherever you go. It's like having a virtual jukebox in your dash!

And the DB355MP doesn't stop there. It offers Z-Enhancer's three preset sound curves for easy, one-touch tone adjustments, plus Magna Bass EX to help boost the low frequencies. Clarion's on-board amplifier (17 watts RMS x 4) powers the show, ensuring clean sound at all volume levels.

If you're building a system, you'll appreciate the set of preamp outputs. They make it easy to connect an external amplifier or powered sub for even more bass reinforcement. The faceplate detaches for an extra measure of security, and the wireless remote allows you to control the receiver from anywhere in the car.

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/51 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 files)
  • Z-Enhancer — offers three preset tone settings
  • detachable face with high-contrast LCD display
  • one set of preamp outputs
  • Magna Bass EX selectable bass boost
  • Magi-Tune tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • rotary encoder
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 100 dB
  • FM sensitivity 11 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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 DB355MP Reviews

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Great Unit, Great Price

Written By Mike C., Rothschild, WI on Thursday, May 04, 2006

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Bought this deck Monday night, got it Wednesday night, of course Crutchfield shipped ASAP which is to be expected. Deck fit PERFECTLY in my 97' Sentra, and installation was easy (all things considered) The picture does no justice for the display, which was much better than I expected it to be. This is the best mp3-cd deck for the money, hands down. Makes my crappy factory speakers sound 10X better, going to upgrade those anyway and will be looking to Crutchfield for that purchase as well.

very disappointed

Written By BRIAN, Chicago, IL on Monday, May 01, 2006

not sure what to say, other than I've had terrible luck with this unit. I'm on #3, yes, the third unit, just crapped out on me, over a 3 month period. all of my problems seem to be with the disc transport mechanism, or related to that. stay away! never buying clarion again!!!

Excellent choice

Written By jimmy, Hialeah, FL on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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It took me so long too find the perfect stereo. This was definitely an awesome choice. Looks beaitful sounds great. and extremely easy to install with Crutchfields harness and instructions

Clarion DB355MP

Written By koopa, greenville Ohio on Wednesday, February 15, 2006

All Clarion Head units are awsome so if you want a CD PLAYER that sounds real nice and powers good speakers here it is. I put this in my car with pioneer 6 by 9's it is so loud and clear people here me coming down the road with just music.

Clarion DB355MP

Written By Marcel, Charlotte,NC on Friday, February 10, 2006

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This is a great CD player. Makes my factory speakers sound great and clear. Easy to Install, and a very good deal.

Clarion DB355MP

Written By Paul, Pennsylvania on Monday, January 23, 2006

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Good stereo w/good sound. Easy to install and use thanks to Crutchfield's instructions and a straightforward owner's manual. I especially like the remote. Didn't think I would ever use a remote in my truck, but I've become quite addicted to it.

Good radio

Written By Clarkaster, Los Angeles, CA on Friday, December 02, 2005

This is a decent radio. However what I don't like about it is that Clarion went cheap on the number of buttons they put on the unit. I don't like it when I have to hold the button down to use a function. I also don't like the small buttons with the small labels.

One thing you need to look out for is how you burn your mp3 cds. You need to try different settings with the "joliet" file system. Before it wouldn't read the discs I burn, but after I played around with it, I got it to work fine.

Now I can't get it to show the ID3 tags of the tracks. There's probably a way to do it, probably a couple of button combinations.

The sound is clean, not bassy, but clean. I plan to add a sub later and maybe change my factory speakers. But for now this is ok. I would've given it 5 stars if Clarion didn't go cheap on the buttons.


Written By BIG78CJ5, CT on Sunday, September 18, 2005

I bought this head unit because my friend had it in his honda with some xplod an polk speaks and it sounded beautiful and looked really cool. I installed it and absolutely love it it sounds awesome, displays and scrolls ur mp3 titles, has a cool screensaver, a remote that also works very well(other brands dont have in this price range), and is backlit in a nice blue with white letters that looks really sharp. There are several sound settings to boost your bass output, and it is a very nice looking unit that is loud. I just ordered a set of infinity Kappa speakers for it and i cant wait to install them too--- If you want a great sounding unit with alot of features and good looks, order the clarion, it is most definately ur BEST investment.

good value, annoying interface

Written By Alon Seal, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, July 06, 2005

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I purchased this head unit based on price. It does what I need, which is radio and MP3 CDs. So feature wise, it's good for the price. However, the interface is a bit annoying. You have to press a lot of buttons to display the track's title, or album. Also, the random play function is weak: it's turned off after a power down, and when you hit next, it just plays the next track in the same folder, as oppose to next random track.

Great unit

Written By Dan, Hershey, PA on Tuesday, July 05, 2005

This is a fantastic unit! It looks good and was easy to install. Powerful with a wonderful sound. All of it's features are easy to use and the controls are accessed easily. The front loading disc slot is very nice too. And with 18 FM presets, i still managed to have some left over. Great features for the price. I'd definately recommend it.

Great Suggestion

Written By Keith, Coeburn, VA on Saturday, March 12, 2005

I originally called in to order a Kenwood Cd receiver.
When the CSR informed me that there would be a wait of around 7 days, I dont him I didnt want to wait the time. Thats when he suggested to me an upgrade to this unit, he took the time to see what I wanted in a receiver and then explained how this unit would meet or exceed my expectations. This unit does exceed. I had added polk audio speakers to me truck in January so the combo sounds great. Again Crutchfield has made the difference. Radio Shack cannot compare. Circuit City has alot to learn.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • CD/MP3 receiver
  • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RCB-172)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
  • Silica Gel desiccant packet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Installation/Wire Connection Guide
  • Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 17 watts
Peak Output 51 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 1.8 volts
Display Color White on blue
Key Button Color Light blue
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input No
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
European Tuning No
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

Product Research


MP3 Playback: The unit can play MP3 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, up to 254 total files, and up to 128 total folders. Bit rates for MP3 are 8-320 kbps, plus VBR (Variable Bit Rates).

Z-Enhancer: The Z-Enhancer function features three types of sound tone effects stored in memory. You may select Z-Enhancer 1 (bass emphasized), Z-Enhancer 2 (treble emphasized) or Z-Enhancer 3 (bass and treble emphasized). When the Z-Enhancer feature is on, the bass and treble controls cannot be adjusted.

Magna Bass EX (Extend): The Magna Bass EX feature provides an extra boost of bass when activated. Unlike conventional loudness features which boost the low frequency range at around 100Hz, the Magna Bass EX boosts the low- and center-range frequencies of about 50Hz. By focusing on the lower frequencies, the added bass impact won't distort or muffle the high frequencies.

Bass/Treble: The bass control range is +/-14dB at 100Hz. The treble control range is +/-14dB at 10kHz.

Screen Saver: Thirty seconds after a button is pressed, the screen saver will activate, displaying a series of moving dashes. It can be deactivated at any time.

Top Function: The Top function resets the CD player to the first track of the disc.

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.

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.

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.

Wireless Remote: The DB355 is equipped with the RCB-172 infrared wireless remote control. Dimensions: L=4.452", W=1.723", D=0.491".

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