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Clarion ProAudio DXZ445

CD receiver with CD changer controls

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by Robert Ferency-Viars
Clarion

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's ProAudio DXZ445 CD receiver has a 2-year warranty to guarantee its performance and reliability. Enjoy listening to the radio? The Magi-Tune+ tuner provides excellent AM/FM reception, pulling in weak stations with ease.

Adjust the overall tone of your music with Z-Enhancer+. It has three preset sound adjustments ("B-Boost," "Impact," and "Excite"), plus a fourth user-definable preset and a 2-band parametric EQ, so you can create your own custom tone curve. Combined with the powerhouse of a built-in amplifier (17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels), it'll make your tunes sound great!

Two sets of preamp outputs let you add an external amplifier to your speakers. A low-pass crossover helps you select the cutoff frequency when you have amplified subwoofers connected.

With the ability to add other Clarion components, you get room to grow a serious mobile audio/video system. Options include a CD or DVD changer, TV tuner, or SIRIUS satellite radio tuner. Just in case that doesn't cover all of your needs, there's also an auxiliary input.

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Highlights:

  • detachable aluminum faceplate
  • electric blue LCD display
  • Magi-Tune+ tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • Instant Station Recall — jump from any source to your favorite radio station
  • plays CD-Rs/CD-RWs
  • Z-Enhancer+
  • 2-band parametric EQ
  • Magna Bass EX
  • SIRIUS tuner controls (SIRIUS Radio subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • TV tuner/DVD/CD changer controls
  • rear auxiliary input
  • multi-changer capable
  • front and rear preamp outputs
  • low-pass filter
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • 17 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 100 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9 dBf
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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RMS Power Output
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17 watts
Peak Output
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52 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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Electric Blue
Key Button Color
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Blue
EQ Bands
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2
Wireless Remote
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Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Expandability
AUX Input
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Rear
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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Sirius
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9 dBf
European Tuning
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No
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness (has in-line 15A fuse)
  • RCB-164 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
  • 1 Plastic pin
  • 1 Hexagonal bolt (has one flat washer)
  • 1 Mounting strap
  • 1 Silica gel packet
  • Owner's manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio information sheet

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Features
Changer Controls
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Features

Adjustable Contrast: You can adjust the display contrast to match the angle of installation of the unit. The contrast setting can be adjusted from 1 to 8.

Screen Saver Display: You can choose On, Off, or Message. In Message mode, the unit displays a 30-character message that you can edit. The default message reads "Welcome to Clarion".

SIRIUS Satellite Radio Controls: This unit can control the optional Clarion SIRIUS Satellite tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner, along with an antenna and subscription, will allow you to receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Clarion CeNET TV Tuner Control: This unit is capable of controlling Clarion's CeNET TV tuner.

Clarion CeNET DVD Deck Control: This unit is compatible with Clarion's CeNET DVD deck.

Z-Enhancer Plus: The Z-Enhancer function features four types of sound tone effects stored in memory. You may select "Bass Boost" (bass emphasized), "Impact" (bass and treble emphasized), "Excite" (bass and treble emphasized, mids de-emphasized), or "Custom" (allows you to fully adjust bass and treble). When "Bass Boost" is selected, you can adjust the bass setting from -3dB to +3dB in 1dB increments. When "Impact" or "Excite" is selected, you can adjust the bass and treble settings from -3dB to +3dB in 1dB increments. When "Custom" is selected, you can independently adjust the gain, frequency and Q factor for the bass. For the treble, you can adjust the gain and frequency.

Magna Bass EX: The Magna Bass EX feature provides an extra boost of bass when activated. The effect of the Magna Bass EX varies with the volume level.

Magi-Tune+ FM Tuner: This receiver is equipped with Clarion's proprietary Magi-Tune+ FM Tuner, which improves sensitivity and selectivity for excellent FM stereo reproduction.

Instant Station Recall (ISR): This feature gives you one touch recall of a single favorite radio station (this is in addition to the 18 FM and 6 AM presets).

CD/CD Changer/Tuner/TV Titling: Titles, up to 8 characters long, can be stored and recalled from memory for individual CDs, discs in a changer magazine, radio stations, and TV stations. 50 titles may be entered for the CD mode, 20 may be entered for TV tuner mode, and 30 may be entered for radio mode. In CD changer mode, you may enter 100 CD titles when using the DCZ625, 100 CD titles when using the CDC655Tz, or 50 titles when using the CDC1255z changer.

Top Play Button: Pressing the "Top" button while a CD is playing will start the disc playing from track 1 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. This feature works with 5" (12cm) CDs, but it will not work with 3" (8cm) CDs.

Rear/Subwoofer Preamp Outputs: The rear preamp outputs can be set for full-range or subwoofer output. In subwoofer output mode, the preamp outputs have a selectable low-pass crossover that can be set to 50Hz, 80Hz, or 120Hz. You can adjust the subwoofer volume from -6 to +6 using the front panel subwoofer volume control.

Auxiliary Input: Stereo RCA preamp inputs are hardwired to the back of the unit on a 3" lead, allowing you to connect a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The Aux input sensitivity is adjustable and can be set to High, Mid, or Low.

Dimmer Feature: This unit is equipped with a wire that Clarion calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the illumination wire of this unit receives power and the dimmer feature has been turned on, the display will dim to a preset level.

Note: When the power and constant wires are connected and the illumination wire is supplied with voltage (when you turn your lights on), the button illumination remains on even if the unit is turned off.

Changer Controls

CeNET Control: 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 (sold separately).

CD Title Memory: When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit. 

Note

Warranty Note: For 2004 ProAudio models, Clarion has extended the 2-year warranty to all Crutchfield customers, even if the unit is not installed by an authorized Clarion dealer.

 
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5 out of 5

Amazing

Written By jchsatx09, Texas on Thursday, April 27, 2006
 
This is a phenomenal receiver. I've owned Alpine and Sony car receivers before, but this Clarion is amazing. There is no other receiver on Crutchfield that can compare at this price. It has more power, more preamps, a remote, an aux input, low pass filter, and more features than the comparable Alpine unit. I installed this receiver and 4 Pioneer 6x8 3-ways in my 2000 Ranger with the help of Crutchfields amazing, free technical support. The receiver installation was the easiest part, and took about an hour. I have never put a radio in before, but Crutchfield's help made it possible and saved me around $150 by doing it myself. Don't hesitate to buy this, and hurry, because its on closeout. It looks and sounds beautiful, and I will shop for Clarion in the future.
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5 out of 5

Good all around car cd-receiver

Written By arffyoyo, Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, April 27, 2006
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I found the Clarion ProAudio DXZ44 to be easy to install and easy to program. It has excellent sound and power even without an amplifier.
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5 out of 5

Livened up Classic

Written By Kevin, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 03, 2006
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I finally decided to replace the factory Clarion AM/FM/Cassette in my 1987 Saab 9000 Turbo after 20 years.

This receiver surpassed my expectations. The volume and quality of sound are outstanding, even on speakers that were premium two decades ago, and I love the Aux input for playing my mini-discs or MP3s from my handheld.

The wiring harness went on without a hitch, the only problem being the connectors being somewhat difficult to get to inside the stereo cavity of the Saab. The DIN size and Crutchfield installation kit made this a short, simple job...and I am very pleased with the result.
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5 out of 5

What a Deal!

Written By Matt, Broadway, NC on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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This is a Great Deal! First of all you can't beat the price from Crutchfield. Then you have the fast shipping and great service. Not to mention everything you need to install in your vehicle included. After I crimped all wires, it took about 15 min. to have the factory radio out and was listening to tunes on my new Clarion in my F-150! I would suggest this unit for the price. It may not have everything you can get on one, but it has what you need! And for just over 100 bucks!!
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5 out of 5

Clarion ProAudio DXZ445

Written By Collin, Wamego, Ks on Saturday, March 18, 2006
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If you are thinkig about buying one of these, do it. I love it. My only complaint is that some of the buttons are a bit small (especially the track skip buttons). The features are great, like the Aux input (which I haven't used as of yet) and the remote, and the display dimmer when headlights are on.
The manual is a little vague (I still don't know what some of the audio settings do because I can't hear a difference when I change them).
Installation was a breeze. Crutchfield supplied all that I needed and more.
Grab one of these while you can. This is my third Clarion and have absolutely loved all of them. Never had an issue with one of their units. For this price, you can't go wrong.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Clarion ProAudio DXZ445

Written By Ed, Philippi, WV on Monday, March 06, 2006
 
Head unit was excellent for the price. Sounds very clear and was very easy to use.

The Intall kit that I recieved from Crutchfield for "FREE" made installation very easy, Took about Ten to Fifteen minutes to connect wires in the house while sitting on the couch. And about Five minutes to use the tools that I also got Free to get the factory head unit removed and to replace the new CD Player. Thanks!!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Receiver

Written By Anthony, Nashville, TN on Monday, March 06, 2006
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Exceeded my expectations! This is a very nice unit, good sound with stock speakers and even better sound with newly purchased Infinity 6012si speakers.

I installed this unit in a 1997 Camaro Convertible and I have no problems hearing the radio with the top down and no amplifier installed.

This radio has a nice feature that allows you to program a screen-saver message that scrolls across the radio.

The supplied wiring adapter, antenna adapter and the installation kit made the install a breeze.

Thanks Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

Great unit

Written By Ceadderman, Goldendale, Wa. on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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This is a great unit. I thought that it would be hard to install.

But with the inlcuded face plate and the wiring, it was simple.

It took about an hour to solder the wires and seal them with heat shrink tubing.

And about 15 minutes to cut the DIN space out of the face plate.

Everything else went smoothly and my stereo sounds great. Even on bone stock speakers.

It was easy and it fit my dash like a hand in a latex glove.
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