Clarion DXZ465MP

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

  • Clarion DXZ465MP


  • Clarion DXZ465MP

  • Clarion DXZ465MP


Item #: 020DXZ465

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Our take on the Clarion DXZ465MP

by Tim Sprinkle

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.

Add some style to your dash with Clarion's DXZ465MP CD player. Its sleek, black faceplate will fit in with just about any interior scheme, while its enhanced dot matrix display lends a high-tech look to all your system information. You even get a rotary control knob for making quick volume and tone adjustments.

MP3 and WMA playback allows you to enjoy hours of your favorite tunes on a single recordable disc, while the auxiliary input offers a convenient connection for your portable music player or other external source. The DXZ465MP comes loaded with a strong on-board amp to ensure that all your tunes sound their best — three preset tone curves and two versatile tone controls customize the sound to match your car. Magna Bass EX adds a low-frequency boost for fuller, richer sound at all volume levels.

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Have a larger system in mind? The DXZ465MP can control an optional Clarion CD changer, satellite radio, iPod interface, and more. Two sets of preamp outputs make it easy to connect all your amps and subs. And you can rest easy knowing that the DXZ465MP is covered by Clarion's 2-year warranty.


    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS/52 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with dot matrix display
    • wireless remote
    Audio features:
    • Z-enhancer with three preset tone settings
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • compatible with Clarion iPod adapter
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and XM or SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • auxiliary input (rear RCAs)
    • CD changer controls
    • two sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 19 watts
    Peak Output 52 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 1.8 volts
    Display Color Blue on black
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    AUX Input Rear
    USB Input ---
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible ---
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    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
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    What's in the box?

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    • CD/MP3/WMA receiver
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wireless remote control (RCB-176)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
    • Metal backstrap
    • Owner's Manual
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide
    • Warranty sheet
    • Caution sheet regarding satellite radio

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    CD Changer Controls


    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, up to 255 files per folder, and up to 512 total files. Bit rates for MP3 are 8-320 kbps, plus VBR (Variable Bit Rates). Bit rates for WMA are 48-192 kbps. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 and WMA ID3 tags.

    Z-Enhancer: The Z-Enhancer function features three types of sound tone effects stored in memory. You may select Bass Boost (bass emphasized), Impact (treble emphasized) or Excite (bass and treble emphasized, mids deemphasized). 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.

    Display/Screen Saver: The DXZ465MP is equipped with a full dot matrix display which is clearly visible from a wide range of viewing angles. You can adjust the display contrast from 1-16. Approximately thirty seconds after the last button press, a screen saver will activate. You can choose between a series of moving images or a customizable scrolling message of up to 30 characters. The screen saver can be deactivated at any time.

    Amp Canceller: If you choose to connect the receiver to external amplifiers, you can turn off the built-in amplifier for better sound quality.

    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.

    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. Note: Auto reload does not apply to 8 cm CDs.

    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.

    CD/TV/Radio Titles: Titles of up to 10 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed for CD, CD changer, Radio and TV stations. You can enter up to 50 CD titles (for built-in CD player), 30 radio station titles, 20 TV station titles (if optional TTX7501z TV tuner is connected), and 100 CD titles (if optional DCZ625 or CDC655Tz CD changers are connected).

    Title Display: This unit can display title data for CD-Text, MP3 and WMA discs. Long titles/names will scroll across the display at one of six selectable speeds. Using the Title button, you can select any of the following display modes:

    • For CD Text Discs:
      • User-entered disc title
      • CD-Text disc title/Artist name
      • Artist name/CD-Text track title
      • CD-Text disc title/CD-Text track title
    • For MP3/WMA Discs:
      • Folder/Track
      • Track/Album tag
      • Album tag/Artist tag
      • Artist tag/Title tag
      • Title tag/Folder

    Top Function: During CD playback, the Top function resets the CD player to the first track of the disc. If an MP3/WMA disc is playing, the top function resets the player to the first track of the currently playing folder.

    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 which should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    Telephone Mute: When properly wired, the receiver will automatically mute the audio when you receive a cellular telephone call. This function is compatible only with specific phones which have a triggered audio mute feature.

    Wireless Remote: The DXZ465MP is equipped with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control. Dimensions: L=4.461", W=1.718", D=0.494".

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the DXZ465MP in a number of ways. To add Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the Clarion SIR-CL3 Sirius Satellite Tuner (item # 020SIRCL3). For XM Satellite Radio, the Terk XMDirect Satellite Radio package (item # 700XMCLA1) can be added. In addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit to the head unit through the rear aux input.

    Auxiliary Input: A stereo RCA preamp input is hardwired to the back of the unit on a 3" lead, allowing you to connect a portable audio source. The Aux input sensitivity is adjustable and can be set to High, Mid, or Low.

    CeNET TV Controls: The DXZ465MP can control the optional TTX7501z TV tuner (item # 020TTX7501). The following operations are the same as for the radio tuner: Channel Selection, Storing channels in memory, Calling channels from memory, Auto store, and Preset Scan.

    iPod Interface: With the optional EA1251B CeNET iPod interface (item #020EA1251B), you can connect your Apple iPod to this receiver. Not only will you be able to control and listen to music from your iPod, the easy-to-use interface also powers and charges your portable music player. Note: This interface works with 3rd generation and newer iPods.

    CD Changer Controls

    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 #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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    Written By BB, Seattle on Monday, October 17, 2011
    Great unit! BTW after some experimentation I was able to discern which RCA wire did what: long grey set is for front preamp out, long black is rear preamp out, and the remaining short ones are for the AUX input.
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    Love it!

    Written By dwayne, Nevada on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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    Great sound and features for the price. Extremely satisfied.
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    No complaints

    Written By steven, northern NJ on Tuesday, February 28, 2006
    After much research and comparing, I purchased this unit as my first after-market stereo. Mainly I wanted a quality unit with AUX input for my mp3 player, but this one comes with tons of extras. So many extras that it makes it VERY expandable. For example, if I ever want to upgrade to a satellite radio service later down the road, I don't have to get a different head unit. This one can use both XM or Sirius right out of the box. Definately a plus.
    And, the manual is thorough, navigation is easy, feels very sturdy & of top quality, and it looks appealing and professional.

    Definately worth the extra $$ compared to others for $20-$50 cheaper. Even though I'm only running stock speakers and no sub or amp at the moment, it is a large improvement over the stock stereo, and I can't wait to hook it up to all new hardware come this summer.

    Also props to crutchfield for wiring harness, bracket, and all parts needed to install this myself (although I do have experience installing car audio)
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