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Our take on the Clarion FZ150

by Jon Paulette
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.

Digital made simple

Going all-digital in your car doesn't have to be complicated. With Clarion's FZ150, you can enjoy your digital music library without spending a bundle on features you don't plan to use. This no-nonsense AM/FM digital media receiver has everything you need to ditch the discs, and you'll find it all right there on the front panel: a USB port for thumb drives, a minijack auxiliary input for MP3 players, and a handy SD card slot.

Think about this -- you can fill up a 32GB SD card with up to 2000 WMA or MP3 files. The average pop song averages around three minutes, so if you have a 30-minute round-trip commute, you could go most of a year without hearing the same song twice. If you're up for the challenge, an SD card is also an excellent opportunity to create a truly epic mix.

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The overall theme of simplicity continues with the controls. A large display, big dials, and an ergonomic layout make the FZ150 very easy to use.

Surprising sound

The FZ150 proves that a simple receiver can also produce great sound. With a built-in amp that delivers 16 watts RMS per channel, you'll get the volume you want. You can also get the sound you want with 4 preset EQ modes and a graphic equalizer. Just push the EQ button to select the type of equalization that best matches your style of music. If you want to upgrade your speakers and add an amp, you'll find a set of RCA preamp outputs on the back of the receiver.

Since there wasn't a CD player to worry about, Clarion's designers were able to fit the FZ150's features into a surprisingly shallow chassis. That means this single-DIN (2" tall) receiver can fit into a wide variety of cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • plays MP3 and WMA music files
    • built-in amplifier (16 watts RMS/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • single-line display in high-visibility white
    Audio features:
    • 4 preset EQ modes
    • graphic equalizer
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB port (no iPod control), front auxiliary input, SD card slot
    • outputs: 2-channel RCA preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 16 watts
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 1.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD Memory Card,
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    Mini ---
    iPhone N/A
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • Digital media receiver (10A fuse installed))
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Antenna adapter
    • Front-panel cover
    • 2 Washers
    • Hex-nut
    • Self-tapping screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's/Installation Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Sheet (US/CA)

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    Digital Media
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display Features

    Digital Media

    USB Port: The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC); such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives (up to 32GB). The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3/WMA music files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Clarion FZ150. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (0.5A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    SD Card Slot: There is an SD card slot on the front-panel for playback and control of  MP3/WMA music files stored on a SD or SDHC memory card of up to 32GB capacity.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Clarion FZ150 supports the following types of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto a USB mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card.

    Media Type USB (mass storage class device) and SD/SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB)
    File System FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types MP3, WMA
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 2,000 total files
    Tags ID3 tags, WMA tags

    Playback & Search Functions: The FZ150 provides a variety of playback & search functions.

    • Folder/File Select: This function allows you to select a folder containing MP3/WMA files and select which music file to play back.
    • Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of the first music file of all the folders on an MP3/WMA disc.
    • Repeat Play: This function allows you to play the current music file in a MP3/WMA folder repeatedly.
    • Random Play: This function allows you to play all music files in a folder in a random order.

    Auxiliary Input: The FZ150 features a front-panel stereo Auxiliary input, so you connect your iPod/iPhone or portable satellite radio receiver to this head unit.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion FZ150 employs a MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) power amplifier capable of delivering 45W (Peak) x 4ch of high quality sound with superior linearity & less distortion than conventional power amps, even with the volume cranked up. The power specifications for the FZ150 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 FZ150 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 16 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 40 watts x 4 channels (160 watts total)

    2Ch/1.5V Line-Level Outputs: The Clarion FZ150 features 2ch/1.5V RCA line level outputs to connect an external two-channel amplifier.

    EQ Presets + Tone Control: The FZ150 is equipped with four preset equalization settings (FLAT/POP/ROCK/CLASSIC) which can be accessed simply by pressing the head unit's EQ button. Each EQ preset provides optimum equalization for the type of music selected. You can also independently adjust the head unit's Bass & Treble.

    Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume.

    Beep: The head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion FZ150 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, & preset tuning. Up to 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets can stored manually or automatically. The radio also allows you to scan through all the head unit's available stations (5 seconds each) to easily search what's playing on the radio. When "Local" seeking is turned on, only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.

    Display  Features

    Single-Line LCD: The single-line, high visibility LCD (with black background and white characters) on the FZ150 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

    Display Information: The head unit's display can be switched to indicate information such as radio frequency, track number w/ elapsed playing time, song/artist name, or clock. The clock is only displayed when the head unit is powered on. 

    Cover Panel: The digital media receiver's front-panel is not detachable. However, it does come with a plastic cover to hide the unit's front-panel when you exit your vehicle. The plastic cover simply snaps on and off the head unit's front-panel.

     
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    1 out of 5

    You Get What You Pay For

    Written By Lisa Y., Molino, PA on Monday, October 13, 2014
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    I bought this to replace the factory head unit in my boyfriend's '96 Chevy truck. The install was easy, and the operation of the stereo is pretty much self explanatory. Unfortunately, I've only had it for 6 months and have already been experiencing issues. There's alternator whine at acceleration and the volume knob doesn't always control the volume accurately- you turn the dial up and the volume goes down. No fun. I wanted to exchange this but Crutchfield told me it's past my 60 days for returns/exchanges through them. Also, you can't keep the clock display on. It will only appear momentarily. I'd recommend spending a few more dollars on a better unit.
    Pros:
    Easy to install
    Cons:
    Alternator whine, Volume control issue, no permanent clock display.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By BIG AL, Lawson, MO on Sunday, October 05, 2014
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    I bought this receiver to replace a dead factory radio in a 94 Caravan I just bought. It was very easy to install and gets me a decent radio with the addition of the variety of digital music inputs. I am really happy with the sound for the small price I paid.
    Pros:
    Easy install, fair to good sound quality, easier to program than some others.
    Cons:
    I still haven't figured out the folder and file controls but I put in on random play and listen to what plays.
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    3 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Anonymous, New Orleans, LA on Friday, October 03, 2014
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    Does what it says it'll do. The random play is somewhat annoying. It recycles to many of the same songs. Sound quality is good...not great but better than factory. All in all not a bad buy for the money.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality for the money. Digital reliever that does what it says it'll do.
    Cons:
    I do not like the random play function. The time won't stay on display and it doesn't come ready to work with an iPod.
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    5 out of 5

    perfect in my motorcycle fairing

    Written By Mark S., Albany, Oregon on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    Perfect for my vintage Honda Goldwing fairing because of all the alternative music sources it can handle
    Pros:
    On a motorcycle nobody wants to be messing with CD discs while riding or with gloves on, so the USB connection is perfect for my music on thumb drives, also the SD card slot is great because it stays flush with the front of the radio face, it comes with a nice snap-on cover that covers the face when I am parked. At 60.00 and free freight from Crutchfield it was a super buy and I only knew about this unit on clearance because of Crutchfield's on-going e-mail advertisements.
    Cons:
    The instruction manual is written by someone that apparently English is their second language, but the operation is pretty intuitive so no big deal.
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound for the price

    Written By Mojave Bob, Warsaw, IN on Monday, September 29, 2014
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    I put this in a '96 Honda del Sol, and the retro-round faceplate looks great next to the also-round climate controls. This sounds really good, even with the stock rear speakers. The display does not have a dimmer, but the del Sol has a flip-up cover. I have my music loaded on an SD card, and it does, indeed, cut off about 2 seconds at the beginning of each song. The listing also mentions that you can "go a year without hearing the same song twice". That works out mathematically, but the truth is that this thing has the worst shuffle algorithm known to man, and it definitely has "favorite" songs. One song in particular gets played nearly every time I am in the car. It is easy enough to skip to the next song, but really, how hard would it be to get it right? The control buttons are not labeled with anything meaningful, so learning how to use it is strictly a case of memorization. As others have mentioned, the clock is worthless. But, nonetheless, this is good sound for the price.
    Pros:
    Good sound, adequate power for a convertible, great price, plays off SD card.
    Cons:
    Horrible random shuffle, worthless clock, vague labels on controls.
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    4 out of 5

    Works great

    Written By LindsayM, Pelham NH on Thursday, September 25, 2014
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    We just needed something basic and this works great for us. The only thing is that the screen is very bright at night so it's a bit distracting but other than that, it's fine.
    Pros:
    Easy install, sounds good
    Cons:
    Bright screen
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    5 out of 5

    91 Vanagon

    Written By Ric, Santa Clara, CA on Saturday, September 13, 2014
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    This radio made my wife very happy, it is very easy to use that she has the radio on all the time now.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great little stereo.

    Written By S.Hays, Saxton,Pa. on Thursday, September 11, 2014
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    I bought this to put in my old muscle car. Bought one of those boxes and mounted it under the dash. It looks old school and it looks great. I would give it five stars, but like other reviewers said , it does cut off about 2 seconds of each song when using a SD card. Other than that everything else works great. Even the radio works great with my 1972 antenna!
    Pros:
    Great value.
    Cons:
    The 2 second music cut off.
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    5 out of 5

    great deal for economic digital radio

    Written By T N, Navarre FL on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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    If you're looking for an economic radio that you can attach several digital devices to then this is a great choice. I bought this for my work vehicle, a GMC Safari van, along with a pair of basic speakers. the radio is relatively easy to use. It automatically reads when you connect a digital device. The sound quality, considering the price and in my case the vehicle, are above what I expected.
    Pros:
    Value, ease of use, lots of ports to connect to
    Cons:
    A bit low on power but I knew it going in. Still plenty good
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion Short deck

    Written By Anthony, Hughson, Ca on Monday, September 08, 2014
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    Its not fancy, but for my application its perfect. Needed a short bodied deck to fit in a TR7. Looks fantastic against the rest of the dash, and is extremely easy to operate. If you are looking for big power, this isnt for you, but if you want something to run 4 speakers, clean appearance and easy to use, this is it!.
    Pros:
    The included cover plate really cleans up the dash when its on. Nice added bonus
    Cons:
    I wish the display reverted to the clock when static. That would make it perfect!
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Anonymous, Dubuque on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    So far so good. The display is hard to see and the volume button could be bigger. Otherwise sounds great and I love all the input options.
    Pros:
    Input options and value
    Cons:
    Dim display and small volume button.
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    5 out of 5

    very neat reciever,lots of settings

    Written By jay, Olympia , WA on Monday, September 01, 2014
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    has quite good radio reception, plays nicely off the sd card, havent got to try the blutooth yet, the blue illumination is nice, simple, 1 button turn on, knob for volume, less distraction from driving..
    Pros:
    good radio reception, plays many formats totally jitter free, is unaffected by vibration,has many advanced features, gotta read the manual..
    Cons:
    the face cover , is difficult to remove,i'm afraid im going to break something removing it, i'll have to look into it further.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Jim, Shreveport, LA on Saturday, August 30, 2014
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    I recently installed this product as an upgrade to my 91 automobile stereo system and was greatly impressed with the improved uncomplicated installation and operation.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Little Unit for the Price!

    Written By Dave H, Chicago, IL on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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    Great little stereo for the money. The bluetooth connects quickly and easily and stays connected to stream music and podcasts from my Android phone and from my wife's Blackberry. Decent sound.
    Pros:
    Great bluetooth connectivity and SD card access. Great price, easy to install.
    Cons:
    Control layout not overly intuitive. Display not very bright, and display lens easily marked and scratched.
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    5 out of 5

    Kubota Perfect

    Written By Luap, Jefferson Nat Forest, VA on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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    I purchased this tiny radio because it would fit in my new Kubota Cab Diesel 4x4. We have no cell phone reception here. I did not expect much for radio reception and was just planning on the flash drive option as a sound source. Each of the six preset channels now has a high quality station assigned. These are FM stations and two are NPR. I never expected the reception to be so great. I have eight hours of my best tunes on a flash drive and all of these sources sound great through a pair of small Dual outdoor speakers. This is a rough service work vehicle and stays wet most of the time so water proof speakers were a must-have. This unit has a Din#1 front panel and a depth of less than five inches. The factory antenna fit perfectly as did most of the wiring. Required for Kubota is a unique nine-pin adapter plug which is aftermarket available by internet search. Make sure the RMS of your speakers matches pretty close to the radios output RMS of 16 per channel. Unit can push four speakers but I only have need for two. The Diesel adds its own unique sound. There is a plug output on the back side that is designed for a preamp but maybe could be used for a headphone? The book is available on line and I suggest you read and heed. Lots of features come built in so study-up on the book if you want details. I was looking for the smallest flash drive radio made and I think this is it for me. THERE IS NO CD PLAYER and THE CLOCK FEATURE SUCKS, so buy a cheap watch and flash on!! ENJOY.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Anonymous, Northridge, Ca on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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    Great product. Exactly what I expected and great price!!
    Pros:
    Easy installation and ease of website
    Cons:
    None!!
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    4 out of 5

    GOOD SOUND FOR A GREAT PRICE....

    Written By Joe Z, Bowie, MD on Saturday, August 02, 2014
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    dressed up my 88 Chevy pickup and sounds so much better than the original from GM.
    Pros:
    Price, ease of installation, easy to use
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful stereo

    Written By BruceW, Menan, ID on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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    I love this stereo. It sounds much better than the factory stereo. This one doesn't have a CD player but has so many good options. I installed it right before going on a long trip and it worked great. I put 1200 songs on an SD card and we never ran out of music to listen to.
    Pros:
    Great values. Several music source options. Good sound.
    Cons:
    When I ran this in random mode using the SD card, a number of songs played a few times before most other songs had been heard. I'm not sure how well the random option works. I suppose it would eventually play everything.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    perfect

    Written By ESW, 43812 on Monday, July 21, 2014
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    perfect for off road Jeep wrangler, no moving parts, all digital, takes a beating. My old head unit shorted because of rough terrain. The sound quality is surprisingly good, I like the cover for the buttons, I can spray my jeep out without getting the unit wet
    Pros:
    toughness easy to use cover sound quality
    Cons:
    pre drilled holes in the head unit are too close to the front for jeep factory carrier, the unit is in my dash
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    nice radio, simplicity to use, looks good in the dash of my 96 silvera

    Written By Jerry, cripple creek, colorado on Sunday, July 20, 2014
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    Easy to use, nice display, aux plug for my sat radio or tablet, usb port to charge my phone, looks like it came factory in truck
    Pros:
    Inexpensive
    Cons:
    No bluetooth
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    5 out of 5

    Nice

    Written By lowell32, Bottineau, N.D. on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Fast service, easy to follow directions. Every thing included to install the radio. I wanted a plain radio with a knob for volume, the inputs for devices will possibly come in handy sometime. I get a lot more stations clearly than with the stock unit.
    Pros:
    Looks nice, sounds good with stock speakers
    Cons:
    Have to get used to the different buttons and will probably find more features in time.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Anonymous, San Diego on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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    For the price, this is perfect if you store your music on sd cards.
    Pros:
    cheap, sd card slot
    Cons:
    sd card navigation should use the right knob for all navigation, instead it uses only the right and left and number 5 and 6 button.
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    2 out of 5

    clarion

    Written By Anonymous, Boise, ID on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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    didn't work with my iphone so it was only used for a portion of a day before being uninstalled and sent back for something that would work with my phone.
    Pros:
    cheap
    Cons:
    didn't communicate with my iphone
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    3 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By TJ, Front Royal, Va on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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    It works as it should but you can't get the it to show the clock as the primary display. And when using the SD card you lose 1 or 2 seconds of each song b4 you start to hear it.
    Pros:
    Cheap
    Cons:
    It doesn't show the CLOCK at all times. Instead it shows the radio station all the time.
    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Our Tech Support crew looked into it and there doesn't seem to be any way to have the clock show up on the display continuously. You have to go through several button pushes to display the time, then after a few seconds the display returns to the source info.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Anonymous, Fayetteville, AR on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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    I really like this upgrade. I don't have to worry about consistent quality when playing music through my phone as I did with my cassette adapter and my radio transmitter that I used with my factory radio. The player picks up on radio stations pretty well. The bass boost, or "loudness," setting is nice. I also enjoy the sound of my classical music collection on the "classical" equalization preset. The radio doesn't function with the dashboard dimmer switch and therefore gets a little bright at night. The radio sits a bit back in my dash, making it hard to remove the included cover without having to pull out the radio a bit. So, I don't use it. The controls can be a bit confusing. You will most likely have to read the instructions.
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    1 out of 5

    Not happy

    Written By Rob, Ashfield, MA on Monday, July 07, 2014
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    First, Crutchfield is a top notch organization, and everything I needed (and a lot that I didn't!) was shipped quickly and well packaged. I was able to install the unit successfully despite having zero experience. That said, I am disappointed with this unit's anemic sound output. I know, I know-you get what you pay for. But considering how much car stereo prices have dropped in the last 20 or so years, I thought that even the cheapest unit (especially from a trusted dealer like Crutchfield) would be comparable to, say, a $200 unit in the '90s. There is absolutely no bass frequencies detectable unless the car is off and you are listening very carefully. Crank the bass control up and the (brand new) speakers distort. So I'm basically driving around with a pair of transistor radios. The tuner seems to only have a "seek" function, so I can't dial in frequencies of known stations. The display absolutely stinks (but thanks for the phony "spectrum analyzer" that lets me visualize the frequencies I'm not hearing). Music loaded on an SD card was even worse. Plugging my iPod into the aux input provided better sound, but the SD card option was something I really wanted to take advantage of. I would have sent this unit back but, like an idiot, I threw out the packaging, so I'm stuck with it. I'm hoping I can track down a used compact powered sub to give it some bottom end. Or just write this one off and start saving for an Alpine.
    Pros:
    Doesn't look like it was designed by a twelve year old boy.
    Cons:
    Sounds and works like it was designed by a twelve year old boy.
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    3 out of 5

    Poor AM Quality

    Written By Mike S, Texas on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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    Brought this for my 94 C1500 to replace the factory unit. The FM quality was about the same as the factory unit, but the AM stations would not come in clearly. I also had a lot of RPM noise in the speakers on the AM stations, even after I added a second ground. I think it looked great, but I had several issues with it. I knew that it would not support playing music from my iPhone 5s, but thought it just might charge it via the USB port. It would not even charge it. Bummer. I liked the knobs and color of the unit, but the roundness of the chassis did not fit the square dash mount provided by CF. Not a killer though. The clock is an issue as in other reviews, and was useless. The FM stations sounded great, if not a little bit too much on the high end. There really isn't that much BASS supplied by this unit. The AM stations issue was a huge killer for this unit sense I frequently listen to those stations for quicker weather updates. I talked to support and we did add a second ground for the RPM noise, but even sitting still in an open area, the AM stations had poor reception, not even as good as the factory unit. CF Support set me up with the JVC KD-X210 and I am having much better luck with this one. All my issues addressed and cleared in the JVC and it is clearly a better unit over the Clarion.
    Pros:
    Neat Retro Look I like the knobs Price Would look great in a JEEP
    Cons:
    NO Clock USB Charging is limited Too much High End, little bass AM Station issues Rounded chassis did not fit dash kit well
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    2 out of 5

    Problem with mp3 playback

    Written By Bobb G, Houston, Tx on Monday, June 30, 2014
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    This receiver would have been great except that the USB and SD mp3 playback had an issue with no audio during the first 2 or 3 seconds of every song; no matter what I tried I couldn't get it to work properly. Of the dozen or so reviews I read on this receiver about 1/4 had this problem, and no one had a solution. So I guess it's a toss up whether you get the problem or not, but I guess 3 out of 4 are pretty good odds!! Very happy with Crutchfield return policy, I'll have to try again later with a different brand.
    Pros:
    Good sound, looks great
    Cons:
    mp3 playback problems, buttons are very small, display needs to stop scrolling
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    5 out of 5

    Small radio Big sound

    Written By Mike, Indiana on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    Installed this unit in 1967 Rambler. The dash had been hacked for a DIN radio. I wanted something that would look at home in the dash. At first glance it looks like an old two knob radio. Unit depth is a problem on theses cars so the compact design was a real plus. USB is great. Sd card slot is even better! It comes with a nifty snap on cover that hides the face of the unit when you feel the need.
    Pros:
    Size. Front inputs for SD card, USB and Aux. Simple to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By DavidD, North Ozarkistan, AR on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    I needed a small inexpensive radio to replace a dead unit in my convertible. This unit fit the bill perfectly. It's small shallow chassis made for an easy install and the sound quality was better than I expected. It's simple to operate and the display is not distracting like the fancier expensive unit in my wife's car.
    Pros:
    Small, inexpensive with decent sound
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Installed with ease

    Written By Derek, Libby, mt. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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    I was really surprised on how easy it was to install plus I got all the hook ups with it which was great installed in about 20 min.
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    2 out of 5

    You Get What You Pay For

    Written By Dennis, Chicago on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
     
    Okay so first of all, it is a budget unit...and at the time of this review, it is also the most inexpensive head unit at Crutchfield.

    Sound Quality - it only allows for bass/treble adjustment but it is misleading. You will notice when increasing the bass, it automatically DECREASES the treble. Reminds me of the old 70s and 80s radios that had bass/treble on a single knob. If nothing else, at least it's nostalgic. It is pretty heavy on the Mids...and there is no way to adjust the Mids. The EQ presets are okay but again they are heavy on the Mids.

    It will definitely require you to teach yourself how to operate it. The manual is pretty short (its more like a quick start guide) and is poorly translated into English. While teaching yourself how to use it sounds easy enough, the button assignments are not intuitive. You will want to keep that "manual" handy for a few days until you get the hang of it.

    I have multiple artists on a usb stick with subfolders for each of their albums. Unfortunately, this unit only displays the subfolders, bypassing the artist's folders altogether. So when I browse the drive, I just get a list of album names instead of Artist/Album/Tracks.

    Playing files from usb works, but the big issue here is that it cuts off the first 2 or 3 seconds of every song! Highly annoying!

    Coolness Factor? There isn't really one. It's small but it's UGLY. I didn't buy it for looks though. I bought it to play music on a budget.

    You get what you pay for.
    Pros:
    It works. It is cheap. Has usb. Has SD. Has Aux In. All on the front panel. Aux In works well with my phone and portable Sirius unit.
    Cons:
    Lousy sound quality. Silence for first few seconds of tracks (at least when using usb). Unintuitive operation. No dimmer. No remote. Does not display artist's folders and their album subfolders, only their album folders.
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    4 out of 5

    good bang for the buck

    Written By FullMonty, Glenville, NY on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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    Ordered this head unit to bring the 1996 Regal I inherited into the 21st century. Can't beat the value for the money. Works great for my thumb drive and ipod. I don't like the dial for volume control, it's hard to get a good grip on it, and if you have a thumb drive plugged in, it gets in the way when you're adjusting the volume. Also pretty complicated to search music on thumb drive. Makes the factory speakers sound halfway decent. I had to upgrade though. Tonight I installed a pair of MTX 6x9's in the rear deck and Kicker 5.25" in the front doors, and this powers them pretty well. The deck doesn't go very deep so there's plenty of room for all the wiring in back.
    Pros:
    great value, sounds good, decent power output, compact size
    Cons:
    volume control, ease of searching thumb drives
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    5 out of 5

    I love it!

    Written By RodneyLee, Crestone, Colorado on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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    took about 5 minutes to install in my 93 Dodge truck, souds was great and I love using a USB stick to store my Audio books on, I am a bit confused on how it reads folders and what order things pay in but am learning, had to buy a seconded one for our Honda CR-v another easy install
    Pros:
    super easy to install and use
    Cons:
    controls a bit confusing
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    5 out of 5

    Simple and a good price

    Written By Tony, Toledo,ohio on Saturday, June 21, 2014
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    This is an awesome radio in my application, im using it for my bike where the lite weight really pays off. I love that i can plug my phone or mp3 player or a memory card in and go.
    Pros:
    convenient,not heavy
    Cons:
    the cover is not very weather tight but not made to be i guess.
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    5 out of 5

    Satisfied

    Written By John, Perry Florida on Monday, June 16, 2014
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    For the money I am impressed. In todays world everything seams to be over priced. Clarion and Crutchfield did a good job on this one.
    Pros:
    East to install, Easy to setup. Looks good.
    Cons:
    For the price there are none.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Choefert12, Ceres, ca on Friday, June 13, 2014
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    Just received this today and got it installed and I'm happy with it. The buttons and build feel like it's a good quality unit, it plays and sounds just like it should. I use my 32gb sd card and it works nicely and shows the name of the files. The only thing that I wish was different is that all the songs on my sd card are in one big file instead of being able to pick folders. But overall great product and great price
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Anonymous, Mission Viejo, Ca. on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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    I'm more interested in the depth of the radio due to the limited space behind the dash panel. This unit was a perfect fit.
    Pros:
    Perfect dash fit in my 1975 Toyota FJ40.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Stereo - good for price

    Written By Rob from MD, MD on Friday, June 06, 2014
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    Nice Stereo. Controls not user friendly though. I.e., I put all my music on a 16GB SD memory card. To move from folder to folder of MP3 files, its a little hard. Wish it had a remote so I didn't have to find the right small buttons to change folders. Otherwise sound is very good and has enough power for me. I like my music loud, but I am 48 and it is not the "make your ears ring after song" loud...
    Pros:
    Good power, clear sound, good price
    Cons:
    A little user un-friendly controls, no remote.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome radio

    Written By MikeL, Portland iN on Monday, June 02, 2014
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    Great sounding radio that I installed in the faring of me HD Road King . I love the sd card option because I bought a 16 gb card put well over 500 songs on it and still can hold another 500 yet.
    Pros:
    Small powerful unit , ease of use and install fit in my marine closure well. It rocks my bike
    Cons:
    No cons it's good media radio
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    5 out of 5

    Good deck

    Written By Brian, Seattle WA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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    I got this for my wife. She love her Spotify and now she can listen in her car. The deck was exactly what she wanted. It is very simple to use.
    Pros:
    Easy to use USB port SD card port AUX port
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    5 out of 5

    Simple, cool and easy.

    Written By Gramps., Englewood, Co. on Sunday, May 18, 2014
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    This is an easy to use deck, very clean looking and great quality for the $$$
    Pros:
    This deck is easy to operate and looks very stylish. Just the right kind of deck for someone who wants something inexpensive that will do the simple things and doesn't want all the bells and whistles.
    Cons:
    I don't see anything that would have me list in this area, but I have not had the stereo very long.
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    5 out of 5

    great basic deck

    Written By alainrw, hayward, ca on Friday, May 09, 2014
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    I bought this deck when it was on sale, wanting to replace the silver cd/am/fm sony deck that my car came with used (1996 bmw 318ti) as i dont listen to cds, nor really the radio, i wanted something with an aux in, this one has an aux in, usb in, and sd card slot. now i just load a 16 gb usb stick and have a ton of music in the car at all times without having to deal with the hassles of aux cables. it also fits in well in the dash, its a very shallow unit since there is no cd drive, it was like a third the depth of the former sony deck. the display is simple, and i like the simple look, no need to have a light show on the dash like so many decks these days. it doesnt look out of place in the dash, unlike that sony deck that was in it before. sound quality is great, i wish it had an extra pair of aux outs, but i made due with a splitter for my 4 channel amp. i highly recommend it
    Pros:
    shallow unit, simple design, good sound quality, great value, usb input works pretty well.
    Cons:
    could use more eq customization.
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    5 out of 5

    Big bang for little bucks

    Written By PsychoJon, Chino Valley, AZ on Thursday, May 01, 2014
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    My ipod has never sounded better. Driving just got easier for me!
    Pros:
    Sounds great, easy to install.
    Cons:
    That I didn't get one sooner!
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    5 out of 5

    Great factory replacement

    Written By RandyOh, Fountain, CO. on Monday, April 28, 2014
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    Stereo installed very easy with the harness and dash kit supplied. Good power. Update speakers as well if you have an older model vehicle because they won't be able to handle the power of this unit.
    Pros:
    Good power, easy controls, media works great. Blue backlight is nice.
    Cons:
    Have to press display button to see the time.
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    5 out of 5

    it works

    Written By Paul R., maryland Heights, Mo. on Friday, April 25, 2014
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    so far so good
    Pros:
    works like a radio
    Cons:
    buttons to small, don't need the computer part
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    5 out of 5

    small, simple, loud enough, perfect for my car

    Written By everyone is an expert, eden prairie, minnesota on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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    The question I had was, "Does this unit make enough good clean power to drive some nice 6.75" speakers?". If you get some efficient speakers it does. It is plenty loud. I purchased some Clarion 90 plus db car speakers. Sounds great. It is plenty loud to drown out all the people screaming at me with the window rolled up. What? On the radio is goes to 90 percent of the volume before I hear noticeable distortion. Keep in mind that a car stereo is actually for people INSIDE the car. I bought this with upgrading to the Clarion mini class D 4 channel amplifier in mind. The Clarion speakers will handle it, but my ears will likely protest after a short while. So I will be ordering the amplifier shortly :D The interface was intuitive and easy to navigate without reading any instructions. Remember that you need to be concentrating on texting while you are driving. (sarcasm) I read the instructions anyway because I needed to know what format the SD cards and USB had to be in, FAT16 or FAT32 by the way. This system is a massive space savings. I can fit almost all my music at 320 Kbps on a 32 GB microSD card. Thirty-two is the largest this deck will recognize according to the manual. Cannabalize your obsolete smartphone or digital camera. Well, about that clock critique, most people have autistic cellphone habits or wear a watch. Just saying, throwing it out there.
    Pros:
    buttons, medium/process blue lights, woooohhh! Easy install. Did not need the metal DIN sleeve thingee with the old, plastic adapter kit Powered on after guessing the power connector wire by color from the previous deck. Easy to operate, really. Has enough power with efficient speakers to cause a hearing loss. If the multi-media features work on this particular unit, not a lemon, it is all good, todo bueno. If not I have a patch cord for the auxiliary input. If not I have a good hammer.
    Cons:
    It is plastic and made in China for American consumers. Not enough power to compensate for a small penis or breasts, sorry. You will have to purchase car stereo enlargement or have sub woofer augmentation.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By J, usvi on Saturday, April 19, 2014
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    ......simple technology/install!...tech was on call and amazing (Devin?)
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Carl, White Hall, Ar. on Saturday, April 12, 2014
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    Will not be installed until finish replacing interior of car. Radio console is 1/8 " thick where radio inserts. My only complaint so far. Could not get bracket that slides on from rear to lock on. Had to file side latches back 1/8 " to make them fasten to hold radio in place. No clearance built in. Improperly engineered. I hope this is only problem I encounter. Will be about one month before I hook it up to play it.
    Pros:
    Looks good and hope it will play good.
    Cons:
    I had to modify mounting bracket.
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    4 out of 5

    Works as advertised

    Written By Bill, bernardsville, nj on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    This is a workable, non-mechanical car radio. It does what it is supposed to do, and the price is right.
    Pros:
    Good price, looks okay, has the features I wanted. Handled the power antenna on my 1996 Miata just fine. Like the volume dial. The Crutchfield support guy quickly helped me out when mounting was unobvious: I hadn't done one before, and the instructions did not mention that the mounting case had tabs that need to be bent out behind the mounting surface.
    Cons:
    The radio has to be on, and a button pressed, to see the current time. The button-pressing procedures for setting defaults, stations, etc., are not obvious, and I am usually quite good at that sort of thing. I still haven't figured out how to switch back and forth between AM and FM. Yes, I have the manual and haven't checked it for how to do this, but I am a little disappointed that I would need to. It would be nice to have a tuning knob as well: one has to fiddle with the buttons.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion

    Written By Mike Ski, Mason MI. on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    Great stereo, only complaint is that you have to hit display button to see time.
    Pros:
    No CD capability USB Capability Easy Install
    Cons:
    You have to hit display button to see time
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion FZ150

    Written By Josh, Houston, TX on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    simple radio. perfect for my golf cart.
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    5 out of 5

    Great little stereo

    Written By Larry, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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    I was looking for a car radio to replace the stock one that didn't have a cd player but gave me the ability to use memory cards this one is perfect for me. When purchasing it keep in mind it DOES NOT have a cd player. I only wish it had a way to make the time stay as the display, to gwt the time ti display you have to press disp button to get the time to display. This can be inconvenient when driving. As far as I can see that is the only downside to this stereo.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, ease of install, not too bright display.
    Cons:
    Time doesn't show while stereo is playing or when it is off. Sd card plays song by date not by artist / title / filename
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    Is it possible to turn off the equalizer display, so no flashing lights are present during playback? [ epileptic_son  Aug 28, 2014 ]
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    • no youcan not turn off display [ SCOTT LYN   Aug 28, 2014 ]
    Will this stereo work with a sub? [ arodhudson  Jul 18, 2014 ]
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    • Yes, it has the two aux outputs on the back for a sub's amp. As do almost all aftermarket car radios... [ Alain   Jul 21, 2014 ]
    • ... sorry, I meant OUTPUT! haha! [ Alyssa   Jul 21, 2014 ]
    • It has one RCA input so it should. [ Alyssa   Jul 21, 2014 ]
    • Yes, it has a pin on connector A, pin 5, blue with white stripe for remote, and two RCA outputs. I don't have mine connected to an amp, but I wanted the functionality for the future. [ Digi Sport   Jul 20, 2014 ]
    • It worked fine for me. [ ARTHUR   Jul 19, 2014 ]
    • Yes and pretty good for the price [ David   Jul 19, 2014 ]
    Does this have a removable face or just a cover that goes over it? [ billmann  Jul 16, 2014 ]
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    • just a cover not a removable face [ david   Jul 23, 2014 ]
    • Just the cover,NO removable face. [ Mike   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • Just a cover, I think. [ James   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • It just has a cover that goes over it. The face is not removable. [ ERIK   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • ...simple cover....NOTE...although this unit has a usb port, it will not charge phones,etc....this is only for memory sticks. [ JEFFERY T   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • Just a removable cover. [ Randy   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • Just a cover. The face does not come off. [ NATHAN   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • This unit has a cover that keeps it simple. [ TED   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • It just has a cover that goes over it. [ erik   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • Just a cover that goes over it. The face plate is not removable. [ Aaron   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • The face does not remove [ NATHAN   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • The Clarion FZ150 ships in the box with a protective black cover over the stereo's face hiding the interface. This protective cover, at least in my car (it may work for all vehicles though), can be placed over the face of the stereo while stereo is installed. Other than that, the stereo does not have a removable face plate. [ EDWARD   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • Just a cover that goes over it. [ PETER JAMES   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • It is in my daughter's car so I'm not sure, but I believe it just has a cover that goes over it. [ TIMOTHY   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    As a teenager without a large excess of money, is it possible to use and install this stereo without buying the $250 adapter? [ Jackson  Jul 12, 2014 ]
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    • Honestly, I have not been home to install it yet. I have done my homework and it should fill my needs. That's why I chose that model. Sorry I couldn't give more feedback but once installed I will. [ ROBERT   Jul 21, 2014 ]
    • The installation gears are free. i installed it on my own, very easy process. [ Hai Heng   Jul 16, 2014 ]
    • Yikes! What kind of adapter costs $250?. If you were to spend that kind of dough, buy a unit that Crutchfield supplies free adapters with. To answer your question one needs to know in what car you intend to install it. It comes with a DIN box, so if your car has a DIN hole, just plug it in. No adapter required. If you are talking about wiring, consider a unit with Crutchfield's adaptive wire harness. I installed this unit in a 1968 Mustang. Had to make my own harness. I cut the wire loom off of the old unit and soldered the Clarion wires to the old Molex loom to make a simple P&P. I was able to bench solder the loom, so no hanging upside down with a hot iron. I connected the Molex to the car's wiring with the Clarion plugs hanging out of the DIN hole. Plug them into the back of the Clarion, push it into the DIN box, done. Great sound for the bucks. [ Burt   Jul 13, 2014 ]
    • What $250 adapter? The adapters to install it come free or cheaply from Crutchfield. [ GREG   Jul 12, 2014 ]
    • I don't understand what $250 adapter you make mention of. Had I not been Red-Green color blind, not had a physical disability, I could have installed this unit myself. There are very few parts, very good documentation, a relativvely easy install. [ Michael   Jul 12, 2014 ]
    • This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation. [ Greg Staff  Jul 12, 2014 ]
    My vehicle (03 expedition) requires the factory amp voltage reducer that needs to be plugged into sub out... Does that mean I have to use the only available amp output and can not add a sub/amp? [ Mike D  Jul 10, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 11, 2014 ]
    Will I be able to play Spotify via USB with my Samsung Galaxy S5 through this? [ barbs1424  Jun 15, 2014 ]
    4 answers
    • I don't think so. First, the Clarion FZ150 has no bluetooth. Second, when you connect your phone, at least in my experience (I own a Galaxy S2), the stereo will only connect to your phone's internal SD card. This will prevent the ability to steam apps via USB that utilize a cell provider's network connectivity. You'll only be able to play music saved to your internal SD card. However, the Clarion does have an AUX port on the front that would permit you to play Spotify on your vehicle's speakers. [ EDWARD   Jul 13, 2014 ]
    • I think it would since the USB is an input source. You may have to call technical support though. [ Randy   Jul 02, 2014 ]
    • Have not tried the USB port yet,but love this product.The SD slot has fit my needs so far.Good luck. [ Mike   Jun 17, 2014 ]
    • I couldn't get my phone of mp3 to play through the USB only the AUX input [ david   Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Does this receiver have the outputs and the remote wire for an amp? [ Kenny  May 30, 2014 ]
    6 answers
    • It has 1 set of preamp outputs for an Amp and a remote turn on wire. [ DAVID   Jun 02, 2014 ]
    • Honestly, I have been away from home since January and have not installed it yet, but I have bought radios from Crutchfield before and was always very satisfied. I did notice a price drop on that radio. I am sure as always that this radio will get the job done as always. [ ROBERT   Jun 02, 2014 ]
    • Yes. Look at pictures of the back of the unit. RCA Jack line out, red (right) and white (left). The antenna connector has an adapter for the remote control output. [ Burt   Jun 01, 2014 ]
    • .... RCA output in back...remote wire not included [ JEFFERY T   May 31, 2014 ]
    • The only outputs are left and right "Line Out" on the back of the case. [ EDWARD   May 31, 2014 ]
    • Yes it does. Hooked mine up last weekend [ NATHAN   May 31, 2014 ]
    Is this receiver compatible with steering wheel controls? Does it have a wired remote input to hook up to a SWC adapter? [ Craig  Mar 23, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • This receiver is not compatible with Steering Wheel Control adapters. You can check to see if a receiver is compatible by clicking on the "Details" tab. You will find "Steering Wheel Control Compatible" listed in the General section of Features and Specs. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    Can I play music straight from my phone with this radio? [ Jimmy  Mar 20, 2014 ]
    5 answers
    • You will need a wired connection, from your phone to the AUX input.. [ Michael   Mar 21, 2014 ]
    • Of course, through AUX you can, but I have not seen any way to play music straight from the phone without hooking it up. The USB and SD card works great! [ dale   Mar 21, 2014 ]
    • Yes - just need a single audio plug from phone to audio input on the stereo front - worked perfectly for me. [ Francis   Mar 21, 2014 ]
    • Yes you can play music straight from your phone with this radio. Its actually the only music i listen to. You will need an aux cord ofcourse. [ LILLIE M   Mar 21, 2014 ]
    • Yes, but you will need to buy an aux. cable. Personally it plays Songs better on a jump drive ( USB stick ) [ RUTHIE   Mar 21, 2014 ]

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