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by Zak Billmeier
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.

Who needs CDs?

It wasn't too long ago you had most of your music collection on disc — heck, maybe even on tapes. But now you've got hundreds or thousands of tunes stored right on your phone, so you don't care if your in-dash player can play CDs or not. Clarion made the FZ502 digital media receiver for everyone who has moved beyond CDs.

Works a lot like your iPod®

Clarion's 7-way rotary control works a lot like an iPod's wheel. You can push, tilt, and turn the wheel to navigate your music library, as you see song info on the two-line display. When you leave the car with your music player, you can slide the built-in protective cover back over the USB slot to keep dust out.

In-dash Pandora® Internet radio

This Clarion lets you tap into the power of Pandora in your car. All you need is your iPhone® and the free Pandora app — just connect to the receiver's USB port, and you can rate songs and change stations from your dash like you do online.

Talk hands-free, stream music

With Bluetooth in your dash, you can keep your eyes on the road while you hear your caller over your speakers. The microphone is embedded in the stereo, so you won't have to install anything extra. And if your phone or another device supports it, you can even stream music straight into the receiver.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Clarion stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Clarion, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • Pandora control for iPhone
    • wireless remote
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ (3-band parametric EQ and three preset tone settings)
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod and iPhone control — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with optional Clarion HD Radio tuner, SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB input, front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    19 watts
    Peak Output
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    45 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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    Black/White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phon3G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Digital media receiver (with fixed face)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • RCX003 IR wireless remote
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 4 Machine screws
    • Rear-support stud
    • 2 Washers
    • Hex-nut
    • Rubber boot
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Owner's/Installation Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Sheet (US/CA)

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    USB/Aux Connectivity
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM Tuner + Sirius XM Ready
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Clarion FZ502 digital media receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect and play a USB (1.1/2.0) mass storage device loaded with MP3 and WMA files. MP3 and WMA files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and formatted with FAT are supported. The head unit can recognize up to 999 files per folder and 3,000 total files. Titles up to 64 characters can be displayed while in USB mode. This unit will also charge (max. 0.5A) your connected USB device when the receiver is turned on.

    Note: The Clarion USB extension cable (020CCA755, sold separately) can be used to connected your USB flash-memory device. Copy-protected WMA files cannot be played on this unit.

    Folder Select: This function allows you to select a folder containing MP3/WMA files and start playing from the first track in the folder.

    Top Function: The Top Function resets the digital media receiver to the first track of the connected USB device.

    Playback Functions: The FZ502 provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.

    • Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of all the tracks recorded on a connected USB device.
    • Repeat Play: This function lets you play the current track repeatedly or play a track currently being played in a MP3/WMA folder repeatedly.
    • Random Play: This function allows you to play all tracks recorded on a USB device in a random order.

    Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit or switch sources while a track is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping point when it is turned on again (as long as you do not disconnect the USB device).

    Auxiliary Input: The FZ502 features a front-panel stereo Auxiliary input, so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this head unit. You can set the Auxiliary input sensitivity level to Low, Mid, or High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod Direct Connection: The Clarion' FZ502's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the Clarion head unit.

    Note: iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the FZ502 to an external universal monitor with RCA video input and connecting a compatible iPod/iPhone via the optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748, sold separately).

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 83dB.

    iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: The Clarion head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). The head unit also supports Repeat (file/all) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
    • Simple Control: In Simple Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Clarion head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

      Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, and Artist/Artist name. The head unit will also display song/artist information from the Pandora App. It will not display metadata from other streamed apps or when in Simple Control mode.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Clarion FZ502 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Clarion FZ502 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). Or, you can create a new station from the current playing artist or song. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion FZ502 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 6/20/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Clarion FZ502 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.0+EDR (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit.

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the FZ502. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Clarion head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time). The Clarion FZ502 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone.

    Note: The Clarion FZ502 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Visit Clarion Bluetooth Support for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    Hands-Free Communication: The FZ502 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The FZ502 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You can make a call by entering the phone number, selecting a contact from your Phonebook list, or using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the caller's phone number will be seen on the unit's LCD and a ring-tone will be heard through your car stereo speakers. You can then manually answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can also set the unit to automatically answer an incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Making A Call: You can make a call using the Clarion head unit's front-panel controls.
      • Direct Dial: Outgoing calls can be made be entering telephone numbers (0-9, *, #, +) directly via the car stereo's rotary control knob.
      • Phonebook: You can search for contact names in your mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion FZ502 and then make your call. The head unit can store up to 500 contact numbers.
      • Call Log: You can also make a call by searching your mobile phone's call history (Received/Dialed/Missed) from the Clarion FZ502.
      • Redial: You can simply redial the last number dialed with a press of a single button on the head unit.

    Integrated Microphone: The Clarion FZ502 features an integrated front-panel microphone to carry on your side of a conversation during a Bluetooth phone call. You can adjust the microphone gain (+/-5) for each paired mobile phone device.

    External Microphone (optional): The Clarion RCB-199 (020RCB199, sold separately) is an external microphone which can be connected to Clarion FZ502. The RCB-199 external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of the head unit. The microphone features an attached 13.25' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector which plugs into the microphone input on the rear-chassis of your compatible Clarion head unit. The microphone also features an integrated sun-visor clip for mounting the external microphone in your vehicle. The integrated bracket allows the microphone to swivel left-to-right and rotate up-or-down.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Clarion FZ502 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The FZ502 will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Fast-Forward/Reverse. The FZ502 also supports audio streaming of music apps from your smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view & control streaming music apps. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Note: The iPhone 5 only offers Bluetooth audio streaming without control or metadata display.

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion FZ502 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, & preset tuning.

    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.

    Preset Stations: 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets can stored. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

    Preset Scan: Preset scan receives the stations stored in the unit's preset memory in order. This function is useful when searching for a desired preset station.

    Local Seeking: When Local seeking is turned "On", only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Clarion THD301 HD Radio tuner (020THD301, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The add-on HD Radio tuner includes iTunes Tagging capability, so if you hear a song on the radio that you like, you can tag it to download later from the iTunes Store.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Clarion FZ502 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's display
    • Category Search feature lets you search for channels within a certain genre or category
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Artist/Song Alert notifies you when your favorite artist or song is playing
    • Replay feature lets you pause, fast-forward, or rewind up to 30 minutes of live content
    • iTunes Tagging for your connected iPod or iPhone
    • Channels containing content unsuitable for children can be blocked

    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion FZ502 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.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the FZ502 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 FZ502 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 19 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 45 watts x 4 channels (180 watts total)

    BeatEQ: BeatEQ lets you tune the sound to your liking, depending on the category of music, for a more fulfilling listening experience. The Clarion CD receiver provides 4 preset EQ curves (Bass Boost, Impact, Excite, Off) and 1 custom EQ curve. Bass Boost emphasizes the bass portion of your music; Impact emphasizes the bass & treble portions of your music; Excite emphasizes bass, midrange & treble portions of your music; while Flat sets the bass, midrange, & treble to 0. The Custom EQ lets you freely customize the frequency, Q-factor, and level of the bass, midrange, &  treble.

    BeatEQ (Custom Mode) Frequency Q-Factor Level
    Bass 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz 0.7, 1, 1.4, 2.0 -7 to + 7 dB
    Midrange 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz
    Treble 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz

    Note: BeatEQ settings are applied to all sources.

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

    4ch/2V Preamp Output: The Clarion FZ502 features 4ch/2V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear). The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as a dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer output with a low-pass filter and level control (+/-6).

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion FZ502 is equipped with built-in low-pass and high-pass crossovers.

    • Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: The Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low frequency range through the preamp outputs to ensure superb performance with a connected subwoofer. The low-pass filter can be set to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range).
    • High-Pass Filter: The FZ502 features a High-Pass Filter (HPF) for the unit's front & rear channels, via speaker-output or preamp-output. You can adjust the high-pass filter from 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range). The HPF prevents low bass notes from distorting your front & rear speakers. The high-pass filter setting effects both the front & rear channels of the head unit.

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

    Display Features

    Two-Line LCD: The two-line, high visibility LCD (with black background and white characters) on the FZ502 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

    7-Way Rotary Control Dial: The FZ502 employs a centered 7-way rotary control dial which provides full control of the digital media receiver and your connected devices.

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

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

    Mounting: You can install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The FZ502 comes supplied with a 20-key infrared wireless remote control (RCX003) for wireless operation of the digital media receiver and your connected devices. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium Cell 3-volt battery.

    OEM Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    Written By kevin, queens ny on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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    worst radio ever.. piece of garbage.. one big button control the radio. hard to control some settings cant use without remote. bluetooth was the only good option on this radio
    Pros:
    bluetooth with caller id on the radio
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    hard to control. cant use few feature without the remote such as clock.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By David, Dickinson texas on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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    This unit Is a great deal for the price. It has Bluetooth with iPod controls built In also has pandora controls.
    Pros:
    iPod connection with controls Pandora radio ready with controls Bluetooth controls a plus
    Cons:
    No CD player ( who has cd's anyway) No loud function that I have found anyway
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    4 out of 5

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    Written By Anonymous, Maysville 41056 on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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    Great product.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth works fantastic
    Cons:
    Wish it had a CD player
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    5 out of 5

    Multimedia matrimony

    Written By Randy, San Diego, Ca on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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    Got it installed in about 40 minutes, thanks Crutchfield ! Easy to follow Master Sheets... Clarion sounds wonderful. iPhone 4 auto connects every time. Great hands free cellular ! Easy to use head unit paired with Polk speakers = sound bliss! Top notch system!
    Pros:
    Easy to set up with Crutchfield supplied Master Sheets, and wire harness. Clarion head unit is easy to use with the single big push, push-hold/rotate to select knobby control. Clock, blue tooth, and iPod iPhone controls are easy to configure
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    5 out of 5

    Very pleased.

    Written By SCFoy, Mobile, AL on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    The center knob being used to control all functions takes some getting used to but I believe it is a small sacrifice considering the streamlined look it gives the face.
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    USB and aux. input slide cover Auto pairing with Bluetooth devices
    Cons:
    Center knob controls all functions
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Brandon, Amarillo, TX on Monday, March 11, 2013
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    Since I installed this receiver(with the included adapters/wiring harness') I've been in love. A couple of weeks prior to purchasing this, I replaced all the speakers in my vehicle. The factory receiver just didn't have enough power to push the new speakers, so I found this receiver. There was a huge difference in sound quality and maximum volume. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase of both the speakers and this receiver.
    Pros:
    The sound quality is outstanding, and it has every feature you could want. BlueTooth Streaming, USB input, and an AUX input on the front.
    Cons:
    The controls are a bit difficult to get used to.
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    4 out of 5

    Step into the non-physical digital media age

    Written By CasualSurveyor, Northern Kentucky on Friday, February 15, 2013
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    Installation review: 2004 Chrysler Pacifica; replaced standard factory AM/FM/CD. Kept factory speakers FL, FLT, FC, FRT, FR, RL, RR no sub. Purchased car-specific installation kit; bought additional parts to perform splicing (had tools already). Crutchfield instructions great, but twiring instructions supplied with installation kit very poor; names of connectors were reversed, some wires identified as RCA were just +/-, dimmer line did not pass thru amp interface box, poor diagram. Thankfully install was successful. Performance review. Shocked at the significant improvement in sound quality considering I retained the original speakers. A lot more and tighter bass; treble is much less harsh yet more detailed and brilliant. The unit sounds excellent over AUX if your source has a clean headphone amp/driver. However the Bluetooth A2DP streaming is absolutely the coolest thing going. Get in car, turn on the stereo, it pairs with your mobile device automatically. The sound quality over Bluetooth is fantastic. I only rip to .wav format, so I am really pushing the Bluetooth bandwidth. Every once in a while there is a slight dropout/hiccup, but it is always the fault of the source (entering sleep mode, popup reminder, etc.). Have not tried a USB stick, but the USB port will charge your device which is great. The Sound menu is buried way too deep. Clock never displays the time. Dimmer is 2-stage only. Final verdict: Ergonomics need work but audio is beyond reproach.
    Pros:
    Audio quality over Bluetooth and AUX, Bluetooth A2DP music streaming works very well, USB will charge mobile devices, remote control is nifty
    Cons:
    Operating interface is efficient but steep learning curve. Very easy to execute a wrong command...often need to start over. Dimmer is only 2-stage Bright / Medium...never gets truly dim and does not dim in an analog manner like the other car dash lights.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion

    Written By silentearth, Peoria, Il on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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    This reciever has one of the best sound quality i have had out of many different manufacturers I have owned.
    Pros:
    Built in bluetooth, fantastic sound quality.
    Cons:
    Would like for the usb input to be on back with extension to hide ipod while in use.
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    3 out of 5

    iOS 6 / iPone 5 beware

    Written By dontpanic, tidewater VA on Saturday, February 02, 2013
     
    Very well constructed, great sound quality, do your research before buying!! Does not work properly with iOS 6 / iPhone 5 over bluetooth. Clarion has not implemented compatibility with the latest Bluetooth controls which makes the FZ502 little more than a bluetooth speaker with no playback controls or track meta-data. Works like a dream via USB. see: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4483. The single knob interface is very fussy and unnecessarily distracting, you will have to use the remote for some functionality - such as checking the time.
    Pros:
    sleek design, USB pandora and Ipod controls well implemented, sound quality a pleasant surprise.
    Cons:
    incompatibility with iOS 6 is pretty much inexcusable. the single knob control is a step back in usability. some functions not accessible from the head unit - remote required
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion Impresses Again!

    Written By Paxton007, Sykesville, PA on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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    I can't remember what it was that turned me onto Clarion, but I bought my first head unit when I was 16, and they've been Clarion without exception for the last 17 year. Granted, that doesn't translate to a mountain of products, but I've always been happy with them. My first head unit survived through totaling 3 cars it was in.

    I went with this unit because I don't always have blank CD's anymore, or remember to burn music onto them when I do. I do however always have tons of music on my phone, so it made sense to capitalize on that for me. Not only that, but anyone who travels with me will be able to share their library (should I allow it). I find that the friends I grant control of my stereo to are the same friends I'd take a bullet for.

    The single button is a little tricky, and I'm definitely still getting use to it, but the look fits what I like, so it's worth the trouble. Setting the clock was a little difficult, I thought I had a wire mixed up that was resetting the time when I turned my car off, but I noticed the audio settings were sticking, so I figured I did something wrong with the clock and got it straightened out.

    I'm also not use to all the finite audio controls. Usually it's been BASS, TREBLE F R L R and that was that. I'm enjoying the new settings as I get them under control.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Front Aux / USB Aesthetics Factory speakers sound a TON better
    Cons:
    I didn't buy it sooner Occasional Bluetooth Lag
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    4 out of 5

    1998 Honda Civic DX Sedan

    Written By TK, Hawaii on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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    Looks very clean and modern. Sound quality is quite good through aftermarket speakers (Kicker rear 6x9, Pioneer 6.5 front). Sound enhancements are reasonable with my liking towards the "Custom" sound setting - this unit allows you to select crossover points and slope. Really neat. One feature that might be too drastic is the fader and L/R balance. Just a minor one step adjustment from "center" is pretty drastic. This unit also features the ability to control(enhance or reduce) even the pre-programmed sound effects! I like that. The one knob control looks good, acts well, feels great, but also makes for getting to what you want to change pretty tedious. Also, if you happen to bump it up or down, side to side while doing anything in the "Adjustment" section, you song or channel selection could change instantly or go to AUX mode. This will take a slight amount of getting used to for smoother operations.

    This is my 3rd purchase from Crutchfields for 3 different cars. I'm VERY pleased with the Master sheet feature and the accessories that make for easy plug and play. Just the standard soldering of wires to harnesses and the rest is really easy. My question to anyone who is wondering if they want to buy from Crutchfields. is: "Why would you buy from anyone else?" Fast and well packaged eco-friendly shipping(peanuts dissolve in water - I use it in the garden); Super friendly instructions and super matched harness and plugs. Installed in 35 minutes.
    Pros:
    Sleek, modern look, nice lighting and "piano-black" looking face. Sliding cover to protect from dust, a nice touch(aux and USB port), easy to operate once it is set up, Good potential Head unit. A lot of features... it is a nice buy at a very fair price.
    Cons:
    The 'one-knob' takes a bit of getting used to - much like the BMW and MB's interior function button/knob. Also, while operating it to adjust, if you mistakenly toggle it up or down, you may revert back to the AUX feature or hear the static of a non functional radio station channel. LOL Takes a bit of getting used to while setting up.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion FZ502

    Written By Anonymous, Livermore, CA on Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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    I've had the Clarion FZ502 for about two months now, and I have been happy with it.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth functionality, locking, good-looking
    Cons:
    the unit doesn't respond to the remote until the remote is nearly in front of the unit (i.e., if you're driving and have the remote in your hand, you have to move your hand from its normal position to directly in front of the unit in order for it to respond to the remote).
    4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    simplicity at its best

    Written By Andrew, wise, va on Friday, October 19, 2012
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    for the money.....great stereo. I wanted a no frills fm receiver that would easily interface with iphone, and thats what the clarion did. Better FM reception than kenwood previously in vehicle, and single chord interface with ipone. no cd, didnt run satellite radio or pandora, but for what i'm using it for, it works great. sound quality is exceptional, even in jeep wrangler.
    Pros:
    simple, no unnecessary frills. great sound, siplistic design and interface.
    Cons:
    display could stand to have more lines, but for the money, its great.
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