Touchscreen, Voice, & Remote Control
Touchscreen, Voice, & Remote Control
6.2" Touchscreen TFT Display: The Clarion NX604 has an
integrated 6.2" TFT widescreen display with touchscreen controls. The display
provides a high-resolution video monitor for watching your DVD videos. The
screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 (RGB) and 1,152,000 total pixels. The
unit's touchscreen panel features interactive controls making menu navigation
- Touchscreen GUI w/ Flick Control: The GUI (Graphical
User Interface) shows large icons that are highly visible and easily
recognizable at a glance. The NX604 touchscreen responds to your finger
gestures just as your smartphone screen would. You are able to drag & drop
icons into different positions to customize the screen. The touchscreen also
supports flick operation, so you can quickly scroll to another menu page.
- Short Cut Menu: The unit has a main menu for using all functions
and a shortcut menu that groups together frequently used functions. Use of
the shortcut menu allows you to quickly access frequently used functions. Up
to five frequently used functions can be registered to the shortcut menu.
- Dimmer & Brightness Control: 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. You can also manually
adjust the unit's Day & Night display brightness from 0-20.
- Variable Button Illumination (728 colors): Since the vast
majority of functions are controllable from the touchscreen, there are only four
physical buttons (including a rotary dial) on the unit for the most basic and
commonly-used functions. You can set the head unit's button illumination to 1 of
9 preset colors or have the unit scan through all the preset colors. You can
also select three custom user colors by adjusting red, green, and blue values.
Note: To prevent the displaying of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied wiring
harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit.
While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of
the other displays and menus. Video can only displayed when the vehicle's
parking brake is engaged. If you try to view video with the vehicle in motion,
the head unit will simply display "CAUTION! Video is disabled for your safety".
Start Up Time: The NX604 has a start up time of
approximately 40.7 seconds from Off to the Map Screen.
"Intelligent Voice" Search: Intelligent Voice is a voice recognition
service that lets you search for destinations by just saying what's on your
mind, based on Google Voice recognition technology and Google's vast local
search information. For this service to work, you will need to download the
Smart Access App (from
Apple Store or
Google Play Store) onto your Bluetooth paired iPhone (iOS 6.0+) or Bluetooth
paired Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone. This app links to the Google server through
your compatible smartphone and searches for your destination. Unlike typical
voice recognition systems that require precise wording, this new technology
allows more natural language to find your destination. You no longer have to use
a limited set of predetermined words or phrases; instead, this this system
enables your search by saying out loud any words that come to mind, so even long
phrases are possible. Even if you only half-remember something or mispronounce
it, Clarion Intelligent Voice still searches through a wealth of up-to-date
Google local search information and presents to you the candidates that are the
closest phrases. Once you ask the system of your destination, it will provide
you with a list of possible options from Google Places to choose from. Once
you've decided on your destination, simply select Start Guidance and your
calculated route will display on the NX604's on-screen map.
Note: You can utilize Intelligent Voice from any screen or
source on the head unit. Bluetooth audio streaming is turned off when
"Intelligent Voice" is activated.
IR + SWC Remote Compatibility: The head unit features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible. The NX604 also supports Clarion's RCB176 IR remote
sold separately) for wireless control of basic playback functions. The remote
does not support advanced menu functions or navigation functions.
Anti-Theft Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit
security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code
must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.
2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion NX604 has a 2-DIN chassis (also
known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening.
The unit can be ISO-mounted using your vehicle's factory radio brackets and the
supplied hardware. There is also an optional custom double-DIN sleeve (0202DBKT,
sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the NX604
in a custom 4" opening. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
IGO Primo Navigation Software w/ TomTom Maps: The map database (by
TomTom) used by the Clarion NX604 was created using high-resolution aerial and
land based data collection. Navigation data is stored on the unit's built-in
flash memory for quick access and response. The NX604 provides map coverage of
the United States (all 50 states), Canada, and Puerto Rico. The NX604's integrated IGO Primo navigation software provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct
you to your selected destination. The built-in software quickly calculates
step-by-step directions to any destination available on the included navigation
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this
database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Map Updates: It is easy to keep the navigation system up to
naviextras.com and your Windows PC (XP and newer). Simply download new map
data from Clarion's portal site (clarion.naviextras.com),
store the updated map data on a microSD card and insert it into the Clarion
NX604 via the front-panel microSD card slot. You have 30 days from purchase to
download the latest available map free of charge.
GPS (Global Position System):
Clarion's built-in navigation helps you find your way to your destination with
an integrated GPS receiver & external GPS antenna.
The Clarion NX604 features a built-in SiRF GPS receiver and includes a GPS antenna
which can be mounted on the dash with the included two-side tape. The NX604 uses Global
Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to
calculate and display vehicle positioning and travel direction. The NX604
considers vehicle speed an heading changes, together with longitude and latitude
information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on a digital
map. Signal from GPS satellites are used to determine the vehicle location.
Three (good) or four (best) satellites must be receive to accurately determine
location. This unit does not transmit your GPS position, so others cannot track
Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 33.1 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to California. It only took 9.7 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to Maryland. These tests were
done inside the
Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Headquarters. Results will vary based
on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): The Clarion NX604 contains a
TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver that can provide you with the real-time
status of the traffic along your route over the FM Radio Data System (RDS). If
traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the navigation system
will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your
destination, quickly and easily. To fine-tune this recalculation, you can set
the minimum delay that can trigger a route recalculation, or you can instruct
the software to have you confirm the new recommended route before it takes
effect. Road segments affected by traffic events are displayed with an alternate
color on the map, and small symbols above the road show the nature of the event.
Note: TMC is not available in all cities.
On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's
current position (a blue arrow by default), the recommended route (an magenta
line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered flag. The
on-screen map shows streets, roads, and highways in a way that is similar to how
a paper road map show them. A road's width and colors corresponds to their
importance, so you can easily tell a freeway from a small street. When
navigating a route, the top section of the map screen shows information about
your next route maneuver and the next street or the next city/town. When approaching a turn, the map screen will zoom in
and raise the view angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the
next junction. If the next turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower
the view angle to be flat so you can see the road in front of you. The map
also displays data; such as the posted speed limit, your current speed, current
time, distance to your destination, time left before you reach your destination,
and your arrival time.
- 2D/3D Map Mode: The Clarion NX604 allows you to view its on-screen map
in a 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D
(three-dimensional) view. Similar to paper road maps, the 2D mode, shows you
streets, roads, and elevation by color. In 3D mode, you can see the altitude
and elevations differences. You can distinguish between valleys, mountains,
and elevated roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and 3D buildings are
- Color Mode: The navigation map screen uses different color themes
(Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the map and the menu
screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and the menus are bright.
The nigh color themes use dark colors for large objects to keep the average
brightness of the screen low. You can also set the navigation unit to switch
between daytime and night color modes automatically based on the current time
and GPS position.
Note: You can display the head unit's AV control bar during on-screen
navigation in order to access frequently used audio/video playback functions.
Lane Information & Signposts: The Clarion NX604's navigation
map offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance.
- Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads, it is important
to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the recommended route. If lane
information is available in the map data, the map screen will display the lanes
and their directions using small arrows at the bottom of the map. High lighted
arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
- Signposts: Where additional information is available, signposts
substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map. The color and
style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can see above the road or by
the roadside, They show the available destinations and the number of the road the lane leads to.
- Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find
gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed
under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must
be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
- Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or a complex
intersection and the needed information exists, the map is replaced with a
3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are displayed with
arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is available.
- Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is
replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings
cannot distract you.
Audible Alerts: The Clarion
NX604 offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your
- Voice Guidance: In addition to graphic directions, the NX604
provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions (does not announce street
names) You can select from
English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts
can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance
can be turned off if you prefer.
- Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you approach road
safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if available). You can
also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type of alert will be
heard when you are approaching of these points.
- Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information about the
speed limits of certain road segments. The NX604 provides an audible warning
if you exceed the recommended speed limit.
Note: The unit will mute the audio of the other sources during
Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the current
position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is not
available) and a button to search for POIs and emergency assistance nearby.
Find Menu: The Find Menu gives you many
different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your current
route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from
one of the following categories:
|Find on Map
||Search for a
destination by scrolling the map display.
||You can enter search
keywords to find addresses, favorite places, recent destination, and
||Store and easily recall your home
||Enter full/partial address, or
for a city (central location), or search for the intersection of two
||Search for over 11,000,000
points-of-interest (POIs) by name, phone #, or category; search near
your current location, in a specific city, along your current route,
or near your destination.
||Store your favorite locations for
||Destinations that you have set
||Select a destination by
entering phone #.
||Enter geographic coordinates
(latitude & longitude).
Note: You can select any type of destination search with or
without the vehicle's parking brake engaged.
Route Calculation: The
Clarion NX604 calculates your route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method,
- Vehicle Type: You select
what type of vehicle you are driving, so the navigation unit can determine the
best route based on your vehicle type (Car, Truck, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
- Route Method: You can
choose which route method (Fastest, Shortest, Green, Economical, or Easy) the navigation
unit should use when calculating your route.
- Fastest: give a quick route, if you can travel at
or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast
and normal cars
- Shortest: gives a route that has the smallest total
distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles
- Green: gives a quick, but full efficient route
based on the fuel consumption data you provide
- Economical: combines the benefits of Fast and
Short; calculates as if it were calculating the Fast route, but it takes
other roads as well to save fuel
- Easy: results in a route with fewer turns and no
- Avoidances: You can tell
the navigation unit to avoid certain types of roads along your calculated route,
such as - Highways, Tolls, Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.
Note: You can select "Route Alternative" to see the turn-list and
map screen of three routes with the selected route planning parameters,
giving you the option to select which route to take.
Vehicle Profile: You can create a vehicle profile for your
car, truck, or SUV. Enter the following parameters for your vehicle - Fuel
Consumption (avg. fuel consumption of your vehicle in city and rural areas),
Engine Type (engine and fuel type), Fuel Price (avg. fuel price for travel cost
calculation), Max Speed (max speed you travel), Weight, and Dimensions (length x
width x height).
My Route: "My Route" displays the route parameters and the calculated
route in its full length on the map. You can also perform route-related actions
such as editing or canceling your route, setting a start point for the route,
picking route alternatives, avoiding parts of the route, simulating navigation
or adding the destination to your Favorites.
Modifying A Route: When navigation is already started, there are
several ways to modify the active route. You can edit the route by modifying the
list of destinations and waypoints. You can add or remove destinations
(waypoints), modify the start position or reorder the list. You'll be able to
create a brand new route, add intermediate destinations (waypoints), and modify
the final destination. Or, you can simply cancel your active route.
Trip Monitor: The Trip Monitor contains useful information
about your trip. This information can be saved manually when you reach your
destination or automatically along your route. Trip log data includes; Start/End
Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time, Total Distance, and Min./Max.
Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically
recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously
Quick Menu: The Quick Menu is a selection of controls and
functions that are frequently needed during navigation. It can be opened
directly from the Map screen by tapping Quick Menu icon. You can customize which
controls and functions are accessible through the Quick Menu.
iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The Clarion NX604 supports direct
connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector through its rear-panel USB
port, rear-panel AV input, and rear-panel HDMI connector. The NX604 offers
audio/video playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of
select Apple devices. The Clarion NX604's USB or HDMI connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's music library to be loaded instantly to the Clarion receiver and
sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter
(bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC).
- 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone
with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your
Apple device through the Clarion NX604. Using Clarion's proprietary CCA-750
iPod/iPhone Video cable (020CCA750,
sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music on your
iPod/iPhone and music apps on your iPhone; plus video playback of your
stored movies on your iPod/iPhone and video apps on your iPhone through the
Clarion NX604. If you only desire audio playback, you can simply use the
dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect
your iPod/iPhone to the NX604.
- Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone
with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that
came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Clarion NX604
for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music
apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Clarion navigation
receiver. Video playback is not supported.
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.
iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback,
the Clarion NX604 supports control, song/artist information display, and battery
charging of your compatible Apple device.
- Content Browsing: The Clarion NX604 allows you to
browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album,
Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Podcast from its touchscreen monitor. You can
also browse your iPod/iPhone's video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show,
Video Podcast, or Rental. Content in each category is listed alphabetically.
The head unit also supports Repeat/Random playback functions of your
connected iPod/iPhone. In addition, you can control basic playback functions
(such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of your favorite music apps
streamed to your iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow
you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen,
as well access music and video apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be
locked during connection.
- Music Information + Album Art: When in Head Unit
Control mode, the navigation receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored
music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song
Title, Artist/Album Name, and Album Art. The NX604 will also display
song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
The Simple Control mode does not offer song/artist information display.
- 1A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A
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. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then this unit will not recognize it.
Smart Access via HDMI (for iPhone & Android): Download the
newest version of Smart Access App
Apple Store or
Google Play Store) onto your HDMI-connected iPhone (iOS 6.0+) or Android
(4.0+) smartphone in order to access a variety of online news, weather, and social
media services in your vehicle through the Clarion NX604, your smartphone, and
the Cloud; all from an easy-to-use touchscreen interface optimized for
in-vehicle use. Your Apple iPhone's or Android smartphone's battery will also be
charged during this type of connection. Bluetooth audio is turned off when Smart
Access is activated.
- iPhone Connectivity: To connect your Apple iPhone (iOS
6.0+) with Lightning
connector, you will need Apple's
Lightning Digital AV adapter,
Lightning-to-USB cable, and a a mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately);
plus your iPhone will need to be paired to the head unit via Bluetooth.
To connect your Apple iPhone 4/4S with 30-pin connector, you'll need Clarion's
proprietary CCA-750 iPod/iPhone Video cable (020CCA750,
sold separately); no Bluetooth pairing required.
- Android Connectivity: To connect your Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone, you'll
need a MHL-to-HDMI cable (sold separately); select Android smartphones like
the Galaxy S3/S4/S5 & Note II/III will also require a 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately).
Your Android smartphone will also need to be paired to the NX604 via
here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
Note: Make sure you download the latest version of the
Clarion Smart Access App (2.1.0 or newer). Clarion's Smart Access app (2.0.0
and older) isn't compatible with Apple iOS 8.0. If used with iOS 8.0, the
older versions of the Smart Access app will cause stability issues or shut
Smart Access Apps: The Smart Access App contains a variety
of social media, news, and weather applications. When Smart Access is
launched on your smartphone, a list of compatible apps will be displayed. Select
the apps you want and they will be automatically downloaded from the appropriate
app store onto your mobile phone. Once your compatible iPhone or Android
smartphone is connected to the NX604, the Smart Access application allows the
following apps to be accessible from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Facebook & Twitter: Easily and safely bring social
networking into your car. When an smartphone is connected to NX604 in the
vehicle, you can update your status, and respond to and interface with the
social media sites easily via the 6.2" display. SMS texts and social media
messages are read aloud to the your and can be paused and resumed depending
on the driving conditions.
- DriveSuite4car Utility App: Clarion's Smart Access
smartphone link integrates DriveSuite4car, a utility application which
allows you to access helpful information in a vehicle. DriveSuite4car
enables the user to have more within their reach including News4car,
Weather4car, Calendar4car and Gallery4car. These apps offer more ways to
make the most efficient use of your time while on the go
- News: Keep up to date while cruising down the road.
You can listen to news feeds from the news app on your iPhone or
Android smartphone. You can listen to the headlines only or to the full
articles and you can personalize which news feeds to want to receive.
- Weather: Keep up with the weather as you go. Access
the weather app on your iPhone or Android smartphone to check out
local and regional weather conditions, satellite maps, weather forecasts
and warnings, right at your dash.
- Calendar: Calendar is an app that allows easy
checking of your schedule while in your car from the Clarion NX604
navigation receiver. With Calendar, you can sync your Google Calendar
from your iPhone or Android smartphone for a full understanding of
- SlideShow: This is an application to let you enjoy
a slide show of pictures taken with your smartphone right on your
navigation display. You can enjoy slide shows of pictures taken on the
trip in your car.
Note: Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active
Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
Access to the Smart Access online services will depend on the availability
of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your smartphone
to connect to the Internet.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion NX604 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 10/24/2014):