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by Zak Billmeier
Clarion

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Fill your vehicle's double-sized dash opening with a sweet stereo — Clarion's VX400 DVD receiver gives you DVD playback, along with a host of built-in and optional features. You'll have fingertip control over your in-dash entertainment on the large 6.5" touchscreen. Enjoy watching DVDs up front while you're parked, or hook up a video screen in the back so the kids can watch movies as you drive.

Built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calls
Built-in Bluetooth lets you talk hands-free on your compatible phone. When a call comes in, you can tap the screen to answer the call and hear your caller over the speakers. And you can even stream tunes if your device supports it.

iPod® control and add-on options
Plug your iPod or iPhone® into the rear USB input, and you'll get touchscreen control over your tunes. Your iPod will even stay charged as you drive. You can add an adapter to view video content from your iPhone® or iPod, and you'll also find an audio/video input for video games or other sources.

Your options don't end there. Clarion's NP400 navigation system gives you touchscreen access to maps of the US and Canada. You can connect an optional SIRIUS satellite radio tuner directly to the VX400 (no adapter needed) to get the nearly endless variety of entertainment available. Hook up Clarion's HD Radio™ tuner for awesome digital AM/FM sound quality.

You'll appreciate the great sound
The VX400 plays your store-bought and recordable CDs and DVDs, including discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. A powerful internal amp gives your music plenty of punch, while a premium digital-to-analog converter makes all your tunes sparkle. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to the mix, and the subwoofer volume control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass. Clarion includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.

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.

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.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter 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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.5" touchscreen
    • fits double-sized openings
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • wireless remote
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, CD-R/RW, DVDs, DVD-Rs/RWs, DVD+Rs/RWs, plus MP3/WMAs on CD and DVD
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • built-in iPod control — Clarion's optional adapter required for viewing video content
    Expandability:
    • works with Clarion navigation system, HD Radio tuner, SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: two A/V inputs (front and rear), rear camera input, rear USB
    • outputs: video out, 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/rear/subwoofer)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    18 watts
    Peak Output
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    40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    2
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    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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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Both
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Multimedia receiver with built-in monitor
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness
    • 16" Minijack AV to composite video/stereo RCA cable (male minijack connector on one end a female RCA jacks on other end)
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 4 Flat-head ISO screws
    • 4 Pan-head ISO screws
    • Rear stud
    • Rubber bumper
    • Metal backstrap
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Owner's Manual/Installation Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card (Eng/Fre)

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion VX400 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), 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 VX400 in a custom 4" opening.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.5" Touch Panel TFT Display: The Clarion VX400 has an integrated 6.5" TFT wide screen display with touch panel controls. The display provides a high-resolution video monitor for watching your DVD videos. The screen has a resolution of 1200 x 234 and 280,800 total pixels. The display features brightness and shape (4:3 or 16:9) adjustment. The unit's touch panel features interactive controls making menu navigation easy.

    Touch Panel Controlled GUI: The GUI (Graphical User Interface) shows large icons that are highly visible and easily recognizable at a glance. And thanks to the touch panel screen, accessing each function is as intuitive as touching its icon. This very straightforward system lets the driver keep his attention on the road, and enables front seat passengers to use any desired function without the need to "learn" anything. What's more, since the vast majority of functions are controllable from the touch panel, there are only 3 physical buttons on the unit for the most basic and commonly-used functions.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent displaying video while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied 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.

    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.

    Audio Section

    24-bit D/A Converter: The unit's 24-bit D/A converter re-quantizes the 16-bit audio signals from CDs and DVDs as 24-bit data while maintaining the low distortion and linearity of a 1-bit D/A converter. This allows an expanded dynamic range and clearer reproduction of subtle nuances, for a richer sound when viewing DVDs or listening to CDs.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VX400 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 VX400 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 40 watts x 4 channels (160 watts total)

    Audio Settings: The Clarion NX500 offers the following audio adjustments.

    • Preset EQ: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock, Urban, Rave, Movie, Techno, News, User, Flat.
    • Bass and Treble: Independent and variable bass (60, 80, 100, or 200Hz) and treble (10, 12.5, 15, or 17.5kHz) control (+/- 7 dB); you can also adjust the Bass Q-Factor to 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, or 2.0.
    • Loudness: Compensates for low and high tones during low volume.

    6-Channel Preamp Output: With 3 sets of RCA outputs, you are free to add external power amplifiers to create a more powerful, sophisticated audio system. Also, independent volume control is enabled for the subwoofer so you can adjust the level of bass output to your liking at any time, regardless of the output level of the other channels. The multimedia headunit is equipped with stereo front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs for connecting the unit to an external amplifier. The subwoofer preamp output's level can be adjusted independently from -9 to +9 dB. The VX400 also features a low pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output. You can select between 80Hz, 120Hz or 160Hz.

    Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion VX400 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner. The VX400 offers Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The VX400's built-in AM/FM tuner features 3 FM bands and 1 AM band. You can store up to 12 presets in each bands, allowing you to store 36 FM and 12 AM preset stations. You can manually store your favorite presets or have the VX400 automatically store the strongest stations for you.

    Preset Scan: The Preset Scan receives the stations stored in the units' preset memory in order. The unit scans each station for 10 seconds sequentially. This function is useful when searching for the desired station in memory.

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

    HD Radio Ready: Connecting the optional Clarion THD400 HD Radio tuner (020THD400, sold separately) lets you enjoy listening to digitally broadcast radio programs with superior sound quality and text information (such as artist name and song titles or traffic news; viewable on the headunit'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: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    Sirius Direct: You can connect the Clarion VX400 to the SiriusConnect SC-C1 Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver (607SCC1, sold separately) without any need for a interface box and enjoy over 130 channels of music, news, talk shows, sports and traffic information with digital quality sound throughout the U.S. and Canada.

    Note: A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required for service.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Slot: The Clarion VX400 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion VX400 provides electronic skip protection for your CD-Audio discs (10-seconds), as well as your discs containing MP3 (45-seconds) and WMA (90-seconds) audio files.

    Disc Compatibility: The VX400 can play back the following types of discs:

    • CD: CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
    • DVD: DVD-Video, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in Joliet, Romeo, or ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 total files). The headunit also supports ID3 Tag information (Ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded on the disc.

    Playback Operations: The Clarion VX400 offers the following DVD and CD playback operations -

    • Track List: This function allows you to select audio tracks from a displayed list of tracks.
    • Direct Search : You can locate the beginning of a movie scene using the time, chapter numbers, or title numbers recorded on a DVD video disc. You can also select a specific track on a music disc.
    • Skip Search: Chapters or Tracks are skipped down or up from the current location, as many times as the key is pressed, and then playback starts.
    • Fast Forward/Rewind : The VX400 offers a variable fast forward and rewind function. You can select between 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x.
    • Scan: The first 10 seconds of each music track on the disc is played.
    • Repeat: This operation plays back chapters, titles, or tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also select A-B repeat in order to repeat a desired passage of video on DVD disc.
    • Shuffle: This function allows you to randomly playback audio tracks or files recorded on a disc.

    Switching Angles: On DVD disc in which video images have been recorded in two or more angle, you can switch among the angles during playback.

    Parental Lock: Like home DVD players, you can set password protected viewing restrictions. This function allows cutting scenes that are inappropriate for children, or replacing them automatically with other scenes prepared in advance. There are 8 levels of parental lock that are protected by a custom user 4-digit password.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port (attached to a 7" pigtail) that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA audio files. This unit supports USB 2.0/1.1 Full-Speed and FAT12/16/32 file systems. The multimedia headunit will support MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate of 32-192 kbps. The VX400 can recognize up to 512 folders with a maximum of 255 files in each folders. The VX400 offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The optional Clarion CCA-748 iPod/iPhone connector cable (020CCA748, sold separately) allows the VX400 to connect to your iPod via the headunit's rear-panel USB port and A/V input. Using the optional iPod/iPhone connector cable, the VX400 supports audio/video playback, control, information display, and charging of select iPods and iPhones. If you only need audio playback, you can simply use the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPod.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 87dB.
    • Audio/Video Playback: The Clarion multimedia headunit supports both audio/video playback from compatible iPod or iPhone. Using your iPod or iPhone's USB/Dock cable you can enjoy audio playback of music stored on your iPod or iPhone. Using the optional Clarion iPod/iPhone connector cable (sold separately), you can also enjoy video playback of movies, TV shows, and music videos stored on your iPod or iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park (the unit will display "Audio Only" when your vehicle is in motion).
    • Media Navigation: You can control your iPod/iPhone from the multimedia headunit. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Composer. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rented Movie. You can also select random and repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked while connected. 
    • Music Information: The multimedia headunit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the multimedia headunit's USB connection will power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it. In this case, you will need to charge your iPod/iPhone's battery before connecting it to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion VX400 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to the optional Clarion iPod/iPhone connector cable (as of Dec. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit 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 an newer software update is available.

    AV Connections

    Front and Rear AV Inputs: The Clarion VX400 is equipped with AV input terminals on the front and rear of the unit to enable enjoyment of content from an external connected source. The rear composite video/stereo RCA inputs are ideal for permanent installations, while the front AV minijack (3.5mm) input will come in handy for quick connection of a portable audio/visual source.

    Video Output: The VX400 is equipped with a single composite video output for connecting a rear monitor.

    Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera. This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle).

    Navigation Ready: The optional Clarion NP400 hide-away navigation system (020NP400, sold separately) can be connected to the VX400 directly and controlled through its touch panel, allowing to upgrade this multimedia station to a car navigation system at any time. The NP400 add-on navigation system offers voice & visual guidance messages, along with high-resolution map displays to assist you safely to your destination.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The VX400 features built-in Bluetooth Technology. Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a short-distant digital radio link (2.4GHz) up to approximately 33 feet. With Bluetooth built-in, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. HFP/OPP/A2DP/AVRCP protocols are supported. You can pair up to 5 Bluetooth enabled devices (only one can be used at a time).

    • HFP/OPP: The VX400 supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VX400 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the headunit's built-in microphone and your car audio speakers (the headunit also features a microphone input for connecting an external microphone: RCB-199, sold separately). The VX400 utilizes a Noise Canceller feature to reduce noise generated during hands-free conversation. The multimedia VX400 allows you to answer the call manually from the headunit's controls or automatically. You can make a call from the VX400 using the unit's on-screen ten-key pad, your transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received calls. The unit also feature a redial function.
    • A2DP/AVRCP: The VX400 supports wireless music streaming for transferring stereo music audio data that is processed as a steady and continuous audible stream from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the Clarion headunit and your car's audio system. You can listen to and control music stored on your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player. The VX400 lets you control the following playback functions from your Bluetooth compatible phone or audio player - Play, Pause, Stop, Track Search, Fast Forward and Rewind.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile cell-phones and devices will be compatible with the VX400. Go to Clarion.com for list of current compatible cell-phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-panel and hard-key controls the VX400 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control for full function of the multimedia player. The remote control operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium-cell 3V battery (included).

    OEM Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also 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 the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    3 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By disappointed, on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
     
    I purchased the unit mainly for the price. For $350, its packed full of features such as Bluetooth audio streaming/phone calls, Pandora control via a cable, and an external Audio In. The greatest part is that the connections done in the rear of the unit, leaving the face of the unit flush and free of dangling cables.

    However, that is all the praise I can give it. Although the unit works, it doesn't work very well. For instance, when the bluetooth feature is enabled, the unit would constantly switch between the unit's volume and that of your phone whenever it receives a signal, like new mail or txt via my iPhone; causing a sudden static popping sound. To avoid that, I turned off the BT and took it me forever to figure out how to turn it back on. And that leads to what many of the reviewers mentioned, the menus are not intuitive. You would think if you want to turn the BT back on, you touch the BT screen button. But no, you have to dive into another sub-menu in order to do that (already forgot how I did it). I was able to get the video function to work through my iPhone but one day it sudden decided not to. The screen flickers quite a bit and could greatly benefit from a faster refresh rate.

    However if you can look past all of that, its a decent unit. It offers the driver the option to view the imagine from the backup camera while the car is in drive (great for towing). I am however willing to pay a little bit more and exchange it for a better unit, like a Pioneer.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!!!!!! > ...

    Written By Tony V., Fishtown Phila.Pa. on Saturday, September 17, 2011
     
    This is a great value for your buck sounds fine with my factory speakers,I got all the extra bells and whisles,GPS, Sirius radio,Back up camera,and iphone cables. no hd radio for me I have satalite.The radio, like all new things takes a bit to get use to but all and all im fine with this product.The one thing I'm not fond of is the camera does not automaticly come on when in reverse, not the easiest to do in a moment that you need to back into a space look to the screen and have to go back (clear the screen)and touch the camera icon.in the city with my f150. Crutchfield is the best A++++ Dallas(my sales rep.) was awsome! NOT EASY TO SAY BEING AN EAGLES FAN..
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    5 out of 5

    Great! All features are awesome

    Written By Reburto, Memphis, TN on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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    This Deck has everything that I wanted and could ask for. With the add-on navigation, I now have full use of all features of the device. The install was easy for all parts included. navigating the menus are simple and the sound is awesome when compared to my old deck. Great product for a low price and I would recommend to anyone.
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    1 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By Frederick, Pennsauken, NJ on Saturday, August 27, 2011
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    This unit has given me trouble since day one. The first issue is the unit just randomly crashes and restarts. You lose all of your stations, audio settings, and video settings. Started making a high pitched fuzzy sound and went out. does NOT work well with iphone, I normally have Kenwood joke on me now I just should have waited for the back order.
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    1 out of 5

    Poor Quality, always having issues

    Written By GZwrx, Portland, OR on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
     
    This deck is just about the poorest product you can buy in the headunit department. Very limited features! In terms of eq, it literally only comes with Bass, Treble, Fade and Balance. The user-interface is terrible. Does NOT work well with iphone. The bluetooth feature is very weak. I get this horrendous buzz when I switch from radio or audio to BT. Radio features are beginner at best. Seriously, this thing belongs in the trash can.
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    1 out of 5

    Worst Quality Player PEriod

    Written By RDUB, Chicago IL on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
     
    First off, Clarion used to sell quality products, thats all in the past. This unit has given me trouble since day one. The first issue is the unit just randomly crashes and restarts. You lose all of your stations, audio settings, and video settings. The second problem I had was the RCA out for an amp went crazy. Started making a high pitched fuzzy sound and went out. The third problem is now I put ANY type of disk in and it just says loading for about 5 minutes and then spits it back out. So I have a useless unit in the dash of my Infiniti now.

    BUYERS BEWARE!!!!
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    3 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By SJSZ06, Lawrenceville, Ga on Saturday, July 02, 2011
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    Pros: rear USB connection - allows me to put a USB flash drive in the glove box When playing from USB, it remembers not only the song, but where it was in the song. Bluetooth...

    Cons: sometimes forgets the bluetooth settings, i.e. turns off bluetooth. No way to store just a few numbers in the phone directory. You have to upload all the contacts in your phone. I don't want ALL the contacts from my phone in the car. Besides, it makes it difficult to select one. Oh, and when it turns off bluetooth, the list goes away too. As others have said, the menu is difficult to use. Not a good idea to try while driving.

    Other: I haven't even tried putting a DVD in, so can't comment on the display quality.
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    1 out of 5

    Cumbersome Menu

    Written By Steve, Missouri on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
     
    The load time is horrible. Every menu is cumbersome. It was not at all what I had imagined. I have returned it and ordered a CX501, think I will stick with a knob and skip the DVD player.
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    3 out of 5

    So good so far

    Written By Kw, STL on Monday, May 23, 2011
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    Well I like this unit very much so far. Plenty of options for inputs and outputs. Only a few things I don't like

    When in tuner mode you don't have buttons 1 thru 6 for presets. You have to scan through a listing of stations and touch the one you want. Also if listening to a cd or dvd, it stops playing when you go back to the input screen(home screen). Not a biggie if you re switching inputs.Kind of a pain when you want to adjust settings. It has a very nice display lcd. bright screen for controls, fairly sensitive screen. Ample wattage for speakers and plenty of wires to hook up.Ipod and bluetooth With USB ability a huge plus!!

    Now we will see how well it holds up in the long run.
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    1 out of 5

    Always used to think Clarion was top notch

    Written By James, Galt, CA on Sunday, May 15, 2011
     
    Wow got the stereo in March and was having problems by mid to late april just over a month on the use and having problems with the radio. I don't mind the use of the interface, USB, or nav, althought the HD radio version was bad. The biggest problem is living in California and having to use the bluetooth, I have had to reset the deck 3 times so far to reset the internal relays to re0initialize the bluetooth and in the colder mornings forget about listening to anything until the heater has been or for a few minutes, I don't think I got a bogus unit, I think that they have major issues with this unit and like cars, should be recalled.
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    1 out of 5

    don't waste your money

    Written By carlosd., auburn, al on Saturday, May 07, 2011
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    I bought this player about 2 months ago and i really made a bad choice. The load times on this player is forever.I have a brand new car and upgraded the cd player but now i think i was better off with the factory one. When i put a cd in the player it sounds like something crazy is going on in there and when i hit the pause button i can hear the ignoring noise coming from the cd player. this is by far the worst cd player i have ever own. This cd player also have a problem ejecting the cd's. This is a brand new cd player why am i having so many problems with it in the first couple on months...... dnt buy!!!!
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By Dave, Virginia on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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    very good radio, love it. has everything that i was looking for in a in-dash dvd player.
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    2 out of 5

    Would not recommend.

    Written By John V, Jacksonville, NC on Monday, April 11, 2011
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    Has nice features for the novice although navigating through the endless menus can be cumbersome. The DVD portion of the head unit is nice and displays very nicely. The USB still needs alot of work. This unit will not shuffle through songs in a folder only if the songs are listed by themselves. Having songs listed in folders on an MP3 player, you can only shuffle inside that folder not the rest of the MP3 player. If you search for a song, it takes to long to find and if the current song ends before you find it, then the menu resets and you have to start all over. I primary wanted the unit because of the USB but now regret buying it.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Do not recommend

    Written By Rex, Baltimore Maryland on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
     
    Bought this product primarily so I could control and charge my ipod, and the interface with the Ipod is awful. Have not tried the DVD player part of it. Trying to control your Ipod with the touchscreen is extremely cumbersome and very inefficient. To start, there is no way to scroll through all of your artists quickly. You can see four at a time, and then can skip through every four using the touch screen. This takes a long time if you have a large Ipod and are trying to get to an artist in the middle of the alphabet. Same with songs. Once you click on the artist you want, there are not separate folders for each album, which is annoying if you have a band with many different albums, you could be scrolling through 50+ songs to find the one you want. From there, once you click on the song, there is no way to go back and click on other individual songs from that artist. You either have to go through the main menu and scroll down starting from A again to your artists, or you click the next button until the song you want comes up. Just bad software if you are trying to control your Ipod. Cannot give a review on bluetooth or its DVD features, but I would not recommend it.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Nice features but...

    Written By Vic, Plano, TX on Monday, March 28, 2011
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    Purchased this unit for my 2003 Lincoln Navigator after a few weeks of research. The biggest selling point for me was the price and ability to add on later. My third Clarion receiver in 20 years.

    After a few days of playing around with this unit, a few things stuck out to me. The first is the 10-15 seconds startup time. Would have been nice to have more station presets on one screen. I also noticed that navigating through menus was not "logical". The back buttons (2 on some screens) do different things on different screens. I thought back meant you go back to the previous screen (?). Made no sense to me, but I was willing to live with it. Figured I'd overcome the learning curve quickly anyway.

    I then experienced considerable glare issues. There is NO brightness control. Couldn't see the display with sunroof open, I could with my factory deck. However, the reason I returned this radio was the iPod controls. If you like to skip around to different songs at will, without creating playlists, this not the radio for you. Takes too long (15-25 seconds) to search and find a song, especially if you have a few thousand songs. Cannot control the iPod itself once connected, only through the radio.

    I completely understand the good reviews. This unit will be fine for most users, it's all about personal preferences. Hope my review was helpful.

    P.S. Crutchfield's return policy was great, and refunded my money quickly.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By Anonymous, Ansonia, CT on Monday, March 28, 2011
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    Great product, great price, easy to use
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    1 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By pedro, peabody ma on Monday, March 28, 2011
     
    At first i was exited to receive the radio but after a couple of weeks started. having issues,started loosing bluetooth. gui seemed cheap but i was able to see. past that trying to see the true potential of the radio. once i was able to. finally get the radio to my satisfaction once again lost the bluetooth. completely this time it was the radio, tried the reset options with no luck. contacted crutchfield and they were more than happy to exchange the radio for a. replacement one.And i also had no luck using my ipod six generation thru the usb. wire.So overall not happy with the radio,but that is just my opinion.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By TK, Houston, tx on Friday, March 25, 2011
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    Wow Clarion is back!! great features awsome sound control and quality .
    Installed in 03 Navigator and the slide out cover closes like it has the factory
    Radio in it .
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By TonyP, Long Island, NY on Sunday, March 06, 2011
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    I am happy to have returned the Pioneer (non-DVD) and exchanged it for this radio. It
    was only $50 more with lots of features. It's great to have the hard-buttons for volume.
    Decent DVD quality. I will be adding a back-up camera. I am looking for more reviews
    in the navigation module before a drop another $200. There are few DVD receivers at
    this price. Definitely recommended.
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    4 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By Chuck, Texas on Thursday, March 03, 2011
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    This is a great stereo for the price.
    Everything works as advertised. Installation was a little difficult in my truck, but I was able
    to get it done. I had to call support once and they answered all of my questions. I added
    the sirius satellite tuner and it works great. I plan to add the Nav system soon.
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion VX400

    Written By Anonymous, miami, FL on Thursday, February 24, 2011
     
    great video quality and very user friendly. overall i really like the unit. it
    has worked great for me so far and i would recommend to anyone .
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    One Awesome Radio

    Written By Deanne E, Columbus, NJ on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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    this radio has everything! i love it! i love having the option of listening to what i want,
    wether it be my i pod, sirius or the regular radio. i love the bluetooth. the navi was very
    easy to use. also to metion that the crutchfield team was very helpful to my boyfriend
    when he was installing it. thanks for this wonderful device!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Clarion let me down with this one

    Written By J, NC on Thursday, January 13, 2011
     
    You can add a lot of features to this unit, but somehow it still isn't great. I have the head
    unit, Nav system, and connected a backup camera and steering wheel controls.
    Installation was reasonably easy on my '06 Audi A4, the toughest part was fitting all the
    wires.

    As others have written, the interface is horrid . Even though this unit was new for 2010,
    the interface seems really outdated. The interaction with the system is cumbersome and
    not intuitive at all. Switching to the main screen, to select inputs, etc, the audio stops (not
    expected with features like Nav and Bluetooth). With the Bluetooth phone, there are no
    voice commands, only screen inputs. I use the voice command button on my BlackBerry
    and then just let the stereo pick up once the phone dials.

    For the Nav system, the interface and screens look like they're straight out of the 80's and
    I've yet to figure out how to get the system to allow me to enter a street address (seems to
    only want to do intersections). The maps are outdated straight out of the box and I can't
    find any updates anywhere on the web. (The Clarion site is useless for this need.)

    Overall, I'm very let down by this unit. Perhaps I have high expectations? Well, Clarion
    used to be one of the best. If this unit is any indication of the products they're turning out
    these days, then they've fallen far from they're glory.v

    If it weren't a gift I'd rather return it and exchange it for another model.
    5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Not sure why the bad reviews

    Written By Aaron, Alabama on Wednesday, January 05, 2011
     
    First of all I'm not rocking the car! I listen to my iPod and mainly NFL radio. That being said
    I cannot tell you if this system rocks. I can tell you that it is very nice and easy to use. The
    Bluetooth on my iPhone 4 is perfect. Phonebook syncs no issues at all and you can use all
    phone functions on the screen so you can keep your phone in your pocket or wherever.
    iPhone via special video cable will play any video source you have on the phone YouTube,
    podcasts, shot video or whatever. I really like the unit and the interface. It is not complicated
    and easy to navigate. Not overloaded with options so if you like that you may want another
    unit. only problem I had was with the Titan ground and that was fixed with an inline RCA
    device...had a pop when switching sources.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice head unit

    Written By Eloy Jr, Dallas,TX on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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    I installed this in a Honda Civic, the install was not too bad. I like the bluetooth feature
    and the rear camera hookup. The HD radio works great but I wish they could be saved
    as favorites. Overall great radio with lots of features and connections, and it has an
    awesome sound.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Worst radio I have ever purchased

    Written By Steve, Los Angeles on Sunday, November 21, 2010
     
    This unit other than the fact you can play DVD's is the worst radio I have ever seen. The
    GUI is just plain terrible. I think a 10 year old could come up with a better user interface.
    And then if your playing music thru the bluetooth it will on a very regular basis freeze the
    volume real high. And the only way to fix it is to reboot the whole system. Which in turn you
    lose all your settings and channels saved etc.
    2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    What a letdown

    Written By Drexelsteve, Charleston sc on Thursday, March 18, 2010
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    For the money and brand I expected much more. User interface is very clunky and difficult to use, not to mention it just looks very cheap. Interface is not customizable. Bluetooth works ok but sound quality was average at best but had the death pop when activated/deactivated. DVDs work fine, but it won't recognize even a 1gb USB stick. iPhone control works decent. The remote is VERY busy, not easy to use on the fly. If doing the install yourself be prepared to cram lots of wireharness back there. Do you really need around a dozen harness's protruding from the back of the unit? Very dissapointing overall, would not recommend.
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