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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.

Problem: you've only got room for a single-DIN (2" tall) car stereo in your dash, but you crave a big screen. Solution: install the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver and its motorized 7" touchscreen. Combined with its slick interface and numerous bells and whistles, you'll have a touchscreen command center that powers out at the touch of a button.

Built-in hands-free calling

You can talk hands-free with built-in Bluetooth®. When a call comes in, you can tap the screen to answer the call, then you'll hear your caller over the speakers. And you can even stream tunes to your radio if your device supports it.

Movies and more

You can 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. Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the rear USB input — you'll get touchscreen control over your tunes, and your iPod will 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.

Good news if you crave great sound

The VZ401 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 ensures you'll hear all the musical details. 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 an 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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" touchscreen
    • fits single-DIN openings
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • 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:
    • 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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    Adapter required
    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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    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    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
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Both
    Radio Data System
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    • Multimedia receiver with retractable monitor
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring
    • 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 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 4 Phillips-head ISO screws
    • 5 Hex-head ISO screws
    • Metal backstrap
    • Electro-tap
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Owner's Manual/Installation Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card (USA/Canada)

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

    Display Features

    Motorized/Retractable 7.0" Touch Panel TFT Display: The Clarion VZ401 has a motorized, retractable 7.0" 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 800 x 480 (RGB) and 1,152,000 total pixels. The display features brightness (0-20) and aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9) adjustments. The unit's touch panel features interactive controls and video graphics, making menu navigation easy. An on-screen numeric keypad allows you to directly access music tracks and movie titles.

    Display Angles: You can adjust the display's angle (0-5) for best visibility. After the viewing angle has been set, the unit will return the display to that angle each time, even if the unit is turned off.

    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 4 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.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion VZ401 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VZ401 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 offers the following audio adjustments.

    • Preset EQ: Flat, Jazz, Pop, or Classical
    • 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. The multimedia head unit is equipped with stereo front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs for connecting the unit to an external amplifier. 

    Subwoofer Controls: Independent volume control is enabled for the subwoofer preamp output 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 subwoofer preamp output's level can be adjusted independently from -9 to +9 dB. The VZ401 also features a low pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output. You can select between 80Hz, 120Hz or 160Hz.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion VZ401 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner. The VZ401 offers Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The VZ401'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 VZ401 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.

    iTunes Tagging: The add-on HD Radio tuner (sold separately) includes iTunes Tagging capability. iTunes Tagging allows you to "tag" songs heard over HD Radio. iTunes Tagging saves the song's title and metadata to your connected iPod/iPhone (you may store up to 64 tags in the memory). When the iPod/iPhone is synced to iTunes, a playlist is generated with links to the iTunes Store where the song can be purchased and downloaded.

    Note: This function can be operated with the following iPod/iPhone models - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

    Disc Playback

    Disc Slot: The Clarion VZ401 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 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 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (32-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 200 folders, and 1500 files per folder (1500 total files). The head unit 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 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.

    Auto Reload: If a disc is left in the ejected position for 10 seconds, the disc is automatically reloaded.

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

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The head unit 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 head unit will support MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate of 32-192 kbps. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 200 folders, and 1500 files per folder (1500 total files). The VZ401 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.  The head unit 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 to the USB device.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The optional Clarion CCA-748 iPod/iPhone connector cable (020CCA748, sold separately) allows the VZ401 to connect to your iPod via the head unit's rear-panel USB port and A/V input. Using the optional iPod/iPhone connector cable, the VZ401 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 head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 87dB.
    • Audio/Video Playback: The Clarion multimedia head unit 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 head unit. 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 head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, Album Title and Album Art.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the multimedia head unit'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 VZ401 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 November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 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 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.

    AV Connection

    Front and Rear AV Inputs: The Clarion VZ401 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.

    Note: The unit includes a 16" AV minijack-to-composite/stereo RCA adapter cable.

    Video Output: The VZ401 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).

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Clarion VZ401 features built-in Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth Ver 2.1+EDR). Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a short-distant digital radio link (2.4GHz) up to approximately 33 feet. The following Bluetooth Profiles are supported - HFP, HSP, A2DP, and AVRCP. With built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. You can also stream audio from a Bluetooth enabled audio player. You can only pair (register) one Bluetooth enabled device.

    • Hands-free Communication (HFP/HSP): The VZ401 supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VZ401 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's built-in microphone and your car audio speakers (the head unit also features a microphone input for connecting an external microphone: RCB-199, sold separately). The VZ401 utilizes a Noise Canceller feature to reduce noise generated during hands-free conversation. The multimedia VZ401 allows you to answer the call manually from the head unit or automatically. You can make a call from the VZ401 using the unit's on-screen 10-keypad, your transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received calls. The unit also feature a redial function.
    • Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The VZ401 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 head unit and your car's audio system. You can listen to and control music stored on your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player. The VZ401 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 VZ401. Visit Clarion Bluetooth Support for list of current compatible cell-phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-panel and hard-key controls, the VZ401 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation 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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    5 out of 5

    vz401

    Written By captkelley, buford ga on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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    I love it
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    all good
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    none for me
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    5 out of 5

    Really nice head unit

    Written By Mike, Fort mill sc on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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    Easy to install. Wiring made simple. Lots of power and the screen is really good quality. Bluetooth works well. Great product!
    Pros:
    Quality, screen, it's capabilities. Way too many to list.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    I love it!

    Written By Jordan, Iowa on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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    I always read reviews, looking at the negatives because I have some preconceived notions that the positive reviews are paid off by the company to get more people to buy. This was the unit with the lowest number of bad reviews in my price range, so I decided to give it a shot.

    It got to me quick, with all of the proper installation equipment and install instructions. First thing I noticed was all of the wires, they all looked overwhelming and I was questioning the install, but this was not my first stereo install, so as I began to look closer, all of the wires were labeled very clearly as to their proper function. I have not added Sirius, or a back up camera or many of the extra features yet, so I just wired it up to the harness which took about ten minutes of stripping wires and crimping ends on (I don't have good luck with Wire nuts) and after I wired the two harnesses together it literally took 30 seconds to get it installed in my car. I was shocked at how smoothly it went in.

    I have been running it for about a month now and I love it. I plan to add more of the features in the future hopefully, and my car is older, so I don't have any steering wheel controls hooked up. Many of the harnesses in the back are all plug n play which would be nice for those using extra features (i.e. Sirius, GPS, Backup Cam, etc.) Works for newer versions of iPhone as well, I have a 5.

    I love the VZ401, and I hope it lasts a long time!
    Pros:
    Screen dimming when lights are on (Takes away glare at night without compromising visibility) Bluetooth works great, for both music and phone functions. I was pleasantly surprised. DVD player is good, no problems as of yet. System has great volume. Glad the volume control is on the face, not display. Built in mic seems to work well Touch screen iPhone control Many features and settings that look cool, but haven't gotten the time to play around with them yet
    Cons:
    Bass could be better, but if you need more than what it has you probably have high end speakers and subs. Phone calls are a little quieter than music playback, but that is to be expected. I just adjust volume. Start up is a little longer than it may need to be. 10-15 seconds probably before music starts to play.
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    5 out of 5

    clarion

    Written By MEC, Sheridan, WY. on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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    Great product and awesome service
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    4 out of 5

    nice but pretty plain

    Written By mark, harrisonburg va on Sunday, July 06, 2014
     
    nice for price but very plain not any extra's
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    5 out of 5

    Best bang for the buck!!!

    Written By Earl W, St Pete on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    Looks great easy to use.
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    4 out of 5

    can't beat the price

    Written By bryanplez, denver,co on Friday, May 16, 2014
     
    Very nice reciever for the money!!
    Pros:
    Price! !
    Cons:
    Could use more features that other receivers have for around the same cost!
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    1 out of 5

    Never purchasing Clarion again

    Written By Josh R, Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
     
    I've tried to love this reciever. It just won't let me. I've used it for ~1yr.

    This is the "buggiest" receiver I've ever seen. When turning on, occasionally the volume will max out effectively deafening me and my passengers. The iPod dock randomly selects between the dock connector (which is nice for charging) and bluetooth which forces you to select the source on your phone each time you turn the receiver on. Does not always recognize the iPod while attached (cable is in good condition and not pinched) and forces you to cycle through the menus a few times so it finally allows you to select the iPod source.

    Bluetooth settings will change randomly so when expecting an incoming call to connect while driving, the call will go unanswered. Internal mic is terrible so I purchased an external mic. Now the receiver will change the mic source randomly so I don't know when the mic will work and when it won't.

    Sirius integration is terrible; navigation is clumsy and sound quality sometimes loses an entire channel.

    I expected much more from any Clarion receiver; especially this one given it's price. It's unfortunate Crutchfield doesn't have a lemon policy because I'd love to get rid of this unit but have a hard time swallowing the huge amount of money I've thrown away on purchasing this unit.

    Avoid this unit like the plague; it's bad news.
    Pros:
    the concept of this receiver
    Cons:
    Everything about this receiver except the sound quality
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    "Coolness Factor"
    Build Quality
    Ease of Use
    Sound Quality
    Value
     
    5 out of 5

    one of the best

    Written By Golito, MA on Saturday, September 10, 2011
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    i would recommand this radio to all my friends it is really cool
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Clarion VZ401

    Written By JOOOM, Home on Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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    Purchased the vz401 for a replacement to the dodge factory stereo. Very satisified with all. Great sounding. Not alot of "extras" but the best buy for the money by far and can be expanded to just about any configuration!! Blue tooth works great and screen has great DVD resolution. More than enough power and screen slides in and out with ease- Install wass easy and Crutchfield as always comes through with all the stuff you neeed to do it yourself- only took about an hour and it was in and working great!!

    Great stereo!!
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    2 out of 5

    Not worth the money

    Written By James R, Miami, FL on Friday, July 08, 2011
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    I bought this unit back in December and since then have had nothing but problems with it. It's not the actual head unit itself, but the software they have on it. I've waited for firmware updates...nothing!

    My advice - if your using this unit with an iPhone/iPod/iPad and look forward to using it with bluetooth, keep looking. It doesn't sync properly if you connect the dock connector and the bluetooth at the same time. Also, not to forget to mention that I've had it on multiple times blast music at the loudest volume once I hangup from a phone call. The only way to fix it, was to turn it off.

    They should have never released and unfinished product. Very disappointed!!
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    5 out of 5

    REVIEW ON VZ401

    Written By STEVE, MIAMI FLORIDA on Sunday, May 22, 2011
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    WELL I PURCHASE THE CLARION VZ401 ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO FROM ANOTHER VENDOR, WELL FROM DAY 1 HAD ISSUES WITH THIS UNIT. WONT KEEP CORRECT TIME. FEW DAYS LATER THE DVD SCREEN WONT OPEN. CALL VENDOR AND GAVE ME THE RUN AROUND AND SAID I NEEDED THE ORGINAL BOX. WE LL AFTER HEREING THAT. I DECIDE TO ORDER A NEW ONE FROM CRUTHFEILD AND HAD THEM OVERNIGHTED THE UNIT FOR SATURDAY. WAS VERY PLEASE WITH THERE CUSTOMER SERVICE. THE UNIT THEY SEND ME WAS A EXACT REPLACMENT OF THE CURRENT ONE I HAD BUT THERES WAS AN UPDATED VERSION WHILE THE ONE I BOUGHT FROM THE COMPETITOR WAS OUTDATED UNIT. SO EVERYTHING WORKS GREAT EVEN THE CLOCK.

    LOVE THIS UNIT BECUASE IT HAS LOTS OF FREE FEATURES THAT PIONEER MODEL OFFER YOU TO BUY. FOR THE PRICE, FEATURES,QUALUTY YOU CANT GO WRONG WITH THIS UNIT. IF YOU WHERE TO BUY ALL THE OPTIONAL FEATURES IT OFFERS YOU, YOU WILL STILL COME OUT AHEAD IN PRICE.
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    4 out of 5

    Happy but could be better

    Written By Sims, Reno NV on Tuesday, May 03, 2011
     
    I have had the Clarion for about 3 months now and have been happy just a few things that would make it better

    1: Faster start up it has a long open up screen befor any thing happens kind of a pian if you want to use the back up camera
    2: No smart volume so if you have it loud when turn the car off it will be loud when it turns on and with out having a knob to turn it down it takes a lot of pushing the button
    3: Screen saver or some thing

    The other thing that I wish I would have thought about was getting the multi zone.
    But as far as controls and set up and use it is perfect and have been very happy
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    2 questions already asked

    When listening to a music source, will selecting back up camera allow music to continue playing while viewing the camera image or will the music mute? [ Chaz  Jul 07, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • It will cause the source to switch to camera input. The music will switch off till u select the music source again. [ WILLIAM   Jul 10, 2014 ]
    • Sorry I don't have a backup cam [ James Aston   Jul 08, 2014 ]
    I have a 2000 GMC Denali and I'm concerned about when the unit flips out will it make contact with my dash. My dash has a lip that hangs over from what I see may stop the unit from completely flip out. Please help me figure out exactly which unit will work the best. Can you help? [ Ricco  Feb 02, 2014 ]
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    • Got a question about this radio. I have it in my truck and yesterday the touch tone screen stopped working along with the reverse camera. Is this a major issue? Or is there a short some where? The radio still plays but the screen doesn't light up when it opens up. But when I close it before it goes back in its slot it lights up. What is going on here [ Anthony   Jun 18, 2014 ]
    • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Feb 02, 2014 ]

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