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Clarion CZ505 CD receiver

A nice upgrade with streaming music, Pandora® and more

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Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.

Clarion's CZ505 CD receiver lets you upgade the sound in your car and add some cool features. You can stream music and talk hands-free with built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, plus control Pandora® Internet radio from the receiver. You'll get nice sound features, too, like aptX for Bluetooth and a parametric EQ. It's a great way to get better sound in the car. Check it out in this short video.

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The Clarion CZ505 CD receiver lets you add the features you want and upgrade your sound while you're at it. Use the receiver's built-in Bluetooth to make calls and stream music, and an HD Radio tuner gives you enhanced sound quality from participating stations.

Bluetooth is great for hands-free calls, but we really like the way the CZ505 handles music streaming. You can stream at near-CD quality if your Android phone is aptX compatible, or if your iPhone contains AAC music files. The difference in sound quality over regular Bluetooth is noticeable.

Built-in HD Radio really improves the sound quality, too. If your favorite local station broadcasts a digital HD Radio signal, your FM stations will sound almost as good as a CD, while AM stations sound like traditional FM. One nice thing about listening to music on HD Radio is that it really gives you your bass back.

You'll also get other great features, like Pandora control, a parametric EQ, and a variable-color display you can match to your interior lighting. The CZ505 is ready for satellite radio, too, with an optional tuner and a subscription.

Replacing your factory radio makes a big difference in sound quality, and gives you some nice extra features, too. And if you're interested in all these features in a double-DIN design, check out the Clarion CX505 receiver. If you have any questions about this or other radios, please give Crutchfield a call.

  • Commenter image

    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/24/2016

    Oivind, customers give this receiver high marks (check out the reviews), and one cites the built-in mic as one of their favorite features. If you have your doubts, Clarion offers an optional external microphone. Naturally, the closer the microphone is to you the better, especially in vehicles with larger cabin space.

  • Øivind Olsen

    Posted on 1/22/2016

    How is the sound quality for the person you call with the built in microphone?