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You love local radio — why not experience it to the fullest? Clarion's CZ401 CD receiver lets you enjoy the crystal-clear reception and high-quality sound that HD Radio™ technology brings to AM and FM broadcasts. On participating stations, you'll hear AM that's as clear as FM, along with FM that's almost CD quality. Many HD Radio stations also broadcast more than one channel on the same frequency, giving you even more listening choices.

You love local radio — why not experience it to the fullest? Clarion's CZ401 CD receiver lets you enjoy the crystal-clear reception and high-quality sound that HD Radio™ technology brings to AM and FM broadcasts. On participating stations, you'll hear AM that's as clear as FM, along with FM that's almost CD quality. Many HD Radio stations also broadcast more than one channel on the same frequency, giving you even more listening choices.

Tag it!
Plug in your iPod® or iPhone® to the USB slot, and you can control it using the CZ401's knobs and buttons. You'll enjoy great sound quality, and your player stays charged while you drive. Song info shows up on the easy-to-read two-line display. When you're tuned into an HD Radio station with your iPod connected, you can "tag" songs you hear by simply tapping a button on the stereo. Then the next time you sync your iPod, you'll be reminded to buy the tagged songs in the iTunes™ store.

Build a system
Clarion made sure the CZ401 is ready for the future. You can add a Bluetooth® adapter to enjoy the safety and convenience of hands-free calling. You can connect a SIRIUS satellite radio tuner directly to this receiver without the need for a brand-specific translator cable, and that'll save you some money. Of course, a subscription is required to hear satellite radio programming.

At the core lies great sound quality
You'll be impressed by the clean power of the CZ401's built-in amplifier. Clarion's unique bass boost will add punch to your sound without getting muddy. The 3-band parametric equalizer gives you pinpoint control over the highs, mids, and lows — much more effective than the simple bass and treble controls found on most factory radios.

You can play your store-bought CDs, recordable discs, and discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You'll also find the front auxiliary input handy for plugging in a Dock & Play satellite radio, an MP3 player, or any other portable audio player. The receiver features three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs that'll get a clean, strong signal to your outboard amps. A built-in low-pass filter lets you control the character of your bass, while a high-pass filter lets you send your speakers the frequencies they were designed to handle.

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.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ with three preset tone settings and 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • compatible with Clarion Bluetooth adapter and SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front-panel USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM CD receiver (with two transports screws installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Face (inside included hard-plastic face-case)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • RCX001 IR wireless remote
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Machine screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's/Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Sheet (USA/Canada)

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    The radio does everything I hoped. The installation instructions were easily understood. The installation for a non-professional was a snap.

    Dave S, TN


    Clarion CZ401 Reviews

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    C MAC from Richmond,VA on 7/1/2014

    Bought it for the price, not for the bells and whistles. 8 Months later had to send it in for repair. Problem came back in a few months. out of warranty, out of Crutchfield's hands. New problem, radio is internally shorted and blowing my vehicle fuse. I expect more than a few years out of a simple deck.

    Pros: AUX and HD radio, USB port I could charge up my phone.

    Cons: poorly made. disappointed with the longevity. Also I could not figure out how to turn off demo mode once I got it back from Crutchfield from warranty repair.

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    Dave S from TN on 1/20/2013

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    The radio does everything I hoped. The installation instructions were easily understood. The installation for a non-professional was a snap.



    Good ffor the price paid

    Russ from Southington, CT on 1/16/2013

    2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit for the price, Siruis/XM radio option, USB from MP3/ iPod input, Bluetooth option, etc. Like another reviewer stated, the HD radio drops out on an AM station I sometimes listen to. It changes the volume and there is no way to just select HD radio or not. Also, you have to hit the "D" Display button to get the clock on the display. It doesn't stay on if you change or shut the unit down.

    Pros: HD Radio. Options for Sirius/XM radio & Bluetooth. Cost for everything you get, install kit, connector, etc.

    Cons: HD radio drops in and out which changes the volume/ clearity on stations. No way to select or deselect the HD feature.

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    Crutchfield customer from Martell, NE on 1/15/2013

    2002 Ford F-150
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    Always buy Clarion. Have liked the way they work and look.

    Pros: Aux input and multiple RCAs, customer support

    Cons: not sure about the HD channel if a station is picked up in HD then gets dropped the volume drops and sometimes it fluctuates when driving.

    Great Unit!

    Crutchfield customer from Ellington, CT on 1/14/2013

    2002 Ford Ranger
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    The Clarion CZ401 is an incredible value (got it all with free shipping, wiring harness, dash kit, and vehical specific install instructions). This is replacing an after market Kenwwod casset deck I had in my 2002 Ford Ranger. Right now it powers 4 Kenwood speakers, and sounds great! Comes with 3 sets of pre amp outputs (front, rear, and sub), so you can add and improve your system as needed. I would like to get a small sub in the near future. The USB slot is awsome, just put your CDs on it and you have a 100 disc CD changer. The one issue I have with it is you have to press a button to display the time, then after 30 seconds it times out and starts scrolling features the stereo has. So every time you want to check the time you have to press the button 1-3 times, not a deal breaker but annoying. This is the only reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 5.

    Pros: 3 sets of pre amp outputs, USB drive, looks cool, great price

    Cons: Every time you want to know what the time is you need to press a button. The time will not stay displayed on radio, after 30 seconds it times out and starts scrolling features the radio has.

    Good for the price

    Moshier from Corning,ny on 1/12/2013

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was a good price at $89. When you plug in your ipod it automatically picks it up and starts playing and you can control the ipod from the dash. It also charges the ipod when plugged in.

    Pros: When you plug in your ipod it automatically picks it up and starts playing and you can control the ipod from the dash. It also charges the ipod when plugged in. The radio seems to work well and the cd player too.

    Cons: When i installed it there was no sound. I called crutchfield and they were very helpful. I had to connect one extra wire that wasnt in the directions. It had something to do with the onstar connection, so you need to buy the extra connection if you want to use your onstar. I imagine this is an installation issue with any stereo and onstar. The other thing i dont like is that the time or whats playing wont stay on the display. It always goes into a mode that scrolls through all the options it has

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    Mr. Chazey from NW Arkansas on 1/12/2013

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
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    I'm recommending Crutchfield to everybody I know who might need a new radio. The USB port is worth every one of the 89 dollars I spent, since I can carry all of my music on a $3 USB drive.

    Pros: Great tech support. Two quick calls and they helped me with the wiring on my 98 Jeep Wrangler. Took an hour and a half tops to get in and going.

    Cons: Took awhile to figure out how to set the clock, but instructions are not complicated or long, and when I looked at them carefully it walked me through the steps. Not as intuitive as they could be, but not impossible.

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    Bill from Paris on 1/11/2013

    1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Blue lights don't dim-pretty bright at night

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    Crutchfield customer from Kansas city, Missouri on 1/11/2013

    2005 Toyota Corolla
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    Can't say enough about how great your service and products are. This is my third order from Crutchfield and I couldn't be happier. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else for my audio needs. A sincere thanks.

    Pros: Great sound, easy set up, looks so good in my dash, great price

    Cons: None

    Great value stereo

    andy from Jasper, GA on 1/11/2013

    I got this for my Wife when her crappy OEM stereo started refusing to play CDs. It would keep the disk and not eject. I must say that the experience was quite pleasant. The install was very easy. Although I had to make a small modification on the mounting adapter. in order to get the trim ring on. But I understand that these adapters are designed with the vehicle in mind, and not necessarily the stereo. The wiring harness adapter made things so easy, and the schematics supplied with it was clear, and easy to understand. Even with the mod I made to the adapter, the install only took the better part on an hour, and with very little swearing. The performance of the stereo exceeded my expectations. I was expecting this stereo to sound like a cheap stereo. But the quality was great. Other than the head unit, the system is all OEM, and it sounds like we spent more then twice what we paid. The controls were fairly easy to figure out, so I had the settings adjusted and the EQ tuned in a matter of minutes. My Wife loves the fact that she can load a thumb drive with a ton of songs instead of lugging around her overstuffed CD case. If you are looking for an upgrade, or replace a defunct OEM stereo without breaking the bank, then you can't go wrong with the Clarion CZ401 paired with Crutchfield. One low price got me a great inexpensive head unit, and all of the adapters necessary to install it quickly and easily.

    Pros: Easy to install, great value, and very good sound quality for the price.

    Cons: The adapter needed a slight modification with a Drimmel tool in order to make the Clarion trim ring to fit. But not a deal breaker.

    decent unit

    s from Me on 1/10/2013

    2006 Dodge Durango
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    I put this in my Durango with factory amp and the Alpine audio package. This unit easily doubled the power over stock radio. The unit has a clean face and isnt "busy" looking. I ended up returning this as I listen to regular radio a lot and in order to "seek" you have to push and hold the advance button until it beeps, The buttons are small and having to push and hold, I found it took too much attention away from the road. All other features performed as advertised.

    Pros: Good power, clean face

    Cons: small buttons, doesnt have one touch seek.

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    Winger from Puerto Rico on 1/5/2013

    1995 Ford Mustang
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    This is a very nice radio for the price



    Good buy

    ripper from Chino Hills Ca on 1/3/2013

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    For the price its hard to beat

    Pros: Great sound, and features

    Cons: The HD does not work with a few stations on the AM band , it could be the station or my proximity near power stations.

    Great receiver

    BK from Ohio on 1/2/2013

    2002 Honda Accord
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    I found an amazing deal on this unit and love the built-in iPod control function. Perfect for listening to my playlists and Pandora radio on long drives. Sounds great and is fairly easy to use. Overall a great value.

    Pros: USB input, multiple RCA outputs and high end features.


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    Joi from Denver Co on 12/31/2012

    2002 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only thing I don't like about this stereo is that you can't turn off the screen display showing the specs of the stereo. It might be in the owners manual but I haven't looked.



    Nice radio actually!

    Chris from Cottleville, MO on 12/24/2012

    2000 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio actually. My only complaint is accessing the hd stations is a hassle. Sounds amazing actually! Got it for a steal totally worth it.

    Pros: Build quality and features at a great price.

    Cons: Hd tuning is stupid.

    Great features ruined by display/visual problems

    Nolan from Lafayette, CO on 12/23/2012

    Great features ruined by display/visual problems - I'll explain. The features are everything listed on paper, HD Radio, front panel USB and aux inputs, etc. It's great to have all of these, unfortunately my experience with HD radio left me wanting. When going through an area where the signal would switch back and forth between digital and analog, each switch was accompanied by change in volume and a skip in the sound since the signals weren't in sync. For example, "Christmas" would sound like "ChristChristmas" or "Happy Birthday" would sound like "Hap-irthday", depending on whether is was skipping forward or back. The other issues were more disturbing, which are all pretty much related to the display. -The station displayed would not always reflect the actual station you were on. For example, if tuned to 100.1 and seek up I might see the display change to 100.5, yet I know it is on 100.3. go up again to 100.7 and it might show correctly, or it might not. Another example, if you have presets set; changing from preset 1 to 2, sometimes the display will change right away, sometimes after a few seconds, sometimes not at all. Pressing preset 2 again will update the display. -Pressing band to switch between FM1, FM2, FM3, and AM. Instead of AM, after FM3 comes FM5 (that's right "5"), but if you seek for a station, it then displays AM like it should. -Dimmer - only one level with little change. Doesn't affect the button brightness, which is way too much for night driving.

    Pros: HD radio, EQ adjustments, front panel USB and aux input, remote,

    Cons: Display issues, button brightness, preset buttons too small, no ISR button like other Clarion units.

    Love it every thing I wanted

    Henry from Greenwood, DE on 12/19/2012

    2003 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was replacement for wife's dead stereo . Had every feature we wanted. Multi source inputs cd cool looks.

    Pros: Multi source music input , fit , remote, price


    Awesome Stereo

    Gabe F. from So-Cal on 12/18/2012

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck is bada$$. It brought my factory speakers to life. I had no idea they could sound like that. The best bang for your buck.Under $100 and Crutchfield gives you everything need to install it. Took me about 25 minutes to install in my 2006 Tundra SR5.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Installation Notes

    Rick from Los Angeles on 12/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I haven't even listened to this radio for more than a moment, these are installation notes. My previous radio was a Clarion DB355MP and I bought a Clarion again because I thought it would be easy to install, given all the work I did on the dash to make the previous model fit. For reference the installation is in a '71 Datsun PL510, and I had to cut the dash opening for the installation sleeve and then cut some tapered shims on my table saw and bond them around the opening to make it all work. So here are my tips. 1. The screw for additional bracing (typically plumbers strap) that goes into the back of the unit is M4 x .70. This is a relatively small size and was not provided. 2. Speaker leads on the harness to the plug are only about 6" long. They were a foot long on my old Clarion and I spent a couple of hours splicing wire due to the difference. The pin-outs had changed from my old model and the harness swap was necessary. 3. I thought the old models sleeve would work with the new unit, but the fingers on the sides of the sleeve wouldn't engage, so I had to swap in the new sleeve too. BTW, I upgraded because the disc player in the old unit quit after about 7 years. I think this is going to be an awesome radio and I'm looking forward to the additional features of HD FM, USB and 3.5 mm aux that I didn't have before.

    Pros: High enough power for real music listening, nice heat sink in back, RCA outs including subwoofer, HD Radio, USB, and 3.5mm aux that I didn't have before. Lighted buttons.

    Cons: Speaker wires on the wiring harness are short, about 6".

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    clarion cz401 from brookhaven,mississippi on 12/14/2012

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    i owned a clarion years ago i had no problems then ijust purchased this one it is easy to installed the sound is great and it also very affordable ialso like the idea that it is sirius ready and its ipod ready



    Great Radio, right price

    David P from Brooklyn, NY on 12/12/2012

    2005 Ford Focus ZXW
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    Just installed this radio. The install was really easy, once i soldered up the wiring harnesses. The only issue I have with the radio is that the volume knob is kind of shallow, and is a little hard to turn, but its really not that bad. I was looking to get an inexpensive replacement for a factory radio, so I could plug in my android phone (and ipods). This has totally done the trick, and Crutchfield's instructions were spot on.



    great radio..great experience

    mike from richmond, va on 12/10/2012

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    Crutchfield impressed the heck outa me. Great vehicle specific directions, free adapt and wiring..everything fit! Great radio..just reallllly blue...i mean reallly blue lights...and the clock wont stay ..keeps going awayyyyyyyy



    Good deck to replace factory

    Nick from Omaha, NE on 12/7/2012

    2006 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good deck to replace the factory unit. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but get the job done well with a good feature set for the price.

    Pros: Good value and sound

    Cons: Not a lot of display options, interface can be clunky

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    Mike from Phoenix Metro Area on 11/19/2012

    1987 Mitsubishi Starion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best price for a head unit with 3 sets of pre-amps ouputs and HD Radio. I've had a great experience with a Clarion CD Head Unit many years ago (unlike all the Sony CD players I have purchased - they all quit on me within 2 years). I've only owned this unit a month but so far so good.

    Pros: 3 Sets Preouts HD Radio works great Good Reception Price

    Cons: Station Preset Buttons are small I haven't figured out how to have the Artist and Song Names auto scroll. I have to push a button that looks like the 7th preset in order to get it to display the artist or song title.

    Great for receivers below $200

    ATL_Falcons from Duluth, GA on 11/6/2012

    1994 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a great player for the price! It is a steal now at $100. Sounds great with sources like CDs, USB and iPods. The radio could be a little bit better but overall it is good. Installation wasn't that hard and could be done in about an hour. I would definitely buy Clarion products again in the future.

    Pros: Great sound and value. Ample connectivity. Comes with remote. The best receiver for under $200.

    Cons: None

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    ftbird37 from Millington,TN on 10/29/2012

    1991 Honda Accord SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far seems to be a good product.

    Pros: Good sound. looks good in dash.

    Cons: a little hard to set up.

    Great radio

    Izzy from Fort Worth, tx on 10/26/2012

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the Clarion it's a very nice piece. HD and iPhone control just what I wanted in my new radio. Great sound.

    Pros: Sound, looks.

    Cons: Can't control my iPhone, have to use radio controls to change songs.

    clarion cz 401 awsome

    peter from w.p.b., florida on 10/17/2012

    1997 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great sound, easy to install, can't beat the price for this quality, sooo much better then the original radio, should have changed to clarion long time ago

    Pros: great sound, great reception-especially the hd, like the remote

    Cons: none


    ryan from columbia,ky on 10/13/2012

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i got to say,its one of best sounding radios i ever had.

    Pros: the high,mid,&low filters are great. you can get your music to sound perfect!

    Cons: none

    Excellent for the price!

    doctavic from NJ on 10/7/2012

    1996 Toyota Celica ST
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like an Clarion product, great value. Easy to install with Crutchfield's MasterSheet and the harness. Sound quality is excellent. iphone and ipod controls work well. Really boosted sound quality in my 96 Celica!

    Pros: sound quality and features

    Cons: none

    Satisfied with Clarion CZ401

    Don from Chino, CA on 10/7/2012

    1991 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Receiver was very easy to install and sound is great. Thanks Crutchfield for your good service in sending a product that was the right one for my Jeep Cherokee XJ.

    Pros: Sounds great and was easy to install.

    Cons: None

    Good radio.

    Jayhawker from Lake Zurich, IL on 9/28/2012

    2009 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the price. It has all of the features that I wanted, and more.

    Pros: Lots of features for the price. Sounds good and is easy to use.

    Cons: The display dims with the headlights, but the backlighting doesn't. So there is a blaring blue light just below my sight line that is quite distracting at night.


    MarkQ from Hubbardston, MA on 9/26/2012

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If this was my first Crutchfield purchase, it would be my last. I was looking for a simple to use radio for my wife's Subaru Forrester. Rather than doing the reasearch I chatted with a rep for a basic, simple to use unit. This was the single recommendation I was given so I bought it. The directions were poor, and I found the best way to install it was to ignore them and do it by trial and error. THings like bracketts and bezels fit poorly or had to be removed completely. This is probably the 30th radio I've installed so it was not from lack of knowledge. Next, the owners manual was translated Japanese which was completely unintuitive. My wife hasn't tried it yet but I know she is not going to be thrilled.

    Pros: None

    Cons: Poor installation instructions. Poor operational instructions, nonintuitive. Tiny buttons.

    Great features, Great SQ - Especially for the price!

    Tim M. from Rapid City, SD on 9/7/2012

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    Picked up this head unit on clearance for $109.99 - for that price, nothing comes close! I upgraded from the stock head unit in my 07 Grand Cherokee and the quality difference was even better than I expected. It's relatively easy to figure out how to tune your music with this head unit - with or without an amplifier and subwoofer hooked up. It's got plenty of power to drive your speakers without distortion, or if you're using a sub, you can use the built-in crossovers and the quality really stands out. The 4v preouts for the amps are both powerful and clear - there's no unwanted noise from my sub at all. As others have written in their reviews, the access to the clock is a bit inconvienient. You have to hit a button 4 times to get to it and then it gets cleared out as soon as you do anything else. Also, a lot of people complain that the buttons are too small - I think it's moreso that they're a bit crowded on the faceplate, and the rotary knob could stand to stick out a little farther to make it easier to rotate. However, I think that will just take a little getting used to controlling the deck with your fingertips. All in all, it's a quality unit - looks good, sounds good, and you won't beat the price, especially for a name like Clarion.

    Pros: Great sound, great looks, well built, amazing price!

    Cons: Clock is difficult to access, buttons on faceplate are a bit crowded.

    great value

    mt from Englewood, CO on 8/29/2012

    2007 Nissan Xterra
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    My radio transmitter for my MP3 was going bad after about 2 years.. For the price of 2 more transmitters, I got a huge upgrade in sound. The aux input is far better than any transmitter and I've been wanting HD radio for years.

    Pros: Sounds great. Great price.

    Cons: Controls are dopey. Setting the clock is a labyrinth. The blue LEDs don't dim.


    Crutchfield customer from N.C. on 8/27/2012

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    It is a awsome reciever



    awsome head unit

    Douglas from Marana,Az on 8/21/2012

    1984 Chevrolet Blazer
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    This thing rocks! This is the best head unit I have ever had!



    Not Recommended

    Johnny from Los Angeles, CA on 8/16/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a poorly-executed radio in more ways than one. First off, the button has to be pressed twice to display the artist/song title unlike in a Kenwood or Pioneer for instance, where the artist and song on HD Radio continuously scrolls. Second, while the other two let you choose a HD subchannel by pressing the seek keys, the poor user of this Clarion has to access two menus which is distracting and dangerous. The Magna-Bass EX continuously makes my speakers (Infinity References) bottom out and at low volumes, fuzz can be heard even while using a USB stick. Not to mention that AM HD Radio is completely useless on this unit. There's one AM station that I listen to that broadcasts in HD, the Pioneer in my other car has no problem picking it up, and this Clarion picks it up, but with so many buzzes and pops that it sounds like I have a malfunctioning Pac-Man arcade machine in my car. Moving the antenna didn't help. On the other hand, the faceplate construction is excellent and the sound is well-balanced if the Magna-Bass is disabled. I cannot recommend this radio due to its interface shortcomings.

    Pros: Robust build, neutral sound

    Cons: Bass is muffled, buttons do not dim, asinine that artist/title does not scroll in HD Radio, ridiculous system of tuning in subchannels, bad AM reception

    Great Except for Sirius Reception

    DS from Mid-America on 8/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit UNLESS you intend to use the SCC1 Satellite Receiver. The unit more often than not shows loading and does not receive sSirius. The HD Radio reception is good as is analog. It had a great sound, but the ability to listen to Sirius is lacking. If you don't plan on using the satellite function, this is a great unit for the price.

    Pros: Sound quality, HD Radio

    Cons: Satellite reception

    Used to think highly of Clarion

    zed from Washington, DC on 8/13/2012

    2008 Ford Escape
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    This radio sounds great and it's really too bad that I hate it so much. I got this primarily to listen to Sirius radio. I would constantly get the "loading" error when I turned on my car and had it set to Sirius. I would have to reset the whole system about once every month (I've only had the thing for six months.) I was contemplating calling Clarion and it turns out they had a new patch on their website to fix it. I guess it worked but now, a week later, my display is completely gone. I can't see what I'm listening to and have to keep my Sirius tuner on the same channel because after trying to reset it once again, I lost all of my presets. If I want to listen to my iPod, I have to disconnect it completely and search for the song I want to listen to before reconnecting. I hate this radio!

    Pros: Easy install, pretty to look at.

    Cons: They seem to not really care about displays at Clarion. You have to switch to a "clock" display mode to see what time it is. Also, on Sirius mode, there are two display lines where they can put maybe a title and and artist on the same display. Instead, you can only look at one or the other and you have to keep pushing the tiny buttons to see who's singing and what song it is.

    Great Clarion Source Unit

    Jeff M. from Dallas, TX on 8/9/2012

    2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
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    I purchased the Clarion CZ401 and installed it in my '07 Subaru WRX last week and it has been great! Crutchfield shipping was fast and the Subaru dash pocket, wiring harness and instructions were included for free. Over all this receiver is a great value and it has literally "woken up" my stock speakers (6.5" in front w/ tweeters and 4" in rear). I added a sub and amp during the install of the deck and the Clarion unit has a sub volume control which is super convenient. I was a bit concerned at first about the HD radio sound quality cutting in and out as other reviews indicated. When I select a station in the Dallas area it will receive analog signal at first and within a few seconds there will be a slight delay as it switches to HD and then the sound comes through crystal clear. I have no problems with the switch over as it is CD quality sound when it changes to HD. Definitely recommended!

    Pros: Value, HD Sound Quality, IPOD control

    Cons: Small buttons

    CZ401, Best Value for the Buck

    Darin from KS on 7/30/2012

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    In my opinion you will have a hard time finding a unit with this many pre outs and sound quality that you get with the CZ401 for this price. Outstanding value. I upgraded the stock unit in my 2006 F150. I was running amplifiers off the stock unit with line out converters. I just didn't want to change the stock look. I finally broke down and bought this aftermarket head unit. I shouldn't have waited so long to do so. The sound quality is amazing. HD radio is a huge improvement over standard. USB and AUX in for iPods etc. The eq on this deck is top notch. It may only be a 3 band eq but you have 3 options within each band so you can fine tune with ease. I'm feeding a 4 channel amp for my front comps and a mono amp for my JL audio stealthbox subwoofer. Crystal clear 4v pre outs. Hard to find 4v pre outs on head units at this price. Using the high pass and low pass on my amps and tweaking the eq on the head unit has brought my system to life.

    Pros: Value, Sound Quality, 4v Pre Outs, EQ Adjustments

    Cons: None.

    Bang for the buck

    LloydC from Casper, WY on 7/16/2012

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The buying experience was as usual excellent. I purchased the CZ401 to replace the original stereo in a 2000 F250 SD. Everything came packaged in such a way that it was protected. Instructions were clear, and the wiring harness very easy to match up with the stereo harness. A little solder and some shrink tubing, and it was done. The installation kit fit well, though it does rattle a bit on gravel roads. Overall very easy to install in an f250 The CZ401 itself is a mixed bag. It has excellent sound quality and a bright clear display. Operation is fairly straightforward. As several have noted here, it is difficult while driving to use the tiny buttons on the face of the unit. For me this is especially obvious when trying to move between folders on a USB stick. It is too easy to hit the wrong buttons. Menus have all of the basic functionality easily accessible from the rotary control in the center, but there is a lot in the menu beyond that which is a bit difficult to get to. I suppose once that I have been using it for a while it will be easier to use.

    Pros: Display is very easy to read and large Sound Quality Remote Controls are high quality.

    Cons: Buttons small and placed close together (hard to use while driving) Display does not show much information

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    Mustang driver from FL on 7/7/2012

    2008 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit installed in 08 Mustang convertible primarily to connect to Sirius. Wiring harness adapter kit instructions lack detail - some functionality lost.

    Pros: Detactible face plate.

    Cons: Pushbuttons smaller than cell phone - unusable. Sirius radio option unreliable - keeps going to LOADING display. Sometimes connects even while display reads LOADING.

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    trollmaster from New Jersey on 7/2/2012

    2000 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I found that the only thing is better the sound quality ,is the value.



    Love this Clarion!

    Camille from LA on 6/29/2012

    2011 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am so glad I picked this Clarion CZ401! It took me and my husband over two hours of difficult, frustrating work to install, but once we got it in, we were so happy! I don't know what all these people are talking about with how easy the installation is. Maybe they have lots of experience. I have no experience, and I wish I had paid the $65 to Geek Squad for them to do it. Regardless, we finally got it in and it's gorgeous. Beautiful blue buttons with a nice white-text display. The two-line display is nice because it shows the track number, name, and time all at once. The sound quality got a huge boost when I plugged my iPad in with a usb cord rather than an auxiliary cable. I have a separate clock on my car, so I don't care that my stereo doesn't provide a good clock function. You could also buy a special little car clock that sticks to the dash. I wish I could give this more than five stars for value. This was by far the best deal on the internet or in any brick and mortar. The fact that it came with an installation kit was a huge savings, plus I found a $20 coupon code. Great deal. Anyway, to make a long story short, WE LOVE IT!

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Installation was difficult, but once it's in, it's perfect

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    Fred from Wayne, PA on 6/25/2012

    1993 Volvo 240 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit!



    Happy I bought it

    PaulG from Huntsville, AL on 6/25/2012

    1996 Ford Aerostar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, easy to use. Don't know why I waited this long! Easy setup, good sound, simple to use. I like the two-line scrolling display, especially when playing .mp3 files from portable media - CD, Thumb Drive, etc. Wen adapter is used properly, it fits like a glove! Can't really tell that it's an after-market add-on.

    Pros: Plays all kinds of music content. Remote control is very handy. Radio sensitivity is great, picks up stations without a lot of static.

    Cons: Can't set the hour on the clock. Always returns to the hour previously displayed each time I try to correct it. Minutes can be set perfectly. Never had this issue before, but since I can't see the clock from the driver's seat anyway, it's not a big deal.

    Great audio functions/options

    Donald from Florida on 6/20/2012

    2001 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Flawless headunit. I replaced my alpine with it expecting a sq drop off. None. And by the way, you can disable the scroll functions. Manual says how. Hd radio is amazing.

    Pros: All

    Cons: None

    Great sound and FM reception

    MikeV from McConnelsville, OH on 6/19/2012

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great replacement for the Mach 1000 in my Ford Mustang GT (2003). The OEM Mach 1000 had terrible FM reception and the 6 CD changer kept jamming. The Clarion has great reception, the CD player works great and the trim kit makes it look like it was always there. It also had hook-ups for the quad amps in the trunk. Great value for the money.

    Pros: Easy to install, great price, great reception.

    Cons: need to get used to some of the controls.

    small buttons

    scc from il on 6/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The buttons are too small, have to get used to it, I guess. I wish the strolling info could be disabled, annoying. A good buy. I long for simple bass and treble controls!! Nice and simple to operate. Same issues with the clock, have to cycle through or use remote.

    Pros: price

    Cons: small buttons

    Easy Install...Confusing Use

    PB_in_CT from Connecticut on 6/18/2012

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the unit while on sale, so the price I purchased it at makes the rating higher than I would've given it if it weren't on sale. Overall, the install was super easy, and the master sheet combined with the user manual made the install a breeze. The sound quality is great, and the HD radio is fantastic (when you can find an area that has HD neck of the woods only has two). I love the front usb and aux inputs as well, which makes it incredibly useful when you can't find the type of music on the radio that you want to listen to. The unit feels sturdy, although the buttons are extremely small, and the words above them are even smaller. It does have a couple seconds of delay when starting up, which can be an annoyance at times, but if you can get past that then this is a decent unit for a low price.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, Incredibly easy install.

    Cons: Small Buttons, Delayed startup, Time screen is not constant, Switching from station to station causes a lag on the screen readout (shows the previous channels information, then switches after a long lag).

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    Bob from NJ on 6/16/2012

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sorry I bought this.Most confusing radio I have come across. Bought it for my truck,install was easy, and so was removal a day later. I am now using this in my shop where I have the time to push all the darn buttons to get it to do what I want it to do.I do not like driving off the road while playing with the radio!

    Pros: It works.

    Cons: Everything else!

    Great value

    JWG1987 from Cheyenne, WY on 6/13/2012

    1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install. Everything needed for the install was there except for wire crimp connections, but they seem to want you to solder it together, so I can't mark down for that. Very good directions, installed wire harness easily and it snapped into factory harness. The adapter worked as designed.

    Pros: Looks great, easy install, upgrade ready to sirius or amplifiers if I decide to go that route later.

    Cons: No bluetooth for Cell phone use.

    Great Upgrade From OEM!

    Tim Backstrom from Colorado on 6/9/2012

    2009 Jeep Compass
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just finished installing the Clarion CZ401 in my 2009 Jeep Compass replacing the factory headunit, and the improvement in sound and functionality is great! I bought this radio mostly for it's built-in HD radio and playing MP3s from USB, and both of those work fantastically. Installation was also really easy with the Crutchfield provided instructions and parts.

    Pros: Great sound and functionality

    Cons: None I've found so far.

    It's going back

    DavidH from Dallas, TX on 6/8/2012

    2001 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sending back- has significant issues. Main issue- the faceplate keeps popping off! Be driving along - pop. And yes, I've made sure it was pressed in as well as it will go. It sounds worse than my 11 year old cheap factory radio. FM crackles all the time, the sound is flat and tinny, and if you happen to pick up an HD AM station, you get these loud random screetches that are so jolting that you might wreck the car. Was hoping the parametric EQ would help the sound, but no luck. So I'm getting an AUX input add-on for my original car radio and putting it back in.

    Pros: Looks nice, easy to use, you get a lot of features for the price.

    Cons: Faceplate constantly pops off, FM is crackly, scary HD AM noises, sound is flat and tinny.

    Bang for the Buck

    NAJ from Pearland, TX on 6/4/2012

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound adjust ability with this unit is immaculate and will wake up your speakers. I had a head unit that was six years old and worked fine. Now with the Clarion I can use my speakers more fully. With the ability to fine tune your own sound level I now have full range bass and don't have to turn the bass down in worry of blowing the door speakers. Great product with an outstanding price! I may buy another just to have for a future vehicle.

    Pros: Well lit Easy to read screen Easy to learn

    Cons: The buttons stay lit when the unit is off

    Good for the money

    Loxx from North Carolina on 6/3/2012

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's good for the money.

    Pros: Lots of features. Works well with iPhone.

    Cons: Cryptic to use. Not intuitive.

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    TeresaK from Bel Air MD on 6/2/2012

    1995 Chrysler New Yorker
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We are pleased with the stereo but the clock is not always on automatically. You have to press a button 4 times to get the clock to appear and if you adjust the volume or change the channel you have to cycle through to see the clock again. If I had known this I would not have purchased this stereo.

    Pros: Great sound. Blue lights are nice .

    Cons: Clock never stays on automatically.

    Amazing product

    Ted from Olney, MD on 5/29/2012

    2006 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for my 06 Ford Fusion to replace my factory radio and it is great! The quality of sound in my car jumped from crappy to amazing. Its got cool features like HD Radio, iTunes tagging and easily compatible with my iPhone 4S. It was a steal at the price and has great power output with its preamp along with its 45 watt RMS output. Highly recommended!

    Pros: Lots of features, great price and easy install.

    Cons: none

    Excellent Value for Money

    palag1 from American Samoa on 5/28/2012

    1998 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a 1998 Nissan Frontier, i live in American Samoa so i was skeptical about whether shipping would occur. It can within 1 week, sent priority mail. Installation was a breeze after i read the directions. There were some extra parts that didn't fit in my truck but overall, the product is sleek, works great and was easy to install. The bracket braces are made for every nissan which means you have to break off the ones that don't correspond to your make and model. It would have been easier if they were perforated instead i had to spend close to 30 mins sawing the extra parts off with a kitchen knife

    Pros: sleek design, good sound quality

    Cons: have to install brackets that are not perforated.

    not bad for the price.....

    dank from ohio on 5/28/2012

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice for the price, hard to navigate. Overall I like the unit, has lots of features and accessories packed into an affordable price. I wish I could shut off the HD tuner, HD sounds worse than analog and it turns on and off automatically which is annoying.

    Pros: Features and price.

    Cons: Four key strokes to see the clock, then every time you turn the car off you have to do it over again. no control over HD tuner.

    Nice, with a few "features"

    Michael M. from Tucson, AZ on 5/24/2012

    1999 Toyota Camry LE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Decent receiver, but the user interface needs some work.

    Pros: Has usb, cd, and HD radio for a low price.

    Cons: The play/pause button is tiny and hard to hit: it is one of the preset buttons and not one of the big buttons. The store demo mode (called screen saver) is on by default. I could not find anything about how to off store demo mode anywhere online. I had to call the Crutchfield help line to find out it is called the screen saver; you can find instruction on how to turn it off on page 11 of the product manual.

    I'd buy it again.

    N8 from Cornwall, PA on 5/22/2012

    2001 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a GREAT head unit for the price. Everyone that has heard the stereo is amazed how good it sounds. The only thing for me to consider is why didn't I pay the couple extra bucks to get the bluetooth model. If Bluetooth isn't an issue for you, then this model is your best option.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Price

    Cons: No Bluetooth


    SWM from LaSalle IL on 5/14/2012

    2004 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed in my girlfriends 2004 saturn vue Sounds Great. The price is amazing with the install kit and wiring harness looks like it belongs. Called tech for help and the had all my info from my phone number which was great. THANK CRUTCHFIELD. And it was a big improvment over the factory system sounds much better after installed.

    Pros: PRICE!!!!

    Cons: none

    Good looking, but reception isn't that great

    CamE from Lehi, UT on 5/14/2012

    2008 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I liked how it was so inexpensive but had a lot of options that I wanted, like HD Radio. The unit looks great and has a lot of style that I like. I have used Kenwood, Pioneer & JVC in the past, but this one actually looks nicer than most of those. My only complaint is the sound quality and reception of the radio stations (HD or non-HD) is really really poor. I installed the antenna in the back but it doesn't pick up stations really well. Other than that, I'm pleased. I used a coupon code and got the unit shipped, etc. for a great price so I can't complain.

    Pros: Great looks, style, and features for the money.

    Cons: Radio reception is crap. The controls aren't as intuitive as I like.

    mostly perfect

    Crutchfield customer from columbia, mo on 5/11/2012

    1999 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not all menu operations are intuitive but very functional



    Very nice upgrade

    JEEP JOE from Georgia on 5/9/2012

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was an upgrade from an older Clarion head unit. The install was VEY easy since i used the old wires and mount bracket. After that I was ready to play around with it. The sound is great, much better than the older Calrion. This has to be one of my favorite H/U buys of lately. I really like the IPod/ usb and the aux inputs on the front. I'm running 2 4x6 in dash and 6-1/2 in rollbars along with a rockford 600 pushing a solo 10"sub. REALLY brought the system alive. I live in the middle of a 100 acre farm and my wife hears the music while I'm on the main road about 400 yards from the house. I am impressed with this unit for being the price it is. Really glad I went with it.

    Pros: Great sound, features,and you get a great unit for low cost

    Cons: none yet, kinda hard to set the eq right. not that big of deal tho.

    Excellent value

    JPaganel from Minneapolis, MN on 5/6/2012

    This is a very nice unit for the price. It has a great feature set, good sound and is solidly built. I bought it mainly for the iPod integration. I was also looking for something that had a built in HD radio tuner because I did not want the extra cost and wiring of an add-on. A big plus in this radio is the volume knob. It is large, easy to find, and the extra functions it carries are disabled in the normal mode, so that going over a bump while turning the radio down doesn't throw you into a menu. I was also pleasantly surprised that there is a function to dim the display when the car lights are turned on. It's not as nice as having a fully functional dimmer that would follow dash illumination, but it's better than most aftermarket radios that blind you at night. The sound is excellent in any mode. The HD tuner works well. It does cut out inside parking ramps and reception can be spotty in places, but this is a function of HD technology, not the tuner itself. HD reception is either there or it's not, unlike the analog broadcasts that can still be heard with a weak signal, albeit with lower quality. The only complaint I have is some display annoyances. I like to see artist and song info, but the display defaults to station ID and you need to push a small button to switch it every time after starting the car. Same goes for the clock - it's at the end of the menu. Clock setting is also a bit counterintuitive.

    Pros: Price, sound quality, automatic dimmer, iPod support, built in HD tuner, handy volume control

    Cons: Inability to set default display, can't read Unicode tags in languages other than English, quirky menu function

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    Momo from L.A., CA on 5/3/2012

    1995 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works great! the quality of receiver is high class. had some difficulties with those buttons but i'm getting better at it. highly recommended

    Pros: value, build quailty

    Cons: ease of use (not really a con)

    Lot of bang for the buck

    shusky from springfield,va on 4/28/2012

    1989 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    outstanding unit for the money. I dont think you can do any better than this for the money. Very nice eq section, good amp power and solid iphone control. HD radio works nicely too. Sonically this is a very nice stereo, reminds me of the Alpine units i owned in the past. Highly recommended

    Pros: display, ipod control, sound,

    Cons: nested menu access

    Good for the price but nothing special

    wyo_vr4 from Tampa, FL on 4/27/2012

    1999 Lincoln Navigator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price, it's a decent unit. Sound quality is lacking but for the price, I wasn't expecting great things. It takes a long time to start playing a CD. HD Radio is OK, slightly better than FM, but poor reception can lead to a weird sound defect, which kind of reminds me of when a record skips. The free installation gear and Crutchfield support was great, as usual. If you are looking for a solid budget receiver, this will fit the bill. Just do not expect anything approaching greatness. I like the I/O options but my Navigator's factory Alpine stereo actually sounded better.

    Pros: Easy install, compatibility with factory components (sub, in my case), build quality, input/output options, big volume knob.

    Cons: Sound quality, user interface, HD radio, slow CD start-up, small buttons.

    great stereo for the price

    Brooke from MN on 4/20/2012

    2007 Chevrolet Aveo5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this stereo to upgrade my Chevy Aveo from its factory stereo. The installation was not quite as simple as promised and it was a bit confusing going between 3 different instruction sheets. But the stereo fit perfectly and the sound is a huge improvement over the factory install. I love having an AUX and a USB connection available on the front. Not having an iPod is a disadvantage though with the USB connection. It only plays tracks in order or shuffle all. I have not found any way to play shuffing in a single artist, playlist or genre. The HD radio works great in my experience. The connection is quick and clear. The display is fairly well organized and easy to use. The small buttons do not bother me, they really aren't that small. The remote is handy as well.

    Pros: Great sound for the money, even without upgrading speakers. Easily accessible AUX and USB ports. Easy set up for settings.

    Cons: Limited compatibility with non iPhones for USB connection. Installation requires cross referencing 3 or 4 instruction manuals.

    Good value

    Crutchfield customer from Columbus, OH on 4/19/2012

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Took a bit to get settings set. Looks good when installed.

    Pros: Good sound. but that is also due to better speakers installed with radio.

    Cons: When the radio is powered off, the time/clock is not displayed. The clock is only visible when the radio is on and selected. Unable to sort/group songs on USB stick Buttons don't work all the time.

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    Skeeter from mississippi on 4/16/2012

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio very easy to install !!!!!!!!!

    Pros: Sounds great

    Cons: nothing

    Great sounds

    Steve from San Jose CA. on 4/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Anything better would cost alot more money. Great sounds for the price.Crutchfield customer since the early 1980's.

    Pros: The buttons are well laid out for my application. USB connection in front. Sound quality.

    Cons: My other cars already have Clarion units.

    Best Sounding Stereo

    HAWKFAN49 from Davis Junction, IL on 4/8/2012

    2000 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, I have never heard a better sounding unit. The functions/controls are well laid out and easy to use.

    Pros: Great sound and easy to use. By far, the best sounding easy-to-use stereo I have ever purchased in my lifetime.

    Cons: Only one; when the radio is powered off, the time/clock is not displayed - even when the car is running. The clock is only visible/operable when the radio is on.


    Kmratliff29 from Cincinnati on 4/5/2012

    1999 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Cannot beat it especially for the price.

    Pros: Cool looking. Clean sound. Has all the new technology features.



    cjs from arlington va on 4/4/2012

    2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was easy--instructions were good. Sound is excellent and basic controls intuitive.

    Pros: Price, sound quality

    Cons: none


    jsak from beaufort sc on 4/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing best for price available!

    Pros: Awsome everything about it!

    Cons: Lpf and hpf could have a few more settings as well as the crossover frequencys thats it though.

    Very Nice Receiver

    Sean M. from Oklahoma City, Ok on 4/2/2012

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The CZ401 has proven to be a great receiver for the money. It's very easy to use and navigate, although the Ipod control is a little drawn out since you have to scroll through all menu and list options, but I just navigate the actual Ipod so it's no big problem for me. Sound quality is very good; very clean looking in my dash. Install with the supplied guides and equipment from Crutchfield was a breeze, awesome free stuff with the purchase. I don't use HD radio so I can't comment on that, but all the other features I have been very pleased with so far. I have read on some of the lower rated reviews that the HD and satellite don't work well, and some say the FM doesn't get great reception but I don't use any of these myself. So if you're like me and only use an MP3 player with the AUX input or CDs, I think you will be very happy with this deck. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase, especially at the price.

    Pros: Really easy to use; looks great if you like a simple, clean set-up; great expandability features for future add-ons such as amps or subs.

    Cons: Would be nice for the clock to stay on when you want it to, but between my car's clock and my phone, not a big deal to me. No other cons I have found.

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    Big Jim from ELA from ELA, Ca. on 4/2/2012

    2001 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value and easy installation



    nice for the price

    Clarion CZ401 from bay area, Ca on 3/31/2012

    1998 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very decent deck for the price. comes with everything you need. HD radio reception a little spotty. USB and AUX connections work great and with the install kit, installation was clean and easy. Only complaint is the clock/time does not show on the screen, only after pushing six/seven buttons.

    Pros: price, free install kit, sound options, front USB, front AUX, remote

    Cons: Clock is hidden, display has high gloss so you can't see it when the sun shines


    BEN BLESSED from Knoxville TN. on 3/31/2012

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed the cz401 in my 1999 dodge ram yesterday WOW!!! for the great price from Crutchfield and installation gear with can with the unit made my life easy and saved at me over 75.00 dollars that what iam talking about great product great price and great service i called for tech help and it was great also HAPPY IN TENNESSEE!!!


    Cons: NONE SO FAR

    Takes getting used to

    Ed in Lugoff from Lugoff SC on 3/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had to ask my college age son for help in replacing the radio in my 1975 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. He immediately sat at his laptop and went to Crutchfield's website. They offered several choices. I chose this clarion Z401 because of the lower price and freebies that came with it.. Local stores charged extra for the harness, antenna adapter, etc, I had to go to a local car audio shop for installation help and it took that whiz kid about 40 minutes to remove the original factory radio and install this new Clarion Z401. He charged me $78 and I was glad to pay it and get it done right the first time. I am pleased and would recommend this unit to someone like myself that doesn't want anything complicated while driving.

    Pros: Low cost and freebies. USB connection is very handy With just the original Dodge Dakota speakers this Clarion Z401 sounds so much stronger and better quality sound that the original factory audio unit.

    Cons: Being 65 years old, the buttons are small for my fingers and take getting used to, but I am setting my favorite channels in the memory and that makes it much easier that the scan or seek buttons. Those are kind of a hassle while you're driving.

    Great bang for the buck!

    TimB from Los Angeles, CA on 3/28/2012

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with this receiver, especially for the price.

    Pros: Lot of tuning features to get the perfect sound. Powers my aftermarket speakers perfectly.

    Cons: Boring display but I don't really care about that.


    JoeD from Phoenix, AZ on 3/25/2012

    I purchased the Clarion CX501 for our other car and love it. Unfortunately, the CX501 wouldn't fit in our minivan so I went with the CZ401. I found this unit to be cumbersome to operate. The Sirius satellite radio had trouble from day one and after several months and calls to customer service, it was determined that the unit needed a firmware upgrade. So far after the upgrade, the Sirius works fine. Overall, I just wish I had gone with a different unit.



    Nice Unit!

    Mark N from Pottstown, PA on 3/24/2012

    2006 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really nice unit for the money. It took me about one hour to read through the directions and solder all the the wires to connect the included Subaru harness to the Clarion harness. Following that, it took me a little less than one hour to install the unit in a 2006 Subaru Forester. Very straightforward and easy to follow instructions. Looks great / sounds great!

    Pros: Price, quality, ease of installation, HD FM is really nice, and Ipod sounds terrific using USB cable.

    Cons: None

    You get what you pay for!

    Matt from Kansas City on 3/22/2012

    The USB reader and CD player both work well. The radio reception is HORRIBLE. I live in Kansas City, not out in the country, and this is the worst reception of any car stereo I have heard. I have yet to find an AM station that has clear reception. KCSP 610 Sports talk is a full time 5K megawatt AM station with listeners in MO, KS, AR, OK, NB, and IA. This radio can't pick it up clearly just 30 miles away from the tower. FM stations are an issue also. On an 18 mile commute to work there several areas that get horrible reception, (435 between 23 and I-70, right next to Arrowhead). All throughout the city reception is poor, but these 2 areas are the worst. - HD Sub Channel: You lose the station completely. - Analog only station: Static and poor reception. - Analog/HD station: You can't manually set the radio to only use the analog signal, and there there is a delay between the two signals. As the reception is crap, the radio bounces back and forth between the analog and HD, which jumps you back and forth a split second between the broadcast. Several reviews on here talk about the "echo", this is what they are referring to. I installed the signal booster from here, and there was no improvement.

    Pros: Price is great. No other USB/CD/HD at this price. Easy to install with Crutchfield instructions. Took me around 30 minutes including soldering the hareness wires. Easy to slide out of the dash, which makes it easy to monkey around with antenna trying to get a better signal.

    Cons: Radio reception is HORRIBLE. Can't set default display. If you want the clock you have to hit the display button 4 times. If you change the station or the volume it goes back to default. When you go to lunch with co-workers they will make fun of you because your radio sucks. They will steal your remote and try to see how many channels don't work and laugh at you because they have problems receiving them in their cars.

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    BIGJim223 from Cooperstown, NY on 3/19/2012

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced another Clarion HU (DZ series) with this one for better Ipod integration. Was hoping for a plug and play swap and it worked out perfectly! Same plug, same dash kit. Pull the old one out and push the new one in! Having to use the remote to set various functions is distracting, the old HU did it all from the faceplate, but not a deal killer. Sound wise, the highs seem a little scratchy to me compared to the old unit, still playing with EQ adjustments trying to sort it out. Crutchfield once again was great with their customer support and fast delivery!

    Pros: Matched right up with my old Clarion wire harness and dash adapter.

    Cons: Treble seems a little "scratchy" to my ears. Buttons are a bit small for my big fingers.

    Powerful stereo

    Angelina from Chandler, AZ on 3/9/2012

    2004 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the sound that comes out of this little stereo- not too difficult to figure out the options but the buttons are small- otherwise I love it!



    Great features for the money

    AR from Atlanta, GA on 3/8/2012

    1996 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the Bose headunit in my 1996 Maxima with this, and I have been extremely pleased, especially since my old headunit did not work 97% of the time. It's amazing what you can get for your money when you buy aftermarket and do the installation yourself. I had to use a factory amp adapter because of my premium factory sound system, but it really wasn't too hard to install. I am overall quite pleased with the sound quality coming out of the Bose speakers/amps. I love being able to have a direct connection to my Ipod and have it get charged to boot. The HD radio is nice for those occasions when I want to listen to the radio. Crutchfield support was quite good, though I wish I had checked around on the internet a little more before deciding on which adapter to use, as a I found probably a better and cheaper option after I had already installed the unit. This unit has everything I need for a decent price and I really couldn't be happier.

    Pros: HD radio, good sound, Ipod connection

    Cons: None for me, but I'm not that picky and my old unit barely worked at all--so this was a huge upgrade.

    You can't ask for more for $120

    magothybob from Pasadena, MD on 3/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For $120 bucks you can't get a stereo with more features. I loaded a 2Gb USB stick with mp3's and now I have almost 300 songs on a single medium. With no moving parts to skip I can drive my Jeep Wrangler anywhere and the music stays solid. The system lacks bass but I fixed that with an amplified bass tube. I really wasn't expecting 14 watts per channel to punch much on the low end.

    Pros: Plays any type media you throw at it. Does a lot for such a low price.

    Cons: When adjusting volume the clock goes away. The display reverts back to filename, song number, and time song has been playing. You have to push the display button a couple of times to get the clock back. Buttons are very tiny remote is definately needed.

    Nice once installed correctly.

    MG from Chicago on 3/1/2012

    2000 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit. No real drawbacks except that when i first installed it the reception was horrible. It took a call into tech support to tell me connect the blue power antenna wires even though my Altima doesn't one.

    Pros: Quality build

    Cons: Better installation guide

    Decent for the price!

    Jon from Hickory, NC on 2/13/2012

    2007 Ford Five Hundred
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Clarion CZ401 is a decent stereo, especially for the price. I'm glad I didn't pay the list price for it, but for what I paid and the Crutchfield extras it is a really decent deal. Installed in a Ford Five-Hundred with the standard Ford factory stereo & speakers, so for what the car has it has a decent sound, and better than the stock Ford stereo. Fairly easy to use, fit well and works good. Installation in this vehicle was also breeze with the Crutchfield supplied guide and products. The front face is detachable and contains the USB drive and also the Aux port. USB works good, except as noted below.

    Pros: Great price, decent sound, decent lighting and somewhat intuitive controls.

    Cons: Biggest problem is the fact that with USB devices, the random function is random across all folders on the device. So if you have several different types of music, they all get lumped together. Kinda defeats the point of having folders. You also have to turn off the default display ad scroll...which is annoying as it should come turned off. The buttons are really too small for adjusting easily, you really should stop the vehicle to do any major changes to the sound.


    john D from northville, NY on 2/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    buttons are too small, which is common for all aftermarket radios!

    Pros: HD radio

    Cons: blue color is not the color of the factory installed lights all around it. controls like fade and treble/bass should easier to access, especially while driving!

    OK but has problems

    John from Northglenn, CO on 2/3/2012

    1996 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It sounds good...

    Pros: USB port reads very large thumb drives. I have a 32GB MicroSD card in a small USB reader & it works great.

    Cons: The radio doesn't work all that well. It's unable to receive the same FM stations that the old radio could with the same antenna. Poor HD reception too. No AM reception at all!!

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    jsp from greenville sc on 2/2/2012

    1998 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    awesome stereo with hd tuner love it sound is awesome a little hard to navigate for an old dog

    Pros: installation very easy with the help from Crutchfield's instructions

    Cons: dont have one

    Very Pleased!

    Jeff from San Ramon, CA on 1/29/2012

    1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased with the quality and specs for the price! Front AUX and USB is a great feature, easy to use and navigate selections. The buttons are large and clear, easy to get used to controlling. The radio reception is very good, much better than other stereos I have purchased in the past. Sound and volume control is decent, still waiting to upgrade all the speakers and install separate amp. Would recommend.

    Pros: Easy to read display, front AUX and USB, multi-amp expandable.

    Cons: non so far

    Love it

    totty from Wichita KS on 1/22/2012

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the stereo. Yes it is a little difficult to navigate but other than that, it's a great stereo. Crutchfield did an amazing job with answering all my question. Best customer service I have ever dealt with. Thank you Crutchfield!!!

    Pros: Looks really cool and sounds great. Has some pretty cool features for a single deck receiver.

    Cons: Difficult to navigate. The "how to use your MP3 player" instructions are not very clear and don't really explain how to use it. Still trying to figure it out lol.

    Previous review supplement

    Omar from Tampa, FL on 1/18/2012

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm updating my previous review to reflect some newly discovered settings not described in detail in the user manual. This setting corrects the lack of bass problem I encountered with this unit. To get the bass back... 1. Press the "Sound" button on the front panel, then 2. Press the "left or right double arrows" until the display shows "M-BEX" 3. Now move the volume control left or right until "M-BEX" is ON. What is M-BEX? Well the user manual for the CZ401 makes no mention of it, but Crutchfield does for another Clarion model. M-BEX (Magna Bass Extend): The M-BEX function emphasizes the deep bass frequencies to provide you with a dynamic sound. This circuit boosts bass at an ultra-low frequency of about 50Hz, creating a rich, deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness control. The amount of boost is dependent upon the system volume. To get the sound stage to match the newly acquired rich bass sound, you should also set the sound effect to "EXCITE" Doing so will make the highs come alive and increase the sound field space. To set it 1. Press the "Sound" button, 2. Rotate the volume control until the display shows "EXCITE" 3. Then press the center volume button to confirm your selection. Countless hours of testing different sound setting combinations, what I describe above seems to produce the best sound. I left all the levels for the eq, & sound processing adjustments at "0". This produces the lowest sound distortion.

    Pros: * There is a MUTE, and SCAN button but it is located only on the REMOTE CONTROL.

    Cons: The User Manual is useless.

    Lots of features but...

    Omar from Tampa, FL on 1/13/2012

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my stock Pioneer unit in my Scion xB after the CD player died with the Clarion CZ401. The price was right and it came packed with lots of features. My idea was to replace the stock unit with a more modern unit that has built in HD radio and other features. This unit definitely delivers on those needs. I like the fact that it has a volume control knob instead of the irritating up & down push switches. Installation was a breeze with the aid of Crutchfield's dash kit, wiring harness connector adapter, and how-to instructions. The display dims when you turn the parking lights on, but the blue back lights stay on at full brightness drawing much attention to itself. Setting up the unit was easy once you read the manual, but the manual is lacking with explanations. In HD radio section it mentions PTY and SUB and in the Audio setup section it also mentions M-BEX but it fails to describe what each does. I figured out that BAS-G/MID-G/TRE-G refers to the (G)ain adjust for each +/-7, BAS-F/MID-F/TRE-F is the (F)requency, BAS-Q/MID-QG/TRE-Q is the (Q)-factor for each frequency. I also found other features in the HD radio sub section within the unit but the manual makes no mention of those features. The unit comes from the factory with a demo mode turned on. There is no mention how to get the unit out of this mode, finally by turning OFF the screen saver the demo feature stopped. Audio quality lacks bass response. Overall a great unit with some shortcomings.

    Pros: Lots of features such as: HD radio, front auxiliary input jack, front USB jack, the CD plays MP3, and WMA files so you can fit more music on each disk, seamless interfaces with iPod, iPhone, 3-band eq, Sattelite radio ready with optional interface and subscription, and lots more features. Includes a remote control for use by the back seat drivers. 4 RCA pre-amp outputs, 2 RCA sub-woofer outputs, Sirus tuner input.

    Cons: The sound quality using the stock speakers is very disappointing. This unit lacks good bass response like the stock unit had. The sound it produces is mostly mid highs but with absolutely no bass. Missing is also the scan feature, and a mute button the stock radio had. The unit has features not covered or mentioned in the Owners Manual relating to HD radio. Some radio stations don't come in very clear and with some static unlike the stock radio that had no problems getting them.


    wilder88 from Westbrook, ME on 7/17/2011

    This HU is amazing, after hooking it all up in my 2002 Chevy Trailblazer I was listening to stations I never knew I could get. The ability of this HU has me amazed. The sound quality is very good and even with all the features it is still very simple to use. Although I had to file out my trimming a little bit to get the side plate on the HU, I still would recommend this to any one. Crutchfield was very helpful as well, I ran into a snag installing it myself and called up the 1-800 number for some help. After a short wait they helped me and I was rocking out to tunes. Now I just got to figure out how many new stations are out there, thank you Clarion for showing me what I was missing.



    Excellent Receiver

    Tim from Glen Burnie, MD on 6/29/2011

    1999 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This CD Reciever is exactly what I was looking for. The original radio in my 1999 Ford Expedition had gone up and this one replaced it with no problems. With the Crutchfield instructions and installation kits & wiring harness, it was very simple to install. Crutchfield makes it very easy for a novice like myself to install, with the one stop shopping. I even installed the optional Syrius satelite radio with no problem at all. My only real complaint with the radio itself is the clock display. You have to push a button to make the time appear, I havent read the user manual as of yet to see if you can change this setting, but it should be a default, and not something you should have to read in order to fix it.



    Clarion Radio

    David from Fort Mill SC on 4/11/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Radio installed easy and works well but the "User Instructions" are almost worthless



    Clarion CZ401

    Kevin from Torrance CA on 3/15/2011

    1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seems like a good unit. It works and sounds good. I have two complaints in that it is a bit hard to move through the levels to set up the sound quality i want and i can not get it to stop adverstising all of its features to me when i want to know what is playing on the radio and what station i am on. I hope to find how to do this in the owner's manual, but have not done so yet. The remote is great and I use it all the time as the car i installed it on is older with out steering wheel controls.



    Not too bad not too great

    Dan from WI on 3/12/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed for a couple weeks now... like other review, fader adjustment is far too course. Sound clarity is good. The lp filter does work. It is your crossover setting for sub outs. One thing I do not like is that it seems the sub out is not affected by eq settings so if you need to tweak any frequencies being sent to your sub amp.... you have nothing. I am hoping the work around will be to use the rear speaker outputs to drive the sub amp and cross it over right on the amp. At least then it can be eq'd a bit. Its still an ok unit but they could have done better.



    So So CZ

    Pierce from Gaithersburg, MD on 2/19/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been a bit disappointed by my new CZ401. There are several nits. The adjustment for Fader and Balance controls are too course. When the Balance is set to "Center" it is a bit biased to the right. When the Balance is set 1 click "Left" it is a bit biased to the left. The same is true for the Fader control front to rear. You just can't get it quite right. The aqua blue of the 2 line display is quite nice. And it dims nicely with the lights on. But the brilliant blue of the rest of the panel is overpowering. It is too bright and does not dim. A bit distracting at night. The HPF works fine. But I cannot determine any difference at all with the LPF. A really nice feature my last (Pioneer) radio had was a LPF that worked only on the back speakers. So, without being able to properly balance the sound (via Balance and Fader) and not having the control over the quality of sound I am a bit disappointed. The HD Radio is great. I like the extra stations. And everything comes in quite clear. But the sound is not as rich as I had hoped for. On the HD Radio stations or CDs.




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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback ---

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A hard plastic face-case is provide to protect the detachable face when removed. A face-fixing clip is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    H.M.I. Design: Clarion's superior H.M.I. (Human-Machine Interface) Design features an easy-to-use rotary volume control and easy-to-read illuminated buttons on the face which are laid out in an asymmetrical design to place the most used features within a specific area for ease of use and less user distraction.

    High Visibility LCD: The two-line, high visibility LCD (with black background and white characters) on the CZ401 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.

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

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

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CZ401 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 CZ401 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 CZ401 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 45 watts x 4 channels (180 watts total)

    BeatEQ: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Bass Boost, Impact, and Excite), Clarion's BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern. You can tune the sound to your liking, depending on the category of music, for a more fulfilling listening experience.

    • Bass Boost: Bass is emphasized +/-3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized +/-3.
    • Excite: Bass, midrange, and treble are emphasized +/-3.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently +/-7.
      • Bass: You can set the effected bass frequency to 50Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
      • Midrange: You can set the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1.0kHz, or 2.0kHz and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
      • Treble: The effected treble frequency can be set to 5kHz, 10kHz, or 15kHz, and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
    • Off (Flat): Bass, midrange, and treble are set to 0.

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

    6ch/4V RCA Output: The Clarion CZ401 features 6ch/4V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (+/-6) and phase adjustment (normal/reverse).

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion CZ401 is equipped with built-in low-pass and high-pass crossovers.

    • Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: The Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low frequency range through the preamp outputs to ensure superb performance with a connected subwoofer. The low-pass filter can be set to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range).
    • High-Pass Filter: The CZ401 features a High-Pass Filter (HPF) for the unit's front & rear channels, via speaker-output or preamp-output. You can adjust the high-pass filter from 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range). The HPF prevents low bass notes from distorting your front & rear speakers. The high-pass filter setting effects both the front & rear channels of the headunit.

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

    Radio Functions

    HD Radio: The Clarion CZ401's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio technology offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well. 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 ( No subscription fees required.

    Station Text: The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the Clarion in-dash unit.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Preset Stations: The Clarion CZ401offers 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

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

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • Sirius Satellite Radio: To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 Sirius Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) directly to the headunit's Sirius direct connection (no proprietary interface required). You can also connect the Sirius dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1) along with a compatible portable Sirius radio (all sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius Satellite Radio receiver can also be connected to the headunit via the front-panel auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The unit can play MP3 (8-320 kbps/VBR) and WMA (8-320 kbps) files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Joliet, Romeo, or Apple ISO formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels and 999 files per folder, with a maximum of 3,000 total files per USB device. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 and WMA ID3 tags up to 32 characters.

    Disc-In-Play-Function: This feature allows you to turn the power to the unit "on" and start playing the disc automatically when the disc is inserted even if the unit is not powered up, as long as the ignition key is turned to the "on" or "acc" position.

    Top Function: The Top Function resets the CD player to the first track of a CD-Audio disc or first track of a folder for an CD-R/RW disc.

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

    Playback Functions: The CZ401 provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.

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

    Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit while a disc is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping point when it is turned on again.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect and play USB (1.1/2.0) Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA files. MP3 and WMA files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and formatted with FAT are supported. The headunit can recognize up to 999 files per folder and 3,000 total files. Titles up to 64 characters can be displayed while in USB mode. The CZ401 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. This unit will also charge you connected USB device when the receiver is turned on.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Clarion CZ401 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone to the headunit's front-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. This headunit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod/iPhone.

    • 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 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Clarion headunit supports audio playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone. iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the CZ401 to an external universal monitor with RCA video input and connecting a compatible iPod/iPhone via the optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748, sold separately).
    • Music Navigation: The headunit lets you search music for playback from your iPod/iPhone by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can then search each category alphabetically. You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod/iPhone: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, and Random. In addition, you can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. 
    • Information Display: The headunit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Label.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iTunes Tagging: iTunes Tagging allows you to "tag" songs heard on the unit's built-in HD Radio tuner. Tagging saves the song's title and metadata to a 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.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CZ401 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The CZ401 feature a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this headunit. You can set the Auxiliary input sensitivity level to Low, Mid, or High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The CZ401 is compatible with Clarion's BLT370 Bluetooth system (020BLT370, sold separately) via its front panel 3.5mm stereo minijack input. The BLT370 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth cellular phone and wireless streaming audio from any Bluetooth compatible portable audio device. The CZ401 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Wireless Remote: The CZ401 comes supplied with the RCX001 infrared wireless remote control for wireless operation of the CD player. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium Cell 3-volt battery.

    Steering Wheel 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 an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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