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Clarion CZ509

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About the Clarion CZ509

Today's drivers expect more from a car stereo than music and news. Clarion built Bluetooth® connectivity into their CZ509 CD receiver, so you can drive safely while you stay plugged into the outside world.

Today's drivers expect more from a car stereo than music and news. Clarion built Bluetooth® connectivity into their CZ509 CD receiver, so you can drive safely while you stay plugged into the outside world.

Hands-free phone calls with Bluetooth
Get in your car, and your compatible phone synchs up automatically with the CZ509. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music, allowing you to speak through the included visor-mount microphone and carry on the conversation over your car's speakers. Plus, you can stream music wirelessly from your phone straight into the Clarion — no adapter needed.

iPod® control and more
Plug your iPod into the receiver's rear USB input, and you'll be able to use the receiver's controls to run your iPod, as well as view song titles on its 10-character, 2-line display. The BBE MP audio enhancement feature adds life to your music files by restoring frequencies lost during compression.

You'll also find an auxiliary input on the front panel that'll accept audio from a satellite radio, MP3 player, or any other portable. In addition, the CZ509 works with a Clarion satellite radio tuner or CD changer.

Excellent sound
Go ahead and turn up the built-in amplifier — it'll give you plenty of clean power. You can use the 3-band equalizer to customize the three EQ presets — a great feature if you listen to a wide variety of music. If you're looking for maximum sound quality, three sets of preamp outputs make it easy to add outboard amplifiers, and you can use the subwoofer volume control for fingertip bass adjustments. Adjust the built-in high- and low-pass filters to get maximum efficiency from your speaker system.

Convenience is key
You can also add an adapter that enables your vehicle's steering wheel audio controls to run the CZ509. Clarion includes a wireless remote so your passengers can change entertainment while you concentrate on the road ahead.

iPod 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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with 2-line, 10-character LCD display
    • built-in Bluetooth receiver for hands-free phone calls and music streaming
    • built-in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but you'll need an extra iPod cable to connect to the rear USB input
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Beat EQ (3-band EQ and 3 adjustable tone settings)
    • selectable high-pass (speaker, preamp outputs) and low-pass (preamp outputs) filters
    • BBE MP feature adds life to compressed music
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: rear USB input, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, sub)
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    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • Face case
    • Microphone with attached 9.5' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • Large visor clip
    • Small visor clip
    • Self-adhesive mounting bracket
    • RCB-176 IR wireless remote
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
    • Face fixing clip
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet

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    Awesome unit!!!

    Matthew from Excelsior Springs, MO on 3/6/2010

    2000 Chevrolet K Series

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    Excellent unit if you are concerned with bluetooth connectivity and IPOD controls. I recieve calls and don't even have to touch a button, with the external mic. everyone else can hear you loud and clear. With my Ipod touch I just simply plug it into the USB and put it in my gloove box to hide and recharge, control everything from the head unit.

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    Great Head Unit - Lots of Features

    Franklin from Atlanta, GA on 2/4/2010

    2000 Toyota Camry

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    I bought this unit because it had bluetooth A2DP audio streaming and it has surpassed my expectations. Once you get the hang of the menu navigation, this unit is a pleasure to use. I have a palm pre connected bluetooth playing pandora with an iPod touch in the glovebox connected USB. The iPod controls are pretty good as well. Crutchfield supplied me with all the documentation and parts needed for an easy installation. Highly recommended.

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    User interface is not intuitive

    Michael from Chicago on 12/9/2009

    2001 Honda CRV

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    I WANT to like this radio better, but I just don't. I've given it 3 months. It took me 2 months to feel comfortable with the user interface. It sounds good and has all of the functionality I was looking for, but as others have alluded to, the user interface is so poor that I cannot justify more than 3 stars. A 10 year old could have created more intuitive controls than Clarion did (and also written a better user manual). Not only are the controls clunky and not intuitive, but they are not consistent from the radio to the remote. For example, the ">>|" button on the radio itself has different functionality than the ">>|" button on the remote. Also, the AM band gets poor reception (some stations constantly have a high-pitched tone). Once you get it set up to your liking, the radio itself works OK (except for AM). It sounds good, the Bluetooth works with my BlackBerry (although I can't figure out how to sync my address book properly), the XM mini tuner add-on sounds good, and my Zune also sounds great using the Aux input. The only other complaint I have is that when Bluetooth connects automatically, it changes the input to Bluetooth, interrupting what you're listening to. No biggie, but other car stereos I have used don't do this. One feature I like a lot is the "ISR" (Instant Station Recall), which allows you to change to a specified station by pressing one button regardless of what input you're currently on. Comes in handy when switching to Traffic on the 8s.

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    Kinda dissappointing for a Clarion.

    Robby from Chicago, IL on 12/6/2009

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    First of all, I 100% agree with the review by Anoka MN on Friday, October 09, 2009. This unit (CZ509) is absolutely ridiculous as far as the menus AND more importantly, the placement of the controls. To navigate to the next track you literally have to take your eyes off the road. I've had this unit for nearly 6 months now! I would use the remote more often, but there is no function on the remote to change folders. You can't even have the time on the display while displaying the song title. Or, if you're in Random or Repeat mode, the only way you know it the next time you get in your car is if you remember it. There's nothing in the display that says you're playing in shuffle or random mode. I guess those are my only cons, but for me are very important. Ease of use. The features are all excellent! Once again Clarion has given us exactly what it promised. Great amp power and great general sound through the factory speakers. I've used three phones on this stereo and they all connect silently. This is a quality made product. I just feel that Clarion skimped on the easiest of the features: ease of use. I would have given this product a 3.5 if I could have, but being comfortable and ease of use are almost as important and quality; especially when you're driving on the road. As usual Crutchfield gave me remarkable service. I trust Crutchfield online ordering as much as I would trust walking into a department store and making my purchase. Really.

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    Gerry from Tennessee on 11/4/2009

    1995 Chevrolet S10

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    I am not going to pretend that I am a great audio buff. What I am is a regular guy who enjoys good sound from his music while traveling. The CZ509 does just that! This has got to be the best sound receiver I have ever had. The many optoins the receiver gives allows the listener to tweek his (or her) stereo to sound the way they enjoy listening to their music. Being 53 y.o. now I am not really into the "LOUD" BOOMING that most kids enjoy today. (But I remember those days when I was young and I had to have a loud one) But I can tell you that this system can bring that to their audio sytem. What I enjoy, (and always have) is hearing the COMPLETE sound of the recording, from the highest high, to the lowest low. From the sound of the symbles to the deep bass and with clarity. There are a few things to get around with system, you need to read the manual to get the most out of it. But if your like me and truly want to hear your music like you never have before, then for me it is worth the effort and time it will take to get what you want. For me if you are going to spend this kind of money you should want to know everything it can do, take the time and read the manual I assure you, you will be glad you did.

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    bobby from Valdez Ak 99686 on 10/23/2009

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    AWESOME ..... Simple put customer service top notch.... So far the stereo is good too

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    The good, the bad, and the ugly truth.

    Crutchfield customer from Anoka MN on 10/9/2009

    2004 Ford F-350

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    First let me say that ordering from Cruchfield was the best decision I made. All of the right parts for the install were included with great directions, I even made a call to tech support at 9 pm and they answered my questions right away. Here is my opinion on the Clarion CZ509; I would not buy this stereo again. I like all of the features the CZ509 has, rear USB, 6 channel presets on the front panel, etc, that's why I bought it. However I truly cannot stand the navigation of the menus. The way you have to go through all the sub menus and settings to get to what you looking for is frustrating and over complicated. I challenge anyone to set a custom eq setting on this stereo. The display is poor. I don't like the fact that you cannot see the clock when the ipod is connected and you want to see the song titles. Its either song titles or clock, not both. Very bad on that one. I do like the pause button feature but all the buttons are small and hard to read. Another big negative for me is the balance/fader should be easier to find. I like to move the sound to the front when my kids are in the back seat but I will not even attempt to find those controls while driving. The bluetooth does not work with my phone, I should have checked first but I would have thought a major brand name phone with a major carrier would be a no brainer. My overall rating is still 3 stars because it was such an improvement in sound and features of my stock stereo.

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    Sounds great, works with iPhone 3GS

    ScottW from NW Washington on 10/5/2009

    2002 Toyota 4Runner

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    Installed in 2002 4runner for use with iPhone 3GS running OS 3.1 Pros: Great sound with stock Toyota 6-speaker system. Once paired and set for auto-connect, Bluetooth supports music streaming and hands-free calls from iPhone. Whether connected via BT or USB, music is automatically muted in favor of hands-free phone operation, then resumed when call ends. Music from iPhone is excellent via USB or BT, and no dropouts or distortion on BT. Calls can be answered/ended via cz509 front panel or iPhone. Charges iphone via USB. External mic works well. Has preset buttons! Rear USB connection makes for "cleaner" installation. Cons: Had to trim/file dash trim by 1/32" above radio to allow flip-down face to work. First-time BT pairing is complex and incorrectly documented in poorly translated manual. NOT fully compatible with iPhone, causing "Device not made for iphone...turn on airplane mode" warning everytime you connect to USB (annoying, but everything works fine after dismissing the warning, plus you won't see it if always using BT instead of USB). Overall, settings/adjustments could be more friendly -- but this is mainly a first-time setup issue, and an issue common to most multi-function head units. Crutchfield, as usual, was completely reliable and delivered everything needed quickly and complete.

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    Great service, good price, decent radio

    Crutchfield customer from Ohio on 10/2/2009

    2004 Saturn VUE

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    I recently installed this in our 2004 saturn Vue. Crutchfield customer/tech support was awesome. I would never NOT buy something from here. The install was very easy with the instructions given from CRUTCHFIELD. The instructions for installing this radio (from Clarion) were horrible ENGRISH and took a lot of head scratching. (tip for the novice like me... the 2 yellow wires must BOTH have power. I connected them together and then to the yellow wire on the harness) Same goes for the instructions for use. I haven't even explored ALL of the features yet only cause I fear the 30-45 minutes it's going to take for me to figure out a function. Once learned though, navigation is pretty simple. My biggest gripe is that my Verizon cell phone (Voyager Titanium, LG VX10000s) will not auto-pair with this unit. It will pair, but it takes a few minutes and a lot of button pressing. However, when I exit the vehicle and get back in, no auto pairing is done. Yes, auto pair is turned on on the phone. Yes, Auto-con is turned on on the HU. In fact, another phone auto-paired just fine when tested. Verizon blames their software and their lockdown of OBEX on certain phones. This explaination from them is the main reason I did not return the HU for a different one... thinking just about any HU will behave the same way. For the price, it's worth it. If it were any more costly, I would have probably gone with the Kenwood KDC-MP342U and bluetooth unit for that.

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    CZ509 w/bluetooth

    Michael from Kingsport. TN on 9/13/2009

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    I installed this deck in my 08 Tundra Double Cab. It took about an 1.5 hours. The step by step instructions you guys sent made it a breeze. What took so long was soldering the stereo harness to the adapter harness. The installation kit looks great! I bought this deck mainly for the bluetooth and it works great with my LG Chocolate 3. I have the auto connect feature turned on and when I get in my truck you can see the bluetooth icon come up on the display letting you know you're connected with no interruption to whatever you're listening to. I had to call tech support to get help linking my phone to the stereo and they were great! Thanks!

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    Very Nice!

    D from Detroit, MI on 9/11/2009

    2002 Ford Mustang

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    I am thouroughly enjoying this radio. I was envious of my wife who has SYNC in her new car. This stereo allows me almost the same freedom with my iPhone that I have in her car. The bluetooth syncs up easily, set up took a little while and the instruction manual is not the easiest to read, but a little patience was well worth it in the end. I have the option of using USB and charging the iPhone, or I can just use the bluetooth stereo connection. It does not do voice dialing, (i.e. pushing a button and saying call "home"), but I have that capability on my phone. Also it is minorly annoying that if you set up auto sync between your phone and stereo it will automatically switch to bluetooth when the conneciton is made. A few times it caught me off guard because it takes about 20 seconds for the link up and in the meantime I would be listening to the radio. However, the pluses far outweigh these minuses....great sound. Easy to receive calls using bluetooth - lowers the radio for incoming call. People I talk to say I sound great. Remote works well. Option to control the music using my iPhone was a must for me - I just use the iPhone like I would a remote. Further, being relatively novice at installing radios, I had a few noob questions for the help line. The guy knew EXACTLY what I was talking about and had me straight in not more than 5 minutes. VERY HELPFUL!!!

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    Worth every penny!!

    harconnen from Paramus, NJ on 7/10/2009

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    I installed this deck on my 1994 Mercedes SL500 about a week ago and I totally love this deck. The Installation was straight forward and fairly easy. The sound quality is great and awesome it almost feels like I am in the hifi listening room when I am in my car with music on. I know, I know, I am little exaggerated about mentioning hifi listening room but the sound is really good. The Bluetooth phone works fine with my iPhone. I have no complaints about phonebook not syncing with my iPhone contacts because I already read other reviews mentioning that the phonebook does not sync with iPhone before I made the purchase. I believe it is easily to initiate a call using contacts in my iPhone. The CD player and USB work excellent as well. Controlling the deck is very easy once you read the manual. The best part about this deck is that I can use Bluetooth audio streaming to listen to the music from my new iPhone 3GS which equipped with stereo Bluetooth. I am very glad that I chose this deck for my car and very happy with it. I guess I will be spending more time in my car listening to my music.

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    Wholly Recommend!

    feeder301 from Richmond on 7/2/2009

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    The only reason I'm not giving this receiver 5 stars is that some of the setup (particularly Bluetooth pairing/adding phone books) can be a pain to navigate the first time. However, the learning curve is pretty easy to overcome, and only narrowly diminishes the product's value. The quality of sound this piece contributes to your system is outstanding. Very customizable. Very clean - not too ornate or "bling-y". Great features/expandability. Worth every penny!

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    Good, annoying bluetooth though

    Skunk from NY on 4/27/2009

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    I like the audio features of this unit with stock interior speakers and a powered sub it sounds good. The colors and lack of shiny bling is nice. Visibility in the day is okay as long as no dust on screen. I dislike the way the bluetooth connects with "auto connect" though. Say I jump in car turn it on and my fav radio station or cd is playing..after a few seconds my phone connects to radio and then the SRC switches to the phone! To start playing my radio/CD again I have to reselect source. This is a major pain if you're not planning on playing the music on the phone. (I have a Blackberry 9000) If I turn auto-con off, then I'd have to connect everytime via the menu which is a multi-step method. If there was a single button to allow connection OR if the unit sync'd withougt switching source I'd be happy as a clam. So far I have only been able to sync the first 2 contacts in my phonebook..weird. I'll keep trying or give up within a week. I wish I could turn the brightness of buttons down...I like a darker interior than most at night though, so not really a negative.

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    Great Overall Product

    Aaron from San Francisco, CA on 4/18/2009

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    Installed this product in my 2001 VW Jetta and it was a breeze. Fits perfectly, and I was able to snake the microphone cable all the way up to the sunroof controls keeping it hidden the whole way. Controls are a bit awkward at first (and the manual is not very well written [or translated]), but after getting used to them operation is a breeze. The two-line display is wonderful and very useful for the Sirius and iPod controls. Bluetooth synced easily with my iPhone and my husband's Samsung Propel, note - the iPhone does not sync with the phone book on the radio (Apple's restrictions). Overall a great product, mildly awkward controls but easily overcome by a few days of use. Highly recommended!

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    good so far

    gmcjr972 from laredo tx on 4/11/2009

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    my wife bought this for me i installed and souds great only problem is its not picking up my phone bood from my black berry but ill figure it out other than that easy function not as hard a percieved it to be and bluetooth other than the phone book issue is clear and great.

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    Not user friendly :(

    Jeff from Central New Jersey on 4/5/2009

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    I have lived with this unit for almost a month now. I gave it a fair run, but must move on. The interface is difficult. The large dial in the center is a volume knob, but has no other function. The center of this dial, one would logically assume would have been an enter button. Wrong. In some modes, you use the right arrow, in other modes you use the play button as enter. If you are used to Ipod or DVD controls, forget it because there's nothing intuitive about the CZ509. Another issue with this stereo is the lack of basic tone shaping. Instead of simple bass & treble boost/cut functions, we are given a myriad of preset contour modes, with names like "excite" & "impact". There is a custom feature, but then you have to drill down another set of menus, and select the frequency ranges that you wish to trim/boost. I need a stereo that's simple to operate & doesn't require referencing a poorly translated manual for basic functions. Lastly: Bluetooth. While bluetooth sound quality was great, the unit would cause me to have a dropped call if I were on the phone prior starting the engine in my truck. After that, I would not be able to make a call until I shut the truck off, and restarted it without being on the phone. This was somehow related to the auto connect feature, but for my needs I need the auto connect on. The CZ509 sounded good, but the frustrating interface & other issues ultimately swayed me to bail out before my 30 day trial ended.

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    Darren from Bay Area, CA on 4/2/2009

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    2002 Regular Cab Chevy Z71: I replaced my stock head unit with the Clarion CZ-509. It took some getting used to as far as the controls go; Bluetooth, ipod, EQ, etc. but after some confusion and speaking with the Crutchfield Tech Support (thanks Lincoln), the stereo is awesome! I currently have stock speakers and quickly found that the built-in amplifier powered them nicely. I am still having trouble sinking my phone book with the head unit but overall, I am VERY pleased with the service from Crutchfield and their recommendations for a stereo.

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    Best bang for the $$$

    Arvid from Reston VA on 3/16/2009

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    Just got this last week for my 2001 Yukon and am very pleased. The installation was a breeze with the Crutchfield kit. The unit itself is a little tricky to read/understand but once you have all your peripherals set up your good to go. Bluetooth sounds great, i also connected a bluetooth MP3 player and its nice not having any wires hanging out of the dash for once. The usb connection is great if you have a little hard drive or for road trips. I think onve you master the remote the operation is very easy. I have had clarion units in 3 other vehicles and have all been reliable.

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    Good looking, but hard to use

    Caleb from Wellesley, MA on 3/8/2009

    2006 Honda Civic LX

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    2006 Honda Civic Pros: easy install, nice looking, plenty of features, bluetooth work well Cons: very poor user interface/usability. The unit looks nice in the dash and has a generous display (two lines of text). The mic for bluetooth has a really long cord and the usb cable is plenty long as well. The instruction book was written by a non-english speaker, which makes it hard to understand at times. The instructions also dont quite match the actual menu system. The buttons on the face are hard to discern and it will take some time to get used to it. The bluetooth (once connected) works great...the sound is clear and people on the other end said it sounded good too. Make sure you turn "auto-con" to yes (auto connect bluetooth)...otherwise you have to go through an annoying sequence to connect your phone. Beware iPhone users - the phone book integration doesnt seem to work. The iPod controls are okay. One gripe I have as an iPhone user is that whenever the system connects to the iPod the warning about "this device is not made for iPhone...turn on airport mode" comes up. I've only had it a day, so it may grown on me more...but at this point the bad instructions and usability are bringing down the rating.

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 22 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback ---

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    Overview: The Clarion CZ509 is an AM/FM/CD receiver that can play MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files on CD-R and CD-RW discs; and supports ID3-Tag, as well as CD Text. It also has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a portable audio device and a rear-panel USB type-A port for connecting your USB mass storage audio device or iPod. In addition, the CZ509 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless communication and audio transfer. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include Satellite Radio (via an optional tuner kit); multi-disc CD-changer (sold separately); and an optional steering wheel remote interface (sold separately) which allows you to keep your factory steering wheel controls.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    CD Playback
    AM/FM Tuner
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Ergonomic Face Design: The Clarion CZ509 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. The front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input on the CZ509 makes it easy to connect external audio devices.

    Flip-Down Face With Detachable Face Security: This unit features a fold-down face with detachable dace security. The unit's face manually flips down so you and load and eject your CD discs. When the unit's face is folded down, the face can be detached to deter theft. A face-fixing clip is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The unit comes with a hard plastic face case to store the receiver's faceplate when detached.

    Digital LCD Display: The two-line digital LCD display, with black background and white characters, on the CZ509 features an adjustable contrast (1-16) which allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in virtually all lighting conditions.

    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 the display returns to the screen saver display.

    Message Information: You can enter a message up to 30 characters long in the unit's memory and display it as the receiver's screen saver.

    Title Entry: Titles up to 10 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed for CD, CD changer, Radio stations and TV stations. The number of titles that can be entered for each mode are as follows - 50 disc titles for CD Mode, 20 station titles for TV mode, 30 station titles for Radio Mode, and 100 disc titles for Changer mode.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CZ509 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 CZ509 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    Amp Canceller: If you choose to connect the receiver to external amplifiers, you can turn off the built-in amplifier for better sound quality.

    Three 2-Volt Preamp Outputs: The CZ509 is equipped with a pair of 2-volt front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs. You can fade between the front and rear preamp outputs, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Built-in Crossovers: The headunit's built-in high pass crossovers let your front and rear speakers reproduce the proper frequencies (60, 90, or 120Hz or Full-Range) for natural sound and efficient power handling. A low pass filter with selectable frequencies of 60, 90 or 120Hz, coupled with a Subwoofer Level Control of -6 to +6 allow full adjustment and control of a subwoofer for maximum performance.

    Beat EQ With Parametric Equalization: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Excite, Impact, B-Boost), BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern with a 3-band parametric equalizer.

    • B-Boost: Bass is emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Excite: Bass, treble and midrange are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Off: No sound effect.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently from -7 to +7. You can set the effected bass frequency to 50, 100, or 200 Hz; the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1kHz, or 2kHz; the effected treble frequency to 5k, 10k, or 15k. The Q-factor for each frequency (Bass, Midrange, and Treble) can be set to 0.7, 1,0 1.4, or 2.0.

    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.

    BBE MP (Minimized Polynomial Non-Linear Saturation): By restoring the harmonics that are lost during digital compression of MP3 and WMA audio files, BBE MP reproduces the warmth, details and nuances of sound that you would otherwise miss. Effective for digital audio files and CDs.

    CD Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The unit can play MP3, WMA, and AAC 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, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. Bit rates for MP3 and AAC are 8-320 kbps, plus VBR (Variable Bit Rates). Bit rates for WMA are 8-320 kbps. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 and WMA ID3 tags up to 64 characters.

    Note: Tracks purchased at an iTune Music store, and copyright-protected files cannot be played.

    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. In the case of an MP3/WMA/AAC disc, the first track of a folder being played will be reset.

    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.

    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.

    Note: When ISO-DIN mounting, you will need to use your vehicle radio's original factory ISO screws.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ509 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with a total of 24 presets (18FM/6AM). You can store these presets manually or automatically. The headunit also offers manual or seek tuning, as well as preset station scan.

    Instant Station Recall (ISR): You can store one radio station in Instant Station Recall (ISR) memory and recall it from any mode (except Power Off). Once the ISR station has been recalled, you cannot tune to another station without first disengaging the ISR function. You can, however, switch to another source.

    External Device Connection

    Built-in Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone or music hands-free operation. The Clarion CZ509 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless connection with Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 Players. The CZ509 supports Bluetooth Ver.2.0 profiles A2DP/AVRCP for audio streaming and HFP/OPP for hands-free operation, so you can easily communicate and transfer digital music to your vehicle's audio system. The CZ509 will be able to retrieve phonebook contacts, received calls, dialed calls, missed calls, incoming calls, outgoing calls, and redialed calls. The CZ509 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. A wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. The CZ509 will also be able to control basic playback features such a Pause, Track Selection, Fast Forward, and Reverse. Up to 5 phones and/or audio devices can be paired to this unit (only one will work at a time).

    Note: The Clarion CZ509 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Check Clarion.com for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port on a 41" pigtail that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. This unit is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. MP3, WMA, and AAC files with a bit rate of 8-320 kbps are supported, while titles up to 64 characters can be displayed in USB mode. This unit also supports USB Digital Media Steaming which allows you to play music files transmitted using Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and supports the playback of WMDRM 10 files. The headunit can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. The CZ509 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.

    Note: Copyright-protected WMA/AAC files cannot be played.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion CZ509 allows you to connect your iPod to the headunit's rear-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control and charging of your iPod. This unit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod. The CZ509 offers two iPod playback modes (your iPod's control will be locked when connected to the CZ509) - Play Mode and iPod Menu Mode. During Play Mode you can control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, Random and Cancel. The iPod Menu Mode allows you to select music for playback from your iPod by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can select between categories by using the headunit's numbered preset buttons 1-6. Once you have selected a category, you can search through the tracks in that particular category alphabetically. The Clarion CZ509 is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video (5 gen) 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-CLA1 Clarion adapter cable (700XMCLA1, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner and the Clarion CLA-SC1 CeNET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (700SIRCLAR, sold separately); or connect the optional Clarion CLA-SC1 Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (020CLASC1) and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1) along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver (all sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input.

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

    CeNET CD Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with a CeNET control connector and can control up to a total of two CeNET CD changers. Two CD changer control requires a Y-adapter (020CCA519, sold separately). The following operations are the same as for built-in CD mode: Pause, Track Selection, Fast-forward/Fast-backward, Scan Play, Repeat Play, and Random Play.

    Auxiliary Input: The CZ509 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 adjust the Auxiliary input sensitivity level from Low, Mid, to High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The CZ509 comes supplied with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control for wireless operation of the CD player. The remote measures 1.715" wide x 0.495" tall x 4.465" long.

    OEM Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls and/or rear seat radio controls when used with the optional SWI-JACK interface adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately). The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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