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Clarion DXZ385USB

CD receiver

Item # 020D385USB

Clarion's affordable DXZ385USB CD receiver isn't entry-level — it's your entry into a new world of in-car...

Find what Fits your vehicle

Clarion's affordable DXZ385USB CD receiver isn't entry-level — it's your entry into a new world of in-car...

Discontinued item

Item # 020D385USB

Since 1974

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About the Clarion DXZ385USB

Clarion's affordable DXZ385USB CD receiver isn't entry-level — it's your entry into a new world of in-car entertainment. Plug a thumb drive into the convenient front-panel USB input for easy access to music files, or use the input to connect your iPod® and put your favorite playlists at your fingertips.

Clarion's affordable DXZ385USB CD receiver isn't entry-level — it's your entry into a new world of in-car entertainment. Plug a thumb drive into the convenient front-panel USB input for easy access to music files, or use the input to connect your iPod® and put your favorite playlists at your fingertips.

The DXZ385USB also handles more conventional media with ease. It'll play your CDs, whether you've bought them at the record store or burned them at home, and it supports discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. You can expand your entertainment options by adding a satellite radio tuner and tapping into the unparalleled music, news, talk, and sports offered by XM and SIRIUS. You'll also find an auxiliary input on the front panel for other audio sources.

A robust internal amplifier keeps the sound coming on strong. Three sets of preamp outputs give you the option of connecting outboard amplifiers and subwoofers, with high- and low-pass filters and a subwoofer level control to shape the output. The included remote control gives you handy access to the main receiver functions when you're driving.

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.

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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)
    • detachable face with dot matrix display
    • wireless remote
    Audio features:
    • Z-enhancer Plus EQ (2-band parametric EQ and five preset tone settings)
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: front-panel USB input (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod), front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: three sets of preamp outputs
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • RCB-176 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
    • Face fixing clip
    • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    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) 20 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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White/Blue
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

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    Features

    Ergonomic Face Design: The Clarion DXZ385USB features an easy-to-use rotary volume control and large 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 USB connector and 3.5mm auxiliary input on the DXZ385USB make it easy to connect a variety of external audio devices.

    Digital LCD Display: The high visibility,13-segment digital LCD display, with blue background and white characters, on the DXZ385USB allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in all lighting conditions.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Joliet, or Romeo formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. Bit rates for MP3 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.

    AAC Playback: This unit will also playback AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs with a bit-rate of 8-320 kbps or a variable bit-rate. AAC files composed with the following conditions can be played: AAC files encoded with iTunes, iTunes Ver. 7.0 or earlier, and File extension .m4a (.M4A). The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. The headunit will also support folder name and file names up to 64 characters.

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

    Auxiliary Input: The DXZ385USB 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.

    Three 2-Volt Preamp Outputs: The DXZ385USB 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 (120Hz or Full-Range) for natural sound and efficient power handling. A low pass filter with selectable frequencies of 50, 80 or 120Hz, coupled with a Subwoofer Level Control of -6 to +6 allow full adjustment and control of a subwoofer for maximum performance.

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

    Z-Enhancer Plus: Z-Enhancer Plus features five equalization selections (B-Boost, Impact, Exite, Z+Flat and Custom). Along with 2 bands of parametric equalization, the Z-Enhancer Plus circuitry enables sound adjustments with more flexibility than the basic Bass and Treble tone controls.

    • 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.
    • Z+Flat: Bass and treble settings are set to flat.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass and treble independently from -7 to +7. You can set the effected bass frequency to 60, 80, 100, or 200 Hz and the Q-factor to 1, 1.25, 1.5 or 2.0. The effected treble frequency can be set to 10k, 12.5k, 15k, or 17.5k.

    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. The Magna Bass EX circuit boosts bass at 50Hz. This creates a rich, deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness control. The Magna Bass EX boost levels are dependent on the system volume, which results in balanced system response and dynamic bass reproduction

    Title Entry: Titles up to 8 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.

    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.

    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.

    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: A message up to 30 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed as a type of screen saver.

    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 (item number 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.

    Detachable Face: The headunit's face detaches to prevent theft and comes supplied with a hard plastic carrying case.

    Mounting: You can install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal. When ISO-DIN mounting, you will need to use your vehicle radio's original factory ISO screws.

    Wireless Remote: The DXZ385USB is equipped with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control. Dimensions:

    • Length: 4.461"
    • Width: 1.718"
    • Depth: 0.494".

    External Device Controls

    USB Port: The front-panel USB port allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA files. This unit is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. The USB port can be used with USB memory media carrying up to 130,560 songs. 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 DXZ385USB offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion DXZ385USB allows you to connect your iPod to the headunit's front-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 DXZ385USB offers two iPod playback modes - Play Mode and iPod Menu Mode:

    • Play Mode: During Play Mode you can control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, Random and Cancel.
    • iPod Menu Mode: 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.

    Note: The head unit's USB port supports the following iPods - iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod video (5th generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), and iPhone/iPhone 3G. Your iPod should be updated with the latest software from Apple. For 4th generation iPod and iPod photo, you will need the 020EA1251B iPod interface, connected through the head unit's Ce-NET input.

    Bluetooth Ready: The DXZ385USB is compatible with Clarion's BLT370 Bluetooth system via its front panel 3.5mm stereo minijack inputs. 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 DXZ385MP 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.

    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, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (item number 220CNP20UC) and the Clarion CNP-CLA1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMCLA1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner and the Clarion CLA-SC1 Ce-NET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRCLAR).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an 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 changers (CD and/or MD). Two changer control requires a Y-adapter (item number 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.

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