Marine, Display, & Remote Features
Bluetooth & iPhone Integration
Audio Section with Dual Zone
Marine, Display, & Remote Features
Marine Tested: The Clarion M508 Marine digital media
receiver has been engineered and tested for use in the harsh marine environment.
The M508 meets ASTM B117 and ASTM D4329 guidelines ensuring the receiver's
resistant to salt, fog and UV exposure. The receiver features a drip shield
chassis to keep water from dripping onto the unit's internal circuits. In
addition, the head unit's PCB and microprocessor are conformal coated to protect
them from corrosion. It also has low power consumption when powered off.
High Visibility LCD: The two-line, 13-digit, high visibility
LCD (with bluish white background and black characters) on the M508 allows numbers and
characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition. The
display's backlight brightness can be set to High or Low. You can turn the
display's backlight off in the event the display is too bright in different
Water Resistant Covers (optional): Even though the conformal
coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be
used with a universal marine cover (sold separately - see Accessories Tab)
Optional Wired & Wireless Remotes: The unit is equipped
with a rear mounted 8-pin DIN connector to accommodate optional Clarion wired &
wireless remote controls.
- Wired Remote: The
(sold separately) is a hardwired remote control with an LCD screen. The
MW4 (sold separately) is a more advanced wired remote with a 2.8" color
- RF Remote: The Clarion
(sold separately) is a RF remote control which is waterproof and designed to
float. The MF1 meets or exceeds ASTM B117 (Salt/Fog Exposure), ASTM D4329
(UV Exposure), and IP67 (International Protection Rating).
- WiFi Remote Module: The Clarion
MF2 marine remote
module (sold separately) features built-in WiFi and allows you to control the Clarion marine receiver via the free
Clarion MF2 app on your Apple
iOS 6.0+ device.
Note: When two remotes are used in combination with one
MW-RYC-RET Y-adapter (sold separately) is required.
Optional NMEA 2000 Interface Module: Clarion's
MW6 NMEA 2000
Compliant interface module (sold separately) allows Clarion marine source unit to be seamlessly added to
your boat's onboard NMEA 2000 network, enabling control and two-way
communication of the Clarion source
unit directly from the boat's Multi-Function Display (MFD) device. Control
functions include source and track selection, play/pause, and more.
Two-way communication between the Clarion source unit and your MFD allows source
selection, song/track/ album title, radio frequency and more to display on the
Bluetooth & iPhone Integration
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Clarion M508
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P 1.2) and control (AVRCP 1.4) of a
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information
display and support for aptX music streaming. You are able to wirelessly stream
your stored music library, music apps, and other content on your Bluetooth
source device to the Clarion marine receiver.
- SBC + aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the M508 incorporates the Qualcomm's lossless
Bluetooth aptX codec (primarily for Android OS 4.0+ devices) which helps retain sound elements
lost during digital compression of audio files, ensuring users the ability
to always enjoy high quality sound with wireless convenience.
- Control & Display: In addition to basic playback
functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the M508 lets you browse
your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4 phones
only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also
display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
- Simple Secure Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth device to the Clarion M508
without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a
paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto
connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to three
Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Clarion head unit, but only one can be used at
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress
from your Bluetooth enabled phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can
take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Optional External Mic: You can purchase Clarion's
RCB-204 optional external mic (sold separately) to add Hands-Free
Communication and Siri Eyes Free Control to the Clarion M508 marine receiver.
- Hands-Free Communication: The M508 allows you to answer
and end phone calls from its front-panel controls. When a call comes in, a
ring-tone will be heard through your speaker and the phone number will be
displayed. The optional mic (sold separately) is used to carry on your side
of the conversation, while your speakers are used to listen to the other
party. You can make a call using voice recognition, if your phone supports
voice dialing (Siri for iPhone and Google Voice for Android). The M508 does
not allow you to manually enter a phone number, download your phone call, or
create phone presets.
- Siri Eyes-Free Control: When paired and connected to an
iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the M508 has the ability to access Siri
through its front-panel controls and optional external mic (sold
separately). Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer/End button
to engage Siri and use the optional mic to communicate with Siri. Siri's
voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions
including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders,
text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the M508
and the optional mic. You even can ask Siri to get directions to a
destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your
vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone
with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible
Note: In addition to the Clarion
RCB-204 external mic (sold separately),
you'll also need to activate Hands-Free Communication within the receiver's menu
(be default it is turned off).
iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Clarion M508's
front-panel USB port lets you connect select Apple iPods and iPhones for music
playback. Simply use the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone device or an
Apple certified cable (sold separately). The M508 supports audio playback,
control, display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.
- Control: The Clarion head unit allows you to navigate your Apple
device's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song,
Audiobooks, or Podcast. These categories and music files inside these
categories will be listed alphabetically. The head unit also controls
Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast-Forward/Rewind, and Random/Repeat
functions. You can also continue to use the touchscreen of your connected
Apple device (running iOS 6.0 or newer) to access additional music apps and
other playback options. Older iPods and iPhone's will be locked during
- Display: The head unit will display artist name, song
title, and album title from your Apple devices stored music library and
select music apps (not compatible with all apps).
- Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone
has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Clarion M508 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 4/3/2018):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Pandora || Artist/Song Text || Track Info ||
| iPhone |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| 4S || 9.3.5 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| 5/5C || 10.3.5 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| 5S || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| SE || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| 6+/6/6S/6S+ || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
7/7+ || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
8/8+ || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
|X || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || O || Y |
| touch |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 9.3.5 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 6th || 11.2.6 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| nano |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.02PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
USB MSC Playback: The Clarion M508 features a front-panel USB
(type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables
connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such
as select portable digital audio players or USB thumbdrives.
The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files stored on a compatible
USB memory device.
- Control: Control functions include Folder/File Search, Play/Pause, Previous/Next
Track, Fast-Forward/Rewind, and Intro Scan (10 seconds).
- Display: The unit will display song/artist/album information
along with track number and elapsed playing time.
- Charging: USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will
be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the
vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: The unit's USB port does not support connection of an
Android OS device, USB hub, or card-reader.
Front-Panel Aux Input: The M508 feature a front panel 3.5mm
auxiliary input, so you connect an external portable audio player.
Pandora Internet Radio: The free Pandora App (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ or
Android 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the
Clarion M508 using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth
connected Android smartphone. The M508 provides control over the Pandora music
service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. Your iPhone or Android
smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet
via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G) or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service
- Music Control: The M508 provides control over the
Pandora music service. You can select Pandora stations from your station
list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be
created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip
song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs
down or bookmark songs/artists that are currently playing.
- Song/Artist Display: The M508 will also display your
Pandora station's song/artist information such as artist name, song title,
and album title.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
SiriusXM-Ready: The Clarion M508 is SiriusXM-Ready and
compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300
sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM
programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out
the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages
Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Song/Artist/Album Display: Information such as Channel Name,
Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's display.
- Category Search: The Category Search feature lets you search for
channels within a certain genre or category.
- Presets: You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station
presets for easier access.
- Replay & Jump: The Replay feature allows you to pause, rewind,
and replay live SiriusXM Satellite Radio content from the current SiriusXM
channel you are listening to. You can rewind or fast forward content 5, 10,
or 30 seconds. During replay you can also jump to a live signal of that same
- Parental Lock: Channels containing unsuitable content for
children can be blocked.
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is
required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
Global Radio Tuner w/ Weather Band: The built-in multi-band
tuner supports reception of radio stations just about anywhere in the world -
which is nice when you're sailing around the globe or just across the gulf. And
with Weather Band you'll always have the latest weather updates, including
automatic reception of emergency weather information to keep your voyage as
smooth as possible.
- AM/FM Radio: The Clarion M508 is equipped with a
built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, and preset tuning (with preset
scan). 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets can stored; stations
can be stored manually or automatically. Preset scan lets you quickly scan
through all of your preset stations in a selected band. This function is
useful when searching for a desired preset station. When Local seeking is
turned "On", only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be
received. This unit's tuner is initially set to USA frequency intervals, but
can be changed to Europe, Australia, and other countries tuning.
- USA: FM (87.9-107.9 MHz) / AM (530-1710 kHz)
- Europe: FM (87.5-108.0 MHz) / AM 531-1602 kHz)
- Australia/Other Countries: FM (87.5-108.0MHz / AM (531-1629 kHz)
- Weather Band: Weather Band channels include - CH1
(162.400MHz), CH2 (162.425MHz), CH3 (162.450MHz), CH4 (162.475MHz), CH5
(162.500MHz), CH6 (162.525MHz), & CH7 (162.550MHz).
Audio Section with Dual Zone
MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion M508 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. The power output specs for the M508 are as follows:
- CTA-2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts
Note: The power specifications for the M508 are compliant
with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards
from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). These standards were
developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and
4V/6Ch RCA Outputs: With 6-Channel/4-Volt RCA Outputs, you
are free to add external power amplifiers to create a more powerful,
sophisticated audio system. What's more, the 4-volt output assures a pure, high
quality signal for your entire sound system. The non-fading subwoofer preamp
output features an independent level control (0-12).
3-Band EQ + Presets: The Clarion M508 incorporates a 3-band
EQ and 11 EQ presets. The EQ presets consist of Flat, Jazz, Pop, Classic, Rock,
News, Urban, Rave, Movie, Techno, and User. The User preset allows you to adjust
the head unit's 3-band EQ (Bass, Mid, & Treble) from -7 to +7. EQ settings are
applied to all sources.
Dual Zone Audio with Fixed Output: The Clarion M508 is
fitted with a stereo line-level output (fixed) for Dual Zone audio ( requires an
external amplifier in Zone 2). With this function, it is possible to split your
boat into two discrete zones to enjoy different volume levels of the same audio
For instance, the bow can be tuned-in to a higher volume level for enjoyment in
the wind while the stern can enjoy the music at a lower volume to accommodate
conversations. Volume levels from the fixed zone are controlled by optional
external volume control device or "pot" (sold separately). This is ideal for separate areas such as salons,
wakeboard towers, and open bows.
Beep Confirmation: The marine head unit provides an audible
beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.