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Clarion M508

Marine digital media receiver with Bluetooth® (does not play CDs)

Item # 020M508

Clarion's M508 digital media receiver lets you stream music from your smartphone or any Bluetooth device to your...

Clarion's M508 digital media receiver lets you stream music from your smartphone or any Bluetooth device to your...

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$189.99

About the Clarion M508

Merrily, merrily down the stream (-ing music)

Clarion's M508 digital media receiver lets you stream music from your smartphone or any Bluetooth device to your boat's sound system. Bluetooth aptX processing (also found in many Android smartphones) restores the sparkle that's lost during compression, so you'll enjoy much better sound quality.

Merrily, merrily down the stream (-ing music)

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Clarion's M508 digital media receiver lets you stream music from your smartphone or any Bluetooth device to your boat's sound system. Bluetooth aptX processing (also found in many Android smartphones) restores the sparkle that's lost during compression, so you'll enjoy much better sound quality.

Shape your sound your way

Clarion built this rugged marine receiver to last, but it's also designed to deliver outstanding sound. The 3-band parametric equalizer lets you adjust the highs, mids, and lows to suit your preferences, and you can use the built-in frequency filters and subwoofer controls to get the best possible performance from your system. You'll find the four sets of preamps handy if you're adding amplifiers to your sound system.

Dual zone control lets you split the boat into two distinct areas to suit your needs, one zone powered by the radio and the second by an external amp (sold separately). You'll be able to crank up the bow speakers and leave the cabin speakers at a more conversational level.

Make the most of your music sources

The M508 gives you mastery over your music collection. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you can listen to your favorite stations when your iPhone's connected via USB. Song and artist information shows up clearly on the sharp-looking black-on-white 2-line display.

If you've ripped your entire CD collection and gone digital, you can plug a thumb drive into the front USB port and enjoy all your favorite MP3 or WMA tunes, or you can play your digital music player through the handy front AUX input. You can also enjoy the vast array of programming on satelllite radio by connecting a SiriusXM tuner (sold separately, subscription required).

Tune into terrestrial radio

Clarion's excellent AM/FM tuner hauls in plenty of local radio stations, no matter where in the world "local" might turn out to be. You'll also be able to get the latest on changing conditions from the Weather Band.

The black-on-white face makes it easy to see what you're tuned into at the moment, and the controls make changing channels or sources a breeze, even when you're underway.

Marine-rated durability

Clarion has earned its reputation for building marine electronics tough enough to withstand salt water, heavy fog, blistering sunlight, and lashing rain. The M508 is a versatile, multi-source receiver that's tough enough to handle the extremes of a marine environment.

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.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine digital media receiver with AM/FM/WB tuner
    • no internal CD player — plays MP3 and WMA music files from your iPod and other external sources
    • built-in Bluetooth® for music streaming
      • Bluetooth aptX for superior sound quality from Android phones
    • enjoy Pandora using your iPhone®
    • 2-line black-on-white LCD display
    • for single-DIN applications
    Marine-specific Features:
    • specially sealed against the elements for use in the marine environment
    • conformal-coated PCB circuit board
    • covers for front USB and AUX inputs
    • NMEA 2000 connectivity with optional MW6 module
    • marine remote ready
    Audio Features:
    • 3-band EQ with 11 preset sound curves
    • fully-adjustable fader and control subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • built-in iPod control
    • inputs: front USB and AUX inputs
    • outputs: 8-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, sub, zone 2)
    Other Features and Specs:
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • chassis width: 7.185"
    • chassis height: 2.055"
    • nose width: 7.405"
    • nose height: 2.275"
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # 92701

    What's in the box:

    • Marine digital media receiver
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim-ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • 4 Counter-sunk screws
    • 4 Hex-head screws
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Backstrap
    • Rear-support bolt
    • Lock-washer
    • Hex-nut
    • Owners/Installation Manual
    • Warranty Card

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Optional
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 2.0
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7/6
    Touch 6/5/4/3
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+6/5S/5C/5
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    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 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color Bluish white
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA
    High-res Playback N
    The Clarion M508 replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Marine, Display, & Remote Features
    Bluetooth & iPhone Integration
    USB/Aux Playback
    Pandora+SiriusXM+AM/FM/Weather Radio
    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 lighting conditions.

    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 MW1 and MW3 (sold separately) are hardwired remote controls with an LCD screen. The MW4 (sold separately) is a more advanced wired remote with a 2.8" color LCD screen.
    • RF Remote: The Clarion MF1 (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:In most cases an extension cable will be needed (item number 020MWRXCRT, sold separately). When two remotes are used in combination with one another, Clarion's 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 MFD interface.

    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 a time.
    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 directions.
    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 (by 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 connection.
    • 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 Audio Phone
    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 available.

    USB/Aux Playback

    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+SiriusXM+AM/FM/Weather Radio

    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 account.

    • 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 is 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 here. 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 SiriusXM channel.
    • 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 Discount Plan.

    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 total)
    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 between manufacturers.

    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 source. 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 (such as the 142RLC - 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.

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    23 questions already asked

    Q
    How can I turn off Bluetooth autoplay ? Anytime power is cycled it automatically starts playing the first song alphabetically on i-tunes. Even if I am actively streaming something else with my phone. Its driving me nuts.
    [ Big C  Oct 20, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Nov 03, 2020 ]  Staff
    Q
    Will this head unit charge my iPhone via the USB plug?
    [ Philip  Sep 10, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Yes , provided you use a quality USB cable. It is actually pretty feature packed in regards to Iphone compatibility.
    [ herman  Sep 24, 2020 ]
    Q
    will the Clarion M508 fit an 2005 Mitsubishi evolution 8?
    [ David  Sep 09, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Sep 23, 2020 ]  Staff
    Q
    I'm thinking of swapping out my Clarion M455 for this M508. Would the 16-pin harness and Sirius connection be compatible? I realize I will need a new remote because they are not compatible.
    [ Scott  Aug 16, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I can't answer definitively on the 16-pin connection, although if both male and female are 16-pin it seems logical, further searches should confirm. Before you buy a new remote, check out the Clarion CCUMRA1 which converts the older Clarion 6-pin remote to the M508 8-pin. All the basic functions work.
    [ MARK  Aug 28, 2020 ]
    A
    I'm not sure, I got a new SiriusXM adapter with the radio. There are several connections on the radio, RCA and wired, I don't think there is a 16 pin connection other than the SiriusXM one.
    [ Donald  Aug 28, 2020 ]
    A
    The M455 is well into the previous Remote and satellite protocols. It will not work. There are remote adapters on the web. i will warn you i have had no luck in making them work well, spotty at best. The sat connection is a for sure a no go as well. The new tuners are far better and take up only a fraction of the space compared to the old metal housing units. I have to tell my customers on a regular basis this bad news and it stinks. The worst part is if you have the small gauge remote or the football remote there is no replacement available for either remote ( occasionally a MW2 will pop up on auction sites ). I have built filler panels for both small and football remotes and used the MF1 remote in those locations. I am sure there are going to be a couple DIY experts that will claim to have great success with the remote adapters. I have 30 years of crawling around in boats under my belt and have dealt Clarion for the majority of that time. The adapters are not a Clarion part nor are they / or their use covered under warranty. Bite the bullet and do it right. If you were wondering why I am posting on the Crutchfield site while I am a dealer for Clarion? Simple, the warehouse does not always have a healthy inventory and Crutchfield is there as a great back up. I do loose a little money buying from Crutchfield but, my customers stay happy. Great staff for expert advise and a full range of Clarion product that is an official online retailer. Good advise and your warranty for Clarion products is covered for your online purchase. If trust them so can you.
    [ herman  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    Q
    I have a m502 in my boat now however I think it is fried. As all my Speakers sound blown all of a sudden and any volume above a conversation. Just happened all of a sudden. But wondering if the 508 with use same wiring harness. Wanting plug and play and I have a hard mounted remote that I want to work with it.?
    [ Ian1985  Aug 13, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Everything should be the same. I can not remember for certain about the fuse rating on the 502 harness but, I do know the remote is a direct fit. Check to make sure the fuse is the appropriate size for the new 508 , also check to be sure the wires in both Clarion harness' are pinned the same and it should all plug in.
    [ herman  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    Q
    I was able to connect my phone but can't for the life of me get any sound to come out through any app? Has anyone experienced this?
    [ Steadymomo  May 16, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I had this issue when I added an amp. I had the "turn on" amp wire wrong. I had blue and should be blue/white
    [ Gordon  Aug 05, 2020 ]
    Q
    I'm need to replace JBL MR-16 and looking at the Clarion M508. 1. will this plug right into my existent harness, 2. I have 4 speakers and will replace them also but also want to add 2 more. Will this radio be able to handle it or do i need to different model? Thanks Mark
    [ Mark  Apr 30, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    A
    The harness for your JBL will not work with the Clarion. The colors from the radio harness to the boat harness should be the same. Yellow 12v+ / red 12v+ switched / Black grnd -/ blue w/ white stripe amplifier turn on, remote turn on/ If equipped orange w/ white stripe 12v+ illumination. Speakers are as follows White is front left gray front right green is rear left and purple rear right. All speaker wires with a black stripe are negative - and solid colors are positive+. If your boat is equipped with the JBL remotes they will not work with this head unit. The majority of the JBL remotes I have seen are square or smaller round remotes. No one make a remote to fit in the square locations and Clarion no longer has a smaller 2" remote. Try the MF1 or MF2 for remotes
    [ herman  Apr 30, 2020 ]
    A
    Mark, not sure on the wiring harness as I replaced an older Clarion and it plugged right in and fired up. Perhaps tech people at Crutchfield may know or possibly JBL? I don't think they are all the same or standard but Im not sure. I have 4 speakers on my boat but it also has the original amplifier and it drives the speakers fine. I have been very happy with it ,very user friendly and the Bluetooth is nice. Hope this helps you. Rick
    [ RICK  Apr 30, 2020 ]
    Q
    same size as Clarion M308 ?
    [ PAUL  Apr 12, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Hi Paul, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I am not able to find information listed for a Clarion M308, to compare to the M508 Clarion receiver. Please chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. They will be happy to go over these questions, and confirm with you that are indeed needing to compare the M308, and not another model of Clarion receiver.
    [ Jess  Apr 28, 2020 ]  Staff
    Q
    We are looking to replace and older Clarion unit (CMD4A) that was connected to a clarion disc changer. Is this unit capable of working with the existing disc changer (DCZ625)?
    [ Andres  Mar 27, 2020 ]
    2 answers
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    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Krissy  Apr 10, 2020 ]  Staff
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    Wish I could help you with this one but I'm not using a disc changer. I will tell you that we loaded everything on an IPhone and with the Bluetooth it works really slick .My old Clarion used disks but now my discs are all in a box on the shelf. With todays technology I really hated giving them up but the new system works great! Hope this helps? Perhaps Crutchfield or Clarion tech assist would be able to shed some light on it. Good Luck.
    [ RICK  Mar 27, 2020 ]
    Q
    What are the dimensions?
    [ randyghd  Jan 03, 2020 ]
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    If you install it using the din sleeve, it needs a cutout of 7.185" wide x 2.125" tall and has a mounting depth of 6-3/4". The nose of it measures 7.4" wide and 2.275" tall
    [ Paul  Jan 15, 2020 ]  Staff
    Q
    Is microphone included, or where do I buy it as an accessory?
    [ Monster  Aug 17, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    No microphone is sold separately and can buy it from crutchfield. Check the model number it is for the head unit. It's on the website
    [ Brandon  Aug 24, 2019 ]
    Q
    I am upgrading to the M508 from an old Clarion M3071. It doesn't look like the 16 pin connector block is the same for these units. Is there an adaptor so I can use the old 16 pin connector? Thanks Jim
    [ jim  Apr 23, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    Unfortunately we don't carry an adapter to convert the older Clarion harness to the new one. You would likely need to cut and reconnect the wire connections to the new radio.
    [ Cosmo  May 02, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does this head unit have a stud on the back to run a support rod to it to hold the radio secure in a boat dash?
    [ Peter  Apr 21, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes
    [ MARK  Aug 28, 2020 ]
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    Yes, I believe mine included the strap as well
    [ Derrek  Apr 29, 2019 ]
    Q
    Does it work for phone calls?
    [ Bee Knob  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    4 answers
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    Hi. It did receive phone calls but I did not attach the optional mic. In the end, I returned this unit because of the inability to control volume from my phone. Also, the Clarion optional remote I already had attached to current stereo would not work with this one.
    [ Chris  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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    Sorry but I have never tried it wish I could help
    [ RICK  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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    Yes, one reason i chose this unit was a really highly rated bluetooth system. You will need to get a mic though (it didn't come with one).
    [ John  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    A
    I returned this item, never hooked it up
    [ Tony  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does it work for phone calls? As I'll be using it in my 85 Toyota Pickup because of its old school look
    [ Bee Knob  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    You would have to use optional microphone
    [ Steven  Dec 04, 2018 ]
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    Nope. It does not have a mic.
    [ Brent  Dec 03, 2018 ]
    Q
    What is the Range on the Bluetooth? It will be in the cabin and i want to be able to use my phone while at the helm. My current unit cuts out once i am about 4-5 feet away.
    [ Paul  Jul 16, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    33" is the usual range for Bluetooth. Walls , other electronics in close proximity, and or other structure on or in the boat will have a factor. Clarion has a top notch Bluetooth RX/TX built into it and it would be a good bet for best range. Again this is no guaranty it will work better as conditions in your vessel could hamper it's performance .
    [ herman  Apr 30, 2020 ]
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    I'm not sure of the range. My ski boat is probably smaller than your boat though. I don't have a cabin. Farthest distance I've been from the boat is about 6-8ft and I've never had a connection problem.
    [ Chris  Jul 19, 2018 ]
    Q
    Is there an adapter I can buy to use my old school Clarion Remotes with this M508? Trying to replace the cables will be challenging. Old school wires have 6 Pins vs the new 8 Pins.
    [ Paul  Jul 15, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    Clarion does not build an adapter.There is a NON Clarion adapter that is available online. It adds basic functions to the remote but no display. It is 50/50 split on functionality from those who have used them. Warranty will not cover use of said adapter as it is not a Clarion piece
    [ herman  Apr 30, 2020 ]
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    You have to buy the new controller - 8 pin.
    [ Jason  Jul 15, 2018 ]
    Q
    Has anyone had trouble with controlling the music volume with your phone's volume control (instead of the stereo unit itself) when playing music (ie Spotify) via bluetooth connection?
    [ waltrmen  Jun 23, 2018 ]
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    We need someone to answer this. I also installed this unit and cannot control the volume through my iPhone. My phone volume works fine with ANY other BT device
    [ Tatu22  Jul 06, 2018 ]
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    Yes, installed the M508 a few weeks ago and noticed the lack of volume control through my phone. I was thinking it has something to do with the "Dual Zone Audio with Fixed Output" but really just guessing. Probably need a Crutchfield expert to explain it.
    [ Angela  Jun 24, 2018 ]
    Q
    The image of the buttons shows a bright white LED look. On another website, the unit was shown to have LED buttons that were obviously blue. Are they truly white or are they blue buttons?
    [ Clark  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    For me, the buttons were white and the screen had a blue hue to it. There are no colour options. I returned this unit as it did not connect well all the time with my iPhone7. There was no native Spotify support. Also the seek/play etc buttons around the knob are thin/small and not easy to touch/use. The lookis period correct for older cars which is great but for me, thats abou tit.
    [ TIMIR  Jun 04, 2018 ]
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    The buttons are white bright you can cut the display off though with a push of a button
    [ Brandon  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    Q
    Can I use my cmrc1 bss remote on the clarion m508 unit?
    [ Caleb  Mar 26, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    The straight forward answer is NO. There is a NON Clarion adapter that is available online. It adds basic functions to the remote but no display. It is 50/50 split on functionality from those who have used them.
    [ herman  Apr 30, 2020 ]
    A
    According to Clarion's website, the Clarion CMRC1-SB remote would only work with Clarion's CMD4, CMD4A, CMD5, M455, and M475 marine receiver models. However the M508 is equipped with a rear mounted 8-pin DIN connector to accommodate optional Clarion wired & wireless remote controls; including the MW1, MW4, MF1 and MF2 models. For more details or to discuss further please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Apr 11, 2018 ]  Staff
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