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Clarion VX709

DVD receiver

Item # 020VX709

Make a statement in your dash with Clarion's VX709 DVD receiver.

Find what Fits your car

Make a statement in your dash with Clarion's VX709 DVD receiver.

Discontinued item

Item # 020VX709

About the Clarion VX709

Make a statement in your dash with Clarion's VX709 DVD receiver. This striking receiver fits in your double-sized dash opening, giving you a sharp 7" touchscreen for fingertip control over your system, along with a long list of features and options.

Make a statement in your dash with Clarion's VX709 DVD receiver. This striking receiver fits in your double-sized dash opening, giving you a sharp 7" touchscreen for fingertip control over your system, along with a long list of features and options.

Killer sound
Built-in low- and high-pass filters let you set crossover points, so you send your speakers only the frequencies they were designed to handle. The VX709's powerful internal amp delivers plenty of power, while a premium digital-to-analog converter makes all your tunes sparkle. If you've got a sub, the subwoofer volume control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass.

BeatEQ gives you three preset tone curves, all of which you can adjust for your vehicle with the 3-band parametric equalizer. Magna Bass EX lets you boost the lowest frequencies, and Clarion includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.

Built-in Bluetooth
Built-in Bluetooth® lets you conduct phone calls with your compatible phone while keeping your hands on the wheel. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music instantly so you can hear your caller through the speakers, while you speak through the receiver's built-in microphone.

Movie theater on wheels
Enjoy watching DVDs up front while you're parked, or hook up a video screen in the back so the kids can watch movies as you drive. In 2-Zone mode, they can watch a DVD in back while you play your favorite driving music up front.

iPod® control
Connect your iPod to the rear USB slot, and you'll get touchscreen control over your tunes — no adapter required. Add an optional adapter, and you can play videos from your iPod on the 7" screen.

Expansion opportunities
Add an optional satellite radio tuner and enjoy a wide variety of news, entertainment, sports, and commercial-free music. Clarion's optional hide-away GPS system lets you add navigation to the VX709. And three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to the mix.

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 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.

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD receiver with 7" touchscreen and internal amp (20 watts RMS/50 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • adjustable brightness and tilt-angle display
    • wireless remote
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, CD-R/RW, DVD-Rs/RWs, DVD+Rs/RWs, DivX®; MP3, WMA, and AAC files on CD and DVD
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    • MAGNA BASS EX sound enhancement
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming
    • iPod control: direct connection to USB input for newer iPods, iPod Video ready with CCA723 adapter
    • compatible with Clarion's satellite radio, navigation system
    • inputs: USB input, RCA audio/video input, rearview camera input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front/rear/subwoofer)
    Other information:

    What's in the box:

    • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD/DVD receiver with 7.0" LCD monitor
    • Plastic trim ring
    • Foam trim ringWireless remote control (RCB198)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp output/AV Input harness
    • Electro tap (plastic wire splice)
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 5 Hex head screws (each with a flat washer)
    • 13 Rubber caps for RCA jacks
    • Owner's Manual/Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Limited Warranty (Eng/Fre)

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input 1
    USB Input Rear
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    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 Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready XM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano4/Nano3
    Touch Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G
    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 Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 7
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, DIVX
    High-res Playback
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

    Product Research

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

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The VX709 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. Unlike many in-dash monitors, there is no hideaway box; all the inputs and outputs are included within the unit's chassis. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets and the supplied hardware. There is also an optional custom double-DIN sleeve (0202DBKT, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the VX709 in a custom 4" opening. As always, please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Note: This unit does not come supplied with a sleeve to euro-mount the radio.

    Motorized 7" Touch Panel TFT Display: The Clarion VX709 has a motorized 7" TFT wide screen display with touch panel controls. The display provides a high-resolution video monitor for watching your DVD videos. The screen has a resolution of 1440 x 234 and 336,960 total pixels. The display features brightness, color, contrast, hue and dimmer adjustments. The unit's touch panel features interactive controls and video graphics, making menu navigation easy. An on-screen numeric keypad allows you to directly access titles and chapters of a DVD disc. The touch-screen surface is treated to resist dust and grime. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc.

    Display Angles: You can adjust the display's angle between 0° to 30° for better visibility. After the viewing angle has been set, the unit will return the display to that angle each time, even if the unit is turned off.

    Dimmer Mode: The VX709 features two screen modes: the Day mode and Night mode. Each mode has its own dimmer setting for day- and night-time driving. When the orange/white illumination wire of this unit receives power (i.e. when you turn the vehicle's lights on), the display will change from the default day color to the default night color. You can independently adjust the brightness of the display with and without the vehicle's lights on.

    4 Preset Wallpaper Designs: Background patterns of the navigation system and audio/video sources can be customized to suit your taste or your vehicle's color scheme using the unit's four preset wallpaper designs (Blue, Silver, Black, Orange).

    Front Panel Controls: In addition to the touch panel controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and along the left edge and bottom edge of the screen.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied 18-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    CATS (Clarion Anti-Theft System): You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the VX709 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: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    DZ-Enhancer: This units provides 3 types of digital sound tone effects stored in its memory, each having six levels of adjustment (-3 to +3). You can choose from the following  DZ-Enhancer presets.

    • DZ1: suitable for factory speakers
    • DZ2: suitable for separate (component) speakers
    • DZ3: suitable for coaxial speakers

    3-Band Parametric EQ: The multimedia headunit allows you to make the following Bass and Treble adjustments.

    • Bass:
      • Gain: -6dB to +8dB (in 1dB increments)
      • Center Frequency: 50Hz, 80Hz, or 120Hz
      • Q: 1, 1.25, 1.5, or 2
    • Mid:
      • Gain: -6dB to +6dB (in 1dB increments)
      • Center Frequency: 700Hz, 1kHz, or 2kHz
      • Q: 1.5 or 2
    • Treble:
      • Gain: -6dB to +6dB (in 1dB increments)
      • Center Frequency: 8kHz or 12kHz

    Magna Bass EX: To emphasize the deep bass sounds, you can activate the Magna Bass EX effect. Allowing you to boost the ultra-low frequency range of your sound system with a center frequency of around 50Hz, this feature automatically compensates for the increased bass to eliminate any unwanted noise. M-B EX can be turned on or off in the menu.

    6-Channel Preamp Output: The multimedia headunit is equipped with stereo front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs for connecting the unit to an external amplifier.

    Amplifier Bypass: You can bypass the built-in amplifier so the audio signal can be routed to an external amp in its purest state. This prevents any noise or distortion from being introduced by the internal circuitry.

    High Pass Filter: The VX709 features a High Pass Filter that can be set to either 50, 80, 120Hz or "Through". The "Through" setting allows for full-range operation while the other settings only allow frequencies above the selected frequency to reach your speakers.

    Low Pass Filter: The multimedia player also features a low pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output. You can select between "Through", 50Hz, 80Hz or 120Hz. If you select "Through" then your external amplifier's built-in low pass crossover will do all the filtering.

    Subwoofer Output Level: You can adjust the dedicated subwoofer preamp output level from -6 to +6 dB.

    Dual-Zone Capability: The Dual-Zone function allows internal sources (Tuner, DVD, CD) and external sources (AUX, SAT, USB, iPod) to be played from the Main Zone while selected sources (DVD, USB, AUX) can be played from the Second Zone of your vehicle. Controlling sources of the Main Zone and Second Zone can be made from the VX709 or the supplied wireless remote control. The audio/video source of the Main Zone are played back on the VX709's monitor and the speakers of the vehicle, while those of the Second Zone are played back on an optional rearview monitor and optional set of wireless headphones.

    CD/DVD Features

    24-bit D/A Converter: The unit's 24-bit D/A converter re-quantizes the 16-bit audio signals from CDs and DVDs as 24-bit data while maintaining the low distortion and high linearity of a 1-bit D/A converter. This allows an expanded dynamic range and clearer reproduction of subtle nuances, for a richer sound when viewing DVDs or listening to CDs.

    Disc Compatibility: The VX709 can play back the following types of discs.

    • CD: CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW

    MP3/WMA/ Playback: This unit can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in Joliet, Romeo, or ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 999 total files. The headunit also supports ID3 Tag information which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded on the disc.

    AAC Playback: This unit will also playback AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs with a bit-rate of 16-320 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 folders, 255 files per folder, and 999 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

    DivX Playback: DivX is highly compressed video with high visual quality which maintains a relatively small file size. This unit can play back DivX formatted files recorded on DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW discs. The unit can play DivX version 4.x, 5.x, and 6.x files, DivX Ultra is not supported.

    Touch Screen Controls: During DVD play, you can control the playback with a touch screen control pad. You can navigate through menus using an on-screen "cross-key" pad, or directly select a chapter using an on-screen number pad.

    Display Size: You can change the screen size to suit your video content. You can select Full Wide (the whole image elongates horizontally), Wide (image is expanded while the width narrows) Cinema (the top and bottom areas of the screen are cut off), or Normal (there is a black zone at both left and right ends of the screen) for both 4:3 and 16:9 images.

    Video Out Screen Size: You can set up the screen size of the unit's video output to match your connected rear monitor's aspect ratio. You can select from Wide, Pan-Scan or Letter-Box.

    Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles. When this feature is turned on, an angle mark display appears on the screen for scenes that were shot at different angles.

    Parental Lock: You can set and change the level of parental lock. This function allows cutting scenes that are unfavorable for children or replacing them automatically with other scenes prepared in advance. There is an 8 levels of parental lock that are protected by a custom user 4-digit password.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion VX709 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner.

    Preset Tuning: The VX709 features four FM bands and one AM band that can hold eight presets each, giving you a total of 32 FM presets and 8 AM presets. You can manually store your favorite presets or have the VX709 automatically store the strongest stations for you.

    ISR: You can also 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

    Video  In: Composite video and stereo RCA input for connecting an external A/V source to the unit.

    Video Out: A stereo audio and composite video output for connecting to an optional rear

    CCD In: Composite video input for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle).

    USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port on a 36" pigtail that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) devices loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files. This unit supports USB 2.0/1.1 Full-Speed and FAT12/16/32 file systems. The multimedia headunit will support MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps, WMA files with a bit rate of 32-192 kbps and AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 kbps. When connected to an MTP audio player, the VX709 can play  files protected with Windows Media DRM10. The VX709 can recognize up to 512 folders with a maximum of 255 files in each folder. The VX709 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 Compatible: The optional Clarion CCA-723 iPod (020CCA723, sold separately) connector cable allows the VX709 to connect to your iPod via the headunit's rear-panel USB port and A/V input. Using the optional CCA-723 cable, the VX709 supports audio/video playback, control, information display, and charging of select iPods and iPhones. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park (the unit will display "Audio Only" when your vehicle is in motion). Your iPod's controls will be locked while connected.  If you only need audio playback for the above mentioned iPods, you can simply use the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPod. The Clarion VX709 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to the CCA-723 iPod connector cable (as of Dec. 2009):

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

    Note: Not compatible with OS 4.0. Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Built-In Bluetooth: The VX709 features built-in Bluetooth Technology. Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a short-distant digital radio link (2.4GHz) up to approximately 33 feet. The VX709 supports the following Bluetooth wireless technology profiles.

    • HFP/OPP: The VX709 supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VX709 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the headunit's built-in microphone and your car audio speakers. The VX709 utilizes a Noise Canceller feature to reduce noise generated during hands-free conversation. The multimedia VX709 allows you to answer the call manually from the headunit's controls or automatically. You can make a call from the VX709 using the unit's on-screen ten-key pad, your transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received calls. The unit also feature a redial function. You can pair up to 5 Bluetooth enable mobile phones (only one can be used at a time).
    • A2DP/AVRCP: The VX709 supports wireless music streaming for transferring stereo music audio data that is processed as a steady and continuous audible stream from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the Clarion headunit and your car's audio system. You can listen to and control music stored on your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player. The VX709 lets you control the following playback functions from your Bluetooth compatible phone or audio player - Play, Pause, Stop, Track Search, Fast Forward and Rewind. The Clarion VX709 supports up to 5 Bluetooth audio device (only one can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile cell-phones and devices will be compatible with the VX709.

    XM Satellite Radio: The Clarion VX709 features a direct XM port for connecting and controlling an optional XM Radio tuner. There are two options for purchasing the parts needed to add XM Radio:

    • CNP2000UCA: The CNP2000UCA package ( 220CNP2UCA, sold separately) includes all the necessary parts, plus an extra; the included XMDirect² Vehicle Tuner and car antenna are used; the included protocol interface is not used, therefore no firmware download is required.
    • Home XM Tuner + Antenna: The XM Tuner ( 220XHD2H1, designed for home use) includes one necessary part, plus an extra; the included XMDirect² Home Tuner is used, but the included home antenna is not used. A car antenna must be added to the tuner ( 209XMICRO2 or 250XMICRO, sold separately) to complete the installation.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from XM. This unit is not compatible with Sirius Satellite Radio.

    Navigation Ready: The VX709 support's the Clarion NAX970HDU8 Navigation Unit (020NAX9708, sold separately). The Navigation Unit's 30 or 40 GB High Speed mobile Hard Drive is pre-loaded with highly detailed maps of the contiguous US and Canada, including more than 10 million points of interest. The optional Navigation Unit seamlessly integrates with the VZ709 and utilizes its easy-to-use touch panel control accented by a high-resolution graphic interface. The Navigation Unit also features a proprietary high speed signal processing and dedicated CPU which makes route planning and POI selection faster and more accurate. In addition, the included on-board graphics processing of the Navigation Unit allows for high-resolution 2D and 3D maps as well as menus that can deliver more in-depth information.

    Remote Control

    IR Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-panel and hard-key controls the VX709 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RCB-198) for full function of the multimedia player.

    OEM Remote: 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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