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Clarion CMD6

Marine CD receiver

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If your boat's your pride and joy, then Clarion's CMD6 marine receiver deserves a place in the cockpit. It's built to give you outstanding sound, while standing up to the tough marine environment. The stainless steel chassis, conformal-coated circuit board, and rigorous build quality all ensure that this receiver will be rollin' down the river for years to come

If your boat's your pride and joy, then Clarion's CMD6 marine receiver deserves a place in the cockpit. It's built to give you outstanding sound, while standing up to the tough marine environment. The stainless steel chassis, conformal-coated circuit board, and rigorous build quality all ensure that this receiver will be rollin' down the river for years to come

Hook up your gear
If you've got your music on a variety of sources, you'll be well served by the CMD6. Two rear auxiliary inputs give you a pair of options for your portable players, while the rear USB input provides a connection for thumb drives or your iPod®. You can add an optional satellite radio tuner for an unparalleled variety of music, news, sports, and talk, or plug in Clarion's Bluetooth adapter for hands-free mobile phone use.

Don't leave the dock without your discs. The receiver plays all your store-bought or home-burned CDs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. Whatever your source, you'll be able read all the song and artist info clearly on the 2-line black-on-white display.

Remote control
You'll find a convenient wireless remote control in the box. You can also add on Clarion's MW1 and MW2 wired remote controls — place one at the helm and you'll still be able to control the receiver that you've installed below. Or pick up Clarion's MF1 remote for radio frequency control when you're out of line of sight of the receiver.

Sound matters
The rich media features of the CMD6 are complemented by the outstanding sound quality. The powerful amp outputs 21 watts to each of the four channels, and you can adjust your tone with separate bass and treble controls. BBE® MP sound processing adds life to compressed music files, and even makes your regular CDs sound better. For a heavy-hitting system, add amps to the three sets of preamp outputs and bring on all the sound you need, even on the largest cruiser.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine CD receiver with built-in amplifier (21 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • stainless steel chassis and conformal-coated circuit board
    • meets ASTM B117 (salt/fog Exposure) and ASTM D4329 (UV exposure) standards
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • watertight, flip-down face with a 2-line black-on-white display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • bass and treble controls
    • BBE MP sound processing
    • iPod control built in
    • compatible with satellite radio tuners, Clarion Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: rear USB input, two rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • Marine AM/FM/CD receiver (with rubber gasket installed)
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A and 1A fuses installed)
    • Aux/Preamp harness
    • RCB-176 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • Six 1-1/8" self-tapping screws
    • Hex nut
    • Rear support strap
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Installation template

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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC/MTP protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 21
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Marine Rated
    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Marine Rated

    Marine Tested: The Clarion CMD6 Marine CD receiver has been engineered and tested for use in the harsh marine environment. The receiver meets or exceeds ASTM B117 Salt/Fog Exposure and ASTM D4329 UV Exposure standards. The CMD6 offers full IPX5 tested and certified Water Intrusion protection. The faceplate features a unique rubber gasket and door assembly offering the internal components complete water protection. The unit features a sealed stainless steel chassis, a front panel rubber gasket and drip shield over the wire connections to keep water from dripping onto the internal circuits, behind the faceplate and wire connections. The receiver also features a HumiSeal coated PCB to protect against corrosion. This means the main circuit boards feature a silicone coating to help resist the effects of humidity.

    Display Features

    Oversized Fold-Down Face: The CMD6 features an oversized fold-down face with a rubber surround so your CD-disc stays protected behind the unit's marine rated face-plate. The front panel mechanically folds down to load and eject CDs. The unit's face features a high visibility 2-line display.

    Note: The face-plate is not detachable.

    Contrast: You can set the contrast level between 1 and 10 for best display visibility.

    Illumination Dimmer: The receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the boats lights are turned on. The wiring harness includes an orange/white lead that should be connected to the boats light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier: The Clarion CMD6 amplifier section is rated at 21 Watts RMS x 4 channels in 4 ohms at 1% THD+N with a 91 dBA signal-to-noise ratio.

    Bass and Treble Adjustment: The Bass can be adjusted from -7 to +7 (+/-14dB), while the Treble can be adjusted from -6 to +6 (+/-12dB).

    BBE MP: BBE MP is a sound enhancement and restoration function for compressed audio files. BBE MP improves digitally compressed sound, such a MP3, by restoring and enhancing the harmonics lost through compression. BBE MP works by regenerating harmonics from the source material, effectively recovering warmth, detail and nuance. You can set this function to High, Mid, Low, or Off.

    Mute: Use this function to turn off the sound immediately.

    3 Set of 2V Preouts: The CMD6 features front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs on a set of pigtails attached to the rear chassis. The subwoofer output is non-fading and its output level can be adjusted from -6 to +6. The subwoofer output does not contain a low-pass crossover.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The CMD6 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with U.S. and European tuning.

    Tuning Modes: The built-in tuner offer 3 tuning modes - Seek, Manual, and Preset.

    Preset Tuning: The CMD6 provides 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, proving you with 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

    Preset Scan: Preset scan receives the stations stored in the headunit's preset memory in order. This function is useful when searching for a desired station in memory.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) or the SC-VDOC1 SiriusConnect Plug-and-Play Dock (607SCVDOC1), along with a compatible SIRIUS portable tuner (all sold separately), directly to the Clarion CMD6.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XMDirect² Vehicle Tuner and the CNP-CLA1 Clarion adapter cable (package item number 700XMCLA2).
    • 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.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Clarion CMD6 marine CD receiver supports playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-Text discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: : The unit can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (8-320 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1/2, Joliet, Romeo, or Apple ISO formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels per folder, up to 255 filers per folder, and a total of 510 files. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3, WMA, and AAC ID3 tags.

    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/AAC disc.

    Auto Reload: When a 12cm CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage. (8cm/3-1/2" CDs are not reloaded automatically)

    Backup Eject: The Backup Eject feature allows you to eject a disc even if the power to the unit is turned off.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Clarion CMD6 is equipped with a rear-panel USB type-A port attached to the chassis by a 39" pigtail that is USB1.1 and USB 2.0 compatible. The CMD6 supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (8-320 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded in FAT12/16/32 onto a USB mass storage/MTP device. By supporting MTP, this unit will playback WMDRM10 protected files. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels per folder, up to 255 filers per folder, and a total of 510 files. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3, WMA, and AAC ID3 tags. The CMD6 offers USB playback functions such a Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip (Track/Folder), Repeat (Track/Folder), and Random (Folder/All) as well as a screen list of your connected USB mass storage device's tracks and folders.

    Note: The optional Clarion 62" USB extension cable (020CAUSB, sold separately) features a male USB type-A connector on one end which plugs into the headunit's rear-panel USB port and a female USB type-A port on the other end with a rubber cap that can be flush-mounted for a permanent and safe installation in a marine environment.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion CMD6 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone to the headunit's rear-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod. This unit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod. The headunit lets you search music for playback from your iPod/iPhone by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can then search each category alphabetically. You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod/iPhone: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, and Random. You can also choose to operate your iPod or iPhone from its click-wheel or touch-screen. The Clarion CMD6 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of July 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    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 N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Dual Auxiliary Input: This unit features two rear mounted, stereo RCA auxiliary inputs on a 6" pigtail so you can connect two separate external audio sources. The sensitivity of the inputs can be set (low, mid, or high) to match the output of the auxiliary source to the other sources.

    Note: The optional Clarion auxiliary extension cable (020CCAUX, sold separately) turns one pair of the headunit's stereo RCA inputs into a single stereo minijack (3.5mm) input. The auxiliary extension cable's 3.5mm connector features a rubber-cap and can be flush mounted for a permanent and safe installation in a marine environment.

    Fixed Audio Output: The CMD6 is equipped with a set of Stereo RCA outputs for transferring the audio of the unit to an external system with audio inputs

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The CMD6 comes equipped with the RCB-176 IR remote control for wireless operation of the marine receiver.

    Optional Wired Remote: The unit is also equipped with a rear mounted DIN connector to accommodate an optional Clarion wired marine remote control. The Clarion MW1 (020MW1, sold separately) is a hardwired remote control with an LCD display; and the Clarion MW2 is a hard-wired remote control without an LCD display (020MW2, sold separately).

    Bluetooth Ready: The Clarion CMD6 is compatible with Clarion's BLT370 Bluetooth system (020BLT370, sold separately) via its rear panel audio 1 input. The BLT370 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth cellular phone and wireless streaming audio from any Bluetooth compatible portable audio device.


    Mounting: The CMD6 requires a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. Six screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the waterproof gasket against the bulkhead. A clear, self-adhesive template is supplied to assist you with the cutout and drilling the screw holes. You can install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Note: The receiver does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard I-, J-, or E-sized automotive installation.

    Dimensions: The receiver has the following dimensions:

    • Chassis Width: 7.125"
    • Chassis Height: 2.025"
    • Chassis Depth: 7.875"
    • Nose Width: 7.765"
    • Nose Height: 3.515"
    • Nose Depth: 1.9375"

    Screw Hole Pattern: The faceplate has four mounting holes across the top, above the chassis, and two holes below the chassis for securing the unit to the bulkhead. The screw hole spacing is as follows:

    • Top Row:
      • Total Width: 7.0625"
      • Width Between Two Center Holes: 2.375"
      • Width Between End Holes and Adjacent Center Holes: 2.375"
    • Bottom Row Width: 7.25"
    • Height (Between Top and Bottom Rows): 2.9375"
    • Screw Mounting Depth: 0.875"

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