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Clarion CMD8

Marine CD receiver

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Our take on the Clarion CMD8

If you're serious about sound quality on land and sea, you need a high-performance marine-rated receiver – like Clarion's CMD8. This CD receiver is engineered to meet or exceed the toughest industry standards for salt/fog exposure and UV resistance, so it's ready to withstand the rigors of life on the water. With this receiver, you can take your entertainment offshore with confidence.

Built for boating

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If you're serious about sound quality on land and sea, you need a high-performance marine-rated receiver – like Clarion's CMD8. This CD receiver is engineered to meet or exceed the toughest industry standards for salt/fog exposure and UV resistance, so it's ready to withstand the rigors of life on the water. With this receiver, you can take your entertainment offshore with confidence.

Smart, integrated design

Clarion invests thousands of hours of testing into making their marine receivers tough enough to withstand salt water, heavy fog, blistering sunlight, and lashing rain. All that research gives you features like a coated, sealed circuit board and a front panel that provides water resistance and durability. With a simple press of a button, the panel flips down to reveal the CD slot. You can play your favorite store-bought CDs, or enjoy discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files.

Get connected and take control

Sure, you use your boat to get away from it all – but not all that far, and certainly not all the time. The CMD8 gives you direct control over your iPhone® or iPod® via USB, and you can also use your iPhone to enjoy the same great Pandora® Internet radio stations you enjoy back on shore. Give a new song the "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" while you're enjoying old favorites (or those about to be).

Designed to perform, ready to expand

The CMD8 is built to last, but it's also ready to rock. With a built-in MOSFET amplifier, a 3-band equalizer, and high and low pass filters, you'll get great sound, no matter what source you're listening to. When it's time to expand your system, you'll be thankful for the 4-channel preamp outputs, complete with subwoofer controls. It's also compatible with Clarion's wired and wireless remotes.

If you're a SiriusXM satellite radio subscriber (or plan to be), the CMD8 works with the SXV200 tuner (sold separately). You'll enjoy a vast selection of music, news, entertainment and sports programming, as far as 100 miles offshore. You can even tag your favorite songs and purchase them on iTunes later.

Installation Note: This marine receiver's chassis will fit in a standard DIN (2" x 7") opening, but its oversize face can cause problems in certain applications. Please check the receiver's dimensions in Details to make sure it'll work in your boat.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amp (18 watts x 4 RMS CEA-2006 / 45 peak x 4 channels)
    • Pandora® control via USB iPod/iPhone app
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB
    • watertight flip-down face
    • sealed, coated circuit board
    • meets or exceeds ASTM D4329 (UV exposure)
    • meets or exceeds ASTM B117 (salt/fog exposure)
    Audio features
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    • built-in high- and low-pass filters
    • Magna Bass EX sound enhancement
    • long memory retention for presets
    • low power consumption mode when powered off
    • compatible with SiriusXM SXV200 tuner (not included)
    • inputs: rear USB with water resistant cap; 2-channel RCA audio auxiliary inputs (rear)
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    • works with a variety of wired and wireless Clarion remotes
    Other information:

    excellent product. easy installation.

    Anonymous, Jenkintown, PA

    What's in the Box:

    • Marine AM/FM CD receiver (with rubber gasket and two transport screws installed)
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A and 1A fuses installed)
    • Six 1-1/8" self-tapping screws
    • Hex nut
    • 2 Flat washers
    • Rear support strap
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • Owner's/Installation Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Installation template
    • Caution note

    Clarion CMD8 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (11 Reviews)

    Clarion CMD8

    Anonymous from Jenkintown, PA on 6/5/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent product. easy installation.



    Clarion CMD8

    Anonymous from Keans Marina on 5/23/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am greatly satisfied with the easy installation and the sound is very good.



    Pretty good replacement for a CMD4

    Nate from Atlanta, Ga on 6/18/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo worked great as a replacement for the Clarion CMD4. Fit in the opening, used the same wiring, and the sound was great.

    Pros: Easy replacement. Sound on the boat was great and the stereo works with the old remote as long as you purchase an adapter. The LED doesn't work on the remote with the new adapter but not a big deal.

    Cons: Had to install a Fusion BT - 100 due to the stereo not having Bluetooth. That was pretty easy. Also, the original 6 CD changer did not work with the new CMD8 so that will be removed and thrown out. Not important moving forward anyway.

    Baja (boat)

    Paul S from Lexington, KY on 4/3/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    EASY! I replaced my old Clarion XMD1 with CMD8. I just unplugged the old one and plugged in the new one.

    Pros: Easy install when replacing old Clarion. Nice looking unit with solid construction.

    Cons: My old remotes don't plug in to this new unit. I got to spend more money :(


    Capt. Scott H. from Smithfield, VA on 2/9/2016

    This radio is horrible,. i dont care what these other guys are saying....I have installed hundreds of stereos in my day & yes this was bought to replace an existing one of the exact type that was in our 56ft Sportfisher. the one that was in it was dead "guess we should have known better just from that" but we went with it for easy hookup & thought....Man this thing is kind of has to be a good one! Wrong!! yes...hook up was easy....but this is the most non userfriendly radio I have ever dealt with. You have to mash multiple buttons to get to Anything the way you like it. you have to drop down the entire faceplate to install a cd. the USB plug is in the back which is a P.I.T.B to route to where it is accessible...& the USB stopped working after a couple of months & now only get Error messages every time I try to hook anything up to the CD player is doing this same Error as all I have now is radio., Which everyone knows way offshore is not that basically with no ipod hookup, no cd player& no radio...I have an expensive Sinker!! I wish I would Have went with Kenwood, Pioneer or Sony......Brands I know are good. I have a feeling this review will not get published because i didnt but this radio from Crutchfield. I bought it from a marina retailer....But...I came here to buy My new one as I have Purchased many Stereos from Crutchfield in the past & they have outstanding customer service! i just felt the need to warn everyone of this one

    Pros: Easy Hook up.

    Cons: Expensive, doesn't hold up, not user friendly, usb is in the back,

    replaced existing

    Dan M from New York on 8/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    used this same model to replace what was in boat. all existing wiring and remote just plugged in 10 minutes to install. very happy with the quick install.

    Pros: great sounding unit


    Clarion CMD8

    Marcie S. from Georgia on 6/22/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This marine radio/CD/receiver replaced an old clarion and was easy to install. The wiring instructions were easy to follow. Also got the portable remote, had everything up and running in under an hour. The Crutchfield tech said it would be an easy install and it was!


    Cons: did not have a usb port, had to install one, but it had wiring to accept the added usb.

    Clarion CMD8

    Rick from Myrtle Beach, SC on 10/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome quality and value. Paired with JL speakers on my 22' Bay Boat sounds are great. Easy to read display and controls.

    Pros: Quality, sounds and value. Water proof. Ease of hooking up wiring harness.

    Cons: Channel programming. Had to add an adaptor plate because unit was smaller then previous Clarion radio this was replacing.

    Clarion CMD8 a good boat stereo

    Couch Lover from Mammoth Lakes, CA. on 7/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a Clarion XMD1 so we replaced it in my older 2004 TIGe boat, one reason I replaced it with the Clarion CMD8 is it was close to the size of hole left in my boat by my old Clarion XMD1 and the wiring harness plugged right in and the Amp plugged in much to my surprise also the newer TIGe boat comes with the Clarion CMD8 stereo that I've heard and it rocks, it has the capability so you can have one amp for tower speakers and one amp for a subwoofer. I also got the wireless Clarion remote and from the boats driver seat you can tune it. A great boat stereo.

    Pros: Waterproof, Ipod compatible, expanable for two Amps, speakers and subwoofer.

    Cons: Price

    Nice features

    Chris J from Oakdale, California on 7/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a marine stereo that was simple to use by having Large easy to see push buttons, and this unit was exactly what I was looking for, plus it's watertight, and that's another feature I wanted with out having to buy a protective cover for it to keep out rain, fog, or any other moisture that may come it's way. I also had to Fabricate a overlay plate for it out of Aluminum sheet, then I glued a nice grey marine carpet over that, and it looks very sharp and custom in my fishing boat. It plays my CD's and Ipod player great, but the Clarion CMD8 does lack the power to help the Clarion Speakers punch out the great sound. I knew this before I purchased the unit, but that was okay with me, because I was going to purchase a Clarion amplifier to go with the Unit to boost the sound/power and now the speakers sound great! Most people purchase a power amplifier with there higher power receivers anyways, so it made no difference to me. I installed the player next to the passengers seat so they could easily put CD's in the player or play the radio etc....and I added the Clarion Remote Control in front of me while I drive the boat, so I could have control from there also. All together I'm happy with the performance of all the Clarion products I purchased

    Pros: Large easy to see buttons, ease of use, watertight

    Cons: Lacks power

    Just what I expected

    JonB from Sharon, MA on 6/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this to replace an older Clarion with a similar footprint, still needed to fabricate an overlay plate. Nice unit, all the features I needed.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Marine & Display Features
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Audio Section
    Remote Control

    Marine & Display Features

    Marine Tested: The Clarion CMD8 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 CMD8 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.

    Oversized Fold-Down Face: The CMD8 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. The face-plate is not detachable. The fold-down face requires 3.5" of space to open.

    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.

    Screen Saver: This unit is provided with a Screen Saver function which allows you to show various kinds of patterns and characters in the operation status indication area of the display in a random order. You can turn this function on or off. If the button operation is performed with the screen saver function "On", the operation display corresponding to the button operation is shown for about 30 seconds and then the display returns to the screen saver display.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Clarion CMD8 marine CD receiver supports playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-Text discs. The unit will play back MP3/WMA audio files recorded on CD-R/RW discs.

    USB Port: The Clarion CMD8 is equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the chassis by a 39" pigtail that which allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on compatible USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (0.5A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The Clarion CMD8 supports the following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Apple ISO FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 3,000 total files/999 files per folder 510 total files/255 files per folder
    Tags ID3 tags, WMA 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 disc, the first track of a folder being played will be reset.

    Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of all the tracks recorded on a CD or the first 10 seconds of the first track of all the folders on an MP3/WMA disc or USB device.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

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

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Clarion CMD8 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit 's rear-panel USB port using your iPod's dock- or lightning-to-USB cable for audio playback, control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone.

    • iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit 's 1-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Clarion head unit supports audio playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone. iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the CMD8 to an external universal monitor with RCA video input and connecting a compatible iPod/iPhone via the optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748, sold separately).
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen
      • Head Unit Control: The Clarion head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod/iPhone - Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, and Random.
      • Simple Control Mode: In Simple Control mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Clarion head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next) can be controlled from the head unit. However, you will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen for advance navigation of your music apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, and Artist/Artist name. The head unit will also display song/artist information from the Pandora App. It will not display metadata from other streamed apps or when in Simple Control mode. Simple Control mode only displays "iPod" across the screen.
    • Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CMD8 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/9/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    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.

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

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The CMD8 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with U.S. and European tuning. The built-in tuner offer 3 tuning modes - Seek, Manual, and Preset. The CMD8 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 receives the stations stored in the head unit 's preset memory in order. This function is useful when searching for a desired station in memory.

    Pandora App Control: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Clarion CMD8 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the dock- or lightning-to-USB cable supplied with your iPhone. The Clarion CMD8 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). Or, you can create a new station from the current playing artist or song. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Clarion CMD8 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's display
    • Category Search feature lets you search for channels within a certain genre or category
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets w/ Preset Scan
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio 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.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CMD8 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.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CMD8 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 CMD8 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 45 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    BeatEQ: BeatEQ lets you tune the sound to your liking, depending on the category of music, for a more fulfilling listening experience. The Clarion CD receiver provides 4 preset EQ curves (Bass Boost, Impact, Excite, Off) and 1 custom EQ curve. Bass Boost emphasizes the bass portion of your music; Impact emphasizes the bass & treble portions of your music; Excite emphasizes bass, midrange & treble portions of your music; while Flat sets the bass, midrange, & treble to 0. The Custom EQ lets you freely customize the frequency, Q-factor, and level of the bass, midrange, & treble. BeatEQ settings are applied to all sources.

    BeatEQ (Custom Mode) Frequency Q-Factor Level
    Bass 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz 0.7, 1, 1.4, 2.0 -7 to + 7 dB
    Midrange 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz
    Treble 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz

    Magna Bass EX (Extend): The Magna Bass Extend feature does not adjust the low frequencies like the normal sound adjustment function, but emphasizes the deep bass frequencies to provide you with a dynamic sound. This circuit boosts bass at an ultra-low frequency of about 50Hz, creating a rich, deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness control. What is more, boost levels are dependent on the system volume, resulting in balanced system response and dynamic bass reproduction.

    4ch/2V Preamp Output: The Clarion CMD8 features 4ch/2V RCA line level outputs (Front, Rear/SW). The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as a dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer output with a low-pass filter and level control (+/-6).

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion CMD8 is equipped with built-in low-pass and high-pass crossovers.

    • Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: The Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low frequency range through the preamp outputs to ensure superb performance with a connected subwoofer. The low-pass filter can be set to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range).
    • High-Pass Filter: The CMD8 features a High-Pass Filter (HPF) for the unit's front & rear channels, via speaker-output or preamp-output. You can adjust the high-pass filter from 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range). The HPF prevents low bass notes from distorting your front & rear speakers. The high-pass filter setting effects both the front & rear channels of the head unit.

    Beep: The head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wireless Remotes: The CMD8 is compatible with Clarion's RCB-176 IR remote control (020RCB176, sold separately) for wireless operation of the marine receiver. Its also compatible with Clarion's wireless RF remote control kit (020MF1, sold separately).

    Wired & Wireless Remotes (Optional): The unit is equipped with a rear mounted 8-pin DIN connector to accommodate optional Clarion wired & wireless remote controls. 

    • Wired Remote: The MW1 (020MW1; sold separately) is a hardwired remote control with an LCD display,
    • RF Remote: The Clarion MF1 (020MF1, 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 (020MF2, sold separately) features built-in WiFi and allows you to control your 2009-up Clarion marine receiver via the free Clarion MF2 app on your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad (iOS 6.0+).

    Note: When two remotes are used in combination with one another, Clarion's Y-adapter (020MWRYC, sold separately) is required.

    Optional NMEA 2000 Interface Module: Clarion's MW6 NMEA 2000 Compliant interface module (020MW6, sold separately) allows Clarion marine source unit to be seamlessly added to your boat's onboard NMEA 2000 network, enabling control of the Clarion source unit directly from the boat's Multi-Function Display (MFD) device.


    Mounting: The CMD8 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: 2.015"
    • Chassis Depth: 7.125"
    • Nose Width: 7.705"
    • Nose Height: 3.505"
    • Nose Depth: 1.8125"

    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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    You can connect an external Bluetooth receiver like the Sony RM-X7BT: You'll just need to add an audio cable to connect 3.5mm output of the Sony to the stereo RCA auxiliary audio input on your CMD8: I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Sep 06, 2017 ]  Staff
    I'm afraid the M201RCS remote would not work with any of the current Clarion Marine head units per the information presented on their website. For more details or to discuss other replacement solutions, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry  Jun 20, 2017 ]  Staff
    No, you will need to purchase a separate adaptor to hookup to the unit . The Stereo is A++ and worth every bit of the investment. Enjoy [ JEFFREY  Mar 31, 2016 ]
    Yes it will. [ DAVID  Mar 31, 2016 ]
    Yes it would be a direct replacement. All connections including screw holes match. No issues. [ PETER H  Feb 22, 2016 ]
    Based on the information provided, it appears it woudl be a direct replacement and nothing extra would be needed. [ JEFFREY  Feb 22, 2016 ]
    Yes you can [ David  May 12, 2015 ]
    Yes you can. I installed a 1200 watt amp to mine. If I remember correctly you can hook up to two amps to it [ ROBERT  May 11, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can install an amplifier to it. I have. [ CHRIS L  May 11, 2015 ]
    Yes - I am using a 5 channel JL Audio Marine amp. Super easy hook up [ DANIEL  May 11, 2015 ]
    It is very unlikely that the pin-outs on the receivers will be the same, so you will need to at least replace the wiring harness. The rest may be re-useable, but you will want to contact an Advisor to be sure. You can reach by phone or click on Contact Us at the top of the page to chat. [ Jeff  May 04, 2015 ]  Staff
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: At this time the Clarion CMD8 Marine CD Receiver is the current model. We do not carry a unit exactly like this Clarion with Bluetooth. Here is a link to the Bluetooth Marine stereos:|Built-in&avf=N If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jun 21, 2014 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss the dimensions and connections between the two units. They will be able to pull up your current gear and see if this will match up. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Dec 27, 2013 ]  Staff