Installation & Dimenions
Marine Tested: The Clarion CMS5 Marine Mechanism-Less Source Unit has been engineered and
tested for use in the harsh marine environment. The unit meets or exceeds ASTM
B117 Salt/Fog Exposure and ASTM D4329 UV Exposure standards. The CMS5 offers
full IPX6 tested and certified Waterproof protection. The CMS5 features a water
resistance chassis and HumiSeal coated PCB to protect against corrosion.
Note: The CMS5's watertight commander is waterproof (XPX6).
The hide-away commander unit is water resistant (IPX3).
Hide-Away Module: The Clarion CMS5 includes a hid-away
module which contains all of the system's hardwired connections. The hide-away
module also contains the system 4-channel amplifier and AM/FM/Weather tuner. The
hide-away module connects to the display controller via a 10' Cat-5 cable.
Watertight Commander w/ LCD: With the hide-away connection
module installed in a water-protected area, you can control everything from the
CMS5's wired watertight commander unit. Its simple design is void of any
mechanisms to maximize reliability. Its optically-bonded 4.3" color LCD
screen provides video playback and song/artist information, while the 3-way
rotary dial and push-buttons offer simple control. You can adjust the brightness
of the unit's LCD.
Low Battery Voltage Warning: A "Low Battery Voltage Warning" will
appear on the unit's LCD screen when your boat's Battery Voltage drops to or below 10v. The audio will stop until voltage increases to 10.4v or
above, then the audio will resume. This will help from draining too much current
from the battery until the voltage increases.
Favorites: The unit's "Favorites" button gives you easier access to
your AM/FM tuner, weather band, and SiriusXM presets; as well as your Pandora
stations and phone contacts. A total of 32 "Favorite" spots are reserved for the
combination Pandora, Radio (FM/AM/WB), SiriusXM, and Phone Contacts.
Video Lock: To prevent the displaying of video while your
boat is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied wiring harness must be
connected to a 12-volt switch (sold separately). This switch should only be
activated when the boat is stopped and its safe to view video.
Wired & Wireless Remotes (Optional): The unit is equipped
with two rear mounted 8-pin DIN connectors to accommodate optional Clarion wired &
wireless remote controls. There is also a 3.5mm SWC input (adapter
required; sold separately).
- Wired Remotes: The MW1 (020MW1;
sold separately) and MW4 (020MW4;
sold separately) are hardwired remote controls with an LCD screen.
- 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
sold separately) features built-in WiFi and allows you to control the
Clarion marine stereo system via the free
Clarion MF2 app on your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad (iOS 6.0+).
Note: When more than two remotes are used in combination with one
another, Clarion's Y-adapter (020MWRYC,
sold separately) is required. You can use up to a total of 4 remotes.
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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Clarion CMS5 is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls
wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your
smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Clarion CMS5. Visit
Clarion's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Clarion CMS5
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
Hands-Free Communication (Mic sold separately): The Clarion
CMS5 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth-enabled
mobile phone (you will need to purchase Clarion's RCB-204 microphone (020RCB204,
sold separately). The CMS5 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls
and mute any music audio to your vessel's speakers so you can instantly carry
on a phone conversation hands-free. Clarion's
RCB-204 external mic carries on your side of the
conversation while your boat's speakers are used to hear the other person. You
can make a call by entering the phone number, selecting a contact from your
Phonebook list, or using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls.
- Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the caller's
phone number will be seen on the unit's LCD and a ring-tone will be heard
through your marine speakers. You can then manually answer the incoming
call from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can also set the unit to
automatically answer an incoming call within 5 seconds.
- Making A Call: You can make a call using the Clarion
in-dash head unit's front-panel controls.
- Direct Dial: Outgoing calls can be made be entering
telephone numbers directly via the marine stereo's rotary
- Phonebook: You can search for contact names in your
mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion CMS5 and then make your call.
- Call Log: You can also make a call by searching
your mobile phone's call history (Received/Dialed/Missed) from the
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Clarion CMS5
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information
display and support for aptX music streaming. You are able to stream your
stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music
apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Clarion CMS5 for playback.
When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so
you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will
- SBC + aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the CMS5 incorporate the lossless
Bluetooth aptX codec 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. Many Android smartphones support
aptX (iPhone does not support aptX).
- Basic Playback Control: You can use the front-panel
controls of the CMS5 to operate basic playback functions of your Bluetooth
device's stored music & music apps; such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track
(not compatible with all apps). Advanced music control of your stored music
and music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled
- Song/Artist Information: 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).
Dual USB Ports: The CMS5's hide-away module is equipped with
two USB (type-A) ports for connection of a USB mass storage class device, such
as your USB thumbdrive or portable digital music player. The CMS5 supports playback of MP3/WMA music files recorded on
these USB MSC devices (up to 32GB). You can search for music files in a folder
alphabetically or numerically. The unit also offers USB
playback functions such a Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip
(Previous/Next), Intro Scan, and Repeat/Random. This unit will also
charge (2.1A) your connected USB device when the receiver is turned on.
|Media Type ||USB (Mass Storage Class)|
|Playable File Types||MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling
rate of 8-48kHz|
WMA:bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/
sampling rate of 8-48kHz
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||999 filers per
folder/3,000 total files|
|Tags||ID3 tag, WMA tag|
Note: This unit's USB ports does not support Android
devices, USB hubs, or card-readers.
iPod AV Playback: The Clarion CMS5 supports audio & video
playback from your Apple device via its USB and RCA connectivity (additional
cable required). You also get
control of your audio/video content, display of song/artist information, and
charging of your device. Newer Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ will remain unlocked
during connection so you can access apps on your iPod/iPhone. If you have an
older Apple device, the touchscreen or clickwheel will be locked when connected
to the CMS5.
- Music Control: The Clarion CMS5's USB ports act as
an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the cable that came
with your 30-pin or Lightning iPod/iPhone. This type of connection allows audio playback, music
navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from
the Clarion marine receiver. The Clarion receiver allows you to
navigate your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre,
Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically
or numerically. The receiver also supports Repeat (file/all) playback
functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
- Optional Video: iPod Video from a 30-pin Apple device can be viewed
on the CMS5's LCD screen using Clarion's CCA748 cable (020CCA748,
sold separately). You can search your iPod's video library by Movies, TV
shows, or Podcasts. You can search each of these categories alphabetically
- Information Display: The receiver will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song title, and Artist/Artist name. The unit will also display
song/artist information for select music apps.
- Battery Charging: The receiver's USB connections
provide 2.1A 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.
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CMS5 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 2/7/2017):
|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|
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
AM/FM/Weather Tuner: The CMS5 features a built-in AM/FM
tuner with US and European tuning. The built-in AM/FM tuner offers Seek, Manual,
and Preset tuning. The CMS5 allows you to store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations.
The CMS5 is also equipped with a built-in weather band tuner.
Pandora App: The
Pandora App (free) lets you play music from thePandora music service
through the Clarion CMS5 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+), via
the cable that came with your iPhone device or a 3rd party Apple certified cable
(sold separately). 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.
- Music Control: The CMS5 provides control over the
Pandora music service. You can select Pandora stations from your station
list and sort them by date or alphabetically. You can also skip
song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs
down or bookmark songs/artists that are currently playing.
- Song/Artist Display: The CMS5 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 to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
SiriusXM-Ready: The Clarion CMS5 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 packageshere.
Additional features of the 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
- iTunes Tagging for your USB-connected iPod or iPhone
- 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
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
MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CMS5 employs a MOSFET (Metal
Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) power amplifier capable of
delivering 50W (Peak) x 4ch of high quality sound with superior linearity & less
distortion than conventional power amps, even with the volume cranked up.
- CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts
Note: The power specifications for the CMS5 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.
6ch/4V RCA Outputs: The Clarion CMS5 features 6ch/4V RCA
line-level outputs for Front, Rear, & Sub.
Sub Control: The non-fading subwoofer preamp output features an
independent level control (-10 to +10) and phase adjustment (0/180°),
as well as a variable low-pass crossover (70/80/90/100/110/120/140Hz) .
5-Band EQ: The Clarion CMS5 offers a 5-band EQ (80Hz, 300Hz, 1kHz,
3kHz, 8kHz)to tailor the unit's sound to your preference.
Source Volume Control (SVC): You can adjust the volume level of each
source independently from 0 to 10.
AV Inputs: The CMS5 is fitted with two sets of AV inputs.
Each AV input consists of a composite video input and a stereo RCA input.
Dual Zone Output: With the unit's Dual Zone RCA outputs, it is possible to split your boat into two discrete
to enjoy different audio sources of entertainment. You will need an external amplifier
or powered speakers in the second zone. Volume levels can be individually
controlled for each zone from the CMS5.
Video Output: The marine stereo's composite video output allows you to
output the same video signal that is being played back on the CMS5's LCD screen
to an external monitor (sold separately).
Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack
for connecting an optional marine-rated rear-view camera (sold separately). This
allows you to see what's behind your boat while on the water. The unit's harness
includes a camera trigger wire which can be connected to a +12-volt switch (sold
Installation & Dimensions
Watertight Commander: The watertight commander should be
mounted to a dry, clean, and flat surface; using the mounting bracket and
hardware. The watertight commander comes with an aluminum surface mount C-clamp.
The remote mounts to the front of your mounting surface, while the mounting
bracket mounts behind the mounting surface. The bracket attaches to the back of
the remote via the included hardware and sandwiches the mounting surface in
between the remote and bracket. You will need to drill two 0.1875" screw holes
to attach the bracket to the remote, and you'll will need drill out a 0.8125"
(in diameter) opening for the wired remote's cable to pass-through.
- Width = 6.3125"
- Height = 3.9375"
- Depth = 1.8125"
Hide-Away Module: The hide-away module should be installed
in a dry, water-protected area. Select an area with sufficient ventilation for
the mounting of the hide-away module in order to prevent the module from
overheating. You may mount the module in a horizontal or vertical position. The
hide-away module features integrated mounting flanges and included four mounting
- Width = 9.9375"
- Height = 2.625"
- Depth = 7.75"