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Our take on the Clarion CZ102 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Step up to better sound
When it's time to rock out, can your factory stereo keep up? With this nifty Clarion CD receiver in your dash, you'll rock harder than before without laying out too much cash. And it'll look pretty cool, too.
Improve your sound
Clarion designed the CZ102 to deliver sound quality that's superior to your factory stereo, with a strong built-in amplifier that gives you clean power with plenty of punch. You can use the MAGNA BASS EX feature to enhance the low frequencies in your music, so you get a fuller sound without muddiness. The 3-band parametric equalizer allows you to change the center frequency for adjusting the bass, midrange, and treble, so you get more control over the tone of your music. A set of preamp outputs makes it easier to add an amp or a powered sub — and the CZ102 even has dedicated subwoofer controls plus a low-pass filter that keeps your sub running efficiently.
Front aux input and a remote control
You'll find the front auxiliary input handy for plugging in a Dock & Play satellite radio, an iPod®, or any other portable audio player. You can also play your store-bought CDs, plus discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. Clarion even includes a remote so a passenger can control the action.
Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Clarion stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Clarion, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
radioit was very easy to install into my truck came with all the instructions on how to insatll which were very helpful
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What's in the Box:
- AM/FM CD receiver (with two transports screws installed)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
- IR remote control (RCX001)
- CR2025 3V Lithium battery
- 2 Radio removal tools
- 4 M5 x 6mm ISO screws
- Face fixing screw
- Owner's/Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
- Warranty Sheet (USA/Canada)
- CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
- remote control
- 3-band parametric EQ
- low-pass filter
- compatible with Clarion Bluetooth adapter
- inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
- outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/sub)
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||N/C|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||18 watts|
|Peak Output||45 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, & finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
MP3/WMA Playback: The unit can play MP3 (8-320 kbps/VBR) and WMA (8-320 kbps) files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Joliet, Romeo, or Apple ISO formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels and 999 files per folder (or 999 total files). This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 & WMA ID3 tags up to 32 characters.
Disc-In-Play-Function: This feature allows you to turn the power to the unit "on" and start playing the disc automatically when the disc is inserted even if the unit is not powered up, as long as the ignition key is turned to the "on" or "acc" position.
Top Function: The Top Function resets the CD player to the first track of a CD-Audio disc or first track of a folder for an CD-R/RW disc.
Folder Select: This function allows you to select a folder containing MP3/WMA files and start playing from the first track in the folder.
Playback Functions: The CZ102 provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.
- 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.
- Repeat Play: This function allows you to play the current track on a disc repeatedly or play a file currently being played in a MP3/WMA folder repeatedly.
- Random Play: This function allows you to play all tracks recorded on a disc or in a folder in a random order.
Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit while a disc is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping point when it is turned on again.
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.
Mounting: For proper CD playback you must install the unit within 30° of horizontal.
Auxiliary Input: The CZ102 feature a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this head unit.
Aux Sensitivity: You can set the Auxiliary input sensitivity level to Low or High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CZ102 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 CZ102 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 CZ102 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 (180 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 (Custom Mode)||Frequency||Q-Factor||Level|
|Bass||60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz||1, 1.25, 1.5 or 2.0||-7 to + 7 dB|
|Midrange||500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5 kHz||0.5, 0.75. 1.0, or 1.25||-7 to + 7 dB|
|Treble||10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz||N/A||-7 to + 7 dB|
Note: BeatEQ settings are applied to all sources.
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.
2ch/2V RCA Preamp Output: The Clarion CZ102 features 2ch/2V RCA line level outputs (Rear/Sub). The head unit's preamp outputs can be configured as a fading rear-channel preamp output or as a dedicated non-fading RCA subwoofer output, with a low-pass filter and level control (+/-6).
Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: The Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output (when activated) 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 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Through (full-range).
Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ102 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, & preset tuning.
Instant Station Recall (ISR): You can 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.
Preset Stations: 18 FM station presets and 6 AM station presets can stored. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.
Preset Scan: Preset scan receives the stations stored in the unit's preset memory in order. This function is useful when searching for a desired preset station.
Local Seeking: When Local seeking is turned "On", only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.
Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit
H.M.I. Design: Clarion's superior H.M.I. (Human-Machine Interface) Design features an easy-to-use rotary volume control and easy-to-read illuminated buttons on the face which are laid out in an asymmetrical design to place the most used features within a specific area for ease of use and less user distraction.
High Visibility LCD: The single-line, 10-digit, high visibility LCD (with black background and white characters) on the CZ102 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.
Illumination Dimmer: The receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. The wiring harness includes an orange/white lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking 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.
Wireless Remote: The CZ102 comes supplied with an IR remote control (RCX001) for wireless operation of the CD player. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium cell 3-volt battery.
OEM Remote Ready: 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 when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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5 questions already asked
I cannot see a memory card slot on my Clarion CZ102. [ RICHARD Mar 04, 2015 ]
Thanks all, I must have misread the page, I've looked again and don't see the memory card section. Must have been another unit. [ Mike Feb 26, 2015 ]
I happen to have my wife's CZ102 out of the vehicle because we just got her a new car an I haven't had a chance to install it yet. I cannot find anywhere to put a memory card of any type. I looked behind the detachable face as well. I didn't see anything in the manual about a removable memory device. [ SUSAN V Feb 25, 2015 ]
I do not believe there isthe stereo one with the car when I sold it almost a year ago [ LARRY F Feb 25, 2015 ]
There is no memory card slot on the CZ102. I put all my .mp3s and .wmas on CDs which work well. [ TERRY Feb 25, 2015 ]
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 Dec 31, 2014 ] Staff
The pinkish in the picture is misleading, the backlight is red [ ANTHONY Mar 19, 2014 ]
Red [ SUSAN V Mar 15, 2014 ]
Hi Jeremy, The color is red. I also thought that the light would be blue, based on my research. Richard [ RICHARD Mar 13, 2014 ]
The actual buttons are a blue, the left side by the volume is a reddish color. Everything else is a blue. [ CAMERON J Mar 13, 2014 ]
Call or order through Crutchfield with your vehicle information and the advisor will let you know what trim plate and wiring adapters you may need. Also one thing that I wish they included, but easily picked up at the hardware store. Get a pack or two of some butt or scotchlock crimp connectors and a crimping/stripping tool [ ANTHONY Mar 19, 2014 ]
For 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 Jan 21, 2014 ] Staff
no its just red but it is a great head unit for the price you really cant beat it! [ ALAN Dec 02, 2013 ]
No it is not . It is red but in the day kind of looks pink if not looking straight at it. [ RYAN Nov 30, 2013 ]
The color is red. As far as I know, the color is not switchable. [ RICHARD Nov 29, 2013 ]
no [ KEVIN Nov 29, 2013 ]