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Put PANDORA® Internet Radio in your dash
Harness the power of PANDORA® on your next road trip with the Clarion CZ202 CD receiver. With the help of your iPhone® and a free app, you can play your PANDORA® stations right from your dash.
Front-panel USB for your iPod® or iPhone
Once you've plugged your player into the USB slot, you'll be able to control your iPod right from the CZ202, or by switching back to your iPod's controls so a passenger can pick the tunes — your choice. You can search by alphabet for the song you want, then watch song and artist info scroll across the screen. You'll enjoy great sound quality from the USB connection — far superior to plugging into an auxiliary input — and your player stays charged while you drive.
What's that I'm hearing?
It's amazing what your ears will get used to...like the muffled sound that comes out of many factory radios. With the Clarion CZ202 handling your tunes, you should notice a big change in sound quality. The built-in amp does a nice job of giving you greater clarity and definition at any volume level. You can take control and tweak your sound too, with a 3-band parametric equalizer that gives you precise control over the lows, mids, and highs.
Bass fans, rejoice
If you're putting together a system, the two sets of preamp outputs make it easier to connect to an amp or powered sub. Plus, you can switch the rear output to subwoofer mode so you can dial in the right bass tone for your ride. Clarion even gives you an adjustable low-pass filter so you can get the best performance out of your sub.
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 CZ202, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
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.
Anonymous, Gillette, WY
Average Customer Review(s):
I bought this stereo to replace the stock head unit in my wife's 2001 Toyota Rav4. This was my first install so it took me about 45 mins to an hour from start to finish. Overall the install was super easy with the whirring harness adaptor I purchased with the Clarion CZ202. The sound quality is a huge improvement and being able to use her iphone5 via the mp3 jack or USB port is great as well. Haven't fired up Pangora radio on it yet but it looks pretty cool.
Pros: Sleek display, easy install, removable faceplate, mp3/usb ports, not a lot of unnecessary features when you don't want them, inexpensive
Cons: Only con I can think of is that if you don't read the directions you can get lost setting up the sound on the stereo... But that goes without saying.
Very affordable, easy to install, and it had the features i was looking for in a stereo.
Pros: easy install, sub hookups, easy to use, cheap price, lots of features
Cons: none come to mind
Pros: It's awesome.
pretty nice deck im an alpine guy but for the price i figured what the heck.
Pros: 2 pre outs is nice fairly easy to use once u figure it out
Cons: none yet
Good solid deck. No complaints. Replaced a stock head unit for this one so i could run my IPOD. Similar to Pioneers
Pros: Cheap and Solid
Overall, a good value for the price. Using the iPod through the use is a bit clunky.
Pros: Easy to install, good sound quality, relatively easy to use without looking at the manual
Cons: When using the iPod through the USB, there is no pause button and searching through the iPod's playlist is clunky. I don't like that when you have the screen saver on, you don't see any info, like time. It scrolls through all of the radio's features, which gets old after 2 minutes
It worked the first time and I am still learning how to use it.
DOES NOT play mixed CD's. There will be a gap between every song. Called company and they said that is the way the radio is designed.
Cons: Does not play mixed CD's
So overall this is a good unit. I could not believe the sounds difference between my ghetto Kenwood deck and this deck. My huge issue with this deck is that the firmware is not very impressive, folder navigation is terrible (my folders are artist then album), if the folder has no songs in it then it is ignored. The face that there is a gap between tracks when playing an mp3 cd is just brutal, any CDs with some nice flow are just destroyed. Overall if you are buying this deck and using it for CD playing, find another deck. If you are using it for USB and navigation is not important to you (or your not as anal as me) or if you are using the aux input, go for it.
Pros: Great sound quality Nice bass control Looks real nice! Usb feature is cool
Cons: Terribly navigation Pause between mp3 tracks
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||19 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|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||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
USB Port: The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect and play USB (1.1/2.0) Mass Storage Class devices loaded with MP3/WMA music files. MP3/WMA files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and formatted with FAT are supported. The head unit can recognize up to 999 files per folder and 3,000 total files. Titles up to 64 characters can be displayed while in USB mode. The CZ202 offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device; Play/Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, and Folder selection. This unit will also charge (0.5A) your connected USB device when the receiver is turned on.
Note: The Clarion USB extension cable (020CCA755, sold separately) can be used to connected your USB flash-memory device. Copy-protected WMA files cannot be played on this unit.
iPod Direct Connection: The Clarion' CZ202's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the Clarion in-dash head unit. iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the CZ202 to an external universal monitor with RCA video input and connecting a compatible iPod/iPhone via the optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748, sold separately).
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 94dB.
iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
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.
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.
iPod 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.
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Clarion CZ202 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Clarion CZ202 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). 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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CZ202 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):
|iPod Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Pandora app||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod||App mode||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
| clickwheel |
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: The CZ202 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. You can set the Auxiliary input sensitivity level to Low or High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.
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 3,000 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 CZ202 provides Repeat, Random, & Scan playback functions.
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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ202 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.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CZ202 employs a MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) power amplifier capable of delivering 45W (Peak) x 4ch of high quality sound with superior linearity & less distortion than conventional power amps, even with the volume cranked up.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CZ202 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 CZ202 are as follows:
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||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|
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 CZ202 features 4ch/2V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear). 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).
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.
Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. 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 CZ202 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 CZ202 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.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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