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Overview

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You can't avoid it, sometimes an important call comes in while you're on the road. Clarion's CZ302 CD receiver puts Parrot's class-leading Bluetooth® in your dash, so you can field those calls and hear your caller over your speakers. Pairing your phone with this Clarion receiver's incredibly easy, and a driver's-side built-in microphone ensures the person on the other end will hear you loud and clear. And you can also stream music from your phone or another compatible device.

Talk hands-free and stream music

You can't avoid it, sometimes an important call comes in while you're on the road. Clarion's CZ302 CD receiver puts Parrot's class-leading Bluetooth® in your dash, so you can field those calls and hear your caller over your speakers. Pairing your phone with this Clarion receiver's incredibly easy, and a driver's-side built-in microphone ensures the person on the other end will hear you loud and clear. And you can also stream music from your phone or another compatible device.

Pandora® Internet radio for iPhone® lovers

Take your Pandora stations along with the CZ302 — with your iPhone connected, you can run the free Pandora app on your phone and control it from the dash. You can skip tracks, change stations, and rate songs just like you do online.

Connect your iPod® or iPhone

Your music library's extensive, but you're in the mood for that one perfect song. Connect your iPod or iPhone to the convenient front-panel USB input, and you can dive into that massive collection. Clarion's ABC Search lets you quickly zero in on a tune, or you can search more generally by artist, playlist, genre, and more. You can also switch control from the receiver to the player itself, so you can put a passenger in charge of the music.

Built around great sound

Clarion's built-in amplifier gives you the clean power you need to overcome road noise, while the versatile Magna Bass EX bass boost will add depth to your sound without getting muddy. The 3-band parametric equalizer gives you pinpoint control over the highs, mids, and lows — that's a big jump over the simple bass and treble controls found on most factory radios. A built-in low-pass filter lets you control the character of your bass, while a high-pass filter trims the extreme low bass out of your front and rear speakers so they play more efficiently.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can 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 CZ302, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Awesome radio, easy installation with the wiring harness and instructions. Easy to set up everything including Bluetooth. Great sound

Rodney A, China Grove North Carolina

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What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM CD receiver (with two transports screws installed)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Face (inside included face-case)
  • 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
  • Hard plastic face-case
  • Owner's/Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Sheet (USA/Canada)
  • "About pairing of Bluetooth mode" note

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS CEA-2006/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with 2-line display
    • Pandora control for iPhone
    • plays MP3 and WMA files on disc
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ (four preset tone settings and 3-band parametric EQ)
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front-panel USB input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other info:
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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    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 6+/6/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 19 watts
    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
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Clarion CZ302 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.0+EDR (powered by Parrot), 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.

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the CZ302. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Clarion in-dash head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time). The Clarion CZ302 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone.

    Note: The Clarion CZ302 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Visit Clarion Bluetooth Support for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    Hands-Free Communication: The CZ302 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The CZ302 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car'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 car stereo 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 (0-9, *, #, +) directly via the car stereo's rotary control knob.
      • Phonebook: You can search for contact names in your mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion CZ302 and then make your call. The head unit can store up to 500 contact numbers.
      • Call Log: You can also make a call by searching your mobile phone's call history (Received/Dialed/Missed) from the Clarion CZ302.
      • Redial: You can simply redial the last number dialed with a press of a single button on the in-dash head unit.

    Integrated Microphone: The Clarion CZ302 features an integrated front-panel microphone to carry on your side of a conversation during a Bluetooth phone call. You can adjust the microphone gain (+/-5) for each paired mobile phone device.

    External Microphone (optional): The Clarion RCB-204 (sold separately) is an external microphone which can be connected to Clarion CZ302. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of the head unit. The microphone features an attached 13.25' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector which plugs into the microphone input on the rear-chassis of your compatible Clarion head unit. The microphone also features an integrated sun-visor clip for mounting the external microphone in your vehicle. The integrated bracket allows the microphone to swivel left-to-right and rotate up-or-down.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Clarion CZ302 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The CZ302 will be able to control your stored music's basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Fast-Forward/Reverse. The CZ302 also supports audio streaming of music apps from your smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view & control streaming music apps. 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 resume.

    Note: The new iPhone with Lightning connector only offers Bluetooth audio streaming without control or metadata display.

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ302 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Clarion CZ302 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 SiriusXM.com 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
    • Artist/Song Alert notifies you when your favorite artist or song is playing
    • Replay feature lets you pause, fast-forward, or rewind up to 30 minutes of live content
    • iTunes Tagging for your connected iPod or iPhone
    • 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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    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 CZ302 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' CZ302's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the 30-pin or Lightning cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. 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 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.
    • 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.

    iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: 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). The head unit also supports Repeat (file/all) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
    • Simple Control: 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. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

      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.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Clarion CZ302 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Clarion CZ302 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 (iOS 5.0 +) 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 CZ302 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 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 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 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 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y 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 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 CZ302 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 Playback

    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 CZ302 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.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CZ302 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 CZ302 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 CZ302 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 19 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 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 CZ302 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).

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion CZ302 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 CZ302 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 in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A hard plastic face-case is included to protect the head unit's face when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also 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 two-line, high visibility LCD (with black background and white characters) on the CZ302 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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The CZ302 comes supplied with an IR remote control (RCX001) for wireless operation of the CD player. The remote operates off of a single CR3025 Lithium cell 3-volt battery. The remote does not offer Bluetooth hands-free communication control, but does provide playback operation for Bluetooth audio streaming.

    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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    Barebones with Bluetooth®

    Written by Ken Nail, Staff Writer - Creative, on 5/7/2012 11:08:00 AM

    I should qualify the term "barebones" — these days even a relatively inexpensive CD receiver has some pretty cool features. Features like built-in iPod® control, Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone®, and a 3-band equalizer are built into the CZ302. It also includes Bluetooth, so you've got the added utility of hands-free calling and audio streaming.

    Sure, the single-line screen's a little basic, and mastering some of the controls might take couple trips to the manual, but all-in-all, this is a solid choice if you're upgrading on a budget.

    Not perfect, but perfectly fine

    Written by Dominic DeVito, Staff Writer - Creative, on 3/25/2014 3:36:00 PM

    The CZ302 seems like a suitable upgrade for many different drivers, whether you're looking for Bluetooth on the go, have an iPhone with Pandora, carry your music on a thumb drive, enjoy satellite radio, or want a little more control over their audio settings. It has a lot going for it, but it's not quite a total all-star.

    The display typically gives you two lines of information, unless you're doing Bluetooth audio, which only offers one line. You can't change the display and button colors, but the blue/white color scheme isn't bad. The panel layout isn't the most intuitive, so you'll have to spend a few minutes getting to know what everything does. The knob feels nice and solid, and the buttons under the display work great. My main gripe with this stereo are the four square buttons to the left of the knob, which don't really work like buttons but more like smooth touch panels. I'd much prefer something separate that feels like I'm pushing something, but maybe that's just me. I also would've preferred an illuminated aux in, but that's not a deal breaker.

    The Bluetooth paired with my iPhone 5 quickly, and I had no problems streaming through the stereo and changing tracks. Pandora over a USB connection was a breeze to pull up and operate, but it took me a minute to find the thumbs up/down and skip buttons. I would've expected to use the arrow buttons to change the songs, but instead they change the Pandora stations.

    Playing music from my thumb drive was fine, but it did take me a few tries to figure out the stereo's search functionality. For the price, this radio has a lot to offer (including a remote), but the learning curve for the controls might be on the steep side for radios with similar feature sets.

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    Price, name [ Ram A.  Mar 11, 2016 ]
    Great deal [ T  Feb 14, 2016 ]

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    I've had this radio in my vehicle for a couple of years now and have been very pleased with it. The reception of both AM and FM stations is excellent. [ JERRY  Nov 06, 2015 ]
    With a good antenna not bad. [ Vincent  Nov 06, 2015 ]
    Just as good as any other head unit as long as your antenna is in good shape of coarse :-) [ SHAUN A  Nov 06, 2015 ]
    Reception is fine. Good, stable frequency lock. It's in an old truck with a simple whip antenna. [ Don  Nov 06, 2015 ]
    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  Oct 19, 2015 ]  Staff
    No, you can't. The display may be bright enough, but the curved screen causes sunlight to reflect off the surface. It's just about impossible to read the display. Otherwise, great radio. [ JERRY  Sep 11, 2015 ]
    Yes you can see it very well! [ ANTHONY  Sep 11, 2015 ]
    Mine is in a dash and i can read it fine as long as the display is not too dusty. During the day. Hard to read any of them in direct sunlight [ Vincent  Sep 11, 2015 ]
    it should [ CODY  Aug 27, 2015 ]
    I'm pretty sure that if your changer has a "z" in the model # (i.e. "dcz625") it's compatible with this particular head unit. Best bet would be to check with clarion to verify before purchase [ ANDREW  Aug 26, 2015 ]
    There is an internal mic. [ Dieter  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    Internal mic. I think you can add an external one, but we find no need for one in my son's highlander. [ Richard  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    It comes with an external mic that needs to be plugged in to the port in the back of the stereo. [ ANDREW J  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    Robert, This head unit has a built in internal mic. One of the best features of this unit. Travis [ STRAIGHT `N  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    There is an internal mic. [ Dan Purdy  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    It has an internal mic, and a provision for an external. [ SEAN  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    No, it doesn't have a mic. We bought it for our son, thinking it would have a mic for using the phone via bluetooth but it doesn't have one. We got an Alpine for our other son and it does have the mic built-in. [ Michelle  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    It has an internal mic! This is a great deck for the money! [ ANTHONY  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    In my Silverado, Bluetooth calls work thru my vehicle speakers. Hope this helps. [ JERRY  Jul 29, 2015 ]
    Yes. Use the USB port to charge a RAZR Maxx. [ RAYMOND  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    Pretty sure it will, but not fast. It's not a 2.1 amp USB like many of chargers for recent android phones. I think it's only .5 amps. So battery intensive apps like maps may still slowly drain the battery still. [ Nicholas  May 31, 2015 ]
    Yes it will. [ CLAYTON  May 31, 2015 ]
    Yes [ BRUCE R  May 31, 2015 ]
    The information will show, but scrolling, even though it has two lines. [ Abraham  May 29, 2015 ]
    My experience is no. As you can tell from the screenshot, the display does not actually show many characters at a time. Very few artist names or song titles fit even by themselves without scrolling. It's a fantastic receiver, however. I've had mine for more than a year and use the Bluetooth constantly. [ Mark  May 29, 2015 ]
    No you have to hit the "display" button to toggle from artist to title etc. The screen isn't wide enough to show both. [ BRYAN  May 29, 2015 ]
    I do not believe so. Search on "clarion CZ302 manual" and you can find the manual online. [ Richard  May 19, 2015 ]
    Nope [ Vincent  May 19, 2015 ]
    I don't think so, but I don't really know. Sorry. [ JERRY  May 19, 2015 ]
    I cant recall. We sold the care with the radio over a year ago. Sorry. [ FRANK  Apr 24, 2015 ]
    Yes. Can display time, artist, and song title as you press the display button for different settings [ JAMES  Apr 24, 2015 ]
    YEs itdoes, every once in a while it seems to display the station. But if you hit display button it goes back to normal. I attribute it to me, or one of the kids, in advertently changing the setting. Love the radio. [ JOSEPH  Apr 24, 2015 ]
    Yes It does. [ FRANK  Apr 24, 2015 ]
    Yes it does. It usually start by displaying the artist, song & album untill you press the display (Disp) button then your clock will show. [ MARY  Apr 24, 2015 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current gear. They will be able to pull up discuss your current gear and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Mar 02, 2015 ]  Staff
    Listed in the specs [ Daniel  Feb 19, 2015 ]
    190 mm deep (7-12/25") including removable face 6 2/5" deep w/o the face 2" tall 2 7/25" tall at front trim piece face is 1 4/5 inches tall 7" wide 7 2/5" wide at front including plastic trim piece face is 6 2/3 " wide [ JAMES  Feb 17, 2015 ]
    Exact dimensions will depend on the mounting style in your vehicle. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to give you a breakdown of the dimensions. [ Jeff  Feb 17, 2015 ]  Staff
    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 09, 2014 ]  Staff
    ive got one of the first ipod touch 3rd gen maybe....its lacking updates but works fine on my clarion [ CODY  Aug 27, 2015 ]
    IT SHOULD, the Bluetooth works great and there is an av, and USB jack also. I don't use apple products but my Samsung has had no issues [ ANTHONY  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    Hey. My son installed the radio with a 150 amp and a 10 in sub and it was about the best I'd ever heard. Seriously. I think the 6 channel has tweets and the four does not. [ ANTHONY  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    You don't need more channels. This radio is great. I also have a factory sub (upgraded Ford system) and this stereo does the trick. [ BRYAN  Oct 10, 2014 ]
    Hello Hunter, Yes, the radio deck will stay on whatever source it's on when the car is turned off or turned in Acc mode...basically whenever the radio is powered on. Example: If you have your source on iPod mode and turned the car off or turn the key to Acc mode, it will stay on iPod setting when you power the radio. [ MARY  Sep 02, 2014 ]
    My clarion stays on Bluetooth or what ever if I turn the car off and turn the car back on. Although it will not resume play.... I must do that manually from the iPhone. I love the sound of my clarion but the tonal controls are not user friendly. [ ANTHONY  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    Mine stays on the same settings. I have a portable Sirius radio hooked into the aux, as well as my iPhone set up to the Bluetooth. When I get in the car it stays on the Aux setting, even when the Bluetooth connects. [ HENRY  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    Don't remember. Got rid of that car last year. [ Marianne  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    Yes it stays in the same mode. When you turn it back on it will be on Bluetooth. [ BRYAN  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Aug 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    The call quality is good. I've had no complaints while making/taking calls. Not too sure on the Sirius/XM since my radio is a portable unit that has it's own display. [ HENRY  May 23, 2014 ]
    Hi, I can't answer your question regarding SiriusXm,as my son doesn't have it in his car where the stereo is located. But being on the receiving end of his calls I can say that it does work,but not the greatest. Seems to be a lot of lag time in transmission of his voice. I honestly don't think he uses it very often anymore...anytime he called me we both ended up frustrated. Hope this helps. [ MARY JO  May 23, 2014 ]
    Hi Hector, I think the call quality could be a little better. I'm less than totally thrilled with this unit. It's actually in my husband's car, so I regularly hear the call quality. It's a bit mufffled. The display has 2 lines, but you still have to press the display button to see station name, category, artist name, and song title. If you're on the song title screen, one line says the word "Title" and one line says the actual song title. I specifically bought this unit for the 2-line display plus other good specs and reviews. However, when I play my iPod, I like the display better. The bottom line continuously shows the track # and count of minutes & seconds for the track. The top line scrolls artist, album title and song, which is much better. [ LINDA  May 22, 2014 ]
    Allen, I have an 1Phone4 and the Clarion works great... Can'tgive you a definite answer as to the Android. [ OLIVER G  Nov 27, 2013 ]
    I really do not know, but I see no reason why it wouldn't. [ RICHARD  Nov 26, 2013 ]
    Unable to answer I gave the radio as a present and it was taken out of the country. [ JOSE  Nov 26, 2013 ]
    It should, works with my Iphone just fine. When you install it, you program your Bluetooth and always keep it on. When you start the car and get in it will automatically connect to your Bluetooth, once you activate Pandora you switch your AUX to Bluetooth on the radio and it will start playing your Pandora. I love it! Hope this helps! [ JEFFERY S  Nov 26, 2013 ]
    Yes, the Bluetooth is compatible with GS 3/4. It may just revert to the less efficient Bluetooth 2.0 (Audio quality is still great, I use it with my Galaxy S II). Just know that the USB is read as a USB device and isn't simply an interface so it will take some time to read all of your media files. [ CONNOR  Nov 26, 2013 ]
    Sorry I have Apple everything. It works great in my boat with my Apple iPod [ GREGG  Nov 26, 2013 ]
    I'm having issues with a subwoofer setup. Four speakers (2 front, 2 back) hooked up through the wiring harness. I then have a 12" p2 punch sub and 1000w kenwood amp in the trunk. I thought the built in low pass would take the bass out of the main speakers, but not the sub (hooked up through the RCA's). Right now I can't get the bass out of the main speakers, so the sub barely hits before the other speakers distort from all the bass. Is this not what the low pass filters does in this deck? I'd hate to rip my dash out again just to install bass blockers. [ St3ve2009  Aug 16, 2014 ]
    Thanks for your question. If you purchased the radio from Crutchfield, please give our Tech Support team a call. They will be able to quickly walk you through the process. In addition the manual is available for download on the details page, and it should contain information on how to take the radio out of demo mode. [ Jeff  Nov 12, 2013 ]  Staff
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