Detachable Face Security: This unit features Detachable Face
Security. A hard plastic face-case is provide to protect the detachable face
when removed. A face-fixing clip is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if
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
High Visibility LCD: The two-line, high
(with black background and white characters) on the CZ401 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.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion CZ401 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 CZ401
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 CZ401 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
BeatEQ: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Bass
Boost, Impact, and Excite), Clarion's BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level
and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern. You can
tune the sound to your liking, depending on the category of music, for a more
fulfilling listening experience.
- Bass Boost: Bass is emphasized +/-3.
- Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized +/-3.
- Excite: Bass, midrange, and treble are emphasized +/-3.
- Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently
- Bass: You can set the effected bass frequency to 50Hz,
100Hz, or 200Hz and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
- Midrange: You can set the effected midrange frequency to
500Hz, 1.0kHz, or 2.0kHz and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
- Treble: The effected treble frequency can be set to
10kHz, or 15kHz, and the Q-factor to 0.7, 1, 1.4, or 2
- Off (Flat): Bass, midrange, and treble are set to 0.
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.
6ch/4V RCA Output: The Clarion CZ401 features 6ch/4V RCA
line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output
features an independent level control (+/-6) and phase adjustment
Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion CZ401 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
- High-Pass Filter: The CZ401 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 headunit.
Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
HD Radio: The Clarion CZ401's built-in HD Radio tuner lets
you receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD
Radio technology offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts
and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD
sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts.
HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title,
artist name, album name, etc. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog
AM/FM tuning as well. Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations
broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio
stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com). No
subscription fees required.
Station Text: The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song
title, artist and station information on the display of the Clarion in-dash
Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with
HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs
(HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
Preset Stations: The Clarion
CZ401offers 18 FM station presets and
6 AM station presets. 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
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- Sirius Satellite Radio: To receive Sirius Satellite
Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 Sirius Connect Universal Vehicle
sold separately) directly to the headunit's Sirius direct connection (no
proprietary interface required). You can also connect the Sirius dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1)
along with a compatible portable Sirius radio (all sold separately).
- Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius Satellite Radio receiver can
also be connected to the headunit via the front-panel
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and 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, with a maximum
of 3,000 total files per USB device. This unit is
compatible with, and will display MP3 and 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
CZ401 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
- 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
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-degrees of
USB Port: The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect and play USB
(1.1/2.0) Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA files. MP3 and WMA files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps
and formatted with FAT are supported. The headunit 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 CZ401 offers the following playback operation
of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection,
Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play, and Folder selection.
This unit will also charge you connected USB device when the receiver is turned
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/iPhone Direct: The Clarion CZ401 allows you to connect your
iPod/iPhone to the headunit's front-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock
cable for audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. This
headunit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your
- USB Connection: The USB connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound
quality to be maximized through the headunit's 1-bit D/A converter,
allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB.
- Audio Playback: The Clarion headunit supports audio
playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone.
iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the CZ401 to an external universal
monitor with RCA video input and connecting a compatible iPod/iPhone via the
optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748,
- Music Navigation: The headunit lets you search music
for playback from your iPod/iPhone by category (Playlist, Artist, Album,
Song, Genre, or Composer). You can then search each category alphabetically.
You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod/iPhone:
Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, and Random. In addition,
you can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or
- Information Display: The headunit will display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Label.
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery
charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
iTunes Tagging: iTunes Tagging allows you to "tag" songs
heard on the unit's built-in HD Radio tuner. Tagging saves the song's title and
metadata to a connected iPod/iPhone (you may store up to 64 tags in the memory).
When the iPod/iPhone is synced to iTunes, a playlist is generated with links to the
iTunes Store where the song can be purchased and downloaded.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CZ401 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 || iTunes Tagging || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod || App mode || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| dock connector || 3rd || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
mini ||1st ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.1 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || 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
Auxiliary Input: The CZ401 feature a front panel 3.5mm
auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable
satellite radio receiver to this headunit. You can set the Auxiliary input
sensitivity level to Low, Mid, or High to match the volume output of your
connected external audio device.
Bluetooth Ready: The CZ401 is compatible with Clarion's
BLT370 Bluetooth system (020BLT370,
sold separately) via its front panel 3.5mm stereo minijack input. The
BLT370 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth
cellular phone and wireless streaming audio from any Bluetooth compatible
portable audio device. The CZ401 can be set to automatically mute any music
audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using
your car speakers.
Wireless Remote: The CZ401 comes supplied with the RCX001
infrared wireless remote control 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
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.