The Clarion CZ500 is an AM/FM/CD receiver
that can play MP3/WMA audio files on CD-R and CD-RW discs; and supports
ID3-Tag, as well as CD Text. It also has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary
input for connecting a portable audio device and a rear-panel USB type-A
port for connecting your USB mass storage audio device or iPod. In
addition, the CZ500 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless
communication and audio transfer. Additional accessories that are
compatible with this unit include HD Radio tuners (sold separately), as
well as an optional steering wheel remote interface (sold separately)
which allows you to keep your factory steering wheel controls.
Detachable Face Security: This unit features
Detachable Face Security. A hard plastic face-case is provide to protect
the detachable face when removed.
Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making
the face non-detachable, if desired.
H.M.I. Design: Clarion's superior H.M.I.
(Human-Machine Interface) Design utilizes a distinctive "starburst"
control button array. The headunit's buttons are clustered symbolically
for intuitive operation, with a large rotary volume control that is blue
illuminated for easy recognition and a cool look in your vehicle.
Digital LCD Display: The two-line, 10-digit, digital
LCD display (with black background and white characters) on the CZ500
allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in almost any
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 the display returns to the screen saver display.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the
CZ500 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 CZ500 are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 19 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
(200 watts total)
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
- Bass Boost: Bass is emphasized +/-3.
- Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized +/-3.
- Excite: Bass, midrange, and treble are
- Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble
- Bass: You can set the effected bass
frequency to 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz and the Q-factor to 1,
1.25, 1.5 or 2.0.
- Midrange: You can set the effected midrange
frequency to 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5 kHz and the Q-factor
to 0.5, 0.75. 1.0, or 1.25.
- Treble: The effected treble frequency can
be set to 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz.
- Off (Flat): Bass, midrange, and treble are set
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 CZ500 features 6ch/4V
RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp
output features an independent level control (+/-6).
Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: Switching on the Low-Pass
Filter (LPF) for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low
frequency range through specified 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 headunit provides an audible beep
to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ500 is equipped with a
built-in AM/FM tuner offering manual, seek, and preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The CZ500 provides 3 FM banks and 1
AM bank. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, proving you
with 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 headunit's preset memory in order. This function is useful
when searching for a desired station in memory.
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.
Local Seeking: When Local seeking is turned "On",
only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.
HD Radio Ready: With an optional Clarion THD300 HD
Radio tuner (020THD300,
discontinued), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts
from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news,
viewable on the receiver's display. The add-on HD Radio tuner includes
iTunes Tagging capability, so if you hear a song on the radio that you
like, you can tag it to download later from the iTunes Store.
Note: 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
XM Satellite Radio Ready: The Clarion CZ500 supports
XM Satellite Radio when connected to the Audiovox XMDirect2 Tuner (item
number220CNP2UCA, sold separately), using the Clarion XM Passport
Interface Adapter Cable (item number020CCUXM1, sold separately). The XMDirect2 Tuner will need to be
programmed for this radio. A subscription to XM Radio is also required
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, or Romeo formats. The player can
recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 999 files per folder, and 3000
total files. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 and WMA
ID3 tags up to 64 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. In the case of an MP3/WMA disc,
the first track of a folder being played will be reset.
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
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-degrees of horizontal.
USB Port: The rear-panel USB port (attached to rear
chassis by 41" pigtail) allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage
devices loaded with MP3 and WMA files. This unit is compatible with USB
1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. MP3 and WMA files
with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and formatted in FAT or FAT32 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 CZ500 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
Note: This unit will also charge you connected
USB device when the receiver is turned on. Copy-protected WMA files
cannot be played on this unit.
iPod Direct: The Clarion CZ500 allows you to connect
your iPod/iPhone to the headunit's rear-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 iPod/iPhone.
- 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.
- 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 also control the following playback
functions of your iPod/iPhone: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause,
Repeat, and Random.
- Information Display: The headunit will also display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title.
- 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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CZ500 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of January 2010):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type|| Control
| nano ||1st||Y||N||Y||N||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 headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality.
If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software
version or wait until an newer software update is available.
Auxiliary Input: The CZ500 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.
Built-in Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth technology
allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless
mobile phone or music hands-free operation. The Clarion CZ500 features
built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless connection with Bluetooth
enabled mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 Players. The CZ500 supports
Bluetooth Ver.2.0 profiles A2DP/AVRCP for audio streaming and
HFP/HSP/OPP for hands-free operation, so you can easily communicate and
transfer digital music to your vehicle's audio system.
Bluetooth Wireless Technology: The Bluetooth
wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a
short-distant digital radio link up to approximately 33 feet. As such,
it extends the wireless communication possibilities for mobile phones
and hundreds of electronic devices and ensures crisp, static-free audio
performance. The Clarion CZ500 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled
mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone. It supports the following
Bluetooth wireless technology profiles.
- HFP/HSP/OPP: Wireless hands-free and headset
communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone with phone
- A2DP/AVRCP: Wireless stereo music streaming and
remote control functions (start/play/stop/pause/volume/track search)
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device,
it must be paired to the CZ500. Up to 5 phones and/or audio devices can
be paired to this unit (only one will work at a time).
Note: The Clarion CZ500 is not compatible with
all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Check Clarion.com for
complete list of compatible phones and players.
Hands-Free Communication (HFP/HSP/OPP): The CZ500
supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled
mobile phone. The CZ500 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 external
microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while
your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You can mount the
microphone to your driver side sun-visor or pillar. 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, and missed
Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The Clarion CZ500
supports Bluetooth wireless music streaming for transferring stereo
music audio data that is processed as a steady and continuous audible
stream from your Bluetooth enabled phone to the Clarion headunit and
your car's audio system. You can listen to and control music stored on
your Bluetooth enabled phone or MP3 player. The CZ500 will also be able
to control basic playback features such a Pause, Track Selection, Fast
Forward, and Reverse.
Wireless Remote: The CZ500 comes supplied with the
RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control for wireless operation of the
CD player. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium Cell
3-volt battery. The remote measures 1.715" wide x 0.495" tall x 4.465"
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-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control
Interface Adapter (120ASWC,
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.