AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
Marine Tested: The Clarion M502 marine digital media
receiver has been engineered and tested for use in the harsh marine environment.
The M502 meets ASTM B117 and ASTM D4329 guidelines ensuring the receiver's
resistant to salt, fog and UV exposure. The receiver features a drip shield
chassis to keep water from dripping onto the unit's internal circuits. In
addition, the head unit's PCB and microprocessor are conformal coated to protect
them from corrosion.
Water Resistant Covers (optional): Even though the conformal
coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be
used with a universal marine cover such as the Metra (120999005B,
sold separately) or Scosche (142ACM1,
USB Port: The Clarion M502 digital
media receiver's rear-panel USB (type-A) port is connected by a 41" cable. The
unit's USB port allows you to connect and play a USB
(1.1/2.0) mass storage device 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 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. This unit will also charge (max. 0.5A) your 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.
Folder Select: This function allows you to select a
folder containing MP3/WMA files and start playing from the first track in the
Top Function: The Top
Function resets the digital media receiver to the first track of the connected
Playback Functions: The M502 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 connected USB device.
- Repeat Play: This function lets you play the current
track repeatedly or play a track currently being played in a MP3/WMA folder
- Random Play: This
function allows you to play all tracks recorded on a USB device in a random
Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit or
switch sources while a track is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping
point when it is turned on again (as long as you do not disconnect the USB
Auxiliary Input: The M502 features a rear-panel stereo
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, Mid, or High to match the volume output of your
connected external audio device.
iPod Direct Connection: The Clarion' M502's rear-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
sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. f 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 marine head unit. iPod Video can be viewed by connecting the M502
to an external universal monitor with RCA video input and connecting a
compatible iPod/iPhone via the optional Clarion CCA748 cable (020CCA748,
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 83dB.
iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from
the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
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 M502 using your connected Apple
iPhone, via the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Clarion M502
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 (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 M502 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 |
| 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 || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || 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 || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.1 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || 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
Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Clarion M502
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
- 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 M502. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled
cell-phones with the Clarion marine head unit (only one paired phone can be
used at a time). The Clarion M502 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled
mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone.
Note: The Clarion M502 is not compatible with all
Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Visit
Clarion Bluetooth Support for complete list of compatible phones and
Hands-Free Communication: The M502 supports Bluetooth
hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The M502 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
marine 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
- Phonebook: You can search for contact names in your
mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion M502 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
- Redial: You can simply redial the last number
dialed with a press of a single button on the marine head unit.
Integrated Microphone: The Clarion M502 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-199 (020RCB199,
sold separately) is an external microphone which can be connected to Clarion
M502. The RCB-199 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 M502 also supports
wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio
player or smartphone. The M502 will be able to control your stored music's
basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and
Fast-Forward/Reverse. The M502 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 iPhone 5 only offers Bluetooth audio streaming
without control or metadata display.
AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion M502 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 M502 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
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
- 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 content unsuitable 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.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion M502 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 M502
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 M502 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
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.
(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 |
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.
4ch/2V Preamp Output: The Clarion M502 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 M502 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 M502 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 marine head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
High Visibility LCD: The two-line, high
(with black background and white characters) on the M502 allows numbers and characters to
be displayed clearly in almost any lighting condition.
7-Way Rotary Control Dial:
The M502 employs a centered 7-way rotary control dial which provides full
control of the digital media receiver and your connected devices.
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.
Mounting: You can install the unit within 30-degrees of
Wireless Remote: The M502 comes supplied with a 20-key
infrared wireless remote control (RCX003) for wireless operation of the digital media
receiver and your connected devices. The
remote operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium Cell 3-volt battery.
Optional Wired & RF Remote Controls: The unit is equipped
with a rear mounted DIN connector to accommodate an optional Clarion wired
marine remote control (020MW1;
sold separately). You can also choose to add on the Clarion MF marine RF remote
sold separately). When the wired remote and RF remote are used in combination
with one another, a Y-adapter is required (020MWRYC,