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Clarion MW1

Wired marine remote control

12 Reviews | 7 questions - 13 answers

Item # 020MW1

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Our take on the Clarion MW1

The MW1 wired remote control lets you manage your Clarion marine receiver from a remote location with ease. You'll be able to change sources, switch radio bands, and also adjust the volume, track selection, toggle play/pause and more — all while checking out your changes on the built-in LCD display. If you've got a big boat, you can add up to three remotes to control a single receiver.

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The MW1 wired remote control lets you manage your Clarion marine receiver from a remote location with ease. You'll be able to change sources, switch radio bands, and also adjust the volume, track selection, toggle play/pause and more — all while checking out your changes on the built-in LCD display. If you've got a big boat, you can add up to three remotes to control a single receiver.

This remote is compatible with compatible with select Clarion marine receivers (see Details tab for complete list).

Note: The MW1 remote comes with a 1-foot cable, so you'll want to purchase Clarion's 25-foot extension cable for installation.

Product Highlights:

What's in the Box:

  • MW1 Wired remote with 12" Cable attached
  • Flush mounting clamp
  • Eight 4mm Nuts (4 installed)

Awesome product ,it makes life easier when your stereo is located in a spot where you can't get to while operating a boat. Nice product.

Steven, Old Lyme, CT


Clarion MW1 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

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Steven from Old Lyme, CT on 9/18/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome product ,it makes life easier when your stereo is located in a spot where you can't get to while operating a boat. Nice product.

Pros: Easy access

Cons: None

jl produces at product but be prepared to spend some extra $$$

Philip from Nashville, TN on 5/11/2017

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Love the remotes ,But had to replace cables and route out holes for new remotes but other than that great product

Pros: look great ,work even better jl has got us by the short hair If you have an older system jl will cost you a lot of money to update

Cons: jl remotes will not fit in older style remotes new remotes are much larger In this case bigger is not better you will also have to change out cables for remotes old ones 5 pin new ones 8 pin

Easy to read display, remote control you can't live without

Troy from Pensacola, Fl. on 4/12/2017

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This is the best thing for the captains chair in my boat. Before, I always had to ask the passenger to make adjustments to the stereo while steering. Now, all I have to do is reach to the right of the steering wheel. It even tells me the artist name, song title, or station I am listening too. That's a plus. I have enough control from the captain's chair to control the audio system remotely. How did I ever live without this?

Pros: Easy to read display. More than enough control on this unit to prevent going to the stereo itself.

Cons: Had to drill a large hole in the my boat. While this is an easy task with the proper sized drill and hole saw, it creates a lot of fiberglass dust. Better wear a mask. You don't want those particles in your lungs.

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Anonymous from Miami, FL on 12/20/2016

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This was a replacement part, a simple exchange. It was plug & play. Now working on replacing speakers. After consulting with the on line Crutchfield team, I will be going with the marine kicker speakers and as a bonus I get a free kicker head ear plugs



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Tim R from Frederick, MD on 7/6/2016

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Great quality. Nice addition to my system. No owners manual, which probably would not be needed, but the product photos on line @ Crutchfield do not match the unit I received. The owners manual on line, show an electrical connection tab, on the back of the remote. I assumed this was for connection to dash lights. However, the unit received, has no such electrical connection.



Crutchfield response on 7/12/2016 Thanks to Tim's review, one of our product researchers, Stacey, pulled one of these remotes from inventory and discovered that Clarion had removed the electrical contact from this current version. Stacey made sure to update the owner's manual we have online.

Great product!

Roxy85 from Virgilina, VA on 6/19/2014

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Love this product, very easy to install and just plug in and its ready to go.

Pros: I have two of these hooked to my stereo and everything works excellent on this product.

Cons: None

Great Remote

JEVidal from PR on 9/2/2013

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Extremely easy to install. Great remote features and display is a +++. When M502 head unit is connected to Pandora or Spotify via blue tooth the remote displays all my song titles.

Pros: Easy to install. Display is a plus.

Cons: Whish there was a white and gray color scheme option rather than black and chrome.

Perect design

Chris J from Oakdale, California on 7/17/2013

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This remote is larger than and older model Clarion remote I used, and I like the larger size, The remote has easy to use and see bottons and screen. It's very intuitive, easy to use! It has a back lit screen for night use, which is great. If it's too brite for some you can place a piece of Tinted Solar film over the glass screen.

Pros: Large Size, with easy to use and see buttons, back lit screen for nite use.

Cons: None!

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Chuck from LBI on 7/8/2013

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Nice display and product. The interface to the controller was seamless. Mounted to the helm on my 28 CC. Very user friendly.

Pros: Plug and go

Cons: Needed to search around for a 3 inch hole saw for mounting

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RC from Brea California on 6/22/2013

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Allows for full contol of the stereo and IPOD. I am very pleased with this purchase.

Pros: This is exactly what I was looking for. It is very easy to use

Cons: The buttons are very firm and adjusting the stereo could be a little difficult.

A Good Choice

Janine from Prescott WI on 8/8/2012

We installed two of these remotes using the splitter cable, one on the fly bridge the other in the aft cabin, with the Clarion marine radio in the salon. They are wonderful and allow good control over the audio player.




Tony P from Pembroke Pines, FL on 3/13/2012

I've got one of these in my boat. Wish I would have added it a long time ago. It's awesome and looks awesome too! I can control my Ipod with it since I have the Ipod cable hooked up. Sit in the water and drink beer and flip thru your music.

Pros: Awesome

Cons: None


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The MW1 is a hardwired remote control with an LCD display, it is compatible with select Clarion marine head units, including CMV1, CMD6, CMD7, CMD8, CMD9, CMS1, CMS5, M303, M309, M502, M505, and M606 (as of 5/18/2016). The MW1 has backlit rubber buttons with the following functions:

  • Power/Source
  • Volume Up/Down
  • Up/Down/Left/Right Cursor buttons
  • Enter
  • Play/Pause/Mute
  • Menu/Band

LCD Display: The display briefly shows the volume when it's changed, and can be set to show the time of day or source information; chapter/track, elapsed time, song title (for iPod and CDs with CD Text), band (AM/FM), frequency, and preset number.

Wiring: The attached 12" cable on the MW1 connects to the back of the head unit. Because the attached cable is only a foot long, in most cases an extension cable will be needed (item number 020MWRXCRT, sold separately). Up to three extension cables can be daisy-chained together.

Note: The MW1 can be used in conjunction with Clarion's MF1 marine RF remote control (020MF1, sold separately). This type of setup requires a proprietary Y-adapter (020MWRYC, sold separately).

Durable: The MW1 meets ASTM B117 salt/fog exposure and ASTM D4329 UV exposure standards.

Flush Mount: The remote comes with an aluminum flush mount C-clamp. The clamp attaches to the two M4 machine screw studs on the back of the remote and holds it in place.

Remote Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 3.607"
  • Cutout Diameter: 2.994"
  • Mounting Depth: 2.255"
  • Mounting Height: 0.603"

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Works nicely when replacing a legacy Clarion system as the whole cut-out size is the same. (Cable is different though.) [ Ryan  Sep 29, 2017 ]
Because receiver is located on opposite side of boat [ John M.  Sep 20, 2017 ]
Recommended to me [ Lisa  May 14, 2017 ]
works with what i own [ P  Dec 23, 2016 ]
We chose this item to replace the factor original versions in our boat. [ Kevin  Jul 21, 2016 ]
wanted it [ Jeffery  Mar 06, 2016 ]

7 questions already asked

Yes. This MW1 is listed as a compatible remote for the Clarion CMD8. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table: I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Jun 21, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes just installed 2 work great [ Philip  May 01, 2017 ]
Edward, I am not familiar with the M606. I am not able to confirm. [ JEFFREY  May 16, 2016 ]
I'm not sure. You have to check how many pins are on the output on the radio. [ Michael  Apr 11, 2016 ]
Yes it will work fine with the M303. I would however suggest to also look at the MF1 handheld remote which works very well. [ Chris  Apr 11, 2016 ]
I get that part. How big is the mounting hole? Does it need to be grounded? I'd really like to see the installation instructions before I buy it. Can't seem to find them anywhere. [ Stingrayaxe  Nov 15, 2015 ]
IF the remote is compatible its plug and play. [ RICK T  Nov 15, 2015 ]
I have not seen any major changes though I do know a few people that had these and had minor issues with fogging. Is this on the transom and if so does it see too much water? Ours is under a hardtop so humidity and quick wash down is all it sees. Maybe take a look at mounting to see if it's all sealed properly etc. my buddies transom mount he ran a bead of caulk around the outside to keep water penetration to a minimum. Hope I helped. [ SCOTT  May 17, 2015 ]
I have one that has been installed on the navigation station for 2 + years with no problems. The navigation station is located under a Bimini. [ THOMAS  May 17, 2015 ]
Thanks guys. I know a lot of the remotes only have the one big wire coming out of the back, but some people I have talked to have an extra terminal in the back (including ones on other sites). I was hoping to find some input on if the terminal is for the brightness (my old clarion remote had one). I want to buy it from Crutchfield along with everything else though, but they still have not been able to tell me why it's there and why theirs doesn't have it. The issue is because of how bright the glare is when boating down the river at night. Thanks again for your replies. [ Joe  May 05, 2014 ]
Hello, the MW1 has only the one main wire out the back that plugs directly in to the clarion head unit. There is no extra terminal for display brightness. If it helps, my MW1 is mounted on the outside of my boat right at the swim platform and it has the perfect amount of backlighting. I have no trouble seeing the display in any light. Rick [ RICHARD G  May 05, 2014 ]
Joe, the 1 I bought recently only has a single plug out. Not sure what u mean about the brightness [ SCOTT  May 04, 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: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff