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Our take on the Clarion NX409 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Put a multimedia station in your vehicle's double-sized dash opening. Clarion's NX409 navigation receiver gives you DVD playback and GPS guidance, along with a host of built-in and optional features. And its big 6.5" touchscreen lets you control your in-dash entertainment system with a tap of your finger. Enjoy watching DVDs up front while you're parked, or hook up a video screen in the back so the kids can watch movies as you drive.
No need to fumble with paper maps any more — read your navigation maps easily on the NX409's large screen, and you'll hear street names called out before your next turn. You can search the 12 million points of interest to find nearby attractions, plus dial in a 3D view to help you navigate city streets or changes in elevation.
The NX409 plays your store-bought and recordable CDs and DVDs, including those you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. A powerful internal amp belts out your music with authority, while a premium digital-to-analog converter makes all your tunes sparkle. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to the mix, and the subwoofer volume control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass. Clarion includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.
iPod® controls and more
Connect your iPod to the rear USB slot, and you'll get touchscreen control over your tunes no adapter required, but Clarion offers an automotive-grade cable that lets you keep the other one at home. Add an optional adapter, and you can play videos from your iPod on the 6.5" screen. You'll also find an audio/video input for video games or other sources.
Your options don't end there add an optional satellite radio tuner and get the nearly endless variety of entertainment available from SIRIUS/XM. Plus you can add Bluetooth® for safer hands-free calling and high-speed music streaming.
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 or its optional iPod adapter.
Great product at a great value!!!!!!
Steve, Lowell, IN.
What's in the Box:
- Multimedia/navigation receiver
- 2 Trim rings
- Wiring harness
- Preamp output harness
- A/V input harness
- Video out cable (composite video connector on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
- Auxiliary input cable (stereo RCA connectors on one end and a proprietary connector on other end)
- USB cable with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end
- Steering wheel remote control cable
- Sirius Connector cable
- 16" Minijack AV to composite video/stereo RCA cable
- GPS antenna with attached 16.5' cord terminated by a proprietary connector
- Remote control
- CR2025 Lithium battery
- Cleaning cloth
- Metal backstrap
- Back-support bolt
- Rubber boot
- 4 Pan-head screws
- 4 Counter-sunk screws
- Owner's Manual/Installation Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
- Warranty Card
- navigation receiver with internal amp (19 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 watts peak x 4 channels)
- 6.5" touchscreen
- fits double-sized openings
- built-in GPS with 12 million points of interest
- wireless remote
- plays CDs, CD-R/RW, DVD-Rs/RWs, DVD+Rs/RWs, MP3/WMAs on CD and DVD
- 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
- built-in iPod control
- works with Clarion Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio tuner
- inputs: rear USB input, one A/V input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/rear/subwoofer)
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Sirius|
|RMS Power Output||18 watts|
|Peak Output||40 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion NX409 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. Unlike many in-dash monitors, there is no hideaway box; all the inputs and outputs are included within the unit's chassis. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional custom double-DIN sleeve (0202DBKT, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the NX409 in a custom 4" opening. As always, please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.
Note: This unit does not come supplied with a sleeve to euro-mount the radio.
6.5" Touch Panel TFT Display: The Clarion NX409 has an integrated 6.5" TFT wide screen display with touch panel controls. The display provides a high-resolution video monitor for watching your DVD videos. The screen has a resolution of 1200 x 234 and 280,800total pixels. The display features brightness and shape (4:3 or 16:9) adjustment. The unit's touch panel features interactive controls and video graphics, making menu navigation easy. An on-screen numeric keypad allows you to directly access titles and chapters of a DVD disc. The touch-screen surface is treated to resist dust and grime.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied 18-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.
24-bit D/A Converter: The unit's 24-bit D/A converter re-quantizes the 16-bit audio signals from CDs and DVDs as 24-bit data while maintaining the low distortion and high linearity of a 1-bit D/A converter. This allows an expanded dynamic range and clearer reproduction of subtle nuances, for a richer sound when viewing DVDs or listening to CDs.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the NX409 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 NX409 are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 40 watts x 4 channels (160 watts total)
Audio Settings: The Clarion NX409 offers the following audio adjustments.
- Preset EQ: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock, Urban, Rave, Movie, Techno, New, User, Flat
- Bass and Treble: independent and variable bass (60, 80, 100, or 200Hz) and treble (10, 12.5, 15, or 17.5kHz) control (+/- 7 dB); you can also adjust the Bass Q-Factor to 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, or 2.0
- Loudness: compensates for low and high tones during low volume
6-Channel Preamp Output: The multimedia head unit is equipped with stereo front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs for connecting the unit to an external amplifier. The subwoofer preamp output's level can be adjusted independently from -7 to +7 dB. The NX409 also features a low pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output. You can select between 80Hz, 120Hz or 160Hz.
Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion NX409 provides electronic skip protection for your CD-Audio discs (10-seconds), as well as your discs containing MP3 (45-seconds) and WMA (90-seconds) audio files.
Disc Compatibility: The NX409 can play back the following types of discs.
- CD: CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
- DVD: DVD-Video, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in Joliet, Romeo, or ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 512 total files. The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded on the disc.
Parental Lock: You can set and change the level of parental lock. This function allows cutting scenes that are unfavorable for children or replacing them automatically with other scenes prepared in advance. There are 5 levels of parental lock that are protected by a custom user 4-digit password.
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion NX409 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner
Preset Tuning: The NX409 features three FM bands and one AM band that can hold six presets each, giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets. You can manually store your favorite presets or have the NX409 automatically store the strongest stations for you. The built-in AM/FM tuner also offers Preset Scan.
Navigation Software: Navigation data is pre-stored on the unit's 2GB internal flash memory for quick access and response. The NX409 provides map coverage of the United States and Canada. The Clarion NX409's integrated navigation software provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct you to your selected destination. The built-in software quickly calculates step-by-step directions to any destination available on the included navigation map.
GPS (Global Position System): The navigation software uses Global Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and display travel direction.
GPS Antenna: The system's supplied GPS antenna receives signals from a constellation of 24 satellite orbiting the earth and uses the strongest of signals to determine your position to within meters. The GPS antenna features a magnetic base and a 16.5' attached cable.
Vehicle Positioning: The built-in navigation software's computer considers vehicle speed an heading changes, together with longitude and latitude information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on a digital map. Signal from GPS satellites are used to determine the vehicle location. Three (good) or four (best) satellites must be receive to accurately determine location.
Map and Information Database: The integrated map database used by the built-in navigation software was created using high-resolution aerial and land based data collection.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.
Voice Guidance: In addition to graphic directions, the NX409 provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can select from English, French and Spanish audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance can be turned off if you prefer.
Destination Search: The Destination Entry Menu gives you many different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your current route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from one of the following categories:
- Home: You can store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location.
- Office: You can store one work location to allow you to calculate a route to work from any current location.
- Address: You can input your destination address by house number, street, and city.
- Intersection: You can enter one street name, then choose from a list of cross streets.
- POI (Point-of Interest): Select a destination or waypoint from a database of restaurants, gas stations, hotels, etc. A Point-of Interest may be searched by category, city, or name. This unit provides 12-million points-of-interests.
- My POI: My POI will allow you to create and save your own personal points of interests.
- Coordinates: You can route to a destination by directly inputting latitude and longitude values.
- Favorites: You can select your route to a destination by choosing on multiple preset favorite places.
- Address Book: The address book s a convenient place to store frequency visited destinations.
- Trail Book: The trail book allows you to create your own navigation routes.
- Trip Book: The tri book allows you to navigate multiple destination trips.
- History: Previous destination entered into the unit's built-in navigation software are automatically saved into its memory. This is helpful when you want to return to a recent destination.
Map Appearance: The map can be displayed in 3D or 2D. 3D looks forward toward a virtual horizon. 2D looks down from above at the map grid, just like looking at a paper map. In 2D mode you can choose to orient the map in one of two ways; show North at the top of the screen, or show the direction in which you are heading at the top.
Route Priority: You can set the conditions for route calculation; fastest route, avoid freeways, shortest route, avoid toll roads, use ferries, auto reroute (creates a new route if you leave the original).
Route Simulation: You can preview all the route information and simulate travel along a projected route.
Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously calculated route.
Trip Computer: The Trip Computer displays current speed, max speed, average speed, compass reading, odometer reading, and clock reading.
Auxiliary Input: The Clarion NX409 features a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source. You can adjust the input level of the auxiliary input from High, Medium, or Low.
Dual Audio/Video Inputs: The Clarion NX409 features a front-panel 3.5mm A/V input and a rear panel composite video/stereo RCA audio/video input for connecting external A/V sources.
Video Output: The NX409 is equipped with a single composite video output for connecting a rear monitor.
Camera Input: Composite video input for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera. This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving.
USB Port: The head unit features a rear panel USB port that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files. This unit supports USB 2.0/1.1 Full-Speed and FAT12/16/32 file systems. The multimedia head unit will support MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps, WMA files with a bit rate of 32-192 kbps and AAC files with a bit rate of 16-320 kbps. The NX409 can recognize up to 512 folders with a maximum of 255 files in each folder. The NX409 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.
iPod Compatible: A compatible iPod or iPhone can be connected to and controlled by the NX409 using the dock cable supplied with the iPod (you may want to purchase another cable for convenience, (472USBCBLE, sold separately); this connection offers audio transfer only. The optional Clarion CCA-723 iPod connector cable (020CCA723, sold separately) allows both audio and video transfer; it connects your iPod via the head unit's rear-panel USB port and A/V input. Using either cable the NX409 supports playback, control, information display, and charging of select iPods and iPhones. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park (the unit will display "Audio Only" when your vehicle is in motion). Your iPod's controls will be locked while connected. The Clarion NX409 is "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features as of Dec. 2009 (video only when connected using the CCA-723 iPod connector cable):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type||Control||Display||Charge|
|classic (80/120/160 GB)||80GB||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
Note: Not compatible with OS 4.0. Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.
Sirius Direct: You can connect the Clarion NX409 to the SiriusConnect SC-C1 Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver (607SCC1, sold separately) without any need for a interface box and enjoy over 130 channels of music, news, talk shows, sports and traffic information with digital quality sound throughout the U.S. and Canada. A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required for service.
Bluetooth Ready: Used with the optional BLT370 Bluetooth transceiver (020BLT370, sold separately), you will be able to enjoy the benefits of hands-free calling from your mobile phone.
OEM Remote: 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 and/or rear seat radio controls when used with the optional SWI-JACK interface adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately). The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.
IR Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-panel and hard-key controls the NX409 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control for full function of the multimedia player.
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