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Forget that boring factory radio — rule the road with Clarion's NX501 navigation receiver in your dash. You'll enjoy DVD playback, built-in hands-free calling with a compatible phone, and fingertip access to maps and driving directions. Designed for your double-DIN dash opening, the NX501 gives you a big 6.2" touchscreen and a simple, intuitive interface for controlling all your in-dash entertainment.

Forget that boring factory radio — rule the road with Clarion's NX501 navigation receiver in your dash. You'll enjoy DVD playback, built-in hands-free calling with a compatible phone, and fingertip access to maps and driving directions. Designed for your double-DIN dash opening, the NX501 gives you a big 6.2" touchscreen and a simple, intuitive interface for controlling all your in-dash entertainment.

It's easy to get where you're going
Your maps really stand out on Clarion's vibrant display, day and night. And with GPS, you'll find your way with spoken, turn-by-turn directions. Everyone knows the pain of looking for a hotel, restaurant, or gas station in unfamiliar territory. With this receiver, you can search through 15 million preloaded "points of interest" to find the right one nearby.

Talk hands-free
It's always a decision when your phone rings on the highway — answer it or concentrate on the road? Built-in Bluetooth® lets you talk hands-free on your compatible phone so you can keep your hands on the wheel. When a call comes in, you can tap the screen to answer the call and hear your caller over the speakers. And you can even stream tunes if your device supports it.

Crank those tunes
Clarion's most powerful built-in amp does a great job driving your speaker system. You can choose from eleven preset tone settings, or make your own using the bass and treble controls. The subwoofer volume control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass if you've got a sub hooked up. 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. Add an optional adapter, and you can play videos from your iPod on the 6.2" screen when you're parked.

The NX501 plays your store-bought and recordable CDs and DVDs, including those you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can load your files on a USB thumb drive, too. Clarion includes a handy remote so your passengers can choose the entertainment.

Movies and more
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 — thanks to Clarion's "2-Zone" mode, your backseat gang can watch a video while you and your co-pilot enjoy music up front.

Your options don't end there — add an optional satellite radio tuner and get the nearly endless variety of entertainment available. Or add Clarion's HD Radio™ tuner for sweet digital AM/FM sound quality and the ability to tag tunes for purchasing later on iTunes®. Three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to the mix.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Clarion stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Clarion, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • navigation receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • internal amp (19 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" touchscreen
    • fits double-DIN openings
    • built-in GPS with maps of 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 15 million points of interest
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • wireless remote
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, CD-R/RW, DVD-Rs/RWs, DVD+Rs/RWs, MP3/WMAs on CD, DVD, and USB thumb drive
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • built-in iPod control — Clarion's optional adapter required for viewing video content
    • 2-band parametric equalizer with 11 tone presets
    • dual-zone capability
    • works with Clarion HD Radio tuner, SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, two A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    I have only had this unit installed for 2 days and love it. Fairly simple install even with the headrest screens, Easy to use and works great.

    Frank F, Mandeville, LA

    What's in the Box:

    • Navigation multimedia receiver
    • Inserted 4GB microSD card (preloaded with maps)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp output harness
    • Audio/video input harness
    • Audio/vide output harness
    • Microphone input harness
    • Steering wheel remote input harness
    • Sirius Satellite Radio harness
    • HD Radio harness
    • 16" Minijack AV to composite video/stereo RCA cable (male minijack connector on one end a female RCA jacks on other end)
    • GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cord)
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 8 Counter-sunk ISO screws
    • 8 Hex-head ISO screws
    • 2 Wire splice taps (Red)
    • 3 Self-adhesive wire clamps
    • 3M tape
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Owner's Manual/Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Navigation User Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card (US/Canada)

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    Clarion NX501 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (23 Reviews)

    Great Sound, limited EQ, display too dim, Slow boot, Bad Sub Outs...

    Scott from United States on 6/28/2012

    Great sound til I hooked up subs. As another reviewer posted, there is an electrical glitch in the Subwoofer Out connection that makes my subs go boom whenever I touch the screen. This glaring issue should be a deal-breaker for any serious car audio person. I'm going to have to connect my subs to the normal preamp outputs and use the Low-pass filter on the amp to make it work. If you're going to spend $700-$1000 on a head unit, the word 'workaround' should NEVER come up.

    Pros: Great overall sound, lots of features, works with steering wheel controls. Clean, strong output

    Cons: Extremely Limited custom EQ; display can barely be seen during the day, if at all; Bad Sub Outputs.

    Good with some misses

    Phoenixweasel from Phoenix, AZ on 4/24/2012

    Has great features. The onboard mic works really well. Great selection of inputs/outputs. Unlike others, I like the big volume control. It's a big reason why I bought. My first unit had a bad internal ground, so the points below I know aren't related to my unit as the replacement does the same things. Things I wish I'd known before I bought: 1: the "custom" EQ mode doesn't affect the sub preouts 2: Sirius ALWAYS starts in "all channel" mode, not preset mode (Clarion says this is due to the scc1, but my Pioneer starts on presets...) Whoever's fault it is - REALLY? if you've defined presets why would you want to always start in all channel mode... 3: I fill my USB stick in artist folder, then album folder. 2 issues: USB input starts in first artist folder, showing album folders. Inconvenient. Secondly, if you swipe back, its sorted in oldest to newest "folder modified" order (should be either alpha, or rev modified - I usually want to listen to artists I've most recently loaded). It does start where you left off in a track between car starts (my pioneer starts the track over), so thats good. 4: It boots somewhat slow - this is really only a problem when you put it into reverse. I'm usually long gone by the time the backup camera comes on. Additionally, I get "no signal" for a few seconds when I do wait long enough. I have the same Boyo camera on my Pioneer unit and have never had that issue. Another reviewed mentioned, so assue its not my camera/connection.

    Pros: see review

    Cons: see review

    Good at best

    Anonymous from Shawnee Kansas on 3/6/2012

    Prettey decent deck overall except for the bad rca outputs causing a thump on the sub and while switching between all media types, so until I can swap I have everything running off of the fron rca's olny where there is no noise.

    Pros: Looks nice and firmware and maps are updateable. screen look and quality looks better then most. best looking nav screen by far.

    Cons: Tried several thumb drives and each time the unit starts the music will always stutter. Bad rca shield grounds on the rear and sub outputs right out of the box. thats why there are so many of them "factory refurbished" online..cant change button color and button is just to big.

    Clearly NOT Clarion

    Peter from TX on 2/1/2012

    PROS Simple and clean design, built-in NAV, iPod ready w/cables, AUX jack, MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth, DVD, and more. CONS There are many... 1) Takes TOO LONG to boot up. The "Clarion" and "Warning" nag screen take at least 6-8 seconds to cycle. 2) Unit takes too long to initiate the camera once in reverse. Often times get a "No input recognized" notice. 3) Does not have RDS built into the headunit. This is incredible when one considers that most stations broadcast not only their call letters, but the artist and song too. How can a contemporary stereo NOT have this built-in. 4) Infrared remote rarely works as it is difficult to keep glare off of the receiving eye since the deck has a piano finish to it. 5) Touchscreen is hyper-sensitive at times and dull at others. 6) Severe lack of user settings 7) Receiving phone calls via Bluetooth causes the headunit to MUTE, but it is impossible to un-MUTE. It seems the only solution is to power the deck off. 8) Shame that the large knob cannot be used for anything but turning the power on/off, volume, and switching to NAV. 9) CDs take a LONG time to load and play. Additionally, will not read the CD data from original CDs. 10) Antenna gain had to be adjusted/replaced as could only find the most powerful of stations. While my Kenwood unit lacked phone dialing, Bluetooth, and iPod controls, I feel that my old and tired Kenwood offered features that should be commonplace to every headunit today.



    Good, not great, some "gotchas"

    Dave from PA on 12/13/2011

    2007 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Feature set is fantastic, menu/function are intuitive and easy to understand. Lots of potential with future bug fixes/updates (one released on Nov. 14th that helped a lot). Updates using the Naviextras platform are great and have also fixed some bugs in the navigation side of things, though I hate having to load up Windows in Parallels on my Mac to make this happen. The iPod function is spotty. I've used a 5th gen 30GB iPod, iPhone 4, 4s, and 3G, all with intermittent issues. Most of the time, this is a failure to see the ipod when starting the car, other times it's complete freeze up during play back. This seems to happen about 10% of the time. I've not had any issues with the Sirius function since adding it a few weeks ago that others have mentioned-this may be due to the software update above. The camera looks great on the screen (Pyle license plate mounted), though, as mentioned in another review, it's sometimes delayed to display. Overall, I am happy with the unit. Other than the iPod issue above, which is big as 99% of my usage is on iPod, my only major gripe is the time it takes to boot up. Often, I will start the car, back out and pull away before the drivers warning screen goes away, meaning I never actually make use of my camera. This could easily be shortened or have an option in the settings to disable the warning. Not sure if this screen is there for a set amount of time or it's just the boot screen and that's how long it takes the device to start up.

    Pros: see review section

    Cons: see review section

    Not Clarions Best

    Hayes from Maine on 11/21/2011

    I upgraded my previous clarion unit for this? I'd replace the NX501 if I could. Too bad I already invested in every accessory for it.

    Pros: I like all the features of this deck has to offer, too good to be true.

    Cons: Too many bugs. Mic doesn't work, Nav no longer works, Sirius radio sometimes doesnt load, My Sirius channel presets mysteriously vanish, Rear View cam feature takes awhile to switch when first starting vehicle due to loading time, When the Nav. was working, my favorites were the only setting that would save. Quick search menu customization would reset. No bluetooth tags and limited functionality.

    Very nice

    JoshMac from Lexington, SC on 9/21/2011

    This is a great unit for anyone. I installed this product along with the sirius adapter, and steering wheel controls. Everything works great. I really like the speed and responce of the touch screen. It is smooth and flawless. I would like to add that some people do not like the fact that you are stuck with the blue color led for the buttons. This does not bother me at all.



    Exactly what I was hoping for!

    Buckaye from Orlando, FL on 6/6/2011

    2008 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I looked at several Stereo/Bluetooth/Navs on here for my 08 Yaris Sedan and decided on this one mostly because the reviews had very little negative to say. If you look at reviews for other systems there were a lot that commented on how poor the GPS system was or how poorly the interface was designed. This unit has both of those requirements met perfectly! The only intimidating thing about installation on this unit would be if you're planning to use Video (DVD's etc) and/or the rearview camera. The unit requires you to tap into your car's parking break sensor (not so hard) or your reverse gear sesnor (a little harder). Other than that, the installation is a breeze! GREAT product!



    Good, but a few glitches

    Nick from Pittsburgh on 6/1/2011

    2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the NX501, and overall a good unit. Here are a few pros/cons that might not have been mentioned yet: Pros: 1. The Axxcess steering wheel remote works perfectly with this unit, no lag when buttons are pressed. Cons: 1. The iPod attachment works fine, but it does occasionally freeze the screen. I can still access other menus like Sirius, NAV, etc, but the iPod screen becomes unresponsive and I can't change songs, etc.. I have a latest generation iPod Touch. As well, every so often it seems to lag while playing the iPod 2. I bought the external wired microphone for the Bluetooth (RCB199), and I did select "External Mic" under the phone options, but the people on the other line mainly hear a loud buzzing sound. I did find another review out there saying that Clarion knows this is an issue, so I'm not sure if the issue is on my side on on Clarion's side. I'll update once I call Clarion 3. The Sirius attachment is iffy: sometimes I turn on the unit and it just says, "Loading" and never plays, I need to restart the unit. It appears that when I turn off the car, the unit has to be on Sirius if I want Sirius to load properly the next time I start the car. Again, I'll have to call Clarion to see what's going on.




    Ridog from Annapolis, MD on 6/1/2011

    I will first say that I consider myself to be a "power user" and definitely put the unit through its paces.The unit is extremely slow at times taking minutes to compute easy task such as changing between sources. It quite often seems to lock up and not respond to requests. Sometimes the volume locks up and I am unable to adjust the volume, turning the dial does nothing and of course this happens when it is extremely important that you turn the volume down! Forget trying to use GPS while making a phone call using Bluetooth it just doesn't have the processing power. It doesn't save my preference for not speaking the GPS route information, so every time I enter a destination I have to go into preferences and turn off the voice commands....PIA! Also, the GPS can sometimes be a little delayed making following the route very difficult, this particularly happens in the city. It doesn't see my Sirius tuner 98% of the time. When it does the Sirius tuner presets are very annoying in that you can't rearrange your presets in the order you would like so you have enter them in a special order, which means you have to think ahead and plan your presets layout. They tout the "flick" as a feature...IT IS NOT! It is extremely difficult to operate while driving. Trying to browse for a song on your IPOD is very dangerous while driving because the flick scrolling is very difficult to use. I wish I knew which other model to exchange this one in for!



    Great Interface but not ready for prime time.

    Gian from Rhode Island, USA on 5/23/2011

    PROS Gorgeous interface , Swiping / Scrolling is seamless , iPhone like usability , Comes with Sirius, BT, Nav, and iPod cables ! CONS 1) The Clarion advertised RCB199 external microphone does NOT work with the unit. This was confirmed by Clarion's technical support themselves. It is unacceptable for Clarion to advertise this optional mic if it does NOT work with the unit. 2) If you do not shut off the unit while on Sirius, then Sirius will NOT work when you turn on your unit (most of the time). You have to hold the power button down and reset the unit to reset Sirius. This is a major inconvenience. 3) My navigation antenna broke after 6 days. Clarion offered to replace it (if I paid shipping) but this was my last straw and I decided to return the headunit. Why should I have to pay for shipping and send a part back if it's 6 days old? 4) Here and there, the iPod jitters and has a 1/2 second lag. It disrupts the song. 5) This headunit is BLUE. Absolutely everything is blue. For a retail price of $1,000, I should be able to adjust the color to match my dash. I called Clarion and they said no update is planned--Blue is here to stay. At night the bright blue buttons are distracting and strains your eyes. Minor issues: It takes 4-5 clicks to change the subwoofer level. This is dangerous if you want to turn it down for a bass-intensive song while driving. You cannot change the splash screen. Nav is slow to start (music starts very quickly) <br> <b>[Editor's Note: Clarion Technical Services confirmed the RCB199 will work with the NX501 when connected to the Microphone Jack.]</b>



    The Best One To Date

    CryoAura from NY on 5/20/2011

    OK, first of all, the other reviews take care of the features, which I must agree are amazing, read the other reviews for that. But what about Navigation? Nobody has even touched on that! The navigation used is a modified version of iGo Primo, which if you've never seen, is amazing... Accuracy is great, nothing like the AVIC series navigation of Pioneer, which in my opinion isn't that great. - Full 3D Terrain and View - Tells you which side of the street your destination is on - Tons of POIs, more than what others have that I've personally used like TomTom/Navigon - Very fluid and cool features, you really should investigate iGo Primo. Nothing about this receiver scores less than a 5 with me, except it's a resistive touch display instead of capacitive, but then again, no receivers I've seen have that. I can't believe this isn't a Crutchfield signature, and it's less than the Kenwoods! But better!



    very cool radio

    bmwsoldat from carlisle pa on 5/9/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    ok, first. iam so glad i didnt go cheap and buy from another place. the radio itself is very cool. made my stock speakers sound better then before. the interface takes sometime to get used to but once you do. its simple. the navi system on it was really cool as well. 3D was awesome! i was on a hunting trip and we used it to survey the area. with it showing the detail around us better then a flat map it helped out a lot. i purchased the ipod connect, for the future. the mic that clarion sells,connectors the tech suggested. the mic was much better then the attached one in my opinion. the sound from a call comes across clear and the party on the other end said i sound very clear. i didnt have a problem pairing my phone to the HU. it found it loaded my contacts and that was it. even gave me a pix of a few phone choices to choose from. the dvd works really great. the radio as well. i havnt tried the ipod yet as i dont own one.the 2nd zone works really great too.the kids watch a dvd while i listen to the my tunes. its quiet! the bad. to my knowledge no free map updates from clarion. so i guess i will have to pay for them. that stinks that took a star. i did have the HU break on me within a few weeks of purchase BUT.. the techsupport at crutchfield walked me thru the troubleshooting and said."yep its broke" and sent me NEW HU.NEW..not a refurb.. so the last star goes to them!.. really THANKS CRUTCHFIELD!!!!!



    great while it worked

    noel from temple tx on 5/7/2011

    i love this head unit. it sounds fantastic hass all the options i wanted the nav features and speed alerts come in handy, ive had it installed for 3 weeks. just really got used to the menues. would have goten 5 stars except today the nav function wont load. i was out useing the system it was finding all the places i needed to go but on my 3rd stop of the day after i started my car the nav software loaded, asked me for the language prefrenace and when i selected english it proceded to boot then hung and rebooted the entire radio. i have reset defualts, disconected the power to try and reset no go. everything else still works oly the nav wont load. i am restoreing my memory chip (made a backup) hopefully its just the chip (windows reported an issue when i pluged it in) if that dose not work i will be calling clarion and square trade to see whats up.



    Best User Interface on the Market!

    Tim L. from Stonewood, WV on 5/5/2011

    2011 Hyundai Genesis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The NX501 may have the best UI I have ever used. The ability to scroll makes this model's use far and above any other I looked at. Sirius Satellite radio and iPod interface are excellent. (You will need to get the SC-C1 to get this to work for the Sirius) So far, I have no complaints on the functions of this model. I will say I had the same issue that another person who posted a review had. After only being installed for 3 days, the unit started displaying an error message stating the system was out of memory and the cache was 0. I contacted Crutchfield and they sent me a replacement immediately. It goes to show that while you can find this unit for a little less on other sites, you just cannot beat the customer service from Crutchfield. Their customer service staff is excellent and well worth any additional cost. A big thank you to the staff at Crutchfield.



    Great Unit but an issue already

    Vince from Vancouver, Canada on 4/12/2011

    Thisd is by far the best Nav unit currently on the market. I love the way it looks and the Ipod interface works very well. The video functions look great and is easy to use. After having the unit instaled for a few days I started to get a small windows like message saming "error of out memeory request 2416555267 cahce:0" and today the message pops up each time I start my car and even when you close the window it will eventually pop back up. Niw when I push the navigation button it dosn't load and all I can see is the background wall paper. I contacted the place where I got it installed and they have not come across that issue yet ]=, but would be calling Clarion in the morning and following up with me. Has anyone else seen had this happen? I tried reseting the unit and reloading the factory settings but none of these fix it. I will post when I hear a resolution for this issue. AS long as this issue is fixe I would highly recommend this unit



    Clarion NX501 - Awesome!

    todd from Rock Springs, WY on 4/8/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I couldn't be more impressed. Installation and set-up was a breeze. There are many many features, some of which I may never use but they are there. I really like the Nav system. It is very user friendly. This unit is packed with features for a very reasonable price. Vehicle specific installation instructions were great as always and the tech line was very helpful.



    Looks nice, works well, a little slow sometimes.

    SomeGuy from Texas on 4/6/2011

    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a feature rich unit for the price. I purchased it primarily because it supported bluetooth streaming, had well rated navi, and had direct IPOD controls. Pros: Well thought out interface. Looks good. Direct connection to Sirius tuner without an interface cable. Has the featues I wanted. Cons: A little on the slow side during boot, establishing sirius signal. Experience some chop/garbling using the direct IPOD connection. NAV seems a little on the tacky side (but could be that I'm just not used to it). Overall it is a nice upgrade compared to my OEM stereo. I think that Clarion could resolve the few issues I have discovered so far with a software update if the choose to.



    Best one yet!

    JJDu4 from Mississippi on 4/5/2011

    Finally a radio that delivers!! I've been looking and waiting for a high end head unit to be........well.......high end! Clarion is headed in the right direction with the NX501 and is way ahead of its competitors. The UI is very nice and easy to use and the Nav looks great. I've used this unit to connect to my iPhone4 and was able to not only control it via iPod controls, but I was also able to stream a movie from Netflix using the iPod video videos can be played as well. The unit is very easy to use and has all the inputs and outputs one should ever need. There's individual harnesses for different inputs and outputs and if your not using one then you can just leave it out.......helps keep the clutter down in the dash. Anyway I've tried all the latest high end units from Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony and Alpine and the Clarion NX501 is in another class!



    Great unit

    Jeff from Canton, GA on 3/30/2011

    2006 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit and I recommend it highly. Sirius radio integration is great you get name of the channel, category, artist, and title all on one screen. Preset save the channel name so it's not just a number 1, 2, 3, etc. Nav system works really well and is easy to follow and understand. Streams Bluetooth with phone iPhone and Window Phone 7. Boot time is a little slow but the music starts up quickly just the map takes a bit about 40 seconds or so. Touch screen is easy to use and very user friendly (touch and hold to move around titles for what you want to do). Sound is good as I am not using any amps. I first installed the Pioneer AVIC-x920BT and was not happy at all with that unit, the maps were horrible to look and the Sirius integration was really bad. Maps were always off and needed correction. While the Pioneer had voice commands the NX501 makes up for it in the usability department.



    Clarion NX501

    Frank F from Mandeville, LA on 3/29/2011

    2009 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have only had this unit installed for 2 days and love it. Fairly simple install even with the headrest screens, Easy to use and works great.



    Awesome Unit!

    Dan P. from Ohio on 3/21/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have only had this for one day, but what an awesome job Clarion did! Really nice looking U.I. navigation is really good too. It has a 3 band Eq not 2 bands. So far this is my favorite nav system and I have had quite a few of them!



    Incredible Graphical User Interface (GUI BLISS)

    Angelo from Holiday, FL on 2/9/2011

    2004 Nissan 350Z

    I was contemplating canceling my order and getting something different because the NX501 is currently on backorder and I didn't want to wait for it. I'll tell ya what.after seeing it in action I am going to wait for it. It is as technologically advanced as I would expect a unit like this to be. The GUI is impressive and looks fun to use. I haven't received mine yet but I was able to watch the NX501 in action on Clarion's website at Just go to Media then click on 2011 Multimedia Chapter and you too can see the video. After watching the video I'm sure you're going to wait for it too.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front AV
    Audio/video Input 2
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 19
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Display Features
    Onboard Navigation
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Built-In Bluetooth
    AV Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion NX501 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using your vehicle's factory radio brackets and the supplied hardware. There is also an optional custom double-DIN sleeve (0202DBKT, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the NX501 in a custom 4" opening.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.2" Touchscreen TFT Display: The Clarion NX501 has an integrated 6.2" TFT widescreen display with touchscreen controls. The display provides a high-resolution video monitor for watching your DVD videos. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 (RGB) and 1,152,000 total pixels. The display features brightness and shape (4:3 or 16:9) adjustment. The unit's touch panel features interactive controls making menu navigation easy.

    Note: The unit's 6.2" touchscreen is fixed and not detachable.

    Touchscreen GUI with Flick Operation: The GUI (Graphical User Interface) shows large icons that are highly visible and easily recognizable at a glance. Feature icons are animated for an enhanced appearance, and they can be dragged and dropped into different positions to customize the screen. The NX501's touchscreen GUI (Graphical User Interface) supports flick operation, so you can quickly scroll to another menu page. Since the vast majority of functions are controllable from the touchscreen, there are only 3 physical buttons on the unit for the most basic and commonly-used functions.

    Note: A screen cleaning cloth is provided to help you keep the unit's touchscreen display clean.

    Monitor Adjustments: The Clarion NX501 offers the following touchscreen monitor adjustments.

    • Wallpaper Backgrounds: The NX501 includes 10 preset wallpaper backgrounds to choose from. You can also download a custom wallpaper background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Brightness: You can adjust the touchscreen monitor's brightness from 0-20.
    • Auto 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.
    • Monitor Off: You can turn the navigation-multimedia head unit's touchscreen monitor off when simply listening to music.

    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.

    Anti-Theft Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

    Onboard Navigation

    Navigation Mapping Software: The integrated map database (by TeleAtlas) used by the Clarion NX501 was created using high-resolution aerial and land based data collection. Navigation data is stored on the unit's preloaded 4GB microSD-card for quick access and response. The NX501 provides map coverage of the United States (all 50 states), Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Clarion NX501'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.

    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.

    GPS (Global Position System): The Clarion NX501 features a built-in SiRFprima GPS receiver and includes an external GPS antenna. The NX501 uses Global Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and display vehicle positioning and travel direction. The NX501 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.

    2D/3D Map (with 3D Landmarks): The Clarion NX501 allows you to view a detailed city map on its integrated monitor in 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D (three-dimensional). Similar to paper road maps, the 2D mode, shows you streets, roads, and elevation by color. In 3D mode, you can see the altitude and elevations differences. You can distinguish between valleys, mountains, and elevated roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and 3D buildings are also displayed.

    Color Theme: The navigation map uses different color themes (Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the map and the menu screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and the menus are bright. The nigh color themes use dark colors for large objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low. You can also set the navigation unit to switch between daytime and night color modes automatically based on the current time and GPS position.

    Visual Guidance: The Clarion NX501's navigation map offers various visual functions to help you along your route.

    • Turn Preview: When navigating a route, the top section of the map screen show information about the next route event (maneuver) and the next street or the next city.
    • Smart Zoom: When approaching a turn, the map screen will zoom in and raise the view angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next unction. If the next turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be flat so you can see the road in front of you.
    • Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads, it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
    • Signposts: Where additional information is available, signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map. The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations and the number of the road the lane leads to.
    • Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or a complex intersection and the needed information exists, the map is replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is available.

    Audible Alerts: The Clarion NX501 offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your destination safely.

    • Voice Guidance (Text-to-Speech): In addition to graphic directions, the NX501 provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can select from English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese 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.
    • Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you approach road safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if available). You can also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type of alert will be heard when you are approaching of these points.
    • Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information about the speed limits of certain road segments. The NX501 provides an audible warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.

    Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the current position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is not available) and a button to search for POIs nearby.

    Find Menu: The Find 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:

    Destination Search Description
    Find on Map Search for a destination by scrolling the map display
    Home Store and easily recall your home address
    Find Address Enter full/partial address, or Search for a city (central location), or Search for the intersection of two roads
    Find Places Search for over 15,000,000 points-of-interest (POIs) by name, phone #, or category; search near your current location, in a specific city, along your current route, or near your destination
    Favorites Store your favorite locations for easy recall
    History Destinations that you have set previously
    Coordinates Enter geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude)
    Phone Number Select a destination by entering phone #
    Photo Select locations from geotagged photo
    Waypoints You can add intermediate destinations along your main route

    Route Calculation: The Clarion NX501 calculates your route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method, and Avoidances.

    • Vehicle Type: You select what type of vehicle you are driving, so the navigation unit can determine the best route based on your vehicle type (Car, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
    • Route Method: You can choose which route method (Fastest, Shortest, Green, or Easy) the navigation unit should use when calculating your route.
      • Fastest: Give a quick route, if you can travel at or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast and normal cars.
      • Shortest: Gives a route that has the smallest total distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles.
      • Green: Gives a quick, but full efficient route based on the fuel consumption data you provide.
      • Easy: Results in a route with fewer turns and no difficult maneuvers.
    • Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid certain types of roads along your calculated route, such as - Highways, Tolls, Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.

    Trip Logs: Trip logs contain useful information about your trip. Trip logs can be saved manually when you reach your destination or automatically along your route.  Trip log data includes - Start/End Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time, Total Distance, and Min./Max. Altitude.

    Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously calculated route.

    Route Simulation: You can preview all the route information and simulate travel along a projected route.

    Map Updates: You can download map updates (from onto a USB thumbrive. Once you have downloaded the map update, simply insert the USB thumbdrive into the NX501's USB port to begin the map update process.

    Audio Section

    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.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Clarion NX501 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 NX501 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 NX501 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)

    6ch/4V RCA Output: The Clarion NX501 features 6ch/4V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (0-14) and phase adjustment (normal/reverse).

    Note: You can turn the NX501's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion NX501 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 62Hz, 95Hz, 135Hz, or Through (full-range).
    • High-Pass Filter: The NX501 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 62Hz, 95Hz, 135Hz, 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.

    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 +/-7.
      • 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 5kHz, 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion NX501 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner. The NX501 offers Seek, Manual, and Preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The NX501's built-in AM/FM tuner features 3 FM bands and 1 AM band. You can store up to 6 presets in each bands, allowing you to store 24 FM and 12 AM preset stations. You can manually store your favorite presets or have the NX501 automatically store the strongest stations for you.

    Preset Scan: The Preset Scan receives the stations stored in the units' preset memory in order. The unit scans each station for 10 seconds sequentially. This function is useful when searching for the desired station in memory.

    Local Seeking: When Local seeking is turned "On", only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.

    HD Radio Ready: Connecting the optional Clarion THD400 HD Radio tuner (020THD400, sold separately) lets you enjoy listening to digitally broadcast radio programs with superior sound quality and text information (such as artist name and song titles or traffic news; viewable on the head unit's display). HD Radio technology, where available, 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. No subscription fees required.

    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 (

    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 Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) directly to the head unit'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 head unit via the front-panel 3.5mm AV input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Slot: The Clarion NX501 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Disc Compatibility: The NX501 can play back the following types of discs (12cm only):

    • 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 (32-192 kbps)/WMA (64-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in 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 (Ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded on the disc.

    Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion NX501 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.

    Playback Operations: The Clarion NX501 offers the following DVD and CD playback operations -

    • Track List: This function allows you to select audio tracks from a displayed list of tracks on a disc or within in a folder.
    • Direct Search : You can locate the beginning of a movie scene using the time, chapter numbers, or title numbers recorded on a DVD video disc. You can also select a specific track on a music disc.
    • Skip Search: Chapters or Tracks are skipped down or up from the current location, as many times as the key is pressed, and then playback starts.
    • Fast Forward/Rewind : The NX501 offers a variable fast forward and rewind function. You can select between 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x.
    • Scan: The first 10 seconds of each music track on the disc is played.
    • Repeat: This operation plays back chapters, titles, or tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also select A-B repeat in order to repeat a desired passage of video on DVD disc.
    • Shuffle: This function allows you to randomly playback audio tracks or files recorded on a disc.

    Switching Angles: On DVD disc in which video images have been recorded in two or more angle, you can switch among the angles during playback.

    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.

    Off Eject: You can eject a disc with the unit off. You cannot insert a disc with the unit off.

    Auto Reload: If a disc is left in the ejected position for 15 seconds, the disc is automatically reloaded.

    Mounting Angle: For proper disc playback, you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Clarion navigation-multimedia head unit features a rear-panel USB port (attached via 42" pigtail) that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3/WMA audio files and MPEG4 video files. This unit supports USB 2.0/1.1 Full-Speed and FAT12/16/32 file systems. The unit can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 512 total files.

    • USB Audio: The navigation-multimedia head unit will support MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-192 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate of 64-192 kbps. The NX501 offers the following audio playback operations of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection. The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information (Ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) which will display the title, artist, and album name, as well as album art when recorded to the USB device.
    • USB Video: The Clarion NX501 also supports playback of MPEG4 videos recorded onto a compatible USB (MSC) device. The NX501 offers the following video playback operations of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection.

    Note: Files protected with any DRM cannot be played.

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The Clarion NX501 navigation-multimedia head unit supports both audio/video playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone. Using your iPod or iPhone's USB/Dock cable you can enjoy audio playback of music, podcasts, and audiobooks stored on your iPod or iPhone. Using the optional Clarion CCA-748 iPod/iPhone connector cable (020CCA748, both sold separately), you can also enjoy video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your iPod or iPhone. The Clarion CCA-748 iPod/iPhone connector cable plugs into the unit's rear-panel USB port and rear-panel AV input.

    Note: Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park (with the parking brake engaged). "Audio Only" is displayed when the vehicle is moving.

    iPod/iPhone DAC Bypass: Because the Clarion NX501 uses its USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 120B.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from the NX501's touchscreen, or the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Podcast. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rental.
    • ABC Search:  Once you have selected a music or video category, you can search the particular category alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Random & Repeat: The unit also supports Random (All/Off) and Repeat (Song/All/Off) functions for your iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The navigation-multimedia head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, Album label, and Album art.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: The navigation-multimedia head unit's USB connection will power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone battery when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion NX501 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y 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 head unit 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 a newer software update is available.

    Built-In Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Communication (by Parrot): The Clarion NX501 features built-in Bluetooth (ver.2.1+EDR), powered by Parrot, for wireless connection with Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 Players. Parrot Bluetooth offers extremely comprehensive compatibility with a variety of mobile phones and devices. The NX501 supports Bluetooth profiles - HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAP for hands-free communication and A2DP/AVRCP for audio streaming.

    • HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAP: Wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone with phone book transfer. 
    • A2DP/AVRCP: Wireless stereo music streaming and remote control functions (start/play/stop/pause/volume/track search) from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio player.

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the NX501. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Clarion in-dash head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time). The Clarion NX501 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone.

    Note: The Clarion NX501 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Visit Clarion Bluetooth Compatibility for complete list of compatible phones & players.

    Hands-Free Communication (HFP/PBAP): The NX501 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The NX501 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 Calls: During an incoming call, the caller's phone number will be seen on the unit's touchscreen display 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 touchscreen. You can also set the unit to automatically answer an incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Making Calls: There are 3 ways to make an outgoing call from the Clarion in-dash head unit.
      • Direct Dial: Outgoing calls can be made be entering telephone numbers (0-9, *, #, +) directly via the unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook: You can search for contact names in your mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion NX501 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 Clarion NX501.

    Integrated Microphone: The Clarion NX501 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 (1-5) 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 NX501. 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.

    Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The Clarion NX501 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 head unit and your car's audio system. You can listen to and control music stored on your Bluetooth enabled phone or MP3 player. The NX501 will also be able to control basic playback features such a Pause, Track Selection, Fast Forward, and Reverse.

    AV Connection

    Front and Rear AV Inputs: The Clarion NX501 is equipped with AV input terminals on the front and rear of the unit to enable enjoyment of content from an external connected source. The rear composite video/stereo RCA inputs are ideal for permanent installations, while the front AV mini-jack (3.5mm) input will come in handy for quick connection of a portable audio/visual source.

    Audio/Video Output (with Dual Zone): The NX501 features a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA audio output that allows you to connect an external display and headphone system in the rear of your vehicle. You can playback audio/video content from a DVD/CD disc, iPod/iPhone, or AV Input on a rear-seat monitor system; while viewing a different audio/video source on the navigation-multimedia head unit.

    Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack 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. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle).

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touchscreen and hard-key controls, the NX501 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the navigation-multimedia receiver and your connected devices. The remote control operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium-cell 3V battery (included).

    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-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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