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Clarion's NX604 navigation receiver puts you at the center of a multimedia universe from the comfort of your car seat. Whether you're exploring unfamiliar avenues, running errands, road-testing your favorite songs, or simply trying to communicate with others, you can count on this receiver to keep you connected to what's happening currently in the cloud through your smartphone and Clarion's Smart Access app. You also get simplified search through intelligent voice recognition technology, so the receiver can find what you need locally without wasting your valuable time.

Cloud connectivity and smart voice recognition

Clarion's NX604 navigation receiver puts you at the center of a multimedia universe from the comfort of your car seat. Whether you're exploring unfamiliar avenues, running errands, road-testing your favorite songs, or simply trying to communicate with others, you can count on this receiver to keep you connected to what's happening currently in the cloud through your smartphone and Clarion's Smart Access app. You also get simplified search through intelligent voice recognition technology, so the receiver can find what you need locally without wasting your valuable time.

Take the Smart Access app for a ride

When you download Clarion's free Smart Access app to your phone, you'll have access to several apps that work within the Smart Access ecosystem. Connect your phone to the NX604, and you'll get fingertip control over those apps through the receiver's screen. You can employ Smart Access through your iPhone® 4 and iPhone 4S using an optional Clarion cable, or use an optional HDMI cable and an Apple Lightning™ Digital AV Adapter combination for iPhone 5 models. You'll use an optional HDMI cable to take advantage of Smart Access through your Android™ phone.

Apps for social media, streaming audio, GPS navigation, traffic, and more are currently available (see below), and most require no additional charges to use them. As more apps are added to the Smart Access platform, Clarion automatically updates the Smart Access app, so you'll gain more functionality without having to do anything. And you can choose which apps you see on the receiver's main menu screen, for easy access on the go.

Your favorite apps at your fingertips

Apps you can currently use through Smart Access and the NX604 include:
• Social media like Facebook and Twitter
• Traffic by INRIX and Waze
• Internet radio: Pandora®, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn Radio
• Personal: email, calendar, news, and weather

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Have your say with Clarion Intelligent VOICE™

Clarion's Intelligent VOICE software delivers relevant results quickly and with less input information than most other voice-recognition platforms on the road, thanks to incorporated Google Voice technology. If you're looking for nearby pizza, you won't need to go through multiple steps such as "vicinity search," then "restaurant," then "pizza" — you can just say "pizza, popular restaurant" and the NX604 will perform an immediate search for highly regarded pizza joints in your area. You can then choose one from the list and the receiver will guide you right to it.

Intelligent VOICE doesn't even need you to have a complete thought to know what you're looking for. You can use natural language to ask for a search, and the receiver will find close matches based on up-to-date Google searches. Say "I want to dance" to the NX604 and you'll soon be looking at a list of nearby nightclubs and dance studios. Gone are the days when you had to depend on antiquated searches that required exact phrases or precise language to get any results at all — with the NX604, you can look for things with only partial information or mispronounced words, and you'll likely get a solution within seconds.

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A screen for all seasons

You can explore built-in maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada through the NX604's beautiful 6.2" screen. You'll also have access to over 11 million points of interest, along with 3D mapping that allows realistic views of terrain, buildings, and landmarks in select metropolitan areas. The display also supports "flick" operation, just like your smartphone. You can drag and drop animated menu icons that'll give your dash a little personality, while allowing you to prioritize functions and A/V sources.

Timely traffic reports

The receiver delivers timely traffic reports in most metropolitan areas through RDS-TMC technology. You'll be able to see congestion along your route as it develops, and choose a more sensible path to your destination before getting stuck. Best of all, these updates require no additional subscription fees.

Bluetooth® for hands-free calls and streaming music

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 phone or other device supports it. The NX604 features a built-in microphone, or you can hook up the included external mic to boost the sonic clarity of your conversations.

Incorporate your smartphone even without Smart Access

Connect a compatible Android smartphone to the NX604 with an HDMI cable to enjoy the receiver's Android compatibility, which allows you to see the display of your smartphone right on the receiver's 6.2" display. When you're parked you'll be able to enjoy photos and high-definition video, surf the web, and view your phone's apps on the receiver's screen.

Apple users can enjoy direct iPod® and iPhone audio control with a simple USB connection or via Bluetooth. iPhone 5/5c/5s users will need to add a couple of more adapters, including an HDMI cable and an Apple Lightning™ Digital AV Adapter to get full access to audio and video content from their device.

Pandora® Internet radio as you roam

Take your Pandora stations with you — run the free Pandora app on your phone and control it from the NX604's touchscreen if you'd rather not use Smart Access. You can skip tracks, change stations, and thumbs up/thumbs down songs just like you do online. For the iPhone, you'll need a USB or Bluetooth connection; Android phones control Pandora via Bluetooth.

Sonically superb

The NX604 features a built-in HD Radio tuner which allows you to hear broadcasts in high-quality audio from participating AM/FM stations all over. You can choose from six preset tone settings, or make your own using the 6-band graphic equalizer. The subwoofer volume control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass if you've got a sub hooked up, and you've got high- and low-pass filters for further audio tweaks.

Clarion's unique sound technology makes your music sound great. Their "Intelligent Tune" technology includes Vocal Image Control, which lets you "move" the vocal to different seats in your vehicle. The NX604 also includes Sound Restorer, which brings the quality back to compressed audio files.

Connections galore

The NX604 lets you expand your entertainment options with a wealth of connection points. You'll find a USB input on the receiver's back panel, useful for plugging in a dedicated MP3 player or a flash drive, and you can use the front 3.5mm A/V input and rear RCA A/V inputs for hooking up external sources. The receiver also features a connection for an optional SiriusXM satellite radio tuner, so you can enjoy programming with your subscription. With the help of an optional adapter cable, you can add a rear-view camera for an extra layer of safety. Three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs help you add amplifiers and subwoofers to the mix.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with a new car stereo. Check “Details” for more information, and the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters. If you're not sure if you need an adapter, call, chat, or email an Advisor for help determining what you'll need for your vehicle.

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.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with 6.2" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming (external microphone included)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • microSD card slot for map updates
    Navigation Features:
    • maps of the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, plus over 11 million points of interest
    • Clarion Intelligent VOICE speech-recognition technology
    • free lifetime traffic updates
    • lane guidance and junction view
    • 3D representations of landmarks and buildings
    Smartphone Features: (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps)
    • Smart Access connectivity to control smartphone apps for social media, traffic, Internet radio, and personal email/calendar/news feeds
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
      • HDMI cable and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter required for Smart Access control and viewing video content from Lightning devices
      • Clarion CCA750 cable required for Smart Access control and viewing video content from older Apple devices
    • HDMI compatibility for screen mirroring (no control) with select Android devices when parked — requires optional HDMI cable
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, microSD cards, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • 6-band graphic EQ with 6 tone presets
    • "Intelligent Tune" audio enhancements
    • dual-zone A/V output
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, two A/V inputs (front, rear), HDMI input, microSD card input (front), rear view camera input (with optional cable)
    • outputs: composite video output (rear), 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Navigation receiver (w/ 6.2" touchscreen monitor)
    • Trim-ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp harness
    • AV input/output harness
    • GPS antenna (w/ attached 8' cable)
    • USB extension cable
    • Microphone (w/ attached 9.5' cable)
    • Small visor-clip
    • Large visor-clip
    • Self-adhesive clip
    • 8 Counter-sunk ISO screws
    • 8 Hex-head ISO screws
    • 3 Self-adhesive wire clamps
    • Two-sided tape
    • 10 Rubber caps
    • Wire-tie
    • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide/Installation Manual
    • Notice of Correction (for Smart Access)
    • Notice of Correction (for SiriusXM)
    • Addendum Sheet (for Mic)
    • Warranty Information

    Featured Video:

    Pretty much got it for half off, the last one. I love it. It does everything I want in a receiver.

    Andrew, New York


    Clarion NX604 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (59 Reviews)

    Great Deal

    Andrew from New York on 11/28/2015

    2003 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty much got it for half off, the last one. I love it. It does everything I want in a receiver.



    Middle of the road

    Jake from Michigan on 11/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This NX604 had great reviews but when I got it I was not amazed. I still have not got everything tweaked yet but so far I am not impressed.

    Pros: GPS and Navigation features seem really great.

    Cons: Seems slow from page to page. Half second is too slow for me. Main screen does not look very impressive and seems boring. Radio quality comes and goes, with high pitch and mono tones.

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    Anonymous from New York on 11/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great stereo easy to install and use



    Great unit, completely happy with it!

    Qoheleth from West Springfield, Massachusetts on 11/15/2015

    2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit. Has everything I could want - DVD, Bluetooth, MicroSD, USB and HDMI connections, really nice FM and the SiriusXM connection. Install was relatively easy and it works great.

    Pros: Great navigation, simple operation, yet does many things. Plenty of power for my vehicle.

    Cons: None really. Works great!

    Works fine

    Matt from Virginia on 11/12/2015

    2006 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It does have lots of features and bluetooth isn't just turn on and have to make sure it is connected by going into the main menu, But It Works! The DVD video only works when I depress and then press the E-Brake, so when I was testing it I thought I hooked it up wrong. Went to the store, parked the car and viola the screen turned on...LOL!

    Pros: Navigation works great, put the address in, save it and go. It works just like any other navigation device

    Cons: Lots of features, means lots of button to get the unit to work the way you want it . Good luck be patient.

    nice unit would reccomend!!

    clarion from Pennsylvania on 10/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great unit for the $$ still getting use it but it seems to do everything I need it to. as always Crutchfield was great to deal with!

    Pros: love the navi and blue tooth

    Cons: none


    chad from West Virginia on 10/16/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    product had a lot of nice features but the blue tooth was junk.

    Pros: was really adjustable as far as sound quality.

    Cons: blue tooth had a lot of interferance on it and would not stay connected.

    Features are good Function is terrible

    RS Colorado from Colorado on 10/7/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very buggy software, crashed about 50% of the time, required restarting the device and/or my phone way too often. Had to return it.

    Pros: Good Features, when they worked.

    Cons: Needs a lot of improvement with the software connection to my android device. When it did work it was slow.

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    alanp from California on 10/5/2015

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Functionality is great. Easy setup for bluetooth. Very intuitive functionality overall. The main drawback for me is the display brightness. It is near impossible to see during the day, and I have adjusted the brightness to the max.

    Pros: Intuitive functionality

    Cons: Display not bright enough during the day.

    Bluetooth and Nav usability are a joke

    Aaron from Oregon on 7/12/2015

    2005 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Bluetooth doesn't connect all the time, and when it does, the phone wont transmit voice. The driver can hear the other person talking though. It also ALWAYS forces Pandora to open on the phone, even after you shut it off. The Nav features are hard to use, and are very cumbersome. I cant just simply put an address in. I have to circumnavigate the menu list to maybe find the option for entering an address. I also cant get the home feature to work, for whatever reason it will not allow me to add a home address. This unit will be getting removed with prejudice and a happy pioneer will replace it!

    Pros: Looks pretty

    Cons: Not really useable.

    Had to return it

    Brad from Huntsville, Al on 7/8/2015

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, the unit has a lot of great feature and is pretty easy to use. Installation was pretty straight forward, I just had a couple questions and the IT guys were able to answer them quickly. The unit was very slow to boot up, I use to have a cheaper unit that booted up a lot faster, and I started having trouble with the Bluetooth connection. After about a month, the Bluetooth would not connect correctly, I assumed it was my phone. Shortly there after the Bluetooth stopped working all together, so I tried a different phone, I tried rebooting the phones and the radio. I set the radio back to factory settings and deleted my from the Bluetooth set up, nothing worked. I was able to send the unit back without a problem. If it was not for the Bluetooth issue and having to return the unit, I would have given 4 stars... just because of the slow boot up.

    Pros: several great features, easy to use

    Cons: Bluetooth feature is unreliable, extremely slow boot up.

    Good Buy

    Russ from Louisiana on 6/1/2015

    2011 Dodge Truck 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Been happy with this unit so far. It's pretty easy to use and navigate with. Haven't experienced any problems with it.



    Nice GPS Reciever Great Cutomer service

    Mike L from Maryland on 5/31/2015

    2005 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price and features on this receiver, would recommend to anyone!

    Pros: Price, features

    Cons: Power output not as high as others in this price range

    Nice unit worth the cost

    Saru from Texas on 5/29/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice product for the price I paid. There was a discount when I got this. I have a Mazda Cx7 with Bose system and factory Nav and needed something that could support bluetooth. The product is nice and overall did what it should, the only reason i'm giving it 4 starts is that its slow to start and the couple of days I used it freez on me. Here are some of the things that other should consider: 1. The factory backup camera will not work with this system. 2. The Steering control do not work for volume on the 2007 model I have. They work fine to control the clock but not the volume on the system. 3. The smart access requires a HDMI cable, will not work via BT as the manual indicates. So make sure you buy the HDMI cable and the adaptor for the phone. I'm returning the unit, not because the unit has any issue but mainly the backup camera and do not want to spend more in buying a custom backup camera.

    Pros: Good sound quality.

    Cons: 1. The factory backup camera will not work with this system. 2. The Steering control do not work for volume on the 2007 model I have. They work fine to control the clock but not the volume on the system. 3. The smart access requires a HDMI cable, will not work via BT as the manual indicates. So make sure you buy the HDMI cable and the adaptor for the phone.

    Nice unit at a great price

    Mark O. from Lansing, New York on 5/22/2015

    2014 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one of the nicest Nav units I have installed. The display is bright and easy to read. The touchscreen is very good. The menus are quite easy to navigate, and the Navigation is very good. The Bluetooth setup wasn't hard and the sound quality is very good. The HD radio greatly improves the sound quality of FM stations. Overall, this unit is the best bargain in Navigation radios.

    Pros: Nice look and feel, Great screen and nice sound quality.

    Cons: Cable for backup camera sold separately, In order to link a smartphone, you have to plug the phone into an HDMI connector on the REAR of the UNIT.

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    thart from Florida on 5/19/2015

    2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I like the unit. However the unit is very slow to start-up and the USB is intermittent. Songs drop in and out. Changed cables and checked Ipod cables, but nothing has corrected it yet. Will reach out to Crutchfield Customer service for more support and see what they recommend.

    Pros: Excellent sound, easy install

    Cons: Slow start-up, USB issues

    Radio for my Merk

    flynvfr from New Jersey on 5/19/2015

    2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the unit. Looks great in my 13 year old Mercedes. The smart Access can be a bit troublesome to work out. Turns out the my Motorola Droid Maxx is not supported by this unit. I'm use to using Alpine units. Clarion is very well put together.

    Pros: Everything you want. why spend over $1000.

    Cons: Not supported by all the devices.

    All in All a nice unit

    Jonathon F from Indiana on 5/19/2015

    2006 Pontiac GTO
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All in All a nice unit considering all the features you get for the price. The navigation works very well and has a lot of bells and whistles. The audio sounds good but true audiophiles wont like the band pass choices for the sub outputs. I haven't had any problems getting it to connect to my Droid Maxx via bluetooth. My phone doesn't have MHL so I cant use most of the features in the Smart Access app but to be honest, I see no need for any of the apps that are available anyhow. The Intelligent Voice part works just fine with only a bluetooth connection as well as the hands free calling. I'm not a Pandora user so I cant speak to that. One thing Clarion/Naviextras should make clear is that in order to upgrade the maps you have to download and install the Naviextras Toolbox app on your PC. There is absolutely no guidance on either website about this and it can be frustrating to figure out. Additionally, I haven't been able to find the text-to-speech settings that will allow it to announce street names. Not that big a deal since they are prominently displayed on screen.

    Pros: Lot's of features for the price

    Cons: Scrolling through large catalogs of music on USB or SD cards is tedious.

    Very Nice Unit

    Gary R from Midlothian TX on 5/19/2015

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit, easy to install. Just know that you will need another 50 dollars to mirror a Iphone and 40 dollars to mirror a Android. Then whatever it cost for a back up camera also. Navigation part is great and love the functions.

    Pros: Very nice, and easy to install. Great Price!

    Cons: Extra stuff needed to mirror.


    Rabuckg from Lawton, OK on 5/15/2015

    2004 Pontiac GTO
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has everything except the kitchen sink and works with both iPhone and Android phones. I just wish it had easier access to the bass controls, but that is small potatoes. The navi works great and the Sirius XM tuner plugged in and works flawlessly with the receiver.

    Pros: Navi is good, suprisingly, has an alert to tell you when you are going over the speed limit. Flexible for both iPhone and Android phones and devices.

    Cons: No quick access to bass adjustment, but not a big deal. Have issues with microphone working, but I need to recheck the connection in the back.

    Disappointing response/Lag

    Jeff from Nebraska on 5/14/2015

    2015 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unfortunately, this receiver had a lot of potential but failed execution. This unit struggles with USB playback in a big way. If the unit even detects the USB drive on startup, it often takes literal minutes for the interface to become useable to navigate menus. Also changing between tracks is an irritating affair as the unit take 5-10 second to play the next track after pressing the on screen command to proceed to the next track. Slow response times and laggy controls are the prevalent theme throughout all of the menus of this device. I'm very disappointed as I had always known Clarion to make quality products but sadly it doesn't seem to extend to their navigation units. The unit is just not pleasurable to use in any way.

    Pros: -Navigation is functional -Sound quality when music can actually play is good.

    Cons: - Extremely slow response times for everything -Constant issues with USB drives not being recognized or taking a long time to be recognized -Poor user experience is a detriment to all aspects of the unit.

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    ac from Texas on 5/10/2015

    2010 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the Toyota JBL unit on my truck. It already had a Fosgate Amp and subwoofer that replaced the puny JBL sub so it sounded good to begin with. First and foremost this unit makes everything sound great. Secondly, it looks really good. Overall I would recommend this unit.

    Pros: I have an android phone and the unit works great with Pandora. I bought an hdmi cable and after some fiddling I can mirror my phone on the unit and even get Netflix to show. Connect it to bluetooth, run the smart access app, then connect hdmi. Make sure it is powered. Stereo tuner has HD, it does sound better! Thd GPS is awesome.

    Cons: Biggest con is you need to have the parking brake engaged if you want to watch video. You also cannot watch movies off USB. And for some reason you cannot rearrange the home screen icons.

    Good unit

    Kris from Boston, MA on 5/10/2015

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

    Overall it's a good unit, wouldn't say great, but not bad either. Has a lot of functions, and the bluetooth works great. It's tough to get it to connect with an Android phone for its smartlink application though. Navigation works well too, and the unit itself is very customizable. Biggest downfall for me is that I can't get my phone to link to its smartlink, and the unit lags a little when using the touch screen. Overall good unit, but maybe a little too pricey for what you're getting.

    Pros: Bluetooth, navigation, XM, customizable

    Cons: Android connectivity, screen lag, no USB port on front (had to run cable extension from back, which is included though)


    Jake from North Carolina on 5/6/2015

    2006 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is probably the worst unit I have ever purchased and the worst experience I have had with Crutchfield since I became a customer with them over 30 years ago. The fit is terrible. The adapters for my Audi are bulky, confusing, and almost impossible to figure out. Mind you, I am not a novice at installation with over 30 years of doing this. The radio receiver will not pick up any stations, none, period. Unless I am within 10 miles of the actual radio station! I was a huge fan of Clarion before this purchase. Now, just this morning the unit is giving my some type of memory error and has locked up and won't do anything. So, I am on my computer trying to search for an answer. I spent this much for this piece of garbage, and cannot with any clear conscience recommend this unit at all.


    Cons: see my review for the long list...

    Crutchfield response on 5/12/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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    Jason from Goldsboro, nc on 5/5/2015

    2009 Ford F-150 Lariat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The clarion nx604 is the whole package with a reasonable price. CLARIONs smart access, with intelligent voice and navigation is awesome. Makes OEM speakers sound way better.

    Pros: Great navigation system and interface

    Cons: None

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    Oliver E from Eureka ca on 5/5/2015

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice system, Very responsive

    Pros: Nice display, User friendly, Very responsive

    Cons: Doesn't relay iPhone apps Rear view camera choppy video

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    Alan from Georgia from Georgia on 5/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great but the software update put out by Clarion did not touch the issues. You Can Not use the smart access features and then switch to using Bluetooth. I have read other forums where people are all having the same issues. If you want a great sound with HD radio and GPS , Buy it... If you want Smart Phone features Don't.

    Pros: Great sound , HD radio, Good phone connectivity for handsfree.

    Cons: Bluetooth connectivity for everything but the handsfree. Needs Software update. You cannot change the main menu or arrange the Icons so if you don't have SiriusXM, you are stuck with the icon on the main menu while the Icon you need for pandora requires scrolling to get to. The constant no connectivity screens are also a problem. Most features of this Unit use bluetooth for some reason or another but the software won't allow it to switch between types automatically.

    I'm happy

    Tundra trucker from Evergreen co on 4/29/2015

    2013 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit sounds great, has all the features and is king on value.

    Pros: Features galore, nav, blutooth, DVD, back up, pre outs, great screen. Everything works like expected.

    Cons: Not to much, maybe a bit hard to set up Bluetooth, but not really.

    Bluetooth 'mostly' works

    Miles from Watsonville CA on 4/28/2015

    2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My reasons for buying this is Bluetooth handsfree phone and audio plus navigation. Things work but awkwardly. If you want voice activated navigation you need to install the SmartAccess app on you phone. This comes with only a one year free service. I am not sure what it cost after that or if it will be worth it. The problem is that if you set up to use this feature you will not be able to use Bluetooth audio. The obvious work around would be to load all you audio onto a memory card and slip it into the front panel. Problem here is that the unit can only decode MP3 and WMA. No AAC, no MP4 let alone FLAC or any HD audio. So I am back to using the front aux input for the music and audio books on my Android. The handsfree Bluetooth phone connection works fine with the built in microphone but there are disappointments here too. Most new cars have voice activated phone book search. Sorry, not here. Just an on screen phone book in alphabetical order. I don't see anyway to even add a few favorites. I worked around this by prefixing AA to my frequently called numbers so they are always at the top of the list. I am not too interested in playing video on this unit.

    Pros: Anyway, for the price, this is a good unit. The radio is great, user interface is good, navigation works. I have most everything I need so I am keeping it. I think this is mostly old tech and newer models will be better.... but more expensive. If you want more: Look carefully for audio codex support. Look for multiple Bluetooth connections. Look for voice activated phonebook search. Crutchfield comparison charts should show these details but mostly they don't.


    Clariion - Great Unit

    RB from Georgia on 4/26/2015

    2005 Lincoln Aviator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Clarion NX604 and backup camera from Crutchfield to upgrade the unit in my Lincoln Aviator and add backup camera. First the pricing was excellent. I purchased from the Outlet store and the unit looks new(no scratches, etc), so saved a little that way too. Second, the service from Crutchfield is excellent. They guided me through some install questions. Their help along with the very detail install instructions made the installation easy. It took about a two day period to install the unit and back up camera. It was not hard just time consuming. I love it. The unit is easy to use and looks really nice. The sound quality is great. Bluetooth has great sound when on the phone. The back camera Crutchfield recommended works very well too. I love the fact that the Clarion unit does not have to be on or booted up for the backup camera to work. Wiring backup camera was a little challenging. Overall very satisfied and great price. Saved several hundreds of dollars by purchasing at Crutchfield and doing install myself.

    Pros: Looks, features, sound quality, ease of use.

    Cons: Time to install. Not hard to do, just allow time.


    David from Oak Lawn, Il on 4/19/2015

    2006 Mercury Milan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outstanding head unit. I am very pleased with it. The features are rich and plenty. Everything works seamlessly and effectively. Even the installation was a breeze. I love this unit.



    Great product highly recommended

    MessiLee from New York on 4/13/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product,excellent graphics,ease of use.I enjoy the music interface,I also like the feature of the traffic congestion warnings and the speed warnings.Truly well designed system.



    Not perfect but close

    frogfeet007 from Alexandria, VA on 4/9/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this head unit from Crutchfield -- best price on the web when I was shopping -- and installed it into my commuter box 2007 Chevy Aveo two weekends ago. Installation was a breeze thanks to the guides and tools I got from Crutchfield. The audio improvement with just the NX604 head unit is dramatic. The head unit puts out 18 watts per channel -- not much compared to the amps i'll be installing in the future -- but more than enough to make the stock speakers really pop. radio reception, both FM and Sirius XM (i got the adapter) is outstanding. I find the highest fidelity music comes from the 25 gigabytes of music i loaded onto the micro SD card. As a result I've never used the bluetooth streaming feature because I have more music on my head unit than on my phone! The GPS navigation system works really well, as does the Google Intelligent Voice search feature associated with it. Bluetooth hands free phone call quality is outstanding, using the included microphone which I mounted above the rear view mirror, away from the driver's window and noise. Updating the head unit firmware and the GPS maps were both a breeze, just download to one of the two micro SD cards, reinstall into the unit, and voila! (only the 8 GB GPS maps card is included with the NX604, but I have dozens of these cards lieing around now.) I've been using this unit for a couple of weeks now and absolutely love it. It looks great too!

    Pros: NX604 has everything from my must have list: - Sirius XM ready - Blue tooth (music streaming plus hands free phone) - USB and USB charging (via included extension cable) - 4v RCA pre outs for amplifier(s) and future expansion - Double DINN - Responsive touch screen - GPS - 6 band Graphic equalizer - Google Intelligent Voice - HDMI jack and screen mirroring from android phone - back up camera jack - Second video out/dual screen capable - Micro SD card for audio/video files (32G) - e

    Cons: The Google Intelligent Voice search feature of Smart Access is really nice and works well with the built in GPS naviation system. The rest of the Smart Access suite of apps available is, well, meh.


    Robby R from New Jersey on 4/7/2015

    Great product


    Cons: Not enough apps

    Overall pleased but with a few quirks

    AlexR from Alameda, CA on 3/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm really pleased with the unit. I recently installed it in a 2000 Nissan Maxima originally with a Bose system. I also installed the Accele RVCLPMB Low Profile License Plate Camera as I've used that on another vehicle with great success. Navigation works great out of the box. It even suggested an alternate route to work when it realized there was significant traffic ahead so that's a plus. Using the Intelligent Voice (once you get it working) is cool, but the results aren't consistent. I'll ask specifically for a Chevron gas station which I know is only a mile away, but the results are for other locations in different towns. The HD radio is great. What I don't like is the display for the artist and song name is significantly smaller than radio station names and other information. I don't care about the station information, I want to know who's singing the song! I'm currently struggling with the bluetooth connectivity with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and an IPhone 4s. While I can connect and talk on the phone, play via bluetooth or Pandora, the connection isn't as seamless like my other vehicle. Often I have to fiddle with the phone or the HU to make the connection. The information in Pandora or Bluetooth isn't updating with the next song. I can still control from the HU, but the information showing is stuck on the first song. The equalizer could definitely be improved. The default settings are terrible. Hopefully I'll be able to work through these quirks.

    Pros: Built in navigation spot on so far. It even recommends alternate routes. HD radio gives access to multicast stations. You can set up three different FM stations for a total of 18 stations. (Who really listens to that many stations?). Microphone is included for using phone. Phone works fine for driving around town and is convenient.

    Cons: Display for radio is big on buttons but not on information. Song name and artist name are very small relative to all other information being shown. Currently struggling with bluetooth connectivity with Galaxy Note 4 and IPhone4s. Sometimes the automatic brightness setting gets stuck to the "Night" setting during the day and you can't see crap. Equalizer default settings suck. People say I sound like I'm in a empty room when using bluetooth phone. They say I sound better on speaker phone.

    User Friendly

    Danny K from Erwin Tennessee on 3/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works like a charm. Install no problem even for me with the help of the best tech support ever. Thanks guys. Love this item money well spent.

    Pros: It just works and easy to learn.


    Great Receiver

    Greg from Indiana on 3/26/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spent a lot of time researching a replacement for my factory Bose system in my 2005 Chevy 2500HD. The factory system finally stopped working and I wanted to replace it with a navigation system. I needed to replace the speakers as well. I listened to this new stereo after installing it before I purchased new speakers and I was surprised at how much better it sounded even with the old worn out speakers. Installation was not too difficult and Crutchfield was very helpful with a few questions I had in regard to the installation. I would like to see the stereo boot up faster. I'm used to hearing music as soon as I start my truck, but it takes about five or ten seconds with the Clarion NX604. Considering all the new benefits I have with this system, I don't mind the boot up time though. The navigation system works very well and the Smart Access system is very convenient. I purchased and installed new Polk speakers a week after installing this new receiver and the sound is excellent. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and I would definitely recommend the Clarion NX604.

    Pros: User friendly, Great sound, Great features

    Cons: Slow boot up time, needs more frequencies available for adjustment in the equalizer.

    Beautiful product do not hesitate on this purchase

    Helen from New Jersey on 3/21/2015

    2006 Toyota Prius
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product



    very happy

    gary g from Colorado on 2/18/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very happy with the nav rec. very easy to put in, and very happy with Crutchfield . got a great deal on it too.

    Pros: easy to put in. good manuel.

    Cons: none

    Great bang for the buck.

    JamesB from Mississippi on 1/26/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had it a week, and I haven't tried all the bells and whistles, but so far I'm loving this head unit.

    Pros: Very nice sound, lots of options, and map updates are free.

    Cons: The SD card is hard to remove by hand, no eject or spring to help.

    Works, with a ton of gadgetry that you might not need.

    Power from Michigan on 1/19/2015

    2010 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The HU at first had an issue with the rca output cable being pinned incorrectly. Once that was remedied the HU works about as expected. There were some bugs, but a firmware update seemed to fix the issues I had so far. I do not use the phone connectivity such as Google voice etc. Sounds good, has a fair amount of control through the EQ. The sub output seems lower than expected, might just be how they control the sub output. At 0 there isn't much going on, have to have set at 3+ to match the sub output from a previously installed JL Cleansweep. NOTE: The HU has lines for backup camera, Do not buy a backup camera with lines in the display. If you do you will have one set of permanent lines that you can not move or adjust or make disappear. The camera lines built into the camera are permanently there. Used a cc510 camera and now have two sets of lines, the ones adjustable are correct, the other lines are just stuck there useless. It is nice that you can adjust lines on screen for any camera. Clarion should have made their camera without lines or able to delete said lines so you don't have two sets. The sd slot is not spring assisted. You have to have long nails to remove the card. Kind of a pain for most men. But at least it has a slot. Overall for the functions you get, the nav, 4v rca outputs, front sd slot and aux, it is a great value. If all you want is sound, go with a different unit and save money or increase adjustment capability.

    Pros: Great value, 4v outputs, built in nav. A bunch of other functions you can use with a phone connected if you chose to do so. Also has secondary output for screens in the back seat.

    Cons: Non spring assisted sdmicro slot. Some small quirks. At least Clarion puts out firmware updates which are easily downloadable to fix issues as they go. Also when on bluetooth calls and reverse is engaged, the camera activates there is feedback to the person on the other line. Have not figured out why yet.

    Exceeded Expectations

    HINO from Alaska on 1/11/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, this system seems to be exceeding all of my expectations. I loved the ease of use for the navigation on this unit. I've read many complaints about the street names not being announced over the speakers, but I turned that feature off anyway since I listen to music. This unit allows you to change songs and stations while using the NAV as well. The DVD/CD feature works as it should and haven't had any issues. Back up camera; I bought and installed all clarion parts needed. I disliked that you must purchase an input cable to connect the camera, since most receivers I've used in the past already have an input for a camera. Other than that it's the same process as any other camera install. The stereo does take a while to boot up, but the camera feature will work even if the stereo hasn't booted. In fact the camera will work if you can start the car, wait 2 seconds, and shift into reverse. I love this! Bluetooth: I have a note 4 and I haven't had one issue with the hands-free or music. I'm glad this set-up came with the mic too. Negatives: I did not like the equalizer on this unit. The sound took a lot of tweaking to get to my likings., and the presets were all really poorly tuned. Of course, if you have an amplifier, all of this shouldn't be an issue.

    Pros: Camera, DVD/CD, navigation, Bluetooth/hands free

    Cons: Equalizer (which won't matter much if you amplify), a little lag but it's not a deal breaker.

    top notch

    Jordan from league city on 1/6/2015

    2014 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really love how the system reacts so quickly. The connectivity makes uding the nx604 very eay to use and it was worth every penny. My samsung s5 helps turn the google search feature into a great way to stay hands free.

    Pros: Easy bluetooth connections, gps looks great love the speed reading for each road.

    Cons: Cant have smart connect, bluetooth music, and phone all at once.

    Decent product.

    reviewforyou from Eureka, CA on 1/4/2015

    2013 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Worked as expected but having used Pioneer and Kenwood products in the past I was not overly impressed.

    Pros: Nice GUI and beautiful picture.

    Cons: Lack of expandability.

    slow boot up and does not announce street names

    Greg from Indiana on 12/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit but boot up time is slow and it does not announce street names, also cannot change backround on screen but works as should and backup camera is great feature.

    Pros: Great backup camera sound is good and maps for gps is good also tech support is great thru crutchfield

    Cons: slow boot up and does not announce street names

    Just what we wanted

    PW from Winston-Salem, North Carolina on 12/28/2014

    2000 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Harkens back to the quality of Clarion when it was in it's hay-day. Nice design, fit is perfect, design of unit is clean, functions nearly beautifully. Opinion still out on the voice component, need the additional capes to get the interface to work correctly.... I hope.

    Pros: Nice design, great functions, easy to use, back up camera works well.

    Cons: Iphone interface could be a bit easier, not bad, but not what Pioneer and Alpine's is. You have to buy the additional cables to make it all work in a streamline fashion.

    OK Unit

    SeattleSailer from Washington on 12/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Mostly happy with the unit. Sound quality is good. It's easy to navigate from screen to screen. I've only used the Nav system, Radio, and Bluetooth so far. They are easy to configure and use. The navigation system is intuitive and works as well as other units I have used. The unit came with a free Clarion backup camera. Works great, even in low light. I like that even if the using it booting up, once I go into reverse, the backup comes upright away. There are a couple of quirky things that I'm still trying to figure out. I have a Kenwood unit in my other car and once I paired my phone, I was able to make call and play music using voice commands. With this unit, I still haven't got the Smart Access to work. I have an iPhone and an Android and neither one works. I'm sure I'll figure it out but it shouldn't be this hard. Also the Nav system has a strange behavior in that when you arrive at your destination, it doesn't end the trip. You have to manually cancel it.

    Pros: Great sound quality, screen layout, Nav system and got it for a great price

    Cons: Voice commend not working as expected. I think I need to buy additional cables. Overly complex for something thing that should just work.

    Great upgrade

    A Mitchell from New York, New York on 12/26/2014

    2003 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loving it so far! Installed in a 2003 Santa fe gls. Install was a breeze ( hour and a half, with routing,pre wired everything) the way was already paved by crutchfield, there is a how to at the website on the same vehicle! The best part was I knew to install the mounting kit upside down and a little lower than the original ( monsoon sound system). Btw, I omitted the use of the scosche interface, my system sounds tons better than the original. All speakers work and perform as they should, it's plenty loud, even on highway ( original speakers and tweeters). It gets me where I have to go with no gps suctioned to the window,YAY. Intuitive to learn, clear screen, dvd and CD play fine ( except I own only blu Ray, had to go to mom's house to find a DVD:) HD radio a big plus to me, allows me access to crystal clear radio and channels I want, although I can use sirius ( subscription service radio). I have unlimited data,I prefer iheart, or Pandora and always have a 64 gig thumb drive of music with me. Works fine with my iPhone or Android. Still have to install the back up camera clarion also, just got the led frame this week, that will be more work, or I'll find an installer.

    Pros: Clear direction, great screen. Makes an old truck feel new! Excellent sound,stereo separation. Intuitive settings menu, hard buttons( yeah you get a smaller screen, but I like them) relatively quick to change into navigation.

    Cons: Speed limit nagging( you can make this visual only though, or off).

    Clarion NX604 Navigation receiver

    Nathan from New Jersey on 12/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best money I ever spent on a up grade. Not having to carry my tom tom yet having the same apps great!




    Ever L from Orlando, Fl on 12/7/2014

    2008 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far my experience with the NX 604 has been excellent. I did a lot of research before buying the unit so I knew what to expect. I installed it in my 2008 toyota 4runner with ease, thanks to the mounting hardware included by Crutchfield. The unit has lots of features and can be customized in almost every aspect. I noticed that some reviewers were concerned about the GPS not announcing street names but, its really not a big deal. My biggest concern was accuracy and reliability. The user can set the GPS to give you early command announcements on distance before turning or approaching an exit. I have yet to set up smart access but am looking forward to it. If you are thinking about buying this unit, I would highly recommended it. If your vehicle has steering controls, I would highly advice on buying the adapter. Some might think you could do without and technically you can but, it is really convenient now that you have Pandora controls and many other options. One last thing, if you are buying for smart access, do some research and make sure your phone is compatible.

    Pros: 6 band EQ, 4 Volt amp preout, Excellent bluetooth streaming,SD card slot(for music), lots of customization, HD radio, smart access.

    Cons: so far none, I really like the unit.

    Nice Radio with limited features

    Tim Woodall from Cincinnati on 12/6/2014

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a all round nice radio. The navigation and HD radio is nice but that's were it ends at. The intelligent voice is useless unless you want to sit and work to try to use it or have someone from Crutchfield on the phone with you while your using it. I was only able to use the intelligent voice 1 time and now I give up. The installation was not bad if you know what you are doing. It took me about 4 Hours to install in a 2005 Mustang. Was not happy that the rear camera plug in was not include in the radio and was not in stock to order. Still waiting for the part from another retailer. If you are looking for a unit to use Bluetooth and GPS it is a great unit for the money.

    Pros: Easy Bluetooth connect and Great navi system. Unit tells you if you are speeding. DVD playback has great picture. Smart link works with Samsung Note 3

    Cons: Intelligent voice is really not there. Unit should come with the rear camera harness. Navigation system will not read street names only tells you to turn left or right.


    HDnola from Louisiana on 12/3/2014

    2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Smart Access and Voice Recognition is a joke. It works 0% of the time. I have an iPhone 5s and Clarions response: Download the Smart Access App v2.1 before updating to iOS 8...really? Also, I don't think this unit is capable of video and picture display via iPhone even if the units "Smart" Access worked. It is supported in Europe I believe...nice. If Crutchfield will accept a return replacement without the original manuals and if that replacement was a smooth plug and play (no re-harnessing) I would probably do it. The only reason I bought this unit was for hands free access of my phone and the particular navigation style it feature. I thought for the price point it was a good deal, but I would save the money and get something else, maybe the 404

    Pros: When approaching exits or interchanges naviagtion shows very clearly which lane to take

    Cons: "Smart" Access is a joke, I have yet to successfully plug my iPhone in even to charge it.

    Crutchfield response on 12/3/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Clarion NX604

    MikeS from Coventry,Ct on 11/6/2014

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The reason I bought the Clarion NX604 was for the Smart Access feature.If you have an Android phone you have to make sure that it is HDMI compatible.Otherwise you'll be unable to use Smart Access features.You need to connect your Smart Phone to the Clarion unit with a cable,which I found dissapointing.Like other reviewers, I downloaded the Smart Access App,only to find out it doesn't work in this country.Why is this unit being sold in the US? I've talked to Crutchfield Technical Support several times, and they've tried to be helpful.The Intelligent Voice feature is interesting for the GPS,

    Pros: Intelligent Voice for GPS Good Display

    Cons: cable required for Smart Access feature Android phone must be HDMI compatible HDMI/Lightning cable should be included . Or Crutchfield sales rep should let customers know that a cable is required

    Crutchfield response on 11/14/2014 For Android phones, there are two versions of Clarion's Smart Access app. The one called "Smart Access 4Car" is not for the U.S. market. The one you need is called "Smart Access." From within the Smart Access app, you can run and use the other related apps like Weather4Car and FB4Car. Android: Clarion Android App

    Very Buggy and slow. Wish it was better.

    Joe from Kansas City, MO on 11/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I so wanted this unit to work. From the outside it appeared to have everything I was looking for in a head unit. After installation and use, I am disappointed. The pairing process of a bluetooth phone is painful. Not that it's complicated, but you may have to pair, unpair, and pair several times before you can use voice or smart access features. Smart access works about 50% of the time. Currently with iOS8 on the iPhone 6 it is very buggy. Perhaps a software release in the future will fix the bugs, but as it stands it's pointless to even use it. Apps crash constantly, the screen is mis-sized, and touch points don't line up. IntelligentVoice crashes (when it actually works) and is very, very slow. Painfully Slow. I would actually describe the overall experience with the NX604 as that. Painfully slow.

    Pros: HD Radio is a great feature to have. Brilliant sound quality. Navigation is nice and the traffic updates work. Unit is fairly easy to install. Sound quality is good overall. Phone call quality is top notch over bluetooth. Crisp and clear on both ends. Better User Interface than I've seen on most other navigation units. Needs work though. Bluetooth streaming works well (when not paired as a 'smartphone', see Cons)

    Cons: Smart Access barely works. When it does, it's not useful and very buggy. IntelligentVoice is very slow. Constantly have to pair, unpair, and pair smartphone to get smart access and IntelligentVoice to work. Bluetooth streaming works when paired as 'smartphone' BUT YOU CAN NOT CONTROL IT FROM THE HEAD UNIT! Only from the phone, and only from the command center in iOS. Cannot rearrange icons on main screen, which could be brighter imho. NO VIDEO OVER HDMI! <- Why?!! Even the NX404 Does it!

    Clarion NX604

    Joel from Willimantic, CT on 10/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely pleased with this unit. Installation was a bit more in tact then I expected but well worth the devotion. I don't have a smart phone unfortunately so I cannot take advantage of the smart access which I'm sure is another great advantage of this unit. I do take advantage of the phone via Bluetooth as that seems to work well. The clarity on the sound is awesome and the EQ is easily adjustable and user friendly. Much clearer sound and better bass while still running the factory speakers and factory amplifier in my car. I would recommend this unit Clarion did an excellent job on this deck.

    Pros: Fast, Fun, User Friendly, Great Sound Quality.

    Cons: A lot of limitations by not having a smart phone, can't use googles smart voice for the GPS or any of the smart access items without one, kind of disappointing. Overall a great unit though.

    Clarion Definitely Rocks,

    J&C from Succasunna, NJ on 10/20/2014

    2010 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Totally satisfied with this unit. Sound, features, easy to use. The unit fit perfectly and was relatively easy to install. Using the "Vehicle Specific" kit, supplied install manual, and wire harness, I had the unit on and working in a few hours. If it sounds this good with factory speakers I cant wait until I can upgrade to better speakers. The navigation and satellite radio... GREAT. The Crutchfield team was awesome. From helping me choose the system to fit my budget and what I wanted.Their tech support is second to none if not better. They knew the product and were familure with my vehicle

    Pros: Great sound quality, Easy to read display, user friendly, many features.

    Cons: Could be a bit more user friendly on the audio adjustments

    Clarion nx604

    Anonymous from 11542 on 10/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit and easy to use

    Pros: Good display and great features

    Cons: Slow between settings and won't display your speed on map screen when not navigating an active route

    Very Happy

    PartyRT from New York on 10/14/2014

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with the nx604, i upgraded from the nx602 model and cant be any happier, very fast and almost no lag, only complaint is that i cant change/upload my own wallpaper like the older model. smart access and intelligent talk work great though very useful



    Good unit so far - but the Navigation does not announce street names

    SI from Berkeley Heights, NJ on 7/22/2014

    2009 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver along with clarion cc510 back up camera, sirius XM & steering interface. The unit meets my expectations in many ways - yet has its failings. The smart access link is buggy and not ready for primetime. And you need a HDMI /lightning cable - THIS WILL NOT WORK OVER BLUETOOTH. Only Intelligent voice will. And this too is only a 12 month trial ( need to subscribe after that if you want the full feature set - such as navigating directly from the search results ) . The biggest let down for me is navigation - the default mode when you turn it on for the first time was 'off road' which basically navigates you to your destination as the crow would fly. I though my unit was broken -- only fiddling with the setting made me realize that I had to choose "on road' for it to route it using actual streets - That is PRETTY DUMB. Even after turning this on the navigation will only announce 'turn left' or 'turn right' and not the actual street name .. This is contrary to what Crutchfield has on the website.



    Crutchfield response on 11/14/2014 Our Tech Support team reached out to the customer to see if we could help straighten out the kinks and to get more details from him so that we can improve the information on our site. We have confirmed with Clarion that the access to Smart Access is lifetime, and is not limited to 12 months. If there's a pop-up box stating you will need to pay after 12 months, it is in error. The service will not end.

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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (front), RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), RCA (rear), Mini (front)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, microSD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Y
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch 5/4/3/2
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    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 Variable
    EQ Bands 6
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Touchscreen, Voice, & Remote Control
    Onboard Navigation
    iPhone/Android Integration
    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Built-In Bluetooth
    Disc/microSD/USB Playback
    Audio Section
    Audio/Video Connections

    Touchscreen, Voice, & Remote Control

    6.2" Touchscreen TFT Display: The Clarion NX604 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 unit's touchscreen panel features interactive controls making menu navigation easy.

    • Touchscreen GUI w/ Flick Control: The GUI (Graphical User Interface) shows large icons that are highly visible and easily recognizable at a glance. The NX604 touchscreen responds to your finger gestures just as your smartphone screen would. You are able to drag & drop icons into different positions to customize the screen. The touchscreen also supports flick operation, so you can quickly scroll to another menu page.
    • Short Cut Menu: The unit has a main menu for using all functions and a shortcut menu that groups together frequently used functions. Use of the shortcut menu allows you to quickly access frequently used functions. Up to five frequently used functions can be registered to the shortcut menu.
    • Dimmer & Brightness Control: 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. You can also manually adjust the unit's Day & Night display brightness from 0-20.
    • Variable Button Illumination (728 colors): Since the vast majority of functions are controllable from the touchscreen, there are only four physical buttons (including a rotary dial) on the unit for the most basic and commonly-used functions. You can set the head unit's button illumination to 1 of 9 preset colors or have the unit scan through all the preset colors. You can also select three custom user colors by adjusting red, green, and blue values.

    Note: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied wiring 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. Video can only displayed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you try to view video with the vehicle in motion, the head unit will simply display "CAUTION! Video is disabled for your safety".

    Start Up Time: The NX604 has a start up time of approximately 40.7 seconds from Off to the Map Screen.

    "Intelligent Voice" Search: Intelligent Voice is a voice recognition service that lets you search for destinations by just saying what's on your mind, based on Google Voice recognition technology and Google's vast local search information. For this service to work, you will need to download the Smart Access App (from Apple Store or Google Play Store) onto your Bluetooth paired iPhone (iOS 6.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone. This app links to the Google server through your compatible smartphone and searches for your destination. Unlike typical voice recognition systems that require precise wording, this new technology allows more natural language to find your destination. You no longer have to use a limited set of predetermined words or phrases; instead, this this system enables your search by saying out loud any words that come to mind, so even long phrases are possible. Even if you only half-remember something or mispronounce it, Clarion Intelligent Voice still searches through a wealth of up-to-date Google local search information and presents to you the candidates that are the closest phrases. Once you ask the system of your destination, it will provide you with a list of possible options from Google Places to choose from. Once you've decided on your destination, simply select Start Guidance and your calculated route will display on the NX604's on-screen map.

    Note: You can utilize Intelligent Voice from any screen or source on the head unit. Bluetooth audio streaming is turned off when "Intelligent Voice" is activated.

    IR + SWC Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible. The NX604 also supports Clarion's RCB198 IR remote control (sold separately) for wireless control of basic playback functions. The remote does not support advanced menu functions or navigation functions.

    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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion NX604 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), 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 NX604 in a custom 4" opening. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    IGO Primo Navigation Software w/ TomTom Maps: The map database (by TomTom) used by the Clarion NX604 was created using high-resolution aerial and land based data collection. Navigation data is stored on the unit's built-in flash memory for quick access and response. The NX604 provides map coverage of the United States (all 50 states), Canada, and Puerto Rico. The NX604's integrated IGO Primo 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.

    Map Updates: It is easy to keep the navigation system up to date via and your Windows PC (XP and newer). Simply download new map data from Clarion's portal site (, store the updated map data on a microSD card and insert it into the Clarion NX604 via the front-panel microSD card slot. You have 30 days from purchase to download the latest available map free of charge.

    GPS (Global Position System): Clarion's built-in navigation helps you find your way to your destination with an integrated GPS receiver & external GPS antenna. The Clarion NX604 features a built-in SiRF GPS receiver and includes a GPS antenna which can be mounted on the dash with the included two-side tape. The NX604 uses Global Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and display vehicle positioning and travel direction. The NX604 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. This unit does not transmit your GPS position, so others cannot track you.

    Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 33.1 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to California. It only took 9.7 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to Maryland. These tests were done inside the Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Headquarters. Results will vary based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.

    Traffic Message Channel (TMC): The Clarion NX604 contains a TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver that can provide you with the real-time status of the traffic along your route over the FM Radio Data System (RDS). If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily. To fine-tune this recalculation, you can set the minimum delay that can trigger a route recalculation, or you can instruct the software to have you confirm the new recommended route before it takes effect. Road segments affected by traffic events are displayed with an alternate color on the map, and small symbols above the road show the nature of the event.

    Note: TMC is not available in all cities.

    On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's current position (a blue arrow by default), the recommended route (an magenta line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered flag. The on-screen map shows streets, roads, and highways in a way that is similar to how a paper road map show them. A road's width and colors corresponds to their importance, so you can easily tell a freeway from a small street. When navigating a route, the top section of the map screen shows information about your next route maneuver and the next street or the next city/town. 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 junction. 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. The map also displays data; such as the posted speed limit, your current speed, current time, distance to your destination, time left before you reach your destination, and your arrival time.

    • 2D/3D Map Mode: The Clarion NX604 allows you to view its on-screen map in a 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D (three-dimensional) view. 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 Mode: The navigation map screen 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.
    Note: You can display the head unit's AV control bar during on-screen navigation in order to access frequently used audio/video playback functions.

    Lane Information & Signposts: The Clarion NX604's navigation map offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance.

    • 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.
    • Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
    • 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.
    • Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings cannot distract you.

    Audible Alerts: The Clarion NX604 offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your destination safely.

    • Voice Guidance: In addition to graphic directions, the NX604 provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions (does not announce street names) 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 NX604 provides an audible warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.

    Note: The unit will mute the audio of the other sources during navigation voice-prompts.

    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 and emergency assistance 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.
    Combined Search You can enter search keywords to find addresses, favorite places, recent destination, and POIs.
    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 11,000,000 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
    Phone Select a destination by entering phone #.
    Coordinates Enter geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude).
    Note: You can select any type of destination search with or without the vehicle's parking brake engaged.

    Route Calculation: The Clarion NX604 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, Truck, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
    • Route Method: You can choose which route method (Fastest, Shortest, Green, Economical, 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
      • Economical: combines the benefits of Fast and Short; calculates as if it were calculating the Fast route, but it takes other roads as well to save fuel
      • 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.
    Note: You can select "Route Alternative" to see the turn-list and map screen of three routes with the selected route planning parameters, giving you the option to select which route to take.

    Vehicle Profile: You can create a vehicle profile for your car, truck, or SUV. Enter the following parameters for your vehicle - Fuel Consumption (avg. fuel consumption of your vehicle in city and rural areas), Engine Type (engine and fuel type), Fuel Price (avg. fuel price for travel cost calculation), Max Speed (max speed you travel), Weight, and Dimensions (length x width x height).

    My Route: "My Route" displays the route parameters and the calculated route in its full length on the map. You can also perform route-related actions such as editing or canceling your route, setting a start point for the route, picking route alternatives, avoiding parts of the route, simulating navigation or adding the destination to your Favorites.

    Modifying A Route: When navigation is already started, there are several ways to modify the active route. You can edit the route by modifying the list of destinations and waypoints. You can add or remove destinations (waypoints), modify the start position or reorder the list. You'll be able to create a brand new route, add intermediate destinations (waypoints), and modify the final destination. Or, you can simply cancel your active route.

    Trip Monitor: The Trip Monitor contains useful information about your trip. This information 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.

    Quick Menu: The Quick Menu is a selection of controls and functions that are frequently needed during navigation. It can be opened directly from the Map screen by tapping Quick Menu icon. You can customize which controls and functions are accessible through the Quick Menu.

    iPhone/Android Integration

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The Clarion NX604 supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector through its rear-panel USB port, rear-panel AV input, and rear-panel HDMI connector. The NX604 offers audio/video playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select Apple devices. The Clarion NX604's USB or HDMI connection allows your iPod/iPhone's music library to be loaded instantly to the Clarion receiver and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC).

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the Clarion NX604. Using Clarion's proprietary CCA-750 iPod/iPhone Video cable (020CCA750, sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music on your iPod/iPhone and music apps on your iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies on your iPod/iPhone and video apps on your iPhone through the Clarion NX604. If you only desire audio playback, you can simply use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the NX604.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Clarion NX604 for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Clarion navigation receiver. Video playback is not supported.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Clarion NX604 supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Content Browsing: The Clarion NX604 allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Podcast from its touchscreen monitor. You can also browse your iPod/iPhone's video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rental. Content in each category is listed alphabetically. The head unit also supports Repeat/Random playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. In addition, you can control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of your favorite music apps streamed to your iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen, as well access music and video apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Music Information + Album Art: When in Head Unit Control mode, the navigation receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist/Album Name, and Album Art. The NX604 will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps. The Simple Control mode does not offer song/artist information display.
    • 1A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    Smart Access via HDMI (for iPhone & Android): Download the newest version of Smart Access App (from Apple Store or Google Play Store) onto your HDMI-connected iPhone (iOS 6.0+) or Android (4.0+) smartphone in order to access a variety of online news, weather, and social media services in your vehicle through the Clarion NX604, your smartphone, and the Cloud; all from an easy-to-use touchscreen interface optimized for in-vehicle use. Your Apple iPhone's or Android smartphone's battery will also be charged during this type of connection. Bluetooth audio is turned off when Smart Access is activated.

    • iPhone Connectivity: To connect your Apple iPhone (iOS 6.0+) with Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter, Lightning-to-USB cable, and a a mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately); plus your iPhone will need to be paired to the head unit via Bluetooth. To connect your Apple iPhone 4/4S with 30-pin connector, you'll need Clarion's proprietary CCA-750 iPod/iPhone Video cable (020CCA750, sold separately); no Bluetooth pairing required.
    • Android Connectivity: To connect your Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone, you'll need a MHL-to-HDMI cable (sold separately); select Android smartphones like the Galaxy S3/S4/S5 & Note II/III will also require a 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). Your Android smartphone will also need to be paired to the NX604 via Bluetooth. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
    Note: Make sure you download the latest version of the Clarion Smart Access App (2.1.0 or newer). Clarion's Smart Access app (2.0.0 and older) isn't compatible with Apple iOS 8.0. If used with iOS 8.0, the older versions of the Smart Access app will cause stability issues or shut down unexpectedly.

    Smart Access Apps: The Smart Access App contains a variety of social media, news, and weather applications. When Smart Access is launched on your smartphone, a list of compatible apps will be displayed. Select the apps you want and they will be automatically downloaded from the appropriate app store onto your mobile phone. Once your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone is connected to the NX604, the Smart Access application allows the following apps to be accessible from the head unit's touchscreen.

    • Facebook & Twitter: Easily and safely bring social networking into your car. When an smartphone is connected to NX604 in the vehicle, you can update your status, and respond to and interface with the social media sites easily via the 6.2" display. SMS texts and social media messages are read aloud to the your and can be paused and resumed depending on the driving conditions.
    • DriveSuite4car Utility App: Clarion's Smart Access smartphone link integrates DriveSuite4car, a utility application which allows you to access helpful information in a vehicle. DriveSuite4car enables the user to have more within their reach including News4car, Weather4car, Calendar4car and Gallery4car. These apps offer more ways to make the most efficient use of your time while on the go
      • News: Keep up to date while cruising down the road. You can listen to news feeds from the news app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. You can listen to the headlines only or to the full articles and you can personalize which news feeds to want to receive.
      • Weather: Keep up with the weather as you go. Access the weather app on your iPhone or Android smartphone to check out local and regional weather conditions, satellite maps, weather forecasts and warnings, right at your dash.
      • Calendar: Calendar is an app that allows easy checking of your schedule while in your car from the Clarion NX604 navigation receiver. With Calendar, you can sync your Google Calendar from your iPhone or Android smartphone for a full understanding of your schedule.
      • SlideShow: This is an application to let you enjoy a slide show of pictures taken with your smartphone right on your navigation display. You can enjoy slide shows of pictures taken on the trip in your car.
    Note: Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. Access to the Smart Access online services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your smartphone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion NX604 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/24/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Smart Access*** Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y** Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y Y** Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y** Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y** Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y** Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    2/3 7.1.2 Y Y** Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4/air 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y


    • *Requires Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately)
    • **Requires Clarion's proprietary CCA-750 iPod/iPhone Video cable (020CCA750, sold separately).
    • ***Make sure you download the latest version of the Clarion Smart Access App (2.1.0 or newer). Clarion's Smart Access app (2.0.0 and older) isn't compatible with Apple iOS 8.0. If used with iOS 8.0, the older versions of the Smart Access app will cause stability issues or shut down unexpectedly.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.
    • Station Text w/ Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles, plus Album Art. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the touchscreen monitor of the Alpine X008U. The RDS (Radio Data System) is a radio information system for analog FM. The RDS allows you to receive a variety of information such as traffic information, station names, and song information from standard analog FM radio stations.
    • Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 18 FM and 6 AM preset stations. The unit's tuner can automatically seek and store six strong stations in a selected band in order of signal strength. Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic memory search.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Pandora App (for iPhone/Android): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Clarion NX604 using your USB-connected or Bluetooth-paired Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone. Your compatible mobile device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The NX604 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information, as well as Album Art.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also choose to randomly playback songs from all your registered stations.
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone/Android to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Clarion NX604 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's display
    • Category Search feature lets you search for channels within a certain genre or category
    • Up to 30 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing content unsuitable for children can be blocked
    Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Built-In Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Clarion NX604 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile), HSP 1.0 (Headset Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Clarion NX604. Visit Clarion Bluetooth Support for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Clarion NX604 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. Once a device is paired, the registered Bluetooth device will automatically connect to the receiver when it is in close proximity (up to 30') to the receiver. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Clarion head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ external Mic): The NX604 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). The NX604 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 included external microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You can make a call by entering the phone number, selecting a contact from your Phonebook list, or using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the caller's phone number will be seen on the unit's LCD and a ring-tone will be heard through your car stereo speakers. You can then manually answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can also set the unit to automatically answer an incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Making A Call: You can make a call using the Clarion in-dash head unit's front-panel controls. Outgoing calls can be made by entering telephone numbers directly via the head unit's touchscreen (when parking brake is engaged only). You can also search for contact names in your mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion NX604 and then make your call; the head unit can store up to 1000 contact numbers. In addition, you can make a call by searching your mobile phone's call history (Received/Dialed/Missed) from the Clarion NX604.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the parking brake.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Clarion NX604 can stream & control music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps on your mobile device to the NX604 receiver. The unit offers basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, & Random/Repeat) for stored music and music apps. In addition, the NX604 provides a Track List of the stored music on your smartphone (AVRCP 1.4 phones only) and even offers Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/etc. browsing for stored music on your iPod/iPhone (iOS 6.0+); as a result you can find your music much quicker. The head unit will also display your stored music and music app song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Disc/microSD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Clarion NX604 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier. The NX604 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, and CD-R/RW discs.

    MicroSD Card Slot: The NX604 is fitted with a front-panel microSD card slot for playback of music files stored on a microSD/SDHC card. The unit is not compatible with microSDXC cards over 32 GB.

    USB Port: The Clarion navigation head unit features a rear-panel USB type-A port and comes with a 5' USB extension cable that allows you to connect a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android devices (Froyo/Gingerbread 2.2+ OS only), digital audio players, and thumbdrives. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Compatible Media Files: The Clarion NX604 supports the following types of music and movie files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) Flash (USB + microSD/SDHC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    Video DivX: 32 x 32 to 720 x 480 (30fps) or 32 x 32 to 720 x 576 (25fps) N/A
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/512 files (255 files per folder) 512 folders/8,000 files (255 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags

    Playback Operations: The Clarion NX604 offers the following playback & search functions for disc and USB.

    • 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 MP3/WMA track from a disc or USB device.
    • 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 NX604 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 or USB device is played.
    • Repeat/Random: You can play back chapters, titles, or tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also randomly playback audio tracks or files recorded on a disc or USB device.

    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 Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: You can insert or eject a disc with the unit off. If a disc is left in the ejected position for 10 seconds, the disc is automatically reloaded.

    Mounting Angle: For proper disc playback, you must install the unit within 35° of horizontal.

    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 NX604 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 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)
    Note: The power specifications for the NX604 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.

    6ch/4V RCA Output + Sub Level Control: The Clarion NX604 features 6ch/4V RCA line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (+/-6).

    Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion NX604 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 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range).
    • High-Pass Filter: The NX604 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 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, or Through (full-range). The HPF prevents low bass notes from distorting your front & rear speakers. The high-pass filter setting effects both the front & rear channels of the head unit.

    Intelligent Tune: Clarion's sound technology was developed to turn the car interior into an excellent listening environment. "Intelligent Tune" includes Vocal Image Control to move the vocal to a specific seat in the car, Sound Restorer for full quality sound reproduction of compressed audio data, Virtual Bass for powerful bass without subwoofer, and other exciting sound technologies.

    • Graphic EQ: Choose one of six Preset EQ Modes (Bass.B, High.B, Acoustic, Impact, Smooth, or Flat) that best matches your style of music. Or, you can manually adjust the unit's 6-band graphic EQ (60Hz/250Hz/820Hz/1.6kHz/5kHz/16kHz) for a more custom sound. Save up to 3 customized user presets.
    • Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume.
    • Virtual Bass: Enhances bass output in car stereo system for richer bass sound.
    • Vocal Image Control: The vocals can be adjusted front-to-rear and left-to-right in order to reproduce a more powerful vocal soundstage.
    • Sound Restorer: Restores compressed audio media, such as MP3 or WMA, closely to the original soundtrack to enable a more enriched, detail sound quality.
    • Volume Smoother: Volume Smoother automatically adjusts differences in volume level of all kinds of music sources and scenes and compensates the volume level. When Volume Smoother is on, the volume level is monitored and adjusted at all times, and differences in volume level are suppressed to a fixed range to enhance listening pleasure.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Audio/Video Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The Clarion NX604 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.

    Video Output: The NX604 is equipped with a single composite video output for connecting a rear monitor (sold separately). The same source (DVD, AV input, or iPod video) will be displayed on the rear monitor's screen as displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor. HDMI sources cannot be displayed through the head unit's video output.

    Optional Camera Input: Adding an optional rear-view camera (such as the 020CC510) to the NX604 requires the Clarion CCA-644 Rear Vision Camera input cable (sold separately). The cable has a proprietary connector on one end (which plugs into the proprietary camera port on the NX604) and a composite video jack on the other end which plugs into the optional backup camera. Once a rear-view camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the NX604's screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). In addition to the rear-view image, marker lines are displayed in order to assist you further while backing up. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

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    Clarion's Intelligent VOICE software lets you talk in conversational English, and delivers relevant results quickly, thanks to incorporated Google Voice technology.

    Clarion's NX604 has Intelligent Voice going for it

    Written by Alexander Hrabe, Copywriter, on 8/13/2014 10:02:00 AM

    Hands down, what sets Clarion's NX604 apart from other navigation receivers in its class is Intelligent Voice. With my Android phone wired and Bluetooth connected to the receiver for data support, I was able to conduct voice-operated searches while the car was in motion. Tapping the desired result on the touchscreen, the receiver segued smoothly over to the onboard navigation interface to give me turn-by-turn directions.

    Clarion is promoting this Google-powered search feature as "intelligent" because it gives you relevant results even if you're only guessing about what you really want. If you say, "um . . . I want a BLT. Oh, and fries too," the NX604 will give you a list of restaurants in your area with BLTs and French fries on the menu. That's impressive, I guess, but it's not really how I conduct info searches. What yielded the best results was actually being as specific as I could be.

    Just saying "pizza" gave me results based on Google's algorithm for relevancy. However, if I said, "nearest, most popular pizza," I got much more helpful choices. No other receiver can give you tailored results this quickly or without a greater degree of screen interaction. Again, keep in mind that you can use Intelligent Voice while driving, which means you'll be able to keep your eyes on the road while you get answers to: "Where's the nearest Target?" or "Closest tire place." But my favorite use of Intelligent Voice was being able to speak an entire address and get directions. In most navigation units, I would need to type all of that information in, potentially through separate screens, and probably while parked. Not with the NX604. If Intelligent Voice misheard me, it gave me a dropdown list of possible choices. In many cases, the right address was second on that list.

    It's worth noting that you cannot use Intelligent Voice while also streaming audio via Bluetooth. Switching between the two entails an adjustment in the Settings menu, which is cumbersome and definitely not something you want to attempt while driving.

    That being said, if you want a navigation receiver under $1000, the NX604 is worth a close look. The on-board navigation isn't superdeluxe, but it's straightforward and effective - a solid backer of the Intelligent Voice feature.

    This Clarion has a handsome design with a responsive touchscreen. All of the expected features like a native Pandora app, an iPod interface, hands-free calling, Bluetooth Audio etc. perform well, with the one exception of Smart Access, Clarion's app ecosystem. But if you're like me and don't care too much about extras like a calendar or Facebook access in your dash, that shouldn't be much of a deterrent.

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    Price. I liked the reviews. Look forward to adding my own impression of this unit. [ Teresa  Dec 06, 2015 ]

    17 questions already asked

    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Nov 12, 2015 ]  Staff
    The unit has its own antenna that gets mounted on the dash, it does not require a cell phone or plan to use the GPS. [ richard beau  Nov 04, 2015 ]
    It does not use any cellelar date, the GPS is internal to the system, connection to cell phone not required. [ Robert  Oct 28, 2015 ]
    No on all counts. This GPS is built into this unit which can also be updated via microSD card. [ Stacy  Oct 28, 2015 ]
    No phone needs to be connected to use GPS. The GPS is a built in stand alone feature, but needs to be connected to the included GPS antenna to function. [ HENRY  Oct 28, 2015 ]
    No the head unit has its own gps, does not need iPhone to work, unless you want to use the smart access, then u do need cell phone gps [ OLIVER  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    No its built in to the radio.. [ William  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    The GPS works without Bluetooth. Bluetooth is only required for voice commands such as asking for locations of Hotels/Motels or restaurants for example. There are buttons to touch on the screen to find hotels/motels or restaurants and several other categories. A GPS antenna is included and must be mounted in a location that can see the sky.. [ Ben  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    No the iphone doesnt have to be connected to listen to music or your calls. As far as i know the gps does not use cellular data. [ RUSSELL  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    Yes, as favorites or history. [ Simson  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    It stores history. I havent been able to store addresses for what ever reason. [ Aaron  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    Dimensions (W × H × D) (Approx Inches) : 7 × 4 × 6.3 [ Ben  Oct 13, 2015 ]
    There is an option in the sub menus of the NAV to turn off the over speed notification. [ smgreen20  Oct 02, 2015 ]
    Tolerable ..once you get used to the fact that street names are not announced .. Just turn left or right. Secondly the distances are over stated .. For when GPS says turn left in 150 feet .. The real turn is in probably 30 feet. Last irritation is that GPS day/night setting is not driven by sunrise or sunset .. Only by the headlight on/off .. So if you happen to turn your headlight on during .. The screen will dim .. You have to either override auto dimming or turn headlight off ..or live with it. The only redeeming feature is the sound quality .. It absolutely rocks. But my advise.. Look elsewhere. [ Srikanth  Jun 12, 2015 ]
    It's about as good as any of the phone apps out there. It lets you set way points along your route and pick out points of interest. You do have to manually cancel your route after you reach your destination or it will continue to give you directions there. I would not buy it just for the navigation features. You would probably be better off with a dedicated device. You do have to mount the GPS antenna on your dashboard. Also the menus take some getting use to. [ Ralph  Jun 12, 2015 ]
    The gps on the unit works great. The only downside is that it is constantly running and tracking your speed like any other gps would and so if you have the turn by turn directions volume turned up, it will tell you that you are over the speed limit every time you go .1 over the speed limit and I have look and look for a way to turn it off but have been unsuccessful and so I just turn the turn by turn volume all the way down until I have to go on a trip [ Zachary  Jun 12, 2015 ]
    Its not bad. A little slow at times but it works for me [ Ron  Jun 12, 2015 ]
    Yes, it will work mirrored if you use the free software for the unit. Download it from the google store. The way it works is quirky, but functional. [ Aaron  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    NX604 is a wonderful unit. My phone is a razor x so I'm not going to be able to help with your question. Good luck and let me know what you learn. I may want to do the same thing. [ DANNY W  May 04, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can play music from a micro SD while using the Navigation. This unit has two micro SD card slots, one slot is for Navigation (MicroSD that comes pre-installed in the unit and is hidden under a plastic cover) and the other is an open slot (you have to supply the MicroSD) for Firmware updates and music. [ Stacy  Apr 17, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can play music from cd/dvd while using Navigation. The sound of navigation takes over when you are directed to make a turn for just a second or two and then continues with playing the cd/dvd. [ Robert  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    I don't know haven't tried SD yet [ ROBERT  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    There are two SD card slots. The slot you can see is for playing music or movies. Just below that under a little cover is the Navi SD slot with the Navi SD card. So yes you can play from the SD card while using the navi. [ jack  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can play music from a USB flash memory or an SD card while using the Navigation System. The Navigation System will reduce the volume if it need to tell you something. For example, "You are over the speed limit". You must return to the USB/SD screen to skip a track or replay a track. [ Ben  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    no [ Patrick  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    Have yet to try this feature, but to my understanding if the music file is supported, yes you can play music from sd cards. [ Matthew  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    You sure can! You can use any of the audio source files while using the GPS. It displays the audio source,minute counter,track name,aND previous track/next track. There is also a button to press to switch between full screen navigation and audio source without losing your route! [ Joseph  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    THis head unit is a total waste of money, the only reason I didn't return it is because I didn't want to pay to have it removed and for another one put in. The Google voice or none of the other advance features work with my Note 4 [ Ronnie  Apr 11, 2015 ]
    Sorry, can't help on this one. I bought the unit before it went "off sale" - I haven't taken it out of the box yet! [ Thomas  Apr 08, 2015 ]
    I don't use Waze- 8.2 no prob. [ Simson  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    it is ...but the combination of the poor resolution on the unit and the aspect ratio ( the whole phone screen is squeezed into the display with black bars on the top and bottom) - makes mirroring a totally useless feature .. you are much better off mounting the phone on the dashboard and using audio linking only (via bluetooth /line in) [ Srikanth  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    1: HD radio will show any data that the station broadcasts, artist, title, album name and sometimes even album cover picture. 2: Can't say for certain but in the setup i think there were only two choices of phone compatibility, apple and android. But that may not apply to Bluetooth. We are using an android and when playing Pandora the radio assumes control of all functions, thumbs up/down, skip, and station selection. It also shows phone battery life in a 3 bar display and phone signal in a 4 or 5 bar. 3: Not certain, maybe others will chime in. 4: Right from the manual Easy map updates It is easy to keep the navigation system up to date. Simply download new map data from Clarion's portal site, store them on a microSD card and insert it into the Clarion NX604 via the front card slot. Unpleasant surprises are now avoided as navigation maps will match the real world. Latest Map Guarantee When you start using the product, you have 30 days to download the latest available map free of charge This is the first high end navigation radio I have ever bought and I am extremely impressed with it! One other thing, it does warn you when you are over the speed limit by only 2 mph and I have not found where to disable that feature yet, but it is not a constant warning, just one time. [ richard beau  Mar 08, 2015 ]
    Thanks for your response and the info! [ Bob  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    Thanks for the good info! [ Bob  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    Bob W Yes, this system is probably the best, after all the research I have done, It does display artist and title, bluetooth capability for windows, android Iphone and Ipod, and Ipad. You can control the system when you add the clarion app on your phone. Maps are updated through Clarion web access, You get a free upgrade within 30 days of purchase. I am not sure how often they have map updates but it is between 40 to 60 USD for updates. [ Robert  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    HD radio does display the artist and title. When you buy the radio you can go online to clarion and get a free update for the map (within 30 days). I just did it. You connect the map sd card to your computer, and download it. I don't have a windows phone, so I cant help you there. [ jack  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    I can only answer #4- the maps are updated by downloading the update onto a mini SD card and inserting it into the deck. It's free and easy. Also, the speed warning voice is easily turned off in the settings menu. [ Travis  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    First update for map is free, if done within 30 days of purchase. after that they cost you. [ jack  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    4. i cannot get the intelligent voice to work, if you do please let us know 5. going on 4 or so months, yes still very happy, totally worth it. 6. yes the first unit wouldn't work after install exchange was very easy with Crutchfield, no hassle. [ Benjamin  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Yes it is. [ Ben  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    I'm sorry, I don't know...have not used in conjunction with.. [ roberta  Feb 27, 2015 ]
    Even if the head unit is not compatible with usb 3.0. Your flash drive will still work at the slower speed that is supported by the head unit. [ Zachary  Feb 27, 2015 ]
    I'm not sure yet, still trying to figure it all out.But it is a great system. [ Joe S.  Jan 10, 2015 ]
    I don't know- I do not have a Garmin hud [ Simson  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    It comes with two aux input ports, but since it already has a GPS I'm not sure it would display on the screen. [ CARLOS DEL  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    Yes [ james  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    David, to my knowledge the Garmin HUD works only with bluetooth-enabled phones. [ Ben  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    No but you can upgrade the maps anytime. [ TOMMY  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    Yes, the unit will lock you out of being able to use navigation and select other things if you do not bypass the safety switch from the e-brake. [ JOEL S  Jan 03, 2015 ]
    Yes, navigation can be accessed while in motion. [ Jeff  Jan 03, 2015 ]
    Yes, the unit does lock up the navigation feature while the vehicle is not parked. This is done for safety reasons of course ;however, that feature could easily be disabled by using a common really switch. [ Ever  Dec 29, 2014 ]
    I don't. Know of a way to use it in motion [ Joe Neff  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    Yes,the unit does lock you out while in motion. [ Michael  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    Truthfully haven't tried to this yet but I have not attached the parking brake cable and have used the navigation system without any issues. It will lock you out from playing DVDs unless the cable is connected [ Ralph  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    I assume you are referring to the built in Nav system, as I am not using an i phone right now. Yes, you can program it while in motion. However it doesn't have voice recognition, so you have to key in the entire address. Because the maps are not up to date, it doesn't account for construction or traffic. It has taken me to several places that just did not exist! It also doesn't speak the street names. While I like the Clarion unit's other features, the Nav is on par with "suction cup on the windshield" garbage from 10 years ago. It's totally obsolete compared to free phone apps like WAZE. I guess I have to pop another 6 bills for an i phone and then another bill for the specialty connecting cables to have WAZE, Meanwhile I still use my smart phone in the cup holder for navigation. What a waste of dash space. [ SolarRay,  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    you have full function of the navigation driving down the road. Either driver or passenger can enter and change destinations while driving. [ Zachary  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    No it does not. It does disable the dvd playback until the vehicle is in park and the emergency brake is engaged. [ Ron  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    It does not lock you out you can enter an address or search while driving even an option to set it as a waypoint if you already have a route in progress. [ Justin Andrew  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    I did not hook up to a rear vision camera but the instruction manual gives instruction on how to do it. It evidently requires an optional cable and attaches to the RCA pin. I just finished installation of the receiver and I did not find it overly complicated. I made one call to support because the illumination wire and dash light wire, although supposed to match were unclear in instruction. [ WILLIAM  Dec 05, 2014 ]
    YES [ Nicholas A.  Dec 03, 2014 ]
    yes [ Hunter  Dec 03, 2014 ]
    Yes is most definitely does. In fact, there is Clarion CC510 on the site. I decided to get a different brand camera though, a hundred bucks seems a little pricey in my opinion. [ Ben  Dec 03, 2014 ]
    I honestly do not know. I am having it installed this week so I should be able to tell you next week. I don't remember it saying anything about that in the information that I have read, so I would think that it doesn't [ Nancy  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    I believe so. There is a pretty extensive sound menu. To be honest, I haven't had to play with it much. I've been extremely happy with the unit. [ Allegiance  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    Nope it does not and have a hard time loading apps through the smart access when using my iPhone 5s which is supported by the radio. [ Zachary  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Oct 10, 2014 ]  Staff
    Tells the driver to just turn right or left. It will give distance to turn but no proper names. [ stephen  Sep 16, 2014 ]
    Streets Names are not announced ... the phone bluetooth is full of pops and crackles and finally the intelligent voice is totally not ready for primetime . I bought this unit and am in the process of returning it. [ Srikanth  Sep 15, 2014 ]