Motorized/Retractable 7.0" Touch Panel TFT Display: The
Clarion NZ500 has a motorized, retractable 7.0" TFT wide screen display with
touch panel controls. The display provides a high-resolution video monitor for
watching your DVD videos. The screen has a resolution of 1440 x 234 and 336,960
total pixels. The display features brightness (0-20) and aspect ratio (4:3 or
16:9) adjustments. The unit's touch panel features interactive controls and
video graphics, making menu navigation easy. An on-screen numeric keypad allows
you to directly access music tracks and movie titles.
Note: A screen cleaning cloth is provided to help you keep the
unit's LCD display clean.
Display Angle and Position Adjustment: You can adjust the
display's angle for better visibility. The display angle can be adjusted from
70° to 110°.
2nd Display: In
addition to its main LCD screen, when the NZ500 is in the "closed" position, the
informative 12-digit blue LCD offers maximum visibility in a space-saving
Front-Panel Controls: In addition to the unit's touch-panel display,
the unit features hard-key controls, including two rotary dials, along the
bottom front-panel and side of the unit.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied 18-pin
harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit.
While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of
the other displays and menus.
Built-In Navigation System:
The Clarion NZ500 features a built-in car navigation system with simple
destination input, turn-by-turn voice prompts, and selectable route guidance
(everything you need to reach your destination quickly and efficiently). The
NZ500 comes pre-loaded with 12 million Points of Interest; its database includes
national parks, restaurants, gas stations, and much more.
GPS (Global Position System): The navigation software uses Global
Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to
calculate and display travel direction.
GPS Antenna: The system's supplied GPS antenna receives signals from a
constellation of 24 satellites orbiting the earth and uses the strongest of
signals to determine your position to within meters. The GPS antenna features a
magnetic base and a 16.5' attached cable.
Vehicle Positioning: The built-in navigation software's computer
considers vehicle speed an heading changes, together with longitude and latitude
information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on a digital
map. Signal from GPS satellites are used to determine the vehicle location.
Three (good) or four (best) satellites must be receive to accurately determine
Navigation Mapping Software: The integrated map database used by the
built-in navigation software was created using high-resolution aerial and land
based data collection. Navigation data is pre-stored on the unit's 4GB
internal flash memory for quick access and response. The NZ500 provides map
coverage of the United States and Canada. The Clarion NZ500's integrated
navigation software provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct
you to your selected destination. The built-in software quickly calculates
step-by-step directions to any destination available on the included navigation
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this
database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Voice Guidance: In addition to graphic directions, the NZ500
provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can select from
English, French and Spanish audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts
can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance
can be turned off if you prefer.
Destination Search: The Destination Entry Menu gives you many
different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your current
route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from
one of the following categories:
- Home: You can store one home location to allow you to calculate a
route home from any current location.
- Office: You can store one work location to allow you to calculate
a route to work from any current location.
- Address/Intersection: You can input your
destination address by house number, street, and city. You can
also enter one street name, then choose from a list of cross streets.
- POI (Point-of Interest): Select a destination or waypoint from a
database of restaurants, gas stations, hotels, etc. A Point-of Interest may
be searched by category, city, or name. This unit provides 12-million
- My POI: My POI will allow you to create and save your own
personal points of interests.
- Coordinates: You can route to a destination by directly inputting
latitude and longitude values.
- Favorites: You can select your route to a destination by choosing
on multiple preset favorite places.
- Address Book: The address book s a convenient place to store
frequency visited destinations.
- Trail Book: The trail book allows you to create your own
- Trip Book: The trip book allows you to navigate multiple
- History: Previous destination entered into the unit's built-in
navigation software are automatically saved into its memory. This is helpful
when you want to return to a recent destination.
2D Map: The on-screen map is 2 dimensional. 2D looks down from above at the map
grid, just like looking at a paper map. You can choose to orient the
map in one of two ways; show North at the top of the screen, or show the
direction in which you are heading at the top.
Day/Night Settings: You can select one of three brightness
modes for the on-screen map:
- Daytime: Has a lighter, brighter background for easier
viewing during the day.
- Nighttime: Has a darker background, so it is easier to
see at night.
- Auto: The brightness of the display automatically
switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset.
Route Priority: You can set the following conditions for
route calculation; shortest distance or shortest time, avoid freeway, avoid
tolls, or use ferries.
Route Simulation: You can preview all the route
information and simulate travel along a projected route.
Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically
recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously
Trip Computer: The Trip Computer displays current speed, max speed,
average speed, compass reading, odometer reading, and clock reading.
24-bit D/A Converter: The unit's 24-bit D/A converter
re-quantizes the 16-bit audio signals from CDs and DVDs as 24-bit data while
maintaining the low distortion and high linearity of a 1-bit D/A converter.
This allows an expanded dynamic range and clearer reproduction of subtle nuances,
for a richer sound when viewing DVDs or listening to CDs.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the NZ500
are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement
standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were
developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and
between manufacturers. The power output specs for the NZ500 are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 18 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 40 watts x 4 channels (160 watts
Audio Settings: The Clarion NZ500 offers the following audio
- Preset EQ: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock,
Urban, Rave, Movie, Techno, News, User, Flat.
- Bass and Treble: Independent and variable
bass (60, 80, 100, or 200Hz) and treble (10, 12.5, 15, or 17.5kHz)
control (+/- 7 dB); you can also adjust the Bass Q-Factor to 1.0,
1.25, 1.5, or 2.0.
- Loudness: Compensates for low and high
tones during low volume.
6-Channel Preamp Output: With 3 sets of RCA outputs, you are
free to add external power amplifiers to create a more powerful, sophisticated
audio system. Also, independent volume control is enabled for the subwoofer so
you can adjust the level of bass output to your liking at any time, regardless
of the output level of the other channels. The
multimedia headunit is equipped with stereo front, rear and subwoofer preamp
outputs for connecting the unit to an external amplifier. The subwoofer preamp
output's level can be adjusted independently from -7 to +7 dB. The NZ500 also
features a low pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output. You can select
between 80Hz, 120Hz or 160Hz.
Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion NZ500 is equipped with a built-in
AM/FM tuner. The NZ500 offers Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The NZ500's built-in AM/FM tuner features 3 FM bands
and 1 AM band. You can store up to 12 presets in each bands, allowing you to
store 36 FM and 12 AM preset stations. You can manually store your
favorite presets or have the NZ500 automatically store the strongest stations
Preset Scan: The Preset Scan receives the stations stored in the
units' preset memory in order. The unit scans each station for 10 seconds
sequentially. This function is useful when searching for the
desired station in memory.
Local Seeking: When Local seeking is turned "On", only those
radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.
HD Radio Ready:
Connecting the optional Clarion THD400 HD Radio tuner (020THD400, sold
separately) lets you enjoy listening to digitally broadcast radio programs with
superior sound quality and text information (such as artist name and song titles
or traffic news; viewable on the headunit's display). The add-on HD Radio tuner
includes iTunes Tagging capability, so if you hear a song on the radio that you
like, you can tag it to download later from the iTunes Store.
Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting
using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in
your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).
Sirius Direct: You can connect the Clarion NZ500 to the
SiriusConnect SC-C1 Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver (607SCC1, sold separately)
without any need for a interface box and enjoy over 130 channels of music, news,
talk shows, sports and traffic information with digital quality sound throughout
the U.S. and Canada.
Note: A subscription to Sirius Satellite
Radio is required for service.
Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion NZ500 provides electronic
skip protection for your CD-Audio discs (10-seconds), as well as your discs containing
MP3 (45-seconds) and WMA (90-seconds) audio files.
Disc Compatibility: The NZ500 can play back the following
types of discs.
- CD: CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
- DVD:DVD-Video, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R,
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps)
files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in Joliet,
Romeo, or ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical
levels, 200 folders, 1500 files per folder, and 1500 total files. The headunit also
supports ID3 Tag information (Ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) which will display the title,
artist, and album information when recorded on the disc.
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.
Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit
within 30-degrees of horizontal.
USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port that
allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3 and WMA audio files. This
unit supports USB 2.0/1.1 Full-Speed and FAT12/16/32 file systems. The multimedia headunit will support
MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate of
32-192 kbps. The NZ500 can recognize up to 200 folders with a
maximum of 1500 files in each folder (maximum total number of files: 1500). The NZ500
offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device -
Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play,
Random play and Folder selection.
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The optional Clarion
CCA-748 iPod/iPhone connector cable (020CCA748, sold separately) allows the NZ500 to connect to your iPod
via the headunit's rear-panel USB port and A/V input. Using the optional
iPod/iPhone connector cable, the NZ500 supports audio/video playback, control,
information display, and charging of select iPods and iPhones. If you only need
audio playback, you can simply use the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPod.
- USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's
stored music to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be
maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a
Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 87dB.
- Audio/Video Playback: The Clarion multimedia headunit
supports both audio/video playback from compatible iPod or iPhone. Using
your iPod or iPhone's USB/Dock cable you can enjoy audio playback of music
stored on your iPod or iPhone. Using the optional Clarion iPod/iPhone
connector cable (sold separately), you can also enjoy video playback of
movies, TV shows, and music videos stored on your iPod or iPhone. Video can
only be displayed while the vehicle is in park (the unit will display "Audio
Only" when your vehicle is in motion).
- Media Navigation: You can control your iPod/iPhone from
the multimedia headunit. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by
Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, or Composer. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's
video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rented
Movie. You can also select random and repeat functions for a certain song or
specific folder. Your iPod/iPhone's controls will be locked while
- Music Information: The multimedia headunit will display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, Album Title and Album Art.
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the multimedia headunit's USB connection will power and
charge your connected iPod/iPhone.
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it. In this case, you will need to charge
your iPod/iPhone's battery before connecting it to this unit.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion NZ500 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features when connected to the optional Clarion iPod/iPhone connector cable (as
of Dec. 2010):
Model ||Generation ||Media Type ||Control
|Audio ||Video ||Headunit ||iPod/iPhone ||Song/Artist
Info ||Track Info |
|dock connector ||3rd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|4th || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|mini ||1st || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|video ||5th || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|classic ||80GB || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|120GB || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|160GB || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano ||1st || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|2nd || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|3rd || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|4th || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|5th || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|6th || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| touch ||1st || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|2nd || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|3rd || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|4th || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone ||2G || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|3G || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality.
If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software
version or wait until an newer software update is available.
Front and Rear AV Inputs:
The Clarion NZ500 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 minijack (3.5mm) input will come in handy for
quick connection of a portable audio/visual source.
Video Output: The NZ500 is equipped with a single composite video
output for connecting a rear monitor.
Note: When playing video from an iPod
source, the rear video output is only active when the parking
brake is engaged.
Camera Input: The Camera
Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an
optional rear-view back-up camera. This RCA input enables you to connect a
rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view
encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is
connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your
vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be
connected to reverse light wire of vehicle).
Built-In Bluetooth: The NZ500
features built-in Bluetooth Technology. Bluetooth wireless technology enables
voice and data to be sent via a short-distant digital radio link (2.4GHz) up to
approximately 33 feet. With Bluetooth built-in, you can wirelessly connect your
Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio
system. HFP/OPP/A2DP/AVRCP protocols are supported. You can pair up to 5
Bluetooth enabled devices (only one can be used at a time).
- HFP/OPP: The NZ500 supports
wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
The NZ500 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth
enabled mobile phone using the headunit's built-in microphone and your car
audio speakers (the headunit also features a microphone input for connecting
an external microphone: 020RCB199, sold separately). The NZ500 utilizes a
Noise Canceller feature to reduce noise
generated during hands-free conversation. The multimedia NZ500 allows you to
answer the call manually from the headunit's controls or automatically. You
can make a call from the NZ500 using the unit's on-screen ten-key pad, your
transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received
calls. The unit also feature a redial function.
- A2DP/AVRCP: The NZ500 supports
wireless music streaming for transferring stereo music audio data that is
processed as a steady and continuous audible stream from your Bluetooth
enabled phone or audio player to the Clarion headunit and your car's audio
system. You can listen to and control music stored on your Bluetooth enabled
phone or audio player. The NZ500 lets you control the following playback
functions from your Bluetooth compatible phone or audio player - Play,
Pause, Stop, Track Search, Fast Forward and Rewind.
Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled
mobile cell-phones and devices will be compatible with the NZ500. Go to
Clarion.com for list of current compatible cell-phones.
IR Wireless Remote Control: In
addition to the unit's touch-panel and hard-key controls the NZ500 comes
supplied with an IR wireless remote control for full function of the multimedia/navigation
OEM Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also
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 the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.