Disc & USB Playback
Motorized Retractable 7.0" Touchscreen: The Clarion NZ503
has a motorized, retractable 7.0" 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 features interactive controls & video graphics
making menu navigation easy.
Display Angles: You can adjust the display's angle (0-5) for
best visibility. After the viewing angle has been set, the unit will return the
display to that angle each time, even if the unit is turned off.
Touchscreen GUI with Flick Operation: The GUI (Graphical
User Interface) shows large icons that are highly visible and easily
recognizable at a glance. Feature icons are animated for an enhanced appearance.
The NZ503's touchscreen GUI (Graphical User Interface) supports flick operation,
so you can quickly scroll to another menu page.
Start Up Time: The NZ503 has a start up time of
approximately 14.5 seconds from Off to an audio/video source screen; and another
17.2 seconds to the map screen for a total start up time of approximately 31.7
seconds from Off to the navigation map screen.
Monitor Adjustments: The
Clarion NZ503 offers the following touchscreen monitor adjustments.
- Wallpaper Backgrounds:
The NZ503 includes 8 preset wallpaper
backgrounds to choose from. You can also download a custom wallpaper
background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
- Brightness: You can
adjust the touchscreen monitor's brightness from 0-20.
- Auto Dimmer:
The receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the
vehicle's headlights are turned on. The wiring harness includes an
orange/white lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light
circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.
- Monitor Off: You can
turn the navigation-multimedia head unit's touchscreen monitor off when
simply listening to music.
Hard-Key Buttons + 2nd Display: In addition to its main LCD touchscreen, when
the NZ503 is in the "closed" position, the informative 12-digit white LCD offers
maximum visibility in a space-saving package. Since the vast majority of functions are
controllable from the touchscreen, there are only 11 physical buttons on the
unit for the most basic & commonly-used functions.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied 18-pin
harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit.
While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of
the other displays and menus.
Anti-Theft Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit
security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code
must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.
Navigation Mapping Software: The integrated map database (by
TeleAtlas) used by the Clarion NZ503 was created using high-resolution aerial and land
based data collection. Navigation data is stored on the unit's preloaded 4GB microSD-card for quick access and response. The NZ503 provides map
coverage of the United States (all 50 states), Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Clarion NZ503'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
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. Simply download new map data from Clarion's portal site (clarion.naviextras.com),
store the updated map data on a microSD card and insert it into the Clarion
NZ503 via the side-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 NZ503 features a built-in SiRFprima GPS receiver and includes an
external magnetic GPS antenna. The NZ503 uses Global
Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to
calculate and display vehicle positioning and travel direction. The NZ503
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
On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's
current position (a red 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 NZ503 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
- 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.
Lane Information & Signposts: The Clarion NZ503'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
NZ503 offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your
- Voice Guidance (Text-to-Speech): In addition to graphic directions, the NZ503
provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can select from
English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts
can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance
can be turned off if you prefer.
- Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you approach road
safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if available). You can
also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type of alert will be
heard when you are approaching of these points.
- Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information about the
speed limits of certain road segments. The NZ503 provides an audible warning
if you exceed the recommended speed limit.
Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the current
position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is not
available) and a button to search for POIs nearby.
Find Menu: The Find Menu gives you many
different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your current
route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from
one of the following categories:
|Destination Search || Description |
|Find on Map ||Search for a
destination by scrolling the map display. |
|Home ||Store and easily recall your home
|Find Address ||Enter full/partial address, or Search
for a city (central location), or Search for the intersection of two
|Find Places ||Search for over 15,000,000
points-of-interest (POIs) by name, phone #, or category; search near
your current location, in a specific city, along your current route,
or near your destination. |
|Favorites ||Store your favorite locations for
easy recall. |
|History ||Destinations that you have set
|Coordinates ||Enter geographic coordinates
(latitude & longitude). |
|Phone Number ||Select a destination by entering
phone #. |
|Photo ||Select locations from geotagged
JPEG photos from an inserted USB or SD/SDHC memory device. |
can add intermediate destinations along your main route. |
Route Calculation: The
Clarion NZ503 calculates your route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method,
- 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
- 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.
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).
Trip Logs: Trip logs
contain useful information about your trip. Trip logs can be saved manually when
you reach your destination or automatically along your route. Trip log
data includes - Start/End Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time,
Total Distance, and Min./Max. Altitude.
Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically
recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously
Route Simulation: You can preview all the route
information and simulate travel along a projected route.
Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple
Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Clarion NZ503
is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.0+EDR (powered by Parrot), 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.
Bluetooth Profiles: 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access 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 NZ503. Visit
Clarion Bluetooth Support for complete list of compatible phones and
Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must
be paired to the NZ503. You can register up to three Bluetooth enabled
cell-phones with the Clarion in-dash head unit (only one paired phone can be
used at a time).
Hands-Free Communication: The NZ503 supports Bluetooth
hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The NZ503 can
be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to
your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation
hands-free. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the
conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You
can make a call by entering the phone number, selecting a contact from your
Phonebook list, or using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls.
- Answering 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.
- Direct Dial: Outgoing calls can be made be entering
telephone numbers (0-9, *, #, +) directly via the head unit's
- Phonebook: You can search for contact names in your
mobile phone's phonebook from the Clarion NZ503 and then make your call.
The head unit can store up to 500 contact numbers.
- Call Log: You can also make a call by searching
your mobile phone's call history (Received/Dialed/Missed) from the
- Redial: You can simply redial the last number
dialed with a press of a single button on the in-dash head unit.
Integrated Microphone (optional External Mic): The Clarion NZ503 features an
integrated front-panel microphone to carry on your side of a conversation during
a Bluetooth phone call. You can adjust the microphone gain (+/-5) for each
paired mobile phone device. The Clarion
RCB-204 (sold separately) is an external microphone which can be connected
to Clarion NZ503. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy
environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of the head
unit. The microphone features an attached 13.25' cord terminated by a
right-angle male 3.5mm connector which plugs into the microphone input on the
rear-chassis of your compatible Clarion head unit. The microphone also features
an integrated sun-visor clip for mounting the external microphone in your
vehicle. The integrated bracket allows the microphone to swivel left-to-right
and rotate up-or-down.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Clarion
NZ503 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The NZ503 will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as
Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head
unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name
and Song/Album title. The NZ503 also supports audio streaming of music apps
downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control.
Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion NZ503 is equipped with a built-in
AM/FM tuner. The NZ503 offers Seek, Manual, and Preset tuning. The NZ503's built-in AM/FM tuner features 3 FM bands
and 1 AM band. You can store up to 6 presets in each bands, allowing you to
store 24 FM and 12 AM preset stations. You can manually store your
favorite presets or have the NZ503 automatically store the strongest stations
for you. The Preset Scan function 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. You can also store one radio station
in Instant Station Recall (ISR) memory and recall it from any mode (except Power
Off). Once the ISR station has been recalled, you cannot tune to another station
without first disengaging the ISR function (you can, however, switch to another
source). When Local seeking is turned "On", only those
radio stations with strong radio signal can be received.
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from
the Pandora music service through the Clarion NZ503 using your connected Apple
iPhone, via the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Clarion NZ503
provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and
Song information; as well as Album Art. You can select Pandora stations from
your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). Or, you can
create a new station from the current playing artist or song. You can also skip
song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs
down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the
latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your
iPhone 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.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Clarion NZ503 comes ready for SiriusXM
programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its
proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). Visit
for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features
of the SXV200 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 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Artist/Song Alert notifies you when your favorite artist or song is
- Replay feature lets you pause, fast-forward, or rewind up to 30 minutes
of live content
- iTunes Tagging for your connected iPod or iPhone
- 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.
Disc & USB Playback
Multimedia Playback: The Clarion NZ503 offers a
front-loading disc slot and rear-panel USB port (attached to rear-chassis by 42"
- Disc Compatibility: The Clarion NZ503 has a front-loading
disc-slot to make loading your disc easier. The NZ503 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text,
and CD-R/RW discs.
- USB Port: The Clarion navigation-multimedia head unit
features a rear-panel USB type-A port (attached to rear chassis by 42" cable)
that allows you to connect a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device;
such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB
thumbdrive. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be
charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the
vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Compatible Media Files: The Clarion NZ503 supports the
following types of audio, video, and photo 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) || USB (MSC) |
| File System ||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2 ||FAT
| Playable File Types || Audio ||MP3: bit rate
of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz |
WMA: bit rate
of 64-192kbps w/ sampling rates of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
|MP3: bit rate
of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz |
WMA: bit rate
of 64-192kbps w/ sampling rates of 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
| Video ||MPEG4/MPEG2: picture resolution
of 720 x 480 ||MPEG4/MPEG2/H.264: picture resolution
of 480 x 272 |
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||255 folders/1,500 files (255 files
per folder) ||65,535 files and folders |
| Tags ||MP3
ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags |
Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion NZ503provides
electronic skip protection for your CD-Audio discs (10-seconds), as well as your
discs containing MP3 (45-seconds) and WMA (90-seconds) audio files.
Playback Operations: The Clarion NZ503 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
- Skip Search: Chapters or Tracks are skipped down or up
from the current location, as many times as the key is pressed, and then
- Fast Forward/Rewind : The NZ503 offers a variable fast
forward and rewind function. You can select between 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x.
- Scan: The first 10 seconds of each music track on the
disc is played.
- Repeat: This operation plays back chapters, titles, or
tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also select A-B repeat in
order to repeat a desired passage of video on DVD disc.
- Shuffle: This function allows you to randomly playback
audio tracks or files recorded on a disc.
Switching Angles: On DVD disc in which video images have
been recorded in two or more angle, you can switch among the angles during
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
Off Eject w/ Auto Reload: You can eject a disc with the unit off. You cannot
insert a disc with the unit off. If a disc is left in the ejected position for
15 seconds, the disc is automatically reloaded.
Mounting Angle: For proper disc playback, you must install
the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Clarion NZ503
navigation-multimedia head unit supports both audio/video playback from a
compatible iPod or iPhone.
- Audio/Video Playback: Using the optional Clarion CCA-750
iPod/iPhone connector cable (020CCA750,
both sold separately), you can enjoy both audio and video content stored on your
connected iPod or iPhone device through the Clarion NZ503. You can also listen to your favorite music apps
Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Clarion head
unit, and even watch video on the NZ503's touchscreen from movie apps (such
Netflix & YouTube) downloaded to your iPhone 4/4S (iOS
4.0+). The Clarion
CCA-750 iPod/iPhone connector cable plugs into the unit's rear-panel USB port
and rear-panel AV input. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle's parking brake
is engaged. "Audio Only" is displayed when the
vehicle is moving.
- Audio Only Playback: Using the USB/Dock or USB/Lightning cable
that comes with your iPod or iPhone, you can enjoy audio content from your
connected iPod or iPhone device; including music stored on your iPod/iPhone,
as well as music apps streamed to your Apple device. Because the Clarion NZ503 uses its
USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is
loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the
head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to
Note: If you have a newer iPod, iPhone, or iPod
with Lightning connector; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to
connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback
(no video output).
iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from
the head unit's touchscreen or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or
- Head Unit: Head Unit mode allows you to browse
your iPod/iPhone's music library by
Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Podcast from
the Clarion NZ503. You can also browse your iPod/iPhone's
video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rental. You
can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z). The head unit also
supports Repeat (file/all) 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
- Simple Control: In Simple Control mode, you can
navigate the stored music and videos on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or
touchscreen. You can also control basic playback functions (such as
Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of your favorite music apps streamed to
your iPhone (iOS 3.0+). Simple Control mode does not offer control over
streamed video apps. Advanced music and video navigation will need to be
handled through your connected iPod/iPhone device.
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.
Information Display: The Clarion NZ503 will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music and music app information (such as Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album Art) when in Head Unit mode.
The NZ503 will also display song/artist information and Album Art from the
Pandora App. It will not display metadata info when in Simple Control mode.
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 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 the unit will
not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion NZ503 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 9/21/2014):
| iPod/iPhone || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || Simple Control || Pandora App || Song/Artist Text || Track Info || Album Art || Phone || Audio |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S* || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+* || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y |
| 5th* || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 7th* || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N |
| 2 || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N |
| 3 || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N |
| 4/air* || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N |
| mini* || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y |
- *Requires the use of the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to
connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio
playback (no video output).
- 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.
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 NZ503 is equipped with a
MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET
amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased
power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More
power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not
pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the NZ503
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 NZ503 are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 19watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts
6ch/4V RCA Output: The Clarion NZ503 features 6ch/4V RCA
line level outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output
features an independent level control (0-14) and phase adjustment
(normal/reverse). You can turn the NZ503's built-in amplifier off to
improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.
Built-in Crossovers: The Clarion NZ503 is equipped with
built-in low-pass and high-pass crossovers.
- Low-Pass Subwoofer Filter: The Low-Pass Filter (LPF)
for the subwoofer preamp output will send only the low frequency range
through the preamp outputs to ensure superb performance with a connected
subwoofer. The low-pass filter can be set to 62Hz, 95Hz, 135Hz, or Through
- High-Pass Filter: The NZ503 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 55Hz, 85Hz, 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.
BeatEQ: BeatEQ lets you tune the sound to your liking,
depending on the category of music, for a more fulfilling listening experience.
The Clarion CD receiver provides 4 preset EQ curves (Bass Boost, Impact, Excite,
Off) and 1 custom EQ curve. Bass Boost emphasizes the bass portion of your
music; Impact emphasizes the bass & treble portions of your music; Excite
emphasizes bass, midrange & treble portions of your music; while Flat sets the
bass, midrange, & treble to 0. The Custom EQ lets you freely customize the
frequency, Q-factor, and level of the bass, midrange, & treble.
(Custom Mode) ||
Frequency ||Q-Factor ||Level |
|Bass ||50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz ||0.7, 1, 1.4, 2.0 ||-7 to + 7 dB |
|Midrange ||500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz |
|Treble ||5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz |
Note: BeatEQ settings are applied to all sources.
Magna Bass EX (Extend): The Magna Bass Extend feature does
not adjust the low frequencies like the normal sound adjustment function, but
emphasizes the deep bass frequencies to provide you with a dynamic sound. This
circuit boosts bass at an ultra-low frequency of about 50Hz, creating a rich,
deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness
control. What is more, boost levels are dependent on the system volume,
resulting in balanced system response and dynamic bass reproduction.
Dual AV Inputs: The Clarion NZ503 is equipped with AV input terminals on the front and
rear of the unit to enable enjoyment of content from an external connected
source. The rear composite video/stereo RCA inputs are ideal for permanent
installations, while the front AV mini-jack (3.5mm) input will come in handy for
quick connection of a portable audio/visual source.
Audio/Video Output (with Dual Zone): The NZ503 features a
rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA audio output that allows you to connect an
external display and headphone system in the rear of your vehicle. You can
playback audio/video content from a Disc, iPod/iPhone, or AV 1/2 Input on a
rear-seat monitor system; while viewing a different audio/video source on the
navigation-multimedia head unit.
Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video
RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera. This RCA input
enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your
vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an
optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is
displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear
(purple/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of
vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.7 seconds. Audio from
your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Wireless Remote Control: In
addition to the unit's touchscreen and hard-key controls, the NZ503 comes
supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the
navigation-multimedia receiver and your connected devices (no Bluetooth Phone
functionality). The remote control
operates off of a single CR2025 Lithium-cell 3V battery (included).
Steering Wheel 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
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.