2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion VX400 has a 2-DIN chassis (also
known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large
dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using your vehicle's factory radio
brackets and the supplied hardware. There is also an optional custom double-DIN
sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the VX400
in a custom 4" opening.
Note: As always, please consult theCrutchfield
Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.
6.5" Touch Panel TFT Display: The Clarion VX400 has an
integrated 6.5" TFT wide screen display with touch panel controls. The
display provides a high-resolution video monitor for watching your DVD videos.
The screen has a resolution of 1200 x 234 and 280,800 total pixels. The display features
brightness and shape (4:3 or 16:9) adjustment. The unit's touch panel features
interactive controls making menu navigation easy.
Touch Panel Controlled GUI: The GUI (Graphical User Interface) shows
large icons that are highly visible and easily recognizable at a glance. And
thanks to the touch panel screen, accessing each function is as intuitive as
touching its icon. This very straightforward system lets the driver keep his
attention on the road, and enables front seat passengers to use any desired
function without the need to "learn" anything. What's more, since the vast
majority of functions are controllable from the touch panel, there are only 3
physical buttons on the unit for the most basic and commonly-used functions.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent displaying video while
the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire in the supplied 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
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.
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 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 VX400
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 VX400 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 NX500 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
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 -9 to +9 dB. The VX400 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 VX400 is equipped with a built-in
AM/FM tuner. The VX400 offers Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The VX400'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 VX400 automatically store the strongest
stations for you.
Preset Scan: The Preset Scan
receives the stations stored in the units' preset memory in order. The unit
scans each station for 10 seconds sequentially. This function is useful when
searching for the desired station in memory.
Local Seeking: When Local seeking
is turned "On", only those radio stations with strong radio signal can be
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 VX400 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.
Disc Slot: The Clarion VX400 has a front-loading disc-slot
to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or
Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion VX400 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 VX400 can play back the following
types of discs:
- CD: CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R,
- DVD: DVD-Video, DVD+R, DVD+RW,
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps)
files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs in Joliet,
Romeo, or ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8
hierarchical levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 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.
Playback Operations: The Clarion VX400 offers the following DVD and CD
playback operations -
- Track List: This function allows you to select audio
tracks from a displayed list of tracks.
- Direct Search : You can locate the beginning of a movie
scene using the time, chapter numbers, or title numbers recorded on a DVD
video disc. You can also select a specific track on a music disc.
- Skip Search: Chapters or Tracks are
skipped down or up from the current location, as many times as the key is
pressed, and then playback starts.
- Fast Forward/Rewind : The VX400 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
- Repeat: This operation plays back chapters, titles, or
tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also select A-B repeat in
order to repeat a desired passage of video on DVD disc.
- Shuffle: This function allows you to randomly playback
audio tracks or files recorded on a disc.
Switching Angles: On DVD
disc in which video images have been recorded in two or more angle, you can
switch among the angles during playback.
Parental Lock: Like home DVD players, you can set password
protected viewing restrictions. This function allows cutting scenes that are
inappropriate for children, or replacing them automatically with other scenes
prepared in advance. There are 8 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
(attached to a 7" pigtail) 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 VX400 can
recognize up to 512 folders with a maximum of 255 files in each folders. The VX400 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 VX400 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 VX400 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, and Album Title.
- 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 VX400 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
|dock connector ||3rd||N||N||N||N||N||N||N|
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 VX400 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
Video Output: The VX400 is equipped with a single composite
video output for connecting a rear monitor.
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
Navigation Ready: The optional Clarion NP400 hide-away navigation
system (020NP400, sold separately) can be connected to the VX400 directly and
controlled through its touch panel, allowing to upgrade this multimedia station
to a car navigation system at any time. The NP400 add-on navigation system
offers voice & visual guidance messages, along with high-resolution map displays
to assist you safely to your destination.
Built-In Bluetooth: The VX400 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 VX400 supports wireless hands-free
communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VX400 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: RCB-199, sold separately). The VX400 utilizes a Noise Canceller
feature to reduce noise generated during hands-free conversation. The
multimedia VX400 allows you to answer the call manually from the headunit's
controls or automatically. You can make a call from the VX400 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
- A2DP/AVRCP: The VX400 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
VX400 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 VX400. Go to Clarion.com for list of
current compatible cell-phones.
Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-panel
and hard-key controls the VX400 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control for
full function of the multimedia player. The remote control operates off of a
single CR2025 Lithium-cell 3V battery (included).
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.