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Clarion VZ401

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Problem: you've only got room for a single-DIN (2" tall) car stereo in your dash, but you crave a big screen. Solution: install the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver and its motorized 7" touchscreen. Combined with its slick interface and numerous bells and whistles, you'll have a touchscreen command center that powers out at the touch of a button.

Problem: you've only got room for a single-DIN (2" tall) car stereo in your dash, but you crave a big screen. Solution: install the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver and its motorized 7" touchscreen. Combined with its slick interface and numerous bells and whistles, you'll have a touchscreen command center that powers out at the touch of a button.

Built-in hands-free calling

You can talk hands-free with built-in Bluetooth®. When a call comes in, you can tap the screen to answer the call, then you'll hear your caller over the speakers. And you can even stream tunes to your radio if your device supports it.

Movies and more

You can enjoy watching DVDs up front while you're parked, or hook up a video screen in the back so the kids can watch movies as you drive. Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the rear USB input — you'll get touchscreen control over your tunes, and your iPod will stay charged as you drive. You can add an adapter to view video content from your iPhone or iPod, and you'll also find an audio/video input for video games or other sources.

Good news if you crave great sound

The VZ401 plays your store-bought and recordable CDs and DVDs, including discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. A powerful internal amp gives your music plenty of punch, while a premium digital-to-analog converter ensures you'll hear all the musical details. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to the mix, and the subwoofer volume control lets you dial in just the right amount of bass. Clarion includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • internal amp (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 7" touchscreen
    • fits single-DIN openings
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
    • wireless remote
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, CD-R/RW, DVDs, DVD-Rs/RWs, DVD+Rs/RWs, plus MP3/WMAs on CD and DVD
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • built-in iPod control — Clarion's optional adapter required for viewing video content
    • inputs: two A/V inputs (front and rear), rear camera input, rear USB
    • outputs: video out, 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/rear/subwoofer)
    Other information:

    This product is amazing, especially for the price. It is very easy to install and easy to navigate the only problem I had with it was setting up my bluetooth that I eventually did figure out.

    bren, Illinois

    What's in the Box:

    • Multimedia receiver with retractable monitor
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 16" Minijack AV to composite video/stereo RCA cable (male minijack connector on one end a female RCA jacks on other end)
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 4 Phillips-head ISO screws
    • 5 Hex-head ISO screws
    • Metal backstrap
    • Electro-tap
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Owner's Manual/Installation Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card (USA/Canada)

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    Clarion VZ401 Reviews

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    (33 Reviews)

    Amazing product for an amazing price

    bren from Illinois on 9/24/2015

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is amazing, especially for the price. It is very easy to install and easy to navigate the only problem I had with it was setting up my bluetooth that I eventually did figure out.

    Pros: Easy to use looks beautiful loud easy to instal lots of pre-outs

    Cons: Heavy lots of wires to fit in the dash

    Great Product for a Great Price

    Micah from Kentucky on 9/22/2015

    1997 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for your buck with the ability to expand and add on features such as navigation.



    Great unit for the price

    Drew_baru from Massachusetts on 8/23/2015

    1999 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great unit for the price. Comes with a lot of cool features and very easy to navigate once installed.

    Pros: Great look. Compatibility. Cool features. For once the Bluetooth phone option doesn't sound like your yelling from another room

    Cons: wiring diagram doesn't match for all makes and models. Had to do some research to wire it correctly.


    Jim H from Florida on 7/22/2015

    2003 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice equipment easy install

    Pros: ease of install and operation

    Cons: No cons to speak of


    Chris B from Virginia on 7/11/2015

    2002 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield team was spot on with support and the equipment needed to make the transition form the factory stereo in my C5 Corvette as seemless as possible. This stereo is a great way to modernize your technology in a vehicle without breaking the bank.

    Pros: Improved sound quality through the factory speakers. It kept the vehicle alarm with the amplifier and computer model used with the aftermarket wiring harness to interface with the factory wiring. Bluetooth works great and it charges the iPhone and iPod touch just fine. Video quality for the DVD I'd good but the sound is great. Crutchfield is the real deal Y'all. You may find the same product cheaper but it will not come with the customer service and tech support.

    Cons: Some of the reviews from other websites says there is an app to enable the iPhone to mirror the navigation from the phone to the VZ401 screen. Please, do not listen to these other reviews of other blogs and stick to what Crutchfield list on their site. If you do this you will not be led a stray.

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    Chris P from Olathe, KS on 7/8/2015

    2000 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like the headset. Very easy to install in my 2000 Expidetion. It's very brite and easy to navigate. I listen to a lot of digital audio books and the USB port works great.

    Pros: One of only a couple touch screens that fit my truck. Looks really cool. The sound is great my base speakers really thump.

    Cons: It turns off when the ignition turns off not when the doors are opened. there is a small red light in the right hand corner that blinks regardless of if you power the head set down. Not sure how much power it draws but it's annoying.

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    will j from Raleigh NC on 6/24/2015

    2007 Lincoln MKZ
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck

    Pros: bluetooth

    Cons: not very customizable but no biggie.

    Good bang for buck

    Not new to this from Tennessee on 6/16/2015

    2011 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price, this is a very nice head unit. The ability to play DVDs and iPod, stream bluetooth audio and make phone calls, and option to add more features as you desire make this a good bundle of features for those on a budget. The quality and overall feel of the unit isn't as nice as the Pioneer double din units I've had in the past, but this is almost half the cost.

    Pros: Price, features

    Cons: The volume buttons feel cheap.

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    Joe from Florida on 4/19/2015

    1994 GMC Jimmy S15
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loving it the price was right.

    Pros: Good all around radio for the price.

    Cons: That the screen does not retract after being shut off.

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    Anonymous from Hurst, TX on 4/12/2015

    1986 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First one was glitchy then the volume got stuck on full blast... Called cust. Service they sent me a new one and everything works perfect


    Cons: The only con I see is ur radio presets are a pain to get to and if ur listening to bluetooth n hit back it stops ur music


    lissa from Eldorado, Arkansas on 4/12/2015

    2004 GMC Envoy XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for a birthday for my husband he loves it!!



    For for in 2000 wrangler

    Pup from Cary NC on 4/5/2015

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fit was good but require some modifications for rear support

    Pros: Easy to wire and install

    Cons: no Bluetooth microphone was included

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    Gary C from Missouri on 3/9/2015

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Over all pleased with


    Cons: Needs more flexibility of audio settings such as mid range and more sub tweaking capability


    Scott from northern cambria, pa on 1/4/2015

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

    No complaints, priced right, easy to use

    Pros: Touch screen, with flip

    Cons: No gps

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    Anonymous from Pennsylvania on 12/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Produces good sound and is a solid build. The backup camera option produces a good image (assuming you have a good camera). The display was very bland, with a full color display, they could have put some splash into the display, like album art for example. I attached a USB filled with music including art, it was very difficult to navigate the folders. I would describe the menus as clunky. The Bluetooth works well , but phone calls only output on the drivers speaker. A solid entry level DVD/BT player, but if you want more, spend more.

    Pros: Price, Quality

    Cons: Bland, Clunky

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    Anonymous from honaunau, hi on 11/16/2014

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product and tough



    Better than some

    JoeM from Philadelphia, PA on 10/28/2014

    1995 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this unit to replace a malfunctioning one that I had previously purchased from Crutchfield. My requirements were it had to work with iPhone 5, had bluetooth and a screen for a reverse camera. This was the only other unit that fell within my price range. It works but it definitely has its quirks. The biggest is the fact that I can have a little blinky "anti-theft" indicator when i shut the car off but the screen does not close on its own when power is cut like most units. Other than that it seems that this product is all but discontinued so good luck finding the nav add-on for it.

    Pros: Fast response in all inputs. iPod control is excellent.

    Cons: Last unit showed song info and album artwork, this just show song title information no setting to auto-close the screen the plethora of wires permanently attached make the unit a pain to install, especially if you're not using those features.

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    Moritz C. from Atlanta, GA on 10/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)


    Pros: Great system

    Cons: None

    good for the money

    Anonymous from illinois on 10/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good for the price if you can afford to spend more I would recomed getting a little nice unit. The response of the radio is a little and it kind of plain looking theirs no way to change background. Sound quality is good blue tooth works great way better than my last Jensen not using the navi or backup camera so can't comment.



    Clarion VZ401 - great value

    Super B from Palo Alto, ca on 9/21/2014

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price this unit is great. Tons of add on options.

    Pros: Big screen. Simple navigation between screens. Easy to use.

    Cons: Screen is just a tiny shakey when you press on it. Unit is heavy; requires a good solid install.


    captkelley from buford ga on 8/27/2014

    1986 GMC G Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love it

    Pros: all good

    Cons: none for me

    Really nice head unit

    Mike from Fort mill sc on 8/20/2014

    1994 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Wiring made simple. Lots of power and the screen is really good quality. Bluetooth works well. Great product!

    Pros: Quality, screen, it's capabilities. Way too many to list.

    Cons: None

    I love it!

    Jordan from Iowa on 8/6/2014

    1998 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I always read reviews, looking at the negatives because I have some preconceived notions that the positive reviews are paid off by the company to get more people to buy. This was the unit with the lowest number of bad reviews in my price range, so I decided to give it a shot. It got to me quick, with all of the proper installation equipment and install instructions. First thing I noticed was all of the wires, they all looked overwhelming and I was questioning the install, but this was not my first stereo install, so as I began to look closer, all of the wires were labeled very clearly as to their proper function. I have not added Sirius, or a back up camera or many of the extra features yet, so I just wired it up to the harness which took about ten minutes of stripping wires and crimping ends on (I don't have good luck with Wire nuts) and after I wired the two harnesses together it literally took 30 seconds to get it installed in my car. I was shocked at how smoothly it went in. I have been running it for about a month now and I love it. I plan to add more of the features in the future hopefully, and my car is older, so I don't have any steering wheel controls hooked up. Many of the harnesses in the back are all plug n play which would be nice for those using extra features (i.e. Sirius, GPS, Backup Cam, etc.) Works for newer versions of iPhone as well, I have a 5. I love the VZ401, and I hope it lasts a long time!

    Pros: Screen dimming when lights are on (Takes away glare at night without compromising visibility) Bluetooth works great, for both music and phone functions. I was pleasantly surprised. DVD player is good, no problems as of yet. System has great volume. Glad the volume control is on the face, not display. Built in mic seems to work well Touch screen iPhone control Many features and settings that look cool, but haven't gotten the time to play around with them yet

    Cons: Bass could be better, but if you need more than what it has you probably have high end speakers and subs. Phone calls are a little quieter than music playback, but that is to be expected. I just adjust volume. Start up is a little longer than it may need to be. 10-15 seconds probably before music starts to play.


    MEC from Sheridan, WY. on 7/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product and awesome service



    nice but pretty plain

    mark from harrisonburg va on 7/6/2014

    nice for price but very plain not any extra's



    Best bang for the buck!!!

    Earl W from St Pete on 5/28/2014

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great easy to use.



    can't beat the price

    bryanplez from denver,co on 5/16/2014

    Very nice reciever for the money!!

    Pros: Price! !

    Cons: Could use more features that other receivers have for around the same cost!

    Never purchasing Clarion again

    Josh R from Cambridge, MA on 10/26/2011

    I've tried to love this reciever. It just won't let me. I've used it for ~1yr. This is the "buggiest" receiver I've ever seen. When turning on, occasionally the volume will max out effectively deafening me and my passengers. The iPod dock randomly selects between the dock connector (which is nice for charging) and bluetooth which forces you to select the source on your phone each time you turn the receiver on. Does not always recognize the iPod while attached (cable is in good condition and not pinched) and forces you to cycle through the menus a few times so it finally allows you to select the iPod source. Bluetooth settings will change randomly so when expecting an incoming call to connect while driving, the call will go unanswered. Internal mic is terrible so I purchased an external mic. Now the receiver will change the mic source randomly so I don't know when the mic will work and when it won't. Sirius integration is terrible; navigation is clumsy and sound quality sometimes loses an entire channel. I expected much more from any Clarion receiver; especially this one given it's price. It's unfortunate Crutchfield doesn't have a lemon policy because I'd love to get rid of this unit but have a hard time swallowing the huge amount of money I've thrown away on purchasing this unit. Avoid this unit like the plague; it's bad news.

    Pros: the concept of this receiver

    Cons: Everything about this receiver except the sound quality

    one of the best

    Golito from MA on 9/10/2011

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i would recommand this radio to all my friends it is really cool



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    JOOOM from Home on 7/12/2011

    2009 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased the vz401 for a replacement to the dodge factory stereo. Very satisified with all. Great sounding. Not alot of "extras" but the best buy for the money by far and can be expanded to just about any configuration!! Blue tooth works great and screen has great DVD resolution. More than enough power and screen slides in and out with ease- Install wass easy and Crutchfield as always comes through with all the stuff you neeed to do it yourself- only took about an hour and it was in and working great!! Great stereo!!



    Not worth the money

    James R from Miami, FL on 7/8/2011

    1999 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit back in December and since then have had nothing but problems with it. It's not the actual head unit itself, but the software they have on it. I've waited for firmware updates...nothing! My advice - if your using this unit with an iPhone/iPod/iPad and look forward to using it with bluetooth, keep looking. It doesn't sync properly if you connect the dock connector and the bluetooth at the same time. Also, not to forget to mention that I've had it on multiple times blast music at the loudest volume once I hangup from a phone call. The only way to fix it, was to turn it off. They should have never released and unfinished product. Very disappointed!!




    STEVE from MIAMI FLORIDA on 5/22/2011

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Happy but could be better

    Sims from Reno NV on 5/3/2011

    I have had the Clarion for about 3 months now and have been happy just a few things that would make it better 1: Faster start up it has a long open up screen befor any thing happens kind of a pian if you want to use the back up camera 2: No smart volume so if you have it loud when turn the car off it will be loud when it turns on and with out having a knob to turn it down it takes a lot of pushing the button 3: Screen saver or some thing The other thing that I wish I would have thought about was getting the multi zone. But as far as controls and set up and use it is perfect and have been very happy




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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (front), RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (front), RCA (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 2
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Both
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    Motorized/Retractable 7.0" Touch Panel TFT Display: The Clarion VZ401 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 800 x 480 (RGB) and 1,152,000 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.

    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.

    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 4 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 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.

    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 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 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 total)

    Audio Settings: The Clarion VZ401 offers the following audio adjustments.

    • Preset EQ: Flat, Jazz, Pop, or Classical
    • 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. The multimedia head unit is equipped with stereo front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs for connecting the unit to an external amplifier. 

    Subwoofer Controls: Independent volume control is enabled for the subwoofer preamp output 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 subwoofer preamp output's level can be adjusted independently from -9 to +9 dB. The VZ401 also features a low pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output. You can select between 80Hz, 120Hz or 160Hz.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion VZ401 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner. The VZ401 offers Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: The VZ401'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 VZ401 automatically store the strongest stations for you.

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

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

    iTunes Tagging: The add-on HD Radio tuner (sold separately) includes iTunes Tagging capability. iTunes Tagging allows you to "tag" songs heard over HD Radio. iTunes Tagging saves the song's title and metadata to your connected iPod/iPhone (you may store up to 64 tags in the memory). When the iPod/iPhone is synced to iTunes, a playlist is generated with links to the iTunes Store where the song can be purchased and downloaded.

    Note: This function can be operated with the following iPod/iPhone models - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

    Disc Playback

    Disc Slot: The Clarion VZ401 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Electronic Skip Protection: The Clarion VZ401 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 VZ401 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, DVD-RW

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (32-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 200 folders, and 1500 files per folder (1500 total files). The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information (Ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded on the disc.

    Playback Operations: The Clarion VZ401 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 VZ401 offers a variable fast forward and rewind function. You can select between 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x.
    • Scan: The first 10 seconds of each music track on the disc is played.
    • Repeat: This operation plays back chapters, titles, or tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also select A-B repeat in order to repeat a desired passage of video on DVD disc.
    • Shuffle: This function allows you to randomly playback audio tracks or files recorded on a disc.

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

    Parental Lock: 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.

    Auto Reload: 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 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The head unit 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 head unit will support MP3 files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate of 32-192 kbps. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 200 folders, and 1500 files per folder (1500 total files). The VZ401 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.  The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information (Ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded to the USB device.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Clarion VZ401 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 VZ401. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Clarion head unit, and even watch video on the VZ401's touchscreen from movie apps (such as 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 VZ401 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 95B.
    Note: If you have a newer iPod, iPhone, or iPad 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 touchscreen.

    • 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 VZ401. 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 (iOS 3.0+).
    • 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 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 VZ401 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 10/3/14):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 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
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th* 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4/air* 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini* 8.0 Y N 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.

    AV Connection

    Front and Rear AV Inputs: The Clarion VZ401 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.

    Note: The unit includes a 16" AV minijack-to-composite/stereo RCA adapter cable.

    Video Output: The VZ401 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 vehicle).

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Clarion VZ401 features built-in Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth Ver 2.1+EDR). Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a short-distant digital radio link (2.4GHz) up to approximately 33 feet. The following Bluetooth Profiles are supported - HFP, HSP, A2DP, and AVRCP. With built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. You can also stream audio from a Bluetooth enabled audio player. You can only pair (register) one Bluetooth enabled device.

    • Hands-free Communication (HFP/HSP): The VZ401 supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The VZ401 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's built-in microphone and your car audio speakers (the head unit also features a microphone input for connecting an external microphone: RCB-204, sold separately). The VZ401 utilizes a Noise Canceller feature to reduce noise generated during hands-free conversation. The multimedia VZ401 allows you to answer the call manually from the head unit or automatically. You can make a call from the VZ401 using the unit's on-screen 10-keypad, your transferred Phone Book, or a call history data log of dialed and received calls. The unit also feature a redial function.
    • Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The VZ401 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 head unit and your car's audio system. You can listen to and control music stored on your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player. The VZ401 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 VZ401. Visit Clarion Bluetooth Support for list of current compatible cell-phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's touch-panel and hard-key controls, the VZ401 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation 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 Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    9 questions already asked

    Yes, it has an external input on the front panel! The unit also is Blue Tooth capable [ robert  Sep 10, 2015 ]
    s it plays iPod. DVDs. Mp3 players and from your phone also [ DESMOND  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can connect your iPod to the USB port and it will recognize and play your iPod. You can also connect through Bluetooth, but the Bluetooth interface is not very user friendly. [ NEIL  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    Yes it can play from the Ipod. [ Devans  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    If connecting to an aux/audio port is what you mean then yes there is a port to support streaming devices [ Anson  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    You can do three things to get it to play music from the iPod. If iPod is Bluetooth capable you can hookup via Bluetooth. You can also purchase the clarion Cca750 cable $39.99. Or you can just buy a cheap aux cable and hook it up to the headphone jack and the aux port. [ DON  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Apr 30, 2015 ]  Staff
    Yes. In my case the image was correct from the get-go. But it can be reversed. I reversed it just to try it out. [ Todd  Apr 03, 2015 ]
    N settings menu for camera you can select "mirror or standard" camera view [ JOHN P  Apr 01, 2015 ]
    you will wire the clarion to the backup light circuit and the picture will appear on the screen automatic and off when you got to drive [ MERVIN E  Mar 04, 2015 ]
    I Have a 4wd dodge 2500 mud truck that this is installed on, I actually have multiple cameras all wired in series that I can see all 4 wheels and rocks and such. I actually have to manually hit the camera button to switch to them, however, a back up sensor ive never owned and am not certain if it comes in series with a reverse light indicator or something in the wiring. Overall, I love my clarion, I have the cameras hooked up, I also use the Bluetooth daily, I have the accessories harness for my iPad and iPhone to where I can watch music videos, it has great options for amplifiers for highs and mids and subs, my truck also had factory navigation options of which I took full advantage of with the clarion also. I would personally recommend the clarion unit, I've owned multiple clarion head units and have never had a problem or been displeased with it function or as a product itself. I'm Sure crutchfield techs can line you up on an appropriate matchup on a back up sensor and how it signals in reverse with the head unit. Kyle C. /29yo / memphis tn [ Kyle  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    When I had it hooked up in my jeep, I had to hit the button and it also had to be in reverse. However, I didn't really play a lot with it since the previous owner of my jeep wired everything up... So it's possible that there could be some sort of auto feature. [ Matthew  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    I have not hooked up my back up cam yet but it would appear as though if wired properly the cam should come on as soon as the vehicle is placed in reverse. [ Chad  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    I never got to install the camera since my truck didn't have one but I would think you would have to press the button, I could be wrong [ Marcelo  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    If you connect the wires for the reverse lamp, the camera will come on when you put the car in reverse.. If those wires are not connected to the reverse lamp then YES when you hit the camera button on the interface it will switch directly to the reverse camera.. Cool thing is when you choose the camera on the interface you can pull up the reverse camera when going 70 down the highway. [ Jeremy  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    I love it. It has all of the features I wanted. Also high power integrated amp. It powers 4 6 1/2 inch speakers without distortion. [ ARTURO  Mar 17, 2015 ]
    I currently have it installed with Sirius and it works great! [ robert  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    yes [ william  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Yes....antenna sold separately [ JOHN P  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Yes [ James Aston  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Yes. You have to buy a sat. Radio box for it. Idk what one [ DUSTIN  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    I installed mine in a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Probably the hardest vehicle to change over a after market radio due to the shape of the dash. Cruthchfield supplied me with everything I needed including live support. It was fairly easy. On a scale of 1 to 10 it was like a 3 [ EDWARD  Dec 29, 2014 ]
    I took it to a local stereo installer here in Phoenix and it was like a 30 dollar install. It was worth the money. [ James Aston  Dec 28, 2014 ]
    Sorry, no. Crutchfield was kind enough to allow me to return mine. The 700 series have it built in. [ ARNE  Sep 24, 2014 ]
    It will cause the source to switch to camera input. The music will switch off till u select the music source again. [ WILLIAM  Jul 10, 2014 ]
    Sorry I don't have a backup cam [ James Aston  Jul 08, 2014 ]
    Got a question about this radio. I have it in my truck and yesterday the touch tone screen stopped working along with the reverse camera. Is this a major issue? Or is there a short some where? The radio still plays but the screen doesn't light up when it opens up. But when I close it before it goes back in its slot it lights up. What is going on here [ Anthony  Jun 18, 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  Feb 02, 2014 ]  Staff