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Clarion CZ509

CD receiver

Item # 020CZ509

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About the Clarion CZ509

Zak Billmeier
Today's drivers expect more from a car stereo than music and news. Clarion built Bluetooth® connectivity into their CZ509 CD receiver, so you can drive safely while you stay plugged into the outside world.

Today's drivers expect more from a car stereo than music and news. Clarion built Bluetooth® connectivity into their CZ509 CD receiver, so you can drive safely while you stay plugged into the outside world.

Hands-free phone calls with Bluetooth
Get in your car, and your compatible phone synchs up automatically with the CZ509. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music, allowing you to speak through the included visor-mount microphone and carry on the conversation over your car's speakers. Plus, you can stream music wirelessly from your phone straight into the Clarion — no adapter needed.

iPod® control and more
Plug your iPod into the receiver's rear USB input, and you'll be able to use the receiver's controls to run your iPod, as well as view song titles on its 10-character, 2-line display. The BBE MP audio enhancement feature adds life to your music files by restoring frequencies lost during compression.

You'll also find an auxiliary input on the front panel that'll accept audio from a satellite radio, MP3 player, or any other portable. In addition, the CZ509 works with a Clarion satellite radio tuner or CD changer.

Excellent sound
Go ahead and turn up the built-in amplifier — it'll give you plenty of clean power. You can use the 3-band equalizer to customize the three EQ presets — a great feature if you listen to a wide variety of music. If you're looking for maximum sound quality, three sets of preamp outputs make it easy to add outboard amplifiers, and you can use the subwoofer volume control for fingertip bass adjustments. Adjust the built-in high- and low-pass filters to get maximum efficiency from your speaker system.

Convenience is key
You can also add an adapter that enables your vehicle's steering wheel audio controls to run the CZ509. Clarion includes a wireless remote so your passengers can change entertainment while you concentrate on the road ahead.

iPod 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 or its optional iPod adapter.

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.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with 2-line, 10-character LCD display
    • built-in Bluetooth receiver for hands-free phone calls and music streaming
    • built-in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but you'll need an extra iPod cable to connect to the rear USB input
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Beat EQ (3-band EQ and 3 adjustable tone settings)
    • selectable high-pass (speaker, preamp outputs) and low-pass (preamp outputs) filters
    • BBE MP feature adds life to compressed music
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: rear USB input, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, sub)
    Other info:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 2 years
    • MFR # CZ509

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • Face case
    • Microphone with attached 9.5' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • Large visor clip
    • Small visor clip
    • Self-adhesive mounting bracket
    • RCB-176 IR wireless remote
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
    • 2 Hook plates (radio removal tools)
    • Face fixing clip
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 22 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback
    The Clarion CZ509 replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Overview: The Clarion CZ509 is an AM/FM/CD receiver that can play MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files on CD-R and CD-RW discs; and supports ID3-Tag, as well as CD Text. It also has a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a portable audio device and a rear-panel USB type-A port for connecting your USB mass storage audio device or iPod. In addition, the CZ509 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless communication and audio transfer. Additional accessories that are compatible with this unit include Satellite Radio (via an optional tuner kit); multi-disc CD-changer (sold separately); and an optional steering wheel remote interface (sold separately) which allows you to keep your factory steering wheel controls.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    CD Playback
    AM/FM Tuner
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    Ergonomic Face Design: The Clarion CZ509 features an easy-to-use rotary volume control and easy-to-read illuminated buttons on the face which are laid out in an asymmetrical design to place the most used features within a specific area for ease of use and less user distraction. The front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input on the CZ509 makes it easy to connect external audio devices.

    Flip-Down Face With Detachable Face Security: This unit features a fold-down face with detachable dace security. The unit's face manually flips down so you and load and eject your CD discs. When the unit's face is folded down, the face can be detached to deter theft. A face-fixing clip is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The unit comes with a hard plastic face case to store the receiver's faceplate when detached.

    Digital LCD Display: The two-line digital LCD display, with black background and white characters, on the CZ509 features an adjustable contrast (1-16) which allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in virtually all lighting conditions.

    Illumination 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.

    Screen Saver: This unit is provided with a Screen Saver function which allows you to show various kinds of patterns and characters in the operation status indication area of the display in a random order. You can turn this function on or off. If the button operation is performed with the screen saver function on, the operation display corresponding to the button operation is shown for about 30 seconds and the display returns to the screen saver display.

    Message Information: You can enter a message up to 30 characters long in the unit's memory and display it as the receiver's screen saver.

    Title Entry: Titles up to 10 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed for CD, CD changer, Radio stations and TV stations. The number of titles that can be entered for each mode are as follows - 50 disc titles for CD Mode, 20 station titles for TV mode, 30 station titles for Radio Mode, and 100 disc titles for Changer mode.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CZ509 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 CZ509 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    Amp Canceller: If you choose to connect the receiver to external amplifiers, you can turn off the built-in amplifier for better sound quality.

    Three 2-Volt Preamp Outputs: The CZ509 is equipped with a pair of 2-volt front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs. You can fade between the front and rear preamp outputs, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Built-in Crossovers: The headunit's built-in high pass crossovers let your front and rear speakers reproduce the proper frequencies (60, 90, or 120Hz or Full-Range) for natural sound and efficient power handling. A low pass filter with selectable frequencies of 60, 90 or 120Hz, coupled with a Subwoofer Level Control of -6 to +6 allow full adjustment and control of a subwoofer for maximum performance.

    Beat EQ With Parametric Equalization: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Excite, Impact, B-Boost), BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern with a 3-band parametric equalizer.

    • B-Boost: Bass is emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Excite: Bass, treble and midrange are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Off: No sound effect.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently from -7 to +7. You can set the effected bass frequency to 50, 100, or 200 Hz; the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1kHz, or 2kHz; the effected treble frequency to 5k, 10k, or 15k. The Q-factor for each frequency (Bass, Midrange, and Treble) can be set to 0.7, 1,0 1.4, or 2.0.

    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.

    BBE MP (Minimized Polynomial Non-Linear Saturation): By restoring the harmonics that are lost during digital compression of MP3 and WMA audio files, BBE MP reproduces the warmth, details and nuances of sound that you would otherwise miss. Effective for digital audio files and CDs.

    CD Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The unit can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Joliet, Romeo, or Apple ISO formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. Bit rates for MP3 and AAC are 8-320 kbps, plus VBR (Variable Bit Rates). Bit rates for WMA are 8-320 kbps. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 and WMA ID3 tags up to 64 characters.

    Note: Tracks purchased at an iTune Music store, and copyright-protected files cannot be played.

    Disc-In-Play-Function: This feature allows you to turn the power to the unit "on" and start playing the disc automatically when the disc is inserted even if the unit is not powered up, as long as the ignition key is turned to the "on" or "acc" position.

    Top Function: The Top Function resets the CD player to the first track of a CD-audio disc. In the case of an MP3/WMA/AAC disc, the first track of a folder being played will be reset.

    Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of all the tracks recorded on a CD or the first 10 seconds of the first track of all the folders on an MP3/WMA disc.

    Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit while a disc is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping point when it is turned on again.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

    Mounting: For proper CD playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Note: When ISO-DIN mounting, you will need to use your vehicle radio's original factory ISO screws.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CZ509 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with a total of 24 presets (18FM/6AM). You can store these presets manually or automatically. The headunit also offers manual or seek tuning, as well as preset station scan.

    Instant Station Recall (ISR): You can 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.

    External Device Connection

    Built-in Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone or music hands-free operation. The Clarion CZ509 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless connection with Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 Players. The CZ509 supports Bluetooth Ver.2.0 profiles A2DP/AVRCP for audio streaming and HFP/OPP for hands-free operation, so you can easily communicate and transfer digital music to your vehicle's audio system. The CZ509 will be able to retrieve phonebook contacts, received calls, dialed calls, missed calls, incoming calls, outgoing calls, and redialed calls. The CZ509 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. A wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. The CZ509 will also be able to control basic playback features such a Pause, Track Selection, Fast Forward, and Reverse. Up to 5 phones and/or audio devices can be paired to this unit (only one will work at a time).

    Note: The Clarion CZ509 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. Check for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port on a 41" pigtail that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. This unit is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. MP3, WMA, and AAC files with a bit rate of 8-320 kbps are supported, while titles up to 64 characters can be displayed in USB mode. This unit also supports USB Digital Media Steaming which allows you to play music files transmitted using Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and supports the playback of WMDRM 10 files. The headunit can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. The CZ509 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.

    Note: Copyright-protected WMA/AAC files cannot be played.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion CZ509 allows you to connect your iPod to the headunit's rear-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control and charging of your iPod. This unit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod. The CZ509 offers two iPod playback modes (your iPod's control will be locked when connected to the CZ509) - Play Mode and iPod Menu Mode. During Play Mode you can control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, Random and Cancel. The iPod Menu Mode allows you to select music for playback from your iPod by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can select between categories by using the headunit's numbered preset buttons 1-6. Once you have selected a category, you can search through the tracks in that particular category alphabetically. The Clarion CZ509 is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video (5 gen) 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional satellite radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-CLA1 Clarion adapter cable (700XMCLA1, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner and the Clarion CLA-SC1 CeNET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (700SIRCLAR, sold separately); or connect the optional Clarion CLA-SC1 Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (020CLASC1) and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1) along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver (all sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    CeNET CD Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with a CeNET control connector and can control up to a total of two CeNET CD changers. Two CD changer control requires a Y-adapter (020CCA519, sold separately). The following operations are the same as for built-in CD mode: Pause, Track Selection, Fast-forward/Fast-backward, Scan Play, Repeat Play, and Random Play.

    Auxiliary Input: The CZ509 feature a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this headunit. You can adjust the Auxiliary input sensitivity level from Low, Mid, to High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The CZ509 comes supplied with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control for wireless operation of the CD player. The remote measures 1.715" wide x 0.495" tall x 4.465" long.

    OEM Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls and/or rear seat radio controls when used with the optional SWI-JACK interface adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately). The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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