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The Clarion CZ301 is a CD receiver with iPod compatibility.

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Pros

Sleek, minimalist aesthetic is conducive to virtually all vehicle types - ambient lighting provides a subtle yet effective "customized" nature

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iPhone/iPod connectivity is reliable and easy to navigate - offers user-designated control from either the receiver or the device itself

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Remote control provides safe, intuitive navigation - especially helpful for maximizing "eyes-on-the-road" time when the driver wants to change songs

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Installation is quick and easy - instruction manual is tailored to inexperienced users, providing step-by-step instructions with illustrations

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Sound outputting is of pristine quality - reproduces audio without unwanted "coloration" as experienced amongst lower-end units

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Cons

Volume wheel is cheaply painted - thin black coating is prone to scratches and appears worn very quickly

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Hard buttons are of fairly low quality - response is clunky and stiff, with occasional intermittence

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The Clarion CZ301 is a CD receiver with iPod compatibility. This follows the Clarion CZ201, adding a high-pass filter as well as the low-pass filter found in the previous model, and the unit is also HD Radio and Sirius Direct Connect ready. The next model in the series, the Clarion CZ401, has HD radio built-in. Common features between the 3 models include a front USB port that enables a direct connection to an iPod, and playback of CD, MP3 and WMA content. Standard output runs to 4 channels at 45 watts each, and 2 pre-outs are available at 2 volts each. A separate subwoofer volume control works with Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement, and a Beat EQ is available for adjusting the tone of the audio. A wireless remote is included and the stereo is compatible with OEM steering wheel remotes.

Features
  • CD/USB/MP3/WMA Playback
  • 3.5mm Audio Auxiliary Input (Front)
  • Front USB Port with iPod Direct Connect Capabilities
  • Sirius Direct Connect Ready
  • HD Radio Ready with Optional THD301
  • 45 Watts x 4 Built-in Amplifier
  • 4-Channel / 2 Volt RCA Output (Front + Rear/Subwoofer)
  • Subwoofer Volume Control
  • Built-in High and Low-Pass Filters
  • Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement
  • Parametric Equalizer
  • Beat EQ for Sound Adjustment
  • OEM Steering Wheel Remote Ready
  • Wireless Remote Control Included
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