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The Clarion CZ500 is a car stereo receiver built to be as flexible as possible.

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tweaking EQ settings made easy through a well designed GUI

3 agree

giant rotary volume knob easy to set while driving, won't accidentally hit it

3 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.

distracting screen saver cannot be disabled

4 agree

display readout taken up by irrelevant info rather than artist info (words "Artist" or "Bluetooth" take up most of the display, never leave)

2 agree

Autoconnect to iPhone does not automatically connect out of the box, need to switch it off and on again to get it working

2 agree

tuner lacks a proper scan function

1 agrees

button layout is confusing, many are multi-function when held down but takes some time to work out what they do

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Clarion CZ500 is a car stereo receiver built to be as flexible as possible. It is identical to the Clarion CZ300 in every way, but also includes a hands-free microphone for use when using the Bluetooth cellphone integration feature. It is HD radio ready, capable of receiving at superior quality and displaying helpful information. You can also tag songs you like to be downloaded to your iPod at a later date.

It includes an adapter cable to fully integrate your iPod or iPhone functions, and has a rear USB cable to connect with a memory stick of MP3 or WMA files. There is also a cable to easily connect an XM Direct 2 tuner. The CD player can also handle data disks with MP3 and WMA files. Outputs work through four channels of 45 watts, and there are an additional four 2 volt RCA outputs. Equalization is handled through three presets, and there is a low pass filter for the subwoofer.

  • LCD - 13 x 10 single-line
  • Hands-free clip-on microphone included
  • iPod and iPhone connect with USB
  • iPod adapter cable included
  • HD Radio Ready with iTunes Tagging
  • XM Direct 2 Tuner Ready
  • Rear USB
  • AM / FM stereo
  • Bluetooth ready
  • AUX input
  • 3 preset equalization patterns
  • Low pass filter for subwoofer
  • CD / MP3 / WMA compatible
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • 4 x 45 watt power output
  • 2 volt 4 channel RCA outputs
  • Remote control included
Post Review
01/06/2011 05:34

so-so! I would never buy clarion again. controls are definitely not user friendly, the instruction manual is skimpy. I have great difficulty locating treble and mid range for adjusting the tone. I've yet to connect my phone to the blue tooth. Allen

11/26/2010 05:18

will this unit work with my 95 benz 500sl? Some units will not work with a bose system.

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