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Clarion In-Dash CD Receiver/CeNET Control

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  • Clarion
  • 53W x 4 Built-in MOS-FET Amplifier
  • 18 FM/ 6 AM Presets

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days
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  • Graham D.
  • 2/20/2009 9:45:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs"Sleeper" head unit

Pros: Most people talked Clarion down and I'm glad I didn't listen to them.
The overall relative value in this head unit is almost unbeatable when compared to its rivals (Pioneer/Kenwood/Alpine) making it a dark horse or "sleeper".
USB works great with flash drive, 3 preamp RCAs with high voltage, color change illumination is fantastic, time alignment really makes difference to the sound stage.
The ability to have the illumination of the head unit match with the rest of the dash more than makes up for the subpar display.
The sound quality so far is excellent. I have turned off the internal amp and run the sound signals through two amps (one for sub, one for mid/tweets). Tweaking the sound has been very simple.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.
2 year warranty.
The expandability of the unit is also very attractive.
Clarion did a very good job with this head unit and I would have no problem recommending it to a more advanced user. This ain't your grandpa's radio.

Cons: The screen seems to be a passive matrix type of display. I'm not a total fan of the screen but it is certainly not a deal killer by any means. I have not experienced the washout some have reported due to sunlight but I could see it happening.
The AUX in seems quite quiet despite turning up the adjustment in the head unit as well as the volume of my mp3 player.
I would have liked an optical in.
The unit does not have direct radio station memory buttons and requires one to "surf" up or down through the station memories. Although I don't mind this, I think the option to "surf" through all radio stations in order regardless of band would actually be nice. The unit does not appear to use Radio Data System (aka RDS) which is unfortunate as I think RDS is pretty neat.

Other Thoughts: A friend of mine has the CDA-9887. I would easily say the Clarion DXZ785USB compares to Alpine any day of the week. I prefer the look of the Clarion better. As well, I like the motorized screen to load CDs. Perhaps the non-motorized screen might be more reliable long term though.
To me, the Slidetrak, although different, is excellent. I was weary of being without a volume knob but I don’t miss it in any way. Further, I have hooked up the head unit to operate with my steering wheel controls and works very well. My steering controls even allow me to skip through mp3s on the flash drive. Play even resumes for mp3s on the flash drive. Note on steering controls: they require a third party adapter.
Although the menus are a bit hidden and accessed through different buttons, once you know where to look everything is not very deep within submenus like the 9887. The screen on the 9887 is much better than the 785 but I didn't by a display, I bought a head unit.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 2/10/2009 5:46:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome head unit

Pros: Lots of preamps. USB connection. Built in low and high crossovers. Has options for 2-way and 3-way speaker setups, but it also serves as a great basic deck.

Cons: Manual can be a little cryptic, I still have to refer back to it because of all the options. As with others the screen is lacking when you have any light on it but in low light I find it works great if you tweak some of the screen settings. It also has a thicker face plate.

Other Thoughts: Got it on sale can't beat the price for all the options. I did find that hooking my iPhone 3G through standard apple cable gives you a warning about interference and not being a compatible accessory but I guess I have it far enough away that I don't need to turn airplane mode on. It will charge the iPhone though.

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  • Sarawana V.
  • 2/3/2009 3:16:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest in its class

Pros: *Excellent sound quality - Crystal clear sound reproduction from whichever media you choose CD or USB or radio, the S-restorer option does the job.
*Rear USB/Aux input - I extended the USB and aux cables from behind the player into my dash board. So you need not remove your USB drive/MP3 player each time. Just plug it and forget it.
*Some reviews say that the display is not clear during daytime. But I did not have that problem, reduce the 'DIMMER' option to low and the display is clear. I think the angle at which the player is installed also makes a difference.
*Also, some user's had mentioned about the player having lot of options. Very true, but your not going to keep changing them each time you get in the car!!!
*Installation was super quick in my 2000 Altima. I didn't even use the braces or nuts that came with the player. Just removed the factory player and in went my new Clarion!! Simple. Just used the wiring harness bought at Walmart.

Cons: *I have not found any major one yet
*The player fits exactly in the slot given, put the face plate, kind of protrudes out from the dash. Maybe I should try some dash-install kit (the black plastic things). I have to do some research on that.

Other Thoughts: Good set~affordable price~good value

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  • Joseph J.
  • 1/28/2009 11:48:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWell...

Pros: Features are VERY promising at this price point. Ability to add handsfree BT (which I did), USB, IPOD, and plenty of other audio features makes it an attractive deck. Ability to change colors to any of 728 different ones is extremely helpful and one of the key reasons I purchased. Install is no different than other decks.

Cons: One of the UGLIEST head units I have ever seen. The slide track controls are innovative, yes, but feel extremely cheap and I hope that once I have the deck setup the way I want that I will never have to use them. Meaning I hope to use the remove most of the time. The head unit sticks out quite a bit from the dash in a single din mounting application. No address book or outgoing calls from the head unit using handsfree is a downer.

Other Thoughts: Great deck for the money if you can get over the looks and feel. The audio features and expandability are extremely good value for money at this price. I recommend buying if function over form is your motto rather than the other way around.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/25/2009 2:17:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat system for the price

Pros: It has a great crisp sound! Lots of options for sound control! USB and AUX input. The search slider face option is kool to. For the money you can't beat it!

Cons: It is a little hard to see the display during the day. As far as the USB and AUX input bein in the back. Not the best idea but the USB has about 2ft wire to it so its not to bad. The AUX input you can get a extender for it for a couple bucks.

Other Thoughts: All around its a great stereo! Easy install and great sound!

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  • roberto h.
  • 1/21/2009 8:57:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsamazing

Pros: i cant belive i can use my 8 gig stick to play music its amazing

Cons: nothing yet

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2009 7:57:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Buttons are easy to use and comes with 2 in-depth manuals. All wires are labeled in the foldout manual and functions are explained in the bigger manual. Fit it in a generic car and wire kit and it worked right off the bat.

Works with my CDRs and Cruzer thumb drive. Easy to switch folders

Cons: Kind of hard to see in the sunlight but a lot of players I had in the past suffered from that.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/19/2009 10:35:17 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm

Pros: lots of stuff to use, i love the fact that you can use a usb flash drive for music... this cd player has an optional bluetooth adapter that you can buy so that you can use it to send and recieve calls... color screens and all that goodness , many options to choose from. will acept dvd changers, and has many options to use external amps and aux rca's. fully automated unit... push the eject button, the face moves down and out so that you can insert cd, and then unit recovers back to home.

Cons: ok- i hate to be critical of a radio i just bought, the issue is that the manual is not very clear, the clock setting has to done in a certain way, it took me a little while to figure it out... all the options (volume and search...) are on sliders, cool option, but hard to get used to. usb is in the back.

Other Thoughts: the manual does not tell you how to set the time... took me about an hour to get the unit into my dash... the usb port in on the back of the unit, this would be a draw back if they didn't give you a cord (usb cord is four-six feet long) follow the directions on the actual install it will save you tons of frustration when it comes to what to do... i am very easy to impress when it comes to radios...
-i bought this unit to replace a bad Ford radio, i had been running around with a mp3 boombox in my back seat, but i got tired of waiting for the thing to "boot" and play... that and having to deal with the getting to last song played... this unit is worth the price. it seems to be a very good unit, i just really haven't sat down an read all it can do.

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  • Steve J.
  • 1/15/2009 1:28:16 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsNice Design

Pros: This device has the USB connection port in the back of the unit which makes it very handy for those who sit upside down, providing there aren't any heater controls or wiring in the way.

Cons: Uses those old fashioned CD things, why not take up more space and add an 8-Track port, or add a crank off the front, better yet the rear, that's a great place for everyday access.

Other Thoughts: You might want to mount a light behind your dash, it makes it easier to find the USB port.
Or just run an extension cable thru one of the A/C ducts or the ashtray. Chicks dig wires hanging out of dashboards, it will make you look like a can-do gadget guy!

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  • Pete P.
  • 1/10/2009 5:17:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Loaded with features, sounds great, looks great, works with the 8GB flash drive on my keyring and also works well with my iPod and my Sansa player and I can even use the remote with them.

Mostly, I just use the 8GB thumb drive on my key ring, plug it into the USB cable that runs from the back of the unit which I have routed thru my center console, and it reads the flash drive easily and even remembers to playback from the previous spot from when I last left the car.

Cons: Display hard to read in a Convertible on a sunny day.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned in a different review, almost too many features.

Once you master the functions, they are easy to use, although I would not recommend trying to adjust some of the deeply nested menu functions while driving.

I purchased this HU on sale for 150 elsewhere last summer (2208) and am very happy with it.

The adjustable illumination matches the Amber illumination of my BMW, and sounds great even with the 21 year old factory speakers.

I recently added a low-profile, powered sub-woofer and it sounds as good as systems costing 2-3x more.

A more customizable EQ would be nice, but this HU has so many other features and tweaks its hard to nitpick or find fault with it.

I give it 4/5 with the only drawbacks being the display being hard to read on a sunny day with the top down, and maybe having a more customizable EQ

Wait for it to go on sale and it's a great value.

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