Released February, 2009
The Pros:Plenty of features packed into a low-priced unit, good value. CD and MP3 playback is reliable and consistent, doesn't ever have a hard time reading anything.
The Cons:Interface is very awkward and counter-intuitive. Adjusting any setting means pressing several buttons in sequence. Volume knob is small and smooth making it difficult to turn.
The CZ309 is an in-car A/V receiver which provides up to 200 watts of peak power from Clarion's 2009 lineup. The receiver is designed with a single line display, rotary volume control, and a detachable face for security.
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It supports playback of CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, and iTunes AAC files, making it an upgrade to the CZ209. The receiver also has a subwoofer volume control, Magna Bass EX dynamic bass setting to provide rich and defined bass response. The CZ309 features a built-in AM/FM tuner and has front panel USB and AUX inputs with USB digital media streaming for connecting an MP3 player. It is also Bluetooth, Satellite radio, and steering wheel remote ready with the use of optional adapters and includes a wireless remote control. The receiver has a suggested retail price of $200 and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
- Single Line Display /w Screensavers
- Detachable Face
- Rotary Volume Control /w Anti-Slip Design
- Front 3.5mm AUX and USB Inputs
- USB Digital Media Streaming
- Z-Enhancer Plus Sound Customization
- Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass
- Subwoofer Volume Control
- AM/FM Tuner with 24 Presets
- Supports ID3 Tags
- Steering Wheel Remote Ready
- Bluetooth and Satellite Ready
- Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels, Built-in Amplifier
- Playback Compatibility: CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, iTunes AAC
- Comes with Remote Control
- 1 year limited warranty
User Reviews (1)
plenty of features packed into a low-priced unit, good value
CD and MP3 playback is reliable and consistent, doesn't ever have a hard time reading anything
interface is very awkward and counter-intuitive
adjusting any setting means pressing several buttons in sequence
volume knob is small and smooth making it difficult to turn
sound quality isn't as clear or well defined as most aftermarket head units
can't navigate through directories on a USB drive, just plays through them all
not enough characters on the display to properly show ID3 tags
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