Clarion Offers First HD Radio Source Unit

Cypress, Calif., (January 8, 2009) – Clarion Corporation of America (Clarion), a global leader of mobile electronics, announces the introduction of their first HD Radio capable head unit in a single DIN DVD multimedia station package.

Enjoy a wide variety of media for visual and musical entertainment on the VZ309’s vivid 3.5-inch TFT color display with front panel USB input.

Clarion’s VZ309 is a true multimedia station with a DVD/ CD receiver, USB connector that supports playback of MP3, WMA and JPEG files, front AUX inputs for portable audio players and optional iPod audio and video playback (CCUIPOD2). The lustrous 3.5 inch display offers control of all of the above media formats with maximum usability in a small one DIN package.

Cypress, Calif., (January 8, 2009) – Clarion Corporation of America (Clarion), a global leader of mobile electronics, announces the introduction of their first HD Radio capable head unit in a single DIN DVD multimedia station package.        
Enjoy a wide variety of media for visual and musical entertainment on the VZ309’s vivid 3.5-inch TFT color display with front panel USB input.

Clarion’s VZ309 is a true multimedia station with a DVD/ CD receiver, USB connector that supports playback of MP3, WMA and JPEG files, front AUX inputs for portable audio players and optional iPod audio and video playback (CCUIPOD2).  The lustrous 3.5 inch display offers control of all of the above media formats with maximum usability in a small one DIN package.

Augustin Leung, Senior Manager of Product Planning for Clarion Corporation of America says, “Clarion is proud to present our first HD Radio Ready product with DVD playback, iPod connectivity and USB playback. The HD Radio module (THD309) retails for under $100 making it a great value for everyone to enjoy the benefits of high definition digital radio.”

The VZ309 will be available the first quarter of 2009.

VZ309 Features: MSRP $399.99

  • AM/FM/CD/DVD 1DIN Multimedia Station
  • Flip-down 3.5 inch TFT color LCD display
  • HD Radio Ready (via optional THD309 tuner)
  • MP3/ WMA compatible with ID3-TAG display
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready
  • Front USB Slot
  • Plays iPod (via optional CCUIPOD1)
  • Dual Zone
  • Front 3.5mm AUX input
  • 18 FM/ 12 AM Presets
  • 6ch RCA output
  • 50W x 4 Built-in amplifier
  • Rear Vision Camera RCA input
  • Subwoofer volume control
  • 24-bit D/A Converter
  • Rear AV output
  • IR Remote included

THD309 Features: MSRP $129.99

  • HD Radio Module
  • Connects only to the VZ309

About Clarion:

Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Co. Ltd., which joined the Hitachi-group companies as a consolidated subsidiary in 2006. Clarion Corporation of America ranks among the top 150 North American OEM Suppliers and is recognized by an independent research firm for the highest customer satisfaction for 6CD radios in new vehicle’s sold in the U.S. Clarion, an international leader in mobile electronics since 1940, conducts research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, rear vision, communications and security products for the automotive, marine and recreational vehicle environments. Clarion has over 10,000 employees worldwide and 12 factories in 10 countries, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the Web at www.clarion.com.

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