Clarion Increases HD Radio Capability in 2011 Car Audio Source Units

Cypress, California, – (January 6, 2011) – Clarion Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of mobile electronics, introduces five all-new CD source units with more HD Radio compatibility than ever, enhanced features and styling at affordable price points.

Clarion’s 2011 single CD source units have premium styling and connectivity options with radiant blue illumination across the line from high to low end models. The flagship CZ model, the CZ501 is the most advanced in the group boasting built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, USB and AUX connections to access your favorite music and is HD Radio Ready. The lustrous 2-line display, also found on the CZ401 and CZ301, is easily visible and clearly displays your music information and connectivity mode.

The CZ401 audio source unit has built-in HD Radio, a first for Clarion. The unit has a dedicated Tag button for iTunes tagging and sports differentiated cosmetics, similar to the CZ501, and the rich glossy black front panel finish as other models in the line.

“We are delighted that Clarion is introducing a number of new aftermarket new head units with HD Radio capabilities,” said Jeff Jury, COO of iBiquity Digital, the developer of HD Radio Technology. “This reflects a major commitment across leading automotive aftermarket brands to fully integrate HD Radio Technology and leverage new digital features such as iTunes Tagging. Clarion has been a strong partner in OEM automotive launches, and we look forward to building our relationship in the aftermarket car product segment.”

Clarion’s CZ301, like the CZ401 and 501 models, is Sirius Direct Connect Ready, has enhanced audio sound features such as high-pass filtering, sub phase control and 4 channel 2 volt RCA outputs.The CZ301 also offers the HD Radio capability via the optional THD301.

The CZ201, like the higher end CZ models, offers USB iPod/ iPhone control with the improved HMI and front panel USB with a cover that rotates out-of-sight while not in use. The CZ101 is anything but basic. It includes the same family look of cosmetics as the up-level models, a single line display and is Bluetooth ready.

All CZ models have front auxiliary inputs, detachable control panels, and are OEM steering wheel remote ready. All but the CZ101 include front panel USB with a convenient rotating cover to expose the USB port when needed and enhanced iPod/ iPhone interface with simple mode enabling control via the iPod itself or directly on the source unit.

“Clarion products offer multiple connectivity features to enhance the mobile environment,” said Nate Nishida, Senior Director of Product Planning. “Clarion’s source units enable consumers to pick their digital music from their favorite source, whether it is HD Radio, iPod / iPhone, Sirius or other digital sources.”

For those who need a robust CD receiver with all the key features and a premium look and feel at a sensible price, look no further.

Clarion’s new CZ line-up will be widely available in the first quarter of 2011 with affordable price points from $99.99 to $229.99 M.S.R.P.

All CZ Models Feature:

  • AM/FM/ CD/ MP3/ WMA Playback
  • Magna Bass EX
  • Beat EQ (3 Band Parametric EQ)
  • Subwoofer Control
  • Low-Pass Filter
  • Bluetooth Ready (CZ101 through CZ401)
  • Front Aux Input
  • Detachable Control Panel
  • OEM Steering Wheel Remote Interface Ready
  • Clock
  • IR Remote Included

Key / Trade-Up Features

CZ101:M.S.R.P. $99.99

  • 2 Channel RCA Line Output (Rear/Sub)
  • 24 Presets with Instant Station Recall
  • 45W x 4 Channel MOS-FET Power Amplifier
  • Screen Saver

CZ201:M.S.R.P. $139.99

  • Front USB with rotating cover
  • Improved iPod/ iPhone HMI
  • 4 Channel 2V RCA Outputs (Front + Rear/Sub)
  • Screen Saver with Demo Mode

CZ301:M.S.R.P. $179.99

  • HD Radio Ready
  • Sirius Direct Connect Ready
  • 2 Line Display
  • Hi-Pass Filtering
  • Sub Phase Control

CZ401:M.S.R.P. $229.99

  • Built-in HD Radio
  • Dedicated Tag button
  • 50W x 4 Channel MOS-FET Power Amplifier
  • 4 Volt 6 Channel Output (Front, Rear, Sub)

CZ501:M.S.R.P. $229.99

  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • HD Radio Ready
  • Built-in Microphone
  • External Microphone Ready

About Clarion:

Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Co. Ltd., headquartered in Saitama, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2007 and an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is involved in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, communication and safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the recipient of numerous awards for design innovation, support, manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations and customers alike. The company has marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the web at www.clarion.com.

iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. HD Radio™ technology manufactured under license from iBiquity Digital Corporation. U.S. and Foreign Patents. HD Radio™ and the HD Radio, HD Radio Ready and Arc logos are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corporation.

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