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Clarion Takes Connectivity to the Next Level With Their All-New 2011 Mobile Multimedia Product Line-up

Clarion Gives Users a Choice of How To Connect To Digital Music

Cypress, California, (January 6, 2011) – Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in the mobile electronics industry, announces that they will soon begin shipping their all-new 2011 mobile electronics source units which offer more methods of connectivity than they have ever offered before.

Including the new 2011 car and marine products, it brings Clarion’s USB iPod/ iPhone connectivity total to fifteen models. Seven models offer built-in Bluetooth, including two navigation units which utilize Parrot technology. Thirteen source units are Sirius Direct Connect capable, while nine are HD Radio ready plus a model with a built-in HD Radio tuner.

And compatible USB iPod / iPhone audio models can now access the audio portion of video files stored on compatible iPods and iPhones. They can even output its video to a rear seat monitor when used with the optional CCA748 iPod video accessory cable.

Most Clarion multimedia source units that are Sirius DC Ready also are HD Radio Ready, offering a choice so consumers don’t have to choose one or the other.

Clarion’s new FZ501 digital media receiver offers countless connectivity options and exquisite styling at a much more affordable price point than its predecessor. This mechless receiver is packed full of connectivity options from its all-new, unique single multi-way controller, improved iPod/ iPhone HMI, front USB and AUX with sliding cover, to built-in Bluetooth for hands-free operation and Stereo Audio Streaming, HD Radio Ready and Sirius Direct Connect Ready. The FZ501 offers affordable value no matter how you slice it.

For Clarion’s In-Dash Multimedia Models VX401 and VZ401, simply connect Clarion’s NP401 flash memory navigation system and turn them into premium navigators with high-resolution 3D map information and 12 million POIs.

The NP401 flash memory navigation system accessory includes audible voice commands in 3 languages (English, French and Spanish), Turn-by-turn voice prompts, Text-to-Speech street announcements and the map data is upgradeable via a Micro SD card.

The THD301 HD Radio Tuner Accessory allows compatible 1DIN CD, 2DIN CD and Digital Media Receiver to take advantage of the great features offered by HD Radio broadcasting such as digital sound, multicasting and iTunes Tagging.

"Clarion's 2011 products are feature-rich with exceptional flexibility when it comes to connectivity,” says Neil Carande, VP of Aftermarket Sales for Clarion Corporation of America. “Our products offer wide-ranging, attractive price points with something for everyone. Get a fully- featured system from the get-go or add on a feature like HD Radio later.”

These exciting new Clarion 2011 products will all be available and shipping within the first quarter of 2011. Clarion’s 2011 VX401 and VZ401 multimedia source units launched early and began shipping in the fourth quarter of 2010.

FZ501 : Digital Media Receiver : M.S.R.P. $199.99

  • All-New Advanced Symmetric Cosmetic Design
  • Multi-Way Rotary Controller
  • Bluetooth Built-In
  • OEM Steering remote
  • Front USB and Aux with sliding cover
  • Improved iPod /iPhone HMI
  • HD Radio™ Ready
  • Screensaver with Demo mode
  • Sirius Direct Connect (DC) Ready
  • 2 Line Display
  • 50W x 4 Channel MOS-FET Power Amplifier

NP401 : Flash Memory Navigation System : M.S.R.P. $349.99

  • Compatible with VX401 & VZ401 multimedia source units
  • Touch Screen Operation
  • 12 Million Built-in Premium POIs
  • One Cable Installation
  • TeleAtlas Map Data
  • Audible Voice Commands in 3 Languages (English, French & Spanish)
  • Upgradeable via MicroSD Card
  • SiRFstar III™ GPS Module with 20-Channel GPS Receiver
  • Automatic Route Recalculation
  • Turn-by-Turn Voice Prompts
  • TTS (Text-to-Speech) for street announcements
  • No VSS Connection Required

THD301 : M.S.R.P. $129.99

  • HD Radio Tuner Accessory
  • iTunes Tagging with compatible source units
  • Receives Digital and Analog signals
  • Multicasting with compatible source units
  • Compatibility with CZ301, CZ501, CX201, CX501, FZ501

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.

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