Cypress, Calif., (January 7, 2008) – Clarion Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of mobile electronics, introduces new source units with XM Mini-Tuner direct connection. Customers can now choose from three all-new distinct models, the DUZ385SAT, VRX785BT and the MAX685BT, that are all XM Mini-Tuner direct connection ready for their in-dash multimedia enjoyment.

XM Mini-Tuner is a portable cartridge that allows users to take their XM radio subscription from one XM Ready car or home product to the next.

“Our new XM Mini-Tuner direct connection enhances our systems already full- featured capabilities,” says Augustin Leung, Clarion’s Senior Product Planning Manager. “All three new models have unique design and functionality that set them apart and now no translator box is required, just plug in the XM CNP-2000 Mini-Tuner directly to the source unit and rock on to your favorite tunes.”

Clarion’s DUZ385SAT is a very stylish new 2DIN design, with large buttons that have an OEM factory look and feel, and is fully featured at an entry level price. This 2DIN CD source unit offers MP3, WMA, and AAC playback with XM Mini-Tuner direct connection. It is packed with important features such as: iPod audio direct control via USB, capable of digital media streaming even WMDRM10 files via its USB connector and has 2-line text display with white illumination.

The DUZ385SAT also offers the capability of interfacing with factory steering wheel controls when used with an optional third party device and is Sirius Satellite Radio connection ready when used with Clarion’s CeNET CLA-SC1 translator.

The VRX785BT is the ultimate multimedia system packed with all the newest must-have features. This new one DIN in-dash DVD system offers the XM Mini-Tuner direct connection and iPod audio direct control via USB. The VRX785BT is CeNET Navigation ready, has built-in Bluetooth capability for Blutooth hands-free profile, headset profile, A2DP (audio streaming) and the AVRCP (audio video remote control profile). It has evolved to encompass all the latest audio-video center functions with more features than customers would expect in a single DIN package including a fully motorized 7-inch TFT flip-out touch screen panel.

Both the VRX785BT and the all-new MAX685BT offer a multitude of playback options including: DivX, DVD-Video, MP3, WMA, AAC, USB and USB digital media streaming WMA-DRM compatible (WMDRM10).

Clarion’s premium 2DIN multimedia source unit, the MAX685BT is a powerhouse when it comes to high-level multimedia systems. The MAX685BT features the XM Mini-Tuner direct connection, integrated Bluetooth - no separate transceiver, iPod audio direct control via USB, iPod video control (with optional cable) and is CeNET Navigation ready with Clarion’s NAX980HD 30 GB HDD navigation system.

Clarion’s MAX685BT was awarded the prestigious 2008 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award for the In-Vehicle Audio category. The unit has unmatched performance allowing users to quickly and naturally navigate through menu options. Experience in-vehicle multimedia like never before with Clarion’s MAX685BT.

Features for each unit include the following:

DUZ385SAT (MSRP $299.99) Available January 2008

  • OEM Cosmetic Design
  • XM Mini-Tuner Direct Connect
  • Direct USB iPod Control
  • MP3/WMA/AAC File Playback
  • Sirius Ready (via CLA-SC1)
  • Front 3.5mm AUX Input
  • Rear USB Pigtail
  • Bluetooth (BLT370) Ready
  • OEM Steering Remote Ready
  • Sound Adjustment (Z-Enhancer+ /Magna Bass EX)
  • 13 x 10 Digit 2-Line High Visibility LCD Display
  • 4ch/2V RCA Output
  • 50w x 4 Built in Amplifier
  • Built in IR eye (RCB176 Remote Optional)

VRX785BT (MSRP $999.99) Available February 2008

  • 1DIN AV Center
  • 7” Flip-Out Monitor with Touch Panel Control
  • XM Mini-Tuner Direct Connect
  • Direct USB iPod Audio Control
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/DivX Playback
  • NAX980HD HDD Navigation Accessory Compatible
  • CCD Camera RCA input
  • Built-In Bluetooth for Hands-Free Calling
  • OEM Steering Wheel Interface (via PAC SWI-JACK)
  • 2-Zone Capability
  • Changeable Wallpaper
  • 50w x 4 Built-In Amplifier
  • 6ch/2V RCA Output
  • Built-In IR Eye (Remote Included)

MAX685BT (MSRP $999.99) Available March 2008

  • 2DIN AV Center
  • 7” Motorized Sloping Monitor with Touch Panel Control
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/DiVX Playback
  • XM Mini-Tuner Direct Connect
  • Direct USB iPod Audio Control
  • Built-in Bluetooth for Hands-Free Calling
  • NAX980HD HDD Navigation Compatible
  • CCD Camera RCA input
  • OEM Steering Wheel Interface (via PAC SWI-JACK)
  • 2-Zone Capability
  • Changeable Wallpaper
  • 50w x 4 Built In Amplifier
  • 6ch/2V RCA Output
  • Built In IR Eye (Remote Included)

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

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