Clarion FZ501E takes the in-car infotainment to a new level

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 27, 2011

Clarion offers its latest ‘mechless’ (no-moving mechanical parts) audio head unit, the FZ501E, to demonstrate its continued dedication to produce a better integrated in-car infotainment experience for the user.

The FZ501E, which delivers an innovative audio upgrade option, utilizes a unique seven-way rotary control for a more intuitive operating experience, and with no other buttons for ease of operations.

It has a built-in Bluetooth support and an integral microphone that allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road for a longer period to ensure a safer in-car infotainment experience.

It also includes a direct phone list access through the head unit controls. The Bluetooth also allows for audio streaming (HPF & A2DP) through a mobile phone, in addition to the traditional ways of audio playback through USB/MP3/WMA, while a front auxiliary input supports ancillary media players. In addition, iPhone integration is also offered through a USB slot on the front of the unit with iPod video support (optional CCA748 cable and universal monitor required).

One can also obtain the optional addition of stand-alone screens via 4-channel line-outs that support and encourage greater system expansion.

When it comes to sound, the FZ501E features a 4 x 50 watt MOS-FET internal power amplifier, Beat EQ for greater sound customization, and built-in high pass and low pass filters that restore the subtleties of sound which are traditionally lost during digital compression of files.

The FZ501 is obtainable from Clarion-appointed dealers across the United Kingdom at a price of RRP £170. Those interested may call Clarion (GB) Ltd., at 01793 859560, or visit clarion.co.uk.

Press Release

CLARION STRIPPED BARE

Demonstrating its continued commitment to developing a better integrated in-car infotainment experience for the user, Clarion’s latest ‘mechless’ (no-moving mechanical parts) audio head unit provides a lesson in efficiency without the loss of functionality, to deliver a state-of-the-art audio upgrade option in the process.

The FZ501E utilises a unique seven-way rotary control that delivers a more intuitive operating experience, and with no other buttons, crucially, it’s easier to operate.

Combined with built-in Bluetooth support and an integral microphone - including direct phone list access via the head unit controls - the driver can keep their eyes on the road for longer, resulting in a safer in-car infotainment experience all round.

Bluetooth also allows for audio streaming (HPF & A2DP) via a mobile phone, in addition to traditional methods of audio playback via USB/MP3/WMA, while a front auxiliary input supports ancillary media players.

Highlighting the wealth of other features available for 2011, iPhone integration is offered via a USB slot on the front of the head unit, while iPod video is also supported (optional CCA748 cable and universal monitor required) with the optional addition of stand-alone screens via 4-channel line-outs that support and encourage greater system expansion.

Ensuring the sound quality matches the superb spec, the FZ501E boasts a 4 x 50 watt MOS-FET internal power amplifier, built-in high pass and low pass filters that restore the subtleties of sound traditionally lost during digital compression of files, and Beat EQ for greater sound customisation.

The FZ501 is available from Clarion appointed dealers across the UK, priced at RRP £170.

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