Clarion – considered as the world’s largest maker of in-car audio, multimedia and satellite navigation systems -- has added the CZ201E into its 2011 product lineup. The Clarion CZ201E is targeted at individuals who simply love to listen to their music while on the move. It is built around what audiophiles need, direct iPod/iPhone and USB connectivity and playback.
The addition of the new CZ201E is in line with Clarion’s 2011 lineup of fresh-faced audio units. To attain direct iPod/iPhone playback and control, one simply has to connect the USB cable supplied with an iPod/iPhone to the rear USB dongle on the CZ201E. The Clarion CZ201E also supports alternative mass storage devices, either by a conveniently located interface or a 3.5mm mini jack auxiliary input on the front fascia; thus, enabling playback of both WMA and MP3 files.
The Clarion CZ201E has a single front-facing CD slot accommodates CD playback and CD-R/RW, while the unit uses an RDS-EON tuner with 18 FM, 6MW/LW station presets.
A Bluetooth-enabled and paired mobile phone and through the optional addition of a BLT373 Bluetooth transceiver allows for safe receiving and making of phone calls on the Clarion CZ201E. Guaranteeing that audio quality is not compromised, Clarion has built the CZ201E to have a powerful 4 x 45-watt output via an integral MOS-FET power amplifier.
In addition, the Clarion CZ201E has a Magna BASS EX sound enhancement option to boost enjoyment and enable greater customization to suit individual taste while 4-channel audio pre-outs allow optional installation of additional speakers/amps/screens.
With the inclusion of an optional stand-alone monitor (VMA773) and USB video cable (CCA748), iPod and iPhone owners can also watch video files. For improved overall ease-of-use, Clarion’s star-burst style blue button illumination fascia is mirrored in the rotary volume control, which is as part of new H.M.I (Human Music Interface). P.S. Also check the Clarion CZ101E!
Clarion Co., Ltd. was first established as Hakusan Wireless Electric Co. in Tokyo, Japan in December 1940, starting as a maker of battery-operated household radios. In November 1943, Hakusan Wireless Electric merged with Takizawa Wireless Electric Industries Co., Ltd. and became Teikoku Dempa Co. Ltd. Nearly 30 years after in December 1970, Teikoku Dempa changed its trade name changed to Clarion Co. Ltd. and opened its first overseas factory -- as a joint venture -- in Malaysia.
Clarion started to expand further in Europe and Asia in the 1980s and the 1990s. In December 1998, Clarion launched the world's first in-vehicle computer "AutoPC" in the US, and started supplying "AutoPC" to Citroen begins. In March 2002, Clarion launched its satellite radio receiver in North America.
In December 2006, Clarion became a part of the Hitachi Group. In January 2007, Xanavi Informatics Corp. became Clarion’s wholly owned subsidiary. Xanavi Informatics was fully absorbed into Clarion in April 2009.