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Great features, great looks but troublesome bluetooth
on September 24, 2011
I've had Clarion products dating back almost 20 years, and I've always liked Clarion aesthetics, ease of use and intuitive design. With one glaring exception, this stereo is fantastic.
It was easy to install, and has some really cool features. Once paired with my iPhone, I set it to pick up incoming calls after three rings and it works as advertised. Sound quality is great and it's easy to use. The large center knob works great and the display is easy to see in all kinds of light.
There are two downsides I've experienced. First (this is nit picking and pretty minor) when in USB mode and hooked to an iPod or iPhone, I find it difficult to navigate to a song, artist or playlist I like. I wish I could use the controls on the accessory. The major downside is the bluetooth operation. Often, when playing podcasts or listening to music, the bluetooth connection will cut in and out, and the only way to fix it is to make a phone call or otherwise sever and reconnect the bluetooth connection between my iPhone and the stereo. This is highly annoying, and a friend of mine said this issue is an issue with bluetooth architecture and not the stereo. Otherwise the sound quality is very good.
For the price, this stereo has all the features to make it a great value.
The bluetooth in this unit is actually pretty horrible. I have a Sony stereo in my normal commuter car, and I never have bluetooth issues with it, however the bluetooth in this Clarion unit fails a couple times every half hour or so whenever I drive it. It's very, VERY frustrating. I've lowered my rating by a star because the bluetooth in the stereo sucks.