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Clarion Corporation of America NX501 6-Inch Double DIN Multimedia Control Station with Touch Panel Control, USB and Built-In-Navigation/Bluetooth

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  • 6.2-inch Digital WVGA Touch Panel LCD Monitor. CD/MP3/WMA/DVD Playback. Built-in Parrot Bluetooth Interface (HFP, HSP, OPP, A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, PBAP). Built-in Microphone and External Microphone Ready with Optional RCB199. 2- Audio/Video Inputs.
  • 2-Zone Entertainment: Front and 7 Rear Separate Source Control. Rear USB Port with iPod Direct Connect Capabilities. iPod Audio/Video Control with Optional CCA748 iPod Interface Cable. Rear Vision Camera Composite Video Input.
  • Built-in SiRFprima GPS Receiver featuring TeleAtlas Mapping Coverage of US 50 States, Canada, and Puerto Rico on Preloaded Micro SD Card. 15 Million Points of Interest. Text to Speech for Street Announcements. Sirius Direct Connect Ready.
  • HD Radio Ready with Optional THD400. 50 Watts x 4 Built-in Amplifier. 8-Channel / 4 Volt RCA Output (2-Channels Rear Zone). Subwoofer Volume Control. Built-in High and Low-Pass Filters. Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement.
  • Beat EQ for Sound Adjustment. OEM Steering Wheel Remote Ready. Wireless Remote Control Included.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight8.8 pounds
Product Dimensions16 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
Item model numberNX501
Chassis Sizedouble-din
Preamp Voltage4 volts
Display TypeLCD
Wireless RemoteYes
Expansionbuilt-in_bluetooth, optional_hd_radio, optional_satellite_radio
Memory Card SlotUSB Memory
Media Playback SupportedMP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG4, DVD
Weight9.2 Pounds
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #71,672 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 30, 2011
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Parts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Clarion Corporation of America
  • Model: NX501

Product Description

Product Description

7" single din multimedia control station with touch panel control, usb & built-in navi / bluetooth


Clarion's NX501 offers all the features of the NZ501 in a 2-DIN package--a premium audio/video navigation unit with built-in GPS navigation, built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and USB, iPod, and iPhone compatibility. iPod video playback is also available using an optional cable (CCA748). The unit is also Sirius Satellite Radio and HD Radio Ready (including the iTunes tagging feature) with additional hardware. With built-in GPS navigation, the flash memory allows for quick response and access to navigation maps and multimedia options. In addition, you'll get massive expandability with 3 sets of preamp outputs and an additional set for full two-zone operation.

Clarion NX501
Premium in-dash navigation unit with advanced high-resolution widescreen VGA touch panel display. Click here for a larger image

Touchscreen Navigation and Entertainment

6.2-Inch Touch Panel Display

The double-DIN NX501 boasts a fixed 6.2-inch touch panel display, with a brilliant 800 x 480 RGB pixel resolution for easy navigation of roads and unit features.

Built-in Navigation System With 12 Million POIs

The NX501 features a built-in car navigation system with simple destination input, turn-by-turn voice prompts, selectable route guidance, text-to-speech directions with spoken street names, 2D/3D navigation--everything you need to reach your destination quickly and efficiently. Pre-loaded with over 15 million Points of Interest, its database includes national parks, restaurants, gas stations, and much more. Maps cover the US 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and updating maps/software is a breeze.

Clarion NX501
Built-in SiRFprima GPS Receiver featuring TeleAtlas Mapping Coverage of US 50 States, Canada, and Puerto Rico on Preloaded Micro SD Card.
Clarion NX501
USB connection enables complete control of your iPod including video playback.
Clarion NX501
Wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone for hands-free calls or streaming music through your car's audio system.
Built-in Bluetooth

With a built-in Parrot Bluetooth interface, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen to calls through your car's audio system. Answer calls, dial using a 10-digit key screen, dial from your phone book, and more, for safe and convenient hands-free calling. A built-in microphone is included or you can add the optional RCB199 external mic.

If you have a cell phone or audio player with Bluetooth, you can also stream your music directly through the system, complete with playback controls for compatible devices. HFP/HSP/OPP/A2DP/AVRCP/DUN/PBAP Bluetooth protocols are supported.

Superior iPod and iPhone Connectivity

USB connection enables complete control of your iPod including video playback (add the optional CCA748 video cable). Browse your iPod/iPhone's contents and settings, and control playback right from the receiver.

HD and SAT Radio Ready

Connecting the THD400 lets you enjoy listening to digitally broadcast radio programs with all their superior quality and helpful information. This includes iTunes Tagging capability, so if you hear a song on the radio that you like, you can tag it to download later from the iTunes Store. Save time finding and accumulating the tunes you want.

You can also connect to a Sirius Satellite Radio receiver without any need for a interface box--and enjoy over 130 channels of music, news, talk shows, sports and traffic information with digital quality sound throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rear Vision Camera RCA Input

This RCA input enables you to smoothly connect a rear camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving.

Front/Rear AV Inputs

NX501 is equipped with AV input terminals on the front and rear of the unit to enable enjoyment of content from an external connected source. The rear RCA inputs are ideal for permanent installations, while the front pin jack type input will come in handy for quick connection of portable audiovisual sources.

8ch/2V RCA Output with Subwoofer Control

With 3 sets of RCA outputs, you are free to add external power amplifiers to create a more powerful, sophisticated audio system. Also, independent volume control is enabled for the subwoofer so you can adjust the level of bass output to your liking at any time, regardless of the output level of the other channels.

Two of the channels are used for rear zone programming, allowing back seat passengers to enjoy different programming than those in the front.

What's in the Box

NX501 Receiver, Remote Control With Battery, Wiring Harness, GPS Antenna, Trim Ring, Cleaning Cloth, Installation Hardware, AV Cable, Documentation

Customer Reviews

Configuration of the settings was very straight forward.
Doc Cisco
The touch screen is so touchy that often times you will select something you don't want and can't simply back out to where you were, you must start over.
Jay Irwin
Sirius sounds great DVD plays and looks well Screen is very responsive and quick.
G. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By G. Spicuze on May 21, 2011
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I just purchased this headunit from Amazon 7 days ago. I am now packing it for a return. I absolute love the interface, scrolling/swipe, and features. I can't, however, deal with the issues. It seems like Clarion got to a beta stage and just rushed it to release.


Gorgeous interface
Swiping / Scrolling is seamless
iPhone like usability
Comes with Sirius, BT, Nav, and iPod cables !


My issues are:

1) The Clarion advertised RCB199 external microphone does NOT work with the unit. This was confirmed by Clarion's technical support themselves. The gentleman on the phone said that an engineer is making a hardware change to fix the issue. Even so, it is unacceptable for Clarion to advertise this optional mic if it does NOT work with the unit. What were they thinking? I spent hours trying to figure out how to get it to work all to find out that they lied in the product description!

The internal BT mic picks up too much road noise on the highway and is unusable.

2) If you do not shut off the unit while on Sirius, then Sirius will NOT work when you turn on your unit (most of the time). You have to hold the power button down and reset the unit to reset Sirius. This is a major inconvenience. Clarion technical support said that "they are working on it" but it is "a problem with the Sirius tuner" and a software update "probably won't fix it." This is a major inconvenience.

3) My navigation antenna broke after 6 days. I pulled the cord out and it was not pinched or damaged in any way. Clarion offered to replace it (if I paid shipping) but this was my last straw and I decided to return the headunit. Why should I have to pay for shipping and send a part back if it's 6 days old?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By noel on June 24, 2011
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Originally posted on crutchfield but they won't let me edit it or update my comments.
I love this head unit. It sounds fantastic has all the options i wanted the navigation
features and speed alerts come in handy, I've had it installed for 3 weeks and Just really
got used to the menus. Would have gotten 5 stars except today the navigation function
wont load. i was out using the system it was finding all the places i needed to go
but on my 3rd stop of the day after i started my car the nav software loaded, asked
me for the language preference and when i selected English it proceeded to boot
then hung and rebooted the entire radio.

I have reset defaults, disconnected the power to try and reset no go. Everything else
still works only the navigation wont load. I am restoring my memory chip (made a backup)
hopefully it's just the chip (windows reported an issue when i plugged it in) if that
dose not work i will be calling clarion and square trade to see what's up.
Restoring the original micro sd programing from the backup I made resolved the problem. The radio and navigation has worked flawlessly since then as long as I did not try to apply the updated map pack. Every time I tried updating the micro sd chip file system becomes corrupt. And I am unable to create a new backup and the nav function stops working again.
This unit seems to be very sensitive to usb thumb memory as well. It has been about 4 weeks since I resolved the navigation issue and after switching from a 8gb mushkin usb (exfat) thumb drive to a larger 16gb centon (fat32) data stick pro the unit reboots every 6 or 7 min min. It works fine with the 16gb chip disconnected or using my 8gb or 2gb lextor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on January 25, 2012
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There were mixed reviews on this unit, but I've been pretty happy with it. It is more responsive and not quite as laggy as other units I've researched. The maps are decent, but not quite as detailed as I would like them to be. The startup time could be greatly improved in my opinion, but I have a remote start on my truck, so that tends not to be a problem for me.

The thing I absolutely hate the most is that when you are navigating somewhere, the music just cuts out, then you hear the voice guidance with the faint sound of your music in the background, then the music comes back on... then two seconds later, another prompt comes up in the same manner (if you are approaching a turn or exit). It wouldn't be nearly as bad if the music was mixed with the voice prompts in a better fashion.

If you buy this, be sure not to put anything on the SD card that came in the unit, you will then need to buy a new one from Clarion. You cannot, as far as I know, use your own SD card with loaded content (media/music), you would need to use a USB drive or iPod.

My iPod hooked up nicely, and the unit supports music out of the box through USB. You will need another adapter to get the iPod/iPhone video working.

The unit played DVD's fine, and while the DVD menus are not touch capable, controls will pop-up when you need them.

I have a steering wheel and OnStar adapter (Axxess) hooked up and they both work great. The radio lacks some common steering wheel input commands, but the basic functions are there.

I got the unit from Amazon as it was the cheapest place I could find. Shipping was quick and the product was problem free... so far.

I would recommend this unit to those that are looking for an alternative to the common Kenwood (slow), Sony (buggy) and Pioneer (crappy interface) units.
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