|Item Weight||5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.3 x 7 x 4 inches|
|Item model number||NX706|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Preamp Voltage||10 Volts|
|Warranty||Limited one year parts and labor warranty|
|Memory Card Slot||DVD+RW, DVD+R|
Clarion NX706 2-DIN DVD Multimedia Station with Built-in Navigation, 7" Touch Panel Control
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
|Memory Card Slot||DVD+RW, DVD+R|
|Screen Size||7 Inches|
|Connectivity Technology||RCA, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI|
About this item
- 7" WVGA 2-DIN DVD multimedia station with built-in Navigation and BluetoothHigh Resolution Audio (96kHz / 24 bit) SupportDigital (Optical) Audio OutputMotorized Touch Panel Display with Adjustable viewing angle
- Apple iPhone SIRI EYES FREEHDMI Input for Apple iPhone and Android Smart Phone connectivityBuilt-In Microphone plus External Microphone includedRear Camera input with Audio Input
- Pro Audio Style 15-Band Parametric EqualizerSource Independent Gain and EqualizationBuilt-In Bluetooth for HFP/A2DP/HID2 Rear USB Pigtails with Apple iPod/iPhone Direct control via USB
- USB for MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC/MPEG4, H.264 filesPandora internet Radio Control via iPod/iPhone and Android Smartphone connectivitySiriusXM ready with iTunes Tagging via optional SXV200/300 Tuner
- 6-Channel / 2-Volt RCA Output with Built-In High and Low-Pass filtersOEM Steering Wheel Remote ReadyIR Remote Control included (RCX005)
What's in the box
THE CLARION NX706 LETS YOU EXPAND YOUR WORLD, RIGHT FROM YOUR CAR! The NX706 features a 7" monitor that makes touch operation even easier. Everything from song selection to navigation is at your fingertips with intuitive touch panel operation ensuring your safety. "Siri Eyes Free" gives you No-Fuss operation so you can check your email, schedules and play your music stored on your iPhone - ALL HANDS FREE. The built-in GPS Navigation offers you rich graphics and superior functionality and is pre-loaded with 11 million points of interest including national parks, restaurants and gas stations. With your smartphone, you not only get to enjoy your music you also get hands-free telephone communication. HDMI mode is supported so your app screens and video content can be displayed on the large screen. Upgrade your system with Optical Digital Output using an optical cable to connect the NX706 to a Full Digital Sound device or DSP via the optical digital output including the Clarion Z7 FDS Speaker, Z25W FDS Subwoofer and Z3 FDS Processor/Commander tweeter. The NX706 has a built-in 15-band graphic EQ that gives you the ability to sculpt sound to your taste.
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I'm updating this as the first unit I bought was subject to a soda explosion in my car. Fair enough, my fault. The replacement unit from Amazon was DOA, and I do mean dead out of the box. The unit I have now has been in the car since August of 2017, and has basically been a pain the last 3 months. Bluetooth drops repeatedly, at random, with a Samsung S9 Plus. It also did it with an 8 Plus as well, 2 of them. Now, we're up to replacing the unit outright because the screen went out. It will connect via Bluetooth, heaven forbid it disconnects or you'll never see how to connect it again. I'm having to replace this unit this week, with a 'used' unit nearly the same price as I paid for this a year ago. There have been no software updates on this head unit since last April. I still like it for the features, I just wish it worked more than it has.
This is mostly a subjective review with notes pertaining to operational & usability aspects. I have not done any objective testing of the signal quality or output yet.
Below is the Link to the latest that I could find regarding Firmware for the NX706. If you find something more recent, PLEASE post it in a comment here! (Add the periods and remove the spaces between the forward slashes to use the link).
(www clarion com / us / en / user-support / software/ multimedia / NX706 /
From the link above...
"4) Confirm that the following software versions have been successfully updated:
FYI, my Bluetooth version is v1.1.13
I made sure that I have the latest firmware version installed as per the information above.
- iPOD COMPATIBILITY: I tested my iPod Classic 160GB (stock, 6th Gen Model #MB145LL) and it is NOT Supported. :( The NX706 will charge the iPod Classic, but when you plug it into the iPod/iPhone USB connector using an Apple USB to 30-pin charging/data cable, the screen says, "Connected device is not supported".
- VOLUME CONTROL: I much prefer DD (Double-DIN) head units or touchscreen CD/DVD car stereos that have a Round Knob for Volume Control. Those tiny push-buttons along the bottom just don't cut it (for me). Having said that, I will be using the Helix DSP PRO car audio processor with the ''Director'' remote to control my Source Volume, which will be fed by the audio signal from the Fixed-Volume Digital Toslink Output on the NX706. Still, I would like a Touch-Controlled Volume icon on every "page" of the DD display. There is no volume control on the actual touch screen. However, there is a MUTE icon on the Home Screen Source Selection screens. It is just below the horizontal row of larger, slanted Source icons. But it has an odd icon. Instead of a small speaker icon with a "slash" through it, it is displayed as a musical note with a small "X" next to it. This theme carries throughout the GUI. You'll read below where I discuss the GUI and icons in a bit more detail.
- POWER ON/OFF: Power On/Off is done by pressing the small, physical "MAP" button below the display. WTH?! Weird. But it's a simple press to turn the unit ON and long-press to turn OFF. But there isn't a standard-looking "power" icon or logo here. The unit starts up at the same Source and Track Location that you were last playing when you turned the unit off or turned off the ignition/ACC on your vehicle (as long as that source is still connected or there is a Disc in the drive). It usually takes about 12 seconds to "boot up", but might take longer if it's in the NAV/GPS/MAPS mode as it takes some time to acquire a GPS signal.
- REAR CHASSIS COOLING FAN: There is a small cooling fan on the back of the chassis. IMO it is fairly loud and WILL be noticeable during quiet, engine off listening or tuning sessions. I can't say for sure how noticeable it will be as I haven't actually installed this yet. I've just tested it in open air "on the bench". I did Disable the Internal Amplifier that drives your speakers directly (without an external amplifier) in hopes that this would minimize the "fan ON" time. But the Fan ran at least 75% of the time when using all the various sources, so don't expect the fan to not come on...and remember that this was with the unit in "open air" at standard room temp.
- CD/DVD DRIVE: I just tested standard Redbook Audio CDs so far. It's a bit slow to load and start playing at first compared to most single-DIN stereos, but once it's going it responds quick enough when changing/skipping tracks, etc. ****Do note that you Must Remove 2 Screws from the Top of the Chassis to Release the CD/DVD transport BEFORE USING IT or installing it! The unit displays and scrolls album information (CD Text) quite nicely showing Artist/Album/Track info with both Vertical and Horizontal Scrolling.
- NAV/GPS/MAPS: I didn't really test the NAV but I noticed that the installed maps are from 2015. :/ For reference, my unit was manufactured January 2016. From inside my house in California, I picked up 5-6 strong satellites (all green signal bars) and the unit says, "High Accuracy". I normally use my Android smartphone or phablet with Google NAV for GPS. But this is nice to have if you are in an area where there is no cellular signal and you haven't pre-downloaded the map data for that area.
- XM/Sirius RADIO: I didn't get the XM tuner module so I didn't test this, but others have reported that it works great.
- DISPLAY DIMMER: You can have the unit Automatically or Manually switch between Day or Night Mode color schemes for the LCD display. If you Long-Press the "NAV/AV" button, you can manually adjust the dimmer for the display when a Pop-Up dimmer control appears. This does not control the physical button's backlight. That is controlled separately or with the "Illumination" control from your vehicle's IP/dash lighting dimmer. A great feature is that you can completely Turn Off the LCD Display by long-pressing the physical "MENU" button on the bottom of the unit. You simply touch anywhere on the display to bring the screen back to life.
- PHYSICAL BUTTON BACKLIGHT COLOR: You can set the backlight color for the row of physical buttons on the bottom to just about any color you'd like.
- DISPLAY QUALITY: In general, the display is nice and vibrant with good color saturation. It has a good range of dimming control and seems to get both plenty bright, and dark. However, I've only tested this indoors "on the bench" so I can't say how it looks in full sunlight, or everyday conditions, or night-time driving, so I'll hold off on that determination. However, again I have to rant about these low-quality, low-resolution DD displays that manufacturers are using in this day and age of excellent smartphone displays that are available even on ~$200 smartphones. The viewing angle on the NX706 display isn't great (fairly moderate color and contrast shift when viewing from more than 30° off-axis) and it just lacks that "Punch" and clarity of even an average smartphone display. I do have to remind myself that I am used to the high-contrast, high-resolution, and vivid color of the best SuperAMOLED+ smartphone and tablet displays. But the NX706 doesn't even compare favorably to the 1st Gen iPad Mini display, and I feel that should be the minimum benchmark at this point in time.
- TOUCHSCREEN RESPONSE: Every operation with the touchscreen required a very Precise and Positive "Press" on each icon or "button", and *sometimes* it took 2 or 3 tries to get it to respond to my touch. For most operations the touch response was just ever so slightly delayed...not instantaneous, but not too laggy either. There were some instances where it did lag just a bit more than normal, but overall touch response was "okay". Though again, in my case, I really needed to make an accurate and distinctly positive "press" on each icon or button to get a response. FYI, I did go through the Screen Calibration Setup beforehand. If you are expecting instantaneous or lightning fast touchscreen response on par with the newest smartphones, it's not *quite* there. It's not horrible, but it's not great or positively satisfying either.
- GUI: I'm not really a fan of the Color Scheme or the Slanted Source Icons in the GUI. They waste space and are a bit awkward to interact with. As boring as it is and IMHO, a simple set of square icons in a grid orientation is the most user-friendly GUI in an automotive environment. The icon logos are also not the best. They really need to hire a proper Graphic Artist for the GUI design and layout on these units. The GUI works mainly with direct touch selections of individual icons or track names, or UP/DOWN & LEFT/RIGHT Arrow presses to Scroll through Source Lists or Track Lists. It really falls a bit flat on its face if you try to Scroll UP/DOWN by Dragging your finger on the Track List...it's very laggy when you try to do that. :-( When playing files from USB (and I assume iPhone/iPod Touch as well), the "Pause/Play/FF/REW" icons are very Small and close together. The "scrubber bar" is very small and little more than 1" long as well, and it doesn't respond well to touch and/or touch & drag input.
In addition, any time that you press the Volume Up or Down button, the pop-up volume display covers the Playback Controls (Pause/Play/FF/REW) for about 4 seconds, so those controls are unavailable during volume adjustment. By using a small ">" icon in the lower left of the screen you can display a Pop-Up "Quick Menu" that will show across the lower part of the display in order to quickly choose another source. However, that menu also covers most of the Playback Controls while it is displayed, and it doesn't disappear until you press the ">" icon again. Overall, this GUI "works", but it is probably near the bottom of my list compared to some of the other GUIs that I've had experience with.
Here is a fairly thorough YouTube review of the NX706 that will show you nearly all of the Display icons, Functions, and GUI. (This review unit is using the OLD Firmware)...Search utoob for "Lessco Electronics Clarion NX706", or here is the utoob video code...oDjwN6L0bDI
- REAR VIEW/BACK-UP CAMERA: I also purchased the just-released Clarion CC720 Backup Camera to go with this unit. This is a rear-view back-up camera that is at the top of the price range. This specific back-up/rear-view camera has a Microphone Built-In, and the NX706 supports Audio for the back-up camera when it is activated so you can also hear your surroundings outside when backing up. I think that's smart! When you drive a vehicle with a very quiet interior such as a highly sound-treated ''Sound Quality Stereo'' vehicle, or a quiet luxury vehicle, this makes a lot of sense!
The Clarion CC720 Back-up Camera's specs list a slightly better resolution than most, and Clarion advertises it as having a clearer, HQ image, and also better low-light sensitivity than most. However, I was quite disappointed with the quality of the picture that was displayed on the NX706 screen. I tested the camera at night, but in a VERY well-lit room inside my house and it seemed really grainy, the colors were washed out, and it was grainier (snow) and also a lot more pixelated towards the outer left & right edges of the screen. I've had $20 fleaBay back-up cameras that looked just as good or better. I couldn't find anywhere in the menus to adjust the camera but I'm sure that I overlooked them...there has to be some place to turn off the distance grid lines and/or set it to mirror image. I'll check this again and report back. As it was, the Yellow Distance Warning Line had my finger just 4 inches from the lens! And my finger was just 1.5" from the lens when it "touched" the Red Distance Warning Lines! That's way too close and I haven't found a way to adjust it yet.
- HI-RES AUDIO FILES: I tried some 24-Bit/96kHz FLAC files from HDtracks loaded onto an older and quite slow 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb drive that was about 75% full with a large mix of other FLAC and MP3 files. The larger FLAC files loaded and started playing within about 1.5-2.0 seconds when first starting playback, and FF/REW or switching tracks was fairly quick as well...on average I'd say it took about 1 second or slightly less. I listened to the output of the Hi-Res FLACs via the Front L/R Analog RCA Preamp Outputs as well, and they seemed nice and clear, with great separation and detail. The screen does display Album Artwork from the USB Hi-Res FLAC files and standard MP3 as long as the image is embedded in the file. However, the Album Artwork is displayed VERY small...only about 1" square. Proper IDv3 Tags are displayed and scroll with no issues.
- BLUETOOTH / BT AUDIO / HANDS-FREE CALLING: I no longer have an iPhone to test the BT function. I can tell you that my NX706 did NOT want to Pair or Connect with my older Samsung Galaxy Note II (yeah it's old, but I've never had this problem!). Next, I tried pairing my 8" Phablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 (#SM-T715Y) Cell Phone/LTE Tablet. The NX706 "found" it and Paired + Connected with it instantly. And then, magically, the NX706 immediately "saw" my Galaxy Note II and Paired/Connected with it perfectly. Weird.
You can have up to 5 BT Devices Paired to the NX706 and Select or switch between them quite easily via the Phone menu. So if for instance, you and your wife both have your smartphones paired to the NX706 while driving together, you can easily switch back and forth between them. I did make a quick BT call to the automated Cal-Trans HWY Information Hotline (just using the NX706's internal microphone) and the system had a hard time recognizing my voice input, even when just saying, "405" or "101" when prompted for the HWY #. The SQ from the RCA Analog Output of the computerized woman's voice from the call wasn't too good either...quite "fuzzy" and with some drop-outs. I had at least 3-4 bars out of 5 for signal strength for the cellular connection so that should not have been a factor.
The NX706 does come with an External Microphone for BT Calls and Siri Voice Commands, and as I understand, the External Microphone is supposed to work in conjunction with the Internal Microphone on the face plate to provide Echo- and Noise-Rejection, and better Voice Quality overall when on Hands-Free BT calls. Unfortunately I haven't tested it with the External Mic yet, sorry. Also note that this unit does NOT support Apt-X/CSR Bluetooth connection for "near CD-quality" BT streaming. I have Apt-X/CSR compatibility on some of my other BT devices, and it make a noticeable difference. Music did sound decent through the standard BT connection, and much better than the SQ during the test phone call that I made using BT.
Well, that's enough for now! I commend you if you made it through to this point, LOL. I haven't decided whether I will keep the NX706 or send it back. I was hoping for just a bit more in several aspects of operation, but namely the GUI. Of course, the main feature and desire for this unit is the Digital Optical Output (Toslink) and the 24-Bit/96kHz Hi-Res FLAC playback capability. And it does deliver solidly in that regard, where no other single car audio head unit that I'm aware of can accomplish both of these. And at five-hundred-fifty USD, it really does offer quite a bit of value and a very well-rounded list of features. However, other than the digital output and 24-96 FLAC capability, it seems to be more of a "jack of all trades, but master of none" device.
Some of the features that I would have liked for the Tuner section is RDS and HD Tuner capability, and Apt-X/CSR for the Bluetooth connection. Otherwise it has a complete feature list.
This is just my personal experience and opinions after only a few days with the NX706. YMMV, but hope this helps.
UPDATED and/or ADDITIONAL INFO:
If your main criteria is to have compatibility with the 6th or 7th Gen iPod Classic or iPod Video, then unfortunately this is not the DD HU for you. :-(
I am really disappointed that the NX706 does not support the iPod Classic/Video devices. As others have stated, the iPod Classics allow you to own a single, compact PMP device with the potential to carry a substantial music library everywhere you go. It works with/or is compatible with most OEM stereo systems (think road trips with friends or when using a rental car), and it's compact if you do a lot of traveling, or if you use it while jogging/working out, or on an airplane/train/bus, etc. A big advantage is just needing to manage your music library on ONE device instead of 2 or 3. That's huge.
FYI I will most likely keep the NX706. I realize that my review is quite critical of the screen quality and GUI, but that is mostly in comparison with modern smartphones and tablets. Please realize that other DD head units in this price range are *fairly* similar in this regard, and while some may be better at this or that, it is usually not by leaps and bounds, but just incrementally better in most cases.
Personal preference comes into play here as well. By comparison, some will either love or hate how another manufacturer's GUI looks & functions. Some like Alpine's GUI, some Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony, etc. It comes down to what units you've had experience with in the past (or currently) and how different or similar the Clarion is in comparison.
In some regards it is good that the touchscreen needs a very positive and accurate "press" to activate a desired response. A screen that is overly sensitive to touch will often result in many undesired actions when trying to operate it in a moving vehicle. However, I did find that overall in my "bench" test, trying to press *some* functions were a bit frustrating and would take too much of my time and attention away from driving. However, there may be something to mitigate this...
SWC: Note that I am someone who will usually have a particular Playlist going, or just a Random/Shuffle Play of my entire library or a certain Genre. If your vehicle has Steering Wheel Controls, it is easy to do most of the basic functions easily, such as Skip or Repeat Tracks, Change Modes or Sources, etc. So if you are someone who tends to always use your SWC buttons, this can make quite a difference in your overall experience. ;-)
At this point I also doubt that there will be any more firmware updates to the NX706, especially any major updates, so I would make my decision on the features it has today and not hope for future functionality.
All that being said, it is still the only DD touchscreen stereo head unit currently on the market (AFAIK) that offers playback of up to 24/96 FLAC files while also having an Optical Digital Output that sends that 24/96 bit depth and resolution on to downstream devices. That is a key feature for me.
If you are deciding to buy this unit, I would strongly encourage that you test it out for yourself if at all possible. Your criteria for an overall pass or fail, or regarding specific features, may be different than mine. And for better or worse, my thoughts and reviews of any product's design, quality, and usability tend to lean towards the overly pessimistic and critical side. ;-) So again, YMMV.
Also, as I write this review, CES is just a few days away and who knows what might be announced that may compare favorably or compete with the NX706? So there's that.
***** P.S. This unit also comes with an IR Remote Control. It looks as if it does provide an extensive array of functions. But due to that, it has quite a few closely-spaced buttons to navigate. I didn't test the remote at all because I typically never use them, and I prefer not to unless a certain function that I really need is only available by using the remote. BUT, if you are someone who doesn't mind using a remote, it *may* offer substantially better interaction with the HU, particularly if you need to scroll through a large number of tracks on a USB Thumb Drive, SSD, or iPhone, etc. Remotes can also be nice if the Head Unit's display is a long reach from your seated driving position. I just wanted to throw that out there!