Clarion NX500 Review

Clarion NX500 is one of the best in dash navigation system from Clarion. It is a premium double-DIN audio/video navigation unit with built-in GPS navigation, built-in Bluetooth for hands-free control, and audio streaming and USB iPod and iPhone compatibility. The Clarion NX500 has many features that come standard on most in dash navigation system, in addition to features that make it truly unique and stand out from the ‘crowd’ The unit is also Sirius Satellite Radio and HD Radio Ready (including the iTunes tagging feature) with additional hardware. It also has flash memory that will allow quick response and access to navigation maps and multimedia options.

Check out these features of Clarion NX500 :

  • Built-in GPS system with 12 million POIs
  • 24-bit D/A Converter for Incredible Sound Reproduction
  • 6 ch /2V RCA Output with Subwoofer Control
  • HD Radio Ready with Sirius Direct Connect
  • Rear Vision Camera RCA Input
  • Superior iPod® and iPhone® Connectivity
  • Built-In Bluetooth Hands-free Calling

The Features of Clarion NX500 in details are as follows :

Navigation Features

NX500 features a built-in car navigation system with simple destination input, turn-by-turn voice prompt and selectable route guidance. It is also preloaded with 12 million Points of Interest (POIs). National Parks, restaurants, gas stations, and much more are included in its database.

Audio Feature

You can fully enjoy the sonic impact of DVD movie soundtrack or music videos. Clarion NX500 provides excellent results in audio with 24-bit technology which will oversamples the digital signal, that just weren’t possible with older 16-bit systems. It also powered with 6 chanels/2V RCA output with subwoofer control. Also with 3 sets of RCA outputs, you will be enabled to add external power amplifiers to create a more powerful, sophisticated audio system. The Clarion NX500 also has independent volume control for subwoofer so that you could adjust the level of bass output, regardless of the other channels’ output level.

Radio Feature

Now with Clarion NX500, you can enjoy the digital broadcast radio programs with all its superior quality and helpful information by connecting the THD400. This also includes iTunes Tagging capability means if you hear a song on the radio that you like, you can tag it to download later from the iTunes store that will save you time to find and accumulate the tunes you want.

Enjoy over 130 channels of music, news, talk shows, sport and traffic information through the power of Sirius Direct Connect Ready feature. This feature will connect to a Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver without any need for an interface box. You will also enjoy the digital quality sound throughout the US and Canada with this amazing feature from Clarion NX500

Connectivity Feature

Clarion NX500 also has built-in bluetooth hands-free calling, so you can wirelessly connect your bluetooth capable mobile phone to listen or call through your car’s audio system which support HFP/OPP/A2DP/AVRCP protocols. USB connection enables complete control of your iPod (video playback included) and iPhone certified to bring its communication and entertainment capabilities into your car.

Another Feature

Clarion NX500 featured with ‘Rear Vision Camera’ with RCA input. This enables you to  connect a rear camera to display the area behind your vehicle smoothly. This incredible product from Clarion also equipped with AV input terminals on the rear which is ideal for permanent installations while the front pin jack type input will come in handy for quick connection of portable audiovisual sources.


The navigation system can be purchased in a package. The package contains a NX500 receiver, instruction manual, remote control and installation hardware.


With that insane amount of features offered, it is quite clear that the Clarion NX500 in dash navigation system is a clear winner when it comes to value. This would make a great addition to your car, or a great replacement to your current navigation system or aging GPS unit.

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