Water-tight and ship-shape: the Clarion CMV1 multimedia head-unit
By Gizmag Team
August 11, 2009
Fully-featured mobile multimedia is finally moving beyond the automobile with Clarion's addition of a watertight multimedia head-unit to its range of custom marine products. The Clarion CMV1 features a 3.5-inch TFT color display, offers DVD-video, DivX, iPod Video playback and, with rear panel AV inputs and outputs, it is capable of driving additional display screens. It cleverly has a one-year back-up memory so radio presets are not lost if your boat is in seasonal storage. The unit delivers a comprehensive on-board entertainment experience that was previously reserved for in-car and can now be fully appreciated in the unique and relaxing environment offered by watercraft.
The Bluetooth-ready Clarion CMV1 was selected by the Consumer Electronics Association in the U.S. as an Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award honoree, in the In-Vehicle Audio product category for product and design excellence.
The CMV1 includes Dolby Digital playback, while compressed audio sound enhancements are made via BBE® MP (Minimized Polynomial Non-Linear Saturation), generating a vacuum tube sound to restore harmonics lost during digital compression.
Clarion’s completely redesigned flagship marine CD model, CMD6, has a 1-DIN chassis with an oversized face panel. It features a sealed waterproof flip-down front face with rubberized large rotary volume knobs and buttons. The CMD6 includes a large two-line, ten-character display, features USB input for direct iPod control, instant radio station recall, and rear panel RCA inputs and outputs. The CMD6 – like the CMV1 - allows for operation with either a wired or wireless remote control and offers one-year back-up memory.
Clarion’s new water-resistant speaker line includes the all–new CMQ2510W 10-inch 300W subwoofer, as well 7-inch and 6.5-inch coaxial speakers.
There are also all-new wired remote controls that are compatible with Clarion’s 2009 top marine units. The MW2 remote has sleek black styling with stainless steel surround, completely waterproof controls and an easy-to-use button configuration. The MW1 remote offers the same good looks, and includes a large 2-line display with a four-way control button to easily scroll through music files and or seek your favorite radio stations.