Clarion Releases Audiophile Grade Automotive Source Unit with Built-in GPS Navigation

New 7-inch Multimedia Model Supports High-Resolution FLAC Audio and Full Digital Sound

Jan 05, 2016, 08:00 ET from Clarion Corporation of America

CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in consumer and commercial mobile electronics, today announced the introduction of an all-new double DIN in-dash infotainment source unit boasting a broad array of premium features and capabilities, including a high-definition 7" touch display, embedded GPS navigation, smartphone screen mirroring  through HDMI, 15-band graphic equalizer and support for Clarion's new Full Digital Sound components and playback capabilities designed to take advantage of high-resolution FLAC audio tracks sampled at 96kHz.

The NX706 is Clarion's first source unit offered in the U.S. market to be fully compatible with Clarion's all new Full Digital Sound components system, which allows the unit to pass a high-resolution digital audio signal to an installed Full Digital Sound processor. Clarion's Full Digital Sound processor separates the digital stream into separate channels of digital audio and sends each channel to its respective Full Digital Sound digital speaker. The audio signal for each channel in the system remains digital all the way to the voice coil, ensuring that high-resolution digital audio is maintained without loss or added noise and artifacts from analog connections.

In addition to support for Full Digital Sound, Clarion has designed the NX706 with an array of features and specifications to deliver premium sound quality that will please even the most discerning of ears, including:

  • Optical digital output for connecting source unit with Clarion's new Full Digital Sound components
  • Support for high-resolution FLAC audio
  • 15-band Graphic equalizer with low-pass and high-pass filters
  • Source independent Gain/EQ
  • 50 watts x 4 MOS-FET amplifier (20 watts x 4 RMS) for less than 1% total harmonic distortion plus noise

"With the growing trend toward high-resolution lossless audio, we designed the NX706 for customers who want the absolute best possible sound quality from their car audio system" said Allen H. Gharapetian, Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning for Clarion Corporation of America. "Not only did we add support for high-resolution FLAC files, but we also included a digital optical output for those looking to pair the advanced functionality of this center unit with the crystal-clear performance provided by our Full Digital Sound components system. This full digital signal capability from source to speaker is an industry first for aftermarket car audio systems and the sound quality provided by it is breathtaking. To push the envelope further, we implemented an audiophile quality 15-band parametric EQ for our customers to achieve that 'perfect' sound.  The NX706 continues Clarion's tradition of driving and building products capable of uncompromising audio quality."

Key features of the Clarion NX706:

  • 7" WVGA display with touch interface and tilt control
  • Embedded navigation with 3D maps featuring 15 million points-of-interest
  • Variable color key illumination
  • HDMI input for phone mirroring
  • 2 USB inputs
  • Optical digital output
  • Audio/Video inputs (RCA)
  • Bluetooth connectivity for HFP/A2DP
  • Pandora®  control for iPhone® and Android™
  • Built-in microphone on device, and external microphone
  • Rear view camera input with audio
  • OEM steering wheel remote control ready
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • IR remote control included
  • Two-zone capabilities

The NX706 from Clarion has an MSRP of $999.99 and will be available through Clarion dealers and retailers. For more information about Clarion's in-car products, please visit

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