Clarion is showing at CES one of the most advanced car radios for email and texting.
The new NX605 flagship navigation deck allows users to dictate and receive verbal email through Gmail. It also allows verbal texting (receive and send) and allows you to access calendar appointments from Google Calendar. Users can check calendar entries and navigate to an appointment.
NX605 is also a Smart Access navigation/radio that works with new apps for 2015 including Glympse, Shuttle, and Eventseeker. The double DIN unit will be available at the end of Q1 at a $1,099 suggested retail price. (A second Smart Access DVD-less AV receiver FX503 launched last year remains in the line).
Other new in-dash Clarion radios include the NX405 to ship in Q1 at $899.99 and the VX405, available in Q2 at $499.99.
These will be joined by new Clarion marine units including Bluetooth Clarion CD-less marine radios. They have global tuners and a weather band. The M205 is an affordable model that is Pandora-ready with USB iPod control at $179.99 suggested retail price.
The M505 is a full featured version with Bluetooth audio streaming (apt X enabled for better audio). It is SiriusXM ready and has two zones for audio output. It can work with a wired remote at $349.99. Both will ship in January.
Clarion is also introducing three new compact Class D XC amplifiers that are marine grade but may also be used in the car. Shipping in Q1 is the mono amp XC2110 at $249.99, the 4-channel XC2410 at $199.99 and the 5-channel XC2510 at $349.99.
Photo: Clarion NX605