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Old 11-07-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
tho_chi
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Default Anyone have experience with Clarion FX503

Looking to upgrade the stock unit in my '10 WRX. I mainly just want something more functional and that syncs well with my Samsung GS5. I do not need Nav/GPS or anything along those lines. I have owned Clarion HU's in the past and they have worked quite well.

Does anyone have experience with this specific unit or possible a comparable that they would recommend? It seems the swap should be relatively simple.

Clarion FX503

Any insight is appreciated
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:15 PM   #2
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Over the last 10-15 years Clarion has been tossed around like a red-headed, step-child, rag doll. Changed ownership and partnerships. Nearly fell completely off the map in 2004-05 era.

They, like many of the "majors" toggle between catering to Big Box (now big website) volume and then back to the small, dedicated retailers.

Clarion has always been tech-savvy, feature laden, and usually very durable.

As I tell all my clients/customers: Go find a local dealer with the unit you are considering and PLAY WITH IT! In person. Take YOUR music and music in the FORMAT you plan to use most. So if you are old school like me and still use CD's, then take discs. If you plan to use your phone, then absolutely phone interface will be key. but TYPE and FORMAT are critical. I cannot stress enough how important it is to go find a place to use it in person. User Interface (UI) these days is more important than ever. Your safety (and others) and happiness will be all about UI.

Also look at what the local dealer offers in the way of value added options for the $$. Internet is a wonderful thing, but many local dealers are becoming competitive with the web in many ways. Install pieces are expensive and huge money makers. PLaces like Crutchfield that "throw in" install kits, wiring harnesses and speaker wiring adapters. Negotiate that too...

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Old 11-10-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response Rob.

Our local car audio shop in Edmonton (Certified Radio) received a shipment of the units this weekend and will be putting one on display right away. I plan to purchase from the local shop, but wanted to get the online community's thoughts first.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:37 PM   #4
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I have a NX603 which is a very similar unit. I believe the interfaces are the same for both. Here's my feedback:

- I like the overall look of the unit. The knob feels solid and color match to my STI's interior is very good. I believe I picked one of the reds and the tone as well as brightness are very close to stock. I set my brightness for my dash around the middle setting.

- the unit has excellent offering for media sources. SD card, USB, AUX, they're all there. I mainly listen to music via USB, connected to stock USB port in the armrest via a USB adapter. It works very well.

- the unit is slow to boot up. We're talking probably 15secs before you can interface with it. I can live with it and I got used to it although at first it was annoying.

- the UI responsiveness is on a slow side. The whole unit has a laggy feel to it. It is livable but slow nonetheless.

- the BT integration is decent. People tell me sound quality is very good for a BT unit. I noticed most of my address gets downloaded except for a few entries. So far, I think all the missing ones have a ' character in the name. Seems like a bug in their code.

- nav is very good. The directions are accurate and the system does little things like ETA and even tells you which lanes to be in when taking highway forks and such. Overall, very good. One thing that is SUPER annoying, unit always announces loss of GPS signal with the verbal message 'GPS signal lost', EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT IN NAV. You could be listening to music, and then you get to hear that, in foreground, as your music gets attenuated. What was Clarion thinking? I need to call them and see if there is a way to disable that.

- I have not connected the HU to external amps yet. 4V pre amps should produce decent sound quality. The unit offers 7 band EQ and some decent adjustments in form of high and low pass filters, loudness settings and some other options.

- my phone does not support MHL (MotoX) so I haven't had a chance to evaluate Smart Access features. I would like to hear from someone that has done it and what the feedback is on the apps.

Overall, good unit, but not perfect. NX604 comes with Google voice recognition which is a huge feature from usability standpoint. I would spring for that, if you're in the market.
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