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#1 TEGBOY

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:47 PM

Clarion HX-D3 - new 2012 model
I only have limited info, mainly as I really don't like these HX-D2/3 units, but cosmetically its very pretty. Specs seem exactly the same as the HX-D2, but if you're one of the few that love them perhaps an update might be in order?

I cannot find much info on the net about them, they are popping up on ebay.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:42 PM

Interesting. Everything I heard about a HX-D3 was that it was fake. Very interesting.
Audison Thesis head unit I was led to believe would supersede the HX-D2.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:49 PM

It apparently was unvailed at CES.
"The Clarion HXD3 is the new version with modification and sound improvement, the main differents were, it uses more advanced 24 bit cpu / ic (inside parts) which can produce more clear and high sound performance. The display panel colors and design are different to fit customer's need. This is a special edition with limited production due to Japan manufacturing plants slow down their supplies. The Clarion HXD3 quality is the same grading as Mcintosh MX-5000."

http://www.ebay.es/i...=item1e697c297f

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:59 PM

Unveiled at an event that isn't on yet?

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:59 PM

Faceplate tooling looks the same:
http://www.clarion.c...3439245046.html

And Damo does make a good point. CES has not started yet :)

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:02 PM

Seems I screwed up the dates, I thought CES was on at present. This was what happens after 3 weeks holiday with no internet. *shrugs* Meh :)

It starts in a few days time, so that should be "Its apparently *meant* to be unvailed at CES

I need to go back into holiday mode - luckily Chris Jones - Roadhouses & Automobiles - is on repeat

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

It's been on sale in Canada for a few months.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:13 PM

Or at least they have been floating around there for a few months.. Maybe on sale after the CES.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:29 PM

Interesting... Theres some more on it here: http://www.diymobile...rion-hx-d3.html

Seems a bit of an anti-climax though? You would have thought with all the talk of the latest "SQ" head units and processors, there'd be a bit more hype around the HXD3 than an eBay auction and a slightly revised face/internals.

Who knows. Shall be interesting to follow the developments and see what CES brings...

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:26 PM

Not changing' out mine.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:00 AM

I think Pioneer P99 is the benchmark at the moment anyway, personally?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:46 AM

Have seen these floating around on eBay for a while.
At first I thought it was a fake, someone had just slapped a "HX-D3" badge on the front, but maybe it is just a "special edition" from Clarion Japan to spark interest in the unit again before they actually release the real Thesis/HX-D3 (or D4?) unit...

Either way, it brings absolutely nothing new to plate from the 10 year old HX-D2. Very disappointing.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:42 AM

I still dream of the day Pioneer launch the ODR brand again. That would be the only Pioneer unit I would truly crave.

They were beautiful. But it needs to be current, mp3, iPhone connectivity etc.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:58 AM

Funny you should say that, Clint....

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:07 AM

I know, bring it on I say.

If it looks as good as the old one and has all the features it needs to compete, I want it ;)

Edited by TEGBOY, 09 January 2012 - 09:18 AM.


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:29 AM

What's the version of ODR still selling in Europe? There are a lot of competition cars there using it

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:38 AM

Pioneer Eu website lists the RS-D7RII ODR head unit above the P99R
It is Bluetooth capable with a module.. Not sure about iPod/USB.
Looks bloody nice though...

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:40 AM

I know, bring it on I say.

If it looks as good as the old one and has all the features it needs to compete, I want it ;)


OH NO!..you're not changing things already!!! :crazy:

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:42 AM

Yep, the D7RII is the current ODR stuff (not available in Oz at the moment). Comes with the 'normal' ODR pricetag though, and you need to buy the separate processor to match.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:59 AM

And there is an iPod plug in thingy..

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:13 AM

OH NO!..you're not changing things already!!! :crazy:

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No, no relax not for this car :) The Commondore is staying with Alpine.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:14 AM

PHEW!

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:16 AM

You would be first person I would tell Mark if I was changing the system again. No, I am happy.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:18 AM

+1 to be a bit disappointed with calling it a "facelift" or anything really worthy of separating from a normal D2... The shortcomings of the D2 have been well known for a while now, to not work on the aesthetics or usability whatsoever?

Sounds more like they're testing the waters for the processor / digital bits they'll use in their new headunit.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:20 AM

Here is the current line up of ODR stuuf from japan, I have been keeping my eye on it.

The latest player is the D7XIII (yes 3)

Pure digital ODR system
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Digital analogue ODR system
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:33 AM

Saw a D7XIII sold on eBay out of Japan for $2360,
Seller claimed it was the same as the Euro XII but with Japanese tuner?
A bit confusing

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:25 AM

looks kinda nice but is still a good 5 years behind Alpine/Pioneer's offerings.

Give us the modern conveniences of MP3/Ipod/DVD, add a bigger more ergonomic screen and menu system and Clarion will have a winner!

As for it being an audison thiess headunit... I though its only the Australian distributorship that is the only link between Clarion and Electromedia (Audison)? I may be wrong?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:32 AM

The link between Clarion and Elettromedia goes back a bit further that that Daniel (CEO Buddies)- but that's only what I have been told about. Certainly nothing more than rumour.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:11 PM

I'm not sure I like the look better then the original HD-D2, but the internal component upgrade is welcome. Would have been nice to gain some additional crossover capabilities (particularly more slope options) but otherwise not much to complain about IMO. The HX-D2 is still my favorite unit on the market, and all these years onwards is still arguably the most capable all-in-one unit from a tuning perspective.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:29 PM

looks kinda nice but is still a good 5 years behind Alpine/Pioneer's offerings.

Give us the modern conveniences of MP3/Ipod/DVD, add a bigger more ergonomic screen and menu system and Clarion will have a winner!

As for it being an audison thiess headunit... I though its only the Australian distributorship that is the only link between Clarion and Electromedia (Audison)? I may be wrong?


I'm not so sure about that, at least from a purist perspective. I don't really care two hoots about MP3 or Ipod, as both are lossy standards that take away from (rather then enhance) the sonic accuracy of your source. Don't care too much about DVD either given that all my research suggests CD's are far more durable and less error prone then DVD media.

As for the screen ergonomics and menu system, they may not look too flash (no fancy fonts, animations or multi-colour illumination) but the Clarion remains benchmark for me in terms of display and interface design. The menu's are very logically laid out and make perfect sense, while the monochrome dot matrix display minimises clutter and maximises legibility. It's far and away the most user friendly interface I've used on a high level head unit and (IMO) far superior to either Eclipse's or Alpine's designs. I haven't used the Pioneer RS range but I've read that they're even worse.

Only thing I'd want for on the Clarion is the addition of steeper crossover options (24db and maybe 36dB), along with perhaps another band or two on the EQ (would be nice, but not necessary). If Clarion added these in, it would be far and away the best pure SQ unit on the market IMHO. As it is, it's still my top choice!

All subjective of course though! :)

Edited by muzzy66, 12 January 2012 - 09:40 PM.