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.