Clarion CMD-4 Bluetooth integration

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Patrick Howard, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Patrick Howard

    Patrick Howard New Member

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    Jan 18, 2019
    2006 Sea Ray 200 Select
    5.0 MPI Mercruiser/ Bravo III drive
  2. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    I have used a Bluetooth adapter (not the one in your link) that plugs into the aux in on my Clarion... worked just fine.

    Welcome to CSR!
     
  3. toddh

    toddh Member

    58
    Jun 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    260 Sundeck
    350 MAG
    I did the same. Works great. Amazon has a bunch of them.
     
  4. LUnaCY

    LUnaCY Member

    100
    Aug 28, 2018
    Afton, MN
    310 Sundancer 2002. Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III
    Yep...they work great.
     
  5. radscoot

    radscoot New Member

    25
    Nov 8, 2016
    Georgian Bay, Canada
    260 Sundancer, 2006,
    5.7 Merc/Bravo 111
  6. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Similar to above. Mine is really old now. Probably time for a new one that works better. but mine works.
     
  7. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    698
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Same here.
    Bluetooth adapter fed through the AUX input.
     
  8. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    We have the JL Audio MBT-RX and it works to perfection. I run the satellite receiver through it as well.

    It is hooked to the CMD-4 also.

    Bennett
     
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  9. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Yep, we have something similar (fusion bt-100) and as long as you have a aux-in available it's the easiest way to go! On my 260DA we did not have an aux-in so I used a Bluetooth FM modulatort that worked pretty good but not nearly as simple as the aux-in.

    -Kevin
     
  10. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    651
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    N/A
    N/A
    Never used it, but if im reading right, you would still need a blue tooth receiver to go along with it. For $50, id skip that thing and just wire up the blue tooth to the the CMD4's rear AUX-In RCA's.
     
  11. 2006 270SLX

    2006 270SLX Member

    35
    May 13, 2018
    2006 270SLX
    496MAG
    If I hook up the jl audio blue tooth adapter to my cmd4, will I be able to change songs via the clarion unit or my boat remote or the songs will only change by changing them directly on your phone?
     
  12. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    If you are going in through the AUXIN all control will be on the streaming device and not the Clarion.

    -Kevin
     
  13. 2006 270SLX

    2006 270SLX Member

    35
    May 13, 2018
    2006 270SLX
    496MAG
    Is going in thru the aux the only option?
     
  14. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Yes. I also have that unit. I also have the old Clarion iPOD integration unit but it does not work well. It uses first generation connector and is very limited in what you can do with it.
     
  15. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    651
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    N/A
    N/A
    Yes, thats the only viable audio-in option on an older CMD.

    The JL, and all other universal BTs, only send an audio signal to the old head unit. No data. So no means to control or see anything playlist wise, through the head or remotes.
     
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  16. 2006 270SLX

    2006 270SLX Member

    35
    May 13, 2018
    2006 270SLX
    496MAG
    I was also looking at that as an option. What limitations are there?
    They sell the old to new iPhone adapters so I'm not worried about that. I'd just like to play music from my phone and have the ability to change songs from the transom remote.
     
  17. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Download the manual to see. It only allows preset playlists. They have to be named clarion1, clarion2 etc and only up to 5. You cant search for songs, although you can play lists etc from a plugged in iPOD. I have not tried a lightning adapter, but for some reason I think they don’t work.
     
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  18. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    635
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Lollygagger" 2003 Sundancer 320
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    This. My boat had an XMD1, which has no AUX. So I found a CSR member upgrading his XMD3 and bought it off him. It’s a drop in for my XMD1, and it has an AUX. Added the Fusion BT100 and it works great! Highly recommend the BT100. Excellent range.
     
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  19. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    When we bought our boat and moved it to GA, one of the first things was to integrate the salon TV sound into the CMD4. I plugged a BT receiver into the aux and a 3.5mm cable and nothing worked. When I removed the panel and looked behind it, there was a JL Audio MBT-RX wired in. It has been an amazing device. I have had it paired with my phone and walked down the dock at least 100’ and it did not drop.

    Bennett
     
  20. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    635
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Lollygagger" 2003 Sundancer 320
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    Most AUX adapters do have a third wire (besides red and white speakers) for 12v power. I spliced it into the switched power for the amp. So it’s on when the stereo is on, but off otherwise. No worries about battery drain.
     
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