Clarion CMS4 Multi-Zone
Marine Receiver Review
or our readers who enjoy spending some quality time on the water or find solace trekking through sand dunes in their powersports vehicles, we're going to take a close look at one of the most popular multimedia hub receivers currently offered.
The Clarion CMS4 is a brilliant solution for anyone who wants quality audio performance combined with the convenience of multi-zone capability. With the CMS4, you can control up to four completely different zones of entertainment from one spot, or you can add individual controllers for each zone. If you want some relaxing tunes below deck and some upbeat dance tunes to get the party started on deck, while the captain monitors the built-in weather band from the bridge, the Clarion can do it all. Zones can be configured in either standard or multi-zone mode. Standard mode utilizes a single audio source for all of the connected outputs. You have front and rear fading capability and a fixed line out can drive another device like a home receiver. In multi-zone mode, you have the ability to choose from multiple sources for each of the four zones. All four zones have independent volume, EQ, gain, and other configurable settings.
A hidden away “black box” makes the connections to your audio sources, and includes Sirius XM capability, USB connectivity, Pandora, and Blue-