Clarion M502 in 2015 models
OMG, yes, most of the time these audio systems are the "low bidder" variety and this is one of those. But, there is hope. I have discovered how to operate it using remote and headhunt controls and it could be worse.
Also, installing a power switch on the sub, mine is rarely on now, essential. But, for sound quality in an AS, this requires more work in speaker placement, modifying the speaker mountings, changing to something other then the Clarion $5.00 each speakers, and rebuilding the subwoofer.
The unfortunate part is that to route the correct wiring in an AS is quite a chore as to my knowledge there is really no way to do this between the two skins of the body.
If Jackson Center would offer some type of pre wiring for a high end audio system, I would have dropped at least up to $200.00 just to get good sound.
Now, I think I posted on another thread the planned modifications to get a real sound stage and this include placement of actual retiring speakers from the overhead cabinet in the front of my unit, then sliding a recliner out into the aisle facing reward when i want to relax and listen seriously. I am leaning toward some Polk Audio bookshelf speakers at present, but have an open mind.
In reality, the Clarion head unit, like the insane controls or not, will produce quite adequate sound with good speakers. A new head unit will only improve sound if a lot of money is spent on the speakers.
Happy trails and Good Luck
Ms Tommie Fantine Lauer, Greensboro, NC
AIR #31871 WBCCI #4165 K4MTL