Clarion CMD4A Blue tooth?

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  1. Nmor830

    Nmor830 Member

    49
    Sep 12, 2016
    Channel Islands
    2008 340 Sundancer
    8.1l Mercruisers
    Can anyone tell me if a blue tooth adapter can be installed onto this unit. The front says AUX but there's no input jacks. Pulled the unit out to see if something was on the back but cables were not long enough to completly remove. Before pulling the system apart I thought someone with more experience might have some advice.
    Thanks,
    Nick
     
  2. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    [​IMG]
    Looks like your AUX IN is in the back of the unit and might need a manufacturer specific cable
     
  3. MancaveII

    MancaveII Member

    334
    Jun 13, 2014
    Stafford, Virginia
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 6.2 Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    Almost any RCA based bluetooth device will work. I use a Fusion BT100 - works like a champ. eBay, Amazon, etc., all have them.
     
  4. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    +1 to what MancaveII says above. I have a CMD4 and have an Aux jack(3.5mm) mounted right beside the unit. I have a Miccus receiver plugged in that works flawlessly. Put a Miccus Bluetooth transmitter in the TV headphone jack and play the TV through the stereo system as well.

    Bennett
     
  5. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

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    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
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    Yes, the CMD4 has rear AUX RCA inputs. They are the red leads. In order, I suggest the Wet Sounds BTCV, Roswell Cybox and lastly the JL/Cerwin Vega/Metra units, which all roughly the same.
     
  6. Nmor830

    Nmor830 Member

    49
    Sep 12, 2016
    Channel Islands
    2008 340 Sundancer
    8.1l Mercruisers
    Thanks everybody for all your help. This is great news. Now just have to get to the back of the unit.
     
  7. RIVERDAZE

    RIVERDAZE Member

    46
    Oct 7, 2016
    Chattanooga
    2008 SeaRay 40 MY diesel
    Bow/Stern thrusters
    Raymarine E120 Radar, Autopilot, Plotter
    Cummins QSB425's
    My Cmd4A Aux is wired into the media TV system so the cockpit speakers will play TV audio for the cockpit TV's. I want bluetooth to stream pandora so decided to buy a current model Clarion M606 as a replacement and for only a couple hundred. It has bluetooth and its wiring, I'm told, is backward compatible to the CMD4. I am taking a risk but to keep the number of operating units down, I decided to go replacement. Lets see if it works out.
     
  8. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Fusion BT100 connected to AUX jacks..Perfect.
     
  9. MikeBravo

    MikeBravo Active Member

    184
    Jan 20, 2016
    Treasure Island, FL
    2007 Sundancer 320
    2019 Edgewater 158cs
    1988 Grady White 24 Offshore(sold)
    DA-Twin 350 MAG MPI Mercruisers, V-drive
    Edge-Yamaha 70HP 4-Stroke
    How do you get to the AUX jacks?
     
  10. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Pull out the radio. They are in the back.
     
  11. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

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    Lake Wylie NC area
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    You will need to access the rear of the head unit to find the AUX cables. If there is enough slack in the cables, the cmd4 is easy to remove. Or if there is a removable panel to gain access to the rear of the had unit.
     
  12. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    +1..... Fusion works great.
     
  13. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    804
    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    I use a Bluetooth adapter plugged into a FM transmitter-the kind you get for your car. Many transmitters have the bluetooth built in. My newest one was $10 on Amazon.
     
  14. MikeBravo

    MikeBravo Active Member

    184
    Jan 20, 2016
    Treasure Island, FL
    2007 Sundancer 320
    2019 Edgewater 158cs
    1988 Grady White 24 Offshore(sold)
    DA-Twin 350 MAG MPI Mercruisers, V-drive
    Edge-Yamaha 70HP 4-Stroke
    Okay unscrewed the Clarion head unit, no go, there is not enough slack to pull it out more that 1/2 inch. Pulled the DC panel and see the cables bundled together. I see an aux cable (RCA cables red and white) with black caps that I can get to. Are these the aux cables that I can use for the Fusion bluetooth adapter. Also can I wire the Fusion adapter into the radio circuit breaker or will that put too much load on the 25amp breaker?
     
  15. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    703
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
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    There are 4 pair on the CMD4 and all use red and white plugs, but each has different color pigtails. You need the red pigtails.

    The BT will not add too much to a 25A breaker. if all thats on that breaker is the head unit, 25A is actually 2X too high.
     
  16. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Pull the DC panel. It will come out. The wire are just hung up on the shelf in the back.
     
  17. 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
    +1 The Fusion BT adapter is an awesome device!

    -Kevin
     
  18. MikeBravo

    MikeBravo Active Member

    184
    Jan 20, 2016
    Treasure Island, FL
    2007 Sundancer 320
    2019 Edgewater 158cs
    1988 Grady White 24 Offshore(sold)
    DA-Twin 350 MAG MPI Mercruisers, V-drive
    Edge-Yamaha 70HP 4-Stroke
    Okay got to the back of the radio and the red pigtail Aux jacks. Which wires are the ground and power wires in the back of the radio so that I can power up the BT100?
     
  19. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    703
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
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