Conclusion: This unit works great. It looks good too. I have two complaints. First, the display has a polarized lens and you have to lift your polarized sunglasses to read it .(all smart boaters wear polarized sunglasses) Second, I do frequent night boating and the display is blindingly bright at night and this attracts bugs also. It needs a dimmer control or a flip down tinted (nonpolarized) lens. I hope Clarion R&D reads this.
Wheels to Waves, LLC from Watertown, MN, Sonic Electronix
20 February 2011
Conclusion: The Clarion MW1 is my favorite wired marine controller. The buttons have a firm, crisp feel to them, the display shows what playing on your iPod when connected via USB, and the chrome trim ring makes it "pop" visually.