217 of 232 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2011
Pros: price, both USB & SD(HC), id3 tag display, and sound quality. Cons: crappy docmentasen [sic;], warranty will cost you, and the mp3 read order. I did the research and knew what to expect for the price I was willing to pay. The unit therefore meets my needs; the sound exceeded my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised that it takes 8GB SDHC media. Not so happy that it did not have standard mounting screw holes, in fact no mounting holes; easy to fix. One of my dislikes is that mp3 files are read in the order written to the USB/SD, not in alpha-numeric order. It therefore requires a bit of planning when putting a larger number of folders (albums) on the device (and even more planning for Mac users...hint rsync really helps!). Nice ability to skip forward & backwards by ten songs or by an entire folder (album), and doesn't have a problem with nested folders, but remember it plays files in the order written, not in the order your file system might show them to you! The other dislike is no illumination control (for night driving).
I did not have the problem others reported of the volume reseting; I don't know about issues with the randomize feature since I generally listen to albums or pre-arranged playlists. FM seemed to pickup the few stations I listen to as well as my old radio did. I was very pleased with the fidelity; 320kbps mp3's sounded clear with full dynamic range, 128kbps I could hear the drop-off. Did not hear any distortion as I turned to volume up to what I consider "too loud to enjoy" or ~30 on the unit's scale of 40 max. Mounted in a 2005 Prius - stealth mode - can finally listen to mp3 on USB/SD or iPod via AUX in my Prius at a fraction of the cost of other solutions. Note: warranty requires you to ship the unit with $20 (thus loss of a rating star for just that).
I would recommend this for the budget minded (e.g. unemployed), mildly techno person. I would not put in my wife or daughter's car!
-- Update --
Five months in service and working fine. There have been a few times where I have turned the volume all the way up to 40 for some soft classical passages, and no distortion or hum noticed. One problem that another view noted and I am now seeing: it is resetting the volume to level 15 every time I start the car. Generally this not an issue with SDHC or USB (the volumes are fairly low at 15), but if the radio is selected, you will be quite wide awake when you take your road trip!
120 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
I installed this on a 2000 Oldsmodbile Alero and I had no issues. Just made sure that I matched the color connectors and hooked it up with the existing harness and voila, it worked. Also purchased an auxiliary cable to hook up with MP3 player and it worked like a charm. Lots of powers (200W) and could receive AM/FM signals. This unit has no CD player and is replaced by an SD Card which is fine. CD's are almost the thing of the past. All in all, I recommend this Boss 612UA car stereo/mp3 player/am/fm receiver.
80 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
I threw this into my winter beater since it was only five bucks more than what the junkyard wanted for a factory unit. I gotta say, this thing is worth the money as long as it lasts (only had it for a week). The tuner pulls in stations as well as a factory GM unit, and will even fill your presets automatically if you wish! Aux, SD and USB all work great. It took a 8 gig SD with no problem, which I have problems with my other mechless reciever in a different car. The clock is tricky to set, but at least you have one, unlike my other mechless unit. Since the manual is worthless, this is how to set the clock: /// 1)Hold the mode/clk button for about two seconds and clock will appear. 2) Release button and immediately press again for two more seconds; clock will flash, release button. 3) use volume knob to adjust hour. 4) Depress volume button, and minutes will flash, again use the volume to adjust minutes. 5) Clock is now set. //// However, I have not discovered how to constantly display the clock. You have to hold the mode/clk button for two seconds every time you want to see the time. My other mechless reciever is the Dual XR4110, and it will be replaced with one of these come spring time as long as everything keeps working well. This thing is awesome, love it!
44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
My early Impressions are as follows
The UI is simplistic, but easy to understand. Most of the buttons on the receiver serve simple functions, and auxiliary functions are accessed by holding the buttons down. Their feel is hard and they click with a hard "snap" feeling every bit as cheap as the radio costs. The volume control knob is depressed to access settings, and held to turn off the unit. This is not very favorable as it is possible to hit the button when attempting to turn down the volume, forcing you to wait until it returns to normal function. The pale blue backlit display is adequate during the day, but the bright blue accent lights around the volume knob shine too brightly at night. At this price point you cannot expect a color changing display, but a dimmer would be nice.
The radio is sensitive, picking up even remote stations easily, and sounds quite good. The buttons are small and clustered on the right side of the unit - yet are somehow easy to select by feel alone. Tuning the stations is irksome, as pressing the tuning button seeks to even the weakest station. Holding the tuning button sends the radio to manual tune, which is slow to tune and returns to seek after a seemingly random period of time. I set my favorite radio stations in memory and forgot about the tuning difficulties quickly.
This radio has only simple settings for audio - Bass, Treble, and Loud. A few built-in EQ settings are present, but I favored custom settings. The radio puts out 200W peak, which is just enough to drive my 6.5" Polks. The sound quality is good, but a more customizable EQ would be nice. It has two RCA outputs on the back for an amp, but not subwoofer controls in the menu to adjust volume, crossover, phase, etc.
Coming later - but keep in mind: no iPod control - you'll have to use the AUX input and control the iPod manually. The unit has outlets for SD card, USB flash drive, and an AUX input, so there are plenty of options for playing MP3s.
Considering it's excellent price, despite some shortcomings this is an excellent radio. Time will tell whether it is durable enough to withstand hard use, but the lack of movable parts should help. My truck sees lots of rutted dirt roads and some 2wd offroading - so time will tell whether the CD player subtraction helps. Few people listen to CDs anymore, favoring MP3 players, so I no longer see the point of paying for all the extra moving parts. I'll be purchasing an extra SD card soon so I can keep my MP3s in the truck all the time and don't have to fiddle with plugging in my phone unless I want to play Pandora.
Odd things of note:
If I turn off the truck with the stereo turned low, when I turn the truck on the stereo comes on very loud.
This unit is only about 4 inches deep - so it should fit in even the most shallow of mounting points.
My unit appeared to be prepped from the factory for a Volkswagen - it had a VW wiring plug which had to be cut off the wiring harness, and a little VW Beetle features prominently in the center of the display. The wiring harness was easy to fix (just cut off the plug) but the little Bug in the display looks silly in the dash of my F250.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2015
The whole time i thought this was a BOSE stereo system until i actually received this product and started reading the user manual lmao! I felt like such an idiot! How could i of read BOSE from BOSS. Maybe a psychological marketing technique...anyways, this stereo was super easy to install along w/ the installation kit from metra in my 2007 350z base model. I was so bummed that it wasn't an actual BOSE stereo but wow this BOSS system worked surprisingly well! A hell of a lot better than the OEM CD/radio stereo in my z! I know that this is on the lower end of stereos but for the price, well worth it! I could care less about the horrible OEM speakers in my z and I'm probably not ever going to get a better sound system so thats why i chose this cheap(price) stereo. At least i could listen to my music on my phone via AUX cable.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2013
I would recommend this Boss 612UA MP3-Compatible Digital Media AM/FM Receiver to anyone who is a fan of music but does not want to spend alot of money on a stereo. It works well, volume nice and consistent even when the volume is all the up to the max, which I hardly ever do because it's nice and loud. Overall 5 stars
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
EDIT: As of 4/23/12, exactly a week of owning the product, it has died on me; the unit won't turn on, and all the fuses are still good. So under this assumption, something internally died out. (to prevent anything about my system, the old radio still works fine.)
I have been using this radio receiver for a few days now since it went back in stock. I bought this radio to use in an older car I wasn't too concerned with the audio system.
Being a cheap radio receiver, I knew it wasn't going to be the best thing ever, but I was hopeful on this company because I had bought a sub-woofer, amp, and some speakers from them that I ended up liking a lot.
I haven't got to test out the radio part of the receiver yet, mostly because I planned on only using this as an mp3 player.
* Good sound output
* Big display
* Big/awkward dial
* Buttons feel they will break easily
* Display is not customizable, the audio histogram seems to be pre-animated and does not flow with the music.
* Not much configuration on the device itself.
* Did not last long
A few other negative things to mention I have experienced before, plugging this into an existing system I had one of the first problems I had is the amp out rca jacks not working properly, it kept cutting out, came on sometimes, and very quiet. (keep a note I already had this system working, so nothing wrong with that.) also some songs playing on the sd card played quiet compared to playing the same song through the line-in on a mp3 player.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
Nice radio for the money. Had problem with first radio not having good signal. Contacted Boss and they advised there was no adjustment for FM strength and that I should return radio where purchased for replacement. Contacted Amazon and radio was replaced with no problems. New radio works fine. Thanks Amazon for standing behind products.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
I am surprised at how cheap this was, Works like a champ. Radio is clear in Chicago, audio quality is excellent and very easy to install. Wires had little tags that tell you which wire it connects to. Easy to use. Connected a 16GB sandisk cruzer fit flash drive that is almost flush with the stereo, and Sd card that goes all the way inside like a digital camera where you push the card to take it out. With the SD and Flash drive almost flush with the stereo i have two different playlists. Have the 3.5mm input for my phone or others who want to connect their phones.
Love it, i would buy it again if i had another car.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
We purchased this unit this summer, as we had purchased an older motorhome......with a tape deck! Obviously we wanted to update the stereo system. I was a little taken aback when I realized this was not a CD unit. But after I thought about it, all of my music is loaded on my ipod, and playing the music off of the ipod is much more convenient than messing with CDs anyway. We had our son install it for us, which he said was pretty straight forward. We were surprised at the sound quality when he got it hooked up. In fact he decided to order one for himself after he installed ours. (Unfortunately, someone stole his unit out of his truck before he ever got it installed!) Our motorhome has several speakers throughout the coach, and the sound quality from each location is very good. I am very impressed with the unit and would not hesitate to order another one if the need arose. This unit sounds every bit as good as the one we put in a little sports car we own......and we paid a lot more for it! I have to say that I am 60 years old, and perhaps don't have the discriminating ear that the teens of today may have, but for my husband and me, we love this unit. We have taken two ten day trips in the motorhome, and the stereo performed very, very well. We couldn't be happier, and the amazing price was just icing on the cake.