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on August 2, 2012
To start off, I believe this unit is a pretty good deal for the money if your upgrading from a simple stock radio/cd stereo. The fact that it will play mp3s as well as video is an awesome + and I am looking forward to giving my passengers something to watch on long trips. The unit will not play DVDs while the vehicle is in drive, but, if your a DIY kind of person, this is EASY to bypass by connecting the parking break wire to ANY ground/negative wire in your vehicle. It's ILLEGAL of course, so I'm not telling you to do it. This unit also has lots of ports including a MICRO SD slot(which is accessed by manually removing the faceplate), USB port, auxiliary input, and all the cables on the rear of the unit to hook up a back up camera and amp. The unit itself has a very simple and clean look to it which is nice. The screen is nice and crisp as well. I was a little cautious about the screen resolution before using the DVD playback option, but after popping in a couple of movies, I'm really loving the quality. The sound put out by the BV9965I is also impressive. I could definitely tell that I had a subwoofer. I like the fact that I now have the option of playing media from my MP3 discs/player and DVDs.

That being said, this is only an okay unit. The manual has frequent misspellings, broken English, and non-existent words throughout. I read the manual several times and, it could just be me missing something, but I think that a few of the features of the unit are not covered by the manual at all. Also, the outside of the box for the BV9965I states that it comes with a trim plate and mounting hardware,however, they were left out of mine. I don't know if I was just lucky, or if this is just how it is packaged.

The BV9965I also comes with delays and pauses. The stereo will take awhile to load CD's whether they are MP3 or not and pauses the music when you click on any other option menu from the touch screen, which is a little annoying. There also isn't a clock or time display to speak of UNLESS you change screens from the playback menu on the touch display. This, as stated before, pauses CD/MP3 playback. When you switch back to the playback screen, the unit takes a few seconds or so to resume play. Although this unit has a clean look, it's almost on the verge of simplistic. No frills. Just the basic buttons and a basic head unit display. The wallpaper on the touch display can be changed between 5 defaults though. However, the touch screen is not very sensitive. After two calibrations, I'm still having trouble with the screen recognizing my touch. Sometimes there are delays in the touch recognition. I'll select a menu and nothing will happen for 5 or 10 seconds. This is really tedious, especially when driving. The stereo does come with a stylus pen, which I thought was kinda cool, but it doesn't help much. Another tedious thing to consider is that the remote will not work unless pointed straight on towards the head unit. If I'm casually using the remote while driving, it will not work. I have to put my arm up and back in the space between the driving and passenger seat so that the signal is hitting the sensor dead on. This works well if your back seat passengers are watching a video, but this is something they would probably do while on a road trip and not just sitting in the parking lot, the only way the DVD playback will work, for several hours.

I guess what I'm trying to get across is that although the Boss BV9965I packs a lot of features for the price, it does have drawbacks. Definitely not a top of the line model, this is a good option to consider if you are looking to upgrade from a simple stock radio and want something that will play DVD as well.

August 27,2012

It's almost been a month now and my opinion still stands. Although I have gotten use to the pauses in playback and mp3 load times, I've given up on the clock all together. The clock setting changes on me randomly, no matter how many times I reset it to the correct time. Sometimes the time will display as 4 pm, sometimes it's 16:00. I can correct the time only to have the clock display the wrong hour five minutes later. Also, the USB is not a true USB port. I think the port on the stereo unit might be a firewire? port. The stereo comes with a cable with a USB head on one end and the head for the stereo unit on the other. For the money, it's still a good buy, but one would think they would mention in greater detail the ports of the unit. I did not know the SD slot was a Micro SD until the thing arrived either.
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on August 10, 2012
Looks a solid player. Only there is an annoying thing when turn on the ignition key:
Spends some time to start playing. First makes a mechanical sound, seems trying to read a disk, I guess! and late wastes more time reading the 16GB micro SD card. Maybe a small card works better.
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on October 11, 2012
I will definately be returning this product. i had it professionally installed, and the head unit didn't have any sound output. i have all new kicker speakers and continuity through all of my speaker wires. i don't recommend this unit.
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Thank you for your purchase of Boss Audio Product. I'm sorry to hear that you are having a problem with your Boss Audio BV9965I. Please contact our Technical Support Line (805) 751.4853 or email us at so that we may further assist you. We appreciate your business as a valued Boss Audio Customer.
on March 12, 2015
After only a few months the system stopped playing DVDs and CDs. When turning on my vehicle the screen stopped wanting to come out and up. Same problem turning system off. Not worth the money or time.
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on April 14, 2015
primarily Yours faithfully would like to report a serious problem regarding the purchase you make a compact repductor team car brand BOSS, the player team we opened last week as it was a gift for my brother and slow muhco to arrive to Venezuela, when we did the installation of the equipment did not work, the screen does not turn on, only repropduce music but the DVD screen does not work under any circumstances the equipment is damaged factory and I find it very distasteful this situation shameful why I am going to my family paid a considerable sum for this player team and it turns out is damaged, I appreciate immediately contact me and seek a solution to this situation or failing will issue a letter of complaint to amazon and'll do the corresponding califiacion to the purchase of a very negative way and explain irresponsibility on his part to send a totally defective item. I hope a solution as quickly as possible in this case. to contact my email is:
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on July 27, 2013
for the price this is an an excellent buy set up was easy it pairs off through bluetooth perfectly and the quality of the play back is good enough
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on July 5, 2014
Worked good for two years in my work truck lots of dirt and a lot of morons driving the truck and using the radio. I think in normal use it's probably a pretty good radio. Mine still works fine the screen just went white and I can no longer play DVDs.
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on April 15, 2014
I bought this Boss DVD Player 1 year and 4.5 months ago. I been having problems with it working for the past few started by not playing the music through the speakers. just the sub would come on all the time. The speakers turn on and off when it wants to.the screen does not want to come out and when it does it come out half way and stops then makes noise.I spent all that money just so I could start having problems with a product in a year span .I'm extremely dissatisfied with the product.I feel like I burned the money.
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on July 2, 2014
What a pile! Had it professionally installed along with a back up camera. Within 6months of little use as my husband is disabled and doesnt drive much, it had no/intermittant sound. Emailed "customer service" and was told they were happy to help with a replacement. Great. I emailed receipts and after 6 times of doing so and the rep saying he did not recieve them and then finally he just stopped responding.

Crap product, no customer service, avoiding replacing under warranty. It is still under warranty but I can not get a response. I have since replaced the unit with a Pioneer that is flawless and works well for my Husband with the added bluetooth for his phone.

Don't buy Boss junk. I am out over $300.00.
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on July 19, 2014
This is not worth your money! It looks cool but it's misconceived. I ordered this in dec 2013 and by march 2014 it stopped working well. The screen won't come out half the time, a cd got stuck in there and won't come out at all, the volume button doesn't work (it turns but doesn't turn the music up or down), and other little problems like wire shortage, static noise, the screen features suck, doesn't have a clock, very limited on what you can do with your phone and music.
Wish I could get my money back. Have to destroy this one to get that CD out.
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