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Boss 615UA In-Dash MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver

Boss 615UA In-Dash MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver

  • SD Memory Card Slot
  • 50 Watts x 4 Channel Power
  • USB Port & Front Aux-In
  • MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver
  • Wireless Remote Control
  • USB Port; SD Memory Card Slot; & Front Aux-In

MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver, USB Port, SD Memory Card Slot, Front Aux-In, Wireless Remote, 50W x 4

List Price: $ 111.00

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3 Responses to Boss 615UA In-Dash MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver

  • Jonathan P. Garza says:
    63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Disclaimer: This is not a CD player!, April 25, 2009
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    Jonathan P. Garza (Amarillo, TX) –
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    This review is from: Boss 615UA In-Dash MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver (Electronics)
    First of all, I made the mistake of not paying enough attention, and consequently did not notice that it does not say anywhere that this device plays CDs; however, that is my own fault, and I have no right to complain.

    Once you get over that fact, this really is a great player. I don’t think that I would want to use CDs in the stereo, even if I had the option, because using the SD cards or USB port is so much better. The sound quality is very good, and installation was simple (I used an install kit). The device looks like it came with the car, and does not look out of place at all.

    There is no restriction to the size of SD card that you can use (some other similar devices will not read the card if it is over a certain size; ex: it will play files from a 512mb card, but not a 2gb card).

    Also, you can have an SD card and USB device plugged in at the same time, and it is easy to switch back and forth between them. It will save your place in the track when you turn off your car, or plug in another device (ie, if you’re playing songs off of your SD card, then plug in your USB to listen to that, then remove the USB, it will pick up where you left off on the SD card).

    You don’t have to save songs under a particular file name on your SD/USB in order for the stereo to find them, which makes things easier. It will also play songs in the order in which they are listed on your SD or USB, so you don’t have to worry about them playing in some random order; unless you want them to, in which case, there is a random option. (There is also a repeat option).

    You can skip tracks, forward or back, and there are also buttons to skip 10 tracks at a time, forward or back. The only problem that I have discovered with the player at this time, is that there is no fast forward or rewind, so you cannot search within a track, which can be a problem if you are searching for something specific in a very long track, like if you are looking for a specific spot in an audio book, for example.

    The volume knob is large, and easy to find. The power button doubles as a mute button after you have turned the stereo on, which is useful when you are using the radio. When you are using an SD or USB, the first of the radio station preset buttons is used to pause the track. It comes with several preset equalizer settings, or you can tweak the treble/bass yourself. There are also controls for fade and balance. There is a loud button, to turn up the bass, which is useful when traveling on the highway, and there is a lot of noise.

    It uses ID3 tags, and when a track is playing, the display scrolls between artist name, album, track title, and the track number/current time of track. The display is big, bright, and easy to read.

    The aux-in port is easy to use and find, and you just use the controls on your mp3 player to control things.

    The sound quality for the radio is very good, and it is easy to set the station presets.

    I haven’t bothered fiddling with the clock, because I have one built into my dash.

    The aux-in, SD and USB ports are all on the front of the device and very easy to find. Oh, and by the way, the SD cards have to be inserted upside down. It took me about half an hour to figure why my SD card wasn’t reading.

    So, like I said, the only problem I could find was no fast forward/rewind. Other than that, this device is the best one I’ve ever had in my vehicles.

    This was my first ever review, so I hope it was informative and helpful.
    Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Basic Digital Player, August 16, 2009
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    This review is from: Boss 615UA In-Dash MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver (Electronics)
    This player perfectly fits my needs. In my used Accord I had a Sony CD player installed and it started skipping tracks and made my life miserable. So I switched to this digital player as I decided to skip CD forever.

    The audio quality of the player is great considering my original basic Honda speakers of the LX model. It is not premium speakers and it does not benefit from premium stereo. It plays SD and USB both and that is the main reason I bought, and the radio reception is also decent.

    Regarding the SD card, I was thrilled to find that it accepts SDHC card, as many SD receivers do not do that. I have used both 2 GB SD and 4 GB SDHC card. The only problem is the song selection and organization – there is nothing. It plays according to the order the songs are added to the card, and for me it was the order Windows decided to copy the files from my Hard Disk of my music folder. I had songs organized in folders and sub folders for the type (Rock, Pop, Classical) and artist and album, but this player does not understand any such organization. The only option is to skip 10 songs to probably move to the next album. In a way it is better; as less control is better for road safety.

    However, my biggest complain is the power/ mute button. I do not see any need for a Mute button in a digital car receiver. If the power is switched off it serves the same purpose of muting the audio. Moreover, if a song was getting played, it stops there itself and when started it starts from there. I normally use this power off in my earlier Sony receiver many times during travel whenever I get a call on my headset. After the call, I switch it on again and the song continues from the same place. For this, I need to pause and for that I have to fish out the small first number button which is also very difficult to get at since it is next to the volume control. The other option is keeping the power button pressed to power it off. Both are cumbersome and bad design.

    The installation was pretty simple as I was replacing another aftermarket stereo. All the wiring harness and frame was already present. I just had to look in the internet how to open my car stereo and I got help from my mechanic friend to open it without any scratches. Wiring was easy and it worked the first time.

    Finally I am able to enjoy my music without any skipping and changing disks. All my music fits in a 8GB or 16GB disc and so no changing is required. However, I am planning to use smaller cards for each music type (Rock or classical) as it is impossible to select them on this player.

    One important thing to note is that the faceplate is not removable for security. Hence, if security is important, it is better to look for other models.

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  • Amazon Customer says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great stereo, especially for the price, July 2, 2011
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    Amazon Customer (Richmond, Kentucky United States) –
    This review is from: Boss 615UA In-Dash MP3 Compatible Solid State AM/FM Receiver (Electronics)
    My husband bought this stereo to replace the (broken) factory AM/FM cassette radio in his 1995 GMC Sierra. He paid about $50.00 for it at Meijer, plus he had to buy the wiring harness and the dash kit. He mostly listens to his XM radio in our cars, so he really wanted the front AUX port to attach the XM receiver to instead of using the FM tuner and dealing with the interference and bleed over you get from other radio stations.

    He did the install himself. I could hear him grunting and cursing in the garage, but it was because the radio would not fit the opening in the generic Scosche GM dash kit he bought. He had to take a rotary tool and trim away the edges of the opening on the kit to get it to work. After that the rest of the install went fine. Wiring is easy, just match the colors and crimp them together.

    The AUX port, which is the main reason he bought this stereo, works great. The sound quality is just so much better than it is when he would use the FM tuner.

    The SD card is also a great feature. Like others have said, it will take any size card you want to use. The playback quality is fine. If a $50 stereo can have one of these, why is a SD card reader not standard on all factory stereos in new cars? It can’t possibly be any more expensive (to the manufacturer) than having a CD player.

    If there is problem with the card reader it’s that the device is too simple (my husband calls it “dumb”) to make the best use of the technology. Since there’s no screen, there’s no way to navigate through different files to find specific songs except to skip forward through all the tracks, either by one track at a time or ten tracks at a time. Unless you want to memorize or document somehow that a certain song is track # 257 out of 700, for example, there’s not an easy way to find it again. It will display the song titile and artist info once you get to that track, but not while you’re searching for it.

    My husband originally bought a 16 GB SD card and put pretty much our entire music collection of 4,000+ songs on it. When he tried to use it in the truck, he realized that he would never be able to find anything. He bought a 4 GB SD card, which holds about 800 songs, and organized it by creating folders for specific genres (Country, Oldies, Jazz, etc.) and putting only 100 songs in each folder. Now he knows that tracks 1- 100 are Country, 101- 200 are Oldies, 201- 300 are Jazz, etc. and can find music that way. Finding a specifc track without knowing the file number is still impossible, however.

    Considering the price point ths is a great device, epecially if you’re replacing a factory stereo in an older car. If you really want to take full advantage of using a SD card reader you might want to look for a little higher end stereo. This one will do it and sound good, but it requires a lot of compromise.

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