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Boss 480BRGB

Digital media receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 104480BRGB

If your factory radio is past its prime, Boss's 480BRGB digital media receiver steps you up to some fun...

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About the Boss 480BRGB

Give yourself options

If your factory radio is past its prime, Boss's 480BRGB digital media receiver steps you up to some fun options that'll add some pep to your daily drive. A front auxiliary input lets you keep an old iPod or music player in the rotation while the front-panel USB port let you play your MP3 and WMA audio files. And what's a new stereo without an FM/AM tuner for your favorite stations and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming? This radio's big button array and included wireless remote control makes changing up sources or songs a snap.

Give yourself options

If your factory radio is past its prime, Boss's 480BRGB digital media receiver steps you up to some fun options that'll add some pep to your daily drive. A front auxiliary input lets you keep an old iPod or music player in the rotation while the front-panel USB port let you play your MP3 and WMA audio files. And what's a new stereo without an FM/AM tuner for your favorite stations and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming? This radio's big button array and included wireless remote control makes changing up sources or songs a snap.

Go wireless with Bluetooth

Bluetooth compatibility lets you answer a phone call with the push of a button and frees up your hands so you can focus on driving. Plus, enjoy streaming music apps like Spotify® and Pandora® wirelessly with basic controls.

Get tweakin'

Use the four EQ presets to get your music sounding just the way you like it. And when you're ready to add a little more power to your sound, Boss gives you two sets of preamp outputs to connect an amp for your speakers or even a sub. Need a different color to match your dash lighting? The multi-color illumination lets you pick your favorite color for the look you want.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • single-line display with multi-color illumination
    • fits 4" tall dash openings
    • wireless remote control
    Audio Features:
    • 4 preset EQ curves
    • bass and treble controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front and rear)
    Other Info:
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    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (15A fuse)
    • Trim-ring
    • 2 Brackets
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • 8 ISO-screws
    • User Manual
    • Warranty/Registration card
    • "Thank You" card

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    More details on the Boss 480BRGB

    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 60 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth Not givenHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback No

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    Bluetooth Technology: The Boss 480BRGB digital media receiver is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing hands-free communication and audio streaming for added convenience and safety in the vehicle.

    • Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Boss 480BRGB allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer or end a call through the head unit's front-panel controls. The 480BRGB allows you to carry on the phone conversation using the head unit's integrated microphone and your car audio speakers. Your music will mute automatically during a call. You can make a call using the included remote control's keypad (there is no phonebook transfer).
    • Wireless Audio Streaming: The Boss 480BRGB also allows you to play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or portable digital music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic music playback functions (Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) of from the 480BRGB. Advance music navigation and song/artist information will still need to be handled through the Bluetooth mobile device. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
    Note: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the 480BRGB. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Boss 480BRGB.

    USB Port: The 480BRGB is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for connection of a USB mass storage class device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital music player. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a compatible USB msc device. You'll have folder and file search functions, as well as playback controls (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. The unit will also display song/artist information. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port is not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.

    Aux Input: The digital media receiver is fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of any portable audio player with a 3.5mm headphone output.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Boss 480BRGB features a built-in AM/FM tuner. The 480BRGB features 3 FM banks and 2 AM bank for storing presets (automatically or manually). You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets (total of 30). You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

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    4Ch Amplifier: The digital media receiver employs a 60W (peak) x 4ch amplifier.

    4Ch Pre-Outs: The Boss 480BRGB is also fitted with front & rear 2-volt RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier.

    Equalizer: You can choose between 4 preset modes - Pop, Rock, Classic, Flat, or Off.  In addition to the EQ Presets, the 480BRGB offers independent Bass & Treble control.

    Loudness: The Loudness function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer at lower volumes.

    Display & Remote Features

    Variable Color Illumination: You can choose Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Cyan, or White for the digital media receiver's LCD screen & button illumination. You can also choose to have the receiver cycle through all colors. The LCD screen and button illumination will always be the same color.

    IR Remote: The Boss 480BRGB includes a 21-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the digital media receiver. The remote even allows you to answer and end Bluetooth phone calls.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Looking for something inexpensive for a factory replacement for my son's ride. Had really good reviews and thought this would be a good choice. [ William Scott  Mar 17, 2019 ]
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    i like the color changes [ Jessica  Mar 14, 2019 ]
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    needed a basic radio for old car [ RAY  Feb 20, 2019 ]
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    Looks good [ Paul  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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    Great value for the range of features it offers. [ Dave  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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    Price, availability and fit. [ ROBERT  Dec 12, 2018 ]
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    its blue like my waffles [ DONOVAN M  Nov 30, 2018 ]
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    I choose this unit because it is the lowest cost unit with Bluetooth. It has enough power to drive 2 small speakers in my garage . [ nguyen  Nov 20, 2018 ]
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    Nice radio [ Tammy  Nov 13, 2018 ]
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    Looks nice [ Niel  Sep 13, 2018 ]
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    It's what she wanted. [ Lisa  Sep 10, 2018 ]
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    I wanted it [ Aieysha Nicole  Sep 06, 2018 ]
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    like the price [ Jean Marie Greg  Aug 31, 2018 ]
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    It would look great in my daughters car! She doesn't even know what a CD is--- HAHAHA!! -- This stereo has blue tooth so all is good [ Julie  Aug 17, 2018 ]
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    It was a good balance of the features I wanted for the price. [ Mark  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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    Factory radio is not working properly, needed a cheap replacement. Glad this one adds bluetooth for handsfree calling. [ R  Jul 22, 2018 ]
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    15 questions already asked

    Q
    I plan on purchasing sub-woofers. Will i be able to control them through this radio, or do i have to purchase the radio that accompanies them instead?
    [ Brady  Mar 19, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    You will be Able to control the subwoofers to an extent but if you get a powered subwoofer then you can just get the little knob that truely controls it
    [ calvin  Mar 24, 2019 ]
    Q
    How do you adjust the bass on this radio? I recently installed on my 08 Tacoma and do not see the option anywhere, even after following instructions in owner's manual.
    [ PatLock  Feb 14, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Feb 18, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    Will it fits my 2014 chevy impala LTZ?
    [ Mavrick  Jan 18, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jan 20, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Will it fit my 2014 chevy impala LTZ?
    [ Mavrick  Jan 18, 2019 ]
    3 answers
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    They should have something on the crutchfield website that says if it fits your vehicle. Mine personally did not quite fit the center piece of my crown Victoria so I had to do some additional cutting to get it to fit. Best of luck!
    [ Connor  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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    Not sure you will have to check their website. However I would not recommend this vehicle for that car. I own a 2011 Chevrolet Impala with the Bose sound system. Spend a couple extra dollars and get a better radio. This radio is more generic and does what it is supposed to do but in no way is it a high-end radio.
    [ JustinB  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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    Measure the opening and let me know what it is. Ill then measure the opening in my Chevy HHR and let you know.
    [ Cliff  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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    What are the dimensions?
    [ Esther  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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    182mm by 103mm
    [ Gavin  Dec 12, 2018 ]
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    not sure the dimensions, but it is a standard double DIN size
    [ Anthony  Dec 12, 2018 ]
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    Is there a way to add an adapter for steering wheel controls?
    [ Stephany  Nov 12, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes, they have the part necessary, but we didn't use it. I would recommend getting the adapter for steering wheel controls. We lost more functionality without it than we had anticipated. Good luck!
    [ Brent  Nov 13, 2018 ]
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    dont think so, but i did not do this. this is a pretty basic unit. doesn't even automatically answer.
    [ kent  Nov 12, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does this require a micro bypass or hook up to E-brake for Bluetooth to work?
    [ Daryl  Nov 03, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    No I had no trouble syncing up with my LG android phone
    [ Cliff  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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    I installed mine simply using the wiring harness. Nothing special involved. Bluetooth works great.
    [ Clint  Nov 10, 2018 ]
    Q
    How does phone operation on this radio?
    [ Anthony  Oct 20, 2018 ]
    5 answers
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    I have not had time to install
    [ smokinjim  Oct 22, 2018 ]
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    Honestly it's not the best. I don't know the cause. My wife and my family members all complain i sound a little muffled or sometimes they can't hear me. That is one reason I may end up upgrading this radio.
    [ Andrew Lee  Oct 21, 2018 ]
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    I have not tried this yet but everything else wore great
    [ Chase  Oct 21, 2018 ]
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    Excellent
    [ ignacio  Oct 20, 2018 ]
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    Through the Bluetooth radio. Although for my experience it is not the highest quality and is hard to understand sometimes for the other person listening to you talk.
    [ JustinB  Oct 20, 2018 ]
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    What is the fm sensitivity for this radio since it's not listed in specs?
    [ Michael  Sep 10, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    It is poor if you are not close to the radio stations.
    [ Kevin  Sep 10, 2018 ]
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    does this support an amp and subwoofer?
    [ jamin  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    Yea it does.
    [ Jacob  Sep 11, 2018 ]
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    Yes, it has the line level outputs
    [ scott  Sep 10, 2018 ]
    Q
    My Ant is double prong , will any of these radios work ?
    [ Lewis  Jul 12, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jul 19, 2018 ]  Staff
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    My Ant is double prong , will any of these radios work ?
    [ Lewis  Jul 12, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jul 19, 2018 ]  Staff
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