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Boss 550B

CD receiver

Item # 104550B

With this Boss 550B CD receiver in your dash, you can bring CDs back into daily rotation for a blast of nostalgia.

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With this Boss 550B CD receiver in your dash, you can bring CDs back into daily rotation for a blast of nostalgia.

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About the Boss 550B

Dust off your CDs

Maybe you've never stopped listening to CDs, but if you're like me, you have discs that haven't seen daylight in years. With this Boss 550B CD receiver in your dash, you can bring them back into daily rotation for a blast of nostalgia. Or maybe an iPod Classic is your thing — just plug it into the front auxiliary input. A front-panel USB port lets you play MP3 audio files from a flash drive, and built-in Bluetooth® makes hands-free calling and wireless music streaming easy. Oh, and an AM/FM tuner rounds out Boss's impressive list of source options. 

Dust off your CDs

Maybe you've never stopped listening to CDs, but if you're like me, you have discs that haven't seen daylight in years. With this Boss 550B CD receiver in your dash, you can bring them back into daily rotation for a blast of nostalgia. Or maybe an iPod Classic is your thing — just plug it into the front auxiliary input. A front-panel USB port lets you play MP3 audio files from a flash drive, and built-in Bluetooth® makes hands-free calling and wireless music streaming easy. Oh, and an AM/FM tuner rounds out Boss's impressive list of source options. 

The beauty of 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®, or your favorite podcasts wirelessly with basic controls.

Build a system

Use built-in 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 or powered sub. 

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • single-line dot-matrix display
    • fits 2" tall dash openings
    • wireless remote control
    • preset EQ settings with bass and treble controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front auxiliary input and USB port (no smartphone control), rear auxiliary (RCA) input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front and rear)
    Other Info:

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Trim-ring (installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Power harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Backstrap
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Rear-support stud
    • Flat washer
    • Lock washer
    • Nut
    • User's Manual
    • Warranty/Registration Card
    • "Thank You" card
    • "Like us on Facebook" card

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front, RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    USB Port Power 1A
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    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 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth Not givenHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Blue
    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
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA
    High-res Playback N
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

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    Bluetooth Technology: The Boss 550B CD receiver is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing phone communication and audio streaming for added convenience in the vehicle. Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the 550B.

    • Phone Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Boss 550B 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 550B allows you to carry on the phone conversation using the head unit's integrated microphone and your car audio speakers. You can make a call using the included remote control's keypad (there is no phonebook transfer). Your music will mute automatically during a call.
    • Wireless Audio Streaming: The Boss 550B 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 550B. 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: Because phone calls have to be made using the included remote control, which could cause you to take you eyes off the road, please pull your vehicle over and come to a complete stop in a safe location when making a phone call.

    Disc Compatibility: The Boss 550B features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/RW audio discs. The unit supports playback of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs. ESP (Electronic skip protection) is a feature that buffers the CD while playing, storing 5 seconds of music. If disc reading is interrupted, the player momentarily uses the stored data, while the tracking circuitry finds the passage prior to the interruption on the CD for continuous performance.

    USB Port: The 550B 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. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A), 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.

    Dual Aux Inputs: The CD receiver is fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of any portable audio player with a 3.5mm headphone output. The head unit is also fitted with a rear-panel stereo RCA input for connection of an external audio source.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    4Ch Amplifier & Preouts: The Boss 550B CD receiver employs a 60W (peak) x 4ch amplifier. The 550B is also outfitted with front & rear 2-volt RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier.The front and rear RCA outputs are not switchable to a subwoofer out.

    • Equalizer: You can choose between 4 preset modes - Pop, Rock, Classic, Flat, or Off. In addition to the EQ Presets, the 550B offers independent Bass & Treble control.
    • Loudness: The Loudness function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer at lower volumes.
    • Turn-On Volume: You can set the receiver to turn on to preset level (0-40) or the last volume level selected each time you turn the unit off and on. The default turn on volume is 20.

    Note: The unit does not feature built-in low pass or high pass crossover frequency settings.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Boss 550B features a built-in AM/FM tuner. The 550B 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.

    Display & Remote Features

    Non-Detachable Faceplate: Unlike many other CD receivers, the Boss 550B's faceplate does not detach and is fixed to the radio.

    Fixed Illumination: The front-panel LCD screen features a bluish-white illumination color, while the buttons have a blue illumination color. The LCD screen and button illumination are fixed and not variable.

    IR Remote: The Boss 550B includes a 21-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote even allows you to answer and end Bluetooth phone calls.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm operation This function can be turned On or Off.

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