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Boss 870DBI

CD receiver

Item # 104870DBI

With the 870DBI CD receiver, Boss gives you features galore, including iPod or iPhone integration via USB,...

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With the 870DBI CD receiver, Boss gives you features galore, including iPod or iPhone integration via USB,...

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Item # 104870DBI

About the Boss 870DBI

Lots of music choices

With the 870DBI CD receiver, Boss gives you features galore, including iPod or iPhone integration via USB, Bluetooth capabilities, and theft-deterrence with a detachable faceplate – unusual for a larger 4" tall radio. You can listen to a portable audio player connected to the front-panel auxiliary input jack, as well as enjoy MP3 music files stored on CDs, a USB drive, or an SD card. You can run the show from the user-friendly controls on the radio or use the included wireless remote control. Plus, Boss protects this receiver with its unique 3-year warranty.

Lots of music choices

With the 870DBI CD receiver, Boss gives you features galore, including iPod or iPhone integration via USB, Bluetooth capabilities, and theft-deterrence with a detachable faceplate – unusual for a larger 4" tall radio. You can listen to a portable audio player connected to the front-panel auxiliary input jack, as well as enjoy MP3 music files stored on CDs, a USB drive, or an SD card. You can run the show from the user-friendly controls on the radio or use the included wireless remote control. Plus, Boss protects this receiver with its unique 3-year warranty.

Bluetooth delivers wireless convenience

With the 870DBI's built-in Bluetooth technology, you can answer a phone call with the push of a button, and talk as if your caller is sitting next to you, freeing up your hands and letting you concentrate on the drive. The sensitive microphone's built into the faceplate, saving you some installation time. And the 870DBI supports Bluetooth audio streaming, so you can stream music wirelessly from compatible devices to the receiver, with basic control functions like "play" or "pause."

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 MOSFET amplifier (18 watts RMS/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 files
    • single-line display with detachable faceplate
    • fits 4" tall dash openings
    • wireless remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad® control
    Audio Features:
    • 4 preset EQ curves
    • bass boost and loudness controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front auxiliary input, front SD card slot, front USB port
    • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (1-volt front, rear, and mono subwoofer)
    Other Info:

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Detachable faceplate (installed)
    • Trim-ring
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • Backstrap
    • 4 ISO-mount screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Flat washer
    • Lock washer
    • Nut
    • Rear-support bolt
    • User's Manual
    • "Removing Detachable Control Panel" note (taped to chassis)
    • Warranty/Registration Card

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    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
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5th gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
    Peak Output 80 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth ---
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color 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 15 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA
    High-res Playback N

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    CD/SD/USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Display & Remote Features
    Warranty

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Boss 870DBI CD receiver is equipped with built-in Bluetooth, providing hands-free communication and audio streaming for added convenience and safety in the vehicle.

    Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the 870DBI. 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 870DBI.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Boss 870DBI allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. 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 870DBI 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 will still need to use your mobile phone to dial a number (there is no phonebook transfer).

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Boss 870DBI also allows you to play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, portable audio player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic music playback functions (Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) of from the 870DBI. 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.

    CD/SD/USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Boss 870DBI 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.

    • Electronic Skip Protection: The 870DBI head unit features Electronic Skip Protection for CD-Audio (10 seconds) and MP3/WMA (60 seconds) playback.
    • Auto Reload: If an ejected disc is not removed within 10 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    SD-Card Slot: The Boss CD receiver features a front-panel SD-card slot located behind the unit's detachable faceplate. The 870DBI supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a SD/SDHC memory card.

    USB Port: The 870DBI is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as your older Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or thumbdrive. 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 (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 newer Android operating systems

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The CD receiver supports the following types of MP3/WMA music files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc, loaded onto a USB mass storage class device, or stored on a SD/SDHC memory card.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW) Flash Memory (USB Storage Device, SD/SDHC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 22-48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/999 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3), WMA tags

    On/Off Eject: A CD, USB device, or SD-card can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a CD, USB device, or SD-card is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The Boss 870DBI's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone (not included with the head unit). This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection provides audio playback (for both stored music & music apps), metadata display, control, and charging of select iPod/iPhones through the Boss Audio CD receiver.

    • Music Browsing: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music by song, artist, album, genre, or playlist. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its own clickwheel or touchscreen.
    • Song/Artist Info: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; including Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album title.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge (0.5A max) your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Boss Audio 870DBI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 6/18/2016):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    2/3 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4/air 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux Input: 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.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    80W (Peak) x 4Ch Amp: The Boss 870DBI CD receiver employs a 80W (peak) x 4ch amplifier.

    2V/5Ch RCA Outputs: The Boss Audio CD receiver is fitted with 2V/5-channel RCA outputs; stereo front, stereo rear, and mono-sub. The front & rear outputs are fading, while the sub output is non-fading. The sub out contains no low pass filter or separate level control.

    Audio Adjustments: The 870DBI head unit features EQ presets, Bass & Treble control, plus Loudness setting.

    • EQ Presets : You can choose between 5 preset modes - Pop, Techno, Rock, Classic, Jazz, Vocal, User, or Off.
    • Bass & Treble: The User EQ preset allows you to manually adjust the unit's Bass & Treble settings.
    • XBS: This function acts as a bass boost.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM Tuner (w/ RDS): The Boss 870DBI features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The 870DBI 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). Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Faceplate: The Boss Audio 870DBI features a detachable faceplate to deter theft.

    Single-Line LCD: The Boss 870DBI CD receiver features a single-line LCD to view song/artist information.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Boss CD receiver has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is no mounting sleeve to Euro-mount the head unit.  As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    IR Remote: The Boss 870DBI includes a 8-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote does not allow you to answer/end Bluetooth phone calls.

    Warranty

    Extended Warranty: Units purchased from Crutchfield after 3/1/2015 carry an extended warranty relative to purchases from Boss' standard dealer network. The new warranty is 3 years parts and labor.

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    11 questions already asked

    Q
    FOR A 2016 CHEVY MALIBU sedan limited.IS ANY TYPE OF METRA HARNESS GOING TO BE NEEDED FOR CONNECTING A 7" BOSS HEAD UNIT INTO THE FACTORY WIRING INSIDE WHERE THE REMOVED FACTORY RADIO WAS LOCATED??
    [ 10 MM  Aug 27, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    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.
    [ Kenny  Aug 27, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Is this compatible with an Android Galaxy S4?
    [ Jacqui  Aug 24, 2016 ]
    2 answers
    A
    Not sure what compatibility you mean? Bluetooth should be compatible with any bluetooth device. That said if you plan on using bluetooth for phone calls I would buy a different unit. The microphone in this unit is terrible. I have resorted to using my phone on speaker because no one can hear me. If your only use for the bluetooth is to play music it works fine.
    [ Adam  Aug 25, 2016 ]
    A
    Not sure if galaxy is compatible but worked fine with iPhone
    [ Rhino  Aug 25, 2016 ]
    Q
    One sub out cable? I have a Kenwood KSC-SW1 Powered enclosed subwoofer Item #: 113KSCSW1. How would I connect these 2 together. I also have a 4 channel amp for other speakers.
    [ john  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Hi John. A quick call or chat with an Advisor will make sure you get the all the connection cables you need. In general though you'll need to get signal and power to the subwoofer. Signal would likely come from RCA cables going from the receiver to the powered sub. Power would run to the battery and need to be grounded.
    [ Jeff  Jan 04, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    FM Sensitivity shows 15 dBf. Will the FM radio pick up any stations?
    [ Joe  Dec 15, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    A
    Joe not a techie - so do not know about the 15dbf, but I do know this: I receive both local and distant (50 + miles) FM signals without any interference or crossover. Larry H
    [ LARRY  Dec 15, 2015 ]
    A
    It doesn't have the greatest fm reception, and it does pick up some engine noise as well, but not sure if that is poorly shielded wiring in the car or not. The older radio did not pick up engine noise.
    [ Derek  Dec 15, 2015 ]
    A
    FM reception is a little flaky honestly. I get some static on and off even on stations close by with strong signals. ALSO The bluetooth calling leaves something to be desired. The main issue is with the microphone I think in the unit itself. Most people complain it sounds like I am far away OR like there is a lot of background hiss and there is no way to override the unit mic and use the mic on my phone instead. The bluetooth music streaming however sounds good and has never given me any problems to date. If I had to do it over again I would probably spend another hundred dollars for the next tier unit.
    [ Adam  Dec 15, 2015 ]
    Q
    The Boss 870DBI has everything that I would want in a new radio (unless you could add a navi and DVD). What are the specific mods for installing to a 2004 Chevy Silver Ext Cab? Will the face-off feat. be an issue? How much extra will this cost (do I need a special harnest/cradle)? I wanted to attempt to install myself.
    [ ADRIENNE  Nov 03, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    For 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  Nov 03, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    The Boss 870DBI has everything that I would want in a new radio (unless you could add a navi and DVD). What are the specific mods for installing to a 2004 Chevy Silver Ext Cab? Will the face-off feat. be an issue? How much extra will this cost (do I need a special harnest/cradle)? I wanted to attempt to install myself.
    [ ADRIENNE  Nov 03, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    For 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  Nov 03, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    what are the jack in the back for ?
    [ maddredd  Oct 01, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    [ Krissy  Oct 04, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    Curious how MP3 files are organized and displayed when using a SD card?
    [ Zaxer  Sep 10, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The files are organized using a tree sorting method. If the file has ID3 tags, then they will show the track name on the display. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Krissy  Sep 14, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    does it have a clock? if so does it stay on the screen?
    [ Randall  Aug 27, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    A
    YES there's a clock
    [ ralph  Sep 20, 2015 ]
    A
    YYes it has clock and it will stay on screen. It's nice radio.
    [ Ed Itle   Aug 28, 2015 ]
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    The radio displays the time by default and it stays on the screen unless you scroll to settings.
    [ Zachary  Aug 27, 2015 ]
    Q
    I would like to confirm that according to the owners manual for this stereo, it is NOT compatible with an IPhone 5 or 6. Is this correct?
    [ Jon  Jun 28, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: According to Product information it is compatible with iPhone 5 & 6 if you have a lightning cable. Use the Apple Lightning to USB cable and it will work. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Krissy  Jul 02, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    Is there a special cable neded to control my iPhone from radio?
    [ Joel  Jun 21, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    For 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  Jun 24, 2015 ]  Staff
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