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Our take on the Boss 752UAB by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
You've got options
Boss packs some pretty cool features into their 752UAB CD receiver. Not everyone gets their music from CDs, so they've included both front-panel and rear auxiliary inputs and a USB port. You can plug your favorite device into the aux in, or plug a thumb drive loaded with music into the USB port. You can even play music from select Android™ phones through the USB input (USB port not compatible with iPod® or iPhone®).
Fold down the front face and you can slide in your favorite CDs, even discs burned with MP3 files. And you'll also find an SD™ card slot behind the face too, so you can slip in a card loaded with MP3 files and enjoy the music whenever you want. Finding songs on your media is easy, thanks to an alphabetic directory search feature.
And Bluetooth® too
Boss sweetens the deal with built-in Bluetooth. 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. And the 752UAB supports Bluetooth audio streaming, so you can stream music wirelessly from compatible devices to the receiver, with basic control functions like "play" or "pause."
Excellent value for what i paid. Since I have an older car, all I was interested in was the bluetooth feature. What I got was much more. I love the fact that i can answer my phone through the receiver, i can stream music via bluetooth and can use USB stick or SD card to play music.
Charles, Fairfield, CA
What's in the Box:
- CD receiver (10A fuse)
- Faceplate (attached)
- Trim-ring (installed)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Power/ground harness
- Speaker harness
- Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
- 2 Removal tools
- 4 ISO-mount screws
- Self-tapping screw
- 2 Flat washers
- Lock washer
- User's Manual
- Warranty/Registration Card
- CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
- built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/60 peak x 4 channels)
- Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 files
- detachable face
- remote control
- 4 preset EQ curves with bass and treble controls
- inputs: front and rear auxiliary, SD card slot, and USB inputs (no iPod/iPhone controls)
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear)
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||20 watts|
|Peak Output||60 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||15 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Bluetooth Technology: The Boss 752UAB 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 752UAB. 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 752UAB.
Hands-Free Communication (w/ Integrated Mic): The Boss 752UAB 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 752UAB 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 the mobile phone to dial a number (there is no phonebook transfer).
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Boss 752UAB also allows you to play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic music playback functions (Play/Pause) of from the 752UAB. 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.
Boss Audio Radio Stream App (for Android): The Boss Audio Radio Stream app lets you wirelessly control the 752UAB in-dash CD receiver from your Bluetooth-paired Android (OS 2.2+) smartphone. You are also able to stream your compatible Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone's music library to the 752UAB head unit. Now you can control your Android smartphone's music library and all the Boss receiver sources right from your Android device conveniently and safely through the free Boss Audio Radio Stream app (available at Google Play). From the app on your Android smartphone you can -
- select between sources that are available on the Boss 752UAB receiver
- turn the 752UAB receiver's volume up or down
- seek and select available radio stations on the 752UAB's built-in AM/FM tuner
- control playback and search functions for the 752UAB's built-in CD player, a connected USB device, or inserted SD memory card
- adjust audio & EQ settings on the Boss head unit
- view the Boss CD receiver's clock display
Disc Compatibility: The Boss 752UAB features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/RW audio discs. The unit supports playback of MP3 music files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs.
SD-Card Slot: The Boss CD receiver features a hidden SD-card slot located behind the unit's fold-down faceplate. The 752UAB supports playback of MP3 music files loaded onto a SD/SDHC memory card.
USB Port: The 752UAB is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3 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, or iPad.
Dual Aux Inputs: The CD receiver is fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input and a rear-panel stereo RCA Aux input.
Directory Search: You can search for music files on a CD, USB device, or SD card by track number or alphabetically. You can enter the track number or the first 3 letters of a music file to begin song playback.
Intro Scan: During music playback, you can play the first 10 seconds of each track or file.
Repeat/Random: The 752UAB offers Repeat Track and Random All modes.
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.
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.
60W (Peak) x 4Ch Amp: The Boss 752UAB CD receiver employs a 60W (peak) x 4ch amplifier.
2V/4Ch RCA Outputs: The Boss 752UAB is fitted with front & rear 2-volt RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier.
EQ Presets: You can choose between 4 preset modes - Pop, Rock, Classic, Flat, or Off.
Bass & Treble: In addition to the EQ Presets, the 752UAB offers independent Bass & Treble control.
Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer at lower volumes.
Programmable Turn-On Volume: You can set the head unit to turn-on to a pre-defined volume level (0-45) every time you power up the radio.
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Boss 752UAB features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The 752UAB 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). The Scan function will play the first five seconds of each station, until you find a station you like. Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. You can also switch between Stereo/Mono modes for better reception.
Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
Detachable Fold-Down Faceplate: The Boss 752UAB features a manual fold-down faceplate with a single-line alphanumeric-text display. The 752UAB's's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. A zippered, padded soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased to protect the face when removed.
Note: The fold-down faceplate needs approximately 1.625" of clearance to open.
IR Remote: The Boss 752UAB includes a 30-button IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD receiver. The remote does not allow you to answer/end Bluetooth phone calls.
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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Why did you buy this?
Have had good experience with Boss car stereos. Purchased this model for its playback features, CD/SD/USB/Bluetooth, not found in other brands. Crutchfield will be my go-to source for most if not all electronic purchases in the future. [ James Jun 28, 2016 ]
Reasonably priced; good reviews. However, it did not perform well. Occasionally, parts of the letters on the LCD display would be missing; it was impossible to read. Local FM station signals that are always strong and clear on any other radio, would sound weak and full of static. The face plate required a lot of pressure to engage the contacts on the main unit. Above all, the user manual was poorly written and many acronyms were not defined in any way, making setup difficult to complete. [ A May 31, 2016 ]
upgrade what i have now [ Victor Apr 14, 2016 ]
I chose this stereo for the price and features , hope I won't be disappointed. [ Ariel Apr 08, 2016 ]
Nice unit for price [ G Dec 15, 2015 ]
good price [ M Dec 03, 2015 ]
16 questions already asked
I've never used the back aux just the one I front I love this deck it works great [ FRANCES Feb 09, 2016 ]
Only one can be used at a time [ BRANDON Feb 08, 2016 ]
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. [ Kenny Jan 26, 2016 ] Staff
They don't make it easy as that's not even in the manual. I went to their web site and found the size is up to 32GB. [ Paul Dec 21, 2015 ] Staff
The faceplate only hinges down so you can insert a CD it does not detach completely. Also I would not recommend this unit if you're going to use the radio it does not have a very good capture feature in other words it does not pick up stations very well [ LOREN W Jun 15, 2015 ]
Yes fold it down then pull it off. [ CRAIG Jun 15, 2015 ]
It does, but I find that it's quite a hassle to get back on. [ Timothy Jun 15, 2015 ]
Yes it does. [ STEPHANIE Jun 15, 2015 ]
Faceplate is detachable. [ Richard Jun 15, 2015 ]
This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on 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 what you will need for an installation. [ Krissy May 25, 2015 ] Staff
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 May 03, 2015 ] Staff
the microphone has a cable that you connect to the back of the unit. It gives you the ability to install the mic where you want it. I ran it to the drivers side visor area and it works great [ Jason May 02, 2015 ]
Microphone opening is on the units face plate. [ William Apr 27, 2015 ]
I don't remember a clock. My stereo quit playing CD's, "ERROR 5" would flash on the faceplate, no idea what that meant. [ PATTY M May 02, 2015 ]
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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Apr 28, 2015 ] Staff
I play music on mine through my iPhone all the time. I either use the auxiliary or play it through the Bluetooth. Works great. [ STEPHANIE Dec 06, 2014 ]
Yes, anything via the aux will work fine. Bluetooth connections work well too. The USB and SD card inputs are more tricky and difficult to navigate especially with a lot of folders. The other thing that bugs me is you can't have the clock set to be the default screen. When you're listening to your iPhone, it will just show "aux" if your plugged in or "BT audio" if you're on via Bluetooth. Other than that, its worked well. [ Christopher Dec 05, 2014 ]
It actually will play iphones via bluetooth, and this does allow you to change songs from the stereo. [ KARA Dec 05, 2014 ]
Yes aux cord will work with iphones. Bluetooth also works well and is what I use. Just don't plug in iphone through usb, as that is how mine broke. [ CRAIG Dec 05, 2014 ]
Yes, it will work if you connect through aux. I was disappointed with the weak reception of the receiver. If you live in an area with weak reception, such as hills, you might consider a radio with a better, more sensitive receiver. [ Keith Dec 05, 2014 ]
Meghan, I don't Have an iPhone, however I play my audio books on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and my Sirius satelite radio through the AUX port. It surely can't hurt to try. You just need the proper cable,to go from your headphone port on your phone to the AUX port on your radio. Good luck. [ Billy Dec 05, 2014 ]
Absolutely! I have an iPhone, and it works perfectly with the auxiliary input. However, I usually connect it via Bluetooth to play my music. [ Timothy Dec 05, 2014 ]
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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Sep 09, 2014 ] Staff
The receiver does have a harness. For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone 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. [ Jeff Jan 05, 2014 ] Staff
Ed, I installed it on my son's car. I really do not have the aswer to that because he has not used SD card yet. He uauslly listening through his ipod. Vannak [ VANNAK Dec 15, 2013 ]
I only use my boss as radio only. I don't have any idea on all of its uses,sorry. [ ELMER W Dec 15, 2013 ]
Wiring this stereo was straight and easy, just follow the diagram. If you are not sure about something just call Crutchfield, those techs are more than happy to walk you through!! [ JAMES O Dec 10, 2013 ]
YES THE WIRING WAS EASY THE ONLY THING I HAD A HARD TIME WITH IS THE INSTALLATION KIT [ hector Dec 04, 2013 ]
Wiring was easy physically. Just connect ground to ground and power to power. (Had to call tech support to find out that a yellow wire marked "auto memory" must also be joined with the power connection to make the unit function.) All other connections were explained in easy-to-understand terms. [ Richard Dec 03, 2013 ]
It was quite easy to wire this up to my 2008 Toyota Corolla. There was two sets of connectors with pre-stripped wires on one end. The color code matched up with the two sets of wires and I just connected them with a wirenut (I wrapped electrical tape around them for good measure). Once the sets of wires were connected, it was a simple plug in to the connectors coming out of the car, and a plug in to the radio (the radio connectors appear to be the same type of connector, just make sure the one with more wires goes into the port with more prongs) My answer is more complicated than the actual process was. [ Sean Dec 03, 2013 ]
This was very easy to install. I purchased the stereo with the recommended wiring harness and mounting brackets. The wiring was easy but make sure you have small wire nuts (about 10 connections). I installed the stereo in a Toyota Matrix. [ Kyle Dec 03, 2013 ]
As long as you get the wiring harness specific to your vehicle (Crutchfield does offer them and you MUST have it), it's pretty easy. Instead of taping them all together, go to the hardware store and buy those screw-on wire things. I bought the smallest I could find at 6 cents each (they're gray; Ace Hardware). That makes connection a breeze. Also, the wiring diagram provided by Crutchfield advises you to also check the manual that comes with the stereo you choose. This is not optional. You have to check it to see how the other wires connect. If I could do it, I think anyone can! [ JOHN Dec 03, 2013 ]
The wiring is easy, all you need is the correct harness and attach it to the one for this stereo. Use butt connections and heat shrink them. [ James Dec 03, 2013 ]
Yeah, depending upon the vehicle youre installing it in you'll need to get the adapter wiring harness but crutchfield is pretty good at letting you know what youll need to get it up and running. All I did was connect the wires with electrical tape took me a half hour or less so you shouldn't have a problem. Simple stuff- red to red, green to green pretty much fool proof good luck matt [ DOUGLAS E Dec 03, 2013 ]
The bluetooth connection works very well. The radio switches to phone automatically when you are making or receiving calls. The people I talked to said they hear me well. There is a built in microphone in the front plate of the radio. You can also play musing from your phone in your car stereo bluetooth and it works very well with great sound quality. The only issue with having phone conversations using your car stereo is that you need to keep the volume of the speakers low enough so the person on the phone doesn't hear an echo. [ PEDRO Nov 24, 2013 ]
Sorry but I don't use that feature.. [ Gary Nov 24, 2013 ]
I have not try BT. Will inform when I do [ THOMAS N Nov 24, 2013 ]
Phone linked up fine with the BT, I never had the chance to make or receive a call though. Returned item due to poor radio reception. I just placed an order for the Kenwood KCD-BT755HD. $100 more but I think you get what ya pay for. [ BRENT Nov 24, 2013 ]
Yes but you have to push the main control knob a couple of times for it to display and only shows for a couple of seconds. Another reason for returning it. Poor radio reception. [ BRENT Nov 24, 2013 ]
Thanks for your question. This receiver does have a clock. [ Jeff Nov 21, 2013 ] Staff
I did not have Sirius radio and not planning to have it. Therefore, I do not know the answer to this question. [ VANNAK Dec 02, 2013 ]
Yes it will - I use Sirius app on my iPhone and run through aux- this is a great unit especially for the price! Bluetooth works great and can charge iPhone through USB ... [ JAMES G Nov 17, 2013 ]
Yes, any device plugged into the 3mm aux jack will play. [ STEVEN Nov 17, 2013 ]
Yes, I have XM radio and it played :-) [ PAUL A Nov 15, 2013 ]
Hey Billy, can't answer that one as I have yet to install mine. Been TOO cold, but am hoping tomorrow may be the day. It was advertised to do so as I bought it for the same reason. I live in the mountains and get little to no radio service but did with a SIRIUS radio in another vehicle. It worked the same way then by using the AUX plug ... [ THOMAS Nov 15, 2013 ]