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Our take on the Boss BV9974B by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Boss Audio's BV9974B receiver brings DVD playback, and a 7" touchscreen to your car's single-DIN dash opening, with a price tag that'll surprise you. A nice extra the receiver's secondary display keeps you up to speed even when the screen is retracted.
USB input and SD® card slot
Take your digital music files on the road by connecting a thumb drive full of music into the USB input or sliding an SD card loaded up with tunes into the card slot. This receiver will play your store bought or recordable CDs, and you can also watch your favorite DVDs while you're parked. Listen to your iPod by plugging it into the handy front-panel auxiliary input.
You can pair up your compatible phone with this Boss receiver and talk hands-free. No need to fumble around for your phone when a call comes in you can start talking with the touch a button. And if your mobile device supports music streaming or stores music files, you can listen to your favorite music files or Internet radio without connecting any wires.
The receiver's powerful built-in amp adds some muscle to your music, while three sets of preamp outputs lets you system builders out there add amps and subs to the mix. Boss Audio includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes
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.
What's in the Box:
- In-dash multimedia receiver with retractable monitor
- Detachable front-panel (installed)
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim-ring (installed)
- Wiring harness
- Power/ground harness
- Speaker harness
- IR remote control (with intalled CR2025 3V lithium battery)
- 21" USB cable (with a female USB type-A connector on one end and a male mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
- 58" AV cable (with an AV 3.5mm connector on one end and composite/stereo RCA connectors on other end)
- 58" AV cable (with composite/stereo RCA connectors on each end)
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Metal backstrap
- Mounting screw
- 2 Flat-washers
- User's Manual
- Limited Warranty Card
- Warranty Extension Card
- DVD receiver with internal amp (45 watts RMS/80 peak x 4 channels)
- detachable front panel and 7" retractable color LCD touchscreen
- built-in Bluetooth
- fits single-DIN (2" tall) dash openings
- wireless remote
- MP3/WMA file playback
- bass and treble controls
- bass boost
- inputs: front mini-USB input, front SD card slot, front audio/video auxiliary input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, mono subwoofer), two video outputs
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Features and Specs
|AUX Input||3.5mm AV|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD/SDHC|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||45 watts|
|Peak Output||80 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||1kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||3 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||15 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
7" Retractable Touchscreen Monitor: The BOSS BV9974B features a motorized-retractable 7" touchscreen TFT widescreen active matrix display monitor. The screen has a resolution of 336,960 pixels (1440 x 234). The unit provides touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.
Auto Open/Close: The display automatically closes when the unit is turned off. If you turn the unit back on, the unit's monitor will automatically open.
Display Adjustment: The unit offers four preset display modes - Bright, Soft, Sharp, and User. In the User mode, you can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, and hue to suit your viewing needs.
Secondary Display: The BOSS BV9974B features a secondary LCD display (blue-backlit) so you can view station and track information while listening to music without having to open the display monitor.
Detachable Front-Panel: The BOSS multimedia receiver's front-panel is detachable to deter theft and comes with a protective storage case.
PRK SW: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the green wire (attached to unit's rear-chassis) must be hardwired into the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged. The green parking brake wire is used to connect to your parking brake light wire (video on the LCD monitor can only be displayed when this unit's green PRK SW wire senses that the parking brake has been engaged in the vehicle).
D/A Converter: The BOSS BV9974B is equipped with a high-performance 24-bit digital-to-analog converter with 8x oversampling.
Amplifier: The BV9974B is equipped with a 45 watt RMS x 4-channel amplifier (80 watts Peak x 4-channel).
Preamp Outputs: The BOSS multimedia receiver features Front, Rear, and Subwoofer preamp outputs.
Preset EQ: Preset EQ curves are stored into memory, allowing you to recall the best setting for different types of music. You may choose from the following presets: Pop, Rock, Classical, or Flat.
Bass & Treble: You can independently adjust the headunit's Bass & Treble (-7 to +7).
D.Bass: This is bass boost function to enhance bass frequencies.
Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume.
DRC: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections.
VSS: When playing a disc recorded with 5.1-channels, the BV9974Bwill output and audio signal with a virtual surround sound effect.
AM/FM Tuner: The headunit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The unit features 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands with the capability of storing 6 presets for each band giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets (30 total). You can also automatically store the six strongest stations in your area inside the current selected band.
Local Seek: The unit's tuner is equipped with a Seek mode that when used with the Local function, only allows radio stations with a strong local radio signals to be played.
Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.
European Tuning: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.
Disc Compatibility: The BOSS BV9974B has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, so you don't have to extract or retract the unit's monitor every time you want to load a disc. The BV9974B supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, VCD/SVCD, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. It will also recognize MP3/WMA audio files, JPEG still-image files, and MPEG-4 video files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.
ESP: The BOSS BV9974B provides electronic skip protection for all compatible disc formats.
Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.
Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
Off Insert/Eject: You can load and eject a disc with the unit off.
Auto Reload: When a disc is ejected and left sticking out of the disc slot for 10 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the disc to protect if from damage.
Mounting: For proper operation of the CD/DVD player, the chassis must be mounted with 30-degrees of horizontal.
SD-Card Slot: The BOSS BV9974B features an SD-card slot behind the detachable front-panel for playback of audio (MP3/WMA), still-image (JPEG), and video (MP4) files stored on an SD memory card (up to 8GB). The BV9974B provides playback control of your SD/SDHC files. The unit will also display ID3 tag information for compressed music files.
USB Port: The BOSS BV9974B features a front-panel mini-USB type-B port and comes supplied with a 21" mini-USB to standard USB (type-A) cable for playback of audio (MP3/WMA), still-image (JPEG), and video (MP4) files stored on a USB (MSC) device. The BV9974B provides playback and charging functions for your USB (MSC) device. The unit will also display ID3 tag information for compressed music files.
Note: Supports USB version 1.1 & 2.0. The USB port does not support iPod, iPhone, or Zune.
Playback Functions: The BOSS multimedia receiver provides various playback functions such as Random, Repeat, Repeat A-B, Slow-Play, and Zoom.
Search Functions: The BOSS multimedia receiver offers various search functions such as Intro Scan, Fast-Forward/Reverse, Skip (Previous/Next), and Direct Search (from remote).
Dual Video Outs: Dual rear-panel RCA composite video-output jacks allow you add external monitors such as rear headrest monitors (sold separately). You can set the video output to 16:9, 4:3 Pan&Scan, or 4:3 Letter Box to match the aspect ratio of your connected screen.
Dual AV Inputs: The BV9974B features a front-panel 3.5mm AV input and a rear-panel composite video AV input for temporary connection of your portable MP3 player and permanent connection of your external video player.
Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera. The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The white reverse-gear wire (attached to chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.
Remote Control: The BOSS BV9974B comes supplied with a 48-Key, full-function, infrared wireless remote control.
Built-in Bluetooth: The BOSS BV9974B features built-in Bluetooth communication and supports Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP) and Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP/AVRCP).
- Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The unit's built-in Bluetooth hands-free communication allows for wireless communication between the headunit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. The headunit features a built-in, front-panel microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. Incoming phone calls will ring through your vehicle's speakers and the phone number will be displayed on the BV9974B's integrated monitor. You can dial out by using the numeric keypad on the included remote control. The headunit also allows you to quickly redial a number by pressing the "Phone" icon on the unit's integrated touchscreen.
- Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The unit's built-in Bluetooth audio streaming allows you to play back audio files from your Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA, or personal music player using a Bluetooth connection. You can also control the music stored on your Bluetooth audio player from the BV9974B.
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