You get what you’d expect from a budget-range stereo.
Value For Money
One of the most inexpensive aftermarket stereos.
Range of integration options, despite low price point.
Ease of Use
What I Like
What I Like
For some motorists, any stereo will do, regardless of the make, model or level of functionality. However, for others, only the best will do. If you're the kind of person who loves your music, but you only have the default unit included with the vehicle, then you might want to consider an aftermarket stereo system with a better performance. Though you can have these professionally installed, doing the job yourself isn’t too difficult.In this review, we’re looking at one of the budget-range options you have available, which is the BOSS Audio 612UA stereo. It’ll set you back little more than your weekly Starbucks, but it still has an impressive range of functions.
Take all your favorite music with you on the road with this BOSS Audio 612UA media receiver. It combines radio station support with portable MP3 player integration, as well as compatibility with smartphones via Bluetooth or USB. Released several years ago, it was intended to be entry-level model with a cheap price point, so that you can improve the capability of your in-car entertainment system without breaking the bank.
Coming in at 4.9 x 7 x 2 inches, and weighing approximately 1.32 pounds, the stereo system is reasonably straightforward to install. A detailed instruction manual and clear wire labelling makes everything simple to understand.
Who is This Product For?
Perhaps you’re new to the world of aftermarket car stereos, or perhaps you’re just on a small budget; either way, the BOSS Audio 612UA receiver is one the cheapest options available to you, without sacrificing on quality. You won’t get the same full range of features and high-quality components as you would in a several-hundred-dollar stereo system, but these aren’t always strictly required.
Or, if you’re the kind of person who has a music collection split across multiple formats, but similarly you don’t want your stereo system to cost the Earth, this could work for you. The AUX port included on the model works well with your smartphone, tablet or MP3 portable music player. What's more, the USB port will also charge your devices, or alternatively can be used for connecting a thumb drive loaded with MP3 or other music file formats.
As far as stereo systems go, you don’t get any frills with this unit such as a wireless remote or microphone. On opening the box, you'll of course have the main stereo receiver unit. Also included within the box are all the components you'll need to get this set up in your vehicle, including the power block and wire harness. If you get stuck, there’s an owner’s manual with comprehensive and details instructions, as well as warranty information.
Overview of Features
Starting with the audio features, a built-in preset EQ feature lets you select from preset EQ curves depending on the style of music you're listening to, such as rock or pop. Its pre-amp outputs also allow you to expand your stereo sound system by introducing an additional signal processor or amplifier component. There's also a switchable turner feature that lets you adjust the stereo system's tuner. This means you can opt to receive radio broadcasts from other continents around the world, such as US or European broadcasts.
Though this inexpensive model doesn't come with a CD mechanism, it is ideal for listening to digital audio files that have been stored on either an SD card or a USB thumb drive. Alternatively, you can stream music directly from an external mobile device using the Bluetooth connection; this is perfect for smartphones, tablets and MP3 players like iPods. Alternatively, the AUX port will let you manually connect the stereo system to the audio output of an external device.
Features and functionality aside, the aesthetics leave something to be desired. You can’t expect top-of-the-range, high-quality components from such a cheap product. The buttons feel reasonably clunky and hard to depress at times, and the main housing of the stereo is built from inexpensive plastic.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive aftermarket receiver for your car or truck, then this is as cheap as they come. The stereo is straightforward to install and comes with everything you need to get started.You don’t lose out on much-loved features like streaming music over Bluetooth, and you can even hook up SD cards or USB thumb drive collections, but functionality through smartphones is more limited than in a pricier model. For example, you won’t get specific app integration like route guidance.