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Boss Audio BE10ACP Car Stereo -Android CarPlay Digital Multimedia Receiver - $229 at Autozone B&M only, $329 everywhere else

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Link for reference only. B&M only, Autozone web guys couldn't find it when I called but it was sitting on the shelf at the local store. Appears to be their regular price, not sure why they're $100 cheaper than any other seller. Maybe even cheaper with a coupon.

Boss Audio BE10ACP Digital Multimedia Receiver with (wired) Android Auto and CarPlay, 10.1" capacitive touchscreen, rear and front camera inputs, USB charging, removable and adjustable screen, external mic, etc.

Yeah, I know, Boss audio isn't known for high quality but for $250 out the door at your local Autozone, you're getting a LOT of bang for not much buck. I looked around and the closest big name that compares feature to feature is an Alpine unit that is $999. I've had it in my car for a few days and I'm very happy with it. So much so that I bought a second one for my wife's car. When I bought the second one, I mentioned that I was trying to buy it online as there was a discount available but it shows as in store only. The guy at the store gave me a 10% discount. YMMV.
Waiting on the install kit to be delivered so I can install hers. Single DIN so if you have double din like our cars, you'll need a kit with some kind of space filler. Crutchfield said it doesn't "fit" my car as but it went in using the same single DIN kit I got from them for the JVC (No screen or carplay and the Bluetooth was going out) I replaced with this one.
Crutchfield, Amazon, etc. all have this unit for $329. Good reviews at that price. For $100 less than that I imagine the reviews would be even better.
Unit comes with 3 year warranty from Boss. Autozone also gives a 1 year in store repair/replacement warranty with this unit. Details on your receipt.

https://bossaudio.com/product/be10acp/

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-fvI...10ACP.html

https://www.amazon.com/BOSS-Audio...08NXZM6F6/

https://www.autozone.com/locations/search.html
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I got a BOSS unit from a previous deal, you get what you pay for - didn't work with steering wheel adapter & was a PITA dealing with their customer service
The SWC adapter I ordered online from Crutchfield the other day came tonight and I'll install it in a couple of days. If I can't get that to work maybe I'll just return it. Plus it has the other issues I was mentioning. Will have to research it a bit more when I get a chance.
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Is kenwood really the same as jvc? That sucks. Jvc crapped out in my tacoma and I really am hesitant in buying another one. The pioneer in it now has terrible bluetooth capabilities. Phone calls are terrible. Ugh decisions
Yeah, and I would say that JVC really isn't what they used to be either. They were never all that great but I had a few back in the 90s. I would say that the pioneer I have in my truck is pretty solid as far as bluetooth goes, but that headunit is probably around 7ish years old. Can't comment on their newer ones, could be junk for all I know. There's always Alpine and Sony I guess.
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Got around to ordering this [crutchfield.com] today to see if that will get the steering wheel controls working. Got to get those working. It's one of those things that once you have it for a few years, can't go back to not having it. Plus I can't stand the super small slippery volume knob. Couldn't they add a little texture to it LOL? Anyone else get around to installing theirs yet? Have this weird issue where the unit powered off for a brief second while driving twice. Did it once yesterday while on my way to work right as I was pulling in (after about an hour of use) and again this morning after about 45 minutes. One of two things, when I pull the head unit out again for that SWC adapter (it's a process in this vehicle) I'm going remove the two noise isolators on the power inputs (they're super old at this point and probably don't need them like I did on the POS Kenwood). Another possibility is that the display loses connection (it is a pretty junky connector as one of the reviewers was mentioning). Hope it's not that! Or the unit just has something wrong with it. Only other flakiness I came across is that I set the night dimmer the lowest setting (which is 1) and daytime to 10 and the daytime keeps on changing to 1 like the night setting (Edit: believe this happens after powering off and back on but need to test a couple of more scenarios to see exactly what triggers it). Strangely the gamma setting remains what I set it though. Display is a smidge too bright at night too (that is probably contingent on environment and the layout of the vehicle - if the headunit is lower in the dash and kind of far away then it might be fine). There's ways around it though. I use the poweramp app for my music playback and that's mostly darker colors and if that's still too bright then you can click on the clock on the upper right corner and the display will show just the date and time on a black background while the music and GPS still march on (Edit: Should note that the clock display trick is while using bluetooth streaming and using the poweramp interface is while using android auto). Anyway sounds all bad, but I'm mostly happy with the features/functions. The aftermarket rearview camera looks pretty good on the display (much better than it did on the Kenwood I had) and it even attenuates the music while reversing (kind of feature you usually only see on factory systems). Another feature I like is the delay off for the unit. Unfortunately the max is 3 seconds. Something more like 30 seconds would be excellent. One other thing worth mentioning which is pretty much a negative is that the USB charging power is kind of low. Only changes the phone about 5-10% over the course of an hour plus drive with android auto running.

Edit: Did the exact same thing this morning on my way to work around 45-50 minutes of use. Also, I can replicate it by unplugging the USB cable while Android auto is playing (screen goes blank for a quick second then it goes back to the home screen and makes a small beep). Cable is good but I'm going to try another one just in case. Could be some weirdness with the phone itself. Doesn't feel hot or anything though. Kind of leaning more towards the head unit. Maybe running the heat in the morning makes it overheat. Too many possibilities.
I haven't had the power off issues you're having but the longest I've ran it at one time is about 30 minutes. I was first thinking that something was pinched on the screen cable but since you can cause it to happen by unplugging the USB it makes me think it's internal as well.
The only issues I've encountered so far are one of the pins on the screen getting bent because the hole for it in the connector cable just magically sealed itself off. Straightened the pin with a pair of tweezers and reopened the hole with the same tweezers, and my phone cable quit working so no CarPlay right now. Dummy me wasn't thinking and installed it behind the dash so I've got to take the radio out to get to the plug. I'll fix that at the same time I replace the cable.
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I haven't had the power off issues you're having but the longest I've ran it at one time is about 30 minutes. I was first thinking that something was pinched on the screen cable but since you can cause it to happen by unplugging the USB it makes me think it's internal as well.
The only issues I've encountered so far are one of the pins on the screen getting bent because the hole for it in the connector cable just magically sealed itself off. Straightened the pin with a pair of tweezers and reopened the hole with the same tweezers, and my phone cable quit working so no CarPlay right now. Dummy me wasn't thinking and installed it behind the dash so I've got to take the radio out to get to the plug. I'll fix that at the same time I replace the cable.
As I corrected myself before (or possibly I did), I don't think it was a power issue as I originally thought. Seems more like a connection issue with the phone itself, or an issue with android auto, or an issue with the combination of apps (I use poweramp for music playback because I like the features like crossfading plus the navigation of my library and use waze for nav), or it could be just flakiness of the headunit for all I know. Would really like to find out what it is though because now it did after about 5 minutes of driving home yesterday. It was during a phone call and the headunit beeped at me, left the carplay nav screen, but then went to the hands free screen (maybe because I was on a phone call). The phone call kept on going so that's good (if I was listening to music that would've stopped). I'm probably going to mess around with things on friday (main thing is I wanted to try out that steering wheel control adapter) and possibly try out a different phone because I can't say for certain that it's an issue with the stereo yet. Only real bug that I encountered with it that I mentioned earlier is with the display brightness and that's not too much of a deal breaker because realistically, there's not a lot of difference in brightness between level 1 and level 10. They should've made 1 much dimmer IMO. I feel your pain with that stupid display connector. It's like something that you would see on a circuit board and doesn't belong on a car stereo. And another ding against this thing is those stupidly short USB female cables coming from the rear of the head unit. Luckily they were just long enough to make to the little cubby just below my headunit but I'm sure on most vehicles they would need to be several inches longer to get them to an exposed area. One option you should do and anyone else is to extend those cables with USB extension cables [amazon.com] during installation. I mean what if you want to change from android (USB C in most cases) to an iphone at some point? Or if multiple people use the same vehicle. Or the damn cable goes bad like they always do (and did in your scenario). Anyway, waiting to hear from a few other people to see how their install went and if they had any issues with theirs. Not that I'm all that interested in the feature, but I'm just a little bit curious if they got video playback to work via USB or android auto (loaded up VLC player on it but it looks like it will only let you play audio files, not video but I don't even know if that's just a limitation of VLC in android auto). I just have that lingering question as to if that light green wire was supposed to be connected to 12v+ after all. Maybe I can test that too while I have everything apart if I can remember LOL.
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Got that PAC adapter hooked up and it didn't do anything except for the little red light flashing on it. Also tried connecting the light green wire to 12+ to see if it would play some video files on a flash drive but they still don't load. Then again, no clue what it actually plays. Commented before about vlc player for android auto not loading video files but I think that's a limitation of vlc (only plays audio while in that mode). I think I may just ditch this thing to be honest. Had a few more incidents where it was in Android Auto and then the thing switched to the radio and then back again. Can't blame that on the phone LOL. I mean it is possible that I got a lemon of some sort but I'm not really impressed with the features and lack of steering wheel controls. May just grab the $300 Alpine unit off of Crutchfield. Has a ton of features and really good reviews.
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Got around to ordering this [crutchfield.com] today to see if that will get the steering wheel controls working. Got to get those working. It's one of those things that once you have it for a few years, can't go back to not having it. Plus I can't stand the super small slippery volume knob. Couldn't they add a little texture to it LOL? Anyone else get around to installing theirs yet? Have this weird issue where the unit powered off for a brief second while driving twice. Did it once yesterday while on my way to work right as I was pulling in (after about an hour of use) and again this morning after about 45 minutes. One of two things, when I pull the head unit out again for that SWC adapter (it's a process in this vehicle) I'm going remove the two noise isolators on the power inputs (they're super old at this point and probably don't need them like I did on the POS Kenwood). Another possibility is that the display loses connection (it is a pretty junky connector as one of the reviewers was mentioning). Hope it's not that! Or the unit just has something wrong with it. Only other flakiness I came across is that I set the night dimmer the lowest setting (which is 1) and daytime to 10 and the daytime keeps on changing to 1 like the night setting (Edit: believe this happens after powering off and back on but need to test a couple of more scenarios to see exactly what triggers it). Strangely the gamma setting remains what I set it though. Display is a smidge too bright at night too (that is probably contingent on environment and the layout of the vehicle - if the headunit is lower in the dash and kind of far away then it might be fine). There's ways around it though. I use the poweramp app for my music playback and that's mostly darker colors and if that's still too bright then you can click on the clock on the upper right corner and the display will show just the date and time on a black background while the music and GPS still march on (Edit: Should note that the clock display trick is while using bluetooth streaming and using the poweramp interface is while using android auto). Anyway sounds all bad, but I'm mostly happy with the features/functions. The aftermarket rearview camera looks pretty good on the display (much better than it did on the Kenwood I had) and it even attenuates the music while reversing (kind of feature you usually only see on factory systems). Another feature I like is the delay off for the unit. Unfortunately the max is 3 seconds. Something more like 30 seconds would be excellent. One other thing worth mentioning which is pretty much a negative is that the USB charging power is kind of low. Only changes the phone about 5-10% over the course of an hour plus drive with android auto running.

Edit: Did the exact same thing this morning on my way to work around 45-50 minutes of use. Also, I can replicate it by unplugging the USB cable while Android auto is playing (screen goes blank for a quick second then it goes back to the home screen and makes a small beep). Cable is good but I'm going to try another one just in case. Could be some weirdness with the phone itself. Doesn't feel hot or anything though. Kind of leaning more towards the head unit. Maybe running the heat in the morning makes it overheat. Too many possibilities.
Do you have a Pixel phone connected?
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Do you have a Pixel phone connected?
No, it's a moto z3 play with an extended battery pack. Believe it's on Android 9 (never got an android 10 update like it was supposed to). Having trouble with a Pixel on this?
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No, it's a moto z3 play with an extended battery pack. Believe it's on Android 9 (never got an android 10 update like it was supposed to). Having trouble with a Pixel on this?
Similar type of symptoms. I changed the cable to a shorter one and it seamed to help a bit. I think it's something to do with the voltage of a USB-c connection, jams up the signals trying to initiate Android Auto. Thought it may have been the Pixel2, pixel 3, but sound like it's happening to others.

I ended up taking my old essential phone and keeping it plugged in and just running hotspot when I get it the car. Hasn't dropped since. I lost phone calling through the radio, but it's better than all the random restarts.
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I clicked on the crutchfield link and now there are catalogs in my mailbox. They found me.
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Similar type of symptoms. I changed the cable to a shorter one and it seamed to help a bit. I think it's something to do with the voltage of a USB-c connection, jams up the signals trying to initiate Android Auto. Thought it may have been the Pixel2, pixel 3, but sound like it's happening to others.

I ended up taking my old essential phone and keeping it plugged in and just running hotspot when I get it the car. Hasn't dropped since. I lost phone calling through the radio, but it's better than all the random restarts.
Or maybe it lacks the power. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, it doesn't really charge the phone much with android auto running. Drove for about an hour and a half stretch once now and it charged it maybe like 15%. Just about all of these android auto aftermarket head units have random issues, but a lot of times they're addressed with firmware updates. Does Boss even release firmware updates at all? Think I looked around their website about a week ago and didn't notice anything while all the major brands seem to have them.
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Was seeing if I could spend a little more like $300 for a head unit with Android auto and built in steering wheel controls. Alpines and Pioneers both need elaborate special interfaces like idatalink just to make something so simple as steering wheel controls to work so they're out. Plus digging into the reviews for that Alpine iLX-W650 it doesn't sound all that reliable anyway. Guess you have to spend more like $400 on a Sony to get those features. Looked up the owners manuals for the ax3000 & ax5000 and they both have programable steering wheel control inputs (press and hold a button to assign it to this function). I know that Kenwood has the same thing (probably jvc too since they're the same company now), but from what I've seen, they're crap now. Anyone seen and decent deals lately on Sony head units LOL?
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Anyone seen and decent deals lately on Sony head units LOL?
The Sony ax5000 was on sale on Crutchfield for $328 around Christmas but it's back to the normal price now. I waited while I researched and when I decided I'd get the ax5000 it was sold out. That's how I ended up with the Boss. I've been working so much lately I haven't had time to replace the cable to verify that's the issue with mine. Maybe sometime this week.
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The Sony ax5000 was on sale on Crutchfield for $328 around Christmas but it's back to the normal price now. I waited while I researched and when I decided I'd get the ax5000 it was sold out. That's how I ended up with the Boss. I've been working so much lately I haven't had time to replace the cable to verify that's the issue with mine. Maybe sometime this week.
There hasn't been many car stereo sales in the last couple of years looking at past deals on SD (it's kind of becoming a niche thing as I mentioned before - so many newer vehicles have all the bells and whistles already plus have a bunch of other garbage tied into the stereo which makes them harder to replace). Sony seems to be the best bet from what I can tell. Wonder why the ax3000 & ax5000 are priced the same? And I also wonder why Sony doesn't have a lower priced Android Auto only model like they have the car play only model ax1000. My main beef with this Boss unit (aside from the disconnecting - did it to me twice yesterday on a short trip) is not having the steering wheel controls work without shelling out a bunch for some elaborate interface that may not even work right. Never did find one that I know for certain that will do the trick. Thought the little adapter that I picked up might make something happen but from the little bit of info that I can gather is that it needs an additional interface to make it work. That one has me scratching my head (spend another $90 or so and have to do a whole bunch of wiring). Those interfaces have a whole bunch of garbage incorporated which I don't need (vehicle is 13 years old and it wasn't a high end model - no factory amp, no bluetooth, no backup camera from the factory, no tire pressure information or anything else on the screen). If you look over the wiring diagrams for those interfaces they tie into practically everything. Not my idea of fun LOL. From my limited research it seems like there used to be more little adapters similar to the one I got exclusively for steering wheel controls, but they have been phased out in favor for more advanced ones that do a bunch of other stuff for modern vehicles. If anybody has anything, please chime in. I need to dig up the receipt for this and see how much long I have to return it, know off the top of your head?
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For anyone looking for this, if you don't see it on the counter, ask a clerk. My local stores didn't have it, but I finally asked and the clerk said he could get it delivered from another store the same day. He also confirmed they offer a Veteran's discount.

I've got a JVC with Android Auto. My biggest gripes are the resistive screen is terribly dim and too small (6.8") and it likes to interpret taps as scrolls. Other than that, it works great. JVC is one of the few brands that supports Honda Lanewatch as well. Now Android Auto itself? It's buggy as hell.

I'm not an audiophile. If I can get a bright, capacitive 10" screen with basic radio functions and AA for ~$200, I'll take it.
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Similar type of symptoms. I changed the cable to a shorter one and it seamed to help a bit. I think it's something to do with the voltage of a USB-c connection, jams up the signals trying to initiate Android Auto. Thought it may have been the Pixel2, pixel 3, but sound like it's happening to others.

I ended up taking my old essential phone and keeping it plugged in and just running hotspot when I get it the car. Hasn't dropped since. I lost phone calling through the radio, but it's better than all the random restarts.
Used a super short cable today (probably less than 18") and didn't have any disconnects at all. Will post back after another day and let everyone know if that solved that problem.
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