I have looked into replacing my radio within my KITT. I came up with a few choices. In my heart, I still believe I am a stereo installer, even though I am doing much much more now. I did 12v car electronics for 18yrs!
One thing I noticed is that easily identified as reputable car audio manufactures NO LONGER
offer single DIN sized radios with video incorporated. JVC, Kenwood, Alpine, Pioneer, Clarion to name a few. So other manufactures have to be looked at, BOSS, Jensen, Audiovox, Planet Audio and Fusion. Even though these brands could be considered FLEA-Market/Swap-Meet brands. My experience has proven to me that they are still reliable, when you get their higher models.
My number one pick is BOSS BV7948B. It is last year 2014 top of line model for Single Din by BOSS. You will have to do a google search to find a retailer with in-stock to sell. Price is about $110 to $140.
Website: http://www.bossaudio.com/auto/car-video ... o-bv7948b/
Why I picked this model? It offers:
Bluetooth audio sync and music controls
DVD player - DVD±R/RW
Built-in 5-band EQ (Non-Adjustable ONLY Treble and Bass is adjustable
Plays video (VCD, WMA, MP4, JPEG) straight from SD card or USB memory stick
Plays MP4/MP3 audio though DVD/CD/USB/SD
6 5/8" Mounting depth (We don't have much room in our consoles for deep radio and a lot of wires)
Front (on faceplate) and Rear USB ports
Auxiliary Audio/Video inputs (in front faceplate ONLY
Backup camera Input - Eliminates need for video switcher for KITT monitors
2 volt audio Preouts - Front, Rear & SubDoes NOT have Subwoofer volume Preout can be adjusted separately and has built in Subwoofer frequency crossover
Best of all!!! 2 video outputs for EACH S1/S2 dash monitor
Do not be fooled by its 320 Watts (80 Watts x 4 Ch) statement. Its true power is 17 Watts RMS x 4Ch.
UPDATE!!!!! BOSS BV7948B REVIEW
I have bought and installed this BOSS BV7948B. What BOSS website says, compared to what the actual radio has, is completely different.
The Audio/Video input for this radio is through a 1/8" jack on the Front of the faceplate.Which means, if you use this input and remove your faceplate for security purposes. It WILL quickly become a pain in the butt to plug and unplug this input.
There is NO separate volume control for the Subwoofer output.
Remote is Necessary
for initial setup of the radio. DO NOT buy a used one with out the remote.
The 5 band EQ is preset (POP, ROCK and Classical) You can NOT tweak the adjustments of this preset EQ.
Bluetooth is not really user friendly and it does NOT
always sink up to my phone. If my phone Bluetooth is set ON. Then I start my car/turn-on the radio, it will sink up. BUT .... If I remote start the car, then walk within range for the bluetooth. The phone and radio will NOT sink up. I need to tell my phone to sink to the radio by going through my Android Bluetooth settings, what a pain. It will display what song is playing, Fast Forward/Re-wind within the song and Skip next/before the songs. The Bluetooth Mic is in the faceplate and seems to work well.
The SD card reader behind the face plate I really to like. I dropped a 16gig full of MP3s and just hit the random button. That's nice.
The Rear camera input on the radio ONLY works when 12v is given to the radio dedicated Reverse lamp wire. You can NOT select the rear camera freely.
The biggest disappointment in this radio was the DVD audio. Many many moons ago, I reedited my 3D model Bo McD's DVD. Through computer software, I have KITT only voice coming through LEFT channel, while maintaining Bo McD's 3D model SFx on the right channel. This allows my KITT viocebox to responded ONLY while KITT speaks. BUT ...... with this BOSS BV7948B. There seems to be a bleed through between the Left and Right channels. Even though there is NO audio on the Left channel. The voice box is responding with just a few center bar graphs lit. My JVC KD-AVX33 NEVER did this.
Here is a quick list of functions for this radio:
80 Watts x 4 Max Power (18Watts RMS x4)
RDS Tuner, Balance/Fader/Bass/Treble and Preset built-in EQ
Plays DVD/CD/USB/SD, MP3, WMA, FM/AM
Compatible with Audio out from Smartphones and MP3 Players
USB, SD, AV, Rear Camera, Inputs
(2) Video outputs
Front, Rear & Sub Pre-Amp Audio Outputs (2V)
Detachable Panel, Wireless Remote
Bluetooth Hands Free & Bluetooth Audio Streaming - play music and apps like Spotify/Pandora wirelessly
The following explanations of features are in my own words.
This Unit will play DVD's. No need for additional DVD player for your in car video setup. PLEASE NOTE my experience with DVD audio above.
This unit WILL allow you to play video on the faceplate while driving. This function is for passenger enjoyment only. Remember that any videos playing while driving is ILLEGAL, IF the video is in view of the driver's vision. Videos in view of the driver may distract the driver and WILL cause an accidents.
There is a SD card reader behind the faceplate. This SD reader can play Wav and Mp3 audio files. Also Mp4 and Avi video files.
This radio offers (2) USB ports. One on the face plate and the other on an 18" cord from the back of the radio. I use these USB ports to charge my phone and play Audio or Video files from a Flash/Thumb drive.
The Video and Audio Input on this unit is through the faceplate ONLY. There is a special cable supplied with this unit, for this function. You would hookup a video game console or any external video source to this cable.
The Rear View Camera input is in the rear of the unit. This feature becomes active only when the the correct radio wire is attached to the reverse lights of the vehicle.
This radio offers 2 Video outputs. The 2 video outputs in the rear allows this unit to be versatile for in car entertainment.
The Bluetooth function on this radio is what I mostly used. From the faceplate I was able to start and stop music, skip and rewind songs and answer phone calls. Phone numbers from text messages and people calling appeared on the 3.6" radio screen. While Pandora app was running/active on my phone, pressing the faceplate functions operated the Pandora app. If NO app was open. Pressing the faceplate bluetooth functions started to play the phones stored music files.
Please Note: The Bluetooth mic is in the faceplate. There is NO external mic needed, no Mic Cable to install. I found this mic to work VERY well. The person calling ALWAYS understood me during conversations.
The AM/FM radio is typical. There is NO HD radio tuner in this unit. But there is the RDS (Radio DATA System) for FM stations. FM station that broadcast name of artist and song will display on the 3.6" screen. No special antenna needed. Special Antennas are only needed for HD (Hi-Definition) radio.
The CD player is also typical. Plays standard and CD backups (Copies). Will also play Mp3 and Wav files on burned (Computer made) CD's. If the Mp3 and Wav files contain IDv3 tag, the name of artist & song will appear on the 3.6" radio screen.
Manufacture website: bossaudio.com/auto/car-video-sound-system-auto-stereo-in-dash-single-din-boss-audio-bv7948b/
The other 2 models I came across are:
BOSS BV7320 - current 2015 modelhttp://www.bossaudio.com/auto/car-video ... io-bv7320/http://www.amazon.com/Boss-Audio-BV7320 ... B0032FOK1A
Same stand out features of BOSS BV7948B except:
A/V Auxiliary input for external external DVD or Computer to be displayed
-Mounting depth is only 6 1/2"
Backup camera Video input
Planet Audio P9692B - current 2015 modelhttp://www.planetaudiousa.com/auto/car- ... io-p9692b/http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Audio-P969 ... B00IOTTM30
Same stand out features of BOSS BV7948B except:
-Plays video (VCD, WMA, AVI
, JPEG) straight from SD card or USB memory stick
USB port on Faceplate ONLY!
-Backup camera OR
video input. Not dedicated each like BOSS BV7948B
audio Preouts - Front, Rear & Sub - VERY WEAK You'll need a stronger Amplifier to make up the difference, which means more money!
-Mounting depth is 8 1/2"
inches - This radio would need a GM Radio mounting kit with a 1" extension