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Review: Boss Audio’s New Head Units Deliver Wireless CarPlay for Just $400

Boss Audio and sister brands Planet Audio and Sound Storm Laboratories today are introducing new car stereo head units that include support for wireless CarPlay and Android Auto at a price of just $400. With a capacitive 6.75-inch screen and support vehicle features like a rear camera and steering wheel controls, the new systems offer a solid value for those with older vehicles looking to update to a more modern head unit.

I’ve had a chance to spend the past couple of weeks checking out the Planet Audio version of the head unit, model PCPA975W, and I’ve been pretty impressed with its performance and simplicity. While you won’t get features like a CD/DVD player or built-in navigation, many users find those features unnecessary when much of that content can be driven straight from their phones.

Back in the early days of wireless ‌CarPlay‌, I was skeptical of its utility, considering the potential for running down the phone’s battery and the fact that the car is frequently a good place to plug in and get a bit of a recharge during the day. As I’ve been able to spend substantial time using the feature, however, I’ve come to love it. So many car trips are short commutes or errands, and having ‌CarPlay‌ automatically pop up on the dash without having to take my phone out of my pocket is just so convenient.

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