Boss has really stepped up their game when it comes to this DVD and navigation receiver set up, totally overhauling both the entertainment options in your vehicle as well as your navigational capabilities.
Front and center on this unit is a dropdead gorgeous 6.2 inch full-color touchscreen that is responsive and accurate, just bright enough to be seen in all lighting conditions without catching a lot of glare at the same time.
On top of that, this is the unit that gives you access to terrestrial radio (standard AM and FM), HD radio, and the option to listen to satellite radio as well. Bluetooth capabilities let you stream music and media from your mobile devices wirelessly, and the CD and DVD component in this receiver let you play physical media, too.
What really helps the Boss BV9384NV stand apart from the rest of the pack, though, is the onboard inclusion of a legitimate navigation set up.
A lot of other premium level receivers require you to add this to your vehicle as an accessory, some requiring you to spend anywhere between $50 extra up to $100 extra (sometimes even more than that) just to take advantage of GPS in your car.
Not the Boss.
No, you’re going to be able to navigate all 50 states (and Puerto Rico) right out of the gate as soon as you install this receiver into your dashboard – giving you access to more than 6 million+ “point of interest” around the country if you like to wander during your travels.
But we’ll get more into that in just a moment.
For now, just know that the Boss BV9384NV is certainly one of the most impressive Double DIN receivers money can buy (especially at this price point).
The very first thing you are going to notice about the Boss BV9384NV is the 6.2 inch full-color touchscreen display we highlighted just a second ago.
Though this isn’t the largest touchscreen display we have ever seen shoehorned into a vehicle (Tesla takes the cake there, always looking to add even larger and more feature-rich touchscreens into their cars) it isn’t a tiny screen by any stretch of the imagination, either.
Now, the highly responsive (and super accurate) touchscreen is the star of the show here for sure. It looks great, it feels great, and it is plenty snappy.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is another big piece of the puzzle with this particular automotive receiver.
You’ll be able to hook up your mobile devices to your receiver effortlessly using the latest Bluetooth protocols – eliminating the need for USB wires almost entirely. This dramatically extends the feature set you’ll be able to use with the Boss BV9384NV.
Audio quality improved significantly with this receiver, transforming your stock speakers into something really special – and taking aftermarket sound systems to entirely new levels altogether.
Combine all of that with the opportunity to play your favorite DVDs on the go (with plenty of options to watch other video content on this screen, too) and the Boss BV9384NV becomes a bit of a no-brainer for those looking to upgrade.
A couple of different features really help the BV9384NV from Boss to stick out a little from the competition, with the most obvious being that gorgeous touchscreen we’ve talk about a little bit in this review already.
The screen itself has gorgeous color and contrast options, can be more finely tuned from a visual standpoint pretty easily, and is effortless to navigate thanks to an intelligent UI system built by the folks at Boss themselves.
No, it may not be quite as easy or as slick to use as your smart phone or anything else made by the folks at Apple or Google – but it’s pretty close (and that’s really saying something)!
Another thing that helps to separate this unit from all other contenders for your hard-earned money is the inclusion of GPS navigation technology built right in.
The overwhelming majority of aftermarket receivers today are going to require you to either have a stock GPS antenna and navigation receiver on board already or to purchase those components third-party.
That’s not an issue with the Boss BV9384NV.
No, the BV9384NV comes with fully integrated GPS navigation components and a top-notch GPS signal antenna (and 6.5 feet of cable) that lets you set this up in your vehicle right away.
The fact that you can go from basically plugging and playing that this receiver into your vehicle (replacing your old stock or aftermarket receiver with this upgrade) to taking full advantage of its navigation capabilities – and everything else it offers – is a huge bonus.
The navigation system built into the Boss BV9384NV is very easy to use and highly accurate. You get detailed maps for all 50 states in the US as well as Puerto Rico, 6+ million point of interest around the US, and detailed street by street instructions no matter where you are navigating to or from.
On top of that, Boss goes to the next level and provides full lane guidance information and even legitimate photos of highway signs (and other landmarks) to help make navigating even easier.
Now let’s talk about the implementation of Bluetooth wireless connectivity with the BV9384NV.
For starters, you get the latest version of Bluetooth “under the hood” to guarantee a more stable and consistent connection between your new receiver and your mobile devices.
You’ll only be able to pair two phones to your receiver at a time, but that’s usually not a big deal for most people – especially if you’re looking to connect, charge, and stream from these devices as well.
Bluetooth connectivity opens up a lot of extra features with this receiver that you wouldn’t have had access to otherwise. You’re basically be able to “piggyback” off of the capabilities of your phone or tablet, streaming media, making calls or texts, or having your emails read and sending replies out – all totally hands-free!
It doesn’t get much better than that.
From a pure entertainment standpoint the Boss BV9384NV is a bit of an upgrade, too.
Composite AV outputs allow you to send all kinds of media through your receiver to external video monitors (like headrest monitors, for example), keeping everyone in the vehicle on the same page as far as video or audio content is concerned.
You can play physical media through this receiver (DVDs as well as CDs), but you can also stream your favorite music, movies, and shows wirelessly or via USB connections.
Add in the ability to connect flash drives through the front USB port (usually used for charging your devices) or sticking a microSD card into the microSD slot – playing your media from those storage devices – and it’s not hard to understand why people really love this piece of hardware.
Rounding things out nicely is the sound enhancement capabilities of the Boss BV9384NV.
The 10 band equalizer gives you a lot more control over how your audio sounds, regardless of whether or not you’re using the eight individual presets or completely custom options you configure on your own.
A built-in low-pass filter smooth sound out considerably as well, making sure that your stock speakers system is enhanced without having to make any costly upgrades to your physical speaker set up.
All in all, this hardware is built for performance without a premium price tag attached.
Unfortunately, the Boss BV9384NV doesn’t have much in the way of Apple Carplay or Android Auto compatibility.
Sure, you’re going to be able to hook your Apple or your Android phone or tablet up to this receiver without a lot of headache and hassle – streaming movies and music, using some of your favorite apps, and controlling your device (often with your voice).
But you’re not going to get that full Apple or Android integration the way you might have with more modern receivers.
That’s something to be considered.
All in all, Boss has definitely made a rock solid receiver here – especially when you’re looking for a Double DIN unit that includes navigation capabilities built right in.
There are some drawbacks to using this particular piece of hardware compared to newer and more modern options (especially if you love Apple or Android integration).
But if you don’t want to spend a mountain of money on a unit that just came out of week or two ago – and instead want a rock solid, reliable, funded use and easy to install system – this is the way to go!