For motorcycles with a pre-installed audio system, there are times that we are not satisfied with its output. All you need is the new audio system to give more satisfaction to your experience for the length of time you stay on the road.
With the Boss MC470B, you can listen to your favorite music while you are on the road with your bike. Though there is a certain limit to how much you can hear the sound of your audio system especially when you are at a higher speed.
In this review, we will first look at its specifications which are the official release of the manufacturer. Next, we will give my honest opinion. Then we will provide some additional information to answer some questions you have or to cover the broader topic regarding this scooter.
On a freeway, surprisingly, this speaker system is still audible even at 80 mph even without a windshield. Although there are still other users who say that it is not that loud and audible around 50 to 70 mph. However, the majority of them still hear the sounds even if they are using a loud bike. Now imagine adding a windshield?
Its sound quality is clear, but it doesn’t have bass but, not much of a big deal. For the cost of that much power and four speakers, it is a workable trade-off. That revving sound of the engine will serve as a bass-like remix. Interesting right?
But it’s just unexpected that it doesn’t have an on/off switch on the amplifier. Wouldn’t it be better to have an essential button on the amplifier? However, its volume switch is good and protected in any weather.
When it comes to overheating, the amplifier has no problem with it. Touch it, and you will feel cool to warm at max.
The Bluetooth connects every time, as soon as you flip the toggle switch to ON, and the pairing is fast and very easy.
The initial installation, primarily the clamps on the speakers take a long time and a certain amount of patience to get right. The clamp is not better than others. It is cheap and easy to bend. A 2-piece clamp that has a slot and tab that connects the backside of the clamp while using the mounting stud on the speaker for the front side of it (or vice-versa, depending on how you mount the speakers). We suggest that you add foam pipe insulation as a spacer and protect these chrome speakers from metal on metal.
Now let us talk about the amp’s power and watts. This is our subject opinion, however doing the math comparing it to other D amplifier readings, you will find out that when it is at full volume it beats between 1.8 and 2 A roughly 13 V DC or 23 to 26 watts. There are other D amplifier speakers on the market running 500 watts and 2 ohms and 300 W, and four ohms pull in the range of 25 A. The boss audio MC470B system is 8 ohms running 16 gauge wire and was pulling a maximum of 2 amps during my test.
There is also another issue about the sound that sometimes gets cut off when at the half volume due to insufficient supply of power. And one of the annoying things to some about this audio system is the beep sound, but to some, no big deal.
Let’s compare BOSS MCBK470B to other BOSS speaker systems, MCBK420B, MC470B, and MC420B.
MCBK470B is two pairs of black 3 “full-range speakers that feature a built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming receiver-no head unit needed.
MCBK420B is a pair of black 3 “full-range speakers that feature a built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming receiver-no head unit needed.
MC470B is two pairs of chrome 3 “full-range speakers that feature a built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming receiver-no head unit is needed
MC420B is a pair of chrome 3 “full-range speakers.
MCBK470B, MCBK420B, MC470B, and MC420B have 3.5 mm AUX Input compatible with the audio output of smartphones and MP3 players.
MCBK470B, MCBK420B, MC470B, and MC420B have Bluetooth audio streaming – stream your favorite music or music service like Spotify or Pandora wirelessly.
MCBK470B and MC470B are 1000 Watt Max Amplifiers (Dimensions 3.9 “x 3.1” x 1.5 “) with Wired Remote Volume Control.
MCBK420B and MC420B are 600 Watt Max Amplifiers (Dimensions 3.1 “x 3.1” x 1.5 “) with Wired Remote Volume Control.
MCBK470B, MCBK420B, MC470B, and MC420B have frequency response of 80Hz to 15KHz, SN> 85dB, THD: <0.01% with Channel Separation:> 50 dB.
MCBK470B, MCBK420B, MC470B, and MC420B include mounting brackets adjustable to fit 0.75 “to 1.25” handlebars.
- The MC470B can be mounted in most areas, it is recommended that you make sure it has good airflow to keep the amplifier cool as it does heat up during use.
- There is a difference between music-watts and physics-watts. Musical watts are about 10 to 100 times bigger numerically than physics watts.
- The MC470B has a rating of 500W RMS.
- The MC470B does not feature a built-in radio. If your mobile device can stream radio, you may connect it to the MC470B via Bluetooth to stream radio stations.
- The MC470B comes with a Standard One Year Manufacturer Warranty and a 3 Year Platinum Dealer Warranty when purchased from Amazon.
- When you try to install a bigger fuse, make sure the wires you connected did not have any bare spots on them, which might cause a shortage.
- You can not turn off the MC470B because there is no remote. It is designed to be wired into the ignition power. There are no switches or controls on the unit at all. Volume is the only control on the unit., which can also be controlled by your phone or another Bluetooth device. All other buttons are through your Bluetooth device.
- When hooking up the jamming, you will need the wire to hook up to whatever you use that has music on it. One end of the wire goes into the amplifier of Boss, and the other end goes into another music holder. The rest of the equipment comes with the Boss Audio. The Boss audio doesn’t have a shut-off if you don’t hook it to the key. You will have to hook up a three-wire shut-off switch.
- There is no color chart. The only wire you hook up is for the battery while All other wires come intact.
- The amplifier is not designed to have a sub added to it. The MC470B is not powerful enough to power a subwoofer.
- The MC470B features a volume control knob allowing the user to install it at a convenient location. You may control the volume by using the button in-line control, or you may adjust the volume directly from your audio source.
- MC470B works without a relay.
- Make sure it is mounted to a grounded bare piece of metal to prevent a bad ground connection.
- Regarding the beeps, you will hear them at the start-up and can’t be controlled. They are loud and annoying.
- It does not have an SD card slot. You can play music over Bluetooth from your device, through the auxiliary input, or RCA low-level inputs.
- The four-speaker setup is advertised as “1000w” peak power. Truthfully it is nowhere close to that, but it is loud enough to hear music up to nearly 80mph if the speakers are directed at your face.
- The MC470B will power on and off with the motorcycle as long as it is wired to the accessory switch wire.
- The manufacturer recommends a toggle switch and or a relay for the unit. It assists so that the MC470B does not drain your battery.
- This speaker system will need to be connected to a switched power source to allow the unit to turn on and off. They do not have a battery pack and cannot be charged.
- Four identical speakers connected to a stereo output. which means the left pair and right pair are full-range speakers.
- The Bluetooth does not get very far range, so whatever the device you will be Bluetooth off.
- The MC420B does not have the provisions to connect an additional speaker.
- The MC470B remains on until power is cut out from it. You have the option of connecting the MC470B’s amplifier directly to the motorcycle’s battery, meaning you have to manually disconnect it after each use. You can also wire it to the accessory turn-on wire of your motorcycle so it is powered on and off when the ignition switch is turned on/off.
- There are only two wires for the amp. A ground and a power wire with a fuse on it. You have to either run the power to a switch that you turn on and off and wire it to something that turns on and off with the ignition.
- The MC470B is stable at 4 ohms.
- The size of the volume knob is about 1/3 the size of a pencil. About the same circumference. It’s easy to mount and hide.
- The MC470B speakers come pre-wired. You would have to cut the wires off of the two speakers, this is not recommended.
- To prevent no sound issue, make sure that the battery has a full charge. Make sure you have your wiring hooked up appropriately. And make sure that you have a Bluetooth device for the speakers.
- The MC470B is weatherproof, speakers, and amp can resist the water penetration to some degree but not entirely.
- The area to install the amplifier for the MC470B will depend on the bike itself, installing the amplifier in the saddlebags or tool compartment is another recommendation.
Our take on MC420B
MC420B has a lot of good things about it, especially in terms of sound quality. Comparing its price, features, and quality with other motorcycle speakers in the market is a good option. The loudness is decent. Based on observation, we can say that you can really hear it around 70 to 80 mph. Once you have decided to purchase a suitable audio system for your bike consider MC420B.
If you will notice, in this post we have not revealed the full specs of this audio system, however, you can directly check them on the BOSS website or on Amazon.
This post is our honest in-depth review including the pros and cons scattered in the contents. Aside from discussing each feature which is essential, we intend not to be biased as much as possible to our take. If there are good things we emphasize and vice versa. We hope that through this review you will have enough knowledge about MC420B and help you decide if it is suitable for your bike.
If you want a further guide or reference to help you choose a suitable speaker system available on the market today for your motorcycle you can check our buying guide here. Or you can check our top picks here depending on the category you prefer.