★★★ 297 real customer reviews average rating: 3.3 stars
5 Stars By b75025 on 2012-04-16
I was getting really tired of the poor sound from my MP3 player connected to my old radio using an FM transmitter. In my area, there is not a channel that has no broadcast, so my songs were constantly competing for the airwaves. After researching several digital receivers on BTA-MALL, I was discouraged to find that nearly all had negative reviews, or at least some negative features. When I found the Pyle PLR44MU, it had only one review but it was 5 stars, so I decided to give it a try. I'm very glad I did! What I discovered is that this digital receiver has all the features I wanted at a price that is truly unbelievable. The unit installed without a hitch, although I was not for-warned that I also needed an antenna adapter and a mounting case, which I purchased locally. I was also not sure if I needed a wiring harness, so I ordered one with this unit that I ultimately did not use. As it turned out, I could not easily get to the plug behind the dash for the existing wiring, so I reverted to splicing the wires from the connectors included with the receiver into the existing wiring. A Google search lead me to the wiring schematic for my car (1999 Chevy Suburban), so I could match the correct leads.
I was impressed by how many clear channels I got on the FM scale. The PLL tuner was quite capable of searching out channels, and I could add any channel to memory by just holding in the memory button for 2 seconds. The display is pleasing and easy on the eyes.
USB: I inserted a usb drive loaded with .mp3 files and after displaying "USB", it began playing the songs. The Title and author of each song is displayed along with the file length. I could advance or backup one file at a time, or switch to the next folder using the "DIR+" or "DIR-" buttons.
SD/MMC: It took a while to find the slot for an SD Card, as they are mis-labeled on the instructions. I found the slot behind the face plate! I did not test this slot as I did not have an available card, but assume it works like the USB port. An advantage to using SD/MMC cards is that the media card can be hidden, rather than sticking out front as the USB drive is.
CLOCK: There is a brief reference in the manual to displaying the clock, but no instructions on how to set it. You must press the "DSP" (not "DISP" as the instructions read) and the time will display. To set it, hold the DSP button a few seconds and the hour will begin flashing. Turn the volume knob to change the hour. Press the volume button once and the minutes will flash, allowing you to set them by turning the volume button. Press DSP again to set.
OTHERS: There are buttons for MUTE and PAUSE, as well as a RF remote control unit that works.
Conclusion: This digital receiver exceeded my expectations, did everything I wanted it to do, and looks great. The instructions are very poor and riddled with mistakes, so you will have to experiment. The MP3 receiver remembers where it was when powered off and restarts from that point. I did not notice any of the memory problems noted for other receivers reviewed, and am very happy I chose this one. I cannot imagine getting a better digital receiver at any price to work with my old speakers.
1 Stars By Robert on 2013-10-19
I installed the Pyle PLR44MU receiver in my old 1990 Geo Tracker in July 2013. It fit fine and worked beautifully for 2 months, and then it would just light up like normal, but no sound. If I left it turned on, while driving, it would some times start playing just fine, until I turned it off. Then the same thing would always happen again the next time I turned it on. That went on for a few weeks and now it won't play at all. No loose wires and I could find nothing wrong.
The ad says the warranty is limited for one year but don't believe it. I tried to return it and was told no returns after September 1st and this is now October
Other 1 star reviews are a little like mine. You pay a cheap $34.77 and you take your chances!
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2012-08-08
I have been using this for a month now and am really happy with the purchase.
Easy. Had to buy a din kit for my car which was easy to install. The physical installation was easy. Doing the wiring was easy as well. I don't work on my car at all and don't have much experience with this, but the installation was easy and painless.
Audio is great. I love using the SD card to play my music. I also use the usb port to charge my phone (though keep in mind this is will not charge it a lot. My phone barely consumes much as its not a smart phone. It does not charge a smartphone more than its normal consumption.) Also, as a side note, that if your phone acts as a mass storage device when you plug it in, then you can play music on your phone through the usb cable.
None so far
Edited above for grammer... Also, I forgot to mention that it has a line in to play from your headphone jack.
A few quirks. The first is that the screen content gets garbled sometimes. This is fixed by re-securing the face of the radio. This does not happen often. Actually, that is about it. The radio is still going strong and I like it a lot!
2 Stars By Aliquid Dicere on 2015-11-13
Much Better Value Found in Other MP3 Receivers
Classic example of you get what you paid for. The receiver is easy to install, plays MP3s, and receives radio stations. Beyond that, it is barely worth the $35-$40 you will pay.
The usability of the receiver is horrible. If you are using a memory stick with hundreds--or thousands--of MP3s, be prepared to spend five minutes getting to a song or folder you like. The navigation is simply awful. Shuffling folders up or down occurs by pressing the tiny radio pre-set buttons. Shuffling individuals files occurs by pressing awkwardly positioned buttons near the volume knob. In either case, be prepared to press the buttons two or three times before the receiver actually does something because the receiver apparently has to load the entire file and begin playing before it registers that another button has been pressed.
Placing your files on repeat or shuffle is also a problem because each time the receiver starts again (on engine start), the receiver goes back to its standard setting. If you stop to get gas, be prepared to assure your receiver you really still do want to randomly play MP3s in a particular folder.
The display is entirely goofy as well. Big block numbers and letters that scroll and cut off after the first 15 or so characters of the track artist and name. The equalizer (EQ) is perhaps the most simplistic EQ you will ever use. Pick one or four EQ settings to run with because that is all there are; not even individual adjustment settings for bass and treble.
To "pyle" on to my complaints, the remote control is also plagued with usability issues. The remote control sensor is located right above the memory stick input location. So if you are using this MP3 player to play MP3s from a memory stick, the stick itself mostly blocks the remote control input sensor!! Then you have to lift you hand up in the air to get the remote in straight-line sight of the sensor, making using the convenient remote control decidedly inconvenient.
I have purchased other MP3 car receivers and spent around $75-$80 and been thrilled with the look, sound, and usability of the units. I decided to push the cheapness envelope and bought this Pyle unit for a commuter car. Never again. I will pay the extra $30 and purchase a unit that does not create as many hassles as it cures. Although it works as advertised, this unit truly is bargain basement quality in both appearance and functionality.
2 Stars By Kalikid30 on 2016-08-11
Well it worked for about 6 or 7 months then ...
Well it worked for about 6 or 7 months then it started acting weird. The presets wouldnt change right. if i pushed 1 it would go to FM 2. i press 6, it goes to the wrong station or takes me to AUX. The only thing that worked right was the USB, but even that quit after a few more months.
2 Stars By B. Allen on 2013-08-19
Bad sound quality and terrible media navigation
I'm updating my review after owning the unit for 2 years and improving my rating by one star. It's cheap and functions OK but lacks 2 major qualities that would make it the best bargain on the web.
1: Sound quality is quite poor. They boast a more powerful amp rating than many other more expensive units but it's obviously a very low quality amp as the EQ range is very narrow and it doesn't take a lot of volume to start distorting the sound.
2: for a unit that ONLY supports flash media (aside from the 3.5mm aux input and AM/FM radio) the folder navigation capabilities are terrible. Parent/Sub folder navigation isn't possible, only end directories. So putting all the album folders for an artist or music category in a parent folder together does nothing to help navigation. You still scroll through each one by one.
A mild complaint is that the clock is extremely hard to set or at least I can't figure it out. The instructions didn't really help. But it doesn't matter anyway as there's not really enough contrast on the screen at least when it's turned off to even see the clock.
I'd really really advise spending 20 bucks more for a JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer or even one of the better rated Boss units unless you're really only interested in getting basic radio and being able to listen to some MP3's every once in a while off a thumb drive.
3 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2015-11-27
Good for the Money - Don't expect Much
No, I didn't expect a lot, but it does what it needs to do, and that is a VERY basic stereo for my old truck.
Buttons are small and hard to see and use, and the backlight will not dim with the dash lights.
Everything works ok, and I do like the ability to use an SD card - especially since it will only bring in the closest/strongest radio stations. Even in the city, local stations will be skipped by the seek function (on local setting). As soon as I'm 5 miles out of a large city, the stations are gone. Nothing wrong with my antennae or wiring, it just won't receive well. I use the aux. input for my phone, and the USB to charge the phone, and keep most of my music on an SD card.
I gave it three stars simply because for the price, it's ok. I can't ask for much at that price!!!
4 Stars By Benson on 2012-07-07
If you're looking to replace a factory radio and you really don't care what you put in it (probably the only reason why you'd be looking at this), get it. I was a little concerned about not having a CD player, but then I realized I haven't used a CD for several years anyway. I wanted a CHEAP radio that had a line in on the front of it, and this completely fits the bill. I have not used the USB or SD card slots, and I doubt I ever will. Installation was easy enough, just picked up a pigtail to plug into the factory radio harness so that I didn't have to cut all the wires. Wires on this unit were very well marked. Since it has no CD player, it is a fairly compact unit, and it is less than (eyeballing it from memory) about 4 inches deep, so no worries about trying to tuck in all the extra wires you'll be running. The only issue I have with it is that it does not seem to pick up radio stations as well as the factory radio did, however I CANNOT attribute that to this radio, as it could be the adaptor for the antenna that my GM vehicle required, or as many of my projects go, I may not have even plugged the antenna in all the way. While that may be seen in other reviews, I would hesitate to assume this has bad reception as it may be due to human error in installation. It has more features than you may expect from a stereo of it's price, and the only thing I think it is lacking (I cannot find documentation or a menu option that does this), is it would be nice to be able to set it so there is not a large volume difference between modes. If you're using the line in, you have to crank it up to hear it, then if you change it to radio without lowering the volume, it will blast you at a loud volume. This unit is worth it if you just want a radio and you may use the extra modes.
5 Stars By YAlloy on 2013-09-28
Everything I expected.
The CD reader in my Pioneer mech unit was dying. In the past burning CDs was the way to go. But, all of that is shifting towards digital music and flash devices. I wanted a SD card reader a USB drive, and an AUX input just in case. This thing had it all. For the price I am satisfied with the features, but there are some negatives. The buttons are a little stiff. Pressing the back button does not restart the track, but plays the previous track. There is also a slight delay before the next/previous tracks plays. There is not much EQ functionality. There are 3 preset options, and you cannot customize them. Also, there is no playlist and no way to set the order of your songs on the fly. From what I understand, the order based on which song was copied first. The base and volume were a little low, but I have grown accustomed to it. I was coming from a relatively expensive Pioneer unit, so I can't complain.
Inexpensive and Light
Removable face (important to some, not to me).
SD card hidden behind faceplate? (This keeps the unit sleek, but it could be inconvenient, I do like it).
No EQ customization.
No control over display.
No playlist, no control over order of songs (really not that big of a deal for me).
Brightness is a little low on the display, so it can be difficult to read in high level lighting.
My old mech Pioneer unit sounded much more superior in sound. I was also able to tweak it with the EQ to my liking. But it also cost ~3 times more than the Pyle. The Pyle unit does not sound anywhere near as good, but the features and the cost help make up for it. If you are expecting excellent sound quality, this unit is definitely not for you. But, if you are like me and just want a unit that can read and play from SD/USB/AUX with decent sound quality, then this unit is for you.
5 Stars By dennis on 2013-08-15
off to a good start...
i replaced my cd deck and fm transmitter mp3 car player with this unit 2 weeks ago.
installation was easy. all i had to do was disconnect the wiring from the cd deck and connect the wiring for the pyle unit. installation took about 1 hour.
it does everything it's supposed to do and i am pleased with it.
the display is excellent and easily readable when driving with its large sized letters and numbers. i use sd cards and navigating folders and files with the remote is very easy. full information about the folder and the file (selection being played) scrolls across the display
sound quality is excellent in the "equalizer off mode". the other equalizer modes are not much good, though, and full volume is a bit underwhelming, but clear with no distortion.
the bass and treble adjustment are fine, but there's no midrange adjustment, and that's a minus. bass response, whilst good for the price, is not great, so i am putting in a boss 200w monoblock amp and a subwoofer to address that, using the rca line out jacks to signal the amp.
all things considered, i am happy with my purchase of this unit, and if it continues to perform the way it does now, i will have no long term regrets.
UPDATE, Aug 31:
i installed the boss 200w monoblock and the pyle unit rca output supplied a signal to the amp, so i now have subwoofer power.
i suspect that the initial underwhelming bass response could be caused by my medium quality car speakers, but i am not keen on replacing them as they work fine for midrange and highs.
after using the unit for about a month, i can confirm that everything works really good, including the radio.
there is just one thing that i cannot figure out, and that is how to use the remote to make selections by their numbers.
the number buttons have 2 fucntions, for instance, "1" is also "pause", and if i try to select tune #1285, when i hit "1" the unit goes into "pause" and nothing else can be done. the same thing applies to the other digits between 1 and 0.
i cannot find a "function" button to allow the "1" button to work as "1", and the operating instructions make no mention of it.
although it is not a big deal, i'd be happy if anyone knows how to do it. being able to select by number sure beats wading through folders to find a particular tune, and my fm transmitter mp3 player's remote remote allowed that very easily.
overall, i am very happy that i bought the unit.