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15-Watt Amplified Uniden Speaker

› Works with all scanners

› Only scanner speaker with built-in amp

› Popular with those that use scanner in heavy-duty vehicle

› Only speaker that requires external power source

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This 15-watt scanner speaker has a built in 8-watt amp which provides great sound. It is very durable and was designed to handle every day wear and tear. The BC23A is a 15-watt external speaker manufactured by Uniden. As part of Uniden's Bearcat line, this speaker was created specifically for scanners, receivers, and CBs.  The BC23A is a mid-sized speaker in the Bearcat line that ranges from 7-watts to 20-watts. The other speakers in this line include the BC7 (7-watts), BC15 (15-watts), and the BC20 (20-watts). The difference between the BC23A and the other 15-watt Uniden speaker, the BC15, is that the BC23A comes with a built-in 8-watt amplifier. Speaker requires external power source for amp. Most buyers wire this into their vehicle cab. A 10-foot power cord to connect to your scanner is included with this unit. Perfect for clear scanning in a heavy-duty vehicle.


Model / SKUBC23A
CompatibilityAll police scanner radios
Speaker Details15-Watts of Input Power
3.5 mm Right Angle Plug
8 Watt Amplifier
Noise Blanker for Clear Audio
3” Speaker
Frequency Response 500 Hz - 5 kHz
4 x 2.5 x 4 inches - 1.3 lbs.


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Customer Reviews (5)

Would buy againReview by anish
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Great for listening in groups. I would recommend a speaker like this one. (Posted on 8/1/2016)
More of a "CB" good buddy speaker than a refined Ham Radio speaker.Review by Eric
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More of a "CB" good buddy speaker than a refined Ham Radio speaker. I mounted my Alinco DR-635T dual band transceiver's main unit under the rear deck of my BMW 530i which made perfect sense for the antenna transmission line, keeping it nice and short. But this left the speaker in the trunk which I located immediately underneath a cutout.. which would have worked if it was a health speaker to begin with, but it was a bit weak and I couldn't hear it as well as I wanted under all conditions. My plan was to source an external speaker, mount it under the rear seat, and insulate it well so the sound has the desired 'tone' for voice transmission.

The speaker itself was constructed "okay", but the bracket is the type with two thumbscrews, one on each side which loosens up. There is a volume dial on the side. Who needs that? Even a CB has a volume control. It's just something else to break, be out of adjustment, or otherwise cause issues. I used a 3 " piece of metal DUCT (the metal type used to tape duct work togetehr) over the knob to keep it where I wanted. The bracket wasn't usable, so I made a high density foam pocket clued to the bottom of the floor and "press fit" held in on the top by the seat bottom.. leaving the speaker facing forward towards the driver. This should have been perfect but sound playing through steel (there is steel as the baseboard to the seat) doesn't make for good sound so moving the carpet away a few inches I used a Sharpie to outline the speaker location and then drilled 3/16" holes, tightly together, in the outline. The result was much better sound.

Keep in mind that because this speaker has it's own 8 watt amplifier built in, that it also requires a set of power wires ran to the box. This could be a major inconvenience to some people. The instructions recommend you grab the power from a "key-on" ignition source so the speaker doesn't drain the battery overnight. The problem with this is we often use our radios with the power of the car off.. and someone not familiar with the car could get stuck on why there's no sound. To give it the best of both pros and cons I simply wired in a relay so the power wire running to the radio from the battery could be used to trip the relay. In other words turning on the radio turns on both the radio and the speaker. The relay allows this.

So while I'm pleased with the installation I question several things. 1. An 8 watt amplifier designed for radios normally outputting 5 watts? 5 watts would have been fine with no amplifier, no volume knob needing to be taped, no power wires, and no relay 2. The mount needs to be improved. Maybe some set screws? 3. The overall quality of sound needs to be improved. It's usable for sure. Just not ideal (Posted on 9/8/2015)
Great sound.Review by Pat
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Great sound. (Posted on 9/8/2015)
LoudReview by Tommy
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I work nights in a loud machine shop. Can now hear my BCD436HP with no problem. Did have to add a 12v ac adapter to it. It just comes with bare ended wires to wire into a vehicle.
(Posted on 9/8/2015)
Great scanner speaker!Review by Maryn
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Came ahead of schedule, packaged very good. For a scanner this works great, cleared up just about everything that I could not understand before. The price was reasonable,the quality is really excellent,very well made.
(Posted on 9/8/2015)

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