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    Default Need a New Boombox

    So, we're here at the campground (been here since Friday) and my cheap little ol' box decides to take a dump. Now I'm in the market for a good portable boombox. I want something of good quality, that has AM/FM/CD and MP3. A cassette deck is not mandatory. It has to run on C or D cells and be able to use AC. I want something that has great bass and doesn't distort when cranked-up. It also must sound clean when on low volume.

    I've been searching, but like everything else, there's so much to choose from. Any suggestions?
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    Have a look at this Sony. Built for outdoor use. Water/Dust resistant. Even has a line-in for portable MP3 players. Runs on AC or D cell batteries and has Bass enhancement.

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-3twGZM9...x?I=158ZSH10CP

    Some reviews from Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-ZS-H10CP-.../dp/B000FHD7PI
    Last edited by Lit Up; 05-26-2008 at 03:08 PM.

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    Thanks. That was one that I came across in my reseach, along with:

    Sony ZS-H10CP
    Sony CFD-F10
    JVC Kaboom RV-NB1
    Sony CFDG505

    According to the reviews, they all seem to have some type of issues, depending on the unit. I really liked the Kaboom, but it apparrently doesn't work well at all on FM.
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    Yeah, as I said in the portable AM/FM thread, it's just hard to find a good radio these days as all the concentration seems to have shifted to MP3 players/iPods you can just dock. Could also be with HD-Radio coming more on the horizon, that the shift from analog radios has started since an HD-Radio will also act as analog when an HD signal is not present.

    All current radios out there seem to be good/ok but none are what I would call outstanding.
    Now if you could time travel back to the 80's...


    Good luck in your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lit Up View Post
    Now if you could time travel back to the 80's...
    I still have a Sanyo dual casette mini boombox (MW770) that I bought back in the mid 80s. It still works great..in fact we use it every day.

    I always wanted one of those slim Panasonic mini boomboxes from the 80s, but never got one.

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    Get one with an aux input so you can plug in an mp3 player. CD is almost as dead as wax cylinders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulr View Post
    Get one with an aux input so you can plug in an mp3 player. CD is almost as dead as wax cylinders.
    I'm wanting to get a home receiver with USB flash drive and SD Card ports. Only one I saw so far was from Sangean, but the radio's controls were completely remote dependent. None were on the face of the radio.

    This one to be exact:
    http://www.sangean.com/product.php?m...R-3&prod_id=43

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    I just happened to notice, tonight's Woot sellout (http://sellout.woot.com ) is pretty cool, an 8D-powered boom box with no CD or other obsolete media, just plug a portable player into it for amplification. I might order one.

    Update: the discussion forum for that item links to a bunch of unfavorable reviews. After reading them I think I'll pass.
    Last edited by paulr; 05-27-2008 at 03:36 AM.

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    Thanks for feedback everyone. I appreciate it, however I wouldn't be so quick to write-offs CD's as being ancient history just yet.
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    I still buy CD's once in a while, but as soon as I get one home I toss it into a computer and mp3 it for my matchbox-sized player. The CD itself is basically a frisbee at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_nascar View Post
    Thanks for feedback everyone. I appreciate it, however I wouldn't be so quick to write-offs CD's as being ancient history just yet.
    I'm waiting for a Blu-Ray in-dash player that supports MP3s played from a Blu-Ray disc.
    Could you imagine just how many songs...



    Check this out, the "Ghetto Blaster" has been brought into the 21 century.
    http://www.geekalerts.com/ipod-ghetto-blaster/

    Let us know how whichever boombox you choose is working for you.
    Last edited by Lit Up; 05-28-2008 at 03:46 AM.

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    Nice box in that link, Lit Up. It's outwardly similar to my first "suitcase" from the oily eighties. It consumed 50 watts AC and output an honest 10 watts per channel, RMS, 40Hz - 10kHz. The AM/FM tuner is sensitive and I still use it outdoors when more loud than quality is needed.
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    Far too many expensive custom lights than I dare admit to owning..especially to wife.com !

    List of custom and OEM lights edited for bandwidth

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    I am using this one for a few years, it was under $100 in those days. Sound is OK, actually is not really good.
    But it looks really good even now!!! Burn a MP3 CD and play it forever.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-ZS-X3CP-S...073184&sr=1-16

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    Well, I ordered the JVC Kaboom RV-NB1 from Amazon last night. I should have it early-mid next week. I just couldn't pass up all the positive reviews and comments posted by the dozens. I'll take my chances on the large size and heavy weight of this unit. If the FM reception isn't all that great in my area, I'll connect my cheap $10 transistor radio or something. Very worse case, I can return it, although shipping would probably kill me.
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    I looked at the amazon link and it actually comes from Beach Audio?! I'd be really careful about that, it sounds related to Beach Camera, a notorious rip off schlock place. The boom box itself looks nice though, a 20 pound (!) monster with subwoofers and aux input. I hope you'll post a report once it arrives...

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    Yes, it does come from Beach Audio. I had went as far to almost order it directly from them, however when I added up the costs they were charging vs. what Amazon what charging vs. shipping from either place, it was cheaper getting it from Amazon. In addition, I have a better "feeling" ordering from Amazon.

    The product already shipped and I'll have it sometime between June 03rd and the 06th. I'll post my thoughts here once I get it. Boy, the neighbors are going to be p*ssed.
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    Default Re: Need a New Boombox

    Good luck in your search. The last 4 portable devices I've bought had pretty crappy receivers in them. I'm dying to find a box that gets good FM reception but as stated before the focus seems to be more on the CD/docking of an MP3 player these days. Perhaps when digital radio becomes more prevealent it will change.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bitslammer View Post
    Good luck in your search. The last 4 portable devices I've bought had pretty crappy receivers in them. I'm dying to find a box that gets good FM reception but as stated before the focus seems to be more on the CD/docking of an MP3 player these days. Perhaps when digital radio becomes more prevealent it will change.
    Like I said, the one I ordered (JVC RV-NB1) has reported issues with not the best FM reception, however I'm going to take my chance. Other's have reported no issues with reception. Very worse case, I'll take my mini-transitor radio and plug it into this unit in the AUX port and go from there. At 25-lbs fully loaded, another half-pound won't kill me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_nascar View Post
    Yes, it does come from Beach Audio. I had went as far to almost order it directly from them, however when I added up the costs they were charging vs. what Amazon what charging vs. shipping from either place, it was cheaper getting it from Amazon. In addition, I have a better "feeling" ordering from Amazon.
    Please make sure to inspect the box very thoroughly and make sure no accessories are missing. Stripping out stuff like batteries and straps to sell them separately is one of the classic schlock camera store scams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulr View Post
    Please make sure to inspect the box very thoroughly and make sure no accessories are missing. Stripping out stuff like batteries and straps to sell them separately is one of the classic schlock camera store scams.
    +1

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    Thanks. I'll be sure to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_nascar View Post
    Yes, it does come from Beach Audio. I had went as far to almost order it directly from them, however when I added up the costs they were charging vs. what Amazon what charging vs. shipping from either place, it was cheaper getting it from Amazon. In addition, I have a better "feeling" ordering from Amazon.

    The product already shipped and I'll have it sometime between June 03rd and the 06th. I'll post my thoughts here once I get it. Boy, the neighbors are going to be p*ssed.
    I just checked online and UPS delivered the Kaboom to my house a couple hours ago. Hopefully, the house will be rockin' this evening when I get home.
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    This JVC Kaboom is a pretty nice unit. It's certainly not considered a portable radio, however I have no issues carrying it from place to place. I wouldn't want to walk with it too much or too far, but its not overly bad. The sound coming from this thing is awesome on both FM and CD/MP3 format. I've been fortunate in that all the FM stations that interest me, seem to come in fine. Overall, only owning this for less than a full day, I'm pleased with it.
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