Boomboxes and Ghettoblasters

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Collin1141, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. likebike23

    likebike23 Well-Known Member

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    I found this Panasonic FM/AM/8 track boombox at Goodwill recently. It was so clean I didn't even have to wipe it down. Everything works perfectly and it sounds ok for what it is.
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  2. stereoguy70

    stereoguy70 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    There's only one boombox/ghetto blaster that anyone needs to have and it's this one:
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  3. stereoguy70

    stereoguy70 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    If you didn't recognize it, let me clue you in:
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    Radio Raheem!!! :smoke::rockon::p
     
  4. Bahamayellow

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    I wish I could find a really nice one. Doesn't really matter the maker it most are outrageous in price for a good one. Or if I know someone that has a nice one they aren't selling.
     
  5. CT_Ohio

    CT_Ohio Member

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    Can't say I'm into restoration (yet, never say never), but the reason I don't have any vintage audio gear from the 1980s is that my boombox essentially did it all well enough that I spent money elsewhere. The GE 3-5286 (http://classicboombox.com/ge-3-5286a)
    had all I needed during my college years; room-filling power, good AM/FM reception, and excellent tape unit; did a lot of mix stuff on it. Gotta love a boombox w/a STD/CR02/METAL tape selector. About all it didn't have was a phono preamp, so I bought one and a turntable and was basically set until the 90s.

    A better pic (not mine) from somebody's eBay listing:
     
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  6. theCOOP

    theCOOP Well-Known Member

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    'round here we pay a surcharge on new electronics and it goes to pay for the recycling of electronics. of course if you see something there that should be rescued...you can't :(
     
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  7. Gazdatronik

    Gazdatronik Super Member

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    I had this one
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    It was a weird "thin" body boombox, not too much ornamentation, but the tape deck in it sounded as good as any dedicated home deck Ive had. Got in all the stations. Really well done piece. The tweeters were real. RCA inputs.
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    I think you could use it as an alarm clock, too.

    But the BEST Ive had and would have again, was my first big purchase in 4th grade, the Sony CFD-510
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    Bass was excellent, those whizzer cone 4" were very good. They got the midrange right. Tweeters were peizo, and so I never heard much out of them, but I guess they were doing something. Good tuner, and a CD player that would read damaged CD's fairly well. I did a lot of work with this box.

    In 2000, I bought its successor, the CFD-Z110. it was 1/2 the cost and looked different, but otherwise functionally and electrically identical, minus a balance knob. They dropped the whizzer cones from the speakers, and I didn't think they sounded quite as nice, but still pretty good.
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    But my Grail would be this guy here
    A JVC PC series box that had the additional woofer built into the center section. These really delivered more than they promised on the sound front.
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    Id swap the JVC satellite drivers for Sony whizzer cone units though.
     
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  8. tanker 200

    tanker 200 Well-Known Member

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    They think of it as recycling the recycling I think. At least I do.
     
  9. OMGCat!

    OMGCat! AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I always keep an eye out for boxes when I'm out and about but haven't seen a single one for sale. I'd love to get at least one just for old times sake. I would probably even buy a few tapes to go with.
     
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  10. soundmotor

    soundmotor super modified Subscriber

    I have exactly one, Panasonic RX-6400 -

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  11. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Too bad you've fled the thread. I'd love to advise you to ......well, pointless, I guess.

    I still hold on to my broken GF-575 Sharp. Too many memories to throw away, tho it is totally trashed. Such an amazing piece of mid-80's tech.
     
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  12. aje123

    aje123 Active Member

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    hey all, my first boombox was a Panasonic rx-5100 1980.I thought is was the best thing ever cause i was 9. It ate d-batterys like crazy when playing tapes,but it did play well. Later got a Fisher with surround sound and bass boost dont remember model. Dont see these much anymore. thank you
     
  13. Keng84

    Keng84 New Member

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    Currently sitting inside my house Screenshot_2017-10-30-18-57-13.png received_10155763007792079.jpeg
     
  14. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    Thread crapping is verboten
     
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  15. Keng84

    Keng84 New Member

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    Thread crapping?
     
  16. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    Thread crapping takes place when a person makes a thread and articles one thing unlike the spirit/intent of thread, usually derailing the discussion or making it a disagreement
     
  17. Keng84

    Keng84 New Member

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    Makes sense. It wasnt i doing the crapping was it?
     
  18. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    No way , you're fine .
     
  19. Keng84

    Keng84 New Member

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    Ok thanks. Still fairly new to this. But i do know it can be quite case sensitive at times. Anyway nice gear boys:beerchug:
     
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  20. 2DualsNotEnough

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    I have this model.The pic is from the internet,but this is exactly what mine looks like.I had the tt serviced,and a new stylus put on.I use it to play my old 45's. Panasonic-SG-J800.jpg
     

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