Boomboxes and Ghettoblasters

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

  1. just dave

    just dave vintage rules!

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    Wow that's a big chunk of change back then,hope you can find a good deal on one.
     

     

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  2. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    Finally have a boom box incoming next week. It's a magnavox D8443 model with the 3 speakers. I know everyone had one and so did a friend of mine. He's going to freak when it shows up. Got it for a good price and all the knobs are there and the cassette player works also. Will post pics when it shows up.
     
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  3. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    Here it is. Got a Fanta bottle next to it for scale. There was a really mint one for more than double the price but didn't want to spend that much. The tape player works still but for how long. Lol. Actually sounds pretty decent. Will keep my eye open for some around the thrift stores and craigslist. Circa 1985
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  4. Farmhand

    Farmhand Super Member

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    I had the one with the sub in the middle, in black. It was also available in silver. It had that circle molded on the back which perfectly housed a 'steal your face" sticker. Got it at a steep discount at Sears because it was a floor model and the Stereo mode on FM didn't work.
    Eventually I of course took it apart.
     
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  5. doctor fuse

    doctor fuse AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    If you are specifying Solid State, does that mean there are tube-based ghetto blasters out there? I WANT THAT!
     
  6. SVI2004A

    SVI2004A Synchro Bias

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    LMAO couldn’t imagine a poorer thing... tube boom box... can’t imagin vibration good for tubes, and outdoor atmospheric conditions.... poor things will straggle to develop much power.... like it’s a wheeled frame needed to get the 400V or so to run it.... (dcdc converters are forbidden .... evil solid state...)

    Gimme any STK powered box... Technics National Sony and Sharp I know have them... there’d be more.... just haven’t seen them yet
     
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  7. DaveVoorhis

    DaveVoorhis Super Member

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    I like to think of my older Zenith Transoceanic as a proto-boombox; all-tube construction and surprisingly tough and capable of reasonable volume -- they were meant to be portable and meant to be used. This one was dragged off the top of a chest of drawers by the cat making a mis-calculated jump, with no damage.

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  8. fredgarvin

    fredgarvin AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Aha! So you weren't interested in the least you said. I guess you were, enough to unsubscribe. Yes you were, yes you were! :whip:
     
  9. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    I hope this doesn’t become a thing. I don’t need another hobby. Seeing double now. Picked up the second one on the right for a good deal on the bay. It’s almost like someone never used it. All cassettes working also. Want to get a few more but in great working condition.
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  10. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    I used my B600 Trans-Oceanic as a boombox of sorts several years back. Equipped it with a self-built battery pack (6xD-cells and 10x9-volts), rigged up a cable to allow me to hook a portable CD player or Walkman to its PHONO input, and hauled it around as a quasi-portable music source. Not the most integrated solution, but it sounded pretty good for what it was. :music:
    -Adam
     
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  11. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    Well just bought a JVC M70. For a decent price. The guy had deoxed all switches and rebuilt the amp boards so it should sound pretty good. Will post pics when it shows up.
     
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  12. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz Lunatic Member

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    Does the Magnavox D8443 allow use of cd player thru any auxilary input???
     
  13. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    I believe so but wasnt able to connect my iPod to the first one as the connections are corroded. I will try my better one to see if it works
     
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  14. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    I was curious about your question and tried it once but didn’t work so I went to trusty YouTube. Only way you can use the line in is if the record button is pressed also. Apparently the line in was to record to a tape. I did like the video and tricked the tape player thinking it was recording and it worked. Sounds incredible with a iPod. Downside is the tape mechanism is constantly running. Probably not a good thing.
     
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  15. Ronald1973

    Ronald1973 8-trackin', Hank, Sr. man

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    High school has been in the rearview mirror for 25+ years now, but I remember a particular boombox I always wanted; it was in our math class. It was yellow. It was tall. Dual cassettes. I believe a Magnavox, but I could be wrong. It actually had inputs, something that appealed to me since I made mix tapes for the Pioneer Super Tuner in my 1975 Chevy Nova. Does anyone here have an idea?
     
  16. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the magnavox D8304

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  17. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz Lunatic Member

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    Thanks baha.
     
  18. beat_truck

    beat_truck Super Member

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    I found one of these amongst the junk in the back room where I used to work. I brought it home, and it had a few problems including a hum that I assume was from bad filter caps, extremely dirty pots, and maybe a bad belt in the tape deck. I ended up throwing it out like a dummy.:oops: I wish I would have kept it and tried to fix it.
     
  19. beat_truck

    beat_truck Super Member

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    Here's one I currently have. (picture is from the web, though-too lazy to get out the camera) It's a Montgomery Wards with built in TV. I saw it for $6 and couldn't pass it up.
     

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  20. John James

    John James "Bob's your uncle" (Stolen) Subscriber

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    I had a Sony that looked a lot like this Panasonic.

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