The History of the Boombox
I’ve never heard of a “boombox archivist” before, but that’s a good term for anyone who collects these things. Miles Lightwood is such a person and runs a site called Boomboxラジカセ Creators. Collectors Weekly interviewed him about boomboxes and why they had just an impact on society for a while.
In my mind, the first device that’s like the urban boombox of popular culture is the JVC RC-550, which was a monster box. It’s got a 10-inch woofer, it looks mean, and it’s got lights and the whole package. That was made in ’75.
If you ever owned a boombox–hell, I’ve got about six in my basement–this is fascinating stuff. Continue reading.
(Via Boing Boing)
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Hi! Speaking of Boomboxes…I would like some advice from all the experts who frequent this site. Trust me, this is not me advertising anything. I am thinking of buying something, and I would like some input. It’s a Boombox from Hammacher Schlemmer. Has anyone else seen this thing? It’s built on a wagon chassis, is pulled around by a handle and has 10″ wheels. It boasts 2000 watts of power, 8 Piezo horn tweeters, two 6″x9″ mid-range speakers, and a 12″ dual-voice coil subwoofer with dedicated crossover. It has a CD player, AM/FM radio, USB port, remote control, plays from any Bluetooth-enabled device, has a four-band equalizer, radio antenna, 3 drink holders, bottle opener and a flag pole mount. It runs on a 12 volt 34AGM deep-cycle marine battery for 20 hours of audio on a full charge and comes with an AC charger. Oh yeah, it costs $ 4,000.00. (comes in blue, black red or yellow). Now I don’t know what most of this stuff means, so I was hoping some of you could tell me what you think. Please? Thanks!