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May 06, 2010



That was a great time to be young and alive.

Shawn Patrick

They had some monsters when I was in high school. They allowed them to be played in the locker area, groups would be together with over-sized radios taking 12 D batteries blasting out loud music. And often in competition with each other.

A wild time.

The radios were designed for one thing. To be Loud as possible. No one cared about DXing on these things or AM receptions. It was play it loud and play it proud


I have the Panasonic pictured large in the above photo. It's a decent boombox, but nothing incredibly special. I don't think any branded boombox used 12 Ds. This would push the IC chips past 18 volts DC. Most boomboxes used "car stereo" chips that had a maximum rating of 16 volts. Even "the king," the JVC RC-M90JW only used 10 Ds (and probably drained them faster than you could blink). 8-10 D cells was the norm for a high-powered boombox. In the late 70s, and very early 80s, some boombox tuners and cassette sections were excellent to stellar. This has been the joy of "re-discovering" boomboxes for me...

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