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April 05, 2014

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StarHalo

Go with the big gun, Sony's Portable Party System, 420 watts (and 30 lbs, but you do kettlebells..): http://www.amazon.com/Sony-RDHGTK37IP-Portable-Bluetooth-Technology/dp/B00CMNZ01C

Angelo

I don't think "looks promising" is quite right. "Looks hoaky" is more fitting. "Sounds promising" maybe. But the aesthetics of this (and the party system Star Halo linked to) do nothing for me. The '80s boomboxes looked like serious tool kits, while this looks like a toy. Also, this seems like something that would be found in the car of some teenager who spends $1500.00 on an old Honda Civic, then spends $3000.00 on the stereo----and goes for bling that the other fast and furious tuners in on his turf will envy. It doesn't look adult to me. Then again, maybe it's not supposed to appeal to me.

The Professor

Man, this Sony thing is butt ugly.

Ken K. in NJ

Well, if it's anything like the Sony "Explod" series, they are surprisingly good on AM/FM, not that I use them for Dxing.

Plus the sound on those Explod Boxes ( I have two of them) was LOUD and powerful. Also, as a guy with a collection of several hundred old cassette mixtapes, I still play the occasional tape on them. My Explod Boxes better last a while, looks like with recent their demise, nobody is making cassette-capable boxes any more.

StarHalo

Looks like they were going for the Lamborghini aesthetic, it sort of works. Boomboxes haven't looked like lab equipment for some time, kids nowadays want equipment that looks like it came off the set of Star Trek (and not always of human design.) Colorful and creative though..

Ken, and I was going to complain that the Xplod this box replaces still had a cassette player; any reason you haven't digitized your collection yet?

Angelo

Star Halo: I still have several hundred vinyl albums. Digital music is sterile. It's a convenient format, but it doesn't sound as "live" as vinyl. Of course, for music on the go, I guess you can't bring 12" albums. I still buy CDs----part of my music collecting is in getting liner notes, collecting---not just MP3 type of having the music, but actually collecting.

Ken K. in NJ

,,, any reason you haven't digitized your collection yet?

I've done some of it, especially 45's and LP tracks that are not easily available on CD or mp3. But digitalizing cassette tapes track by track is tedious and time consuming and not worth the effort for me. If want to hear them it's easier to just pop 'em into a boombox or my cassette deck and play them.

The Professor

There are any number of reasons that having cassette playback available is a cool thing. Being able to play old media does not mean you are behind the times. Cassette tapes can contain any variety of recordings beyond albums and mix tapes. Airchecks. Answering machine tapes. Audio letters from your high school girl friend. Enjoy some of those at high volume on your shiny alien-shaped Sony ZSBTG900!

Angelo

I have a nine year old and this would look good in his bedroom, near his Play Station, Wi-U and XBox. It's that genre----100 percent hard plastic, pseudo-techie. You know what? Maybe that's who audio is aimed at----not old guys like me who like Panasonic 2200s, but the new generation.

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