First off, I'm 50 years old. I was around way back in the 80's (hehe), when Boomboxes were all the rage, and I've owned most of the top dogs. JVC's M70/90, PC-3, PC-5, and quite a few others I that I can't recall the models. Over the past 20 years I've purchased (and still own) the original KaBoom, RV-DP100/200, and more recently the original Harman Kardon G0-Play (phenomenal), and the Altec Lansing IMT-810 (Very underrated)! My first (and only) BT portable was the Kicker Amphitheater (which is the only one listed that doesn't take batteries).
Not being able to actually physically see, touch & hear the Exos-9, and only going by all of the extremely positive feedback I've been reading on various sites, I decided to take my chance. So I went all in and ordered two!
Well they arrived today and all I can say is I'm elated that I went for it. These things ROCK! I thought the Altec 810 was a beast, and it is, but the Exos 9 is heads and tails above it, and all others I've listed! The highs are crisp, but not overbearing. The mids are where they need to be, and the bass is insane! I highly doubt that any other battery operated portable can reach the volumes this monster does. And without distorting!!
Some people say it's to heavy to be considered a portable. I say fill up your water weights and get real. it's around 15 pounds, it's not that heavy. Try hauling around a JVC M-90 with 10 D-cells for a day, and then get back to me about weight.
Anyways, for anyone who's on the fence about ordering this bad boy, I say get it. or better yet, get two and pair them. You won't regret it !!
And on a side note for those who are looking for a carry case, I just picked up two American Tourister "atmosphera two" luggage carriers at Walmart (item number 62221-1041), and they are a perfect fit. You can even leave the Exos 9 in the carrier while listening to perhaps the best Boombox ever!