Designed as a stereo on-the-go, the original boombox tended to be big, loud and flashy, with a handle for easy carrying and multiple speakers for an urban aural experience. It became popular as a way of enjoying music everywhere you went, in the days before the Walkman, iPod Touch, and music-playing smartphones. First, there was the boombox radio with cassette, then the CD player boombox. The first vintage boombox was known as a “radiorecorder” and was designed to record radio broadcasts directly onto cassette tape for easy sharing. You’ve probably seen a radio CD player in many of your favorite music videos, and you’ve likely seen an 80s boombox in some of your favorite movies and TV shows as well. Those old-school boomboxes became something of a status symbol, with enhanced bass providing the “boom,” and boxy shape providing the “box.” Boombox, for your music where you want it.
Today there is something of a resurgence in the popularity of the CD boombox, in part because for many people it brings back childhood memories, but also because it’s still conveniently mobile. You can easily move a boombox from your dresser when you’re getting dressed in the morning, to the porch when you’re enjoying your morning coffee, to the deck when you want to catch some of the day’s sunshine, to the pool with some friends — basically anywhere you want. A boombox comes with an AC adaptor and often with a car power adaptor, but if neither of those power sources are convenient, it can always be powered by batteries, giving it the versatility you need for most any situation. A boombox also makes a great music system for the beach, picnics, offices and dorm rooms, especially since it gives you multiple music formats and high-fidelity amplification ranging from decent to overpowering, all in an easily transportable package.
Getting the Most Out of Your New Boombox
For the most part, today’s boombox looks similar to the original, decades-old boombox invented in the late 1960s. But, the looks don’t show the benefits of all the new technology included in new boomboxes. The modern version of a retro boombox offers a host of format options, depending on which model you select. You can get your choice of AM/FM, SW-short wave, CD-R/+R/RW/DA, or cassette. And, you con connect to your music via USB, NFC, MP3 or AAC via CDR, SD memory card, or AUX input for use with your MP3 device. Many of today’s models can also function as a Bluetooth boombox so you can wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-capable cell phone or other device. You can also use the Bluetooth tech to send the music to your wireless headphones when you’re in the mood for a more private listening experience. Other features you may want to consider when you’re making your selection include an equalizer that lets you adjust the sound for optimal performance, presets that make tuning into your favorite radio stations fast and easy, a remote control that lets you control the entertainment from a distance, and a CD recorder with CD sync that enables you to easily record a full disc, or your favorite songs, to a flash drive in MP3 format.