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Old 06-29-2008, 10:47 PM
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I just snagged this Panasonic RX-DS45. It is bi-amped and has a CD player on top, and a full function remote. I used to have a Panasonic bi-amped 3 piece boombox, but it was stolen, and this is it's replacement. This unit was sold in the early 90's, as were the other models of the "Platinum Collection". The sound of these is as good as a decent shelf system.

They hold 10 D cells and 4 AA's for the memory. I always ran my other one off of a 12 volt "jumper pack" when I was out and about. It is much cheaper than buying 10 D's at a time, which they love more then a Hummer loves unleaded. The woofers run at 2.4 ohms, and the tweets at 8 ohms, on their respective amps.

Hopefully it will get here in one piece by the end of the week. I will post my own pics when it arrives.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:00 AM
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Nice score. If I can find the owner's manual for mine, I'll make you a copy.

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That would be cool and I would appreciate it.

My daughter was immediately curious about the external mike input but I could not get them to activate so I am doing something wrong.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:41 AM
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I think the Lasonics and simliar fake chrome covered beasts attract those kind of prices because some of those monstrous piles of crap (in my opinion) are featured in some music videos and movies. I guess people want the same boxes they see famous people breakdancing to on TV.
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I saw a Marantz once that had the same champange gold with wood panel sides color scheme as their full sized components. No idea how it sounded though.
You are right that being featured in music videos and such adds to the price/"value" of a boombox. It's not the only factor, though. Size, looks (there are different schools of thought on what "looks good" in a boombox), sound quality (yeah, I know, almost an oxymoron, but it is there comparatively), build quality (again,...), etc... also play a role, plus simply whether it is recognized; whether it is "trendy" among collectors.

Those Marantz models you speak of sound better than most boomboxes. They almost sound like "real" Marantz. I know, because I have more of them than any collector I've ever found or heard of, including guys who have hundreds more boomboxes than I do.

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Someday, I'd LOVE to have an AK "Let's Blow The F*CK Outta Stuff" day at my farm...You boys bring the Boses, boomboxes, etc, I'll supply the beer, bullets & Uzi, FALs AK-47s, etc. Should be jolly good LOUD fun....-Sandy G.
Sounds like fun! Just wish you lived closer, Sandy - I'd come! If you do it, just make sure you check the boomboxes out on eBay before blasting 'em, though... would be a shame to waste a thousand-dollar "grail" that way, when the thousand bucks could buy a whole slew of unwanted targets to have fun with, or more drinks, or ... lots of other stuff!

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I'm lucky enough to own two of what I consider 'holy grail' boomboxes. I never liked the early-style one piece full-length handle type, I like the later detachable speaker, 'Portable Mini Component System' units. My favorite is the JVC PC-55. ...

...the other one I have is the Yamaha PC-8.

Anyone own either of these back in the day?

Scott
Don't (and haven't) owned those, Scott, but they are good models for what they are! I mostly have the earlier, one-piece types you don't like, rather than the 3-piece "mini-compo" types. I see way too many of those to even think of collecting 'em, and they just don't have the same appeal to me. I make exceptions, though, for the Marantz models and a couple of others.


I'm planning to sell off dozens of boomboxes sometime later this year. In fact, I'll be clearing out most of my collection, and keeping just a very few favorites. Not sure how many (I lost count of how many I have somewhere back around fifty... now maybe 100?), but I have a lot of ultra-rare and "grail" models, and will sell most of them, too. The money I will put into other vintage gear (probably high-end Japanese-market turntables, my current "obsession". ) I just don't have the room and resources to collect everything, so something had to go. It's going to be the boomboxes, along with a lot of mid-fi audio stuff. I'm moving UPmarket in quality with the proceeds, over time, and simultaneously shrinking the physical space my gear takes up.

Boombox collecting can be as much fun as collecting anything else... but not everyone values them that way the collectors do. Most boombox collectors are ten years or more younger than the vintage home-gear collectors, because most people seek to collect the stuff that was "in" when they were young, in a kind of "nostalgia trip". At least it seems that way.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:53 AM
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They made some great ones. Here's some of the cream of the crop.

JVC RC-M90

Panasonic RX-5350

Sharp 9696

Sharp GF-777Z

Toshiba - RT-S953

Toshiba - RT-S983
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:57 AM
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I have owned since 1985, a Sharp GF-575 with 35 watts of power. It's beat all to hell, and still sounds great. 10 d batteries of power. Shortwave 1 and two!

Wish I'd taken better care of it, but man does she have some miles!
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:25 AM
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YAY! A boombox discussion.
I got a dozen or so nice ones, now if I had a warehouse....
Minty Lasonic TRC-931 of course, nowhere near as bad as most say.
JVC RC-880JW, Marked JVC model, near impossible to find so I kept it.
Panasonic RF-2200, missing the boom but an AM listeners treasure.
Panasonic SG-675, MIB, early early portable AM-FM Turntable.
etc.. etc..

I collect early portable electronics in general. Walkmans, CD and such.
I have no room to display which sucks,
most of my boomboxes are in the basement rafters.
The lasonic is displayed, it is impressive, grills are metal, guards not.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:26 AM
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i still own one of Panasonics last big boomboxes....the dual tape deck cd player, 3 way speakers..with a 4 amp system. it really sounds good
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:20 AM
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Someday, I'd LOVE to have an AK "Let's Blow The F*CK Outta Stuff" day at my farm...You boys bring the Boses, boomboxes, etc, I'll supply the beer, bullets & Uzi, FALs AK-47s, etc. Should be jolly good LOUD fun....-Sandy G.
Sounds like a great idea!!!!

All kidding aside, this radio from sony is NICE, has a killer FM/AM Tuner

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1149206657671
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:30 PM
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I recently picked up a very minty sony cfd 5 boombox

the only thing I need for it is belts for the cassette deck

does sony still sell a belt kit for the cfd 5 ?
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:07 PM
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I think the Lasonics and simliar fake chrome covered beasts attract those kind of prices because some of those monstrous piles of crap (in my opinion) are featured in some music videos and movies. I guess people want the same boxes they see famous people breakdancing to on TV.

I miss the monster Sony I had years ago. I don't remember the model number, but it has a single cassette deck, AM/FM/SW radio and 10 inch woofers.

I saw a Marantz once that had the same champange gold with wood panel sides color scheme as their full sized components. No idea how it sounded though.
OK - Old thread, I know, but I had to chime in.

I bought brand new in late 1986 one of those infamous Lasonic TR-931 (was that the model?) that you see in commercials and music videos today. It was on sale for $99, and I bit.

Actually, it sounded GREAT - lots of power, many buttons and inputs, eq, and ate batteries like you wouldn't believe. I regret giving it to my sister years later, as I'm sure it was promptly broken and tossed in the trash. I saw one go for $199 recently - so they are keeping their value.

Man, do I miss that big, poorly built plastic thing!

Rob
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:57 PM
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I found a source for the belts I need for my sony cfd 5

you could almost build a whole radio

http://www.partstore.com/Model/Sony/Sony/CFD5.aspx

my cfd 5 says 48 watts on the back and it has a 1.6 amp fuse on the 120 volt input.


I also have 2 sony cfs d7 boomboxes

one of my cfs d7s is mint.

partstore.com has tons of parts for them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GViVsyNbNCI
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:07 PM
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:09 PM
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Doesn't anyone collect boomboxes?

yes i do
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:23 PM
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They made some great ones. Here's some of the cream of the crop.

JVC RC-M90
well i have 2 of these
Panasonic RX-5350
1 of this one
Sharp 9696
2 96's and 1 9494-recently
Sharp GF-777Z
2 of these
Toshiba - RT-S953
not familiar with this one - is this the one with the remote?
Toshiba - RT-S983
2 of these
JVC RC-M90
well i have 2 of these
Panasonic RX-5350
1 of this one
Sharp 9696
2 96's and 1 9494-recently
Sharp GF-777Z
2 of these
Toshiba - RT-S953
not familiar with this one - is this the one with the remote?
Toshiba - RT-S983
2 of these
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:24 PM
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Joined the ranks yesterday and snagged a Panasonic RX-5050 at the dump.

I am shocked at how good the sound quality is using an iPod as the source.

This 80's throwback is going nowhere!
I have one of these and a national version as well
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