The 10 Best Boomboxes
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The Sylvania Boombox, from Curtis, may give some music lovers a trip down memory lane: it looks just like the boomboxes of the early 2000s. Whether you’re planning a throwback Britney Spears slumber party or just want some jams, the Sylvania Boombox is a portable CD music player with AM/FM radio, an LED display, and an auxiliary jack that lets you play music from any audio device. The Sylvania retails for $22.99.
The Wireless Bluetooth Speaker from Cyber Science is only $24.99, but for the price you get a serious sound system: two precision drivers deliver stereo sound. It is protected with an IPX5 splash-proof design to resist water splashing if you play it in the shower, on the beach, or next to the pool. The volume control is distortion-free for playing at top volume without sacrificing sound quality. The Wireless Speaker can sync with music apps like Spotify and Pandora to play all kinds of music – however, it was designed to play best with Top 40 artists. If that isn’t your jam, you might want to look elsewhere.
The Koolertron Bamboo Boombox, from Koolertron, is $30.99 – accessibly priced and environmentally friendly. It is also handmade, a claim not many other boomboxes can make. The bamboo grains absorb ultraviolet light and repels radiation, making it comfortable in both summer and winter. The two full-range speakers render vocal and instrumental sounds clearly. It switches into radio mode when it isn’t connected to a music storage device. This may be a good option for music fans who want a speaker without too many additional features.
The DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, from DOSS, is touch-control operated, which may not be the best choice in case it gets accidentally bumped during a crowded party or other large gathering. The built-in Li-Ion 2200 mAh rechargeable battery keeps the music going for up to 12 hours. It includes a waterproof pouch for taking the boombox anywhere. Dual performance drivers provide 12W full-bodied stereo sound, with enhanced bass. If you’re looking for go-anywhere sound that lasts through the night and longer, the DOSS speaker could be a great fit. It retails for $34.99.
For a truly classic boombox shape and sound, it doesn’t get any more retro than the Sony CFDS70BLK CD/Cassette Boombox – it even plays cassettes! If you have an extensive music library that encompasses multiple formats, the Sony boombox could be an excellent option. But don’t worry: it has an auxiliary audio input to connect digital music players, too. The Sony boombox offers full-function stereo sound and up to 19 hours of battery life (there are AC adaptor and battery power options). The boombox also has a handle on the top for extremely easy maneuverability. This throwback boombox retails for $59.99.
The Sony Portable Mega Bass Stereo Boombox, also from Sony, is $119.99 and has some serious sound. There are several listening options: a smartphone connection; CD recording and playing for all CD formats; AM/FM radio, and an auxiliary input jack to connect other devices. The speakers are bass reflex speakers, and there is a carry handle. However, the Sony boombox can also operate using wireless technology so you can wirelessly stream your music from your Bluetooth-capable device. There is a long-life battery power option for longer recording and listening time. This might be too many features for some listeners, but there are plenty of options for any listening style.
The last, and most expensive, boombox on our list is the iHome boombox, which retails for $169.99. It’s a big one – the powerful amp pushes two 4" woofers and two 1" tweeters. It runs on a 100V - 240V universal voltage AC adaptor, or 6 D batteries. However, the speaker is only designed to play with iPhone and docking iPod models (it also plays the iHome radio app). For music fans that have Android devices, or don’t have a smartphone at all, this puts this powerful speaker out of the running.
Given this list, which is the best boombox option? The Sony Portable Mega Bass Stereo Boombox is $119, which does make it a bit more expensive than some of the other boomboxes on this list. However, it does offer the most complete range of device compatibilities and allows you to play CDs and record them to a USB flash drive. This is convenient if you are looking to transfer your CD music library to digital format, even while you listen. There is also a headphone option so you can listen to your music with a little more privacy. Given the diversity of music playing options just for one boombox, the Sony Portable Mega Bass Stereo Boombox is a worthwhile investment.
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