Awesome Boomboxes

CENT.LDN Boombox Candle

CENT.LDN Boombox Candle
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London-based candle maker CENT.LDN painstakingly handcrafts these detailed boombox replicas in candle form. The candle is modeled on the iconic JVC RC M90 boombox, featured on LL Cool J’s Radio album cover as well as by the Beastie Boys. It measures appx. 11″w x 5.5″h x 2.6″d and features a triple wick design.

Bumpboxx Flare6 Bluetooth Boombox

Bumpboxx Flare6 Bluetooth Boombox
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Inspired by 1980s boomboxes, but updated with modern audio tech, the Flare6 cranks out 150-watts of power via its three speakers. It offers 12 hours of wireless playtime, and has a 1/4″ microphone input, SD and USB ports for playing MP3 files, and five EQ settings. For even more power, check out the 200-watt Flare 8.

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Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

New Wave Toys expands their lineup of retro-inspired miniatures with a pair of detailed, working boomboxes. The M90 Mini is about 40% of the size of its muse, with dual 2.5″ speakers and 16w of amplification, while the teensy M90 Micro is a 1/6th scale replica that looks perfect alongside Replicade arcade machines.

Bumpboxx Uprock V1S Boombox

Bumpboxx Uprock V1S Boombox
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This ridiculously powerful boombox cranks out up to 1000 watts of power via its two 4″ tweeters and four 8″ woofers, for seriously banging bass. It’s got built-in Bluetooth connectivity, runs for up to 12h per charge, and doubles as a guitar amp. Our favorite style is the graffiti pattern.

ION Boombox Deluxe Bluetooth Speaker

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We love the retro ’80s looks of ION’s boombox, which pumps out big sounds from its dual full-range speakers. In addition to playing and recording cassette tapes, it can stream music via Bluetooth, and archive cassettes to a USB stick. Available now at Best Buy.

Boombox Tricycle

Boombox Tricycle

Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.

Boombox Lunchbox

Boombox Lunchbox
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Celebrate the sounds of the 1980s every time you sit down to eat lunch, with Toynk’s playful tin lunchbox that looks like a squatty little boombox. It’s got lots of neat little details, like embossed speaker grilles, VU meters, and faux inputs on the side. We suggest keeping a small Bluetooth speaker inside for added effect.

Retro Tech: Triple Tape Boombox

Retro Tech: Triple Tape Boombox

Techmoan dug up another relic of unusual tech from the 1980s, a boombox from Japanese electronics company National that sported not one or two tape decks, but three. It’s basically the “this one goes to 11” of cassette players. Also, once he cracked it open to perform some repairs, he discovered a mechanical nightmare.

Bumpboxx Freestyle V3S Boombox

Bumpboxx Freestyle V3S Boombox

An oversize tribute to the classic boombox. It cranks out 440 watts of power, and supports Bluetooth, 3.5mm, guitar, microphone, MicroSD and USB audio sources. Measures a whopping 35.5″ across and weighs 26 lb, including its built-in rechargeable battery.

Radio + Cassette + MP3 Boombox

Radio + Cassette + MP3 Boombox
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It looks like the creators of this throwback boombox just dusted off plans from an old ’80s model. But this one has one big difference. In addition to its AM/FM/shortwave radio and cassette player, it can convert your old mixtapes to MP3s via SD card or flash drive.

Pyle Street Blaster X Speaker

Pyle Street Blaster X Speaker
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Pyle just took wraps off what could the baddest Bluetooth speaker ever. This beast blasts out an impressive 1,000 watts of power to turn any space into an instant dance party. Supports NFC pairing, and has an FM tuner and 3.5mm input. Plays for up to 5.5h on battery power.

Jammy! Boombox

Jammy! Boombox
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A wooden blaster with a modern spin. Instead of cassette tapes, you can swap mods such as a USB port or a Bluetooth receiver. It has two 5.25″ woofers, two 1/2″ tweeters and a 50W amp.

Berlin Boombox

Berlin Boombox

Made of recyclable cardboard, the boldly graphic Berlin Boombox is a DIY portable speaker with stereo amp that’ll be easy to carry while you bump your tunes around town. Just don’t get it wet.

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Eco Terra Boombox

Eco Terra Boombox
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Take your tunes traveling and start a party virtually anywhere with the Eco Terra, an mp3 player case with built-in speakers. It’s waterproof and will always float right side up when in water.

LASONIC I931X Gold

LASONIC I931X Gold
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A limited edition of the successor to the TRC-931 boombox, the I931X Gold has an iPod dock, USB, SSD/MMC, auxiliary and headphone/microphone inputs, AM/FM radio and alarm clock.

Bag of Rhythm

Bag of Rhythm
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You’ll be jammin’ with House of Marley’s reggae-inspired boombox with dual 1″ tweeters, a pair of 4.5″ woofers, and a built-in iPhone/iPod dock. Made from birch and canvas. Out this February.

SuitSuit Boombox Luggage

SuitSuit Boombox Luggage
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You won’t miss this bag rolling off the luggage belt at the airport. With a durable impact resistant shell, racing wheels and a TSA compliant lock, it’s ready to (rock and) roll. Measures appx. 21″ x 14″ x 8″.

Altec Lansing iMT810

Altec Lansing iMT810
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Not as sexy as TDK’s boombox, but not as pricey either. The iMT810 has a 5.25in subwoofer, FM radio, two AUX in jacks, and can run on AC or eight D batteries. Dock works with iPods and iPhones.

TDK Sound Cube

TDK Sound Cube
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Liked the looks of TDK’s retro-mod boombox? Their Sound Cube is equally cool, with dual 5-1/4″ coax drivers and two passive reflectors on the sides, filling rooms with sound from the inside out.

TDK Boombox

TDK Boombox

TDK will release two sweet retro-futuristic blasters in 2011. Both speakers have USB, 3.5mm and RCA ports, touch-sensitive buttons and analog knobs. In addition, the three speaker model has a subwoofer.

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The History of the Boombox

The History of the Boombox

It’s far from being comprehensive, but if you’re into music – especially hip hop – NPR’s short documentary about the origin and legacy of the attention-grabbing gadget is a fascinating watch.

80′s Style Digital Boombox

80′s Style Digital Boombox
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This 80’s-style boombox fits iPod devices, lets you record from the FM tuner to MP3 and save directly to an SD card or USB. Bonus: “D” batteries let you take it on the subway for a delightfully retro ride.

Felt Boombox

Felt Boombox
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It may look like a ghetto blaster, but upon closer inspection you’ll see it’s made from fabric. Handsewn by Blythe Church, this felt boombox even has a removable plush cassette tape.

Altec Lansing MIX Boombox

Altec Lansing MIX Boombox
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The boombox goes modern with Altec Lansing’s MIX: powered by eight D batteries or AC adapter, it features an iPod/iPhone dock, 7-band equalizer, two 5.25″ subs and two 3.5 mm jacks.

AT AT Boombox

AT AT Boombox

Drop beats, not TIE Bombers: this AT AT Boombox is a repurposed JVC mini audio system with a matte black, white and red color scheme that recalls Darth Vader’s chest panel.

Sony LBT-ZX66i

Sony LBT-ZX66i
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Boomboxes are alive and well with Sony’s “Muteki” LBT-ZX66i; made for iPods, it features two three-way bass reflex speakers with a 7″ sub and 1″ tweeter, good for 560 watts.

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