Yeah, sure, I like having every song I own in my pocket, able to be plugged into my car, several spots in my house, or any number of hotels, friend’s homes, etc. But, many of use still miss the day where listening to music in public took effort. Where you’d have to run extension cords outside, tune the radio, or get enough D batteries to juice your huge Radio Raheem-style boombox.
Thankfully, the folks at TDK have heard our prayers. The same folks who’s blank cassette tapes were iced out by the MP3 revolution are releasing a new take on shoulder-mounted magic. “Currently there are two models, the 3 Speaker Boombox and the 2 Speaker Boombox. Both stereos strike a balance between old and new with glossy finishes, touch screen control panels and the classic retro rectangular shape…The analog switches typical of old-school blasters have been swapped out for touch sensitive buttons embedded into the front of the device, similar to those found on many smart phones. While all of the information displayed is digital, it has a decidedly analog feel, even including a retro-styled EQ. Controls include a left knob for controlling the power and volume and one on the right for toggling through radio stations or adjusting the settings. Both models have USB, 3.5mm and RCA auxiliary ports to connect a huge variety of music sources. There is also a larger auxiliary port that allows you to connect a guitar or microphone in case you want to join in the music magic.”