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#1 Chexout

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:09 PM

Hello everyone, I need advice on finding a boombox. 

here is what I am looking for in a box

 

-suitable enough for everyday use

-affordable (around $150-$200)

-doesn't need repairs

-portable

-Great sound quality

 

I currently have my eyes set on the Sony CFS-45 but if you guys know of something better please let me know

Thank you

 



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:42 PM

Sony might be worth $50-$60 not $200. It only has tone control and basic functions. It’s small but sounds ok for size. Easy to carry. There are larger better sounding units out there for $150-$200. Panasonic RX5150 is great choice

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:17 PM

With the budget you have you can aim higher. The CFS-45 is not a particularly good or collectible box. 5150 or 5085 are certainly better and within your price range. More line-in options as well so even if the tape doesn’t work initially at least you can still play more than just the radio.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:32 PM

Panasonic RX5250, it sounds better than the RX5150 in my opinion

 

Or you could try to find a GE 3-6035A



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 03:28 PM

IMO Sony ruled in Walkman but never really ruled in the boombox era (although they do have some good units). I really don't think you can go wrong in your price range with a Panasonic. They all have a good sound and usually come with decent cassette mechanisms. Something I always look for is Bass & Treble versus Tone control and (if you like listening to cassette) a full logic deck.

 

I have to agree that the RX line is good. Also look at the RX-5050. A good working example can be found for 150 in that model. Aux inputs are nice to extend the usefulness of your box :-)



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:18 PM

Yeah as everyone has said here, aim much higher than that Sony, not one of their best efforts. 

 

I would do as Rudey mentions and make sure whatever box you buy has line in, gives you the flexibility to connect your phone/ipod etc. Look for a serviced deck if you don't fancy tinkering although you will pay more. Perhaps a member here may have something suitable. If you were in the same country i would hook you up but postage is a bitch from uk.

 

Maybe consider a Crown 850/950/945 to, great looks, most have line in rca, good sound to and simple decks.

 

A Universum Supersound 1600 if you don't mind importing are awesome bang for buck.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 05:37 PM

We get a few of these “I’m new, what should I get?” Threads. I keep forgetting to mention Aiwa CS-600.
Punch above their weight and have a line-in.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 05:58 PM

The Sharp GF-8989 is also in this price range. It's better looking than all the others mentioned IMO, but it doesn't sound as good.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:27 PM

So with your guys advice (and some research on my end) I have compiled a list of boxes that seem like a good choice

 

Sharp GF-8989

Hitachi 3D80

Panasonic RX5050, RX5150, RX5250, RX5500, RX5600, S-XBS

Sanyo M9990, M9994

Awia TPR950, TPR955, CS600

Pioneer SK350

General Electric 3-6035A

 

out of all of these, which ones would you guys say has the better sound quality or are not worth it?

 

Also should I wait until after the holiday season or does that not really affect prices?



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:37 PM

Out of those boxes which one do you like the look of?

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:07 PM

I really like the look of the Sharp GF-8989 and the Awia CS600 as well as the Panasonic RX5500 and the RX5600 not so much the other ones 

 
sorry I haven't found how to directly respond to a comment YET..



I really like the look of the Sharp GF-8989 and the Awia CS600 as well as the Panasonic RX5500 and the RX5600 not so much the other ones 

 
sorry I haven't found how to directly respond to a comment YET..

 

nevermind found it



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:00 PM

I really like the look of the Sharp GF-8989 and the Awia CS600 as well as the Panasonic RX5500 and the RX5600 not so much the other ones 

 
sorry I haven't found how to directly respond to a comment YET..



I really like the look of the Sharp GF-8989 and the Awia CS600 as well as the Panasonic RX5500 and the RX5600 not so much the other ones 

 
sorry I haven't found how to directly respond to a comment YET..

 

nevermind found it

This is just my opinion. Aiwa is a good brand name but the Tone control would drive me away. I like the looks of the Panasonic models but what really grabs me out of the choices you listed was the Sharp GF-8989 but I'd have to toss a coin for that or the RX5500. Both look sweet :-)



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:03 PM

-doesn't need repairs

 

You might want to stick to a 90s box or newer if you have zero interest in fixing them when they act up later on, which is a good possibility.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:22 PM

So with your guys advice (and some research on my end) I have compiled a list of boxes that seem like a good choice

 

Sharp GF-8989

Hitachi 3D80

Panasonic RX5050, RX5150, RX5250, RX5500, RX5600, S-XBS

Sanyo M9990, M9994

Awia TPR950, TPR955, CS600

Pioneer SK350

General Electric 3-6035A

 

out of all of these, which ones would you guys say has the better sound quality or are not worth it?

 

Also should I wait until after the holiday season or does that not really affect prices?

 

 

Buy during the holiday season, because most people don't have money for boxes because they have to buy gifts instead.

Worst time to buy is Feb/March/April when people get their tax refunds.

 

Here is that list ranked by sound quality

M9994

TPR950/955

CS600

RX5500 and 5600

GE

RX5250

M9990

3D80

RX5150 and 5050

GF8989

 

 

IMHO only  :lol: 



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 07:42 AM

 

-doesn't need repairs

 

You might want to stick to a 90s box or newer if you have zero interest in fixing them when they act up later on, which is a good possibility.

 

I guess I phrased this the wrong way I could repair minor issues but anything larger than that I would have to bring in.

 

what kind of problems could I expect to run into with normal use?

 

also what would your opinion be on a JVC RC-646W?



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 09:41 AM

Ahh okay! I wasn't sure if you were willing to even take it apart. I didn't want to discourage you, but the old classics all seem to eventually need some TLC.

 

Chances are you should be able to avoid having to bring it in for hardcore repairs if it's in good general condition. Typical things that pop up are usually repairable by anyone with some time and patience, like worn out belts, dirty switches and pots, burnt out bulbs and fuses, or cosmetic repairs for parts that cracked or snapped off.



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 10:13 AM

In all honesty if you are thinking about 80’s box and expect to do some repairs or restoration for fun then I suggest to start with simple and cheap to learn. Panasonic RX 4900 and low 5010’s are easy and cheap to work on and if you mess up your not out high cost. This way you can actually learn about the hobby.

But if all your looking for is nice restored unit that’s fine too but as Eric mentioned they can give issues down road even after restoration. ;-)

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 12:38 PM

Ahh okay! I wasn't sure if you were willing to even take it apart. I didn't want to discourage you, but the old classics all seem to eventually need some TLC.

 

Chances are you should be able to avoid having to bring it in for hardcore repairs if it's in good general condition. Typical things that pop up are usually repairable by anyone with some time and patience, like worn out belts, dirty switches and pots, burnt out bulbs and fuses, or cosmetic repairs for parts that cracked or snapped off.

 

 

In all honesty if you are thinking about 80’s box and expect to do some repairs or restoration for fun then I suggest to start with simple and cheap to learn. Panasonic RX 4900 and low 5010’s are easy and cheap to work on and if you mess up your not out high cost. This way you can actually learn about the hobby.

But if all your looking for is nice restored unit that’s fine too but as Eric mentioned they can give issues down road even after restoration. ;-)

 

Thanks for the advice. would you consider it wise to buy something cheap like the CFS-45 and buy a second one for parts instead? I'm not too familiar with how much I would be spending to maintain a box  :dunce:



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 01:26 PM

Are you going to play tapes?



#20 Chexout

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 01:37 PM

Are you going to play tapes?

 

It would be nice but its something I don't really see myself using all that often because I only have a few,

I would probably transmit my own pirate radio station and listen to that instead



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 02:14 PM

I wouldn't worry about the cost of repairs then. Just ask things like does the FM tuner work, does the stereo light stay locked, and is the sound equal left and right.



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 03:32 PM

Ahh okay! I wasn't sure if you were willing to even take it apart. I didn't want to discourage you, but the old classics all seem to eventually need some TLC.
 
Chances are you should be able to avoid having to bring it in for hardcore repairs if it's in good general condition. Typical things that pop up are usually repairable by anyone with some time and patience, like worn out belts, dirty switches and pots, burnt out bulbs and fuses, or cosmetic repairs for parts that cracked or snapped off.

 
 

In all honesty if you are thinking about 80’s box and expect to do some repairs or restoration for fun then I suggest to start with simple and cheap to learn. Panasonic RX 4900 and low 5010’s are easy and cheap to work on and if you mess up your not out high cost. This way you can actually learn about the hobby.
But if all your looking for is nice restored unit that’s fine too but as Eric mentioned they can give issues down road even after restoration. ;-)


 
Thanks for the advice. would you consider it wise to buy something cheap like the CFS-45 and buy a second one for parts instead? I'm not too familiar with how much I would be spending to maintain a box  :dunce:

Have we gone full circle? Lol Back on the CFS-45. Oh well if it’s available and it’s not expensive then....50 bucks tops.

#23 Chexout

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 08:49 PM

 

 

Ahh okay! I wasn't sure if you were willing to even take it apart. I didn't want to discourage you, but the old classics all seem to eventually need some TLC.
 
Chances are you should be able to avoid having to bring it in for hardcore repairs if it's in good general condition. Typical things that pop up are usually repairable by anyone with some time and patience, like worn out belts, dirty switches and pots, burnt out bulbs and fuses, or cosmetic repairs for parts that cracked or snapped off.

 
 

In all honesty if you are thinking about 80’s box and expect to do some repairs or restoration for fun then I suggest to start with simple and cheap to learn. Panasonic RX 4900 and low 5010’s are easy and cheap to work on and if you mess up your not out high cost. This way you can actually learn about the hobby.
But if all your looking for is nice restored unit that’s fine too but as Eric mentioned they can give issues down road even after restoration. ;-)


 
Thanks for the advice. would you consider it wise to buy something cheap like the CFS-45 and buy a second one for parts instead? I'm not too familiar with how much I would be spending to maintain a box  :dunce:

Have we gone full circle? Lol Back on the CFS-45. Oh well if it’s available and it’s not expensive then....50 bucks tops.

 

 

Im curious does sound quality improve noticeably as the price goes up or are you paying for functions instead?



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 09:06 PM

Price is based on a combination of rarity, looks, size, build quality, sound quality, and pop culture

 

Everyone places different importance on each of those factors



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 09:13 PM

Price is based on a combination of rarity, looks, size, build quality, sound quality, and pop culture

 

Everyone places different importance on each of those factors

 

I see, that would make sense the most sense  ;-)  



#26 Chexout

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone I really appreciate it.
So my plan is to get something a bit cheaper than the ones you guys have suggested just so I know what I really want in a box before investing a lot of money.
I want something small and portable like CFS-45 but also want something with a bit more power and better sound quality while being under $100, what would you guys suggest? :huh:

(sorry if Im asking too many questions)

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 10:05 PM

Search for Panasonic RX-5050 on ebay, there's a few right now



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Posted 02 November 2017 - 10:37 PM

Decent sound and price:

 

https://www.ebay.com...FgAAOSwt0FZB4X4



Small but good sound and condition

 

https://www.ebay.com...vEAAOSw8b1Z95xb

 

 



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Posted 03 November 2017 - 10:03 AM

After reviewing the boxes Reli suggested (and browsing through eBay) I think I'm gonna go with the Panasonic RX-FM40 XBS

it is small and portable

fairly common so not very expensive

and seems to have pretty good sound quality

 

is there anything else I should know before I purchase?



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Posted 03 November 2017 - 10:17 AM

After reviewing the boxes Reli suggested (and browsing through eBay) I think I'm gonna go with the Panasonic RX-FM40 XBS

it is small and portable

fairly common so not very expensive

and seems to have pretty good sound quality

 

is there anything else I should know before I purchase?

 

 

I have one I could sell you.  But those models don't have any input jacks, so you wouldn't be able to connect your phone or iPod to it.





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