I recently acquired another boom box of the same make and model as one I already had. Right off the bat I noticed that it definitely seemed like a stronger performer than my other one. It's not quite like night and day but it just seems like it has a little more pep in it's step sound wise (if you know what I mean). I remember thinking, how could that be?
Then in another post Superduper stated this:
The sliders indeed often do feel cheap and sticky or loose, wobbly or grabby. But mind you this is after 35 years of wear and tear and deoxit or solvent treatments. However if you ever felt the controls of my rebuilt slider control boards, which is how I would imagine new ones would feel, you might opine differently. This is why I sometimes caution against making generalizations about Boomboxes, because our observations don’t always comport with those of all examples of the same models. Just mho.
This got me to thinking. Maybe the other "weaker sounding" box was used more. Maybe the environment it was in affected a few of the components or the capacitors, etc.. The speakers are in good shape so I'm ruling those out.
The reason why I think this is a good to know is, up until I heard this other box I had no idea that it had the ability to sound that good. I figured from the other one I had that that's just how they sounded.
So now I'm left to wonder, how many of us just have one box that they think is working perfectly but it has lost some of its mojo over the years. Might not be a significant difference unless compared side by side with a fully restored model.
Anyone else seem to have noticed this? Anyone confirmed this? Finally, I leave you with this thought. Have you heard another box just like ones you only have one of in your collection that you have noticed a difference? If so were you able to determine the cause?
It just lets a little but of air out of my balloon because knowing this now has left me to wonder how many other boxes I only have one of that I am not aware have lost their pep over the years because I have no one else's to compare it too.
I guess this is the importance of meets. It pays to listen to other boxes you already have just to see how yours compares. Now that I am aware of this, the first thing I plan to do is replace the amp capacitors and see if that allows the amp chips to punch those woofers with a little more authority.