Jimmy, the thing is that to me, it has to be a standalone device that is capable of producing music without connecting another device. That means it MUST have a tuner. Without a built in tuner, then the device simply doesn't function without connecting something else to it. Just like an amplifier requires you to connect a tape deck or CD player, or tuner, or record player -- without those auxiliary devices, it is nothing. OK, when an amplifier has it's own volume control, then it becomes an integrated amplifier. However, if an amplifier has built in speakers, does that make it a boombox? No. And if that device is bluetooth capable, does it then make it a boombox? No, it still does not. It makes it a bluetooth speaker system. And in truth, that is exactly what it is. It is purposely built specifically for that purpose, and there are many devices exactly like that. They deserve their own category where like Chris says, can be compared, reviewed and debated among themselves, oranges to oranges. Unlike Chris however, I don't draw the line on any particular date in defining boomboxes because I still think that eggs are boomboxes, just not classic boomboxes.
So why is a tuner so important to me? Because for 45 years, it's virtually all I ever listen to. When I grab a boombox to go, I KNOW that I'll have music even if I don't bring any cassettes or CD's or iPod, or any other recorded program. Or I can listen to the ballgame when I'm working. Or listen to talk radio, or what have you. Or if the device has extra features such as cassettes, CD, line-in, whatever, I can listen to my hearts content if I have those with me.
But these new devices, how can I listen to the radio? Bring my own separate tuner? Bring another boombox and use it's line-out to connect to this device's line-in? How can requiring the presence of a separate boombox (and a "real" boombox, if I may argue) make any sense if the diamondbox (and similar such things) is also a boombox? It does not and therefore, by extension, these are not boomboxes. However, what do they do? They amplify bluetooth audio and while I have never tried them, I surmise that they do this well, and is what they are designed for. So let's just call them what they are..... Amplified Bluetooth speaker systems. Why is this name perfect? Because they are amplifiers that REQUIRE a bluetooth connection (or other audio source) to do anything. Just like an amplfier, without a signal source, just sits there, pretty, and produces nothing.
Now, have I got anything against Walkmans? Absolutely not. I own some, and back in the day, spent a whole lot of money on some nice ones too. But today, I don't like being burdened with headsets so I don't use them anymore and have zero interest in them. So I purposely do not follow the walkman forum. But those who do can visit that forum and those topics, so everyone is happy right?
So my personal feeling, and I've said this before already, is that we should create a Bluetooth speaker category. Then everyone will be happy. Chris, you agree? If yes, can you and other mods maybe contact Bobby and perhaps run this by him?