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#1 Transistorized

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 09:11 AM

I love my Brooklyn as a alternative to fill the void between today's modern technology and my old school blaster. I also enjoy its analog style tuner and....yes....having a cassette deck is a major plus. For this reason it was a no brainer that I would take this box to the beach this year.

However, as a beach box the Brooklyn has a few issues that make it not so beach friendly. For one the CD slot up top is a magnet for sand and will likely send it right down into the CD mechanism if not protected by tape or towel. Also at the bottom of the stereo in the rear are the ported bass reflex slots for each of the lower speakers (one on each side). Little did I know how much sand had got in it during its 7 hours on the beach. When I placed it on it's back on the hotel bed to pack it up and leave for home, a tiny bit of sand poured out of these holes...and I had it on a blanket while on the beach not on the sand directly.

I like the analog style tuner appearance and the dual antennas. I also like the idea that it has both AM/FM capabilities however, I mostly listen to FM and despite the large telescoping dual antennas, it lacks the DJ-Techs tuner reception ability. Despite the Brooklyn having an analog scale and dial to indicate station, I am starting to believe that the Brooklyn still utilizes a chip for bringing in stations versus a true analog tuner box. It survived and grabbed a few folks attention however, I believe this box will not go onto the beach again.

Last year when I took the DJ-Tech, it faired much better. On a negative note, I did find that the front slider arms were prone to getting bent in transit if not careful. Aside from that, weight and the fact that it lacks the old school analog features of the Brooklyn, it more than makes up for it in performance overall. This includes sound, radio reception and battery life (after 5Ah mod). The DJ-Tech (having no extermal antenna), grabs stations out of the air as good as my vintage blasters with antennas and picks up the stations that the Brooklyn doesn't even know are there. It is heavier due to the wood frame and SLA battery versus the GPOs plastic and Lipo battery but it is smaller in size when space is more of an issue in transit. The DJ-Tech has no holes/slots on the back or at the bottom. This keeps the sand out and the speaker ports are up top...not on the bottom. The sound is way better than the Brooklyn and I would compare it mostly to the JVC RC-M70 and with the right song could almost compete with my M90. Considering its size that's amazing to me.

So just like every box out there, vintage and new, they all have their pluses and minus areas. In my opinion of these two boxes I have to say, when it comes to a modern portable to take to the beach between the DJ-Tech and the GPO Brooklyn, the winner is the DJ-Tech.

I have attached a few photos of my Brooklyn at the beach

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#2 Reli

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 09:27 AM

Can you take a pic of the ports on the Brooklyn?  I didn't know those existed.  I've seen the rear panel which is nice, how they molded the GPO logo into it.



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Posted 21 October 2018 - 09:52 AM

Sure thing Reli. The speaker ports are at the bottom behind each lower speaker. You can feel air moving when the volume is up. Its almost as if the lower speakers are in an enclosure within the box and ported to their lower vents.

Also, I forgot to mention that the power charge port will get sand in it as well.

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 09:56 AM

Oh I thought you meant the actual bottom of the boombox. That would be even worse, lol.



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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:41 AM

Oh goodness. Yes sir. That would really be bad :-)

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 05:42 PM

Very cool write up. I would most likely never take any of my units to beach as I’d be afraid something would happen to it. Lol

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 02:40 AM

I’d be more inclined to call those holes in the back ‘cooling vents’ rather than ‘bass ports’.

Low frequencies would be escaping from those holes but I doubt they are ‘tuned’.

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 07:56 AM

I'm a beach blasting junkie, so this is a good write up for me. DJ Tech still has me hooked on so many levels. Size, battery life with mod, looks, clarity, projected sound, FM signal strength, etc..... I hate the handle and the charging brick power cord, other than that A+++ modern blaster.

 

 

I did just have a problem with mine, I had not used it for about 1 year. The upgraded battery dropped to about 8 volts and I couldn't use the boombox even with the power cord. It kept cycling on/off/on/off. I had to pull the battery and charge with my car battery charger to get back up to 11.5+ volts before the brick would keep the unit on and actually start charging the battery again. So, like everyone has said, these batteries love to be topped off and keep them full after every use and plug it in even if you have not been using it.



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Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:25 PM

I'm a beach blasting junkie, so this is a good write up for me. DJ Tech still has me hooked on so many levels. Size, battery life with mod, looks, clarity, projected sound, FM signal strength, etc..... I hate the handle and the charging brick power cord, other than that A+++ modern blaster.


I did just have a problem with mine, I had not used it for about 1 year. The upgraded battery dropped to about 8 volts and I couldn't use the boombox even with the power cord. It kept cycling on/off/on/off. I had to pull the battery and charge with my car battery charger to get back up to 11.5+ volts before the brick would keep the unit on and actually start charging the battery again. So, like everyone has said, these batteries love to be topped off and keep them full after every use and plug it in even if you have not been using it.


Joe, that's interesting that yours wouldn't play with the low battery while plugged in. Mine, I've yet to upgrade the battery, but I use it at work almost every day.

If I have it plugged in it works great, but as soon as I unplug it it dies after 10 seconds cause my battery is the stock junk battery.

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:27 PM

I would like to get a GPO, seems like a good box



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 12:15 PM

Has anyone ever attempted to turn say an RC- M70 into a box that runs of rechargeable batteries and a Bluetooth?  I hate commercials on the radio, they are endless and annoyingly louder than the music. I'd rather stream Sirius or Pandora. I've done the Bluetooth,  but somehow dissecting something that has rechargeable batteries and installing it in a vintage boombox would be glorious! To me the JVC RC-M70 is so tuff looking, a good outdoor banger! This sounds like a good winter project!  Gives me good reason to start looking :ebay:  for a good  doner RC-M70. :hmmm:



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 02:39 PM

Bluetooth, yes - rechargeable battery pack I don't think anyone did a M70 mod.

https://boomboxery.c...oth-module-mod/



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 09:25 PM

I would like to get a GPO, seems like a good box

It's an excellent box if you want to bring that old school feel and flavor back to the scene. The biggest issue I have with it is the battery. It dies within 24 hours of coming off the charger. That's sitting not being used! So I disconnect it after its fully charged so it's ready when I want to take it out.

 

I know that boomboxes aren't noted for audiophile sound quality but bass is lacking and loudness as well. I was thinking (being modern technology) that it would be around the same quality sound as my DJ-Tech or other BT style speakers. I have heard modern portable rechargeable Bluetooth speakers that are tiny compared to this (wear them around your neck) and they are crazy loud and amazing so I was a little surprised with the Brooklyn. It's a great box for the nostalgia factor but a modern BT pill box speaker can out-power and perform it in bass and loudness. 

 

IMO, when people buy this they should to go into it out of love for the old school vibe and features....not so much sound performance :-)

I am not saying it sounds hideous, it's just not up to par with other modern speakers of today.....even those which are smaller in size. But when I pop in a tape or tune into a FM station, it makes me smile :-) and I forget and forgive it's little quirks.

 

All my boxes are like children to me. I love them all for their own reasons and they're all different with their own traits and personalities. 



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:43 AM

There's a stripped down "Blue box" version listed on the site now.

 

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:30 AM

Holy moly, what is this!

http://www.djtechpro...tails.php?id=52

 

 

So all of detail above the volume knob area is just a sticker/label? I see the speakers are different. The handle, I hate that it is fixed position, but knowing the original handles were 'under engineered' I guess I could go either way. You can't stack them with a fixed handle. The plastic mold front looks the same.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:37 PM

Yeah. It looks like a watered down version of the original. The use of a "whizzer" cone in the middle of the lower speaker indicates they intend for this speaker to create the higher frequencies as well. They used to do this in the olden days of home audio and still do in sub-par factory car stereos. The way they have hidden the tweeter section in plastic makes me wonder if it has a tweeter now at all.

**edit** - Just confirmed it does not have a tweeter.

I would be very leary of buying this before a hands on experience. Unless they lowered the price to compensate for the lack of features and possibly sound quality.

This puts me in mind of the Conion C100 and then later the Korean version. Same shape but less stuff.
 

Searching through my media files it has become clear to me of all the boxes I have taken to the beach. I had a great time with the DJ-Tech. It went everywhere with me. I annoyed my wife with it at breakfast time. She let me get away with it because I had made breakfast every morning so.....
 
Then my GE at the pool in Duck, NC. Had a great time with that box too.
 
And here we are coming up on winter. Can't wait until warm weather to take my boxes back out again.
 
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Posted 01 January 2020 - 04:42 AM

Holy moly, what is this!

http://www.djtechpro...tails.php?id=52

 

 

So all of detail above the volume knob area is just a sticker/label? I see the speakers are different. The handle, I hate that it is fixed position, but knowing the original handles were 'under engineered' I guess I could go either way. You can't stack them with a fixed handle. The plastic mold front looks the same.

They're available for $143.50 out of China. It says Fidek is the brand, but thinking they're just a reseller. Still says DJ Tech on the box.  With any luck it comes up somewhere more accessible for purchase.

 

https://translate.go...ail&gid=3685531

 

 

 

 



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Posted 01 January 2020 - 08:21 AM

I've updated the wiki page

 

http://wikiboombox.c...DJ Tech Bluebox



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Posted 01 January 2020 - 08:34 AM

Would like to get me a DJ Tech.

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 07:16 PM

I've updated the wiki page

 

http://wikiboombox.c...DJ Tech Bluebox

That's awesome Reli. Went to take a peek and ended up clicking the link for the Original version. I think I spotted a picture of mine in there of the rear of the unit.

 

I hope you find one docs. I wish they made the first model longer. 



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Posted 02 January 2020 - 05:46 AM

I think blu was selling one waaay back but I was after the red version, should have pulled trigger.

Anyone has one give me a nudge thx :)