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#1 hopey

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:10 PM

Crank up the tunes with this portable ghetto blaster with that classic look from the 70’s and 80’s. Listen to your favourite AM or FM radio stations, play MP3 files from a USB stick or microSD card, or pop in an old audio cassette for those old-time feels. The cassette recording allows songs to be converted to MP3 using a USB flash drive or microSD card; and record music to a blank cassette tape using any audio source. Thanks to Bluetooth® technology, you can stream music from your Bluetooth® enabled smartphone, computer or media player, and a built-in microphone which can record your voice on to a cassette, USB flash drive or a microSD card. Just like an old style ghetto blaster, this unit comes complete with a telescopic antenna, volume, bass and treble controls, mono/stereo button, bass boost, and a carry handle. Includes a 240V 2-pin mains lead and can be powered by 6 x D cell batteries (not included).

Features:
• Bluetooth® Wireless Technology 
• 2 x 7WRMS Speaker Output
• Cassette Playback & Recording 
• USB & microSD Card Playback & Recording
• AM/FM Radio  
• 3.5mm Auxiliary Input & Output 
• Analogue VU Meters
 
AUD$99 
 
PA and Party Speakers
Power Output (RMS) 14W Speaker Diameter 4.5in Impedance 8Ω Frequency Response 70Hz-20kHz Sensitivity 71dB Handle Swivel
Power from disposable battery
Size / Shape D Battery quantity 6pc Batteries included   Type Alkaline Runtime 3hr-6hr
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version V4.2 Bluetooth Range 10m
USB Connectivity
USB Port Types USB Type A Number of USB ports 1 ports
Digital Storage Details
Storage Media Type USB Flash Memory (Thumbdrive),microSD Maximum Capacity 32GB
Mains powered
Rated for AU Mains   Mains lead included   Mains Voltage Range 240V-240V Mains Max Current 50mA Frequency 50Hz-50Hz Connection Details Figure 8 Mains Connector
Radio Receiver
MW(AM) Frequency Range 531kHz-1602kHz Bass Controls   Treble Controls   Line Out   Earphone Socket   Power Source Mains power supply,Battery Type of Radio AM,FM FM Frequency Range 87.5mHz-108mHz Line In  
Product Dimensions
Weight 3.2kg Width 432mm Height 233mm Depth 139mm

 

 
 
 


#2 goodman

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 02:04 AM

Looks good, but still missing some functionality - display for mp3 info, folder up & down buttons.
I can't find manufacturer site and another info about this radio...

 

On the left side on radio have label "level meter" and some leds.
Maybe they work together with analogue VU meters...
There is some fakes tweeters on the left and right corners...



#3 hopey

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 03:31 AM

it looks like it has buttons for folders on the side, I'll go in store to take a closer look



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Posted 20 November 2019 - 09:20 AM

Interesting, which store is this sold in?

 

Very classic looking design, but sometimes I feel sad that the novelty and impact of our vintage blasters is being watered down by these re-makes.

 

At least the power output data seems honest.

 

It's funny how most of Europe and Australia use the words ghetto blaster.  In America if a business used those words there would be hell to pay.



#5 Mystic Traveller

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 10:33 AM

Yes, interesting and rather good looking for modern times but they could've added tweeters..



#6 Rimmer36

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 10:53 AM

not interested just buy retro........probably only lasts 6 months lol, it's a shame the true ghettoblaster has been reduced to these things



#7 Ghettoboom767

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 02:06 PM

Unfortunately it looks disposable! Oh my!😮

#8 Rimmer36

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 08:36 PM

i have changed my mind on this...it has bass and treble and runs on real d size batteries instead of being rechargeable....i don't want one but it gets the thumbs up in my book



#9 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:04 AM

Just checked one of these things out. Not sure what you’d expect for something modern but the quality is pretty bad. The tuner knob is very stiff and there is no needle movement for the first 1/5th or a turn.

The switch gear on the top panel feels like it’s about the break each time you switch them.

It’s also quite small - smaller than a GF-9090 for example.

The sound is weak in comparison with a vintage mid sized box.

Viewing new gear really does confirm my love of the originals!!!

James.... :-)

#10 hopey

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 06:30 PM

Good;

 

Box moulding is good looks like it would take a hit

Sanyo clone

Room for upgrades 

Good handle

Built in recording mic

LED and UV Power meters Stereo tuning light

Rocker toggles

looks better in person than photos

15w 8ohm drivers 

Single belt cassette mech sounds and works well.

AC cable side entry

AC isolator on back

Analogue Radio tuner

Takes standard d cells x6

USB recording and playback Button on side (didn't bother testing)

Metal Speaker grills!

No CD player of course

 

Bad

 

Poor High frequency response (needs tweeters, room to fit) (went for uv meters instead of tweeters)

Limited Treble adjustment due to above

Tape heads require adjusting ( sounds good once its tweaked (half turn) Not featured in the user manual fail)

 

I would recommend this box as its a good price and you can get good amount of volume and with careful adjustment the sound quality is acceptable. The tape deck sounds nice and records well, the build quality is good with nice PCB's and tidy internal cabling and fit out. As this is mid sized; room for upgrades

 

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#11 JVC Floyd

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:03 PM

If I could afford it I would try one out , there's not much to choose from for under $100.00 us so the Pickin's are slim.

#12 hopey

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 08:06 PM

If I could afford it I would try one out , there's not much to choose from for under $100.00 us so the Pickin's are slim.

Happy to send you one Pay it forward

 

$67.89 US + postage

 

They have a US site you maybe able to purchase

 

https://www.jaycar.u...pularity-desc


Edited by hopey, 25 November 2019 - 05:33 PM.


#13 JVC Floyd

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:12 PM

I think its a cool little radio , but I can't take from people just for the hell of it . I feel greedy if I do. thanks for the offer though.

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:33 AM

Thanks for review.

Please upload more pictures from inside of boombox - to see speakers, place for tweeters, cassette deck...
Upload some pictures from 2 boards - to see what is quality of this new boombox.
Lets see what is differences form old and quality boomboxes...



#15 hopey

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 03:53 PM

Looks like the speakers should be replaced  71db which is really low considering the old shools were around 90db.

 

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#16 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:37 PM

My hearing must be off then - I thought this thing sounded weak with poor bass and very poor highs. The quality and action of the controls etc really don’t compare with vintage gear. Although the deck door slow release mechanism is nice. :-)

I’d recommend you just pick up a cheap mid sized vintage box like a Sanyo M4500 if you want a 9 volt box with nice sound - should outlast these new boxes. :-)

#17 JVC Floyd

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:50 PM

Well I mean its a $100 boombox shipped I wouldn't expect mind blowing performance I the looks and the features override the drawback's just don't expect too much from the motha fooker and use it for what it us.
Its like fooking food critics that walk into mc Donald's expecting world class dining from a place whose mascot is a goddamn clown.

Just consider it a fancy ass transistor radio with inputs lol. Still looks cool for the price

It might be small it its not a bad looking radio I think its cool looking if nothing else.

#18 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:38 PM

Well I mean its a $100 boombox shipped I wouldn't expect mind blowing performance I the looks and the features override the drawback's just don't expect too much from the motha fooker and use it for what it us.
Its like fooking food critics that walk into mc Donald's expecting world class dining from a place whose mascot is a goddamn clown.Just consider it a fancy ass transistor radio with inputs lol. Still looks cool for the priceIt might be small it its not a bad looking radio I think its cool looking if nothing else.

Each to their own and all that. :-) I think it’s really designed for the kids Christmas present market

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 06:15 AM

hopey, thanks for pictures.
I see standard cassette deck mechanism, simple preamp circuit.
Speakers look good, there is space for tweeters, do you have idea to upgrade it.
I agree with other users - for $100 boombox looks good. :-)

 

Just one question: what is buttons for usb playback - play, <<, >>, rec.... ?



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:55 PM

hopey, thanks for pictures.
I see standard cassette deck mechanism, simple preamp circuit.
Speakers look good, there is space for tweeters, do you have idea to upgrade it.
I agree with other users - for $100 boombox looks good. :-)

 

Just one question: what is buttons for usb playback - play, <<, >>, rec.... ?

 

 

There are five buttons no LCD screen

 

It has 8ohm speakers which indicates low output. Im going to try some 8ohm akai 1 inch tweeters. However might be better replacing the main drivers as well.

 

Room for LED mod 



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:20 AM

I hope, after upgrade the sound must be better. :yes:



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 04:03 PM

Was just looking at this and it is the same as the ION box at Best Buy. A little different placement of the VUs but most certainly the same internals

 

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=6347179



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 07:14 PM

Was just looking at this and it is the same as the ION box at Best Buy. A little different placement of the VUs but most certainly the same internals

 

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=6347179

 

Bang on same maybe better looking? Looks like the front moulding is different same guts. As ION have released this it's a good indicator of the quality of the product.

 

the ION has built in batteries and Plastic Grills and price tag $139.99 on discount $69.99



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Posted 17 December 2019 - 10:43 PM

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 10:51 PM

Odd they are using an old-school amp instead of a generic class C like everyone else



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Posted 18 December 2019 - 01:34 AM

Odd they are using an old-school amp instead of a generic class C like everyone else

Class D is probably what you meant.

They probably just copied on original AB old style amp and tuner design from an 80s box

#27 Photonicinductor

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 07:18 PM

Maybe try some 4 ohm speakers? Although I doubt the amp is too fantastic so maybe not a good idea. And some acoustic wadding, the thing little bass (judging from what I heard testing it in store). And yes, I agree adding tweeters would benefit the sound quality greatly too.



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