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#1 mellymelsr

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:14 PM

After some of my recent heavy-hitting boombox acquisitions, I was wondering, what do you guys feel is the best sounding and most powerful boombox out there? I mean all the 1 piece, 3 piece, and 6 piece boxes included...what is the ultimate top dog? If you like you can answer the two items seperately because for each of you the answer may be different. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to listen to a lot of the major players out there...but there are many I have never heard. The list may be long but the more the merrier. Initially for me the M90 was always the box I wanted to wait to add to my collection last because it was considered the top 1 piece grail in terms of power and sound...and I wanted to save the best for last. Now after having a chance to hear an M90 and comparing it (unfairly I might add) to the top 3 piece and 6 piece boxes, I have come to the conclusion that for me the M90 is not the best box available. Tops on my list for power and sound is the Sony FH7. This series of Sony boomboxes has ridiculous power and sound. With its wooden enclosed speaker design and separate amp design this thing was built with heavy-duty power in mind...but they did not forget about the quality of sound. Every time I crank up my favorite jazz on this box the sound just comes alive!! When you slide the volume control over to level 3 it is VERY loud, if you are sadistic enough to crank it up to 10 I would advise you to back way up...cause it is ear-shattering loud. Just try and pick up this little box and you will think someone has filled the inside with concrete cause it weighs a ton! So I want all to weigh in with your heaviest of heavy hitters and lets see which one(s) come out on top....but the FH7 gets my vote...

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:20 PM

That Sony is a small and portable home stereo system. Unless you've got the optional battery pack, you can't even take that out into the streets. Then again, as heavy as that box is, you really wouldn't wanna take that out into the streets, especially when people notice you switching arms every 10 steps. :-D

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:25 PM

melly --never heard the great FH7...
so lemme just suggest that my last rig -
which runs at 100% of its talent on batteries :-P :yes:

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:37 PM

Here are some fr you all to give your thoughts to....I posted these elshwere regarding heavy hitters. (The PC-55 is no longer with me, but with Booby. He trade me Franks 'Funken HP-800 for it.)

JVC PC-55

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JVC PC-W350

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Panasonic RX-C300

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Panasonic RX-DT680 w/Remote

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Pioneer CK-5F

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Sansui CP-5

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Sansui CP-7

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Sansui CP-77W

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Sansui CP-99W

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Sanyo C9

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Sharp GX-300H

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Sharp WF-939z

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Sony FH-5

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Telefunken HiFi Studio 1

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#5 JVC Floyd

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:46 PM

the fisher
ph 480
490
492
are good competition to the fh series boxes.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 05:54 PM

the fisher
ph 480
490
492
are good competition to the fh series boxes.



Gotta disagree with you here....this is the one I sold to Llopez...

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And my Sony FH-5 would lay waste to it sound and power wise. Not to mention the others above I posted would do the same to the 480. The Fisher is a very, very good sounding box...but were getting into the rarer air here. :-D

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:58 PM

oldy --thats a great set of box photos you just posted --
but --you left us with no comparos -- :huh:

specifically --is your FH 5 sound better than all those others ???

and since you know the 55 amp --and the tele studio speakers :hmmm:
do you agree that my combo rig might whomp that FH 7 ??

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:11 PM

oldy --thats a great set of box photos you just posted --
but --you left us with no comparos -- :huh:

specifically --is your FH 5 sound better than all those others ???

and since you know the 55 amp --and the tele studio speakers :hmmm:
do you agree that my combo rig might whomp that FH 7 ??


The only problem with your rig is the speakers themselves. And it's the achilles heel of the Studio 1/1M. As rich as they sound, you cannot get beyond 50% power with them. Hell, it's a problem for the PC-55 with it's original speakers. Come to think of it, that's what hurts all of my "super" component boxes. (Super being small high powered home stereo component systems with the option to run on batteries.)

That (regarding what you said about comparos) is one of the reasons my Sharp GX-300H is special to me. Yes it can be overdriven but it seems to have higher limits to my ears. I wish we had time at the last meet so you could hear what I'm talking about. The GX I would choose over the FH-5. Why? Despite the incredible soundstage, the GX-300H hits harder and goes deep like the 'Funken whie also hiting those quiet passages that often are missed with boomboxes. There's a reason it earned that DIN45500 rating. :-D

At what you would consider normal listening levels however, the field evens up real quick... ;-) :-D

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:24 PM

ok -- thanks a lot oldy -- :-) :-D :-)

now - i have some news for you and you guys that have concluded that the tele speakers
have that puny 4" limit ...

the news is that i HOPE norm :super: will kindly post up the PM
re this subject --that i sent him a while back --

lets wait :-) :-)

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:26 PM

...the news is that i HOPE norm :super: will kindly post up the PM
re this subject --that i sent him a while back --...


:super:

Wait I shall... :hmmm: :hmmm:

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:29 PM

Best sounding but not the loudest is the panasonic platinum series i have been using one of mine of late and although not as loud as the m90

she has a way richer sound than all 3 of my m90's. the fh7 is a power house will blow away the likes of the pc55 but to me it dosent have that warm sound

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:31 PM

Here is his PM, quoted below. The bottom line is that redbenjoe claims that he fed 1000 watts rms from a home stereo into those little telefunken studio monitors thingamajiggys and they kicked butt, then barked, more please. :lol: :lol:

its been agreed and posted for years --
that the M1 amp was always to powerful for those little M1 ..... 4 " woofs-

and , as that you have also just said --that the m1 woofs distort too early
when some real bass is turned up --
i have also said that --way back

however --the m1 speakers have a proprietary plug -
so -- prolly -- no one - has gone thru the little effort to
connect these 'wimpy' m1 speakers to a real clean home amp -

EXCEPT for ME !!!

and -- lemme tell ya
these speakers do not distort --until the bloddy end

they are awesome with a good amp-

so --after all these years of erroneous conclusions -
by incompetent members ---

it then has to be the M1 amp thats clipping -and is underpowered
for these speakers -- no matter WHAT fake power its 'ratings'
are labeled !! :

so there .



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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:42 PM

I guess I could feed 1000w into my SP-5500x home speakers too! :lol: :dunce: :lol: :dunce:

BTW Ira, I know where and what you live in...did you weld the walls back together afterward? And what about the collateral damage to the neighbors? How did Florida Light & Power feel about that? Have you contacted "Spinal Tap" for a reunion tour?

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:44 PM

My guess, that those little speakers blew up. Like nuclear style. Then the backdraft sucked everything back together again.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:45 PM

The telefunken is a great unit but has anybody actually seen a main speaker on one???? the magnets are tiny and btw they are 5"" not 4

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:45 PM

My guess, that those little speakers blew up. Like nuclear style. Then the backdraft sucked everything back together again.


:w00t: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 07:51 PM

around this trailer park --all my smart // rich neighbors move into their REAL homes
during the long summer hurricane season -
so all thats left -is me and a pack of dumb rednecks :w00t: :lol:

and for this crowd --
they like EVERYTHING LOUD !!!

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:02 PM

alrighty then i guess i nominate the panasonic rx 6400 if the fh can beat that i give up.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:12 PM

hey floyd --you are prolly very correct -
i seriously doubt if that big 6400 can be beat bad by anything !!!! :thumbsup: :-O

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:14 PM

alrighty then i guess i nominate the panasonic rx 6400 if the fh can beat that i give up.


I'm not sure there either...the RX-6400 tends to sound more PA system like to me. And yes the FH's will send it home from a sound quality standpoint, at least I think so. Now one I haven't heard mentioned is the Rotel RPM-10. These are very rich sounding boxes as well. :-)

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:16 PM

not to mention the panny rx c100
rx 5350

aiwa carry compo .

jvc pc 5.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:17 PM

alrighty then i guess i nominate the panasonic rx 6400 if the fh can beat that i give up.


Sorry. The Sony FH's can definitely kick that to the curb. :yes: The bass (hz's) won't be as low, but from a fidelity and loudness aspect, the 6400 "CAN'T TOUCH THIS".

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:18 PM

the rotel 10 is ultra incredible --
has an amazing DEEP hard bass hit --

but --i dont think it wants to play as loud as a 6400 :-) :cool: :-D

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:25 PM

btw --i love this kind of thread :yes:

except --never heard the FH7 --
and failed to pay attention to freddies FH 5 :dunce: :dunce:

so ....
ignore all my BS posts
:lol: :lol:

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:28 PM

where the hell did all these invinceable boomboxes come from ,are they an ancient chineese secret or what :huh: :lol:

one thing is the heavier the box is the louder it should be or something ain't right .

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:30 PM

not to mention the panny rx c100
rx 5350

aiwa carry compo .

jvc pc 5.



The RX-C100 is another fantastic sounding unit, and is brilliant sounding. But power wise the FH-3, let alone the 5 and 7 will get it easily. Andthe FH-5 (and 7 with the MK-II/III speaker setup) wil kill it soundstage wise. And power wise so will some others.

BUT...The one advantage it does have is it is clearly designed to be portable, and not more hybrid as the super components. So when on batteries, it shines against the others. :-)

The Carryin Compo ain't gettin carried anywhwere! About 50lbs right? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:35 PM

aaah i get so basically the fh series is like the battlestar galactica with a handle.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:40 PM

aaah i get so basically the fh series is like the battlestar galactica with a handle.


I have one of the fh series floyd a standard m90 flat out is prolly a little way over half on mine there mega loud but sadly not portable

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:44 PM

i still say the aiwa carry compo is no joke only problem is its so damn rare.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:44 PM

aaah i get so basically the fh series is like the battlestar galactica with a handle.


Well...

You hav to look at it with some brevity. The real truth is that the FH-7 ain't going anywhere without the power pack. That would make the FH-5 Sony's true top dog portable as any Walgreen's can supply it power. The FH-7 will need AC one way or the other.

Not having the Rotel, I cannot say just how good it is, but based on it's stats, I'll toss it in. So, for me, the best combination of AC/DC, Power, and Sound would be:

1. Sharp GX-300H
2. Telefunken Hifi Studio 1/1M
3. Rotel RPM-10
4. Sony FH-5
5. Pioneer CK-5/5F
6. Sansui CP-7
7. JVC PC-55
8. Sanyo C-9
9. Sharp WF-939z
10. Panasonic RX-C100

My .02 :-)