It might look like the classic stereophonic sound system your old man had set up in the basement, but this stereo is all bark and no bite. In reality, it's just a stylish cabinet with a lovely set of boombox graphics applied to each door.
Every product needs a target market, and Pioneer's put their sites on the lucrative dance community with a trio of new boomboxes that make it easy to put together a routine, or just bust out some moves on a street corner.
San Francisco's climate isn't exactly ideal for solar-powered gadgets, in that the appearance of the sun is a rare and fleeting occasion. But the output, battery life, and sound clarity you get from the sun-sucking Eton Soulra XL boombox are surprisingly decent.
Unfortunately, the 90s happened. Along with vanquishing the 80s, they ushered out the over-the-top audio stylins of the previous decades. Yeah, the 90s killed boomboxes (WTF). TDK is bringing the ghetto blaster back with its 3-Speaker Boombox.
The boombox helped launch an urban revolution of style and technology. In The Boombox Project, Jame Phillips looks at some of the biggest, loudest, most extravagant, and D-cell hungriest shoulder-borne superradios of the day.
Sure, it might just look like a normal boombox, and maybe even sound like one, but the Roots Rock is endorsed by the Marley family. And it has canvas straps! Perfect for listening to... hmm... Daft Punk? The Flaming Lips?
TDK's handsome new boomboxes aren't about to make the common concession of putting an iPod dock front and center. Their designs are an updated take on the classic ghetto blaster: business in the front, and party in the front, too.
Carrying a boom box down the street on your shoulder? Old and busted. Docking your iPod on a teeny tiny boombox and carrying it around the house between your thumb and forefinger? New and... uh... tiny.