The Mobile Blastmaster exists. That's most of what you need to know. It's the boombox of your dreams, or more probably, your nightmares. It's a little red wagon on crack.
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.
Yes, that shiny Bose dock does look out of place in your workshop. But you know what would look awesome? A homebuilt blaster made out of a shiny red toolbox. This video shows you how to do it.
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.
Rememeber TDK? They made the blank tapes you used for those mix tapes that creeped out all the ladies in highschool. Well they're getting the brand back together, baby! With gear hot enough that it might even help you score.
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.
Don't forget to bring those to the canteen.
A rusty car squeals to a halt in the 7-Eleven car-park. Out steps a tracksuit-bedecked man, boombox on shoulder. Sauntering over to the rival gang-leader, he presses a button on the boombox. Out filters Ecco The Dolphin's ambient keyboard notes.
There will never be anything quite like the mix tape. For better or worse, it really changed the way people listened to music. So it's sort of bittersweet to see Sony releasing its final cassette-playing boom box ever.
Anna Jane Grossman is the author of Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. She has compiled a special short list for Gizmodo: Four old gadgets we love and we'll really miss, and four we're glad are gone:
Mormon crickets are insects with multiple wives who live in Utah, travelling to Nevada to eat crops and play craps—or something like that. I'm not David Attenborough, ok? One real thing: They hate rock music.
The only way this stunning AT-AT walker boombox could produce a more forceful nerdOMFGasm is if it was being straddled by Scarlett Johansson in a Princess Leia bikini.