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(Japan Times)   Obsessed collector specializes in "Made in Japan" consumer electronics from 1970s-80s golden age of postwar Japanese industrial growth, has over 3,000 boomboxes in his cache, repairs them himself with no formal training   (japantimes.co.jp) divider line 24
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2013-09-14 03:41:28 PM  
Vintage Boom Box thread

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2013-09-14 03:44:24 PM  
Remember when auto-reverse was SO DAMN COOL?
 
2013-09-14 03:49:51 PM  
Cool. I don't have any boomboxes, but I have quite a collection of 70's Japanese audio equipment. Receivers that brands like Kenwood, Sansui, and Luxman made in the mid to end 70's has never really been topped in sound and built quality.
 
2013-09-14 04:19:47 PM  
I figure in 10 years it will be "remember when the good stuff was made in china, instead of this west african garbage?"

then shortly after that, "damn, those robots sure do make good everything*
 
2013-09-14 04:47:38 PM  

SuperT: I figure in 10 years it will be "remember when the good stuff was made in china, instead of this west african garbage?"

then shortly after that, "damn, those robots sure do make good everything*


10 years after that, of course, and it will all just be screaming and the frantic sounds of running from robots..

//unless they bought old glory robot insurance, of course.
 
2013-09-14 04:53:46 PM  
Ehhh... whatever, man.

Here's the finest item that ever bore the "made in Japan" label:

upload.wikimedia.org

/everything louder than everything else
 
2013-09-14 05:26:09 PM  
Back in 1979, I carried a red Toshiba boom box on my shoulder for the 20 minute walk to school. I could play AC/DC's "Overdose" and rewind the cassette back to the beginning like magic. The timing was impressive.

Really enjoyed having all the neighbors hear that song at 7:30 in the morning.

/Coolest of the CSB's...
 
2013-09-14 05:26:44 PM  
Oh. 70's Japanese electronics were made for SH*T. Has to be said. Horrible quality.
 
2013-09-14 05:27:36 PM  

DeathRaySanta: Here's the finest item that ever bore the "made in Japan" label:


Like Pavolov's Dog, that forced me to put it on and turn it to 11...
 
2013-09-14 05:36:38 PM  
FARK: where FAIL = COOL.
 
2013-09-14 05:39:50 PM  

mediablitz: Oh. 70's Japanese electronics were made for SH*T. Has to be said. Horrible quality.


You are thinking of the 80's. By the mid 70's, Japanese quality ruled, especially the higher end stuff. I have a Sansui amp that has been in my family for 40 years, it's built like a tank, and absolutely top-notch in quality. By the end of the 70's no one could match the Japanese in quality and innovation.

From the 1980's consumer electronics were no longer built to last and it became more and more about new features and gadgets rather than quality. But the 1970's was the top for hifi in both sound and quality, and nobody did it better than the Japanese; Kenwood, Sansui, Micro-Seiki, Marantz, Sony, Toshiba, Luxman, etc.
 
2013-09-14 06:06:24 PM  
Hook some Monster cables up to that shiat and we'll talk.
 
2013-09-14 07:22:26 PM  

Tom_Slick: Vintage Boom Box thread

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Wrong.  Vintage Japanese Ham Radio set thread.  My two Kenwoods:

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Bottom radio is a Kenwood TS-520 HF rig.
Rig on top of that is a Kenwood TS-700S 2 Meter all-mode.
Thing on top is a Yaesu FC-301 antenna tuner.
 
2013-09-14 07:29:08 PM  
FTA: "Japan has long had a culture of copying," Matsuzaki says, noting that manufacturers grew rapidly in the postwar era by copying products invented in the United States and Europe, such as TV sets and audio recorders.

I think it's the culture of all East Asians to copy.
 
2013-09-14 07:35:01 PM  
Those Japanese sandal-wearing goldfish tenders?
 
2013-09-14 07:38:33 PM  

mediablitz: Remember when auto-reverse was SO DAMN COOL?


And high-speed dubbing made bootlegging possible for everybody!
 
2013-09-14 08:00:15 PM  
I have the first Toshiba HD DVD player, made in Japan.
 
2013-09-14 09:30:43 PM  
This is the one I had when I was like 11.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-14 09:52:45 PM  
I am a little older. When I was a kid I was given this for Xmas and I was ecstatic.

farm3.staticflickr.com

None of your fancy FM crap. You didn't need it when you had the Big 8! CKLW
www.mcrfb.com
 
2013-09-14 10:56:05 PM  
Some of those vintage boom boxes sell for big bucks to the right collector. There are lots of guys with monry who want to create the ambiance of the first time they got laid.
 
2013-09-14 11:47:40 PM  

dittybopper: Tom_Slick: Vintage Boom Box thread

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Wrong.  Vintage Japanese Ham Radio set thread.  My two Kenwoods:

[scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]

Bottom radio is a Kenwood TS-520 HF rig.
Rig on top of that is a Kenwood TS-700S 2 Meter all-mode.
Thing on top is a Yaesu FC-301 antenna tuner.


One of these days I'm going to take that test.  I can usually pass the ones online and if I study a bit I'm sure I could get my ticket.  It's just that when I listen to 2 meter or 440 on a scanner, it's such a clique of chatty cathys (carls?)
 
2013-09-15 12:25:11 AM  

offacue: dittybopper: Tom_Slick: Vintage Boom Box thread

[cache.wists.com image 650x488]

Wrong.  Vintage Japanese Ham Radio set thread.  My two Kenwoods:

[scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]

Bottom radio is a Kenwood TS-520 HF rig.
Rig on top of that is a Kenwood TS-700S 2 Meter all-mode.
Thing on top is a Yaesu FC-301 antenna tuner.

One of these days I'm going to take that test.  I can usually pass the ones online and if I study a bit I'm sure I could get my ticket.  It's just that when I listen to 2 meter or 440 on a scanner, it's such a clique of chatty cathys (carls?)


So get your general and get on HF, or get your technician and do satellite or weak signal VHF/UHF work.  FM repeaters aren't the be-all, end-all of ham radio.
 
2013-09-15 01:36:18 AM  
If oyu like that sort of thing, this site is top balls:
http://pocketcalculatorshow.com

/Got a Sansui 9090 and Casio TV-10
 
2013-09-15 09:09:00 PM  
Boom box nostalgia.  When I was a kid, my best boom box was a Monkey Wards with a little B/W TV in it.  Holy crap, there it is!

www.shizaudio.ru

Apparently it cost $200 in 30-years-ago money.

i835.photobucket.com

And I remember it took a double-grip of D batteries to run that TV for an hour or so.
 
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