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Kyle
2006-07-27, 12:08
Does anyone make a decent-sounding boombox with an auxiliary power socket that you could plug an SB into? I'm looking for something to play on the porch without running speaker wires. Plugging it into a socket is no problem, but I'd like something I could attach an SB to and only have to fool with one power plug.

Andyoz
2006-07-27, 13:04
For outdoor listening, I use a keyboard amplifier/speaker system (12" woofer + tweeter). Keyboard amps are designed to have a reasonably linear freq. response. Mines an old Fender KXR60 and I have had loads of fun with through the years.

http://www.futuremusic.com.au/Cat_detail.asp?ID=1066

It definately kicks a*se in the volume department.

It doesn't have auxiliary power socket but I am sure there are ones out there that may have.

Just an idea but I may be barking up the wrong tree.

Nikhil
2006-07-27, 13:24
These probably don't qualify as a boomboxes, and I'm not sure if they are in the price range you are looking at - but the Denon M3x series offers excellent sound in a compact box at a relatively reasonable price.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000BZHFX/sr=8-2/qid=1154031128/ref=sr_1_2/103-1554339-9523055?ie=UTF8
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009XHGGY/sr=8-1/qid=1154031128/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-1554339-9523055?ie=UTF8

dwc
2006-07-27, 15:40
This was the ticket for me:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?pid=05722535000

The Sony Zs-SN10. Has a line in port, remote, and will also play mp3's off data cd's. Believe it or not it sounds great. I bought it for my daughter, but ever since I have wanted one for me also.

I _also_ have a truly mammoth JVC boombox, which is really too clunky to carry around easily.

-Dan

Mark Lanctot
2006-07-27, 15:54
Yes but...it's a Sony.

Remember:

"No one knows what a rootkit is, so why should they worry?"

You're of course free to do what you like but if I've disuaded just one person my good deed for the day is done.

dwc
2006-07-27, 15:59
Yes but...it's a Sony.

Fair enough, if you have political reasons for not buying anything Sony. I did do a bit of boombox research though, and i didn't find anything else this sweet. The pickings are pretty slim in the boombox world.

Mark Lanctot
2006-07-27, 17:17
Fair enough, if you have political reasons for not buying anything Sony. I did do a bit of boombox research though, and i didn't find anything else this sweet. The pickings are pretty slim in the boombox world.

You are right, it is probably great for the application.

amrace
2006-07-28, 01:53
How about a Bose Wave, you could buy the "cheaper" radio only version as you won't require a CD if you're using it with a SB. It has an auxillary input and the new model has a flat top which looks ideal for sitting the SB on. I've got the old style CD version which sounds great for a second system.

http://www.bose.co.uk/home_audio/wave_systems/wr_II/

Boston do something similar if you're not into Bose, both are mains powered though.

gary
2006-07-28, 05:07
I have one of these :http://www.e-bowl.co.uk/products/4847.html.
Works well.

radish
2006-07-28, 08:15
Cool, I get to roll out my Bose link :)

http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html

Mark Lanctot
2006-07-28, 08:19
Cool, I get to roll out my Bose link :)

http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html

I didn't want to do it after bashing Sony. ;-)

Andyoz
2006-07-28, 08:22
He, he...so true.

My snobby brother in law has Bose and when I showed him a nice Denon mini system he turned up his nose as he'd never heard of Denon (well they don't advetise in Time or FT do they)

There's also these to consider and I believe Slim devices have been known to use this system for show demo's. They have aux power but no grilles so may get damaged if the porch party gets out of hand???

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0706/audioengine_5.htm

Mark Lanctot
2006-07-28, 14:23
If we're talking self-powered speakers, the favourites of AVS Forum are Swans (http://www.swanspeaker.com/mul/index.asp), studio monitors like the M200 or T200a.

However I believe the OP was looking for something that fits in one case with a handle, i.e. a boombox.

Some devices that are renowned for sound quality are products from Tivoli like the PAL (http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=266) (scroll down unless you want one in crazy colours) that comes with an input jack for the SB, an excellent radio and an NiMH battery pack. Not stereo though, but with speakers that close together you won't get much of a stereo effect anyway.

bill fumerola
2006-07-29, 20:31
On Fri, Jul 28, 2006 at 02:23:09PM -0700, Mark Lanctot wrote:
> Some devices that are renowned for sound quality are products from
> Tivoli like the 'PAL' (http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=266)
> (scroll down unless you want one in crazy colours) that comes with an
> input jack for the SB, an excellent radio and NiMH battery pack. Not
> stereo though, but with speakers that close together you won't get much
> of a stereo effect anyway.

i have the tivoli model one and would certainly check out the PAL for
this application. just be careful with any of these when running at full
output. i accidently left my squeezebox alarm clock on full volume with
the model one cranked up and was out of town. the squeezenetwork alarm
sound went for a long time and did a little damage there.


-- bill

Kyle
2006-07-30, 06:46
It's hard to believe that a single speaker as small as the PAL could generate enough volume for decent outdoor performance. I know Tivoli has a great rep. Are these speakers really that good?

Andyoz
2006-07-30, 07:05
Kyle,

What are you going the be playing through it?

If it's rock/pop, then seriously consider a keyboard/acoustic guitar amp combo. I really don't think the Tivoli would cut the mustard in terms of volume without room gain effects.

dean
2006-07-30, 22:48
The PAL does sound remarkably good for its size. Good things can
come in small packages.

amrace
2006-07-31, 07:25
Cool, I get to roll out my Bose link :)

http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html

Iím pleased that you enjoyed the opportunity to slate my choice of table top clock/radio. I hope that my Castle Compact Loudspeakers, Musical Fidelity Amp and Yamaha surround sound processor meet with your approval ;)

Iím not a screaming Bose fan but the Wave radio at the time was ideal for the kitchen/dining room and was one of the few very small stand alone systems that I could find with RCA inputs. I auditioned Accoustimass amongst others while looking for a compact 5.1 system and in my opinion they didnít sound a patch on the Castles especially when listening to music :)

cparker
2006-07-31, 10:58
I have one of these :http://www.e-bowl.co.uk/products/4847.html.
Works well.

Agree, these are very solid, have awesome sound and play MP3s. Dare I say better than a BOSE as well :)

Nikhil
2006-08-08, 04:50
What about the iPod HiFi? I read that it sounds really good for its price. It also has digital and analogue inputs, so it might be a good partner for the SBs.

N