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Best boomboxes 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated March 1, 2019
Best boomboxes of 2018
I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it. Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing boomboxes should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this boomboxes win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this boomboxes come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this boomboxes take third place?
A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
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Performance and use
Unfortunately, the Groov-e GVPS713RD Boombox is quite an unreliable radio CD player. Many buyers have found that this product stopped working after only a few months.
Many buyers have found that this product stopped working after only a few months.
While the GVPS713RD Boombox might work fine for a few weeks, there’s a good chance it will pack up within less than months. Compared to other portable radio CD players, the GVPS713RD has very poor build quality and isn’t built to last.
On paper this radio has some decent features. The top-loading CD player can play regular CDs as well as CD-Rs and CD-RWs containing MPfiles, and you can program a playlist of up to 20 tracks. You can also use the aux-in socket to connect a smartphone, MPplayer or tablet and use the Groov-e Boombox as a speaker.
This fist-sized Bluetooth speaker begs to be your anytime, anyplace companion and achieves just that with its durable, no-nonsense design that minimalists will love.
The speaker is housed in a uniform rubber casing. Ultimate Ears provided TechRadar with the orange flavor in the Mini Boom line. It’s a festive neon color that gives the speaker a whimsical look. The Mini Boom also comes in the sleek black and red you see above, in addition to variations of black, purple and green.
It’s not all about looks, though, the band of rubber acts as a bumper, providing a good amount of protection from tumbles, scratches and dings.
Embedded flush on the top of the speaker is a simple panel of buttons that offer a satisfying, tactile click. From left to right, we have decrease volume, Bluetooth pair and increase volume rounding out the offering. Nestled next to the panel is a discrete microphone for taking phone calls with a push of the pairing button.
Connecting through NFC is also possible by holding your capable device near the top of the Mini Boom. All in all, this is a user-friendly design that even Bluetooth initiates should feel right at home with.
Moving around the Mini Boom, its front-facing grille is splashed in white and is made up of unique diamond-shaped perforations. A bright blue LED lights up to signify a successful tether over Bluetooth. Other than that, there isn’t much to see here, but there exist a few more details on the back.
Here, you’ll find an on/off switch, micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm input hanging out together on a little island of plastic on the rear metal grille. There’s also a hollowed-out area on the back that allows the surprisingly deep bass to radiate through.
The UE Mini Boom tackles design with finesse, giving the market a shake with an utterly simple and elegant miniature Bluetooth speaker. But wouldn’t you know it, that’s not even the Mini Boom’s strongest suit.
When it comes to performance, the Mini Boom offers a surprising level of fidelity from its small form-factor. What’s more appealing is that the sound delivery is bass-heavy, which is nearly unthinkable for something of its size.
Performance in general, regardless of genre, is generally impressive through the mighty Mini Boom. Jazz sounds warm and hip-hop is deep. However, it’s not all perfect. Ultimate Ears clearly put the majority of its focus on deep bass and mids.
Battery life is yet another strong suit of the UE Mini Boom. Although the charging period is a bit lengthy at four hours, I was able to squeeze the advertised hours of performance out of this little one at a variety of volumes.
Connectivity via Bluetooth and NFC is quick and simple, as it’s meant to be. With the companion app, the Mini Boom is capable of pairing wirelessly to another Mini Boom to mirror the music from two speakers placed within the impressive 50-foot range. We had another one in the office, so we actually had the opportunity to test out the functionality. What’s cool is that it’s also possible to switch it into stereo mode with the appropriate channels coming through each Mini Boom.
The UE Mini Boom strikes a particularly sweet chord as a versatile Bluetooth companion that is portable, durable and sleek.
It’s even better then that sound and battery performance deliver surprisingly beefy results, especially coming from such a small speaker.
A great all purpose boombox, the ZSBTY50 is another decent model from Sony. It’s a more modern looking boombox and it comes equipped with Bluetooth and NFC pairing to ensure a wireless music listening experience. The size seems to be just right and the price is certainly very tempting for a quality product such as this one.
Bluetooth audio streaming is nowadays essential for any modern portable speaker and the Sony won’t disappoint as it allows easy one-touch Bluetooth pairing with NFC technology. This function works as intended and the range won’t pose any issues. The lighting effects can be synchronized with your music thanks to the Light Sync capabilities of this boombox. It works with R1batteries which are included for your convenience.
Considering the size, the sound is very powerful, satisfying to listen to both indoors and outdoors. For some people, the volume could be a bit low but for general purposes, it’s loud enough. The bass too feels strong enough for such a small unit and it can be enhanced further with the Mega Bass option. It can be said that this one is a safe bet for a solid audio quality Bluetooth boombox at this price.
The included FM tuner can be set up quickly and painlessly for those who prefer listening to their favorite stations on the go. A slight complaint about Sony’s design choice would be how they managed to add such a tiny antenna for an otherwise excellent FM tuner in this unit.
The quality of the build is quite sturdy, the modern looks are well complemented by a convenient carry handle placed in the front. You’ll find the play/pause/skip/prev buttons for controlling the speaker handy at your fingertips. They click well and the thick plastic of the case is very solid adding good weight to the boombox.
The ZSBTY50 from Sony can cover all your portable entertainment needs in style. Some people might miss the presence of a USB port but considering how smoothly the Bluetooth pairing goes, it’s all good. Taking everything that’s been said about this Bluetooth/ FM radio boombox combo, we can conclude that this is a device worth the money spent on it because it’s highly portable, offers excellent audio quality and looks very pleasing to the eye.
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The Oontz and its stylish sibling the Oontz Angle are a few reliable options here. Among the lesser-known entrants, I’ve had good luck with the Phoenix from Beacon Audio and I’m also quite partial to the nice-looking, compact and durable speakers from Bem Wireless that are marketed to university students.
Ultra-rugged or compact
Some of the smallest Bluetooth speakers out there are looking to carve out that niche to become the go-to way to enjoy and share sound on the trail, the road or anywhere else where extreme durability and compactness are required.
Outdoor Technology is a standout here, with a speaker, the Buckshot, that can likely survive being dropped off a cliff or into a creek and is about the size of a candy bar. The Philips Shoqbox also gets rave reviews from active outdoor audiophiles.
For road trips, I came to depend on the tiny Bluetune Bean from Divoom, one of the few super-simple ultra-budget options that defies the “you get what you pay for” rule. The HMDX Jam Plus and JBL Micro Wireless speaker also get similar reviews at this end of the spectrum.
Rahul is one of the original members of the ExtensivelyReviewed team. Born in Chennai and living most of his childhood in Kolkata, he originally moved to the United States for school and earned his electrical engineering degree at the University of Central Florida, graduating with honors. Rahul enjoys reviewing the latest electronics and gadgets.
The Logitech UE Boombox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker has a sculptured aluminium handle for portability and easy handling. It can connect up to bluetooth devices at the same time so you can have your friends connect to the speaker and enjoy taking turns in playing your music. No need to re-establish Bluetooth connection because the speaker can save up to device profiles in its memory. If you have an old device that has no Bluetooth the 3.5mm audio jack is readily available on the side. It is well protected with a rubberized casing and housed with aluminium for maximum durability.
The Boombox doesn’t cost a lot compared to other speakers under its category. There is no need for you to shell out large amount of money for a more than decent sounding speaker.
Some people may find the speaker too big and heavy to make it portable. That is the reason that the speaker is fortified with a sculpted aluminium handle. People who can’t carry heavy things may not want to get this because it weighs about 2Kg. The battery life may not be enough to some people especially when playing in maximum volume. Since the speaker is equipped with different audio drivers to bring a booming bass, people may find the sound bass-heavy. So far, there are no accessories available for this product that you can find on the web or even on Logitech’s website.
People who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a portable speaker are best off with this speaker. It may be a portable speaker but it cranks sound just like any other expensively priced speakers. If you are the kind of person who loves listening to heavy-bass this speaker delivers the right sounds without even distorting it even at the highest volume. If you love playing music with your friends the speaker can get their music players to connect with it simultaneously. You can now enjoy sharing music from your devices in as easy as using the pause button in your device and letting the other device play its music. Music sharing has never been this easy and fun.
The reduced price tag of the Logitech UE Boombox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker compared to other speakers makes it an easy choice. It is a user-friendly speaker and pairing a Bluetooth device is as easy as a push of a button. No need for a user manual to get familiarized on how to operate the portable speaker.
The construction of the speaker is very robust and you can be very well assured that the quality is good. Logitech is only a few of the companies that provide 2-year limited warranty to their speakers and this is one of them.
Nowadays, a radio not only has to sound good but it can look good too, enhancing your environment with some serious eye-candy. Recently we’ve seen a rise in the availability and popularity of retro radio cd players, combining classic good looks with a high quality sound, providing the ultimate in music enjoyment.
If that appeals to you, you will be pleased to find that there is a stunning range of classic designs available on the market today. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that a old-fashioned design means lack of quality or choice, these modern-day classics feature everything from radio CD players, to MPcompatibility, USB ports and even bluetooth options.
You have more choice than ever before, so whether you are looking for an ultra modern slimline design or a classic 1950’s rock ’n roll radio, the world is your oyster.
Of course we are no longer limited to local radio stations either, so take some time to think about the music that you want to listen to, maybe it’s an internet only channel? Maybe the station you love to wake up to is available on DAB radio? Or maybe you are just happy with basic AM/FM channels.
With a wide range of different radio stations, one-click station presets are incredibly useful as it allows you to quickly tune to your favourite stations without searching for them.
Essentially, the more presets a radio CD player has, the more stations you can save for later access. You can spend your precious time listening to music, not trying to find it.
Some CD players have DAB radio, which offers more radio programmes and better quality audio and signal strength.
DAB radios pick up a digital radio signal, offering you a much higher quality that your usual FM channels, to put it in context, it’s rather like moving from an analogue to a digital tv signal.
Not all radio stations are available on DAB, although there are also some that are DAB only too but this does vary from area to area, so take a few minutes to see if your personal preferences are available.
There’s nothing worse than bringing your shiny new DAB radio home and realising that you can’t connect to your favourite station.
Internet radio offers a fantastically clear sound and connects via your home wifi connection, so while it may trump the rest with quality and a massive choice of radio stations from all over the world, you are limited to where you can use it and it certainly adds quite a lot to the price of the unit.
MP3’s are the most widely used digital forms of music available today and many of us love nothing more than the ability to listen our own tunes. Some of the best radio CD players will likely have a USB port. If so, you can pop your songs directly onto a USB stick, plug it in and listen to them.
If you enjoy burning your own music cd’s you should also check the supported formats of any CD player you might be considering, as not all of them, even in today’s market will be compatible with the MPformat.
Bluetooth is another little ray-of-sunshine in ever increasing ways to enjoy music. Chances are, if you enjoy your music and you have a smartphone, you’ve played around and connected it to a portable bluetooth device at some time.
Bluetooth connectivity is wireless, it provides the means for your smartphone or tablet to connect and pair with your radio, allowing you to stream your favourite songs, by directing the audio directly to your new bluetooth unit.
NFC (near field communication) is another name you may see mentioned. This is quite similar to bluetooth and can offer a much faster connection from one NFC chip-enabled device to another but if you like to wander round the house while belting out your favourite tunes, it’s not for you.
NFC has a very short distance imitation and is often used more for data transfer than playing music.
The best radio cd player on the market will be no good to you at all if you like to lock yourself away from the world and unwind at the end of the day, but find your beloved pair of headphones have nowhere to connect.
Whether you want a closer listening experience or you simply don’t want to disturb anyone else at night, you’d need a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your earphones or headphones.
An Auxiliary (AUX) or Line-In port also allows you to connect other audio devices including speakers and amplifiers. Some radio CD players even have two seperate ports for headphones and another audio device.
This isn’t a term you hear as much of nowadays but there is still no shortage of people that like to wake up to the sounds of their tried and tested breakfast radio presenter and of course, a bedside radio is of little use without a reliable and clear clock face.
Again some units have these and some don’t; whether you want one is down to you but there are many options available, from a traditional ticking time face to a glowing digital display that lights up the entire room.
If you struggle to drag yourself out of bed in the mornings, you might also need one that features a full-blown alarm, loud enough to wake the dead, so have a look around and find one that works for you.
Design and Build
The UE Boombox is much smaller than an actual boombox primarily because of the lack of cassette or CD inputs. There aren’t many buttons either. There is only a grill at the front which extends all the way to the back. It has an aluminium handle, like the ones found on an actual boombox. However, the handle doesn’t move and is very short. The speaker is a bit heavy, weighing a good 1.9kg. All the buttons are located on either side of the speaker. The volume buttons are large and that makes them easy to access and operate. On the other side, there is Bluetooth button, On/Off switch, an aux and the power input. The Bluetooth button has an LED indicator integrated around it. A smaller indicator under the On/Off button indicates the speaker’s power, charge and the battery life. The only part of branding on the speakers is the UE logo at the front, imprinted in blue, which just compliments the simple design.
There are very few connectivity options. The speaker has Bluetooth 3.0 support, which can stream content from all your smart devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. A standard 3.5mm auxiliary input is also present. Unfortunately, a USB port is missing, which is pretty bad as most of the speakers today have one. The speaker is powered by a non-accessible Lithium-ion battery. Logitech claims it to last for hours, which is pretty decent. On the other hand, they also claim that the speaker takes roughly hours to recharge.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your boomboxes wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of boomboxes
- №1 — Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio and Aux Line-In
- №2 — Sony ZSRS60BT CD Boombox with Bluetooth and NFC
- №3 — Sony Stereo CD/Cassette Boombox Home Audio Radio