questionscan we bring back the boombox?

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Isn't that what they're selling today on moofi: a polite sized boombox? Duh...

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@crowbite: There is no such thing as a polite size boombox. Only wannabe boomboxes or cd clock radios.

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Why? Music is so personalized these days with mp3 players that I don't see a need for a person to blast out their music when I don't want to hear it. YMMV.

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@robingraves: The whole purpose behind a boombox is portability without the downside of having to use headphones that can damage your hearing and also the ability to play back music without having to resort to the compromise of mp3 music. CD quality is a big enough compromise as it is.

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@mybestuser1: Headphones don't damage your hearing....improper use of them does.

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@robingraves: I said can not would and judging by some people that I have seen wearing headphones I would be surprised if very many follow the safety guidelines since I can hear their music from a few yards away.

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Headphones don't kill ears. People who use headphones kill ears.

It's all a question of loudness. Jimmy Hendrix used to make his ears bleed (literally) on stage during concerts, standing in front of his speaker stack with the volume cranked up "to eleven." OTOH, of course, very quiet headphones won't do any more damage than quiet speakers. But the person who originally mentioned headphones already understood that.

Personally, I think cheap boombox speakers probably degrade the music fidelity as much or more than MP3 data compression. Certainly MP3 at 320 kb/sec (on good speakers or good headphones) sounds a lot better than a CD on a $30 boombox. For example, the one on Moofi today is rated 1.7 watts per channel (pretty puny) at a whopping 10% distortion (absolutely terrible, and much worse in many ways, compared to a reasonable MP3 file).

Bottom line: the quest for audiophile quality is pretty much dead, at least with the general [ignorant] population. RIP Hi-Fi.

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@crowbite: I agree. I am using an old sanyo boombox with 10W per channel. The THD is bad but it does the job with a bluetooth receiver and wav files streamed from an ipod touch.

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I actually own a boombox. It is useful for very specific occasions; patio parties, for example, or picnics at the park. It in no way, however, is a suitable replacement for mp3 players with headphones. Having raised 4 teenage boys with, at times, questionable musical taste, I am abundantly grateful for headphones.

My point? There is room enough for both in today's world.

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@mickster1245: Disco music is not dead just the horrible fashion surrounding it.

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@mamajamerson: I agree but a boombox won't damage your hearing unless You are stupid enough to carry it on your shoulders while blasting at high volume. If you can't use a boombox in a public situation then maybe You should not use headphones either because paying attention to your surroundings is vital in most traffic or pedestrian situations.

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@pulsetv: Nice but the speakers are too small, You would need a whole group of people working together to get the audio quality and acceptable volume necessary.

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@mybestuser1: My friend actually bought one last week and it's SUPER loud! He uses it for biking.

Idk much about sound quality in speakers but their website says they use "water-resistant, silver stamped magnetic, open source, mini-speakers; boosting 3W of stereo-amplified beats per speaker... single-volume, woodbox construction... 8W internal driver that has been "balance engineered" to distribute a variable range of power to each speaker, preventing blowouts and distortion."

I'm not a rep, I just think they're cool lol