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Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« on: October 15, 2020, 05:47:19 pm »
Hey guys. I've been into bluetooth speakers for the last couple of years...

I've built two inside of ammo cans, and have enjoyed them. Just like with arcades I had a lot to learn. The one I wanted to be my favorite, built out of a metal 30 cal can was a great size with a nice heft, but... The metal, While durable and awesome looking limited bluetooth range and risked damaging anything I set it on (even with rubber feet)

So, I have ordered two retro-vintage boomboxes. A General Electric 3-5252A and a Sony CFS-61S
Neither were high end units in their day but I will Clean them up and add bluetooth.
My plan is to preserve the original functionality...I have replacement belts on order for the cassette mechanism.
Reason for two is I found the GE first and liked the look, so bought it. Then while researching found the Sony, it has line in stock and Shortwave which I want to play with. Both will run on a 3S LIPO battery and be portable and look good too. They were just above $20 plus shipping each.

Has anyone done this? Anyone else use old 80s radios? Did you have one as a kid?
I'd love to hear about it.


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Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2020, 09:44:22 pm »
I found a non-working one that I put an Apple Base Station in like 6-7 years ago.

I need to convert it over to Bluetooth.


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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 12:39:48 pm »
I've added bluetooth to a 45RPM jukebox before.  Same idea.
Not sure what you used for your projects before, but when there is a line in it is extra easy as you just tap in between with something like this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Music-APT-X-Stereo-Wireless-Board-DIY-CSR8645-CSR-4-0-Bluetooth-Audio-Receiver/184323854742?hash=item2aea8ed196:g:2XsAAOSwn-tZNih7
that one will actually switch automatically to bluetooth when connected and still let you use line in when not connected by bluetooth.

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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 04:15:42 pm »
You need to find one of those boomboxes with a little TV in it.

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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 10:21:56 pm »
I had one with a front loading CD player waaaaaaay before anyone else I knew had a CD player.  1990?  My dad got it as some prize from work.  If you didnít load the cd carefully, it would slide behind a metal hinge and get scratched.  He was still using that thing until fairly recently.  Cannot find anything remotely similar on google.

It was during that short period of time when Walmart still sold uncensored rap cds to children.

I used to horrify people with this track all the time...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQH5vmbp8w0





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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 02:45:41 am »
Too many rappers are "dog" "ice" or "littl"

Pretty sure I turned two shades whiter with that comment.

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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2020, 05:17:50 pm »
I had one with a front loading CD player waaaaaaay before anyone else I knew had a CD player.  1990?  My dad got it as some prize from work.  If you didnít load the cd carefully, it would slide behind a metal hinge and get scratched.  He was still using that thing until fairly recently.  Cannot find anything remotely similar on google.

It was during that short period of time when Walmart still sold uncensored rap cds to children.

I used to horrify people with this track all the time...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQH5vmbp8w0




my dad won a front loader at company thing early 90's and yeah I remember the cd falling down when trying to load it.

I had a huge 80's boombox on my back porch for yrs.
i let it get snowed on too many seasons and the right volume stopped working.
it had separate sliders.
I went through a few crappy big lots BT speakers before buying an oonze speaker and now an amazon dot for the outside.


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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020, 07:06:18 pm »
If your dad was in oil they probably worked at the same place.

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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2020, 03:40:37 pm »
I've been really interested in building a "record player" with an RFID reader so that you can place little cardboard albums on top of the speaker casing and the album will begin playing from Spotify.  I'm pretty sure it's been done before but it seems like it would be a neat project... if I ever had time.

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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2020, 07:28:36 pm »
So the first of the three Boomboxes I ordered has arrived. It was dirty, has some battle scars but I did a quick clean and plugged it in.
Radio works, it sounds how I would imagine. Pretty good mid and high sound with not so much bass.
AM and FM both seem fine, Surprising reception considering the missing antenna.

Tape deck spins in all the proper directions. I have new belts for it, but I have to go diving in my garage for a cassette before I test any further.
I pulled the back cover off and it looks ok, Battery compartment had some corrosion from some old leakage. I cleaned all that up.
all the caps that were easily visible looked good. All-in-all I'm pretty pleased

Next I have to test the cassette, the input and if it runs on batteries. Then pull it apart and clean the pots. (to get rid of the volume knob crackle)
I'll probably order a replacement antenna. and verify its DC voltage while plugged in to the wall. Hopefully it runs on 12v and not 9 while on AC. In either case I will build a battery to suit.

I couldn't resist negotiating for a Sears 2100 series for $14. So now I have three to work on. I will probably pick up one more  because I suffer from project addiction. Once I test them all for audio quality with various Bluetooth modules I can sell, gift or hoard them.




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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2020, 07:49:27 pm »
On a separate note, here is a pic of the first Bluetooth speaker box I made.
You'll probably recognize it if you ever shop Harbor Freight.
Box was cheap, $5 bookshelf speakers from Goodwill, $10 Bluetooth Module, and a 2000Mah 12v battery.

I use this every day at work as my PC speaker.

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Re: Boomboxes, Ghetto Blasters and such...
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 05:12:33 pm »
If your dad was in oil they probably worked at the same place.

 :dunno

eyeglass frames.

i want to say it was black with purple or pink graphics.
he also won a box with a small black and white TV in it a few yrs earlier.