Have you ever tried to buy a boombox/ghettoblaster in the year 2012? I don’t mean a screenprinted t-shirt, either – I mean a legitimate piece of technology that annoys the fuck out of the neighborhood. Well I have tried, and after a full day of researching reviews I must tell you: there ain’t much out there for people who expect a boombox to, well, BOOM. Sure, there are a million of those “portable iPod docking stations” which are “pretty” but sound only marginally less shitty than your iPhone speaker. However, very few portable stereos have 3 separate speakers for the highs/mids/lows like the boomboxes of yore. Besides awesome sound, the other requirement for me was that it be able to run on batteries for use at the park, the yard, the beach,etc, and this requirement eliminated all of the shelf systems which would have otherwise been perfect.
Luckily, I found the Altec Lansing inMotion Mix (iMT810) ($195 shipped) and it actually sounds like something straight outta 1988… I just ordered it and am so excited! This thing has RAVE reviews – everybody who hears it in action loves it.
Toys R Us has a BOGO sale on all their batteries so I bought a shitload of Ds for about 50 cents a piece from their site + free pickup. You can also use rechargeable Ds with boomboxes like the iMT810, but these are a bit of an investment upfront.