Category Archives: Transistor Radios & Boomboxes

The Lasonic TRC-931 Boombox

Lasonic trc-931

The Lasonic TRC-931 boombox is truly the undisputed heavyweight champion of boomboxes. With two 8-inch woofers and an abundance of bells and whistles, its sheer size dwarfs the Magnavox and Emerson boomboxes I had when I was a kid.  A friend in middle school brought his Lasonic TRC-931 on a field trip, which I believe was the very first time I experienced the emotion of jealousy. I can still remember riding that school bus and listening to the holy trinity of 13-year-olds...the Fat Boys, the Beastie Boys, and Run DMC. read more

Panasonic R-12 “Spinet” AM Radio

Panasonic R-12 Spinet AM Radio

The Panasonic R-12 "Spinet" AM transistor radio was conceived and designed during Matsushita's heyday of wild and crazy mod concept electronics. This standard tabletop model has nothing standard about its design, with a round cylinder casing measuring 3.75 inches in diameter. The circa 1970 Panasonic R-12 Spinet has ultra-modern space age styling, with a ribbed black cylindrical body and a cool speedometer-like round display dial. This classic Modernist electronic masterpiece has a brushed aluminum face and accent band, as well as a shiny chrome boomerang-shaped platform. read more

The Apple iPod Hi-Fi Boombox A1121

Apple iPod Hi-Fi Boombox A1121

 

The Apple iPod Hi-Fi Boombox model A1121 packs some of the best sound quality we have ever heard from a portable stereo. It delivers a rich and full spectrum of tones with a perfect blend of deep bass, mid-range punch and bright highs. The iPod Hi-Fi Boombox has an AC power cord that is connected to the rear panel, or can be powered by four "D" cell batteries.  The styling of the iPod Hi-Fi A1121 is classic Apple minimalism...a simple rectangular box with smooth rounded corners and a bright gloss white finish. A black fabric grill screen covers the three onboard speakers and bass ports, shown below... read more

Isis Model 20 Radio radio

Isis Radio model 20

The Isis Model 20 Radio Radio

This original Isis model 20-1 radio has an iconic Pop-Art flair with quintessential turn-of-the-80s retro style. Sometimes called the Radio radio, the model 20 was manufactured in 1980 for Isis of Charleroi, Belgium. It has a molded red plastic cabinet shaped like the word "radio" in all capital letters. This amazing AM FM transistor radio gets very good reception and has a single mono speaker built into the "O" in RADIO...where else would it go? The power / volume and tuning knobs are located in the top and side of the "O", too. A telescoping antenna is hidden on the rear of the bright red plastic casing. This Warhol-esque piece of in-your-face Post Modern fun measures 10 inches x 3 inches x 2.5 inches, but makes a much larger decorative visual impact. These Isis Model 20 radios were made in a variety of color schemes, and some of them have different speaker grill covers. We really like the red one, though. The color really pops in any room. This Isis model 20 radio was well-loved, and it does have some flaws. The red plastic has scratches, scuffs and hazy spots. There is some structural damage, too. The rear battery compartment covering is cracked and the battery cover is missing. The original 9V battery connector has been replaced with a new one. The cracked casing can only be seen from the rear. The radio is very clean, it works great, and it still looks good despite the damage. Check below to see examples of other Isis radios for sale on the internet. read more

Vintage Boombox

panasonic vintage boombox

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The Vintage Boombox...an American Classic from the far east! We have rescued, refurbished and resold many a vintage boombox here at the retro home store, and this page shows some select models and their specs. The boombox and ghetto blasters were first manufactured in the late 1970s, and was designed to take advantage of affordable portable stereo capabilities, unlike the mono cassette recorders of the '60s and early '70s.  By the turn of the '80s, rap music and break dancing were rising out of the streets and into mainstream popular culture, and the boombox became an instant electronic icon. During this boombox heyday, manufacturers seemed to be competing with each other to see who could build the biggest and baddest model. Some were so big they required a thick nylon shoulder strap. A couple of ultra-rare vintage boombox models had built-in turntables, televisions, and even keyboards!  Fortunately, there are collectors like us who are rescuing these relics from the landfills across the country and giving the boombox the opportunity to rock one's body for years to come. We will continue to update this page with each new boombox we acquire, so check back every now and then...we just may be reviewing that rare model you had when you were a kid!

Vintage Boomboxes & Ghetto Blaster collection!

 Below we have provided some information about previous old school boomboxes and ghetto blasters that we have sold in the past.  Their full description may provide you with addition information about specs and issues to look for you in your next boombox. read more

Zenith Retro Tape Recorder w/ Weird Joystick Control Button

THIS VINTAGE ZENITH PORTABLE TAPE RECORDER / PLAYER HAS COOL RETRO SPACE AGE STYLE WITH A PURE WHITE UPPER AND DARK BLUE UNDERSIDE. A REALLY NEAT DESIGN FEATURE IS THE "ONE-BUTTON-FOR-EVERYTHING", WHICH IS A CHROME-FINISH TAB THAT WORKS LIKE A GEAR SHIFT. PUSH UP TO PLAY, DOWN TO STOP, PUSH AND HOLD TO THE LEFT TO REWIND AND TO THE RIGHT TO FAST FORWARD. SEPERATE RECORD AND EJECT BUTTONS ARE ON EITHER SIDE. RUNS PERFECTLY ON FOUR "C" BATTERIES. IT'S ALSO CAPABLE OF RUNNING ON AC POWER (IT WAS SUCCESSFULLY TESTED WITH A UNIVERSAL ADAPTOR SET TO 6V WITH NEGATIVE POLARITY MALE END). THE TAPE RECORDER IS USED, BUT VERY CLEAN AND STILL SOUNDS REALLY GOOD. IT MEASURES 10.75 INCHES X 5.25 INCHES X 3 INCHES AND HAS INPUT, OUTPUT (HEADPHONES), REMOTE, AND MIC LINES. THOUGH IT IS A ZENITH, THE TAPE DECK WAS MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN. read more

HIT TUNES RETRO 1980s RADIO w/ SPACE AGE PUSH BUTTON

retro radio

THIS TOTALLY RAD SPACE AGE 1980s RADIO IS CALLED THE "HIT TUNES" FOR A VERY SPECIFIC REASON: HIT THE BIG RED GAME SHOW-STYLE BUTTON AND THE RADIO TURNS ON, HIT IT AGAIN AND IT TURNS OFF. THE VINTAGE RADIO HAS AM/FM BANDS AND THE TUNING AND VOLUME ARE CONTROLLED BY TWO AWESOME CLEAR ACRYLIC DIALS. IT'S A HEAVY-DUTY, WELL-ENGINEERED DEVICE THAT GETS GOOD RADIO RECEPTION AND SOUNDS GREAT. THE UNIT MEASURES 6 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND IS 2.75 INCHES TALL. IT WAS USED AND DOES HAVE A FEW SCUFFS, BUT IS VERY CLEAN AND HAS NO MAJOR FLAWS.POWERED BY 3 AA BATTERIES (NOT INCLUDED). read more

MAGNAVOX BOOMBOX: VINTAGE 80s

magnavox vintage boombox

This 1980s retro Magnavox boombox is full of bells and whistles and probably cost someone a pretty penny at the retail store. The Austrian-made Magnavox boombox TR-4883/17 has detachable 2-way 4 speaker cabinets, the softest soft-touch buttons ever, and shortwave radio reception! That's right, a ghetto blaster that receives not only AM/FM broadcasts, but SW1 and SW2 signals. In addition like many retro electronics, it has a plethora of jacks, including a real 1/4" headphone jack, stereo RCA/phono input & output, 1/8" left and right external mic inputs, and even one of those '70s DIN plug adapters so you can copy your reel to reel tapes to the "new" cassette tape format! Of course, there's a convenient switch on the back that changes voltage from 110 to 220 to 240. The Magnavox TR-4883/17 was well-used, but still in very good cosmetic condition, with only minor scuffs and scratches, clean with no serious damage that detracts from the appearance, save from a slightly bent antenna (see last photo) and the scuffed area on the tuning dial window. All functions are working properly, knobs have been deoxidezed and have no scratchiness or distortion, and heads have been cleaned and demagnetized for your listening pleasure. The Magnavox boom box TR-4883/17 measures and impressive 25.75 inches x 9.25 inches x 5.5 inches. The original AC power cord is included. This boombox has sold. but eBay is the place for original vintage Magnavox boomboxes. Of course, if you want something brand new for your iPod that looks like it came straight out of 1983, then you're gonna need a Lasonic... read more

SANYO RETRO 1980s BOOMBOX

sanyo vintage boombox

This Sanyo C-1 vintage boombox was made in Japan and is a sturdy and stylish portable cassette deck. It is a large boombox measuring 21.75 inches x 9.25 inches x 5.5 inches...full-blown Ghetto Blaster territory. Sanyo actually called this a "portable mini component system", because it has detachable 2-way speakers with 5" woofers. When they are separated from the main body and the handle is lowered, the C-1 really does look like an old '80s bookshelf stereo. When they are attached, it looks like a classic oversize retro '80s boombox. It includes the original AC power cord and, of course, can also be battery powered. It is in excellent cosmetic and working condition. The heads were recently cleaned and demagnetized. Cassette tapes sound perfect with no wobble or drag. AM and FM radio reception is excellent. There are a few scuffs and scratches, and two of the knobs have spots of chipped chrome. Overall, it is very clean, it sounds and looks great, its sturdy, solid, and reliable, and its fun way to enjoy your old cassette collection. If you are looking for some of the cooles boomboxes around, don't worry. Here at atomicspacejunk.com we don't sleep until we have uncovered the best Sanyo boomboxes so you can blast it out. No fear because we found them and we have presented for you the best of the best in Sanyo boomboxes.
SANYO RETRO BOOMBOXES FOR SALE
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PORTABLE 8-TRACK PLAYERS

Portable 8-Track Players

The Portable 8-Track Player is a truly fun novelty piece for lovers of vintage electronics. There's nothing like jamming a big plastic cassette into a colorful box and heading out the front door. Destination...adventure! Portable 8-Track players come in different shapes and sizes, and in all the colors of the rainbow! Scroll Down to see some of the retro portable 8-track players we have come across, as well as some really cool ones you can buy on the web! read more