Have you wondered
- Who made the first boombox
A boombox is music player which is like transistor in size this makes it portable. It has one and sometimes two cassette type players, AM/FM radio, amplifier, speakers and it can be taken around as it also has a handle. The sound in boombox is delivered with the help of amplifiers and loudspeakers.
This device plays music as it has the capacity to catch radio station frequency and also used in playing already recorded music in the form of cassettes. Some of the model also offers the feature of recording on the cassettes or tapes from the radio or any other available sources.
Portability is the prominent feature of boombox and therefore boombox can be powered by batteries as well as directly can be plugged into power socket with line current. Boombox was introduced in the US market in mid 1970’s. The listener’s desire to louder bass resulted in the introduction of bigger and heavier boomboxes. In fact in 1980’s some of boomboxes were as big as suitcases. Most of them were powered by batteries which further resulted into making boom boxes more bulky.
In short span of time after its introduction boom box got the prominent place in urban living. It got extremely popular with African American and Hispanic young generation. As boom box was widely used by urban community it was named as ” ghetoo blaster”. This nick name was derogatory and used to display negative feelings towards hip hop culture as well as boombox. Many cities banned use of boom box in public places and as the time progressed their acceptability in the city streets went down. Boom box is closely associated with American hip hop culture and played important role in popularity of hip hop music.
History of Boom box
Philips Company of Netherland was the first to develop boombox. Phillips invented audio compact cassette. In 1966 the Radio recorder was released by them. This innovation allowed the radio broadcast to be recorded on the cassettes and tapes. Earlier to get this done cables and microphones were used. Initially the quality of sound and early tape recordings was not good however as the technology improved new stereo system was introduced followed by chromium tapes and high quality devices that reduced noise. Grundig the electronic brand from Europe too introduces same kind of devices. In early 1970’s boombox was developed in Japan and as boombox were compact in size with exceptionally good quality of sound they were instant hit. In short period of time Japanese brand conquered major share of European boombox market and they became the first brand of Japanese Electronics that a household in European might think of buying. Japanese continued their journey of innovation. They made boomboxes of variety of sizes, factors and technology. They created stereo boomboxes, removable speakers, in-built TV receivers, and CD players.
In middle of 1970’s boombox entered American market and major production was undertaken by Panasonic, Sony, Marantz, and General Electric. Soon young people living in the cities of America caught attention of boombox and huge market came in existence in metropolitan areas like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
The models introduced combined the stereo systems and potable cassette players. Thus a combination of portability and booming sound was offered in typical small black or silver coloured players. The AM/FM radio tuner was of the most common features of earlier models. Eventually after advent of input and output jacks they were replaced by microphones and turntables.
Decline of Boombox
The entry of walkman and other latest technology supported electronics lead to the decline in the boombox culture. The latest equipments were not bulky and easy to carry due to which boomboxes vanished from the streets. This decline was huge and fast as can be seen from the report of Consumer Electronics Association. The report mentions that Just 329,000 boombox units without CD players were shipped in the U.S. in 2003; this figure in 1986 was 20.4 million.
Boombox enjoyed great love and acceptance before its downfall and is now one of the favorite collectible items for many who have sweet memories associated with boombox.