Remember the Classic 80s Ghetto Blaster?

The vintage boombox has become an icon of the 1980s with hundreds of bass pumping variations from major electronics manufacturers and obscure niche brands.

This lens explores ghetto blaster history and finds the best boombox gift items for your friends and family. Find the best of boombox culture from videos to vintage boxes for sale to ghetto blaster photos to retro boombox shirts and a new boombox book that is not to be missed.

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History of the Boom Box

Back in the day...

history of ghetto blaster Boom boxes first became commercially available in the 1970s as an evolution of the basic portable radio-cassette recorder. As they became more popular manufacturers competed to bring out more powerful boxes with new features and better quality sounds. Electronics makers including major Japanese brands and smaller now forgotten marks each brought their ideas to market competing for the biggest sounds, clearest bass, flashy chassis and novel designs incorporating large speakers, gold and chrome faces and colorful lit up displays.

In the 1980s ghetto blasters became increasingly popular and spread through popular culture in hip hop, breakdancing, movies and music videos. As the decade progressed boom boxes began to become more refined and mass produced which brought down price but also the quality. In the end the ghetto blaster would be replaced by Walkman style personal stereos with headphones.

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Gil Scott Takes His Ghetto Blaster for a Walk

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Vintage Ghetto Blasters for Sale

Get an orginal Boombox from eBay.

If you are looking for an original old school blaster then eBay is probably your best bet but be prepared to be bidding against collectors. Other good places to hunt down vintage gear is at thrift stores, pawn shops, swap meets and flea markets where you may still find a bargain!

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1985 Rap Salutes the Ghetto Blaster

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New School Blaster Video

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Mix Tapes Shirts and Gifts

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  • Vantype May 12, 2014 @ 6:54 pm
    Wow, cool more boomboxes! I just made a lens for a Sanyo only boomboxes but plan to more lenses on other boomboxes too!
  • Baz Sep 16, 2013 @ 3:59 pm
    I love ghettoblasters they give a rich real sound from a simpler time when everyone would listen to music together not alone on there iPods I miss the 80's
  • Epona 11:11 Aug 18, 2013 @ 3:29 pm
    I have 3, a Sanyo M-X920K (my favorite), a Sanyo M-9982 with a strap and a Sharp WQ272 mini. Love them all!! For those of you mentioning iPod boxes, DON'T, JUST DON'T... they suck whether it's a new Lasonic, TDK, new Sony, Beats, or iHome. I've heard them all and compared them to my 80's units. If you need to use an Ipod, then get a real ghettoblaster with at least 20w AC output, Line in jack, separate bass/treble and Dolby NR that works well and you will need an RCA to 3.5mm (headphone jack) cable. You can even record mixtapes from your Ipod which is extremely fun to do. You will not be disappointed.
  • Wombleranger Mar 21, 2013 @ 10:10 pm
    I love boomboxes, hate i-pods! I really miss the variety of sounds and looks not to mention big bass!!
  • BaddewFibes Nov 29, 2012 @ 8:05 pm
    Yeah, Ghetto Blasters are the best!

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