There was a time when these things ruled the market, and you couldn't find a street corner without dancers and a ghetto blaster. Music fans love classic pieces like this.
- Fact 1: Boomboxes started as small radio-cassette recorders paired with stereo speakers, and evolved over the 1970s and '80s into the huge, flashy, and loud "ghetto blasters" remembered today.
- Fact 2: The 1976 Marantz Superscope is considered the first true boombox. Panasonic, Sony, JVC, and many others would soon follow with models of their own.
- Fact 3: Considered portable in their time, boomboxes were gigantic and heavy by today's standards; some measured several feet long, carried a dozen D-cell batteries, and weighed more than 20 pounds.
- Fact 4: Boomboxes are named for their surprisingly high volume - many boomboxes could output more than 100 decibels, louder than a running chainsaw.
- Fact 5: The golden age of the boombox ended with the success and proliferation of the Sony Walkman and other personal players in the mid-1980s.