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Vintage Boom Box Question..

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Today I bought a vintage boombox from my thrift store.

    It is a JVC PC-X200.

    Everything works perfect.

    However on the back there are L+R RCA jacks assigned "CD Out". (Although it has a built-in cd player with 5-band equalizer)

    I take it this means I can run the cd signal to another device?

    I'm leery of downloading the manual because the manual sites seem to be up to some shenanigans..
  2. Aelfwine


    Jul 21, 2016
    Boom box, you say?
  3. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Probably, should be a line level output to run into a home stereo like most everyone had back in the day.

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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    The 80s were so freaking awesome. Things are way too complicated today.

    Yeah try running it to your stereo.

    And pics or no cool new/old boom box.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
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  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
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    The JVC cost me 20 bucks (top pic)..

    And quite awhile back I bought the Panasonic in the same store for 30 bucks.

    They both work fine. I love these things for ease of use when practicing on bass.

    Just select a radio station or plop in a cd, plug bass into bass amp ...and..play. :D:D:D
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah that's the stuff. I had one almost just like them in my bedroom in high school...only they were just AM/FM cassette. I used to drive my mom nuts blasting Eddie Murphy and WASP and crap like that.
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  8. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    Time to bust out the old tapes.
  9. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
    What, no dual cassette with 2x copy speed? I got a 1991 model Sony Mega Bass recently at the the Goodwill store for $7.75, and it works great.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    That's a bookshelf stereo, not a boom box.
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  11. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    My sister had the same JVC. Sounded great.
  12. Tapes I don't care about right now. I have a box full of them. I also have tons of home recorded tapes.

    None of these kinds of units do a great job on the kind of tape I used for recording.

    The heads aren't built for it. Sure, they'll play store-bought tapes that were the norm back then. But for home I used tape that was light-years better than those.

    Most cheapo cassette tape players you can buy now (and there certainly aren't many around in stores) all have cheapo heads in them that won't cut it for really good tape.

    After the holidays I'm going to see a guy that collects vintage stuff and sells it (sort of a paying hobby). Maybe I'll find a half-decent good tape deck like they used to make.
  13. When you google boombox, these are shown amongst the listings just like on E-bay.
  14. ShadowImage

    ShadowImage Guest

    Jan 12, 2016
    They're definitely boomboxes as they are portable and one piece, which bookshelf stereos are not.
  15. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Heres a pic of the model of boombox I had when I was a kid. It's long gone now; the pic isn't mine. I'd love to find one just like it and blast Piece of Mind out of it. Ah, the 80's. PRODPIC-1239.
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  16. Ekulati

    Ekulati Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    I had that exact same box. Stupidly forgot to lock my truck at work one day in 1988, gone. A really good sounding box.
  17. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
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  18. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    On the threshold of a verge on the brink.
    This was my stereo in high school.
    It was an eight track player. 8 tracks. Count 'em. 8.
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  19. I had one that had a Mic input with level control on the front as well as line in RCAs. I would record on it, pop the cassette in another cassette deck, run that cassette into the first one's line in jacks and then plug my bass or guitar into the mic input for overdubs.
  20. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010

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