How's this for retro hardware? I'll take "Things I Didn't Really Need" for $14.99, Alex:
I've been vaguely looking around for a Sony boombox of this vintage, but every one I've seen has been trashed or being asked ludicrous money for. This JVC is in absolutely fantastic shape and was the right price. Every slider is smooth and crackle-free, the drivers are all perfect, the tape deck plays accurately and doesn't even need a new belt, & most importantly, it sounds amazing. There weren't even any manky old corroded D-cells left in the battery compartment like 99% of these I see. The battery terminals look like it was made yesterday.
^^ The "3D" button seems to turn on & off the subwoofer. I don't know either.
In case you couldn't tell, this thing is totally freaking sweet. It does need a dusting with a good brush & q-tip, but that's all it needs. The black & gold colour scheme really works for me.
Also scored some NOS tapes for it; these were $1.99 on the "wall of crap." I don't usually buy Type-1s anymore, but I was 'in the mood' and the design on the Sony was so appealing I had to bite. Didn't have one of those yet. One of these days I'll put together a little gallery of blank cassette packages, because I've got a lot of them and there were some really cool designs floating around.
I scored a couple of late-'90s trancey CDs up there for a couple bucks too. Naturally I had to try them on the JVC via it's handy line-in:
They sound awesome through this thing! That sub can deliver a ton of bass if you let it, but the adjustable EQ really works well to make a nice punchy, crisp sound. I am seriously impressed for how good it is for a boombox of this type.
Incidentally that's my O.G. CD/VCD player up there, which I ordered from NCIX.com in 2001 and carried everywhere for a few years. Yes, it has a video-out for VCDs, and yes, I thought that was the coolest damn thing in the world at the time. Still works great, and I even still have the remote.
Anyway I'm pretty happy with this score, if you can't tell. Now back to your regular retro programming...
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