Back in the day, everyone wanted to have a powerful boombox to play their cassettes or CDs. It didn't really matter what kind of music you liked, it needed to be loud. Nowadays, people are more concerned about headphones and docks, but portability remains an important factor. There still are quality boomboxes that you can take with you anywhere.
1. TDK Life on Record These boomboxes from TDK come in 3-speaker and 2-speaker models and they have been released this year. Expect to pay $500 for the larger model and $400 for the smaller, more portable version. The only issue we have with these boomboxes is that they don't come with a dedicated iPod dock. Otherwise, they remind us of the good old days of playing our ghetto blasters as loud as possible.
2. Logitech Squeezebox While it's easy to dismiss because it isn't that huge, we have to say that this little boombox gets a lot done, and if you're inside the radius of your WiFi network, then it can also stream your music.
3. Bose SoundDock Portable While it's not as imposing as its bigger brother, the portable version of the Bose's SoundDock has a rechargeable battery so that it can power your tunes for a long time. That coupled with the fact that it's got a dedicated iPod dock makes it a hard boombox to beat. It sells for $400.
4. Eton Soulra This is a smaller dock to play your tunes, but that doesn't mean that it's not powerful. It also relies partially on solar power, so the batteries will last you a long, long time if you're listening to your music in the sun.
5. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin While this boombox isn't portable, we had to sneak it in this roundup because we just like it so much. It's powerful and produces quality sound. A few of our audiophile friends mentioned that it would be hard to find better a better sounding system for less than $1,000.
(Logitech Squeezebox image via Pocket Lint)