TDK Boombox to hit Philippines by August
Looking to wake up the whole neighborhood with your favorite Britney Spears tunes? The TDK Boombox is a modern reimagination of the 80s classic that’s much more versatile. It can play music from your favorite FM or AM radio station, electronic instrument, and whatever you can stream through the gadget’s RCA, Line In, and USB ports.
Last Saturday I witnessed the 3 speaker TDK Boombox firsthand, as it pumped out solid bass and clear treble through its central subwoofer and equally powerful satellites. It became clear, after I started playing the Portal 2 soundtrack from my iPad, that the Boombox has plenty volume in it.
Even though the I never cranked the volume knob more than halfway, everyone nearby—in DW Cafe beside Digital Walker at Eastwood Mall—could hear the music. According to Marco Polo (yes, that’s his name), a PR representative from Good Idea Media, the product would be available for Filipino customers by August 2011. The estimated debut price? ₱35,000.
It’s a product that’s geeky and stylish at the same time, and perfect for a wide variety of users. Young ones will dig the touch controls and support for line in and USB (which works with data cables that come with newer iPhones and iPads). Breadwinners will love it as a conversation piece, while interior design fanatics will love the Boombox’s minimalist shiny piano black design.
The TDK Boombox is heavy enough that only strong people can carry it on their shoulders like its retro counterpart. But it’s portable enough that it’s a great group travel companion. Imagine setting it up at the beach (far away from the water of course), and blasting Tutti Frutti Summer Love to everyone within earshot! The only problem? Weaning the TDK Boombox off AC power for portability requires twelve D batteries. So if I’ll buy it—who wouldn’t want a personal stereo blaring away in their room?—I think I’ll work out first.
Check out the full specs of the TDK Boombox below:
- Speakers: Two 6-inch coaxial drivers plus subwoofer
- Inputs: USB (iPod/iPhone with included 30 pin cable)
- 3.5mm audio jack (cable included)
- Auxiliary audio jack for instrument and mix
- AM/FM with 5 presets
- Power Output: 35 Watts RMS (10W per satellite, 15W for subwoofer)
- Power Source: 12 ‘D’ batteries (not included)
- AC power supply
- Made for iPod touch (2nd generations), iPod classic, iPod nano (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G
According to TDK, 12 D-cell batteries will keep the Boombox running for 6 hours. At “80% power”, battery life goes up to 10-12 hours. The TDK Boombox will sell exclusively from Digital Walker, Eastwood Mall, in Libis Quezon City.
If you can’t wait for the TDK Boombox and are looking for a pair of over-ear headphones: TDK’s WR700, a wireless set that runs on 2 AAA batteries and plugs into 3.5 and 6.3mm audio out jacks (pictured below), currently sells for ₱5,000.
The “High-Fidelity” ST800 (pictured below) costs ₱6,500, while the ST700 is slightly cheaper at ₱6,000. All three products are available from AstroPlus and Digital Walker.
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