When were portable (boombox) CD players first on the market?

Arguing with the wife about when she had a boombox cd player. In my memory the portable ones didn't come out until the 1990's but regardless I wondered if anyone knew the specific years of the technological evolution.

2 Answers

  • 4 months ago

    The first boom box was invented in 1966.  They came to America in the late 1970's. In the mid 1980s, the boombox began to become a status symbol.  In the late 1980's, they started putting CD players on them (this was because before then, they were TOO expensive.  CD's were invented in about 1981 and cost a thousand dollars initially) 

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was released in 1986

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  • 4 months ago

    CDs and component players came to the US in 1983. 


    Radio Shack's first CD boombox, the CD-3300, was "NEW FOR '88",

    and since they were a year or two behind on most new developments like that,

    my guess is that there was a Sony CD boombox by 1985 or 1986.


    I'm not sure Sony was the first, though, because there was a

    mad rush of product development in the CD category.

    Panasonic could have done it, or possibly Sanyo or Emerson.



    As an aside, I have a unique Emerson portable (PD5098),

    an AM/FM/CD unit that is pure mono.

    Nothing stereo about it At All.

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