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.
- David ELv 74 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 1986Source(s): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boombox
- spacemissingLv 74 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.