"Basic 21st Cetury Boom Box"3.5 starson by Rickey_H
Pros: Plays mp3 and WMA using a thumb drive. IPod support and an auxiliary analog in for non-IPods is also supported. Digital controls for volume. AC or battery operation makes this device totally portable. Sound is good.
Cons: The round styling of display and play controls does not convey with the overall design. Display limited to 4 characters and 5 icons. No blank panel for IPod dock. Battery life only 5 hours. Controls allow dirt and sand to compromise controls.
Summary: Get used to it; CDs and tapes are relics of the past. When I searched for an inexpensive boom box, I discovered too many units under $65 had an FM radio and CD player. Most couldn?t even decode MP3 CDs making them worthless for my usage. Nowadays, for under $40 it is easy to find a multi-function MP3 player that has a multi-color display and a control wheel. Add a large enclosure, a 2 watt stereo amplifier, a couple of 4 ½? full-range speakers, an AC adapter, and provisions for batteries - and Presto! You now have a 21st century boom box that should not cost more than $75. That?s a no-brainer!!! However, you can?t find something like this for under $100. So for $60 I?m getting something close.