Jan 24th, 2013 Posted in General Sound, GS-290 | No Comments »
This is the General Sound GS-290. It has the classic later 80's styling with the black case, red and chrome accents and detachable speakers. It also has a "disco lite" display in the middle of the box that pulses with the beat of the music. I picked this one up at an estate sale and it is in good working condition with the exception of the cassette player which is a little slow. The boombox was made in Korea and is a fairly large unit at 27 1/2" long and 8 1/2" high. It's also not a perfectly rectangular box as it's about 8" deep at the bottom but slopes up to about 6 1/2" at the top.
The GS-290 has push button volume which only requires a very light touch for adjustment. It also has a 5 band equalizer and single cassette player. The tuning dial works for AM, FM, and three TV bands.
The "disco lite" display / level meter which is located just above the equalizer pulses to the beat of the music in both red and green LED lights.
Here you can see the 4 1/2" black and white TV screen that is incorporated into the GS-290. Using just the standard built in antenna I could only pick up a couple stations but it definitely makes for a good conversation piece.
Overall the General Sound GS-290 is a good performing boombox though it does seem to lack a little in the bass department. It puts out 20 watts and is fairly loud. I haven't seen many of these boxes so it's seems to be fairly rare. I'm not sure what they're worth but this one is going up for sale this week so we'll find out soon enough.
Nov 7th, 2012 Posted in Bay Sound, Disco Lite | No Comments »
Here's a small boombox with the disco lite features such as the black and gold colors and blinking disco lights. It was made by Bay Sound and features FM and AM bands as well as a single cassette. It also has a switch on the side of the box to turn the disco lights on and off. Just like the larger disco lite boomboxes it's lights blink to the beat of the music. I suppose if you couldn't afford to buy the big Vela or Sigmatech Disco Lite boombox then this little guy would have to do. I'm not too sure how impressive it would be riding on your shoulder though.
I guess it's a fairly rare boombox as I've never seen one before but I'm not sure how desirable it is given it's small size. Still, it's a nice mini example of the Disco Lite era. One recently sold for $61.00 so it does have some value.
Nov 7th, 2012 Posted in JVC, RC-M90 | No Comments »
A recent ebay auction of a JVC RC-M90 boombox resulted in a nearly $4500.00 sale price. The RC-M90 is a fairly difficult box to find any way but this one happened to be in exceptionally good condition. On top of that it included some of the hard to find accessories such as the original box, original owners manual, sealed JVC demonstration tape, and the ever elusive remote control. The boombox has very few signs of wear and could almost be considered like new with just some wear around the power switch. The boombox seems to work perfectly as well.
The RC-M90 was sold by the guys at AnalogAlley.com who are also known for selling boombox service manuals. You can find more info on the boombox HERE. The sale price is a good indicator of the value of this boombox in top end condition and should set the precedent for other high end boombox sales for awhile to come. Bidding involved a number of buyers up to around $4000.00 and then the final two bidders pushed the final price to $4494.33. The lucky buyer will get to add this coveted boombox to their collection.