The Conion C-100F is one of the most sought after classic boomboxes. It was marketed under a few different names including the Helix HX-4365 and the Clairtone 7980 which I believe was marketed in Canada. Each version had slightly different looks but was essentially the same boombox. The Conion C-100F even had a proximity burglar alarm. It also has two shortwave channels. It’s a huge boombox that uses 10 D sized batteries and epitomizes the 1980’s boombox craze with it’s size, flashy lights and chrome knobs. Apparently the early models were made by Cony-Onkyo in Kobe Japan but were later produced in Korea. This box can reach over $1000 on eBay in very good condition and even just a Cassette door alone can reach over $100.
Dimensions: 75.4cm x 40.1cm x 20.4cm
Output: 45W (22.5W/channel)
I’ve learned that apparently there was another edition of the C-100F made in 1991 as a sort of re-issue. It looks essentially the same as the original C-100F but does not have the meters in the upper left hand corner and the tape run lights that the original model had are not incorporated either. The original C-100F had machined knobs while the re-issue had all chrome knobs. The re-issue can get louder than the original as well. Apparently the re-issue is fairly hard to find and one recently sold for $675.00 in semi-working condition.
Update 1: A Conion C-100FF in mint condition , other than the fact that one tape deck needed new belts, sold for $1634.00. I’m not exactly sure what the difference between the C-100F and C-100FF is. Perhaps someone will chime in and let us know.
Update 2: Another Conion C-100FF sold 3-11 for $1026.00. It was in good cosmetic shape but with a broken antenna and one non-functional tape deck.