Introduced in 1982 this is the Panasonic RX-5150 also known as the Disco 50. It had a fairly standard boombox design with some nice chrome trim rings around the speaker grills and weighed in at around 13 pounds so it wasn’t an exceptionally large boombox. It had a list price of $249.95. It featured:
- Two 6 1/2 inch woofers and two 1 1/4 inch tweeters
- Soft Touch Controls
- Ambience Stereo
- 7 Stage LED Meter
- Rewind Auto-Play
- Tape Program Sensor (TPS)
- Dual Voltage
The Panasonic RX-5150 was also featured in the 1982 movie The Thing by John Carpenter. The character “Nauls” was always skating around on roller skates and listening to his RX-5150 with the volume too high. A definite influence from the urban disco era.
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Does anyone have a belt source for the Panasonic RX-5150?
Found it: http://www.turntableneedles.com/Square-Belt-Orbicular-52-Inch_p_376.html
I need a power supply for my 5150………….. does anyone know where I can get one ??? Thanks – J
These boxes are overrated. They use pizeo tweeters which produce almost zero sound. You’re better off getting a 5250 which has real cone tweeters.
Can any tell me what the Le stands for after the RX 5150 LE mine has a fine tune button on the side below the tuner button and is different on the back. Any help would be great Many thanks Kenny