Sneak Peek: TDK Life on Record boomboxes

Summary:TDK is revamping the old school boombox with some ultra-modern and high-tech touches, which is set to debut early next year.

TDK is revamping the old school boombox with some ultra-modern and high-tech touches, which is set to debut early next year.

The most obvious features on this sound system are the dual 6-inch coaxial drivers with a 6-inch subwoofer in center stage. But there's also a bunch of features you can only see when the device is turned on, specifically the 2.6-inch color screen and visualizer as well as the capacitive touch keys to manage the audio sources.

Those sources can be connected on the side (as pictured) via USB, 3.5mm and auxiliary jacks for connections to iPod/iPhones, other MP3 media players, and flash drives. Users can also connect musical instruments such as a guitar to play along to favorite songs. It could also make for a fun karaoke party.

For a bit of retro design, the silver-shaded rotary dials have made more heavy for a 1970s stereo equipment feel.

On the sound front, the speakers really do provide intense bass beats as I listened firsthand last week. Owners have a chance to play around with the equalizer to control the bass and treble as they see fit.

This 3-speaker edition is set to drop for $499 alongside 2-speaker and single speaker versions in January.

Other products set to roll out from under the Life on Record umbrella include a pair of belt-drive turntables and a pair of high-fidelity headphones with 50mm drivers.

Topics: Web development

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