Background and Identification
Magnavox (stylized as MAGNAVOX) is an American electronics company. Since 1974, Magnavox has been a subsidiary of Philips, a Dutch electronics corporation. Magnavox products include televisions, speakers, DVD players, and Blu-ray players, dehumidifiers, heaters, air conditioners, headphones, and batteries. A boombox is a transistorized portable music player that includes either one or two cassette tape recorders/players and AM/FM radio.
A boombox includes two or more loudspeakers, an amplifier, a radio tuner, and a cassette and/or CD player component. The sound from the boombox is delivered by the amplifier and speakers. The CD component in boomboxes was not introduced until the 1980s. These components are housed in a metal or plastic case and typically include a carrying handle for portability. Boomboxes from the 1980s typically feature rectangular, angular, chrome aesthetics. In the 1990s, boomboxes changed over to black plastic devices. Modern boomboxes typically feature rounded, curved edges rather than sharp angles. Modern boomboxes have replaced cassette players with iPod docks to access MP3 technology.
Magnavox Cassette Radio Boombox from the 1980s can typically be identified by the name "MAGNAVOX" printed in capital letters in the center of the boombox's front face. Magnavox boomboxes are typically either black or silver in color.