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Thursday
Jun082017

Aldi Boombox Review

Over the years I've often been asked why I don't review the dashcams that the Aldi and Lidl supermarkets in the UK stock from time to time. The reason I don't is because by the time I'd done a couple of weeks of testing, the products would no longer be on sale, rendering the review worthless.

The Aldi UK website and stores today are selling a cassette boombox for £30. Now it's never going to be brilliant, but I was interested to find out just how good or bad it was, but the review would have to be done in record time. In the end it took me about six hours in total. The video is below and if you're intersted in a novelty cassette player 'boombox' it can be purchased in store or online in the UK while stocks last. 

 Update: Further tests reveal this to be a mono device. All playback and record features are monaural.

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Not a bad little device for 30 quid! Tape deck may have sounded a little better with a type 1 tape. Probably a bit under biased for chrome.
Thanks again for the video.

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Sekinger

Not a bad little device for 30 quid! Tape deck may have sounded a little better with a type 1 tape. Probably a bit under biased for chrome.
Thanks again for the video.

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Sekinger

Well, you get what you pay for! I loved this 'review on the fly' style - worked really well. As always, I just wonder who they expect to buy these things - impulse purchases for middle-aged men with a few cassettes stuffed away in the loft, I expect. I know my teenaged daughter, who is really into vinyl, just would not give cassettes a second glance. They don't have any cool factor at all, even though you have repeatedly demonstrated that the right tapes on the right equipment are capable of very good quality sound reproduction. I wonder if there is a similarly priced MP3 radio boombox without casssette you could compare this to? Btw, no radio station presets or tuning seek might be a problem; kids don't understand the concept of tuning in a radio! I guess the radio is surplus to needs with the bluetooth as you could just listen to internet radio from your iPhone source.

June 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

It makes you wonder how they do it for the money.

June 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Why not trying out the Sony CFDS70BLK which a contemporary cassette player from sony thats just a little more expensive than this aldi product and connects to your computer via USB too ! :)

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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