Onn Portable CD Player Boombox w/Cassette Recorder
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  • I found this CD player stereo at Wal-Mart that fit all my qualifications
  • I like that it is small, lightweight and can go with you from room to room
  • The clerk sold me an extended warranty that I went along with since it was only $4.95 (Wal-Mart has a sliding scale for warranty costs) and I know that sometimes it is damned if you do, damned if you don’t, with extended warranties


    • by Jennifer Morris Fouts

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      I have owned this Onn CD player for about seven months. The model number is ONB13AV002. When my normally well-behaved Memorex CD player/boombox went on the fritz after two years of ownership (and care taken) I very much wanted to replace it with another model just like it, however I am aware that the popularity of boomboxes is falling by the wayside since many music enthusiasts get their tunes digitally now. Stereo shopping is not what it used to be…many models I see now are gawky or downright ugly, or weird looking. Your other option now is the stereo dock that is made to hold an mp3 device, but I digress

      a little. I found this CD player stereo at Wal-Mart that fit all my qualifications. It is an obscure brand I’ve never heard of, as I have been burned by Coby and Emerson before.

      I like that it is small, lightweight and can go with you from room to room. The carrying handle is in the back but it stays folded down when resting. This Onn player has a cassette player/recorder (I know everyone burns CDs nowadays, but these are the main type of models I have owned so I like to stick with them.) The price on boomboxes is going up, apparently. The clerk sold me an extended warranty that

      I went along with since it was only $4.95 (Wal-Mart has a sliding scale for warranty costs) and I know that sometimes it is damned if you do, damned if you don’t, with extended warranties.

      The main functions are am/fm stereo radio, CD player, and cassette player/recorder. One of the top buttons will let you choose the correct setting. As I have had this machine for going on eight months, all functions have checked out fine. There is a little straggler of a skinny cord that sticks out next to where the adaptor plugs in, and I still haven’t figured out what it is for. It sort of gets in the way,


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      but I am afraid to cut it for fear it has some kind of importance, however trivial. I do think it was made for an additional speaker box. It also takes batteries and the slot on the bottom holds 6 “C” batteries. I rarely if ever use batteries in something that bears an adaptor; as I am quite disillusioned with alkaline batteries and have made the switch to ni-cad.

      The other thing is, it’s difficult if not impossible to set the volume. By factory default the volume is set at 19 and that is loud as all get-out. About 10 or 11 is comfortable listening. You click the volume button on

      the front panel up or down as there is no knob. I am always clicking the volume button down rapidly about five notches as soon as I pop in something that raises the roof. I’ve always preferred volume and tuner dials and assumed that that was the “standard”. But that is just me. Perhaps the verdict is not out regarding the warranty.

      Since it is reasonable sized, not gawky and huge, portable and lightweight, it suits my purposes. I still listen to music digitally so I am not depending on it all the time. And since the classic boombox of the past is harder to come by now, I’ll take this one as a winner.




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Bea Bowling says :

Hi, I just got my ONN boombox cd player and am confused as to how to set it up. I am an older person and not too swift in electronins. All I bought it for was the am/fm and the fact that I could take it from room to room plus if need to use battery power. I wondered about that little wire in the back too. could it be the mini plug that is in the manual to connect the head phone? I just don’t know and the instruction manual is very
hard to really understand. anyway I was concerned about the batteries as I have never heard of these kinds. I think if we went on Amazon we could get some info from previous customers. Glad I found this as I am so dense when it comes to electronics. I just wanted a radio to replace my old one and this one seems too complicated. Let me know if you can shed anylight on. thanks

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Jennifer replies :

I understand where you are coming from Bea I simply use the adaptor that s included. It’s clunky looking, I know, but in my experience these things really gobble up battery juice. If you do decide to go with them this player takes 6 “C” cells. A little bit bigger than double A’s but smaller than Ds. I’d use the rechargeable Ni-Cads if you can. I believe that the wire in the back is for an auxillary speaker which I am not up to date on. I don’t know if this answer is good or not but this machine is about as close as you can get to “simple” in today’s world which is why I purchased it. Good luck to you :-) Jennifer

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Bea Bowling says :

Thanks Jennifer. As a matter of fact, Ijust sent back the boom box. I just wasn’t sure it was what I would be happy with and also, I was not sure I wanted to spend money on batteries like that. I get all my batteries at Dollar Tree and they do not carry that one. Thanks again. Bea

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Jennifer L. Morris-Fouts replies :

Oh goodness…That’s too bad I have never gone back to alkaline batteries since they seem to be easy come easy go (only the brands Energizer and Duracell are worth anything ) Ni-cad and Ni-mh are what I get in packs of four…they do cost a LITTLE more…but worth it right now I have a jar filled with dead alkaline batteries that need to go to Best Buy’s recycling bin (the only game in town I know of who does this) I wish you better luck next time finding a good stereo you like better :-)

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Mark says :

I am pretty sure that the little black wire in the back is the FM antenna. Try moving it around in different directions, and you will hear the difference in reception.

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Mark says :

I am now sure it’s the FM antenna - look carefully right next to the where the wire is coming out - it is marked “FM ANT.” in black molding. Hard to see and very small letters, but it’s there

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Jennifer replies :

Thanks for your input :) Yeah I should have mentioned this sooner, but I discovered on my own, quite recently, that the little skinny straggler cord did come out on its own and it did not affect playing quality whatsoever. Glad to report that as it was annoying. As it stands now, I still have my Onn boombox and it still plays music good after about 2 years, except that I have hit one snag: the cassette player part is messed up after a tape ribbon got wound up :( Oh well…This has happened to every machine I ever owned with a tape deck addition-those things just don’t last long but I think part of that is the fact that cassettes are considered passe these days so maybe that is why the quality is cheap on that part.

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Mark says :

Thanks for the info about the tape deck. I haven’t used it yet, but I have a lot of old cassettes with good music, so that’s why I got this ONN boombox. The radio and CD player work fine, except for pre-setting the radio stations was a little tricky. However the price was right for this little portable unit so I am happy with the purchase. The FM tuner is surprisingly good and pulls in stations that I have trouble with in my car radio and home stereo. Also very useful when we have power outages, so we can find out what actually happened and how widespread the outage is.

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Jennifer replies :

Glad it’s working out well I think this thing has outlived my old Memorex, I’ll keep my fingers crossed :)

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