CD players might no longer be in fashion but many people still use them regularly to listen to their music. Boomboxes give you the flexibility to listen to multiple types of music media out loud but the best ones also give you great quality too. Here’s a few that are the top of what’s available if you want a portable CD boombox.
Top 7 Portable CD Player Boomboxes
Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player
A fun looking CD player that comes in three color options. This is the best seller in this category. It’s simply to use and has a foldable handle. There’s also 3 modes on the CD player as well as an AM/FM radio and an aux input. This has the classic boombox look and gets reasonable reception since it’s still using a telescoping antenna. It’s a reasonable price that is good whether for a teenager or a workroom.
This is a cheap-feeling system and it’s not very sturdy, it won’t stand up to a fall or drop plus the sound is quite poor. The 2×1.5W speakers aren’t loud at all and the quality is tinny.
Sony Portable Full Range Stereo Boombox Sound System
This is the most versatile of all CD players and allows for MP3, CDAA, WMA, and CDR/RW playback. There’s a sleep timer, digital AM/FM stereo and 30 programmable stations. There’s an aux input, a headphone jack, and full range speakers. There’s also a carry handle and a USB input. This stereo really has a lot to offer and also comes with an optional CD cleaner disk as well. The sleep timer is really useful as you can set it to turn off after 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes to save power.
The USB connection is finicky, and many newer USB drives do not have compatible flashware to work with this. The tuner is also not the best quality for digital and is more comparable with the telescoping antenna models than the digital tuner of the sony-CFDE75.
Tyler Portable Sport Stereo CD Player
With the same classic boombox shape from the 90s that most people will recognize this also comes in 3 colors. It has better quality speakers than the Jensen which are slightly larger at 2W each. There’s a programmable memory and repeat/shuffle features as well as an AM/FM radio and an aux port. This also has batteries and a foldable handle so it’s very portable. There’s also a headphone jack and it only weighs a couple of pounds with a compact footprint.
There’s no power button, strange but simple you simply have to unplug it or take the batter out which can be a bit of a pain. It’s also cheap quality and not very sturdy
Sylvania SRCD243 Portable CD Player
Another classic looking boombox this has all the standard options including AM/FM, aux, and an option for 5 colors. The biggest difference with this unit it that it’s also CD-R compatible which neither the Jensen or the Tyler are. There’s a skip search function and 20 track programmable memory.
There’s no repeat function and no headphone jack. It also weighs over 3lb making it heavier in comparison to most of the boomboxes here. There’s also some quality control issues with the CD player itself which means you may have to return it for having background noise while playing CDs.
Sony Portable 1-Piece AM/FM/CD Cassette Boombox
This is extremely cute looking in a bright and fun yellow color. It’s got the added bonus of having a cassette player as well as the AM/FM radio and can play CD-R and CD-RW disks as well as those intended only for computers.
The CD player also has a 1bit/DA converter to minimize distortion and a digital stereo tuner rather than a telescoping antenna so you won’t have so much crackle. The speaker has an impressive bass for something so small which gives a richer sound. There’s a Mega Bass option which also allows you to minimally boost the bass on the system, something that will make a difference and isn’t on any other units here. It also comes with a remote.
Other than having a few too many buttons and coming in an obnoxious color it’s an all round solid unit. It’s also a little pricey and you can probably get it cheaper elsewhere.
Sony CFDE55 Blue and Silver CD/Cassette Boom Box with Digital Radio
With both the AM/FM and tape option as well as the CD this has plenty of choices even if it doesn’t have an aux input. The biggest bonus is the option to record from CD to tape and it also has four sound presets so you’ll get the best from your music.
The Mega Bass system is comparable to that of the other Sony-CFDE75 but the presets really make it shine over that unit for sound. There’s 20 track programming, 20 programmable radio presets and a repeat shuffle mode. It has up to 20 hours of battery playback and most users have had them keep working for years on end without sign of stopping.
So many buttons, the entire top of the unit is nothing but buttons! This is by far the most complicated to figure out since you have to wade through all of these just to figure out how to press play, but at least it has an on button unlike the Sylvania.
From out list of top 7 portable CD player boomboxes Sony is the clear winner when it comes to CD technology, but it’s a toss up between the Sony-CFDE75 or the ZSPS50CD. The ZSPS50CD obviously has more features but the Sony-CFDE75 has better playback even with more confusing buttons.