Vintage Panasonic Boombox

Published: May 14, 2021
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A boombox is a transistorized portable music player featuring one or two cassette tape recorder/players and AM/FM radio, and can be carried around with a handle. Some had double or dual cassette drives, detachable speakers, the ability to record thru a mic, off the radio or from one cassette to another. They can be plugged into a wall or ran on batteries, usually size D.  Many models are also capable of recording onto cassette tapes from radio and other sources. Some of the first mainstream advertising for the boombox occurred in 1983 with stores such as K-Mart and Sears running ads for them. That was also the time that some of the best and most collectible boomboxes were being made.


The boombox quickly became associated with urban society in the United States, particularly African American and Hispanic youth. The wide use of boomboxes in urban communities led to the boombox being coined a "ghetto blaster". Some cities petitioned for the banning of boomboxes from public places, and over time, they became less acceptable on city streets. The boombox became closely linked to American hip hop culture and was instrumental in the rise of hip hop music.

Panasonic models

A couple of their boombox models include:

  • Panasonic RX-5030
  • Panasonic RX-5030 MKII
  • Panasonic RX-5040
  • Panasonic RX-5045
  • Panasonic RX-5050
  • Panasonic RX-5060
  • Panasonic RX-5070
  • Panasonic RX-5080
  • Panasonic RX-5085
  • Panasonic RX-5090
  • Panasonic RX-5100
  • Panasonic RX-5104
  • Panasonic RX-5105
  • Panasonic RX-5110
  • Panasonic RX-5120
  • Panasonic RX-5135
  • Panasonic RX-5150
  • Panasonic RX-5350

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Vintage Panasonic Boombox value and price guide

What's your Vintage Panasonic Boombox worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Panasonic Panasonic Platinum RX 5600 Panasonic Platinum RX 5600 Cassette 12/2021 $1295
Panasonic National Panasonic RX C100 National Panasonic RX C100 Ghettoblaster 11/2021 $998
Panasonic NOS New Old Stock Panasonic RX NOS New Old Stock Panasonic RX 5030 01/2022 $850
Panasonic Panasonic Platinum RX 5150 Panasonic Platinum RX 5150 Cassette 10/2021 $650
Panasonic Panasonic Platinum RX 5280 Panasonic Platinum RX 5280 Cassette 12/2021 $600
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