Excerpt: The power-fighting ghetto blaster of yore is reborn. A glossy acrylic face replaces the Reagan-era plastic of old-school jam boxes, while stylishly illuminated touch-sensitive controls, an OLED display, and oversize aluminum knobs add a dose of pragmatic futurism.
Pros: USB, RCA, and 3.5-mm inputs pull audio from just about anything. Durable carbon-fiber speaker cones. Rubberized storage tray keeps gadgets secure. Integrated guitar input.
Cons: Mobility costs 12 D-cell batteries, pushing the weight up to a Lloyd Dobler-crushing 30 pounds. Low-rent antenna and lack of wireless functionality are unacceptable at this price.