We bought one and are happy with it. Volume is adequate for six sets
in a room in which six sets are crowded.
The power is the same as the boombox, 5 watts per channel into two 5
inch speakers (the same size as the boombox). No stereo separation to
speak of, the speakers are right next to each other in the box. The
CD uses a slide out tray, not one of those top-loading things with a
lid. No remote control. In the whole, it appears to be pretty much
the same as the boombox, but sturdier. Well, bigger and heavier, also.
My experience was that you can't buy direct from Califone, but their
web site helps you find the nearest dealer.
At 4:14 PM -0500 1/5/00, Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov wrote: >On Wed, 5 Jan 2000, Grant Logan wrote: > > > In July, Lara informed us that the Twin Cities Branch had ordered a new > > model made by Califone. Can anyone give us a report on how it has >performed. > > Grant Logan > > > >We are pretty happy with the new boombox, which is a 2455AV model made by >Califone. I would say the quality of the sound is only middling, but >the unit is compact and has many nice features (counter for the tape >deck, remote control, variable speed for both the CD and tape decks). At >less than $300, including shipping, the price was definitely right. Be >warned, however, that it doesn't have enough volume for a really large >room. Whenever we are dancing in a larger space, we hook it up to a sound >system that's capable of amplifying adequately. > >Although the unit seem to be fairly sturdily built, I have noticed that >the tape decks pop open very easily (for example, when it bumps against >your leg while you are carrying it), which is a little annoying. Also, >the tape decks are designed in such a way that it is very difficult to see >the tape through the little window, so you can't check to see if it's >actually working. > >--Lara > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >Lara Friedman~Shedlov "Thwart not the librarian!" >firstname.lastname@example.org >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~