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Old 08-05-2005, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Full Clarion Calypso Boombox Review

Ok I got the one and only Clarion Boombox from Tweeter this afternoon after waiting almost three months for it to come out. I combed my way through the internet for a decent review and found none so here goes.


The first thing I noticed about the box when I was brining it to my car was the weight. Due to the traffic on the freeway at the time I didn't get stupid and try and pull it out of the box during my 45 minute drive home...but I was so tempted. Once I pulled it out of the box I knew I would be happy. On the left side of the box is a little box for the AC Adapter and on the right side is the antenna surrounded by two pieces of foam.

One thing you will really like about the unit is its construction. It is very well made and there is even a line in on the front of the box. However, at the same time it is very basic with only a negative and positive volume button and a power button...that's it. There is no bass or treble that I can see (More on this later).

The speakers are very rich and deep. My real only gripe with the design is that the material surrounding the speakers seems a bit weak and if you're not careful could rip easily. Don't get me wrong...they aren't like the dome of a 1975 Chrysler but I would have preferred a little more secure material. The ability of the speakers to finally separate is a big plus and operate quite smoothly. If you are one of those people who say that Sirius doesn't sound as good as XM then listen to this boombox. I am sitting 15 feet away and can feel the bass vibrate the floor on a Buffett song.

The handle is very solid as is the overall protection of the receiver. After you install the receiver into the boombox there is a door which collapses down to make sure the receiver stays nice and snug. Good for when you are walking with it in your hand and what not. The device however still asks for 8 D batteries and I have not checked on the life of the batteries for the unit as of yet. The unit has the following:

- Detachable 4" Speakers with 1/2" Tweeters (Including 5' Speaker Cords)
- Digital Volume Control with Z-Bass Equalization. However, you won't see this on the unit.
- UV-Protected Speaker Grille Material
- Auxiliary Input for External Device Connection (Great for mini disc)
- 120-Volt AC Adaptor
- Built-In 10-Watt Amplifier (RMS)
- LED Batter Power Indicator (Uses only the AC Adapter when plugged in)


After first listening to the unit I noticed that it had a little more bass than to my liking. But, then after listening to a few songs on different stations, I began to enjoy the sound quite a bit. I think the Deejays sound a tad loud (not distorted) but the music sounds great. Also, plenty of power coming from the speakers and the unit gets pretty loud. I have an Audiovox PNP2 hooked up on my stereo which I enjoy very much. That being said, I can see just listening to the boombox in the's that loud!

There were a couple of things I was impressed by about the speakers. The first one is that you twist off the speakers much like you would an Advil or Aspirin automatically turns off the speaker and the overall volume goes to the middle level. I'm guessing this is so you don't blow them while disconnecting. When you look inside where the speaker sat you will see the 5 foot cords that have to be plugged in separately to each speaker so if one ever breaks you don't lose the whole boombox as you can just plug them back in the side of the unit again. The second thing I loved about the speakers is that you can actually feel air coming out of them when you have the volume on a somewhat decent level. This must be the 10 Watt Amp at work.


I will be real brief on this but let's put it this way...I put it on my coffee table with the door closed and got two bars out of three. The antenna is very long and is built just like the home unit. For the most part I love my car antenna and the boombox antenna seems to have the same features.

I can't for the life of me figure out how to adjust the bass or treble. As I mentioned before I feel like it's a little too much bass...really not a bother...just being nit picky...however it would be great if you could adjust. So far I don't see any place that could happen. However it seems as though the equalizer adjusts pretty well so the "extra" bass has been less noticeable on songs that don't use much bass

Look...the worst part of this unit? THE LAME 10 PAGE MANUAL!!! If it was even decent it would tell me more about the unit. So, don't worry...that is why I am writing this review. If you passed second grade then you will not learn anything from the manual you can't figure out on your own.


So in closing these are my final thoughts. The unit turned off twice but that was because I didn't have the plug in far enough...and I thought it was the air conditioner causing a power surge! Overall this is definitely the best boombox on the market (Sirius or XM). For those of you that will complain about it not having a CD Player I have this to say: if you want CDs then why did you subscribe to satellite radio? This Boombox makes the Clarion Calypso the receiver to beat. This receiver has everything and now the killer ap (Boombox). So don't waste anytime and go get everything. I'm sure I left out some things and if someone can tell me how to post a picture or two I just got a brand new Nikon Coolpix for high sales so I would gladly oblige. I just couldn't wait to write this review and hopefully you like it.

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Old 08-05-2005, 05:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like a nice unit.

You need to have the pictures hosted somewhere so that you can post them. I have an account with but others have used photobucket.

If you want to email me the pics I would be glad to host them for you, I will email you the address of the pics.

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Sounds good. Guys...stay tuned for numerous pictures. However, I have to install the Nikon Software on my computer which I have not done yet. Guys...I love this thing!! I got it for a party that I am going to tomorrow...and I was VERY skeptical. I am soooooooooooooooooo HAPPY with this unit!! Also the reason for the power problem was due to me (dumb ass) not having the power cord inserted tightly enough. So when I moved the unit it would come undone and turn off. Problem solved...I plugged it in all the way.
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Default Re: Full Clarion Calypso Boombox Review

Originally Posted by eggbert52
...Overall this is definitely the best boombox on the market (Sirius or XM)....This Boombox makes the Clarion Calypso the receiver to beat. This receiver has everything and now the killer ap (Boombox)...
Very nice review. I also bought the Clarion Calypso and boombox recently and I agree that the Calypso is now the receiver to beat. The boombox sounds much better than the Audiovox boombox I used previously. You can see a couple of pics of the Calypso installed in my vehicle and a couple of pics of the boombox by going to this thread.
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Thanks very much for the kind words. If you wanted to, one thing you can do to save space is instead of using the actual car unit you could put Scotch Reclosable Fasteners like I got at Target. These fasteners are black, about the exact size of the bottom of the unit (you can always cut a little) and will provide more stability for your unit while the unit is still simple to remove. These fasteners will also go with the interior of your car. Something worth looking into. Nice pictures by the way. When I first saw the boombox in pictures on the net I was a bit scared. My fears have been erased.
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