In Brief: Apr. 24, 2000

BABE MAGNET Next time you head to the beach, you might tote along this cool-looking boom box. The $200 ZS-X7 from Sony is not only splash resistant, it also comes with a handy shoulder strap and a sturdy stand to keep it from tipping over in the sand. Antiskip technology is built into the CD player, a car and a boat adapter are included, and an all-black model is also available. With any luck, and with the volume up, it will get enough curious stares to help you break the ice with at least one hot beach babe. Or beach boy....

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