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Old 09-23-2018, 09:47 AM
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Being a tech guy, I modified an old GM car stereo (early 90's) for an aux. Input. Built a wooden box with a gel cell battery for memory backup and mounted a couple salvaged speakers from a big ass TV (speakers were separate entities intended to be clipped to the side if the TV or set apart in the room). 12 volt power supply and a lifetime subscription to sat. radio gets tunes pumping in the shop 24/7.
It's not fantastic, but I'm not hosting a disco party.
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:38 AM
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Neighbor at home dragged an old Sony "all-in-one" with speakers down to the curb on trash day. I promptly grabbed a furniture dolly, loaded it and rolled it up my driveway. Wife says "you're not bringing that in the house" not that I planned to...

At the shop, I constructed a platform from an $8 HF dolly with a ratchet strap found in the street to keep it all together. The speakers were replaced with nicer Fishers grabbed from the curb at the shop. I think I had to replace the tweeters for around $6/pair.

The pictured adapter plugs into the phono port or tape port (I forget which) and plugs into the smartphone or mp3 player. The adapter conveniently just lays on top. I use a repurposed TV antenna on top for FM stereo which is 95% of what I listen to.

The stereo makes a nice "shelf" for markers, tape measure, utility knife, scissors, etc. but not shown because I was testing some Bose speakers that will probably end up hooked to the home shop stereo. It is also a nice shelf for keys and cell phone as I walk in the door. There is a power strip mounted in back that makes a convenient location for a cell phone charger.
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:49 AM
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Im on my 4th stereo reciever in the shop,-the first one(Fisher)died,unrepairable,-2nd one(Pioneer) burst into flames(I guess the grinder dust finally built up inside it) -3rd one(Sony 110watt)-got hit and knocked off the shelf by a section of c-channel being turned around(whoops) this 4th one is on a roll,another Sony off eBay for $35..holding up good so far. I dont need much just some background music or the game on..FWIW
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:42 PM
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What ever I find out at the curb....couple of cheap minimus copies hanging in the rafters.
Set is on an upper shelf, I can just reach it....and no one else can.....

I don't "crank it" I just need a leetle background moosic...
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:10 PM
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Shop tunes you say? I like my music and wanted to do something "a bit" over the top.
2 Yamaha 15" PA speakers wall mounted, a 18" powered Yamaha subwoofer up on top of my shitter, run by a QSC amp and Driverack PA signal processor. Actual inputs is a tablet with a bluetooth adapter (stream everything) We wont talk about cost because it was too much, I bought a component at a time over 2 years just so I wouldn't know either.

It sounds phenomenal and cranked up it will shake every tool in every box and cabinet out of place! One can run a needle scaler with muffs on and hear music perfectly well.
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:00 AM
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I got an old backup tape drive from work and opened it up slightly, fitted a car head unit into it.

Some old speaker cabinets from a 70s record player have some car 6x9s in it.

I have a stack of CDs that somehow still play or aux cable to a laptop running spotify if there's some flat space for it to sit on at the time.

I had a big 90's multi disc cd player, double tape, radio, hi fi monster on the farm but it didnt like the damp, so now I mostly use a pair of peltor ear defenders that I put some headphones into.
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Old 10-31-2018, 11:10 PM
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I have a combo unit in it with a 5 CD changer, dual cassette decks and radio. It got put in the garage because the CD changer was not working right most of the time.

Mostly it is silent, but the odd time I turn it on and listen to the local FM station (plays crappy "music" most of the time but occasionally some good rock comes on), and when my Ipod still worked, I would sometimes run that through the Aux input on the unit.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:12 AM
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I like music. In fact I like it so much I won't listen to it in the shop as it drastically impaires my progress. My shop is not a party house.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:16 PM
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This plus 4 sound stage speakers hanging from the ceiling. It stays on 24/7! Best thing is NO commercials. I don't think I will keep renewing for long though, the price keeps going up.
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