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Old 04-30-18, 07:27 AM
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Music system in your workshop

Spring arrived late this year in Iowa and I have a backlog of bike projects waiting for me in my garage. It's also time to update my music system. For years I relied on my trusty Sangean WR 11 radio. It's an impressive little radio and mono can sound really good.

WR-11 : FM / AM Analog<br>Wooden Cabinet Receiver

I figure it's time to try something modern like maybe stereo and while I'm at it I might as well add something really modern like bluetooth or maybe the little chromecast audio dongle (a deal and half at $35 for sure). I know I could just add a bluetooth receiver to the aux in on the radio but frankly most of those sound poor without the right codecs like aac and aptx.

So show me what you have or what you like. I'm leaning towards the audioengine A5 plus speakers which I guess pretty much sets my budget at right around $400.These are powered speakers and I've auditioned them; they sound good.

https://audioengineusa.com/shop/powe...ered-speakers/

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My workshop sees sawdust. So the audio is in the adjacent room...turned up to 11. j/k about the 11. An old ('1991) Onkyo receiver with four Boston Acoustics bookshelf speakers gets the job done. Found a dongle online that lets me line-in a retired smartphone to access Spotify, Pandora, and the like. I might eventually add a sub-room set of no-frills speakers in the shop.

I've been looking to retire the kitchen's old boom box to the garage, and replace with a Sangean. They certainly do have impressive sound for mono. We got one for my mom a few years ago.
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I bought an under cabinet radio for $5.00 at a local VNA rummage sale.. Works fine for the garage.
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There is a wood-cabinet Tivoli Henry Kloss model 1 on the shelf with a line-in hanging off of it for my phone. Next to it, there is a Jam Plus BT speaker (road find!) that runs around the property with me.
The old shop radio, a Grundig emergency radio, is hiding with the hurricane/leftover earthquake supplies. My Sony BT speaker got moved inside when I found the Jam Plus.
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I have a big box store book shelf / boom box style system at the far end of my bench and the speakers sit on top of the upper cabinets.

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Old 04-30-18, 12:51 PM
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Yeah, I certainly wouldn't go all audiophile for the sound qualities and noise pollution in the "shop"....read as garage. With the abundance of nice and cheap option Bluetooth enabled speakers I use one of them along with my smartphone music app or Pandora. Incidentally, the speaker works great on my bike too.
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I have one of the Tivoli Audio model ones.. Aux In and Out are useful ..

Out, I have a powered computer speaker set,* adding to the level,
* from yard sale so nearly free..

In, I can use a CD player or sound out from the laptop, ..
rather than smartphone..

external antenna is a wire up the wall , for FM.




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Old 04-30-18, 03:00 PM
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Since I have a bunch of 8 and 10 inch guitar practice amps, that's what I use. Cheap enough used from a pawn shop, I just run my Ipod with fm radio or phone. Works great, sounds good, and reliable. Most importantly I don't have to worry about busting a speaker if I decide to crank it for extended periods.
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I have this thing plugged into my airport express or ATV2 via optical, and it drives an old pair of Bose 301 Series IV (the shame of it) bookshelf speakers I screwed to the rafters. If you have some bookshelf passive speakers laying around, this is basically the best deal I have seen.

The AudioEngine 5 are nice speakers. Too nice for my garage. Check out Vanatoo as well.

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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I have this thing plugged into my airport express or ATV2 via optical, and it drives an old pair of Bose 301 Series IV (the shame of it) bookshelf speakers I screwed to the rafters.

The AudioEngine 5 are nice speakers. Too nice for my garage. Check out Vanatoo as well.
yeah cheap speakers and a cheap stereo receiver is not a bad way to go.

Here's a cool review of "garage" speakers, https://www.lifewire.com/monoprice-m...review-3135024

accessories4less sells refurbished stereo gear . . . .

The vanatoos look cool; nice set of digital inputs . . .

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One of several portable systems to take to the rental property I happen to be working on.
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Right now I'm running a older 70watt Kenwood receiver that I have a cheap tablet hooked to, I use Accuradio out there which helps keep me sane. Speakers as of now are a pair of Advent wall mounts and a cheap pair of speakers ( they were supposed to be KLH's ) that I bought from Daymart back in the day with 15" woofers, pretty good sound for a shop system. I have big plans for a upgrade soon, I just need to finish building a shelf above my bench. The new system is a old 400watt Kenwood receiver, a high end ten speaker selection control unit, 4 Energy Tempest indoor/outdoor speakers that rock, two big floor standing Kenwoods with 12's a friend gave me plus the above Advent's and cheap Floor speakers. I have a cd & cassette player also in the mix. I like my music loud and my neighbors don't mind ( yes I asked them all lol ) and in my shop & my Bronco is where I get to enjoy my tunes the most.

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Right now I'm running a older 70watt Kenwood receiver that I have a cheap tablet hooked to, I use Accuradio out there which helps keep me sane. Speakers as of now are a pair of Advent wall mounts and a cheap pair of speakers ( they were supposed to be KLH's ) that I bought from Daymart back in the day with 15" woofers, pretty good sound for a shop system. I have big plans for a upgrade soon, I just need to finish building a shelf above my bench. The new system is a old 400watt Kenwood receiver, a high end ten speaker selection control unit, 4 Energy Tempest indoor/outdoor speakers that rock, two big floor standing Kenwoods with 12's a friend gave me plus the above Advent's and cheap Floor speakers. I have a cd & cassette player also in the mix. I like my music loud and my neighbors don't mind ( yes I asked them all lol ) and in my shop & my Bronco is where I get to enjoy my tunes the most.

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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
One of several portable systems to take to the rental property I happen to be working on.
Nice set-up; yeah that's one thing I like about my little Sangean radio--its portable and the mono sound isn't bad. Maybe I just need a cheap dongle like the google chromecast for the aux in.
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Oooh yeah, Optimus hardware!
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Oooh yeah, Optimus hardware!
You know I was surprised how nice this Radio Shack receiver is. A lot of power and great sound. Looking it up online after buying it at a Salvation Army for $29, I was surprised at the number good reviews for Optimus

Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Nice set-up; yeah that's one thing I like about my little Sangean radio--its portable and the mono sound isn't bad. Maybe I just need a cheap dongle like the google chromecast for the aux in.
I do too
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You know I was surprised how nice this Radio Shack receiver is. A lot of power and great sound. Looking it up online after buying it at a Salvation Army for $29, I was surprised at the number good reviews for Optimus
I do too
I bought some stereo hardware from RadioShack in the past. Good stuff. RIP, RadioShack.
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Some kind of computer speakers I stole from work from the surplus/obsolete computer stuff box, plugged into my phone.

Otherwise, Yamaha Stagepas 300, if I need volume...

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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
One of several portable systems to take to the rental property I happen to be working on.
I have those exact same speakers. My father n law gave them to me about 20 years ago. I use them in the garage along with an antique marantz.
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
I have those exact same speakers. My father n law gave them to me about 20 years ago. I use them in the garage along with an antique marantz.
I have 3 pair Decent speakers for the size, my most recent pair were computer speakers and co-branded with Apple which is pretty cool
My Shop Receiver is Dying.

Old Marantz (and McIntosh) equipment really had a cool look. I loved VU meters, I hate they've gone away

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Oontz XL (original model) BlueTooth speaker and my phone.

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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
I have 3 pair Decent speakers for the size, my most recent pair were computer speakers and co-branded with Apple which is pretty cool
My Shop Receiver is Dying.

Old Marantz (and McIntosh) equipment really had a cool look. I loved VU meters, I hate they've gone away

the display on my marantz doesn't come on very bright and not blue. I bought some vellum paper and was going to fix it but never got around to it.
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I should try and line-out the Tivoli to the Sony speaker... maybe tonight while I am changing a tube on the Bakfiets.
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
One of several portable systems to take to the rental property I happen to be working on.
Clever, but speakers are way to close together. They need to be on folding arms so you can extend them for stereo separation and fold them in for transport.
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Clever, but speakers are way to close together. They need to be on folding arms so you can extend them for stereo separation and fold them in for transport.
Not necessary for a couple of reasons. 1) I'm working and all over the place, never sitting in front of the system listening from a chair like the Memorex guy

2) I'm on the reception fringe of my favorite radio station and have the receiver on mono to improve my signal.
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