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What kind of audio or video do you have in the shop

by CharlesA
posted 10-16-2014 07:47 PM


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#1 posted 10-16-2014 07:55 PM

I have a home theater receiver I bought off a clearance shelf at Fry’s. Have 4 book shelf speakers and a 10 powered sub that was pulled off either a throw away pile or another clearance shelf somewhere. I blow out the receiver once every three to six months. Depends on if I think about it or not.

Look for some refurb or clearance stuff from Amazon, Newegg, Parts Express.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 07:56 PM

I just have an AM/FM weather radio in the shop. Thinking about replacing it with a Milwaukee M12 radio for better sound and the fact that it’s weatherproof should help from dust infiltration. I already have a bunch of M12 batteries, so I would easily be able to move the radio outside when I’m working on the house or in the yard.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 07:58 PM

I have a Panasonic SC-HC58. I like it for the following reasons :
- It is pretty well enclosed. I’ve had it for a few years and have never cleaned it. The space for laoding CDs or docking an iPhone or iPod has a door that closes to covers these parts up.
- It’s pretty small, maybe 18” wide, 8” tall, and 2-3” deep. I have it mounted on my wall with a French cleat system
- Sync’s up with my iPhone via Bluetooth so I can stream iTunes/Pandora/Songza
- While you can control it with the iPhone, I like to keep that in my pocket for safe keeping, there is a remote that allows you to control music and phone calls. If I’m listening to music, and someone calls, the music fades out and I hear the ringing. I hit the answer button on the remote, and I can talk without having to use my phone, the stereo has a microphone and speakers, so it keeps my hands free.
- For its size, the sound quality is pretty decent
- The little door on the front has a sensor, you wave your hand in front of it, and it’ll open. Not necessary, but it makes me feel like a jedi.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 08:02 PM

I have a cheapo 19” LCD flat screen TV on the wall. I probably should blow out the dust every now and then.

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 08:05 PM

I have some kind of old-school AM/FM radio. My wife told me many times to buy new one, but I’m pretty pleased with it!

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 08:07 PM

Thanks everyone. Keep ‘em coming.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 08:13 PM

I bought a Bosch Power Box Jobsite radio on a clearance sale at Lowe’s about three years ago, never looked back. Water and dust proof, it also has USB, MP3 inputs, and an extra outlet should I need it. Radio booms it out with the built-in subwoofer, and the clock is also nice.
I only listen to Classic Rock 106.5 Chattanooga, or I play my CD player that I have plugged into it, usually AC-DC.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 10-16-2014 08:14 PM

I just use the free Rigid radio with their impact/driver drill combo. I have been very pleased with it so far. The built in Ipod adapter is great and the battery life on it is great. Great idea for a thread Charles. I would love to upgrade my setup some day and am looking forward to what others post.

-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#9 posted 10-16-2014 08:15 PM

I have an old dorm style boom box, AM/FM cassette with the handle and two detatchable speakers, that are NOT detached.
It hums and buzzes as it plays, and has generally poor reception, but works well enough.
No dust shielding.

Funny enough – - I just saw its twin sold by a “70’s store’ on Etsy! but no price given… but it is “VINTAGE” according to the storefront ad.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#10 posted 10-16-2014 08:17 PM

Charles!, Go down to your local Wally World or radio shack and purchase a can of “CRC Electronic Parts Cleaner”
Remove the volume knob and the back of the radio.
The Volume knob is actually a potentiometer and builds up crud on the contacts. the spray cleans it.
There should be a hole on the back of the part, but if there isn’t, squirt some in all around the edges and down the space between the shaft and the pot.
Work the knob back and forth until it’s dry then repeat a few times.
This should get it working again and it will sound better than it has in years.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 10-16-2014 08:21 PM

I have nothing, but have told many that something would make a great Christmas present… iPod/USB adapters preferably.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#12 posted 10-16-2014 08:23 PM

WHo the hell watches TV when they are trying to rip a tiny piece of trim stock

-- Rich

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#13 posted 10-16-2014 08:26 PM

I have a free old tv hooked up to an antenna and a little radio. No protection from dust. Mostly watch the PBS DIY channel. Usually see tommy Mac when I’m in there.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 10-16-2014 08:28 PM

I just have the Milwaukee M12 radio in my garage. It does a good job for some backup music.

-- Earl

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#15 posted 10-16-2014 08:40 PM

I would like to get a iphone DOCKABLE stereo for my shop

-- Rich

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#16 posted 10-16-2014 08:46 PM

Charles,

Go to Goodwill or any other similar thrift shop. Buy one of the many boomboxes there super cheap. Use it until it dies. Repeat. Much better than buying something new that is just going to get filled with dust.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#17 posted 10-16-2014 08:48 PM

Smartphone and Bluetooth speakers!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#18 posted 10-16-2014 08:53 PM


WHo the hell watches TV when they are trying to rip a tiny piece of trim stock

- rantingrich


Desperate Housewves and freehand routing—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#19 posted 10-16-2014 09:52 PM

Cheapy beater here. I don’t worry about dust, I just blow it off every once in a while.
Basically it’s just for background music anyway.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#20 posted 10-16-2014 10:08 PM

I have an old and cheap CD\Radio player but recently upgraded to wireless headphones from Sennheiser.

I do not have to worry about dust getting into the electronic components (leave them in the house in the AC and free from saw dust) and I have a choice of TV, stereo, DVD Audio, PC programming, etc.

They also have their own volume control and double as hearing protection.

I love them.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#21 posted 10-16-2014 10:15 PM

I have a basic AM/FM radio CD player with surround sound. I don’t blast it but it’s nice to have music while I work. The radio is in a cabinet above the workbench, in the centre top, nd it’s the first thing that goes on when I enter my shop

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#22 posted 10-16-2014 11:38 PM

I digitized all my old vinyl and CDs; loaded and cataloged it on a 500 Gig external drive hooked to an old dedicated PC with USB connected speakers; listen to whatever mood I’m in.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#23 posted 10-16-2014 11:43 PM

Bring your laptop out, cover it with a piece of visqueen and find Iheartradio.com on it.
I play country or old western swing mostly from an external hard drive, but if you like the Nashville sound, go for it!
There is also every other genre under the sun with Iheart, and it’s free.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#24 posted 10-16-2014 11:58 PM

A Pioneer receiver and Sansui speakers that are souvenirs from a trip to SE Asia I made in 1970. A digital to analog iPod dock with RCA outputs and an iPod classic with 16k tunes on it. Which reminds me, it’s probably about time to blow the sawdust out of the receiver again.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#25 posted 10-17-2014 12:11 AM

I have an old Jensen boom box, it has am/fm with an 8 track player. Gets crappy reception and cant always get the same station, but it’s good enough for me.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#26 posted 10-17-2014 12:13 AM

I know more LJs have TVs in their shops than have admitted it so far. Afternoon breaks to watch Young and the Restless or an evening filled with Honey Boo-Boo. Fess up.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#27 posted 10-17-2014 12:14 AM

I have a Samsung 7 inch tablet that is wi-fi only. It is connected to my home wireless network. Lots of music to choose from at iheart radio.

I also have a bunch of songs in mp3 format converted from my CD’s of the past 20 years or thereabouts.

The tablet is plugged into a 75 watt amplifier that plays through two bookshelf speakers.

Keeps me happy all day.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#28 posted 10-17-2014 12:16 AM

Brad, we have 3 pairs of those headphones in the house—I call them marriage savers because we don’t always have to listen to what the other one is watching on television. But my shop is in a detached building away from the house—the range of the Sennheisers runs out almost exactly when I enter the shop.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#29 posted 10-17-2014 12:19 AM

iPad plus plug in speaker. An old white tee-shirt acts as a dust guard. I get video and audio that way.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#30 posted 10-17-2014 12:19 AM

Mike, I sometimes take my iPad out to the shop. It’s similar to the headphones—the range of the wifi goes to just inside the shop, so I have to leave it on the table saw, and it sometimes gets showered with dust.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#31 posted 10-17-2014 12:30 AM

I have a GE Super 2 AM FM radio. Good tone, strong receiver of both AM FM stations.

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#32 posted 10-17-2014 12:31 AM

I have a 35 year old AM/FM tuner with a pair of 12” speakers on top of a cupboard. I blow it off about twice a year.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#33 posted 10-17-2014 01:34 AM


Mike, I sometimes take my iPad out to the shop. It s similar to the headphones—the range of the wifi goes to just inside the shop, so I have to leave it on the table saw, and it sometimes gets showered with dust.

- CharlesA

This is the amp bought. It helps to boost the sound.

My speakers are on the opposite side of the room, so I ran my speaker wires through some 1/2 inch pvc pipe along the ledge where you step down into the garage from the area where the washer and dryer and freezer are located. No trip hazards. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#34 posted 10-17-2014 01:42 AM



I know more LJs have TVs in their shops than have admitted it so far. Afternoon breaks to watch Young and the Restless or an evening filled with Honey Boo-Boo. Fess up.

- CharlesA


I did run cable out to the shop but so far haven’t set up a TV, Comcast wants 17 bucks a month more to set it up. I doubt I would watch it enough to justify the spend, Maybe so. Not many woodworking shows on cable anymore.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#35 posted 10-17-2014 01:52 AM

I like to listen to myself while I think in the shop but there are no channels for that.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#36 posted 10-17-2014 02:20 AM

Iwud4u. That is the same rig that I have. The disc player hasn’t worked for a couple of years, but the tape deck can play foggy mountain breakdown loud enough to shake the walls. Malt shop, doo wop, CCR, 3DN, soft jazz, country(old stuff) Nothing from the 80s onward.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#37 posted 10-17-2014 02:41 AM



........................................... But my shop is in a detached building away from the house—the range of the Sennheisers runs out almost exactly when I enter the shop.

- CharlesA

Bummer.

But glad that your headphones keep the peace in your household. I use them at night (I have insomnia) so I do not wake the wife, as well. The action movies can get a little loud.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#38 posted 10-17-2014 02:55 AM

I had a 27” glass tube tv that was taking up too much space and was too distracting, after I ditched cable I did the same with the tv. I have a home theater setup, all in one DVD/receiver and the associated speakers, the DVD quit working, but it still works great for a radio and with a Bluetooth receiver I can feed music from what is stored on my phone. Before that I had a sony boom box.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#39 posted 10-17-2014 03:03 AM


WHo the hell watches TV when they are trying to rip a tiny piece of trim stock

- rantingrich

Nobody that I know of but, if I’m sanding or routing or some other monotonous activity, I often have the TV on, with the sound coming through headphones, and I can look up if I need to see a replay. Just like tonight, I had the NLCS game on while I was sanding 220 pieces on the mop sander.

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#40 posted 10-17-2014 03:16 AM

My audio /video equipment in the shop is a cheap portable am/fm radio/cd player that my son wanted to throw out but I saved it.
When I need to design something or measure something important I turn that thing off,need to work in total silence.but other than that I listen to a radio station that plays heavy rock like black sabbath,AC/DC /pink floyd,all the time,which is alright with me,it gets the juices flowing.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#41 posted 10-17-2014 03:34 AM

Robin Trower is a spinning in there now…

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#42 posted 10-17-2014 03:46 AM


Robin Trower is a spinning in there now…

- freddy1962

Now I know who stole the speakers out of my pick up truck back in 1981!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And is that an old AKAI receiver?

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#43 posted 10-17-2014 03:59 AM

It’s an old Kenwood., old school. Deer horns hold my antenna. ‘81, That’s when the Jensen Triaxles came out. LOL

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#44 posted 10-17-2014 04:40 AM

Hi Charles,

I have SiriusXM satellite radio in my shop all the time.
60’s, 70’s, 80’s, Classic Vinyl and the Cassette years.

People who have a TV in thier shop can’t be serious….................

-- mike...............

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#45 posted 10-17-2014 05:41 AM

seems like I’ve seen shop pics on here where you can see a tv.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#46 posted 10-17-2014 10:17 AM

I have a computer that I use to play music or stream music from the internet. I also download podcasts and listen to them. The computer is hooked it an amplifier use for creating mobile (car) boomboxes. The amplifier feeds 4 ceiling mounted speakers so the sound is evenly distributed throughout the shop. Also feeding the amplifier is my ham radio and scanner so I can keep abreast of my Ham friends.

The speakers are mounted into speaker boxes made from 3/4 MDF and stuffed with insulation to kill any frequency specific resonance. The boxes effectively isolate the speakers from the attic crawlspace to keep the shop sound system from being heard through out the house. Each completed box weighed about 30 pounds and are secured to the ceiling joists and added blocking.

The computer is in a little office alcove and is kept clear of dust by having a 20 inch box fan mounted near the ceiling with a filter on top. The fan sucks air through the filter and bathes the computer with clean air. So far, the shop computer stays more dust free than my home computer in the living area of the house.

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#47 posted 10-17-2014 10:19 AM

Yamaha tuner, Nytech amp Wharfedale Diamonds I put in the workshop when I upgraded 2 or 3 times back. It sounds really nice but the LED display for the station’s just given up so I have to guess. It’s up high in the rafters but I should get up there and blow the dust/cobwebs out, might go and do it now.

A wise man once said “Aim for excellence…perfection’s a waste of time”

-- If at first you do succeed try not to look surprised

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#48 posted 10-17-2014 11:18 AM

I did this

I have since mounted the speakers high up on the walls to keep them out of harm’s way. They are mounted in corners to enhance the bass response on these little speakers. The amplifier is mounted on a shelf where i have charging stations for my phone and a tablet. Music is streamed from my phone/tablet’s memory and live radio is streamed from the internet.

Seriously, if you are contemplating a new sound system for your shop, bluetooth is the only way to go! My phone or tablet functions as a remote control for volume and source selection.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#49 posted 10-17-2014 11:55 AM

I have an old AM/FM/CD clock radio that is Bluetooth capable. I keep my Samsung phone along with the stylus in a quart ziplock bag to keep the dust off. The phone is loaded with about 20 Grateful Dead concerts for hours of listening enjoyment. I keep my tablet/tv/laptop out of the shop.

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#50 posted 10-17-2014 11:58 AM

Charles, I see you mentioned your wifi running out at your table saw. I have one of these extenders. You just plug it into an available outlet halfway between your wireless router and where you need the wireless to reach to, takes about two minutes to set up, and you’re good to go. I just needed it to extend the wifi into the bedrooms, but it ended up making it available across the street as well (although it’s protected). This is a refurbished older model, same as the one I run. They have newer models, but this one is $10 versus $50-70 for new, and it works just fine. For $10, you could have full-shop coverage.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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