lol....you've met some of my friends, have you?
Klipsch, eh? What a blast (almost literally) from the past.
One of my high-school teachers, I was buddies with his kid, had a single corner
horn with a Radcliffe IIRC tube amp. Two big bottles (KT88's...again IIRC) on
top of a box, glowing away, the filaments bouncing with the beat of the
music...I was spell-bound.
Unfortunately, all he listened to was military marching bands and German Miner's
Fast-Forward to my work at the National Research Council in Ottawa, where my
mentor, Dr. Floyd Toole had a pair of horns with a DC 300 Crown pushing them.
He extolled the virtues of horns every chance he had. High efficiency, Low
Indirectly, he was instrumental (no pun intended) in my interest in woodworking
as I was a participant in the fabrication of a pair of folded horns made from
marine ply and later a pair of British-style transmission-lines, IMF
Thanks for the re-wind, Mr. Swing.
I once had a conversation with another ham operator who was located in
Tasmania. He was an elderly fellow who said that his career had been
in the motion picture business and that he had recreated a complete
historic movie theater at his home. He claimed to own a vintage
Edison projector S/N 2 or something like that.
For his "talkie" equipment he had a pair of huge horns that he said
would fill a theater with a few of watts of drive. To obtain one of
these he had driven (after sailing to the mainland) all the way to
Perth to bring it back.
The Kansas City market does not support "Easy Listening" stations. I have a
stereo receiver in my shop with 4 ceiling mounted 10 speakers. I subscribe
to XM Radio and my receiver transmits on any of several frequencies on the
FM Broadcast band and has enough power to cover my house and detached garage
that is about 50 ft from the house. I then have Channel 24 easy listening
music at any radio or stereo receiver in the house or shop and really enjoy
I have a used cd walkman, power is 2 AA batteries, connected line out to a
set of old computer speakers powered by an ac adapter.
I burn my music from computer to disc and use the discs in the shop. This
way I can listen to what I want.
Most of the time, background 'anything' will do, but when Offspring,
Ramones or Idol come along, I want to be able to 'jack it'!
When I sit down to listen, I'm a lot pickier than that..... truth is, I
listen to anything done well. Wasn't it Glen Miller who said: "When it
sounds good, it *is* good."? (punctuation is a bitch here...)
Speaking of Glenn Miller, have you heard the CD titled, "The Lost
These were recordings of "The American Band of the Allied
Expeditionary Force" made to be broadcast into Germany. Miller is
even heard to announce some tunes in broken German.
The equipment was the best available at the time (they were using
multiple mics) and the studio was Abbey Road (of Beatles fame).
There are some vocals by Johnny Desmond and Ray McKinley (both
Sergeants at the time) and a very rare one by Dinah Shore. Great
Miller was lost shortly after these were done.
I tried the boom box and was disappointed, so I installed four high end 6
inch ceiling speakers and a self powered sub-woofer in the outer wall. Now I
can blast the windows out if I want,seriously now I get great sound in any
part of the shop and as I move around.
Music in the shop is pretty important to me - at the very least you
need a radio for psycedlic sundays on Q107.
Anyway, its not completely finished, but my in progress shop has
- buried cable from the house for ethernet, satalitte tv, and phone.
- In the shop ive got a computer networked to my main house computer to
access for 20gb mp3 collection.
- Computer outputs to 200 watt kenwood reciever i no longer use since i
upgraded in the house.
- wired speaker cable in wall to all corners before drywalling so no
wire laying around.
- 4 paradigm speakers celing mounted on each corner of the shop.
- contemplating hooking up 10' 100watt sub as well, thgough dont want
the neighbours complaining.
not even close to what i used inside, but for the shop its probably
quite a bit more than most people would do, and sounds nice. All this
can be done relatively cheap - ie lower guage wire, average speakers,
for the computer im currently using an old 17' monitor. however im
considering doing a small built in between two wall studs. get a
flatscreen lcd (they have really come down in price), mount it in
there, and put a sheet of clear plexiglass around to keep out dust.
whole project could probably be done in a day and for a couple 100 and
would look pretty slick :).
As for the speakers, im not sure if im going to stick with the wall
mounted ones, instead i might pick up some in-ceiling types to get back
some wall space for storage.
As for boom boxes - i liked the dewalt, since its pretty rugged, and
charges/runs off their batteries to which is nice. the downside is no
cd player - which means no deal for me.
I use a 40GB iPod and Altec Lansing self powered speakers with a sub
woofer. It isn't the quality of my main stereo, but it's plenty good
for my shop. I placed a block of wood over the sub port to tighten the
bass. I paid $100 5 years ago. CompUSA now has them on sale for $49
and a Grand Opening of a CompUSA advertised them for $39 2 weeks ago.
My CD changer just gathers dust now. <g>
yard sale 20 bucks detached speakers am fm cassette. cheep sealed unit
keeps dust out ok. if it quits i will throw it out and find another
yard sale. a nice reciever like you mention will have vents in it to
allow heat to escape and will allow dust ti get in. IE it wont last
too long. the cheep ones have no vents because they dont have enough
power to build up heat. but they sound fine for the shop.
--Yeah, I'm of the gotta-have-sounds tribe. I've been making do
with generic boombox with tape/cd/FM for years. Latest addition: Woot
had cordless rechargable headphones for sale for $39.- a pair the other
day. Now I'll be able to keep the beat when the power tools are turned
"Steamboat Ed" Haas : Bummed to be living in the
Hacking the Trailing Edge! : Golden Age of Bullshit...
PC with Creative audigy card and ATI all in wonder 9600. 65 GB of High
quality recording. Outputs to Pioneer surround hand me down from the house.
Ancient set of 4 Sansui 12" speakers that still rock. Dishnetwork feed
including Sirius and cd quality music, DSL for streaming and s-video output
to an old 20" TV for watching the Packers. Or are you referring to the Strat
and the 1965 Fender twin reverb to which comfort would you be referring ;-)
I guess you could say the shop is media enabled....
I had a series of boom boxes which all died sawdusty deaths. now I have
an ipod. I have the earbuds tucked into the foam inserts of a cheap set
of hearing protectors, which seems to improve the sound quality a bit,
and the cables routed underneath my shirt, which seems to be enough to
keep them from getting snagged on stuff. the ipod mini is small enough
to not be too bulky in my pocket, but today I'd probably get a nano.
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