I'm getting read to make a hanging cd rack to hold between 450-500
cd's. Anyway, I'm looking at 5 shelves, each 56" long. I was
wondering if 1/2 thick oak would be good enough (the cd shelves are 6"
deep and each will hold about 100) or do I need to go 3/4" thick to
prevent any sagging. Each shelf will be dado'd into a 3/4" think side
piece. Thanks for any help!
A clear span of 56" will sag. Is there going to be a back? If there is a
back and the shelves are tacked to it, there will be no sagging. There are
other ways of adding strength too. If you add a lip using cross grain
across the front or back is will greatly stiffen the shelf also.
IF there will be a back such as 1/4" plywood to help strengthen the rack you
can use screws through the plywood into the back edge of the 1/2" shelf, 3
or 4 screws along the length of the shelf, and you should be OK.
Thanks for all the good ideas folks...gonna try to figure out which way
to go. The back will be 1/2" plywood. There is enough room between the
shelves to add a thin cleat there to support the shelves and/or also
screw them directly to the back.
Instead of spending your money on this, why not convert all your discs
into MP3, then get a media server to serve them up through your stereo?
You'd save space because you could put your original CDs in boxes and
away, and you could have nearly endless music as your fingertips!
Agreed. I relegated my CD collection to boxes on a shelf in the office
closet right after iTunes came out.
iTunes on the two computers hooked up to stereo systems in the house, and an
iPod, which also plugs into the dash of my truck, are about the only way I
listen to music anymore. In the shop I've got a pair of Klipsch mp3 speakers
that my iPod plugs into ... at a third the cost of that pricey BOSE system,
and with a lot more bottom end.
And with "playlists", you don't need no stinkin' DJ running at the mouth.
Even listen to Spanish lessons over the iPod when I walk each morning ... 30
minutes a day put to good, dual purpose ... it's great to be alive, kicking,
and _wired_ in the 21st century (so far). ;)
What are you using to connect your ipod in your truck?
I need a hardwired solution for mine, as the RF solutions in my area
suck. Probably due to all the country-western and religious stations
taking up every second MHz on the dial.
Don't ask me how, but my 01 Dodge RAM seems like it came iPod ready. :)
The Aiwa AM/FM/Cassette/(mp3)CD player has a _front_ mounted stereo input
jack, and that whole unit sits right next to a recess in the dash that the
iPod fits in as if it were made for it.
A 6" patch cord completes the connection.
Those iPod FM transmitters sounds terrible to my ears, hardly any bass
The only other solution for the iPod I've found that is sonically
acceptable, and I am relatively picky, is one of those cassette adaptors
that allows you to play a portable CD player through the auto cassette deck
... not as good being able to plug directly into the unit, a la Aiwa, but
_much_ better than the FM transmitter route, IMO ... and a whole lot
Try these guys for a solution:
They had a device that allowed me to connect MP3 and XM devices to my
2005 Toyota factory stereo for about $80. MUCH, MUCH better quality
sound than FM modulators.
To use the device, I simply select disc 1, track 1, on the changer, with
no disc in the slot.
Installation required no splicing and only about 30 minutes. The device
plugged into the "data bus" on the back of the head unit.
The Motion Picture Experts Group Layer 3 audio encoding is
lossy - it doesn't maintain the fidelity of the original. Good
enough for a portable player, and perhaps the car; but not
for the main stereo system, IMO.
Better (but requires much more disk space) is to keep the 16-bit
PCM audio tracks directly.
Even better, get a couple of sony 400 disk changers, link them
together and with random play you'll get random access to the
songs on over 800 cds. Since one player can select a disk and
track while the other is playing, and they switch players with
no delay, continuous random tunes.
At the risk of being mass-plonked for firmly pulling this thing way off
topic, I have to comment a bit on the above. First of all digital is, by
definition, lossy. A CD is NOT a perfect representation of a recording. On
the flip side of that coin, any digital format that does not meet or exceed
CD specs is NOT automatically one with poor fidelity.
I've bought quite a bit of stuff from various on-line music vendors and have
yet to hear any compression artifacts like I would with lower bit-rate
files. Now, I don't have a $10,000 system, but I do have some pretty nice
headphones as well as a decent home and car system. But then again I'm no
audiophile... I listen to the MUSIC, and not the equipment.
I think a digital library has a lot of benefits that may outweigh the
(perceived) loss of fidelity. In addition to the space savings - no small
thing when considering listening in a car, you can have easy
smartlists/playlists, crossfades, prioritized songs, near-instant purchase
ability, portability, etc. Metadata goes a long way to improving the
listening experience. The software that handles this type of thing is
getting better all the time (check out http://pandora.com sometime), and
there are even a few decent consumer-level 10 foot interfaces now.
Just my two cents.
-John in NH
Lots of nitpickers pick lots of nits on this topic. Suffice to say, and
despite owning a commercial recording studio and engineering literally
hundreds of albums in the past 30 years, many with names you would
recognize, I agree wholeheartedly with your statement. If I so choose, I can
hear it "exactly as it sounded when mixed in the studio", but properly
rendered MP3's are simply a marvel of technology in my book, and damn hard
to beat for "portability".
On Tue, 08 Nov 2005 19:07:31 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Lurndal)
with a decent bitrate of rip the fidelity is well above the threshhold
at which I can detect errors. my hearing, like probably many of the
regulars here, has been compromised by power tool noise...
I have a 260GB hard drive for music. it holds something like 50,000
.mp3 files. and yes I have to run it through a computer to play, but a
computer really should be a part of any home entertainment system
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