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A quick look at some of my bits and pieces. Click on the images to enlarge them.
Please note that this page is slightly out of date because I'm moving house and most of these systems have been dismantled in the name of "decluttering". There's also a few new items to add. So this page will change quite a bit in a few months time.
Apart from the CD player and speakers, the main system has remained much the same for a while now. But, I've got a few upgrades planned - I'm adding a home-made remote-controlled preamp that will cater for 6-channel surround as well as decent quality stereo. I've also got some monoblock power amps on the drawing board. To be honest, the best upgrade would be a better room!
Not shown are the AV components: a 21" Sony tv, an old Panasonic hi-fi stereo S-VHS machine and the $ky digital box.
The speakers are connected with standard QED 79-strand, and all other interconnects are slightly better than standard, but no more than £3 each. The only reason I bought them is because you can unscrew the plugs and repair them when they break.
The kit stands on a hopeless pine rack that needs to be replaced when funds allow... I recently took a bit of time to modify it - by removing the top shelf and bringing down the overall height of the unit. I made the top shelf double-thickness, and it's surprisingly strong as a result.
An essential part of any workshop....
The television is connected to this system as well, via a switchbox that makes feeding line-level audio into the amplifier much easier. The sound from this system is really rather nice - the acoustics of the garage definitely help - see the workshop conversion page for details.
Slightly better than standard PC loudspeakers... I felt that the Rogers dB101's were too good to turn down another set, especially as the pair in the garage might not survive all the dust of the workshop.
The main PC is on the second tape-loop, meaning I can make MD's from the computer, and vice-versa. Quality is good enough for in-car use.
Despite the horrible acoustics of the room, it all sounds OK with a little bass boost....
A few things sitting around unused at the moment...
There's plenty more junk where that lot came from - I wish I could learn to part with stuff!
Finally, for a chance to see similar pages, have a look at the uk.rec.audio website set up by Keith Garratt. Submit your text and pictures and Keith will put a page together for you...
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