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Forum topic by John Steffen posted 08-19-2010 06:46 PM 4014 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Steffen

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08-19-2010 06:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: music radio

I, like quite a few on this site, enjoy listening to music while I’m working in the shop. It keeps me feeling good, and keeps my mind sharp. I can’t say enough about how much I love music.

My problem is that I’m trying to figure out the best way to listen to music in my shop. Right now I plug my MP3 player into a set of low-grade computer speakers on a small shelf I put up over my workbench. While this is ultimately functional in delivering sound from a source, I don’t find it ideal in a couple departments. The max volume isn’t enough for a 3 stall garage. There is no remote for adjusting volume from across the shop. Can’t use CDs or listen to the radio (like listening to baseball games on AM).

I was curious what the rest of you use to listen to music in your workspaces.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 07:00 PM

i just have a radio high on top of a cabinet by the window, wich is the only place where i can recieve my favorite station.
the radio is always plugged in so that i know when the power is on/of because i completely shut down the power to the shop when im not in there.

im looking for a wireless system to listen to the radio while working on noisy machines.
others have their opinions, but personally i find that i am more concentrated whith a background music, when im working on a machine and theres no music i start thinking too much about other stuff and make more mistakes.

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 07:11 PM

I have a jvc stereo from craigslist, still cant get radio in the shop so I listen to ipod. just found some AR tower speakers at the transfer station and will see if they work today. the ipod has about 1600 songs so i have a lot of variety

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 07:14 PM

For $75 and Craigslist I found a Pioneer system with 100 CD player, cassette deck, 150 watts/ channel and surround sound that I can plug my ipod into also. When I put wall cabinets in I left enough space btw the ceiling that I can fit the system up there. Shop is 24 x 40 and it will blow the cobwebs out as needed, wherever they may be.

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 07:26 PM

I have the Milwaukee job site radio with an ipod attached (the radio has a nice dust free compartment for protecting the ipod)....I have streaming music from Pandora or Rhapsody (when I am near a wireless hot spot – such as my shop) and all my cd library (for times I am not near a wireless spot) on the ipod. This has worked great for me…the Job site radio has excellent sound and speakers for a “boom box” type set up and it is built to be in a dusty environment..The radio is excellent and picks up even the hard to get stations in my area….it also runs on any of the Milwaukee batteries (10v, 18v, 28v…etc etc)...which is nice when you don’t have a plug nearby….Also, it has a car lighter power off take in the back which I can use to charge my ipod (or for any mp3 player you might want). I’ve had this setup for several years and it is working great for me.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 07:30 PM

GARAGE SALES! I was out last weekend and I had to see at least 5 nice size (at least 5 disk changer size) for no more than $25. Now that is a steal IMO. I didn’t think about it to much until I got to the last couple I seen and started looking for an auxiliary port to plug in a MP3 players or my Blackberry. I may go looking for one this weekend.

I only have a small 2 car garage and use a new cheap “Boom Box” and it seems to do pretty decent. I was very close to getting XM at the house as well until I discovered Pandora. I simply made an account on and created a few stations (which is 100% free) and then log on with my Blackberry. I got one of those jumper cables that connects from the ear phone port on these different gadgets to a radio auxiliary input. I get to listen to my hard rock that I like (you customize your play list) and can hear my phone ring or me getting a text over the radio….. I am constantly thanking my hip 16 year old daughter for hooking “Ole Dad” up….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Peter Oxley

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 07:31 PM

AO Safety makes hearing protection called WorkTunes with a built-in radio and a jack to plug in an MP3 player or portable CD player. And you never get too far away to hear it since it’s attached to your head!

If you wanted to set up a CD changer in your shop, you could broadcast to the WorkTunes headphones with a Belkin TuneCast FM transmitter.

-- -- --

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 07:33 PM

I have had a Bosch jobsite radio/cd player for about six years and couldn’t be happier with it. It has AM/FM, as well as a cd player that will play MP3 encoded discs, an aux in for your media player, and a 12V – cigarette lighter type power take off for powering your players or charging a cell phone. It also has a four outlet GFCI protected power outlet built in, so you can run power tools or power other accessories off it. It will also recharge Bosch batteries as well as play off of them. If you don’t have any Bosch batteries to charge you can use the covered and latched space for your CD wallet and chargers and what not.

I’ve never regretted buying the thing and if it ever dies, I’ll go out and get another. So far, it has survived six years of jobsite abuse, going in and out of the job box or truck, and the only problem is the little rubber snap-in dustcap for the aux in jack fell off after about four years and got lost. :-)

I think the current model is the PB-10 CD.

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 10:55 PM

Well I took a different route and a couple of years ago when I had to get satillite tv (directv) I had a receiver installed in my shop. Now I get all the shows I care to watch (news junkie), sports and a variety of music channels. My radio reception is not very good. It works well for me.

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Dan Lyke

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#9 posted 08-19-2010 10:56 PM

Taking into account all of the warnings about concentration, I use a set of AO Safety Blockade ear buds with my MP3 player. Not constantly taking off and putting on the ear muffs that way.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#10 posted 08-20-2010 12:49 AM

I need to hear changes in equipment and the processes I’m engaged in….not the radio.

I also don’t care to see employees (when I was working at a real job) stopping a line job to constantly fiddle with their MP3’s and such instead of working.

I have worked with others on job sites that insisted they “can’t work without my tunes!” The radio gets shut off the second time I have to repeat myself when I’m calling out numbers for cutting.

If I’m tinkering around…o.k. But, headphones to me are a no-no. I can still hear trouble coming when I’m using hearing protection, but, not when there’s music playing.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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Mark Colan

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 01:51 AM

I bought a used stereo receiver and a cheap but good-sounding pair of speakers. I can listen to mp3 with good sound quality, or NPR or any of the local college stations. Easier than dealing with earphones.

Lots of people are selling stereo gear cheap, because lots of folks are putting in 5.1 sound for home theatre, replacing their stereo system.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 02:21 AM

Comcast Cable has music channels. Just set the TV to the music to fit my mood.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 02:56 AM

Have an old Marantz receiver and two big honkin’ speakers left over from the 70’s in my shop.

Have it tuned to local gospel music station, mostly for the company, can hear songs or commentary when I am doing glue-ups or drawing plans or reading or assembling, but not loud enough to hear over machines.

I am much like Catspaw, I unplug the radios when I visit to talk to staff, subtrades, or clients on our jobsites.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 08-20-2010 03:47 AM

I have a Ridgid jobsite Radio that I plug my Ipod in to. It works great for me.

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#15 posted 08-20-2010 04:51 AM

Have a 100 what receiver with big speakers that hang from the ceiling. Hopefully will have a computer to hook up to it for music and movies and videos.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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