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1yeldud1

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02-08-2014 03:46 AM

I have a old stereo radio in my shop that gets poor reception. I need some options as to what to use. I like to listen to music and ocassonal pod casts – right now all i can get is OLDIES – I do not have good reception (with an antenna on the radio) I do not have a computer connection in the shop. any chance I could record a day at a time on a device and play it a day late ? Wouild like to pick up a ball game once in a while also. i am open to suggestions as I am not to electronic SAVVY – thanks for any input


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dbhost

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 03:53 AM

If you have WiFi that reaches the shop, and assuming you have a Smart Phone, why not use internet radio like Slacker or something? Bluetooth speakers will get the volume where you want it…

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 04:04 AM

You could use your phone, tablet or iPod with computer speakers or Bluetooth speakers with wifi or cell service with any number of music apps.

-- mrg

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 04:16 AM

I have a Samsung tablet with thousands of songs on it. I plug it into a 75 watt Pyle amplifier which plays the music through two old stereo speakers. I don’t need to listen to any radio stations, but since I have wifi, sometimes I do switch over to iheart radio.

BTW, I love the oldies – country or rock and roll.
Good luck.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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DKV

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 05:22 AM

Wifi, smartphone, and Bluetooth headset and you can listen anywhere in the house or yard. I bbq and rock out with my setup. Rockin’ and tossin’ burgers… :-)

-- My bad, 2015 is the correct year...

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DitchDoc

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 07:16 AM

I just went to wallyworld and picked up a small boom box for around $40. It has an audio in also so that I can plug my phone or whatever into it and listen to pandora or something as well as the radio.

-- Just making a little saw dust

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 02-08-2014 12:24 PM

I had a slightly different problem, I couldn’t get oldies. I went with internet radio (wi-fi) which also solved a problem with static from the lights.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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jonah

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#7 posted 02-08-2014 12:28 PM

Do you have a smartphone, iPod, or iPod touch? If so, as others mentioned, you can plug it into some cheapo powered computer/desk speakers (cost: ~$15). If not, you need something that can connect to internet radio on its own. That would be more expensive (likely ~$100 or more, though I’ve not shopped for something like that before).

Be careful to locate whatever you’re using away from any serious dust-producing machines, or you’ll spend more time cleaning the thing than listening to it.

Another option is a set of hearing protection earmuffs with built in music. I don’t own one but I think they are a neat idea.

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#8 posted 02-08-2014 12:31 PM

I use a Dewalt job site radio my wife got me for Christmas last year…damn near indestructible. I destroyed two previous boom boxes with all of the sawdust in the shop and finally had enough. The buttons and speakers are all sealed so sawdust no longer finds its way into any of the nooks and crannies. The radio antenna is a flexible rubber type that won’t get broken the first time you drop something on it. It also has the added benefit of a built in charger for an 18v cordless tool battery (if you own Dewalt cordless tools that is), a 3 receptacle power strip on the side of the radio and an auxiliary input if you want to hook up an iPod. I LOVE it!!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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macatlin1

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#9 posted 02-08-2014 01:15 PM

You could go to a local resale (Goodwill) shop and get a used radio that might out perform the one you have. Or, I used my iPod for a year playing through a set of computer speakers although the music “goes away” when I turn on my DC…

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HarveyM

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

How’s the car radio in your area? If you’re satisfied with that & your stereo isn’t dying, maybe all you need is a decent antenna. The Winegard HD-6010 gets good reviews & is less than $20 on Amazon.

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basswood

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#11 posted 02-08-2014 02:24 PM

Bluetooth headphones are the way to go. Nice noise canceling is good to have too.

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darthford

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#12 posted 02-08-2014 07:30 PM

I opted for this space saving Bluetooth speaker from Sony and an ipod nano.

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hairy

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#13 posted 02-08-2014 10:46 PM

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 11:07 PM

Do you have an antenna input on the radio you have now? An old pair of TV rabbit ears would pick up the FM band (essentially where channel 6 would be on a television VHF) and a TERK AM tuneable antenna brings in AM. Or go for an ipod (walmart.com actually sells refurbs and I bought one for about 35% off cost of new. I put podcasts on it through itunes and you can use an 1/8 inch mini patch cord if your present radio has an input for AUX on it somewhere or you’ll need a bluetooth speaker – they were ALL OVER this holiday season. If there’s a Marshalls or TJ Maxx nearby look in the mens department for those at a really cheap price.

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#15 posted 02-09-2014 10:50 PM

Remote wireless speakers hooked into closest PC and log into Tunein.com. You can listen to 1,000s of stations from 100s of genre

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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