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I’ve had an old clock radio in the shop for years—I mostly listen to ESPN radio. The volume control just stopped working, so I am considering replacing it.

If you believe that woodworking’s purity should never be spoiled by the radio or television, this thread is not for you.

1) what audio/video equipment to you have in the shop?
2) if it is worth enough to shield from sawdust (my clock radio wasn’t worth the trouble), how do you do that?


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 07:55 PM

I have a home theater receiver I bought off a clearance shelf at Fry’s. Have 4 book shelf speakers and a 10 powered sub that was pulled off either a throw away pile or another clearance shelf somewhere. I blow out the receiver once every three to six months. Depends on if I think about it or not.

Look for some refurb or clearance stuff from Amazon, Newegg, Parts Express.

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 07:56 PM

I just have an AM/FM weather radio in the shop. Thinking about replacing it with a Milwaukee M12 radio for better sound and the fact that it’s weatherproof should help from dust infiltration. I already have a bunch of M12 batteries, so I would easily be able to move the radio outside when I’m working on the house or in the yard.

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 07:58 PM

I have a Panasonic SC-HC58. I like it for the following reasons :
- It is pretty well enclosed. I’ve had it for a few years and have never cleaned it. The space for laoding CDs or docking an iPhone or iPod has a door that closes to covers these parts up.
- It’s pretty small, maybe 18” wide, 8” tall, and 2-3” deep. I have it mounted on my wall with a French cleat system
- Sync’s up with my iPhone via Bluetooth so I can stream iTunes/Pandora/Songza
- While you can control it with the iPhone, I like to keep that in my pocket for safe keeping, there is a remote that allows you to control music and phone calls. If I’m listening to music, and someone calls, the music fades out and I hear the ringing. I hit the answer button on the remote, and I can talk without having to use my phone, the stereo has a microphone and speakers, so it keeps my hands free.
- For its size, the sound quality is pretty decent
- The little door on the front has a sensor, you wave your hand in front of it, and it’ll open. Not necessary, but it makes me feel like a jedi.

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 08:02 PM

I have a cheapo 19” LCD flat screen TV on the wall. I probably should blow out the dust every now and then.

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 08:05 PM

I have some kind of old-school AM/FM radio. My wife told me many times to buy new one, but I’m pretty pleased with it!

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 08:07 PM

Thanks everyone. Keep ‘em coming.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 10-16-2014 08:13 PM

I bought a Bosch Power Box Jobsite radio on a clearance sale at Lowe’s about three years ago, never looked back. Water and dust proof, it also has USB, MP3 inputs, and an extra outlet should I need it. Radio booms it out with the built-in subwoofer, and the clock is also nice.
I only listen to Classic Rock 106.5 Chattanooga, or I play my CD player that I have plugged into it, usually AC-DC.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#8 posted 10-16-2014 08:14 PM

I just use the free Rigid radio with their impact/driver drill combo. I have been very pleased with it so far. The built in Ipod adapter is great and the battery life on it is great. Great idea for a thread Charles. I would love to upgrade my setup some day and am looking forward to what others post.

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#9 posted 10-16-2014 08:15 PM

I have an old dorm style boom box, AM/FM cassette with the handle and two detatchable speakers, that are NOT detached.
It hums and buzzes as it plays, and has generally poor reception, but works well enough.
No dust shielding.

Funny enough – - I just saw its twin sold by a “70’s store’ on Etsy! but no price given… but it is “VINTAGE” according to the storefront ad.

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#10 posted 10-16-2014 08:17 PM

Charles!, Go down to your local Wally World or radio shack and purchase a can of “CRC Electronic Parts Cleaner”
Remove the volume knob and the back of the radio.
The Volume knob is actually a potentiometer and builds up crud on the contacts. the spray cleans it.
There should be a hole on the back of the part, but if there isn’t, squirt some in all around the edges and down the space between the shaft and the pot.
Work the knob back and forth until it’s dry then repeat a few times.
This should get it working again and it will sound better than it has in years.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 10-16-2014 08:21 PM

I have nothing, but have told many that something would make a great Christmas present… iPod/USB adapters preferably.

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#12 posted 10-16-2014 08:23 PM

WHo the hell watches TV when they are trying to rip a tiny piece of trim stock

-- Rich

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#13 posted 10-16-2014 08:26 PM

I have a free old tv hooked up to an antenna and a little radio. No protection from dust. Mostly watch the PBS DIY channel. Usually see tommy Mac when I’m in there.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 10-16-2014 08:28 PM

I just have the Milwaukee M12 radio in my garage. It does a good job for some backup music.

-- Earl

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#15 posted 10-16-2014 08:40 PM

I would like to get a iphone DOCKABLE stereo for my shop

-- Rich

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