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    Default Shed sound system/clock radio

    Hi folks,

    After my very cheap and nasty shed clock radio/speaker/iphone charger started getting distressingly hot, I've binned it in the name of fire prevention.

    Anyone have suggestions for a good box that's dust proof/rugged enough to handle a shed environment, has a decent size digital clock face, and has at least a semi-respectable amp and speakers to play music off an iphone (lightning/bluetooth/wifi/airplay is all fine)?

    Cheers,

    Danny

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtyuiop View Post
    Hi folks,

    After my very cheap and nasty shed clock radio/speaker/iphone charger started getting distressingly hot, I've binned it in the name of fire prevention.

    Anyone have suggestions for a good box that's dust proof/rugged enough to handle a shed environment, has a decent size digital clock face, and has at least a semi-respectable amp and speakers to play music off an iphone (lightning/bluetooth/wifi/airplay is all fine)?

    Cheers,

    Danny
    It sounds like you maybe need to improve your dust extraction?

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    I use a Sansui system bought in the 1970s - well the amp anyway
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    Nick
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    Make something from wood, you can get a small 12V amp from an online auction site and a 12v power pack, if you don't have a spare one kicking around.
    Clock module- Waterproof Digital LED Clock Watch Timer 12V 24V CAR Motorcycle Scooter Bike | eBay

    Amp- TPA3116D2 Amplifier Board 2X50W Class D 12V 24V Dual Channel Stereo AMP S | eBay

    Bluetooth module- 12V 24V CAR Bluetooth 4 0 Audio Receiver Board Wireless Stereo Sound Module D 1i | eBay

    Speakers- HFR125-30-8 5.25" Hf/R Mid-Woofer, Speaker Drivers Replacement | Wagner Online Store

    Tweeters- BC25SC55-04 1" Soft Dome β€œTrimmed”, Speaker Drivers Replacement | Wagner Online Store

    I can help design the box/port if you decide to make something, I'm sure others could too.

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    This was the first stereo that was installed in my new shed - a 1970's era 30W TEAC amp with the scratchy volume pot and a Sony radio receiver (further along).
    TEAC speakers


    2 years ago we updated the 100W 1990's JVC home theatre amp from the family room and I it gets relegated to the shed
    The radio was replaced last year with a digital version and a my iPhone with audio output gets hooked up direct to amp
    BobL's shed fit.-img_4248p-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    It sounds like you maybe need to improve your dust extraction?
    It's an ongoing struggle! I think I do OK at picking up the fine stuff, but I turn more than anything else and so everything does get covered in shavings from time to time.

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    So I guess the done thing is to use a good old stereo or put one together yourself! I'll hunt around a bit and update if I find anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtyuiop View Post
    It's an ongoing struggle! I think I do OK at picking up the fine stuff, but I turn more than anything else and so everything does get covered in shavings from time to time.
    Visible shavings are not a problem in terms of health (well I guess you can slip on them on the floor). My problem is the grey goo from metal; grinding cutting, flap and belt sanders, etc

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    Yeah, I'm reasonably happy with the dust situation on my main machines - the lathe and bandsaw are both semi-respectable I think, just need to improve the pickup from a new sander.

    I suspect it wasn't actually the dust which did in my last clock radio, it was the fact that it was a $20 made in China piece of garbage! Just seems to make sense to get something suited for a more hostile environment than a bedside table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtyuiop View Post
    So I guess the done thing is to use a good old stereo or put one together yourself! I'll hunt around a bit and update if I find anything.

    Ask your local mens shed - they may have had a couple donated and might pass one on for a small donation
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    This was the first stereo that was installed in my new shed - a 1970's era 30W TEAC amp with the scratchy volume pot and a Sony radio receiver (further along).
    TEAC speakers


    2 years ago we updated the 100W 1990's JVC home theatre amp from the family room and I it gets relegated to the shed
    The radio was replaced last year with a digital version and a my iPhone with audio output gets hooked up direct to amp
    BobL's shed fit.-img_4248p-jpg
    interesting hammer storage!
    regards
    Nick
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    tornavi
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    Over the years I have used a car stereo to good effect, bought one of the first that Aldi released years ago to go into a car that died before it was installed. AM/FM, CD (behind removable face so quite dust resistant) USB stick or SD card, BT, Aux line input that works sweetly from headphone outlet of any other sources and a compact remote control. I always have some 12V batteries that are not up to starting/running a car reliably but are capable of running a stereo, particularly when propped up with a redundant battery charger
    Speakers are not to hard to come by either ones from an older house stereo, yours, tip shop, hard rubbish collection, or a set of cheapish 6x9 car speakers.
    If you have a metal shed, car stereo units can be the easiest to take an ext antenna (car antenna mounted high on the facia near the ridge).
    Some of the later offering have digital radio as well as AM/FM, but they are more expensive. Value would depend on what you want to listen to.
    I used to be an engineer, I'm not an engineer any more, but on the really good days I can remember when I was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawdust Maker View Post
    interesting hammer storage!
    Just what I was thinking!

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    Have you given thought to one of the job site radios? Makita makes one with Bluetooth and it can recharge their tool batteries. I'm sure the other makers do the same and many can be rained on so dust shouldn't be a problem. If they don't have a clock built in then a separate one is easy enough to find.

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    I use an old 1000w sonyfrom the house that has a dead cd laser. Mobile phone plugged in with 4000 tunes on random play at volume just under max. Sweet as

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