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Though that set up is out of many (ok, most all) folks' budgets, it shows a great way to incorporate quite a bit of decent audio equipment into a room. Nice balance to the room, nice spacing of the shelves to provide negative space. Nice inspiration for those of us who aren't into boomboxes/ipod docks.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Look! Floor to Ceiling Audiophile Wet Dream
10/29/08 10:35 AM

Agree with techtoys and orchid...so many speaker options, including DIY speaker options that you all have featured, mean that this is pointless. Stop calling speakers eyesores! They can be gorgeous and incorporated into any decor. Surely there are better solutions than spraypaint.

Oh, and all those tiny speakers sound terrible. I don't care how much they cost or who manufactures them, there are mechanical limitations to tiny speakers that nothing can overcome, be it their sound or their looks.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | How To: Mask the Other Eyesore in the Room – Speakers
8/7/08 10:14 PM

Hooray for tubes...I have a k12 that is going on four years old and still sounds great. I have made a few modifications as laid out in various sites, and I did not put mine in a pretty case like you all did, but I love the glow and love the sound. For anyone who is worried about the power, don't; I run a set of quite inefficient JBL bookshelf speakers quite well with this amp.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | DIY: Tube Amplifier Kit Build (In Recycled Box), Part 3
8/3/08 06:10 PM

While the looks are to die for, you might be better served to buy a cMoy altoids tin amp (or better yet, make your own!) and put it in a wood box yourself. The circuit is essentially the same. I love Grado, swear by their cartridges and headphones, but the price on this one is a little outlandish.

http://tangentsoft.net/audio/cmoy-tutorial/


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Grado RA1 Headphone Amp
5/22/08 06:57 AM

What kind of amp are you using? I see the tubes over there...


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | DIY: How to Make VERY Simple Speakers, Part 3
4/23/08 05:12 AM

This argument could get flame-ish in a hurry. Audio is subjective, and this being a site about simplicity and all, the project is interesting. I built a pair of speakers from commonsense audio's plans (and incorrectly and poorly at that) using their Audio Nirvana 8" drivers, and the sound was quite pleasant. Was there coloration? Undoubtedly. Was the response perfectly flat from 20 to 20khz? No way. But I managed to fill a large room with high ceiling with what at the time my friends and I considered nice sound.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | DIY: How to Make VERY Simple Speakers, Part 1
4/2/08 08:47 AM

Proving how complex "being green" is, my concern is the scarcity of water in many places. For instance, most of North Carolina is under severe drought right now and might run out of water this summer.

That said, I've always liked the idea of using a bidet instead of TP.


Apartment Therapy New York | AT Survey: Would You Use a Bidet? Is it a Good Green Choice?
3/28/08 08:30 AM

Great project, very jealous of this find and the finished product. Hope you did in fact keep the vacuum tubed section. Don't junk it just because it doesn't work...I would love to see if I could get it going, or you could likely pay off your investment in this project selling it whole or in pieces on ebay. Vintage transformers are worth their weight in iron. Careful if you plug it in....


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Gregory's Project: The Stereo Cabinet #7 - Moving On
2/1/08 05:39 PM

I think a better excuse for buying two subwoofers is for stereo imaging reasons. Most folks place their speakers too close to each other to appreciate the effects of stereo imaging. Maybe this comes from all the near-field listening we do with our comp speakers. Anyway, subs can get away with going solo because of the non-directional nature of low frequency sound waves. Still, true stereo effect is two distinct channels being played through a right and left speaker. Does this not make more sense than the "leveling out irregularities" theory? I've never heard that one before...


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Blogging Electronic House: Shopping for a Subwoofer
2/1/08 05:08 PM

Martin G is correct that you will need some sort of amp if you plan on running standard bookshelf speakers. I would be wary of plugging speakers directly into the headphone output on your computer...it may work, and it might depend on your speakers, but most headphone jacks are not made to drive "passive" speakers (e.g., bookshelf speakers like you might get from best buy).

If the goal is to use regular speakers without having to buy a whole new stereo system, or without having to run wires to your normal stereo, I think the Sonic Impact T-amp ($60 from amazon or partsexpress.com I think) could help.

A Sonic Impact T-Amp is a quite small, possibly even stylish amp that you can run off batteries (no wires!) or from the wall (no wasting batteries!). Seems "underpowered" compared to the huge "8000Watt 10.1 channel!!!" systems, but it is not. I have powered dance parties with one. Again, small enough to hide under or on on a desk. No bigger than an external hard drive. Just plug it into your computer's stereo out with the cord provided, and wire your speakers to the back.

I know I sound like a T-amp salesperson (i'm not), and maybe the goal was not to have to purchase anything, but for $60 you're going to get sound that many say is better than you can get from the run of the mill stereo head units from your typical big box store. It's not expensive, it's small, and you're not paying for anything you don't need (surround sound features, remote, digital inputs, 8 speaker outputs).


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Good Questions: Traditional Speakers as Computer Speakers?
1/18/08 10:47 AM

definitely would look good in our new place. Apt Therapy rescues my workaday doldrums again!


Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: Latina Lamp from Global Lighting
1/17/08 08:15 AM

Bah, the only people who are posting are not the people who are going to buy this. Let's say you already sprang for an iMac so that you have a nice compromise on apple appeal and performance without the extra cost of a laptop. Or you already have a desktop computer. The Air could be GREAT.

It's kind of getting at the "universal device" from the other side of the equation as the iPhone or iPod touch. While those allow internet usage anywhere, I could never type this comment on one. The Air is something that will appeal to many of the new users Apple is attracting, and to the average user who just want to watch DVDs, play mp3s, and surf the internet from anywhere.

Seriously, how many people really need "at least three usb ports," especially since the Air connects to everything wirelessly. Want to play mp3s to your stereo? Why use USB when you can get an airport extreme base station and do without? Same goes for storing to an external hard drive. Or a printer. And of course you wouldn't want to plug a keyboard and mouse into this thing...seriously, when the touchpad is so useful? When it's made to be small and portable enough that you're ONLY using it on your lap?

Email. Word Processing. Music. Internet. Video. Wireless printing. Excel? Keynote/Powerpoint? I'm running out of things the typical computer user does on a regular basis, but not out of htings you can do on the Air. Yes yes, I know everyone here is a "very serious" computer user and needs all that processing "power" or all that awesome video editing, audio editing, photoshopping, and weather simulation software they run sumultaneously in order to need the newest and highest computer specs. But my sister just wants to check her myspace and download music and maybe proofread a paper she's writing for school before printing it. And she wants to do it at her local coffee shop with free wifi. Damn, the Air is sweet for her.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Macbook Air: The World's Thinnest Notebook
1/16/08 09:43 AM

While I would love to stay classic, I don't see how I couldn't play "Ludacrismas" on this great item to really get the Christmas party bumpin. I'd like to rock the red in honor of Luda and the Hotlanta Hawks.


Apartment Therapy - AT Gift Bag 2007: Geneva Sound System
11/29/07 08:05 AM

Also, wearing a Halo neck brace gives me special insight on all things "Halo."


Apartment Therapy - Thursday Giveaway: Xbox 360 Elite
10/26/07 04:26 AM

I should get to test the XBox because I broke my neck and have been unable to start school or get a job. I instead spend my time working on making our tiny house nicer to come home to for my fiance (small spaces need good design!). In that time I have refurbished a beautiful vintage Marantz amp to make it light up and digitized our music collection, among other things, but am now running short on projects. I can't drive.....

After a two months in a halo neck brace, I have another month to go and LOTS of time to thoroughly home test the XBox and features beyond just the games, like it's ability to stream music wirelessly from the home computer and play them from it's audio outputs through the home stereo, reducing the need for wires and excess audio components while maintaining sound quality. Also, I can see if my halo will improve the wireless range of the controllers.


Apartment Therapy - Thursday Giveaway: Xbox 360 Elite
10/26/07 04:24 AM