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    Audio in the shop

    If you are need of an audio solution (music, TV, videos, blogs, etc.), these are the bomb for the money. These little Bluetooth speakers are perfect for the shop. They are powered (own amplifiers) and have multiple inputs: BT, RCA, optical. I just wanted BT. Paired easily to tablet or phone. Best of all they sound great and only cost $107! The need was there and the price was right. They are Edifier RM1280DB. So if you are looking for a simple sound solution on the cheap these may be the answer. Hundreds of positive, and in-depth reviews.




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    I wish these were around when I was stringing wire through the attic for my shop sounds.
    Please provide a link. I did not see any specific links for “Edifier RM1280DB” when I Googled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    I wish these were around when I was stringing wire through the attic for my shop sounds.
    Please provide a link. I did not see any specific links for “Edifier RM1280DB” when I Googled.
    Oops It R1280db.

    Here is one link. Many youtube videos too.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...k_ql_qh_dp_hza

    Edifier has many models. The 1700's (or something like that) sound a bit better, but they are more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom lucas View Post
    If you are need of an audio solution (music, TV, videos, blogs, etc.), these are the bomb for the money. These little Bluetooth speakers are perfect for the shop. They are powered (own amplifiers) and have multiple inputs: BT, RCA, optical. I just wanted BT. Paired easily to tablet or phone. Best of all they sound great and only cost $107! The need was there and the price was right. They are Edifier RM1280DB. So if you are looking for a simple sound solution on the cheap these may be the answer. Hundreds of positive, and in-depth reviews.


    Nice speakers. I use Amazon Echos as speakers in the shop. That way I can control what is playing by talking at the speaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Demuth View Post
    Nice speakers. I use Amazon Echos as speakers in the shop. That way I can control what is playing by talking at the speaker.
    Those little speakers are excellent for the money.

    I use my own personally selected playlist of over 11,000 songs streamed from a cheap tablet. I just let it play on random. If I hear something I'm not in the mood for, the speaker's remote lets you skip forward. But, in general, I just let it play. Of course the player on my tablet lets me select artist/genre/year/ etc. from my song list. I don't want to have to work at it though. I was using an internet appliance, but didn't always like their choices. Plus, Internet connectivity in my shop isn't always reliable. I can still use any streaming service with the tablet. I just don't. I have enough to listen to and add more all the time.

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    Digital audio sure is handy in a dusty environment. I am not super pleased with the compressed format. I keep wanting to hear a Pono player. I use an iPod and a JBL flip some. I still use a cord. I think it sounds better plugged in. If I am not working and want to listen to music I use a 1979 Pioneer SX-780 and homemade speakers with an old, true 16 bit CD player. My kids Insist on vinyl records.

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    Thanks for the great link.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom lucas View Post
    I use my own personally selected playlist of over 11,000 songs streamed from a cheap tablet. I just let it play on random.
    I had to laugh at this because I do the same thing. A large capacity thumb drive holds weeks of music that I play back at random. I do create some playlists for certain genres in case I am in the mood but mostly it is just a default random roll through hundreds of CD's on a stick that I play via a wimpy Samsung tablet. When I get around to moving a real computer into the shop I will just use that in the same manner. The randomness evolves as I add music which I do more often than an old fart really ought to .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice Mcmurry View Post
    Digital audio sure is handy in a dusty environment. I am not super pleased with the compressed format. I keep wanting to hear a Pono player. I use an iPod and a JBL flip some. I still use a cord. I think it sounds better plugged in. If I am not working and want to listen to music I use a 1979 Pioneer SX-780 and homemade speakers with an old, true 16 bit CD player. My kids Insist on vinyl records.
    The quality of music via BT is somewhat controlled by the quality of the DACs processing the received data. In my house I use an Audio Engine B1 BT receiver connected to my amp. It has excellent 24-bit DACs making BT almost as good as wired optical... not quite but close. The DACs in these little speakers are pretty good, especially for what it the cost.

    The biggest quality issue for me is the recording level used on the digital files. Because I have acquired music from all over the place, the volume is also all over the place. I've tried sound leveling software, but I just have too many files and it hasn't been all that effective. It helps, but not as good as I'd like.

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    Achieving great audio quality is a nice thing...in an environment that can make it shine. I can't bring myself to get too particular in my shop or even in my vehicle because in those environments, there are so many compromises that there would be not likely be any major perception of a difference under most circumstances. So a set of nice speakers like the OP posts about and a reasonably good audio source can do the trick in the shop, IMHO. That said, when I get a shop building up, our old home theater receiver and sub will be moving into the space and four Soundolier flat panel 2'x2' full range ceiling units I took out of a conference center years ago will be the ticket fo what I hope is an enjoyable listening situation. (those flat panels were designed for music reproduction and were innovative for their time) My audio source at this point is an Echo (Alexa) unit that streams WXPN.org or from my iTunes library.
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    I have wanted a nice audio setup in my shop for a long time, but am just not that motivated to put too much into as I currently use my phone and wireless AirPod pro noise cancelling ear buds (with 30db muffs on top sometimes) pretty often. I have a cordless Makita job site radio that I plug my phone into when I know I’m not going to be making noise with machines and tools for a stretch of time, but the sound quality is fair to passable. It has spent years both in shops and on job sites and I don’t have to worry about dust / impact and it’s extremely portable.

    I have a goal of putting a couple of pairs of surplus vintage speakers that didn’t make the cut in our tiny house (JBL and KLH) to use in the shop with a rebuilt 70s era Sansui integrated amp paired with a Bluetooth receiver for phone music and an old iMac for ITunes library. I worry about the dust, but maybe I can build a cabinet with a glass/plexi door or front to keep the amp in. I don’t know if one of the smaller / portable BT speaker setups has enough volume and bass to satisfy me, but everyone is different.

    I agree with Jim that it’s really just not worth the audiophile fight in the shop because of the massive compromise in environment, but I’m spoiled from my house setup of Klipsch Cornwalls, vintage Sansui, nice DAC, 2 turntables and about 1000 LPs.
    Last edited by Phillip Mitchell; 12-25-2021 at 2:58 PM.
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    I use the high quality encoder when I import into iTunes. It is slow and the files take up more room. The playback volume is more consistent. The sounds is better. Our kids keep telling me iTunes no longer exists?
    I just spent some time looking at past speaker project SMC posts. Speakers are fun woodworking projects. I bought digital plans for the Jack 12 from Bill Fitzmaurice. Hopefully I will follow through soon. I have also been reading about the Voigt Pipe, those would be a fun project.

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    It's just been rebranded. I also fully agree that it's pointless to do anything other than setup for passive listening. I use lossless formats when I rip, but I mostly just use streaming services, played through an old two channel receiver, when I'm in the shop anyway. Proper listening, I typically use physical media.
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  13. Looks like a nice setup. Maybe I will treat myself to something nicer at some point. My current setup is a very of Labtec subwoofer and the two speakers that came with it conneceted to my shop PC. Music mostly comes from Pandora app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice Mcmurry View Post
    Our kids keep telling me iTunes no longer exists?
    On MacOS, the old iTunes application was split up into separate applications and one of them is Music. It handles both personal content and streaming music including Apple Music. File handling is via the Finder and no longer in the app. This mirrors functionality on the iDevices that are inherent in iOS. On Windows, the application is still iTunes.
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    I’m a Sonos fan. I don’t have any in the shop yet but I’ll order a couple more soon.
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