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Unread 08-28-2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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Speakers for my desktop?

Guys I have a machine shop and really like listening to the radio but sometimes when certain machines are running they create so much static I have to turn the radio off. I've noticed nothing affects the small speaker on my desktop computer but it won't carry far into the shop. Is there any way I can mount speakers out in the shop and hook them to my desktop? I'm not all that computer savvy so keep it simple for me

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Unread 08-28-2014, 01:54 PM   #2
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Whats the current shop radio? If its got a connection for audio in you can run a cable to it from the computer. If your looking for a new what price range are you looking at? Most computers don't have a amplifier so large speakers wont work without a separate amp.
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Wouldn't the static issue be due to the fact that the vibrations and frequencies caused by the machinery is interfering with the reception of the radio? The computer is not having issues probably because it is using an internet connection for music instead of a FM freq. I would wonder if the better option of putting some type of desktop in the shop with some good speakers would be better than a different FM radio, I have a set of speakers at home with an 8 inch subwoofer that are pretty loud when you crank them up. I am sure they make some computer speakers that could fit the need. I don't know if newer model FM radios would better protect against something like that than an older one. These are just my thoughts, not sure if I may be way of base.
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Whats the current shop radio? If its got a connection for audio in you can run a cable to it from the computer. If your looking for a new what price range are you looking at? Most computers don't have a amplifier so large speakers wont work without a separate amp.
It's just something that I picked up at Wal Mart that has a couple of separate speakers. Fluorescent lights, and I have many wreak havoc on the radio too and this is a metal sided building so there are allot of things working against the radio. Also have a lathe with an invertor drive on it and that makes it impossible to listen. I wouldn't mind hooking up an amp to boost the power to the speakers. As far as price goes. Well I make my living in here every day and want something decent and dependable. Could I get by for under $500.00?

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Wouldn't the static issue be due to the fact that the vibrations and frequencies caused by the machinery is interfering with the reception of the radio? The computer is not having issues probably because it is using an internet connection for music instead of a FM freq. I would wonder if the better option of putting some type of desktop in the shop with some good speakers would be better than a different FM radio, I have a set of speakers at home with an 8 inch subwoofer that are pretty loud when you crank them up. I am sure they make some computer speakers that could fit the need. I don't know if newer model FM radios would better protect against something like that than an older one. These are just my thoughts, not sure if I may be way of base.
Yes, you are correct on the static issues. I do have a desktop in the shop now, in the office which is in an enclosed room in the corner of the shop. What I had in mind was using my existing desktop and putting at least 2 speakers in the shop. The main part of the shop is 30ft. x 30ft. and I had thought of those two speakers mounted in opposing corners about 7ft. high. I'd need a way to control the volume and as stated earlier an amp. But I'm by no means knowledgeable about this and looking for help.
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cpu headphones jack to any stereo aux in

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It's just something that I picked up at Wal Mart that has a couple of separate speakers. Fluorescent lights, and I have many wreak havoc on the radio too and this is a metal sided building so there are allot of things working against the radio. Also have a lathe with an invertor drive on it and that makes it impossible to listen. I wouldn't mind hooking up an amp to boost the power to the speakers. As far as price goes. Well I make my living in here every day and want something decent and dependable. Could I get by for under $500.00?



Yes, you are correct on the static issues. I do have a desktop in the shop now, in the office which is in an enclosed room in the corner of the shop. What I had in mind was using my existing desktop and putting at least 2 speakers in the shop. The main part of the shop is 30ft. x 30ft. and I had thought of those two speakers mounted in opposing corners about 7ft. high. I'd need a way to control the volume and as stated earlier an amp. But I'm by no means knowledgeable about this and looking for help.
500 would be more than enough. I would suggest hitting up bestbuy or similar and listen to some speakers. As for the metal building you can extend the antenna outside but it can be tricky. I prefer to use the net for it especially with that inverter. My current garage setup is 2 Bose 201 bookshelf speakers with a HarmenKarden AVR 5 receiver. I have to keep it down because I work with the doors open and neighbors are home at night. Another option that's probably cheaper would be a computer audio system like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121050 Its similar to the one I have but mines older. If I turn it up enough I can hear it outside my house. You don't have to go super high end theres options for under 100 as well just make sure they are wired connections.


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Headphones or anything long attached to the head or neck is a rather bad idea around machines.
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Unread 08-29-2014, 01:33 AM   #7
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Headphones or anything long attached to the head or neck is a rather bad idea around machines.
huh? wt r u talking about ?
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huh? wt r u talking about ?
He's talking about the well known common issue of wearing anything loose around machinery..such as loose clothing,jewelry etc..including wires from headphones that can get caught up into the machinery and pulled(including YOU) into the machinery...........
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He's talking about the well known common issue of wearing anything loose around machinery..such as loose clothing,jewelry etc..including wires from headphones that can get caught up into the machinery and pulled(including YOU) into the machinery...........
He wasn't talking about using headphones, he was referencing using an 1/8" to rca cable for connecting the computer to a stereo.
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He wasn't talking about using headphones, he was referencing using an 1/8" to rca cable for connecting the computer to a stereo.
all i saw was headphones.
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