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Cheapskate Filter

Can I record LPs onto CDs by hooking up my PC to my stereo? I have a stereo, I have a PC with CD drive. I don't have a CD burner. Being a big fat cheapskate, I'm wondering if there's a way to record my LPs onto CD without buying yet another stereo component.
posted by scratch on Aug 1, 2005 - 12 answers

Why does my stereo screech at certain pitches?

I recently moved my stereo to a new location. After I reassembled it, it started making screeching noises whenever a certain pitch is hit. [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jul 25, 2005 - 11 answers

wireless stereo

I'm wondering if there's a relatively easy way to play a live music stream off iTunes (KCRW) on my "real" stereo. I've got an iBook g4 and an Airport. Is there a way to wirelessly send that signal somehow into my stereo, so I can carry my laptop around to different locations but having the iTunes stream function like a regular FM signal on my stereo... any ideas?
posted by dearleader on Jul 14, 2005 - 9 answers

Stereo to mono?

Seeking a freeware MS Windows Media Player plug-in to play stereo mp3s as mono. [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Jul 6, 2005 - 4 answers

I need some help with home audio.

I need some help with home audio. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Jul 3, 2005 - 12 answers

How to foil car stereo theives?

Help me secure my car: For the seventh time in two years, I'm buying replacement window glass for my car. For the third time in two years, I'm shopping for a new stereo. For the second time in two years, I'm wondering what in the heck petty thieves want with my car registration and insurance forms. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Jun 14, 2005 - 31 answers

Multimedia Jukebox with Web Interface?

Does anyone have any reccomendations for multimedia jukebox software with a web interface? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on May 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Small audio amp?

I have a small Soundworks subwoofer with satellite speakers I want to use with my Mac. I need a small, no frills amp just to, well, amplify. Is there such a beast at a reasonable price?
posted by cccorlew on May 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Fix my Denon CD player?

We have a Denon UD-30 minisystem with CD player and radio. The CD tray will no longer open. Help? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 26, 2005 - 3 answers

home stereo advice

I've always played music through my PC & PC speakers, or through a cheap boombox/stereo. I get decent quality through my PC, but I'd really like to separate it out and get some good speakers for just for music. The problem is, I don't exactly know how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Apr 25, 2005 - 7 answers

Bargain Stereo Component solution

I'm moving into a new apartment in a couple of weeks. It's completely wired for sound and has a rack in a closet for components. I know nothing about components, but think it would be great to hook something up. Help? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Mar 3, 2005 - 10 answers

Build my stereo system

1. I want to buy/install small satellite speakers for my TV and to play music through my computer (AirPort Express). Do I need an amplifier or a receiver? Can someone guide me through this? Please help! [more inside]
posted by scazza on Feb 26, 2005 - 12 answers

Subwoofer Recommendations

stereofilter: I'm interested in replacing my subwoofer. I have some cheap RCA thing that really overemphasizes a single note. I'd like to replace it with something that has better frequency response, preferably a self-powered sub, and I don't want to pay a fortune for 'stereophile' stuff like so many people seem to do.
posted by delmoi on Feb 13, 2005 - 9 answers

How Dangerous Is It to Drive With Earphones?

How dangerous is it to drive with earphones? I drive a noisy, noisy little car with a crappy stereo, and the tempation to just listen to my flash mp3 player with some Koss isolating earbuds is pretty strong, yet I don't want to endanger others or die in a fiery wreck. But at some point, with the car as noisy as it is, what's the difference?
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2005 - 26 answers

Strange Electrical Happening with My Car and Two Car Stereos

Apologies for CarFilter, however: some weeks ago my car stereo began behaving badly before finally dying. [mi] [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie on Jan 29, 2005 - 5 answers

Wireless home theater, possible?

In considering the home entertainment setup for the house I've just purchased, I'm looking for suggestions and advice on going wireless and streaming music from a PC to, well, everywhere. How best to do this? The main PC doing the work can be located anywhere, but I'd sure like some sort of control over what's playing in each of the main locations. Stereo in the living room, maybe some small speakers in the kitchen and upstairs... whatever. Your experience and product recommendations, please.
posted by danwalker on Dec 27, 2004 - 12 answers

RCA vs Coax Cable

Stereo/home theater cable question(s): Can you use a "regular" RCA cable as a "Coaxial digital" interconnect for digital audio from, say, a DVD player to a receiver? The plug seems the same size, but don't know if it carries the same signal. Similar question: can you use a standard AUDIO RCA cable (red or white) to carry a standard VIDEO RCA signal? Or does it have to be the yellow-labeled RCA?
posted by robbie01 on Dec 25, 2004 - 27 answers

iBook sounds terrible on my home stereo.

When I plug my iBook into my home stereo, it sounds horrible. Way bass-y and mumbly. I can tweak it - setting the iBook volume way low and messing with bass and treble on the stereo - so it's passable, but I'm wondering if I'm doing it wrong. (I plug it from the headphones jack into the Phono input.)
posted by booth on Dec 21, 2004 - 13 answers

Opening up the dashboard of a Hyundai Tiburon

Anybody know how to get into the dashboard of my Hyundai Tiburon? I am getting an aux adapter cable to plug into the back of Pioneer head unit, but poking around doesn't show any easy way to get the dash off. It might be there are some screws on the front of the head unit that will release it without taking apart the car. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Dec 20, 2004 - 6 answers

Car Stereo Mysteries

Why is my car stereo cutting off and on? [+] [more inside]
posted by lynda on Dec 16, 2004 - 15 answers

How to set clock on JVC stereo?

I have a JVC FS-6000 micro stereo system that I plug into my reciever to play cds. I'd like to know how to set the clock on it. I lost the manual years ago, but I can turn the clock off, but everytime I play a cd, the clock comes back on, and I have to turn the display off again. I've tried every sort of combination of buttons pressed on both the unit and the remote, but can't seem to get it to work. Anyone know how?
posted by corpse on Dec 11, 2004 - 2 answers

Is there such a thing as a good compact stereo?

Is there such a thing as a good compact stereo? Not a boombox, mind you. Just a small system that will neatly fit into the entertainment center beneath the TV. Something reliable that will play the radio and CDs. It would also be nice if I could route the TV audio through it. I am not an audiophile, and buying individual components scares me. But my budget is also only $200-$300ish. Any hope for me?
posted by piskycritter on Nov 21, 2004 - 15 answers

How can I make my stereo quieter?

How can I make my stereo quieter? [MI] [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on Nov 15, 2004 - 14 answers

Clever uses for a receiver

What to do with a Receiver? Someone in my building left a decent Pioneer receiver near the dumpster, obviously hoping that someone would put it to good use. I believe I might be that person, but am not sure what to do with it. I've already got a reliable radio that I enjoy listening to, my record player has it's own pre-amp, and I don't feel a need to add surround sound to the TV (in part because it would mean buying a mess of speakers). But I'm betting someone out there in MeFi land has a clever and novel idea for how it might be employed. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Nov 5, 2004 - 11 answers

iPod with Hearing Aid

My father is thinking about buying an iPod. One problem though is that he has a hearing aid in one ear (90% hearing loss in one ear due to a childhood ear infection), and he'd like in-ear 'phones, like those that come with the ipod, with independent volume control - so he can turn one ear off, and shunt the stereo > mono when he has the hearing aid in, and turn one way up when he has the hearing aid out. Any ideas?
posted by luriete on Oct 20, 2004 - 7 answers

Hooking up a hard drive

Is there any way/device to hook up an external harddrive full of my mp3'ed cd's and tapes to my stereo? I am not thinking of going the ipod way.
posted by FidelDonson on Oct 2, 2004 - 3 answers

Soundcard and stereo receiver "hum" ?

I have my soundcard plugged into my stereo receiver and there's a "hum" that I can't seem to get rid of. My receiver is otherwise fine: no humming at all with anything else that's plugged into it. I'm using a Sound Blaster Live! with the latest drivers and patches, Windows200, and a cheapo Radio Shack cable (1/8" stereo -> RCA). Tweaking my windows mixer settings doesn't seem to help anything (with my windows master volume turned down I still get the hum). What steps should I follow to attempt to fix this? Will a better cable help? Could it be a software issue? Do I need to buy a new soundcard? If so, which one?
posted by TurkishGolds on Sep 18, 2004 - 12 answers

How to find a skipless CD player for my car?

My car CD player (a Sony unit, probably about 6 years old) pretty much stutters/skips every CD I put in it, usually 5-10 minutes into the disk. Should I replace it, or try those lens cleaner thingies? Also, if I go to replace it, what's the metric in CD players' model specs that will tell me how well the lens will handle light scratches and/or burned CDs? I guess I could just get a really expensive one, but the only feature I really care about is that it doesn't skip.
posted by luser on Sep 14, 2004 - 7 answers

I'm looking at the JVC EX-A1, and want a NAD or a TEAC system. What direction should I take for a quality compact stereo system?

Looking at the JVC EX-A1, and really wanting a NAD or a TEAC system, what direction could be taken for a quality compact stereo system?
posted by four panels on Sep 1, 2004 - 1 answer

iPod Dock in Cars

Ugh..after holding my breath to see the iPod integration with BMWs, only to find out that it's a "cable securely integrated into your BMW’s glovebox", and by "securely integrated" they mean 12" of loose cable so my iPod can fly freely around the glovebox. Why can't someone make a car stereo that lets you slide in your iPod (or other device) as if it were an 8 track tape?

Is there some reason that car stereo's seem to lag so far behind other consumer devices in quality and features?
posted by freshgroundpepper on Jun 21, 2004 - 14 answers

Best format for MP3/WMA car CD player?

I just bought a new car stereo that plays MP3/WMA cds. My question: which format is better in the car?
posted by Quartermass on Jun 10, 2004 - 5 answers

Portable amplification for an mp3 player

Portable amplification for an mp3 player? (More inside). [more inside]
posted by liam on May 18, 2004 - 7 answers

Tube Amp < $500. Recommendations Wanted.

Can anyone recommend a tube (valve) amplifier kit in the ~ $500 (US) range? I was going to buy one of the Passion Audio Kit i11 amps but the company that offered them, Rotac in Quebec, quit selling them April 1st.
posted by tommasz on Apr 22, 2004 - 3 answers

Car Tape Player

The cassette deck in my car is so noisy that when I'm listening to books on tape on the iPod, all I can hear is the clacking and ratcheting of the tape deck as it gnaws on the cassette adapter. What can I do? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Apr 14, 2004 - 12 answers

Why is my car stereo fuse blowing?

Car stereo fuse blowing extravaganza! Please help salvage my stereo system. [more inside]
posted by dual_action on Apr 13, 2004 - 5 answers

CD Player Issues

Help! CD Player Laser Lens Not Working - Why? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Apr 4, 2004 - 7 answers

Audophile Advice on Connecting my Mac to My Stereo (Jack v. Sound Card)?

Advice needed from audiophiles! What's the best way to connect my Mac to my stereo system? Also, amplifier recommendations advice, more inside... [more inside]
posted by derbs on Feb 10, 2004 - 4 answers

Speaker Shopping

Do you have any advice on purchasing speakers for a home theater / stereo setup in an apartment building with relatively thin walls? [More inside....] [more inside]
posted by subgenius on Jan 18, 2004 - 7 answers

SACD: worth upgrading my CD player?

About 5 months ago, we bought an awsome Sony home theater system. At the time, I was focusing on buying a system that would play fully loaded DVD's, and did no research concening audio CDs. Consequently, I've become aware of SACD Cds. Unfortunately, the DVD/CD player does not have that capability. Is the sound of SACD CDs worth upgrading my DVD/CD player?
posted by lola on Jan 16, 2004 - 13 answers

Why are stereos measured in negative decibels?

Why is the volume of my stereo receiver measured in negative decibals? That is, 0 decibals is loudest (absolutely speaker-blowing deafening), -50 is a good loud setting, and -70 is good for quiet late-night music. My previous stereo was similar, as are most of the others I've seen in stores and friends' homes. WHY!?!?!
posted by The Michael The on Jan 9, 2004 - 13 answers

Connect my PC and my stereo

I'm looking for a wireless network client device that will access my main PC and allow me to listen to my MP3 library through my stereo. Ideally, the music selection process would be on the client end, accessible with a remote control, viewable on a television screen.
posted by crunchland on Dec 20, 2003 - 8 answers

good, small, inexpensive speakers

Looking for good, small, inexpensive speakers... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 19, 2003 - 8 answers

How best should I use these old Zenith Allegro speakers with a modern receiver?

I have an old Pair of Zenith Allegro speakers (50-watt, 8-ohm) with pre-attached cables and RCA-style plugs (male) for connecting to the stereo. I'd like to use them with a more modern receiver (50-watt max, 8-ohm) that accepts straight wire from the stereo; should I just lop off the ends and wire them in, or is there a better method? Also, can I use them with a >50-watt stereo if I keep the volume down, or is that just bad?
posted by The Michael The on Dec 17, 2003 - 2 answers

setting up a stereo system using my laptop as a music source

Question about setting up a stereo system using my laptop as a music source [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Dec 16, 2003 - 7 answers

FM Transmitter That Plugs Into PC And Transmits to House Appliances?

I'm looking for a gadget - essentially a low powered stereo FM transmitter I can plug into the sound output of my PC and broadcast the music on my harddrive to the various clock radios and stereos around my house. I guess a 30m range would be ample (although it does have to get through some pretty thick walls). So far the closest thing I've found are tiny battery-powered transmitters designed to plug into a CD-walkman and sit next to your car stereo while you drive - pretty useless for my purposes. Does anyone out there know of a suitable transmitter? And here's the crunch - do you think it would even be legal in Australia?
posted by Jimbob on Dec 13, 2003 - 8 answers

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