Out back on the sun porch, my backup audio system provides music for parties, dart games, cook outs, or just hanging out in warm weather.

Acoustat Spectra 1100 speakers, (wretched sounding) Infinity FET preamp, or Marantz 2215 receiver (modified with line outs) and Audio Research D-52 'd' solid state amplifiers (one for each speaker, vertically bi-amped).

A portable CD player, a HK -715 Digital Tuner and an Internet Radio feed from iTunes on my Mac (IC through the window), provide lots of music choices for what ever activity is going on out back.

This unheated porch may be a factor in the failure of the 1100 dynamic woofer drivers. Their cones have become separated from the rubber surrounds. I'm trying to find the correct replacement drivers. When I get them fixed I may have a pair of powered electrostatic hybrid speakers for sale !

Update: A Pioneer PL-530 DD turntable with Shure Me97HE cartridge was a welcome gift from a neighbor. The beautiful Marantz 2215 remains, with an inherited Sony 5-CD changer. This summer I'll add Airplay to stream inet radio with a 3rd gen AppleTV and Nuforce IKON DAC (they're just hanging around anyway). Oh, and the speakers are also neighborly hand-me-downs since I scrapped out the 1100's - JVC SK-S44 3-way bass reflex boxes. Not terrible, and the price was right.


Porch Audio

They're out of the way, but fill the room and the deck in good weather, with a nice sound and varied music for all occasions.


  Porch Audio detail

Update: I'd add some pictures of the current Porch system, but there is just too much damn electronic junk piled around it now, most from a 'gadget guy' friend who, about a year ago, abandoned a house with layers of technology from a long indulgence in many tech hobbies (now to assisted living with a surprising amount of gadgets still). Being a hater of waste, a strong recycler, and a bit of an obsessive organizer, I couldn't turn down the task of cleaning out all this stuff. There is still a lot left to be dealt with, and I've had enough for now.

But, no good deed goes unpunished. A mallet finger and torn rotator cuff was my penance. And all this 'stuff' hanging around.

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