Stories about my Office Setup
Tales of hesitancy, woe, triumph, and sex
Well, I’m not building a battlestation, so I can’t post there. And it’s not about headphones, although I’m using some iFi stuff, and my iPad currently says that it’s using a headphone, so perhaps the On-Topic, OFF Topic area is right.
As some of you that follow my whining know, I currently spend my days in my own office suite, located halfway up a hill in a turn of the millenium strip mall. The sign on the door has my name, and proclaims me a financial advisor. The sign above the windows says Edward Jones. The office has a reception/front area, then my inner sanctum, followed by a “conference” room (home of a mini fridge, and Miss Breville, the coffee brewer grinder) a tiny utility room where the computer stuff is, the shredder cabinets, microwave, and Mr. Keurig. In the back a storeroom and a bathroom.
Most of our offices are 2 people, an admin and an FA (Financial Advisor). 3 weeks ago my admin quit, rather than solve a difficult child care problem. Our byzantine talent acquisition process means that it will be months before I can replace her. So I’ve been thinking about having a small bit of music in the office to prod me into a better mood. There are businesses on either side, and a residence above me, so it won’t be Mahler’s 6th at realistic levels.
I think that eventually I’ll put in some Magnepan .7 speakers, but they have a 6 week wait to get, and I want to see first if I can concentrate with low level music. I know I can’t with headphones.
Today I toted my Rectilinear XI 2-way bookshelf speakers to the office. These are in nice condition, and have been lightly used. I also brought my Sansui AU-919 integrated amp, which I had retired a couple of years ago, some speaker wire and my iFi xDSD. The company had supplied me with an office “cabinet” that I’m sure in the 80s or 90s was a media station, with a TV on top and a VCR underneath, just the thing for “training videos”. All electronics were long gone, but many Edward Jones offices still have the cabinets as they are useful. (I wonder what happened to the typewriters).
I set the Rec XI’s on the floor on either side of the cabinet, and the Sansui inside it, using the media cutouts as intended. The xDSD was set to Bluetooth, and paired to my iPad Pro. I have no wi-fi network in the office, and can’t connect outside equipment to ethernet. But there are Comcast hotspots close, and I get about 3 fan bars when I connect that way. (I use Comcast at home, so get to use there “public” wi-fi).
For 30 seconds it was glorious, then it became half-glorious. Left channel faded to nothing. Turned off power, examined stuff, tried again. Same result. Switched speakers to posts for B speakers, changed RCA connectors to tuner from aux. Same thing. I would get sound for a short while, it would fade and not come back. Even when balance control was all to the left, nothing.
Apparently the old Sansui did not like being retired. Went home, brought in my 1990ish Onkyo integrated amp, also not used. only 70 watts RMS per channel, but nowhere near as clean or well built as the Sansui. That works fine. I found a local repair person - has the appearance and house of a semi-retired EE guy, and he’s charging a reasonable $40 to check the Sansui. He would do a full filter capacitor and signal path recapping for $200-300, and maybe it won’t need that.
I don’t think the Onkyo is clean enough to drive the Maggies I eventually want. My wife thinks the Rectilinear XI’s are both “cute” and sound good, but then she isn’t an audiophile. At all. I think they look as dated as they are. Amazon should be sending me a Zen Streamer DAC next week and some speaker stands. I can stream BT5 from my iphone and then will have an excuse to upgrade my first gen iPad Pro to the new M-chip iPad. eventually.
If/when I decide to pull the trigger on the Maggies, I’ll have to think about placement and how to best hide wiring - maybe in the attractive plastic molding along the walls. And I might think about not using BT also.
So that’s where it stands as of tonight. I’ll probably do some pics again eventually. The idea is NOT to have it look impressive, but to be simply part of the decor.
I’m lying about the sex, but maybe it will get some attention