October 26th, 2010 | Filed under Blog, Photos, Technology
This weekend I tore the guts out an old radio cabinet in hopes of placing the home theatre gear that currently resides below the television inside. My Media Mini (Mac Mini) was a fairly easy fit along with the center channel speaker. However, the Xbox (otherwise known as the “hotbox”) didn’t have enough room to breath and not overheat…so that plan was nixed.
Hailing from an era when technology was also seen as furniture, I didn’t want to see the cabinet shell go to waste, so I stuck my office speakers inside and my turntable on top. So while the cabinet lives on I didn’t have room for all the glorious tubes and resisters inside. Before I completely dismantled the thing I took a couple of photographs of what I think is probably the coolest bit about analog technology. I’ve always loved the way tube guitar amps sound, and someday I’m going to either build or track down a functional tube stereo for my office. I know I could never convince the lady that a stereo needed to warm up for 10 minutes before it became audibly usable, but I sure don’t mind. In the mean time I’m thinking about making prints of these to hang above the cabinet. A fitting tribute to the beauty of old technology, both inside and out.