… to Jeremy! Jeremy’s birthday isn’t until August 8th, but he bought himself some presents anyways:
A fancy “new” turn table and a cool table to set it on! We have a pretty (but not audiophile-friendly) record player in the hall/foyer, but Jeremy wanted one for the downstairs. He watched for turntables on eBay for months, and finally decided on this one, a Technics SL- D205.
The little table fits the turn table perfectly! It’s from Home Goods. Supposedly it is made in India from reclaimed/recycled wood – hence the various colors and textures. It’s pretty cool. The cabinet is the perfect size for vinyl. The drawer is also handy, since it houses the preamp. The turn table plugs into the preamp, and the preamp connects to our receiver. The preamp is necessary for the turn table to work with our modern receiver.
This is the magic of the media room! Just plug your turn table into the wall and get magic surround sound! In reality, there is a wire that runs through the walls and plugs into the receiver in our storage room. The running of the wire was my gift to Jeremy.
Here’s where things get complicated. First, let’s start with placement. Wouldn’t it be better if the audio jack was closer to the outlet? Look back to the first picture in the post, the table doesn’t hide the plug. Well, I agree with you, that would look better.
So, I first cut a hole next to the outlet. The plan was to remove the baseboard and run the wires along the floor to the corner, and then behind the built-in bookcase. Behind the bookcase is accessible via under the stairs, so I thought it would be easy.
Wrong. I forgot that along this wall the foundation is elevated. So, behind the baseboard is cement. In order to get the wires to the corner and behind the bookcase I would have to drill a hole through the studs in my way. That was not happening. So, my new hole is on the other side of the stud. The next part was to get behind the bookcase.
The brown to the right is the MDF backing of the bookcase. When I pull back the insulation I can access the stud that forms the corner of the two walls. As you can see, there are already some wires running through that stud: the speaker wire for our left rear in-wall speaker, electric and ground wire for outlets (don’t worry, I turned the power off). Above the electric wire I drilled a hole. Then I used the fish tape to push the audio wires through the stud and out the hole in the wall.
Ta-da! These wires hook up to the back of the jack cover. Now we can enjoy vinyl downstairs, very loudly. It sounds great coming from our in-wall speakers. I really can tell the difference between this new turn table and our not-as-professional record player. We’re listening to records I’ve heard a thousand times and I am picking up on elements I just couldn’t hear before.
But wait, what about that extra hole I cut in the wall? For the solution to that and many other drywall issues, check out my next post.