What’s Your Music and Audio Setup in Your Home Office?

Nice... but a little sterile.

I have yet to install any music “solution” in my blogger’s home office as it’s still being worked on but I know that many of you can’t work without music in the background (like me).

For me it almost doesn’t matter what the song is – and I put it on repeat until I decide to change it. I’m a pop music !@#$@ (bad word there, but you get the picture) and anything in the Top 40 is probably in my playlist. I’ll admit it; I like that stuff.

But it’s not the content necessarily but the emotive qualities and repetition that keeps me productive. If I spend any more time trying to explain this personal phenomenon it’ll just sound weird so I’ll stop now.

In any case, I’m curious if anyone has any good suggestions on a home music setup that works really well? I moved into a new home earlier this year and haven’t done any dramatic changes to my office space (yet). Still planning and organizing but music is on top of the list.

I’d welcome any and all suggestions. Pictures would be sweet!

[This is part of the Problogger Home Office Series.]

  • http://www.mutantminds.com Mutant Minds

    I have always been a fan of Creative products. I am sure there are some higher end systems out there like Bose, but I have found that a simple 5.1 surround sound system to be awesome.

    In gaming, nothing like being able to feel the explosions in front of you and behind you. In music, to feel the cello or base in a room filled with music from all directions is pretty incredible as well.

    I presently have an older Creative 5.1 system, but if I were to upgrade I would get the following:

    Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Speakers
    http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Inspire-T6160-5.1-Speakers/M/B002IJ95ZM.htm

    Then I would upgrade my computer’s sound card with this:

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro
    http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-XFi-Surround-5.1/M/B0044DEDCA.htm
    (with the usb you can plug it into a desktop or notebook)

    If you wanted wireless which does make an office look cleaner then you can go with this:

    Creative ZiiSound T6 Wireless Surround Sound System
    http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-ZiiSound-T6-Wireless-Surround-Sound/M/B004JK1VMS.htm
    (although I prefer to have individual speakers behind me instead of bouncing the sound off of the walls)

    All of the above is great, but you did say a home office. In your case with a little one in the house you should also get a wireless headset. You can crank it up as loud as you want, as late as you want. I have one of the older surround sound headsets, and it is awesome. The range is pretty killer too. You could walk downstairs to the kitchen, to get another cup of dark deliciousness from your Chemex, and not miss a beat. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yikes, this is awesome! thanks so much bro!

  • Moe

    I don’t know if you know about Sonos, but they are the best home setup for audio. The concept is that you buy a “bridge” and hook it up to your wireless router and connect as many speakers as you like in any room. Control all the music from your Computer or mobile device.

    Best part is that you can control the song and volume of each speaker individually. So if your kid is listening to Bieber (what kid isn’t today?) in her room, you can listen to “Black Eyed Peas” in your office. Even if you move to the kitchen and have your phone with you, you can play it in the kitchen as you get your coffee on and never lose a beat.

    It works with iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, and most services available.

    Anyhow, here’s a link. They are fantastic:

    http://www.sonos.com/listenoutloud

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      dude. checking this out…..!

  • http://www.savetheartist.net Chase

    I’m pretty straight forward. Give me my Sony headphone with Pandora and I’m happy.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      that is quite simple. easy does it.

  • Chase Livingston

    I normally use headphones as well since I’m usually working around other people. I’m quite partial to my Sennheiser PX 200-II i Lightweight Supra-Aural Headphones with 3 Button Control for iPod, iPhone, and iPad

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks chase! looking into these.

  • Rob Campbell

    I have a Cambridge Soundworks all-in-one sytem (their equivalent of the Bose Wave Radio) that I bought off Craigslist for $100. It has excellent, room filling sound without cranking the volume. The system came with an Ipod dock, into which I plugged an Anycom FIPO bluetooth-to-ipod adapter. I bought mine for about $25; unfortunately, it’s rare now and costs about $100. I use it to stream anything I can play on my EVO 4G: local music, cloud music, Pandora, Spotify, etc. It’s like a Sonos on the cheap.

    I also have a Bose Wave Radio in perfect working condition, which I snagged for $75 off Craigslist, in my living room. For getting these highly sought after items before others, I recommend using a smartphone app that notifies you when new listings matching your criteria appear.

    Thanks for the great blog. I hope to launch my own soon, with your experience helping me out.

    Thanks,
    Rob

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks rob! appreciate the advice!