So this was exciting!! In an effort to cut out some of the clutter that has been creeping its way into our small Brooklyn apartment. I had, stole, or borrowed, the idea of finding a old Hi-Fi credenza from my grandparents era and filling it with all the technology that surrounds a more modern entertainment system.
I’ve been hanging around eBay looking for a particular mid-century modern hi-fi credenza. As luck would have it I found the one I’d been looking for in a town just outside Detroit and the bid was $150. It’s a very clean Mid-Century modern design. With speaker cabinets that have foldable slats to access the sound or keep a clean look. There were 3 days left and I was certain that the price would shoot up as the end of the auction approached. I went to work early one morning to watch the final moments of the auction. As it turned out because the seller refused to ship (pick up only) the bids never increased. I got this beauty for $152!!!!!
My parents in their infinite willingness to help out agreed to head up to Detroit and pick it up. As it turned out I needed to travel to Ohio for work so I took a weekend to head home for a visit and start updating the credenza with some of the new technology to bring it up to date. (Please see the chart below. Items not to scale). The key component was the receiver. I rewired the record player and the original radio into it. Along with ripping out the original speakers and putting in the new bookshelf klipsch speakers. Which easily fit in the speaker cavity. After doing that basic setup I headed back to Brooklyn and my parents in there aforementioned willingness to help out. Drove the credenza up to us the next weekend.
As we waited for the unit to arrive I excitedly tore down the gigantic Ikea unit we had painfully constructed 4 years prior. In my hast to deconstruct the monster I forgot to take a picture of it packed full of knick nacks and books that added to what seemed to be a overwhelming wall of stuff. It took about 15 minute take apart and about 6 trips up and down the stairs to get out of the apartment.
When the credenza arrived it was pretty much ready to go. I hooked up the speakers put them back in place. Hooked the TV, Apple TV, and the original radio and record player into the receiver. I also found room for the Time Capsule that runs our wi-fi network as well as the cable modem. Thus leaving no set top boxes visible.
The key component that makes the entire plan possible is the Logitech Harmony Remote. It’s completely capable of being setup and controlled from the phone. It has a IR blasting hub that is connected to our wi-fi network and can turn on all the devices and set them to the correct input. It also uses a simple remote that uses RF so it need not be able to see any of the devices or even the hub to turn things on or control the devices.
I’ve posted some pictures below. I hope you enjoy them. This has been a really fun, and relatively simple project. (If you don’t count all the miles traveled to make it possible). A super special thanks goes out to my parents (Tom and Linda) for all the driving and help making this a reality.
Ikea super turd (before)
New much smaller hifi credenza (after)
All the new tech inside!!!