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The home bar sound system
jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
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From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2010-03-17 10:49 am   Permalink

I also have my computer directly connected to my amplifier and speaker system. As I have a 2500 sq ft room it is necessary to have good sound. I have 4 large speakers in each corner of the room. I have created playlists on my computer and play music according to the event/guests in my art studio/lounge.

I have over 4,000 tracks loaded onto my computer and still get tired of the 'sameold stuff' Ha! My solution to that is Live365.com - love it! Live streaming music by type of music. I of course frequently have "Javas Bachelor Pad" playing but also enjoy "The Green Lounge" and "Vegas Vics Tiki Lounge" or "Vegas Vics Rat Pack" another great station I found there is "Sunset Boulevard Mellow"

I have been a member of Live365 for over 10 years and love the uninterrupted, ad free streaming music. I know , I sound like an ad, but I really do enjoy the setup.

The computer to amp system allows me to really "crank up" the music, when I have a large group and in the late night hours, when they're in that dancing mood!


 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2010-03-17 2:12 pm   Permalink

I have a Seeburg SS 160 jukebox in my home tiki bar. I recently came across this web site:

http://www.johnjeanantiqueradio.com/juke.htm

If you scroll down to the SS160, you'll see the owner of this one installed an AM transmitter on his jukebox. Since I have the same model, I'm inspired to do the same. That way the music on the jukebox is playing on the stereo throughout the house. One of my summer projects, hopefully.


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ka'lenatiki
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Joined: Nov 13, 2009
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From: redding ca.
Posted: 2010-06-06 5:00 pm   Permalink

anybody have some ideas for a outside hut? The ipod dock sound just dosn't cut it outside well. I did find a old drive-in speaker that I think I'll gut and re-do for that theme park look, but it's the system that has me stumped. Outside stuff is damm exspensive

 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 332
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2010-06-06 5:50 pm   Permalink

I bought a pair of these on ebay for $70.00 and they look and sound great. (Indoor/Outdoor)

http://tikitoonz.com/

Here are a couple auctions (not mine):

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Pair-160W-Indoor-Outdoor-Tiki-Bar-Party-Speakers-NR-/120578452154?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c13092aba
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-320W-Pair-Weather-Resistant-Outdoor-Home-Speakers-/120577541975?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item1c12fb4757


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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2010-06-07 09:40 am   Permalink

But you get what you pay for. I shelled out some pretty good money when I bought all-weather speakers for my tiki deck, but after 3 Florida summers and a half-dozen hurricanes, they still are going strong and sound great.

 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2010-06-07 12:04 pm   Permalink

True dat, Bop
The ones I bought are still going strong but I would recommend that, unless your speakers are under cover, it's best to bring them indoors during the winter months anyway.
What kind did you get Bop? They sound indestructable

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Lodge 9
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Joined: Mar 22, 2010
Posts: 38
From: Wylie Texas
Posted: 2010-06-07 4:17 pm   Permalink

I replaced some old patio speakers around 5 years ago with some bose all weather speakers, and they sound great. Worth the extra cash and will play loud or low...

 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-06-07 8:25 pm   Permalink

Took a couple of big ol' speakers I've had since 7th grade (graduated HS in 1986) and built little huts over the tops of them. I wrapped the speakers in that black weed prevent material. I got a big spool of cheap wire and just ran it. The wire should be in pipe or heavy duty but it lasted 5 years before I accidentally broke one wire and had to replace a section of it. These are speakers for a loop of jungle noises. The bar stereo system is newer and nicer but still not as fancy as most stuff I've seen mentioned here. I will probably tear it out eventually and get something smaller one day.

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-06-07 8:50 pm   Permalink

Here's my sound system...reproduction, but reminds me of a HiFi my Dad gave me when I was a kid. It is a Crosley and they have good sound. Lift the lid for turn-table and CD does have repeat option, which is very handy when you are a little sloshed and forget to change the CD.


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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2010-06-08 09:41 am   Permalink

PuPu Pants: I've got a pair of Onkyo speakers. They were recommended to me by someone else who has an outdoor system for his pool. Looks like they've gotten out of the outdoor speaker business, though.

Make sure that you run the highest quality speaker wire out there (thick gauge and good insulation) and some waterproofing around where the wires attach to the speakers. I shrink-wrapped the wire/terminal connection and covered the whole area with duct tape (they are wall-mounted, so it doesn't show). Ask somebody with salt-water boat experience -- the harshest environment imaginable for electronics.


 
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Pikeys Dog
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Joined: Jun 03, 2008
Posts: 302
From: England
Posted: 2010-06-09 2:48 pm   Permalink

At the moment this is my sound system - soon to be added to with a Valve Ipod dock...





 
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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-06-09 4:03 pm   Permalink

I got this behemoth from 1964 living in the basement lounge. Not conducive to the escapist vibe at all. I thought at one time of having transparencies made for it to make it fit in but now I think it's time for it to go. Almost looks like a control station in the engine room of the U.S.S. Enterprise.






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Rudy
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Joined: Jun 09, 2010
Posts: 5
From: Portland
Posted: 2010-06-09 6:51 pm   Permalink

Hi guys, first post, although I read the forum often. Here is my stereo set up:



 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-06-09 8:11 pm   Permalink

Great first post Rudy...welcome to TC!!!

 
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Matt Reese
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-06-10 2:51 pm   Permalink

Nice velvet Elvis. I'm a believer in at least one Elvis item should exist in every home tiki bar. Nice sound system too.

 
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