I grew weary of hauling my iPod from the truck to the exercise room (boy, that whole sentence is an oxymoron!) Anyway, I have way too much gear laying around or stored and (today at least) too much time on my hands.
The pieces and parts:
Spare Gateway laptop w/wireless NIC
Dodd MLP preamp w/external PS (pulled out of storage)
Rebuilt Dynaco ST-70
Polk Audio SDA-2B Studio w/silk domes and upgraded xovers (my first Polks)
Assorted ICs, speaker cables, and PCs (pulled out of storage)
Dell 521 desktop system w/6000+ MP3s acting as wireless music server (my home office PC)
Put it all together and whadaya' got? An amazing sounding "spare" system (now with remote and access to far more MP3s than my old iPod can house) for $0 additional cash outlay.
I'm listening to Al Di Meola's "Kiss My Axe" as I type--one of my permanent reference albums--and it's spectacular. All in all a fun morning!
A couple of pics: