Even MORE beautiful music
Back in January I wrote about learning to play an instrument on board. Well, we all know that isn’t going to cut it on the music front!
When we purchased Katana, David and Jackie, her previous owners, included a nice portable Sony stereo in the deal. It’s a great unit, but because it runs on 120 VAC, it isn’t really appropriate for long-term use while on the hook (at anchor). So, up for sale it has gone!
So what then can we use for music? Up to this point, 99% of the time we have been using a portable speaker unit for our iPods. Is that perfect? Well, not really. While it may not be sufficient for many people, the sound volume and quality is fine for us. The problem is that we still periodically need to charge this unit using 120 VAC. Although we do have a good inverter on board, using an inverter to change 12 V battery power into 120 VAC to then charge a battery doesn’t seem super efficient (and it isn’t).
While browsing Boat Bits blog some time ago I came across the post about the Left Coast Simple Stereo. This unit, which uses very little power, seemed pretty much perfect for the application we would use it for. That is, amplifying our iPods music. So, into my bookmarks went the link for their site (At the time I initially bookmarked the unit they were sold out. Now they once again appear to be shipping them). Is there a downside to this unit? Well, yeah, it’s a tad pricey!
Today I went back and did some more research on it and found a site that describe the Left Coast unit in good detail.
Are we going to buy it? Well, not at this point. In the newly-prioritized list of things-to-buy, this isn’t even written down yet. Perhaps I’ll look to see if I can wire the portable unit that we do have directly to 12V, without blowing it up of course.