Retro Stereo Refurb Packs MP3 Server into a Vintage Cabinet

By Jason Fitzpatrick on September 8th, 2011

This handsome DIY project takes an old stereo cabinet, guts and refinishes it, and packs it full of new speakers, electronics, and a monitor with keyboard and touchpad interface.

Purists will cringe at the idea of taking an old stereo system (this one was non-functional) and gutting it, but the results are pretty awesome. Julian found the old record player cabinet on the curb waiting for the trash.

He gutted it, his wife refinished the wood and cloth grill, and then he retro-fitted it with it with a computer, monitor, and keyboard/touchpad. The build includes both local storage (so he can take it anywhere and access his music) and Wi-Fi access for streaming.

If you’re looking to build a dedicated music box and have it blend with your decor, his guide is a good place to start. Hit up the link below for additional build information and photos.

Modern Portable Music Console [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/8/11
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