Darkroom Friendly CD Player

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    Everyone --

    I picked up a nice stereo receiver at a garage sale Saturday. I 'shut off' the bright front panel lights by cutting a wire, and now I'm thinking of adding a CD player.

    My question to you is: Are there any 'darkroom friendly' CD players out there? Something with dim red LEDs, or the ability to shut off the panel lights.

    What have you done?

    -- Bill
     
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    I solved my musical light problem by putting it all in a cabinet with a door that can be closed on it light tight.Wires feed out to widely spaced speakers.
     
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    I use a computer with speakers. Works great, I just turn off the monitor when I'm working.
     
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    Black gaff tape saves the day again.
     
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    most any walkman with 'line out' (not all have that by any means) will work nicely without emiting any light at all. i'm listening to mine, which is playing in the darkroom, while i'm out here at the 'puter taking a break. it's a terrific accessory for long hours printing.
     
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    I bought Bose's CD Wave player last year after building my darkroom. It gives outstanding sound and the front contains only a small clock display which does not affect my printing at all. The operating buttons are on top and I am so pleased with how it affects my long printing sessions via brilliant sound production! It also has a built-in radio.
     
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    Agree with JoVo on the "walkman". Mine is CD/WMA compatible. It is plugged into a set of powered computer speakers. Good sounds less than $100. The speakers did have a green power on, so (with reference to Fugazi Dave) black gaffer tape sealed the deal.

    Rock on.
     
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    I use a standard old boombox with removeable speakers that are in each corner of the room. When developing film I throw a very high tech towel over the thing and it works fine. I don't want to gaffers tape it because then I can't tell which CD selection I'm on or what radio station.

    The towel also works well for drying hands when not used as a cover.


    Michael McBlane
     
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    Also doing the walkman route. Got a sony that will play mp3's so thats 11 LPs on one cd for those really long sessions. I come out of there sometimes looking like gollum.
     
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    iPod. There is no substitute in the darkroom. I have 1889 songs on mine.
     
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    I feel so strongly about this issue that I must break my lurking silence. Plain old gaffer tape (I'm referring to the tape being plain and old, not the gaffer - just in case there are any gaffers reading this) really will not do in a proper darkroom. You must get genuine Leica black tape from a Leica dealer. This stuff effectively covers anything red and it sticks to everything, including silk-embroidered newt skin with hammertone finish.

    'Hope this helps.'