If you don’t have several hundred million in the bank, and a massive company to lord over, it’s hard for us normal folk to emulate Steve Jobs.
But you could build a sound system like Steve’s.
Based on an iconic portrait of Jobs in his almost empty Woodside, California home in 1982, Wired pieced together the various stereo components needed to build a hi-fi system, endorsed by the man with a taste for nothing less than excellence.
The setup includes an MK1 GyroDec turntable, Denon TU-750s digital tuner, 200 Watt per channel STASIS-1 power amp, FET-One preamp, and massive Acoustat Monitor 3s speakers. (The albums, if you’re interested, include the Bach Brandenberg Concertos, Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Songbook, and Steely Dan’s Aja.)
You can check out Wired for a gallery featuring details and images of all of the above, but the whole ensemble will set you back around $8,200 — not including the records. As Wired notes:
“[The items] embodied everything [Jobs] held dear in high-end industrial design: clean lines, quality materials and workmanship, outstanding performance–price be damned. Although he would eventually upgrade to far more exotic equipment, like six-figure Wilson Audio speakers, this old school rig is still considered serious audio porn today.”
Or you could just buy an iPod Shuffle for $49.