How to build Steve Jobs’ stereo system, circa 1982

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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.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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