Unlike so many, I’ve had the privilege of being able to continue to work throughout the pandemic with only minor interruptions. I haven’t been spending excessive amounts of time at home, and I’ve still had to squeeze a lot out of my off-time, with the computer business, school, and my volunteer work.
That being said, since I plan to significantly increase my school work load starting in the fall, I decided that I should put my stimulus to use and make some changes to my home workstation while it’s still financially feasible for me. Here, I’ll be documenting those changes as I go.
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First, the before picture:
My planned upgrades are high-fidelity audio and a second monitor. Productivity to the max!
- Jamo S 803 passive bookshelf speakers
- SVS SB-1000 subwoofer
- Aiyima D05 DAC/amp
- Wall mounts for the speakers
- Dual headphone hanger
- JDS Labs Atom headphone amplifier
- ASUS monitor (I’m using it in vertical orientation)
After several days of working with these upgrades, I can say I’m very satisfied! I spent a little too much money, I think, and bought some things that I ended up not needing. I discovered that I prefer separate headphone and speaker controls, so I didn’t use the small RCA cables I had bought to connect the Atom amplifier to the D05.
I have to say that having a second monitor in portrait mode is extremely nice. I can use it for referring to documentation or textbooks while doing my main work on the landscape monitor. I highly recommend this configuration if you’re thinking about getting a second monitor for your own workspace.
As always, be well.