Deceptirig: Starscream 2.0
To expand on my most recent personal build Deceptirig: Starscream to give it the audio and desk upgrade it deserved.
Its been a tad bit over a year since I finished this monster and I initially wanted to do an audio upgrade alongside the build but funds did not allow that. So here we are about a year and a week later and I have finally wrapped up the gaming battlestation (mostly)!... Waiting on a couple monitor stands, another monitor, and my JBL sub to arrive that is on backorder.
I'll break the upgrades down into sections below (Going to keep it pretty simple as this is just upgrades to the overall setup, if you want to read in more detail check out the original build mentioned above. Thank you!):
This started off with me picking up the JBL LSR305 studio monitors, a JBL LSR310s subwoofer, a Denon DP300F turntable, and a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 as a main hub for them all to run through, including my PC.
I was running this for about a week on my old glass desk and was completely out of room. I actually had to get a second table for my turntable itself to sit on. While brainstorming ideas I actually picked up a triple monitor stand and designed brackets to make the monitors mount to it, but when the stand arrived it was much heavier than I anticipated and didn't trust a glass top with so much weight and equipment.
It was brought to my attention that the Focusrite 6i6 was a really poor way to go about managing my monitors, especially since I don't do any live recordings. So I returned that and picked up the Jotunheim Balanced multibit DAC and Amp from Schiit, along with their Mani phono pre-amp to run with my turntable, and a SYS for additional inputs and individual channel volume tweaks.
After having the Jotunheim for a bit I pulled the trigger on Massdrops HD6xx headphones and the fan music balanced cables for them. Those have yet to ship though I can't wait to try them out!
This is where the gears really started turning. I wanted a clean desk space with more real estate and something I could really customize for my needs. I decided to borrow the admittedly overplayed setup from randomfrankp and add some tweaks of my own. Such as I decided to get a solid wood butchers block and then stain and seal it myself instead of getting the particle board tops Ikea sells cheaper to risk permanent damage to the top if liquids penetrated the thin outer veneer they put on them.
So I picked up an 8' long solid piece of birch butchers block and applied 2 coats of special walnut stain, and 2 coats of semi-gloss wood sealer. I think the color came out amazing and it has a really nice golden brown shimmer to it. The color shifts as you walk along it, its a really cool effect. I sadly had to taint the top by drilling two 1/2" holes in it to mount the speakers but the outcome I think was worth it.
The thing I am most impressed with in the setup is baby Groot though.
When the monitor stands arrive I will be putting an Asus 4k monitor above my main monitor, and then a Samsung 4k monitor in the section to the right as a secondary gaming station for guests.
Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, I enjoy helping people on here however I can! Enjoy