Planning on rigging up some sort of 2.1 system. Preferably something I can somewhat cart around. Until then, it's headphones.
I like listening to music while I work... ...and while doing anything I can listen to music while doing. I enjoy many genres and eras of rock and metal... ...especially the heavier, headier, more progressive stuff, in general. That's my bread and butter. I love music with energy and power and just... scale.
But when working in the garage, it wears me down and bogs out my focus long before I'm hours deep into working on something (say... sanding large quantities of rough boards through 3-4 grits.) I just get fatigued and start to lose my motivation. I much prefer more ambient, easy going electronic music (Boards of Canada, mostly.) That or some laid back jazz. Maybe some instrumental hip-hop beats here and there. Keeps me calm and focused. Plus, I don't feel like I've got someone in my head trying to steal my attention away from what I'm doing... ...like that annoying buddy who leans over you and tries to make smalltalk while you're trying to take measurements for difficult joints. That's what loud, heavy music is to me in the shop.
I use ear protection when I run heavy equipment. Even if I had earbuds I wouldn't use them while running any kind of saw other than a hand saw. Otherwise I may screw up a nice board, at best...
Life's too short to be caught using cheap sandpaper.
Last edited by zyglrox; 12-29-2017 at 08:11 PM.