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whackamus's You Can't Go Home Again (But You Can Sure As Hell Live in Denial) System
Last Update: April 20, 2001 at 15:08:04 IP Address:
Amplifier: Aragon 4004mkII (200 watts RMS 8 Ohms; 400 watts RMS 4 Ohms; 700 watts RMS 2 Ohms)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Acurus RL-11
Speakers: Infinity Renaissance 90s (honey oak; 87 dB SPL (1 watt @ 1 metre)); Infinity 9 Kappa Reference Standards (89 dB SPL (1 watt @ 1 metre))
CD Player/DAC: Sony CDP-X55ES; Adcom GCD-575
Other Source(s): Vintage Heathkit tuner (SS)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Yamamura Millennium 3000 (bi-wired); AudioQuest Ruby (RCA)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): N/A
Tweaks: Renaissance 90s have 35 lb. lead weights stacked on top of them; 9 Kappas have felt covering the top and bottom of front-firing S-EMIT super tweeter
Room Size (LxWxH): 22 x 13 x 7 1/2
Room Comments/Treatments: Acoustic panels all over the place (need them for those 9 Kappas); bookcases, thick shag rug
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): This one's strictly for hard rockin' sorties to the very margins of...acute hearing loss.

Instructions: Simmer slowly, add bourbon and stir in some sloppy-and-yet-irresistible British coke-and-blues [the Rolling Stones 1967-1972; the Faces]; enjoy, get it on, and mellow down easy wif' some sloppy-funky-and-still-(after-all-these-years)-laden-with-turpitude Texas boogie blues [ZZ-Top, 1973-1978]; bring to a boil with some British Maximum R&B [The Who, 1970-1973]; and chill your dry white husk of a self out with some patented 70's have-pretension-will-make-progressive...rock(?) [early and middle Genesis, King Crimson and Yes].

System Goals/Comments: Wanted to recreate the experience of growing up and listening to loud rock music at ear-splitting/family-pooch-deafening levels; I've succeeded admirably (the family dog is stone deaf, if nothing else).
System Strengths: Thomas Wolfe be damned: You *can* go home again: It's situated in my boyhood bedroom in my ancestral home. Every now and again -- when I'm visiting with the parents and if I'm beginning to overstay my welcome -- I can still play it loud enough to compel my dad to barge in (barbaric; mystical; wild-eyed) and tell me to "turn that [expletive-deleted] noise the hell off."
System Weaknesses: It's located over 300 miles away from my primary residence. It's conducive to noise violations, to police citations and to other legal entanglements
Video/HT System: None
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Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Sticking it to Thomas Wolfe (and for what it's worth, **Of Time and the River** is a much better novel than **You Can't Go Home Again**, damn it).

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