Favorite 2 channel rig for Live Dead

Just curious what 2 channel rigs folks have or have had that excel at playing live dead.

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  • zuulzuul Posts: 96
    i'm listening to dick's pick #15 right now. HDCD. sounds great. details in my signature.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,889
    the usual:

    Frankenduplexes (Altec/JBL-EMILAR/Fostex drivers/horns, at least at the moment)
    Single-ended 2A3 amplification (Bottlehead Paramours at the moment, as my "normal" 2A3 amp is currently under the weather*).

    The new 5/8/77 Cornell University release (on CD) sounds really, really wonderful on these. Really wonderful.

    * http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/177762/dang-my-simple-2a3-amplifier-just-blew-up :(
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 451
    What else but a stack of McIntosh. See signature for details.

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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 89
    Very nice rigs . Thanks for sharing.
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 89
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    the usual:

    Frankenduplexes (Altec/JBL-EMILAR/Fostex drivers/horns, at least at the moment)
    Single-ended 2A3 amplification (Bottlehead Paramours at the moment, as my "normal" 2A3 amp is currently under the weather*).

    The new 5/8/77 Cornell University release (on CD) sounds really, really wonderful on these. Really wonderful.

    * http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/177762/dang-my-simple-2a3-amplifier-just-blew-up :(

    5/8/77 one of my all time favorites.
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,551
    5/8/77 one of my all time favorites.

    It's an awesome show and an excellent recording.
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  • Is that the sitting dead or the Walking Dead? When I'm walking and listening to the Dead I use my Zen Nano Mp3 player powered by a hum-less AA battery. I usually do not use the term "live" when I listen to the dead because, well, after all, they are dead. I may on occasion refer to them as "Undead."
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,202
    tratliff wrote: »
    What else but a stack of McIntosh. See signature for details.

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    Nice speaks pal, the Mac's aren't too shabby either. :) Good combo in my humble opinion.
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 89
    Is that the sitting dead or the Walking Dead? When I'm walking and listening to the Dead I use my Zen Nano Mp3 player powered by a hum-less AA battery. I usually do not use the term "live" when I listen to the dead because, well, after all, they are dead. I may on occasion refer to them as "Undead."

    Okay funny guy. Obviously I meant recordings of live shows...While Jerry and Brent are long gone the music is still being played. Saw Dead&Co 2 weeks ago at the Hollywood Bowl and it was rocking.

    Zen Nano with hum-less AA, sound like a fancy mobile music maker you have there.
  • I would send Gatecrasher a message as he is a very big Grateful Dead fan and very knowledgeable. The last time I went to the Hollywood Bowl was circa 1980 for an end of summer concert that featured the 1812 overture with real cannon effects plus choir. I thought the Grateful Dead had disbanded.

    For playback, I have a small living room and don't need a monster amp or speakers. I have a sub-woofer, a pair of Polk Audio RTI A5s small towers and a Yamaha R-S500. This setup does great with all genres of music, from classical to Rock Concerts. Most of my other speakers, even the sub par ones, sound pretty good when they are turned up loud.
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 89
    The Bowl is a great venue though parking can be challenging. Yeah, the band isn't the same without Jerry and Brent but you have 3 of the original members doing mini tours as Dead and Co..

    Not shopping for anything new was just curious what other members equipment preferences were.

    Thanks,
    RB
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 2,915
    tratliff wrote: »
    What else but a stack of McIntosh. See signature for details.

    d0m4g71qxph7.jpg


    Forgive the derail but what and where did you get the furniture?
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 89
    I have looked at that rig several times today..just admiring that set up.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,202
    afterburnt wrote: »
    tratliff wrote: »
    What else but a stack of McIntosh. See signature for details.

    d0m4g71qxph7.jpg


    Forgive the derail but what and where did you get the furniture?

    Looks to me like 3 individual, and identical racks with a piece of granite covering the top of all 3. Those Macs are no light weight. Great set-up, nice looks, positioned well. A good example of a dual purpose system.

    Notice the handy flashlight on the coffee table.....that's to find his left nut after he cranks on that bad boy system. :)
  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 1,723
    Live Dead..Skull and Roses and Europe 72... Repro'd on a Dual 1229.. Fed into a MX 110 Z..powered by a MC 240 and outed by 120 Ti's...Classic tunes and classic gear...sweet!..
  • tonyb wrote: »
    afterburnt wrote: »
    tratliff wrote: »
    What else but a stack of McIntosh. See signature for details.

    d0m4g71qxph7.jpg


    Forgive the derail but what and where did you get the furniture?

    Looks to me like 3 individual, and identical racks with a piece of granite covering the top of all 3. Those Macs are no light weight. Great set-up, nice looks, positioned well. A good example of a dual purpose system.

    Notice the handy flashlight on the coffee table.....that's to find his left nut after he cranks on that bad boy system. :)

    I wonder if it has an Ipod dock? That would be the cherry on top of the Chocolate Sunday.
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 451
    afterburnt wrote: »
    tratliff wrote: »
    What else but a stack of McIntosh. See signature for details.

    d0m4g71qxph7.jpg


    Forgive the derail but what and where did you get the furniture?

    Sorry for the late response and thread detail. I'm spending the week in Fiji.

    Tonyb is correct. That is 3 Sanus Euro racks with additional sized pillars. Then a custom peice of granite. Fits together really well but is one heavy ****. I needed something that would carry the weight of the amps as they are 100+ lbs each. It provides great flexibility and storage. PM me if you would like additional details.

    And no it does not have an iPod dock. But does have 3 DACs of different varieties.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,202
    See, told ya....he turned up that volume to the + side and his left nut blew all the way to Fiji. Impressive....

    Pics man, that's one place I need to go before I die.
  • dolsey01dolsey01 Posts: 26
    I'd really like to try either Spatial M3 Turbo or Tekton Double Impacts. I don't really have the space for the DIs so it would be the Spatials for me, just waiting for the right opportunity to come along.
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,370
    dolsey01 wrote: »
    I'd really like to try either Spatial M3 Turbo or Tekton Double Impacts. I don't really have the space for the DIs so it would be the Spatials for me, just waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

    let me know if you do, The M3's are high on my list to want to get my ears on!
  • TCKTCK Posts: 221
    Pio DV 47A -> Pio SC-1222K -> Adcom GFA-555 -> Polk SDA 2Bs. SDAs LOVE live Dead.
  • leftwinger57leftwinger57 Posts: 2,755
    For a retreaded band they have balls the size of Texas to charge over a Hundy for just ok seats. Even if I could afford that I refuse to pay for not the original article. I saw them in their prime about 28x and holding. Almost the same deal as TCK w/ the Adcom GFA-555 and 2Bs w/ NAD 1020a pre, Denon 1941ci cdp. Europe '72 is high on the list and a great show was from Pembrook Pines Florida in '77. Not the commercial release which is not the full concert but the entire show broadcast on GD.NET.

    http://www.setlists.net/?show_id=1019

    https://archive.org/details/gd1977-05-22.sbd.terrapin.dp3-rip.31789.sbeok.shnf
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 89
    For a retreaded band they have balls the size of Texas to charge over a Hundy for just ok seats. Even if I could afford that I refuse to pay for not the original article. I saw them in their prime about 28x and holding. Almost the same deal as TCK w/ the Adcom GFA-555 and 2Bs w/ NAD 1020a pre, Denon 1941ci cdp. Europe '72 is high on the list and a great show was from Pembrook Pines Florida in '77. Not the commercial release which is not the full concert but the entire show broadcast on GD.NET.

    http://www.setlists.net/?show_id=1019

    https://archive.org/details/gd1977-05-22.sbd.terrapin.dp3-rip.31789.sbeok.shnf

    Agreed the tickets are steep. Europe 72 is high on my list though I was in grade school. Around the same number of shows for me from 88-93. Thanks for sharing the components of your rig. I keep seeing used SDAs and would love to get my ears on them but certainly don't need more speakers :)
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