Bob Weir doesn’t need a miracle every day to give his audiophile ears some listening pleasure. When the former Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist isn’t playin’ in the band on his tours with current gigs Ratdog and Furthur (both of which serve up big doses of Dead material, of course), Weir can hang in his home studio and sunshine daydream while cranking up a McIntosh Labs-fueled audio system.
It’s not often we get a peek into the home rigs of musicians, so we were happy McIntosh sent along a photo and some info on Weir (you can check out www.furthur.net for upcoming tour dates), who’s still knocking on the golden door of northern California as his home.
Weir and the rest of the Grateful Dead got a taste of McIntosh’s spoils as the renowned Binghamton, N.Y., audio company had a big hand in the setup of the band’s legendary “Wall of Sound” that it started rocking out to audiences in 1974.
Now the music never stops for Weir with McIntosh goodies such as the company’s new MX150 A/V Control Center and the MXA60 Integrated Audio System (pictured next to Weir, at right), released as part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebration.
We don’t know if the rest of Weir’s home has a system like one of our favorite DIYer’s million-dollar McIntosh setup or this sweet Mac-driven theater, but we’re guessing he has plenty of listening options to keep him truckin’ with reference-grade music on SACD, HDCD, DVD-A, CD and maybe even vinyl (I’m thinking there’s a good likelihood Weir spins it around and around on one of McIntosh’s sweet MT10 turntables).
Despite its saint of circumstance as a compact audio system, the MXA60 can deliver a much larger sounding musical bang to serve as a mini wall of sound for Weir when he’s not on tour, thanks to its 75-watt amp and tube-based preamp. Weir definitely wouldn’t rather be in some dark hollow than jamming to his McIntosh A/V system; he may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least he’s enjoying the ride (but please, Bobby, shave the beard already).
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 10 Dead references (Weir leads, obviously) above. Since we couldn’t find a way to fit in Jack Straw, here’s a bonus YouTube video: