|New Speakers, Surprise Road Trip, Better Mental Health (yay!)
||[Jun. 29th, 2017|12:30 am]
Transitioning into liminal space
Alright. Things are much better after the weekend. Maybe it has something to do with there being an external framework forcing me to do things other than lie down. Maybe it's time passing from the events that caused major stress (though I'm still feeling really anxious about volunteering at the shelter tomorrow). I know that some of it is much-appreciated love and support from Danae and time spent dating pigeons and snuggling with Phaedra. Things are better. Maybe I can set something up that will give me something to do this weekend.
In the meantime, I was a bunny taxi today. I took five rabbits to the vet and six back. I had an hour between those things, so I bought paper for the shelter, then went to the nearby Best Buy. So empty looking! But coincidentally, they had a set of the Klipsch speakers I'd decided were a possible purchase. I listened to a few different things on them at the demo station and they were wonderful. Describing the experience to Danae and Nathan, I said that it was kind of like this: you know when you have an itch really deep in your ear and it's impossible to scratch it so you kind of massage the area around your earlobes and it only kind of makes it more frustrating? Listening to these speakers was like being able to scratch that itch, except with sound.
Once I'd heard them in person, I decided to jump on Craigslist and see if any were available. I'd missed some R-14Ms because I hadn't decided on Klipsch yet, but just two hours ago someone had posted some R-15Ms for sale. He wanted $150 for them, when even on Amazon they're $210 a pair plus shipping. I think it was meant to be. Having the 15s instead of the 14s was a little bonus. They're entry level but are the nicest bookshelf speakers in their line, and while the specs are only mildly better than the 14s in frequency response, they can handle 85 watts of sustained power rather than the 50 watts of the R-14Ms. Not that I'll likely be playing music that loud in a condo. The only sad part is that the low-end response falls off below 62hz, and extends only to 54hz. There's only so much you can do with a 5.25" woofer. (Yes, insert jokes here.) I have a powered sub as part of a 5.1 channel setup I could use with them, but that introduces all sorts of problems if I'm looking for hi-fidelity as opposed to thumpy bass. I'll probably do without for listening to stereo sound.
So anyway, there was a surprise trip to Sycamore, Illinois tonight to buy them. The seller and I talked about various options for meeting up, but our schedules didn't play nicely. We decided on tonight.
But tonight was our housemate's birthday dinner at Olive Garden (rescheduled since his planned picnic was rained out). So I met he and Danae for a nice birthday dinner, then dashed out to make the drive. I was a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to hear the speakers first, but felt reassured by discussing the issue on the phone. I felt even better when I met him; he's a really interesting guy! He's a professional magician and plays some venues in Chicago as well as near Dekalb. We talked about magic, juggling, working for yourself vs for a company, photography, theatres, and, of course, music. He made a few recommdations and sent me some links for some electronic and experimental stuff that I'm definitely going to follow up on. I think we have similar tastes.
Ok, time for bed. Maybe tomorrow I'll have a chance to hook up my pretty, pretty new speakers that I was caressing on the way home. (And these things really are pretty.) But buying speaker wire may have to wait until the weekend. The first disc will be, of course, Dark Side of the Moon. Thinking about Clare Torry's strange, beautiful, wordless wail on The Great Gig in the Sky on the nicest speakers I've ever owned really gives me something to look forward to.
Spec sheets for those who care (all 0 of you since Cmcmck moved excluisvely to Dreamwidth and I haven't set up over there...)