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    Was watching an interview with tonemeister Dweezil Zappa and he mentioned Fabio (yes, that Fabio) having the most amazing stereo system he'd ever seen, worth over a half million, etc. So I decided to Google it for fun. I have to admit, this won me over. Tom Green shows it in a house tour below, a partial list of the components:

    MAIN SYSTEM
    AmPro HD4600 video projector
    Stewart custom 12-foot ElectriMask perforated screen
    Faroudja VP 400 line quadrupler
    Runco LJR 11 laserdisc player
    Pioneer Elite LD-52 laserdisc player
    Lexicon CP-3 surround processor
    Krell KIS Reference A power amps (4)
    Krell MDA-600S power arnps (2)
    Krell KSA-100S power amps (2)
    Krell KSA-300S power amps (2)
    Krell KPS 20t CD player
    Krell DT-10 CD player
    Krell KRC-HR preamp
    Krell Reference 64 digital processor/power supply
    Martin Logan Statement speaker system (front left & right) w/custom Krell KBX crossovers (2)
    Martin Logan Logos speaker (center)
    Martin Logan Sequel II speakers (sides) (2)
    Infinity IRS V speaker system (surrounds) w/custom Krell KBX crossovers (2)
    Velodyne ULD18 powered subwoofers (2)
    Grado HP 1000 headphones
    Stax SR Lambda Pro headphones (2 pair)
    Transparent Audio MusicLink Reference interconnects, MusicWave Reference speaker cables
    Transparent PowerLink power cords and power-conditioning equipment
    Transparent Audio video cables

    DINING ROOM
    Pioneer Elite PRO91 rear-projection TV
    Martin Logan Quest speakers (2)
    Krell KSA-200 power amp

    KITCHEN
    Mitsubishi CS-35803 direct-view TV
    Panasonic AG-WI multi-format VCR

    BEDROOM
    Pioneer Elite PRO107 rear-projection TV
    Sony KP-61XBR28 rear-projection TV
    Pioneer Elite CLD-97 LD player
    RCA DSS satellite system
    Mitsubishi U80 S-VHS VCR
    Sony SLV-R1000 S-VHS VCR
    Krell CD-DSP CD player
    Krell KRC preamp
    Wadia 15 Digital Decoding Computer
    Harman/Kardon AVP1 surround processor
    Martin Logan Monolith III speakers (front right & left) (2)
    Martin Logan Quest speakers (surround) (2)
    Martin Logan Logos speaker (center)
    Krell KMA-200 power amps
    (2) Krell KAS-200 power amps (2)
    Denon POA-6600 power amp


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    Well thank goodness all that talent is going to something worthwhile.
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    I'm just bummed to learn that Dweezil's hangin' with Fabio.
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    I'm just bummed to learn that Dweezil's hangin' with Fabio.
    Dweezil was tagging along with Lisa Loeb (gf at the time) to a charity event she was singing at. He said me met Fabio by chance and ending up having a super interesting discussion with him. Dweezil was releasing a new album and Fabio told him he could "hear things you don't hear elsewhere" on his system so Dweezil went and listened to the album there I guess. Seems like that might have been the extent of it. The punchline is that everyone who meets Fabio seems to report that he is interesting and knowledgeable. Ha. What a character...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    The punchline is that everyone who meets Fabio seems to report that he is interesting and knowledgeable. Ha. What a character...
    Yeah, not knocking the guy. Just trying to be funny.
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    Of course. I love the irony of it all personally. Ha.

    Fabio is not merely a consumer of A/V gear; he also uses it to work on his own projects. "When I was a teenager in Italy, I used to stay up all night making reel-to-reel tapes of different records for radio stations to play, which got me into recording studios." This proclivity has remained with him to this day. In fact, the living room includes a complete recording studio and video-editing bay, in addition to the home theater.

    When manufacturers work directly with celebrities, the experience is often less than wonderful for the company representatives. However, nothing could be further from the truth in Fabio's case. As Gayle Sanders of Martin Logan recalls, "I was a little hesitant at first because I thought he would be full of himself. But I found him to be very down-to earth, warm, sincere and knowledgeable."

    Dan D'Agostino of Krell agrees. "He's always a real gentleman about everything, and he knows what it takes to make all this stuff work well together."

    D'Agostino introduced Fabio to Transparent Audio cables, which led him to contact Karen Sumner at the company. "He is a pleasure to work with," Sumner enthuses. "He's highly professional and a genuinely good human being. He's also technically astute about what his system requires."

    D'Agostino also arranged to get him the AmPro projector through Jim Davies, who quickly became another fan during their conversations. "It's like he's known you all his life, like you're best of friends."

    Marc LaVecchia of Stewart had a similar experience. "He instantly made me feel as comfortable as can be. He's also very insightful and intelligent, which is different from some celebrities I've dealt with."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Was watching an interview with tonemeister Dweezil Zappa and he mentioned Fabio (yes, that Fabio) having the most amazing stereo system he'd ever seen, worth over a half million, etc. So I decided to Google it for fun. I have to admit, this won me over. Tom Green shows it in a house tour below, a partial list of the components:

    MAIN SYSTEM
    AmPro HD4600 video projector
    Stewart custom 12-foot ElectriMask perforated screen
    Faroudja VP 400 line quadrupler
    Runco LJR 11 laserdisc player
    Pioneer Elite LD-52 laserdisc player
    Lexicon CP-3 surround processor
    Krell KIS Reference A power amps (4)
    Krell MDA-600S power arnps (2)
    Krell KSA-100S power amps (2)
    Krell KSA-300S power amps (2)
    Krell KPS 20t CD player
    Krell DT-10 CD player
    Krell KRC-HR preamp
    Krell Reference 64 digital processor/power supply
    Martin Logan Statement speaker system (front left & right) w/custom Krell KBX crossovers (2)
    Martin Logan Logos speaker (center)
    Martin Logan Sequel II speakers (sides) (2)
    Infinity IRS V speaker system (surrounds) w/custom Krell KBX crossovers (2)
    Velodyne ULD18 powered subwoofers (2)
    Grado HP 1000 headphones
    Stax SR Lambda Pro headphones (2 pair)
    Transparent Audio MusicLink Reference interconnects, MusicWave Reference speaker cables
    Transparent PowerLink power cords and power-conditioning equipment
    Transparent Audio video cables

    DINING ROOM
    Pioneer Elite PRO91 rear-projection TV
    Martin Logan Quest speakers (2)
    Krell KSA-200 power amp

    KITCHEN
    Mitsubishi CS-35803 direct-view TV
    Panasonic AG-WI multi-format VCR

    BEDROOM
    Pioneer Elite PRO107 rear-projection TV
    Sony KP-61XBR28 rear-projection TV
    Pioneer Elite CLD-97 LD player
    RCA DSS satellite system
    Mitsubishi U80 S-VHS VCR
    Sony SLV-R1000 S-VHS VCR
    Krell CD-DSP CD player
    Krell KRC preamp
    Wadia 15 Digital Decoding Computer
    Harman/Kardon AVP1 surround processor
    Martin Logan Monolith III speakers (front right & left) (2)
    Martin Logan Quest speakers (surround) (2)
    Martin Logan Logos speaker (center)
    Krell KMA-200 power amps
    (2) Krell KAS-200 power amps (2)
    Denon POA-6600 power amp

    Huh... And to think he could have had just as good of sound with a Bose Wave Radio!


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