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  1. Random shots from this week. Clearly unrelated.
    5 points
  2. I am the happy owner of an ampsandsound little ben amplifier. Having read Joe and Deans review of the SE84 amp I was compelled to call Justin to purchase one as I figured it would be great for the office. After discussion with Justin, we settled on his “little ben”. I had the choice of a few different tubes and ended up with the EL 34. Any more information on exactly what the differences are between his various options would have to come from him. In other words I have no idea what I bought and how it’s different from the other amps he builds! In my current main system I rotate between various components. A VRD ST 120 (with upgraded caps etc etc) , A pair of Juicy Music PCats and a Macintosh MC 225. I am currently using Craigs NBS preamp with phono, but also will rotate in a NosValves modded Merlin and my George Wright wpp 100 phono stage. Needless to say some very fine tube equipment and I have fun rotating the options in and out. So before taking the amp to my office I have spent some time with it in my main system as well as in my workshop. In my main system I hooked it up directly to my Oppo BDP- 105 without using a preamp. This is one fine piece of equipment. I am not very good with “audio words” to describe sound but I can say it is incredibly detailed, awesome with acoustic music, spooky realistic with vocals, dead quiet, ultrasmooth and liquid. Did I mention that it was dead quiet!? In fact it is the quietest piece of tube equipment that I have ever owned. It cerainly benefits in that regard to being connected directly to the source. To the extent that I would be happy with any piece of equipment ( my history suggests that I like some variety!) I could certainly be happy with this amp as my forever amp. My main system is in a very large “great room” and the little ben sounded anything but little. Plenty of power to drive my Belles and fill the room. Not going to break any windows, but I dont look for that in an amp. A few years ago I had some of the original Tekton full range single driver speakers. I was imagining how awesome this amp would be using such a speaker. So I bought some 4”full range single drivers off ebay ( based on Justin’s recomendation), and a pre built enclosure, also off ebay, from a guy in Moldovia (where ever that is! ). The cabinet was built to the specs of the fostex 103 full range driver which is also 4”. I ended up needing to widening the pre-drilled hole on the enclosure in order to mount the drivers that I purchased. Net net the speakers I built for a couple of hundred bucks and this awesome little amp mate up spectacularly. As I mentioned earlier, I purchased the amp and built the speakers thinking they would be great for my office. My wife heard the combo and wants me to use it as a bedroom system. So it will replace the McIntosh 6100 and B&W DM7 MK2’s that are currently in use there. I also have to add that Justin is awesome to deal with. Another in the line of fine builders who have been part of this forum.
    3 points
  3. Three fingers of Havana Club and a Trinidad Fundadore and I am more than good to go! I love the elegance of the Gran Panatella/Lancero size which is my favorite, followed by the Lonsdale and No. 2. Thought you guys also might like to see my Bob Staebel "Aristocrat" digitally controlled cabinet humidor. Holds 25-35 boxes approx. and about 300 loose in the divided drawer. A real work of art.
    3 points
  4. Just to repeat this again. I do not have nor have I ever had any titanium midrange diaphragms. The only ones of those available are from Klipsch and if you do manage to get Klipsch to sell them, you will need a modification to the crossover to put a bandpass on the midrange to limit how high the titanium midrange diaphragms go. Bob Crites
    3 points
  5. So I gather from all the replys so far is, $.90 aint so bad after all. Last time I ran my old first aid box full of coinage, I think I walked out with aprox $200+ and they took maybe $11 to $15 bucks. im good with that.
    2 points
  6. This is a very interesting comment dean. Is phenolic better than titanium in the tweeter? In particular with the chorus ii. It can be seen as subjective as i know. And i have switched some titanium diaphragms and used phenolic in certain applications although most i find the titanium replacements much better. For one I feel the kg4.2 sounds better with phenolic rather than titanium. Then again this is subjective material. Any thoughts you can ad on the difference in your opinion that i have overlooked?especially involving the k79 in the chorus 2 and maybe others..
    2 points
  7. NOW THIS IS GETTING SERIOUS. THIS WILL EFFECT US ALL I HOPE VERY WELL. MAN YOU TWO PUT A PARTY TOGETHER!
    2 points
  8. If its the very same one you had as when you were younger i would consider it even more than if it hadnt been the exact one. I will say i have a couple, 2 in particular i have in my sights that sound the same as what you have described. The price of each of them i have my eyes on are right at $150. I believe the 1 is at $100(both poor condition but its all there basically) and have been for sale for a while. They also will need some work to be used or even to be in good enough shape as a simple conversation piece. I would like to hear from somebody that has taken one of these units in and refinished it. The ones i have my eyes on appear to be a bit brittle from age(going by pictures alone). I guess for myself im waiting to find the right one to my liking. Now in your case being free apparently i would definately be game. It could take a year or a week to get into your preferred condition. I am also in a mono kind of mood at the moment out of curiosity and to have for reference of mono with friends in the future. edit:i know people with huge collections of console systems. in my opinion these kinds of 50's units may be a very good investment maybe not in the so near future but in the far for sure i would believe
    2 points
  9. Like the lighting and colors on the rose pic, nice. Thanks dtel! Natural light from a window. Can't beat it.
    2 points
  10. I will call Bob and discuss the issues that have arose
    2 points
  11. don't feel bad Chuck. I got in my truck after work and started driving -- got to the far end of the parking lot and noticed an identical truck as mine. I got a little nervous and said to myself "i don't remember parking all the way over here." then i realized that i was DRIVING my truck. Felt pretty silly till i talked to my brother on the phone. I asked him a question about a date and he said that he had a calendar on his phone and he'd check. He tells me to hold on…i hear him say "crap" i asked what was wrong and he said that he lost his phone, it must have fallen out of his pocket. I said, "the one your talking on?" He was very embarrassed.
    2 points
  12. Great thread for the best speaker on the planet unless you have room and corners if not get jubilees. I live well because of the chorus ii. Family backs that wellness up with some forum enjoyment to top it off. Cheers! EDIT:BOB CRITES IS THE START TO FINISH CHORUS MOD EXPERT
    2 points
  13. This one is so bad I hesitate to mention it. I noticed my refrigerator was not cooling and the ice maker not making ice. This happened for two days so I called the service department and they promptly sent out a repair guy. He started off by saying that they have a number of bulletins on my three year old Samsung. While he was looking at it he noticed the door was not closing completely and failing to seal. I looked down at the bottom freezer compartment and noticed that my half gallon bottle of Stoli was preventing the top tray from closing completely. Laid the bottle down flat......problem solved. Gave the tech a check for $75 for a ten minute service call
    2 points
  14. Went thru the Lake Mead and Ring of Fire basin yesterday... cell phone picts!
    2 points
  15. This is a classic: I was 19 and just out of high school. Got a summer job working at a steel tank head fab shop. We made tank heads of all sizes. Some went together like a puzzle and would be 50 feet across. One day another fella and I were told to get the 25K lb rough terrain forklift (big tires taller than a man) and go unload a gondola type railroad car loaded with steel plate at the dock. As I recall it was about 200,000 lbs of steel total weight with car and everything. The railroad car though was not all the way up to the dock. We tried but could not get the job done without moving the car. That little problem was about to get much bigger LOL. My partner directed me to get in the condola car and manually release the brakes while he pushed the car with the big forklift we had. Seemed reasonable to me, so I climbed in the gondola with the plate steel, unlocked the brake and started to release it. My forklift operator started pushing the car. All went well at first and he got the car in the correct position on the dock. BUT very slowly the car started pushing back on the forklift! I heard the big tires on the forklift start spinning and the railroad car was still moving. I started frantically turning the brake wheel as fast as I could only to realize I was going the wrong way and I could see the chain getting more slack in it. Now the loaded car were really moving. The steel was falling back down in the condola from where we had previously attempted to get it out. I was jumping around in the car to keep from getting pinched. Faster and faster the runaway car was gaining speed. I considered jumping off but it was just too high. After what seemed like an eternity I finally hit a derail about 1 mile down grade from that dock. The car cut through about a doz cross ties doing all kinds of damage to the track. All the while I'm holding on for dear life! Right side wheels were against the left side rail. Front trucks were crossed. Scared the you know what out my green butt. I was OK though. In the following days Norfolk Southern dispatched two heavy cranes ($1500 each my boss said) to get the car back on the track. A track crew came and made the necessary repairs. NS also lauched a full investigation interviewing both of us about the incident. The other fella got a weeks suspension without pay. (he was the senior employee of us two). I was told to never release the manual brake on a RR car again. From that day on I was know as "The Box Car Cowboy" to all my coworkers LOL.
    2 points
  16. I suppose I could play for either team.... depending on the mood and what is on line to play..... lol.
    2 points
  17. First time guests to my modest home will usually end up asking, "is somebody playing a piano in the other room ?". So I will show off my mighty oak Klipschorns, sounding like an actual grand piano while being powered by a one (1) watt per channel, AA battery powered I-Pod dock. After their initial astonishment wears off, I will then take them into my acoustically treated home theater room and introduce them to the sound of my hi-powered Klipsch Heritage audio system. Most people never feel quite the same about speakers after that. I believe that for K-horns to sound their best, they need good solid corners. Notice that in my pictures, the corners are re-inforced with sections of low cost, used solid-core door slabs, cut to the height of the speakers. Some people use plywood, MDF or extra sheetrock. 32" wide panels are better than none. Paint it, stain it or staple some fabric on it. Klipschorns deserve better than single layer gypsum drywall resonance distortion. Enjoy the music!
    1 point
  18. I remember years ago when I was waiting for my amplifier... I had my La Scalas and my roommate had a boombox... We hooked them up to the headphone jack, and cranked them. Everyone in the dorm was coming over to find out who had the new king of the dorm stereo... Imagine the look on their faces when they saw the La Scalas being powered by a boombox! LOL
    1 point
  19. "I'm My Own Grandpa" Now, many many years ago When I was twenty three I was married to a widow Who was pretty as could be This widow had a grown-up daughter Had hair of red My father fell in love with her And soon the two were wed This made my dad my son-in-law And changed my very life My daughter was my mother 'Cause she was my father's wife To complicate the matters Even though it brought me joy I soon became the father Of a bouncing baby boy My little baby then became A brother-in-law to dad And so became my uncle Though it made me very sad For if he was my uncle That also made him the brother Of the widow's grown-up daughter Who, of course, was my step-mother I'm my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa It sounds funny I know But it really is so I'm my own grandpa My father's wife then had a son That kept them on the run And he became my grandchild For he was my daughter's son My wife is now my mother's mother And it makes me blue Because, she is my wife She's my grandmother too I'm my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa It sounds funny I know But it really is so I'm my own grandpa Now, if my wife is my grandmother Then, I am her grandchild And every time I think of it It nearly drives me wild For now I have become The strangest case you ever saw As the husband of my grandmother I am my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa It sounds funny I know But it really is so I'm my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa It sounds funny I know But it really is so I'm my own grandpa Dave
    1 point
  20. I just like a good amp. I've heard high end tubes that I didn't like as much as some SS. I've heard SS that was unlistenable. I've heard pro-amps that sound exceptional. A lot has to do with the synergy of components but there are certainly others here that can expound on that much better than I can.
    1 point
  21. I actually just got done tracing my family history also. It seems that I come from a long line of Audiovox's. Craig, I need to see you in my office.
    1 point
  22. First cup Friday. Skeeters in the ManCave. Need to up the dose of Duggans......
    1 point
  23. My daughter has everything. At 16 maybe 2 of everything she wants and always has had. She dont seem as thankful as i did being i worked at least a paperoute at the age of 8. Anyhow she is very involved in church. All sports she does above perfect in all her grades(she does have to work on them tho its not so natural as some). I actually feel she appreciates love and family most. Even though she is a bit quiet as a lot of young people are. She at 16 goes on multiple cruises if not with me with family or family friends and vacations i have never even been on(due to lack of interest). All together I just feel children deserve so much and i donate time and money to those who are in need(more in the past as to my current situation). Animals as well digressing a bit. I dont want anything ever for a gift from anybody i am very happy. Gifts are for kids, thats my view. If ya want or need something then i will get it. Also at the same time I provide my daughter with a debit card with a very good monthly balance to provide her with what she really wants and needs to do. Keeps her independent with an understanding of money and a little budgeting wether she wants a new phone or new sports gear she can learn on her own. Im not bragging just stating how my daughter who has been under my roof from day one is raised. Kids are amazing and so many go with so little I just wish it was possible to do more for all kids that are in need. My daughter also donates from her hair to locks of love, clothes, computers, other gadgets and even money to those who have little all on her own. I have never held anything from her including personal to dangers and most importantly what i have learned. My favorite times have been while coatching her teams from ymca to middle school. Until my spine lost function it was the best thing i feel i could of done for all kids i could coach. Every single one of the kids i have ever coached are still involved in the sport i coached them in. This being so many years later with some. That the best feeling i can get. I cant walk 300ft at the moment but its not over yet lol blessings to all!
    1 point
  24. "Me ma me ma me ma me ma ma" quote from the muppets beeker And I thought it was Sheldon Cooper
    1 point
  25. Very good point Mr. Klipsch. I would consider soon. Here in the midwest i dont ever use google unless someone sends me to a link on goog/l. As do near everybody i know. Sure the simple people looking for pictures will find bing more colorful. Myself I like to read and learn and pics help a bit. Bing by far in the past 2 years has provided more than google ever did in the years before that for me. Bing in 1 page always does more for me and proved itself very fast. This is of course what i have found and talking to many others they have agreed.
    1 point
  26. Ha! Free range rooster, actually. You couldn't pay me to set foot in a chicken coop. And thank you for the compliment! I figured. My gowsh what i've heard about them coops lol Very nice pictures though. Its amazing to me the 2nd time then the 3rd how they show even more than they did the first time. This thread truly shows the variety of how great this forum really is. It caters to so many in the intelligent klipsch world. Such a wonderful place!
    1 point
  27. [quote name="Ron" Are you using metal rack shelves too? If not what are you using for shelves? If so do you have any vibration problems? I am using metal shelves. I had no vibration issues until I put the two 18's in an IB right next to it. Tightening screws and filling all screw holes took care of the shelves vibrating. I still have the problem with the piano bench upstairs walking down the hall during every action movie, but at least I don't hear the shelves. Run a bead of silicon between the rack rails and the enclosure. That is where vibration is giving me trouble since the rails were only attached top and bottom with lag bolts.
    1 point
  28. Yes. For longevity yet not proven with these particular models, take the marantz. I may be vague but from my experience all my marantz have only been harmed through user error. The denons on the other hand are big dollar fixes not due to user error, simply unit error. And sure i know the fact that they are close at hand in make. As are near everything you open up and compare from radio shack gear to mcintosh....FACT. May be hard to find same similar parts in each although look enough you will find identical parts or carbon copies. Marantz..unless you can find a harman kardon(longevity and very user friendly) that suits your needs. Then up to seperates. Or even hk with seperate amps. Best of luck with your endeavors all!
    1 point
  29. How far are you removed from Steve? That is a good question. I will dig up his tree and see if he has links to the regions my McQueen's are from. Man that's great! In my paternal surname it is 9 generations (canon degree 9), but in the longest line, it is 107 generations. The earliest listed birthdate was Kahlan, born in 80AD. He Was the GGGS of my earliest mapped ancestor, Kahtân. edit: correction, he was my 74th GGF. I have an older one, but my tree is so big, I don't know where he is. I only found Kahlan because he was listed as the earliest birthdate. I am actually extremely into ancestry. I was working on mom's side. She grew up in Indianapolis. Klipsch popped up as a husband of a sister of a Logsdon. Some of my Indiana surnames are (from most to least related): GP: Stovall, Jent GGP: Lanpher, Butram, Logsdon, Little GGGP: Purdue, Chaffin, Brashear, Dyer, Rinehart, Wall, Tracy, Binnion, Doss, Boston GGGGP: Owen, Poole, Smelser, Sidebottom, Ward, Waymire, Leffler, Epling, Johnson, Stinson, Driver, Hundley If the Pooles' in your family were into moonshine, we could be related. Heard a few good stories growing up. Unfortunately, I don't know a thing about the Poole line. It is a mystery. Rebecca Poole, my 4th GGM was married to John Young b.1783 in MD. that's it! I would sure like to unravel that mystery as would all my Stovall clansmen and women. We hate dead ends!
    1 point
  30. Somebody bumped this so here goes for my update. Bottom line for me is tubes amps are for mono or stereo listening. Solid state is for theater. And i highly suggest using pro amps for theater. All the current and past 7ch $2000 theater amplifiers and the old are made for theater not music. If so you want to play music in surround sound the pro amps will provide superior music, promise! I have demo units in home ranging fro the old to brand new and my pro amps are theater sweethearts! My tube amps are music sweeties too! cheers!
    1 point
  31. So he shoulda called "Klipshhhh"?
    1 point
  32. You aren't missing anything if you read the whole thread and check the times. Prices changed, pics changed a couple of times, almost in response to our postings. Funny thing is, one of his previous posting about a pair of Corwalls said we should butt out when it comes to someone's asking price. So it's not really my business if he was trying to get $50 more from forum members. Most of the people I talk to here, usually offer Forum members a LOWER price than they are asking on other sites
    1 point
  33. Thanks Mark! That makes sense. Knowing when to sell this behemoth will be the trick.
    1 point
  34. Extremely nice gear. I dropped near as much with my headphone setup and wouldnt think about selling it for anything. Headphones are a truly different world that provide unbelievable sound reproduction. I wish i was in the market. If i find a friend looking I know what to show him. Those cans are super. I would consider the amp although im sure its beyond my budget at this time. Best of luck with sale. If you do seperate please let me know.
    1 point
  35. My wife is her own 6th cousin. No kidding.... In fact, we all are our own cousins. The further up the ancestral line you go, the fewer the people there are. All the way back to Noah and his wife, or the first monkeys that walked upright depending on your religious views. You may be your own 1,000th cousin, but you are most definitely your own cousin. Another thing and I'll stop. For each generation, the number of ancestors exactly doubles. That means if you go back enough generations to get to the time of Christ, you have over 2.5 nonillion direct ancestors. ( 2,535,301,200,456,460,000,000,000,000,000) to be exact. The estimated world population in 1AD was between 200 and 300 million people. 250 million goes into 2.5 nonillion over 10 sextillion times. The farther back in time you go, the more ancestors you have, and the lower the population. Wrap your brain around that one.
    1 point
  36. So I guess you could take the Heritage out of your Klipsch, but never take the Klipsch out of your heritage...
    1 point
  37. I don't have any "great" photos but this looks fun. .
    1 point
  38. Downing the first cup-a-joe enhanced by Me Duggans, then I hear this rain should be taking a break today, sooo, the frisco drive is what is planned. 100+ miles in commuter bay area traffic to deliver the JBLs in the Haight District. this should be a fun filled day........
    1 point
  39. I went from a sony 50 watt sub in a surround sound in a box back in 1999 when the matrix came out, to a 12” sony sub (don’t remember the model numbers) to a Klpisch KW100 sub (my first klipsch speaker) , Then ventured to the Klipsch Synergy 12 sub when I picked up some RF-25s. Soon after I grabbed the RF-83 packaged completely with the RT-12d (miss that subwoofer greatly for music) Now run four THX ultra 2 subs powered by KA-1000 sub amplifiers and I’m sure 18” IB subs are in the foreseeable future at some point in the next house. The impact the subwoofers make with modern day home theater soundtracks is astonishing and like Bill said to pressurize or even over pressurize the room with low freq. becomes paramount to us home theater junkies. Spending time reading this forum is an invaluable tool to us all here.
    1 point
  40. Serious woofage. :emotion-21: With a large room, you need a subwoofer/subwoofers to pressurize the room, especially for serious HT impact. For music, pressurization is not as important but still there are benefits to multiple subs. My multi-use family room/kitchen/nook is large(6000+ ft3), so larger or multiple subs do have their benefits. When I first got my RF-63 system, I was using a Klipsch RW-10d. I knew immediately that the sub was not even in the same league as the 63's and it was easily overpowered by them. Soon after I replaced the RW-10d with an RSW-10d and while there was some improvement, especially for music, still would not even come close to pressurizing the room. I eventually picked up a pair of Paradigm Servo 15a's and I knew then I was on the right track. Jump ahead a few months, and the Servo 15a's were replaced by a Revel B15 and again more improvement. Jump ahead another year and I added my SVS SB13+ and that move provided the most gains in my system so far, not just for HT but music too. Soon after I ran Audyssey MultEQ XT for the first time and a huge improvement in bass response was realized as well as all other frequencies. While all this added tons of HT impact, musically the system was lagging behind, not bad but needing improvement. Lots of boominess along the left/right boundary seating and holes(nulls) in the center behind the main seating and rear(kitchen). When Youthman posted the photos of his newly acquired pair of cherry Klipsch RT-10d's, I had to have them. He drove them over one day and they were both placed in the front right/left corners where the SB13+ and B15 were. I moved the larger subs back a ways and the musical improvement was shocking while still maintaining excellent HT impact. I know you really did not ask for it, but there was my subwoofer journey to the present. Bill
    1 point
  41. What Search Engine & Key word(s) did you use?
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  42. (both this quote and the above from drknstrmyknight at Audiokarma)
    1 point
  43. I say, hello there!
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  44. Coffee and Duggans are the order of the morning...... What is a duggan?
    1 point
  45. The wife likes the Balvenie, don't think we have had 21 yo yet.
    1 point
  46. The current wife has a pretty good idea of what this sailor did in the 70s, she aint letting me outta her sight, im down for a trip (might not come back)
    1 point
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