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  1. Love both my HK 3490 and HK 3600. Matt, I compared my RF7, RF7ii and RF83 on the HK 3490. You are correct, the RF7s are almost too bright but that is the characteristic of the RF7, not the receiver. The RF83 & RF7ii sound beautiful on the HK 3490 but both of them have a more laid back upper register.
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  2. I have very similar models in use right now in my home and would not consider anything other than a hk or marantz through years of trial and error. The only problem i had was with a marantz 1402 and the right rear channel having no sound. It was taken care of after months of sitting in a box then i plugged(noticed the rr ch was no working) it in then still waited a few months yet again to swap it for a new one and all was good. With hk surround sound and klipsch you cannot go wrong. Only issue i have ever had with any hk is my own personal user error. If i take it correctly you are looking at the hk270 for theater use and 1604 as back up. If so sounds like your set. Out of over 100 surround sound receivers I have owned Harman kardon is quite premium for the average consumer let alone a modest audiophile. Marantz is a tight second. Harman k may be just a bit more user friendly over all. Marantz is easy as well although just takes a bit more to get used too. Very nice choices. The best of luck to you. I bet that 1604 wont even see the day of light as back up. Cheers!
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  3. Thinking you are on the right path!
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  4. DR, really enjoyed that article, thank you!
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  5. Feel like the proverbial Bastard Step Child. It's 11:17 pm and I'm the only one on the forum site. Oh well, it's not like I don't have things I should be doing.
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  6. That Rolling Stone article is a good read. I also enjoyed the Bruce Edgar interview of PWK in the 4/89 issue of Speaker Builder. For those who haven't yet seen it, it's attached. Edgar_interview_PWK.pdf
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  7. Now you are really messing with them, they don't know how to count back. You just get the look....
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  8. Growing up in Little Rock I was exposed to some of the best Southern BBQ in the world yup thats right ain't no typo. I was trying to revisit some of the places that used to be estasblished institutions only to see most are gone and with them fine recipes and secrets. I have tried some of the newer bbq places and most of them just don't cut it for me something is always missing with few exceptions. I grew up with dry ribs and they are my favorite but when I grill at home I usually do wet ribs soaked overnight bake for 1.5 hours under 200 degrees and then grill (coal) for 15-20 minutes liberally brushing sauce on the ribs until finished. I'm going to try my hand at dry ribs. If any of you guys have an old school rib recipe send it to me. Grill season is upon us and I plan on having a killer recipe by the end of the summer. I like country ribs and baby backs. BBQ is about taking cheap meat and making it good. For all you rib experts what seperates the old school rib legends from the new ribs on the block? What did they know or do differently that is being missed? Little Rock Rib Legends! Sim's in business for over 50 years. Go to the location in the hood it is better. Tom's Twelfth St BBQ is closed as Tom was 80 and his children wouldn't run it to his satisfaction so he closed shop. Just looking at the run down sorry excuse for a building made you salivate. Lindsey's BBQ North Little Rock open since 1965. The Shack on Catrell is closed soo sad. If any Little Rock members can remember the BBQ place in a maroon house off of 65th street let me know the name. <edit> I was just told the name of this place is HB BBQ and is very close to how Tom cooked his ribs. Damm I am hungry now.......
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  9. I want kg3, kg4, Heresy II & Heresy & Heresy III, Quartet, Forte II, Chorus II, Cornwall, & II/III, Belle Klipsch, La Scala &/or La Scala II, Klipshorns, not necessarily in that order...all in WALNUT oiled... other than that, I'm good; other wood finishes OK, too...or, unfinished for La Scala and Heresy II...
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  10. I was reading these in the 70s, built one or two items a month as I remember, but rarely from the book, more of a parts idea source for me.
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  11. so, as I am straightening all the pictures on the walls back, I look out the window. Guess who is rolling down the street? LOL - the cops yup! - "Pissing off the Neighbors since 1946"
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  12. You and I must be in the same shape.....
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  13. NO LONGER FOR SALE!!!! THANKS EVERYONE!!! Hi everyone, up for sale are some Klipsch Epic CF-3's for local pickup around the fresno area or sacramento area (possibly). I'm helping my friend sell them. He has wanted to sell them for a while but a bad back prevents him from doing too much so moving and lifting anything would be up to the buyer. They have sequential numbers and are the first version with the longer ports. They have an oak finish and work perfectly. They're cosmetically in great condition with a few scratches here and there as seen in the pictures. Any other questions please ask! Thanks for looking!
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  14. Marantz over hk any day of the week.
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  15. Let the seller know I bought one of these before from him and I highly recommended him. Maybe he will lean toward your offer over the other two offers. Bill
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  16. Ronny I am having difficulty following these directions. As the obvious expert, would it be asking too much for you to stop over this afternoon and demonstrate? Also, if you would not mind, please bring the ribs. Thanks again!
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  17. Have heard about the LaScala modification on a dedicated Klipsch forum site always love to hear fresh ideas. Now after joining this forum and reading your posts Sootshe, the juices are flowing especially after hearing what you had to say about the improved sound quality. I have a pair of custom built LaScala base cabinets was going to stiffen them by making the sides and back 1 1/2" thick yours are still 3/4". After seeing what you have done makes me rethink my strategy. The hole you have in the bass reflex must match a hole you cut into the dog house in the LaScala? Mine are bi-amped and controlled with an electronic crossover. Also have in the works to build a pair of the WE 15A SATO small horns to sit on top. Now using Peavey SP-5's for the mids and highs. Will look into the ALK Trachorn you speak off hopefully can hear one before I decide. Just got done reading all the pages would sure like to hear your creations when finished how about a You Tube presentation for those of us who are not big travelers. Thank you Mike Ross
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  18. First cup down. GF came by on her way home from Georgia last night. Haven't seen her in ten days.....she is a cutie. So for the past week while she was away I raked 1/3 of an acre of leaves, straw, sticks, and pine cones. Too tired to bag it all so I hired two guys to bag (40 large contractor bags so far). Changed out the top and bottom grill of the Webber charcoal grill. Bought house wash for the pressure washer and RoundUp for the weeds. Ah spring Cheers Gents
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  19. Utard, you should look into the recent 18" dayton sub build possibly if you want bang for buck. If you dont want a project, i didnt look it up but a chase 18 plug and play with the inuke amps that are going for crazy low prices right now is an absolute homerun. Buying 4 powered subs in a box which i used to use in my theater(2front, 2 back) setting in a smaller room myself let alone a large room like yours there is nothing on the planet i could compare to even 1 quality 18. Once you get an 18 in home theater you never look back. Once again with 2...4 18's is just right up in your face bass that is never been regret. Sincerely, cheers
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  20. First pot Perkin, not fast enough.
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  21. It all starts about 4:00. I'm ready...
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  23. So much interest! Not one post for five days. Thebes, I owe you an apology. It is ballet. I fall asleep to it just as fast.
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  24. Gary, I don't think you can go wrong with the Salmon Creek wine.....
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  25. good points by ryan... agree you dont need the conditioner,its usually for soft woods like pine etc. the golden oak stain will make them look great, but be carefull on the 2 coats, its only required if you want it darker, the longer you let each coat sit the more it absorbs & darker the wood gets. i would do one light-med coat & let it sit for a few minutes them wipe off. reapply a 2nd coat if you want it darker. apply with an old cotton rag, shirt or towel & wipe off with a clean spot of the rag. if you were just doing the tops the spray is pretty good in that it self levels & avoids brush marks, if you are good at spraying paint then you could do the entire speaker, but a foam brush is nice too & eliminates most of the streak marks. work in a dust & debris free room & keep a wet edge & follow the directions on the can of stain & poly. & dont shake them, always stir or you will get air bubbles. also dont use the oil if you are using the stain & poly, surface needs to be as clean & oil free as possible to get good penetration of the stain & good adhesion of the poly. & i feel that since these were laquered originally you want to stay with a stain/poly finsih, the oil wont penetrate if there is residual laquer in the grain. the poly is the sealer/protector & will keep the finish as nice as it can be, will even protect from future water stains. as with auto painting... 90% of the finished product is in the prep, make sure you sand them evenly & get the stains out as much as you can but be carefull & try to think of how far into the veneer you are sanding... lots of sawdust means you have removed a lot of the veneer. but if you focus on one area like the stain, you will start to feel a valley in that area, so try to keep it even or "feather" out the edges of an area you sanded more of. same with the gouge, only sand enough to allow for a flush smooth area with the rest of the wood. i prefer the satin finish for oak & other woods, semi can look too glossy & be uneven if not mixed up well or as you work it can settle in the can & create uneven results, the satin is the best all around sheen & is very close to the original klipsch finish. maybe practice on the bottoms if you arent comfortable to attack the tops or sides right away? practice makes perfect!
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  26. IMO, goot RTR, especially 1/2 track (as opposed to 1/4 track), at 15 ips (as opposed to 7.5 ips or 3.75 ips) is better than vinyl, CD SACD, DVD A, etc., if you make original tapes (or 1st generation real time dupes). I'm not sure whether Blue-ray sound is better or worse than original/1st gen tapes. I've owned and used Crown 1/2 track/15/7.5 ips, and Teac 1/2 & 1/4 track 15/7.5 ips decks. At SFSU, I used pro- level Ampexs. Mics included a variety, from U47s to ancient (but surprisingly goos) RCA 77s. Many, probably most, commercial CDs suck compared to the recordings we made. As far as transfers from vinyl are concerned, using Ortofon and other phono cartridges, with many speakers (Bozak, AR, etc), it was impossible to tell the difference betwen "Source," and "Tape" when switching back and forth. With the likes of Klipsch & JBL, one could usually hear either a little tape hiss that was a dead giveaway, or Dolby or DBx artifacts, if using those. With the possible exception of Blu-ray, the recording tech industry seems to have gone downhill, as far as home auditioning is concerned.
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  27. Also you can get watco in oak or medium walnut or dark walnut and not have to stain per se but still get nice color with an application of oil. I did my corns with a coat of oak watco followed by dark walnut to get the brown I wanted. I would bet the oak would work fine for you.
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  28. I have oak KG4s and the micro fractures you are talking about is the oak grain itself. My speakers have never been smooth like a vinyl veneer because oak is inherently like this - textured. Whenever I stain I use a foam brush or rag to soak the surface. Let it sit then wipe it off. That golden oak minwax will probably give great results once the surface is the way you want it. I've tried spray cans of poly but never got the coverage I wanted. I always use a foam brush. Light coats with a light sanding in between coats will give you a good finish. I might choose semi or satin. High gloss I think looks unnatural on speakers. I don't know that you need the conditioner. Oak isn't known for splotchy or uneven staining. Pine is one where a conditioner is probably a good idea. If you use the watco rejuvenating oil, you could decide not to put a top coat on. You may decide you want to, but its not absolutely required. I just applied watco rejuvenating on my Cornwalls today. I thought about putting on an oil poly on because I like the wet look on walnut but I've not decided one way or the other.
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  29. Thanks! And pics have just been uploaded
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  30. The gouges look deep. Like into the substrate deep. Wood filler, even the stainable kind, will be noticeable as the wood grain will be interrupted horizontally on the speaker. That said, I would lightly sand the cabs as mentioned above to try to remove the old finish, stains, and generally level out the surface. If you can get them all nice and even, you could fill the gouge, stain, and position that side of the speaker into a corner where it is less noticeable. The tops are what you see and having them in good shape will make the side more palatable.
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  31. you are welcome, happy to help where i can, ive got lots of help from others on here myself about my k-horns. the foam looks original & will usually look new as nothing really gets inside the speakers. the wire im not sure on, my cf's were series 2 & i cant recall if it was the clear jacket type wire you show. the brace looks like factory klipsch plywood scraps too but will let others confirm that one. regardless, it looks like some decent speakers & as long as the boxes dont rattle up loud you should be good to go with just cosmetic reapirs.
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  32. Thanks CF4. You may not think it's much, but your comments/observations are very helpful, because I'm just not sure what I'm looking at. Since our last coversation an hour ago I pulled the horn and got a good look inside. The foam looks very new, which is what was throwing me off. There are essentially 2 pieces of 1" thick medium/light density foam, and they are loosley of "placed" in the cab , back-to-back no stapling or gluing, in three sections, top, middle, bottom. I pulled the foam out a few inches so you could see the separation between the individual pieces. The wire is very thick, and the casing is very pliable and soft to the touch. The speaker is upside down so the bottom of the pic is the top of the speaker.
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  33. I was hoping you would weigh in at some point, Mr. CF4! I was lurking before I got my account yestereday, and I knew anybody with "Klipsch and CF4" in their name would have some helpful tips for my particular needs. Also, it was helpful to know that the XO is factory. Is bracing factory, and are some sheets of foam which are placed not flat, but loosely on the sides/back, factory as well? The foam looks fairly new. Here is one of the serial number tags, along with the specific color. "MEDIUM, OAK." (the s/n on speaker 2 is consecutive) And what can I do about that gouge on the left side of Spk1? It's pretty deep, like it would take a wood filler to make it even with the rest of the veneer. I didn't know if filling it would make it look better or worse.
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  34. Thanks for your take on the book Neil. Something to be desired i wonder. sometime a review is not informative but, I need to find out. Should come away inspired somehow.
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  35. The biography is poorly written and doesn't do PWK justice. Nonetheless, it's worth reading, but it leaves you wishing that real writers had been involved with the project.
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  36. cool, glad the post was easy. pics of the veneer tops will show how bad the stains are. the veneer is pretty thin but you will be able to improve or eliminate the marks. hook them up & give them some power, they handle 1200 watts peak, so 110 of clean power wont hurt them. that doesnt mean full blast though, most avr receivers are maxed out around 60-75% of the volume knob. beyond that its just distorting. i bought the woofers for backups just in case. but since i just sold the speakers to help fund some corner horns, i obviously dont need them. actually i have 3 of them. i thought a center or sub would be a good DIY idea too. where are you located? enjoy the speakers!
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  37. Fixed! And thanks, I hate making mistakes! "He who corrects my mistake giveth me a gold coin." +++ And...I'm glad you're here! I've been lurking before I signed up, and I saw that you had two woofers. If I HAD to find them, I probably wouldn't have found them in a year! Everything seems good so far, but I'm far from done testing. I was thinking about those woofs, but I want to see where I am to see if I need them. I was also thinking those would be pretty nice for a matched DIY MTM center speaker.
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  38. my sub is bigger than your sub and welcome. sounds like you got a fun project on your hands. those are always fun, time permitting.
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  39. Thank you, Sancho. Man, you're fast! I just upoaded a photo, but I don't know where it went. The Picture Icon (above in Editing) keeps asking me for the URL. Suggestions? (I'll check back in later. I'm going to try to hook up that second speaker, now.)
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  40. I do plan on checking that out. I'd love to find the missing Bullit Mustang!
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  41. minermark, Did your ancestors emigrate during the potato famine? Frankly, you are the messenger, not the bad guy. Back in the old days they use to shoot the messenger, now they just act passive aggressive towards him.
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  42. No relationship: http://orlando.craigslist.org/ele/4404240758.html
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  43. Although it would have been good for B1G Conference if Michigan beat UK, I can't shed a tear for the Maize & Blue. Watching them, lose never gets old. Now I'll root for Bo Ryan and the Badgers. Unfortunately, my wife can't shift her loyalty to Wisconsin, as she gave up cheese for Lent. I, on the other hand, gave up guilt.
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  44. Gents, there is no turning back. Once you've heard Heritage, you're screwed. Gotta have 'em, then it's vacuum tubes and you start thinking about all that cheap vinyl out there, and turntables. Actually, more of a cliff than a slippery slope. Dave
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