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  1. Purchased a new 40+ year old recapped Sansui AU717 amp, and it arrived a couple of days ago Next day I gave it a light dust and clean ( it was already clean ) inside and rejuvenated the faceplate NOTE - I also purchased the companion tuner TU717 Here are some amplifier porn photos 😎 Today I had the chance to turn it on for a test and listen Decided to put on the Opus 3 - Test Record 1 Depth Of Image Brings back memories of my first Sansui amp and I’m in the zone again Happy as a pig in #*** 🤪
    9 points
  2. Loving the branch LUXMAN , especially their big vintage flagships like the L 530
    7 points
  3. Friday is THE day! Road trip taking one table up and bringing two back! The TD160 Thorens has been done and I had to wait a week cause my Linndude was going on vaca. Also gonna discuss their new tone arm and how much that's gonna cost me. He was even nice enough to tell me Linn had a new cart for it coming out. I nosed and it was $5k, which won't happen in this life. lol No jam nite Friday night w/the gaggle. 28 new ones here to unzip! Gonna crack that bottle of Scotch and relax!
    6 points
  4. That entire 45 minute video was done based on a half page outline, I mostly just talked. To be honest I'm not entirely sure what else I could have included from a technical standpoint. Not sure what the confusion is on the bass bin either. It was one woofer that was ported, they realized they could fit another woofer and do so without the tuning changing, so they did. I'm pretty sure the ports are on the bottom if I remember correctly. I'm assuming it's the honeycomb design like the 1502/1802. Xmax? it's 5/8". it's a 19.6 hz horn. 3 db down point is 18 hz. Seriously like what else is there to wonder about. You have to remember that these events are like, well you pretty much better be a sponge or have a tape recorder or video rolling which was prohibited, or take hella good notes. Roy doesn't exactly give a lecture where everything is laid out either, you have to follow him around like a creep and hang on to any tidbids of information that he happens to release. That's the best I can do given the situation.
    6 points
  5. @Full Range The Sansui is a wonderful beauty, looks like new, certainly sounds excellent, I wish you much joy with him.
    5 points
  6. Thank you for that Miketn, that helps since I have not had a chance to hear them YET. I also liked what you said about the 1954 Klipschorn. I say this because Craig and I went and picked them up from the chirch who donated them to us and brought them to the Feild House. We had no idea what to expect or if they even worked but wanted to try them. Even with one tweeter out I sat there quite shocked at how they sounded. My first thought was that you could buy this kind of quality of sound in 1954, I had no idea it was going to be that good. A difference from the newest model Klipschorn, sure of course, but considering 67 years of time in between it made me realize how everyone of the improvements along the way was a fight to improve a great original design. Roy is a humble person and does not easily except how far he has advanced another one of PWK's ideas, but has made amazing improvements in many models. It's true Roy, you deserve to be very proud of your work since when Mr Paul put some of the ideas in your head for you to work out. He is smiling at you, you make him happy carrying on his dream further than he would have expected.
    5 points
  7. Let me begin by saying that I sense some natural discomfort from some “Underground Jubilee” owners with the introduction of the newly designed Jubilee. This happened with the introduction of the “Underground Jubilee” in 2006 with Klipschorn Owners and what I would like to point out and I experienced recently is if you listen to a 1954 Klipschorn, 2020 AK6 Klipschorn, Underground Jubilee or the newly developed Jubilee the quality of sound reproduction is awesome in so many ways that create an emotional connection with music that many of us covet and will never forget the first time we experienced it. If you are fortunate to own and enjoy any of these systems you have some of the best sound reproducers ever made and as the 1954 Klipschorn reproduction I experienced at the KHMA Feild House during this Chief Bonehead “Last Jubfest” event proved I would gladly own and be extremely happy with any of them. With that said here are my impressions of the Jubilee… The first impression and longest lasting for me was the overall absolute effortless most natural reproduction over the Jubilee’s full bandwidth (18Hz - 20kHz) that I have ever experienced from a loudspeaker with well recorded material. I’ve personally experienced this type of feeling to a degree with the “Underground Jubilee” and Drivers on the K402 such as the TAD-4001, TAD-4002, Radian 950BePB and the KPT-HLS-1502 prototype subwoofer but the new Jubilee takes this to another level that I believe most listeners will notice within a few minutes into good recordings. The Jubilee’s extension down to 18Hz is real and is as clean and natural feeling/sounding as the KPT-HLS-1502 prototype that I use with my “Underground Jubilee” as well as the La Scala AL5 ME systems. My one question about this area was the feeling based on the recording I was using (Andrea Bocelli- “Fall On Me”) and my experiences with my systems and a few others was in the frequency region somewhere below 100Hz and probably more in the 18Hz - 40Hz region was if it needed to be raised a few db because I’m use to a certain low pressure wave washing over and around me during this song and it was clearly there with the Jubilee but didn’t hardly reach the level I expected. Roy mentioned that it was possible to raise the LF Level and that might have resolved this question for me but there simply wasn’t enough time available for me to explore this option. Again maybe I’m running my sub a little hotter than I should and that was the cause of the difference but either way that was the only question I was left with and a difference that I’m certain I could easily adjust to my taste in my room. The attack and decay of instruments was accurate and wonderfully reproduced especially noticeable on many of the recordings using piano, drums,cymbals and string instruments. On good recordings the Imaging was excellent with very specific locations of vocals and instruments within the soundstage and these images possessed realistic life size qualities which I found extremely engaging. The movement of images in some recordings was as focused and smooth as I have ever experienced and again very engaging for me. The Soundstage and Imaging on good recordings was presented with Height, Width and Depth that was as good or better than anything I’ve ever experienced and this Imaging/Sound-staging capability will be something that can draw listeners emotionally deeper into recordings and is a highly coveted aspect of music reproduction for me. The Clarity and Inner-detail was also among the best I’ve experienced from a loudspeaker and the Jubilee was unique in my experience in that it exhibited these qualities across its full spectrum bandwidth of 18Hz - 20kHz and this makes it my new reference when comparing other loudspeakers in the future. The Jubilee reproduces sound in such a cohesive way that I really couldn’t describe or identify it as a 2-way loudspeaker but instead it truly reproduces sound as “One Complete Voice” for lack of a better description with no tell-tale indications of a crossover region or drivers/horns of dissimilar characters and I consider it as a new reference standard for me in this area as well. One last but very important observation for me was how the Jubilee reproduction quality in the Lab Listening Room here in Hope (which I have been fortunate to experience many times now since 2006) wasn’t altered as much by being in or out of the corner versus my past experiences listening to the “Underground Jubilee” and other Klipsch Loudspeakers in this same room and this was equally true of the Listening Locations where reproduction was very close to equal in quality with the least variation from seat to seat that I have ever experienced in this room and totally surprised me. miketn
    5 points
  8. Continuing the testing Following up with a familiar record Artist - Yes Title - Close To The Edge This amp is highly photogenic 😎
    5 points
  9. I have a Great Appreciation for all the adopters of the “Underground Jubilee” who believed enough in the wisdom and vision of PWK and helped to keep it alive..!!! I hope all of them appreciate this fact as well as the determination and dedication Roy has always shown since I have known him for PWK’s wisdom manifested originally in our “Underground Jubilee”. Roy truly believes in PWK’s wisdom and knowledge and that it should continue and be developed now and well into the future as far as possible. Since I have known Roy I’ve seen this determination and I’ve heard him many times talk about his mentor and friend PWK and you can see all this manifested in the development of the new Jubilee and Roy’s dedication and efforts for the Klipsch Museum of Audio History (KHMA) where he hopes to pass that knowledge and wisdom to as many as possible. “Underground Jubilee” will always represent something very special and unique in my way of thinking..!!! miketn
    4 points
  10. Thank you for sharing this photo of Roy enjoying the Jubilee speakers. I like that he’s sitting in between two chairs to be centered. This photo shows a man appreciating a lot of hard work. Roy and everyone involved in producing them did great and I’m sure that’s apparent when listening to them. Congratulations to all who contributed to them, to one of Mr. Paul W Klipsch’s brilliant visionary passions and dreams that’s now here.
    4 points
  11. It's a beauty beyond comparison!
    4 points
  12. 4 points
  13. jcn3, my humble 2 cents. First of all you have acquired fantastically preserved speakers. Congratulations. Everyone has their own personal opinion. My advice is that you leave the Heresy as they are. At least for the first time of listening. Let your ears get used to them. About the yellow capacitors. Usually there were motor run capacitors at the time of production. Most likely the oil leaked out of the sheet metal cases at some point and they were replaced. Your yellow capacitors are most likely polyester types. That is exactly what Klipsch uses today on new Heritage Speakers. It is what you would get if you bought matching Klipsch caps today, from JEM for example. They (the smaller values like 2 mF) are flat even when they are new. Don't be fooled into buying supposedly "better" capacitors. Roy Delgado, Klipsch's chief engineer for the Heritage Series recommends your polyester types. These caps keep your crossover electrically balanced. There are more modern types of caps but they don't necessarily harmonize with your horns and their drivers. Better" can be worse. I admire your bass speakers. It looks like they have Alnico magnets. Protect and keep them like a treasure. If you wanted to change anything at all about the Heresy 1 then I would advise you to do it only in the direction of originality. In my opinion, please do not change speaker drivers. Your Heresy 1 is special because all three speakers have Alnico magnets. There are weak points compared to modern tweeters. But there are also strengths that modern tweeters can't match.The K77s can sound a bit metallic in some recordings. But they have soul. The music flows straight to your heart. And they have a wavefront that matches the rest of the speaker seamlessly. For example, impulses from an acoustic guitar or a singer's voice appear "of a piece" along with the other drivers. I want to share what I did with my 1977 Lascala. A similar case. The tweeters and midrange drivers are the same as in your Heresy 1. After trying modern polypropylene caps I went back to polyester ruefully. OK there will be other good and especially electrically fitting caps but then mostly eccentrically expensive new paper in oil types. It depends on the ESR and that is with polyester types comparable with the old original tin cans. Because those were also polyester types. After trying a more modern tweeter I am remorsefully returned to the original Klipsch K77 Alnico. The same tweeter you have with the round magnet. It has magical properties. I currently have 1981 K77M ferrite tweeters installed. But only as an interim solution because my original K77 are being restored. They finally come back next week after three months. Why did I have them restored: I wanted the restorer to put in new diaphragms just for peace of mind. He tried it on one of the two tweeters. The result was no difference. So I keep the original diaphragms. The most important point of the restoration is another one. As much as I value Alnico magnets, they have a weak point. Over the decades they can lose magnetic power. This means that the tweeter will become quieter, but more importantly, it will no longer play higher frequencies as the magnetic force weakens. Some old Alnico K77s just reach 12,000 Hz, which is a bit too low. In my case the difference to the newly magnetized power was not too big. But still 1.5 dB the restorer told me yesterday. That already means a loss of treble. You can hardly hear the difference of 1.5 dB. But in relation to the rest of the other drivers in a system you can hear it exactly. That's why I can't wait until the K77s finally return at the end of the week. The interim K77Ms were less musical (for me personally). The whole speaker seems flatter and more two-dimensional. In my case, it was a little different with the midrange driver. I had read various articles about it here in this forum. Its diaphragm hardens (or becomes too soft?). Whatever the effect is that it sounds thinner than 44 years ago. I had ordered new diaphragms from Michael Crites and it was significantly worth replacing them. The K55V sound much silkier and more relaxed. They have more authority in the lower frequency ranges. BTW their magnets I would like to have magnetized as well. But because I have no replacement for them I have to live a few weeks without the Lascala. Its the next project. An important point! The K55V driver is screwed to the horn of your Heresy1. Between the throat of the horn and the driver is a rubber ring that perfectly seals the pressure. This rubber ring is very important for the sound of the midrange horn. But after 46 years it will be totally porous and hardened. This was also the case with me. Michael Crites sells new rubber rings. Why do Alnico magnets lose power? By heat or by hard mechanical impacts or by strong magnets which are in direct proximity, e.g. if one stores the Alnicos in wrong neighborhood of other magnets. But there is another reason...unfortunately...and that is simply that they are played. The magnetic field that is evoked in the voice coil to drive the diaphragm unfortunately weakens the permanent Alnico magnet. This is the case with 46 year old speakers if they have always been played (which is otherwise a good thing.). I heard a story when JBL had big problems with Alnicos. They had sold drivers for guitar amps and Fender Rhodes in the 70s. These became quieter and quieter with the loud use. What does the musician do? He compensates by turning the amp louder. In the end, the voice coils were burned. OK we do not operate our Klipsch speakers so loud just because of their great efficiency. If you know a shop that can remagnetize Alnicos, have it done. Not everyone can do it. Here is the description of my restorer, just use google translator. https://www.lautsprecher-manufaktur.de/index.php/werkstatt/reconing-sp-1327173451 If you like your Heresy1 the way they are, don't do anything for now. Actually, my message is, only do something if you have to, to restore the originality. And do not go astray. One is just in such a forum like this (which is a really good forum!) here quickly tempted to change something just to change it.
    4 points
  14. who know´s .....maybe he is it or he isn´t it. We´re all virtual humans , so we can be whatever we want to be ...
    3 points
  15. 3 points
  16. Lots going on! Yes, Made in Japan meant a lot as electronics went back then. Probably still would if it was possible. George was right, it does look new inside Paul! That Luxman should help you out a lot Billy. Both you guys know we want to hear how you find them sounding after a bit. "Close to the Edge" is a wild ride with the dynamics, good choice. Oh Boy, get it level Dave whether you do the arm and cart or not!
    3 points
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    3 points
  18. I just wanted to put out there my gratitude for the great customer service. Recently, I received the grill that covers my Klipsch bookshelf speakers. What a delight it was to open that box. The grill was carefully wrapped, in pristine condition, and attached was an invoice that graciously said, no charge. The lounge entertainment area in our home is now complete. And I thought I was just getting a tiny badge. Thanks Klipsch, Tony Sydney, Australia
    3 points
  19. Buy used. Resell for what you paid and try for free. Possibly go for an integrated to simply your decision and upgrade quality with all you need for reasonable money.
    3 points
  20. 3 points
  21. A special evening, a lot of family to remember...
    3 points
  22. I've just received my first set of Klipsch speakers the Cornwall IV's and I am just amazed at these speakers. When I was young Klipsch was the brand to have but couldn't afford them. Well finally got my first pair, very happy with them. Mike
    2 points
  23. I've often wondered why someone doesn't/didn't ever come out with an amplifier that had both, solid state AND a tube channel. So that those who biamp can have solid state on the bottom end and tubes on top. Today, I stumbled onto this! I have no idea how new it might be (been working all morning little chance to read much about it other than cursory glances) Yeah....I know.....it costs a couple of Big-Mac's..... AND you'd need two of them (yikes). But still... I think it's pretty cool. https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/amplifiers/MC901
    2 points
  24. Ah yea.....Miracle Whip? YUCK This sheet is happenin...Avocado Mayo.
    2 points
  25. As a salesman I'm going to of course go along with the idea that the new ones make the old ones sound cheap but I mean, I'm in sales lol. The old ones are no slouch so I wouldn't be quick to be embarassed or whatever about only having those. Of course the low extension is obvious and expected but the old ones can still take your breath away in some scenarious, like literally, it feels funny to breathe if you're really spanking them. I did notice that the new ones sounded quite a bit bigger especially with certain instruments like snare drums. The new ones are the most realistic snare drums I have ever heard. So there's that. The blending is the biggest improvement in my opinion. The 402 effortlessly meshes up with the bass bin in a way that the old ones struggled to do. There are other differences but those are the biggest things I can notice.
    2 points
  26. Duke's Mayonnaise is my go to. I have not ever been a fan of Miracle Whip nor would I want to use it as a "dressing". lol
    2 points
  27. Nice to see a happy ending in these difficult times when customer service seems to have slipped a bit.
    2 points
  28. You might want to add "digital camera" to your shopping list.......😁 BTW, I have a cat that I love dearly. But if she got that close to my turntable, she might find herself outdoors............
    2 points
  29. There is the top 6 as the committee sees it. Lots of football still to go.
    2 points
  30. So far I'm really happy with my system as it is powering the CW's, not going to make any changes until they have thoroughly broken in. One thing I might try in the future is Bi-amping with a pair of McIntosh MC75 mono amps that are being reconditioned.
    2 points
  31. Save yourself money from Crutchfield and get better prices and customer service from @Paducah Home Theater Bad advice. That amp will not damage your speakers. You could use a 1000 wpc RMS amp and it won't hurt them, only your ears if you really crank it. Undwrpowering and pushing an amp into distortion will hurt the tweeters though.
    2 points
  32. regular edition. they won't even talk to us about the 75th at this point. I don't know what's going on but 35K for the regular walnut and black.
    2 points
  33. $35K. Universal pricing. I've seen 28, 30, 35, 38... both Vlad and my rep is saying 35 at this point.
    2 points
  34. Yes man, should give you so warm detail, especially after it melds into your system. Got a Luxman coming in this Thursday to give my old NEC integrated a break, after it took a dive down, but worthy of fixing. Please review later... cool.
    2 points
  35. I appreciate the tips. Its hard not to pick away at the dry flakes. Ill look into the mineral or olive oil remedy. Ive also came across a product online. Some drops for ear psoriasis the comments all swear by so ill try that too! I'll post the link here if anyone else has the same problem. Hopefully it all works out! Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
    2 points
  36. I'm a little sad on the one hand that I couldn't travel to the US to attend the Jubilee class due to Covid19 but on the other hand, the reports and shared experiences are worth a lot. I'm glad to hear that the new Heritage Jubilee speaker is exceeding expectations. And I am firmly convinced that this is exactly how I would have experienced it. About the photo...it's poignant in a way. The builder after all the work and development with his baby. Here fits the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words".
    2 points
  37. The Jubilees sure do look good in your pictures.
    2 points
  38. Had the Heresy IIs outside on some chairs. The sunlight enhances the wavy appearance of the Bubinga woodgrain.
    2 points
  39. Interesting light feature beneath the clouds.
    2 points
  40. Alright already! For months I've been wondering just what the Chief had up his sleeve. I KNEW whatever was gonna roll out would be stellar. Now it's done. You all are the luckiest people I know. To be a part of this group to hear them for the first time. After reading and eyeballing I'm totally drooling. I've seen and heard tons of gear and always went back to the LS as "my babies." They fit me. Now this??? IF I were 15 years younger I'd own a pair. Chief, even though we've never met I totally get the nickname. Ya done good and PWK HAS to be smiling or is it a smirkish grin? Not your last mission I hope cause your act is together! Kudo's to everyone involved in the Klipsch family. I want!
    2 points
  41. Kudos to @mikebse2a3 for his comprehensive coverage of the event with his comments. I really can't think of much to add except for the comments about the sound I left above in response to @Deano1974's questions and this. First, thanks to @Chief bonehead, @Travis In Austin, all the other people from KMAH and Klipsch, and the other attendees for making this a truly fantastic experience. Second, hearing the new Jubilee has really amped up my anticipation for getting my pair. I can hardly stand it. 🙂
    2 points
  42. It really is amazing what a good DAC can do to a system it really brought out all that I thought I was lacking in my system; more depth and 3-D almost holographic imaging on top of the significantly higher resolution playback. I think my old built in Sunfire DAC's were really holding things back quite a bit and I thought it sounded pretty damn good before just itching for that extra little bit but got a lot, thanks again!
    1 point
  43. I had never heard of the brand before but was thinking about buying a Tube pre and needed a DAC when @Westcoastdrums put this one up for sale for a reasonable price so I grabbed it up-- I'm very glad I did as I was seriously considering buying another Benchmark DAC at almost 3 times the price. It's a very nice sounding DAC made such a large improvement in my system I actually decided to hold off on the Tube Pre.
    1 point
  44. I have seen them. I talked to Warren the owner about that before I purchased anything. My unit has no such issues,i made sure of that.
    1 point
  45. thanks so much for the input. feeling too much like a noob regarding this capacitor situation -- even though i've got an engineering background, i haven't seen an oval capacitor before . . . @Curious_George was absolutely right. the capacitors are fine. as you can see in the pic below. they're cde 2uf 100 vac 10% caps. nothing special, but they're in good shape and do the job. @Seadog -- the original holes are in the board. when the oil capacitors were removed and the new caps added, the autotransformer was moved to shorten/simplify the wiring. whoever did the rewiring did a nice job. @wetowne, @Marvel, and Curious_George -- I had a great conversation with @JEM Performance (thank you so much!) who advised that i do nothing to the speakers. he said that the k-77 covers have brass in them and (as you called out) that the "fuzz" was just oxidation and nothing to worry about. @geezin' -- you were absolutely right! i finally got a chance to hook them up. WOW -- i am super impressed! i put them as close to the corners of my room as i could (while keeping them level) and the bass is MUCH more than i expected. i'll check out more music, but they seem to cover all but the lowest bass. not sure i would ever need a subwoofer with them. i have one criticism at this point: the highs seem to be blurred a bit -- it is most obvious with brushes on drums.
    1 point
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