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  1. Time for some beautiful jazz rock from a classic album Artist - Steely Dan Title - Aja Album ID - https://www.discogs.com/release/6260980-Steely-Dan-Aja
    4 points
  2. So I used these speakers for about 8 months and got used to them and told myself I didn't even need a sub. Mostly because I felt the subs I already had weren't up to the task. I have 2 R-12SW Klipsch subs I used for home theater for years. But I finally integrated them into my 2-channel setup and I integrated them in a way so that they're only picking up where the Cornwalls fall off. I have them at their lowest crossover setting (40hz) and I'm still running my speakers full range, as you should, IMO. The detailed, fast and textured bass of the Cornwalls still shines through but now they just reach a little lower and are more impactful. On most songs the subs aren't even doing anything. And on the songs that do call upon them they aren't bringing any attention to themselves. They're perfectly integrated, IMO. This revelation in sound has me looking at upgrading my subs. I've been looking at a pair of REL T9/x subs. I'd run them on their high-level inputs right off the speaker taps on the CWIVs. Aside from that I'm still impressed how well I was able to integrate these $200 subs into my system. Anyway, I just wanted to share that experience. Not really looking for suggestions or advice or anything lol.
    3 points
  3. I just completed a pair of '78s that had really rough trim. I experimented with several methods. The easiest and best turned out to be a scotchbrite-type pad for my angle grinder available at Lowes. Get a couple of packs. I clamped trim to a saw horse and used the angle grinder. It's very controllable and takes the anodized layer right off. I did not try to remove all the deep gouges, but left them for character. It will leave faint swirls but I removed these polishing by hand with aluminum polish. Far easier than sanding. I was happy with my results. Also, those corner pieces aren't aluminum. They're some sort of plated metal...mine were peeling. I sanded and painted them. Plating or powder coating the corners would be options, but pricey.
    3 points
  4. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    3 points
  5. Got it setup at our other placed and the Luxman Integrated is sounding excellent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  6. I'll just keep reminding myself it's 2022...
    3 points
  7. Good stuff here 🍻
    3 points
  8. Steel wool and foam around that. Shouldn’t be able the chew through. I used to rent an old farmhouse built in the late 1800’s. We would trap dozens of mice until I started using peppermint oil on cotton balls. Make sure it’s pure peppermint oil, soak the cotton balls and put them anywhere you see activity. It completely took care of the problem.
    3 points
  9. Think if I spray foam that hole up mice will chew the way back through ?
    3 points
  10. Thanks for the cat, nice...Cars:
    3 points
  11. Since I have joined this great community I must say I am happy to have stumbled onto it. The more I read and the more the economy goes down the toilet I have been thinking of my next project. One thing that is trending is cheap tube amplifiers, well all tube amplifiers seem to be trending more and more but in general many just do not have the liquidity to just drop $2,000 on a new amplifier. What if we can have our cake and eat it too? What if we can knock that $2,000 price tag down to $200 for a true hifi tube amplifier? Now my goal would be between 5 and 10 watts continuous output power 20-20kHz with no more than 1% THD at full output. But I am wondering if we should just up the game to 15 watts output but the price may jump up to $300-$350 area. What say you? Would people prefer the cheaper option with less power or spend a bit more and get the power output up to more reasonable levels. This is a Klipsch community and I know we do not need much power to get great sound, regardless spending $200 I think is easier to sell to the wife compared to $350, that's a car payment right there where $200 is a night out for two at a nice restaurant. Thoughts? Comments? Not worth it? Interesting?
    2 points
  12. How often do you paint your stereo's nails? If you haven't ever, YOU are missing out.
    2 points
  13. When I got these LSI they were rough. One had a mouse-eaten woofer. @Dave Ahappened to have a K-43 so I drove down to Lynnville. I came home with the K-43, all the capacitors I needed for the AA networks and a set of tweeters. One-stop shopping.
    2 points
  14. I did what @chassell did on some beat to hell trim on and HIP! So beat up, the trim was given to me. I buffed with a DA sander then did the scotchbrite by hand. It is a fair amount of work but worth it. I too did not go all the way down to get the deep grooves out, but just far enough to make them look presentable. They are supposed to look "industrial"!
    2 points
  15. The "magic" can happen in any equipment whether tube based or solid state (analog and / or digital). It depends on a lot of factors. However, strictly talking about tube equipment, I find it necessary to use or have a preamp with tone controls because I listen to a lot fo different types of music and none of it sounds the way I like when there is no tone correction. The tone correction isn't really the magic, but just needed correction for the speakers and/or room. The magic is in a good design (topology) using good quailty components. Some preamps are more neutral than others so you have a vast selection to choose from. Even if you use a solid state preamp with a tube amp (something I do quite often), you can still have the "magic" from the tube amp. This particular amp being discussed should be a very nice amp, regardless of price. There is so much hyperbole when it comes to audio equipment, it can be quite confusing and offputting. I would say keep following the thread and after a few amps get built, make your own decision, I think you'll want one to try out.
    2 points
  16. Since the PA5 worked so well with my system, I ended up getting a second. Now the Jubes are fully powered by the PA5s. Makes for a much more compact stack. See before/after pics below. As mentioned in a previous post, the 402s are dead quiet with the PA5 (vs the Denon AVR) and much clearer and more responsive. Powering the bass bins with the second PA5 really tightened up the base (vs. the Sherwood receiver). The fully PA5-amplified Jubes is a big step up over what I had. My complete system is a headless Intel NUC8i connected to the miniDSP 4x10HD via Toslink and then to the PA5s via balanced connections. I typically use a laptop to remote into the NUC, but sometimes an iPhone or iPad. Any device able to run Remote Desktop works for KVM. The NUC runs multiple functions: streamer (typical Amazon Music and Tidal), miniDSP controller and also hosts REW for test, analysis and correction. It’s way overkill for these functions; it’s set up as a gaming machine that I put together for analysis of 4K and 8K UHD video. Now I’m thinking “what next”? I’ve nearly completed a 16’ tapped horn for a sub, but after the improvement in the bass with the PA5, not sure how necessary it will be. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    2 points
  17. Nice interview. My recollection is slightly different than Roy's.... I recall begging, pleading, groveling on the ground for a pair....crying like a baby. He told me to dignify myself, shut up, man up and pay up and it shall be. Or something like that. He's probably gotten too much fish oil on his hands since then and has lost his memory. You have read this on the internet so now you know it's true.
    2 points
  18. The 78 LaScalas are great sounding speakers They faithfully reproduce female voice and piano. The two most challenging sounds. Probably need a recap, new mid horn gasket, replace dry rotted wires Tinkering with crossovers may yield an audible difference, or not Unless you listen at high volume, the existing cabinets are perfectly adequate without stiffing. I have a sub connected, but rarely need it for the music I listen to. I would freshen up the old speakers, wait a couple of weeks then put on a beautiful veneer turn up the volume and sit back Given the speaker's efficiency experimenting with low output SS and tube amps might be inexpensive and fun. People report good results with some of the tube cheapos. If I were handed $1 million dollars for audio improvement I would buy a larger living room with good acoustics As to gear, some of the low output stuff to play with And probably get a couple of bass bin pairs made one LaScala and one Altec 820c set of cabinets So I could play with horns and crossovers with 2 driver systems rolling off at 17K, not sure I can still hear that high ......... If I had the room, a pair of giant low frequency horns Altec or Klipsch theater models "Subs...we don't need no stinking subs"
    2 points
  19. Dang.!!!! You wouldn’t put a guy on the spot would ya….. 👏😄 If your in the “Underground Jubilees club” you have a system that is capable of exceptional performance and I consider the addition of a 1502 or 1802 sub as something very important if you want to take your system to another level in musical revelations and realism and I have to say I greatly underestimated how important the ability to solidly perform with high quality and low distortion down to 18Hz was with many of my recordings. The Heritage Jubilee design I would consider as cutting edge with groundbreaking performance and is a must hear if at all possible. miketn
    2 points
  20. People call me self-centred. ...but that’s enough about them.
    2 points
  21. Written predominantly for piano / keyboards A debut solo album for Genesis member Tony Banks He played piano, bass & lead guitar and percussion on this album A little melancholy at times but some tracks shine bright Artist - Tony Banks Title - A Curious Feeling Album ID - https://www.discogs.com/release/6273993-Tony-Banks-A-Curious-Feeling
    2 points
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  23. Who doesn't like Cyborg Bette??? https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=rDNnse3GbSY&list=RDAMVMrDNnse3GbSY https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Uix1wFPT7KY&list=RDAMVMUix1wFPT7KY
    2 points
  24. I got this one better washed: Plus eerie cat...
    2 points
  25. I thought everybody got high on nail polish when they listen to their stereo.... Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    2 points
  26. Curious—you mentioned the carver 275 and tube cube threads. Would it be appropriate (or not appropriate) to mention the Reisong A10 (6w), $399 or A12 (also 6w), $499? Seems like these offerings hit that “affordable” range and are recommended by many. Just asking’.
    2 points
  27. Peppermint oil and moth balls ( poor little guys ) are on the list, have a new hepa pet vacuum on the way as well.
    1 point
  28. I’m thinking of doing it on mine. Starting off with a very fine grit like 320 and working my way up gradually to finer grit to get a nice smooth and even finish. I personally like the “road worn” look of my LSI but I think they will look pretty sharp if I can bring the trim back to what it looked like in 1987 when they were made. Any input, suggestions, comments, concerns or repudiation warmly welcomed 😎 -Gil
    1 point
  29. Re Audience Hidden Treasure outlet. Not only do these guys compete with Tesla and Einstein with their pulsing of electrical currents to “condition” the electrical connections but they delve into metallurgy also. To think they have developed their own “proprietary Rhodium” is very impressive and further proves their competence in all things audio. This, along with technically well written mumbojumbo, leaves me no choice but to place my order. I’ll take half a dozen -
    1 point
  30. It will most likely be considered an integrated amp without tone controls. I haven't decided how many inputs it will have, obviously just one input will keep the price down not needing the extra RCA jacks and selector switch. I may just have a 'base' model with one input and if anyone that wants to order one with more inputs that's fine it will just cost extra in parts. Same with a subwoofer output, if anyone has specific needs I will just make their amp specific for them with the changes. All will have volume control of course. As for tube rolling, the circuit is not dependent upon the tubes for performance, it will be very forgiving to differences in tube linearity/performance. It will not be an open loop amplifier like many SET amps where the distortion and sound quality weighs heavily upon tube linearity, these open loop zero feedback amps can easily show significant changes with different tubes. For the techie types out there this amp has -20db of global feedback. Testing will be done with KT88 and all specs are for this tube but anyone can swap to KT90, KT120, and KT150 tubes for more output power. I don't believe in magic formulas for gear block chain. E.g. Tube preamp to SS power amp. I have found good equipment regardless of active component technology (tube/transistors) just sounds good no matter what. There is so much hyperbole around audio equipment it will make anyone's head spin like Linda Blair. Power amp needs to be able to drive tough loads and control the speaker which many tube amps fall short of doing. Solid state can usually do this well but often has other problems, mainly low level playback quality. I.e. the amp has low distortion at 350 watts but 1 watt doesn't have good sound quality. The goal of this amp is to bring high quality sound playback without all the fuss and big price tag. In my recent research of small companies I see on the scene for tube equipment I see absolute huge price tags and just awful circuit design. In majority of these amps very little thought is put into the actual circuit design and instead they just copy very simple circuits with very expensive parts and fancy looking chassis. I get it, people want good looking equipment and that is not a fault but I feel the circuit should always come first. If you are charging almost $6,000 for a SET amp that produces 8 watts at 8% THD and cannot drive tough loads well I don't see the point. The actual cost difference to making a better circuit is peanuts when you are charging that much for an amplifier so why not go the extra step and get modern performance with tubes. Many of these small builders do not even give the consumers any specifications and performance data. I don't blame them, I would be embarrassed too. That or they are very misleading with their specifications, I see often output power as one specification and then distortion as another. E.g. 8 watts per channel 300b amplifier, and on a separate line write less than 1% THD where being an engineer I know full well they are not reaching 1% THD at the 8 watts but that is how it may be interpreted to someone that doesn't know. Instead it's 1% THD at 1 watt output and 8% THD at 8 watts. These builders often try and not answer technical questions in public forums as they know they are misleading the consumer. All too often these people just love to build tube gear but unfortunately do not have a proper education enough to really design a good circuit so they just copy simple circuits with boutique parts.
    1 point
  31. reach out to member @ngen33r he may be able to repair the original amp for cheaper than a new incorrect one.
    1 point
  32. We used to listen to Bill Cosby. FiresignTheater and Cheech and Chong came later. My grandmother had Spike Jones 78's
    1 point
  33. Fabulous classic! If all the switches & controls are cleaned & quiet, and the autocorrelator & peak unlimiter work OK, the 4000 is a tour de force of features and performance, including an SQ matrix surround decoder which musically blows away any Dolby processing, IMHO.
    1 point
  34. Right, because I just make up random crap just to sell stuff. Look, I'm stuck with some Forte 3's at this point. I'd love to move them. I have also been lobbying for Klipsch to be able to provide an upgrade kit because I believe that Forte 3 owners should be able to get the better sound without having to buy Forte 4's. Literally, Klipsch, please make upgrade kits so I don't have to sell 4's to 3 owners. So there's that.
    1 point
  35. "enhances the electric and magnetic conduction of your system". Wait, what? I have to conduct magnets through my system now? What kind of magnetic conduction do I get through non-ferrous metals? So many new things to worry about.
    1 point
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  37. Makes sense. When your nail polish gets you super high, you must then paint your stereo's nails with pure silver nail polish.
    1 point
  38. I saw a pair of VMPS's at Today's Audio just outside Flint, MI years ago. Looked like something out of Dr. Who. Then there's the Genesis 1.2's
    1 point
  39. Gallimaufrey:
    1 point
  40. I would rather see a SE instead of PP. To me personally a push pull tube amplifier sounds much like a good PP A/B SS amplifier. To experience the magic and totally different sound most have never heard SE tube is the way to go. Less intimidating for a beginning builder as well with it's low parts count.
    1 point
  41. I started this thread for as much feedback from people as possible. If folks want a little 'sizzle' and up the target price to say $500 that's fine with me. I am trying to figure out what people consider inexpensive. Originally this idea came from a mix of two threads, the tubecube 7 and the Crimson 275. I mean the more I look at similar offerings (quality 15 watt single ended tube stereo amp) $500 is peanuts compared to what I am seeing for commercial offerings. The reason I am leaning towards SE is because I believe the majority here using tubes have push pull amps so why not make something everyone wants to try but doesn't want to spend $4,000 for 15 watts. Honestly I also am leaning that way because I prefer SE and feel it can work very well with Klipsch speakers. I have heard and owned so many amplifiers and I also have the ability to build myself anything I want to try if it isn't offered commercially so I like to think if my ears have landed on SE amps as sounding the best it's for a reason. Clearly it isn't just vanishingly low distortion as SE typically will have more vs push pull so something else is at play here. I surmise it's just more natural to how we hear in nature, sound propagates through the air in a single ended fashion. Fluid dynamic equations clearly show the peaks of the waveform travel faster than the low energy troughs making whole process non-linear and rich with even harmonics dominant with the second harmonic. Processing this type of information is natural to us, our brains say 'normal' and we relax and feel we can just listen endlessly without fatigue. Sadly if one owns an amplifier that can't be dynamic and clean enough we don't get to enjoy the benefits of the topology. Wave equation that accounts for non-linearity up to the second harmonic where p {\displaystyle p} is the sound pressure, c 0 {\displaystyle c_{0}} is the small signal sound speed, δ {\displaystyle \delta } is the sound diffusivity, β {\displaystyle \beta } is the nonlinearity coefficient and ρ 0 {\displaystyle \rho _{0}} is the ambient density.
    1 point
  42. FL & TX are where to be now-a-days for business, taxes, health and cost of living. In the 90s my income went up 20 + % just from reduced taxation. Not sure how long it will hold true though. Both kinds of coyotes came to CLT the last couple of decades. Some folks in the "proper" zip codes had their precious coiffured pets out overnight unattended and would wake to evidence of malfeasance. Now if we could get the weatherman to get back to his job instead of doing dc crap. Ever seen two hours of "Heavy Rain" look like this? It ain't pretty here but it's shelter for now. Got up at 2 to hit the head and man that rain was loud on the windows on the e se side!
    1 point
  43. I own an un-creamy Blueberry Xtreme and Pcats! The BBX I acquired in a trade with Mark (for a pair of walnut Belles). I love them! I don't listen nearly enough these days (that room is overloaded with misc. crap), but they're sitting there waiting for me. When Mark first joined the forum, he lived about 20 miles North of me, in Healdsburg, CA. Forum member Clipped & Shorn and I visited him several times, brainstorming and working on some modified Dynaco amps. He hadn't yet developed his Juicy Music products. Mark is a very interesting guy, to put it mildly. He swung from a totally tubular analog setup, to a super pared-down iMac-based digital system. He tried Klipsch speakers, but also played around with smaller speakers, and flat panel single-driver speakers. He also collected (and got rid of) classic guitars, refurbished and sold vintage tabletop radios (bakelite and others). In short, he got into things intensely, then got out with the same vigor when another challenge (or activity of interest) called him. He even self-published a book on nutrition https://www.amazon.com/Food-Fuel-Like-Bird-Queen-ebook/dp/B01ETSX104/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords="mark+deneen"&qid=1616863603&s=books&sr=1-1 !! He's now living in the Palm Springs area (moving from Ferndale in Northern CA). Deep thinker, very intelligent, and quite opinionated. I haven't been in contact with him for a few years. S So, in short, buy 'em when you see 'em!
    1 point
  44. Ode to my newly acquired H/K 430 Please bear with me. I know this anecdotal, and I have read similar stories on this forum but I would like to share it with you anyhow. So in the beginning of the week I bought a H/K 430 on an auction site from a private seller. He had a 100% rating as a buyer, but never had sold anything on the site. So that made me a bit nervous. It arrived on Friday (yesterday). After I contacted the seller to thank him for the excellent transaction, he told me he actually hadn't intended to sell it. He had owned it for a while, unused, and then put it on the auction site. Then he started listening to it. He loved it so much that he decided to restore it, so he had ordered an upgrade kit. That's when I came into the game and bought it and paid for it immediately with Paypal. He then realized he'd forgotten to take it off the auction site. For fear of losing his 100% rating, he reluctantly decided to let it go. So when I got home from work, the H/K 430 was in my carport, packed in a Canon A3 printer carbon box. I couldn't wait to unpack and to start listening. The amp is in pretty mint condition (for a 44 year old) and all the lights are working too. Connected to the 1972 Heresy's, The sound is simply amazing. After I connected an FM-antennae, the vu-meter went up to 7 or 8 for the main stations. At first, I thought the phono stage was just average, but later in the evening, it sounded much better (or my brain had adapted). Now I think it is amazing. Also CDs and my DAC sound pretty amazing. As the hours progressed, the bass tones became even more prominent. But all this, my friends, is just introductory. Late at night, my wife returned home. She was in a terrible state: a very long, tough working day, followed by 3 hours of difficult cello class. She was exhausted. I convinced her to take a seat in my listening rocking chair to have a quick listen to my new amp. Just five minutes. She reluctantly gave in and sat down. I started playing Katie Melua’s “The Closest thing to Crazy”. The wife closed her eyes. ‘Now play “Nine Million Bycicles” please.” Her eyes were still closed. When that song ended, she said: “Now play “Oblivion” (Il Gardellino).’ And she added: “Does it also play any louder.” It was already past midnight. Our 3 teenage kids were already in bed. She: “Turn it up a bit.” Now usually, she would say something like: “Can you turn that damn music down please.” But not tonight! So we ended up browsing through our Spotify playlist until way past 1 o’clock. All stress and exhaustion was wiped off her face. As we were going through the ‘usual suspects’ on my playlist, I had an existentialist experience: it was as if I had never heard them before. Really. Just like that. The more I focussed, the more they sounded completely new to me. Mind you, no alcohol consumption was involved. 😉
    1 point
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