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  1. Here's my Transcendent Sound Pinnacle OTL mono block amps I just finished building. The output tubes are LinLai 300 BZ tubes. The Pinnacles are mated with a Transcendent Sound Slider preamp. Source components are a Micro Seiki turntable with a MA 505 tone arm and Denon DL-110 cartridge and a Teac 3300sx tape deck. Speakers are shop built Klipschorn style bass bins with Altec 511B horns and Altec 902 drivers for the mid range and Beyma CP-25 tweeters for the highs. Crossovers are ALK original universal networks. Going to have my buddie HC Man over for some serious listening this weekend!
    6 points
  2. I have never heard a Klipsch 2 way speaker that I prefer over a Klipsch 3 way speaker.
    4 points
  3. I finally got my shop speakers sorted out this past weekend. I made some racks for longer lumber as well. and then we had a picnic by the lake Sunday afternoon and stopped by our favorite overlook on the way home.
    4 points
  4. LMC-5 Luxman brought a new cartridge to the market, the first in 40 years... Reason: 'to correctly reproduce the full scale, dynamics, and harmonic overtones of a concert grand piano'. The Stereophile reviewer completely ignores this in his 'listening' section, though. Kind of weird... Uber-specialized niche product costing 2,695 USD. https://www.stereophile.com/content/luxman-lmc-5-moving-coil-phono-cartridge
    3 points
  5. The runners that I installed to hold the Bud chassis are solid mahogany strips. The reason, because that is what I found as scrap in my shop from a mahogany build done over 20 years ago. Same reason for Linseed oil for the oil finish, it is what I have. I believe I have everything to start on the build. If enough are interested in what is involved I can post pictures and description of the build. If not I will just post pictures when completed. I think I am going to use a perf board to install the PS section on instead of terminal strips. That is if I have enough room to install a board. To me it looks much nicer than to have wires crisscrossing everywhere. It will still be point to point wiring but without being seen. Much like my tube preamp I posted pictures of. Of course the wires attached to the tube sockets will be seen. This is still a point to point build instead of a pcb board one. I prefer hard wired, not that there is anything wrong with a pcb build. Old school I guess.
    3 points
  6. the taxman doesn't need mathematics anymore @Subway apparently a strong stomach will do
    3 points
  7. This has such a nice musical vibe to it. And Shavonne Stewart singing at the end...
    3 points
  8. I believe that an important issue is how music “should” sound when reproduced via a hi-fi system in the home. (IMO, “should” is often a confusing/misleading word that doesn’t distinguish between fact (e.g., what is written in the stars) vs. personal preference.) It seems to me that the answer is fundamentally different for classical music (and other music involving natural instruments that perform live) vs. music that is produced or altered via electronics. What is your benchmark for how the music that you enjoy “should” sound? What are your goals for your hi-fi system? I attend more than two dozen classical concerts per season, including full season tickets to the symphony, opera, and ballet, plus several performances of chamber music. The sound that I hear in my local symphony hall when listening to classical music, and in my local opera house when listening to operas, is 100% natural - i.e., no electronics are employed - no sound reinforcement system. (OTOH, electronic amplification is employed when pop music is performed in these venues.) Both my local symphony hall and opera house were purpose-built, and feature world class acoustics – and 100% “natural” sound. For me, the “work of art” was the live performance - not the product of a DAW software plug-in. My seats are mid-hall, in the front row of the first elevated section, so that I can see the performers, and hear beautiful “balanced” sound. For some compositions this involves 100+ orchestral instruments - and in a few cases a chorus of 100+ singers (e.g., Beethoven Symphony 9, and Brahms German Requiem). My observation when attending live classical concerts is that when seated mid-hall there is no pinpoint localization of instruments. Rather, the hall blends the sound. (I’ve closed my eyes when attending the symphony when sitting in my mid-hall seat, and I was unable to localize instruments on the stage.) My goal for my hi-fi systems is to create the illusion that I’m attending a live performance, when seated in my usual mid-hall seats. (IOW - addressing the point that several others have made - my goal is NOT to put an orchestra involving 100+ musicians - and a chorus involving 100+singers - in my living room – but rather to create the illusion that I’m in the concert hall.) Natural timbre, dynamic range, and frequency range are important to me in creating that illusion that I’m in the classical music hall – not “imaging”. Therefore, I don’t expect my home hi-fi system to produce some “soundstage gimmick” (e.g., ping-pong effect) for the large-scale classical music that I love. (I’m very pleased with the in-home experience delivered via modern performances/recordings (i.e., recorded in the last 15 years or so) of classical music that were captured and mastered in multi-channel (e.g., 5.1) hi-res (e.g., 24bit/192kHz) digital audio, and delivered via Blu-ray’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track, or an SACD’s 5.1 track. I prefer 6L6GC tube amps and Klipsch speakers.) OTOH, for a recording of a live performance of a string quartet (or, e.g., a jazz trio), the recording’s localization of the instruments might seem natural if your reference point (i.e., your benchmark) is a front row seat at the live performance. I wonder if the pinpoint imaging that some audiophiles tout as an outstanding feature of their hi-fi system is often when listening to popular music recordings? My understanding is that for many pop recordings there never was a live performance. Rather, the producers and the engineers use software tools (e.g., DAW software) to cobble together sounds (from different sources, created at different times) that they assign to left, center, or right. In this case, the final master recording was the first time the music was heard. In this case, how does the consumer know how the music “should” sound? (Unless the consumer was sitting near the DAW workstation, listening through the same monitors that the producers and engineers listened to.) FWIW/IMO there’s nothing wrong with the consumer wanting their recordings of popular music to “sound good”. As others in this thread have pointed out - some lovers of popular music may regard their recordings as a completely different musical experience compared with a live performance by the same band. Therefore, they don’t expect the recording and live performance to sound similar. You have to decide what makes the music that you love special. My 2.5 cents: Whether “imaging” is important depends on the genre of music, and your preferences for what you hear in your home. For the classical music I love, there are quality criteria for in-home music reproduction that are MUCH more important than “imaging”, based on my goal of creating the illusion that I’m in the symphony hall or opera house.
    3 points
  9. For me it ends at 24bit/96kHz LPCM. The over sampling of the converters used in equipment that runs at these resolutions nowadays makes all the talk back in the day about the "harshness" of digital moot. If you like the noise and distortion that an all analog path gives that's great. To each his own.
    3 points
  10. KHMA is rocking at the Watermelon Festival in Hope. We have changed the booth setup to include a listening area and of course the sound is amazing. If you are in Hope stop by the booth for a visit.
    2 points
  11. I really like Alice Cooper and have all the early releases in the collection Alice loves to play golf now
    2 points
  12. It’s a little more than I would care to spend on a cartridge
    2 points
  13. Thought about yankin this one sometime... I spied it w/my lil eye in an old crate of my "mostly sealed stuff" the other day. Whoda thunk Donovan would sing the "Billion Dollar Babies" on Alice's lp??? Not many. Such a fun lp and still hangin up near the top. Everyone had somethin on a track and the final result proved they were still the real deal after 7 other lp's. Great group of guys! Now Alice has done a complete 180 and is still rockin! Talk to him now and ya get complete coherent sentences. roflmao
    2 points
  14. That's quite an insult for many who work in the music industry. Do you find all music other than symphonies and orchestras, chamber groups, etc., to be distasteful and cobbled together?
    2 points
  15. You are not kidding, the older and I and the more I learn, the less I know. But I do know what I don't know, really helps in the business world.
    2 points
  16. Nope he's a Lambo or should I say LMBO @ kinda guy. 😂
    2 points
  17. I just posted that for Bill. Meeces have to go cause they're comin to his place next! lol Cat toys ver2.0 is coming soon... Need more kittens me thinks! lol
    2 points
  18. Yes it's an awful situation no matter how it transpires. I heard first heard about "Traumatized Living Places" from nurses a cna and my own eyes, ears and nose twice. So I was able to care for mom for that last few years. & back-stabbing relatives? You'll never know until they strike. I get the sentiment, but... is Jerry on the hood of a car barreling through barricades? Don't recall that one!
    2 points
  19. I would buy this rack in LV but don't need it. Mahogany, ummmmmmmmmm......... https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/ele/d/las-vegas-vintage-stereo-components/7515536117.html They also have some really cool mid century furniture for sale in their other ads. Lifetime heirloom stuff.
    2 points
  20. You need a chain of custody, maybe a letter or note. Man, don’t you guys watch Antiques Roadshow. To get that kind of money, he’s going to need more than, “I ended up with a folder full of stuff that used to belong to Paul Klipsch.”
    2 points
  21. Absolutely post pix of the build as you proceed. Not enough of that. I like it at least.
    2 points
  22. Minimum wage should be more like $18/hr, like it is is many developed countries. $7.25 is a starvation wage for anyone who isn't living with their parents.
    2 points
  23. Just imagine how many LPs you could get for that around $2K!
    2 points
  24. 2.5" 64 mm Crites horn 1.25" 32 mm DE-120 driver
    2 points
  25. We had this problem with Hulu Plus using our Firestick. We called Hulu customer service and they helped us do a workaround. Paramount Plus worked fine but we cancelled it. We are so happy with Hulu Plus that we no longer use any other streaming services. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  26. I purchased an album by Calexico Album Hot Rail Enjoy one of the tracks from the 2 LP set
    2 points
  27. Klipschorns are still relevant ,bought mine new in 1985 , their my most prized possession , not a scratch on them , 100 percent stock , still sounding awesome and still kicking butt.
    2 points
  28. Systemdek iix with Linn Basik Arm, Grado Zu+ cartridge and Grado Gold3 stylus. Here is a link to the specs on the Systemdek: https://www.vinylengine.com/library/systemdek/iix.shtml Link to the stylus: https://4ourears.com/products/grado-prestige-gold3-replacement-stylus Only 50hrs on the stylus. Plays both 33 and 45RPM. It has a brand new belt, replaced the resistor that commonly fails on these with new uprated resistor (https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?t=108445), added sound dampening mat to the inside chassis, lubricated and greased. I have a cork mat that will come with it as well as the felt mat that was stock. This is a great sounding TT! $700 obo. Buyer to pay shipping and PP fees. prefer F&F or zelle.
    1 point
  29. Its just weird that any other streaming service we try works fine except this one. Paramount + works for a few seconds, buffers, works again but then buffers more, on and on. Unwatchable as it is. What am I missing here? Problem exists on different devices here at the house. I have reinstalled the APP 3 times on Amazon firestick thinking maybe a bad download. I have changed my DNS from automatic to manual after reading that helped some people. I tried it in the wee hours of the morning to see if that helped, nada. Right now I'm thinking inferior service??? Any thoughts or ideas appreciated.
    1 point
  30. Not the AL5, but the LS II and CW IV in the same room. Closer than some people would think. But with the exception of deep bass, the LS edges out the CW with it's more realistic midrange performance and slightly better dynamics. I've thought about a used pair of AL5s, but I'd like to hear from someone that can tell me just how much better they are than the II.
    1 point
  31. If you play dance music dancing will happen, enjoying the beginning of Friday at Watermelon Festival.
    1 point
  32. These khorn plans maybe the PWK drawings sent to licensed manufacturers of the khorn , there is yellowing showing the acidity of the paper , the paper is quite old and the paper can be dated - these plans may be copies of the Original plans which is not as valuable , however if these are the Original Khorn drawings which is very doubtful , then they are more valuable , in any case , chemical deterioration of the paper is visible , and unless these drawings are decontaminated , the paper will fall apart , so it is crucial to act rapidly before further deterioration destroys these drawings .
    1 point
  33. Yes this feels odd if only because I cannot conceive of a reason that those don't already belong in Museum/JRH's hands--and for free. Does no one just do the right thing anymore? Rhetorical...
    1 point
  34. Buy Daves’s SMAHL It sounds better, and it will probably buy you more room too.
    1 point
  35. Thanks, thebes, for the helpful post of link and excerpt and your thoughts. Also to billybob for quickly posting the link a few days ago. This is beyond odd and deceitful, especially considering their target audience. Also very interesting how this finally broke out into the light of day, and the company's late admission and the CEO's attempt to keep this underwraps even as his employees were finally dishing the dirt. billybob, owner's retort ? I probably have some idea what it is ( Still sounds great, what's the big deal ? ) but curious to follow up on it.
    1 point
  36. There is a report somewhere of the owner's retort back to media. Thanks!
    1 point
  37. You are so not ready 😜
    1 point
  38. My honest take on the Lingo, for you is How far can one go ? The Lingo is a power supply and speed accuracy add on Don’t forget that your hearing is not as it was - so you may not actually hear any difference
    1 point
  39. I know those KHorns I owned those KHorns I enjoyed those KHorns Sir, those are Not KHorns
    1 point
  40. "Saw" the Grateful Dead in 1983 at Manor Downs near Austin and still recall that during the Drums/Space portion of the show the sound was swirling above the stage rather than from PA system left and right. Of course, I may not have been a reliable observer at that point....
    1 point
  41. Here's my thoughts after trying many different set-ups for home theater over the years. You're off to a good start with the three rp-8000f II for your l/c/r upfront. Buying 4 more rp-8000f II's for your surrounds is not ideal for several reasons. 1) Having a large tower speaker limits ideal speaker placement for side and back surrounds 2) There's absolutely no need for a large full-range speaker as most of the surround material doesn't have very low frequency content. (Unless you specifically set up your system to do so!) 3) Cost! You can get 2 side surrounds (rp-502II) and 2 back surround s(rp-600m II or rp-500m II) for about the same price as 1 set of rp8000f II's My suggestion: follow #3 above and use the extra money you saved and buy a decent subwoofer, or two! Tidbit's of knowledge I've gained over the years (Take 'em or laugh at 'em , it's up to you!) 1) The center channel and subwoofer(s) are the two most important speakers in a home theater.... this is where I dump most of my money and have had the largest return on my investment when it comes to sound quality. (But don't skimp on the other speakers either) 2) You can run all of the room correction programs until you are so thoroughly confused that you will believe anything the latest "expert" tells you. But ultimately, I end up tweaking it until it sounds good to ME! 3) Spend some time setting up your system correctly... don't cheese out and try to get it up and running so quickly that you end up cutting corners telling yourself that you will go back and fix that when you have time.... one almost never finds the time!!! Also, don't be afraid to revisit it and tweak it to your liking as you settle in over the years. 4) Having all of the same speakers all around is not needed to enjoy a wonderful home theater experience. People swear by this and tell you that you will hear a huge difference in the sound/timber because you have different tweeters, woofers, etc. That's BS, just like expensive cables, cable risers, and tube connectors! You will only hear it if you want to hear it. Once your movie starts and everything is going full tilt, you will not notice any difference in sound as the car passes from the left channel across the center and then on to the right channel. If one can actually hear these differences, then they are the type of person that will bi-wire their speakers and swear it makes a difference. I hope at least some of this was helpful.
    1 point
  42. He is in the DeKalb, IL area, but he is willing to drive.
    1 point
  43. I picked the wrong day not to check the forum. Congrats to the seller and buyer.
    1 point
  44. If you take the grill off and take a photo of the front of the speaker, we will be able to tell. Good luck with the sale.
    1 point
  45. His ad shows several different pairs of speakers, he just didn't separate the speakers to take photos of them separately. https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ele/d/indianapolis-klipsch-klf-30-speakers-in/7146784554.html
    1 point
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