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  1. Yes, the OTL amps have a slightly high output impedance (10 ohms) which does lean out the sound. I got much better sound balance when I changed out all the silver cable in my K-horns. (For too long, I had a mix of silver and copper cable in the varied leads from the crossover.) The Basis cable is pricey, but worth it to me. I didn't like the lumpy bass heaviness of one pair of P-P amps I tried. Balancing out all these things isn't always easy on K-horns. -- Larry
  2. I have a pair of aging OTL amps that are now rarely available on the used market, and think they are among the best I've ever heard. I can almost recognize OTL sound by the top-to-bottom transparency and linearity, a nice thing in classical music. If you have a tube preamp, I suggest an Essence power cord. ESP is likely to have some used earlier generation cords, which are excellent IMO and really enliven the music sound. -- Larry
  3. It may depend on what you play on them and how you listen. I expect you will note undue congestion or loss of clarity in loud, complicated passages, especially in the bass, if your wattage isn't adequate. I think it wouldn't be adequate for me. Your sound quality may influence what music you play. --Larry
  4. A couple of interesting points may be being missed here -- what drivers do they have, and are they matched? A lot of funny things can happen with switching out drivers over a 50-60 year period! I suggest you especially see what your bass drivers are, If you are lucky, you may have a pr. of EV 15 WK's, as fine a bass driver as was ever made. You may have a pr of University SAHF's, a smooth and good-sounding match. Don't start running off to replace with current non-Klipsch drivers until you're sure you've looked into what you're doing. Larry
  5. I can't help much, the room looks a little bright to me and would need some trial and error to bring into balance for me. Nice, well-appointed room and decor, though! Good luck.
  6. I agree with much of this. Sometimes this is more matching for synergy than absolute sound quality regardless of brand. There are sometimes big differences in cable sound, regardless of what some believe. I like my Basis speaker cables and Siltech silver interconnects. However, silver can have a bright, thin sound although it can be a little more pure than copper. I would suggest consulting with The Cable Company, have never gone wrong following their advice. I would use standard gauges (12 ga.), not 10 which is often too big to fit into connectors or speaker terminals, and I would NOT shorten unduly, since you may not know future length needs. Mostly, try to get a handle on synergy before buying or installing. I tend to prefer equal lengths between the two sides to make life a little easier.
  7. Just started Robert Gates's Exercise of Power, a majestic tome on America's place, fall, and possible restoration in the world. Gates was Secretary of Defense under Bush AND Obama (yes, he was that good and well respected across party lines) and Director of the CIA, inter alia. As befitting the subject and content, he adopts a Churchillian writing and storytelling style. Perhaps the best of the current book writing bunch. I'd like to see him as National Security Adviser in a forthcoming Biden Administration. LC
  8. The Shorthorn was a back-loaded horn, i.e., only the sound wave from the rear of the bass driver cone was fed into the bass horn. Most of the frequency range was directly radiated from the front of the bass driver, and only the rear output was propagated through a bass horn. That makes a world of difference. That said, I thought the Shorthorn was a very nice, liner-sounding speaker. Because the Model S Shorthorn (pictured above) horn was indeed short in length and had a faster taper, it was not able to propagate frequencies below 40 Hz (spec of 60) at best. The only exception to that was the Model T Shorthorn which had a much longer horn and slower taper, and was capable of reaching 45 Hz (35 at best). Those are very rare, sold largely as mono units and almost never found in a stereo pair. The T was also a back-loaded horn, and thus a dramatically less spacious sound than a K-horn. I'm sure you wouldn't get the same kind of amazing sound from trying to scale it down. See www.HiFiLit.com
  9. LarryC

    Classical music?

    For an even more mind-blowing visual and sonic package, go to the brief storm movement of Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony, which features incredible brass array, a wind-machine, and thunder-machine (sheets of tin) and a huge orchestra in general: Incredible. -- Larry
  10. LarryC

    Classical music?

    What Beethoven recommendations do you have in mind? Beethoven had a lot of amazingly well-judged timpani parts (of course) but Berlioz for one reached well beyond him as did Wagner and Dvorak (8th, 9th symphonies). I just didn't have time to to search out the Wagner examples. Listen to the first movement of the Dvorak 8th -- I suggest Honeck and the Pittsburgh SO.
  11. LarryC

    Classical music?

    To REALLY get the full impact of the timpani and brass in the Berlioz Requiem, please focus down specifically in the previous Youtube excerpt to minutes 20:22 to 27:00! This is a much shorter segment than what I gave everyone before, and gives a fuller impact. The excerpt below repeats the link, but lets you go right to the desired passage; Just skip to min. 20:22. I'm very much a believer in live performance passages you can see as well as hear. Some other links in this thread are just static pictures which don't tell as good a story. That's why I give you the more live links such as the following. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! -- Larry
  12. LarryC

    Classical music?

    You want interesting timpani parts? Go to Uranus in The Planets, scored for 6 timpani with 2 players. Each one is tuned to a different note, thus encompassing most of an octave and some remarkable rhythmic and melodic passages on the timpani alone. I recommend two Youtube videos to see and hear this remarkable movement -- BBC Proms from, I believe, 2009 (you can see the entire work, well worth it) Berlioz was a remarkable innovator on all instruments, and you can see amazing use of many timpani both forte and piano, in his Requiem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWU7T9zYEks There is an excellent DVD conducted by Colin Davis in the Regensburg cathedral. The whole requiem is well worth watching/hearing. Larry
  13. LarryC

    Classical music?

    This thread contains an incredibly rich and well informed discussion IMO. Some of the recommendations such as The Planets should demand your early attention. Two composers to give special attention to are Beethoven and Tchaikovsky— Beethoven in particular never fails to draw that attention, in almost any setting. YouTube is a GREAT site for classical music because it has overwhelming opportunities to both WATCH and LISTEN to well performed great work. I suggest Beethoven‘s symphonies 3, 4, 5, and 9, Schumann’s 2 and 3, Tchaikovsky’s 4, 5, and 6, Dvorak ‘s 8 and 9, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. When searching YouTube, look for thumbnails showing actively playing orchestras and performers and not static album covers. OK — take it from there!!! Good luck! Larry
  14. Call and ask Klipsch -- quite high, $1,800 for a pair wen they first came out in 2002 or 2004, but I heard they'd dropped a lot later on. In my K-horns, there was great improvement in blending and coherence and linearity, with a reduction in broad peaks and dips in frequency response. Mostly. the output from the drivers came together much better, helped by the FR improvements. While the AK3's were an improvement over the AK2's, the 4's were a big jump up from the 3's in my opinion. The 4 is very complicated-looking, lots of coils and capacitors, a far cry from the elementary coil-and-capacitor for each crossover frequency of the earlier models. Very different. The raves in recent Stereophile reviews and now others online are warranted IMO. You should at least listen to a pair if you can.
  15. FWIW, I have been very happy with my AK-4 crossovers, which replaced AK-3's. These weren't cheap, but you get a Klipsch-engineered crossovers mounted on the inside of new bass bin doors, and new mid and tweeter drivers . Very smooth, well-integrated sound and dispersion. As I understand it, the AK-5 cross's were made for the newer closed-back K's; I tried them and didn't like them as well as the 4's for my standard, open back K-horns. To the best of my understanding, the AK-6 is a new design and top hat construction, and, for the first time in Klipschorn history, cannot be upgraded from earlier models -- I cannot upgrade from the 4's to the 6's. Sorry I don't have a cost-free suggestion. Larry
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