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Bonzo

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Bonzo last won the day on July 11 2018

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    Playing drums, all things audio, collecting vinyl, spoiling my six grandchildren, travel
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    Klipsch Forte II
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  1. Bonzo

    Heresy III’s on the way!

    I agree, but let the new owner have the option to put them on or not. Or, maybe some nice inserts in the bottom of the cabinets with bolts to attach them, or not. Then you could have the option to bolt on the speakers and provide bolts bumpers on the bolts. Kind of like a lot of companies do with floor standers, carpet spikes or bolts with rubber. Or, just screw four wood screws into the cabinet!
  2. Bonzo

    Heresy III’s on the way!

    OK, first rant, why are there holes drilled into the bottom of my new speakers??? So I knew going in the risers are screwed to the bottom of the cabinets from the factory. I guess it's because everyone one who buys these $2K speakers are going to leave them on so they don't mind holes, right! Why couldn't they leave that decision to the consumer instead of arbitrarily screwing them onto every speaker? Rant over
  3. Bonzo

    Heresy III’s on the way!

    It would be cool but, sadly, I don’t have enough room in The Cave.
  4. Bonzo

    Heresy III’s on the way!

    Well, my friend suggested I keep all four, find some Heresy II's and we could call my place, "Mark's House of Heresy!" Somehow I don't think my wife would approve. I really don't know if I will keep all four, at least in the long term. Today I'm going to remove the risers on the III's and place them on some sturdy 18" tall end tables. See how getting the horns more at ear level works out. I actually prefer the Heresy I's on the funky acrylic 8" stands than on the tables.
  5. Bonzo

    Heresy III’s on the way!

    Thanks Schu, I appreciate that!
  6. Bonzo

    Heresy III’s on the way!

    So, due to some snafu's along the way of this journey, I finally got my Heresy III's! They were ordered on Jan. 18th and I thought they were already built at that time but that was not the case. They were well worth the wait. Even though my system has changed drastically since they were ordered, including some 78 Heresy I's but that's another story, I am so far very pleased. Lots more listening to do in the coming days. Here's a couple pics.
  7. Bonzo

    Working Man's Heresy

    Hey, what's in those boxes???
  8. Bonzo

    Working Man's Heresy

    Well, let me say this about that. If the planets align, I will have a brand spankin’ shiny new pair of Heresy III’s in walnut tomorrow. I figure the new Heresy’s will eliminate any want or need to “upgrade” the box stock Heresy I’s that the previous/original owner enjoyed, as is, for 40 years! Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the suggestions and feedback, I do. But, why can’t I just leave them alone and enjoy the way they sound now? If I didn’t like the way they sound currently, I doubt anything I throw at them would change that much. I do like the way they sound and will be leaving them alone, at least for now.
  9. Bonzo

    Working Man's Heresy

    I have been told that sometimes gravity can have an ill effect over time on keeping voice coils aligned in the magnet structure. I guess it’s especially true if older speakers have not been used for some time. That is not been the case with these speakers but I thought it couldn’t hurt. Unfortunately, the cables were not long enough to do a full 180. I really didn’t want to put in longer cables at this time. This would have required dragging out the old soldering iron. Maybe one day I will re-cable them?
  10. Bonzo

    Working Man's Heresy

    Opened them up for the first time ever according to the seller. Yep, stock 70's Heresy's with Alnico (round) magnets on the tweeters. Checked them with my meter, 6.7 and 6.8 ohms DCR respectively. That was in circuit but that should be about right. I did rotate both woofers as much as the length of cables would allow. Just don't think I'm going to drink the upgrade/crossover Kool-Aid anytime soon. They are just NOT broke! My new Hersey III's are supposed to be delivered Monday. It will be very interesting doing an A/B between the two. Now I may have to find some II's to complete the trilogy? Actually my very first pair of Klipsch speakers were Heresy II's. One woofer was bad and some of the crossover components had come unglued from the terminal cup. Not a stellar start to my Klipsch journey but I got over it. That must have been around thirty years ago , wow! Here's a couple shots of the innards..........
  11. Bonzo

    Onkyo A-9110 Integrated Amp

    I am with you. I have a late 80's Integra dual cassette deck and 6 Disc CD changer. The deck works perfectly, the changer has issues with the drawer but once in place, it sounds great! Have working remotes and the boxes for both as well. I have always been an Onkyo/Integra fan.
  12. I was looking for a simple, no frills integrated amplifier for a den system. I don't need a lot of power, wanted a sub out and, of course, remote control. I read some good reviews of the Onkyo A-9010 which has digital inputs, phono stage and a line out but it was being phased out. Then I stumbled upon an ad for its replacement, the new Onkyo A-9110. Advertised as strictly analog, which I prefer, with dedicated sub out and phono with remote. I decided to order one with a 30 day money back guarantee.I have been using if for about a week now hooked up to Boston Acoustics VRM60 speakers and matching PV1000 sub. I have to say, I am very impressed with the overall quality of the sound. The phono stage isn't the greatest but respectable. It produces lots of detail and good punch, especially when using Onkyo's Phase Matching Bass function which is basically a modern Loudness function. It also has a Direct feature for the purists out there. The Direct function not only bypasses the tone controls but the sub out as well. That is the default setting that can be changed by using the Setup feature. You can also change the speaker impedance setting from 8 ohm, default, to 4 ohm.It's advertised at 50 watts per channel, fine print is 4 ohms, 30 watts at 8 ohms. I think that is a bit misleading but, if you do your research...........It is a class A/B amp which Onkyo refers to as WRAT (Wide Range Amplification Technology). I do prefer A/B amps to the D'd that I have listened to. I will say my experience with D amps is limited.If you're looking for a no frills, very good sounding integrated that won't break the bank, I would recommend giving the A-9110 a try. Adendum: This is a post I made on another Forum. I am just really impressed with this little amp. I re-posted it here as I decided to try it with my newly acquired Heresy I's. Once again, this amp has performed way above my expectations. It drives the Heresy's better with more detail and subtley than my restored Marantz 2238b which is no slouch. The Phase Matching Bass function ads some nice low end without sacrificing the mids as some loudness circuits do. I haven't had this amp very long so the jury's still out but, for under 300 clams, it's going to be hard to beat IMHO.
  13. Bonzo

    Working Man's Heresy

    I felt very bad for the seller. I know he really didn't want to sell them but, I got the feeling he needed the money more than the speakers. I'm sure a lot of us can relate. They do look like they are floating on those stands and without mirrors. I'm going to open the backs tomorrow. I think in 78 they were still using the Alnico magnet K-77's? I guess I will find out. More pics..................
  14. There I was, minding my own business, when somehow I was looking at Craigslist? There they were, a pair of box stock BR Heresy's from 1978! His asking price was WAYYY too high but I thought I would call and try to get him to step away from the crack pipe. After a brief conversation, we came to a reasonable price provided I could inspect and listen to them. Turns out he is the original owner. He bought them at Pacific Stereo in San Jose CA, circa 1979. Still has the raw birch finish, no funky a** stain on these. Grills are nice and they have those way cool "Laser badges." The labels are both in great condition, clearly "S" code HBR's with consecutive serial numbers. Oh, they came with the coolest clear acrylic stands. Nothing screams 70's like acrylic! Bonus, they work and sound great! I don't have the heart to do anything to them, they are just too vintage cool, warts and all! It is true, a little Heresy is good for the soul!
  15. Bonzo

    Heresy III w/ integrated amp?

    I just ordered an Onkyo A-9110 integrated amp for a second system. It is only rated at 30 watts per channel A/B into 8 ohms, 50 into 4. It’s all analog, no digital inputs which I personally prefer. I have a very good DAC. Four line level inputs, MM phono stage, tape out, and fixed subwoofer out. It also boasts a modern loudness circuit and tone defeat for the purists. For a tick under 300 clams and 30 day satisfaction guarantee I figured, why not try it? My Heresy III’s are on order, hoping they will be here today. I will certainly try the Onkyo with them and report back.
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