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  1. I think the best way to hear a reasonable representation of what his speakers sound like in his room, would be to record them binaurally with good mics and then play it back on high quality headphones. Otherwise the sound of the speakers in the room is totally lost in the translation through cheap mics on his end, and cheap pc speakers on the playback end. Not to mention the superimposition of the second room's acoustics.
  2. I can't really comment on the Acoustimass systems as I've never owned one or even heard one other than brief store demos. I will say that in my brief auditions I thought they sounded pretty good for what they are. That's about as far as I'll go on that subject, other than to say that all else being equal, small enclosure size, full range drivers and no crossover can be good things, sonically. Of course, all else is almost never equal. [^o)] As far as the 901's, I've always liked them. To me, they just sound more like live music. Of course, that can be good or bad, too. The best way I've found to put the 901 experience into perspective is this: If you think of the klipschorn as a front row speaker, the 901 would be a row 20 speaker. I'm sure most klipsch fans prefer the front row, but I generally like to be back a bit. I don't see it as a right or wrong argument, but more just a matter of preference. Besides, sometimes I like to move up closer to the front, too. []
  3. Thanks. It's been quite a while since I last visited the klipsch forums. Ya know, I've tried lot's of audio forums over the last few years, and I have to say this one is among the best, in my humble opinion. That's taking into consideration everything from the knowledge base of users to the look and feel of the forums and the moderation. Another favorite of mine is the Steve Hoffman forums, although the moderation there can be a bit heavy-handed at times. Sorry for straying from the OP's subject. As a Bose 901 fan I should be used to being the Rodney Dangerfield of the audio world. We get no respect. [] Speaking of the Op's subject, the whole deal sounds weird to me, but then my view is probably warped by some of the horror stories you hear. Like the pregnant gal who sold a dog online and when they came to get it, they cut her baby out of the womb, stole it, and left her for dead. Little things like that tend to stay with you. [^o)]
  4. I know it seems to give people much pleasure to pee on Bose with every opportunity, and that's OK. It appears to be some kind of rite of passage as one ascends the audiophile ranks. At least, that's how it reads to me. But. I have owned cornwalls ('85-'93), klipschorns ('98-'03) and La Scala II's ('07-'08). Plus, I had a pair of HII's for a while that I used only as surround speakers, and a single belle that I used for a center channel with the k-horns. I don't have any of them now. What I do have is a pair of Bose 901's that I have been enjoying since 2009. And while I'm not saying my 901's would sound better than _ _ _ _ _ _ in your room, (fill in the blanks with whatever you care to.) they do sound better -to me- and -in my room- than everything else I've had in there. In fact, the room they are in is the same room I last had the k-horns in before I gave up on them and sold them. Another "but"...but klipschorns remain one of my all-time favorite speakers, along with the Bose 901. In fact, I would say the best sound I ever heard come out of a pair of speakers was coming out of a pair of klipschorns. Paul Simon's "Graceland" in 1986 at Flip's Stereo in St. louis. "Wow" pretty much somes it up. So the moral of my little story, if there is one, is that you can't divorce the speaker from the room. What sounds wonderful in one room can sound horrible in another. Now you have my 2 cents worth on this subject, and it didn't cost you a dime. []
  5. Barbara Orbison, Widow of Rock Legend Roy Orbison, Dies of Pancreatic Cancer. Her Death Falls on 23rd Anniversary of Roy Orbison’s Death Los Angeles, CA -- December 6, 2011: Barbara Orbison, widow of Rock and Roll legend, Roy Orbison, passed away today after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She was 60 years old. Barbara was diagnosed with the disease on April 20, 2011 at the Mayo Clinic. In May of 2011, she was admitted to USC Medical Center in Los Angeles under the supervision of Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz, Associate Director of the USC/Norris Gastrointestinal Oncology Program. On May 13, Barbara underwent the Whipple surgical procedure, performed by Dr. Yuri Genyk. Following her surgery and chemotherapy, Barbara was optimistic about her recovery, but complications from the cancer ultimately resulted in a final re-admittance to USC Medical Center in mid-November. She died peacefully there today with her sons, Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr. (41) and Alexander Orbison (36) by her side. Ironically, Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just days before Roy Orbison’s landmark 75th birthday (April 23rd). Roy and Barbara Orbison had a devoted and enduring love affair, ultimately passing away on the same day, 23 years apart. For more than two decades Barbara has managed the music empire she built as Roy Orbison’s manager, keeping his legacy alive. Most recently, Barbara was exceedingly proud of the acclaimed box set she produced with Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr, titled “Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll” (Sony Legacy 2008). This 4-CD package marked the first all-inclusive body of Roy’s work from his earliest recordings to the Traveling Wilbury’s debut album, “Mystery Girl” (Virgin) and his last live performance. Throughout this time period, Barbara also became a respected businesswoman in her own right, developing a diverse music industry empire in Nashville, Tennessee. Barbara’s Still Working Music publishing company has consistently represented some of the industry’s most successful songwriters and was recently awarded BMI’S 2010 Song of the Year for Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me.” In 2009, Barbara was able to fulfill a lifelong dream with the creation of her own fragrance, Pretty Woman Perfume. She was intimately involved with every step of the development from the blend of scents and the classic design of the bottle to the international marketing sales and promotion of the perfume. Born Barbara Anne Marie Wellhöner Jakobs in Bielefeld, Germany, Barbara was just 17 when she met Roy Orbison (32) at a nightclub in Leeds, England in 1968. Despite the “British Invasion,” American rocker, Orbison, was topping the charts in the UK as well as the U.S. with such smash hits as “Pretty Woman,” “Running Scared,” and “Crying.” Roy and Barbara married a year later in Henderson, Tennessee. They raised their three sons in Nashville and Malibu, California. Barbara Orbison will be buried next to her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Following a private graveside service, the family will announce plans for a Celebration of Life reception at the BMI offices in Nashville, Tennessee. Donations in Barbara Orbison’s memory can be made to the Roy Orbison Foundation, c/o Leeann Hard, Forté Management, 725 Arizona Ave., Ste 206, Los Angeles, CA 90401, 310-394-5020, x102, leeann@forte.com). The family requests that messages be sent to: barbara.orbison@orbison.com
  6. [] And what exactly would that need be? Total ear-bleeding deafness? []
  7. Bose 901's...No joke. [] Of course, mine were bought new in '09, so they are no more a "vintage" speaker than a klipschorn from the same year. Other vintage speakers I like? Hmmm......OK, My "New" Large Advents from the 70's; Also, my ESS amt-1b's from the same era. I once heard a pair of Ohm Walsh Radiators that sounded very interesting. Model 5's, I believe. All the old ADS speakers that I ever heard were great sounding. I especially remember the L710 and L810.
  8. Cool! Congrats on the new receiver. I like Onkyo! It is really amazing how much performance a little money can get you these days.
  9. You've probably already tried it in "direct" mode or whatever Yamaha calls their pure, unprocessed mode. Maybe that's strictly 2-channel / no subs...that's how some receivers are. Not sure about Yamaha. I think that's about the best you can hope for: 2-channel direct into the dbx and/or EQ, w/ no receiver dsp applied. If that doesn't work...[*-)]
  10. Go for the A9555. No comparison between it and the receiver. I had the 9555 and drove a pair of La Scala II's with it. Trust me - you'll love it. And nothing wrong with a little OCD! []
  11. The VAC is beautiful, but those rosewood k-horns are stunning! I love that black trim. Gorgeous! Congratulations on your most excellent system. Enjoy!!
  12. Klipsch bought Mirage a couple of years ago or so, in the same deal that put Energy under the Klipsch umbrella. Then, sometime after Klipsch took over I started seeing the best of the current Mirage line being deep discounted. So I'm just wondering, that's all. I agree, the M series was pretty special. Never heard the subs.
  13. I guess it just depends on what you think multi-channel music should sound like. Personally I can't stand feeling like I'm in the middle of the band. It's weird and unnatural to me. I like the band to be together, on the stage, and in front of me. Ambience (reflected sound and reverb swirling all around is cool, as are special effects type sounds and crowd noise, but please...keep the band in front of me, where they belong!
  14. I don't think the dbx devices like having any EQ going on ahead of them. That could make them misbehave. Is the signal going out the pre-outs flat, or has EQ or any other DSP been applied by the Yamaha?
  15. note to self: do not ask question about mirage speakers on klipsch forum! [:$]
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