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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! [:$]
  16. I'll just weigh in with my own very limited experience with hi-rez (DVD-A & SACD): I bought into these formats mainly for the multi-channel aspect, not the higher resolution. Well, we all know how that worked out. Except for classical music, there seems to be practically nothing new coming out in multi-channel of any kind. And even in the classical field, I can't tell that there is a lot of activity, let alone growth, there. Besides, a lot of the multi-channel that did come out was of questionable fidelity, as far as the way they were mixed. That leaves the 2-channel resolution question. My own personal experience would lead me to answer your question with a big "It depends!". Mainly, it depends on the quality of the original recording/mixing/mastering process. If that is sufficiently high, then I would say yes, SACD can offer a higher quality sound. But again, in my experience, most recordings outside of the jazz and classical fields, aren't of high enough quality to begin with that the extra resolution of SACD has anything to offer. Of the handful of SACD's I have that do have clearly top flight sound, I would agree with others that it is the smoothness that stands out compared to CD. Just a smoother, less granular sound. Just like comparing a high-rez photo to a low-rez. So if you have, or will have, a large collection of high-quality jazz and/or classical recordings, then go for it!
  17. Unless your Yamaha receiver has pre-out / main in jacks, you will not be able to conveniently use any analog processor with it unless you add an outboard amp. Most AV receivers have only pre-outs, so the best option is to get an external power amp and connect your EQ and/or dynamic range expander between that and the receiver, although you will quite probably notice a scrim of hiss. The only other option is to use an external source selector. You could connect the analog 2-channel output from your source components to that and then connect the signal processor in between the ext. source selector and any line-level analog input on the receiver. Your built-in tuner and any digital outputs will be off the menu! I know: neither option is ideal.
  18. Just wondering... Mirage speakers have been on deep discount at some authorized internet retailers for awhile. (Example: OM-28's that list for $3750 each are going for about a third of that.) So I'm just wondering what's up with that? Is Klipsch going to kill off the brand? Reshape their image and/or product line? Or maybe it's just a sign of hard times in the hi-fi industry. Anybody have any insight? Opinions? Or do like I do and just shovel some [bs]
  19. That is a VERY good point to ponder! When I had k-horns () at the last house, they sounded great in a 13x16 room that was actually a formal living room. (Yes, my wife is very understanding.) So even though they were in a fairly small room, the "front" room of the house, they not only sounded great, they looked great, too. The way they tuck back in the corner makes them much less obtrusive than say, a pair of La Scala's.
  20. Personally, I wouldn't worry too much over vintage. Any pair over 20 years old should have the crossovers rebuilt anyway, and that is the only factor that could create a significant sonic difference (imo) other than the construction of the mid and tweeter horns, older ones being metal (bad, imo) and newer ones being non-metallic. Actually, older ones do have all plywood construction of the cabinet, including the bass horn, instead of partial mdf. I don't know what year the cut-off for that was, though. And I don't think there is a concensus that one way is better than another anyway. As for the collar, there is no sonic difference other than what may be caused by the tweeter and mid being an inch or so lower on the non-collar (decorator?) version. That said, the current model does not have the collar, so that could add value, but really it's just a matter of preference. Actually, if you go back far enough, I believe the mid horn was made of wood at one time. That would be very desirable, but I don't know how long they were made that way, but I would guess no too long. I'm sure some of the k-horn experts around here can provide more definite info than me.
  21. Amen to that! And even apart from jazz (and classical), where we expect good sound, listen to the early 60's recordings of Peter, Paul and Mary, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, The Platters (50's?). Some stunning sound there!
  22. ...i think dr morbius just decided to get a wave radio.[]
  23. With La Scala's you may find you also need a good sub or two. That's a lot of big boxes in a relatively small room. A lot of people get by just fine with La Scala's w/o subs though; it's really a question of how much bass is enough to your ears and the particulars of your room, set-up and associated equipment. Personally, I prefer the wonderful, open mids of the La Scala...and the warm, solid bass of the cornwall! But the uber-clean bass of the La Scala is seductive, too. I don't know; it's really a tough one! If you can, hear both and then decide. If WAF is a concern, the Cornwalls win hands down,
  24. If the speed of sound is 1126ft/sec in dry air at 68 degrees F, using these room dimensions would yield axial modes at the following frequencies: 15 x 11 x 9 (8) (10) 37.5Hz 51.2 62.6 70.4 56.3 75 102.4 125.2 140.8 112.6 112.5 153.6 187.8 211.2 168.9 150 204.8 250.4 281.6 225.2 187.5 256 225 262.5 300 The worst one looks to be 15x11x10. The 9ft ceiling looks best to me. The pile-ups around 188 and 250 Hz should not be too bothersome.
  25. 12x12x10 = bad+bad+not good! You want room resonances to be evenly distributed; especially below 300 Hz. So ideally, stay with non mathematically related dimensions. If the 10' ceiling dimension is set, and you want to keep the size down, 13x16 might be a good starting place, maybe trimming or adding a few inches one way or the other to yield the smoothest response.
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