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    Living Room: 2.2/5.2=Front L&R, CenterFront, Danley SH-50 horns powered by Hypex NC400 MonoBlocs, SurroundR, powered by Nobsound Mini Digital Amplifiers T.I. TPA3116 chip amps. Yamaha Pre/Pro CX-A5200. One OThorn and One Danley TH-50 Subs Sony700/Oppo 103 for CD 2.2, HDMI out for Atmos DVD/Blue Ray. YPAO for all listening.. Yamaha Pre/Pro CX-A5200. One OThorn and One Danley TH-50 Subs driven by 1 Behringer A800.

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  1. As a DIY guy with tools and experience (substituting summer outdoors for anechoic chamber), I would never say IMPOSSIBLE, but highly unlikely to happen. So I don't fully agree or disagree. But if there's a will, there's a way. My best friend of over 4 decades spend months developing new speakers in his to-die-for workshop. As a retired high end home builder, with a degree in Architecture, he builds speakers that would rival $30,000 speakers I've seen and heard at Axpona. His house could be featured in any magazine as well. Of course his front end 2-channel setup is to die for also, so he definitely has State of the Art Sound. He brought me to a high end dealer in Ann Arbor to hear what 1.2 Million Dollars will buy you in Hi Fidelity, but he's rather build his own, whereas, I'm happy tweaking Klipsch and Klipsch derived sound with lower watts.
  2. I agree about the Cornwall sales prices. Ignoring the random timing component, and the ravages of inflation on the value of a dollar, during a sale/purchase for a moment: There are a few "steal this first" times where the price is less than used market value. That being said, the statistically observable "fair price" is where an informed buyer purchases from an informed seller under a no pressure situation, which is rare. As a non-typical "real world" example in my case. A friend of mine built his own Altec Valencia Clones about 45 years ago out of Walnut Veneer. As an Industrial Designer, he enhanced the appearance of the Altec Horn, and added an EV T-35 tweeter (K-77 equivalent). This, of course, is when Altec Components were readily available. Having liked the sound of Bass Reflex, he came across a pair of Cornwalls with woofers in a garage sale, (for $25!!), that were ripped to shreds by unknown perpetrators of destruction. So he bought the WRONG parts express woofers and spend the entire time complaining about the lack of good midrange performance. So, I took those same "wrong replacement woofers" and designed a bass reflex SUB woofer for him, that crosses at 100 Hz. to add to the Carver Amazing Platinum III's he purchased from me. I gave him $250 in trade for his now Wooferless Cornwalls. Since the basic box design and port optimization occurred over 60 years ago by one PWK, it was just a matter of finding the right replacement woofer that had a Neo Magnet and higher Xmax that would simulate well in that box. Leave the "STILL ACCEPTABLE" midrange K600 and K55 drivers alone, and add DaveA's Tweeters, and TA-DA, I have a Super Cornwall 1.0. Yes, for the same price I could have built my own ported box, but this deal was perfect for me. So now I have Klipsch Side Channels that could be modified to a Super Cornwall 2.0 by going for a Larger Midrange Driver (2" throat), a lower crossover point for more Mid Detail and greater Dynamics, and DaveA's Larger MAHL/driver, but a more AGRESSIVE crossover modifications, and a whole lot more Sawdust. This "drop in" modification holds the record of really, really GOOD price to performance ratio, and the reason why I shared it here as an improvement in the Super Cornwall 1.0 thread. Now you know the evolution of the story.
  3. Time and money was not a big deal. The Quest for superior audio quality continues, but I'm almost there now.
  4. The "mono middle" was initially a Heresy, then a Cornwall, then as early as 1976, I talked to Bob Moers, then President of Klipsch and Associates, who was visiting my dealer. He said they no longer promoted the Cornwall as a center channel because, even at -3-6 db down from the Khorn flanks, the measured IM distortion was higher, so this was the reason the Belle was designed and recommended. PWK himself had a Belle between his Walunut Khorns, saw it myself. He practiced what he preached. In my case I had Birch Khorns, which is all this kid could afford then, so I used a LaScala in middle for over 30 years. It all matched perfectly; sonically and aesthetically, since I put a lot of Formby's Satin Tung Oil finish on all of them.
  5. In every crowd, one can find a hater, or troll. They reveal themselves sooner or later. Let's hope this is not the case here with AHF.
  6. Perhaps, but since the "midrange is where we live," according to PWK, this where the new MIDRANGE HORN AND DRIVER, new tweeter, and tweaked up bass come into play. It's a HUGE refinement based on my experience with speaker design, and I can see where people would be impressed with the IV more than the rest.
  7. Keep in mind that the Cornwalls go lower and flatter magnitude response than the Khorns do.
  8. Had the Mac c26 pre amp when I was about 22 years old, many moons ago, used it for years then got into Hafler stuff. Also had an MC 240 tube amp, which I sold, along with all the other big name tube amps, including the 8B. I met Saul Marantz once in the late 70's. He told me to use Solid State on Subwoofers and tubes on the full range speakers. Great advice from the Man himself! That C26 was my first Mac purchase but someone made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
  9. I like the way your refer to your MWM Stack as FURNITURE. Funny stuff.
  10. I agree with your disagreement. The screw thing doesn't make a "dime's worth of difference," to quote PWK, yes, it's measureable with precision instruments, but when you consider that it's completely buried in a field of 10% tolerance on the part of the drivers and capacitors, that fractional percent difference from a stinkin' screw doesn't mean diddly squat, sonically speaking, which is further buried by 10 times more variation in the Listening Room.
  11. Nice article. I especially agree about dynamics and room correction. Thanks for sharing.
  12. I got one of their last brochures on the way out. As a commercial photographer, I'd say the brochure cost $50 to make, it's better than most photography books my pictures have been in. First class all the way.
  13. The unveiling of the Wilson Audio Chronosonic XvX with their top of the line Subwoofer. The R and L channels drive by Dan D'Agostino's Monoblocs that cost $250,000/pair, speakers and Sub at about $500,000 in a really good room. Also one of the test songs was an LP playing on a $500,000 turntable, which brought the price tag fo $1.2 Million. It's most refined loudspeaker setup I ever heard. 3D imaging, micro detail, impact, etc. They clain 5 microsecond time alignment.
  14. FYI, the modified dimensions that were designed to was less lumber, as opposed to my original build, which was 45" instead of 48" (leftover from a LABhorn I never built), the results from v. 2.2 are actually BETTER than my measurements suggest. This is because the horn ended up as 1/2 of a foot longer, which lowered the cutoff frequency by several Hertz. Again, ALL loudspeakers need a subwoofer. I just heard the best speaker/amplifier system I ever heard about 10 days ago, in a super tweaked high end dealer's demo room, but that system cost $750,000.00. So try comparing THAT.
  15. I am not "nobody." I am the sole creator the Quarter Pie Horn. I extrapolated the Klipsch MWM with a clear thought process and simulation, over several months and many iterations of virtual design experimentation, and did not publish it until I actually built 2 of them and showed the measurements, along with the benefits. It's not perfect, nothing is (even the Klipsch Designs have their anomalies) but it's a darn good sounding bass horn using the least amount of floor space possible and efficiently using up the air space afforded by a corner (as opposed to a LaScala totally wasting that dead air space). From "the sweet spot," my Quarter Pie (MWM derived) horn totally STOMPS a LaScala if you can handle the lumber sticking out into the room an extra foot. Even though I have been helping people free of charge for over 13 years on this forum, I do have a life outside of it. over 6,000 posts should prove that and need no further explanation.
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