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    Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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    402/K-691 JubScala IIs + Paradigm PW-2100 V.2, powered by Yamaha MX-D1 x 2, EQ'd by Electro-Voice Dx38, controlled by Yamaha RX-A2060, fed by Technics SL-1210M5G, Panasonic DMP-UB900 & Yamaha DVD-S550

    6.1 Surround: above plus Belle (centre front), La Scalas (left and right surround), Heresy III (centre rear)

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  1. La Scalas were originally designed for outdoor PA work, so they’re more convenient to move than Klipschorns. If you need deeper bass than the La Scalas can provide, just add a subwoofer. La Scalas usually need a sub when they’re indoors, too.
  2. Welcome to the forum, Bharat! Maybe if your wife can hear some of her favourite music through your new speakers, she’ll see why they should be in the living room, where she can enjoy their sound more often.
  3. When I bought my La Scala IIs, the seller had the original boxes and foam padding, so that was lucky. The tops just lift off, and have their own boxes, so a pair of LS2s comes in 4 boxes, which are all pretty big.. At the time, I had a ‘98 Dodge Grand Caravan with the second row seat removed (no Stow ‘n Go seating on that one), and the 4 boxes barely fit. The upside is that I was sure the almost-mint one owner speakers were totally safe in their boxes. Naturally, I kept the boxes and padding. If I ever have to do it again, my current Grand Caravan does have the storable second and third row seats, so there would be quite a bit more usable space in it. Almost forgot, I brought my Belles home in that ‘98 van back in 2009. They came without boxes, and they easIly fit into the van, with room to spare. I’m glad to hear your move went well, with no casualties.
  4. Islander

    D-Day

    I’m surprised you didn’t see much D-Day coverage in the US. Here in Canada, there were interviews with some of the few surviving veterans of that day, some of which were pretty graphic, reports about other veterans speaking to pupils in primary schools (Grades 4-6 by the look of them), coverage of the ceremonies at the graveyards and other memorials in Normandy, which were attended by world leaders, and so on. Quite a few Canadian high school and university students were also at the Normandy ceremony, which was good to see. History is not being forgotten, at least not by some of the youth. Some of the vets were close to tears as they described their fellow soldiers who had not come home. One said that he was not a hero. To him, the heroes were the ones who died in battle. War leaves scars, some visible, some not, that last a lifetime. You could see the hurt the vets still felt, all these years later. Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was at the ceremony in Normandy, along with President Trump, the Queen of England and Theresa May, the Prime Minister of England, and Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. TV reports and updates started on June 4th, and were broadcast several times a day, wrapping up late on June 6th. We had plenty of news coverage, but not too much, which was a good thing.
  5. Ohms can be DC resistance, or it can be impedance, which is AC resistance. Speakers operate on AC, as they move back and forth to vibrate the air around them and produce sound. Impedance has to be measured while the speaker’s driver is operating, as it varies with the frequency of the sound being produced. If it has any deep dips that go below 4 ohms, it can cause trouble for some power amps. DC type resistance can be measured with a multimeter or ohmmeter when the driver is inactive, but it will not give an accurate picture of what happens when the driver is working. Simce impedance does vary, how can a speaker be rated at a particular impedance? Well, it’s sort of an average. The engineering department will discuss it, and it may go like, “The impedance has a high of 11 ohms and a low of 4, so let’s call it an 8 ohm speaker.” You may have noticed that it’s sometimes referred to as the nominal impedance, which suggests that it’s not an absolute value. That’s correct. It’s an agreed-upon value that’s close enough in most cases.
  6. Musical instruments put out several sounds at once. With a bass guitar, for example, there’s the fundamental note from the vibrating string or strings, then you have the overtones, which are higher in pitch. Finally, you have the sounds produced by the player’s pick or fingers. Much of what comes out of the sub is low-volume murmuring, which can sound kind of meaningless by itself, but it adds solidity to the music, and can even give the listener a greater sense of the room in which the recording was made, if it was recorded with the whole group at the same time. This sound can be felt more than heard, and is difficult to localize, because the sound waves are so long that the delay between the time the sound reaches one ear, and then the other ear, doesn’t provide enough difference for us to get a sense of where the sound is coming from. However, the sound of the player’s fingers or pick on the strings is at a higher pitch, and can easily be localized, since the much shorter wavelengths mean there may be a few full waves in the space between one ear and the other. Most of this sound is coming from your main speakers, giving the impression that all the bass is coming from your La Scalas, and that the sub is doing very little. As you can see, that’s an illusion created by the string sound and the finger or pick sound being produced at the same time. Finally, when setting the subwoofer’s high frequency cutoff, keep in mind that the number on the dial is not a hard limit. If you set the sub at 80 Hz, for example, that’s the point at which the sub’s response starts to taper off, plus it has a natural rolloff of its own. The same thing applies to the woofers in the La Scalas (or any speaker). The factory specs may state that the speaker plays down to a certain pitch, say 45 Hz, but that’s usually measured when the response has gone down by 3-4 dB. In the case of the La Scala, its bass response starts to roll off at 100 Hz or so. If you set the sub’s hi-cut at the speaker’s stated low-frequency cut-off, there will be a big dip in volume in the transition zone. This means that the speaker and the sub need to have some overlap where they meet. You can set the sub’s hi-cut as high as 120 Hz to get a smooth transition from the speaker’s low bass to the sub’s lower low bass. Don’t just take my word for it. Experiment with a few different settings and take notes. The setting that produces the most true-to-life sound is the right one. The sub level is important too, of course. The goal is a smooth transition between speakers and sub, with them sharing the music, neither one dominating. A sound pressure level (SPL) meter and a test CD are all you need to get a good match between your sub and your speakers. The two should not cost you much more than $100 together, possibly less, and are available at most musical instrument stores or pro audio shops. You and the boys and girls have done some really nice work. I hope you’ll be listening to your handiwork for years to come!
  7. Islander

    Horology...

    That makes sense, but it could also be a convenience feature. Strap-and-buckle systems can be fiddly to work with, so the expander provides the convenience of a steel bracelet with the style of a leather strap. Well, it looks like Schu’s new watch is a real conversation starter.
  8. Islander

    Horology...

    What’s the purpose of the expander on the strap of that watch? Normally, those are only seen on diver’s watches, so the strap will fit over a bare wrist and be also able to fit over a diving suit. Even a 12-course banquet wouldn’t cause anyone’s wrist to expand that much.
  9. Islander

    Horology...

    Fair enough. It would be a shame to get any scuffs on a beauty like that. As for “Water Resistant”, that’s what every watch says these days, even high-performance diver’s watches. It seems like “Water Proof” is no longer an acceptable claim to make. The only place I’ve seen Water Proof in this century is on some top quality English motorcycle-riding rain gear.
  10. Islander

    Horology...

    Oops! Double post.
  11. Live and let live is the best way to act. After all, it’s only speaker wire, nothing to get excited or preachy over. 12 gauge is fine for most speaker applications, fits nearly all connectors, and if it’s fine-strand copper, it should be flexible and easy to cut and to bend. You can go bigger for a little better performance, but I wouldn’t go any smaller than 12 gauge.
  12. They would be ripe for Heresy III upgrade kits, if those are still available. For under $1000, you’d have a pair of speakers with a complete set of brand-new current-spec hardware, needing only to have the cabinet exteriors refinished. That would be a hell of a deal!
  13. Islander

    Horology...

    The moral of the story is: don’t be the early worm, or you’ll get eaten by the early bird...
  14. Islander

    Horology...

    That’s a mighty fine-looking watch. Do you plan to wear it every day? I’d be leery of getting it scratched, but on special occasions, I could spare some attention to make sure nothing happened to it. I was a bit surprised to see six slot-head screws retaining the back cover, instead of it simply screwing on. That is more elegant, and I just realized that the cover won’t be coming off for battery changes. However, does the watch need to be serviced every five years or so? Congrats on getting an excellent timepiece! While some people don’t care, I believe it’s as important to know when you are as where you are. After all, we do live in a space-time continuum. Time and space are equally important, right?
  15. bonnevam, have you tried contacting Klipsch Customer Service? They should have all the information you need. Also, bienvenu au forum!
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