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    402 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. Islander

    2019 LaScala AL-5 ME Edition (They are here)

    This speaker is a current production model, not a kit for "home builders". Do you think it's appropriate to encourage people to make knockoffs of current premium-level Klipsch speakers on the Klipsch forum?
  2. Islander

    RF-7II amplifiers...

    Did your helpful dealer not tell you that Yamaha has a big range of stereo receivers and integrated amplifiers? Maybe he just wanted to move what he had on the shelf, but when a customer asks for stereo, he doesn't usually mean "Or 9-channel, if that's all you got." The Yamaha USA stereo range: https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/hifi_components/index.html And for heavy duty use, Yamaha makes a big range of professional stereo power amps, but they're less suitable for home use. https://usa.yamaha.com/products/proaudio/power_amps/index.html As for bi-wiring, that was a trendy thing that did more for speaker cable sales than it did for sound quality. You may also hear about bi-amping with a multi-channel receiver/AVR, but for true bi-amping (or tri-amping), you need 2 (or 3) separate power amps, not the back channels of a surround sound receiver. You also need a digital processor (and the correct settings for it) or a custom passive crossover, because the speakers' normal passovers are not suitable for bi-amping. It can be done, and a number of forum members have gone the bi-amp or tri-amp route, including me, but it's neither simple nor cheap. garyrc is a knowledgeable guy, so he may have good advice for you, but he's asking for the volume of your room, not the floor area. The height of the ceiling is part of the volume. It does make a difference. Finally, what does "Will I get the decimal in a larger room?" mean? The meaning is not clear to me. Also, welcome to the forum!
  3. Islander

    U2's One: bad mastering or Klipsch's weak spot?

    You're right about that. I just checked and was able to hear the cough and sniff on my laptop speakers.
  4. If you're still questing, why not get a turntable and a stack of LPs? That way, you can experiment with the vertical tracking angle (the VTA). Naturally, you'll want to adjust it for different thicknesses of the various records (140 gm, 180 gm, etc), so you can tweak to your heart's content. You probably won't need to adjust it between songs, but as usual, your mileage may vary... Or you can get a tube amp and experiment with how various tubes sound. Now I'm wondering if the cable skeptics think all amps sound alike? After all, they're made of wire and all wires sound the same, right? Sorry, I may have spent too much time on a certain other thread. Could it be that you're trying to compensate for different recordings, so that no matter when or where they were recorded, or by whom, they will sound similar? That can be done, but in a way, it's like trying to season your food so that it all tastes similar. Different studios, producers, and eras all have different "flavours", as well as the performers, so why not try to enjoy and appreciate the differences? It's not always good-better-best; sometimes it's more like chocolate-vanilla-strawberry.
  5. Islander

    Klipsch La Scala Dance Floor - Vintage

    Years ago, I read about systems being set up for concerts in arenas and the like. In the winter, with so many audience members wearing big insulated and down-filled coats, the sound would be sucked up by their clothing, so noticeably more power would be required, plus the mids and highs would have to be turned up more than usual. Concert sound was not so good, until the sound guys figured out what was going on and learned how to compensate for it
  6. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    Actually, I thought I was applying scientific rigour. Maybe not a double-blind ABX experiment, but the first time it happened, I was surprised, so it's not like I was looking for confirmation of a belief I already held. You're not guessing. You did a test, and noted the results. If you heard no difference, I won't say that you're deaf or close-minded. I believe what you say. I do hear differences with different cables, but that doesn't make me deluded or delusional. The speaker cables and power cords that I use make my system sound better to me, so the cost was worth it to me. As for what would PWK would think, he'd do his own tests until he was satisfied. In his time, practically everyone used lamp cord for speaker cables. They thought those cables were adequate, and they were. Later, some people, including me, found that bigger cables make the system sound better. In a similar way, cars and motorcycles used to use much narrower tires than they use today. The engineers of the time felt they were using the most suitable sizes for the job, but today we use much wider tires, of greater diameter. Times change, and performance hopefully improves.
  7. Islander

    K-402 Test Drive

    Lucky you! I can believe that system would sound great.
  8. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    You are right. There doesn't seem to be a listing for 100 foot lengths of 8 AWG, but it's likely available. I found the cable a pleasure to work with, since the very fine strands can be cut gently with a knife, rather than with side cutters like with most wires. The extra weight is a factor, so it may be necessary to support them to avoid the cables pulling down on the speaker terminals. When they were connected to the 1st-gen La Scalas, I just passed each cable around the K400 support bracket. With the LS2s, I use little plastic cable holders attached to the backs of the cabinets, using screws that were already on the cabinets. Easy!
  9. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    The Tripp-Lite conditioners aren't that expensive, around $100 each, possibly because they're sold as pro office/commercial units, not audiophile gear. They have isolated filter banks, 3 with the 6-outlet models, and 4 with the 8-outlet models. They're claimed to suppress noise travelling from one component to other components in your system, as well as noise coming in from the wall outlets. I've had mine for about 10 years with no issues. Here's the info on the Isobar 8Ultra: https://www.tripplite.com/isobar-8-outlet-surge-protector-12-ft-cord-3840-joules~ISOBAR8ULTRA And the whole range: https://www.tripplite.com/products/surge-protectors~19?2029=Premium Isobar
  10. Islander

    K-402 Test Drive

    dtel, what's that huge cabinet in the middle of your system? I don't think it's one of the mighty 1802 subs, but it's a similar size. Just wondering.
  11. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    It occurs to me that the cable skeptics have never tried any different cables to see for themselves what differences they might hear. The attitude seems to be "Cables can't make any difference, it's all snake oil, so there's no point in experimenting with them, because it won't make any difference." Sound about right? I used the usual 16 or 18 gauge zip/lamp cord for decades, then I had my old BK (Before Klipsch) speakers upgraded, which included replacing the old spring clips with modern binding posts. This meant that I could try bigger cables, so I got some 12 gauge and hooked it up. To my surprise, the very familiar speakers suddenly had improved dynamics. Wow! A year later, I spotted some Monster Cable Reference (I think that was the model) speaker cables, which were the right length and had terminations already on them, so I could just plug them in and enjoy them. Nope! They changed the sound of the system so much and so badly that I didn't even want to listen to it. I listened for a couple of days to be sure, and then returned them. However, the results of using the 12 gauge were interesting enough that I decided to try even bigger sizes and ordered some 8 gauge Karma Kable from Knukonceptz. Yes! The dynamics were even further improved, and the fact that they were twisted pair instead of side-by-side should help them reject some of the RFI in the area. So that's how I came to the conclusions that I still hold. No fast-talking salesman fooled me, nor any misleading audio magazine or website articles misled me. It's based on experience, with both non-Klipsch and Klipsch speakers. The high-sensitivity Klipsch speakers may be a bit less sensitive to cable size, but it still makes a difference. Try it. You might like it! And it's not that expensive. The Karma SS (Smoke & Silver colour) Kable in 8 AWG is still only $1.65 a foot, more than ten years later. 100 feet of it is only $98.99. It's made of ultra-fine strands of high purity OFC tin-plated copper, which will never corrode. And you'll know that you didn't overlook at least one possible weak link in your system.
  12. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    The idea of premium cables is that they not only don't pick up any extra interference, they suppress what's already there. The power cords I'm using now have toroidal filters on them, which should suppress some of the "trash" on the line. Power line conditioners do that, too. I use Tripp-Lite Isobar Ultra conditioners, which are designed for office use, to suppress online noise from printers and other electrically noisy devices. They also do a good job for audio and video systems, which includes line noise from Class D amplifiers. As soon as I installed them, I noticed that the TV had blacker blacks, which was an unexpected but pleasant bonus.
  13. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    I did that back in the day, playing records just once to record them onto cassettes, which then became the primary music source, but today the M97 seems to do no harm to the records, which don't get played that often per LP, because I have many more than I used to. I was happy when I realized that I had a stack of LPs from the '70s and '80s that had only been played once and sounded fine. Quite a few others had to be replaced, because the party years had not been kind to them. As a result, most of my records are low-milers and are pretty quiet. Luckily, Victoria has about half a dozen used record stores in the downtown area, so it's easy to find old LPs in great shape, as well as new ones. As well as being more careful these days, I use a Zerostat gun to remove static from the records before and after playing them, plus I have an Onzow Zerodust stylus cleaner, which gets regular use, and the records are carefully brushed before the needle is lowered. It really is some kind of tea ceremony, but it keeps the records in top shape. The Shure M97xE cartridge literature states that it is a very low wear design, which helps. The stylus seems to run at a different depth in the groove from where most damaged spots would be, because old records that were noisy sound somewhat less noisy with that cartridge. As you might guess from all that, the records don't get played every day, and sometimes not every week, so they should have a very long service life.
  14. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    ODS123, those LP jackets really take me back. Last year, I was at London Drugs (which has a vinyl section and sells Sony and Dual turntables, as well as a fair quantity of Klipsch speakers) and had a bit of a flashback when I saw a new copy of the original Santana album, the one with the lion's face and the hidden ladies. Those were the days, but the stereos are so much better today.
  15. Islander

    Why we need audiophiles

    Yeah, back when records were all there was , we'd put them on and go do whatever while they played, but nowadays vinyl is seen differently, because CDs are so much better for background listening, and downloads or Net Radio are even better. In a similar way, a horse used to be basic transport, but now it's a hobby for rich people. I agree that cheap turntables are bad news for records, just as much today as long ago, but long ago I had lower end gear, like a BIC 960 turntable with a Shure M95ED cartridge, and the surface noise got worse with each play. My much newer and better Technics turntable and M97xE cartridge don't seem to cause any damage to my records, which really makes me happy.
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