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    Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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    402/K-691 JubScala IIs + Paradigm Seismic 110, 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. Could these be Heresy IIs with the Heresy III upgrade kit? I'm not familiar with the actual H-3, but those do look a lot like Heresy IIs. However, they will sound just as good as original Heresy IIIs, because every component but the box is replaced. I upgraded one of my H-2s to H-3 spec while it was serving as the front centre speaker, and it was a very worthwhile upgrade. The normal thing to do would have been to upgrade both of my speakers, but I wanted to see if the upgrade kit was as good as the claims I'd heard. Wow! It really was. As soon as I re-connected the speaker, now with the new parts in it, the deeper bass was obvious, plus I had to dial down its level, to match it with the other speakers in the system. The sensitivity was claimed to go up by 2 dB, from 97 to 99, and it increased by at least that much. That was in 2008. A year later, I got a Belle Klipsch to serve as the centre speaker, which was better yet. However, the H-2/H-3 is still in service, now working as the rear centre speaker in my 6.1 system. And it still sounds great!
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    Looks like the mattress is made of memory foam, lol.
  3. When I saw Pink Floyd at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in 1973, they had their quad sound set up, and it was impressive, especially back then. When Roger Waters played the bass intro to One of These Days, it was the loudest musical sound I had ever heard, and it was magnificent! When I went home after the concert, I turned up my little stereo as loud as it would go, but it didn't come close to even suggesting what I had heard that night. Live concerts were that much more magical when they gave you an experience that you could not imitate at home. Now, of course, with a big system you can match or even exceed what you would hear at a concert. This is really good, as long as you don't make your neighbours crazy, but it's not the group experience of a show.
  4. Your sticker indicates that your rare La Scala AL4s left the factory as Birch Raw, but you probably already know that. As the picture of another speaker's label shows, they were also available in Birch Lacquered, as well as, of course, the most common colour, Black.
  5. Echoes is great, as well as Learning To Fly. And you can't go wrong with The Great Gig in the Sky. Actually, Pink Floyd has so many great songs that it's hard to select a top three, or even a top ten, for that matter. Everyone will have their favourites.
  6. There seems to be no consensus on which is the front wall and which is the rear wall of our listening rooms, which leads to confusion when trying to visualize just what a poster is trying to say about his speakers in his room. For me, the names are based on the direction the listener is facing. Thus, the wall behind the main speakers (where the listener is facing) is the front wall, and the wall behind the listener is the rear wall. Can we agree on this? It would reduce guessing and confusion, which has to be a good thing. It would also reduce the number of posts that are sometimes necessary to clarify exactly what a poster means, which is also a good thing.
  7. A DJ friend of mine picked up a pair of Yamaha 4115 speakers some time ago at a good price. Now, he’s been using them successfully in DJ duty for a few years. They seem to get the job done, at least in the bar where he works.
  8. Why not ask your friends why they position their speakers like that, instead of guessing? Their reasons could be interesting.
  9. That’s what drivers are in the UK are taught to do at stoplights. Add to that that most people don’t have access to a car in their teens, like we’re accustomed to in North America, so they mostly learn as adults and continue to do as they were taught. That “put it in neutral and apply the handbrake at every red light” procedure seems crazy to me, too. To maintain the habit, the stoplight sequence is different. It goes Amber (slow down), Red (stop, shift to neutral and apply handbrake), Amber (shift into 1st, release handbrake and apply foot brake), Green (release foot brake, release clutch while applying gas, Go). Since the vast majority of cars in the UK have manual transmissions, this is the sequence that every new driver is taught. The last time I was in Ireland (the North and the Free State) to experience this was in 2000, so there are likely far more cars with auto transmissions on the road today. I was able to get a rental car with auto trans for that visit. Even so, change comes slowly to Driver Ed and to the habits of most of the population. That Amber before Green sequence reminded me of the Christmas tree starting system at the drag strip, so I found it amusing, and was always ready to make a good start with minimum reaction time. Between the “Christmas tree” stoplights and the absurdly high speed limits in very twisty country roads (it would take a skilled rally driver to reach the 100 km/hr/60 mph speed limit on those roads), I was able to drive very enthusiastically without breaking the law, which was a refreshing change from driving in North America. My favourite road sign is the “end of speed limit” sign, a round grey sign with a black diagonal line across it. This would be seen exiting most towns or villages, in other words, whenever leaving a built-up area. Now, the sign just means that the speed limit goes to that 100 km/hr/60 mph figure, but as I said, it can be a challenge to reach that speed on those twisty roads. Challenge accepted!
  10. Cheap old dinner knives are used, not fine steel, of course. I laughed when I saw this on TV around 1992. It might have been Wonderful Grand Band, or some show like that. A precursor of 22 minutes and Trailer Park Boys.
  11. When Buddy shows up in the afternoon with his blued knives and the Bernzomatic, you know nothing useful will be done today...
  12. I can only speak from my own experience, but I've definitely noticed break-in on transducers at both ends of the audio chain, meaning cartridges and speakers. My turntable is equipped with the popular Shure M97xE cartridge. When I got home from having the cartridge installed and aligned at our best hi-fi shop, I was surprised at how bad it sounded. Bass notes didn't sound like anything a bass guitar or bass drum would produce. They sounded more like someone slapping a large piece of thin plywood. Very odd. I kept a note of how many album sides I played through it, and it took 10 or 15 LP sides before it stopped sounding terrible, and about 25 LP sides before it sounded completely right, and it seemed to keep that quality for years after that. As for speakers, I haven't bought any new ones since I bought four little Paradigm Atoms for surround speakers, back in 2005. Then, in 2006, I bought a pair of 32-year-old La Scalas (1974), and the difference in sensitivity between them and the Atoms was beyond the range of my AV receiver to compensate for. They had to go, and were replaced by first one pair, then a second pair, of Heresy IIs. Those, and all the rest of my Klipsch speakers, were bought used, including the La Scala IIs. The difference between LS/LS II, Belle, and Heresy II/III speakers was much less, and easily dialled in. However, I have bought computer speakers, the little desktop units. Years ago (2010?), I bought a Dell computer, the whole package: tower, keyboard, monitor, and a pair of little Harmon Kardon speakers. At first, they sounded quite tinny, as I expected, but over a few weeks they started sounding pretty good. However, the computer was defective, constantly overheating and crashing and so on. Dell sent over a tech (great customer service) and he declared it to be a hurting unit. Dell instructed me to box up everything, including the keyboard and speakers, and they would send me a new kit. It arrived before I'd packed up the old one, which was good, because then I could see how to pack everything back in the box correctly. To get to the point, when I connected everything and was able to hear the new speakers, they sounded just as tinny as the first set had sounded when they were new. This was clearly not a case of getting used to the sound. The sound had changed. The difference between the new speakers and the month-old original speakers was obvious. In my experience as a mechanic, I've seen piston rings and brake pads wear in to proper full contact. Some racers would not start a race with a drive chain or engine bearings that didn't have at least a few hours running time on them. Any moving component will not perform at its best on its first day in service. Now, cable break-in is something I'm pretty dubious about. Do the obstructing copper atoms get kicked out of the paths of the electrons as they fly to and fro, so they have a clearer path through the conductors after "break-in"? Not so sure about that.
  13. Keep in mind at that 48 Hz. point, the speakers’ output is down by probably 4 dB, so you’ll want to set the sub’s hi-cut point somewhat higher than that, so you don’t have a dip at the crossover point. In the same way, the sub’s hi-cut control rolls off the sub’s top frequency response, but it’s not like a “brick wall” cutoff, so it will be tapering off on its high end the same way the speakers will be rolling off on their low end. All that to say that you want some overlap between the sub and the speakers. Ideally, you could get a sound pressure level (SPL) meter and a test CD to get really exact, but your ears can likely get you at least halfway there. Adjust the control until it sounds right. The sub should be audible, but it shouldn’t speak any louder than the speakers. If you play a tune with lots of bass notes running up and down, the volume level on each note should be similar. There shouldn’t be any notes that sound softer than others, nor should there be any bass notes that jump out louder than the rest. To correct for some soft notes, raise the sub’s hi-cut, because you have a dip at the crossover point. For individual notes that jump out louder, lower the hi-cut, because you have a peak. You’re aiming for flat/even frequency response through the low-end range, with sub and speakers working smoothly together. Congrats on your new speakers, and happy listening!
  14. Maybe you weren’t destined to get those La Scalas. That’s why you weren’t sure about them. Just put $2,000 in a special account (or under your mattress, whatever works for you). Then, when a pair of La Scalas comes along that looks as good as your Klipschorns, you’ll be ready to act without hesitation. After carefully inspecting and testing them, of course. Good luck if you resume your search!
  15. Islander

    Jokes?

    “Not in my eye! AAAAAAAHHHH!”
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