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Islander last won the day on October 29 2020

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    Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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    402/K-691 JubScala IIs + Paradigm Seismic 110 x 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

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

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  1. The TV news here has been reporting on the thefts of catalytic converters. Some of the thieves hit the same vehicles over and over. One charitable group had their minibus’s converter stolen 3 times! The bus was one of those 15-20 seat models. Correct me if I’m wrong, but are cat converters relatively generic? You know, a converter of a certain length, with inlet and exhaust pipes of certain popular sizes. Would a popular type/size of converter fit a multitude of vehicles, like various light trucks and buses? Applying some logic to the crimes, those small buses owned by charitable non-profit type organizations could be ideal targets for several reasons. The vehicles have lots of ground clearance, so there’s plenty of room to operate on the exhaust system. Undo the clamps, give the converter a few twists, and off it comes, especially if it’s only been on the vehicle for a short time, so it’s not rusted into place. Second, the vehicles aren’t used every day in most cases, so the theft often isn’t discovered for a few days. Third, those service groups are less likely to have secure parking than a bus company or the like, where the parking area is locked up at night. The bus shown on the news clip was in an open lot, with no fencing and accessible to anyone at any hour. It’s just sad that the crooks pick on the most vulnerable, like purse snatchers that target little old ladies. It’s disgusting.
  2. If you're using a TV in your system, a Belle Klipsch makes a great TV stand and centre speaker. It's only 18" deep, so your TV will be closer to the wall than if it was sitting on top of a La Scala. It's hard to find single Belles, so you might have to buy a pair in order to get one. I did that. The second Belle could be used as a rear centre speaker in a 6.1 or 6.2 system. As well, if you decide on La Scalas as main speakers, their timbre matches well with the timbres of Belles, so you have a uniform sound field in your room. This is a good thing. As for Heresys, they match well with La Scalas, as centre front or rear speakers, or as surround or rear surround speakers. The higher sensitivity, as well as deeper and stronger bass, of the Heresy III makes them the best match for Belles or La Scalas. You can also get post-1985 Heresy IIs and upgrade/update them to full Heresy III spec with the kits from Klipsch. Apart from the Klipschorn and Cornwall, and maybe the Forte, most of the Heritage Series speakers don't do deep bass, so they really benefit from the help of one or two subwoofers. Without one, you won't be hearing all the music, so they're very highly recommended. The choice is yours, of course. You can see what I'm using in the bottom of my post. The system had its basic configuration a couple of years after I got the first pair of La Scalas, and the following many years included doing various tweaks and upgrades, all of which improved the sound quality, and now it's at a performance level that should keep me really happy for a long time. Good luck with your search for great sound!
  3. This seems to be a time of news changing from week to week and even day to day sometimes. On this side of the border, even the federal government sometimes changes policies from one week to the next. We’re living in strange times.
  4. Once again, the award for Most Succint goes to Chief bonehead!
  5. Wasn’t that the point of the tariffs? To raise the price of Canadian lumber to US buyers, thus increasing sales of US lumber?
  6. When wood exported from Canada is affordable (that includes a wide range of prices, depending on the buyer, of course) to USA consumers, the US government sometimes steps in, calling low prices “unfair competition”, and adds tariffs. I don’t want to step on any toes or offend anyone, but when it comes to softwood lumber, it often looks like the US government (not the American people) insists on always coming out on top, regardless of what Canadian negotiators or the World Trade Organization have to say. Canadian pricing structures reflect Canadian policies and nature of government. Expecting Canadian pricing structures to be closely parallel to the US situation, or else be considered unfair, is actually kind of unfair. Since this is a situation that at least two decades of negotiations by experts have been unable to resolve, it might be best to just leave this topic alone. All I originally said was that huge thousand-year-old trees are getting rare.
  7. I upgraded one of my Heresy IIs with the Klipsch Heresy III upgrade kit to use as a centre speaker, and it sounded better in every way. As well, I have a pair of original La Scalas (1974) and a pair of La Scala IIs (2007), and the newer speakers sound better in every way, just like the newer Heresys. They also look much better. According to all reports, the new Heresy IVs and La Scala AL5s are much improved over the earlier models. What would be the point of resurrecting the original speakers, since in nearly every case, the newer speakers sound better? This is not a question of a new flavour of sound making the old flavour of sound obsolete and nostalgic; the new speakers sound measurably better, allowing listeners to have a better sense of hearing the entertainers playing live in front of them, which is the goal, right? The sound is usually more clear and realistic, and in the case of the Heresys, the new ones are also more sensitive, so you get more volume from the same amplifier. Win-win! If Klipsch were to cut and assemble new cabinets, and then somehow find the old drivers and transformers and capacitors, the new “old” speakers would be as expensive as the new “new” speakers, so they’d be no bargains. Also, Klipsch would likely have to set up a separate build line for the new originals, and train the workers to build them, because the assembly methods would be a bit different, and the factory would want to get them right, right from the first pair. Klipsch speakers, like most speakers, are listened to every day. In car terms, they’re “daily drivers”. This means that you don’t just listen to them on rare occasions, like you might with a fully restored or very low mileage vintage car. When you drive a like-new old car, you soon realize that the engineers back then just didn’t know as much. The old cars don’t handle as well, stop as well, or accelerate as well as modern cars. However, it’s fun to take them out sometimes, and remember how they made you feel in your younger days. With speakers it’s different. You power up your system, and listen to your new “old” or fully-restored old speakers, and soon notice the areas where their sound falls short of the sound of your new speakers, especially when you play your favourite tunes on both vintages of speakers. You may look at them and remember how they seemed so great when you were much younger, and the good times you had when you listened to them. Great, but you probably can’t just roll them back into the garage until the next time you feel nostalgic, and roll out your late-model speakers that you listen to every day. Okay, some people don’t mind shifting big Heresy Series speakers in and out of their systems, or have the money and space to have a separate system for the old or “new-old” speakers, but that’s probably a small number of Klipsch owners. For the rest of us, we choose a pair (or more) of speakers to install and connect to our system, and that’s it. That’s the system we’ll be listening to every day, with all its wonders and annoyances. So does a new pair of vintage speakers, at new-today prices, still sound like a good idea, for either Klipsch, or for a significant numbers of buyers?
  8. In regards to the 2”x12” plank, could it be that trees big enough to cut 12” planks from are getting scarce? There are lots of trees here in BC (British Columbia), maybe hundreds of millions, but the original huge old-growth trees are not so common anymore, since most of the province has been logged and replanted, so most of the trees are less than two hundred years old, and nowhere near the size of the old forest giants. Those really tall and thick trees were often a thousand years old. Protests against logging the last of the old-growth forests are seen on the TV news at least once a month, and the logging trucks on the highways are rarely seen carrying the really big trunks that we used to see.
  9. Hey, a Quarter Pounder is a hamburger, not a joint!
  10. The real estate market in Canada is going wild, in Vancouver and Toronto in particular, with selling prices as high as $400k over asking price. It’s a real sellers’ market right now, but trends change, sometimes surprisingly quickly. As usual, Victoria prices are lower than those in either Van or TO. And Victoria gets literally half as much annual rainfall as Vancouver.
  11. WOW!!! That was so much better than the version by Little Roger and the Goosebumps! I guess Led Zepp don't see it as a threat anymore. When the Little Roger version came out in 1978, the Zeppelin got right on their case, with legal action, to protect their Magnum Opus, Stairway to Heaven. That's why Stairway to Gilligan's Island is relatively unknown; only a few hundred copies of the 45 rpm single were ever produced. Also, this is the best accompanying video I've seen. Thanks for posting this!
  12. That brings up something. With the very light traffic on the roads due to COVID-19 shutdowns, in places like Toronto and Vancouver, the cops have been stopping more extreme speeders than usual, like a BMW sedan going over 300 km/hr (186 mph). There have been quite a few drivers and riders racking up really high speeds, plus some late-night skateboarders took to the Queen Elizabeth Way (the QEW), an expressway that starts in Toronto and leads to Niagara Falls, about an hour and a half away. They were on the Toronto end, zipping toward and down some off-ramps. The police actually came on the evening TV news to say that the highways are not racetracks, and should not be treated as such. It looks like it may have been a brief trend. Have you seen anything like this on US freeways?
  13. Islander


    Yes, sorry for your loss, Brian. My nephew and I (I have only one nephew) are pretty close. When he asked me to take him to his first rock concert, some years ago, he was 14. I waited a few months for a concert that would be a memorable experience, and my choice was Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. He liked it. Last Wednesday afternoon, he drove over for a visit, and we turned each other on to music we hadn't heard before. He really likes my stereo. I just mention this to suggest that I can understand your loss to some degree, because losing my nephew would hurt, and I'm sure you're still hurting. This is a real problem everywhere. About ten years ago, my financial adviser committed suicide, and his brother worked in the same office. He had to take over some of his brother's accounts. I don't know whether that might have worsened or improved his experience of grieving and otherwise reacting. Two years ago, I got the bad news that an old friend from racing had killed himself. He was happily married, with a great wife and two happy grown children. He had always seemed cheery, with a sense of humour, so it made no sense to me. His daughter came on to his Facebook page to let his friends know what had happened, and when I communicated with her, I learned there was more to the picture. He'd been fighting depression for years, taking various antidepressants with limited success. Then his doctor prescribed Prozac for him, and six days later he took his own life. It amazes me that there are medicines that can cause a patient to consider suicide, and even make plans to do it, sometimes successfully. To make it worse, there seems to be no way of testing to see which patients have this vulnerability. I hope that science can get us out of at least that one cause of these tragedies.
  14. Thanks. I should have read more closely. Good luck with your projects.
  15. The workmanship on those horns is great, but I’m not sure what type they are. They don’t look to be either exponential, like a La Scala, or tractrix, like some newer types. Accurate horn shape is critical to good sound. EDIT: I see that they are Iwata horns, a design that’s completely new to me. While they may sound great in their intended use, they likely don’t behave like a standard K-400, so they probably won’t respond to steps that should work with a K-400 horn, or work properly with any kind of Klipsch crossover. You may have a lot of experimenting to do. It’s far simpler to buy a pair of working La Scalas. La Scalas and other Heritage Series speakers can be a good investment, because they tend to appreciate, or at least keep their value, over time.
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