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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. Re: Serious Kilt Wardrobe Malfunction Prank: They know their audience, and how far to push it. A prank like that went over just fine in Montreal, but women in other cities might not be as tolerant. The show is pretty great, to me at least.
  2. The 99-year party was over. I’m sure that’s how it feels to the Hong Kongers now. For many of the citizens, though, making money is the main thing. A number of HK businesspeople moved to Vancouver with their families as the handover approached, fearing that their businesses would wither under Mainland rule. After a few years, when they noticed that things in HK didn’t seem that bad, they decided they weren’t making money fast enough in Vancouver, so they headed back to Hong Kong, leaving their teenage children behind. As you can imagine, teenagers or early twenty-somethings living in mansions, with generous allowances and maybe an exotic sports car in the garage, could be tempted to party like there’s no tomorrow. There haven’t been many wild parties, or at least none that made the news. What has been making the news are some of the heavy speeding tickets given to the rich kids. One was even ticketed twice the same day by the same cop.
  3. That man is dressed Regimental Style.
  4. Kilts on a construction site? There are some drawbacks. Mainly it's the other guys who draw back...
  5. A kilt on a motorbike? Could be a bit breezy. Sorry about the lo res.
  6. Yes, your glass sheets will prevent any new scratches or marks, as long as the felt pads are big enough that the pressure per square centimetre is very low. Just as in your case, my speakers are protected from any further damage, but I try not to think about what I did before I realized how easy it was to put marks on the veneer. I feel your pain. Since my speakers are JubScalas, they have the big Jubilee tweeters sitting on top of the cabinets. The K-402 horns are 1 metre in width, so I was able to make the custom bases the same size as the tops of the cabinets, and I put cardboard sheets on the tops as well. They’re barely noticeable, and I rarely have company over, so the cabinets are not at risk any more. I really wish that the veneer was as thick as it usually seems to be on cabinets with oiled walnut finishes. I wonder if the Black Ash and Cherry finishes are just as thin, or if they’re thicker and more sturdy? After having things like this happen, now when someone comes into my home for the first time, I tell them The Rules. Rule Number One: DON’T TOUCH THE SPEAKERS. Rule Number Two: DON’T SET ANYTHING ON TOP OF THE SPEAKERS. I don’t yell, but I do make it clear that these rules are no joke. Normally, The Rules only need to be stated once, but in the case of clumsy friends, I’m not shy to say it on their next visit, too. The No Touch part is not so much about no feeling the veneer, it’s more like if a friend volunteers to vacuum the carpet, Do Not Run The Vacuum Into The Speakers. It was bad enough when I had the black La Scalas in the front. They’re pretty tough, so it wasn’t a big deal when they got bumped, but now the black plywood Scalas are in the back, and the thinly veneered La Scala IIs are the main front speakers. Thus the need for The Rules.
  7. Not so far, but that might have been suggested. I may try it sometime, but I’m very reluctant to experiment in an area that’s easy to see. I don’t want to chance turning a few small scratches into a big mess. At present, the scratches are covered up, so, out of sight, out of mind.
  8. The veneer on the La Scala IIs is just as delicate. I managed to scratch up one of the speakers with my stainless steel watch bracelet. It was really annoying. When I called Klipsch Customer Service to ask for any suggestions how to fix the damage, I was told that lacquer never really hardens. It’s possible to use a softening agent to make the lacquer soft enough to allow the scratches to be blended back in, but it was strongly recommended that I find a scrap piece of lacquered walnut to practice on, before I attempt any kind of scratch repair on the actual speakers. I don’t have such a piece, so I’m just ignoring the scratches for the time being. Yes, scratches are a problem, plus anything sitting on the speakers, like a lamp with a relatively small contact surface, will put dents into the lacquer, which may or may not resolve themselves when the weight is removed. I don’t recall running into this issue with other speakers I’ve had, that had oiled walnut finishes. Just rub a bit of oil into them once or twice a year, and they’ll be fine. The Klipsch veneer, on the other hand, seems to be like thick paper. As you can imagine, I’m VERY careful around the speakers now.
  9. Very cool. Did you ever have a chance to pop in one of your favourite CDs for a listen?
  10. Some of the degradation/alteration of the signal during its trip from CD to speakers occurs in the chipset(s) of the player. Generally speaking, the newer the player, the better. Many years ago, a friend told me he had bought one of the first Oppo DVD/CD players, the ones that cost only $179. This was before Oppo players became expensive. At the same time, he had a $3,000 Meridian CD player. He had bought the Oppo for the living room home theatre, while the Meridian was in the heavily treated listening room in the basement. Just for curiosity, he hooked up the Oppo player in his big system, and was shocked to find that CDs played on the Oppo sounded better in every way than the same CDs played on the older Meridian. He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. His conclusion was that the more modern chipset on the Oppo was what made the difference. As time went by, chipsets became cheaper, while their performance improved. I had a similar experience when going from a mid-fi 2005 Yamaha DVD player to a flagship 2018 Panasonic Blu-ray player. Just like with the friend’s experience, CDs played on the newer unit sounded better in every way. The mechanical section on the newer machine may have been better, but it seems more logical to me that the electronics are where most of the difference comes from. I should mention that the DVD player sent its signal to the AVR through a digital coax cable, so the AVR’s DAC would have been the active one, not the DAC in the player. The Blu-ray player, on the other hand, uses an HDMI cable to communicate with the AVR. Those are the facts I observed. You can draw your own conclusions.
  11. Hearing is believing, right?
  12. I wonder if the LRAD could be used for ship-to-ship communication that couldn’t be overheard on radio? Pity there was no technical info, like type/number of drivers, whether horns were used, total power in watts, and so on. I guess that’s proprietary/top secret/classified.
  13. Islander

    SBQ

    It’s essential to place Khorns tightly into corners, since they use the walls of the room as extensions of the bass horns. This is how they are able to produce such low bass tones, in spite of the bass horns being too short in theory to go that low. To make up for the gap caused by having baseboards, many Khorn owners use foam pipe insulation to fill the gaps above the baseboards. This allows the bass horns to produce the deep bass tones that they’re famous for. The resistance of the drivers comes up often. The number on the complete speaker refers to its impedance, which is its resistance to AC current, the kind that drives speakers. The individual drivers may have different numbers, since the numbers are affected by the horns and crossovers. Besides, your multimeter or ohmmeter measures DC resistance, and the DC resistance numbers are always a bit different from the impedance numbers. DC resistance figures for the various drivers have been posted before on the Forum, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head. Besides, variations of a few tenths of an ohm are negligible. As for the fact that only four fasteners are used on the woofer, and not all eight, I remember reading that some of the holes are very difficult to access. It may well be that woofers do need to be attached at only four locations, and the other four holes are to allow for flexibility in different applications, i.e., in a different cabinet, different holes might be accessible. Is there a problem with your woofers that you can hear? As RandyH000 points out, Klipsch woofers usually last for many decades. This is because they do not have the usual foam or rubber surrounds. Instead, the surrounds are made of doped paper. The term “dope” in this case refers to a black sticky substance that’s applied to the corrugated paper at the edges of the woofer’s cones. This is where the woofer cone flexes as the cone moves in and out. The dope keeps the paper from drying out, which is why the woofers keep operating normally for so many years. My 1974 La Scalas are 46 years old, and they sound great, even though the woofers are most likely the ones that went in originally. Are there any problems with the sound of your woofers? If there are no tears or holes in the paper cones and the cones can move in and out smoothly, and the resistance numbers are roughly correct, the woofers should be fine.
  14. I suspect that by selecting “Passthrough MQA”, you won’t be hearing MQA sound, because it states under that that the setting “Disables software decoding of MQA”. Some decoder or other will have to be operating to get it.
  15. I remember the 2003 opposition well. Mars was big and orange for most of that year. It was clearly visible as a disc, not a dot, and was easy to see from downtown Victoria in the evening before dark, and even better after dark, of course.
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