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Islander last won the day on July 27 2022

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    Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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    Audio, Music, Photography
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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. Keep checking the Garage Sale section here on the Forum, and check US Audio Mart, as well as other audio gear sites. They may be the top two sites for Klipsch Heritage speakers. Be patient, but have your cash ready, so you can jump when you spot a bargain in your area. Good luck with your quest, and welcome to the Forum!
  2. OR, you could just keep saving for a few months and then get everything you want. You don't have to have a new sound system the day you move in. You've already got pretty good gear. Apply feet to ground for a bit. If you don't mind me saying.
  3. I'd suggest that guessing is a bad idea when you'e talking about such large and expensive purchases. It could be worthwhile to visit Paducah Home Theatre and listen to the Heritage Jubilees in person. Depending on other people's impressions would only leave you doubting and second-guessing yourself. If you're still happy with big speakers, your Jubilee 535s would make excellent surround speakers, for a total setup that would be unequalled anywhere.
  4. Back in 2006, I bought a pair of used La Scalas, speakers that I had aspired to own for many years. I found that the sound wasn’t quite what I expected, a bit too “shouty”, to be exact. I did a mod of my own that fixed that. A month later, I discovered the Forum, and that was a happy day! I read it almost daily, and still do, these many years later. Within two years, based on what I read on the Forum, I bought two pairs of Heresy IIs. A few years after that, I saw a pair of La Scala IIs for sale in the Garage Sale section, and happily travelled to the mainland to bring them home. That makes three pairs of speakers that I would have neither heard of nor been motivated to buy without the Forum. That may be a piddling amount of sales in the big picture, but not to me. Thanks to the Forum, a member saw my mention that one pair of Heresy IIs wasn’t getting any use, so I might sell them. A couple of weeks later, he was on his way back to his home farther north on Vancouver Island with his new acquisitions, and a few days later I got a message that he “was in Heaven when I listen to these speakers”. Of course, that’s just an anecdotal story. That’s only half the story. As I’ve described here more than once, I went on to put together a pair of JubScalas, a speaker configuration first put together by Roy himself. I’m listening to them as I type this, and they still put a smile on my face. If it wasn’t for the freewheeling discussions on here, they would likely never even happened in the first place, much less a pair end up in my living room. Yes, there are grey areas, and there sometimes are mentions of modded speakers that come across as “the way the speakers should have been built in the first place”, which certainly can’t go over well with Roy, after he has spent months or even years to get a model of speaker sounding really good, within the constraints of cost, build time and difficulty, and final price. Custom speakers that are built without those constraints are not a fair comparison with production speakers and should never be seen that way. Another point is the upgrade kits. These are a great idea that should get more publicity, since things like that, which increase an owner’s participation in his or her own speakers, can make a fan into a super-fan for life. Did the Forum veer so far from its original purpose that it was necessary to eliminate and prohibit any mention of 3rd party components? While it’s great to have Jem and Soldermeister providing the ability to restore vintage speakers to their original performance, did that suddenly make the small operations that provided parts and advice to Heritage owners completely redundant and unneeded? I’m not so sure. The enthusiasm they generated was as important as the speakers that they brought back to life, and that should be respected, not tossed aside now that KGI has its own subcontractors. This is just my opinion. I miss hearing from the members who felt driven away by the new policies. I don’t see the place as being improved, although that seems to be the intent of the new policies.
  5. It turns out that the old Dark theme is still available, so we appear to have 2 choices of Dark theme. Cool!
  6. I should point out that the 148 Hz peak in the La Scala bass horns is not a resonance issue, or it would have been eliminated by the stiffer and resonance-free La Scala II cabinets. Confirming this, Roy’s Dx38 settings are the same for the original La Scala and for the La Scala II bass horns. Instead, the peak is a quirk due to the shape of the bass horns. No matter, since it’s simple to not just lessen, but actually eliminate, that notorious bass peak if you’re using a digital processor to EQ the sound from your JubScalas. Also, I’ve never before, at least to my face, been accused of being eloquent, so thanks for that! I appreciate it.
  7. Those Heresy Industrials are very sensitive/efficient, so they’ll play fairly loud with just 5 watts, but they’ll sound better with more power. I think the spec for max power is 100 watts, but if you use some common sense with the volume control, like turn it down if they start to sound strange or make funny noises, you can use even more power safely.
  8. Each one of those tweeters is made of two parts: the compression driver and the horn, so they’re called a “horn-loaded compression driver”, and as the other member states, they certainly have some value. If they work, great. If not, they can be repaired, and I don’t think repairs are very expensive. If you have some Klipsch speakers, post pictures of them, and we can probably identify them for you.
  9. Congrats and happy listening! Also, welcome to the Forum!
  10. Nice! Black like I prefer, but somehow in a bathroom situation, the silver one looks like it's easier to keep clean and sanitary. Am I a picky shopper or what?
  11. I've always had Yamaha receivers, and have never heard either of the receivers in this discussion, so I can only speak in generalities about them. Marantz seems to have a better reputation than Pioneer, but even that I just got from the previous comments from other members. I do stand behind what I mentioned about connectivity. I'm still amazed that I can press a Buy button to download the music on a CD to my iPad in a few seconds, and then send it to my receiver and hear the music coming out of my speakers. With the old gear, this was just not possible. With sources like Net Radio, I've been able to hear songs that are new to me, from artists I'd never heard of, which is a real pleasure much of the time. If I hear something I like, I can make a note of it and think about buying the CD/EP/LP. If I decide to buy, I can order the physical media, or buy it locally, or just get the download, which often makes more sense when it comes to bands from the other side of the world and the expense and delay involved in mail order. It doesn't make a difference to sound quality, it just give you so many more options, more to hear, and more ways to buy music that you like. How big is your budget? For as low as $300, you can buy a new AV receiver, with some of the latest features, plus a warranty. Sometimes free bargains are worth what you pay, and no more. If you can stretch your funds (maybe by saving up for a few more months) to $500, you can get a new receiver that's a step or two above the bottom model, and it would likely have better sound than many older units. What kind of system do you want to have? 2-channel stereo, or surround sound? Do you want to upgrade your system a bit and leave it at that, or are you considering a long-term plan, with the idea of having a really excellent system eventually? I chose the second path, and wound up with a system that had been so far away, it was over the horizon, and I couldn't even imagine it from where and when I was sitting. Just a suggestion.
  12. What spoils it for me is that it says audio-technica instead of Technics.
  13. When it comes to amplifier power, it's not like horsepower, where a 10% improvement is noticeable. Even a doubling in amplifier power only raises the volume by 3 dB. However, if it's accompanied by better sound, even a small increase in power is worth it. On the topic of sound quality, the engineers keep working at it, so the newer gear tends to sound better than the older gear, especially in terms of clarity. Before buying, maybe consider connectivity. One of the reasons I bought my 2016 AVR (In 2016) was to get connectivity options, like HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, that weren't available when I bought the 2005 AVR I was replacing. I also got a higher-level receiver, still with Yamaha, so the sound quality was better, too. Thanks to the Wi-Fi, now I can listen to Net Radio, which is probably more than 90% of my current listening. As well, you can buy music in download form to your laptop or tablet and then use Bluetooth or AirPlay (if you have an iPad or MacBook) and send it to your receiver. Since then, there have not been too many new connectivity options that I'm aware of, but I'm happy to be corrected and informed about that. Just something to think about.
  14. The most negative Feng Shui-type WAF I've heard of was one guy's wife that disliked his La Scalas, because to her, the Vees of the bass bin doghouses looked like "poison arrows" aimed at her. He kept them anyway.
  15. If you want to run speaker wire along the bases of your walls and make them less noticeable, a good way to go is to use split wire loom. This is lightweight corrugated plastic tubing that’s split along its length so that it can easily be slid over wires. It comes in a variety of sizes and colours. You’ll likely find some under the hood of your car, and that will be black. In most rooms at home, the white or beige wire loom is better. I use it to hide the wires that run around one side of the room to the surround speakers. I picked a size that easily fit the three 12 gauge wires that I was using. The corrugated white plastic tubing is visible, of course, but since it’s the same colour as the baseboards, it’s barely noticeable. I also use it in the front of the room, in spots where a black or dark-coloured wire reaches across a gap. Sliding a length of white plastic tubing over it lets it sort of blend into the off-white wall behind it. This is the stuff I'm talking about. It's available at most auto supply shops, maybe car audio shops, and online. As you can see, it comes in a variety of colours and sizes. 1/2" and 3/4" are likely the most useful sizes for covering home audio cables of all sorts. https://www.cableorganizer.com/wire-loom/colored.html
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