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  1. Don't know what these normally go for but it could be a good deal for someone:
  2. This is good info on acoustic treatments. As this thread is now several years old, I'm wondering if there are any new products that should also be mentioned (or even DIY projects).
  3. Could be tax refund time.
  4. With your speakers I would get the most powerful you can get within your budget. I have owned the Classé Audio Model Seventy and it is a true bargain on the used market and will be 70 WPC which is still a lot with Klipsch speakers. Others to consider that will go up in price with increases in power output are the CA-100, CA-150, CA-200, etc. I would also recommend you take a very hard look at the Jeff Rowland amp I linked above. It appears to be in Switzerland and if it is in your budget, I would jump on it ASAP. The currency converter I saw said it is at about $850 (U.S.), which is a low, low price for JR gear if that is indeed the asking price. Jeff Rowland is as good as it gets in the solid state world and the prices usually reflect that. If you are not familiar with the brand, do some research and you will see most of their products sell in the multiple thousands of dollars (and more!) and are highly regarded.
  5. If this one is in your price range (the ad isn't in English so I can't tell if this is a starting auction price of it is is the actual sale price), I seriously suggest you take a look at it. You may be hard pressed to find a better solid state amp in your local area for the money.
  6. I'm not sure if anyone answered your question but if you buy a power amplifier, you will also need to get a pre-amplifier. An integrated amplifier contains both a power amp and a pre-amp in one chasis, so you get that if you prefer to have just one box. As for amplifier recommendations, I would suggest you also look at Classé Audio (on the used market). They are one of my favorite solid state amps. Used can be a great value when you are buying the higher end stuff (such as Classé, among others) as they are built better than the mass-market gear so they are more likely to last and because they were fairly expensive when new, they tend to be better taken care of by their original owners. Buying used means you want to buy from reputable sellers. Places like Audiogon and US Audio Mart / Canuck Audio Mart / Europe Audio Mart (?), can be good places to shop for used gear as you get come confidence with seller's feedback.
  7. You should really consider a tube amp. See if you can audition one to hear what all the fuss is about.
  8. Agree with the others that you did no damage to your gear and as far as the tube go, just a relatively small impact to their finite lifespans. However, I think the big concern here is with fire. I had a power tube fail on me upon power up of couple months ago. I'm just glad I was right there when it happened to quickly shut the amp down. Had I been out of the room or worse, away from the house (yes, I've also forgotten to turn my equipment off), I don't know how bad it could've been, Also correct on the thermal cycling not being good for electronics. I have a friend that used to work in the semiconductor industry and he told me they left the equipment running 24/7. Part of the reason was that they were always in use, but the other was to avoid thermal cycling. Materials expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall and not all at the same rates -- think about that happening to all those electrical connections (solder joints in many cases). Reliability is a big deal with large-scale manufacturing but also consider that this was mega-buck equipment that they want to last as long as possible.
  9. It was "Sound Ideas." I saw and heard it as well. They had a theater room with Khorns in the front, a Belle center, and Khorns in the back flying upside down from the ceiling. I don't know how they mounted them as it was probably twenty years ago.
  10. For corner placement, the very back panel is where I think I would prefer them. There would be no interference with the wall in that location, especially if one wanted to add 5-way binding posts (along with associated banana plugs on speaker wires). Take a look at the photo showing where HPower located them.
  11. I'd try cleaning them with steam. If you have a clothes steamer for removing wrinkles in your clothes, give that a shot (just don't soak them). As far as moving Khorns up and down stairs, I found the easiest way is to remove the top section (and side grills). Then get a hand truck (preferably with pneumatic tires), wrap the Khorn bass bin with a nice blanket, and use ratchet straps to secure the bass bin to the hand truck. Once you get that bass bin secured to the hand truck and protected with a padded blanket, it's not too difficult to move it up and down stairs. I've done this by myself many times with Belles, Khorns, and La Scalas.
  12. I like the move of the wire terminals too. The only problem I see is that if you are planning to tuck the speakers tightly into the corners, that panel is the panel that will be flush against the wall.
  13. I'd also recommend the Acurus ACD-11. It's a good quality inexpensive CD player on the used market (no longer made). For used CD players, the key is to make sure you can find one that doesn't have a ton of use -- CD players have limited lifespans that are directly related to amount of play time.
  14. Here are some more: These appear to be EV versions of the KPT-904: