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Everything posted by kevinmi

  1. Most cd players will put out up to a full 2v , which a turntable will not. This will make the cd output signal louder. My Shanling cd player has a built in output volume control, so I can turn down the output and balance it to my turntable level. Now that I have everything playing at the same level, the vinyl sounds way better. Period.
  2. I'm up for a road trip. I'll even swing by and pick up @Escher and @mopardave and drive them down to the city. There's also @whell down in metro Detroit area who might be interested.
  3. I spent 24 years with General Motors, the last 13 building trucks. I bought a brand new 2014 GMC Sierra with a Sticker price of $41,500. I have had 7 recalls and 2 "recommended" issues to be resolved at my expense. At 30,000 miles, it decided to intermittently drain the battery. Dealership solution is to swap out parts until the problem goes away. I can't conscientiously recommend buying a foreign truck while drawing a pension from GM, but.....
  4. If available I'll take: Deep Purple-Who do we think we are-$8.00 Dire Straits-Making Movies- $8.00 Donovan- Sunshine- $4.00 Commander Cody- $5.00 Chicago Transit- $4.00
  5. Very interesting read. Although most of it is way to technical for me, I get the gist of what the author is saying. It has always been my belief that the music you hear far outweighs the specs printed on paper!
  6. Install solar panels on the roof and a windmill in the back yard and you'll be all set.
  7. If you have enclosed backs on the K-Horns it should sound fine. Earlier versions would have to have them added.
  8. I have a pair of Klipsch AW-650's that really rock!
  9. I find if you back flush it by running it through the output jacks first, you get a cleaner sound.
  10. I have almost the same identical size room that my K-Horns are in. Unfortunately I cannot put them on the long wall, so they are in the corners of the short wall. I have them toed outward, so they are not snug in the corners. The backs are sealed, so I can get away with it. Not the best setup, but I can get a pretty decent sound out of the room.
  11. I might have worded that wrong. Maybe it's a natural disaster. Anyway, the Gov is looking for Federal help.
  12. 60 and rainy again in MI. Governor is trying to get a National Emergency declared because the farmers can't get the corn and soybeans planted in the fields. I have not had my A/C on yet this year, but my furnace came on this morning!
  13. I just got an email from tube depot today. They have vintage Tung-Sol 6550 tubes and Mullard 5AR4's on sale. Not cheap, though.
  14. My K-Horns are in a 12 x 17 foot room. I can run a Decware EL-84 amp putting out 1.8 watts and reach loud listening levels with no problem. I also have a 60 watt/channel Latino ST-120 amp that I have used. My preferred amp is my Dennis Had Hot-Rod single ended amp that puts out 6 to 8 watts per channel, depending on which output tubes. The only real difference is how much I have to turn up the volume knob on the preamp. None of them ever have to go over half way. Most of your listening will be using the first watt of any amp. I would concentrate more on the quality of that first watt, not the quantity of overall watts.
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    I buy a lot of new vinyl from Amazon, and every once in a while I'll get a lp that has clearly been opened and resealed.
  16. I live in Michigan, where it is 56 degrees out right now. I have to turn on my tube amps to help warm up the house.
  17. It might be a better option to send the arm out to be rewired. There are companies who do that. You may also find that a new tonearm might fit in the same place as the old one. If I were closer I'd do it for you, but I do not recommend shipping and old turntable anywhere.
  18. Klipsch speakers have always offered more bang for your buck, thus offering an opportunity to get really great sound at a reasonable price. And because they are so efficient, there is no need for a gajillion watt amplifier to drive them. Being that's it's possible to get great sound at a fraction of the price of "audiophile" speakers, Klipsch owners are for the most part smart buyers. They have a tendency to look through all the glitz and glamour and find the most reasonable approach to good music reproduction. Many Klipsch speakers are easily modified, making it an ideal platform for the DIY group who want to tweak their system to their liking On this forum there is a wealth of information on all things music related, with some really smart people willing to help out with any problem that might arise. We are a community of music lovers who are more down to earth than most high end groups out there. We still have our arguments from time to time as to which is the best approach to music reproduction, but everyone is welcome to their own opinion and approach to realizing their end goal of reaching sonic nirvana.
  19. I've got a couple of solid state receivers I keep around for powering outdoor speakers and a cd changer, where average sound is OK. My serious systems are all tubes and analog!
  20. I'm not real sure if I understand the question correctly, but in my system I can play vinyl and cd's and they have the same volume.
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