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  1. FYI I had issues with hum and noise, Klipsh are reveling of everything that is on recording, fixed most of the issues with good grounding and good pre-amp. Good amp resolved last 10%. Now is recording is "Black" sound is also Black, some recordings though are impossible to get black background unless they get remix at a good studio . . . Almost forgot dimmer switches in of position was another key to low noise.
  2. I would recommend separates/Tubes (NOS Valves VRDs Favorite - Stronger Base with same silky smooth Midrange vs McIntosh MC240) for warmth reasons if K-Horns are stock with Stock Midrange drivers. Since you prefer singe solid state I would look at a used McIntosh (MC126) to stay on warm side to complement K-Horn midrange . . .
  3. When talking power Horn speakers compared to conventional speakers are like comparing motorcycles to cars. 120HP motorcycle is hard to hold onto but pathetic in an SUV.VRDs in Penta mode, 60w channel, is more than required at 9 feet - if 1 watt for 104dB at 3 feet, 9 watts are required at 9 feet. Throw in a few watts for headroom there you go. PWK only need 5 watts for music since at the time recording was limited to 80dB range and he was listening to classical not watching Transformers. Speaker placement, wall location, wall rigidty and materials are biggest factors in sound quality. If room is not correct shape, walls are flimsy getting good sound without room correction is impossible.
  4. Before selling my Forte IIs hooked them up to my McIntosh Pre-amp & Amps plenty loud on 40 watts in my smallish room and really good sound, very close to LaScalas. A Yamaha or similar with room correction used as a pre coupled with a used Mc-7106 amp, less than $1,200, should be a killer set-up. Amp could be added later. Just make sure receiver model has Pre-outs, need to be high enough in model lineup to get them in some brands. Started out with Fortes and Higher end Pioneer receiver, coupling Adcom amps to it was an improvement especially for bass. Mc-Intosh was a big step-up for vocals without a drop-off in bass. (Sub handled 80hz and below) Sorry did notice budget at first, still I would get receiver with room correction that has an amp then upgrade to a Mc-7106 or similar later after saving up if Watching Concerts or listening to music. FYI - Fortes are sensitive to distance from both side wall and wall behind speaker. Would recommend getting placement optimized before running room correction.
  5. When I am being an Engineer watching TV, I wish those bars on the side were a little darker, when watching a movie they are not there and I have never said I wish there was a little more shadow detail during a good movie.2.35 AT Screen - More of audiophile then videophile. My screen was $500 and works if sitting 9' feet away with 1080. 4K will likely require an upgraded screen but that appears to be 2 years away due to cost and amount of movies/TV available.
  6. Not needed no. You can run them off just your avr or any nice ss amp. A few watts is all they need. 3 of those would be a great upgrade from 82s. Can you fit one for a center? Agree tube amps are not required especially if 90% Movie. For movie I lean towards Solid State and keeping La Scalas stock unless Movies are musicals. Also agree 3 front speakers being same is important.
  7. Many updates but if your Left Front and Right Front speakers at not set to the same distance this one should be big improvement. Release date: April 30, 2014. Category: Latest Public Beta Test Release Main Version: BDP10X-75-0430B Loader Version: 6U1000 or 7B1300 (BDP-103), 7B1300 (BDP-105, BDP-105D, BDP-103D) Sub Version: MCU103-05-0916 (BDP-103), MCU105-04-1113 (BDP-105), MCU13D-01-0618 (BDP-103D), MCU15D-01-0930 (BDP-105D), DB10X 131030 (BDP-103D, 105D) Special Notice: 1. Once this Public Beta firmware is installed on the player, you can revert back to the previous Official release via a USB thumb drive. There will be no issues upgrading to any future official or beta firmware release. 2. Due to the extensive changes in this major firmware update, it is required that the user performs a "Reset Factory Defaults" operation after the firmware is installed. Please write down your special settings before doing this, and remember to re-apply your settings and adjust the proper volume level (if applicable) before you play any content. You may experience stability issues if this step is not performed. Release Notes: 1.Fixed a bug in calculating acoustic propagation delay from the "Speaker Distance" parameters of the "Speaker Configuration" setting. 2. Upgraded the Netflix application to the latest version certified for OPPO BDP-10x models. This version features a brand new user interface. It also contains improved adaptive streaming technology which will improve streaming quality for high-speed internet connections. The new Netflix application should help customers who have reported poor streaming quality during peak hours. (On a related note, recently customers reported that Netflix streaming on OPPO players and other streaming devices could become unstable with error message like "not connect to internet". In our experience this issue is not caused by the player or its firmware update. It could be either a server-side problem or an Internet traffic problem. Should this happen to your device, please report the outage to Netflix. Netflix recommends a troubleshooting method of de-activating the device and re-activating it. De-activation can be done from the OPPO player’s setup menu (Setup -> Device Setup -> Netflix -> De-activate). Re-activation can be done by accessing the Netflix application from the Home Menu. In most cases, Netflix service can resume working after a few tries. The new Netflix application in this update contains additional network troubleshooting tool which can be used to test your connection to Netflix servers.) 3. Added the "Digital Concert Hall" application from Berliner Philharmoniker, which provides live and recorded classical music concerts in HD video from leading orchestras all over the world. Removed the "Film Fresh" application which is no longer functional due to the service provider stopping the service. 4. Improved Gapless Playback performance. Resolved issues such as the second track playing twice before moving to the third track, and resolved an issue where the Gracenote information could not be fetched when playing WAV files. 5. Resolved an issue where user settings (Size, Distance, Trim) inside the Speaker Configuration were incorrectly applied to the Headphone Out signal route. We revised the algorithm in this firmware and the Headphone Out signal is no longer affected by the Speaker Configuration changes. 6. Added a safety feature for BDP-103/103D: the "SACD Output" format is set to "PCM" by default. The reason is that the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) used on these two models cannot adjust the volume for DSD signals, so the analog volume level could automatically switch back to 100 when a DSD stream is detected. This safety feature will force the DSD stream to be decoded as a PCM stream before sending it to the DAC, which can help control the volume when loading SACD disc(s). 7. Added support for the "4Kx2K@50/60Hz" resolution to the BDP-103D/105D (HDMI 1 only, and in YCbCr 4:2:0 format only). The "4Kx2K Output" setting for the BDP-103D/105D is set to "Auto 4K 50/60Hz 4:2:0" by default. 8. Resolved an issue of “Reset Factory Defaults” not erasing the user account for the Youtube Leanback application. 9. Resolved an "A/V Sync" related issue where the A/V Sync data was not be automatically applied to the Coaxial and Optical digital audio outputs after the player was powered on. 10. Improved the file sorting algorithm for the media center (the Music, Photo and Movie options on the Home Menu). The player can automatically detect numbers located at the beginning or end of the filenames and sort the files by the numeric value. Albums with numbered tracks will play in the proper order. 11. Extended support for the PCM audio format for up to 24-bit, 352.8 kHz / 384 kHz via the USB DAC IN port (BDP-105D only). 12. Added the timing adjustment for external subtitles. This can be accessed from the "Option" menu -> "Subtitle Adj." -> "Sync." when playing movies from a USB flash drive or external hard drive. 13. A new version of the Windows driver for the USB Audio DAC is available for download here (v2.22). It is compatible with BDP-105, 105D and the upcoming headphone amplifier HA-1. Please uninstall the previous version(s) of the OPPO USB DAC driver from your computer before installing this new one.
  8. K-Horn Grills 10 x 12 x 36 13 lbs. ready to ship.
  9. Glad you can use them. I bought them to use as surrounds but then realized drains from new bathroom had to go from first floor to Basement and there was only one wall were that was possible. . .
  10. RCX-4 and SCW-2 have been Shipped. Someone has clam on Grills and Phono - Tomorrow I will look for boxes.
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