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  1. Looks awesome.  I would just tell the wife that you've incorporated more air circulation in the room having the bins thus lowering heating and cooling costs.  Plus, with enough juice you may be able to fire small children out of them.  Everybody wins.

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  2. Just now, geoff. said:


    Maybe, I'll have to do some looking.  I'm thinking it's one Forte and 3, if you're right, 4's.  The riser on the one that's stacked on top looks like a Forte, judging by the riser.  Then one is missing a riser that's against the wall.  It's like a Klipsch puzzle. 

  3. 24 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

    C'mon man!  There is no perfect solution, but there is an intelligent way to cut pollution.  Carbon emissions into the atmosphere are what have led us to have to come up with alternatives.  Rising sea levels at too fast of a rate are killing coral reefs, which dominos into depleting our ocean resources.  Studies repressed  by our government show that rice is now less nutritious than before because of climate change.  Now, while we don't survive on rice here, a lot of the world does.  We could lead the way.  The current alternatives have negative effects but for one thing they don't contribute nearly the level of carbon emissions.  And yes, it is a global issue and not one we can do all on our own, but we can show the way, and make a ton of money with effective solutions.  Win win.

    OT, I'm not trying to dispute any of the efforts.  Just pointing out some of the side affects.  I agree that the global issue is ours to contend with but how do we get the rest of the world to follow us?  I've seen sooo many images lately of plastics lining beaches, Chinese rivers that look like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, so on, and so on.  Humans are destroying the planet, period.  Maybe a bit harsh, but true.  Can we correct it?  Possibly, but we'd have to have a global consensus and understanding to do so.  The reality is, as was said in a movie, humans are a parasite.  What does the host do when parasites try to take over, eradicate it, if possible, or the host dies.  We are at critical mass right now.  How do we convince billions to do the right thing?

  4. 15 minutes ago, TubeHiFiNut said:

    No "mcguffin".


    I believe in using solar whenever possible. Drive a car that gets outstanding gas milage. As soon as I am convinced that the batteries used in hybrids and electrics create less havoc on the environment than they save, I'll get an electric.


    Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 - 328,000 birds each year.


    In my opinion, this is not a good thing.

    Agreed.  Not to mention where they think the electricity is generated from to power these cars.  Coal plants, some nuke one's, dams, etc., etc.  I've read where some of the solar panel fields in Silicone Valley actually vaporize birds when they fly over them.  When all of the panels are aimed at the sun it's like a magnifying glass to an ant.  Just the other way around but a lot more intense.  Maybe we should drop back to the early 1800's.  Horse and buggy.  The only problem with this is down winding some methane from the horses.

  5. I've owned my 5.5's since '97, purchased new.  I would stick with the 20's.  I had a pair of Heresy II's for about a year and sold them recently.  What I wanted from the HII's was the 'presence' of the 5.5.  The one thing I liked about the HII's was the midrange horn.  The mid horn crushed the mid of the 5.5's.  To me, the KLF series would be the way I'd want to go.  To bad Klipsch won't recreate the KLF series versus the RF-7 2 way series.  I think they could make a phenomenal 3 way with DR supported bass.  I'd be interested.

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  6. I've got a pair of HII's that I wouldn't mind selling, but you're literally across the country.  Mine are about a 7 - 7 1/2 overall.  One had water damage on the bottom, refinished it, added Crites slant risers, tweet diaphragms, reworked the finish, it's still original, and recapped the Xovers with Crites supplied caps.  I'm just not overly a fan of them.  I've been listening to my 5.5's since new, while they aren't as strong in the midrange, the HII's are almost too much.


    They image well, but are lacking with newer music in my opinion.  They sound good with 30's and 40's Big Band, 60's and 70's rock, but after that not so much.  Anyway, hope they fit your bill.  Here's a pic of mine after some rework.





  7. I'm rehabbing an Acoustic Research XA TT now and bought an ART phono stage for $50.  The stage has a ton of good reviews and I felt it was a decent place to start.  I didn't want to drop a ton of money out of the gate.  Figured I'd start here and move up if I'm liking what I'm hearing.  Just haven't got to the hearing part yet.


    Phono stage:



    Our own PMSummer uses an XA and he's a heavy vinyl guy.  You can find one usually in the $250 - $350 range in decent condition.  Pretty basic looking but highly revered and there are lots of customization's you can do to them.


    As an example:



    Here's one that's been modded.  Sold for $650.





    Just a thought.

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  8. As a 5.5 owner and listener I say this, make minor tweaks and don't go to far with your objectivity.  Sometimes, a speaker is what it is.  Yes, you could go crazy upgrading it, but is it really worth it?  I fall into that trap often.  How can I make them better?  Honestly, the only way to 'really' make them better is to upgrade.  Yep, someday, my next step will be to RF-7's.  Of the current variety.  My point being, enjoy them as they are, or with some Crites upgrades.  Other than that, just play them.  If you want more, well, handwriting is on the wall.  Believe me, this audio thing is a dirty mistress.

  9. I don't think you could go wrong with the SB-4000.  The only thing I would consider is maybe the PB-4000, I know it's a few hundred more, but it would really drive the low, low end.  Especially for movies.  As SVS says,"...down to 13 hz."  If you were just listening to music I'd say stick with the SB.  Either way though, I think you'd be more than happy.

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  10. 1 hour ago, DizRotus said:


    I don’t know the seller,  but I plan to call him tomorrow.

    Well, he is a linguist Diz.  Are you sure you're up to any negotiating, delving of information from such a formidable opponent?  I'm just making sure you're on your A game.

  11. 3 minutes ago, Gilbert said:


    The walls appear to be intact and unharmed, wood can be rebuilt even better than as new, (minus the character and soul of the original structure) so long as a set of architecturals exist. And for a historical building of this magnitude,  I'm quite certain there are detailed archives of this structure....... but it's still a sad day.

    Yeah, I agree.  Unfortunately, even if they can replicate it, it will never be the same.  The echoes captured in the walls, ceiling, the ability to look at the accoutrements and realize that someone worked on that hundreds of years ago is somewhat lost.  Fire just takes what it wants.

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  12. 7 minutes ago, Zen Traveler said:

    I liked Cronkite but we can gather more facts on our personal computers and tablets in an hour than he could in several days...That said, I agree about factbased discussions and why I distain these politically driven conspiracy theories. Fwiw, those can be easily debunked using factual sources as well.

    But, it's the validity of the information that we're delving into, what is factual, and what constitutes the decision to denote it as such?  Too many people take it all at face value, don't discern, and generally want to run with the drama.  I'm not pointing a finger, just speaking of the masses.  We all just need to have a little more patience.  That's what we did back in the day, wait for the facts to come out.  We're too quick to judge anymore.


    11 minutes ago, teaman said:

    I agree with you, however the fact that France fears a civil war due to the continued division within its borders, we may never know the truth regardless.

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    Absolutely true.  We may never know the real reason.  Regardless, it is Tragic.  Art, workmanship, a long standing piece of history has just been ruined.  Civil war, war itself, is always around the corner.  The division between the left and right here have people whispering about it.  We continue to operate at odds with each other and get nothing accomplished.  It's deep left or deep right, there's no middle ground.  I just like policy that helps everyone.

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  13. I feel a thread lock coming.  Opinion based news, well, sucks.  It's all about the impact, whether truthful or not.  Give me Mr. Cronkite any day.  Straight faced, just the facts please.  More than likely the fire was an accident.  If not, let the 'truth' be told.











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  14. One of my reps sent me this.  Baseball in Heaven:


    Two 90-year old guys, Leo and Frank, had been friends all of their lives. When it was clear that Leo was dying, Frank visited him every day.

    One day Frank said, "Leo, we both loved playing baseball all our lives, and we played all through high school. Please do me one favor: when you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's baseball there."

    Leo looked up at Frank from his deathbed and said, "Frank you've been my best friend for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favor for you."

    Shortly after that, Leo passed away. A few nights later, Frank was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, "Frank.. Frank '......

    "Who is it?" asked Frank sitting up suddenly. "Who is it?"

    "Leo-- it's me, Leo."

    "You're not Leo, Leo just died."

    "I'm telling you, it's me, Leo," insisted the voice.

    "Leo!..Where are you?"

    "In Heaven," replied Leo. "I have some really good news and a little bad news."

    "Tell me the good news first," said Frank.

    "The good news," Leo said, "is that there's baseball in heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before us are here too. Better than that, we're all young again. Better still, it's always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play baseball all we want, and we never get tired."

    "That's fantastic," said Frank. "It's beyond my wildest dreams!

    So what's the bad news?"

    "You're pitching Tuesday."



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