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  1. I think I figured out the right way to do this without making a mess. Since I have access to the inside of the split corners because of the way the bottom of the speaker is constructed, I can use a syringe to squirt wood glue into the back sides of the splits and it shouldn’t get all over the veneer. I can then clamp the split closed by clamping the parallel sides of the speaker. No muss, no fuss, and should be a permanent repair.
  2. The front four corners on all of my Klipsch RF-7 IIs are splitting just like the picture shows. I'm not sure why this has happened; the speakers have never gotten wet, they're in a low-humidity finished basement, and they've never even been moved since I installed them. That said, they could've been like this for a long time, but at this point they're six years old so a possible warranty claim is out of the cards. The splits don't extend into the interior of the speaker (obviously - you wouldn't been able to see the orange foot behind them otherwise). Also, the splits aren't just the veneers peeling back because, again, you wouldn't be able to see through the entire thickness of the speaker. FWIW, the splits seem to stop where the routed channel/inlay on the bottom of the speaker ends, so I'm hoping they're as bad as they're going to get. Since I suspect this is purely a cosmetic issue, what's the best/least intrusive way to fix this? I'm leaning toward filling the splits with colored wax furniture filler and calling it good. I could clamp the splits and try to glue them back together, but given my limited skills that has a high probability of making a minor cosmetic issue much worse. TIA for any suggestions!
  3. Check your PMs. Your voicemail box was full so I was unable to leave a message.
  4. For sale is a pair of SVS PC12-NSD subwoofers in the Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio area. The subwoofers are priced at $750 for the pair. I bought them new in 2011 and they're still in new condition, both cosmetically and performance-wise. They have no dings, scrapes, scratches, or any other signs of use. I have both boxes and all of the included materials as can be seen in the photos. They've only been used in my dedicated theater room and I haven't moved them since I originally hooked them up. They're great subwoofers; it's just that I recently upgraded and simply don't need these any longer. Unfortunately I won't these individually - most people who know about SVS subwoofers (or any of the ID brands) would understand why it's best to install these in pairs. I will consider shipping these but the buyer will have to pay the full shipping costs plus insurance which I'd estimate to be around $150. Put simply, I'd really, really prefer to sell them locally. Please let me know if you're interested. Thanks for looking! Greg
  5. Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but I just today ran into this exact issue for the very first time! It took me an hour to figure out where the squeak was coming from (I initially thought it was my speaker stand) but finally narrowed it down to the two little holes on the bottom of the RC-64 II "whistling." My solution was to thread the threaded feet that come with the speaker all the way into the speaker (I used another threaded foot that I had from an RC-62 II).
  6. The original Reference speakers (i.e. the RF-3 and RF-3II) had solid MDF front baffles. Their successors (the RF-35, RF-82, and RF-82II) also have solid MDF baffles, but with added plastic trim pieces on top. i find the claimed baffle improvements a bit disingenuous. After all, if the plastic trim pieces are such a bad thing, then why did they add them to models that replaced the RF-3 / RF-3II? The claimed baffle improvements don't apply to the RF-7II or RC-64II since those models never had plastic trim pieces on the front. Regarding potential RF-7II / RC-64II replacements, they might be a way off according to one of Alex's posts over on AVS.
  7. Well, you get what you pay for. If you read through the SlickDeals.net thread you'll see that the vast majority of the speakers that Fry's is blowing out are floor models that are in horrible condition. IMHO it's not worth the discount to buy a speaker that looks like it's been dropped out of the back of a moving vehicle. You're better off calling Sound Distributors or Acoustic Sound Design and buying brand-new, A-stock speakers for what's still a huge discount off of MSRP.
  8. No, the Premieres aren't higher than the RF-7II. The RF-7II, RC-64II, and RB-81II will remain in production as the top-of-the-line speakers in their respective categories (floor standing, center, and bookshelf).
  9. Just curious -- what sorts of advantages are we talking about here? More significant that the types of changes that Dave discussed in post #942?
  10. I do agree that the spin with respect to the Tractrix bass reflex ports is a bit much. "Utilizing Tractrix geometry, the all new Reference Premiere ports allow for the most efficient, fastest air transfer from the cabinet – for the cleanest, most powerful low frequency response on the market." C'mon. As long as the inlet area, exit area, and length of the nozzle is the same (and, let's face it, that's all the port is -- a divergent nozzle), then the shape of the nozzle's walls don't really matter in terms of "fast air transfer." In fact, the fact that the nozzle is diverging serves to slow the air down upon exit -- which, as mentioned earlier in this thread, is a good thing in terms of port chuffing/noise. I really doubt that the Klipsch engineers can say with straight faces that the shape of the new ports provide any tangible benefits over run-of-the-mill flared ports -- if so, I'd love to hear that logic. But the ports certainly do match the design aesthetic of the speakers (heck, they look great), and honestly, that's good enough for me. To use one of moray james' favorite phrases, there's no need to "yellow button" the reasoning behind the new ports. As far as the other statements being spin - I really don't have a strong feeling one way or the other. I think that without a complete redesign incorporating a new philosophy, minor tweaks from generation to generation are what are going to ensure that the Reference line undergoes continuous improvement. Overall I'm pleased with what I've seen so far -- the changes seem like they've kept costs down, will likely improve performance (even if only marginally), updated the aesthetics of the line, and maintained the Reference line's value relative to the competition.
  11. Andy intimated in post #919 that the monitors' bases can be removed if you're willing to take the risk of possibly damaging the speaker. In other words, they're not designed to be removed. For all practical purposes, you're pretty much stuck with the upward 2 degree tilt.
  12. The RP-150M have wall mount hardware on them. Dang, I didn't notice that! That wall mount, coupled with the fact that the speaker plinth actually puts some space between the speaker and the wall so the port can function, pretty much answers the concerns I had. Thanks!
  13. I don't see the problem. Why not put bookshelf speakers on a.......bookshelf? I assume you're not just being argumentative, so I'll respond...What if I want to use these bookshelf speakers as, say, front heights in an Atmos installation? They'd need to be aimed down at the MLP and having to set the speakers on actual bookshelves won't work. Same thing when using them as traditional surrounds where room limitations necessitate them being mounted higher than ear-level. They'll need to aimed downward and that ain't happening if forced to use a "real" bookshelf for mounting. Not to mention the fact that, in most installations, having to hang little shelves all over the room just to set surround speakers on is, well, ghetto. This isn't even considering the fact that the rear-facing ports make near-wall placement far less than optimal. The Reference II bookshelves had front-firing ports and wall-mounting hardware. Someone at Klipsch thought it was important that they be able to be wall-mounted, so I'm not just pulling these ideas out of my a$$. The old Reference II bookshelves were perfectly acceptable substitutes if one wanted to use them in place of traditional WDST surrounds. That simply isn't the case with the Reference Premiere "monitors" -- your options are far, far more limited. These trade-offs must've been weighed by Kllipsch's engineers when they were designing the Reference Premiere monitors. I'm just curious to know what Klipsch's line of thought was here when removing the options for near- or on-wall mounting.
  14. So do the Reference Premiere Wireless bookshelves also have rear-firing ports, non-removable bases, and no mounting hardware? Based on what I've seen so far, all of the new bookshelf speakers just don't look suitable for wall mounting. To me, that's a serious oversight, especially for the wireless system, where the intent is clearly for the bookshelf speakers to be used as surrounds. I'm really not trying to be a killjoy, but in the past there were suitable alternatives if one didn't want to use WDST speakers as surrounds. I'm just not seeing that with the Reference Premiere line. What is Klipsch's intent here?
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