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  1. I definitely gotta figure out a way to get a piece of this action. No, I've been to their web site, and really have to ask: In all seriousness, are they serious?
  2. I met Paul Klipsch once. It was at Listen Up (aka "List and up") in Denver back when CDs were first introduced. The store had just held a big hoo-hah presentation showing off CD players and their "Perfect Sound." Somehow, they'd managed to roll this up with some Klipsch based event. The hoo-hah itself was held at a local concert hall. Later, back at the store, Mr. Klipsch was showing off a very old 3-channel recording, his speakers, and some hotshot class A amp. Being the brash young spud that I was, I introduced myself. I think he asked me what I thought about these new fangled CD players. I expressed my concern over what seemed like a low sample rate. He responded by telling me how back in the old days, they used a fairly low bias frequency on tape decks, with all the engineers assuring us that it was good enough, and that over the years, the bias frequencies kept getting higher and the decks kept sounding better. Ok, my one brush with greatness. Probably remember it all wrong.
  3. Denon makes some really sweet mid-fi gear. I've got two Denon receivers at home (2700 and 5700) and love them both. Denon and Klipsch, to my ears, is like listening to the angels sing.
  4. My receiver goes from -66 to +18, all of which just makes me think its designers were inspired by something they saw in Spinal Tap.
  5. quote: Originally posted by Dman155: If perfect sound is really REALLY important to you, you should have all matching speakers, but for side surrounds, and surrounds in general, it's not AS important as having matching speakers across the front. What alternative speakers did you have in mind for the sides? Excuse me being a bit naive here, but are the Reference series truly matched? I mean, yeah, mine sound good together, but I am acutely aware of the fact that each type of speaker (front, center, rear) in the Reference series has different drivers and different crossovers. Yes, the speakers themselves sound like they're all made by the same manufacturers, but there are differences between them. Given that, is there any huge difference between using, say, RS-3s or using some other Klipsch surrounds? I mean, yeah, surround model A will sound different than B, but are the RS-3s really better "matched" to the fronts than others?
  6. Well, the device I pointed you at IS a booster. Or a distribution amp or an amplified splitter. Same diff in my book. Like I said, I'm just hesitant to use them. If your coming-into-the-house unsplit signal looks ok, and after splitting, it looks lousy, then this sort of widget will be the thing for you. Otherwise, you may just be harming the signal. The one I gave a pointer to is the FIRST distribution amp that I've ever been happy with. My experience with the Radio Shack models is that they generally introduce a ton of noise, over-amplify the lower frequencies while shredding the higher frequencies. I think the Radio Shack model does do an adequate job of propping a door open, though. I'm not saying that the one I pointed at is the only decent model, because I'm sure there are others out there. I am saying that some of the cheaper distribution amps out there are designed poorly and show it. And one other advantage to the model I showed: I can personally vouch for the fact that it passes the digital channels (from wall to amp to cable box) just fine. I don't know if the others don't; just know that this one does.
  7. Getting a deal at Tweeter? THat is an achievement. I went down there (Nashua) to get my Reference set. Picked their weekend sale, used the discount card they sent me in the mail, and an $n off coupon. Got a pretty decent discount, especially considering it was Tweeter, but it took nearly the whole day to close the deal. Back when I lived in Denver, we had a nice store called "Listen Up," except that most people called it "List, and up." I've been using that name for Tweeter lately.
  8. If his "digital cable" experience is like mine, the first n channels (where channel number is less than 100) are actually analog, which is why running the cable directly from the outlet into the TV set ever has a chance of working. The digital channels are only accessible via cable box, and are less susceptible to signal degradation, as you'd expect. I would not put a signal booster or amp on the line unless you're absolutely sure that it's a signal strength problem. You'll find that most distribution amps and/or amplified splitters do more to harm picture quality than help. But, if you absolutely have to, I've had extremely good luck with the following (which isn't cheap). Follow the URL for description. I bought mine from that vendor, although people have told me that the same model can be had for less money elsewhere. http://www.smarthome.com/7750A.html
  9. You know, I used to run a mini-me web site (don't go looking for it; I just took it down the other day). As part of the mini-me motif, I made "Mini-Me's songbook." Lyrics and MIDI files of what I hoped were the sappiest pop songs ever made. The sort of things that made you cringe. Alone Again, Naturally (Gilbert O'Sullivan) You Light Up My Life (Debbie Boone) Don't Cry for Me, Argentina Take a Chance on Me (Abba) Sugar (The Archies) To Sir, With Love (Lulu) I Think I Love You (Partridge Family) and, of course, "It's a Small World" You cannot believe the amount of web traffic I got from people searching for the lyrics to those tunes.
  10. quote: Originally posted by Mr. Blorry: OK OK. I gotta know. What were the "hrmph hack chokes"? Well, if I tell you, you're all going to laugh. Real hard and real loud, and some of you might even wet yourselves. And I'm gonna have to hold my head in shame and whenever I post, instead of saying "newbie" next to the post it'll say "schmuck." No one will ever take me seriously ever again, and civilization as we know it will come to an end. Actually, they weren't that horrible. In fact, they sounded just great to me before I heard the RP-5s. Now they don't sound so good, although they'll probably see backup duty installed in my master bedroom.
  11. Well, I'm quite curious about how one does deal with this. Back when I had my {hrumph-hack-choke) speakers, the volume was self-limiting. I mean, poor sensitivity aside, turn them up too loud and they just distort louder. I was never going to lose a lease that way. Then I got the reference series, complete with RP-5s, meaning dueling subs. I notice that I listen to them at the same or higher volume settings, which is troublesome, since they're 10dB more sensitive than the {hrumph-hack-choke)s. I was laying on the sofa the other day, reached down, and felt that the floor was shaking. Still not sure whether that was the subs or the downstairs neighbor beating on his ceiling to get me to turn it down a bit. Well, now I try to keep it below an indicated 90dB on my SPL meter, and turn it down a lot after 10:00 PM. I just kind of worry. I mean, one time, the apt management let themselves into my apartment because the neighbors were complaining about my answering machine beeping. These things are definitely gonna get me into trouble.
  12. Well, to reiterate, I wouldn't spend my own money on the RF-3s. Yes, one more driver than the RB-5, but then again, I think the extra driver is the crux of the problem. For me, the RF-3 is too heavy on the mid and bottom end, giving the whole collection the sound of something filtered through a pipe. It's been my suspicion that this is due entirely to putting too many midrange speakers into the box. Not that I'm hugely happy with the bottom end on the RP-5s. Yeah, dual subs makes my apartment shake apart, but the response could stand to be a bit more smooth. Again, for those of us who don't care for the RF-3, I think the way to go would be to get the RB-5s and a decent sub.
  13. quote: Originally posted by classybum: It would still appear to me as if nobody owns the rp-5's, and this i don't understand. Let me be the exception. I was more or less dared to go listen to the Reference Series by a guy at work. I used to live with a pair of Cornwall IIs (that left with the ex- during the break up ), and had more or less taken the attitude that anything post-Heresey wasn't a "Real Klipsch." When I went to listen to the Reference speakers, I wasn't in the market for new speakers; couldn't afford new speakers; didn't want new speakers. I sat down and listened to the RF-3s. Not bad, but kind of muffled, as far as I was concerned. Better than what I had, but nothing to get me excited enough over to spend money. But, before I left the store, I decided to give a listen to the RP-5s. Those I had to have. Immediately, or sooner. Just seemed like they had better imaging, better depth, and perhaps a little of the brightness that I was used to with the Cornwalls. I ended up buying the RP-5s a few weeks later (with the predictable set of RC-3 and RS-3s). Had I a chance to do it all over again, I now see that the RB-5s have exactly the same "mid woofer" and tweeter in them, and in a much smaller package. I'd probably get a pair of RB-5s and a KSW-12 or 15. That's about the only regret. I see here that the RF-3s are a lot more popular than the RB-5s or RP-5s, and I'm not sure why, but that's what personal preference is all about.
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