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  1. So far the system sounds much improved and I'm happy with it. A 3rd Heresy would have been too big for the area.
  2. I might try that, but with an 18' ceiling reflections from the center channel don't matter much. I would also think that the port in the back benefits from the wall behind the speaker
  3. A few months back I posted that I was not happy with the center channel in my system, I was using a Martin-Logan SLM as my center channel. The SLM is a surface mount and it has short throw drivers and it was hard to balance in the system. I was not happy with the system. I looked at other center speakers and have always had a preference for Klipsch. I asked on the forum for opinions on the 440 and I was steered to the RP-450C instead. I found a factory recertified 450C on Amazon for an attractive price and it arrived today. This is a major improvement over the SLM. I thought a center with a box enclosure would be better and apparently, I was correct. I still have some balancing to do, but I'm liking it. The System Yamaha Receiver - RX-A860 R&L Speakers - Klipsch Heresy 1 - total rebuild with all new drivers and X-over R&L effects/presence - Martin Logan Edge The system just underwent a major improvement and sounds real sweet in either A/V or music The Klipsch R:P-450C and it was hard to balance in the system Rebuilt Heresy 1 RP-450C with the M-L Edges
  4. You'll love it. last year I picked up an old ST-70 for my kid. I ended up having Bob's tech update the unit and my kid loves it. The PAT-4 should work well with it, I have one I modified sitting in the back I took it out of service when the I started using the HK-500A (integrated amp)
  5. I picked up a Harmon Kardon A-500 integrated tube amp 2yrs ago on E-Bay for $400. I think you can still find them for that price on E-bay. It sounded sweet on arrival but I did replace the filter and ps caps as a precaution. I plan on more updates to parts but have felt no real push to replace parts.
  6. Enjoy. I still use the TD-160C I bought in 1976, a splurge at $230 (+$60 for a Shure V15-III) back then while I was in school. If you want to make some minor mods: 1-Get rid of the fiberboard bottom and replace it with 3/4" plywood 2- Put some Dynamat (or similar material) on the inside of the base 3- Consider changing the small rubber feet to ones that will give better isolation.
  7. That's an interesting thought, and certainly worth considering. Not sure that I have the courage to take on the wife over the decorating
  8. I'm currently using a surface mount M-L SLM speaker for the center and I am having a problem with it getting lost when used for A/V. I had a similar problem, with the M-L Edge speakers which are now R&L Effects speakers, being replaced by Klipsch Heresy1 rebuilds If you're curious he's the system.
  9. I'm thinking of switching my center channel to the Klipsch 440C I have no place to audition them locally. Can anyone offer an opinion?
  10. I've had a pair of Forte IIs since 1989. About 5 yrs ago I changed out the X-overs and tweeter diaphragms. these speakers will outlive me. The Fortes are a great speaker. If the choice was mine, assuming that the cabinets are in decent shape, I'd go for the Fortes for $450 and the next day I'd call Crites and get the parts needed to upgrade. These will be a great sounding pair for under $1000
  11. If you're sure it is not the amp, I'll assume you did the typical R-L swaps. Then you'd have to dig into the speaker itself. My guess is the x-over has gone bad. The easiest way to access the drivers and x-over is by removing the passive radiator on the back of the Forte. Check the drivers, voice coil etc. make sure nothing has come loose. Crites Speakers should be able to supply you with updated x-overs and any other parts you need. It's also a nice idea to install his titanium tweeter diaphragms. The video of my Fortes may prove helpful.
  12. The PreAmp is a Dynaco PAS-3. This is still a highly regarded and sought after preamp. These were put out by Dynaco in Philidelphia in the late 50's early '60s You can find the schematics on-line along with the manuals usually for free. It has also been used for numerous upgrades and modifications. Tubes4Hifi makes updated kits and boards for this: http://tubes4hifi.com/
  13. It's hard to believe that a forum member would do this but I was made an offer by Forum member, made the payment and that was the last I heard from him. He hasn't responded to messages or emails. I say it is hard to believe because the guy took me for all of $10. I was looking for some Klipsch Emblems and he offered me them for the price of postage. I gave him a bit extra. He appeared to have a good rep on the forum but it is well over a month and he's not responding. I will not post the name here, but I will release it to a moderator and he can post it if he wishes. the $10 won't break me. I'm posting this as a warning, that despite there usually being a camaraderie on a Forum you still have to be careful.
  14. The auto calibration seems to do well for calibrating distances but it does not adjust for Speaker Freq response limitations. I recently encountered this with some ML Edge in-walls, The bass was causing the woofers to bottom out. I was able to solve the problem by checking the speaker response and adjusting the Yamaha crossover points.
  15. You mean there were 2 of these idiots out there? This guy Rossi appears to think that anything he doesn't like is crap. He has no respect for many of the classic designs or their creators who were the pioneers of audio. He doesn't like Klipsch (harsher on some than others), Bose (thinks 901s among others are crap), and makes similar comments on Sonos. But at no point does he present his bona fides. He also claims to be a custom speaker maker. I would seriously question his abilities considering how little respect he has for some of the classic designs and the audio pioneers who designed them. He doesn't like Sonos, Bose, Klipsch among others.But aside from them not being to his liking he really gives no other reason why they should be disliked.
  16. Here's the video you were trying to post. I've seen a couple he's done and by and large, he doesn't know half of what he thinks he does. one of his comments was the speaker doesn't reproduce to 26Khz, he mentions no reason why since the ear can't hear that frequency. His other videos aren't much better. Finally, he appears to have little respect for anything he disagrees with
  17. EJC

    Need new AVR

    If you're still considering the Yamaha RX-A 860, I just spotted a couple of refurbs on NewEgg.com for $695
  18. EJC

    Need new AVR

    I had to laugh as I read you comment (I do not mean this as an insult). How things have changed. The old rule of thumb used to be put your money in the speakers, you'll be replacing the electronics.
  19. EJC

    Need new AVR

    You nailed the reason I got the RX-A860. I started with the 1060 but couldn't find a big enough difference to spend the extra $400. Frankly, the salesman didn't try to push on the 1060 either. He understood what I was doing and felt the 860 would fill the bill
  20. EJC

    Need new AVR

    We are in the same age bracket and I can't stand the speed with which expensive equipment is obsoleted today. I am also a Yamaha fan and currently have 4 Yamaha receivers in use. Regarding your comments on speaker power; Speaker ratings are typically maximum power rating and you will rarely be playing anything near those ratings. An amp with clean power will not damage your speakers, distortion will. Most of the time you're only pushing a couple of watts anyway. Since the late 60's I've had only 3 incidents of speaker damage. 2 were foam surrounds dying of old age, not a power or distortion issue. The 3rd was a Klipsch SW that blew, the driver went bad because the amp went bad, I replaced both with drop-in replacements from Parts Express and although I guess it is no longer technically a Klipsch it is still running strong. I just set up a system with a Yamaha RX-A860 and it plays plenty loud and is clean. Speakers are M-L Edge in-wall (Front effects), M-L SLM (Center), Klipsch Heresy rebuilds (R&L), and a Parts Express Titanic SW.
  21. I've owned a pair of Forte IIs since 1989, purchased new. About 5 years abo I did the Crites X-Overs and titanium diaphragms. Short of becoming homeless these speakers will be in a system in my home. The are simply fanatastic They are in an AV system as the Main L&Rs They function in the AV setup and are great if I switch to stereo to listen the TT. As far as I'm concerned, Fortes are a buy and never look back.
  22. Hi Matt. I just did a complete rebuild of a pair of Heresys in December. Below is a video I made of the project. Some on the forum criticized me for my budget on the project - $1500, but in the end I had a virtually new pair of speakers with modern/updated drivers. Your experience is exactly why I went my route. I knew I could not leave a 40yr old pair of speakers alone and that is assuming there were no other issues with a used pair of almost 40yr old speakers. Crites was able to supply everything I needed and the misc. stuff was found on Amazon. I hope the video helps
  23. I am partial to Yamaha as well. I've been using Yamaha since the late 80's. They're solid, dependable and sound great. I am currently running 4 Yamaha receivers and love the sound and have had no issues. Plus, their customer service is excellent with questions. I also would not be worried about power ratings of the speakers. That is usually continuous power which I seriously doubt you will ever experience. Most of the time the amp will be pushing just a couple of watts. Get a quality amp with the highest power rating and lowest distortion levels you can afford, more speakers are destroyed by clipping and distortion than power.
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