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  1. Ski Bum

    Popping Noise In Speaker

    Need more info. If you're listening at low to normal volumes, the popping is likely coming from upstream somewhere. The only time speakers would make a popping noise they generate themselves is if they're being overdriven (woofers exceeding excursion limits). Upsteram root causes could be an intervening gain stage that's clipping, or some sort of idiopathic digititis (I had a Yamaha universal player that would audibly click periodically, but only on SACDs, leaving dvd-a and cd unscathed).
  2. Don't conflate series or parallel wiring of speakers with bridging amp channels. Bridged amp channels will "see" half of the impedance, so an 8 ohm speaker appears as a 4 ohm load on bridged amps, etc. Your idea is reminiscent of Decware's smallest amps, which can be series bridged because of the way the negative speaker leads are tied to ground (or not, as the case may be). Their method appears to be different than what you have in your diagram. In the case of the Decware amps, the speaker is connected to the pos of one channel, neg of the other, and the remaining unoccupied pos/neg posts are connected to each other. Don't do anything yet, at least not until you determine you won't fry your speakers or amp. You should post exactly what kit you're working with, and hopefully some of the more seasoned and knowledgeable members can shine some light on this.
  3. Ski Bum

    Camping in the hot weather questions

    Coleman makes a quick-pitch tent (get the "4 person" version, which is just big enough to accommodate a pair of adult sized sleeping cots, as opposed to the "2 person" which is kid sized). Up in seconds, down takes a whole minute.
  4. Ski Bum

    Amp Camp Amp

    I'm pretty psyched, actually, as it will be my first dip in the solid state single ended pool. Long time SET/SEP fan, so hopefully this kit will scratch the same itch (with the bonus of about 6db greater headroom than my current flea watters).
  5. Ski Bum

    Amp Camp Amp

    Do you folks think the larger 24v supply will suffice, or is a regulated supply the way to go? (I suppose I'll find out, just pulled the trigger on the whole kit. I can always go with a different supply if it doesn't meet expectations.)
  6. Ski Bum

    Anti- Intellectualism

    In the context of this wonderful discussion on existentialism, anti-intellectualism, religious zealots with ulterior motives, moral cycles that correlate with the rise and fall of nations, and all that other socio-political-economic good stuff, I'll submit for your pleasure The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity.
  7. Ski Bum

    Elevated Klipsch Models.

    Hmm. Works for me, but let's give it another go: http://www.aandmcustomsteelspeakerstands.com/ And if that doesn't work, it's "A and M Custom Steel Speaker Stands"...I see their prices have gone up, but they're still in the 'bargain' category IMO. Good product.
  8. Fusion 12 Tempests vs. slightly updated forte II (crites networks, ti tweet diaphragms, stand mounted) Overall voicing: Tempests are on the warm side of neutral, where the fortes are less so and need some eq (mainly due to my using them on stands, which is not how they were intended to be employed). Directivity: Fortes are slightly more beamy than the Tempests, which equates to less uniform coverage at shorter distances. In my big room the fortes are fine, but I can get away using the Tempests almost near-field in the office rig. I follow the heavy cross-fire orientation on each to take advantage of time-intensity trading. Bass: Fortes dig deeper, and seem tighter or more 'dry' in their bass capabilities. I still find the fortes to be one of the best compromises w/ Hoffman's Iron Law of any speaker out there. Tempests roll off in the mid-40's or so, but more pronounced mid-bass kick. I love 'em both.
  9. Ski Bum

    Moving to music. Recommendations?

    Oh, there's quite a bit more to speaker engineering than that. Fortunately, there are a bunch of folks who've done the hard work for you. Check out diysoundgroup.com. I've built the Tempests, and they're really, really good. Compared to my slightly updated forte II, they have a better overall tonal balance (more on the warm side), a bit smoother, but with all the dynamics intact. And I see wvu80 beat me to the punch.
  10. Ski Bum

    Elevated Klipsch Models.

    Raising the speakers up gets the speakers into more optimal position and does help improve the image/soundstage, but there is loss of boundary reinforcement/bass, so the speakers will benefit from eq if you raise them. See my avatar for an example; those stands are available HERE (no affiliation aside from being a happy customer); I have to peel back the mids and highs quite a bit to restore the warm tonal balance I prefer.
  11. Ski Bum

    Threshold Stasis 3 amp

    Does your B1 have any tone or eq functions? If/when you eventually stand mount your fortes, which I highly recommend for the improved image/soundstage, their tonal balance will be altered, and you'll need the ability to tweak/eq.
  12. Ski Bum

    Good Radio Station, on the web

    http://kuvo.org/ Awesome jazz station out of Denver, they stream, and they're commercial free. Real jocks/musicologists spinning the tunes.
  13. Ski Bum

    Speakers optimized for sub blending

    It makes sense. I'm pretty sure diysoundgroup has some sealed types that would conform. It's also the approach of the old M&K brand. Well, at least the sealed alignment, with careful attention that the actual acoustic roll off @80hz was smooth and a genuine 12db/oct per THX specifications. They were anything but sensitive, but capable of getting quite loud without complaint. The MPS 150 used three tweets and two 5" mids in order to achieve it's dynamic capabilities. They had some well earned popularity on the pro side in production and mastering facilities back in their day.
  14. Ski Bum

    High End Audio

    Speaking of Toole and measurements, since Klipsch has an anechoic chamber they might want to consider doing the "spinorama" approach. If the results are good, maybe they would even publish them and tout what they've designed in the marketing materials. I wonder how the new FIII would do, for example.
  15. Ski Bum

    The Wussification

    My personal trigger is stupidity. Calling a class of people "wusses" is stupid. Blaming professors for brainwashing college students with Marxism is flat out stupid. Trying to have a discussion of epistemology on an audio forum is pointless and stupid. Allowing lies to propagate unchecked, while being intolerant of a few naughty words, is stupid. This place hasn't become wussified, it's just gotten more stupid, or the stupid has gained more influence here than it really should. That's taking place in our society at large, not just here in the forums. Here's a piece written by one of those dastardly college professors, of economics, and it has important things to say about human interactions, relevant to discussions on political topics as well as magic speaker wires. Oh, and BigStewMan, this is for you: