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  1. I’ve got two Elekit TU-H82 snap together kit amps that sound remarkable (6 watts). Rolling the 12AU7s is great fun! It’s a toy really, and for $300 it’ll turn your head. Or, The NuForce DDA-120 sounds fantastic with Belles + subwoofer. It can be found for $250. Your Fortes will likely be fine with any well thought out device upstream.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    While everything is indeed for sale, I’m going to enjoy them for a while. I’ve been working myself sick lately and just chilling with tunes is about as close to heaven as I get these days.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    I added the sub (nothing fancy: BIC Formula12). Combined with the Crites Type A crossover, the result is very listenable. The works is being driven by a Nuforce DDA-120. You can still find these on the net with minimal effort, and at a great price. For solid state, it gets most things right. So, I guess I’ll settle in for the winter with this set up, and I think I’ll be quite happy. Thanks again for the helpful tips, and the backstory about the dual phase plug midrange drivers - they’re rare birds and I plan to enjoy them. You’ll be the first to know if they become available in the future.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    I’ve been in FoCo for 34 years. Originally from MN. There’ve been many changes here in that time, but the heart and soul have persevered.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    They are indeed a fine example, for the time, of an audio idea made nearly perfect.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    I’m open to selling the Belles, yes. They’re certainly better with the Crites Type A xovers, and whether some might feel that this fundamental upgrade was sonically a lateral move or not, the xovers simply needed to be done. I have a subwoofer, still in the box, that I’d hoped to add to the mix, but I’ve not had time. I think the right sub would bring these into full bloom, sonically. As Belles go, these are quite exceptional. I understand that from my research. I appreciate them, in the broad sense, but I’m not attached to them. I’m not collector, nor am I trying to make a profit. I’m not that savvy re: this forum and the nuances of utilizing it, but if anyone wants to contact me directly, I’m happy to discuss them further. I’m in Fort Collins, CO.
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    Belle: an unrequited love...

    Just a quick “thanks” to all who have offered tips and tricks to get these Belles up to their potential.
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    Belle: an unrequited love...

    The Crites Type A crossovers are now installed, and there is certainly a difference! This difference seems less tonal in nature as it is about phase consistency between left and right channels. Images are much more focused, with phantom center being much more precise. A sub will be next, as I can live with the sonic signature I’m getting now. I’d like to keep things as original as possible. Thx for the good advice!
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    I debated about doing anything. But, as with most things, tiny initial changes can be very revealing. It’s no risk.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    Hey all, I elected to start with Bob’s Crites’ Type A crossover. (The placement of the speakers will have to be as shown in the original pic.) I don’t think I’ll upgrade any drivers or horns at this time, as I’d like to stay with the original tonal quality. I think a good sub will be next, then that’s it for this project. My hunch is this will be just fine. And if not, I’ll have nice ‘82 Belles available for sale in a month or less. I appreciate everyone’s help here. Thanks!
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    ...I answered my own question (it was a supply thing, with EV being the supplier, if I’m getting it right). So, “now what”, he asked himself... It would seem I’ve stumbled on a true jem. They’re cosmetically great; they’re equipped with rare K-55s; they have the glass tops. Now I feel silly thinking about selling them as opposed to bringing them to “spec” with new crossovers. Hmm...
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    Interesting. Was this k55 abandoned due to performance concerns? Costs? While it’s rare, that might not necessarily mean its “good” (though I’ve no doubt it is). And thanks for unearthing this bit of detail; I had no idea.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    And here’s a shot of the crossover.
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    Here’s a shot of the k55. It doesn’t look like a spring clip. Thoughts?
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    ‘82 Belle Klipsch

    Thanks guys. I was lucky to find them. I’m a recording engineer and audiologist (hence the artwork), and I had high hopes. Frankly, my room is the problem, and I can’t change it. If they don’t find a home in a while, I’ll go ahead with mods/sub. However, to paraphrase Peter Egan, we’re only caretakers of the things we cherish. I’m not the only one who can provide a good home for them. There’s another home out there.
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