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  1. You're where I was going until I found a second pair of La Scalas, cheaper than Heresies were going for on ebay. I have the -C7, 4 La Scalas and 2 VMPS Larger Subwoofers. I like my old Klipsch as well. John
  2. CeeDog, How "hard" is your room? Have you considered heavier drapes or a throw rug to deaden the room? John
  3. I don't recall a chuckle on this version. From the liner notes, this is supposed to be the original release of "Take Five". John
  4. Call 1-800-KLIPSCH and order a replacement woofer. John
  5. This has failed twice before .... The other thread was getting too long. I've recently discovered that Dave Brubeck's landmark 1959 recording "Time Out" has been rereleased on CD (this is the original "Take Five"). The results are fantastic! The location of the 4 musicians is perfect and rock stable. It is the best recording of a drum kit I've ever heard! Simple techniques were used, maybe only 4 mics. It's simply magic! John
  6. James, You've captured my thoughts on tube amps well. I'm sure there are exceptions, but a tube amp's predeliction to frequency response errors from the speaker's impedance is enough to keep me away. John
  7. You should take this to the Pro Media sections. They are better equipped to help you. John
  8. Every amp clips when the musical waveform exceeds the amp's capacity, so it "clips" off the peak and sends a nasty flat-topped wave to your speaker. This is certain to cause damage after a short while. A speaker cannot be damaged by too little power as long as YOU don't turn the volume knob too high and cause clipping. If you do, poof goes your tweeters. That said, most speakers are damaged by small amps that are driven into clipping. 125 wpc in NOT a small amp; you have MORE than enough power for sane home use. John
  9. I think 70 Hz sounds like an ideal crossover point for Heresies. The first prototypes were said to be solid as a brick outhoust down to 75 Hz and the production models went deeper. John
  10. The Heresy II is a Heresy with updated components. In fact yours is one of the transitional models with the HII squawker. John
  11. The neatest solution I've heard is someone here used a small piece of copper plate and a machine screw and bolt to make an adapter. One end was sized to fit into the "binding block" and the other has the screw in it to accept the cable. John
  12. You can expect most oil finishes will darken the wood some. If you want to ensure the color doesn't darken the wood (or darken it the least), you should try a clear polyurethane. It should be available in flat, satin and gloss finishes. John
  13. The squawker horn is now mounted on the front of the baffle! I didn't know that. It's been overdue. I have the flush mount brackets for the tweeters for my La Scalas. You will get the same drivers you have now with any Belle made in 1982 and after. The crossover will be different in the older ones, but they can updated. I doubt you will hear much difference. A recent factory tour improves ones knowledge! John
  14. I don't think it is the tweeters that are the problem. E-V no longer makes drivers and the K-55-M in now unavailable. Others are being tested, but no selection has been made. E-V also made the tweeters so they are no longer available, either, but it is my understanding that a Klipsch friendly entity bought the tooling and can/is making the tweeters. Now if THEY'VE gone belly up, we have a problem! John
  15. Keith, A full explaination will get very esoteric, very quickly, and well beyond my understanding. However, .... If both amps are really capable of 100/200 watts, as stated (nothing is really that linear and the real output at clipping is more likely 100@8 and 192+@4, or 110@8 and 200@4), then they will likely get just as loud as one another pushing the same pair of speakers unless one has some extra power supply capacity and can produce a little more dynamic power. Nothing here has addressed sound quality. The quality of the components and their ability to pass and amplify a signal unmodified from its input will dramatically affect the sound of the amp. Even things like the operating temperature of the transistors affect their ability to accruately amplify the signal. Mosfets sound a lot different than the normal bipolar transistors. The arrangement of the transistors in the circuit (cascode, cascade?) and whether there are capacitors in the signal path will affect sound. The maximum frequency rating of the transistors and the circuit will, too, due to its effect on transients and slewing rates. What's better and what makes no difference is pretty much beyond me. I think good sounding amp designs are still a bit o' magic. John
  16. How do you get those cool double posts? John Warren, I don't disagree with your assessment of the Heritage line. However, a Wilson WAMM is more expensive than my house. The point is most items are an engineering trade-off between price and performance. I and most of us here have decided the Heritage Line is the best price/performance trade-off in the audio world. I have some ability to modify my La Scalas for better performance. I'm intrigued by djk's suggestion of the Comminity M200 as I had discovered it independantly and thought it might be a good substitute. However, I draw a line at sawing off the K-400 and using bondo to fill the crack (perhaps he omitted the TIG weld). Perhaps if Klipsch produced a horn that would readily accept the M200, I'd be all over it. Until than, .... John
  17. They were raw birch when made. You should probably finish them with some sort of oil (tung, linseed?) for protection. John
  18. They were raw birch when made. They look finished with some sort of oil (tung, linseed?). John
  19. I see the British "valve amp" is right on the mark. I'd thought it was typical British like "bonnet". John
  20. I sent you a response curve of a La Scala vs. a K-horn; both were measured in a corner. The Belle will be similar to the La Scala. The La Scala uses all of the K-horn components. The Belle's bass horn is wider and shallower than the La Scala so, it has a shorter squawker horn to fit into the shallower cabinet. Those are the two major differences in the Belle vs. the other two. It is said this causes no audible difference. The Belle is easier to place in the room, but takes up usable floorspace, unlike the K-horn. I use 2 VMPS Larger Subwoofers below 60 Hz with my La Scalas and am very satisfied. I'd buy the Belles if you don't have open, solid corners at each end of your long wall. Listen to them for about 3 months and then if you're not satisfied, go looking for a high output, low distortion subwoofer. The VMPS New Larger Subwoofer has an attractive finish and fits the bill, but is unpowered. Klipsch has a new powered sub, the RSW-15, that will work well, too. John
  21. Aerovox is still in business, but no longer make the 2 uF caps you are asking about. 3uF caps are the closest they have. John
  22. I have a Sony DVP-S3000 DVD player. I selected it because it has 2 seperate lasers; one optimised for DVD and one optimised for CD. It was built before the DTS standard was set. Such are the risks of the early adopter. It will pass DTS if it is all that's on the disc. Otherwise it will pass anything BUT DTS. Sony says it can't be modified. I'm thinking about another *cheap* DTS capable DVD player for DTS only. If I take the digital out to my pre/pro and let it do the decoding, will I lose sound quality? DTS is all about quality and I want that, but I can't see plopping down the big bux for a transport until DVD-A and SACD are settled. John
  23. I use an Acurus ACT-3. Parasound has one, so does Proceed and Aragon. I THINK Marantz makes one. It looks like Denon, Sony and Sunfire makes them, from a quick web search. I have listened to the Proceed and ACT-3 both do a very good job with both music and HT. John
  24. My DVD player has trouble with DTS. Is there any other audio on the disc besides DTS? John
  25. Why waste your money on a receiver with amps you aren't going to use? Buy a Pre/Pro and get better performance for your money and add the amps you want to it. John
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