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  1. They appear to be what we have termed Heresy 1.5s.  That is, Heresy 1 woofer and tweeter and Heresy II squawker.  The caps are original Klipsch.  wait until you get your quality electronics back before final judgement, and check each driver to be sure all are working with matching output before replacing the caps.  However, they are likely to be the problem.  Use high quality film and foil caps for replacement.  They will be expensive, but you don't have to spend $200 each.  Audiocap PPT The gas at Parts Express ought to do.  Go with better if you can.  Avoid metalized caps as they sound a little brittle and edgy and Heresies don't need that. 


    Look on the back edge plies for letters and numbers.  They will be the serial number and/or the builders stamps. 


    A quick repair for the hole in the woofer is a small piece of cigarette paper on each side of the cone glued with Somers.  Smooth the edges of the hole first.  you can get a replacement or that one reconed later.  I'd just leave the dust cover alone, but there are some tricks with duct tape and vacuums to pull it out. 

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  2. On 1/14/2022 at 12:16 PM, DaveF said:

    Regarding Heresy IV:

    1. When I remove the binding post bridge and connect a stereo amp to the lower two posts, I get sound from the woofer. connecting the amp to the upper posts gives sound from the mid range and tweeter. Does this imply that the internal/passive crossover is being bypassed for the lower pair?
    2. I am testing an active crossover (Ashly RX-1001) for horizontal biamping. The active crossover frequency is set at ~850 Hz. The high/mid output for each channel feeds a class A amp, which is connected to the upper pair of binding posts. The low outputs feed a class D amp, which is connected to the lower pair. I'm managing the gain difference with the Ashly's controls. In this case, is the signal from the class D amp going directly to the woofer and the signal from the class A amp going to the internal/passive crossover and then to the mid range and tweeter?


    I've seen suggestions that proper bi or tri amping requires bypassing the internal crossover, but I really don't want to mess around inside the speaker cabinet. This project is driven by curiosity, not necessarily the pursuit of better sound. It's a hobby... I do stop messing around and listen to music most of the time. But right now I'm trying to understand what's going on.


    Heresy IVs are configured for bi-WIRING, not bi-amping.  That means 2 pair of wires from one amp channel to each speaker.  A dubious benefit if your wires are large enough. 


    Bi-amping, actually for a Heresy, tri-amping, should bypass any passive x-over should be bypassed (short of a capacitor protecting  the horn drivers) and then the electronic crossover can contour the driver's response, minimize the overlap between drivers and time align the drivers. This has a verifiable benefit.

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  3. On 12/22/2021 at 11:06 PM, Invidiosulus said:

    You don’t say.


    A number of years ago I switched from an HK-430 on my H1’s to an NAD preamp into a little Alesis RA-100 power amp.


    There was, I seem to remember, a noticeable difference.


    The damping factor on the Alesis is listed at 200.



    I bought an Alesis RA-150 for the church a few years back.  I sounded "rather decent". 

  4. On 12/4/2021 at 12:32 PM, geoff. said:

    Was just reading another post and noticed @Dave MacKay asking a question that has crossed (no pun intended) my mind more than a few times now.


    EVERYTHING Klipsch now designs crosses lower to the tweeter.


    The latest La Scalas have crossed at 4500hz for two generations now.


    Since the AA seems to hold it’s own amongst the competition how would it be modified to cross at 4500hz?


    Has anyone tried this? 


    And if so how were the results?




    You could do it, but dropping the xover point to 4500 Hz and keeping the 6k - 9k EQ on the K-77-? will be tough.  At 105 to 106 dB, the K-77s are a little hot, too.  I believe you would need to double the attenuation of the Type AAs 21 dB/Oct to protect the tweeter. 


    The literature indicates the lower crossover point results in nearly equal horizontal dispersion between the squawker horn and the K-77 at that crossover point. 

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  5. The easiest way to improve/restore the sound of 30 y.o. LaScalas would be to replace the capacitors in the AL-3 crossover.  The AL-3 is a good crossover, designed for the K-55-M squawker.  Consider replacing the autoformer and any inductors it the cores or windings are loose. 


    A Type AA crossover of any kind is not a happy match to a system with a K-55-M squawker because the -M has, on average, 1 to 1.5 dB greater output than the K-55-V depending on frequency (but also within the output tolerances of the -V driver). 


    Al Klappenberger's Universal crossover is VERY good and can be adjusted to account for the -M's output.  Though the sound was clean and clear, I found them to be too bright because they run the tweeter at 105 dB, and higher at some frequencies, while the woofer and squawker run at 104 dB.  Al has addressed this, but that adds even more cost.  Your room may vary. 


    As to bass horn resonances, they are there, but are only audible at pretty high volume.  If you find a pair that needs some professional cosmetic help, have them add braces from the sidewalls to the doghouse, otherwise, enjoy them and don't worry.  I had mine finished before I got an amp  if enough to hear the resonance.  Now, they are too pretty to modify. 


  6. I'm pretty much with the rest.  The cost of the amp/preamp is set by your checkbook. 


    Pick an amp setup that does what you want and sounds good.  You want phono? Streaming built in?  Plays digital music?  FM? 


    I'm powering my H IVs with a refurbished Technics SA-300 receiver (35 watts).  It works great and sounds good if you don't clip it.  I have a Yamaha CR-820 (55 watts) on the shelf waiting to be refreshed.  (I detest black components.)  I'd suggest you look in the 50 to 100 watt range, with an emphasis on quality, low noise, high-ish damping factor and a relatively large power supply (high 4 ohm ratings).  That should net a good sounding set that will comfortably drive your Heresies. 

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  7. On 10/29/2021 at 6:53 PM, jcn3 said:


    thanks for the reply -- did you see the pic of the dried out capacitors in the x-over?  i wouldn't think they would perform at their best right now!  it's definitely tempting though!


    there is no visual evidence those capacitors are "dried out".  In fact, those likely have no fluids at all and cannot dry out. 


    Your speakers may well sound better with new, good film and foil caps, but you won't know until you listen for a while.  Heresies of that era should sound forward and crisp, even bright.  If they do, you don't need new caps. 

  8. There are a few slightly better drivers (is that what you mean by CD?  that normally means "Constant Directivity.)  for the K-400.  You can try John Allen's A-55G; it has demonstrated lower distortion.  You probably want to change to a Type AA crossover, or modify your AK2, a little for it.  Your K-55-M is 1 to 2 dB hotter, depending on frequency and driver tolerance.  The K-55-M is a good driver, with few problems.


    A driver with a 2" throat is not a good match to a horn with a 0.7" inlet/throat, regardless of the adapter. 


    The advantage of a 2" driver is lower distortion at a given dB, outside the likely design and construction precision improvements.  Are you really playing your Klipschorns so loud you can hear squawker distortion?  It is often described as "frying bacon". 

  9. If you had a multimeter, I think you'd have used it already.  Since you likely don't, disconnect the bad tweeter from the crossover.  Use a 1.5 volt battery, hold one wire to the  negative terminal and stroke the positive with the other wire.  You will hear scratching if the tweeter is good.  If you don't, the bad tweeter needs a new diaphragm.  Replacing a diaphragm is a precise, but not difficult job. 


    It you hear scratching, the problem is in the crossover and we will need more data to pinpoint the failure. 


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