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rgdawsonco

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About rgdawsonco

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    Colorado Springs
  • My System
    Klipsch Palladium P-37F, P-27C, P-27S
    Sub: Klipsch RT-10D
    AVR: Denon AVR-X6200W

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    Klipsch KLF-20s, Paradigm Studio-60s
  1. I know this is an old post, but curious as to what you ended up doing. I have P-37's, Forte II's and KLF-20's. I could not be more delighted with my P-37's. They sound far better than anything else I have heard. I am picky about well blended bass/subwoofer performance, too. The room itself has alot to do with it, in my limited experience. I agree with those who suggest figuring out the issue you have with your P-37s, and sub in that room. In my room, I experimented alot. I moved the sub in several different positions and could never get what I wanted with the sub up front (In my room), but it sounds great in the back of the room. I moved speakers all around the house. Speakers that sound good in one place, don't work well in another, etc. I'd don't think the Forte III's could ever replace my P-37's (don't know, I have never heard the Forte III's). I'd work on the P-37s and that room. BTW, I have had great success with Audessey room correction as well.
  2. @Chief, you are obviously a humble man. "Earned it"? Klipsch and Delgado occupy a space in my mind like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. You are hall of fame already. While I'm at it, let me add that Palladiums are amazing and I am very proud and grateful to have them. Whatever you have cooking, and being that it is Paul Klipsch inspired, then I hope it is named the Klipsch Delgado. I will buy any speaker named Klipsch Delgado. :-) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Wow! I am impressed. Especially the Forte III's. Love the one with the anniversary (light) colored grill. And those 15's with the dark strip down the middle is gorgeous. I bought Forte II's new back in the day. Eventually sold them when I had just too many Klipsch speakers (yes it is possible). Then a couple years later, went back to the guy a sold them to and bought them back and gave them to my son. I'm trying to teach these millennials how to do audio right. Gave my son-in-law my KLF-20's when I bought the Palladiums. I'm just a Klipsch 3-way lover, but don't have the space for the heritage series. Have long hoped to see something like Forte again. Yeah! The other day I was reminding my son about those Forte's, "Now son, take care of those, they are special." He says, "Dad, I know. I'm a Klipsch man." Nuff said. Congratulations Klipsch, I love what you've done with the place! Very smart, very smart.
  4. Wow, I love what you've done with the place. I can't speak to the speakers mentioned above as I have not heard them. That setup screams RF-7s to me. I love your candy/popcorn bar with the candy display, peg board, and popcorn popper. Very nicely done. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Well, I guess I should have expected this. This guy went and got his own utility pole with his own audio grade transformer. Only cost him more than $50K, but I bet he can save on power cords now. http://gizmodo.com/obsessed-audiophiles-in-japan-are-installing-their-own-1785291714
  6. When listening to speaker, alot of what you hear is the room. Imaging is very important to me as well, but perfection here only applies to sweet spot, which is small in most homes when you are only 8-15 feet from the speakers. I heard a friend once say he liked Klipsch because, hey, "a car door shutting, sounds just like a real car door shutting, and when a cell phone goes off in the movie I am reaching for my phone." So supreme dynamics (and low distortion) are also important, especially for movie sound tracks and the room plays a role here as well. Good and controlled directivity is essential. Klipsch cares about all these factors, especially in their three-way designs. Klipsch 3-way designs are all I am interested in. Glad I finally go my Palladiums before they are gone.
  7. I doubt it, but it is possible in the 100m. Gatlin finished only .01s behind him at the World Championships in Bejing last August. It will take a sub 9.8 and probably a personal best by Gatlin, say 9.75, and even then, Bolt is might go faster. I think it will be within .05, so any slip by Bolt and he can lose. 200m? Nope.
  8. The ice cream analogy is actually a good one to use here. There is a lot happening by the time the signal is converted into into the part of the brain that actually decides what it hears, and no you can't really always trust your ears or your brain to be 100% consistent over time, even a short time. That same ice cream I liked last night may taste alot different in the morning and nothing has changed in the ice cream. The taste may be perceived differently, depending on the mood I am in, how hungry I am, and what I am hungry for. Nothing changed, yet today I may not enjoy it like I did yesterday. It may not taste like it did yesterday because my chemistry is always fluctuating. Same with music. 110 volts at 60Hz power from the wall gets so filtered and converted by the power supply anyway. I know there is fluctuation in my hearing and perception (like my taste), based on so many things - mood, fatigue, what I have been listening too previously, for how long, for how loud, placebo effect (which is real), etc. Your ears and brain adjust constantly. I know that is going on, so to ignore it and attribute my changing perception to the power cord seems to be ignoring what is really going on, which is that our perception changes and adjusts constantly. This is why measurement is important, because when we get to this level of nuance where we are talking in terms of "...instrumental color saturation and texture, and seeming expansions of dynamic shadings and tactile expressiveness ", and we can't measure it, we are often in the realm of perception.
  9. Long time Logitech Squeezebox user. I have about 5 squeezebox duets and I have replaced most of them with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3's. I control them with iPeng software on my iPhones and iPads, occasionally a web interface or the Squeezebox controllers. I used a raspberry pi image called Max2Play, which makes it super easy. The Pi's sync properly with other Pi's or squeezeboxes. This approach generally requires you to create an account on Logitech and have Logitech Media Server running on your home network. This can be a NAS or a home server, or the Pi itself and with Max2Play it is as simple as a few clicks on the Pi. One advantage the Pi's have over the SqueezeBox Duets is that the Pi's have an HDMI out. So you can plug that into your receiver and even get video of what you are listening to. The only disadvantage of the Pi's is that I have to re-boot them every so often (~2 weeks) (annoying), especially when my wife calls me at work and says "it's not working". I love using the Raspberry Pi this way and I just bought a couple more yesterday to finish off my conversion and set up a system for my daughter. I use mine to listen to Spotify, Pandora, Podcasts, radio stations, and music stored on my server. You need paid versions of Pandora and Spotify. I used to subscribe to Tidal for lossless streaming so that works too. Using the HDMI out obviates the need of a DAC for me as I am pushing the raw digital into the receiver over HDMI. It's really awesome.
  10. You had mentioned experience building audio cables, which I assumed to mean cables that the actual audio signal travels on. This review was talking about perceived audio improvements by just changing the AC cable alone. I was not taking issue with audio signal cables, just the power cable which is all the reviewer changed w.r.t his perceived improvements. I didn't know if you were including AC power cords in your comments as something that should be tried, thus the question mark. As for me, an AC power cord could not possibly improve the sound unless you are comparing to a seriously defective cord. Seriously, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and daily fluctuation in your own mood and hearing contribute more to variations in sound you perceive from one day to the next. In any case, I was not hoping to start yet another debate on audio cables. I just thought this one was funny because it was an AC power cord and the language used to describe the sonic improvements amused me.
  11. Signal cables are one thing, but an AC cable?
  12. This made me laugh and I thought I would share with the crowd here. I was browsing around on Stereophile's web site and came across a review of cables, in particular, an AC power cord and read this: ... That my next step should be to replace the AC cord of the Shindo Haut-Brion power amplifier—the amp in use at the time—was obvious, but utterly lacking in the excitement of anticipation: Since upgrading the preamp's power cord produced so modest a change, I assumed that performing the same swap on the next component downstream would produce an even subtler change, if any. Yet when we made the swap and began listening, I heard a difference so startlingly apparent that I laughed aloud—as did Danny Labrecque, whom I then chided for committing the unpardonable sin of messing with my head (though the verb I used was not messing). With the Luna Orange cord feeding my Haut-Brion, it was as if I'd found, somewhere in my system, a theretofore undiscovered knob labeled Vividness, and had goosed it up a couple clicks. Where to begin? RCA's uncharacteristically dry and very direct-sounding recording of violinist Vittorio Emanuele and the Società Corelli performing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (LP, RCA Living Stereo LSC-2424) became even more direct, more corporeal, and altogether more realistic, with increases in instrumental color saturation and texture, and seeming expansions of dynamic shadings and tactile expressiveness. In the "Frost Scene" of Purcell's King Arthur, in the recording with Anthony Lewis conducting the St. Anthony Singers and the Philomusica of London (2 LPs, L'Oiseau-Lyre SOL-60008/9), the Cold Genius's shivering, and that of the accompanying strings, in the aria "What power art thou?" was more forceful and effective—if not for the word's negative connotation, which has no place here, I would say it was exaggerated—and the soloist's voice (footnote 3) seemed uncannily louder, and more distinct from its surroundings. ... http://www.stereophile.com/content/listening-164-page-2#0HBsZ0UgP7SukGdO.97 So. This is hilarious to me. I especially love the line "...became even more direct, more corporeal, and altogether more realistic, with increases in instrumental color saturation and texture, and seeming expansions of dynamic shadings and tactile expressiveness." I'm an electrical engineer, so I have no clue what this means, other than sounding cool. Who knew a few feet of expensive power cable (plugged into an outlet, inline with god knows what wiring back to the power company) could have such a dramatic effect? LOL.
  13. I considered the 5200W and went the 6200W, since I need HDCP 2.2. Ultra High Def needs HDCP 2.2 and my new Dish Hopper needs HDCP 2.2 to support its 4K capability. The 5200W is a nice receiver, but there is a reason it is cheaper due to lack of HDCP 2.2. I'd pick 4200 or 6200 if you will ever want 4K/UHD.
  14. I don't really know what voicing means. They probably test them with grills off. I've tried, but I just can't listen to speakers without their clothes on. Find it distracting, like watching a singer sing naked, haha. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. I hear ya. And it IS about making a profit. But Chevy still has the Corvette, but the Corvette actually is a great value, whereas I could not say the Palladiums are a great value, just great. It's a halo product. Oh well, glad I got mine.
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