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  1. Don’t go rushing to spend your money. Adjust the placement, including the toe in, of your speakers to your taste. Utilize the tone controls of your receiver. Those two things will fix the majority of issues and don’t cost a dime. And are immediately reversible. Don’t look for the most difficult to implement solutions. Keep it simple.
  2. So, if I pour my Maker's Mark into a Pappy Van Winkle bottle, I then have Pappy Van Winkle?
  3. Heresy placement

    Well, they were designed as floor standing speakers with an optional base that tilted them back a bit. No stands necessary.
  4. Preamps - purist or full featured

    Tone controls. Variable loudness control for low level/late night listening.
  5. Yes, but slightly different. Every time I have left Klipsch Heritage, and I have owned all of the originals except the Belle's, I returned, realizing that the Klipsch's were more right for me (squawkers and all) and the others were not. My Klipsch lessons would need to have been applied to the others, not the other way around.
  6. How do I get the highest quality from iTunes?

    I use BitPerfect. I like the idea of playing back the songs in their native format, which BitPerfect switches to automatically. With iTunes, you have to choose a sampling rate and leave it fixed at that. Plus, i like iTunes user interface, and with BitPerfect you aren't paying for a new interface and other "equalization" tools you may not want.
  7. Home cinema with Heritage Line ?

    IMO, If you plan on crossing over to your Cornwall at 80hz or higher, you could save a few dollars and use a Heresy for the center, as they both have the same mid and high frequency horns and drivers. Neither the Heresy or the Cornwall can match the LaScala for maximum output, but the maximum output of a Heresy is plenty loud in my opinion, so should not be a limiting factor when crossed over at 80hz or higher. Naturally, the set up as you have already chosen it will sound phenomenal! Congratulations and good luck!
  8. Now that I'm retired....

    I am an advocate of placing Heresy's (or any speaker for that matter) as close as possible to the way the designer intended. So my Heresy's are on the floor, against the wall, spread as far apart as I can get them, and toed in. In my room, their bass reaches to between 40 and 50hz. Because I find the Heresy's bass to be "tighter" and more "tuneful" than my subs on music, which is mostly what I use them for, I cross the subs over quite low at either 40 or 50hz. 50 measures better, but sometimes 40 sounds better. Keep in mind that for movie watching, by design, my Onkyo receiver (and most others?) sends all of the deep bass in movies below 120hz to the sub via the .1 LFE channel regardless of your other crossover settings, so the Heresy's aren't dealing with that anyway. With all of that said, I also advocate experimenting with everyone else's suggestions and doing what you like best. You are the only person you have to answer to regarding your setup! Congratulations on the new man cave and have fun with the process!
  9. New Heresy III's

    Except that they are great speakers in and of themselves and about 45% less money.
  10. IMO, If you have muddy bass from a LaScala, there is some problem other than cabinet resonance. Otherwise, brand new, people would have complained of muddy bass, and they didn't. Unless the cabinets are somehow falling apart.
  11. Klipschorn Wings

    The corners you describe, if they extend out uninterrupted for about 48"on both sides, is all you need for your Klipschorns to perform properly, as long as they fit tight into the corners with no gaps.
  12. New Heresy III's

    When possible, I recommend starting your placement where PWK would start. Full in the corners at a 45 degree angle. They don't mind being wider apart than typical. I can't put mine in the corners, but they are against the wall, 12 feet apart and I vacillate between 45 degree toe in and toed in directly to the sweet spot. Pull out straight from corner to adjust the bass to taste. Adjust toe in to taste. Placement will do far more to change the sound than biwiring, cables etc. IMO. Congratulations and good luck.
  13. A Pair of Belles for a Center Channel?

    Long ago, on a planet far away, I had two Lascala's side by side as a center channel with a "tabletop" RPTV perched on top. My "golden ears" percieved no audible problems.
  14. 3-channel Stereo

    If you have an AVR with DTS Neo 6 music processing, try using it with the surround channels turned off. I find it works quite well. My understanding is that it leaves the left and right channels intact and untouched, while deriving a summed center channel. Turning off the surrounds eliminates having instruments sounding as if they are behind and to the sides of you. Voila, 3 channel stereo?
  15. Klipsch speakers working well in corners. Who would have thought....