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  1. Kevin S

    Home theater spk vs 2 channel spk

    To my way of thinking, a quality speaker is a quality speaker. PWK’s four principles would apply to both. So, no difference as far as I am concerned.
  2. This basically corresponds with my 45+ years of experience in this hobby and is basically what I have recommended to “beginners” over the years.
  3. Kevin S

    New Khorns???

    Well, there’s something I wasn’t aware of and a name I am not familiar with. Thanks for the clarification.
  4. Kevin S

    New Khorns???

    As is typical, I am a bit confused. Wasn’t Roy Delgado responsible for the work on the updates to the LaScala II, Cornwall III, Heresy III and this new Klipshorn AK-6?
  5. I confess to not being a golden eared audiophile. I do not hear the differences people claim to hear in electronics, cables etc. But I consider myself very able to discern differences in the sound of speakers and the changes of their placement in the room. Those changes swamp any differences in electronics, cables etc. for me. So I learned years ago, but later than I probably should have, to focus my efforts on that. PWK’s (and Roy’s updated) Heritage speakers, when placed as they were designed by PWK to be placed, just sound “better” to me. As far as I am concerned, that, and the fact that they have survived the test of time in the marketplace, proves the science behind them to be valid.
  6. Over the years I have owned the entire Klipsch Heritage Series of speakers except the Belle. Currently own H III’s. Have also owned numerous “conventional” direct radiating speakers. I am not an engineer or scientist, and thus do not understand much of what is posted regarding horn/speaker design theory. My ears tell me that PWK and Roy’s science trumps the science of the naysayers.
  7. OK. Sort of a “Double Bass” effect that many AVR’s offer. Then perhaps the overall level of the bass dropped quite a bit when the sub was muted. That would certainly make the bass seem to “shrink”. Try level matching the comparison at the listening position and see if your perception changes.
  8. When you hit the mute button on the subs was the bass you were sending to the subs redirected to the LaScalas? If not it wasn’t really a valid comparison.
  9. It has always struck me as odd how many "purists" listen using sources and amplification that have easily measurable, and based on their professed abilities to hear the most minute differences in sound reproduction, easily hearable distortion. And, if they are Klipsch Heritage speaker owners they own speakers designed by a man who considered such distortions an anathema and designed his speakers to have the lowest distortion possible. In fact, the speakers probably have lower distortion than anything they have hooked up upstream. Yet they turn their nose up at a tone control, or any other such device, because of it's supposed impact on the purity of their highly distorted sound.
  10. If you purchased expensive speakers that are irritating to listen to after an hour of listening, you should probably revisit your purchasing processes. I am blessed with ears that, while I feel they are discerning, cannot hear gnats fart or grass growing. So I hear no negative effects of well implemented tone controls. The fact that certain respected manufacturers exclude them from their products doesn’t automatically make other respected manufacturers that do include them wrong. They each have their reasons, I am sure. Different strokes for different folks. I suspect that a discerning listener, who does hear the effects of things such as tone control circuits in their off position, would hear the effects of an L-pad modification, regardless of any proof that they shouldn’t. So I would be surprised that a purist would implement such a fix to their expensive speakers. If all else has failed, and before ripping apart and modifying my speakers, yes I would sell them and try to not make the same mistake on my next purchase. I have no real talent for making modifications. Obviously, if one does have such talents, they have that option. However, if one is inclined to purchase expensive speakers, presumably chosen at least in part out of a respect for the talents of the person(s) who designed them, I think you destroy the intrinsic value of the speakers by cracking them open and modifying them. Unless you intend on keeping the modified speakers forever, you still stand to suffer the same or greater financial loss when you replace them than if you simply sold the unmodified speakers and moved on right from the beginning. Thats my opinion on the matter. But like I said, different strokes for different folks.
  11. I would humbly suggest that you leave the good work of Mr. Delgado and his associates at Klipsch alone and continue to fine tune speaker placement and listening position. If your receiver/amplifier has tone controls, maybe give them a twist.
  12. A 15 foot listening distance is definitely far field and certainly includes more of the room in the sound. I think 8 feet is fairly normal and not considered near field. Fine tune the 8ft listening distance and adjust the toe in to change the tonal balance and stereo imaging to your liking. A few inches to a foot in the listening position can make a fairly big change. An inch or two in toe can as well. Mine are a 13x12x12 triangle. The speakers are toed in 45 degrees.
  13. If possible, try to keep the speakers as wide as possible, as close to the wall as possible, toed in 45 degrees and move your listening position to fine tune to your liking. This might help explain the thinking: http://assets.klipsch.com/files/Dope_750801_v15n2.pdf
  14. Actually, he showed the 45 degree toe in crossing the speakers well in front of the listener, so the listener was well off axis. He believed in using the precedent effect to stabilize the stereo image over a large area.
  15. Kevin S

    Placement for Heresy III's...

    FWIW, PWK recommended a widely spaced, floor/corner placement for all the speakers he designed (actually all speakers period) with a 45 degree toe in. If corner placement was unavailable, as in my situation, floor/wall was recommended, still with 45 degree toe in. Stands were not recommended, as all the speakers were designed as floor speakers. Reading his Dope from Hope papers on stereo reproduction, speaker placement and toe in is very interesting and helpful. If nothing else, I think he would recommend approximating the above as closely as possible.