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  1. Yes they are here in Nashville with the retards riding them in traffic. Hope they pass a law where no driver is liable when stupid gets hit on the scooter. These people are seriously mental defectives and just as bad as militant bike riders who want the roads car drivers paid for to be protected open access for toys.

  2. Well the idea of the Super Heresy has appealed to me for some time but it was not until a customer last week revived my interest and coincidently I run across a set of HBR's from 1981 with soldered lug drivers in great shape so I guess I have to do it now. Waiting on parts to get here but doing what I can and that includes putting in a DE10 instead of the DE120 to replace the tweeter. Claude recommended this at the beginning of this thread but I had never though about doing it so I try it today. I will never recommend the DE120 for Heresy's again and it was a bit surprising how nice the DE10 sounded even on the smaller lens and the nice bonus with these is cheaper price.

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  3. There is another issue at play here regarding  diaphragm replacements. I had a set of Ti diaphragms for a K-792-K recently and decided to run a frequency sweep on them just for the heck of it and the two were really different. So I took the one that had low output and rotated it 120 degrees and NOTHING came out. Went and rotated it another 120 degrees and they both sounded right on and balanced. I have read that it is best to do frequency sweeps when setting up diaphragms before and from now on it is the only way I will do these. I do not know which was eccentric to the other on the one tweeter but there was a way to make it right.

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  4. On 5/31/2018 at 7:03 PM, Emile said:

    But some of his advise is just "generic" ... like "yes; if your xo's are over 20 years old; replace them."

    No it is not just generic it is a provable benefit. I have the same B&K 885 meter as he does and not one crossover I have had has had acceptable capacitors. I think he recommends replacing capacitors always but that is not a new crossover that is a recap. Not one old capacitor I have measured has low ESR even if the caps UF was in specs and yes that does matter.

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  5. 9 minutes ago, jwc said:

    The KI-396 has some fast hard hitting bass.  Very surprising.  I've had la scala I and II.  Sure  on this forum...."we" are gonna say the horn loaded bass sounds better.   You should hear for yourself if you can.

      I am shocked that you would say I have a horn bias. Working on a project I might bring to Hope that would dispel that idea though.

      Hearing is best but they don't exactly give those 396's away so for many that is not an option.

  6. 48 minutes ago, Westcoastdrums said:

    No more LA scalas for me.   Very hard to find in my neck of the woods, two pair didn't sound good in my room (Justin's hypermodified pair and recapped originals).  I also didn't like khorns in my room. Seems Cornwall or smaller is the way to go.   Seating is in a fixed position unfortunalty (against the rear wall and nothing I can do about that...).  Effortless is the best word to describe 396s. Not that you couldn't say that about LA scalas, but the mid and top I end is just incredible as the volume increases...

    Well you know me and pro gear is the best way to go as far as I am concerned. I have been having great success making La Scalas sound much better though and what you can do with a two piece LSI is create something really nice just not super deep bass. I mean sound nice in the same room next to the Super MWM's. They make great book shelf speakers:D

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  7. 30 minutes ago, Westcoastdrums said:

    I 100% agree with this. The louder the 396s get, the more I like them. I did not like them at lower listening levels (this will be the new norm for me for the next few years).  As such, I sold the 396s and bought 362 IIs.  They are also not fantastic low level speakers by any means, but they do much better than the 396s at low levels.   Bass is very tight and snappy, still needs a sub IMO.  The LA scalas didn't sound good in my room.  I strongly feel they need more distance apart than I could offer. They sounded so much better outside than in the listening room. Of course, the LA scala would be the low level listening king.  For mid to higher level listening, I would strongly prefer the 396s over LA scalas.   Imaging, top to bottom balance, insane clarity and dynamics as volume goes up.   Again, this was in my room, with my gear.   I wish my room were larger, I'm sure the LA scalas would sound fantastic and likely be keepers for me.   The direct radiator on the 396s is very clean, but I would also give a knod to the LA scala (lightening quick by comparison).   However, that being said, I prefer the bass of the 396 for my listening habits.   

    If you ever get La Scalas again try a mid brace in there. At higher volumes eliminating the resonance does not give you more bass but what is there becomes crystal clear and dramatically better when the resonance is gone.

  8. On 9/13/2019 at 2:43 PM, jimjimbo said:

    LSIs, and especially LSI splits (which Carl is working on), are definitely not the same as regular consumer La Scalas.  I have and have owned multiple pairs of both.  You can find the specs and configurations on line.

    Absolutely and I prefer the LSI's by far. Fiddling with eliminating side wall resonance with LSI's and I have tried two things. One is with the one piece I stuck braces in there between the dog house and sides and it make a big improvent. If you have a two piece what I have done is to beat the sides off and replace with 25mm Baltic Birch. Then make a new top horn section with the K-400 and K-55-V and a set of large MAHL's with the DE10 and it becomes a whole new world.


      You do nothing at all to LSI's but recap the crossovers and they are still much better than stock La Scalas with recapped crossovers. Two piece LSI's are the very best thing you can get to make huge improvements in what you hear.

  9. 57 minutes ago, Wolfbane said:


    I have the same B&C 120 and A55G  Drivers on my 1981 Belles. Will the Dave A adapters and B&C Drivers fit w/o modification(s)?



    Yes they will fit. To date the only problems have been with earlier KHorns where the holes were hand routed and there is also an answer for that. PM me please. Question on the  A55G drivers. Do you think they are noticeably better that stock Atlas drivers?

  10. 5 hours ago, Don McPhee said:

     One thing I forgot to add is these cabinets have K 43 woofers. Is it worth changing to K 33‘s or Crites is woofers? 

    That K-43 is more musical than the K-33. Also 200 watt vs 100 watt. I never take K-43's out but I have been know to take K-33's out right now and in fact have a nice pair for sale.

  11. 3 hours ago, avguytx said:

    "IF" I use hot glue to hold a cap either now or in my past career, it was done primarily using one of those cheap "crafts" glue gun that don't get quite as hot as one of the 3M hot melt glue gun

    That's what I have courtesy of my wife who no longer needs it. Seems to work fine.

    I thought about silicone too but the idea of set forget and work immediately was what I wanted

  12. I have an EQ with gain control on a pair of La Scalas right now and it makes a big difference over feeding them from just my amp. Whole lot cheaper than DSP too when you don't have to have the very best output. My personal system will be run with Xilicas from now on but I am going to start selling used EQ's with some of the speakers I fix up because they make things sound much better.

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  13. 5 hours ago, parlophone1 said:

    So, is the design of SMWMs finally done? Are the overall dimensions 60 by 60 inches as indicated in drawings from page 13?

    If so, I believe will be able to squiz them in my living room. It would be tough but probably feasible.

    My spouse is pretty flexible regarding my audio escapades, but in this case and given the dimensions of bass bins, I believe some extra effort from my side would have to be done if these will end up our house.

    Done and they have been built and in active use for months now. They are big and awesome sounding. Those are the plans. The only error on them is one of the 1" x 1" corner pieces is short and I never fixed it. All the rest is right.


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  14. 33 minutes ago, twistedcrankcammer said:

    Buy a pair of MMTMs and put those Piezos on the shelf

    Better than that build a set of Super MWM's and replace the mid and tweets with a 402. These came in a buy and not for personal use. They are in perfect condition and for sale.

  15. 20 hours ago, Ryan0348 said:

    Fastrac cnc eliptical wood horn setup built but not painted with b&c  de1060bst-8 5” diaphragm titanium copper shortIng ring Mylar surround. Usspeaker parts guy said there some of the best b&c has made in 2” mount will run down to 400hz in these horns easy I have tested them many times in room response they sound great and had no measurable distortion. The tweeters are Dave A cnc eliptical alum Horns  with b&c Drivers. 1600$ obo the 2” mid drivers alone were 1200$ I can’t seem to post pics so message me for them and I’ll email them to you I can also provide xilica 30-60 xp crossover slopes and settings I use and have tried which was a lot lol. 

    B&C has some new stuff I am very interested in. I am getting samples of two 2" throat compression drivers and one 1,000 watt woofer good from 40hz to 2KHZ with a 100db efficiency. All are supposed to be very good and I have some projects in mind. The idea of a 1,000 watt woofer boggles my mind when I think of the prodigious output from the KPT-456 which has two 15" woofers but "only" 800 watts combined output.

  16. On 9/10/2019 at 2:00 PM, CECAA850 said:

    I don't get pop ups on my android either. 



    I'm going to implement a policy at my house but can't take credit for thinking it up.  I'm getting a phone basket for my kitchen table.  Whenever the family gets together for a meal, everyone's phone goes in the basket.  Everyone can certainly survive 15 or 20 minutes without looking at their phone.

    Mine is I turn mine on only when I am driving somewhere and I do NOT buy those things for anyone as gifts. Especially grand kids.



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