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About twk123

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    Music Room-
    Turntable: Thorens TD-124
    DAC: Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 100
    Amp: Lepai lp-2020a+
    Mains:'83 LaScalas- Raw Birch with Crites Tweeters and Crites A4500 Crossovers
    Sub: MWF-15 box w/ Dayton Audio 250W Plate Amp and Dayton Audio Reference 15'' HF Driver

    Home Office 2 Channel-
    Amp: Lepai lp-2020a+
    Speakers: KG 5.5 w/ Crites ti Tweeter

    "Road Warrior"- Custom Klipsch Heresy HIP with internal mono summed network, Class D amp and battery pack.

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  1. If I lived in MN i would actually be more than happy to show up with $200 to pick these up, stop by Lowes on the way home to grab some Satin Black spray paint and put these in my Garage. You could build a false wall for your home theater and stick them behind some AT fabric. You could even spray pain them in a camo pattern, grab a 12v battery off ebay and a Class D amp and have a pretty bad a** speakers system you can throw in the back of your truck for tailgating, BBQs, raves in the woods etc. Are they worth ever trying to clean up to be in your living room? Definitely not. Are they super cheap LaScalas that you can have fun with? Hell yeah!
  2. Single Klipschorn - $500 in Denver

    This is what I would use it for as well. Something nice tucked away in a corner in a living room or dining room to play music for guests. The top hat is even big enough to hide a small Class D amp and mono-summing network to keep it looking clean. I would build a small box on top with a volume switch and a holder for a smaller tablet that will run into a little DAC like a Firefly then a Class D amp. The tablet will just run Spotify and guests could pick whatever music. Unfortunately, I dont have a good corner or $500 extra dollars.
  3. Single Klipschorn - $500 in Denver

    Its funny, I came here to post this but you beat me to it. It looks like the guy has some JBL horns and Selenium compression drivers in the photo background, he is probably an addict like us.
  4. KG 5.2 Upgrades?

    I would go with this. I have the Ti diaghrams in my 5.5s and like them as well. I would focus on making sure you have a good DAC and amp before doing too much to the speakers though.
  5. Back when I was at CU around 2008 I would frequently go over to my buddies room with his gas mask and record player. Some good times I can barely remember. Im surprised that my Slightly Stoopid 'Chronchitis' album still plays for how many nights ended with that and a few bowls. I think part of it is knowledge and younger people not knowing how to get a decent setup put together ie DACs and good computer outputs. I did have an interesting experience a few months ago when I bought some Epic CF-4's in Denver for my Mom's significant other. I showed up at the apartment expecting it to be some old guy but it was a kid in his mid 20s that was selling them to make room for his RF-7 II's. We were talking and him and all his buddies all had high end Klipsch gear they frequently sold and traded between each other. His setup was 90% geared toward music and not HT as well.
  6. What is the Least Expensive Amplifier?

    I am a big Class D fan and power my LaScalas with a $20 Lepai 2020 A+ amp and it sounds great to me. Unfortunately they dont make the Tripath chips for them anymore so they are very hard to find. Here are 2 other options I think you will be happy with: Here is a Class D amp from Dayton Audio that costs about $80 that should work well for your needs. https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-dta-120-class-t-mini-amplifier-60-wpc--300-3800 This is a well regarded AB amp from Dayton audio as well that is a bit more at $140 but has pre-outs for a subwoofer: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-apa150-150w-power-amplifier--300-812
  7. A budding audiophile!

    That is actually one of the reasons I got my LaScalas, they are reasonably cat proof aside from them sleeping in the horn section sometimes. I would never declaw my cats though, for the same reason I own firearms.
  8. Vinyl - Record Spinning

    Agreed. I always love listening to a live album all the way through. You really can hear the band warming up and get into the groove as the musicians and crowd build the energy up together. If you have a chance to find it, the Blue Riddim band album is awesome in that regard. Its a blues/reggae band of a bunch of white guys from the midwest who play their biggest show to date at a Jamaican Reggae festival. The lead singer is so nervous at the start his voice cracks but the crowd loves them and each song they build confidence and end up rocking out by the end.
  9. Vinyl - Record Spinning

    1st Place is: Lynyrd Skynyrd "One More From The Road" 2nd Place: Blue Riddim band "Live in Jamaica"
  10. Standalone DAC necessary?

    I have heard good things about the bifrost as well. I have the Modi2 and its a decent device. A quick word on caution on picking an outboard DAC. Windows has recently made an update or something which causes issues with DACs that are only USB powered like the Modi. The Bifrost has its own power supply so its fine but I have not been able to get my computer to recognize my Modi 2 in the last few weeks despite resetting the drivers etc. I personally really like my Aune T1 although it is not as well known as other brands and you can swap out different tubes in the buffer stage which is cool.
  11. SOLD Klipsch KG 5.5

    I agree, I have these in my office with the titanium tweeters and they are a really fun set of speakers. They are very 'open' and kick out a ridiculous amount of bass. I work from home and every Friday afternoon I crank them up at the end of the day and always end up with a mischievous smile on my face. If anyone is into electronic music especially, I would recommend these over almost any other line from Klipsch. GLWS
  12. Amp for Pro Audio Speakers for HT L/C/R

    Thanks for the heads up, I have edited the post for the actual speaker code instead of the tweeter. I think I will just use the AVR for now and if needed can upgrade. This project is still a moving target regarding final budget and setup etc so I want to keep the cost as minimal as possible but still hit a good part of the cost/quality curve.
  13. Amp for Pro Audio Speakers for HT L/C/R

    Interesting how they play with the numbers. I have not looked at new AVRs in a while and thought that with many companies going to Class D the ratings would be more accurate for all channels. Speaking of Class D, I am thinking of maybe running three of these bridged as mono blocks for the LCR: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-apa150-150w-power-amplifier--300-812
  14. Amp for Pro Audio Speakers for HT L/C/R

    Thanks for the input guys. Due to budget constraints, I think I am going to just use the AVR to power them for right now as it is a smaller room. I am thinking of using a Denon S-730H which can put out 165 W per channel. I am trying to get the budget down to around $8,000 which is about as low as I can go and still do a pro- audio setup and run it as a 5.1 for now. I will have another post with a full gear list soon. https://usa.denon.com/us/product/hometheater/receivers/avrs730h
  15. My Mom has moved into a new house with her boyfriend about 20 min away and he wants to build a top of the line HT system. I am still putting the pieces together but I would like to do a false wall with AT screen and Klipsch Pro audio speakers for LCR, probably either KI-396-SMA-II (advice from @MetropolisLakeOutfitters) or K-310. What do you guys recommend for a power amp for these? I will have the AVR handle the surrounds for 7.1 but want something really good for the front soundstage. Total budget is about $10,000 to $15,000. Thank you for the help in advance, I am really stoked on this project and will do some more posts once I get the pieces better figured out in my head.