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    Family Room: Klipsch Heresy III stock, Yamaha YST-SW90 sub, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amp, PS Audio DirectStream Jr DAC Roon-endpoint, Roon Streaming

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  1. My preference is to make as many corrections as you can in the analog domain first via speaker positioning and pre-amp tone controls. Then look to corrections in the digital domain if needed - less is more IMHO. Unless of course you decide you want to go with digital crossovers and then there are tons of experts that can help you. Below, the red line is my LS2+sub uncorrected. Green is corrected. Measured from my listening position with psy smoothing.
  2. What kind of microphone do you use? Did you measure close to the speaker or close to your listening position? Did you apply any smoothing to the data? If you want to measure the speakers, position the mic within 1-2 meters and point it directly at the center of each speaker individually and play around with 1/6 or 1/12th or var and/or psy smoothing. If you want to measure the speakers in the room, then put it close to your listening position facing upwards at a ~45 degree angle and run some sweeps using var or psychoacoustic smoothing. If you have a umik-1 or similar calibrated mic, it should come with two calibration files - one for pointing directly at the speaker and one for pointing upwards.
  3. How far off axis does the problem start? Did this happen when you were running the CT125's ?
  4. I've been running a McIntosh MC-58 for several years now that I got used on ebay. It's a great sounding multi-channel amp with extreme flexibility that won't break the bank. It has 8 channels that you can optionally bridge together for double the power. I have channels 1&2 bridged to power the left channel, 3&4 power the right, 5&6 power the center, 7 powers the left surround and 8 powers the right surround. Each channel also has an input voltage selection dial that is very handy for impedance matching your pre-amp with super sensitive klipsch speakers.
  5. Cool. I looked long and hard at Anthem too. Great gear. If you do have analog sources that you want to keep analog, they took away this option in the MRX*40 series allowing this only on their AVM pre-amps. In other words, all sources are digitized in the MRX*40 series which, combined with ARC, may not be a bad thing. This may or may not be important to you but if it is, then maybe consider a used MRX1120 which still could disable digital conversion on analog sources (IIRC). If you are a Roon user, then it looks like Anthem is trying to certify the 40 series to be Roon-ready or Roon-tested.
  6. One other consideration is your primary use case. Will you be using this setup primarily for HT and/or multi-channel music and/or streaming? Or will you be using it primarily for 2-channel audio with analog sources (turntable or external DAC) and occasionally HT? If the former, then the MRX series is a great AVR - but maybe save some money by going with the 740 as mentioned above (it has pre-outs so you can add an external amp later if you want.) If you are the latter, then there might be some better options.
  7. The "Apollo 11" documentary from 2019 was awesome. I was one month old so I barely remember 😉. The film not only showed the astronauts and mission control, but scenes from the crowd watching the launch. RCA must have given everyone sun visors as a promo giveaway, and Krispy Kreme had a donut stand. Pretty cool.
  8. When you see a "Sale on socks" thread, you know you are on a forum full of old farts.
  9. pbphoto

    Umik1 - FOUND

    If you plan on using REW software, then get a Umik-1 or 2. It comes with a microphone calibration file that REW reads to understand the characteristics of your particular Umik.
  10. Very few things in life consume as much time as making the perfect mix tape.
  11. pbphoto

    Dac’s?

    The Tidal app is probably doing the first MQA decoding and sending 88 or 96 PCM to your DAC.
  12. I love a fat bass and I can not lie. 🤣🤣
  13. You just described 2/3rds of the people on this forum 🤣🤣🤣 He must have been listening to them seriously loud or accidentally popped them somehow. The K77 isn't the most robust tweeter but the LS2 has steeper-slope crossovers to protect it to the point where Klipsch felt safe lowering the crossover frequency back down to 4.5Khz from 6khz.
  14. I don't know if you can get OEM diaphragms - only those sold from places like Simply Speakers. Or, you might be able to call Klipsch, give them your LS2 serial numbers, and purchase replacement K77-D tweets. What did the previous owner do with these?
  15. I do too. I really like the stock K77-D tweets. I tried (many times) Crites' CT120s but something always seemed off to me. Then last year, when Dave came out with his MAHL's to fit the LS2's, I took the DE120s off the Crites' horns and put them on the MAHL's. I like these a lot too - a different sound than the K77-Ds but it mostly a matter of personal taste. The DE120s on the MAHL's are 1-2db quieter in the 6.5Khz-8Khz range, but then about 2-3db louder above 8Khz. I swap back-n-forth every few months when the mood strikes.
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