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    Family Room: Klipsch Heresy III stock, Yamaha YST-SW90 sub, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amp, Schiit Bifrost 4490 DAC, Airport, iTunes, Sony SACD player
    Basement: Klipsch La Scala II stock, Rhythmic F12-G Sub, Klipsch RC-62ii center, Klipsch R-14s surrounds, McIntosh MC-58 8-channel amp, Yamaha HTR-5250 AVR PRE, Channel Islands VDA-2 DAC, VPI Scout w/Ortofon 2m blue, Airport, Apple TV, iTunes/Audirvana

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  1. Couple of questions and ideas before you start jacking around with the crossovers: 1) When you said you "run the bass through an old Cambridge Soundworks Cube," you're using the SW-pre-out on your Yamaha, correct? (Not actually running speaker wires to your sub and then from your sub to your RP-150M's) Just want to be sure. 2) Have you adjusted your subwoofer volume and crossover point after installing the new speakers? I know you don't want to make a V with your sound, but the new speakers are probably more efficient than your old ones and your sub will need to increase its volume to match. Crossover point might need to be changed too. See #4 below. 3) I know you said 'all eq and tone controls are turned off' but double check to make sure DSP effects are off and there's no funky playback settings configured for your source-input. 4) What about YPAO? Did you re-run it with the new speakers? It's unclear from the manual if YPAO is disabled with "straight" mode, so make sure YPAO has been run with your new speakers and/or they are set properly - levels, large/small, distances etc. 5) Speaker positioning - how do you have them set up? 'Straight mode' appears to be the most direct sound option for this receiver. It should disable your SW and only output 2-channel sound to your fronts. However it appears like some sound processing is still done in straight-mode - like YPAO and speaker-settings - so there really is no way to absolutely turn off all EQ and tone controls on this unit.
  2. Lascala

    I'm not a subwoofer guru. I chose the F12G because it seemed to be designed for music. It's a very rigid sealed box with a paper driver and a host of blending, PEQ, and damping options. I set it up so that I barely notice it and it doesn't interfere with the LSII's tight bass - it just extends it deeper. Is it as good as a horn-loaded sub? Not sure. Like you, I don't have the space for one so I'll never know. It doesn't sound a tight as the LSII's bass but then again, it is playing much deeper octaves and other stuff starts rattling around my room. I started out with two subs (an older Yamaha sub in addition to the Rythmik) and I now just have the Rythmik in the front corner. I use its PEQ filter to tame a room node at 31hz but I still have a room null at around 60hz that a 2nd sub could help if I could locate it better. Maybe I'll get a wireless sub someday.
  3. Should be pretty straight forward. Does the problem remain with other sources besides the TT ?
  4. Lascala

    I re-read this thread and can answer some of the earlier questions. I've had LSII's for two years and I've tinkered with them a bit (CT120's) but they are currently stock original. Mine are positioned 2-3 feet away from the corners but against the front wall. I have them about 9 ft apart (center to center) and sit about 14 ft away from the mouths of the speakers. For toe-in, they are pointed to cross slightly in front of my listening position. The room has carpeted floors and 9ft ceilings. Native bass is present but weak below 100hz or so, and I use a subwoofer to augment bass below this point. I'm sure you found about 1000 posts on LaScala positioning. Everybody's tastes and listening rooms are different, but as a generic starting point, make a triangle with the speakers pointed at your listening position, and spaced wide apart about 70% as the distance to your listening position. So if you sit 10 ft from the front of your speakers, make them 7ft apart center-to-center. This should get you in the ballpark. Adjust spacing and toe-in from there to your liking. BTW- the LSII grills are just held on by magnets. Stick a credit card between the bottom center of the grill and the wood frame and pry it out. The only tweaks I currently have in place are 1) a piece of 1/2" thick open-cell foam on the backside of the grill in front of the right tweeter because it natively runs about 2db hotter than the left, and 2) a 2" strip of felt tape neatly placed around the outside of both squawker horn mouths to smooth out the transition area where they attach to the motor board - the tape covers the last 1.5" of horn mouth folded over 1/2" on the face of the motor board. Hope this helps.
  5. Lascala

    It's not Klipsch and it probably isn't the best, but the Rythmik F12G blends nicely in my room with my LS II's. Lots of power and filter/slope/eq options. Good for 2-channel and movies. I'd start off with one and add a second if you feel you need to integrate with the room better.
  6. iTunes info

    Yes, insert the USB drive into the MAC. It will show up as a mounted device in Finder. Call up iTunes. Select "File --> Add to Library" and select the mp3 files on the mounted USB drive. iTunes will copy the files into his iTunes library on the Mac. Hit the eject button on Finder to unmount the USB drive. Remove USB drive. Done.
  7. DIY Car AC Clutch Fix

    I have a 2000 Volvo V70 with the same issue. Last year, I found a video someplace on the world-wide-intertube that showed how to shim the AC compressor clutch with those square plastic bread ties. I haven't done it yet - I have a bunch of bread ties in my junk drawer ready to go. My son drives the car now so it isn't as urgent.
  8. RB61 II A few questions

    Did "pure direct" help you at all? It sounds like you are describing a mid-range EQ issue - either the receiver has something dialed-back in the midrange or the Klipsch are just different than what you are used to with the JBLs. However, when I play that song via iTunes over bluetooth to my Klipsch R-15PMs, the voice is definitely out in front of the piano. You shouldn't have to crank your RB-61's to feel like that voice is "present." (Your RB-61's are definitely a step-up from my R-15PMs.)
  9. RB61 II A few questions

    I'm not a Pioneer expert however I believe "stream direct" may bypass tone controls yet still does digital processing: MCACC, distance, levels, eq etc. As a test, try Pure Direct to see if this helps. Not saying you need to end up here, but it would eliminate some variables. BTW - what did you have hooked up to your pioneer previously? I agree with Dave - you should have plenty of power. Very rarely do we get complaints about Klipsch being too soft :-)
  10. Help! Balanced Tube Preamp

    If I could side track briefly, I'd be interested in your experience and opinions on the PS Audio Directstream JR.
  11. How do I get the highest quality from iTunes?

    I use both iTunes and Audirvana for playback. As far as I can tell, there is zero difference in sound quality with "straight up" playback. "Straight up" = no sample rate conversion, levels matched, no filters applied, no playback options selected etc. The players are just reading the 0's and 1's from the music file and sending them to the output device unaltered. Where I do hear a difference is with the added features that some of these products have way above and beyond iTunes such as automatic (and custom) sample rate conversion, better SRC's like izotope+, all kinds of great filters and sound-shaping features, and various methods to control/hog the sound-path on your computer to prevent other processes from polluting it. Your mileage will vary. My point is running iTunes via a USB cable to a pre-amp isn't such a bad thing and it sounds like you got a nice bang-for-the-buck with the $50 plugin. But, there might be other things to try downstream that offer a bigger bang for the buck such as speaker placement and room layout.
  12. R-15PM vs The Three

    Bass is surprisingly strong for their size. This isn't the most scientific of graphs, but you can see they are voiced to emphasize mid-bass below 200hz down to their rated cut-off around 60hz, and then also a slight emphasis on the highs above 6khz. There are some decent online reviews of them as well.
  13. R-15PM vs The Three

    I can't compare but I really like the R-15PM. Very versatile. Great room filling sound - I've used them to amplify string quartets at a couple of wedding reception cocktail hours. Can add a sub. Nice remote. Buy it from a place with a return policy because there seem to be some QA issues with the internal electrics - search the forum. I had to return my first pair but the 2nd set has been great for over a year. Hopefully they are past this now.
  14. New Heresy III's

    Have you compared the two? I'd be interested in your impressions.
  15. I have the LS2's as well and replaced the K77's with CT120s. Swapped them back and forth about 6 times over the last year until I got it right using the stock crossover. The CT120 is a nice smooth clear tweeter but it runs hot above 8khz on the LS2 unless you attenuate it a bit. I tried many methods to tamp it down but settled on strips of felt tape that cover about 50% of the CT120 horn throat and lens. This makes the CT120 about 2db softer than the K77 from 6-8khz (the sibilance range) and then about 2db louder than the K77 above 8khz. I like the sound. Crisp without fatigue. So far, I've left the midrange stock. It can get shouty at loud volumes but I think this mostly due to the sound bouncing around my room rather than the squawker or K401 horn itself. Let me know what you find with the A55-G.