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  1. I think I've got it now ( a picture is worth 1000 words, I guess!). Last question: do I modify the incoming cables (to the amp) for both the left and right channels as shown in your diagram (since I've got 2 channels into the amp)? ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  2. Oops, you lost me, mdeneen. Again, my electronics grounding is not the best. Is there a diagram or schmatic that you could refer me to? ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  3. When reading and/or responding to this post, please calibrate your frame of reference, since my "electronics education" is pretty limited. That being said, I am cobbling together a second system with an old Kenwood KA 9100 integrated amp as the centerpiece. I have an old pro amplifier that I would like to use to drive an old passive sub that I've found, and connect the old amp to the pre-outs of the Kenwood. Don't want to send the full range audio signal to the amp, just, say, the bottom 60 - 80 hz. Can I build a simple, non complicated crossover, and connect it between the Kenwood's pre-outs and the old amp's inputs? Given the nature of this system, I don't want to spend alot of cabbage on this if I don't have to. Thanks for any suggestions on this! ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  4. In my case, with a 27" 1986 Vintage RCA Colortrack 2000 TV, audio is the most important consideration. I'm just happy that when I switch the power on for my RCA, that it still power up! ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  5. You might search on "wire" or "cable" on this forum, and get a number of opinions on this topic. From what I've seen, the gereral opinion is that esoteric speaker wire is not required. Good quality OFC cable, 16 guage for short runs and 14 guage for longer runs, is sufficient. I've got the RF-3/RC-3 speakers hooked up with Kimber 4VS Cable, but I didn't spend a fortune for it. Upgraded from good quality OFC braided cable (Audioquest), and couldn't detect any appreciable differences. If I had a multi-thousand dollar amp/preamp combo, I might consider going crazy with wire and cable. However, my system, as is yours, is modest in comparison to some others out there. The cost/benefit of spending $5+ a foot on speaker wire just isn't supported, with my equipment, IMHO. If you still want to upgrade, possibly for future equipment purchases, spend some time on Ebay, Audioreview, or Audiogon. You might find some reasonable deals on gently used cable that acheive your objective without putting a huge dent in your wallet. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  6. As with any merger, you look and see what the involved parties say at the time of the merger, then sit back, watch and see what really happens. Here is the section of the press release that bears watching: Commenting on the deal, Tatsuo Kabumoto, CEO of Marantz stated, The combination of Denon and Marantz, backed by world class companies like Ripplewood Holdings and Philips, establishes a platform on which we intend to build the world class company in the premium audio visual space. Marantz regards the establishment of D&M Holdings as yet another important strategic step forward for the company following its acquisition of trademark rights and sales subsidiaries operating in Europe and the US from Philips last May, he added. AND Mitsushige Sakamoto, CEO of DENON said, leveraging the synergies of the merger and integrating DENONs digital A/V technology with Marantzs video and wireless technology, D&M Holdings will secure its position as a leading competitor in the home theatre market. You wonder from this what brands will be retained to market what products. Will the new company market audio products under the Denon name, and video products under the Marantz name? As a Marantz owner, I appreciate the sound of a Marantz product, but fully recognize that Denon has more market share and name recognition to the average electronics consumer. Just some idle thoughts.... ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD This message has been edited by whell on 05-13-2002 at 01:48 PM
  7. At the risk of beating this subject to death: I've got a 5.1 setup currently. For better or worse, my room does not allow for the addition of a center-rear channel (I've got a huge picture window across the back of my listening room!). However, I am using RB-5's as my rears, and have them positioned to slightly to the rear and slightly above the listener's ear. The overall effect on movies is quite good. I have toyed with the idea of replacing the RB-5's with RS-3's (to accompany my RF-3 L/R and my RC-3 center). What stops me every time is that I also listen to music on my home theater system (don't have the $$$ or the room for a dedicated 2 channel system). With the specter of multi-channel music potenitally gaining popularlity, I can't justify a speaker designed primarly for diffuse rear effects being used as a discrete channel for music. In fact, I own a few DTS surround disks. The 5.1 effect, for me, is not a "realistic" presentation of the soundstage, I often find myself listening to my 5.1 DTS music disks in 2 channel! There are a few disks that are somewhat convincing on 5.1 channel (Diane Krall's "Love Scenes" comes close). Therefore, the RB-5's remain in place for now. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  8. I think that the H/K rep you spoke to was correct in his assessment of the consumer "need" for 7.1 systems. If one wishes to gamble on the future of home audio, go ahead and buy the 7.1 set up of your choice. But to me, it clearly is still a gamble. The available supply of software supporting 7.1 is slim. And there is no guarantee that distributors will be pumping 7.1 software into the market anytime soon. If it were me, and I was pleased overall with the sound of my system, I would not be overly concerned with buying 7.1 capable electronics right now. I'd give the software market some time to catch up with electronics. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  9. One thought: very few home theater receivers have more than 5 channels of amplification built in. Most receivers provide "pre-out" jacks, which are designed to feed the signal for a 6th or 7th channel to an external amplifier. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  10. Depends on which package you are interested in. The Quintet package can be driven with a relatively inexpensive HT receiver. However, if you crave accurate reproduction of movie soundtracks and music, and are interested in the RFII package, you can look at higher quality receivers, or go wild and look at separate components. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  11. Welcome to the world of the upgrade bug. Next think you know, you'll be upgrading interconnects and speaker cable with reckless abandon! :-) I also found that upgrading the amplification in my system produced favorable results: deeeper bass extension, wider sound stage, etc. The amplifier sections of receivers are OK, but separate amplifiers that are well designed/built have much greater control over the speakers, and can handle greater loads at higher volume levels. Even at lower volumes, a separate amp has benefits. COngratulations on your purchase. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  12. Listen to both before you buy, preferably on equipment and speakers that are at least similar to the equipment that will be connected to the receivers in your set up at home. Second, contact a local repair electronics shop and ask which brand they repair most frequently between the two manufacturers. Let these two factors be the ones that help you make your decision. FYI: when I undertook this same exercise, I ended up with a Marantz receiver. I gave up some features (most of which, quite frankly, I never would have used), but I now own a very well designed, very reliable unit with excellent audio and HT reproduction. Also, I won both the SR19EX receiver and Marantz's MM9000 amp. I hear no fan noise from either unit. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  13. Might not be worth it. Frankly, I think that, unless you listen to DVD's regularly, particularly DVD Audio, that you're probably well enough served by the RC-3II. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  14. Let me be the first to say that if you are interested in selling your RS-3's, I'd be glad to take them off your hands! ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  15. Here I go again, talking up Marantz. The SR19EX I own is 6.1 capable, and sounds great with my Reference 3 setup. It has 5 channels of ampification built in. Marantz also makes a line of relatively inexpensive monoblock amps that have received great reviews. If you want 6.1 or 7.1, I'd buy a pair of these connect them to the pre outs of the L/R channels of the receiver, and let the receiver's built in amps power the other channels of your HT setup. By the way, given the limited availability of 6.1 or 7.1 DVD's, I wouldn't rush into setting up the additional rear channel(s). I've decided to wait until the software is more extensively available before I commit to the hardware expense. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  16. whell

    Take a look

    This is probably one of the benefits of owning Klipsch products: one does not have the need for an amplifier that could also substitute as a power plant for a small city! Separates have their place in the Klipsch world for individuals who crave the finest sound reporduction and want amplification from products that use premium components. However, the Krell amps such as the one pictured, and other simillar products, are of great use in driving finicky, low efficiency speaker to reference SPL's without an audible loss in sound quality. Klipsch speakers do not have these requirements. In my comparatively modest system, I have an outboard amp connected to my receiver's pre-outs. This combination allows my RF-3's optimum bass extension, and a wider soundstage. However, I might not have made this extra expenditure (for the amp) if I did not find the amp at a bargain price. At some point, I may opt for a separate pre-processor, particularly if surround technology leaps beyond the technology employed in my receiver. However, for now, I could not be more pleased with the sound reproduction of my system. FYI: Rented "Behind Enemy Lines" this weekend and watched it in DTS Surround. What a great job the studio did of delivering on the full potential of the DVD/DTS capabilities. Check it out! ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  17. As you might guess, I'm partial to Marantz gear, love the way it sounds with my Klipsch. Used/demo Marantz gear of the '01 vintage might fit the bill, too. I've become a fan of letting other folks pay retail for new gear, and then buying it a little later after the original buyer gets bitten by the upgrade bug. Some "audiophiles" change out their gear more often than I change my underwear...... ....or is that too much information?!?! ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  18. Let me also place a vote for the Marantz. My SR-19EX reciever paired with my Reference 3 series 5.1 setup sounds warm, clear and very satisfying. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  19. Instead of the Panasonic (assuming its a 2 channel receiver), I'm wondering if this would be a good opportunity to look at some quality used gear, to save money. Some old Marantz, Pioneer or well built Yamaha gear might fit the bill. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  20. I toe in my RF-3's toward my listening position, and like to overall imporivement in imaging. Not huge, but noticable. As far as vintage equipment, I still have an old Rotel RX-803 receiver that is still kicking. It is rated at 75 wpc, but how many 75 wpc receivers do you know of that have heat sink fins across the back?? It has pr-out/in jacks, and when I was a part time mobile disk jockey during my high-school and college days, I used to plug a mixer into the input jacks and use it as a back up amplifier in smaller halls. It kicks *** for 5 - 6 hours at 3/4 volume!! Swear to God that this thing will never die! ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  21. I'm not sure that your response is correct Boa. I've seen a few of mass market receivers lately (Technics comes to mind) that advertise that their product, for example, has an output of 100 watts at 6 ohms. This, to me, is a somewhat deceptive practice, since home stereo system manufacturers have been publishing amplifier power output ratings based on an 8 ohm load since the 1970's. Deceptive, since most consumers will simply see the "100 watts", and ignore the load number. 100 watts at 6 ohms likely means that the receivers amp section has a lower output at 8 ohms. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD
  22. This is only one person's opinion: keep shopping. The reason the power rating goes down on multi-channel on the AVR 120 is that the power supply is insufficient for multi-channel music/movies. Klipsch speakers are efficient, but benefit immensely from clean power. If you're looking for a well-built receiver with clean power, I'm partial to Marantz. Marantz receivers and amps have a warm sound that mates well with Klipsch speakers, in my opinion. Thats not to say that there aren't other excellent products out there. Check these out on Ebay. If you're careful on Ebay you can find some reasonably good deals on used/demo equipment, some with manufacturers warantees still in effect. You might be able to buy more for your dollar this way, and get something you'll be happy with for a long time. ------------------ Mike - Livonia, MI Klipsch RF-3 L/R Klipsch RC-3 Center Klipsch RB-5 rears HSU Research VF-2 Sub Marantz SR-19EX receiver Marantz MM-9000 Amp NAD T550 DVD Adcom GCD 700 CD This message has been edited by whell on 04-07-2002 at 10:13 PM
  23. whell

    RF-3II w/ RC-7?

    I'm an owner of the RF-3's paired with and RC-3 center and Rb-5 rears. I love it, though am looking to move the RB-5's to another system and drop in the RS-3 surrounds in back. This is a great setup, paired with a Marantz Sr-19EX receiver and MM-9000 amp. Crystal clear on 2 channel and all kinds of fun watching DVD's. The RC-3 seems the perfect mate for the RF-3's in my system. I reccommend it highly.
  24. On a relatively limited budget, I beleive I've started to build a respectable stereo/HT system. At the core is the Marantz Sr-19EX receiver. I recently added a Marantz MM-9000 Amp, connected to the pre-outs of the receiver, and am now getting much better bass response from the RF-3's. Other components include a NAD 555 DVD/CD player, and an Adcom 5 disk CD player. I have an RC-5 center and RB-5's for the rears (got a good deal on these used). My question is as follows: I have the RF-3's biwired to the MM-9000 using Kimber 4VS speaker cable. The speaker cable are connected to the amp with bare wire. The amp is conneced to the receiver via Monster M1000i cables. - Any audible advantage to using bananas versus bare wire? - Any audible advantage to upgrading the internal wiring of the RF-3's (i.e the RF-3II's)? - Any tweaks for the RF-3 that have any positive audible impact? Don't get me wrong, I am in love with the sound of the RF-3's now. I see many references to "tweaks" on this board, and wonder if any that are appropriate for the model(s) that I own would have any positive audible impact. Thanks!
  25. Just bought a pair of floor model RF-3's about a week ago (wanted the price break and have them already broken in). Had the chance to compare them to the RF-5's in the showroom. While I did notice that the RF-5's had a warmer, smoother sound, the RF-3's matched my listening room accoustics better. My room tends to suck the sound out of most other speaker brands that I've tried, and burries the sound somewhere in the room where I can't find it. The RF-3's are much more revealing in my room, and much more pleasant to listen to than any other speaker I've tried. All that said, spensing less on the RF-3's definately meant "more" in my specific case. Your milage may vary. I love the 3's, and reccommend them to anyone who wants an excellent performing speaker at a reasonable price. This message has been edited by whell on 01-19-2002 at 01:39 PM
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