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  1. What are you using for a pre in your setup Schu? I'm still investigating SET tube amp options and depending on the direction taken a preamp may be in my future. Also, I'm starting a new fund for some Klipschorns some day.
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    WTB HK730

    HK730 procured! Many thanks jimjimbo. A SMOOTH, hassle-free transaction! A short review can be found here:
  3. So about a week ago I completed recapping the AA crossovers in our 1977 LS and at the same time received an HK730 that I obtained from a forum member here, jimjimbo. The unit showed up very well packaged but unfortunately I did not get to connect it the day it arrived. Anticipation mounted! Come Saturday I had some time to reinstall the crossovers and hook up the unit. Upon turning on the power and supplying some James Brown something magical began to transpire. Immediately our two sons, ages 6 and 3, began to smile, laugh, and dance all over the room followed by Mom and Dad. We spent the entire day just listening and enjoying, no TV. Later, again instead of the TV, we listened to a local sports broadcast and once again the detail was amazing. Fast forward almost a week and the TV has barely been used. We've started listening to piano and classical during dinnertime and the response from the kids has been phenomenal. They calm down and eat better! Thank you Klipsch, HK and jimjimbo for sharing this vintage piece of gear! We couldn't be happier with the LS and garage sale purchased HK730 combo! .
  4. So I'm recapping the same crossover in a pair of 77 LS. I noticed the insulation in the wire is pretty brittle and was thinking of replacing all the wire along with the caps. 2.5 questions Is replacing the wire a good idea/necessary? Any recommendation as to what size and quality to use from parts connexion? Thanks for any input!
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    WTB HK730

    Thanks. Your posts and many member's comments for that matter made the choice pretty easy. Now I just have to find one. Fingers x'd.
  6. mojomc

    WTB HK730

    Located in central Arkansas. Looking for a working HK730 to drive a set of LS while I put more due diligence into researching tube amp possibilities. Many Thanks
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    Teach me

    Located in central Arkansas. Here's some info from a post over on the 2 ch forum. Some quite varied responses between the two forums. All are helpful viewpoints to consider. Room size 16x16 (decided to use spare room for listening) 10ft ceilings Speaker placement - 10-12ft center to center Listening distance - 10ish ft Loudness - Mostly listening level but occasionally turn it up to hear in the back yard Music genres - Rock (Black Crowes), Blues, Jazz and for my Mom, Neil Diamond Source - Digital. An HTPC I put together. Output via auzentech dedicated sound card. All files were encoded FLAC from source cds by myself. @robert_kc I actually ran across a few postings here regarding the Inspire that prompted me to do a few follow up searches but I never did get his seller ID. Thanks! They do certainly sound well built. On the list
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    Teach me

    Well the Genesis @ 2800k is more than I can muster. However, the Renaissance 4 hits the budget. I'll take a closer look.
  9. Thanks for the replies. All things to think about. With the speakers came a bit of $$ intended to be used for this purpose. I'd like to see it used to its fullest potential. I'drather be able to get a receiver or amp from someone local or a well respected member here on the forum that is rebuilt and/or proven. I've always had good luck doing this on other sites and this community seems respectable as long as due diligence is adhered to. Thanks again and any suggestion at all is welcome!
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    Teach me

    So I have a pair of 1977 LaScalas that I'm looking to run in 2 channel only for listening to music. I have a limited budget of <1200 and would like to hear any suggestions for driving the LS. From what little I've read it seems a SET amp is preferred. Can something decent that isn't a Chinese kit be had in this range. Source will be lossless digital ripped from CDs. Also, if anyone has any recommended reference sites for learning about tube amps, I'd greatly appreciate it.
  11. I can deaden the room, no problem. We can probably move a love seat. This is a new idea that has recently taken shape. Initially I was going to setup in the living room but SO approved the plans to use the extra room. I can move the speakers to the corners. I was planning on placing them on the same wall as the window. I'll take a look into the vintage Yamaha receivers. Thanks also for the info on the ALK Universal. It was a thought. I'll get with Bob Crites regarding gaskets and caps. On the subject of subs I'll look into the kits mentioned. Thankee!
  12. 10ft ceilings Hard wood with an area rug. Unsure of exact measurements but guessing it's 8x8 8ft of windows centered on one wall Sofa and rowing machine.
  13. So I recently inherited a pair of 1977 LS. I'm looking to create an above average 2 channel listening experience. I've been thinking about replacing the AA network with an ALK Universal instead of recapping the originals for $100. I'm also trying to figure out what to power them with. I've read good things about integrated HK x30 series amps. I think that I would like a tube amp but I'm not into Chinese knockoffs and would prefer newish or a rebuilt older but the combinations are mind boggling to someone coming into it with little knowledge and limited budget. I'm a 41 year old in the central Arkansas area with a family. I'm hoping some of you good people here can use this info to help me out. Very many thanks in advance for your taking time to read. Room size 16x16 (decided to use spare room for listening) Speaker placement - 10-12ft center to center Listening distance - 10ish ft Loudness - Mostly listening level but occasionally turn it up to hear in the back yard Music genres - Rock (Black Crowes), Blues, Jazz and for my Mom, Neil Diamond Source - Digital. An HTPC I put together. Output via auzentech dedicated sound card. All files were encoded FLAC from source cds by myself. Possibly hook up a SW10 II to supplement bass Preamp? The ever important budget discussion. If I pick up the universals then that would leave around 1k for a power source and accoutrements. I'm just looking for a good, clean listening experience. I was thinking the universals would allow me to tailor the sound without having to recap for any xfrmr tap changes but when I got to powering them I became dizzy.
  14. I was incorrect on the center. It's a KLF-C7. No doubt I'll be incorrect about the surrounds but there is no doubt about the heritages.
  15. Thanks for the replies. I think I'll pick up a couple of resistors and also the 6.5 caps and experiment with them while making the adjustment on the xfer tap. I'm currently on the lookout for a tube amp and I'm also contemplating a diy tpa3116 because why not. A co-worker has an old recapped and retubed HK 224A for $300 but seems a bit high.
  16. Well the more I read the more inclined I am to sell off the center and surround components, if a market exists for them, keep the psw and plow that money into an amp for the LSs and dedicate them to audio only since I won't be able to put together a complete heritage surround lineup in order to get matching timbre. I currently have an alright to me polk surround combo with a pair of RT2000Ps, CS350LS, LS F/X surrounds.
  17. Thanks twk123. I had never considered using an AVR as a preamp. Such a simple and obvious solution. What do you use for a center channel?
  18. First off a little background. Born and bred Arkansan here. Recently my stepdad of 28 years passed away. He loved his Klipsch LaScalas. He would talk about driving to Hope and purchasing these speakers during his youth. For many years he had them powered with an old low power Marantz amp. I fondly remember a time 25 years ago when the neighbors called the cops on us listening to Skynyrd at a level a bit louder than they liked. Nothing came of it but I remember him remarking that he didn't even have them near full throttle and the five-o asking him to prove it so he put on some shooting muffs and proceeded inside to let the dogs off the leash. The picture of him putting on those shooting muffs is something that I'll carry forever. Classic. So these speakers and some redneck rock provided an initial bond between us that stuck. After a break-in relieved him of most of his audio components including his beloved Marantz, his setup eventually expanded to include a pair of RS7s, an RC7 and and R12SW being run by a Denon AVR-2800. A few short months ago he discovered that he had lung cancer and underwent all the chemo and radiation treatments to no avail. During this time we rekindled this bond over listening to just about every musical genre. He commented how he always enjoyed the sound from his old Marantz over the Denon and how he also had always thought about building a custom xover but time ran out. In his will he left me these audio components stating that no one else would appreciate them and that he knows that they will be in good hands and enjoyed for years to come. I started lurking on the forums here quite a while ago trying to learn what I could about passive crossovers and what would possibly work with our listening setup but I have no background in this area. Does anyone have a recommendation for a xover build that would accompany the following configuration. Use the LSs as a two channel pair with the source being my HTPC utilizing a dedicated sound card. For an amp I was looking at venturing into an economical tube amp like the tubecube 7 or finding a suitable amp on the forum here is always a possibility. The room dimensions are 20x25. Ideally I would like to be able to wire everything with a switch allowing me to choose between running the LSs in a surround sound configuration allowing us to enjoy order to enjoy the surrounds, center and psw or running the LSs in two channel with a tube or classic amp for music. I only took pics of the back with atlas driver and aa xover. TL;DR 1. Does anyone have a recommendation for a low listening volume xover that will take a touch of edge off the squawker? 2. Thoughts on the tubecube 7 or another two-channel amp for power? Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings and for any responses. edit/grammar
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