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  1. Great news! We now have 100 Voters. I am posting a screenshot just to see where things go from here now that the Cornwall IV has been official announced. Will that actually sway future voters opinions on this topic? The percentages have not been varying at all. Will be interesting to see if it remains this way next year when the Cornwall IV is out in the wild.




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  2. Well I finally have the rack I built in place in it's final resting spot in the rear of my dedicated theater room. This is a small room. 12' 6" wide by 13' 6" deep by 8' high. Now I am making good use of that closet. Should make for good cable management too. Speaking of which, I still need to do major rewiring before I have a running system again. All the cables are the wrong length now and all need to be refitted. The plan is to have an extra long loop of cable secured in place to allow removal of the rack without having to unplug anything first. I have attached lacing bars to back of the new rack for a clean look and ease of equipment swaps. I cheated on the lacing bars and bought THESE ADJUSTABLE SHELF STANDARDS, painted them to match the rest of the rack hardware and attached them with brass screws again.


    I decided to swap the Denon X4400H for the Marantz SR6012 I just bought.  While I still own the Classe CAV-150 it will run the front 3 speakers bridged @300W/channel. I also just bought another Monolith 7 which will run the surrounds and Atmos @200W/channel straight. The Epson 5040UB is now hung shooting a 106" Stewart Balon Borderless W/ Studiotek 100 that barely fits between the front speakers, OPPO 203, Nvidia Shield, and Harmony Elite. Only thing missing is a quality music streamer which I am kind of lost on as far as  retail pricing goes.


    To make this space work better I removed those spinning media storage units I had in the closet. I then filled the empty closet space/sides with the orphan speakers I have left over from the center channels I use in my 2 main listening rooms. I wrapped the orphans up good with wool blankets. I filled even more voids of the closet with more wool blankets, because I have a vintage collection of them and need to put somewhere anyway. Will make for good bass traps. Removed the closet doors, hung a curtain, still working on wrapping the inside of the closet with the black felt that the rest of the walls in the room are lined with. The front 40% of the room is lined with triple black velvet. 



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  3. It's a job. If it was your job you would do the same thing. Your ears can tell you more of what you need to know. Steve's content is for entertainment puposes only. Show me something he does not like. Stereophile has recommendations for interconnects speaker wires and power cords from $40 to $20,000. Pretty much recommended anything. I still watch Steve and read the crap though for entertainment.

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  4. Final stage. Just a few touch-up spots of topcoat. I Will have the reveal this weekend. Then I will find a friend to help me carry it downstairs. Hope to have the entire system running this weekend too. Kind of a temp set-up now in the theater room but have not had time to spend in there anyway. 

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  5. 1 hour ago, tigerwoodKhorns said:

    I though that this was going to be 7 Belles.  💪

    Yeah right. That is just over $700 a pair. An all time record low. If I could find him that deal on one pair, then he would want 3 1/2 pair at that price. Give someone an inch and they will take a mile.


    Haha, just messing with Ya.🤑

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  6. Just released today. Undercutting and directly competing against Tidal and Qobuz.

    If you already have Prime, you can save a couple more bucks. I left a couple of links to get you caught up on the news.


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  7. That center channel really looks impressive. To think I believed the Academy was the way to go all these years. Maybe I was wrong. There are some black KLF-20's, timbre matched to this center, floating around the North too for around $600. Could have a serious 2 channel Belle set-up, and a killer multi-channel all in one weekend of travel.

  8. https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/ele/d/mequon-klipsch-speaker-system/6980252883.html



    Look at that. Look so nice. Tired of seeing those beat down cabinets that keep popping up around here. And for this price, when you count the total package, you are getting a killer deal. Good luck loading all of that gear into one pickup. Might be time for a Uhaul rental. I am so glad these will not fit in my home.😎


    Details from the listing:

    Klipsch Speaker System for Outstanding Home Theater Experience

    Great condition, single owner speaker system must be sold due to a death in the family. The complete set of (7) speakers includes:

    (2) Klipsch Belle speakers, made to order in 1993, BK Oak Oil cabinets with #17 grill
    (1) Klipsch KLF-C7 center speaker, purchased in 1998, Medium Oak finish
    (4) Klipsch KSB 2.1 bookshelf speakers, purchased in 1998, black; wall mounted or free standing

    Prefer to sell these as a set if possible.

    Also Available - Definitive Technology Powerfield 1500 Powered Subwoofer, $500

    Terms and Conditions:
    In person cash sales only, no personal checks or credit cards.






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  9. OK, cat out of the bag. How do we keep those pesky shelves from sliding horizontally front to back? Million ways. I never seen this method anywhere before, but the idea came to me, so I decided to give it a go for this build. I bought a 3/16" brass rod and cut 3/4" pins, and chamfered the end cuts. I could have just bought shelf pins already made, but I made them myself anyway. OK, then drilled holes using a #14 drill bit 3/8" deep in 4 precise locations on each shelf. Very tight fit. Hammer them in until exactly 3/8" protrusion. Like I said, a million ways I could have done it. This method definitely took some time. I even have 3 variations on using this method that I decided against.



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  10. 2 hours ago, inMotionGraphics said:

    give the support screw on each support block a bit of vertical wiggle room (by drilling a vertically elongated " slightly larger diameter hole than the actual screw) so that all the supports are still resting on the support below them, but can move up if expansion is required.

    Already taken care of. I edited your post for you.


    2 hours ago, inMotionGraphics said:

    On a different topic, do you have any bracing/supports in place to prevent the shelves from sagging in the middle, or are your shelves strong enough that they won't sag under the given weights you intend putting on them?

    3/4" solid oak. The material chosen is more than enough for the intended load without any possibility of bowing of the material, even after a great many years. Anything with a longer span would require a thicker material, but I am not near that point. Thicker material for my build would only add weight and cost for the benefit of aesthetics only. I will however definitely need diagonal and lateral bracing. That is coming up soon.

    2 hours ago, inMotionGraphics said:

    I suppose the good thing is most of the equipment will have wide feet that will rest close to your shelf support blocks so the weight will mostly be distributed close to the edges of the shelves.

    The load is spread evenly between each caster, post, leg, foot, or what ever is holding it up. If it is 3 legs...divide by 3, if it 4 legs...divide by 4. You are correct in that the equipment weight will be closer to the sides, and a 100LB piece of equipment will not be loaded dead center of a shelf on one leg. Either way each shelf support will carry the same weight, and transfer that load to the support below it and so on all the way to the floor. The lowest carries the most, just like the cheerleaders in a pyramid. This is how the casters I am using have a rating of 250LBS, and having 4 of them allows me to have a maximum weight limit of 1000LBS. In cases where more capacity is needed just add more legs. My 10" subwoofer has 4 feet while the 12" has 6 feet.

  11. Do you smell what I am steppin' in? Don't worry. Those fresh cuts will get touched up and sit overnight. The cuts will soon be covered and remain out of sight.

    The paper shims are rosin paper.  Need a very small gap available for expansion/contraction of the wood.

    Using brass hardware everywhere. #12 X 2" brass screws for the supports. Those screws are not bearing the weight, only the supports themselves are bearing. Everything is point loaded all the way down to the base. The brass screws only keep the supports in place.


    So the goal is to have shelving and supports that are removable, adjustable, and flexible in their arrangement all while each individual shelf maintains a weight capacity of 100 pounds minimum. Vertical shelf adjustment requires popping a few screws, and adding the appropriate size supports in the same manner seen here.  Keeping the stain/finish recipe written down will allow for precise color match for any new support sizes I may possibly need years later. Everything is cut and drilled to within a few hundreds of an inch, so many of the same holes will still line up in a variety of arrangements. If I need to make new holes later,  not a big deal, and the old open drilled holes would be hidden because everything up the side is covered up the entire way with more supports.


    As we can see here the shelves are supported underneath and also above allowing zero vertical movement. Also notice how they can still slide horizontally forward and back. I want to prevent them from sliding horizontally at all because eventually when I place very heavy electronics with rubber feet onto the shelf and push and pull them into position the shelf must remain immobile. It also must remain removable for reasons mentioned above. And we don't want to have to take EVERYTHING apart just adjust a single shelf height. A single piece of face trim with a few trim nails is not going to be strong enough to hold everything in. HMMMM.


    What would you do to make the shelves adjustable, removable, and still immobile? I will show you what I am going to do later.






  12. Sorry it took me so long to update this thread. There are so many small steps, and this diy project is taking up most of my free time. Took a couple of days off to avoid burn out.


    Ok, the wood finish is complete. I was not completly satisfied with the sheen of the General Finishes Satin. After some thought I decided to switch to General Finishes Flat. My theater room this rack will be used in is bat cave black so shiny sparkly things do not fit the mold.


    Just remember it is the final top coat that determines the sheen. The first topcoats applied should always be gloss (no flatteners). The flattening agents (which create the sheen) contained in all of the other sheens not labeled gloss will obscure the wood grain and color detail so use as few coats of those as possible to avoid a muddy looking topcoat.


    Next stage is installing the shelving. Wait till you see the complicated engineering I designed into that! Stay tuned.





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  13. 32 minutes ago, MechEngVic said:

    Why did Klipsch ever stop Chorus production?

    In 1996 for the KLF-30. The market trend was pushing hard for speakers with a smaller footprint. Tall narrow deep speakers were in vogue. Electronics were coming standard with subwoofer outputs. Multi channel at home was a finally a real thing. Big old box speakers seemed very old fashioned. Kind of like how old muscle cars were getting dumped at the same time. LOL.

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