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Peter P.

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About Peter P.

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    Meriden CT
  • Interests
    Cycling, music.
  • My System
    Klipsch Heresy II's, then the bug hit-now I've got a kg sw subwoofer, too!

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  1. Copy your photo, then resize the copy in whatever photo program you use. Attach THE COPY to your post.
  2. My New Quartets

    I caved. I sold my Quartets after owning them only 5 days! No doubt about it; they had every quality of a Klipsch speaker and I loved them. But I couldn't get out of my head that they were a bit "too large" acoustically and physically. I was prepared to keep them so here's what I did: I posted both the Quartets and my Heresy II's on Craigslist. I would keep the pair that didn't sell first. I offered the Quartets for what I paid, $250. I posted both pair Saturday morning. Came home at 8PM and had half a dozen people in line to take them. Couldn't blame them one bit. First respondent comes over and you should have seen the smile light up his face when he heard them-just priceless. It was a pleasure to give him such joy. The funny thing is, as I was setting up my stereo for the demo, I turned off the equalizer and other tone controls and the Quartets sounded more like keepers and I was beginning to have regrets! Oh; and I had one bite on the Heresy II's at my firm price of $500. Had they gone instead...what could have been. So I'm back in the market albeit for something smaller such as the kg4's or the kg subwoofer. Thanks for reading.
  3. Refinish -Oak Oil

    You may not need to strip the finish. Watco Danish Oil comes in ebony. Test it on a spot on the bottom to see if it takes hold. Chemical strippers will not remove the existing finish since oil finishes penetrate the veneer's grain. You'll have to sand off the the old finish only if it's necessary to change the color (ebony should cover anything) but veneer is very thin and the potential to sand through it is real while trying to remove the oil oak finish. I would test your color on the bottom before and after a light sanding/scuffing to see what you're into. If you apply the ebony danish oil, finish with a furnture wax and you'll be good.
  4. Trimming speaker wire

    I can't believe you people are worried about signal loss due to excessive speaker wire length. That's not important; I'd be concerned about time delay differences...
  5. My New Quartets

    I'm sure it's quite possible the rear passive radiator could be mitigated if I could move the speakers farther away from the wall, but the Quartets would just crowd the room. Mind you, I don't consider the bass boomy or overemphasized, it's just these things are beasts in producing what bass is already there. Does that make any sense?! I was in the basement tonight working out, listening to my stereo with the kg subwoofer. It's parked in a corner. I could hear this buzz or rattle and could not believe the subwoofer was reaching the limits of the drivers' excursion. So I'm poking around trying to confirm my suspicions when I discover it's not the subwoofer that's rattling, it's the basement window ABOVE the subwoofer!
  6. My New Quartets

    Yeah; I caught the Klipsch bug, big time, and it's barely been two years! When I first started this addiction, I had my heart set on a pair of Forte's. Along the way, I got sidetracked by the history and reputation of the Heritage Series, so my first Klipsch's were Heresy II's. I really overpaid for them, but once I get my mind on a path, it's stuck, so I didn't flinch when the first decent pair came up for sale. Only after I bought them did I pay attention to the forum and see that they had a reputation of being a little "light" in the bass, and of course the forum was right. But the bass was tight, and they were beasts when I turned up the volume. That got me thinking about the twinky speakers I have in the basement (Bose 161's) and their anemic bass. I quested for and found a Klipsch kg subwoofer. Worked like a charm. Now I started thinking about buying another one for my Heresy's, but the kg subwoofer is rare as hen's teeth. Who knows how long I'd have to wait until one came available? The more I thought about it, Forte's would be too large for my living space but lo' and behold, Forte's have a little brother in the Quartet. The idea of owning a pair festered in my brain. Until tonight. Long story short, I paid $250 for a pair of Quartets locally. Some water damage to the veneer on the tops, and some of the drivers' screws show signs of rust but otherwise they're fine enough for used speakers and for what I paid. But honestly, listening to them now, they're TOO MUCH. These things dig deep into the bass but it's certainly not "false bass"; I had to drop the 36, 60, and 120Hz equalizer settings to -6dB and they're still crushing it. These things are just crazy. I live in a condo and as far as I quizzed my neighbors, they never heard my Heresy's. The Quartets however...I might just be "pissing off the neighbors" as the T-shirt says. I'm already thinking of flipping this purchase and downsizing. Any suggestions? Hold out for a kg subwoofer? Kg4's?
  7. Shipping Damage Resolution Help!?

    billybob is right, and the OP should have followed the mediation process. eBay virtually always sides with the buyers so the OP would have likely received a full refund. You basically negotiate with the seller via eBay's communication system so they can assess whether both sides are working toward an amicable solution. If the communication clearly shows the seller is not cooperating, eBay has an arbitration process which is the final say. It worked that way for me. If this was a transaction conducted outside of eBay, then it's standard practice for the SELLER to file a claim with the shipper. The purchaser usually cannot file a claim because they did not purchase the shipping services of UPS, the seller did. I think the OP asking for the entire purchase price for a settlement is unreasonable. Splitting the cost would be fair otherwise as the seller I'd ask for the item back and give you a full refund.
  8. Halloween and Klipsch

    I moved into a condo 2 years ago and had no idea they were a gold mine for Trick or Treaters. Once I caught on, I decorated, and set up with my Heresy's in the plan. I just finished setting up for Tuesday's fun. The Heresy's are perfect for the job as they have the muscle. In the five disc changer are discs of spooky Halloween sound effects, set to random play. As long as I remember to open the window, my Heresy's will broadcast over an expanse of parking lots, grass, and an access road which make for great acoustics. The speakers are in a second floor bedroom (don't mind the appearance; I'm painting!) so the sound isn't too "in your face", but the sidewalk is only 10 feet from the front steps so you'll know where it's coming from as you walk by. Oh, and my decorations (the lamp is an orange LED): This year I hope to lower the noose so the kiddies will have to reach through the loop to ring the doorbell-adds to the gruesomeness! And for all the fright, they'll be rewarded properly.
  9. Duratex Warning!

    Sounds just like driveway sealer. Hey; wait a minute-could Duratex actually be driveway sealer in disguise?!
  10. Speakers optimized for sub blending

    As an alternative, you could make and install a 80Hz 2nd order high pass filter where your speaker wires meet the speaker terminals. There a web sites that will calculate the values for you. You could then use a pair of Heresy's in the manner you describe. This isn't that complicated to build, and look professional.
  11. Home theater from the ground

    I don't think the speakers will matter as much as the room acoustics. Consult an acoustics professional before you get too far into your project. It will pay loads of dividends.
  12. KG2's worth trying/buying?

    Good; would you go pick up the KG2's for bmassy this weekend?
  13. New to Forum

    Why waste time replacing the capacitors when you haven't measured them first to see if they're out of tolerance? I play a contrarian on TV.
  14. Klispch Sub 12 rattling

    Remove the driver from the cabinet but don't disconnect it. Run the subwoofer like that with the woofer resting on the magnet (extend the speaker leads if you have to with some home made clip leads, or similar gauge wires with the proper fitting male/female spade connectors). If it still rattles, you should be able to hear whether it's the driver or the cabinet. When separated, if the rattle disappears, you can conclude it's the amp or the cabinet. You can remove the amp from the cabinet and perform the same test, or remove both and run them without the cabinet. If you need a new driver or amp module, check eBay. There are always Klipsch drivers for sale. I've seen somewhere a company that specializes in repairing the amps but don't recall the name. Perhaps someone else will chime in. Simplyspeakers.com does the same for drivers, so if necessary you may be able to get yours repaired.
  15. Chainsaw Question

    Wow; tons of accurate info in this thread! Let's see if I can add to it. The key factors are to accurately hold the horizontal pitch, and cutting angle of the round file, file all the teeth to the same length, and dress the rakers to the correct, and same height. It will virtually never happen by hand filing, but sometimes that's what you gotta do in the field so it's worth developing some skill. The Stihl simple file guide is what I use in the field. At home, I use the Stihl version of the Northern Tool jig mentioned on Page 1. It was a bear to find the part number but when I did, I ordered it locally. It cost 4x what the Northern Tool version cost. It's called the Stihl FG3. A jig like this accurately holds the angles necessary for your chain while filing all the teeth to the same length. It will also file the rakers, but here again, finding the part number for the proper Stihl triangular shaped file that was long enough to fit the jig, was difficult. Don't have the part number for it. The manual for the tool is pretty detailed. A common problem is people forget to file the rakers. Also note that the top of the cutting teeth on Stihl chains has a mark showing how short you can file the cutting tooth before you need to replace the chain. I'm using 0.325" chains the there's a lot of filing life in those teeth before you need to replace it IF you're good at filing your chain. The type of wood being cut will affect the chain's performance as will those safety chains. Definitely stick with Husqvarna or Stihl. Watch a lot of videos. Practice.
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