Peter P.

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About Peter P.

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    Meriden CT
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    Cycling, music.
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    Klipsch Heresy II's; nothing else in my system is as special!

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  1. I think all this concern about what to drive the Forte's with is poppycock. Or driving any speaker for that matter. First time I heard a pair of Forte's, my friend had them connected to a cheapo 20w/ch. POS receiver. I was floored by the barrage of undistorted sound. That receiver didn't need to go anywhere NEAR clipping to pin me to the wall, with a poop-eating grin, of course. If Close82 hasn't figured this out, it's because he hasn't turned on his receiver yet!
  2. Thanks for the clarification. First impressions: I'm going to assume you placed the Klipsch's in the same location as the KEF's, and in the same room. I found the instruction sheet for the KEF's and they're very detailed as to positioning the speakers. Are the Klipsch's tweeters at the same height as the KEF's were? I think what's even more important is your comment "(the KEF's) have a heavy but precise and crisp bass, yet on the RP280F's it sounds muted or muffled (in the background)". I feel this is due to the Klipsch having a ported woofer. To my ears, porting makes the bass sound "loose" and lacks a crisp, sharp attack. Your KEF's are an acoustic suspension design. That sealed box tightens up the bass by pressurizing the inside of the box when the woofer is oscillating, controlling its movement. Also, the fact that the port is close to the floor could be affecting the bass frequencies in your room. Room acoustics factor in greatly in affecting bass. I'd bet the woofers on your KEF's were higher off the floor than the port on the Klipsch's. Just for kicks, try placing your Klipsch's on milk crates or something similar. I don't expect this to be permanent, just an experiment for you to see if you notice a difference. Could be you prefer the sound of acoustic suspension designs over the ported type of speaker. I know I do, and that's the reason I bought my Heresy's. Another possibility is, the Klipsch speakers may need to be located somewhere other than the same location as your KEF's were. Read the owner's manuals for both and see what the recommendations are.
  3. What's "big sound"? It would help to know what kind of sound you're after and why you chose to replace the KEF's. How does the sound differ between the KEF's and the Klipsch's? What model KEF speakers did you have?
  4. How about placing a t-shirt over the grille, then using a steam iron to iron it flat? The t-shirt protects against the direct heat of the iron, and is a trick used by many home sewing enthusiasts including myself. I'd start with the lowest steam setting on the iron and work up from there.
  5. Most any tuner is adequate for consumer use. It's the location of the antenna which will make or break your FM enjoyment. Height is EVERYTHING. If you think you're restricted to where and how you can mount an external antenna, my next suggestion would be to stream internet FM feeds from your computer to your stereo. I don't know what's available for Windows computers, but with Apple it's Apple's Airplay. The computer streams the FM feed to the device, which is connected to your stereo- they make adapters which terminate in RCA plugs that connect to your tuner input.
  6. Exactly. I hope I'm not saying the same thing but I suggest swapping the left and right speaker crossovers, then trying again. If the problem follows the crossover, then I'd say it's the transformer. Looking at a couple schematics, it appears there's a tapped transformer in the squawker circuit. The iron core plates in transformers sometimes separate, causing that buzz you hear.
  7. Nobody in Florida has a pair of Klipschorns. If they did, and played them, Florida would separate from the continent and sink into the ocean.
  8. I don't think the solution is to mount the Klipshorns from the ceiling. The solution is to build pedestals UNDER the Klipshorns that elevate the speakers to ceiling height. Secure the pedestals to the adjacent walls. I don't care HOW loud you play the Klipschorns, they won't walk off the pedestals. Probably shape the pedestals to match the shape of the Klipschorns, for aesthetic reasons. Use natural wood and the speakers will visually disappear into the room. Inverting the speakers makes sense in that it will couple the woofer to 3 surfaces; the adjacent walls AND the floors, and it will place the midrange and tweeter closer to ear height. You might lose some tactile bass since the woofers will be so far off the floor, but everything has trade-offs. A bizarre idea, but I suppose it could work.
  9. You will not hear any difference with a different receiver driving your speakers. As long as the receiver is not being driven beyond its rating (you'll know it when you hear it), you're good. Sounds like you're not listening to rap, trance, or other high bass demand music, at live levels. You're good as is.
  10. At that price, I don't care how ugly they look; I'd find room for them even if it meant the wife has to sleep outside!
  11. Those just look like big headphones to me!
  12. Don't repair the crossovers unless you determine something is wrong with them. Why waste the money? Put a voltmeter, set to resistance (ohms) across the terminals of the tweeters and the midrange drivers. Disconnect the wiring first, but pay attention to which wire goes to which terminal. Anyway, if the resistance reading isn't listed on the back of the speaker magnet, figure about 4-8 ohms. Your drivers should measure something similar. If your drivers do measure good, here's the next step. Doesn't matter whether the speaker is connected to the wiring; use clip leads and clip the wires from your volt meter onto the speaker leads going to the driver. Play interstation FM noise if you can, if not-music. Set the voltmeter to A.C. volts. As your source plays AND YOU INCREASE THE VOLUME, you should see the voltage reading rise. If you don't see anything, THEN the crossovers need work.
  13. All this talk about crossover upgrades and bad corner placement, BAH! What I want to know is, how do they sound TO YOU?!
  14. Well; you at least know the woofer is working. You could perform the test again, driving only one speaker at a time. That way you could compare left vs. right and if they're pretty equal in their output, you can assume they're operating correctly. Tip: You should position each speaker in the same location when performing the test. My suspicion-room acoustics. Move your system to a different room just for experimental purposes and see if you get different results.
  15. Get the Yamaha. It has the highest power output (compare all 3 at the same resistance, 8 ohms or 4 ohms) and it has two sets of speaker outputs. The Music Hall only has one set. You can dock an iPod or i Phone to the Yamaha with an accessory