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. This is exactly where my mind has been heading. I'm craving lower bass from my Heresy's and I don't have much more footprint available; Forte's would be slightly oversized. It's the rarer Quartets, or a kg sw subwoofer to fill out the bottom end. If I buy the Quartets I could probably sell the Heresy's with a zero sum cash outlay.
  2. Update. I e-mailed Klipsch asking if they had any kg sw subwoofer feet. They were great and actually replied. I was told they no longer stock the feet, but recommended I check out Meniscus Audio. Their Extra Points feet look way better than my 1/4-20 screws and the large base on the cone means they'll have the support and will less likely bend. I'll post if I buy a set. Interesting note: Why is it we're on the Klipsch forum but the auto spelling checker highlights "Klipsch" as an unrecognized word?!
  3. The position of the volume control is almost irrelevant. Some manufacturers design their volume knobs with a lot of fine control of the first half of their rotation, so it's easier to fine tune the volume in the range most people listen, most often. Some manufacturers design their volume pots so the volume gets real loud with a short spin of the knob. Gives the owner the impression there's lots of power left in the amp section. Don't sweat the position of your knob. And don't think dirty thoughts after reading the previous sentence!
  4. My basement stereo system is a sub/sat combination. The satellites are Bose 161's and with their "twiddler" 2" drivers, have absolutely NO low end. I laughed the first time I powered them up! Not being too fussy about my basement system, I hastily searched craigslist and found a Sony 12" powered subwoofer for $75. Bonus that it was less than a mile from my house! While I'm not too crazy about how ported bass sounds, it did the job. But what annoyed me is the fact that it drew current even in Standby mode. I don't care that it was rated Energy Star compliant; it was wasted electricity. But as far as I knew, no one made a passive subwoofer. The other problem with the Sony is that when radio personalities would speak and pronounce "bilabial" consonants such as "b" or "p", the subwoofer would add an unnatural "pop" to the sound that I couldn't get rid of regardless of the level or crossover settings. So when I discovered Klipsch made a passive subwoofer, I was all over it! Bonus was that the speaker outputs are high pass filtered. It took me about 8 months of craigslist and eBay searching but I scored one last week. The cabinet was in fair shape and may be a fun restoration project in the winter but for the basement, it's fine. In fact, I'd refinish it now but one of the bass ports won't come out and I want to remove it to sand the veneer. However the basement has a concrete floor and the subwoofer didn't come with feet. Moisture from the concrete would eventually ruin the veneer so I had to cobble something together. The subwoofer has unthreaded holes where mounting feet would presumably fit. I took some measurements and bought some brass, threaded wood inserts that pretty much screwed right in. My mistake was applying Loctite 242 to the 1/4-20 screws. They set up so hard when I turned the screw, the insert would back out. So I separated the parts and reinstalled the inserts with some wood putty. The screws needed some length so the banana plugs wouldn't hit the floor. I wired it up today and put 'er to the test using my Boston Acoustics Rally Bass Collection CDs. With the ports about 2" from the wall and the efficiency switch set to the lower 91dB output vs. 94dB, the bass was overpowering, even when I turned my tone control to minimum (-5). So I turned the subwoofer around to face into the room and the sound smoothed out, but still dominated the Bose twinkies. Clearly the sub and sat aren't matched for efficiency. I set the bass control to -2, which made the best match. Now the pops are gone and I've still got the bass I want. Yeah; I could see where the powered sub had the advantage in adjusting level and crossover but I'm pretty happy.
  5. Thanks for the kind words. I plan to report on it once it's up and running. And, I know where to get spare parts if I need 'em ;-) . Jason-I couldn't get the back of the subwoofer off after removing the screws, to inspect the seal/insides- it must be glued on as well. The terminal cup has a thin rubber gasket. I wiggled out one of the woofer ports to discover the glue which held it in had dried, which is why I suspect the back is glue sealed as well. Any suggestions on how to remove the back would be appreciated.
  6. I bought a used kg sw subwoofer on ebay and was already aware it was missing the feet. The mounting holes are unthreaded and slightly over 3/8" diameter. The mounting surface is 3/4" thick. The mounting feet must snap in, I'm guessing. Anyone know where I can get OEM feet? Ideally, I'd like to place it horizontal but I'm guessing the feet were removable for flexible positioning. If I can't get feet, should I plug the holes? Suggestions on what to use? Anyone know where I can get a manual? Thanks!
  7. They had no bass because they weren't at floor level, much like the Heresy's in all the Chipotle restaurants. I'm not confident that even if they had corners at that height, that they'd reproduce sufficient bass levels. Corners alone wouldn't cure the problem. But who cares now; your buddy is the lucky recipient of a neighbor-killer pair of speakers.
  8. Stand them up; that's the way they ship from the factory and the packaging engineers know better. And put your wife in the truck bed and tell her to keep the speakers from moving!
  9. Those speakers are so efficient I couldn't imagine any amp being driven to clipping, even if both pairs were on the same amp. I'd run both on the same amp and as long as the output isn't distorted, you're not dangerously overdriving your amp.
  10. Mr. Bell, with your Yamaha running full tilt, current delivery will be a paltry 3 amps. For perspective, a typical 100W incandescent bulb draws 0.9 amps. Most likely you'll be running your amp at roughly 1W power output (ignoring peaks), especially since the Heresy's are so brutally efficient. In that case, current delivery through your speaker wire will be 0.3 amps, much less than that incandescent bulb! Just go to the hardware store and get some 16 gauge speaker wire. Spend the money you saved on frou-frou speaker wire by buying music or taking your wife out to dinner.
  11. Maximum current available from your amp assuming an 8 ohm Heresy, would be 2.5 amps. That's nothing. 16 gauge wire can handle that with ease and will not present any great resistance over typical speaker lengths. In fact, it's often used in runs up to 100 feet.
  12. The reason "it just sounds live" is because live music amplification doesn't use EMIT tweeters and planar mids! I think Klipsch speakers are about as close to live amplification as you can get, where efficiency is the name of the game. And with the Quartets' efficiency, you won't even wake up your CODA amp from their nap to work hard enough to fire up those speakers!
  13. I'm guessing this kind of thing was prone to happen on Friday's after lunch...
  14. Don't bother second guessing what will work. You'll find an exact replacement on eBay.
  15. If they were facing your neighbors, they'd all be dead.