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Peter P.

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    Meriden CT
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    Cycling, music.
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    Klipsch Heresy II's (with a powered sub), kg sw Subwoofer, Quartets, kg 2.2's, kg 4.2's.

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  1. You've got your "food chain" right. It's wise of you to consider the form factor of the speakers as they have to fit in the room, not just physically but aesthetically. And, you've got the Quartet/Forte/Chorus hierarchy right. Keep us updated if you try another model.
  2. I think you'd have to start with the Heritage Series, if you're looking for that break point. That heart and soul will be found in the efficiency, and the horn loaded drivers, and the two go hand in hand. You mentioned you can't fit LaScalas; then you probably can't fit Cornwalls because they are even wider, albeit just about an inch. So stop dreaming about them! If you're willing to buy new, get the new Heresy IV. Rumor has it, it will be available at the end of the month. Otherwise, the Heresy III is insanely efficient and will beat the pants off any speaker similar in size. Similar size to the kg4's- find a pair of Quartets. Willing to go just slightly larger-if you want legendary, get a pair of Forte's, which are probably Klipsch's most popular, and affordable speaker.
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    I agree that used Quartet pricing should be lower than used Forte pricing, and typical used Forte pricing in my area is around $500. As has been mentioned, Quartets are a slightly smaller Forte so they're more convenient and more aesthetically acceptable in smaller environments. I bought mine with one slightly water damaged top, for $250. There's currently a pair for sale at a reasonable $500 near Worcester MA.
  4. Be patient and get the Cornwalls. You've been smitten by LaScala's; Heresy's will fall short of reminding you of what the fully horn loaded LaScala's did to your heart and brain. The Cornwalls are closer.
  5. No, please; I'm too young to be a HAM! 😀
  6. Here is the solution to my problem. It was the radio station. Listening to other stations, with just the DJ speaking, I could not hear any hum. I'm an FCC licensed Motorola technician, so I have at my disposal a service monitor capable of generating FM. I brought it inside and generated an unmodulated carrier over the air at the station's frequency, for a full quieting signal. No hum. Then I tried generating an unused FM frequency in my area at full quieting, and reduced the signal level until white noise overcame the signal. Still no hum. I sent an e-mail to the station telling them what I heard, just as an FYI. I've seen problems with a ground wire on the mic which needs to be cut, or nearby sources such as a cellphone on the desktop, the cellphone charger nearby, or nearby laptop computer/charger similarly causing problems. Thanks for all the suggestions; at least it's not my equipment!
  7. I flipped the plug earlier today. Now I'll give it a few days.
  8. Thanks for the replies! The tuner is a 1982 Yamaha digital tuner. I too was thinking it's a power supply issue. It's a two prong power cable. A rabbit ears antenna is plugged in.
  9. I discovered I have a hum in my system when listening to my component FM tuner. All other components have no hum. Is a ground isolator on the RCA cables called for? Do they work? Any brand favorites? Any other suggestions?
  10. I saw a picture somewhere of a Klipsch employee who built scaled-down LaScala's that were roughly the size of a bookshelf speaker. I think the concept is interesting, but there must be some reason it hasn't been done by Klipsch. I agree with TwinStick; I'd buy a pair even if I had to pair them with a subwoofer, assuming the rest of the concept was sound.
  11. Sometimes its just your speaker cables running too close to A.C. wiring, and/or running parallel to the A.C. wiring. The longer the speaker wires run adjacent to A.C. wiring, the more potential there is for hum to occur. If your speaker wires are inside the walls, this could be a problem to fix. If your speaker wires are inside the walls, try running a temporary speaker wire to the affected speaker by just laying it on the floor in a random route. If your speaker wires are accessible, try the same experiment to see if it's the proximity of your speaker wires to something else which is causing your problem.
  12. I just measured the current draw on my subwoofer, an SVS-1000. Since it is a recent vintage product, it consumes less power than older, non "Green" energy compliant products. Your subwoofer's power consumption numbers may vary. The manual lists the sub consuming 0.5W while in the low powered, standby mode. Shutting off the stereo, and prior to the sub going into this low powered mode, it consumes 22.8W. So if the Auto-On/Off feature of the sub is not used, it will consume 22.8W while waiting for an input signal versus 0.5W in the Standby Mode.
  13. Most subwoofers will stay on for a period of time after the input signal is removed. With my subwoofer, it's 5 minutes. Leaving the subwoofer on all the time will draw unnecessary idle current, raising your electric bill. Subwoofers using an "Auto On" feature go into a low powered "sleep" mode after that period of no use, drawing substantially less current. In my case it works out to 3 cents/month.
  14. Use the "L/LFE" input on the subwoofer. Here's the manual to assist you.
  15. Some people cut a hole in the bottom of a properly fitting styrofoam cup. Place the cup over the dome, and place your mouth over the other end. Suck. Better control than a vacuum. There are a lot of youtube videos on this fix.
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