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Peter P.

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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. One reason the JBL's may appear to outperform the Cornwalls in the bass is, the JBL's are positioned across the short dimension of the room-at least it appears that way. The bass pressure wave will have retained more of its energy when it reaches the opposite wall, giving the bass more impact. Reversing the wiring to the speaker, and checking the polarity of the woofer wiring, were both good suggestions.
  2. That was going to be my suggestion. But since the Cornwalls are more difficult to move, I'd suggest placing the JBL's in front of or on top of the Cornwalls and see what happens. Try to duplicate the JBLs' current height. Looking at a photo of the room, I see LOTS of hard surfaces. Slap echo has got to be an issue in that room, and that will blur the bass. I still think there's frequency cancellation going on. One rug on the floor isn't going to solve the issue.
  3. Remove the drivers from the front baffle to gain access to the inside of the cabinet. A flashlight and a small inspection mirror will help. Squirt wood glue into the seams where side panels meet the back panel. If you want, you can buy a couple of those cheap ratcheting straps to hold the cabinet tight while the glue cures. These straps should come with accessory metal corners to hold things square and protect the corners while the glue cures. You may have to glue only one edge at a time and position the glued edge so gravity draws the glue into the gap. Think of the speaker sitting like the letter "V" while the glue dries. I repaired a bookshelf speaker and a Heresy this way and it worked fine.
  4. One wonders whether it's your room's acoustics which are canceling out bass frrequencies. Have other speakers in the same room performed better in the bass department?
  5. I second SVS subs. My experience having pre-and post-purchase questions answered quickly and in detail, as well as the product itself (in my case an SB-1000) convinced me I made the right decision. I'd also consider the HSU as mentioned above. Some of their subs provide a means of plugging the ports so you get to experiment with both ported and sealed sub designs. What's interesting is the OP has used a 10" sub to pair with LaScala's. I wouldn't think a smaller sub would be able to provide a reasonable low end to complement the high output capabilities of LaScala's.
  6. Those things have PATINA! I think they look like weathered, aged; they have character. I don't think you should consider covering them with veneer. Their natural skin looks cool. Sure; you could apply a patch or filler to the missing, chipped parts if you want but don't go all fastidious-crazy. I'd merely sand them lightly to perhaps smooth out or hide any water stains or discoloration then apply some sort of wood preservative such as the aforementioned tung oil, or lemon oil, etc. Personally, I don't think the price is that bad.
  7. From the photos, I don't see any reasonable corners to place the Klipschorns. 1. If you place them on the left side of the exercise bike, the left speaker may infringe on the closet. The right speaker will be staggered; not in the same plane as the left speaker. 2. Place the Klipschorns in front of the bike, and the right speaker has no corner. Building a false corner for the right speaker would look crappy, even if it worked. In your case, I think you're better off with a smaller, conventional box speaker.
  8. How about THESE in Hudson Valley? If you're willing to replace the tweeters, you'd be in business! Or THESE in Allentown, PA? Much more presentable, with a commensurately higher price.
  9. Without a picture of the damage, I can only guess what it looks like. From your description, I would cut out a length of the damaged section long enough to splice in a new piece, with screws on either side so you can drive the front panel screw in without hitting the two screws. You probably need just a hacksaw blade and no fancy saw.
  10. Were those speakers "you grew up with" in the same room those uninspiring speakers were placed? The listening room impacts the overall sound more than you can imagine. If you're running a subwoofer with those current speakers and you're disappointed, something else is going on.
  11. From the photos it appears your Belles are resting on their sides. Flip them 90 degrees so they are resting on their bottoms and the sound will improve. No need for new crossovers. 😉
  12. I was recently sent for 2 week's training in a large, metropolitan area. Figuring my weekends would be free, I thought it would be an opportunity to seek out a Klipsch dealer and check out the new Heresy IV, and hopefully a LaScala, which I'd never heard. Fortunately, there WAS a stereo shop about 5 miles from the hotel, and being an exercise junky as well, I walked the 5 miles to the shop on a Saturday, not even sure they carried either speaker. I lucked out, and they did have the Heresy IV, but not the LaScala ☹️. I own a pair of Heresy II's, which is my point of reference. The shop had a tablet device through which I could access virtually ANY music imaginable, in hi-res files. I listened for an hour. The verdict: The listening room affects the sound so much, that making accurate comparisons is virtually impossible. The listening room was unlike my living room; it had a carpeted, concrete floor, and chest-high carpeting along the wall behind the speakers. There were bass traps in the corners, and many sound diffusers and absorbers throughout the room. Both the wall behind the Heresy's and the opposite wall had numerous pairs of speakers, creating uneven surfaces to further scatter reflections. Never mind the dimensions- the Heresy's were placed about 2' away from the long wall of a roughly rectangular room, while mine are within a foot of the narrow wall. The result: There wasn't much in the bass department and the midrange wasn't as strong as my older version. But I couldn't knock the speakers as I felt all the differences were due to the environment vs. the speaker. When I was done with the Heresy's, I asked if I could listen to a pair of Klipschorns, which I hadn't heard in 35 years. I remember that first listen; NOBODY forgets their first exposure to Klipschorns. The Klipchorns were in another room which was somewhat similarly treated. I felt the same; the room was affecting the speakers and I didn't get the goosebumps like I did those 3 decades ago. I listened for an hour and while it was fun, it didn't impress me. I didn't feel the rooms were treated incorrectly, just that combined with the speakers, I didn't hear what I was familiar with (the Heresy's) or what I was expecting (the Klipschorns).
  13. Honestly, I think those Klipschorns are too large for the space, physically and aesthetically. Unless you want to keep them for sentimental reasons, I would sell them in favor of something smaller.
  14. Peter P.

    Ky/TN LS

    I'm not in the market for LaScala's but they fascinate and tempt me, so I watch for them to show up for sale. I agree with Dave A-prices for used LaScala's are above $1k now. I'm not rich but personally, since they're a rare find and if they're good looking in person, I'd pay the asking price or maybe ask for $100-$200 off just to feel like I won the fight! As an example, there's a black pair selling locally for $1k and both tweeters are blown. In this case I wouldn't think they were worth $1k. The seller should repair them as that will increase their marketability, speed up their sale, and the seller could probably recover their repair costs.
  15. The Tractrix port used in the Heresy IV looks suspiciously, EXACTLY like the ports on the latest Cornwall. It makes me wonder how critical port design is vs. cabinet size. Also, I know port length and width affect port response, but the Heresy IV doesn't seem to have any substantial change internally. My old B.I.C. Venturi speakers, with their vented slot at the bottom of the cabinet had a longer, labyrinth port path. Comments?
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