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Peter P.

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    Klipsch Heresy II's, kg sw Subwoofer, Quartets, kg 2.2's, kg 4.2's.

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  1. I have to agree that's probably a more accurate description of the Heresy's low end. To answer the OP's ranking question, I'd probably rank them in the order you've listed them. Since your existing speakers are narrower than the Forte's, you'll be surprised at the physical "frontal" space they occupy. And back to the "used" theme, there's a pair in Niantic CT for $500, which is about as low as you'll see for a pair of Forte's . I've even been tempted to buy them to replace my Heresy II's. I've got Upgrade-itis, I tell ya! The Quartets are a tad smaller than Forte's, and I wouldn't consider "refreshing" them before listening. If they ain't broke, don't fix 'em. They ran circles around my Heresy's in both the low end and efficiency departments. While I haven't heard Heresy III's, the extra high efficiency they have will astound you, even if you can't turn them up. The difference in efficiency between your existing speakers and the Heresy I's or II's will be readily apparent should you go the used route, and will still make a positive impression.
  2. Your thoughts, after viewing the image of your room, are correct. Larger speakers would take up too much space, and space is a prime consideration when buying speakers. The Heresy's are a great choice and the only Heritage series speaker that fits the bill for you; use them for a while then see if you desire a subwoofer which many, including myself, think is a a good upgrade that will likely find an unobtrusive spot in your room. You're right about Forte's and Cornwall's being lease breakers if you succumb to temptation, but the same could be said of Heresy III's with their 99dB/W/m efficiency. Don't have room for a sub or prefer a straight, full range speaker and you're willing to look beyond the Heritage Series? Get a kg 3.2, kg 4, kg 4.2, kg 5.2, or Quartets, all of which occupy a similar footprint than the Heresy. If you don't have a local Klipsch dealer, check the used market such as craigslist. Right now I see Quartets, kg 4's, more kg 4's and kg 4.2's for sale in your locale, with reasonable used pricing. There's even a pair of Heresy's in CT for $375. And if you wanted to make the trip to CT, you could listen to my Heresy II's to see if they're your cup o' tea. If you're like myself, you want the authentic, real deal, so you just have to hear any Heritage Series speaker to see what all the fuss is about.
  3. From CT craigslist. Seller has dropped the price from $450 to $375. I'll bet they sound just fine.
  4. Peter P.

    Good Witch or Dead Witch?

    There's an entire industry of people that service stereo equipment. If you can't fix it yourself but love your Panasonic, search the internet and find someone who can. I've kept my 20+ year old Yamaha amp alive this way.
  5. Peter P.

    Purchasing Chorus ii or Cornwall ii???

    The specs for your choices are so similar that either speaker will be fine. Being 10dB more efficient than your JBL's, you should enjoyably crap your pants at the difference. Where I see either Klipsch falling short might be the "bass feel" you enjoy. You may be asking too much of even these speakers to fill such a large volume space with bass. But that could be overcome with a subwoofer. But that can be added at a later date.
  6. Are you running a moving coil cartridge through a moving magnet phono preamp? Or moving magnet through a moving coil preamp? Some receivers/amps have a selector switch.
  7. Peter P.

    SVS or Klipsch sub?

    I'd buy a Klipsch sub out of loyalty to the brand IF they offered a sealed model. SVS does offer a sealed version. The fact they specialize in subwoofers increases their appeal to me.
  8. Peter P.

    Moving La Scala II upstairs solo?

    Practice by carrying your mother-in-law up the stairs. If she makes it unscathed, you can handle the LaScala's. ☺️
  9. Peter P.

    Moving La Scala II upstairs solo?

    Perhaps you can rent a MOTORIZED hand truck, DESIGNED to go up stairs. I know they exist because our company has one for installing racks of equipment. Call around to your local rental or moving stores. If the room is going to be a tight fit for the LaScala's then yeah; get the Heresy's and a subwoofer. There are ALWAYS be practical considerations which will affect your buying decisions.
  10. Peter P.

    Heresy III slope angle?

    I just measured my Heresy II's and they averaged 7.5 degrees, using a Tilt Box II. Hope this helps.
  11. Peter P.

    Help with Heresy 1 1975 binding posts

    You need spade crimp connectors, available at any hardware store. Get the blue ones; they fit typical 16-18ga. wire. Buy a stripper/crimp tool while you're at the store if you don't have one. Strip the wire, crimp on the connector, put it under the speaker terminal screw, tighten down, and you'll feel all "pro".
  12. Peter P.

    Heresy III versus RP 160M (and RP600M)

    You could have purchased a used pair of Heresy 1's or 2's at roughly the same price as your RP-160M's. Interesting question, and after looking at the specs of the RP-160M's, I'd love to compare the two myself. The one performance difference I see is the RP-160M's ported design vs. the Heresy's sealed design. While a ported design extends the low frequency limit of the speaker and improves efficiency some, it reduces that taut bass that acoustic suspension speakers are known for, and eliminates any worry of port noise at higher volumes. FYI; my main speakers are a pair of pre-owned Heresy II's.
  13. I yearn to own a pair but alas, no room for them! https://worcester.craigslist.org/ele/d/charlton-klipsch-lascala-black-crites/6780609641.html
  14. Peter P.

    Subwoofer Placement

    I've got a kg sw subwoofer. Being a bandpass box, it only has output ports, no visible drivers. And without a manual to make suggestions, I get to experiment with subwoofer placement. So let's assume the ports are the equivalent of a typical sub's driver, and if our hypothetical sub has itself a port, we'll assume it's on the same face as the driver. 1. You can point the driver in the same direction as your speakers. Similar to the kg series passive radiators. 2. You can point the driver in the opposite direction, toward the front wall, much like a Forte passive radiator. 3. You can point the driver at a right angle to your main speakers. In the manual for SVS subwoofers, it mentions placing a subwoofer somewhere along an adjacent wall, but from their diagram it isn't clear whether it is pointed in the same direction as the main speakers, or at 90 degrees to the wall the subwoofer is placed against. SVS says this produces accurate response, at a reduced level. 4. You can point the driver toward the ceiling. Never seen this done before. 5. I suppose you could point the driver at the floor and some subs are designed this way. I don't have this option with my subwoofer so I couldn't try it. Anybody using a subwoofer designed like this? So it seems there's really no hard fast rule to subwoofer placement and the owner is free to experiment. I bring this up because with the nature of my room and my setup, I have too many wires running to the sub, then back across the room to the speakers. If I move the sub to unclutter the wiring, I have to make changes in its orientation. For kicks I tried placing it with the ports facing the ceiling. It definitely reduced output but maybe it sounded a bit more refined. Pointing the ports at a right angle to the main speakers i.e., along an adjacent wall (#3) I understand I wouldn't get corner reinforcement. I'd be curious if anyone here is running their sub at a right angle to their main speakers and why. And of course, all comments and opinions are welcome!
  15. It's not a subwoofer in the common sense of the word. It's a passive, bandpass speaker with inputs from both channels, then out to the regular speakers. It's the equivalent of a pair of kg4's without the tweeters-two 8" dual voicecoil woofers with a switch that either uses one voicecoil per woofer or both, changing the output from 91-94db. It doesn't play as low as a subwoofer (I call 30Hz the starting point.); 38-150Hz, but the efficiency perfectly matches my Heresy II's. Since I don't watch movies, I don't need LFE type lows but a full-range speaker equivalent. When I bought the first one, I discovered it definitely fills in that 1/2 octave below the Heresy -3dB cutoff and turned the Heresy's into keepers-almost. I'm so torn to buy a pair of kg4's or kg 3.2's and do away with the extra wiring. I have also been tempted to buy a true subwoofer (I lust for an SVS SB-1000) but I'm cheap, and I don't want to pay the extra electric bill when it's in idle mode, which I calculated out to 36 cents/year, I think! Anyway, I initially had the first kg sw in my basement, filling in a pair of kg2.2's and the results were dramatic. Since I brought it upstairs to pair with the Heresy's, my basement system is longing to get back some low end, hence the search for another one.