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Peter P.

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  1. My opinion: The Forte's will be physically too large if placed against the 12' wall. To me, it's just an aesthetics thing. The speakers dominate the room. Even placing Forte's along the 20' wall is something you have to "walk around". I'd get the Heresy's, or even consider a smaller bookshelf Klipsch, placed on pedestals above the tabletop, with a subwoofer. I wouldn't sweat the Heresy's being below the tabletop; this isn't a room for pure entertainment so it's a compromise. Some people put their Heresy's on pedestals, and if the pedestals are large enough and tall enough, that might not be a bad option to get the speakers above the tabletop if you must. But I think it will reduce the bass output without the floor boundary, and I feel the Heresy's NEED the bass reinforcement of the room boundary. As for the amp; I'm not a believer in high end stuff. Get a Yamaha or NAD integrated amp and I challenge you to keep a grin from cracking your face once the music plays.
  2. I don't know the answer to your question.
  3. There could be some vibration from the speaker inducted to the duct, causing it to vibrate. That may be heard at the other registers. Crank up the volume on that one speaker if you can, then go listen at the other registers. If it's heard, you may not want occupants of the other rooms to hear the sound say, while they're sleeping. If you hear nothing, you're good. Also, if they're close enough and the speaker is playing loud, it may cause the duct to buzz or rattle. Crank it up to test. At the absolute worst, cut the hole oversized and drop the speaker 1" for better clearance. In the whole scheme of things, you'll never notice.
  4. I saw EL&P in Springfield, MA around 1982 or so. The push to get into the venue when the doors opened was so strong, I lifted my feet off the ground and did NOT fall down. It's a wonder I didn't think it was a potentially life threatening situation.
  5. Recapping is a lot of unnecessary drama. It's done so don't worry about it; you probably don't even know what the correct, factory capacitor value is, to verify they match the original so assume they are and let that pass. Old foam woofer surrounds were subject to rotting and refoaming is a necessity. Done correctly, the speaker won't buzz or rattle when driven. If they don't, you're fine. As for the pots; I suppose they could go bad but I expect it to be rare. Just put a voltmeter on them and verify the resistance changes as you turn the knob. Then you can reconnect the pots if you desire. Between the recapping and the pots, it sounds like a previous owner was a tweaker, fantasizing about improving the sound, and these AR's were his project. I'd look elsewhere for something that's not been intruded upon, unless you have the skills to correct the "mods" they made.
  6. I was curious too, so I measured my Heresy II's. The width and depth are identical, but the IV is roughly 3" taller. Looking at the photos of the IV without the grill I can see extra space between the top of the tweeter and the top of the motor board, which reinforces my measurements. I wonder whether the extra height was necessary to accommodate the port, or for the extra cabinet volume to achieve the lower cutoff frequency, or both. From what little I know, with a sealed vs. a ported cabinet of the same internal volume, the ported cabinet WILL inherently play lower, but will have a steeper roll-off. That steep roll-off may work better with the steeper slope of the new crossover. Lastly, I wonder whether the tilted riser will affect the port's output. Typically, rear ports fire directly backward at the adjacent wall. How will an angled port affect the port's low end contribution? I can't wait to read real world reviews from owners.
  7. Stick with it; you'll know what it's about! https://youtu.be/-bb7eCgLbLI P.S. Can we add youtube videos to posts?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Peter P.


    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.
  11. 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.
  12. No, please; I'm too young to be a HAM! 😀
  13. 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!
  14. I flipped the plug earlier today. Now I'll give it a few days.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Use the "L/LFE" input on the subwoofer. Here's the manual to assist you.
  22. 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.
  23. I think the speakers are too large for the room, or another way to say it is, the room is too small. I think you'd be more likely to get that 3D soundstage if you could pull the Forte's away from the walls a foot or two or at least spread them farther apart, but the room is too small to do that. I wonder if you'd be better of with a smaller pair of speakers, and that subwoofer I see in the corner. Also, the dimensions of your room are close to a square. If I recall (someone else chime in if you will), square rooms cause all sorts of acoustic problems. Your lack of 3D may be due to your room's dimensions.
  24. I was speaking to the shop owner/repair tech at my locally owned appliance store. According to him, the TV you buy at the big box store is not the same as the one you buy from him even though the model numbers are MOSTLY the same. He repairs both TV's for the big box stores as well as his own sales, so I trust he knows what he's talking about. Also, the big box stores' "Black Friday" TV deals are specially made to a price point, and consequently use substandard parts, to meet the attractive price. They have a considerably higher incidence of failures as well. Think before you buy.
  25. Great story; thanks for sharing it!
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