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  1. Some basic Scott 299C Questions

    Actually, everybody has helped a huge amount! And I appreciate the patience and information from everybody, it did factor into my decision. Hopefully I did OK. First, it was interesting from dirtmudd about the calculations of the Scott amps in today's dollars, I hadn't really thought about that aspect. There was another problem I kept thinking about, and that is how so many of the tube amps are <10 watts, some even at 2 watts. I saw the thread from Maynard: https://community.klipsch.com/index.php?/topic/170414-who-wants-to-measure-how-much-power-voltage-is-really-needed/& Now, of course, I don't understand 95% of it, but derrickdj1's comment too, "I have the RF 7 II's and my tube amp is usually under 2 or 3 watts for my normal listening level." Also, and of course I don't understand it, some say watts from a tube amp are more efficient at actually driving the speaker than the solid state amp. And many are saying that the first watt is the most important. So I did finally accept that I didn't need 100 or more wpc, especially with the efficient Klipsch speakers. The weird thing though is I thought somewhere somebody had said if the speaker is underpowered it could be damaged, so maybe somebody could clarify that at some point. And, the debate about older but rebuilt vs. new with the warranty was also factored in. In the end, it is interesting that but for a few seconds, I might have ended up with that 299C which was several decades old, but restored. So it turned out that I found a used Decware SE34I.5 (Rachael model) within the price range and bought that. Before I got it he let me listen to it with his system, and it sounded excellent. Of course, I'm thinking the rest of his setup didn't hurt, as he had everything top of the line and in perfect condition. I'm not sure about the brand of speakers, but they're supposed to be mighty expensive ones. He turned out to be a great guy too, either he took pity on a non-expert like me, or he's just happy to help everybody. One of the factors too is that Decware gives a lifetime warranty, although I'll have to pay a bit to transfer it to me, which I'm waiting on until it becomes necessary. The guy I bought it from said he didn't worry about any warranty, since the quality was so spectacular. So I hope I made a good choice, I hope I didn't pay too much, and I hope it will last a mighty long time.
  2. Some basic Scott 299C Questions

    Yes, I am a new guy here, and definitely don't want to cause or be in the middle of ANY controversy between people. In my opinion, all of the people here are helping others, and many have knowledge of these systems that are in the stratosphere. I don't know that I'm much above sea level here. The story about how I got interested in the Scott 299 amp is that there was another thread, with huge controversy, about a new tube amp that was inspired by the 299. I figured if it was inspired by the 299, why not try to get the real deal? I believe the price of the restored 299 is less than the new one also. However, as derrickdj1 said, they are old, they've got to be restored by somebody who knows what they're doing, and the restoration is costly. And yes, Craig at NOS Valves is part of my research, as on eBay just recently there was a Scott 299C restored by him. http://www.ebay.com/itm/H-H-Scott-299C-Stereo-Tube-Amplifier-Craig-Ostby-of-NosValves-Restoration-/122722092729?hash=item1c92ce86b9%3Ag%3A1xgAAOSwK89ZxojC&nma=true&si=35anb8WC52I3htR7ngLnk501hgM%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 It was even close by, I could have picked it up. I even tried to bid on it, but my bid never even made it in as others were bidding higher and higher so quickly. And to buy from somebody named "honorable_bob" seemed to be pretty safe. I looked on the website for NOS Valves, and the one suggested by Maynard, Ken at aeaaudio.com, and both Ken and Craig I'm sure are 100% excellent at what they're doing. However, everything they're listing is "SOLD," so that doesn't help for somebody like me. I can't purchase one and hope to have it restored, I don't know enough if it is good or not, and have it end up costing in the stratosphere. I guess it could be months and months too, although I am patient for incredible quality. And, embarrassing to admit, I'm so void of knowledge in this area that my idea was to be able to combine and have a tube amp to be both a stereo output for the phonograph and able to do the 5.1 surround sound from modern movies. The only thing I've found is the "Decware ULTRA" which is priced much higher that I was hoping to spend, but Steve Deckert was also highly praised by Maynard, who I have to say is a great guy and appreciated in my opinion for his willingness to help. Now, if that ULTRA isn't expensive enough (not meant to be taken negatively either, I understand though that high quality costs money), it seems that you have to also add another five tube amps in addition, which I don't understand why but I'm sure is the way physics requires it to be. So, with NOSValves answering my initial questions, I've got more information, but I'm still not sure about what to do.
  3. Some basic Scott 299C Questions

    Thank you to everyone who replied. This is just what I was hoping to learn! As Maynard said with the reference to vintage cars, which I'm interested in, I suppose that nostalgia factor plays a part, not that I really was listening to tube amps (or anything else or any quality) back in the day. I had "The Record Eater" for a phonograph, and then somehow it played through a box and into fairly junky speakers. I'm not looking for a '48 Tucker, nor a '76 Pacer, but something more middle-of-the-road that will not cost over $1000 or so. I would also like to have my children hear what it was back when I was their age, and maybe even hear an actual record played on a phonograph!! I am wanting to get the RF7II speakers, an RC64II center speaker, and the R112-SW, which seems like it should be mighty excellent if I can do it. I'd still need to find a phonograph, but there isn't much point researching that now until I could hear it. I like the treble much more than the pounding bass, and don't need to listen at 120db, but would like to have the ability to play a bit loud. It is just in a regular sized living room, although the ceilings are 12 feet. I'm obviously not the major audiophile who can tell the Wattgate 381 outlet (https://www.parts-express.com/wattgate-381-au-evo-clear-gold-plated-audio-grade-ac-recepticle-outlet--110-4396?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pla ) from other outlets, and no, I wasn't ever even tempted to purchase it, but just a regular person who'd like to hear whatever I can hear with something of a relatively high quality.
  4. Some basic Scott 299C Questions

    Thanks for that suggestion. I am worried about just bothering one of the experts, as opposed to having any of them respond if they'd like here.
  5. OK, think of me as just landing from Pluto, not knowing much of anything about the tube amps/pre-amps. I've done some research, and it seems the 299C is rated mighty excellent. Now, not to debate, but I have a few questions. 1) Why is the 299C so spectacular? And is the 299D even better? Why didn't they keep going with the 299E? 2) Is the 299C a pre-amp, and thus needing an amp, or can it work on its own? 3) Will the 299C work with only two speakers, or can you have the center speaker and a subwoofer with it too? 4) Are there any Klipsch speakers it wouldn't be good with or work properly with? 5) is there a modern tube amp/pre-amp that is just as well-respected? 6) Are the tube amps only used with playing vinyl records? Hopefully there are some patient people out there, as I know these are ridiculously basic questions, and I appreciate any help.
  6. I didn't see this posted, but Newegg has the R-12SWi for $264 on the shell-shocker deal with promo code EMCSRKRK4. I'm not sure how this one compares in the grand scheme of Klipsch subwoofers, but it still must be pretty decent.
  7. R-115SW in North Carolina

    I'm not sure if this is a great deal or not, but maybe somebody is looking for the big subwoofer. The ad says $600 Today Only, but it has been up for a month, so I'm not sure about all the details. https://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/ele/6201857525.html
  8. Thanks Youthman, I wasn't sure that a "newbie" like me could post anything worthy.
  9. And, to make the trip even more enjoyable, he could swing by High Point NC and pick up a new R-115SW for $600. The ad says "Today Only" though, but the ad was posted a month ago, so maybe the price has dropped. https://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/ele/6201857525.html (And I'm not knowledgeable if it was an Alert! worthy deal or not. But it is the same price as a used one on eBay.)
  10. Lost our home to fireworks!!!!

    Long ago in high school, there was a kid with most of one hand blown off because of fireworks. The others called him "The Claw," but he was actually a very smart guy, and a good guy too. Tragically, he was killed in a house fire before he graduated, when he was trapped in the basement, because he went down there to make sure nobody was there. Another time, an entire family a few blocks from my grandparents were killed by a fire. One person was smoking and fell asleep on the couch. They "put the fire out," and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, the couch reignited. So, yes, I'm having a fit too when I see the stupid neighbors' fireworks remnants in my front lawn and on the roof of my house. They were actually shooting towards my neighbor's house, and surprisingly always away from their house.
  11. OK, now I'm feeling guilty!! I could have saved you $1200 AND a road trip to Florida. But I'll still say Congratulations! The final decision was, if they were Cherry you would have stayed in WV. As CHASL2 said also, they are very deep speakers. They are also extremely tall too. I'll also say a public "Thank You!" to Youthman, who even offered to drive over there so a newbie like me would get a good deal.
  12. I know nothing about subs...

    Hey, that's me too, and I don't even have a setup yet. I somewhat look at the specs, having majored in math, and start to wonder a few things. 1) From the research, it seems that it is possible for a smaller 10" sub to output a lower frequency than a 12" sub, however, what also seems to be a guiding factor is the "bigger is better" philosophy, so I'm wondering about that. 2) Now, I can believe there is a noticeable difference if one sub goes to 30Hz or so compared to another one at 15Hz, but what about 24Hz to 20Hz to 18 Hz? Are they huge steps, or just slightly better, or maybe hardly better at all? 3) The "in room extension" specification seems to indicate that everything will work in the real world unless you're in a mansion, although others dismiss this as a gimmick. 4) The dreaded one spectacular one, vs. two pretty good ones. Some say it makes a world of difference, usually the ones selling the subwoofers, while others say once again it will help some but in the real world the difference is small, and definitely not by a factor of two. 5) Is the SVS PC-2000 somewhat of a gimmick with the cylinder design vs. the usual box? 6) Is there any loose guideline of the percentage of a system's cost should be spent on the subwoofer? Thanks.
  13. That's the other thing I worry about as a newbie, is the price too good?
  14. Wow Youthman, that is pretty nice to let people know!! This is my first posting here, but I've been doing much research. I actually live close by in Bartow!! I had seen this ad before myself, and thought it was a great deal, but they're black. I don't know if the ad ever showed when the speakers were made. Also, one thing I've wondered about during the Craigslist searches is the lifespan of these speakers, as many are 7 - 10 years old, is it really worth it then if half their life is gone? Or will they last decades without problems?