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  1. I'm sorry but I have absolutely no idea what you're saying here. ..Please restate.
  2. Are you saying that only "Sheeple" are affected by the placebo affect??
  3. This is just more anecdotal evidence that does nothing to reduce expectation bias - I'm sorry but it's wholly unconvincing. In Pharma this sort of "I tried it and it helped" approach to sort out real from imagined improvement would never pass muster. As I mentioned in previous threads, in a clinical trial 30% of people who used an inhaler w/ inert ingredients (i.e., the placebo trial arm) believed they felt an improvement in their asthma symptoms. And this is just one example. In hundreds and hundreds of clinical studies, participants report an improvement in symptoms when given a placebo. ..And bear in mind these participants KNEW there was a 50/50 chance they'd be given a placebo.
  4. My hunch is that Roy and the design team for the new Khorn know very well that AQ wiring neither measurably, nor audibly improves the speaker. It DOES however, help them impress the non-scientific audiophile who thinks fancy wire matters. ..And considering the rather short of amount used in each speaker, it does little to raise the production cost of the speaker. Who knows what Klipsch pays per ft. for the wire, but I'm sure it's a fraction of what one would spend at an audio dealer. ADDED: Roys job is to sell speakers - and they are excellent speakers IMHO. And if adding a few meters of named brand wiring helps - why not? But it is NOT his job to debunk audio myths. ..If Klipsch were to issue a statement that pricey speaker cables are no better than lamp chord, tbey would upset their dealers who rely heavily on the extra revenue that comes from selling boutiquey cables. Without these dealers, audio as a hobby will likely die off. But as an engineer I suspect Roy knows better.
  5. Yes... This appeals to the audiophile "snob" crowd. Exactly. I would but my life that PWK would say this does NOTHING to improve the sound of the new Khorn.
  6. I've definitely seen some (if not mfgs, then on-line retailers) who do offer 100% money-back guarantees. ..But this isn't any kind of assurance their pricey cables sound any better. ..It only means that they built the cost of returned cables into their pricing - which is probably not hard to do given their margins. I find it hilarious that all the meters of wire INSIDE of a component can be of thinnish gauge with plain looking insulation, but the cable that JOINS two components must be 4x as thick and have beautiful milled connectors, and slick woven covering. ..Me thinks it's to suggest "this is serious kit!!". ..Nope - it's just wire. Funny how you don't see Wire and Cable fetishism when it comes to life-saving medical diagnostic equipment or on Aircraft that carries hundreds of people.
  7. Companies like this exist (and often succeed) because the audiophile world expects NOTHING from them in terms of high quality evidence to support their claims. ...We give them cover by saying, "Well... to each their own. If someone buys this and hears an improvement, then no harm, no foul. ..No skin off my nose" . To me, this is borderline aiding and abetting. ..As audiophiles we need to set a higher bar, or our hobby becomes less and less appealing to people who believe in evidence based science. At minimum, audiophiles should be asking, "Please show me blinded listening trial results ...Show me how people who, while unaware of which cables are in use, pick YOURS as making a system sound better (or at least different - as "better" is subjective). ..And they do this more often then they would by chance." Alas... it will never happen.
  8. Seems quite far-fetched to me. I recall reading (or maybe it was on tv) a study where blindfolded expert violinists were asked to indicate whether they were playing a Stradivarius or a modestly priced modern violin, and they guessed wrong as often as they guessed right. The point being that much of what this guy attributes to the glue type is probably mostly between his ears.. And there is a whole lot of that in the audiophile world.
  9. I've heard both. ..No, the difference is NOT substantial - despite the larger horn. I wouldn't be surprised if people struggled to tell them apart in a blinded comparison. And as I said, the bracing is essentially the same as the III's.
  10. Agreed. Overblown statements like that are sadly too common in this hobby. One of my favorites is "My ears bleed when I hear klipsch Heresy's with a Pioneer receiver." Sigh... I can't speak to the II's, but the III's do NOT have any audible resonances that I or anyone who has heard my system has heard. .Just like the IV's, the III's are braced with 2 2x4's drilled into place through the baffle and backboard right into the end-grain of the 2x4' - which is a rather crude, though effective, form of bracing. Both the III and IV's sound rather hollow when you knock on them when compared with just about EVERY other speaker in their price range. ..So if you subscribe to the "knuckle rap" test as a meaningful way of assessing speaker cabinet integrity, then you should avoid ALL Klipsch speakers b/c they all suck in this regard. They sound like shoe boxes when you knock on them. But what matters is that resonances aren't audible when playing music. You do realize that the III's were engineered by many of the same people using the same Klipsch anechoic chamber and same design principals. I realize "huge" advancements are claimed for the IV's, but that's to be expected. ..It happens EVERY time a new edition of a product is introduced. But having heard them - they sound pretty much the same. ..Which is to be expected. It's not like Klipsch was stupid then, but brilliant now.
  11. I would get one of McIntosh's, Accuphase's or Luxman's integrated amps. For me, a mono switch and tone controls are must-haves. ..And output/ wattage meters are a nice plus.
  12. Well, if you've read many of my posts here you'll understand that I'm not a big believer in amplifiers sounding different from one another. Indeed, my view is that modern day amps that are engineered to be linear (this would exclude low watt tube amps but include just about all others) will not sound different if not driven to distortion. So my view is that you shouldn't spend lavishly on your amp in the belief that it will make your system sound better to you or your family. While it is true I have a rather expensive integrated amp (McIntosh MA6600), I do not find it to sound any better than my AVR. ..I bought it and love it b/c I love the look, the feel, the history of the McIntosh brand AND b/c it has tone controls (bass/treble) AND a mono switch - all of which I find essential to my enjoyment of music, especially older recordings that date back to the days when Stereo recording/ mixing was crude and often did more to harm than help the music. As for Phantom center... YES, my Cornwalls do a great job of creating a center image. As for subwoofers.... they're not for me. I find the depth and impact of the CWIII's to be more than enough and as I've already stated, we rarely watch movies with deep special effects. As I said earlier, in our view music is best when enjoyed as a group. We rarely have disputes about what to listen to. ..When the whole family is around, we simply take turns at picking songs. I use ROON as the curator software of my 1000+ CD's (ripped) and it links to TIDAL to access songs that are not in my collection. Rather than having a dedicated listening room, I'd sooner just buy a nice pair of headphones. ..Just MHO.
  13. This is our approach. ..While I do have an AVR (Onkyo), Center and Surround speakers, nowadays we nearly always just play movies through the McIntosh Integrated and Cornwalls with Apple TV Audio set to Stereo. Our days of watching Jurassic Park and other bombastic big special-effect movies are largely behind us. Our last four movies were: Nomad Land, Sound Of Metal, Hillbilly Elegy, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. ..None of which is improved by 5.1 or 7.1 audio. Sound Of Metal, coincidentally, is a cautionary tale about a musician who destroys his hearing playing in a heavy metal band without wearing ear-protection.... After watching that, I've been playing music at (slightly) lower levels. All four were great movies BTW. But to each their own. ..Sounds like Mayo is at a different life-stage. ..Young kids love watching movies with big booms, and special effects (think Incredibles, Star Wars, etc..) I've been there, so I definitely get the desire to integrate 5.1 - 7.1 into the setup.
  14. Our great room system is highly biased toward 2-channel. ..My center speaker and surrounds are Paradigm and Polk Audio, respectively - so, they don't match. I bought them when my F/R speakers were Paradigm S8v2s. But when it comes to movies, no one in my family is bothered by the slightly timbral/tonal mis-match - we're too focused on the story, etc.. And we don't have a subwoofer. ..Don't really miss it.
  15. I suppose if one was determined, they could play tones at a very high SPL and find a frequency at which you could get a CW cabinet to buzz. ..But hear it while playing music? ..Not a chance. I have never heard my CW iii's resonate, despite every imaginable style of music, played from whisper quiet to 100db. Because magazine reviewers and audio salespeople serve up the "knuckle rap test" as a meaningful in-showroom quality test, it's predictable some manufactures will over obsess on this aspect of speaker design, then make hay of it in their marketing. ..But that doesn't mean they've made the speaker SOUND better. ..Or even that resonances would have been audible had they not incorporated all that extra bracing. I trust the engineers at Klipsch took resonances into account while engineering the CW's; after all, they had all the tools to determine where to add add'l bracing during the design phase - but they didn't. So I feel safe in assuming they felt it wouldn't improve how the speaker SOUNDS while playing music. IMHO, disassembling CW IVs (or III's for that matter) and adding add'l bracing, replacing cross-over components, wiring, etc.. (as some in this thread have suggested) without clear evidence (ie., double blinded!) it would improve sound, strikes me as utterly foolish. But if destroying your warranty coverage AND resale value is your goal - have at it.
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