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  1. What I'm saying is I don't think it serves the interest of a speaker company that relies on a dealer network to go on the record calling BS on things like the audibility of differences b/w speaker cables, interconnects, DACs, tuning rocks, cable lifters, hours-long break-in' periods, amplifiers, etc.... All of these things help dealers stay in business. IMHO, speakers - their proper placement and room acoustics - account for >95% of how a system sounds. ..But dealers desperately need to sell ALL the components and accessories to be viable. So a speaker company engineer isn't about to say anything that interferes with that.
  2. I don't it's fair to expect CBH to weigh in on these Myths. After all, his dealers benefit from them and probably need them to help keep their doors open. And most rely on the "break-in" myth to help reduce returns. ..I don't think they'd be happy with Klipsch if their chief engineer is on the internet calling all that stuff BS. I think PWK would have an even harder time. If he went in to a retailer nowadays and pointed to his BS button every time he heard a salesman talk about power conditioners, speaker cords and cables, etc... The owner would probably say "Get out... and take your speakers with you"
  3. Of course - and what’s wrong with that?! I think most people would find it hugely enlightening to learn that a group of people, when blinded, can’t reliably distinguish one cable from another. Or one amp. Or one DAC., etc…. Preferences are subjective and can’t be debated. But the ability to actually hear a difference can be objectively determined.
  4. Voice in the skies? Government podium? What are you talking about? You are free to believe whatever you wish of course. However, to any newbies following this thread… Be reminded that Bob Crites, Who was as respected as PWK himself, Explained that breakin takes an hour at most. Factory burn-in might increase costs slightly but shipping speakers that don’t sound their best would cost more in lost sales. Like I said, if Breakin made the difference between a speaker sounding “meh” and “wow!” the mfg would surely find a way to break them.
  5. right.... AND mfgs would have found a way to make it a part of their manufacturing process. ..Instead of drivers sitting on a shelf waiting to be screwed into a baffle, they'd be hooked up to a device/amp that exercises and breaks-in the speaker.. c'mon people... if your BS radar doesn't go off with this then your gullibility makes you too easy a target.
  6. "It's not that serious. Really and truly, it’s not…." Well, maybe if one has unlimited resources to devote to this hobby it's not, but to the rest saving someone from needlessly spending $300 on an audiophile power cord is kinda serious. Life and death? No, of course not. ..But worthy of a forum post? Yes, of course.
  7. No one is telling people what to do! Maybe you don't care, but others, particularly newer audio hobbyists, might appreciated learning about a more objectivist point of view. ..One that values validity testing and acknowledges the power of bias. And there's certainly nothing wrong w/ shining a BS light on companies who seek to collect lots of money from people peddling nonsense. If you want to put tuning rocks on your speakers, go for it. ..No one is stopping you. But don't waste your breath trying to stop us from calling it BS.
  8. Measured? Heck, I'd settle for identifiable whilst not knowing whether or not it's in place.
  9. That silly device reminds me of my favorite ever-optimistic hero.. Hand over that golden helmet! But this is a shaving basin! Shaving basin! Know thou not what this really is? This is the Golden Helmet of Mambrino! When worn by one it renders him invulnerable to all wounds! But he'll one day find it is not gold and will not make him brave... But at least he'll find it useful if he ever needs a shave
  10. I couldn't disagree more. Blind Testing can be very helpful in sorting out real differences from imagined ones. please elaborate on why you feel this is NOT the case.
  11. I would also add... Tone controls are to be avoided b/c they hurt the sound. The argument given is that they introduce add'l signal breaks that weaken/damage the signal. Total BS. Ever see a mixing board? You know, like the ones used w/ all of our audiophile favs like Steely Dan and Diana Krall?? They have hundred and hundreds of sliders, pots, etc.. each with at least two signal breaks. If each of those hundreds (maybe >1000) breaks weakened/damaged the signal, there would be nothing left it to hear/ record
  12. huh?? ..So why doesn't medical imaging equipment - which has plenty of "electronics/capacitors inside" need break-in time? If so, wouldn't MRI, CTs, and echo images get sharper as the equipment "breaks-in"? It's not that I'm trying to change your mind (it seems to be made) but I do want any newbies reading these posts to consider that "speaker/component break-in" is not supported by science.
  13. Couldn't agree more with Claude - break-in is a myth that manufactures allow to persist because it serves their interest by reducing returns. I would add interconnects and power cords to the list as well. ...And probably the idea that separates (power amp and pre-amp as separate components) offer an audible advantage. These days, integrated amplifiers have S/N ratios, channel separation, and THD that exceed our hearing threshold. ..Any minuscule improvement gained by separates is not apt to be audible and probably not even measurable. That of course doesn't mean there aren't other sensible reasons to go with separates.
  14. Well that settles it... Science vs... what Shakey says
  15. Here's what Bob Crites said about break-in... "Q: How about break in time for drivers or new driver diaphragms? A: Yes, and depends on the size of the driver. Tweeter diaphragm probably break-in at a matter of seconds. They are very low mass and move very little, so any break in would happen almost instantly. Probably happened when the factory tested the diaphragm after manufacture. Midrange are a bit bigger and have a bit more mass. Break-in is probably on the order of minutes with these. Woofers would take the longest. I think that break-in on a 12 to 15 inch woofer would be less than an hour played at pretty good volume using music with a lot of low frequency content." As I said, if "break-in" would make the difference b/w a speaker sounding "just okay" and "fantastic!" ..Then Klipsch surely would have done this during the manufacturing process. Unless you're using an amp that is so underpowered that it's driven into distortion (nearly impossible) speaker placement and room acoustics are your go-to's. Otherwise, you're just not a fan of how they sound. ..And there's no shame in that. ..Sell them and find something that better suits your tastes.
  16. It's your ears, or maybe your conscience, that haven't broken-in yet, not the speakers.... imho, break-in time is a myth that needs to go away... Audio companies know the break-in claim is nonsense but allow it to persist b/c it reduces the amount of gear that is returned b/c it failed to live up to expectations that were often set by wildly glowing reviews, online group-think, etc.. Some companies (not necessarily Klipsch) know if they specify a long-enough break-in time, people will simply grow accustomed to their latest purchase and become resigned to keeping it. Or maybe they'll go back and reread the glowing reviews and will simply convince themselves. Do you really think PWK would support the idea of an hours long break-in period?? Of course not. ..Nor did Bob Crites. ..In fact he said it took a mere few minutes. If break-in truly made the difference b/w speakers sounding "meh.." and "wow!!!!" then the mfg would surely find a way to break them in before boxing them up and shipping them. Just relax. Your CW4's are awesome speakers. ..enjoy them. It's your conscience that's giving you a little buyer's remorse. ..But you only live once. Once you're resigned to having spent the money your conscience will ease and you'll begin to enjoy your fantastic speakers. ..But it's your conscience that is "breaking-in", not the speakers
  17. What sort of features do you require? Integrated Amp: - Bass/ Treble controls? - built-in DAC? - built-in Phono pre-amp? - 2 sets of speakers or just one?
  18. The Heresy IV's are very efficient and easy to drive. There are wattage calculators you can find on the internet to help determine how much power you'll need. ..I would think 50watts would be plenty. ..More than enough to evoke an eviction notice if you share walls w/ a neighbor. And nowadays, nearly every integrated amplifier exceeds your hearing threshold with respect to THD, S/N, Channel Separation, etc.... So no need to turn amplifier selection into something akin to a wine-tasting exercise. ..Look for the features you want, fit/finish you desire and aesthetics you can live with. Spending more doesn't mean better (or even different) sound, but it could mean a thicker faceplate, heavier metal knobs/ switches, and grotesque amounts of over-engineering yielding no better sound, but a great deal more expense and physical weight And good call on choosing an integrated (or even an AVR) over separates! ..There's no engineering-based rationale for separating into two or more boxes that which can elegantly be built into one. ..Not only is an integrated solution cheaper, there's fewer components and less cable clutter.
  19. Couldn't disagree more. I have my system set up in an open floor plan great room and it sounds terrific. Besides, I'd rather sacrifice a tiny bit of audiophile perfection so as to more easily enjoy music in the company of others. Great music - cued up by myself, or others - needs to be shared. IMHO
  20. I like your break-down. ..And don't forget the cost of development, inc. the salaries of engineers, staff, craftsmen, etc... People who know I'm in Pharma often say, "The cost of an inhaler is outrageous! It's just a ubiquitous plastic pump dispenser filled a few cents worth of medicine." Yeah, well... Add to that the cost phase 1 lab development, phase 2 & 3 trials clinical trials in multiple locations throughout the world (often involving thousands of people ea. needing to be compensated) AND the costs of other drugs the company had moved through clinical trials only to fail to meet end-points. These failed drug costs can become of their break-even going forward. Another ex.., A VW has maybe $2000 worth of metal, plastic, etc... ...But just try designing, engineering, and manufacturing one in your garage for the price.
  21. I hope you're not referring to me as I have not "belittled a timeless design". Suggesting that the differences b/w generations of speakers are often not as great as a mfg would have you believe is NOT belittling anyone or thing. And I don't blame a mfg for shouting "new and improved" from the tallest mountain top. This is to be expected. But skepticism from those who not long ago bought the previous version should also be expected. Again, both were designed by the same person. What exactly has changed in audio engineering b/w 2005 and now? Sheesh..
  22. exactly... And CW3 and CW4 were designed/ engineered by the very same person with - unless someone can correct me on this, i've asked several times - the very same tools and technologies available to them.
  23. And as an added comment about not hearing resonances.... I find this very surprising considering how little bracing ALL klipsch speakers have relative to competitors. My CW3's (and the CW4's and La Scalas I saw at a dealer) sound as hollow as a shoebox when you knock on them. By comparison, my Vandersteen 3A sigs, and Paradigm S8 v2's, sounded like cinder blocks when you knocked on them. I guess what matters is how the resonances are controlled. Even voluminous hollow speaker cabinets (like the CW's) will sound inert w/ thoughtful bracing.
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