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  1. Tom_Birmingham

    Matching Heresy II's with a tube amp

    Hello, I hope Summer is coming along nicely for you all. Having deliberated about a Yaqin amp I have decided to opt out of purchasing from our friends in the East and stick to potentially UK soil, I have been looking at a Icon Audio Stereo MC25 mk2 amp which looks the business and has had some good reviews. It retails in at £1299.00 so not cheap at all, however I am open to other suggestions along the way. Plus, I'd consider a non tube amp. Baring in mind my room is not the biggest where my sound system is in in the first place, I am after fidelity though so the tube amp leaning is probably the right direction I am heading. http://www.iconaudio.com/main-products/stereo-25-mk-ii/ for further details. Tom x
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    Matching Heresy II's with a tube amp

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Yaqin-Mc-13s-Bk-6ca7-BL-Vacuum-Tube-Push-pull-Integrated-Amplifier-Mc-10t-10l-UK/1650218982?iid=251530335743&chn=ps&adgroupid=43920634520&rlsatarget=pla-359427365517&abcId=1063846&adtype=pla&merchantid=7353114&poi=&googleloc=9072497&device=c&campaignid=797602469&crdt=0 - another on Ebay for £480.00.
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    Matching Heresy II's with a tube amp

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/YAQIN-MC-13S-Integrated-Push-Pull-Amplifier/dp/B00A7IZN70 - nice and cheap here Derrick. Hmmmm, maybe a next day purchase. Anyone else got any thoughts on this amp ?
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    Matching Heresy II's with a tube amp

    Happy Spring all, this will be the second thread I have started here on the Klipsch forum. The first was around the support getting an offer on Ebay in my local area and taking the plunge on some II's. All is well at the moment, I am aware though the amplification set-up needs to be addressed as I am on a lower budget amp. One of the things that my recommenders need to be aware of is that I do not have a big budget and see around the 600-700 mark to be about right, I noticed some people talking about the Yaqin Tube Amps and how well they go so thought I'd ask what people on here though, particularly around pairing. As you will see from my previous thread, the room my speakers is in is not massive. Fidelity is better than loudness in this circumstance. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Yaqin-Mc-13s-Bk-6ca7-BL-Vacuum-Tube-Push-pull-Integrated-Amplifier-Mc-10t-10l-UK/1650218982?iid=251707506149 this caught my eye. Also, as a word of caution, could you please explain your jargon. I am still getting my head around the terminology, when numbers come it makes little sense at the moment - any audio science notes/guidance would also be welcome. Tom
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    New to Klipsch

    In response: Hi Tom Creek Audiolab Exposure A&R Arcam are good sounding solid state amps. Class D amplifiers could be worth a listen as would be a valve amplifier. I have used an EL34 Push Pull Valve amplifier with very great results for many years. There are some good valve amps from China at low prices Da Ming , Jacin, The old Leak valve amps like the Stereo 20 & TL12 + sound wonderful. My regards Guy.
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    New to Klipsch

    Good shout!
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    New to Klipsch

    Oh I've found a lot of people on forums talking about Nad amps that are paired well. I'm looking around the £500 budget in the future if anyone can kindly make some recommendations.
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    New to Klipsch

    6 days in and the love affair continues. Having fallen in love with them I am sad that I can't get that first day feeling as I'm getting used to the speaker abilities now ! However, I am sure it will become more obvious when I get in front of some not so good speakers. Still though, they are ridiculously good. Now.....for that amp.........
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    New to Klipsch

    What a day yesterday was ! We headed to 20 minutes away from our home to meet Guy and his wife. Guy was the main distributor for Klipsch from the early 90's to the late 90's in the UK and he was residing in his apartment with his wife now in retirement, and occasionally selling off some old new stock. I thought that I would be doing a quick transaction but Guy was an absolute gent and deeply in love with audio and Klipsch speakers. This came from having him meet Paul Klipsch and the family at a conference, afterwards he started a journey of audio having been disappointed with his DJ set up and speakers in the UK. He went searching and then found Klipsch in his opinion to be unbeatable, something that he felt was a love affair that had never let him down. We were treated to his Heresy Speakers II running through an Exposure amp which was in true audio salesman way the greatest welcome, he talked through his love of collecting music and searching for the perfect sound dropping in occasional numbers, amp rates, db settings. He showed me his catalogues, prices lists, folders of Klipsch information, the price of k-horns in 91 and how he now has two k-horns in Ireland at his countryside retreat. His wife advised 'well he could be in to worse things'. We got the speakers out which had a tiny scratch on, as a result he knocked £75 off, he did not want me to leave without having heard them. So we trialled them, got them out the box which were brand new - checked the serial numbers etc. As a result, I left with two Heresy speakers - over joyed and happy, also feeling like I had found a bargain. At home I opened the speakers up with Kamasi Washington - Truth (this was the first music I heard on Klipsch speakers just over a month ago) and then went into Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven and various soul, disco, soft rock and funk records. Incredible. I then listened to War - City Country City and couldn't stop grinning, something that also happened when Guy played me some instrumentals at his home, a grin wouldn't leave my face and my girlfriend said the same. Next steps for me are the following: a new amp, whilst my amp is holding up well I feel a new amp will bring some more fidelity to this. My knowledge on amplification including the technical side of things and what to look for in the design/description and abilities I have little knowledge on. Is there an idiot guide to audio anywhere ? I played some more low end music and felt whilst the sub isn't really needed for home listening, again, getting one wouldn't be a bad idea - the bottom end is slightly hidden but it's no biggie at the moment. Also as my room is so small, the sweet spot is actually a foot or so down from where I sit above the speakers. I am going to get some stand of sort, Ikea in the UK have a table which would work - or something similar to this would also do I feel. https://www.ikea.com/ie/en/products/tables/coffee-side-tables/lack-side-table-black-art-20011408/ - anyone got any thoughts on this ? Would that be OK ? Also, I'll get some laptop stands to adjust the speakers to be pointed upwards. I went for a walk last night and said to my partner, although this was one of the biggest spend I have made outside of a house or a long holiday it felt like one of the wisest things to do. It feels like a journey from one sound system to my one at home. Sound really does come alive with the right speakers, in fact all my records now sound completely different. Sonic, real and clear. No bullshit. A thank you to all that advised, been kind and guided me to this point.
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    New to Klipsch

    Well there you go, just put my name down on Ebay and will be in contact with the seller over this week. Now starting to get excited about what my first record will be on them. All roads lead to Neu or the latest Kamasi Washington E.P. (well from the one last year) which are both sonic joys of utter brilliance and incredibly well pressed on vinyl. A special thank you to @DizRotus who shared some thoughts, feelings and recommendations on the Hearsys speakers. In other news, if anyone wants to read up on The Lucky Cloud Soundsystem (the start of this all) https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3123 there is mention of the sound system and the surround k-horn (see, I am getting the lingo now!) set-up. We attended Fabric (a London night club institution) on Sunday and once heralded to having the best sound system in the UK designed by Martin Audio, whilst it was loud and has a lot of bottom end - the clarity and middle section of records are hidden by the stronger drum sections. Both my girlfriend and I were sadly not impressed. Will post back soon xxx
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    New to Klipsch

    Ha. My partner said to me this morning 'this is why you save your money'. I should imagine I'll be going to Solihull over the weekend. Willcgome back to your PM later. DJing this afternoon for a charity event. Tom
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    New to Klipsch

    Still looking at my savings and thinking.
  13. Tom_Birmingham

    New to Klipsch

    Sorry I am unsure what NIB and NOS stand for but I think I get the jist of your message @DizRotus ! I'll contact him directly and see if he can take a cash offer, if they were made in the 90's has technology changed dramatically ? Tom
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    New to Klipsch

    Just had a message from a eBay seller. 'Walnut finish - imported mid 90s, I was the Klipsch UK distributor 92-99. I have 3 pairs left.' They are II's. I could check them before purchase. I would love to know the differences. Concerned II's may not be worth paying for when III's are also worth saving extra for. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/e11051.m43.l1123/7?euid=1adb1d1e20d547289bc18ed07103ec1c&bu=43023962917&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fpages.ebay.com%2Flink%2F%3Fnav%3Ditem.view%26id%3D253504517983%26alt%3Dweb%26globalID%3DEBAY-GB%26referrer%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11051.m43.l1123%2F7%3Feuid%3D1adb1d1e20d547289bc18ed07103ec1c%26bu%3D43023962917%26cp%3D1%26sojTags%3Dbu%3Dbu
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    New to Klipsch

    Thanks for the tip Peter. It would be so helpful if I could do a comparison, whilst I do listen to electronic music which has a heavy kick drum and bass note it's mainly music at home that has a more detailed midlevel hence the welcome response to hearsy speakers, I'd also get a subwoofer to compliment this in the future but do not see this as an immediate priority. There is a trader selling II's near to me but only showing the box, I have asked for additional images - he is so close I could go and inspect before purchase. So, in short, the II are not going to be that different from the III. I'd be interested to hear other peoples thoughts too. Thank you for all of your comments and tips, it's so great to be supported by such dedicated and friendly individuals. A big thank you to you all.
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