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  1. Just got a pair of 70th Anniversary Indian Rosewood Heresy IIIs and I couldn't be happier. I traded up my old Heresy speakers for La Scala IIs last year, but damned if there isn't something about these little Heresy IIIs that stays with you.
  2. I don't know if you're referring to my original post... definitely not a case of being hammered and having a cranked session - stated a couple of times it was a burst of digital noise from having the wrong input running through my integrated. However in that time I have definitely had cranked sessions, and the louder they get the better they sound. I was out of town for the last week and came home Friday morning, wife took the kids to school then went to the gym. While she was gone, I put on Judas Priest's Sad Wings of Destiny, through the Luxman 509X integrated and tube preamp and into the La Scala IIs, it had to be at least 105 dB. I get a text from my wife, she's in the driveway. It says "I don't even want to come in." Apparently the windows on her Lexus were rattling... and she got out in the driveway and across the street, a neighbor was staring at the house. "Sorry, my husband is listening to music," she said to the guy. Tweeters held up nicely.
  3. Good to hear the CT120s are working out for you! After spending hours swapping out gear and driving myself insane over the Christmas holiday, I came to the conclusion that the sizzley top end in my system was a combination of components and source material and not the new tweeters. I had 3 different DACs, a new streamer, and had added back in my Anthem AVR as a preamp in my L-509X to boot, so it's no wonder the sound was disorienting. After a week of heavy eBay selling, I have now offloaded about $5500 worth of equipment and narrowed my rig down to the Luxman L-509X, CL-40 preamp, DA-06 DAC, and Innuos Zen. Everything sounds better than ever now, and my La Scala IIs are back to their former glory.
  4. I'm currently using a Luxman 509X solid state integrated for about 75% of what I listen to. But for the other 25%, I'm engaging my Luxman CL-40 valve preamp in the signal path (L509X has a preamp bypass selection). I can't explain it... for the majority of songs, the Luxman solid state sounds absolutely pristine... However, for certain content, there is a much more intimate and holographic sound from the tube pre... this is only the case for certain songs, so not genres, artists, or even albums. There are just TRACKS that for whatever reason sound so much better through the tube pre. The sound is warmer, more intimate, there is more sparkle and magic on the top end. Make no mistake, the tube preamp is not accurate - it is noticeably less clean and has less accuracy and detail. But on certain songs, hitting that "Separate" button may as well be hitting the "magic" button. For example, Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues is a modern pop record that is highly produced, but it sounds better through the tube pre. "Spain" from Chick Corea Trio's Trilogy sounds better through the solid state pre... but "Piano Sonata: The Moon" sounds better through the tube pre. Same record, different songs, different sounds. Steven Wilson's To The Bone sounds so much better through the solid state pre, but Pink Floyd's DSOTM and Tears For Fears' Seeds of Love sound better through tubes. Has to be something with the engineering of the songs that lend it to preferable quality of one over the other, but I cannot find a common thread. It's just a process of experimentation.
  5. No I am using the stock jumpers and running SVS Soundpath speaker wire.
  6. Well I dragged 3 different DACs and an old Mac Mini out of storage this evening and narrowed down the issue and it ended up not being the tweeters after all. Seems my USB DAC input on my Luxman DA-06 was misbehaving. It almost seemed to be clipping at certain points. I think it was a combination of DSP settings between the Luxman and Roon. Anyway I seem to have sorted everything out and the whole system is sounding much better now 4 hours later!
  7. Crisper is a good word for it. The hi hats, cymbals, and some piano frequencies all do sound a bit sizzle-y and crispy. Interested in hearing your experience going from the factory tweets to the CT120s. I also had some other upgrades in the time being since I was tweeter-less... added a Luxman DA-06 DAC to swap out with my Hegel HD30 and also a new Innuos Zen MK III music server. So all the system changes make it kind of hard to bird-dog where the changes I'm hearing are coming from.
  8. Yes, they were actually less than 6 months old, so the repair was covered under warranty. The dealer actually came out to my house and did the install themselves. I'll continue to run music through the next week and see how they sound!
  9. I have recently had both tweeters in my La Scala IIs replaced by Klipsch under warranty. It's been 7 days with the new tweeters, averaging about 3-5 hours/day of listening, but I am feeling that there is a bit of crispy sizzle in the top end that I hadn't noticed with my old tweeters. For example, a high hat featured prominently in a mix now sounds a little sizzley whereas before I feel like it was more detailed and less forward. I've run a burn in track on the speakers while spending 10 hours at work for the past couple of days. Is this new "sizzle" just a byproduct of me getting accustomed to having tweeters again, or should I expect to break these new tweeters in further to get the sound I thought I was getting from the old tweeters?
  10. Was just about to suggest The Three... I have the pre-Google integration Three so I am using a Chromecast Audio hooked up to it and running Roon. For a medium-sized bedroom, it looks great, sounds great, and is dead-simple integration into the rest of my system. It is not a "stereo" solution, but I don't do any critical listening in the bedroom. But it's great when doing laundry, housework, and other bedroom-related activities.
  11. I too have noticed that Guttenberg has been oddly singing praises of horns and Klipsch in particular over the past year. Which I think is strange because, let's face it, the guy has been in the game for 40 some-odd years, and he's just now discovering the joys of horns? Onto the subject of the video, I haven't heard them but I bet these RP-600s are killer speakers. I ran my Luxman L-509X integrated through my RP-150Ms recently while waiting for the new La Scala tweeters and they certainly punched far above their price point. Not in the same league as the La Scala IIs, but very detailed, dynamic, and smooth. I am sure the RP-600s are even more of a find.
  12. Two very different situations that shan't be repeated again. The tweets were because I was booting up my Mac Mini after moving my Luxman L-509X and not realizing the volume knob had brushed against my chest and been turned up to 12... immediately after turning on sent a burst of digital noise at over 100 dB... the tweeters never had a chance. The JBLs were the stupid result of trying to volume match a 90 dB sensitivity speaker with a 104 dB sensitive La Scala II in the other channel. 90% of the time I'm listening at night at around 85 dB tops... But I have learned some hard lessons over the past few weeks
  13. Thanks Bob, this is what Michael told me when I called you guys. I'm glad that Klipsch honored the warranty and are replacing both tweeters (even though they didn't have to). The technician who came by my house to replace the tweeter did mention that he wasn't surprised that the tweeter blew... basically what you said - quick bursts can't be protected on these things and it only takes a little bit (like a burst of bitstream noise from an LG OLED) to fry them to a crisp.
  14. It's been a few weeks so I just wanted to follow up on this... Klipsch came through as well as my local dealer (Audiotronics in Roanoke). They ordered a new tweeter and came to the house to replace it today. It wasn't until they put the new tweeter in that I realized BOTH tweeters had been blown, so we're going to do this all over again next week. In the meantime I had picked up a pair of JBL L5s on Craigslist to get me by, and they sounded good enough... but I did blow the woofer on one of them, so now those are toast. Survived the past 2 days with a pair of RP-150Ms. The funny thing is even with "only" 1 bad tweeter now, just how easy it was to forget how amazing the LS IIs sounded when listening to the other speakers. I didn't do any real critical listening with the other speakers but to me they rose to the level of "good stereo system." But when I plugged the LS IIs back in it was just such a whole different world. There were times over the past couple of weeks (with the other speakers) where I actually thought, "man, maybe I am not so excited about my stereo system anymore... maybe I was just caught up in some audiophile sickness and now this little break is the cure?" Now that I have at least 1/2 of my La Scala IIs back though I can say that was definitely not the case. They are amazing... can't wait to get my other tweeter in next week so things can finally get back to normal around here.
  15. One idea just occurred to me, wondering if this is feasible or not. Since I do not biwire my La Scala IIs, I'm wondering if (until I get the tweeter swapped out) it would be possible to remove the biwire jumpers on the La Scalas and plug one set of speakers out from my Luxman L509X into the "Low" speaker posts on the La Scalas and plug another set of speaker outs from the Luxman into my RP-150Ms... and using the RP-150ms for the highs.
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