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  1. Can someone explain how to use these banana plugs? Everyone I've ever tried - I jam the wire in, tighten the screws, and the wire still falls out far too easily. Is there some trick?
  2. What are you using for a preamp? Just curious...
  3. Oh, so on the III the crossover is not on a wood board attached to the side or bottom of the speaker? That's all I've seen from photos here... Any pics of this?
  4. Can you elaborate on what "blew"? To me, "volume of 40 to 75" doesn't indicate much - what were the watt meters registering? It's a quality 200w integrated amp, and as what was said above, your ears should have blown way before the speakers.
  5. I've built the amp camp amp and this 'ain't it. Amp camp amp is only 7-8 watts and has much less parts. Only one output transistor per channel.
  6. Wiring isn't everything. It's the only thing. 😄
  7. To stray off topic - that 1964 Altec catalog is *hilarious*! The model on the cover with a 14" waist, the wood cover for the preamp, the astonishingly low 0.5% distortion on the tube amp...speakers with table legs...and I don't know about you, but I do all my serious listening in an impeccably pressed suit, with the wife in a dress and heels. Baby, can you pour me a Martini and light me a Chesterfield while I spin some Dean Martin?
  8. I have Heresy IIIs, and I was surprised. You see a fairly large box (by today's standards) with a 12" woofer and it *looks* like it should rock the house with bass, given there are small bookshelf speakers with long-throw woofers of half the diameter that rock the house. Then I learned a little about sealed-box designs and ported designs and learned a bit how complex it is. I'm not a big bass person and I use the Heresy with no subwoofer. For me, when the bass is really there and it's recorded well it surprises me, like when there's an fff in a bass drum in a big symphony, for example. Yes, it would be nice to have a bit more in a jazz trio string bass, but what is there is so tight and controlled...
  9. Yep. Totally agree. The Heritage speakers have a long history and design principles and philosophies associated with their creator. You buy and enjoy them knowing and respecting that. The vision wasn't a DIY-friendly product where you're encouraged to tinker and tweak and play. I believe Nelson Pass encourages that with his public domain amplifiers, but this is different. If Grandma Smith spent years perfecting her peach pie, laboring over many trials and experiments, it becomes famous, and you go and change a bunch of ingredients and amounts, cook time, and procedure, should you really be calling it Grandma Smith's Famous Peach Pie? All Chief Bonehead said was they're his to do what he wants, just don't call it by the original name. Nothing more.
  10. I like to rotate the woofers every couple thousand hours of listening, 1000 if listening to heavy metal. 😉
  11. Obviously, you have to change the capacitors when they age and no longer function to spec. Going back to the car analogy, you have to replace the oil filters and the brake pads, because they wear out. Yeah, it's still a La Scala. But change the drivers, the crossover design, the enclosure shape/materials - you've changed the basic functionality and the sound.
  12. I don't get it. In each case, you've changed so many of the key components (I mean - completely swap out a Mustang motor but you call it a Mustang?) that you can say - well, what's left? You said - "Much of the La Scala is in the design, no?" To me, the *design* is the carefully engineered *sum* of the enclosure, drivers, materials, and crossover. You change any of that, you've changed the design. Not a La Scala any more. It's a modded La Scala. Fine, if that's what you want. Some people love tweaking and hacking...
  13. It's a short-but-sweet (and direct) response. And so true... The OP talks about the soundstage and the great sound...before he wants to tear it apart? You can buy a classic Ferrari (F40? I know nothing about vintage automobiles) and replace the engine (you know, it's so outdated), the brakes (they have much more modern materials), the transmission (so many advances since then!), the suspension (computer designed these days!), the exhaust system, dash instruments (go digital!), etc. But would you still call it an F40? Honestly, I don't get it. Just build your own box and stuff it full of the drivers and crossover that you choose. And put your name on it.
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