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  1. Caintick makes the baffles or one could use butcher block countertops at 1.5" thick and cut some holes. Drivers are listed here. Regarding the OP, I think open baffle work particularly well with solid state because they are so revealing. IMO, SS is not very revealing so the two balance eachother out yet you get the driver speed and chest pounding bass with the 15" and 18". My video is here. In tandem they do draw more of the amp but still highly efficient. https://www.lii-audio.com/shop/ Here's my video with them in tandem.
  2. Agreed, but open baffle speakers like the Lii's in particular are equally if not, even more revealing than horns. They're also equally as efficient as my Klipsch heritage and far less costly.
  3. When one listens to Albert King like I do, tell me what is pure. Do you think a live band rocking out with static sounds pure? Klipsch speakers are not meant to sound ultra refined or pure. If people want ultra hi fidelity sound then they can go buy some ultra hi fidelity recordings that sound amazing with just about anything. Drums & Bells is probably the greatest recording in history https://elusivedisc.com/drums-bells-comparing-sticks-cd/ if you just wanna hear a world class recording but is this the kind of recording or music you actually listen to? Some of this purist stuff gets a bit absurd. You gotta work around the music you like and consider how it's recorded. If you like Journey, what's the point of purity?
  4. Regarding the original post, in my opinion I think it's important NOT to switch too many things at once. Just take your time with a particular component and listen or write down some notes while you are listening to determine what you hear with a particular genre of music you like. Make notes of the soundstage, balance, spatial separation, bass, treble or whatever, etc, etc. After a while, switch out the component and re-write the notes over to determine if you are able to discern any desirable or undesirable differences. If not, then great. If so, that's great too. It takes time to learn what you like or dislike through "experience" IMHO.
  5. I'd imagine all these amps are up there with the best of the best. I think it the right settings, they would all do a great job.
  6. Having had the fortunate opportunity to work with lots of tube amps and solid state amps, I had a chance to spend a few days with the Alan Eaton 45 integrated tube amp at 1.5 watts per channel and ended up buying the Alan Eaton 45 monos at 3 watts per channel (video links below). May not seem like much power but I'll tried to put matters into perspective. Everyone's room is different, so what works for me may not work for you. It amazes me how long people are waiting on Decware, yet have no idea about Alan Eaton's incredible work which was also discussed on the Glow in the Dark audio site . The main reason is because of the popularity of Steve Guttenberg's Decware Zen reviews combined with increased sales from the pandemic. Regardless, these monos are the finest amps I've ever used regardless of cost and they drive the Heresy beautifully!
  7. This first video are just some brief comments on the reasons for doing a part II of this comparison. There were some comments by several others in these forums as well as Steve Huff who are far more experienced, so I wanted to go back and do this again. My friend Mirko is also a far more experienced and better listener than I am because he understands it better than I do and my biggest problem is that I lack experience. The first comparison thread and video are linked below as well. I'd like to reiterate my reasons are for doing this. A few commented that I was only using a 2.5 watt Decware and that it wouldn't be enough to drive the bass of the I'V's and I understand the concern there. My issue was that this is one of the amps I still listen to for easy listening at night like Bill Evans and Chet Baker for example. That being the case, one may not hear much difference in the bass between the IV's and II's at those lower listening volumes right off the batt. I decided to take the Heresy II's over to my friend Mirko who owns the IV's and compare them using the Primaluna EVO400 integrated amp and McIntosh MHA100. We also compared the Klipsch KLF20's and took well over a dozen comparison videos. I realize videos will never convey the incredible sound when hearing it for real BUT they do help display the "relative" differences of the bass and even the highs and mids. I'm still going to be uploading many videos today so bear with me. Another criticism I got was that the walls in my previous video are slanted corners and that the bass of the IV would not resonate, so I believe we got that nailed down better in the newer videos. Another matter was the the break-in period. I have no idea if the decibel levels increase with break-in but for some strange reason, the IV's unquestionably sound as efficient as the II's which was not the case in my first video several months prior. Mirko has put tons of hours on the IV's to break them in so perhaps this is a result of break-in? Not really sure. All I can say is that their volume levels sound the same now. This is why I think it's important to go back and listen to speakers again. These comments are merely what's being heard. I really believe room size and acoustics have a huge influence on the results one hears with speakers. My own room where the first comparison of the II's and IV's took place dampens extremely fast! If you clap your hands in that room, there is no audible echo at all! In Mirko's room which is bigger and more wide open, there's a bit of brief echo but I also like his room because it's as if all the speakers have more breathing space. It's probably a placebo effect on my part but I like it nonetheless. I will just say that I really love Klipsch and their story. It's not about high class fidelity like you get in these ultra expensive and ultra refined speakers sold on the market for tens of thousands of dollars. The Klipsch Heritage series just have have this crude but absolutely beautiful sound that just seems so realistic, dynamic and right at you. Sometimes it brings so much emotion to me. Realistic sound doesn't always sound refined IMO. That realism is why I love these little Herey's so much. Others may not have this same experience, but the II's I have which are completely bone stock, definitely exhibit more treble and the voices seem to shout a little bit more than the IV's. Mirko didn't refer to it as treble but he did express a similar impression of the sound in the highs and I think this will easily be audible in the videos if one is wearing a pair of earbuds or headsets. I have to be completely honest about the bass in all three speakers. The KLF20's almost seem to have quite a bit more bass than I would actually need (at least for my tastes) while the Heresy II's sound as if they are lacking some bass, but the Heresy IV's OMG! They are just so damn perfect and I get the idea that it's just such a complete speaker. I was blown away by the IV's. The bass of the IV's is very audible in Mirko's room. It's controlled, tight and very palpable and overall, I actually liked the Heresy IV's even more so than the KLF20's because the bass rocks the room but it doesn't overwhelm the music. It's just so damn perfect! I think the reason my Heresy II's seem to work so well in my room is basically because the dampening and deading are so well controlled that it helps dampen the highs in the Heresy II's and I imagine it deaden's the bass. I'm also using one and often two REL T5i's because they are super fast and match so well with the Heresy, it's really incredible. If you have never experienced this sub, it's one of the most amazing experiences. I invited Mirko to another room where I connected just one REL T5i to my pair of Heresy II's using a modified Dynakit Stereo 120 solid state I got from Kenny Russell and an Erhard Audio Aretha tube preamp. We played Tom Sawyer by Rush using a high fidelity Vinyl recording. At one point we were a little over 107 decibels and he said it was the best example of the song he had ever heard which was pretty awesome. Normally he plays music at 80 decibels because he says that you don't wanna play too loudly for sustained periods and hurt your ears but it was just a fun time. In all, the Heresy IV's were king during this experience and the top end sounded a bit smoother and rolled off compared to my Heresy II's. I really love both these speakers, I really do. If you're playing stuff like Albert King, Stevie Ray and voices, all these speakers will rock. Sooooo much fun!!!!
  8. I should also add that I'm definitely willing to sit just 9 ft from them. Didn't realize the bottom cabinet was wider? https://audioroundtable.com/PiSpeakers/messages/14409.html
  9. Thanks a lot guys. Yea, unfortunately that little wall on the right, next to the arch is the one that's really got me scratching my head. the longer side is 19" x 17" to the arch. Am I correct in assuming that the width of the K-horn will protrude into the archway?
  10. I'm looking for advice on anyone who's experienced with placement of klipschorn's. I've never heard them in my life. I've only seen pictures of them. I have an opportunity to get a pair of 1980's models in great condition with Crites crossovers. The issue is that my living room is about 11.5 ft x 20 ft and they would have to be placed side to side against the smaller side of the room which means the drivers would only be about 8 ft apart. Will the bass be non existent if they are toed out? Manuals seem to indicate that they should be at least 10 ft apart from the center of the drivers, but not sure if I'm interpreting that right or not. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The issue is I don't quite have a full corner space. I'll try to add a photo of the room. Thanks! ---daniel
  11. Unfortunately no response was ever received from the seller. Still open to anyone selling some Forte 1's. Thanks!
  12. I spent some time listening to my friends Evo 400 again recently using all the stock tubes including EL34's. When we first tried it, it was almost unlistenable on its own with the Heresy IV and Heresy II because it was just so bright and brittle sounding at first. For that reason, he was using a separate solid state preamp to add some roll-off. I must admit I was somewhat skeptical about break-in but now I'm a believer. Since he been breaking it in for many hours over the past few months, the Evo 400 sounds amazing on its own now. It doesn't sound bright and brittle anymore. Soundstage is big, wide and beautiful.
  13. Limberpine, sorry so late here. I came back and said omg 6 pages! What happened? Then I read along. I've been through everything you are going through and then some. You wouldn't believe the things I've tried to remove buzz. Made some interesting discoveries along the way the past couple of years. Here's the issue with the ST70 I have as well as most amps. THEY DON'T HAVE ATTENUATORS and the ST70 is one of them. I tried Bob Latino's attenuator for the ST70 but it was horrible. It totally ruined the sound of the bass and only worked from the 3 o'clock to 4 o'clock position. I just had the whole thing removed and didn't even want it in the circuit anymore. The gain on the ST70 is insane no matter what it's coupled with! I can't believe others don't even talk about this. You have all that gain combined with a highly efficient speakers like the heritage line and it's a bad combo. My Decware SE84UFO has a built in attenuator and it works like a charm. Even the Parasound A23 Halo has attenuators and my Aretha played nicely with both. Then you have these guys that are OCD about noise. Not referring to you! Your situation is totally justified, but these other guys who put their ears up to the speakers and listen for anything they can find are seriously OCD. If it bothers them that much, then just add an attenuator to calm things down some. Even the McIntosh MC30 tube amps had attenuators. I realize if the buzz is excessive, there's only so much you can attenuate out of it. Here's something that recently happened for reasons my friend is investigating as of last night. Currently I'm running my Heresy II's with two preamps. One is the Funtastic Dynakit PAS-M which is insanely good and the Erhard Aretha which is also insanely good. I've compared all sorts of amps and preamps. I even spoke to Will Vincent on the phone last year. For some reason still unknown to my friends and I, when the Aretha is coupled to the new Dynakit ST120 solid state, it goes completely quiet and it sound absolutely incredible. Out comes this beautiful, open airy sound stage like all the instruments are floating in space. Even when I turn the ST120's attenuator all the way up, the Aretha is still completely quiet. I recently ordered another Dynakit ST120 solid state from Kenny at Funtastic Vintronics for my second system which with replace my ST70. My friend Luigi is reading up on the stats of the newer Dynakit ST120 solid state that Kenny makes at Funtastic to see if he can find out why the Aretha is so quiet by comparison with it and we are going to talk more tonight.
  14. Shakey, it seems like you raised a good point there. That makes sense to me when I think about it too, so maybe my thoughts are off.
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