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  1. I think some matters really need to be put into proper context which is why Mirko and I debate all the time. Our audiophile group argues endlessly with each other over things. I just feel that youtubers who review the Heresy IV's don't explain enough with regard to the context of the listening environment, music genre and volume levels. I would assume that the port being next to the La Scalas would merely have some minor influence on the bass, but probably nothing to do with the midrange or highs as long as the bass wasn;t overwhelming which with regard to this video didn't seem to be the case. The issue I took with the Forte IV was the lack of coherency of the voices which were lacking compared to the Heresy IV IMO. This is why I prefer the Forte 1. It has deeper bass and a sweeter top end IMO than the Forte IV. I think the HIV is an overall improvement over my HII's. Smoother top end and deeper bass. My reason for preferring my II's was merely in relevance to my listening room. My room is far more dampened than Mirko's main listening room. His room sounds real fun like a live band is playing because there's more reflection in his room. I know this may seem bad but it's not to my ears. His room sounds fun to me. When has listening to a live performance ever sounded like really high fidelity with acoustics? To me, it's more about the soul and excitement that's generated and Mirko's IV definitely deliver better than my HII's at his place.
  2. I don't know why the Forte demolishes the RF7III but have a listen with some earbuds. It's pretty shocking how different they sound.
  3. Kevin Deal at Upscale covered price increases in several of his videos quite well. His La Scala video also contributed to the original price hikes as well because he was speaking about how Klipsch never raised their rates which ran parallel with inflation till that video. But really, the costs are inflated. Shakey, you're taking my comments out of context. $6,600 dollars is not expensive for high end speakers in the grand scheme, so of course I agree with you. I'm referring to the "relative" cost of the Cornwall itself and what a consumer is having to pay now relative to real cost. I've worked in corporate business sales, so I have a pretty good idea how things generally work. I have been a wood craftsman myself for over 30 years in astronomy and have my own wood shop. I designed and built all my own plinths for audio gear, built my own telescopes, observing chairs, desks, lamps, you name it. A Cornwall is a box. I built boxes out of wood for a living for many years. I can show you links of all the work in my own industry. When you have all the machinery, marketing and sales crew, you forecast and purchase materials based on sales history. Once you have an assembly line going and skilled craftsman to do it, you can turn out these products pretty fast. I don't doubt some tool & die to manufacture the horns was expensive, but to jack up the prices as much as they are is going overboard, especially when they are using compressed particle board. That stuff is cheap and inexpensive compared to real plywood which Klipsch used in the past, yet the prices have skyrocketed. We've all heard the Covid supply issues crap long enough but even that isn't enough to justify the price hikes. It's corporate management choices because in the end, it's just a business. Heck, I get emails all the time about Klipsch sales. Have you ever seen Klipsch ever do one single sale on the Heritage series? It's always those dime a dozen speakers out of China they do sales on, but never the Heritage series. When you buy big quantities of wood, you are making deals which cuts costs down. I know rates on materials have gone up but let's get serious here. It's not what the current pricing reflects. People can order fully restored Klipsch speakers from Klipsch Restorations with beautiful Crites crossovers for half the price of the latest models. With regard to the OP, it absolutely amazes me how opinionated people are about all the new IV products when in fact most of the opinions that are so strong are coming from individuals who haven't even listened to them side by side. I guarantee countless listers would fail blind tests miserably. You guys make the older Klipsch Heritage speakers sound as if they're crap compared to the new gear and you guys sound absurd. People exaggerate too much. I prefer not to buy into all the marketing propaganda too many people fall into without hearing some real side by side comparisons. All the new series IV speakers are absolutely beautiful looking speakers compared to the older models, but the sound is another story.
  4. Do you think it's ever possible that newer things may not always be better? The OP shared their opinion. You know plywood is not as dense as compressed particle board, but it's way more expensive. Why are the cost of these speakers so absurd? I know why, but I wonder if others know why.
  5. Don't know about Benchmark but you seriously should take a look at the First Watt amps. Super clean sound, but they are holographic sounding exactly like tubes, except they are very dark sounding. I carefully compared them with tube amps and was amazed. Sometimes I feel they are a bit too analytical and clean sounding but I'll be doing a review of the SIT3 and have already reviewed the F3 and F6.
  6. Interesting. I've never heard the MC2100. Thanks for sharing.
  7. For what you are doing the S1200 should work good IMO. I've tested it many times with different speakers and it's demoed in a few of my videos. It's brighter sounding than its less expensive brother, the Yamaha S501 by comparison though. The S501 is definitely less fatiguing to listen to and warmer in sound but you have tone controls for that. The only thing you will lose out on is in the jazz department. Tubes will easily outperform the S1200 because like most solid states, you get that sort of blanketed sound. Tubes just sound more open and spacious by comparison but for the overall music you mentioned, that S1200 will be a very good match IMO and I think you made a good choice.
  8. Mr . Carlson's Lab is amazing. Guy's a genius.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!!!!
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