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    Illinois: The land of Taxes!
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    2.2 Music System:
    Mains: Klipsch RF-83 Cherry
    Subs: DIY Dayton Audio Reference HF 15" subs (X2)

    Home Theater:
    Front: RF-3 II's
    Center: RC-7
    Side: Niles Pro870 FX
    Back: currently looking...
    Subs(x2) DIY 15" soon to be 18" Ultimax
    Pre:Integra DTC 9.8
    BlueRay: Oppo something
    Amps: Emotiva XPA 5 Gen 1 (x2)
    Monster Power HTS 2600
    TV: Vizio 70" M series
    Dell Computer

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  1. I will start by saying I loved the Cornwall III's when I auditioned them many years ago. Unfortunately, spending that amount of money at the time was out of the question. (I'm a teacher) The only other speaker in the room that sounded marginally better to me was, of course, the klipschorns... even more out of my price range at the time. Now that my house is paid off, I'm on the prowl for a nice set of speakers for my 2.2 system ( 2 mains and two subs) that is in my living room which opens up into the dining room and kitchen. I plan on auditioning the Cornwall IV's and give them a fair chance. Although, I always like to buy used to save a bunch! I love it when poeple have to run out and buy the latest and greatest gear, and then in 6 months to a year it up for sale at a significant discount! (Well, most of the time, sometimes people think their used gear is worth just as much as when it was new!) I can see how some poeple say they are antiquated. I think I would say that they have that older boxy look going on...and some people like that. I think they are perfect for a slight mid century modern appeal. Will they win any speaker design competitions...nope! But if you like them and they sound good... bonus! Now, they are not antiquated on the inside with the updated horns/ports//etc. Now, if you are looking at spending around 6K on a set, I would strongly, and I mean strongly listen to both the Focal Electra 1028BE and the Focal Electra 1038BE. The 1028BE can be found used in the 3k-4k price range. The 1038BE's can still be found new in the upper 6K range. These, for most people in the real world, will be better sounding speakers. I had the luxury of comparing a set of Focal 1028BE's to my RF 83's/Forte II's and RF 7's in my own listening space.... and after much critical listening, my brother summed it up perfectly; "The Klipsch speakers sound very good on their own, but they sound like sizzle sticks compared to those goofy European looking things!" So, if you don't mind the modern look of the Focal speaker, I strongly suggest listening to either of the mentioned models. Your ears just might thank you.
  2. I purchased them from www.parts-express.com They aren't very expensive. You have to check them over carefully, as one set I ordered had pretty noticeable surface scratches on them... so I had to order an addition set. Good luck! https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-op-4-outrigger-speaker-spike-set-with-abs-base-4-pcs--240-769
  3. These beautiful speakers are still waiting for a nice home...
  4. I've been an educator for 21 years...and let me tell you, I have seen some stuff!!! My bullet points: -Standardized tests are a joke! Another way the government collects data. -Good administrators are worth their weight in gold... I've only ever worked for 1 out of 7 in my 21 years. However, districts like to hire a lot and this costs $$$ My school has a principal, 2 assistant principals and a dean of students... a little excessive on a school with about 1000 students -Sports need to either charge what it actually costs to run the programs, or be taken out of schools. My district spends close to $850,000 a year for kids to play sports... and this is just at the middle school level. We only charge a $50 athletic fee! -Get rid of teachers that don't pull their weight! -Pay teachers at a competitive rate. What smart person is going to choose a career whose level of pay keeps decreasing? -Destroy social media! Then parents will actually put down their phones and pay attention to what's happening with their children!
  5. ...oh, and I forgot to mention, they have the original feet! This seems to be a rarity among these speakers!
  6. For sure! I would try what I did on my KG 3.5 and Epic CF3's. Just be careful when sanding. Take just enough off to get rid of the color... you don't want to remove the character of the wood by sanding too deep, or worse yet, burn through the outer veneer layer. When you stain, follow the directions on the can. I always use a rag when staining. After wiping off the stain, I always wait extra long for it to dry... way more than the recommended time. Plus, I have a dehumidifier running in my garage at all times in the summer to keep the humidity at 55%. When finishing, I tend to use Polycrylic or water based polyurethane so that it doesn't yellow. I always use a matte or satin finish as I think semi-gloss and gloss looks horrible, but that's just me.
  7. I used 220 grit sandpaper on a good ol' Dewalt sander. I have an air nozzle that I use while sanding to blow away the dust and to periodically clean off the sanding pad. I usually change the sandpaper after doing each cabinet. They key is not to "oversand" as this will remove some of the grain that is present in the veneer. Although, at times, you have to use a little more pressure in the spots that have deeper scratches/damage to completely remove the blemishes... being careful not to sand through the thin veneer. I don't like to use a chemical stripper to remove the finish as I try to limit my exposure to toxic chemicals. I lost enough brain cells during my college years!
  8. Thanks. The pictures I posted were actually before I put the poly on, so they look a little bit more refined now. I was all excited to get pictures up so they can find a new home quickly. I was almost debating just leaving them the natural oak and just sealing the wood, but I had some leftover stain from when I refinished my CF-3's.
  9. I agree. Pair them with a nice sub and you have an excellent system on a relatively small budget. I figured I wouldn't do the tweeter upgrade, as I will let then next owner have some fun deciding what they want to do to these. Plus, then that would also price them right out of the "good deal" zone.
  10. Someone local just purchased my set of RF-3's I was using as my back surround speakers. (I know, a little overkill, but it's what I had at the time!) When they were auditioning them they saw my refinished CF-3's out of the corner of their eyes. Naturally, he had to ask if they were for sale and of course I made his day by saying yes! After looking at them he asked if he could come back in the near future and audition them! So, hopefully they will have a new home soon!
  11. Someone local just purchased my set of RF-3's I was using as my back surround speakers. (I know, a little overkill, but it's what I had at the time!) When they were auditioning them they saw my refinished CF-3's out of the corner of their eyes. Naturally, he had to ask if they were for sale and of course I made his day by saying yes! After looking at them he asked if he could come back in the near future and audition them! So, hopefully they will have a new home soon!
  12. Up for your consideration is my refurbished KG 3.5 Project. They started out as most KG's often do... the drivers are in excellent condition but the cabinets have seen some abuse over time. So, I purchased them and went to work. Sanded down, stained and sealed! And of course, I washed the grills.... it's amazing (and disgusting) how much dirt these collect over the years! I'm asking $200. Local pickup in Illinois...Southwest suburbs. (Big Rock)You can audition in my garage... I can provide the beverages!
  13. These are pretty beat up. I would love to get my hands on them to refinish/repair, but it's a local sale only.
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