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  1. Jon B

    FAV CAR THAT YOU OWNED

    My favorite car was actually a truck! It was a 71 Chevy C-10 equipped with a V8 that started life as an LT-1 taken from a wrecked Corvette, that ended up something entirely different! We never had it on a dyno, so I do not know for sure what it it could do, but the man who built the motor estimated it was in the 500 to 550 HP range. But it was one pickup with a very bad attitude in any event. We never could get it to a point that it would not just burn down the tires out of the hole, even with 15" rims sporting L50 rubber unless we piled more than 1000 lbs. of sandbags in the bed over the rear axle. And when we did, the launch was quite impressive, but the weight did not help the time or top speed. A buddy in Virginia Beach liked that truck so much he offered to trade his gorgeous, cowl inducted 396, black 1969 El Camino SS straight across for my truck. I had spent so much time and money on her at the time that I refused the offer. And a year later that very same El Camino was on the cover of Hot Rod magazine.....sigh. The truck was sold to a friend after I quit playing with my band and joined the USAF to let's say....grow up. But those were good times none the less.
  2. I have a pair of 301's that I truly love. I use them in the garage man cave exclusively and roll them outside from time to time, but NEVER leave them outside. I would be more concerned about moist air around the drivers and dew on the the woofers if they remained outside overnight. And I live in the desert, so dew is not a common thing here but does happen enough to be a concern. In a more humid area it would never even consider it. A better plan would be to make them more mobile with quicker connections. I put mine on furniture dollies to roll them outside and I have double banana clips to connect them. Easy peasy, and I don't need to worry about them.
  3. I agree. There is nothing that compares to a Vintage Les Paul and a Marshall JCM800! That sound is definitely a gift from God.
  4. I left the Legendary Amps guy a message about a month ago, no reply. Must be nice to be so busy you don't need any more work....... I'll just put the M-60 on a shelf and get it fixed and the caps replaced at a later date. I have added a Rotel RA-1060, a Parasound HCA-1000, and a Adcom GFA-545 II to my stable so I have options for now. At least until I do more buying, selling, and bartering.
  5. Preface: If you like tube or solid state amps that's just great - keep on keeping on. It's your money, and your choice. Just don't wait around for me and others like me to bow down to your personal tastes and bless it as sonic superiority. It's a personal choice and not much more.... To be very honest, and I have no doubt I will be endlessly flamed for saying this, there is precious little audible difference between well designed and built solid state amps, yet people will argue brands and their favorite tech until the are blue in the face. And there is a dubious real world difference between tube and solid state when it comes to accurate sound REPRODUCTION, please note I did not say sound creation. There is a world of difference when it comes to playing an ELECTRIC guitar using a tube vs solid state amp. I know, because I played and recorded through vintage Vox, Marshall, and Fender tube amps for many years and have no doubt replaced my fair share of L6S and EL84 tubes. But those amps are the source - and the sound creation portion of the equation. When blind testing it is clear, tube amps do have a warmer tone when compared to solid state gear to this very day, and what we used to call - "more crunch" than solid state amps. And folks, "crunch" just like porn is hard to define, but you know it when you hear it, and in the case of porn - see it. Yet engineers are constantly trying to model and imitate the tube sound in their solid state guitar amplifier designs, but have not perfected it in the opinion of most musicians. Stereo Review and other publications back in the day covered this topic almost every month, and often said blind testing in the late 70's and early 80's (when I got started in music and HiFi) told us that most humans are not capable of hearing the differences between amps (and other gear) unless the gear fundamentally changes the reproduction - which really kills their claim that their desire is to accurately reproduce the source material. If the goal was to colorize the original content that is fine, but doing so while claiming to get accurate playback is intellectually dishonest. People select different speakers for the same reason. For years I used the exact same speakers I saw and heard in the studios for playback because I trusted the taste of the engineers making the calls on the recordings. Now I use what sounds good to me and I do not insist that MY CHOICE is the best choice ever in audio reproduction. I see the reviews all the time, this amp is brighter, has tighter bass, is very flat and so on. But put the blind fold on those folks in a listening room and they cannot tell you what brand is what or the model of those amps which is my point. And yes, they may be able to tell you if it is a tube or solid state amp due to their personal sound preference which is more of a texture thing than an accuracy thing. Conversely, I can definitely tell you the difference between a Fender Twin Reverb, a Vox AC30, and a Marshall JCM800 when I hear it, all are tube amps and all are designed to have their "own" distinctive sound, which is not, and should not be the case on the reproduction side of things. A tube guitar amp would sound pretty nasty playing back any quality recording. But fire up a Peavey, Yamaha, or Line 6 solid state guitar amp and I doubt any guitar player could accurately identify which is which because they do not have their own identity for the most part. And those amps may have a reasonable shot at playing back a recording because they are designed to be somewhat clean - not perfect playback, but better than a guitar tube amp. No claim of better or worse, just the design intent is different. A good audio amp like a good set of speakers - should be invisible if they are properly designed. The playback should get its flavor from controls like tone, filters, or an EQ. Mr. Klipsch had a goal, according to everything I have read about him, to build speakers that ACCURATELY reproduce sound. Speakers or hardware that add or take away from the reproduction are not accurately reproducing the sound. And I submit that recording studios, sound engineers, and producers know the most about what they want their product to sound like and I know for a fact that they do not embrace low quality junk nor do they use tube amps for their playback systems in the studio for the reasons I have already stated. Just my 2 cents and you are welcome to begin flaming away. but please reread this post prior to pressing send and it is possible upon reflection that you get my point. I'm not saying anything is "better" than anything else, only the differences are not as pronounced or meaningful if we truly are trying to accurately playback what a performer has created.
  6. Answer to the original question: Well built and designed amps (control, integrated, receiver, or power) should cleanly and accurately reproduce the content they are given as the musicians/performers intended it to sound. And the design and build quality is the determining factor when it comes to what sounds good or bad. I doubt any manufacturer sets out to build anything that would offer sub-standard performance with any speaker or they would be shrinking the market for their product. And due to the efficiency of Klipsch speakers it does not take a great deal of power to reach reasonable sound levels, although the more powerful amps can cope with dynamic demand better than amps with less headroom.
  7. A 555 is a good choice, and I agree it is overpriced when compared to other 555's being offered out there. It seems like every time I have a deal made to get one it falls through for some reason. It's frustrating, but I will add one to my collection at some point. If you are buying the 555 because you want a Nelson Pass designed Adcom, you should walk away from the 555 II because it came along AFTER he was involved and according to him the company "tried" to improve on his design and were not successful. I got that from a video interview where he was discussing his involvement in the 555 and other Adcom efforts.
  8. My heart is still broken over the Yamaha M-60. I feel like such an idiot. BTW, I doubt the creative wiring was done by Klipsch. Because the soldering and wires did not come close to the original work and was plain as day once I hit it with a strong flashlight. Let's just say the only thing done right was using solder instead of wrapping in with electrical tape or using foil to make the connection - as I have seen applied to fuses......
  9. Thanks for the great info! I am not going to move forward on these speakers. Too many projects in progress to mess with them since this sounds like an uphill sale. I am currently reconditioning a pair of KP-320's, selling or parting out a KP-450 lower cabinet, and reconditioning two sets of 80's Cerwin Vega speakers.
  10. I have a buddy that wants to do some bartering for a pair of Mirage 5si speakers in great condition. I will need to trade some gear that is worth no less than $700 to me to get them, so that is what I will consider their value to be. Local pickup only and I would also be happy to trade them for an amplifier and something else. I am looking for a Adcom 555 or a multi-channel amp to pair up with my Parasound AV preamp. But I am wide open to suggestions and offers that may go in other directions...... What do you have, let's make a deal? Speakers I have, but I could sure some quality components. Jon
  11. It just so happens I opened them up this weekend and found the cause - a comedy of errors.... more on that in a moment. I bought a used Parasound HCA-1000 Saturday and I wanted to see how it sounded with the 301's. It sounded good, but the first thing I noticed is that thing hums like an old barber cutting hair! I disconnected everything and I am positive it is the amp humming through the speakers at idle. I tried different power cables, power outlets, and a power conditioner - it just kept humming like a fluorescent light - not as loud as that, but you get the idea. It is just frustrating that this latest addition is not 100% is all. The Yamaha M-60 I killed by being stupid was quiet as a whisper in the same situation. So what happened to the Yamaha?!? *I* happened to it! When I changed the crossovers from the mismatched 301 crossovers to the Crites Chorus I crossovers I went from a HF and LF input to a single input. Which means there was a second connection I did not need so I just left it tacked up in the case. THAT WAS A MISTAKE and I should have just diked them off and soldered them back in if I ever wanted to go back to stock crossovers. You can probably see where this is going....Apparently the prior owner had done a little "creative wiring" inside the speakers and bridged the LF and HF connections internally, which I did not notice. And of course the connectors that were buttoned up inside eventually touched each other and definitely shorted my amp and possibly a receiver I tired later. I feel SO stupid and know better. Moral to the story, don't trust a used speaker to be in a stock configuration! Test it and take reasonable precautions - it may save you a fine vintage amp! Jon
  12. I'm glad I did. I virtually lived in the Base Exchange so for me it was a natural. I built an incredible sound and video system that required special insurance when I sent it back to the States. But that all evaporated in an ugly divorce years later..........sigh. If I shot her, I would be out of jail by now with all my stuff! LOL Just kidding, not serious. JOn
  13. I found myself in a similar situation after bartering my way into a pair of KP-301s that now serve as my garage speakers. Mine were a mismatch, although both were series ones but had a mixture of series 1 and 2 drivers and crossovers. The woofer differences were not significant and I simply replaced the mismatched crossovers with a fresh pair of Crites crossovers and I am extremely happy with the speakers! Jon
  14. Hey folks, Had a bit of a disaster on this one...... I took my Crites crossover equipped 301s to a pre Christmas event at work to do a little sound reinforcement for some vocalists and piano player at the event outside. I used the 301's, my Yamaha M-60 amp, and an 8 channel board supplied by a friend. I set the gear up the day before for a rehearsal and everything went just fine, but the day of the event when we powered up the amp it smoked right before my eyes. We pivoted to an AV receiver we had in a workshop as a last second backup but it would not make a sound. The receiver would not go online when connected to my 301's and we had to use a large powered speaker cabinet the piano player had for something to amplify the event and performers. Thankfully it was a small show.... Anyway, I took the 301's home and put them back up on the shelf in my garage and have been too depressed to even touch them after they were involved in blowing up my favorite vintage amp. Any thoughts on what may have happened? I heard something moving around in one of the speakers as I was loading it in my SUV and it was an hour each way to get there. But I have not pulled the woofers to take a look inside. Guess I am too depressed to even look and it is a bit cold in my garage this time of year.... Thanks, Jon
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