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Dave MacKay

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    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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    1986 La Scalas
    - Crites AA networks
    - SMAHL tweeters & lenses
    2 x THTLP subwoofer
    Bluesound Node streamer
    Yamaha R-N803 receiver

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  1. Thank-you. Anecdotal impressions are one thing but data is much more helpful. Which colour is for the treated horn?
  2. Twice I went to an audio store to hear the Jubilees. Both times, my experience was similar to what was described here. The salesman was madly twisting the tone controls to show them off. It was almost as if Klipsch had just invented tone controls! Needless to say, the listening experience fell short of my expectations for the Jubilee. I don’t know what training Klipsch is providing their Heritage dealers re: the Jubilee, but based on a few reports it isn’t adequate. Too bad. The speakers deserve to be demo’ed well so that potential customers can judge them fairly. And customers who might be spending a whack of money deserve better.
  3. Nice work! Thanks for creating this thread. I enjoyed reading it.
  4. +1 on the MiniDSP. I’ve had a 2x4HD and a Flex Eight. Both have been very good.
  5. That doesn’t make much sense to me. By “match” is he meaning crossover? Perhaps he gets returns because his subs aren’t fast enough to match La Scalas (or other similar horn-loaded speakers)? A horn-loaded sub (such as a THT or THTLP) is a lovely match with La Scalas.
  6. I used Benjamin Moore “Advance” Interior Alkyd paint (black, in “Pearl” finish) for the doghouse of my La Scalas. Because I didn’t have a paint sprayer, I brushed it on. It was an excellent match for the Rustoleum Satin “Canyon Black” spray paint that I used on the tweeter and squawker horns. I’m pleased with how it turned out. Benjamin Moore paints are very good.
  7. My La Scalas were pretty beat up when I got them: chips, stains, broken corners, etc. I sanded the exterior surfaces smooth and used wood filler (bondo would have been better) to fill in the chips and rebuild the corners. I then applied 3/8" baltic birch to the top, bottom, and sides to: give a more attractive appearance provide a smooth surface for veneer address cabinet resonance I used Titebond glue and lots of brads to affix the new panels. I installed the panels slightly oversize and trimmed them with a straight-cutting router bit. I used BetterBond Heat-Loc glue to apply Ribbon Sapele paper backed veneer. I finished the veneer with Rubio Monocoat "Pure". I sanded the doghouse as well as I could and painted it black. I also sprayed the horns with Rustoleum "Satin Canyon" black spray paint. @Simpson, were I in your shoes, I'd fix the imperfections with bondo and apply new panels to the top, bottom, and sides. I'd also give the horns a coat of spray paint. That ought to make their appearance passable until you veneer them. I struggled to find anyone to do the veneering. The only quote I got was for more than I had paid for the La Scalas! Don't be afraid to try veneering the La Scalas yourself. The La Scalas were my first project with veneer. I practised on two subwoofers (just rectangular boxes) before doing them. Because I felt that the doghouses would be too demanding for my skills, I chose to paint them instead. The veneering was both easier and more satisfying than I anticipated. Also, in case you haven't done so already, get new gaskets for the squawkers, use DeoxIT liberally on all connections, and tighten the screws attaching all of the drivers to the cabinet. You might also want to apply a new gasket (weatherstripping works fine) to the doghouse access panel. If the crossovers are old you should probably replace the capacitors.
  8. If you plan on veneering them eventually, I’d recommend that you not paint them because you may end up having to strip the paint when it comes time to veneer. If you insist on painting them, you could use Duratex.
  9. In your opinion, which you haven’t supported with any data. Apparently not. If you stop I will.
  10. The first statement is correct but the second is just an opinion. Satisfactory capacitors can be had from several sources.
  11. How about posting the info? All I recall was mention of Roy having spent some time having a discussion with JEM. To my knowledge, no specs or special requirements related to how certain caps affect the transfer function were ever disclosed. If there is any substance to the claim, why can’t we see data to substantiate it?
  12. Big claims such as you made require some proof. You haven’t provided any, nor has JEM or Klipsch. I’m sure JEM’s capacitors are very good. Because they’re endorsed by Klipsch they’re also a safe choice. But nowhere has there been any proof to show that they replicate Klipsch specs. Nor has there been any proof that other capacitors don’t. I enjoy your posts but this baseless cheerleading is tiresome.
  13. Try posting this question on the “Klipsch Korner” on Audiokarma.
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