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    Music, audio, film, psychology, psychology of film, philosophy, religion, history, mythology, audio electromechanical mythology.
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    Main room: 2- 1982 Klipschorns with K-401 fiberglass mid horn upgrade (1987), and AK-4 Klipschorn stock upgrade (2006), Modified Belle Klipsch (2005) center channel with K401 horn in an enlarged hi hat, flush mounted, behind AT wall fabric, buried in the wall between flanking Khorns, 2 NAD C- 272 ss 150 wpc stereo power amps, Marantz AV7005 AV preamp/processor, Heresy II surround speakers driven by 1/2 NAD C-272 and a Yamaha 135 wt amp, NAD C-542 CD player, OPPO BDP-93 CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-ray player, Klipsch RSW-15 subwoofer, for movies only, Panasonic projector, 130" true width 2.35:1 projection screen (141.3" diagonal).

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  1. I'd just try turning the computer volume to about 25% or less, and see how it sounds. You will grow more nimble fingered in manipulating the Klipsch volume control in time. I love the 2.1, but the volume control is truly it's worst feature. Sing goddess of the bitter wrath of Achilles.
  2. RIP Mr. Connery. You entertained me from Darby O'Gill and the little people on. My Fave: The Man Who Would Be King. In the theater, the sound was fine, and the soundtrack L.P. was good, but the current disks and TV masters have a horribly screechy soundtrack. It's my hope they will release a memorial Blu-way with restored sound (and picture). Anyone who wants to can write Warner and ask for a reissue, with good sound and image, and restoration of the vital 10 seconds of culmination. Why they cut that out, I'll never know. One of John Huston's best. One of Sean Connery's best. One of Michael Caine's best. One of Maurice Jarre's best scores Screenplay by Huston and Gladys Hill One of Kipling's best.
  3. My great-grandmother was bitten by a water moccasin (cotton mouth). She grabbed a butcher knife and cut out the bite area on her arm, poured whiskey on it, and had a few swigs. She lived on to later be either struck by lightning, or illuminated by a side flash, ground current, or some such. She lived through that and moved to California in time for the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. But she reproduced well, and there have been 4 generations since. My daughter was in a band named Water Moccasin in honor of Granny.
  4. When Klipsch started crossing over the K77 at 4,500 Hz, they used a 36 dB per octave Xover to protect it. I think this was done for the first time in 2002 with the AK4 Khorn.
  5. Welcome to the forum! The setting wuzzzer is referring to may be labeled "Subwoofer yes or no" You want "no," or else the Yamaha may send the deep bass out into the ether, instead of into the Klipsches. Try turning up the bass, if there is a tone control for bass, and experiment with the "continuously variable loudness control," that should give you bass EQ something like this, and the SPLs listed: Have you tried putting the speakers in room corners? You may need to get a good, powered subwoofer. And/or a bigger amp.
  6. Learning and memory usually are not improved much by repetition. It is true that learning Ebbinhaus's nonsense syllables is helped by repetition. It i said that repetition is helpful in learning nonsense. Efficient learning is aided most by high meaningfulness. This is supported by the depth of processing model and others. Material that ranges from medium meaning, "that's neat," or "isn't that strange," to high meaning, "Oh wow!" is learned best. I would think that presented correctly, only a minimum amount of homework would be needed. Some things are learned in an instant, without effort. Sometimes it is the sound or the rhythm. In my case, there are certain things I heard once and will remember forever because of rhythm and sound. One is M i ss iss ipp i, another is 6.02 X 1023 and another CH3COOH. They all have a memorable rhythm.
  7. Ah yes, supermarkets sold Lps then. Kids shopping with their parents got to see a variety of albums displayed, as @DizRotus said, in the checkout line. I remember the jazz soundtrack The arm was golden because he pumped a great deal of an expensive drug into it. The drug is not identified, but assumably it was heroin. "Mom, why is his arm golden?" My next door neighbor and I listened to this album, at high volume, endlessly, sometimes with spontaneous dance. An English lady was standing behind me as I looked at a Beatles album, tsk tsking. She said, "They come from the very worst area -- Liverpool." My local Safeway market in Oakland, CA had a mix of new releases (pop, rock, jazz and classical), plus a low cost introduction to classical series that introduced several of my friends to the genre. They also had Fiedler and the Boston Pops. They had the Fantasia soundtrack (in stereo -- it was the first movie in stereo -- others followed 12 years later). Speaking of Disney, he had TV biopics of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky (in three channel stereo!, Left channel on FM, center channel on TV, Right channel on AM) on his show. Supermarkets, at least in Oakland, also had books -- real books, not best sellers. I was introduced to Caldwell, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Nabokov, Huxley, Orwell, Heller, Steinbeck, Graves, Ellison, etc. at my local supermarket, and a few at the drugstore.
  8. @alabama83 If 89.6 is the true sensitivity, your new speakers should be 1.6 dB louder (1.6 just noticeable differences) than your old ones.. Klipsch's sensitivity ratings are for performance in a typical listening room, rather than in an anechoic chamber. Such a room should add about 4 dB to the sensitivity. So, if the above is correct, your in-room sensitivity should be about 93.6 dB, 1 W (2.83V into 8 Ohms), at 1 M. Some room gain and boundary gain would add more, some less. Putting the speaker near a wall, or in a corner may increase the apparent sensitivity and the SPL. How all this works, or doesn't, can be seen by looking at the Klipschorn. When Klipsch started measuring sensitivity (in the 40s??) hardly any speaker company had a (good) anechoic chamber. My 1958 book Hi Fi by Martin Mayer doesn't have a single sensitivity rating in the whole book. In the 60s, the Klipschorn was rated as 104 dB at 4 feet, rather than at 1 meter, in a living room. This was also spec'd as being 54 dB EIA. To convert that to at 1 watt at 1 meter, add 49 dB. 54 dB + 49 dB = 103 dB, which is what JBL got with one of their 54 dB EIA speakers. These measurements may have been taken between 500 and 2,000 Hz only, or using a wider chunk of the frequency response. For the Khorn, Stereophile got 101 dB, but that was on top of a furniture dolly, in a driveway. Let's say the true sensitivity is 101. If we were to add 4 dB for being in a room, we would get 105 dB, which is Klipsch's published rating for a Khorn in a room. If Klipsch adopted Paradigm's practice of publishing both an in-room and anechoic sensitivity, that might solve the problem.
  9. Vinyl Lp Haskel Harr Drum method (mono), so I could learn to be a better Jr. high school snare drummer. A great one I got later was the Westminster Classical Sampler one of the highest fidelity recordings I've ever owned. This was a weird one. The sound in the theater (6 track Stereo 70mm Todd-AO) was unbelievably good -- many members of our orchestra went to it together, and the consensus was that it sounded "just like" a live orchestra with great dynamics down in front of the screen. The score was bouncy, lighthearted and sounded massive, with a 114 piece orchestra. BUT the record was lousy, sounded compressed, and had some print through (which may have meant that it had been transferred to tape, because the soundtrack music elements were recorded in 6 channel on full coated 35 mm magnetic film, which is very unlikely to allow print through because it is 6 times as thick as tape, and there was no print through audible in the theater. Even with its problems, the album was an incredible best seller. Subsequent versions of the soundtrack on CD were almost as bad -- just no energy, and no transparency. BUT the DVD (no Blu-ray yet) has excellent, dynamic, 5.1 audio, providing you adjust the SPL of the marching band near the beginning to live band level, and leave it there for the whole movie. After that were decades of classical, jazz, a little rock, etc.
  10. As usual, the question comes to mind, "What's the matter with us?"
  11. I think John Adams was concerned about that, at least at first. He was not in favor of there being two political parties, but thought citizens and candidates should take stands on individual issues, without a party position being a cloud over them. When he mentions "Our Constitution" here, he probably means the Massachusetts Constitution, for which he had written the first draft -- the U.S. Constitution hadn't been written yet. "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." -- John Adams, Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), "The Works of John Adams", vol 9, p.511
  12. I believe this was the "standard" one, if there was one. It'll be interesting to see if there was a variation. Man, there were people who complained that it was not flat, but it seemed better, punchier, and more exciting than JBL's C34 "Scoop" with identical speakers.
  13. In the late '50s and early '60s I had a Karlson my dad built for me with a JBL D130 (15") in it, and a friend had one with a University 6201 (12") in it. In both cases there was a nice bass punch, and they both liked a 4 to 8 dB boost in the bass, with no apparent increase in distortion, due to them having some front and rear horn loading (??).
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