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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 hihat, 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. You aren't nuts. In a way, I have Klipschorns as computer speakers. My work desk, with my laptop, is dead center between the Khorns. I listen to music while I work. If something online has speaking voices only, I just use the crumby speakers in my laptop. If there is music involved, I play it through my "good" systems, including the Klipschorns and a Belle Klipsch center channel to boot! When appropriate, I switch on my Heresy II surrounds, and PL II Music and listen to all 5 channels.
  2. All of the above is good advice, IMO. I presume you ran Audyssey. If any of your trims were set to -12 by Audyssey, you have no way of knowing whether Audyssey would have set them even lower if it could. This is sometimes a problem with super efficient speakers like the RF7. Since you have separates, you can run Audyssey with attenuators in the lines to get around this problem. Don't use DEQ for your 2 channel music. If you listen at relatively low volume, turn up your sub, and use your Marantz bass control to season to taste (tone controls become available When you turn DEQ off. Try PL II Music or PL IIx Music with your 2 channel music to reconfigure it to a fairly good simulation of 5.1 or 7.1 Read this. It is the most comprehensive, clearest guide to Audyssey I have ever seen. "Audyssey FAQ Linked Here"
  3. Welcome to the forum! I had a pair of JBL 030 systems in C34 rear loaded horns. With lots of EQ, they sounded good. Not as good as a Klipschorn. The Hartsfield had a great midrange horn and lens, the best looking lens ever! To me, the Hartsfield seemed to lack bass, however.
  4. Wow, that is ugly! I have AK4s, which differ very slightly from AK5s (one resistor is omitted, according to Klipsch), and nothing in them looks like that. The question remains: why did the Khorns sound good at first? I wonder if something in the McIntosh 275 caused a surge? I don't know enough to make an educated guess.
  5. We have an African bowl hanging on the wall midway between our Khorns, convex side toward the listener. The improvement in the sound it provides is, well, ineffable. When we lower our AT screen in front of it, there is no change in its effectiveness. That being said, we might consider swapping it for a pair of Jubilees.
  6. Here's an audiophile joke, best told with hand gestures: Paul Klipsch spies Amar Bose across a street. Klipsch puts his hands up to his mouth to form a horn and yells, "Hello, Amar!" Amar hears and sees him, turns his back to Paul, puts his open hands together about 6" away and slightly offset from his mouth, and yells, "Hello, Paul!"
  7. 1982 2009
  8. Apparently, I don't know how to attach. Can you tell me how, or refer me to the instructions on the Forum? I don't see anything reading "More reply options" in the lower right corner or anywhere else. I can see my pictures on the white reply screen, but not on the finished forum post area.
  9. 1982: 2009:
  10. [Original article in positive feedback: http://positive-feedback.com/interviews/greg-timbers-jbl/] My favorite parts of the interview that might appeal to other Klipshers, as well: "Dynamics will make or break the loudspeaker system. Live music is dynamic as hell and this is one of the most difficult attributes to reproduce. Compression exists at all stages of the reproductive and recording chain. Of course, loudspeakers have the most but it is apparent in electronics as well ... Where do you see the ‘sweet spot' to be in a speaker? That is the midrange, bass, treble, sound staging, efficiency, etc.)? As I mentioned, I believe that solid Dynamic behavior is most important to get lifelike sound. Dynamics require high efficiency since transducers are pitiful in energy conversion. I also believe that sound staging is extremely important. I think natural midrange and bass presentation precedes the treble range. Of course all things have to be balanced! ... How has the sound of speakers changed over the years? Many yearn for the speakers of the past over those of today… what has changed? Distortion, materials, focus on sound characteristics? Speakers have generally become smoother, more 3-dimensional and much smaller. This means that they are less dynamic on the whole and rather toy like compared to good stuff from the 60s and 70s. Unlike electronics, miniaturization is not a good thing with loudspeakers. There is no substitute for size and horsepower. Nothing much has changed with the laws of physics in the last 100 years so what it takes to make dynamic life-like sound is unchanged. ... Now that power is cheap, size and efficiency has been thrown out the window because you can always apply more power. Unfortunately, more power does not make up for lack of efficiency. Today's speakers range between 0.1% to maybe 0.5% in efficiency. (On a good day) 60s and 70s stuff was more like 1% to 10%. With most of the losses gong to heat, turning up the power on a small system with small voice coils and poor heat management is definitely not equivalent to a large high efficient speaker. ... However, the big Altec's, JBL's, Klipsch's and Tannoys of the day would still fair well today with a little modernization of the enclosures and crossovers ... Today's multi-channel home theater setups let a bunch of small toy loudspeakers and a sub or two sound pretty big and impressive to the average Joe. I think speakers have mostly become a commodity and small size and price are what counts the most now. The few high-end brands left are struggling for market share in this age of ear buds." Well said!
  11. If they really don't go half out. I understand they usually blow completely out when abused, but always? I've wondered if they can be damaged and put out a scraping sound, or a break up sound, as damaged woofers or extended range speakers sometimes do. How about just a slight, but audible, increase in distortion? I wonder if Klipsch or EV have ever tried overstressing a bunch to see if there are degrees of failure. OTOH, the one time I blew one (with a test signal), it went out completely.
  12. I hope I didn't make things worse. If I did, I apologize. It certainly wasn't my intention to disturb you. I hope things get better for you and your wife soon.
  13. Just for now, I hope. Does the BOSS know the torture you are going through? Maybe the BOSS would like to get away on a nice trip for a few days. Maybe the BOSS could help you troubleshoot ... a team project ... an adventure .....
  14. If the Belle sounds fine, and you can unequivocally attribute the problem to the Khorns, call Klipsch and discuss it with them. If this is an up to date used pair, why did the former owner get rid of them? Maybe they were damaged?? If they were purchased new, from an authorized dealer, Klipsch will stand behind them. TV broadcasts are sometimes more sibilance prone than Blu-rays or vocals on vinyl, CD, SACD, etc. I still don’t know why your Khorns used to sound good with other amplification. Was there an event that could have damaged them? I’d try them with a high quality source (e.g., SACD, DVD-A, Blu-ray, or an especially good CD, but NOT TV) and vary only the amplifier. Here is a note I wrote to you yesterday when I couldn’t post it because the forum was down. I think it still holds: “Is there an audio store, or repair shop, or engineer near you who could run IM, THD, clipping point, and frequency response tests on the 275? It's interesting that it distorts when you turn it up, because, with Khorns, that wouldn't be high enough to tax your amp. According to a Dope from Hope in January 1977, an average of 6.3 watts will produce an average of a very, very loud 105 dB at a mic that is out in a 3,000 cu foot room at a distance of about 15 feet. Naturally, 63 watts will provide 10 dB more, or an average of 115 dB, characterized as "too damn loud" by that same Dope from Hope article. The peak level for frequencies above about 80 Hz that THX and others recommend for Cinema is only 105 dB. I have no idea what is wrong with your amp, if anything, but if, perchance, it is clipping at 6.3 to 63 watts, using the 8 Ohm tap, something is! Good luck!”
  15. Call Klipsch and explain the situation. In the past, at least, they have been very understanding. They may recommend speaker line fusing in the future. How did it happen? Just playing music loud (how loud?), or 1) inserting or removing an RCA plug while the electronics were on, or 2) Playing a test tone or test noise source too loud, or 3) (unlikely) rewinding or fast forwarding on a reel to reel tape recorder at high volume, or going past FM/AM stations fast on a vintage tuner, or 4) other.