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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. Some states have no sales tax, but rely on state income tax which is not as regressive. I assume that the only way income tax is regressive is in instances like Warren Buffet's secretary paying a higher percentage of her income in income tax than Warren does, because Warren makes most of his money by investments, rather than in salary. With income tax, if you have a bad year (or years) you pay less, and in good times you pay more. What could be fairer?
  2. Because we "old farts" have been around long enough to have found speakers we are satisfied with? The problem is getting the younger generation an opportunity to hear Heritage. I can't believe that many independent dealers are so cynical as to go by footprint to price ratio for all their speakers.. Maybe for the majority of the speakers that they carry, but not for the special ones. In the old days there were plenty of "footprint to price ratio" speakers in most stores -- AR, KLH, ADC, Dynaco, Sony, etc., etc., but dealers saved space for special products, like the cream of Klipsch, JBL, etc. People wandering into a glassed-in demo room would look at one of these monsters, and say, "What's that?" If these speakers were playing, they would drain the rest of the store of customers, as people crowded into the demo rooms and said "Wow!" People would send their friends, just so they would have the experience. Maybe they would buy nothing this year, or the next, or the next, but eventually buy one of the monsters, or buy a pair of small ones (Heresy?), then graduate to ones that take up a lot of floor space later. Customers can be loyal, if enticed. I stayed with one sales/music/engineering guy for 24 years, until we moved away. At our first meeting, nearly every combination of decent amps and speakers were compared, so far past closing time that both our girlfriends were worried about us. I wasn't rich, but didn't smoke, drink, etc. so I could buy so much: JBL horn loaded, Klipschorns, Heresy IIs, two Teac reel to reels, two Crown reel to reels, free standing Dolby and DBX, two Thorens turntables, SME arms, Ortofon cartridges, McIntosh preamp and two power amps, Luxman integrated, Lexicon cp1, etc., etc. My guy at the store built me a custom mixer from scratch. I recommended all that I was happy with, including many Klipsch models to everyone from the barber (until I gave up haircuts) to carpenters on two music room/HTs, to the physical therapist to many film students & psych students/faculty. I hauled Hersey IIs to work (SFSU) to demo them, and brought people home to hear Khorns. When we finally moved, I struck up a relationship with an equally cooperative sales/engineering guy, an ended up buying a Belle Klipsch, a Klipsch sub, two processors, two NAD power amps, etc. He consulted on my home theater, and he, too, built a custom component for me. My friends, starting in high school, all through college, grad school, and careers, did the same thing. They, too, heard the amazing demos.
  3. Showing dealers closest to "94619"... No results found Yet there are 3 people with Cornwalls and 1 guy with Klipschorns within a 5 block radius of my old home there. Their replacement generation has no store in which to hear them, so unless they know of those 4 houses ...
  4. Great. But, there is not one west of Las Vegas. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Portland and Seattle need Heritage. On the west coast, it's hard to find anyone under about 60 years old, or even one techie, who has heard one! I watched San Jose lose Klipsch to the likes of Acoustat and Time Window in the '80s. The rest of the Bay Area wasn't far behind (the '90s). In the shadow of the TransAmerica Pyramid, c. 1988, a sales person who admitted he had never heard a Klipsch was bad mouthing horns. Across the Bay, in the very store in which Klipschorns totally wiped every other speaker in the place, the new owner told customers that Klipsch were "Headache Producing" and "Grainy." There is nothing like hearing well positioned Heritage. Please continue planting seeds. It would be great if Klipsch's best set-up people could put one pair of new Khorns in each of the cities listed above. And please don't shy away from so called "High End" stores. I haven't heard the Jubilee yet (hard to find), but if the best bi-amped Jubilee combination, Roy approved, could be set up in a few of these stores, I'll bet they would make an impression.
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    Master Stereo System - 3 Piece

    The advertisement was probably in 1959, the year the Cornwall was introduced. It refers to the Brussels World's Fair, which happened a year earlier, in 1958. The Klipsch demo -- to an auditorium full of people -- used 2 Klipschorns onstage in artificial corners, with a Heresy between them. I assume the Cornwall wasn't ready. They also had a live v.s. recorded demonstration but I'm not sure whether it used a small group or an orchestra. Probably a group. I hear the American Pavilion was the most popular one. One strong draw was "America the Beautiful," a total surround film (Circarama) by Walt Disney with multichannel sound. After the fair, it went to Disneyland. There was also a religious film in 70 mm Todd-AO and 6 channel stereo. About 11 years later PWK decided to recommend fully horn loaded speakers as center speakers, as they had lower modulation distortion (less than 1/3 as much -- the Klipsch literature of the time said that, at 2 feet, the Khorn, at 100 dB, had 1% total modulation distortion and the Cornwall had 3%, at only 90 dB!), so the candidates for a center channel were the Belle Klipsch or the La Scala.
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    Poisened (?) dog question...

    I hope your dog made it through the crisis. She looks sweet. Do they have alternative bug spraying places in Tennessee that use sprays that don't affect vertebrates? Here in the Northwest, there are several companies that at least advertise that their sprays don't hurt dogs, cats, people, etc. Are the carpenter bees toxic in and of themselves? I didn't realize that dogs got Addison's disease.
  7. That was a step in the right direction, but ... if new customers can't hear them it's a pity. Whatever happened to tasting the fruit at the Adam Smith fruit stand? Back in the day, the ENTIRE lineup of the time (Khorn, Belle, La Scala, Cornwall, Heresy) was demonstrated daily, along with a sampling of JBL, Altec, AR, Bozak, etc., etc., in the following San Francisco Bay Area Stereo Stores: Berkeley Custom Electronics Pro Audio The Listening Post The Good Guys Christopher's Audio Poor Richard A small store on College Ave. in Berkeley -- name lost in the mists of antiquity.
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    400k on khorn upgrade

    Which I do [with AK4 Klipschorns] with room treatments, Audyssey (choosing Flat or Reference), a sub (sometimes) and tone controls.
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    Your first?

    16 years old .... Klipschorns then again and again over the years ... sweet torture bought them (Klipschorns) at 40 ... as in "Life begins at 40!"
  10. garyrc

    400k on khorn upgrade

    Considering that many modern recordings are BOOSTED between 1K and 5K, it's no wonder that a good speaker reveals some midrange boost, unlike the "mellow" and veiling "Hi End" speakers. See Chris A's posts on remastering.
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    Our new Home Theater build...Negatron 2

    But then you can't have the screen come majestically down as you play "Thus Spake Zarathustra" ...
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    Our new Home Theater build...Negatron 2

    I agree, there could be an issue. We were also worried that the sub might blow the screen back and forth, but Chris at Seymour said it wouldn't as long as it was a certain distance away. You might want to check that with him. Aren't his AT screens great? I'd say no to the chains, unless there is a way to hold the screen still. Maybe black chains for esthetics and earthquake protection, but a fine, very thick, hardwood beam that goes all the way into the side walls, to take the weight and hold the screen still. An engineer is a good idea. I'm hoping you use a Common Height "scope screen [approx. 2.35 or 2.39:1] in would look very impressive when projecting a 'scope image. We find that zooming is fine -- no anamorphic lens needed. At our distance (25 feet), re-focusing is needed only when changing aspect ratios. Our presets with the Panny are "Scope" (2.35:1), "Todd-AO etc." (2.20:1), "Cinerama," "post 1953 standard" (1.85:1), "Goofy HDTV" (1.78:1 of 16:9), or "Classic" 1.37:1 [not 1.33:1]. Your house is beautiful! Is it in the U.S.?
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    Stereophile on the Heresy III

    Agree completely! I used to play in an orchestra. When we played certain selections (e.g., The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures) the brass peeled the paint off the walls! With other selections (1812) when we tried to imitate 20 ton church bells, using oversized chimes and some recordings (bells of Harkness tower at Yale, played at regular speed and half speed (to halve the pitch) played over pooled hi fi equipment back stage, you might say that in that case we pealed the paint off the walls. The (recorded) cannon was impressive, too. It made the curtains blow in the wind. I'd like to see some sweet little high end speaker do that.
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    400k on khorn upgrade

    I've heard the following: The K55 is a great driver, kick ***, as Seti said. The K400 "ringing" disappears when securely attached to the baffle board, rather than detached. The K400 horn may have other problems The K 33E woofer is fine, does not need replacement BUT, I like the stock upgrade parts in the Klipsch AK4 and AK5. The AK4 was introduced in about 2002, I think. The AK5 has just one resistor change from the AK4, to compensate for the introduction of the rubber horizontal wall seal in the AK5. Do you already have a vertical wall seal? In 1983 Klipsch began to front mount the tweeter for better dispersion. In 1987 they introduced the K401 mid horn that was identical to the K400, but now made out of something that looks like fiberglass, for "a little less distortion," according to Klipsch. The stock upgrade sounds even better with Audyssey, but it took me three tries to get it right. For me, it increased clarity, and smoothed out the curve, as confirmed by REW. I use Audyssey Flat for most music and movies, and Audyssey Reference (with a little dip at 2K, and roll off in the highs, -2 dB at 10 K, -6 dB at 20K) for recordings with a little distortion in the highest frequencies. One question is whether the CT120 is as sensitive (efficient) as the K77 was. If it is a few dB too soft, the midrange may overwhelm it. That MIGHT continue to be true with different drivers you might replace the k55 with. Good room correction software will correct your speakers, too. I like Audyssey, and the newest version, XT32, (about a year old) in either the more expensive Marantz or Denon processor/preamps or receivers, will probably produce very smooth response.
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