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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 surely am older than dirt! The best sound my fellow (10th grade) orchestra members and I ever heard, only to be beaten or equaled about 21 years later by a very, very few direct-to-disk/SME/Ortofon (light wt.) combinations, and very, very rarely equaled since by a few Blu-rays or SACDs, was a 22.5 ips. 6 channel, magnetic, recording of a 114 piece orchestra in 1957, that turned those few of us who were not yet audiophiles into them, instantly, Alakazam! As a fairly large group of us were leaving the theater (yes it was a film) we realized we could not walk out on the ultra-dynamic exit music, so we went down near the screen and found that it still sounded great, even through the damn curtains! The vinyl was horrible. We EQd it 6 ways for Sunday, but played it over and over anyway. 45, or so, years later, the DVD was passable with tender, loving EQ. In those days, for 70mm, there were 5 big speaker systems behind the screen, and a 6th channel, with signal tones guiding its surround sound to left, right, rear or all off-screen speakers. The film in question was the original version of Around the World in 80 days, in 70mm Todd-AO, gloriously before the X-Curve, with the sound custom set up in each 70mm theater, the goal being flat from typical seats, beginning to roll off at 12K Hz or so, which was the upper limit of both JBL and Altec theater speakers in those days; the magnetic tracks extended to 15K Hz a la Ampex professional tape machines then, and Ampex was hired to design Todd-AO sound. The original sound elements, in 6 channel, were recorded of full coat 35mm magnetic film (with a 24mm wide magnetic surface (.9449"), providing a wider surface for each track than 1/2 track 1/4" tape, and later transferred to the magnetic tracks on the film shown below. 80 Days played well into its 2nd year in San Francisco. When it finally came out in 35mm mono optical, it was unrecognizable.
  2. I didn't see any of the zillion JBL D130s, or any of the rest of the wall.
  3. Outdoor concerts may have better imaging. The few times I heard a string quartet outside, or a Sitar and Tabla, this was true. And Rock, well, a different sound, big, filling a literal sound stage. From a distance, as you walked into the park, the sound would change with the wind. Up as close as you dared (still fairly far back) one big curtain of sound, creating its own wind, but with some directionality -- definitely not mono. JBL had an ad about such a setup that was left on, while the band had a break. A passing griffin wandered up on stage, coughed into a microphone, and all that was left was a crater. Indeed most of the custom speakers used by the bands had JBL, sometimes Altec drivers. One experiment used EV T-35 tweeters, like the hand selected T-35s that morphed into K-77s in vintage Klipsch. A friend loaned the Dead some Klipschorns right toward the beginning (maybe they were still the Warlocks then), they liked them, but needing the corner may have stopped them. During the '60s these concerts were free in Golden Gate Park, Provo Park in Berkeley, Lake Merritt in Oakland. The Dead, Country Joe, the Airplane, the whole bunch, sometimes interspersed with chants and poems by the likes of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti. I remember imaging most of the time. Often there were two huge banks of speakers, one on the Left (naturally), and one on the Right, played in stereo. A few years later The Dead had their wall: There was one glorious time when the mayor closed Haight Street to cars, and the bands set up at the end of the street. The mayor told the police, "No pot busts," and people were dancing in the street, and on the roofs. I didn't notice any imaging that day except strictly in my head, but it was a marvelous display.
  4. Protesters against the practices of the UC Berkeley administration in 1964/65 wore punch cards dangling on ribbons around their necks with "HUMAN - Do not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate" written in big letters on them. If any of you old timers saw chart recorder sweeps of, say, Heritage speakers in the Paleolithic, let me ask my question another way, how might a chart recorder frequency sweep of a speaker look compared to a modern REW curve? Might it resemble 1/3 octave, 1/6 octave, or what? Go ahead and guess.
  5. From close seats (row 10, 9, 8, etc.) with a full sized symphony orchestra, and no audio, there can be "good" imaging. From distant seats, certain instruments (like orchestra bells) are still pretty localizable, but most are not.
  6. Thanks so much! See your messages.
  7. The first translator didn't work, but it is 4:10 AM here, so I'll wrestle with it later! Thanks again! Zzzzz
  8. Thanks! Oh! Here it is in an old post by WMcD!! 1987, 5 years later therefore "new." The curves in the 1982 article you found look worthwhile to absorb. so I will. Thanks! See post ahead for complete article.
  9. I have one page of a several page review of the Klipschorns, in French. I don't speak French, or read it, but I'm very curious. I can pick out a few words; it does refer to the Khorns as "the new version," but I don't think it is the AK6. My best guess is the AK4 or AK5. I would put it through translation software, but I have only one page of several (with no magazine name or date). Does anyone have that review, or a candidate for it? It would be terrific if someone had it in English! But if in French, I can try a computer translation. It is potentially informative, because between 100 and 200Hz their graph shows a 5 dB peak-trough [i.e., ~~+/- 2.5 dB]. That is one of the best results I've seen for that octave on a Khorn. If it is legit, they must have found just the right place to put it -- in a room, I assume. That is the same octave where Stereophile, on the AK6, found a 12.5 dB peak-trough, albeit raised up on a furniture dolly in a driveway, presumably with no boundary gain and no room gain. [IMO, they should have skipped measurements unless they could put a Khorn in a real room, very near a corner, but toed-in if desired.]
  10. Did old (1960s) chart recorders use smoothing? How much? How would we compare the speaker frequency response curves we see in old copies of High Fidelity magazine with modern curves that we run with on something like REW, with 1/3 octave, 1/6 octave smoothing, etc.?
  11. La Scalas might be a bit better than the Belles becaise they have a K400 or K401 midrange horns, rather than the smaller ones in the Belles. We replaced the short Belle mid horn with a K401, which required buliding a new, longer, Top Hat. We inclined the top hat down just a bit, so the tweeter is aimed right at the ears of seated people of average height. As you probably know, the newer La Scalas have solider construction, which may have scotched some vibration. Heresies in your big space above the ceiling facing down would be great. Is 1 foot enough for the model of Heresy you're contemplating? I know you are not doing it this way, but here is a photo from Klipsch from long ago. Note the Heresies are supported from the bottom. They could be lethal if they fell, or if they fell apart due to being attached from the back only. I love the idea of placing a Khorn in the rear corner -- now, that's surround sound! There was no Atmos back then, although some theaters did have surround speakers in the ceiling, like the Coronet in San Francisco, which made the big ship that goes over near the beginning of Star Wars quite effective.I like all the speakers to be substantial, and my unscientifically and emotionally derived smallest would be a Heresy. In the old days of cinema, there were some big speakers up high. Here is a big speaker, probably horn loaded, used in 13 theaters (the war expenditures prevented more) for the first movie in stereo and also surround sound, Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940).
  12. OR, if you don't have family members who want to listen to music while others run a movie, combine the rooms. We use the Khorns for both music and movies in the same room. The Khorns sound great with both, and the modified Belle Klipsch center channel and Heresy II surrounds, likewise. A peek: The front wall. The wall is covered in fabric, and hides the center channel speaker, which is a modified Belle Klipsch which is flush mounted in a bump-out sticking out of the other side of the wall. Flush mounting gains us 1 to 3 dB in the bass. It is a good timbre match above the 40 Hz Audyssey measurement says is the F3. The Belle is raised so that the tweeter is the same height as those in the Khorns. We put stock upgrades in the Khorns; they have the same guts as ones made in 2018. The fabric on the wall is acoustically transparent, as is the projection screen. With both fabrics in the way, we get about -1.75 dB at 16K. Audyssey compensates for that. The bump-out also contains a subwoofer, and quite a few diffusers. The front wall with the 130" wide "'scope" AT screen down. The screen height is such that someone with tri-focals can see the whole image through the tops of their glasses. Panavision: Cinerama:
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