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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 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.
  2. 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 (??).
  3. I think that was the Heyser review of the Klipschorn in AUDIO magazine. "Then a funny thing happened. The sound of a slammed car door sounded like a slammed car door on the K-horns, but sounded like muffled "whumps" on the "wider range" system. The same with helicopter fly-overs (quite frequent where I used to live) and with the sound of distant traffic. I never forgot that experiment nor its ear-opening ramifications with regard to sonic accuracy versus measurement. Quite true, I have listened to many excellent subwoofers that could shake the walls at 10 Hz, while the K-horn produced little sound pres- sure even an octave above that frequency. But in my personal opinion, accurate percussive bass is a specialty which a properly set up corner horn seems to have to itself." @Msuwendy: The room counts for a lot, as does the position in the room, and the listener's position in the room. If either you or the speakers are sitting in a null, it can turn down the bass within a certain frequency band by quite a lot. Google "Audio: room acoustics and nulls." After getting yourself and the speakers in the best position, turn up the bass on your integrated amp, if you can. It's possible that there are no tone controls. If so, then consider an equalizer, IF you have a processor loop, or a way to make it work.
  4. garyrc

    Filing a UPS claim

    I used to work at a telescope/microscope company (late 1960s, early 1970s). The largest portion of the sales were shipped via UPS, and they were packed extremely well. One day a guy from UPS walked in with a large, heavy, expensive celestial telescope mirror that was broken in half, literally in two pieces. He said, "I just want to confirm that this can't be repaired." Silence. Everyone just stared at him; some mouths may have fallen open.
  5. The median income in California is about $64,000 before taxes. By definition, of course, half of the people are making less than that. The mean income is about $92,000, clearly showing why the mean is a poor measure of central tendency when there is a very wide range. We moved out of California (mainly due to traffic and crime, not finances), and landed in a state that had slightly lower income tax, slightly higher property tax on a percentage basis, but marvelously lower property tax in dollars, because the houses are much less valuable. The rule of thumb when we moved was you could expect a house twice as large at one half the price. We have no sales tax, while California cities have about 9% or 10% sales tax, depending on where you live (varies by city/county). Only the wealthy in California have a total tax of 50%, although I've heard that figure bandied about. I have had only a nodding acquaintance with two such individuals in my ~~ 55 years in California. The wealthiest person I knew well in California paid about 38% total taxes, I think. My family knew a Californian -- I'm pretty sure he was a Republican -- who said he was proud of paying high taxes, because that served as an indicator of high achievement financially -- it was sort of a badge of honor to him, and he said it was the price of living in a decent society. He, indeed, was a high achiever, and sought challenges. He once walked from Oakland to Yosemite, possibly on the John Muir Ramble Route, and returned with a few missing toenails.
  6. Wine country is mainly Sonoma, Napa counties. north of SF, with in Marin, Humbolt, and Mendocino contributing some. In Oregon, the Willamette Valley has about 600 wineries. Coppola has wineries in both California and Oregon. Even my favorite auto mechanic had a winery, Cakebread. Jack Cakebread graduated from UC Berkeley, went to graduate school at Stanford, and was the middle generation running the garage. He was a good friend of Ansel Adams, studied under him, and sent him wine until Adams could no longer drink it because of illness. Jack's sons run the winery now.
  7. Is cnut or cnutish a word? Have I missed something? I assume it refers to the Warrior King ... are you using it this way because he -- or someone -- referred to the whole area as the North Sea Empire instead of using the names of the countries conquered? Or am I way off-base? I agree, Orange County is less cool name. It it seems rather divided, being the home of Disneyland, some very wealthy residents fictionalized in The O.C., as well as poverty areas, trashy motels, and the smell of gasoline. Saying San Juan Capistrano evokes images of swallows.
  8. When I worked in a university bureaucracy, every time someone used the words "end point" it was some kind of cop out. They would say something like, "We interviewed the end point users," but had always stopped gathering information several points away from the end, often consulting people who knew next to nothing about the needs at the end.
  9. FWIW, my best sounding moving coil cartridge was an Ortofon, SL15 in an SME, in 1975. The "L" stood for "light" (weight). I used the moving coil input of a Luxman L580. Very "open," "detailed," etc.
  10. Well, I was going to point out that when we toured The Record Plant in 1974 or '75, we were told that people were working on a player that would scan an ordinary stereo Lp (vinyl) with a laser instead of using a stylus. I thought that was because of what they were smoking. Now I found out that ELP did it!
  11. I'm older. Can't find old pictures (yet). In 1974, I had two Thorens T Tables (124/125), a DH1 mixer, a McIntosh c28 SS preamp, and borrowed McIntosh 40 watt tube amps, feeding JBL 030 speaker systems (D130 extended range and 075 tweeter) in C34 rear loaded horn enclosures, with Crown R to R, DBX, and a single U47FET mic, and a single RE15 mic. Friends pooled equipment when necessary. The speakers were the weak point, balance wise, but they were very clean and dynamic. When I was 20, I still was stuck in mono. A Components brand T Table, a Lafayette copy of a Gray viscous damped tone arm, a horrible Arkay 12 watt amplifier, and a Karlson speaker enclosure containing one of the 030s. As an aside, about that time I was salivating over the Hasselblad "Super Wide" 90 degree angle of coverage lens. Of course, I had no camera body to put it on, just a cheap 35mm with a 50mm lens. I heard a fox nearby saying, "Yeah, but Todd-AO has a 128 degree angle of coverage lens." Talk about curving lines! Since the Karlson was built for me by my Dad, "theater black," It still holds a place of honor in my current room, in the rear, with no speaker in it. .
  12. Yes. Didn't Tomas Jefferson say something like, "If I had to choose between newspapers with no government and government without newspapers, I'd choose newspapers without government."
  13. Indeed! And it can lift my mood, or sink it therapeutically so I can experience catharsis, or interlace both. Up: The last movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony, Rene Leibowitz version. Yes, the sound counts. 1. Vinyl with moving coil Ortofon cartridge, Khorns, Big Room, Bass +6dB. Superb! 2. Chesky CD transfer, Khorns, Big Room, Bass + 6 dB, + Audyssey Reference. Almost as good Down into cathartic release: My jazz or blues selection of the day. Interlace: Some Stravinsky, e.g. The Firebird, or, sometimes, Miles.
  14. That's how it got the name "Death." Then there are its main attractions: Badwater, Devil's Hole Hell's Gate Devil's Cornfield Devil's Golf Course
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