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  1. So I found one Aristocrat speaker about a year ago at a thrift store, paid 15.00 for it and hauled it home, and so it begins... 🙄 I guess the Aristocrat was one of several designs by Paul Klipsch in early 50's that EV used per license agreement (probably for using ev drivers) I don't know the details but probably something like that. I liked the design, and first decided to build it a twin, but somewhere along the line my plans changed for various reasons and then they became something else altogether. At some point I'll actually make two more Aristocrat speakers to finish my original plans but that's down the road aways. I had a need for a pair of speakers in living room that would replace my old RP-5's that were moved to basement theater room, so big, full sound was on the menu and I didn't want to add subs so basically 2 speakers that can do it all and without throwing a ton of money into it. I had been buying up some used components over the last couple years for another project but ended up using them on this project. So this is sort of a Heritage-style Reference tower that Klipsch doesn't make. The bottom section is the Aristocrat design being used solely for the low end. Instead of .5" thick like the original plans called for I doubled up using two layers of plywood, so it's 1" thick and very solid. The top is the MF/HF section, which is connected but separate from the lower section. It's 3/4" thick plywood. All Klipsch components accept for the amps for the lower bins. I'll note too that none of these speakers were pulled from good working cabinets. I bought all components that were pulled from damaged boxes so no good speakers were sacrificed. I still have some work to do. The bottom sections I'm making grills to hide the screws for front baffle board and considering veneering them. I stained these to get them done quicker. Looks better in person, the flash shows all the problems with stain on plywood, in normal lighting with shadows it's not too bad. And I've never veneered before so I didn't want to go that route just yet till I had a chance to learn. In some places it doesn't show too well, but in other places it looks pretty good to me. You'll probably note the top section is smaller than you would have in a RP280 tower but I have them crossed at 80hz on low end so there's not much need for bigger volume for the top sections since the bass is handled by the lower bins. This allows the dual 8" drivers to deliver cleaner response in mid frequencies while increasing efficiency with lower power consumption by removing low frequency handling. Power is bi amped. Lower bass bins use the built in amp fed from receiver's pre-outs. Top sections use receiver's 110 watts per channel. Corner placement is best like the Khorn but they'll work near a wall too. Specifications 3-Way Aristocrat IV Concept Towers Frequency Response 18Hz-25kHzMax spl 120 plus db just a guess (idk, they cause pain to my ears at 80 percent volume so they're loud enough)Power Handling MF/HF (cont/ Peak) 150/600LF 250 Watt Dayton Built in Amp 40-180Hz adjustableNominal Impedance 8 Ohms CompatibleCrossover 1750Hz upper section crossovers from RP 280F towersLF adjustable 40-180Hz low pass on ampHigh Frequency Driver (from Klipsch RP 280F towers) 1” Titanium LTS Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix Horn Mid Frequency Drivers (from Klipsch R28F towers) Dual 8" (20.3cm), copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofersKlipsch 12" RW12D driver for lower bass bin.Enclosure Material: Plywood 3/4” upper section, 1” lower section (dual .5” sheets)Enclosure Type: Upper section- sealed, dual 8” mid bass with HF 1” Horn Lower section Front firing/folded corner horn Aristocrat design with Klipsch RW12DInputs: Upper section dual binding posts for HF/MFLower amp inputs, direct wire or RCA (using LFE input and L/R pre outs from receiver)Height 50.3”Width 20”Depth 17”Weight 120lbsFinish: Golden Oak wood stain with lacquer
  2. The RP-280F's I recently bought for the living room system did not have bases. This was fine on our current hardwood but the house we are renting for the next year or so is carpeted all around. I don't want to risk them tipping over and hurting anyone or anything. A pair from Klipsch will be ~ $150 shipping included. Just seeing if a member has a pair that they aren't going to use and how much they would want for them. ZIP code 23602. Thanks!
  3. Greetings everyone, I am new to speakers and looking for suggestions to solve an issue that I'm facing. In facebook marketplace, I bought a pair of RP-280f (floor standing speakers), RP-250C (center channel), R-112SW (sub-woofer) and pair of Klipsch G-12 gallery speakers for $380 (I don't know market value of used Klipsch speakers hence I'm not sure if I overpaid). To the issue now; one floor speaker works fine but tweeter in other floor speaker is not working creating a muffled sound. Thanks to users of this community, I followed few discussions and performed initial troubleshooting. I moved the faulty tweeter to other working floor speaker and found out tweeter was working fine, so I ruled out tweeter from malfunctioning components list. In next step, I connected tweeter wires to the woofer in the faulty speaker and found out that woofer would not work. Now, I am not sure if tweeter wire or the circuit panel in the speaker rear is malfunctioning. Further, I compared the rear circuit panel of faulty and working floor speakers ad found all electrical connections look the same and no loose connection. Except that, the working floor speaker has couple of golden color plates connecting adjacent two red and black screw terminals in the rear side (where banana plugs are plugged in), but these golden color plates are missing in faulty speaker. Not sure if that is the source of tweeter problem. Could someone provide some guidance on what to look for further troubleshooting and point me in right direction. Many thanks in advance! Best, Kris
  4. I have 2xRP280 and a R-115SW sub connected to a Denon AVRX6300H for about a year and half. today, the left speaker next to sub started buzzing, then cut out and then there was a horrible smell. the smells is coming from the speaker next to the sub or sub. it smells horrible and is quite terrifying. What just happened? is my equipment ok? what can i do to resolve? should i be concerned of fire and safety?
  5. Hey guys, So I own a set of Klipsch RP-280FA. I recently moved form California to Florida, however one of my speakers front was slightly damaged during the move. It does not effect the sound quality at all, but man its ugly to look at. Just cosmetic though. Does anyone happen to know the exact type of finish or paint Klipsch uses on Reference premiere line? Anything that can make this not such an eye sore. See attached photo
  6. Hi, After thirty years of waiting I'm finally getting a man cave and the only problem left is choosing a good sound system! The room is pretty small only 11ft across. Is the room too small for the larger packages RP280 or RP250? I've read that the speakers might be too large to produce good sound in smaller rooms, but I do want the richer and deeper sound which I guess the larger speakers are better at? Please help a novice, can I go with the larger speakers or is the rp160 a better choice?
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