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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. So I got this bug ... and its contagious. Its called the Heritage bug. I've been hearing about the sound of Klipsch for 20 years and personally experienced the warmth and depth of the sound every time I used to visit Little Rock, Arkansas during late night jam sessions in the 90's, so ... I finally bought a pair of LaScalas two years ago. And then I bought a pair of Heresy speakers a couple of months later. And then I bought a pair of Khorns a few months later and then I bought another pair of Khorns a few months later. STOP! (talking to myself) I don't want to get rid of anything, so do you think it is okay for me to stack the Khorns with the upper pair turned upside down? Any of you forum members ever done that? Thanks for your thoughts on this. moriceman
  3. The is the third in a series of FAQs ("Frequently-Asked Questions") , the first of which was the Klipsch serial number FAQ, and the second is the Active Bi-amping/Triamping FAQ. This thread discusses corner-horn loudspeaker imaging, in particular, how to achieve outstanding imaging, and typically encountered issues with corner horn imaging. Klipsch currently makes two corner-horn designs (i.e., the Klipschorn and the Klipschorn Jubilee), and has made smaller corner-horn speakers in the past (e.g., the Shorthorn series). Other manufacturers make or have made corner horn speakers (e.g., Voight, ElectroVoice, JBL, and smaller companies like Pi and Decware, etc.). "Can I get Outstanding Imaging from a Corner-Horn Speaker?" Yes. Good corner-horn imaging can be "unsurpassed". "What are the Advantages of Corner Horns?" A corner horn is designed to be used in a corner of a room or outside structure (such as an outdoor stage backstop). While this type of speaker is not new, it is not often seen in today's audiophile circles. Many misconceptions about corner horn potential performance and proper setup exist: 1) They provide dramatically lower bass distortion, in particular, modulation distortion, than non-corner-loaded loudspeakers(modulation distortion in loudspeakers ). Bass modulation distortion has been found to be quite audible (Subjective_Effects.pdf). 2) They provide much greater low frequency dynamic range without resultant woofer compression or other forms of distortion, which limits achievable sound reproduction fidelity of other types of speakers 3) They have the potential to achieve full range controlled directivity in-room if designed/produced carefully "What are the Disadvantages of Corner Horns?" 1) They require good room corners to fully achieve their lf response, or a large footprint in order to accommodate "false corners" 2) They are physically large and heavy speakers if they are to reproduce all needed low frequencies (e.g., piano, organ, string bass, etc.) 3) They require amplifiers of high quality for the critical "first watt" of input power to achieve full potential 4) They require careful placement of objects and/or acoustic treatments in-room in order achieve their full imaging potential "What is Different About Corner-Horn Imaging?" Corner-horn imaging performance is a strong function of the room they're in, i.e., 1) The room's absolute and relative dimensions, its shape (including the ceiling), and the uniformity of the walls next to the Khorns (i.e., front and side walls near the speakers) 2) The placement of the speakers within that room on the boundary (e.g., tailpiece-to-corner fit to seal the two mouths of the bass bins, the length of the corner extensions from the bass bin on front and side walls, and whether there are any intrusions into the room by bricks and other architectural details (yes, brick fireplaces and mantles can significantly affect imaging...) 3) The absence of near-field furniture or equipment that reflect acoustic energy, and 4) The judicious use of acoustic treatments (...it usually doesn't take very much, but it usually takes some). 5) The quality of the "first watt" of amplifier power driving them
  4. No affiliation just ran across them. Guy sounds like he doesn't want to give them up but alas... THE WIFE. http://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649288968-klipsch-kornerhorns/
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