Jump to content
The Klipsch Audio Community
Sign in to follow this  
Curmudgeon

La Scala Industrial (splits) mid driver questions

Recommended Posts

I bought a pair of La Scala splits a while back that sounded decent but kind of on the lifeless side.  The crossovers were marked Type ALs and appeared to be original so I surmised that the caps were aging and decided that a set of ALKs would be a better choice than rebuilding.  I picked up a pair of older style ALKs (with Hovland/Harmony/Solen caps) off the forum recently and installed them.  While inside I noted that the tweeters were K77 square magnet types and the fiberglass mid horns had massive Eminence drivers.  I had read that Eminence made some OEM mid drivers for Klipsch so I didn't give them much thought at the time. Per the ALK instruction sheet I started out at Al's "normal" attenuation but after a few weeks of listening to movies and music the mids seemed a bit hot so I decided to change settings.

 

I had noted the Eminence mid drivers before but forgot to write down the model number.  While I changed the ALK tap settings today I copied the model number off the paper tags and out of curiosity looked up the specs (and of course opened a can of worms).

 

Eminence PSD2002S-16 (Link: http://www.eminence.com/pdf/PSD2002S16.pdf )

 

Throat Size: 1”, 25.4mm
Nominal Impedance*: 16 ohms
Power Rating: 80W (EIA426B Secification, 1.6kHz @ 18dB)
Resonance: 550 hz
Usable Frequency Range: 1.2kHz - 20kHz
Recommended Crossover: 1.2kHz/18dB or 1.8kHz/12dB
Sensitivity (1W @ 1m on axis horn): 105dB
Magnet Weight: 34 oz
Voice Coil Diameter: 2"
Re: 6.1
Le: 1.6 mH

 

The first thing that jumped out at me is the usable frequency range: a PSD2002S-16 isn't rated down to 400 hz so unless I'm missing something this doesn't appear to be a proper mid driver for La Scala's.  Since these are older pro speakers with unknown history my guess is someone installed the PSD2002S-16's without giving much thought about the crossover point.  I can't seem to find out the exact mid driver Klipsch specified for the pro series back then and on paper the Eminence driver just don't look right.

 

The La Scala HF cabinet #'s are 8764119 & 8764121, the LF cabinet #'s are 8764123 & 8764131 so they should be late 1980's models.

 

My questions are:

 

1)  Am I right about the Eminence PSD2002S-16 driver in that it's pretty much leaving a big fat hole from 400 to 800 hz and doesn't belong in a La Scala?

2)  If needed should they get replaced with K-55's or is there something more appropriate for La Scala splits?

 

Any help y'all could offer would be greatly appreciated as I don't want to spend money unnecessarily but if I need different mid drivers I'll suck it up.

 

** As a side note also I have a pair of `79 Klipschorns with ALK Universals and Crites tweeters that I'm very happy with the sound of. The La Scala splits didn't seem to improve as much with the ALKs so I'm figuring the (what appears to be) mismatched mid drivers are why they still sound a bit wonky to me.  Of course different room, electronics, cables, etc. makes you doubt what you're actually hearing sometimes.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am not an expert but something seems amiss. Could you possibly try the mid drivers from the KHorns temporarily? To see if it fills the hole?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good idea but the Klipschorns are not easy to access & I would rather not mess with them - they're at the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" leave it alone stage.

Mainly I'm asking if my suspicion is correct because if the mid drivers aren't appropriate they need to come out and something correct go in. If Eminence specs the usable low end at 1200 hz I can't fathom why they're on K-401 horns unless someone just chucked in whatever they had laying around. I don't know enough about compression drivers or what Klipsch originally used but to me it raises a big red flag.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is certainly the wrong driver to be used with the LS crossovers. It could also really damage the diaphragm crossing that low.

 

I have some LS cabs I am redoing, purchased cheap, that had NO Klipsch parts. The mid driver was an EV that would play low enough, but it was on an 800Hz horn and crossover. Left a bit of a hole.

 

Bruce

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the reason your speakers sound poor is the mid driver is leaving a substantial hole right in the mid range "where we live" :D  I know the lascalas I have had all used the K--55 version mid drivers 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You could modify the bass and mid crossover since the bass bin can go higher but that would cost more and be more painful (tuning) than just getting a pair of k55 or the Atlas driver.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone!  :emotion-22:  I'm now on the hunt for a pair of either K-55's or Atlas PD-5VH's and will sell the Eminence drivers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...