henry4841 Posted March 25 Share Posted March 25 10 hours ago, carewser said: Man your LaScala's must be pretty heavy duty if they're louder than a vacuum cleaner 🤪 Hey listen, i'm glad you guys are happy with your LaScala's I just don't think I would be happy with them given my love of deep bass but that doesn't mean they're not great speakers, I just don't think they're for me, not that I could afford them anyway I honestly did not mean any offense on anything I posted. When young I was much as yourself trusting in published specs as to what you will hear. PWK could not say it enough that music is dynamics with frequency response important but not the tell all. Horns are efficient, low distortion, dynamic ways to reproduce sound. Nothing can match a horn system. For really low bass the folded K-horn is the speaker of reasonable choice. I have heard of really serious audiophiles building a room with a 32ft bass horn built out of concrete and steel. The problem with the K-horn is that it is perfect if the room is suited for it. Horns uses what is called compression drivers for reproduction. Mostly associated with pro equipment and not home sound reproduction. PWK used professional drivers for his Heritage line and made a compression driver out of the 15" cone bass speaker. The speaker is put in a very small chamber with a board in front of the speaker with a slot to limit the travel of the 15" cone in effect making a compression driver out of the cone speaker. The gain is produced by the attached horn. Being a bass horn has to be extremely long and large he folded the horn and used the walls of the room for further amplification of the sound wave. With a proper large enough room using K-horns and a center speaker as suggested by Paul the sound will be like most have never heard. The LaScala is a compromise cutting one fold out of the equation with part of a db loss if not a whole db of bass notes loss but is suited for more rooms and is still horn loaded bass with the bass it does make. This is not to say it does not make great bass below 100hz, just not go very much below 50hz. When I bought my speaker very few LP's had much below 50hz recorded on them anyways so it made little difference to me to sacrifice a db or so of the low notes. For a couple of decades I did not feel I was missing anything. What I had for more than 30 years was a level of sound reproduction many never hear. I mentioned I paid $1500 or possible $1595 for my speakers in '86 and that was a lot of money for a blue collar worker with a family of 6 to support. But it was worth it to me. A pair of new LaScala's is a serious investment in sound for most but they were the last main speaker system I have ever bought. Always dreamed of owning K-horns but realized I do not have the space or proper room for them to sound their best. Now with the cost of really good subs and lots of cheap class D power to drive them reasonably priced I am not missing anything. What carewser is missing is a LaScala is an ultimate speaker system for most for a lifetime of sound enjoyment that most will pass on to their heir's after they are gone. Certainly benefit from a really good sub for those low bass note lovers. I personally listen to mine without using my sub a lot of the time. Plenty of the best bass one will ever hear and you can do that with a few watt single ended triode amplifier such as the amazing SET 300B amp. Not many speakers can say that. I know you are a skeptic carewser and you will never fully understand what members here are talking about until you live with a pair of LaScala's and hear what we are trying to convey into words. Impossible really to put into words what we are hearing from a pair of LaScala's. I have no desire to listen to the newer LaScala's loving the sound my old speakers produce. Klipsch claims improvements which I do not doubt but like carewser I could not afford them being old and retired on a fixed income anyways. What you do hear from top reviewers Klipsch sends to them to is when it is time to send them back most all say "I am sure going to miss those speakers." That is the ones that do not pay and keep them! And this is from people that have heard and reviewed many of the top speakers currently being produced. Shame these day there are not places one can go and audition a pair of LaScala's as it was in my days when I purchased mine. I am still in awe remembering the first time I heard a pair in a showroom with a tube amplifier. It was if the singer was right in front of me live with music filling the large listening room with instruments everywhere. Never regretted purchasing mine. Peace and love. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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