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THE home audio thread

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    Anyone else into quality home audio? Not talking about the Panasonic home-theater-in-box stuff, but rather real stand-alone receivers, amps, quality speakers (B&W, Klipsch, Polk -- but for the love of god, no Bose!).

    I'm a certified Klipsch fanatic -- I think their signature sound is the way music is supposed to sound -- free from distortion, great clairty due to the horn design, and no so-called "warmth" -- which to me is code for fuzzy LoFi sound. But it's subjective and everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how misguided it might be :grin:.

    Got a pair of Klipsch KG 4s for the bedroom. Currently awaiting some new capacitors for the crossover (25 years will deteriorate the sound quality as the caps go bad), also upgrading the tweeter diaphragm to a titanium one. Gonna respray these bad boys, reattach the Klipsch badges and they'll be good to go. Classic 80s era speaker, love the look.

    Then I picked up some MINT KG 3.5s for the living room. On the hunt for KG 5.5s as well, so I can put the smaller 3.5s in the back and have the 5.5s as mains. Won't even need a subwoofer -- those 5.5s pack TWO 10 inch woofers each, and then the 3.5s each have an 8 inch woofer...come to think of it, I don't think I'm going to even worry about a center channel. By far the biggest non-essential item in a home theater, I think. These days, receivers do a great job at running a phantom center channel, dialog sounds just fine coming from the mains, provided they are "rangy" speakers...which Klipsch most certainly are. Plus, I'm more into stereo than I am the 5.1 or 7.1 home theater experience. Music is where it's at -- not much in life beats some rocking speakers in the living room blasting out some great tunes. Almost better than sex. But you could always have sex while blasting music, even better, ha.

    Didn't even get started on amps, receivers, etc, ha.

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    Some speaker porn...RF-7 IIs...droooool

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    Bought RF-5s new in 04, doing great but 7s...slap myself for not spending extra Money. Reference 35s finish out the 7.1 set up. Sub is a 15" Velodyne. Denon 3312ci for the receiver. We do NOT go the the movies. I can't afford to now! Wished I could finish the set up as an 11.2...no money. :-(
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    Wow, nice setup my man! And I ask, why WOULD you want to go to the movies? I never would if I had that system under my roof. Going to the movies sorta sucks -- pay a bunch of money to see a movie that probably sucks and having to deal with the "public" and all of their annoyances. It's not as if it's a social gathering -- so if you have a good system at home, the movie theater is pointless. End of rant, sorry, ha.

    And not surprised that a fellow Klipscher responded first to this thread, I have to say us Klipsch guys are the most vocal and adamant about our favorite speaker manufacturer. You don't see this kinda love for let's say, Bower & Wilkins. Not to the same degree anyways. It's kinda like the whole once a Marine, always a Marine thing. Well maybe not that far :tongue:.

    Don't feel bad about "only" having RF-5s, lol. There's ALWAYS something bigger, badder, better out there. If you had the RF-7 IIs, then you'd be lusting for the Palladium series (those things are acoustic sex, jaw-dropping look...).
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    Too true always wanting something more. Was in ND and a buddy broke out a true 7.2 back in 04, was embarrassed when I walked into my house and turned on my Bose lifestyle 12! broke my savings account for the set up with a Denon 3805 then. Solid receiver, but i couldnt stand not having 1080p. i was stationed in England and a Brit neighbor had a Wilkes set up, Harmon kardon..can't knock it, but nothing sounds better than a tuned Klipsch, new or old. Even he agreed. Not happy with the new receiver, Denon tried to make it do too much, but I don't have the money to replace it...two kids will do that to you lol.
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    If you're on a budget, try this...craigslist some Klipsch Chorus IIs, recap them/rediaphragm them and pair them up with a solid 2 channel stereo receiver. Put this in another room of your house and voila, you have a killer 2 channel setup with badass 3-way Heritage Klipsch speakers. Should be able to do it all for a grand. Those Chorus IIs are the most musical speaker I've ever heard in my life, though I've yet to hear any of the Epic series Klipsches, which I hear have mindblowing sound imaging and presence. The CF-4 just looks mean and with the mid 90s aggressive look...there's the lust again!
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    I don't know about that. Maybe it is because I was born before drive-ins went away and worked in a theater while in high school. Every once in a while it is fun to go to the movie theater to watch a movie. Sometimes it is one like Private Ryan or War Horse that somehow does not seem like it would be the same watching at home. Or it could be like the one I went to last night at the Marion "We're the Millers" in Ocala in a old time theater thats kind of like driving a 55 Chevrolet. Not a great movie but funny and just being in a old style theater made me feel young for a couple of hours. I don't go to many movies maybe 6 a year, but it is fun and the wife likes it and thats always a plus.
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    I used to really be into audio, home and car, during and just out of college. These days we just have a Bose acoustic wave music system II and it's a lot easier to move :grin:
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    I wasn't very impressed with the klipsch setup I had. I bought the HD theater 600 and added 2 Icon Dual 8" 2-Way Floor Speakers with a Yamaha receiver. Decided to go to the cleaner in ceiling look with all my devices relocated in a closet. The speakers are sonance and I must say I'm pretty impressed.

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