Klipsch System Review From DFW Hornheads Listening Session

 

Jeff's system RULES!!!!

 

Mallett
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Those who know anything about me know I'm pretty conservative.  Tubes, analog, etc.  However, I believe Jeff has found audio nirvana along a different path.  His speakers are all the dedicated Klipsch head could want...two Cornies and three Heresies, fine vintage Fisher 500B driving the front end.  OTOH, there are those THREE  foot tall SVS sub woofers in the corner with a kilowatt of  brute SS amps.  I asked him about why three.  He casually said "Well, if I lived on a second floor or had a frame house, one would be enough, but this is what it takes to MOVE THE SLAB."  And move the slab they did!!!  The truly amazing thing is that the crossover from the Cornies to these brutes was completely transparent.  On most material, you could not tell when they were in or out.  However, when he played the Eagles concert DVD in DD5.1, the slab defintely shook with totally clean, gut jiggling, Sensurround, best seat in the house, BASS.  I''ve no idea what it took to get the kind of balance Jeff has achieved here, but not even the most rabid purist would find anything to critique in this sound. 
This was my first time to hear a Cornwall anchored system.  I can see now why Cornies have their own following.  Just a bit less "in your face" than them big ol horns.  The tapestry of the front was seamless between the Cornies and the Heresy.  I had to walk up to the Heresy to determine that it was working, and I didn't hear it discretely until I was about 2 feet away.
I hauled my music server over and we hooked it to the 60 inch or so 1080i Mitsubishi that kept me feeling like I as at a drive-in theatre somewhere.  Having just got my Card Deluxe two days ago, I was anxious both to hear it on another system and get some educated opinion.  I'd spent the morning recording a few LP's and some 78's.  The LP's included Louis Armstrong Audio Fidelity AFSD 6132, Enoch Light RS 915 SD, and Fennell/Cleveland Symphonic Winds Telarc 5038.  Just having recently determined that there might be virtue in vinyl, Jeff's TT/cartridge can only be described as probably the best 35.00 investment one could make in a vinyl-less system.  Certainly the 24/96 recordings sounded much better than direct LP playback.  Given Jeff's uncanny ability to match the very finest components flawlessly, I really look forward to him really getting serious about LP playback. 
Jeff's system should please anyone regardless of bias.  His digital doesn't sound it, the balance between them massive subs with brute SS amp and the vintage Fisher VT amp is sheer perfection, DD5.1 takes you right THERE to the concert, and only the LP playback needs attention...but it wouldn't be fun if there was really nothing left to do!
There was much more, but I grow verbose and want to go listen!
Basically, another really great audio get together for the DFW Klipsch Forum. 
So who''s up next????

 

 

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ShapeShifter
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How was 2-channel playback?
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Mallett
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Beyond any criticism of which I am capable (with the exceptation of the TT/cartridge as noted).  The 78's played back dead center hanging in the air.  While there was no width, there was depth to the mono, and even the oldest material (1922 acoustic...not even a straight wire and no gain at all) had a "you are there quality"  Bill Haley and the Comets pinned me to the wall. 
Yeah, I really liked it.  It's super when you can take your own familiar source to another system.

 

 

 

Jeff
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WOW what can I say.  I am blushing over here.  Thanks for the great review.  Glad you enjoyed yourself.  It is nice to get such a glowing second opinion.
Laters,
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ShapeShifter
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Thanks! You know the Fisher's don't get much praise here.  So it is nice to see some good print.
Sounds like everyone had a good listening session and meeting.

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James D McCall
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Very nice! Congrats on a fine klipsch system. I think the 2 cornwall / 3 heresy set-up is a real winner. One of the best heritage combos, imho.
Also, good job on the web pages and pics. I have no clue even where to begin setting up a web page...gotta look into that soon; it's just too cool.
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'98 klipschorns, Infinity SM-120's (surr.)
Dynaco QD-2
Sennheiser HD-580's
Sony TA-F606ES int. amp.
Sony ST-S550ES tuner
Sony CDP-X33ES CD player
Sony DTC-75ES DAT recorder
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