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Classic Klipsch speakers are dinosaurs. They're big and held a significant place for a long time. Back when 5 wpc was all you had, you put up with size and lack of deep bass to get high spls. Their sound complimented the tubes of the day. But like the dinosaurs their day has past.The company lost it's marketing way, not enough tube dealers to support their modern offerings. So sadly they focused on the mainstream where frankly they really don't offer anything special.
I could see your buddy getting rid of the quads for the k-horns. but me, i'd have kept the hartley subs!
i was extremely unimpressed w/the sound i heard in the classic audio room. marginally better room, ruined by having two pairs of speakers in it, w/the smaller speakers blocking the sound of the larger pair. i wanted to like the sound; the owner was wery nice... but even if the volti's were twice the price of the big classic's instead of the other way around, i would still be wanting the volti's...doug s.
[quotei could see your buddy getting rid of the quads for the k-horns. but me, i'd have kept the hartley subs! ]He kept the Hartley subs and used them with some Apogee Divas. When he brought over a date to his house and her eyes popped out wit mouth ajar at this audio madness dominating his living room, he politely stated he was an audio enthusiast. It was their first and last date. Rocket_Ronny
The arrangement was ...uhh, sub-optimal... Not enough room for two big floorstanders... Not having heard the Voltis I don't have a reference point. But the Classics were better IMO than the $44K horns (sorry, forget the name) I heard upstairs.
re: the ones you didn't like, are you talking about the field coil drivers in the big oris-style horns, w/the ob bass panels? (not sure of their cost):i thought these sounded wery nice; better than the classics. these also were not set up properly, imo - the room was too small - but they still sounded good to me.doug s.
I have several friends that work for Klipsch and for good reason they were nervous after the audiovox purchase. Now it has been a while since the purchase and everyone is really happy with the way audiovox treats Klipsch. They have brought manufacturing jobs back to Hope, AR from China. That is really great news for a rural country town like Hope,AR. The previous owner was more of a bean counter and not an audio engineer. He diversified the company and did a very good job at making it very profitable likely saving the company. It will be interesting to see what happens in the upcoming years. A hint is in recently approved patents. Klipsch will be around for a while. Klipsch changes speaker line ups often. It isn't unusual for them to discontinue speakers. In 2006 they revamped the Heritage line dropping the Belle but brought back the Cornwall with some improvements. Not my favorite but a big seller. Their sales of speakers to Europe and Asia have been on the rise. The RF2, Heresy, and Cornwall are very popular there. Things change but lately it has been for the best.If you aren't into the consumer speakers from Klipsch check out the pro cinema speakers. There is really cool stuff in there and the specs are conservative. They measure lower specd. The Jubilee bass horn is just incredible. Personally I like the big horns for obvious reasons. Small speakers are for small sound.Wish I had room for the MCM Grand LOL....MCM Grand http://www.klipsch.com/kpt-mcm-4-t-grandJubilee 535 http://www.klipsch.com/kpt-jubilee-535KPT 535 http://www.klipsch.com/kpt-535-4-tIt is a shame that the audio industry doesn't have a PWK to flash a BS Button at snake oil salesmen. Hell that could be a full time job these days.
The recently released Forte III is a sweet update of that classic model. They now include titanium diaphragms stock. If I ever find a pair I can afford, KHorns will be in the corners of my room.
I've long considered Klipsch to be the perfect complement to Bose.
Even if they keep the Klipsch name it will meet the same fate as Pyle driver, Aragon, Infinity, AR, you name it. It will disappear or become a schlock sucker brand.
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