Older Klipsch Horn Speakers ?

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  1. SonOfJames

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    Anyone using older Heresy, Chorus, Cornwall, etc ?

    My pops had some Cornwall that sounded awesome with 30 watts of power but was thinking about Heresey's for budget.
     
  2. kvetcha

    kvetcha Well-Known Member

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    I run Forte IIs, my dad runs Klipschorns (and Forte IIs). My grandfather's got some La Scalas.

    Fortes in particular seem a bit underappreciated and can be gotten for reasonable money. I think they and the Cornwalls are regarded as the best Heritage series speakers that don't require corners.

    edit: the Fortes have apparently gone up in price, perhaps because of the release of the Forte III. Not quite as much of a steal as they once were. Good speakers, though.
     
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  3. SonOfJames

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    I have a dream I found 60's La Scalas at Goodwill lol

    I always hear mixed things on Heresey's.
     
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    I think the primary issue with the Heresy is that it was designed as a center channel, so it doesn’t go terribly deep. I imagine they work well for certain recordings of a period, but they’re just philosophically a world apart from the full-range big boys in the series.

    I do love that they’re still being made, though. They’re so weird.
     
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    Somewhat on this topic, I just today learned that Klipsch, from 1992-1994, made a center channel speaker, voiced to match their Heritage series, called the Academy. They are rare.

    I bought one.
     
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    You can get away with 30 watts with any of the Heritage models. Tube amplification is where I'd lean if I had a pair. I like the entire series once you go above the Heresy.
     
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    I have yet to run the Rogue above 4/10ths and it can shake the room. It's great fun.
     
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    That’s an Awesome Dream! Mine is walking into Goodwill and finding a vintage Marantz receiver or even a McIntosh.
     
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    I have no problems with my Heresy 1's. I did get a new Crites crossovers soon after I found them. They have always worked out well with my Marantz 2245 and my new Marantz PM6006.

    Bass and loudness are just fine...even in this bigger area I have in the basement of the new house.
     
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    I'd really like to hear a pair of Heresies at some point. I think those, the Belle Klipsch, and the Jubilee are the only of the major PWK-designed speakers I haven't listened to.
     
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    From what I read before getting these, is to get them up to listening ear level, so I have them up on some stands and they seem to sound a lot better than having them on the ground or using the slant risers.
     
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    I love the look of the Heresies with the slant risers, but yeah. Positioning is important with horn-loaded speakers in particular.
     
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  13. SonOfJames

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    Do they need to be on the floor to be there best ?

    Little Peachtree or NAD Integrated (30W) should power them ok ?

     
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    Yeah, the Heritage line are all extremely efficient. 30W should be fine.
     
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    *manaiacal laugh*

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  16. SonOfJames

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    Nice

    How far did you have to go to get you Forte's btw ?

    What are you powering them with again ?
     
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    I lucked out, actually. I knew I wanted them because I grew up with a pair of Forte IIs that my dad bought new. Late last year, a work friend of his who also owned a pair was downsizing to move to another state, and sold them to me for next to nothing. It was maybe a 30 minute drive away.

    As far as power, right now I’m using an amp switcher: for home theater, they’re running through a Marantz SR-5008; for vinyl, they’re running through a Rogue Sphinx V2. Before I moved last month the Marantz was the exclusive source, and worked nicely.

    The Academy ran me $300 on eBay and replaced a Klipsch’s RC-3 II that I’d been using since 2006 or so.
     
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  18. SonOfJames

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    I have a old Eico tube amp I rescued locally that is off to be recapped soon. Will be looking for some old horns in the meantime. If anyone has any connections please hit me up. Thank you.
     
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