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Considering a Summer Project...Speakerlab K Horns

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I am fortunate enough to have a pair of corners to load some corner horns in. I haven't seen the logistics for corner horn set up, but it looks like they will be 10 feet apart, and my listening spot will be 8 feet away. Any issues with doing this? I do not want to run a center channel.

I have been looking at a few sits that show alternate parts for upgrading the Klipsch speaker, there are a couple of wood Tractrix horn kits out there. One company ALK offers a DIY wood kit for a 2 inch midrange horn that looks to be somewhat cost effective. Also there are various crossover modifications for the K horns that look to be transplantable into the Speakerlab version. ALK, Volti Auidio, and Crites all seem to have an upgrade path for this speaker design.

I suppose another consideration would be to upgrade the transducer on the stock midrange horn, and possibly dampen it from the outside if it is needed.

I live four hours from Seattle, so I am hoping to snag a pair of good Speakerlab K Horns off of Craigslist. I am primarily interested in the cabinets, and bass driver....especially if I choose to upgrade the midrange and tweeters in it. On the other hand,possibly the stock drivers are going to be just fine, I wouldn't know until I listen to them. I run a 8wpc Electra Print 300B based SET amplifier, which in reality is a lot of power for this speaker.

From what I understand, there are two versions of the Speakerlab K horn. The original being a two piece cabinet design that was a direct clone of the Klipsch speaker. From what I can tell the second version integrates the midrange/tweeter housing into the bass bin, making it a traditional one piece cabinet. I also understand that the woofer horn flare is not the same as the Klipsch version, which allows it to extend higher, but may have some limitations in other areas.

It seems that people buy the Speakerlab version to have a cheap version of the Klipsch speaker. For me it certainly is cost effective to start with this platform, especially if there are no significant limitations to the bass horn. If I do install the mid/tweet upgrades, then spending all the extra money for a Klipsch makes no sense to me. But I am curious to know other's thoughts/opinions/experiences on this subject.

Regards
Mister Pig


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Topic - Considering a Summer Project...Speakerlab K Horns - Mister Pig 15:49:41 02/14/12 (13)

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