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In Reply to: RE: Vintage speaker for classical that does it all? posted by ph5y on April 09, 2017 at 13:25:55
This isn't critical of Klipsch because I've never seriously listened to any in many years. So I'm just curious. I've read in various places that the Klipsch sound can tend toward brightness. Given the variable recording quality of massed violins in orchestral recordings, could the Klipsches tend toward glare or stridency?
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The Heresy is a very flat sounding loudspeaker, surprisingly so. It doesn't tolerate cheap equipment though so if you think a vintage 70s receiver is going to sound as sweet as a good tube amp, it ain't.
I think the best way to put it is they are a "taste". The reason people like them for tubes is because they have a brighter top end. Now some vintage tube amps begin to roll off in just that range that the Klipsch are more forward in. Me personally - can't stand them. But like I said they are a taste.
I think a well balanced system should start with your amps and not need to be compensated for by your speakers.
I owned a pair of K-horns for several years. I listened to them full range briefly then disconnected the mid and high horns and used the bass bins along with my wide range and super tweeter horns. I found the mids and highs to be too harsh for my ears.
Another way to think of it is that Klipsch were designed in the early tube era and simply designed to the equipment in use at that time. Having said that their current bookshelf models are also aggressive in the treble. I wonder if it's a consequence of their high efficiency somehow.
It's never too late to turn back the clock.
Infinity speakers would be a consideration as well.
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