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So much has been said about the Heresy's lack of bass, well let's clear the air.
Does the Heresy play down to sub sonic levels? Hell no, but that's not to say it doesn't have adequate bass output.
I have two pair of Heresys, one raised off the floor for better imaging, the other pair in the bedroom sit squarely on the floor. The pair raised sit on a pair of 12" subs so no lack of bass there.
In the bedroom I wasn't so cocencerned with imaging so being on the floor isn't a problem. Well, it just so happens the added bass from this position can be quite startling. The bedroom system sees most of its duty when I'm in the shower, and this morning it was rattling the windows. That's right, the unassisted Heresys were pumping out some serious bass.
The Heresy was designed at a time when flea watt tube amps were the amp de rigueur. My bedroom pair are driven with a rather unassuming 33watt/channel Kenny integrated, maybe that's part if the equation, allowing the amp to use more of its output. I don't know and don't care, I just like it.
I've included the pics of the equipment and music played.
First, if I wanted a ported speaker I wouldn't have purchased the Heresy, second, if I need killer bass it's much easier to do this.
And no matter how many, or how big the ports are it won't get you anywhere near the depth these subs will plumb.
The thread was intended to talk about the Heresy's bass as is, not modified, etc.
Well alrighty then. I was just sharing my success, tested by others............just in case anyone wanted to improve the bass without adding another box........AS IS, as you put it.
No harm no foul.
This thread was to show I really don't consider the Heresy to be bass shy unless sited other than as intended, on the floor.
I've used ported speakers, for the most part don't care for them, correct that, I don't care for speakers ported with a tube, or multiples there of.
There are a few exceptions, few being the key word, and none of those are rear ported.
I totally get what you are saying. My own system is all Danley Synergy horns and tapped horn subs.
My post was in no way intending to mitigate or refute your very good point.
I have 4 of the latest Heresy's in commercial version, with sealed boxes and titanium diaphragms.
On the floor, in corners, they sound fine on their own.
Different strokes for different folks. Lots of ways to get more bass when wanted.
Also, Unmodified Heresy's don't piss off the neighbors as much or as often as those with subs, LOL.
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Purrrrrrrrty kitty lol.
Maybe not the most faithful to the input signal but for a compact speaker they just sound so BIG.
Way back in 1991 I was putting together a new sound system and I was interested in Klipsch, and Definitive Technology at the time. Through some odd circumstances I ended up with speakers that were definitely NOT on my radar.
I already knew the equipment I wanted, problem being the store that had the equipment didn't have any of the speaks I had been auditioning. The store that had the Def tech speakers tried to push me on the gear they sold of course but I wouldn't budge. This ended with the salesman telling me the store that carried the equipment I was looking for wouldn't even talk to me unless I was dropping mega coin. The hard sell worked, I left without even the speaks.
So I ended up at the "high end" shop that supposedly wouldn't talk to me unless I waved huge amounts of money in their face, I'm not wealthy by the way, just a working stiff that likes music. I was really wanting to only deal with one retailer so I asked if they were able to get the Def techs, they couldn't. One thing led to another and it ended with me relating the remarks the other store's salesman made. The owner wasn't too happy about this so he then pointed at some small speaks/sub combo and stated, "oh ya, well I'll let you have those for $1800.
Now keep in mind, about the last thing on my mind was purchasing a sub/sat setup. I left the store thinking I might have to go back to the other store for my speaks.
Well, I subscribed to several audio rags back then and thought I might have read an article on the sub/sat speaks so I went archive hunting. I found the article and immediately went back to the store first thing the next day. Realizing the mistake he made offering me the speaks at such a low price we agreed I would pay full price for the other gear, a 10% discount usually being the norm.
This is how I ended up with my Infinity Modulus system purchased without audition, and what a fortuitous purchase it was. I will never part with these, they even survived the great sell off of 2012.
By now you're most likely wondering "what the hell does this have to do with the Klipsch Heresy?". Well, remember Klipsch was one of the original speaker candidates and I would often think about that decision.
Many different speaks have come and gone, but it was always in the back of my mind to some day get a pair of Klipsch speakers. More than two decades passed, the great sell off of 2012 came and went, and still no Klipsch.
When the music returned to my life I was looking to rebuild my equipment inventory and a pair of Heresys on ebay caught my eye so I FINALLY took the plunge, and oh so happy I did.
Maybe not the refined speaker my Infinitys are but I don't give a rats ass, these mothers really boogie, so much I now own two pair, and a pair of KG3.2'S LOL.
Cool story, better late than never as the saying goes. If you like how the Heresy's boogie, you should try the original (1st gen) Forte - it's even boogie-er and for many, one of the best Klipsch speakers of them all. Also, keep in mind that the Forte has the same midrange and tweeter horn/driver combo as found in the Heresy.
I had those! They were the best imaging/soundstage speakers I ever had. They loved BIG power but would play loud if fed well. Wish I never sold them.
Originally powered by a Carver TFM-25, then later a McIntosh MC-2002, now biamped by a pair of Belles Model I amps. There were a few other amps in the mix, but these were the only ones to see any real time driving them. Ya they're definitely power hungry, will get silly loud when asked, and if set up correctly one of the best imaging speakers I've ever heard. Over the past 26yrs I've on occasion used them sans sub and for their diminutive size have an astounding amount of very clean bass. Subterranean bass no, but musical bass yes, enough so if used in a bedroom the sub wouldn't be a necessity.
They were designed at a time when speakers were placed on the floor and against the wall thus reinforcing the bass. Located in the normal standard for today away from the wall, they are a bit lean in the bass as is commonly reported.
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