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    Question What would you do? 800i vs LSi9...

    Well, after receiving the Rotel pre from Russ, I listened to the Rotel/NAD combo for 3 days and really liked the sound. It's missing the warmth, air and other stuff I like with tube sound but it produced transients, dynamics and slam like crazy. The ASL sounds great with the NAD too. When I went back to the ASL/Dyna combo I was able to tell the dynamics and slam wasn't as good but vocals and instruments sound very realistic. Better than the Rotel/NAD combo.

    A few nights ago I hooked up te 800i to the tube set up and a lot of that tube magic came through the speakers. Now the 800i have this great smoothness in the mids, lower mids and upper bass. Dynamics was slightly better than the LSi. The LSi still sounds awesome but with less "magic". The tri-lams still sounds a little shouty and compared to the LSi, they sound colored.

    I can't even make up my mind right now that's why I posted this. If it was your system and you had to choose, which one would you go for? I'm just sick and tired of moving speakers around and positioning can be a real pain in the ass(toe in, tilt, distance, etc). I have the RT hooked up right now.

    It seems like that "tube magic" increases when your speakers have higher sensitivity and higher impedance. I'm just hoping the Klipsch I'm buying in Dec will give me the best of both worlds.

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    You know it's a game you must play.Purpose if you will.

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    Huh?

    Can someone translate, I loaned my official Hong Kong Fooey secret decoder ring to someone and haven't gotten it back yet.


    organ,

    my .02

    On the whole, I think the LSi is a better all around speaker than the RT, however, from conversing with the folks at Polk, the concensus is that the LSi was geared to solid state gear. Not that they can't and don't work with tubes mind you.....

    My opinion (albeit limited) on the tubes is that they are very task specific while solid state gear tends to be a jack of all trades/master of none type thing. In some areas, I find tubes to be simply flawless where as in others, notably bass, they are pretty sloppy. It's all a tradeoff.

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    What the **** was that Dan? Are you HIGH?

    Purpose? Without questions there can be no answers? Ya think?

    You crackpot.

    Organ - sounds like the 800's were more easily driven (and possibly more forgiving) than the LSi. You are probably right that both efficiency and impedance may be playing a roll with your tubes.

    Keep us posted, when is the big Klipsch purchase slated? I'm interested in your thoughts, seeing as we (for the most part) are running the same tube preamp.

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    Well, Russ, you know, if you have all the money in the world, there is no need for option.


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    The tube magic is very apparent in the SDA line of speakers. Maybe it's time to REALLY move some speakers around. My own preferences, really, but damn, I just can't keep quiet about it!
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    Let me just say that without us, there can be no us-ness....

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    I'll be interested in your Klipsh insights. I found them to be very hard to listen to after a very short period of time. Hope you have a better experience with them
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    Dan,
    I don't quite follow you there .

    Troy,
    Yeah, I find tubes to be lacking bass compared to SS. I do enjoy the mild bass for some music though. I also find them lacking a little in HF extension but that is a plus for me. I enjoy a slight roll-off in the extreme highs. However, the LSi really shine with SS gear even though the mids and highs aren't as good. The choice between dynamics or mid/highs is very tough.

    Russ,
    I believe the 800i is 90db/w/m which is almost double in efficiency compared to the LSi9 and that's not taking the 8 vs 4ohms rating into account. Not sure how much impedance affects sensitivity though.

    I'm planning to get a pair of RF-15 by mid Dec. I'll have to try hard to get the dealer to give me a good deal. I'll let them know that I've seen them go for about $450US on the net. I'm sure they're authorized dealers too. I'll let you know how they sound once I get them and I'll do a review within a week with both SS and tube gear. I'll also do a comparison with the ASL/NAD combo.

    madmax,
    I'm sure you're right. The SDA effects will only enhance the tube sound, especially soundstaging. I still haven't heard SDA's but would love to own one of those big monsters one day:).

    Frank,
    Which model did you listen to? The one I'm planning to get is the Reference line which is pretty much the LSi of Klipsch speakers. Russ heard them and was very impressed. I'm sure they'll sound great with tubes.

    Thanks a lot guys.

    Here's a little update...I listened to the 800i again. I do love the extra magic but I think I like the LSi better.
    However, there's some good news. I checked out some posts on audioasylum and a lot of members recommend using the 8-ohms taps from the output transformers even when running 4-ohms speakers. So the LSi9 are back up and running again. The 8-ohms output provides a larger power transfer when powering 4-ohms speakers. This set up produces more distortion on paper but I can't hear them. With the 8-ohm taps, the bass sounds more powerful and tighter. It seems like the mids is better and HF extension is a little better. It's still not SS bass but it sounds better now.

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    Originally posted by organ


    Not sure how much impedance affects sensitivity though.

    Great question! I would like to understand...

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    Organ,
    RF7's, Man did I have a headache!! Just not my kinda speaker. I've listened to different models in the past and really never got into Klipsch. To each his own I guess.
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    I'd probably keep moving around the speakers. Then again that's me.

    Have you done extensive demoing with this impending purchase? You could probably talk them into a weekend loan. This would be best. If you have done this already and are pleased, then by all means continue. What's harsh to one is high freq. accuracy to another. Of course this depends highly on the recording.

    I believe that when all other things are equal, higher efficiency speakers make all amps sound better. I also believe that horns are not always the best execution of HE speakers. And I know front loaded horns can create less than an optimal soundstage in a small or even mid sized room. Heavy on the toe and move your seat from the rear wall as much as possible.
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    Maurice,

    what is it you're trying to achieve? what is it that the 800i's and LSi9's aren't doing for you? I understand how you mixed and matched speakers with SS amps and tube amps..but where is the downfall coming from in your mind?

    It sounds like you're set on going with Klipsch speakers.. which is fine.. I don't own any. but my friend does... he likes em. I never heard them feel to bright in my opinion. And yeah they are more efficient that other brands and makes of speakers.

    I'm very interested to hear what you don't like about your current set up/system. Is this for 2 ch or mulitichannel listening or both?

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    Frank,
    That's their TOTL reference speakers. It could be the gear the were connected to because their sensitivity is extremely high so they will reveal any weakness in the chain.

    gidrah,
    I still haven't heard them. I plan on demoing them once I have the cash.
    I still haven't heard horns in a home set up. The only horns I've heard is in the concerts I've been to and the movie theater. I really like their dynamic range and effortless sound.

    Al,
    I really enjoy my LSi9. The thing about the 800i is that their higher efficiency produced the "tube sound" even better but compared to the LSi9, they sound shouty in the highs and a little colored in the mids and upper bass.
    Whenever I check out tube forums, just about everyone recommend horns for tube amps to get the most "tube magic" and dynamics. Tube amps were pretty much designed for horns.

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    There's a lot questions coming your way so I'll add another. At $450US, I'm sure you could spend that money in other areas to complement your current setup instead of adding some more speakers. Such as cables. ;) Have you auditioned interconnects, speaker wire or power cords? They may turn out to be what you're looking for. As you know, I've had some great success with cables recently and have now put off buying speakers for a while.
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    Derick,
    The IC's I have right now are pretty good: XLO Pro 100 and Monster Interlink Reference 2. I just don't think that cables will give me the sound I want. I'm sure they'll make a difference but it won't be as big as going from conventional drivers to horns. I will take a look at power cords in the future. I just find them too expensive right now.



    Here's an interesting article on horns:
    http://invalid.ed.unit.no/~dunker/why.html

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    Organ, my boy, open your heart and mind to the world of wire's. It takes a leap of faith, fear not, we wont steer you wrong. :)

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    I know wires can really improve the sound but no wire is going to make the LSi sound like horns or increase efficiency to 8-ohms/96db/w/m.

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    only thing i'll say on wires/cables.. is that it sometimes can take a lot of mixing and matching to get the right sound you're looking for.. and the higher end cables would cost as much as a new pair of mains anyway ;)

    I think Maurice should try the Klipsch's or whatever other brand he thinks will get him closer to audio excellence... and of the Klipschs don't do the trick.. he can always return them.. then maybe go the route of cables/wires.. if he doesn't at least try the Klipschs out.. he'll always wonder "what if"?

    I too have found that while i like my RT800i's.. they aren't all that. to me.. they lack a full rich sound.. not enough in the bass region for me.. yes they produce a good amount of bass.. and it's somewhat low.. but compared to if they had 12" or 15" woofers... i feel they lack that full sound of speakers from yesteryear.. that's just my .01 cents.

    My friend who has Klispch mains.. i admit sound pretty dang good. His are older fronts.. but still come up on ebay every once in a while.. Klipsch Chorus II. Lovely full sound from these.. but they also cost $1,500 when new for the pair back in the early to mid 90's.

    anyway.. good luck Maurice.. hope you find what you're looking for in whatever direction you go.

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    Thanks Al. I hope I find the perfect combination of tube sound and dynamics witht the klipsch.

    I've been wondering "what if" for about a year now. Before getting the LSi I was planning to buy a pair of Klipsch RF-3 but heard horror stories about them being powered with SS amps. I had no idea I'd get into tubes so quick. I believe Klipsch is still making that same model your friend has.

    I still think the 800i are great speakers. I could live with them as my mains if I had to. If you want a richer sound in the mids, try crossing them at 80hz. When I was still using an Onkyo receiver, I found the mids to be richer sounding when I cut them off at 80hz.

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    Cables were just a suggestion. It's upto Maurice to take the route he wants and needs to take. I've been wondering about getting different speakers for quite a while now myself and am finding cables are answering my needs/wants until I take the big leap for some wallet busting speakers.
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    I must disagree to a limited extent Maurice.

    There was a point in time when I switched between some Ixos 16 gauge wire, and some 11. There was no audible difference in terms of quality, only quantity.... There was a gain in efficientcy.

    That being said, it still would not remedy what you wish to achieve. Best of luck with the Klipsch.

    If you like the RT800's, I could only imagine how well you would enjoy the SDA's...

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    How would a change in wire give you a gain in efficiency?

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    Troy,

    As usual, I have no technical data...simply input from my own experience's. The "how" will be left with someone more inclined than myself -

    Since you did address me though, I will go so far as to say its possibly due to the greater flow of current through the thicker gauge cable. Resulting in gain in terms of volume.

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    Sean,
    Sorry bud, but you completely missed the target with that arrow. A speakers efficiency cannot be changed by adding any wire. It will always remain at its rating no matter what you connect to it.
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    Frank,

    Not trying to imply there was a change in efficiency - per-say...

    However, with the same pair of speakers, doing an A and B shootout with the wire... the 11 gauge obviously was pumping more current.... Not sure what that would be classified as?

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    Derick and Sean,
    Thanks for the suggestion on wires. The next wire upgrade for me will probably be a power cord for my ASL because it uses a detachable cord. I'm not planning to get a power cord for the Dyna until I replace all the internal wiring. I'd also have to cut, strip and solder the cord for the Dyna because it doesn't use a detachable cord.

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    Maurice,

    I'd recommend installing a IEC socket in the Dyna. Then you could play around with different power cords if desired. These are the best on the market, http://www.harmonictech.com/furutech/index.html

    Scoll down to the Inlet(R), it's Rhodium plated...better than Gold.
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    Originally posted by organ
    I still think the 800i are great speakers. I could live with them as my mains if I had to. If you want a richer sound in the mids, try crossing them at 80hz. When I was still using an Onkyo receiver, I found the mids to be richer sounding when I cut them off at 80hz.
    An xo of 80 Hz significantly reduces the amount of intermodulation distortion the speaker produces. IMD is created when the "woofers" try to play upper midrange and deeper bass at the same time.

    Since the 800 is a true two-way speaker, the two 6-1/2" drivers handle anything frm the tweeter xo all the way down to about 40 Hz - that's a wide spectrum. Many users report a pretty big increase in midrange clarity and imaging when the 800 is relieved of deep bass duty.
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    Originally posted by F1nut
    Maurice,

    I'd recommend installing a IEC socket in the Dyna. Then you could play around with different power cords if desired. These are the best on the market, http://www.harmonictech.com/furutech/index.html

    Scoll down to the Inlet(R), it's Rhodium plated...better than Gold.
    Do you think it would be a good/bad idea to put one those AC inlets on a receiver? I imagine you'd void a warranty if it had one.
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