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post #7576 of 13291
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

The reason you hear a bit of hiss with the HD-650 and not with the Maddog is that the HD650 is a higher efficiency/sensitivity headphone. The models higher up in the Pioneer line have a -20dB muting feature which both reduces/eliminates that hiss and also allows more volume control play.

I always wondered what that -20db switch was for. My Onkyo 6500 mkii has that button and Ive never used it. I certainly have a number of albums and cds that have quite a bit of hiss. A remaster of DSOTM has a ton of it, both on headphones and HPM-100s, Ill have to give that little button a push and see what happens.

post #7577 of 13291
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I had time to configure my setup with the sacd as source. It did not fix the slight hiss problem. But honestly it is only slight and only with the hd650. You can only hear it with nothing playing so I'm fine with it. 

 

What it did give me was a huge amount of play with the volume control. This is awesome. Now I'm not trying to deal with about 1 hour of control on the volume pot (hope that makes sense). This hd650 could only take a very smidgeon of volume when plugged into the Pioneer. But now with the pre-amp  I have a good bit of play in the pot which is very nice.

 

Thanks guys!!

Sorry for the late reply bud. Yeah using a pre can be helpful especially if you ever use speakers as well. It takes the stress off the main amp and you get loads of poooowweerr!! 

 

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post #7578 of 13291
Thread Starter 

I know this is an integrated/receiver thread, but I just found the perfect match visually and sonically for my sansui. Here's a copy of a post I just made in the vintage speaker thread.

 

 

 

 

Well I've had my cornwalls a couple of days now. I was hesitant to trade my heavily modded forte II's plus cash for them. I read quiet a few people prefer a tricked out forte over a stock cornwall. But these cornwalls are so far beyond stock, and are also a very rare model(vertical horns). So I decided these were too good to pass up. And wow did this turn out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. I really, really loved my tricked out fortes and would put them up against  most speaker costing upwards of 5k. So I thought with all of the upgrades and mods these would be just a step above.

 

Boy was I wrong. These sound so much better than my fortes, it's shocking. I guess all of the mods really paid off big time. It's been a long time since I've listened to a stock cornwall, but I don't remember them sounding anywhere near this good. These have a much higher level of refinement, bass that extends way down low, and  resolution galore. They can play at  earth shattering levels without a hint of distortion. The treble is extended, lifelike, and delicate all at the same time. The mids have he-6 level transparency. It's amazing how effortless the bass sounds. It's very punchy, full, deep, and also as tight as the bass from so called bass lite speakers and headphones, with a very naturalness to it. As deep as it is, it never dominates any other part of the freqency range.

 

The woofers have been upgraded to crites custom made cast frame woofers(basic stamped steel on stock ones). The tweeter have been upgraded to crites as well. But unlike for other klipsch which only the diaphragm is upgraded, the entire driver assemble is replaced. Another rarity about these are the horns. Most of the cornwall uses horns made of plastic, but these have the metal horns(the upgraded crites tweets does as well). Also the crossover have been completely rebuilt into something totally different from the stock ones. Internal bracing has been added with very high quality banana post. I initially though the back of the cabinet had been replaced, but the original is still in place, instead someone added a solid piece of hardwood to reinforce the cabinet structure. All internal wiring has been replaced with most if it being silver plated copper.

 

 

 

These may be the best sounding cornwalls in existence and probably to most rare at that. The cabinets are in excellent shape, but was a little dull. So I have them a good rub down with steel wool and howard's restore followed by howards' feed n wax.

 

 

 

These things are so massive, it's are to get both of them in one shot. Please excuse my speaker cables. I custom made them for my fortes with the terminal being on the bottom. They're on the top with these and are now a couple of feet too short.

post #7579 of 13291
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

I know this is an integrated/receiver thread, but I just found the perfect match visually and sonically for my sansui. Here's a copy of a post I just made in the vintage speaker thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These things are so massive, it's are to get both of them in one shot. Please excuse my speaker cables. I custom made them for my fortes with the terminal being on the bottom. They're on the top with these and are now a couple of feet too short.

Great job. I'm trying to imagine the size, as they make your receiver look small!. Perfect match with the Sansui. Makes me wanna get some speakers again... 

post #7580 of 13291

Hey Moody...those are just gorgeous. Congrats on your aquisition. Someday I may get back into speakers. Hp's have been the sole driving force for me for the past five years. But those look wonderful and I'm sure that they sound the same. biggrin.gif

 

When I picked up the Pioneer I recently acquired, the guy let me know listen to some German speakers that I had never heard of. Maybe someone here knows them...Grundig Box series. The sound was just fantastic. I couldn't stop thinking about them and called him back about getting them. Of course they were gone. Some times you have to be ready to pull the trigger when the opportunity is there. Seems like that you did just that and were rewarded. wink.gif

post #7581 of 13291
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Great job. I'm trying to imagine the size, as they make your receiver look small!. Perfect match with the Sansui. Makes me wanna get some speakers again... 

 

 

Thanks! They are massive. They are 36in tall, but they're so wide(25in), they can actually come off as short in a lot of pics. But luckily they are not fussy about placement. You have two options....hugging the wall or in the corners. So the fact I can place them right up against the wall instead of out in the room like other klipsch speakers(forte, chorus etc) kind of make up for their massive size. In that aspect, they actually take up less of the room than my much smaller forte II's did.


Edited by moodyrn - 6/14/13 at 1:31pm
post #7582 of 13291
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Hey Moody...those are just gorgeous. Congrats on your aquisition. Someday I may get back into speakers. Hp's have been the sole driving force for me for the past five years. But those look wonderful and I'm sure that they sound the same. biggrin.gif

 

When I picked up the Pioneer I recently acquired, the guy let me know listen to some German speakers that I had never heard of. Maybe someone here knows them...Grundig Box series. The sound was just fantastic. I couldn't stop thinking about them and called him back about getting them. Of course they were gone. Some times you have to be ready to pull the trigger when the opportunity is there. Seems like that you did just that and were rewarded. wink.gif

Thanks Matt, yeah I was lucky enough to be the first caller. I called an hour after he listed them. He was nice enough to hold them for a couple of days before I made the trip over to get them.

post #7583 of 13291
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post
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I know this is an integrated/receiver thread, but I just found the perfect match visually and sonically for my sansui. Here's a copy of a post I just made in the vintage speaker thread.

 

 

 

 

Well I've had my cornwalls a couple of days now. I was hesitant to trade my heavily modded forte II's plus cash for them. I read quiet a few people prefer a tricked out forte over a stock cornwall. But these cornwalls are so far beyond stock, and are also a very rare model(vertical horns). So I decided these were too good to pass up. And wow did this turn out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. I really, really loved my tricked out fortes and would put them up against  most speaker costing upwards of 5k. So I thought with all of the upgrades and mods these would be just a step above.

 

Boy was I wrong. These sound so much better than my fortes, it's shocking. I guess all of the mods really paid off big time. It's been a long time since I've listened to a stock cornwall, but I don't remember them sounding anywhere near this good. These have a much higher level of refinement, bass that extends way down low, and  resolution galore. They can play at  earth shattering levels without a hint of distortion. The treble is extended, lifelike, and delicate all at the same time. The mids have he-6 level transparency. It's amazing how effortless the bass sounds. It's very punchy, full, deep, and also as tight as the bass from so called bass lite speakers and headphones, with a very naturalness to it. As deep as it is, it never dominates any other part of the freqency range.

 

The woofers have been upgraded to crites custom made cast frame woofers(basic stamped steel on stock ones). The tweeter have been upgraded to crites as well. But unlike for other klipsch which only the diaphragm is upgraded, the entire driver assemble is replaced. Another rarity about these are the horns. Most of the cornwall uses horns made of plastic, but these have the metal horns(the upgraded crites tweets does as well). Also the crossover have been completely rebuilt into something totally different from the stock ones. Internal bracing has been added with very high quality banana post. I initially though the back of the cabinet had been replaced, but the original is still in place, instead someone added a solid piece of hardwood to reinforce the cabinet structure. All internal wiring has been replaced with most if it being silver plated copper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These may be the best sounding cornwalls in existence and probably to most rare at that. The cabinets are in excellent shape, but was a little dull. So I have them a good rub down with steel wool and howard's restore followed by howards' feed n wax.

 

 

These things are so massive, it's are to get both of them in one shot. Please excuse my speaker cables. I custom made them for my fortes with the terminal being on the bottom. They're on the top with these and are now a couple of feet too short.

 

Congrats! This post easily made my Friday. A way for me to share in your joy without spending any money! Ahhh... but someday, we gonna get us some Klipsch, too!

post #7584 of 13291
Thread Starter 

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post #7585 of 13291

Where did you have to go to pick them up? 

post #7586 of 13291
Thread Starter 
Lol, the atl, norcross to be exact.
post #7587 of 13291

Interesting...Trav found a really nice Yamaha for me there. I almost drove out there to get it till I found the Pioneer. Wait...brain cramp, it was Newnan. They both started with an N though. 

post #7588 of 13291

Hello all,

 

So I struck out on the pioneer sx-950 that you all gave me advice on.  Thanks everyone who chimed in.  The seller never called back.  However, I just ran into this sexy beast http://baltimore.craigslist.org/ele/3869218349.html.  The sansui 890db.  Obviously it has a lot of cosmetic issues including no outside vinyl, cracked glass, and a few lights are out.  What is a fair offer provided it sounds good, which he claims it does.  He is currently asking $150.  Man sansui looks so good in black.

post #7589 of 13291
If you wanted to restore it cosmetically, you're looking at about $100 for a new cabinet, $30-40 for LEDs (assuming you install yourself), and maybe $70 or so to have new dial glass cut. So maybe $200. If the receiver really works flawlessly you would then have a nice looking good sounding 890 for $350. WIN. Just depends of you have the patience to get her all fixed up, or don't care about the cosmetic issues.
post #7590 of 13291
Thread Starter 
I agree. Provided it works as advertised, a total of 350 is a good price for something so rare. It's the euro version of the 8080 which is a very nice receiver.
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