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The Vintage Project continues…Altec Lansing A8 – Voice of the Theatre –

The Vintage Project continues…Altec Lansing A8 – Voice of the Theatre –

Jun 17, 2017

In my mind, a 4 hour drive in any direction was acceptable. If something I wanted came up within that radius, I would be willing to travel to acquire it. When these Altec A8’s showed up on Ebay, I couldn’t resist. San Diego, California is more like 5+ hours away, but who’s counting? Well, I […]

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I – Updated Impressions and Final Upgrades

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I – Updated Impressions and Final Upgrades

Jun 13, 2017

Now we’ve come to it, the end of my first vintage restoration project. The Klipsch Forte I were an excellent first step on this time travelling jaunt. Horn speakers and tube amps were to be the focus, and the Forte were a great introduction to the former. Outside of great sound, I experienced the excellent […]

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte – Crossover Updates

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte – Crossover Updates

May 30, 2017

I had a lot of fun restoring the 30+ year old Klipsch Forte I speakers I grabbed on Ebay. In the second week of running the Forte they started to open up. The new crossovers were settling in, so I decided to install a pair of Jupiter 1.5uF caps I’ve had on the shelf. There […]

Audioquest Dragonfly Red, Tidal and MQA

Audioquest Dragonfly Red, Tidal and MQA

May 25, 2017

I haven’t traveled enough in recent years to justify upgrading my mobile kit. My home office doubles as my listening space, so am fortunate to have my favorite gear at my disposal for two channel and private listening sessions most days. This means I’ve primarily focused on the two channel system in my office, and […]

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I – Listening

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I – Listening

May 15, 2017

To see more of the Vintage Project, look here. Crites crossovers arrived at our door today. Good times. This afternoon, I installed them. It took me 30 minutes, I think. I wasn’t keeping track of time, but it went quickly. A couple minor issues with the velcro mounts releasing from the inner wall of the […]

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I – Almost Finished

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I – Almost Finished

May 14, 2017

I got the cabinets and stands stripped, and then gently sanded. I then stained them with an American Walnut stain – it was a stain and seal type. Two coats.                 You can see where the veneer is gone, on the stands in particular. I knew stripping the […]

The Vintage Project – Klipsch Forte I:  So, I went bananas…

The Vintage Project – Klipsch Forte I: So, I went bananas…

May 11, 2017

And, inspired by a forum post, I stripped the paint from my Forte to reveal the veneer underneath. I grabbed some CitriStrip from Home Depot, along with a paint roller and scraper. I knew there would be flaws in the veneer, but I much prefer the bare wood look to the black finish. I’m happy […]

The Vintage Project: Forte I – Stands

The Vintage Project: Forte I – Stands

May 8, 2017

See other project posts here –               I now have the new Crites titanium diaphragms installed in the tweeter units. And, I’ve rewired all drivers with the Duelund 16ga tinned copper wire. Old crossovers are out. Waiting on the Crites XO’s – hoping to see them later this week. […]

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte – something’s missing…

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte – something’s missing…

May 4, 2017

For earlier posts on the projects, look here, and here… Ok, so I ran the Forte at low volumes for several hours, and they did start to open up a bit. Mids were fairly open, considering the age and condition, and bass was impressive. That said, the overall sense was that they were very dark…so, […]

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I

The Vintage Project: Klipsch Forte I

May 3, 2017

This year I decided I would hunt some vintage kit. Been thinking about it for years, and now it’s time to move. I hope to run several projects this year – we’ll see. We’re starting with a 30+ year old pair of loudspeakers. I found the pair at a great price in the East valley […]

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