Originally Posted by Alan P
I've had my Kilpschorns for over 20 years now and have mostly loved the sound they produce. However, in my current (and most likely last) home, they just don't work as well as I think they could; not enough corner on one side (I am aware that I could build a false wall on the one side, but that wouldn't pass WAF), and they're not far enough apart for proper imaging (15' apart, MLP 17' away - and yes I'm aware, and have tried decoupling and spinning the tops to point at the MLP...that ain't passing WAF either).
My system is used for probably 60% movies and 40% music and think I would really appreciate the better imaging I could get with more flexible speaker placement. My MLP is just a bit off center and with the KHorns stuck in the corners as they are the imaging is slightly off.
The bass from the KHorns in my room leaves something to be desired as well, but I have that covered with 4 subs. I was also thinking that if the KHorns were gone I could corner-load my front subs (actually, all 4 are now stacked up front).
Assuming I can sell the KHorns for around $2K, what could I get for around $3K that wouldn't be a complete let down after listening to the KHorns for so long?
Or, should I just keep 'em and quit thinking "the grass is greener" on the other side?
I used to have K-horns, and you really need about 6 feet of clear wall on either side of the corner for each one or they don't work well at all. Those walls effectively form the radiating surface that is required, and since you don't have it the K-horns are emasculated.
I recommend that you get a pair of PSB Image T6 speakers and put them on either side of the TV. They need to be about 14-16 inches from the rear wall.
Also get a PSB Image C5 or C4 center speaker to go with them.
Those are excellent speakers, and they will give you everything down to almost 40 Hz, and the subs will do the lowest frequencies.
Those will cost you less than $2000 for the 3 speakers. I had them for two years and they were excellent; very clear and powerful.
I think they will actually sound better than the setup you have now, since the K-horns are not setup properly.
Put the subs right in the front corners, where the K-horns are shown now.
Nothing comes close to the 100 db/watt sensitivity of the K-horns, of course, but the less expensive Klipsch speakers don't sound good at all to me, and the PSB speakers can be driven by almost any receiver or amplifier except some flea-power 5 watt tube thing. Their sensitivity is good.
I would also recommend my current speakers, which are fabulous, but $6500 for a pair of Vandersteen Treos is apparently not what you are budgeting for. They also have poor sensitivity and require serious power amps.