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Klipsch Heresy III or Vandersteen 1ci

Narrowed down my choices to these 2 speakers. Both made in the US. Looking at used. For anybody that has listened to both of these speakers, which is better for rock and blues for a medium sized room?

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Vandersteen ... if you have the room for them. They require very specific placement away from walls. If you have a cramped room, or WAF issues with speakers out into the room, then keep looking.
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I've had the Heresy's since late 70's. For rock they are a great little speaker. Very efficient and take little power to get loud. You will need a sub for anything below 50hz. I am using them now for my side channels as I picked up some LaScala's. Still need a sub if your going to watch movies though. Heard Vandersteens years ago, great speaker but required much more power.
Horn speakers tend to be bright but that's what tone controls are for. I don't think there bright at all as I play trumpet and Clark Terry never sounded so good on my LaScala's. I would listen to each with the same material and let your ears be the judge in the end. Make sure you use the same amp and source. Happy listening.
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I have owned the Heresy and Cornwalls back in the early 80's.

Great speakers.

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Vandersteen ... if you have the room for them. They require very specific placement away from walls. If you have a cramped room, or WAF issues with speakers out into the room, then keep looking.
WAF is an issue. Recommend any other speakers for rock in the $1000-$1200 price range?

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WAF is an issue. Recommend any other speakers for rock in the $1000-$1200 price range?
Paradigm? Again, you will more than likely need a sub to compliment them. I have 15 year old Monitor 9's and they rock great. And they are not bright like the Klipsch. I used to own Klipsch Forte II's btw. Glad I went with Paradigm.

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i heard the heresy iii a few weeks ago and was really impressed -- small footprint, intended to be near the walls, throws off a huge soundstage, beautiful sound. i heard them through a plininus 880 integrated (80w/chnl) and it didn't even break a sweat.
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WAF is an issue. Recommend any other speakers for rock in the $1000-$1200 price range?

The PSB X2T are great speakers, and actually have a pretty fair amount of bass, while the Vandersteen 1 and Heresy have zip, zero, none.

You might be OK with no subwoofer with the X2T speakers, depending on how much bass you want; with the others a good subwoofer would be absolutely mandatory.

THe list price on the X2T is $1250 per pair.
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Narrowed down my choices to these 2 speakers. Both made in the US. Looking at used. For anybody that has listened to both of these speakers, which is better for rock and blues for a medium sized room?
I vote Klipsch.
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WAF is an issue. Recommend any other speakers for rock in the $1000-$1200 price range?
PSB and Paradigm, as recommended in the thread, are good choices. You might also look into ELAC and Chane for online retailers. If "pretty" is important, look at Emp Tek speakers ... nice looking and nice sounding.

Do yourself a big favor and go out and listen to as many speaker brands as you can ... once you understand what each offers, you will make a much better decision. Otherwise, you run the risk of buying something you want to trade in in six months or a year.

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Heresy III's are very room friendly and you'll have a wide range of power to choose from. A 35wpc Prima Luna Integrated makes a great combo.
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If you're looking at used anyway and want the same sound of the heresy but with more bass extension, consider the forte ii. Same basic layout as the heresy but in a floor stander with 15" rear firing passive radiator. They won't have the titanium drivers from the heresy iii but they are available for purchase to drop in directly.
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I have Heresy 3 with a small JBL sub, Sansui AU 919 amp and Rega planet CD player. This combination is very hard to beat in the stereo world, very clean, true and dynamic sound. Klipsch and Vandersteen are very different technologies. If you prefer horn loaded sound which is similar to listening to life music go with Klipsch. If you prefer true, clean and easy going sound, go for Vandersteen.
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