Originally Posted by oldtimer1954
I am a long time def tech fan, but am considering going with a klipsch heritage ht. I found a pair of la scalla's within my price range and am considering them. I have auditioned the klipsch rf83's with the 64 center and was very unimpressed. They were powered by an 1800$ marantz receiver. (unsure of the model number). I have also auditioned the klipsch rf82's (not sure of the center) powered by a sony recienver and was also very unimpressed. The reason I am considering a la scalla set up is because of this fond memory I have from back in 1990's when dd or ac3 as they called it back then, first came out. I got to hear a setup of la scalla's for all three acrross the front and herseys in the rear powered by a mac system. The day I auditioned those was amazing. The dynamics, and the db's were amazing. I was very young at the time and it was my first time to hear a dolby dig system, so Iam wondering if the reason it blew me away was due to it being the first time I ever heard sounds pan from left to center to right, or if it was because that system was truely that amazing.
My questions are directed to those who have expirence with both the heritage line and the rf line. Being that the rf83/64 combo was so disappointing would a trio of la scala's be much better? Its been such a long time that I cant remember how that setup compared to any of the def tech stuff of today. My likes in my mains and center are crisp highs, detailed mids, strong soundstage with envoleping sound, and being about to produce enough bass to handle anything 60hz and above. If I do go with the la scala's I wont be buying new, and will probably go with an older pair of la scala's with upgraded crossovers. Right now I am just starting with the mains and center. I dont have a place to audtion any of the heritage line so I will be basing the larger parts of my decision as to how you guys think they differ from the rf line.
Okay, first, you say you were very young in the 90's yet your name is OldTimer???? I was young in the 90's, and I've got decades before I'll respond to "oldtimer".
I have experience with most of the Klipsch offerings. My Dad is using RF62's for mains, I've used the THX (KL650's) as mains and just changed them out to a used pair of LaScala's.
In short, the RF62's are in a smaller room, and I'm actually impressed with them. The KL650's are a noticable improvement. They were more dynamic and capable of more clean volume. I didn't feel the need to upgrade from the KL650's until I got new subs. The subs were capable of filling my rather large room, and it made clear that the 650's were not designed for a room my size. If I had a smaller room I suspect the 650's would have been all I ever wanted.
I got my LaScala's in an attempt to fill the large space better. Several things were apparent immediately. They were clearly more efficient and provided a larger sound. The sound was projected to the back of the room much better (32'). Compared to both the RF and THX line, I think the Heritage are a bit more shrill. Call it what you want, either revealing or shrill....it is there.
Room size would have an awful lot to do with my decision. If your space is 5000cf or larger, the LaScala will distance themselves from the others. In a smaller room it comes down to personal taste.
If you scroll back several pages, you'll see a photo of my LaScalas.