Originally Posted by sjadelson
I just looked up the original specs... INCREDIBLY efficient (96dB). And they can handle 105W, 500W (!) peak.
I wasn't unhappy with them, but I was starting to wonder if I was like a man slowly going blind, and maybe just unaware of what I was missing. Perhaps not.
i know how you feel - i feel the same way sometimes - still using my old Klipsch - but they sound so great - now that i stained them over - they look great as well - match my new gear - another thing - dont worry about the specs too much in terms of wattage - they handle easily more than there rated power - for example - i have KG 3 - they are rated for 65 watts steady - but as long as you are pushing them with a good clean amp - they are fine -
i am using the 7002 at 110 watt a channel - and they dont break a sweat - i pushed it to 0db and the Klipsch sound even better - remember you are never going to push your amp to the max - so even at 110 watt a channel - its fine for my 65 watt rated Klipsch
i always felt like i have a cheaper set because of the rated wattage at first - but i never had a problem - i did replace my original drivers once and it was because of the rubber around the driver which got old - dry and cracked - and plus i used to really push them with an soundcraftsman amp 205 watt a channel - so between both those factors - i replaced them from Klipsch and the newer ones had different rubber surround - stronger driver overall - but the passive rad. driver was never replaced or anything else - and it sounds so full and rich in sound - jazz comes alive - Rush drum solo's etc. - i got into to Klipsch from a friend a very long time ago - never heard of them and he had these speakers with rear driver for the bass etc. and they sounded so great compared to anything at the time that i heard - i was sold since then on Klipsch and got my KG 3 right before they stopped producing them - at Harvey's
i plan to keep mines for my fronts unless they cause a problem when i get a TV - i just thought about that - i would have no choice then but to get new ones that work near TV's -- i hope it wont cause a problem or maybe i can shield them somehow ?
i say keep the ones you have - even if you dont use them - store them - you may want to listen to them later on one day - and you might be surprised how great they sound even in 20 years