Originally Posted by Fastslappy
That's the point with these mods that are becoming quite popular , is that one can actually build a better speaker using modern drivers ,modern bass bins @ a fraction of what a New Klipsch Heritage speakers costs .
IF one feels that a folded bass horn is what they want I would suggest they look at the Jubilee bass bin ( It was the last bass horn designed by Paul Klipsch ) & a tophat with the modern wood horns & modern drivers the tech on 2" drivers has really improved in just the couple of years , with these new drivers being very smooth all the way down to 400 & up to 18K distortion free
Personally, I'm tickled to see more & more stepping up to the plate and using 2" drivers. I was torched a bit a number of years ago for my (perhaps over the top) comments regarding the distinct improvment of the Jubilee (using 2" driver) over the Khorn. I was informed that it could be better but not by the amount that I was frothing about. Interestingly, most if not all, these comments came from those who never heard them.
So it tickles me to see others stepping up to the plate. I think it's going to become more common and for those who enjoy good sound, that will be a good thing.
I will however say that I don't necessarily agree with the comment that "modern wood horns..."
Only reason I say that is the implication that they are inherently better because they are wood and though I can't prove otherwise, I have to think that a properly engineered horn, wood or not, could sound just as good.
Now, if we're talking asthetics, then it might be a whole different ballgame.
One thing I DID have proven to me though was, the bigger the horn the better. (will try to attach picture)
Going down to Hope for one of the Klipsch shindigs, I got there a day early. One of the side benefits was, I got invited to the Lab and Roy was playing with the Jubilee in the chamber. We (he) ended up asking if we wanted to hear it and ultimate, hear the difference between the K402 and K510 to hear the patterns of control.
Upshot, the larger horn held control of the sound MUCH (noticably) better than the smaller horn while standing BEHIND or beside the speaker. On axis, my tin ears couldn't tell a dramatic difference (the little K510 is a very good horn) but once you walked behind the speaker, it was clearly obvious that the smaller horn let a lot more sound wrap around it.
Implicit in that is the smaller horn would allow more spillage beside/behind it and that would only contribute to more room issues. The larger horn with better control would help minimize those issues
So now if we bring "wood" horns into the picture and make them the size of the K402, they're going to weigh a ton, be expensive as my wife
but, look beautiful, like my wife
I'd admit, I'd love to have a Rosewood/Ebony/other exoctic wood top horn but it would have to be the K402 in wood, not something smaller. I've heard the difference and it's real.