Originally Posted by JFriden
I have Klipsch Reference Pemiere front, center, and surrounds. I mainly got them for Home Theatre use but I do listen to a lot of music. I figured if Klipsch is good enough for commercial theatres then it's good enough for my home. I went to an audio store, did a demo, and they sounded crystal clear. I knew those were the speakers I wanted. I know Klipsch are known to be bright. I have them connected to an Onkyo receiver. The speakers are already broken in. Hundreds of hours of listening time so far and receiver is perfectly calibrated with speaker size, distance, crossover, level, tone. These speakers sounds very bright and not natural like I heard in the audio store. Even Klipsch described these speakers as having the most natural sound possible and not sounding as bright as their previous lines. The professional reviews on these speakers were all very positive.
Upon research, I found that Onkyo receivers produce a very bright sound. I have seen other threads where people had the same issues with Onkyo/Klipsch pairings. Most of the comments said that these two are a horrible combination. If I turn the treble all the way down it does sound better but I would prefer to these speakers paired with a receiver that produces a warmer sound without having to mess with the tone too much. Most forums I read stated that Marantz produces the best receivers on the market and produce a very warm sound and don't sound bright like Onkyos. Prior to dropping the money (because I'm not replacing my speakers which I just spent thousands on) do you feel like switching receivers from Onkyo to Marantz would make a noticeable difference in sound quality? I'm not sure which receiver the audio salesman was using but I'm sure in a high end audio store it was probably a 1,500+ receiver with features I will never use and wattage I don't need. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks. There is actually another issue I'd like to address but this post is too long already. I'll write it in another one.
Great brand to go with and yes, many have opinions of 'brightness'. I am exposed in the professional world as an audio engineer so once horn loaded setups are understood you can probably understand your investment a little better.
- Horns are super efficient due to the design enabling quickly elevated sound like when shouting and using your hands to amplify it. . . When you heard them in store, how close were you to them? And was it in an open store or closed room? If open, there's no reflections - so the horn energy dissipates and the main mid/bass driver reigns
- Try not toeing them in to the center position. Just try in parallel. The horn mouthpiece has dispersion angles built in. If you don't like it, toe them back in.
- If you have EQ control, try to aim for an X-curve (small or large) Check here: http://hometheaterhifi.com/volume_9_...es-6-2002.html
Reason being is the woodiness of vocals is your 300-6/800hz, mid at 1-2khz and definition 4k and above or so and the body is 200-300hz.
Utilising an X-Curve should generally reflect room anomalies and matches theatre studio recording standards from what I've read and learnt... And it enhances all the mid range of vocals, instruments, everything.
If none of this proves helpful, review your seating position. With room reflections and diffractions your best listening position is in the first or last third of the room, never the middle.
If you don't have EQ control, grab your Bass and treble masters and wind them down; bass -2/3dB and treble up to 5/6db down. Then just push your volume up and you should hear more mids come through. You'll still have your bass & treble but what you're doing is trying to push the mids, the 'wood' sounds forward a little more.
This is essentially do the same thing as creating an X-curve but only from an output point of view, not actually what your room itself is doing.
Hope something helps there!