Originally Posted by JFriden
... If it doesn't fix my problem then I know Klipsch speakers are certainly not for me. This is not good as that will leave me with another huge investment. These things sounded so natural, balanced, and clear in the audio store. ...
Having one through this scenario several times since I started to get into quality stereo components in 1977, I finally learned a few lessons the hard way ($$$$$)
1) Audio equipment never sound the same in your home as it does in the showroom
2) Old school designs, like the (Kliprsch speakers) have old style sound and old style problems.
3) Modern amplifiers, preamps, AV receivers, etc. have distortion levels well below 1% (many are well below 0.01%) which are ridiculously low and cannot be heard by the human ear. They are flat within a tolerance level that is not discernible by human ears. Numerous tests by qualified engineers have proven this to be true.
4) Speakers typically have distortion of 10 to 20% at listening levels.
Obviously speakers are still the weakest link in the audio chain and are most likely to be anyone's problem (which I suspect to be yours).
I've been running Pioneer Elite AV receivers for some years now because they sound just as good as my old high end components (i.e. I can't heard a difference between any of them), their automatic equalization process is very simple to use and sounds excellent to me.
5) Auto equalization now operates in the digital domain so it does not mess up the audio quality like it did on the old days. In the old days the analog equalizers we used introduced a huge amount of phase shift at each frequency that it was affecting, so yes the levels were flat but the sound was muddy or dull because of al the phase shifting all over the place. Today, quality AV receivers do this al in the digital woman which does not affect phase at all which partly is why a modern moderately priced AV receiver can sound so good compared to the old expensive gear.
6) The only way to know if a gear will sound good in your home is to try it in your home. You must audition everything you want to buy all at once, together. Run the auto-equalization feature (yes your room is altering your sound, it happens to everyone) and play a very wide variety of material that you are familiar with and will be enjoying in the future. Try to get as long a demo as possible, you'll be surprised to hear that the system doe snot sound as good the second or third day, when all your adrenaline has run out. That is when you will experience the system with a truly critical ear.
7) Future proof your system as much as possible. You might not think that you want or need all those fact features today but you will tomorrow. My friend's homes are all fully equipped with my leftover gear that I abandoned when I made each upgrade.
8) Put most of your money into your speakers. You did this correctly but you just needed to have a much better audition period in your home to see if they actually work well for you.
9) Salespeople lie. They are out to make a buck and I hold most of them with the same level of contempt as I do for used car salespeople. They get commissions (look up SPIF) from the manufacturers to push certain gear at certain ties of the year, regardless of it being good for you or not. Their demo rooms are set up much differently from your home and they put a lot of effort into making things sound much better in there than you can ever get in your home. This session cost me more than one small fortune, The only thing that you can trust are your ears in your own home.
10) Its worth putting the effort in to get your system to sound right for you, its a judge call and you are the sole judge that matters.