Semi-Review Klipsch Chorus
Just got a new (Old!) pair of Klipsch Chorus I which the previous owner meticulously cared for and installed new (Crites) crossover. All I can say is -wow-. A bit of background, I was looking for speakers to go with my McIntosh C22/MC240 combo that's been sitting in boxes for the last couple years. In the past I've had all SS and typical modern speakers (e.g. B&W), all good stuff I've been happy with, and expensive. Since I inherited and cherish my Father's Mac gear, I decided to get rid of multiple systems and just keep that. I figured I would take a hit in sound quality but didn't mind so much for various reasons I won't go into here (other than this - I have small kids - these speakers are kid friendly - they can't pull them down on top of themselves or damage the drivers for the most part). I've been frustrated in the vintage speaker search - there are so many available, and it's hard to tell what condition they're in, what the best matches are for your equipment/room, etc. So after plenty of research after I was lusting after new Tannoys and looking at the Klipsch heritage line (new), I found these gems on Craigslist. Long story short, all the audiogoners here who praise the older Klipsch's and sent me in that direction have my thanks. Here's why: 1) Top to bottom balance/coherency. 2) Easy placement (why did we get away from speakers that belonged against the wall!) 3) they image just fine 4) Can anyone say 'presence' ? I have not even hooked them up yet to the tubes, just plugged them in to my current SS system - nothing fancy, an Arcam A19 and Oppo player. I listen to jazz and classical mostly. Current speakers are KEF LS50s with a JL sub. Overall I was pleasantly surprised to find I did not make a backwards move at all, and possible even forward. These speakers sound great - and I've been involved enough in the HiFi game to notice all the various qualities we like to talk about these days. It's no wonder they've been making this type of speaker for over 60 years or more. I think when everyone wanted smaller speakers we lost something...as good as the current ones are, however. If I were new to the hobby for $1,000 bucks a used receiver and an older pair of speakers like this would be a great savings!