nicely done eddie!
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Thank you, I am sure giving it a try.
While the new crossover is pricey and you do have to wait as Al builds them to order, it is absolutely worth it. Everything came much more into focus and the speakers seemed to blend into the background as as the soundstage broadened.
With his crossovers you also have more control as you can attenuate (control the levels) of both the tweeter and midrange. I ended up backing off on the squawker 4 db and it really helps.
To answer your question, I had not heard them before, I just took the leap. I am very happy. Here is the link to the crossover that I have http://www.alkeng.com/es_xo.html
I have the ES500, you will also need the companion ES5800 if you are keeping your Belle's stock. Just give Al a call if you have questions, he is no BS, but very informative and will guide you well.
Don't forget to Dynamat your horns. Some say to double wrap the mids. I did not do this.
Let me know how it goes, not much info out there for us Belle owners, even on the Klipsch forum. I'd love to hear about your adventures with these iconic speakers.
Yes, put as much Dynamat ( equally between pairs ) as you can, on the horns ( tweeters, woofer frames and between the crossovers and doghouses. ). Another area to improve, is to dampen the " bracket " at the driver end of the mid horn ( when music is playing, put your hand on the bracket, as it will be vibrating to the music ). The job of the bracket is to help support the weight of the mid horn with the front baffle ( using the top of the doghouse ). Now, if you accept an equipment change upgrade, I feel your turntable and tonearm are mediocre, at best. I am no longer doing vinyl, because my ears could no longer afford the vinyl front end required to bring me, to " listening to the music ", and not the " vinyl / stylus " interaction. Anyone into high end vinyl playback, might know what I am speaking of. Just an opinion based on my own experiences.
I will have to try more Dynamat. It can't hurt!. I'm wondering if I should have the crossovers sit on Dynamat too???? Or should they be directly attached to the doghouse? I agree on your upgrade path suggestion. I have been doing mucho research and am currently looking looking at Dr Feickert and Acoustic Signature due to the quality and ability for more than one arm. I am of the mind "Buy once buy well". I have spent a lot of time dabbling in the low to midfi range. Time to step up. Just need to save the $$$$ to get it done. Also leaning toward Origin Live for the initial arm. Haven't listened to any of it yet, but I intend to before purchasing. Thanks for your thoughts!