Klipsch The Nines integrated loudspeaker system Associated Equipment

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Analog sources: Technics SL-1200MK5 turntable with KAB modifications (fluid tonearm damping, tonearm rewiring, 78rpm speed added); Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge; Sony KD-34XBR960 digital CRT TV/display.
Digital sources: Lenovo ThinkPad L530 laptop PC running Windows 10, Qobuz desktop app, and Foobar2000 music player; Oppo DV-970HD DVD/CD/SACD player; iPhone 7S (wireless Bluetooth connection).—Tom Fine

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mrounds's picture

You might want to invest in a recent, low-end TV for these kinds of tests. I have an ancient (but new enough to have Toslink and ATSC tuner) plasma (originally was smart but updates have remove the by-now-useless apps) and a recent cheap (not smart!) lcd panel, both accepting OTA via an attic antenna. OTA sound with both has a noticeable delay between in-set speakers and external audio, so it's one or the other unless you like subway-tunnel effects, and lipsync can be an issue.

Sources, though, matter as you found. OTA sound can be very good - try that if you're in a place where you can get it. Check rummage sales for ATSC converter boxes for your old Sony. Cable of any sort dramatically messes with audio as well as HD video. App (via Roku) sound is all over the map. PBS sounds great with Austin City Limits among many other things, but classical music is often massively and noticeably compressed (pumping and noise). Amazon sound quality generally sucks, as does (surprisingly, since it works OK from a computer) Youtube. Britbox is generally decent, within the limits of the type and age of the show. I don't do Netflix etc so no comment on them.

That said, powered speakers have always been intriguing to me. These look nice. Any experience with the smaller (more affordable?) models, that would make more sense with a subwoofer? And how serviceable are the parts? Can the plate amp be replaced if necessary?

MLP's picture

Most of us can't get antenna TV reception these days. Having experienced a bit of it here and there, I agree that there can be better picture and sound quality from an antenna vs a cable or streaming transmission. The lack of sound/picture sync is a plague of digital TV. It doesn't seem to ever go away. It must be a big deal to get that right from production through transmission and reception. Back In The Day, NTSC TV rarely had that problem. Fuzzy picture and all, it was better in some ways.