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Klipsch Upgrades Testimonials

Over the years, we've received hundreds of emails and letters praising the Volti Audio Klipsch Upgrades products.   We'd be happy to put you in touch with one or more Klipsch Upgrades customers so you can speak with them directly about their experience with Volti Audio and the improvement they've realized in their speakers.  But we really don't think that's necessary.  Please take a few minutes and read what our customers have to say about it right here.




Dan's Story

By far the most prolific comments regarding the performance of the V-Trac horn belong to Dan Kapeller.   He wrote me a very nice essay that covers his experiences with audio, Klipsch, other horn speakers, the V-Trac, and a whole lot more.  It's a very good read, and one that is a must for every Klipsch Khorn owner out there.  It takes about a half hour, so go grab a snack or a beer and sit back and enjoy this great story. Click HERE





Posted On The Klipsch Forum By "vindeville"

The past few months I have been upgrading my Khorns with Gregs products and wanted to share some thoughts on them.   First off Greg is a down to earth guy who will spend time answering emails and talking on the phone to answer questions and share thoughts.  Each Piece I have purchased from him to date is very well crafted and thought out.

The V-tracs are very solidly built to begin with and fit was perfect into my K-horns.   I actually hate to have these covered up by the grill cloth but even that was stretched and stapled to perfection.  I bought the 120 adaptors for my stock k-55's to use on these as well.  Those are also made well and mounted nicely onto the horns with everything lining up perfectly.  The interesting process that Greg describes when making the adaptors seems to have worked in my opinion.  I have had great results with this set up and I probably would not ever really need to buy a 2" exit driver.  Of course I plan on doing that just the same cause I am so into knowing what the next thing will bring.  The idea that you can do these upgrades in several steps and each time get that thrill and likely reward for going to the next tier is fun.   Gregs offerings support this notion very well.

When I recieved the VTK crossovers and opened them up I was floored by how they looked.  Robust, clean looking and again well crafted pieces for sure.  I dont know if I can ever bury them under the top hats or not, I have been very happy with the sound of these networks, and the amount of flexibility they provide while maintaining a simple approach is noteworthy in my opinion.

Volti keeps an inventory of everything they sell in my experience and I recieved my order in a couple of days each time.   Not having to wait is a plus for an impatient fella like myself.   Everything was expertly packaged as well.   Overall a great experience dealing with Greg and I feel I have a friend I can sometimes turn to for advice and opinions as well.  These upgrades are all improvments, sound fantastic and are worth every penny I have spent.





Letter From Rob in Vancouver

Hi Greg and Laurie,

I completed the Klipschorn upgrade without any difficulty.   Everything fit perfectly and the instructions were excellent.   I've been listening to them for 10 days or so and I'm, or should I say we, are very happy.   My wife is very attached to the old "horns" and was apprehensive about making such a drastic change.   She's a believer now.

We listen in a near field configuration.   Maybe not the best for these speakers, but that's how it turned out in our little house.   I found that dialing down the midrange -12db and setting the upper-bass to the middle position produced the most pleasing result.   I may be able to take the mids back up a notch once everything breaks in and blends.

My youngest son is a recording engineer with very acute hearing, and being a critical listener is his job.   He grew up on the old horns and was very impressed with the transformation to say the least.   He thought the balance was close to perfect.   Perhaps a tiny bit hot in the top end.   He figures that will sweeten with a bit more time.   In my experience break in is a real thing, whether it's tubes or speakers or electronics.

I am glad we went for the woofer upgrade.   It's impossible for me to know what part of the improvement is due to the crossover, the mid range horn or the new woofers, but all I can say is that the bass is amazing.

These days we tend to listen to a lot of "world" music and jazz and such.   This material always sounded good, but my kids, who are musicians, always complained that the horns had a tendency to suck a bit of the life out of Rock.   No longer the case!!   The midrange sounds terrific no matter what we're playing.

Many thanks for your efforts in providing new life for this venerable design.   The kids are going to have to pull straws.   Glad to provide a reference if it's a help.

Warm regards to you both,
Rob






Letter From Adrian Lane

Hey Greg, just wanted to give you some feedback on the upgrades.

"Oh, wow, listen to the detail" - That was my wife (the musician), about ten seconds into the first song.

I've just finished upgrading my Klipschorns with your V-Trac mid horns, the BMS drivers, and the Beyma CP-25 tweeters.   Now technically, 'my' Klipsch K-Horns are not really mine, but my wife's  -  Her father purchased them new in 1973, and they have been her favorite speakers for years.   A couple of years ago I started diddling with them, and she has been a bit reticent about the whole process.   But the upgrade to the ALK crossovers two years ago was a big improvement so she let me go forward with the Volti upgrades now.   She was alarmed to see her speakers entirely disassembled and strewn around the room, but after about 4 hours of work, they were back together and it was time for cocktails and some music.

After a couple hours of listening, a few things are 'clear'.   Listening to the upgraded speakers provides MUCH more detail and clarity, and I don't mean must a little, but a LOT!   Noticeable within the first minute, but wait 20 minutes and you realize that it's not just more detail, but that that each instrument is so freely delineated from all others, and just THERE.

The second biggest impression is that the presentation is more relaxed, with less noise and is now a lot more fun to turn up loud.

Third impression is less 'horn' effect. Most people complain that stock Khorns have that 'shouty' horn problem; that never has bothered me that much.   While I know it's there, my brain seems to remove it from the music and make it less of a nuisance.   What bothered me more than the shouting, was the slurring in the mid-range from the stock mid horns.   Female vocals, notable around hard 'S's was bothersome, and that's almost totally gone.   But where the midrange improvement really stands out for me is with percussive sounds like piano notes and guitar strings.   They have more impact, are explosive into the room on the initial note, and resonate beautifully.

Last bit that strikes me is the tone.   Instruments sound a lot more like they should.   To use a color analogy it's like going from an old yellowed headlight to a new, crisp white one.   Instruments just sound closer to what they should sound like.

And I should add that the comments on the user reviews you've posted on your website are accurate when it comes to build quality.   I've never seen plywood made to look this nice, not even in a Bernard Maybeck home.    And every piece you could need is there in the box.   More importantly the instructions were very good, included ample pictures, when I could not quite grasp the text at first.

The Volti upgrades are a huge WIN, and at a very affordable price.  I have the old sound burned in my mind, so now, each time I turn them on it's a 'Wow!' moment.  The resulting improvement in the quality of sound is very, very much worth the cost and effort to upgrade.  More importantly - my wife is as happy with the upgrades as I am.

Thanks!
Adrian Lane






Mike purchased a pair of the Fc260 horns, which are the same horns used in the V-Trac horn kit, only without the grill frame, cloth, and tweeter motorboards.  He's using them with a custom built ported bass cabinet and horn tweeters in a three-way setup.

Mike writes:

"You did a very nice job on these horns.   The workmanship is excellent".

"There is a noticeable tonal difference between these and the Jabo horns I was using.  I would say it's a bit more smooth, and more life-like especially on vocals and piano.  It may be a psychological thing but, it seems more "woody".  It's kind of less bright even though I run them only from 600 to the natural rolloff of the BMS driver (about 6500 Hz). I am very pleased with the sound".

"These horns are wonderful, I'm selling the Jabo's".





Larry also purchased the Fc260 horns, and built his own grill frame to go in his Khorns.

"I just finished installing Greg's V-Trac horns this morning with BMS 4592ND-MID drivers, Beyma CP25 tweeters and ALK Universal crossovers.   After listening for a few hours off and on this afternoon and tonight, I have to say that my current configuration is a vast improvement over a stock Khorn".

"Gone is the thin midrange with its unwanted HF overtones.   The sound is much smoother, mellower, and easier on the ears.   The bass even seems stronger and more clear".

"When I originally acquired my Khorns, they did not live up to my expectations even after replacing all the drivers and refurbishing the networks.  Now they sound like the speakers I always thought Khorns should sound like.   Nice work Greg".

"Hello Greg,
Just wanted to tell you that I like my new horns more and more every day.   They are a stroke of genius".





Randy was the first person to listen to the V-Trac  demo units in his home.  He used them on his Khorn bass bins with some very nice McIntosh gear powering them.

"These are really nice.   I have put them through several types of music from rock to blues to jazz, and they are really an incredible upgrade.  I can't quit listening!   I'm getting a much smoother presentation across every range of music I play".

"Let me tell you, I have had ALK Trachorns for about two years, and I thought they were a big step up from the stock mid horns, but the V-Trac upgrade takes the performance of the Khorn to even higher level for sure".

"I listened for about 6 hours mostly at high volume, which is the way I like to listen (100 - 108 db), and whatever selections I chose, the sound was incredible.  I have never heard Khorns sound like this.  The sound was so smooth and clear and the V-Tracs seem to bring out an upper mid bass that was missing most of the time before".

"I realize the BMS 4592 mid driver is a first class driver and is not cheap in price, but mated with the V-Trac, it really puts the Khorn in another class".

After a few weeks:

Jamming to Alman Brothers, live at the Filmore east tonight through the V-Trac's and it is unreal incredible!   This setup just keeps getting better.   Khorns with es networks, your V-Trac horns, and Mcintosh 501 monoblocs is unreal.

Greg has really discovered something here with the two-inch format for the Khorn.   Its not a cheap upgrade but it is worth the cost.   Simply stunning.   Randy





Matt tried out the Demo Units on his Khorn bass bins.

"The midrange was more present - less like coming from a microphone and sound system and more like a live acoustic performance - very intimate.  It lacked the usual "horny" sound of the Klipsch heritage series speakers".

"There was a distinct absence of the 'ringing' overtones that I often hear from my Klipschorns".

"I compared the V-Trac horns directly against the stock Khorn components and there were occassions when I found myself preferring one over the other.   For example, Steely Dan's 'Gaucho' instruments seemed to sound better to me with my standard Khorns, but Norah Jones sounded much better with the V-Trac setup.   The V-Tracs are particularly good at taking the blaring harshness away from female voice, which is what I was hoping they would do. To me though, the tradeoff seemed to be in middle register string instruments like piano and guitar, which seem to benefit from the 'ring' of the stock K400 horn".





Rich is using a pair of Fc260 horns in a "Cornscala" arrangement.

I got a chuckle from what he said just after sending the demo units on to the next person:

"The "withdrawal" factor has kicked in. I guess I had actually gotten used to them because my 1" are almost unacceptable.  I keep going back re-checking all my connections thinking something is wrong now!   Yes, Greg, I have to have them".

After receiving his Fc260 horns:

"This set-up with my Cornscala's has a bigger, more dynamic and "open" sound.   I am comparing them directly to 1" tractrix horns, which I was very happy with, but the V-Trac horns and BMS drivers are a substantial improvement.  To my ears, the differences are even more exaggerated at medium to high volume levels.

"I did not find the Beyma "hot" in any way, SUPER smooth as was the midrange".

"It surprises me you don't have hundreds on your list for the demo units"???

"I am using Quicksilver SET 88 monos which I have just recently purchased along with a VTL TL-5 pre, and Don Allen CD/ Denon 2910".





Jay made these comments after listening to the demo units with his Khorns.

"There was an imediate noticable difference, so much clarity, detail, inner detail, and improvement in the mid bass area.

"The soundstage was much improved as was the imaging, you could actually sit off axis and it sounded great".

"At first I thought these were going to overpower my room, but after some tinkering. . . . there was the magic.  My system never sounded so good, and it was a lot more than I expected.   OMG!!! what a really really nice sound . . . . .Just an overwhelming experience.

"There is so much more I could say about my expirence with the demos, but it would get a little over the top.   The depth of the music was fantastic, the realism of the music and the natural sound of the horns is more than I ever expected.   I could go on and on but you are just going to have to hear them for yourselves.   Take it from me, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  Get on the list and hear them if you want to take your big Heritage Speakers to the ultimate level they can achieve.

"BTW the guys in my audio club were blown away to say the least!!!   To mention a couple of them - Richard Gray of the RGPC, and Nick Ferber a friend of DR. Bruce Edgar, and a few other golden ears".

"My system as demoed: Sophia Electric 300B MKII amp, Rogue Audio 99 Magnum pre, Ah Njoe Tjoeb 4000 CDP, VPI Scoutmater/JMW 9, Otari MX 5050 BII Reel 2 Reel, Tape Project Tapes, RGPC power conditioner".





I did a complete restoration on Mike's Khorns and included the V-Trac horns and BMS drivers along with many other upgrades.  I also auditioned them in my living room prior to shipping them back, and they are probably the nicest sounding Khorns in the world.  Even better than my own because of the closed-in backs on the bass bins.   FLKhorns Restoration Page

"I've only had about 10 hours on mine, but I can tell you they are the best sounding speakers I have ever heard in my lifetime.  The details are simply stunning, and the soundstage is huge!  The other nice thing I like about this combo is I don't have to sit dead center anymore, it sounds just as good a couple feet left or right.  I'm not home for another week but I can't wait to fire up the sound system as soon as I walk thru the door".  Mike

"The details I am hearing are overwhelming!   After living with this combo I could never go back to the stock configuration.   There is no comparison beween the K55/K400 setup and the BMS/V-Trac!  I agree the cost is substantial but well worth it in my opinion.  For those of you on the fence with this upgrade I think you need to take a leap of faith.  This combo is all its advertised to be and more.   I think it's the best upgrade I have ever heard".  Mike







In a round-about way, Chris ended up with the very first pair of Khorns that I restored.


And years later, here he is trying out the V-Trac demo units!

"These demo units arrived 1-1/2 weeks ago but due to some crazy business travel I have only opened the crate and set them up this morning.    I am now listening to track #3 of my demo disk and all I can say is 'Greg, you've hit a home run with this product!'   The sound that is coming from my Klipschorns is an order of magnitude better than what I had earlier today.

There is no way to compare the two, but I'll try ... First impression ... Bass!    It's really unbelievable how the addition of the 2" midrange horn and flare has really beefed up the low-end.   Stunning.   Secondly, the midrange is exactly like so many before have described ... detailed, wide, unconstrained ... just wonderful.

This is easily the biggest upgrade to my system imaginable.   Mike Lindsay (FLKhorns owner) was exactly right ... best speakers I've ever heard.

I have so much music to listen to this afternoon and tomorrow ... want to try some movie tracks ... Good Lord ... what a difference.

As soon as I can, my wallet will be a few grand lighter.

Great work, Greg. Absolutely a game-changing product."

Chris.





What They Said

 

These are actual quotes from emails that people have sent to me. 

If you read all of these, you might have a little too much time on your hands!  LOL!

I really do appreciate all the kind words.  They are motivational, to say the least.

 

 

Packaging . . . . .

"Great packing job.   UPS was rough on the box but they arrived perfectly."



"Received the V-Tracs last Monday.  Amazingly well packed.  I am very impressed with workmanship of items."



 

 

 

Upgrades . . . . .

 

"I'm finally ready to buy the V-Trac horn upgrade for my K-Horns to replace the horns I bought from Al Klap.  Funny that he's making a 2" horn now when I read his words that he doesn't see any benefit in a 2" over a 1"..........2" reigns supreme!   I get amazing imaging from the mid and highs with great bass response."



 

"Been listening to the new speakers now for a few months.  Am driving them with a Shindo Montille.  Quite amazing improvement over the stock Klipsch."



 

"When I installed the woofers and went to stand up one of the cabinets (they were lying on their face)



  I heard something rolling around in the chamber.  I immediately recalled forgetting to take the flashlight out of the woofer chamber, so I had to pry off the chamber door again and retrieve the flashlight.  Good thing I'm not a surgeon!"



 

 

"I think someone would have to be stubborn or ignorant to not admit that there is a "problem" with most horn speakers.  Your V-Trac solved this problem.  That's why the V-Trac'd Khorn can be invited into the world of "super hi-end speakers"  Simply stated, it's tonally pure."



"Greg, we played Neil Young's "Trans Am" from the Sleeps With Angels CD.  Unbelievable!  Lynne and I just stared at each other and laughed.  Talk about DYMANIC!!  You could taste and touch the music."

 



"I still wonder how you are making any money at your prices.  I know, volume.  Still, I wouldn't touch that job for $799.  Bending wood, painting, grill cloth, etc.  I still claim my purchase was one of the best values in my life.  After a month with the V-Tracs, the thrill still hasn't worn off.  We are literally plowing through our music collection, just to hear what we've  been missing.  Lyle Lovett last night, "creeps like me".  Amazing."



 

"Brad in Lincoln called and he's pretty wound up about his V-Trac's.  He called me during the super bowl to gloat.  He was playing records rather than watching the game.  I think you have another endorsement."  



 

"Played Nickle Creek's first CD the other day and it sounded like a different recording.  Chris's mandolin playing went from excellent (Stock driver) to Un-fricken-believable, other worldly amazing (V-Tracs). We couldn't believe how much of that recording we had missed."



 

"Just wanted to let you know that I posted my experience with the horns/drivers/crossover upgrades today on the Klipsch forum.  Bottom line: the K-horns sound AMAZING now.  I can't believe they are the same speakers.  They sound SO much better in EVERY way."



 

 

"I did get the V-Trac horns and they arrived perfectly.   I just installed them a couple days back and am now enjoying true audio bliss. They are just so freaking clear/neutral. There is no "honky-ness" to them at all."



 

 

"The Belles with the V-Trac horns are sounding great.  I am really enjoying them."



 

 

"Thanks for designing and selling the V-Tracs.  They have made a world of difference in my audio system.  I have all the advantages of the classic Klipschorn look and better horns and drivers to boot!"



 

"The horns are wonderful.  I'm selling the Jabo's."



 

"Everything is sounding great with the speakers, best investment I've made.   Fantastic dynamics!!"



 

"I definitely feel it has been money well spent and would not hesitate to recommend the upgrade to anyone else."



 

"They sound great, and I'm really glad I took the chance and went with the upgrades!!!"



 

"I am very impressed with your "V-TRAC" demo system, it is a remarkable approach."



 

 

 

 

Workmanship . . . . .

 

"I got the V-Tracs in the top hats last night, tweeters mounted to brackets.  Your workmanship exceeds even my own high standards."



 

"Greg,  Your work is excellent, and I had no issues installing the horns.  I did loosen the screws holding the tophat top, allowing more space as I slid the horns in.  After securing them, I retightened them.  I used a clamp to hold the horns to and fro as I drove the sheetrock screws into the horns.  The only variations from perfect liner tops and bottoms were from different layerings of grill cloth.  I used a 4 foot level across the top and bottom and sighted where the felts needed to go.  We're really splitting hairs here.  I'd say your quality control exceeds the Klipsch factory.  Everything is square and exactly the right size.  Your grill cloth is stretched tighter than the originals."
 
"My only suggestion is that you need a LOGO or a badge to replace the Klipsch badge!"



 

 

"Greg, darn-it...............this new LAVERA HORN of yours!!!!!!!!!



What is your trade-in/trade-up policy going to be when I can't stand it any longer? 



That is one really nice looking corner-piece.  I'm saving up already!!"

 

 

"Very nice workmanship on your part." 



 

 

"The quality and craftsmanship of your horns is superb...........so much so that it prodded me into really doing some upgrading on my Khorn cabinets while I was retrofitting your horns into the tophat section."



 

 

"The horns look great, I can appreciate your craftsmanship and attention to detail, great packing job!"



 

"Everything in the first box looks great!  What a fantastic job you did!"



"The Lavera Horn is a work of art.  I think i would sell all 20 of my other Klipsch speakers to have them...lol.  Hands down the best looking horns I have ever seen. Keep up the great work."



 

"PS- your craftsmanship on your rebuilds is outstanding.  NICE WORK!"



 

"Greg, I'm impressed and then some!!  Beautiful work!"



 

"I truly believe Paul Klipsch himself would be very proud and honored by your work."



 

"I am deeply impressed with the quailty of your work, and I wish you all the best in your new venture: I have no doubts that you shall flourish!"



"Just wanted to tell you that your work is top of the heap."



 

 

"I want to congratulate you about your fantastic work on the Klipschorn speakers.  You give them a second life better than their first one."



 

 

 

Newsletter . . . . .

 

"Very cool newsletter. Love the pictures and the updates!"



"Greg, great read in this letter.  Very interesting test you did on the tweeters."



 

"Incredible newsletter!"



What a fantastic experience!   I am so impressed by how well you write and bring such enthusiasm to what you do!



 

 

Website . . . . .

 

"Congratulations to your great website!!"



 

 "Greg, nice work on the web site.  Looking forward to more of your 'listening' updates.  Thanks."



 

'Great site  your pictures are A++++++++!!!!!!!!!"



 

 

 

 

 

Restorations . . . . .

 

"My God, what a wonderful job you've done on that pair of KHorns.  You're truly an artist and a fine craftsman.  I salute you."

 



"When I view your pages, I can just smell the wood!"



 

"I enjoy looking at these works of art!"



 

"Just stunning restoration and visual improvement all around, keep up the good work!"



 

"Amazingly beautiful job!  That is an incredible veneer, and you've really made it work to the best advantage."



 

 

"Nice job, excellent finish and a very nice restoration."



 

"I still check your web pages once and a while to see what your latest project is and I am never disappointed. The project you recently completed for the customer in Florida was another good example of the oh so excellent work that you do on your restorations of Klipsch speakers. If you were not so far away Id love to visit, get a chance to say hi and see one of your projects in person."



 

 

"was checking out your restoration work...incredibly beautiful..thanks for sharing"



 

"These are so awesome!   I have Speakerlab "K"s and am very envious!  You ought to be very proud of the work you did here."



 

"Awesome project!!!!!"



 

 

"I'm speechless in admiration, envious of the new owners, most of all, astounded at your high quality work and dedication. That's it, for now. I need to catch my breath. Great job is an understatement."



 

"Stunning!!!"

 



"Thank you very very much for the effort put into your web pages. The pages speak volumes of thought and effort that you have put into these restoration projects."



 

"HI greg, i came across your page and have been looking at your work, a true craftsman, its good to see some one with the skill and passion that you have"



 

"I just visited your website.  I am amazed at the quality of work you produce!  Beautiful!  A true craftsman."



 

"I stumbled onto your web site and felt compelled to write and commend you for the extensive effort and superb craftsmanship you employ in your restoration work.  Congratulations on your work ethic and skill level...your work is fabulous."



 

 

 





Ok, enough!  You get the idea.  After a while it gets embarrassing. 

 

Greg

 

 


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