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  1. Congrats! Hope that you don't have sellers remorse.
  2. I prefer the imaging of my Forte's facing straight forward with them 12" from the back wall, unlike my RF-7's which I prefer angled. Due to the layout of my room, the Forte's are 6' apart and my seating is 10' back.
  3. I looked up the specs on your Denon AVR-100 and it is similar to my Pioneer Elite AVR, which I get pleanty of low frequency slam. I am now wondering if both your woofers are working properly on your RF-7's? Or maybe the music doesn't have the low frequencies? I listen to heavy metal and Metal Church has that chest thumping bass.
  4. I would go with the Forte mains with the Heresy center. Ideally I would pair the RF-7's with a RC-64.
  5. My experience with RF7 1's is to give it pleanty of solid state power for the chest thumping bass. I have an A/V receiver (Pioneer Elite) that delivers 140 WPC that works for me even without my subwoofer (SVS PB12+2). A low powered tube amp will not produce the chest thumping bass which I have also tried with my Dynaco ST-70. My music source is a Blu-Ray player, I don't stream my music.
  6. I have had great sucess with Howards Restor A Finish, choose the one that matches the wood. https://www.howardproducts.com/product/restor-a-finish/ I have also recently enjoyed SACD's. My favorite so far is Elton John's self titled album, which was his second album.
  7. I have RS-7's and it wasn't practical for me to mount them at ear level. My HT is older so no Atmos. My solution was to tuck them up toward the ceiling, they are in my basement with just over 7' ceiling. The sound is also reflected off the ceiling. I figure that movie theaters don't mount the surronds at ear level why should I? I am pleased with my setup, especially since I recently upgraded the crossover caps on the RS-7's.
  8. A few years ago I upgraded my the capacitors in my RF-7's and RC-7. I didn't feel the need to upgrade the capacitors on the RS-7's since most of the Blu-ray concerts had minimal music content piped to the surrounds. I recently started to listen to SACD's and realized how much music content comes through the surround speakers so I decided to upgrade the capacitors in the RS-7's. I decided to go with Solen capacitors due the relativily low cost and I had used them on my Forte's with great success. After doing the capacitor upgrade to one speaker, I did a comparison. The factory crossover sounded muddled like there was no crossover between the woofer and tweeters. The upgraded capacitor crossover had more of a detailed sound which I could hear the distinction between the bass coming from the woofer and highs from the tweeters. Overall I am pleased with the new capacitors and I am enjoying my SACD's even more! Below are some pictures of the original and upgraded crossovers. There is about 2" of clearance beween the woofer magnet and crossover board which the Solen's were able to fit.
  9. I like the wood finish on your Forte's, it makes the grills pop. What did you do to the wood finish? It doesn't look like a factory finish.
  10. Not a good sign when there is a drywall screw driven into the back of the cabinet.
  11. I'm impressed on how "new" that your RF-83's look. Tempting for me to join you in sampling the bourbon while listening to music on the RF-83's.🍻
  12. Not the paticular advise you are looking for but I have the Forte 1's and RF7 1's (both recapped) and for my type of music, classic rock and heavy metal, I prefer the Forte's mainly due to the 3-way design. The RF7's perform very well with my home theater setup (RF-7, RC-7, RS-7 with an SVS PB12+2 sub). Both speakers dig really deep and can play at concert volume levels in my room.
  13. Congtats on your restored Forte's, they look fantastic! I also have a pair of Forte 1's that I replaced the caps and installed the ti tweeter diaphram. When reworking the x-overs I seperated them into 2 for bi-amping. I have mine positioned 12" from the rear wall with no toe-in, which works well for me. Back in 1980 I couldn't afford Klipsch speakers, fast forward 40 years and I picked up a used pair for a great price. Best bang for the buck.
  14. From my experience with Forte's/RF-7's and classic rock/heavy metal, they perform great. The Forte's/RF-7's dig deeper than the Cornwalls but the Cornwalls have a wider soundstage that doesn't go well with the type of music that I listen to. If you have a chance to listen to Cornwalls/Forte's/RF-7's locally then you can decide for yourself. I suggest listening to them at the volume levels that you would at home.
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