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Bonzo

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  • Birthday 09/15/1960

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    Redding California
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    Playing drums, all things audio, collecting vinyl, spoiling my six grandchildren, travel
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    Klipsch Forte II
    Kenwood KR-9400, Restored
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    iPod 4 touch w/HRT iStreamer
    Yamaha CD5006
    Channel Islands DAC

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  1. Bonzo

    Epic CF-3, ver. 3

    I have read that one opinion and, again, wonder if there was a direct comparison of the various versions? I think not. I have had version 1’s and now version 3’s separated by a few moths. I would not begin to pretend I could tell you which speaker sounds better/worse. My audio memory, memory in general for that matter, isn’t very good. I didn’t get a chance to listen much today unfortunately, hopefully tomorrow.
  2. Bonzo

    Epic CF-3, ver. 3

    Found a pretty nice, one owner pair, of CF-3’s in dark cherry at a yard sale today. I have had the version 1’s before, great sounding speakers. One of the reasons I sold them was the very poor condition of the cabinets, grills etc. The pair I picked up today have a few veneer issues, nothing major, and nice grills but one badge is missing. Haven’t had a chance to do much listening today so far but, what I’ve heard has been great. One immediate improvement in the sound was bi-wiring with my Yamaha A-S701. It really cleaned up the highs and the low end. I have read most all the opinions on the version 1 vs 2 vs 3........Curious if anyone had the opportunity to A/B/C the various versions in the same room with the same equipment at the same time? I will be doing that with my Forte II’s which will be fun. Kind of wish I would have kept the version 1’s now. Oh, when a yard sale is advertised in the newspaper and lists Klipsch speakers, chances are the people having the sale are not kids and likely not little computer speakers. Just sayin’.....
  3. Thank you all for the spirited and insightful discussion, I appreciate it. Sadly, the W4S ship has sailed. The owner has decided to keep them. The search continues.
  4. I know someone that is selling a pair of Quicksilver tube mini monoblocks. I have heard them but that was before I had the Forte II’s. There was a bit of distortion when using my old Marantz 1060 as the preamp. Might try to revisit them with the Sansui and the F II’s?
  5. Thanks, the “overkill” factor does concern me as does how a 1974 amp/preamp will play with 21st century electronics. I’m wondering if the money would be better spent on other upgrades? If I spring for the amps, the toy fund will be greatly depleted.
  6. Anyone use Class D power amps with their Klipsch speakers? A friend of has a line on a pair of Wyred4Sound SX-1000 monoblock amps for a very good price. Doubtful I would be able to audition them first with my Forte II’s. Also, initially I would have to use my vintage Sansui AU-5500 integrated as the preamp. Any input, experience and information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  7. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    A vintage Magical Mystery Tour purchased by my uncle back in the day. Plays very good.
  8. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    I have had both a 9090 and 9090db in the past. Both great receivers but I had issues with the step attenuators. It seemed like one or maybe two clicks was too quiet, the third click was too loud for my taste. There was no way to get them dialed in. I was having the same problem with the Kenwood which I swapped for the Sansui +.
  9. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    Here’s a picture of the Sansui. It has treble, bass, and midrange tone controls. It also has pre-out/main-in capability with the flip of a switch. 32 watts per channel seems to be plenty for the F-II’s.
  10. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    Thank for the posts guys, I do appreciate the input. Wha else helps is the correct component(s). My friend, who is a very good tech, has a restored Sansui AU-5500 integrated. I have tried this amp with less efficient speakers and wasn’t thrilled with it. In the back of my brain I remember that many aficionados recommend vintage Sansui gear with Klipsch speakers. Well, guess what’s going to be driving the Forte II’s. I was surprised how much more musical it is vs the Marantz 1060, the Kenwood KR-9400. Much more futzing around to do with them but I’m getting close.
  11. Bonzo

    KG4’s Sounding Poor

    I would first make sure your speakers are in phase. Sounds simple but many of us have accidentally wired our speakers out of phase. In other words, + from the receiver to the + on each speaker and - to the -. If one is reversed, it will wash out the low end. This goes for the individual drivers as well. I would also make sure the drivers and passive radiators have good seal to the cabinet. Good luck tracking down the issue. Oh, the SX-1250 should be able to drive them to concert levels however I don’t recommend that. Is it possible there is an issue with the receiver? Most 1250’s need some work nowadays.
  12. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    I may rethink my amplifier/receiver choice. I did quite a bit of listening with the big Kenny’ KR-9400. It has also been completely restored and has one of the best tuners of any vintage receiver I have had, up to and including the Pioneer SX-1250. I rarely listen to local radio as most of the stations suck with couple of exceptions. Those exceptions were kind of hard to bring in mainly due to the radiant heat shields in the attic. With a modest antenna, the Kenny’ locks on them very well. Also, I am liking the phono section a bit better than the Marantz 1060. With 120 watts per channel vs 30, well the headroom and low end thump is definitely noticeable. A bit of a conundrum as I love the 1060. It’s too nice to become a “shelf queen.” Any words of wisdom would be appreciated, thanks.
  13. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    Thank you all for your comments. I really liked the Cornwall II's but they just took up too much real estate in my one car garage man room. I sold them to a friend of mine who absolutely loves them and has a nice big room where they can breath. Listening to them at his place vs mine, there was no comparison to the openness and the depth and width of the soundstage! Cosmetically, the Forte's are very nice with just a few veneer issues. The finish looks better now, darkened them up just a bit and covered a few flaws. The Forte's will be anchored to the floor. I have some two inch floor spikes that I may use. Going to try them stock first however. Right now they are at a perfect triangle with the Lazy Boy, 7' x 7' x 7', 14" from the back wall. Sounstage is good, vocals dead center, provided the song was recorded that way. Not as deep a stage as I would like but that's a room issue I'm sure. Hey John, love your avatar with "The Great One!" " Hold up on that car wash gentlemen....................." classic! Sad to see The Bandit go! RIP Burt..........
  14. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    Here’s a pic of the 1060 nestled in the rack bellow the Yammy’ A-S700.
  15. Bonzo

    Forte II’s in the House!

    The furniture dolly’s are temporary until I find the right placement. So far the best overall sound is from the Marantz 1060, not a surprise. I think the cap-coupled 1060 gets pretty close to that “tube like” sound. This one has been completely gone through by a competent tech. The big caps are Nichicon Golds with Wima and Cornell Dubiliner caps and components throughout. Fresh thermal paste on the outputs, complete Deoxit gig and cleaned inside and out. It’s an early one with engraved silver faceplate, internal bracing and original wood case.
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