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vondy

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    Forte II (Mains) • Academy (Center) • KG 2.2 (Surrounds) • Heresy I (On Loan to my Mom) • HK 430 (2ch) • Onkyo TX-NR609 AVR (HT) • Technics SL-230 Turntable • iTunes Mac • Panasonic 55 TS50 Plasma TV • PS3

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  1. Recently my wife and I have been hanging out with her good friend and husband. He is quite the audiophile so it's been fun getting to know him better. He is very much in the "cable camp" unlike most of the members here. He's also an electrical engineer so makes sense his interest are high in that area. One day he shows up with some cables he found used. Audioquest Rocket 44, something like $700 new I believe. We plug them in and listen a bit. No doubt they sounded different. A few days later when I had the house to myself I decided to plug my "regular" high quality $40 cables in and listen for a while. Didn't take long for the Audioquest cables to get plugged back in. They just had more of a relaxed, live sound with better separation and bass. I don't really consider myself to be an audiophile so I don't have the vocabulary to really describe it but when I plugged my regular cables in it made the system sound more like I was listening to a stereo and with the Audioquest it sounded more like a performance. He has also brought over a couple of power cables for my amp and there is a difference there as well. Nothing as perceivable as the speaker cables but even my wife could hear the difference and she doesn't know, or care, about any of this. Now there are plenty of things he talks about that I think are snake oil or they are soooooo expensive that it's just not worth it. In his defense he always buys used because he even admits the prices are inflated to what the market will bare. We went to a high end audio shop to listen to some Wilson Audio speakers, he is a Wilson fan. The entire system playing was $80,000. I was expected to be blown away, I was not, I actually prefer my $4,000 system. Which is funny because the cheapest piece of equipment in that room was $5,000 and it was a phono preamp! So what I am getting at is it's good to be open minded with some doubt thrown in. Being on this forum for so long I was expecting to hear nothing positively different from the expensive cables he plugged into my system. Now that I have actually heard them, I admit cables really can make a positive difference. Since I have purchased nothing I have nothing to lose if I didn't like them. Would I spend $700 full price on a pair? No. But I would buy used or experiment with a cheaper brand now that I know they can benefit a system more than I previously thought. Yep. Pretty sure Roy said they used Audioquest wire in the AK6 Klipschorn video didn't he? Full disclosure these are connected to my Spatial M3 Turbos not Klipsch. I doubt I would have noticed much on my Forte IIs because they just hurt my ears so much in my room anyway. So definitely speakers/room, amp and source before cables.
  2. Made these a few years ago. They are poplar and MDF filled with playground sand. Probably weigh 100 lbs each. They have a matte black paint that could use some touching up or another coat. Several scrapes on the top from the speakers are hidden when they are on. Measure 13" tall Local pickup DFW. $30
  3. Have a couple of bass traps I made out of OC 703. Covered in muslin fabric and stapled to a plywood frame. Nothing fancy, you could always take apart and build your own with the 703. Four sheets of 2" thick 703. 24" wide 48" tall 4" thick $25 local pickup Dallas, TX
  4. I have a very slightly used Emotiva XPS-1 Phono Pre-amp for sale. Used it for a brief time while I didn't have a phono input on an amp I was trying out. $100 shipped, if reasonable shipping that is. Or local pickup DFW area. Should still have a year or so on the transferable warranty.
  5. Sold! Thanks Mila1924. Still have the custom stands if anyone local wants them for like $30.
  6. Friday bump. Price adjusted for Forum members. Anyone is welcome to come look at them in person and take a listen. I also have some homemade stands for these if the buyer wants them. They are filled with sand and probably weigh about 100lbs each.
  7. Up for sale are my Forte IIs. Giving the forum folks a chance at them before listing on Craigslist. No plans to ship them at this point. DFW area. I bought these from another forum member several years ago. I'd say they are in about a 9 out of 10 in shape. There are a few nicks that I have shown in the pics, mostly on the risers. Couple spots on the back that could use some touchup paint. One of the passive's dust cap is pushed in some, I'm sure it can be sucked out with a vacuum just never bothered with it. I did put grill covers on the passives when our girls started walking years ago. They can of course be removed if you want. These have been upgraded to Crites titanium tweeters and Crites new crossovers. Let me know if you have any questions or want to take a look. SN 145391976 145391977 $800
  8. I concur with everything Tarheel says here. Acquired mine Saturday from a local Craigslist sale. Super happy with them! One of my main goals was to eliminate the "harshness" the Forte IIs produced in our living area. It wasn't bad if you were sitting right in the sweet spot but any location outside of that was just unpleasant. For example... our living room has a large French door style opening into the kitchen/dining area, minus doors. Whenever I had the music going while cooking or eating dinner, the sound from the Fortes was always unpleasant even at low volume levels. With the Spatials, this off axis sound is fantastic. The sweet spot is fantastic as well. There is zero "boominess" in the room, or adjacent. With the Fortes I would get a bass drone in certain spots of the kitchen and some of the corners of the living. Imaging is large, vocals and instruments are accurate. I really can't say a bad thing about them. They are somewhat similar to a horn speaker in that the compression driver uses the mid cone like a horn. Not to knock on the Forte IIs, with a treated room they are great speakers especially for the used price. I just could never get them sounding right in our living area. They will be up for sale here as soon as I get some good pics. Thanks to Tarhell for his advice on the M3s!
  9. Same here! I’m curious how they compare to Forte IIs. I’d like to find a speaker that plays better with my room, which I can’t really treat due to it being our living room. Every review on the M3s seems very positive. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. The Honda Ridgeline "pickup truck" uses exciter speakers in the truck's bed panels so the entire bed is made into a tailgate speaker.
  11. Bump. Hoping to sell to one of my Klipsch fans before the guys on Emotiva. Will cover shipping if it's reasonable.
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