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  1. Another option: http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampsmult&1243358979&/Adcom-Gfa-7000-THX-amp-5x130W Bill
  2. Here is a good intro into outboards. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/ele/1109170771.html I have not heard of the BGW but B&K's are great. Bill
  3. Sorry you lost out. Sometimes when really good deals come around they go fast. You need to install a hair trigger on your keyboard. Buy the highest wattage 2 channel he has for sale. The front soundstage will sound just fine with different amps. Just not as ideal as a 3 channel. As Dennie said, a 2 channel amp will be better for stereo listening. Get that Acurus A250. Sounds like a good buy even at $425.00 OBO. Bill
  4. Not sure how much you want to spend but here is one. This website has many to choose from. http://www.thesimpletvstandstore.com/p-4595-encore-home-entertainment-by-apa-marketing-stf-cs61-southfield-brown-cherry-collection-61-tv-stand.aspx http://www.thesimpletvstandstore.com/sb2.aspx?page=1&keywords=&refine=y&A6=13&refine=y&A10=23&lnav Bill
  5. No dumb questions on this forum. Information is gained by asking questions or from research. The 100w you are speaking of will be from the amp only. When you hook up to an outboard amp with the receivers pre-outs, the receivers amps from those channels only will be bypassed and the outboards will be in use. As far as multiple channel amps, I have one and advise you to get a 3 channel and let it power your L-C-R and let the HK's amps handle the surrounds. It is always good to have the front soundstage as matched as possible(both wattage and tone matching). This is a very common suggestion on this forum. If I was you I would really consider inquiring about either one of those Acurus that I sent you the links to. Go for the 3 channel(200w) amp. With a one hundred watt amp you just might long for more oomph, with a 200w I highly doubt it. I know the 3 channel is a little more than you wanted to spend but it will be worth it if you can swing it. My RF-63's sounded good with just my Onkyo receiver. When I added my 200w B&K thay really came alive. Bill
  6. Here is another one not too far from you. Probably the best deal of all I sent you. I know it is a 3 channel but they are great for HT also. http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampsmult&1243449103&/Acurus-200x3- Here is a more powerful 2 channel from the same guy. http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampstran&1243450698&/Acurus-A250- Bill
  7. I know we are off topic of the thread I started but I bought an Acoustic Research AR1108 speaker selector. Man this is exactly what I have been looking for. I now can select between 8 different pairs of main speakers using the same amp/receiver even though I have only 3 pairs of mains(KG4"s,Forte's,RF-63's). The 63's will be switched on for HT and 2 channel, and the KG4's and Forte's will be switched on only for 2 channel. This way I can choose which speakers to play with which genre of music with the touch of a button. Most of my problems are solved with this $25.00($125.00 to $225.00 retail) purchase. I bought it at a pawn shop and it looks like it has never been used. It handles up to 300w RMS and has a 2 way protection circuit for the speakers and amp. Now I really don't have any more room for a pre-amp/amp for 2 channel in my stand. Now to find a deal on the Marantz 6003 and sell my Adcom GTP-450 and Onkyo 705. Again thanks to winchester21 for your feedback and all others that replied. Bill
  8. I know this might be redundant, but will this work to switch between my Forte's(2 channel) and RF-63's(HT) while using the same amp? I hate having to reach behind all of my speakers to unhook to one pair and hook to another. http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-Research-AR1108-8-Position-Selection/dp/B00005I9QH Bill
  9. Right now it is taking up space. I bought it when I bought my B&K and had it hooked up to my RF-63's for 2 channel. Then I decided to incorporate the B&K into my HT with the Onkyo as preamp. Truth is 2 channel sounded better with Adcom/B&K combo. One drawback was that the Adcom didn't have pre-out for sub. Bill
  10. Will this work if I want to switch back and forth between the R-63's(HT) and the Forte's(2ch) using the same amp? I found one at a pawn shop for $25.00. https://www.datavis.com/cgi-bin/product.cgi?prrfnbr=474682 Bill
  11. winchester21, Thanks for your imput. Ideally I would like to have a seperate 2 channel setup. My main problem is shelf room in my tv stand. I really don't want to add an audio stand to accomodate more components. The family room is getting a little overcrowded as it is with KG4's,Forte's and RF-63's flanking the TV. I have an Adcom GTP-450 preamp already on a shelf with no more room to add another seperate amp. An integrated 2 channel amp is possible if I can find the right one for the right price. In conclusion the truth is I want to keep it relatively simple while upping the 2 channel sound quality, hence the Marantz receiver. By the way, Marantz's new line of receivers/amps really look cool, clean with no logos on front. Thanks, Bill
  12. I am seriously considering selling my Onkyo TX-SR705 receiver and buying the Marantz SR6003. Anyone have any experience with this receiver or previous generation 6000 series receivers? I really like the Onkyo and am very familiar with it's GUI but want a change. I understand that Marantz's preamp section in their receivers is top notch. I will still be using my B&K amp to power my front three channels. Now that I am using Forte's for my main 2 channel listening, I would like a warmer sounding receiver to tame the hi-highs. Any thoughts? Bill
  13. Not a 2 channel amp but three more channels can't hurt if you decide to utilize them. http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/ele/1095867977.html Bill Look at this. I would buy it if I didn't live in Florida. http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/ele/1103038214.html
  14. While I have not had personal experience with this one, for the price you can't go wrong. No affiliation. http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/486016131/denon-dvd-1940ci Bill
  15. I don't know if it is the best but I sure like my B&K Ref. 4430(200w) with my Forte's. It sounds sweeet. http://cgi.videogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.pl?amps30ch&1242499792 Bill
  16. I know this is an old thread but I had to comment. Bought the Blu-ray version a few months ago and watched with the RF-63's in Dolby TrueHD. Loved it. Next watched again a few weeks later with 63's in uncompressed 2 channel w/sub and really loved it. Had the day off the other day and watched it with the Forte's playing in uncompressed 2 channel w/o sub and was literally floored. These speakers pick up every little nuance in the recording both good and bad. Even inaudible chit-chat between the band members could be faintly heard. The bass these speakers are capable of was almost as clean as with the RSW-10d. The Forte's never seemed strained from the lowest to the highest frequencies. Enough about the speakers, the blu-ray version of this concert needs to be in most ref. DVD collections. Whether you are a Gilmore or Floyd fan or someone who just appreciates quality music workmanship, buy it. Bill
  17. I don't know about the B&K ST-140 but I can tell you I sure like the sound coming out of my B&K Ref 4430(200w) through either the RF-63's,KG4's, and my newly acquired Forte's. I would best describe the sound as neutral, not too thin and not too over the top. B&K has a great rep as being built like Fort Knox and good bang for the buck. Good deals on the used market. Great customer service also. Look at these. http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampsmult&1241137417&/B-K-ST125.2 http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampstran&1241205774&/B-K-ST--2140- http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?ampstran&1243099607&/B-K-ST-1400-series-II-Balanced Just a few of the deals out there. Bill
  18. In addition to the two active 8" woofers handling bass duties, Klipsch employed a 12" passive radiator on the rear to help the KG4's dig a little deeper. Similar design on the Forte rear. Bill
  19. Hello, Thanks for joining one insane group of Klipsch-head "cases". This may not be exactly what you are looking for but the size and the fact that they sound well with tubes may do the trick. http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/ele/1086673067.html Offer the guy $225.00. These usually go for $125 to $300 based on condition. I bought mine for $150 and they are unblemished. Bill
  20. For the record, what appears to be scratches on the tops of the KG4's and the Forte's are actually light penetrating through the blinds. Bill
  21. I am very pleased I took the drive over to test the Forte's. My target price to spend was $400.00 but I still feel that the performance/cost ratio you get with these speakers are easily the equivalent of some costing a couple of grand in today's market. Here are a couple of pictures of my family room setup.
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