I have had two pairs of Chorus II's and currently have Forte II's. In my case, it came down to the listening room. In my last house with a bigger listening room, the Chorus II's sounded magnificent. My only complaint is speaker placement is a ***** for the Chorus II's. There is a lot of playing around with the speakers to find that magic spot in one's listening room. When I downsized and tried the Chorus II's in my new listening room, I wasn't satisfied. Luckily, there were a pair of walnut Forte II's in great condition that I bought super cheap so I had a chance to do a head-to-head. The Forte II's sounded better and I have been very happy ever since. I am not saying one speaker is better than the other, it can come down to your environment and also the amp one is using.