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  1. First of all it's not me saying they can only be distinguished when heard side by side. Depends on the room and material. Too many variables. Also don't forget that our memory as it pertains to audio is literally about 6 seconds long. Side by side takes the room and material and memory variables out of the equation, all of which are significant That being said, all I know is that when I listen to a Tool song at higher volumes in a reflective room with 3's, it's going to be uncomfortable, and the upper bass just doesn't have the slam that a halfway high caliber speaker ought to. Those are two very simple yet important things. The 4 is a noticeable improvement on things like this. I mean it's obvious, even without them being side by side, being played months apart. If you literally can't tell the difference at all then don't ask me to explain to you why.
  2. Right, because I just make up random crap just to sell stuff. Look, I'm stuck with some Forte 3's at this point. I'd love to move them. I have also been lobbying for Klipsch to be able to provide an upgrade kit because I believe that Forte 3 owners should be able to get the better sound without having to buy Forte 4's. Literally, Klipsch, please make upgrade kits so I don't have to sell 4's to 3 owners. So there's that.
  3. That being said, given the situation, I fully believe that Forte 3 users deserve an upgrade kit if at all possible. If the cabinet had changed, sure, make them buy the new version. But it hasn't. Woofer is the same. And the cabinet. and the radiator. and the mid horn. The biggest difference is the crossover and the compression driver on the mid horn. and yeah there's a new phase plug on the tweeter that's in question. Customers shouldn't have to return or sell their Forte 3's just to buy something that's almost the same thing. It's a significant financial burden on the customer and/or the dealer for no good reason, one that many aren't wiling to take on, yet they could be enjoying the same improved sound for a significantly lower price. Klipschorn upgrade kits are available and allowed. If those are, I don't understand why Forte 3 guys can't upgrade to the 4's.
  4. The biggest problem with the Forte 3 is that the crossovers had somewhat of a budget cap. The new ones didn't have the same restrictions and have a more complex crossover. You can easily tell the difference. It's warmer, much more comfortable at higher volumes especially in an untreated room, and the upper bass actually has some slam / punch, as a good speaker should. The woofer and radiator and cabinet is actually the exact same thing but anybody who comes to the conclusion that it should sound the same has obviously neglected the crossover issue. The Forte 3's are plenty pleasant on a lot of material but the problem is that in a highly reflective room they can be very harsh at higher volumes plus the upper bass just isn't there. Forte 4's fix all of these shortcomings. Some material like mellow jazz piano, you may not notice a huge difference. Fire up some Tool at high volumes and it's a different story. It's not insignificant. It's not imperceptible. It's not small. Nobody who has heard both would say this.
  5. Unfortunately that's bullshit. It's a huge difference. Biggest difference I could ever imagine on a new version of the same speaker. That's wny king bonehead was asking if you heard them side by side. It's not the same. Like at all. Imperceptible is delusional.
  6. You haven't even mentioned a gain knob. The perfect integrated amp would have a separate gain knob for the amplifier but none exist that I am aware of. Sounds stupid but strap a HINT6 to some Klipschorns and you can hear the noise floor pretty obviously. If you get that same setup but in separates form you have a gain knob, yet it's almost the same thing, the preamp is literally identical.
  7. We have more trouble with shipping these things than anything else. It's not just our carriers, we've had them damaged from Klipsch to us more than once. Just very fragile with literally zero internal stuffing of any kind. The box just collapses and that's that. Even if they don't stack stuff, other customers tend to try to ship tall items and don't strap them down or whatever so stuff tends to fall. Doesn't take much and you get a shattered 402 horn. All we can do is deal with the fallout afterwards. Either that or spend like $700 a shipment to rent an actual crate and pay for the extra weight. Unfortunately it's just one of those things where you have to risk it, there's no good answer.
  8. Impromptu photoshoot with my videographer. I mean, Klipsch's videographer. I mean... we share him.
  9. As a salesman I'm going to of course go along with the idea that the new ones make the old ones sound cheap but I mean, I'm in sales lol. The old ones are no slouch so I wouldn't be quick to be embarassed or whatever about only having those. Of course the low extension is obvious and expected but the old ones can still take your breath away in some scenarious, like literally, it feels funny to breathe if you're really spanking them. I did notice that the new ones sounded quite a bit bigger especially with certain instruments like snare drums. The new ones are the most realistic snare drums I have ever heard. So there's that. The blending is the biggest improvement in my opinion. The 402 effortlessly meshes up with the bass bin in a way that the old ones struggled to do. There are other differences but those are the biggest things I can notice.
  10. I thought it was super cool watching him just enjoy them. That room sounded surprisingly good, basically the entire room had foam acoustic panels all the way around plus was very large. That's not at Hope, that's at the Hotel Carmichael ballroom in Carmel Indiana during the national sales meeting last week.
  11. regular edition. they won't even talk to us about the 75th at this point. I don't know what's going on but 35K for the regular walnut and black.
  12. That entire 45 minute video was done based on a half page outline, I mostly just talked. To be honest I'm not entirely sure what else I could have included from a technical standpoint. Not sure what the confusion is on the bass bin either. It was one woofer that was ported, they realized they could fit another woofer and do so without the tuning changing, so they did. I'm pretty sure the ports are on the bottom if I remember correctly. I'm assuming it's the honeycomb design like the 1502/1802. Xmax? it's 5/8". it's a 19.6 hz horn. 3 db down point is 18 hz. Seriously like what else is there to wonder about. You have to remember that these events are like, well you pretty much better be a sponge or have a tape recorder or video rolling which was prohibited, or take hella good notes. Roy doesn't exactly give a lecture where everything is laid out either, you have to follow him around like a creep and hang on to any tidbids of information that he happens to release. That's the best I can do given the situation.
  13. $35K. Universal pricing. I've seen 28, 30, 35, 38... both Vlad and my rep is saying 35 at this point.
  14. they won’t say. It was supposedly designed from the ground up, they didn’t just grab one off the shelf. All I know is that both a Xilica and I think a nicer rack mount minidsp was given to the engineer at Klipsch and told that it has to at least be on par with these.
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