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  1. Yeah, the Forte I are on risers in the unfinished portion of our basement. I'm standing most of the time in this area, which is mainly the home gym and workshop area. Also, they are raised to clear some utility and storage stuff in this area. I use them in a 2.1 configuration now, with dual subs. I also use this system to evaluate other speakers (bookshelf speakers sitting on top of the Forte 1) in 2.1. This system is a bit of a "test rig" I've used to play with dozens of speakers over the years. I previously had RF-7 II where the RF-7 III now reside (first floor open concept area). The RF-7 II were a bit bright. The RF-7 III are more balanced, IMO. I don't feel the RF-7 III have a depressed midrange at all. I really like the RF-7 III, which is why I'm considering moving them down to the 5.1 system in the finished portion of the basement, where I feel they would get more use. The RF-7 III are closer to 100 lb. each, but moving them is not a problem. I'm a pretty big guy with an able-bodied 17 year old son for back-up (😊). It's the fine-tuning of position that is a pain with the RF-7 III on carpet. I will remove the spikes for this the next time I move them. I'm pretty curious about how the Forte I will sound where the RF-7 III reside. I need to make some time to do this, as trying this will be the only way to know how I feel about the Forte I in this room vs. the RF-7 III. I realize this thread is probably a bit confusing because it involves swapping speakers in 3 separate systems, but ultimately it's about the comparison of the currently-residing RF-7 III vs. moving the Forte I into this location.
  2. Not doubting your observation, just find it interesting that the Forte I and Forte III would have significantly different bass. I think I just need to bite the bullet and try the Forte I in System 3. If they sound good and have adequate bass in this large, open family room, I will really consider moving the RF-7 III to the finished basement room 5.1 system (and purchase the RC-64 III). So, the net would hopefully be an upgrade to the 5.1 system (System 1), without a downgrade to System 3.
  3. Interesting, I have never heard Forte III, but I would not describe my Forte I as having "loose" bass. Again, I have no comparison to the Forte III though. However, I have never listened to my Forte I in a "normal" room/placement. They are in the large, unfinished section of our basement, and are on risers to get the tweeters near ear level while standing (which I know reduces bass output). I have used them in 2.0 and 2.1 (bass managed at 80 Hz) in this system (System 2 in my sig). If it was not such a pain to move and place the RF-7 III, I would just move them out of System 3 and try the Forte I there. However, sounds like the Forte I would would give up some bass performance to the RF-7 III in 2.0.
  4. I wonder how the Forte I and Forte III compare, in terms of bass. Probably similar?
  5. I’ve been thinking about doing some speaker rearranging in my systems. Please note the systems in my sig. I’m considering moving the RF-7 III from System 3 (2.0) to System 1 (5.1), and picking up a RC-64 III. I would then move the Forte I in System 2 or the Polk LS90 in System 1 into System 3. System 3 would remain 2.0. System 3 is in a large, open area that consists of a family room, informal dining area, and kitchen – around 18’ x 50’ and open to other rooms. So, the question is whether the Forte I will struggle vs. the RF-7 III in this space, especially in terms of bass output in 2.0? I like to push the volume at times with the RF-7 III, and feel like they really maintain their composure while putting out very satisfying bass in 2.0 in this large area. My gut tells me that the Forte I, with less woofer cone area, may not be able to achieve the same bass impact in this area. Thoughts?
  6. adam2434

    BS from PS Audio Paul McGowan

    Someone should post that link on whatever site he posted that misinformation. In addition to JBL's consumer products, I assume he would also consider Revel's consumer products to be "junk" too? They are under the Harman name, you know.
  7. Do you have DLNA server software installed and running on your NAS? If so, you should be able to select that server in Hi-Fi cast, and select the CCA as the renderer. BTW, I've had good experiences with Minimserver for FLAC files on my PC. They have a page for installation on Qnap. Might be worth a try. https://minimserver.com/install-qnap.html
  8. adam2434

    BS from PS Audio Paul McGowan

    To paraphrase him... Klipsch does not have an engineering staff... Klipsch is 100% sales and marketing... Klipsch products are all made in factories in China... He has lost all credibility with me. I mean, what type of "industry expert" spews total misinformation like that? Burns me up a little.
  9. adam2434

    BS from PS Audio Paul McGowan

    Yeah, I thought that both Hope and Indy had engineering/design folks.
  10. I'm a little bummed that the CCA is going away. We have several, and I have also set up a few for friends and family. Great, cheap, little device. Both FLAC on PC and Spotify Connect work very well with the CCA. I use all of them with external DACs, using inexpensive mini to standard optical cables. For FLAC on the PC, I've had a great experience with Minimserver (free) running on the PC, and Hi-Fi cast on the phone (a couple bucks for full version). I wonder if (but doubt that) they will replace it with a new small puck that has both analog and digital output. The Google Home Mini is on sale too. Make me wonder if they might be combining the Mini and CCA in a new product that provides connectivity to an audio system and Google Assistant support (although I personally don't want or need any of these voice assistant thingies).
  11. adam2434

    Replacing Denon amp for Klipsch PowerGate

    Here is another thread with some impressions. https://community.klipsch.com/index.php?/topic/179319-powergate-amp/& My overall synopsis is that it is a good-sounding little integrated amp with enough power to cleanly drive the speakers I've tried, but I found wifi streaming (FLAC on PC and Spotify Connect) to be very unreliable. Sounds like streaming is working for you - good! Are you using wifi or ethernet cable?
  12. adam2434

    FLAC playback / Media Server?

    Windows Media Player has DLNA server capability - that's why it worked. The Marantz not finding wi-fi...hmmm, not sure. Is there any way you can run ethernet cable to it? Regarding an EHD, you probably will need to verify the drive formatting type that the Marantz USB requires.
  13. adam2434

    FLAC playback / Media Server?

    This would be using JRiver's DLNA/UPnP server feature, correct? If so, and assuming the OP would only need DLNA/UPnP server functionality for FLAC on his PC, not sure there would much advantage to buying JRiver, when good free DLNA/UPnP server software is available. I know that JRiver is very popular and has great features, just not sure it would be necessary if only DLNA/UPnP server functionality for FLAC is needed.
  14. adam2434

    PowerGate turns off

    I installed the firmware update with initial set-up of the Powergate, so have never experienced the random power-off issue. The firmware update is a bit clunky and did not work with my Android phone - had to borrow my wife's iPhone for the update. As a side note, I've had nothing but trouble with the Powergate's wi-fi streaming from both a media server on my PC and Spotify Connect. The wi-fi connection drops and streaming stops frequently. I have resorted to using a Chromecast Audio puck connected to the Powergate's optical input. Sounds like the OP is using the wired inputs, so I think the OP will be satisfied with the Powergate, once the firmware is updated. It is a nice little integrated amp using the wired inputs, but as a wi-fi streamer, pretty horrible, in my experience. To the OP - do you have an option to use the optical input on the Powergate? If so, you might get a "cleaner" audio path this way. Since the Powergate is a Play-Fi streamer, I expect that it may apply an analog-to-digital conversion on the analog inputs , followed by a digital-to-analog conversion for playback (not 100% sure on this). Regardless, using the optical input would avoid the possibility of an analog-to-digital conversion.
  15. adam2434

    FLAC playback / Media Server?

    You might get better info on a Marantz/Denon/Heos forum, assuming one exists. I personally do not have any experience with Heos, but I do know that Heos is DLNA compliant (being the Controller and Renderer). So, you could install DLNA Server software on your PC or a NAS, and Heos should find the server and act as the Controller and Renderer. Assuming your FLAC files are on your PC (or could be), I've had great experiences with MinimServer, a nice free DLNA/UPnP server program. https://minimserver.com/index.html You install MinimServer on your PC, point it to the folder(s) with your music files, then start the server...super simple (assuming the files are tagged properly). I use MinimServer with several Chromecast Audio pucks in the house, using the HiFi Cast app on my phone to select FLAC tracks to be played on the Chromecast Audio.