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  1. Love the sound of my Forte 3s.  I think it would be more productive to spend the upgrade money elsewhere in a system.  I assume the Forte 4 has some improvement...but to my ears and wallet it would be hard to justify.  I would consider the next step up to Cornwall 4....but the size (and cost) make them more of a challenge to manage.  I'm sure they sound great.


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  2. I have been really loving my Forte 3 for about a year.  I tend to listen at moderate volume level and a little loud occasionally if my wife is gone out.  They really sound great to me.  I would love to compare the 3 and 4 side by side to see if I could tell the difference.  I think the next big step for me would be the CW4.  I would also love to compare them to the Forte.  I am hesitant to go with a larger speaker due to the size and weight.  Got to have something I can manage and move around by myself.  I had the chance to by the original Forte back in the late 80s but went with something else.  I have wanted a pair ever sense.  I would be hard pressed to ever get rid of them.  Also have a RF7, RC7, RF3, & RSW12 (1st gen) system for home theater (movies & concerts).  i will get around to checking out the CW4 some day.  No need to hurry.

  3. I got a pair of the Forte III in March.  Good timing before the extended home-bound work.


    I can't really imagine what they would do upgrade the speaker.  They really sound wonderful to me.  I use them for 2 channel stereo hooked up to some late 80's Yamaha gear.  I also have some Gen 1 RF7s that I used for my surround sound setup.


    My only complaint with the Forte is the wood veneer (walnut on mine) is really delicate.  I have a couple tiny scratches from taking the speaker grills off while gently brushing my fingernails against the fronts.  Maybe I should have got black....perhaps the painted finish is a bit more durable...but I really like the natural walnut look.


    I listen to a lot of classic rock.  Steely Dan, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac really sound wonderful to me.  I haven't really tried much hard rock....since I tend to have them on to relax.  My amp is only 125 watts (Yamaha M-45).  The sweet spot for me is around 35-50 percent output (according to the power level display).  A little volume really gets them to sing and you can hear more of the music details better.


    I will be interested to see what "improvements" Klipsch decides to make to these in the future.  I'm pretty happy.  They are just the right size to fit into a medium and smaller rooms and have plenty of output.  They are also easy to move due to the modest weight (around 70 lbs) compared to the bigger heritage models.  I would love the Cornwall or LaScalla but between the price, weight, and size....it's just not too practical for me. 


    They have me laying on my couch and just "listening" to music again.....without other activities and distractions.  Great way to relax and forget about the hustle and bustle of life.

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  4. On ‎2‎/‎28‎/‎2019 at 12:57 PM, mojomc said:

    I was thinking $1200 for a pair of RF7 and an RC7 with DeanG x's was a heckuva deal. 


    It all comes down to market, market, market. 


    I do feel like I got a good deal on the package set.  The RF7s also came with cut / beveled tempered glass tops (which is sweet for display purposes - I can actually put stuff on top without worry).  I think $800-$1,000 would be a going price for just the RF7s in good condition.  I guess it depends on your location and budget.  I personally like the look of the Gen 1 speakers from this early 2000 era.  I hope to never part with mine.

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  5. Last year about this time I paid $1,200 for a set of RF7(I) and an RC7 that were in just about new condition.  They all have the Dean G cross-over upgrades.  Moved my 15 year old RF3s to rear surround duty.  Also picked up a uses RSW-12 the previous summer for around $300 I believe.  I am THRILLED with the performance and can't see the need to upgrade.  I would like to eventually get a used set of Fortes if I can ever make space for them.  There is also a set local on CL in Houston that is listed for $1,200...which I think might be a bit high.  Will check to see how long they last on the site.

  6. Scratch that itch.  I did a couple on months ago and upgraded my RF3-I to RF7-I and my old RC3 to RC7.  Great improvement.  The simple and most dramatic answer would be the speaker upgrade.  After all....it is the last link in the chain before our ears....it's what we actually hear (not to say the other links are not important).


    On the down side....I have a couple of extra RC3 I need to sell that are not being used.

  7. I switched the cable last night and the xbox did recognize the TV as UHD and display the screen the proper size.  I tried out The Last Jedi as a demo and the opening scenes still looked a bit grey / washed out on the dark black of space.


    So I decided to get off the fence and bought a Oppo 203 before they were gone.  Got the last one available at my local Best Buy.  I have hooked it up very quickly and updated the firmware.  Initial test shows a much improved picture.  Definitely more like I was expecting UHD.  The colors are much better and the tv recognized the signal as UHD even running through my receiver.  The picture quality looked much like OLED...which I very much like.


    Will try out some other discs and DVDs this weekend as well as digging into the setting on the Oppo.


    Thanks to all for you advise and help.

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  8. I experimented with the settings to no avail.  My xbox indicates my display is not UHD capable (I know it is) even with the HDMI hooked directly to the TV.  The numerous setting configurations on the Xbox is complete overload and just too dam difficult to figure out.  How is the average consumer supposed to know how many bits the video should be.  This is absurd.


    I may try a Sony 800 series 4k player to see if the picture quality is any better and return it if there is not an improvement.


    All I can say for sure right now is that I am unimpressed with 4K video quality on my system as it is.  I will not be buying any more discs since they don't appear to be significantly better than the upgraded 4k conversion that my oppo 103 does the blu rays I have.


    I bought the Xbox one x strictly with the intent of  using the 4k video player in addition to the console.  At this point I wish I had kept my old xbox and went with a separate player.  Too many headaches.


  9. I have a 1 1/2 year old Sony X930D.  I have found some additional settings in the xbox that allow to designate the output as 4K through HDMI.  There is also a setting a allow for automatic detection of the output signal.  I have to get in a dig around some more.  The xbox is also going in a Yamaha 1060 receiver and then one single connection to the TV.  I guess I could rewire to run to the TV and ARC to the receiver.


    I was thinking of upgrading to the Oppo 203 but with the news about Oppo shutting down production I am afraid the needed firmware updates to support the player will not be lasting too long.  I may go with a cheaper Sony 4K player for half the price and use my Oppo 103 for the bulk of my watching with blu ray and dvd discs.


    Sometime when I turn the xbox on the whole screen display is about 1/4 of the size of the entire display....like it shrank to a 18" size.  I have to completely unplug the xbox and restart it and then the video goes back to filling up the entire 65" screen.


    I have about had enough of all the HDMI issues.  It's becoming more pain then it's worth.  Never had constant problems with this when things were analog.  It would be nice if the engineering side of the equipment would get things to function perfectly instead of rushing to build new features and then spending years to get it to work at the consumers expense.


  10. I just finished watching The Last Jedi on 4k via the Xbox One X.  The clarity of the images looked good but the color did not seem to "POP" much to me.  I have watched a few other movies that have had a more impressive color pallet.


    My question if for anyone that has a Oppo 4K player and an Xbox One X.  Is there a significant improvement in the video quality between the two.  I thought the Xbox would be a stop gap measure to migrate into the 4K video world and enjoy a few games (like my first venture into blu-ray with the original Sony PS3).


    I currently have an Oppo 103 that does 4k up conversion of most blu rays and I have been really happy with it so I haven't been in a rush to spend the money for another player if I can make the X Box work.  I figured I might get a new version of the Oppo player maybe later this year....if the video presentation is worth it.  I sure hate to sideline my 103.


    Thanks for you feedback.



  11. Good luck on your search.  I hit craigslist daily for months before giving up locally (Houston).  Wound up taking a day long drive to get a RF-7 / RC-7 set from a forum member that had the DeanG crossover upgrades.  Well worth the long drive and effort.  I can't imagine ever wanting to get rid of them.  Keep up the search...it will be worth it.


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  12. The speakers are sold.  These now have a new home in Houston.  It was great to meet "Kriton".  He is a real audio lover and Klipsch guy for sure.  The speakers were in superb condition exactly as his original post.  He was very accommodating to my schedule due to the long travel and bad weather.  I made some extra padding from cheap sport seat cushions at Walmart.  Put them under each end of the box after it was wrapped in plastic bag and a tarp (lots of rain that weekend).  They arrived home without any damage (despite the rough highways in some areas).  Now set up and rocking...more fine tuning to come.






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  13. I found a pair about 5 hours north of me last fall...but was busy that weekend dealing with hurricane Harvey.  I thought it a bit much to try and drive through the storm with my truck loaded down with speakers.....but it was tempting.  :lol:


    There is a pair of RF-7 II for sale locally.  I may check them out this weekend.  I have read reviews about the improvement in sound on the next gen.  I guess the 1st gen stuff is just harder to find due to age or original sales numbers.

  14. I got a excellent condition RSW-12 last summer to go with my RF-3, RC-3, & RB-5 (surrounds).  I am wanting a larger soundstage and am longing for a set of the original RF-7 and will also get a RC-7.  I just missed a sale from someone in TN cause I was a little slow to respond....still bummed about that.  It was only the second opportunity since late last summer.  They are really hard to come by.  Saw a nice set in NC for sale on an audio forum...but it's too far to drive.  TN was about the max I could do in a day.  Continuing to window shop on CL and other sources....keeping my fingers crossed something will pop up before summer....guess we'll see.

  15. Is this a regular occurrence related to just the RF-7 series 1 / RC-7?  I am shocked that it would be a problem.  Can't believe Klipsch would engineer something that way.  I would guess it would be affecting more speakers or just something about the driver design on these models.


    I have been looking at Craigslist in Houston, Dallas, & Austin very regularly and don't see these come available.


    I think that removing the drivers would be a lot of hassle and I certainly would not expect the seller / shipper to deal with that.  If that's what it takes then I would just have to wait for a local sale to come up or check out the RP models coming out this fall.  I like the new RF-7 series but $3600 is a lot of money for 2 speakers.  I've been somewhat content with the RF-3s.  I can always turn the volume up for more sound.  My listening area is only about 15 x 13.  I also have and RSW-12 that keeps pictures on the wall crooked.  :lol:

  16. The roadie site looks very promising.  Much less hassle then pallet shipping.  Will obviously buy some insurance on the shipment.  I think the $250 cost is very reasonable.  It would be a very tough drive to make and on such a short turnaround.


    Kritton:  Are you up for doing a transaction like this?  Would you accept Paypal for payment?





  17. Yes.  I understand the set is the RF-7 pair and RC-7 center.  I can used my existing RF-3 or RB-5 for surrounds.  Didn't really need the RS-7 surrounds.  While I'm sure the RS-7 are good, they wouldn't really work as well in my room layout / setup.


    Let me look up the shipping info discussed and I'll let you know what I find.



  18. Kriton:


    Would love to have the set of RF7 and RC7 if you could ship to Houston.  Any guess as to pallet ship costs if you are willing to ship?


    The 14 + hour drive is a bit of a stretch.


    Found a killer RSW-12 last year used and in great shape.  Now looking to upgrade my RF-3 (move to rear surround duty) and my RC-3.


    Love the original RF series.





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