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Steve.

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  1. I love my Forte IV , they sound great and are the perfect size
  2. I loaded up this week, a quad of JJ 6l6gc, quad of JJ EL34, 8 Nos Mullard e180f, 2 pr JJ 12ax7, 2 pair JJ 12ax7 gold , 2 pair JJ 12au7 gold pin, JJ 12at7, pair JJ EL84, 2 5r4gy..... I should have enough for a long time.
  3. You don’t NEED one….. but once you have a truly great one, I doubt you would go back to passive…..
  4. Check them carefully. The Palladium series suffered from surround problems. Parts are no longer available for those speakers. I would steer clear. Heresy can always be repaired no matter the vintage.
  5. I believe Toolshed made 3 amps for Klipsch ….
  6. I have never bought an item based on specs.... I never even asked for specs prior to build .... My ears will be the final judge.
  7. They would still not be cheap. Something “cheap” is not always a good value. He has built versions in a plain box before ... not sure if this form factor lends itself to doing that easily. I am betting heavily that these amps are more than “glam”. I will find out very soon .... Aside from quality parts in and out there is a LOT of fabrication. I don’t think people understand how much labor is involved in a build like this. For anyone who hasn’t , visit his site..... Not many people possess the skills to build stuff like that.
  8. Decware and Toolshed comparisons really aren’t apples to apples. The Decware amps are mostly pentode tubes wired in Triode in most of their amps. Nothing wrong with using that scheme , sounds great but much less power than the same tubes in PP. The Toolshed is a DHT running 300b tubes... they couldn’t be more different other than being low power. Sure it’s a “simple circuit” but to employ it to be quiet is not so simple. Not cheap either.
  9. Thanks ! Kind of you to offer.
  10. Very nice, thank you for sharing ...
  11. Thanks jjptk, I really think this is my last stop on the amp merry go round..... I'll be sure to post pics.
  12. I would like a Marantz Model 8b please, with all the tube goodness in a solid state 1/2 1RU size ...... I had a Carver 1.0 , was supposed to sound like tubes....it didn't. Wasn't bad but not a great amp by any metric.
  13. Hi, Matt is building my 300b right now.... It will be loaded with Hitachi Fine Met OT and vintage main PS and chokes. Lots of other good stuff in there , NOS Rectifier and input tubes and new production Western Electric 300b’s Can’t wait, will post pics and impressions soon
  14. I love my Forte IV !!!!! They are awesome. I just picked up a Zesto Leto preamp and should have my Toolshed 300b in a few months ... should be done for a while
  15. I love my Forte IV !!! They do require a little breathing room behind them. It took a few tries getting them dialed in but its worth it.
  16. Some nice Chorus and industrial Lascala on there now
  17. Kudos to Roy and Co. The Forte IV are so good !!!! I just replaced my preamp with a Zesto Leto and my system sounds incredible. If you're not familiar with Zesto , check them out . This preamp elevated my system to a level of performance that is jaw dropping. An incredible preamp, it has everything you could want for ins and outs and the sound is beyond reproach. The best thing about the Forte IV is that they really show off any changes to your system. The difference in the Zesto and my CJ Classic was staggering . Mind blown.... my brother was over the night I set it up and he just stood there with a stupid look on his face.... these speakers are worthy of top notch electronics. I am having a Toolshed 300b amp built which should mesh well with the Zesto.... Thanks Roy
  18. I just set up my new (NIB) Zesto Leto preamp. Sure, its sexy as hell....but the really beauty is in its sound and features. The rear panel is absolutely what sold me on it. Two pair of RCA out and 2 pair of XLR out. HT bypass when off, ground lift for each channel. Blown away by some very familiar tracks. Awesome dynamic range , best bass I've ever experienced at home. Amazing sounding component.
  19. Hi Pair of Forte II on Boston Craigslist.....
  20. I was using a PowerLine 2000 and had noise issues. Unfortunately I don't have a wired Ethernet port for my Vault 2i so I need a way to get to my router. I got a TP Link brand Ether over AC adapter and no noise, gone. Works great Things like Glade Plug in air fresheners can cause noise. Pull anything like that out of your outlets while troubleshooting
  21. I will dig up some of my favorite Flugelhorn tracks and report back.....
  22. I also say preamp.... to me it is the heart of any system. For those with DAC/Preamps this may be true also but I have always preferred an analog preamp. Either way its responsible for taking those low level outputs and driving the amp. Additionally, the preamp has a lot to do with the noise floor. Nothing worse than a system that has noise. Nothing... in my experience each time I upgraded the preamp the benefits were better dynamics and lower noise floor.
  23. Hi I think you can program the unit to switch eq presets via remote. You basically just re assign the lower keys to different functions like preset 1 preset 2 , etc. I programmed mine to toggle between digital filters but you can assign eq as well
  24. I went in thinking I would love the distressed oak...they were nice but I really liked the Cherry....I have had a number of walnut speakers so Cherry was a nice change and never show dust. Any color you pick you will love them... awesome speakers
  25. I love these speakers !!!, I'm sitting here listening at midnight..... happens a lot lately. I have used three different preamps in my system so far and I have never had a speaker that was so revealing of changes upstream. I think that's a good thing. I am a firm believer that many speakers can and will sound better as the quality of electronics ramps up. I am hoping that 300b will be my last amp, I am never going back to low efficiency speakers so I'm sure it will serve me well til I'm dead....
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