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Steve.

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  1. I would put the sound and build quality up against any of the big boys, the stuff is that good for the price you pay.
  2. The Quicksilver Horn Mono and Mid Monos are huge value propositions. I have a pair of Mid Monos that I just took out of service. Amazing amps for the money. Either amp is fantastic. The only negative about the Horn Mono is it's screw down speaker terminals . The price of either new is a bargain and used Quicksilver is among the best values in used gear you will ever find. Built like a tank, super reliable.... safe bets
  3. You can not go wrong with those amps, or anything made by Quicksilver
  4. Congrats. I love my Forte IV. I never really worried about break in. I put my tuner on and just let it play for many hours without listening critically. I do this every time I make a change to the system. I really believe "break in" is half acclimation and half mechanical / surround compliance with speakers. Thats why just playing FM takes the analytical judgment out of the equation. Then after a week or so listening casualty I will form opinion.
  5. Thanks , It really is a great sounding amp. I’m having the matching preamp built now. The Forte IV get better with every upgrade.
  6. I have had both. Buy the Forte if possible. I went in to buy my daughter a soundbar. While there I wanted to listen to the Heresy IV. I did and they were great. Better than the III , but I ended up coming back a few weeks later with my III in trade toward Forte IV. Best move ever
  7. yes low crossover and if possible steep slope. I use a SMS 1 crossover/eq and you barely hear the sub with most material when dialed in right. But when called upon , it rocks without muddling up the Forte's great overall bass
  8. I have had the Heresy III and traded them for the Forte IV. Heresy are great, no doubt. They are the exact same footprint , the Forte needs to be away from the front wall. A foot , two feet, it depends on the room. I rarely use my REL sub since getting the Forte. Maybe for movies, but they go pretty low . I think the sub is unnecessary with most material with these speakers. They have made me stop thinking about whats better.... I don't have too much space in this room and these are a perfect fit.
  9. Thats some holy grail stuff for sure. Enjoy
  10. I have had the Forte IV since the week they came out. I love them, big step up from the Heresy III which was great in it's own right. The Forte IV is much more refined than your granpappie's Klipsch. Paired with a Toolshed Amps 300b , I have spent many late nights listening to them. Listening right now actually....
  11. Yes the Mid Monos are killer amps for sure. I honestly don't think there is anything even near their price quite like them. I just pulled a pair out of service and am wondering whether or not to keep or sell. Common sense says sell but I think I may regret that some day. Huge value amps for the money
  12. Forte II , maybe Cornwall if timing and luck is on your side. Heresy III , which are very good but need a sub to sound full range
  13. very fine auto sandpaper can remove fine scratches in clear coat. 1500 grit in the direction of the grain should leave the same satin sheen. Too shiny , lightly hit it with 1200.
  14. Thanks ! Matt really delivered as promised. It has amazing clarity and transparency. Bass is much better than I expected, it feels lower than my QS through the Forte , has great slam and dynamics for its 7 or so watts with a speaker like the Forte . Such a great match with my Zesto preamp. I think I am done with hardware. (At least amps and pre).
  15. Yes, the Forte IV is a great speaker at lower volumes . I think I had one of the first pairs along with Fido and after a year and a half I am still loving them. They sound great with any good amp and phenomenal if the components paired with them are of high quality. Could this be my last speaker? Possibly, they are that good. I just retired my Quicksilver Mid Monos and am driving them with a Toolshed 300b and is sounds amazing. Not that it didn’t before, but with WE 300b there are layers of detail that were masked before. These speakers are awesome with the right amp.
  16. Thanks for the kind words, The Toolshed amp sounds better than it looks... Amazing clarity that I have never experienced in a Push Pull amp. Layers and layers of detail . Dead silent background and zero mechanical noise or hum. I am really enjoying this through my Forte IV, perfect combination.
  17. Thanks for the kind words. Workmanship is over the top..... sounds incredible with my Forte IV and Zesto Leto preamp driving it . It cost the same as a CJ , Mac, or any other amp in the same league and yes it was worth the wait and cost. Matt promised me an exceptional amp and he delivered in a big way.
  18. Just arrived , Toolshed Amps 300b. Initial impressions are excellent . Exceptional quality build , big Soundstage and excellent grip on drums and bass guitar. Midrange and upper registers are beautifully rendered. Sounds amazing.
  19. Both great speakers. I have Forte IV , they are a better fit for my space. If I had a bigger room I probably would have chosen CW but absolutely no regrets
  20. I love my Forte IV , they sound great and are the perfect size
  21. 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.
  22. You don’t NEED one….. but once you have a truly great one, I doubt you would go back to passive…..
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