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  1. 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.



  2. “If you were to hand me your amplifier and not allow me to look inside it or anything, just allow me to measure some in and out characteristics I will build you an amplifier that sounds identical and nobody would be able to tell the difference in a blind test. Your amp could be tubes and my amp could be solid state but still have the same sonic attributes, by nature of course I will try and accomplish this as inexpensive as possible too.”


    I call “ BULLSHIT” here.  One of the funniest things I think I’ve ever read

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  3. 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

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  4. 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






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  5. 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.   

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  6. 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.   

  7. 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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  8. I have owned the Forte IV since February...   Fido and I were amongst the first owners of these awesome speakers .  They are the best speakers I've ever owned , and I have owned several decent ones over the years.   I have been running a pair of Quicksilver 40 watt mono amps and it is such a great match.... so you don't have to break the bank to be rewarded with realistic , true to life sound.


    I wasn't even looking to purchase new speakers.  I had a pair of Heresy III, a fine speaker but made the mistake of listening to the Heresy IV while buying my daughter a sound bar .


    I also listened to the Forte III and almost bought them but I got a little advance notice that the Forte IV would be out soon and thats what I ended up with.  It was worth the wait and the premium over the III.

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