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  1. Buddy,  I hear you...   I have been throwing money in a box for the past year, sold several items , and got a generous trade in...  I fully intended to buy the Forte III but it worked out better than planned


    I only pull out the plastic to get the points...   I’ll only spend on this hobby if I have the cash.   I will only audition something without bringing cash because I fall in love easily too...  I sleep on it and then pull the trigger.  This is the only thing I indulge in where I can be an impulsive buyer so I need to be careful    


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  2. I know , I hate to be so brag-adocious.....but they are AWESOME !!!    I was listening to Rubber Soul last night and couldn't believe I was listening to a 55 year old recording.   Only problem with these speakers is they are not very forgiving with poor recordings, but put on a great track and prepare to be blown away  



  3. I really try to buy Made In USA....  specifically with tools and audio gear.   My new Forte IV were obviously made with love by the fine folks in Hope.   Thank you to everyone on the production line that made these for me.   The fit and finish is excellent,  as it should be .   I was expecting a lot for my $$$ and you guys delivered.  They are awesome !!!      


    My other gear made in USA:


    Conrad Johnson Classic 2SE pre 


    Quicksilver Mid Monos


    Quicksilver Headphone Amp


    Grado RS 2e


    Equi Tech son of Q


    AQ and  Nordost  Cables






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  4. I like EL 34...  currently I'm using KT 77 , which in my amp put out 40 watts.   More than enough to drive the Heresy III that I was using.  Plenty of power for new Forte IV.  Like a EL 34 on steroids,  great bass and better top end but with plenty of that awesome midrange that family of tubes is known for.  

  5. I just re-tubed with some Gold Lion KT 77 and they compliment these speakers very well.  I'm glad I took a forum members advice to wait for the "upcoming Forte IV" , a while before it was announced or leaked.  I had been throwing money in a box for the past year not quite knowing what for...


    After some experimenting with placement I still felt the bass was a little wooly....  the tubes I was using were pretty old, they have a lot of hours on them.   After pulling the speakers away from the wall and putting them a little wider apart the sound was better balanced and fresh tubes really make them sing.   Curious to see what the press and other users have to say about them.  They really have the dynamics,tone and realism I was hoping to get in a small box.  Small compared to its big brothers....

  6. The Cornwalls are wide but shallow, you won't be disappointed....I think they look big next to the Heresy but are compact compared to K Horn....so if the room is 18 x 16 they may be fine.   but I don't think you'd be disappointed with the Forte IV, they throw a huge Soundstage.   

  7. I can't stop listening to them.......  they are voiced so well.  Im using a pair of Mid Mono Quicksilvers with Gold Lion KT88 and the sound is addictive.   These speakers have exceeded my expectations.  No Bullshit....

  8. I would have also liked to be able to fit Cornwalls....I heard the IV and they are incredible, but like you said the Forte is a much better fit for my space.  They sound huge !!!  For me they are the perfect fit,  they aren't too obtrusive  but have a large sense of scale.  I don't have surround , but movies through these and a sub are awesome .   


    Last night I was throwing all kinds of music at them and I was amazed what I was missing in that critical mid bass area, where small speakers can't go and where subwoofers shouldn't go.   These need no sub , but there is material that goes down low so I set my sub's low pass really low with a steep slope.  It barely kicks in and it doesn't muddy the sound .   

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