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  1. One huge benefit with USC is that it removes all static electricity. No need for an special agent. I use about 70% tap water, 30% isopropynol and a few drops of Photo-Flo.
  2. 4 ohm outputs will not harm anything. What sounds best for you is the right choice.
  3. I've finally reached nirvana with the Forte III, thanks to a Class D integrated amp. My scepticism toward Class D is gone with the wind. Last weekend I got my Burmester 101. This chrome plated German has a really big analog power supply and a class D power amplifier. Burmester has developed their own proprietary Class D module. Both the module and the amp itself is assembled by hand in their Berlin factory. It's the cheapest amp they sell, but still not very cheap... The Forte III has never sounded so good. Especially in the bass department. Burmester digs deep with a lot of slam. More important, the bass response is very controlled and precise with decent speed. Midrange is very detailed, precise and clean, but never over-analytical due to the added warmth. Treble sounds a bit dim but is full of the faintest detail. Sounds very realistic to me. The Burmester 101 replace my Line Magnetic 218ia SET-amp. It is better in every way, and costs about twice the LM. Well, to be honest, the magical presentation of vocals on the SET-amp is very hard to beat, but thats all. I think/hope it's my end amp. Amp standings on Forte III so far: 1. Burmester 101 2. PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium with KT120. 3. Line Magnetic 218 4. Burmester 051 5. Rega Brio
  4. I tried a PrimaLuna with KT150 tubes for some days. It was really good. Very close to my LM218 SET, but lacked the SET-amps magic midrange. That said, I was impressed with it’s PRAT, due to more power I guess. Clearly better than LM.
  5. Thanks man! Yeah, it's German u now;)
  6. Out of the blue, this shiny piece from Germany took the SET-amps place. I guess it will stay there for a long time. A very good match to the Forte III, with it's transparent and very detailed sound. Yet still, an organic midrange with some warmth. Bass response has become tight, articulate and deep. So, what about the LM 218 SET amp with new tubes and NOS Mullard? I don't know. One thing's for sure; nothing(?) beats the presence and weightless presentation of voices from a SET-amp. Someday I will switch between those two very different amps, play a handfull of well known songs, write down some notes and maybe publish the result here.
  7. Hello! I have some experience with HIII and Line Magnetic. First amp was LM216 with KT88. Not bad, but not the best combination in my room. LM218 SET amp was a huge improvement. (845 tubes from Psvane, Gold Lion KT88 driver tubes, and NOS Mullard preamp tubes) Close to heaven for me. Warmer, colourful and fluid sounding. Huge soundstage. Just better in every way. Vocals are extremely realistic. HIII just an inch from the wall and directly on the floor, to get the best bass response. I’ve tried them on stands - and closer to listening posistion - with no luck. Still have both 218 and HIII, but for the moment replaced by Forte III and a integrated Burmester. Better bass response and very, very detailed sound with a beautiful midrange warmth. Still, I miss that midrange and snappy bass from HIII and 218. It’s very addictive. Good luck! EDIT: Here's what Steve Huff has to say about Heresy III http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/klipsch-heresy-iii-speaker-review-im-floored-and-here-is-why/
  8. To be honest, I’m considering many things. Mostly solid state. Right now I have borrowed another integrated tube amp; PrimaLuna Dialogue with KT120. Seems to be a better match than the LM SET-amp. Sounds really great! Best I’ve heard on my Forte III so far. I’m also interested in a almost new McIntosh MA 5200 for sale in Norway these days. $3600 is still a lot of money, and I find It hard to splash out without knowing the result... Anyone tried a big Mac or PrimaLuna on FIII?
  9. https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sunn_O)))/612/
  10. Sorry, have not, but I am very curious. Keep us updated!
  11. Same experience at my place. FIII is in another league, compared to the HIIIs they replaced. Fuller sound. More impressive. Still, they lack the smooth, balanced sound from the Heresy. Yesterday I disconnected the 22W SET amp from Line Magnetic and hooked up my old workhorse, Classé CAP-150. 2x150 bold and warm transistor watt from the Canadian hi-end company. Got the sense of losing resolution immediately. Sounds muddy and dark compared to the SET-amp with NOS Mullard preamp tubes. BUT it grows on me! Now I can play bad recordings without ear fatigue. It’s actually very detailed, and dare I say more natural sounding? More forgiving at least. The SET-amp and Heresy was a match made in heaven. On Forte not so much in my room. Thinking about selling the SET-amp and try a Luxman, McIntosh etc. Does it make sense? Tubes and horns and all that...
  12. I guess the speaker placement is very room dependent. No strict rules here. My FIII’s is 12" from the wall, for the moment, but hasn’t decided on finale placement. These things take time...
  13. Same experience here. Seven weeks since I hooked them up, and they still grow on me. I'm fully aware of my ears still are adapting to the new sound, but that's just half the story here. The Fortes are changing. No doubt about it. Same story with my Heresy III, which needed several hundred hours to tame the midrange harsness... These days I’m planning a makeover in my living room. Will move my stereo system to another wall so I can give the Fortes more space from the wall. 10" is not enough in my room. I find them to be a bit too bass heavy - to my taste.
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