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  1. Hey All. I posted last year about my Forte I restoration project, and wanted to follow up on my experience. Once I finished the Forte, I started a second larger format horn project with a pair of Altec Lansing A8's pulled from an old theater in San Diego. I've been running those for several months, and am now back to using the Forte with my latest amp - the Toolshed Amps Euphoria Stereo 45. Matt Formanek is no stranger to these forums, so you may already be familiar. If not, I recommend his site - http://toolshedamps.com for more photos and specs, etc. Disclaimer: I helped Matt build his site this winter. (Donated my time) I've no incentive to write/post reports, outside of wanting to share the excellent quality of TS Amps with you folks here. I bought my E45 last summer, and have been driving both the Altec's and Forte with it since. Being a flea-watt amp, I didn't expect much - if I'm honest - despite the Forte's 98db rating. My listening space is small (13'x10'x9') and quiet, so I don't need much power to get where I want to go with playback. I have a great digital chain and a nice analog setup (Clearaudio Concept 'table w/2M Blue, and Lounge Audio LCR MKIII phono pre) running directly into the E45. I had Matt build mine as an integrated, because I intended to use it primarily as a headphone amp. It has both headphone and speaker outputs, and will switch between 8 and 16 ohms. I also use Audioquest Nighthawks as my primary headphone. While ultimately I do intend to get another more powerful amp, this setup is very satisfying driving both speakers and headphones. First, it's very quiet for a DHT amp. Even with 'phones, I hear only the slightest hum when no music is playing. There's no hum pot on the E45. It's extremely quiet for this type of design. Of course, the 45 tube is known for low distortion, great tone and timbre, and tremendous insight...I'm loathe to use 'detailed' as a description but it is that. 2 watts or so of output limits it's use, but for Klipsch Heritage owners, this is perhaps less of an issue. For the past couple weeks, I've had the Forte back in the room (actually selling them, and am happy now there's been little interest!). Whoa. Running the amp about 1:00 or '7 to 8' on the dial, and I'm getting (dependent on the material) excellent drive and power from this pair. Describing sound is kind of silly - so subjective - but, this rig does exactly what I want from my hifi. It's delivering the nuance of a performance, realistic tone, plenty of scale and drive in my space. No, it won't deliver pants flapping low end, or ultimate grip and control of those big lf drivers, but that's not what this design is about, ya? Again, I'll be grabbing another 10-20 watt amp later on. That said, the bass has enough control and reach for my space and preferences. My listening preferences are all over the map - from heavy rock, jazz, electronic, limited hip hop and some classical. In the end this experience confirms for me that the heritage line easily competes with other modern designs, and of course does the 'live' music sound better than most. If your preferences lean more toward nuance and a realistic tone, vs muscle and scale, then a DHT amp may be worth looking into.
  2. Time to clear the house - I'm providing links to my posts covering the Forte project, instead of dropping the photos here. Will add photos of the Dynaco soon. I've a pair of Forte I that have been restored/upgraded with Crites crossovers (also upgraded with some nice parts) new Ti tweeter diaphragms. Original mid drivers, lf drivers, and passives. They sound beautiful. Cosmetically rough - I stripped the black paint and stained the veneer underneath. These were purchased last year, and were not cared for prior to my purchase - the stands should be rebuilt, I think. Many spots where the veneer is gone. A good purchase if you're wanting to restore the cabinets. Again, they sound awesome, so also good if you're less concerned with the look. I have the grills too - one badge missing. They look worn, and never used them. Asking $800 http://thenewold.co/the-vintage-project-klipsch-forte-crossover-updates/ http://thenewold.co/the-vintage-project-forte-i-stands/ http://thenewold.co/the-vintage-project-klipsch-forte-i-great-lows-and-no-highs/ http://thenewold.co/the-vintage-project-klipsch-forte-i-listening/ http://thenewold.co/the-vintage-project-klipsch-forte-i-almost-finished/ Also have a Dynaco ST70 I traded for last year. DIYtube mods installed by another owner. Sounds good. Including the full tube complement. Asking $500 Finally, I've a Dynaco ST150 amp. Not sure of it's history, but I've had it on the shelf for years. It's working, though likely needs a cleaning and recap. Power switch is always on, so also needs to be fixed. Asking $100 Will consider fair offers on all of these. Prefer local pickup, so you can see and listen to them. Thanks, Darren
  3. Klipsch Forte

    I have found a pair of Forte for $550. "Nice shape. Couple of scuffs on cabinet.Sound great." is the only comment. Newbie to forum, and utter novice to values and such. It seems like a good deal. I will audition them before purchase. Any comments would be appreciated.
  4. in zip 60137.....$500 for the pair obo
  5. KD-13 passives

    I along with others here have had no end of grief finding KD-13 drones for old Fortes. I have been informed that Klipsch has run a new batch of these and they are once again available as OEM.
  6. Adding to my confusion of Heresy and KLF20s.. Just picked up a almost mint pair of original Fortes! $500 Canadian. I had to jump on them! Now how to get them into the house and down to the basement with out the wife knowing.... Flowers, champagne and a spa gift certificates should do it! https://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/ouest-de-lile-qc/klipsch-fortes/1321970360?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
  7. Heresy II vs Forte

    Morning all, My last foray into classic Klipsch was a set of Forte where I couldn’t survive the demo. Possibly part of it was the hard room, and possibly part of it was the Carver receiver it was hooked up to. However, I left them at the seller’s home, as their sound was not for me. Now a set of Heresy II have come available locally, and I am curious to if they are worth pursuing, based on my experiece with the Fortes? Welcome your options, friendly Klipsch community.
  8. Here's a very nice pair of Klipsch Forte II's in walnut. Very close to excellent condition with just a few blemishes and minor signs of wear. These are fully functional and sound great. These are one of my favorite Klipsch models that seem to fly under the radar. I'll have more photos available shortly. Until then feel free to view the videos below of the actual speakers for sale. Note two different mic setups were used in the videos. Offering these on the Klipsch forum before moving to other outlets. Details: Item: Klipsch Forte II in oiled walnut Location: Franklin, PA 16323 Price: $650 Shipping: No boxes, Uship possible with buyer making all arrangements Trades: Prefer sale, but might consider preamp as partial trade NOS Valves Scott 299c in videos will also be for sale shortly. PM me for details/price. Zoom H1 mic Internal mic on Sony A7ii Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr Klipsch Forte II by Audio Database, on Flickr
  9. Forte II Western Mass

    Pair Forte IIs with DeanG X-over mod.Good condition. Some scuffs, chips. Function 100%. Will not ship, sorry. $750.
  10. WTB Risers for Forte 1's

    I am looking for a pair of Forte 1 Risers to buy. Someone out there must have taken them off theirs and has them sitting around somewhere, Preferably Walnut finish but I'm not that picky.
  11. RF 82 ii vs Forte I

    Hi guys, I am buying my first set of Klipsch speakers off Craiglist. I can buy RF 82 ii (pair) for $450 or Forte I (pair) for $450 as well. The RF 82 ii's are practically new and come with all the original packaging. The Forte I's are with their second owner right now. From the Craiglist ad: "Great condition, dusty from storage when picture taken, clean now and look very nice. They work fine, no rubs, buzzes, or broken parts. There is a ~1/4" veneer chip on 1 base and 1 passive radiator has a wrinkled as shown. 2nd adult owner, not abused, no pets, and a non-smoking home." They look gorgeous in the photo with an oak finish. Obviously I should listen to both to see which I prefer, but I would love to hear your guys' expert feedback. Thank you, James
  12. Pair of Fortes

    Two Fortes for sale in North Virginia/DC area. Perfect condition. $500 or best offer.
  13. Question about "good sound" and harmonics. Had a problem with a set of Forte I's I picked up; believed my problem was in the mid-range ... primary tones; but (after installing Crites tweeter diaphragms) now think the 2nd, 3rd, etc harmonics come through via the tweeters and produce the richness in sound that I was missing. Would very much like to hear some comments on this (or links to explanations). (Added note to the "some of the" experts on this forum; Yes, tried searching this site for many hours ... but probably missed page 78 on thread # 12643. Sorry Some of us "newbies" are still trying to learn ) Many thanks, Emile
  14. Apologize; know this has been done many times before But ... just got a new pair of Forte I's and was not impressed. My Cornwall I's and even my KG4's sounded much better Have ordered some Crites TI diaphragms to see it it would resolve my problem Tried many, many music files ... Rock ( Jimi Hendrix; All along the Watchtower) to jazz (Keiko Matsui) , film music (Country by Charles Gross, tracks 11 and 13 - used to be my favorite to check my amps/speakers) to classical (Itzhak Perlman, Paganini Concerto No.1) and Beethoven's Symphony 9 ( Part 4; choral, "alle menschen werden bruder"). Anyone for "better" test music? Many thanks! Emile
  15. Hi, New to the forum, but used it many, many times and appreciated all the reviews/opinions. Got my first Klipsch in the 80's ... Cornwall I's. Still have them and will never "part" with them Cornwall's are hooked up to a Marantz 2252B, coupled with a A/V system with KG3.2's, Kg1.5's, KG5.2's (rear) and a KV2 center. Seperate room has a Marantz 1060 ( and tube amp Pilot 230) hooked up to KG4.'s. So; picked up a set of really nice (stock) Forte I's for this room. Thought they would "blow away" the KG4's ... but NO. The Forte's sound good, but not any better than the KG4's. Bass is a little deeper, but mid-range seems better on the KG4's ... OK; I admit the KG4's have Crites Titanium diaphragms . Would appreciate any advice/comments. Many thanks, Emile
  16. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  17. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  18. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  19. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  20. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  21. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  22. Macassar Ebony Forte

    My pair of Macassar Ebony Fortes bought new but stored away for years. Recently refreshed the wood to minimize some bumps and bruises and, primarily, to undo an ill-advised refinishing job from a long while back. Did a mild upgrade to crossovers replacing electrolic (because of age) and upgrading the caps on the tweeters to basic Dayton Metalized Polypropylene and a nicer Dayton resistor. Don't do much "critical" listening where I'm using them so that's probably as far as I'll go with the crossovers. Did, however, find that I had at some point replaced one of the tweeter diaphragms and the two speakers didn't match so used that as an excuse to get a pair of the Crites titanium replacements. Probably do a little more work on the cabinets at some point but liking things enough as-is after rearranging the "small" system in the living room to accomodate I'm just going to enjoy them for a while. Purchased when I was in college and working part time at a stereo shop. Last pair of Fortes made in this finish with inspection stickers signed by the man himself.
  23. Washington State Fortes $425

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-KLIPSCH-FORTE-SPEAKERS-IN-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-/201989500280?hash=item2f07832d78:g:uGoAAOSwvjdZXvgJ
  24. WTB: Forte II

    Anyone here in the southeast US looking to sell their Forte II's? Would prefer Walnut but I'm interested in just about any finish as long as the speakers themselves are in good condition. Have had two Craigslist deals fall through for me when I had them bought over the last two months and I figured I'd give this a shot. Located in Alabama but willing to drive the distance for the right deal. Thanks!
  25. I somehow managed to tear the passive radiator on one of my beloved Forte IIs during a recent move. Looking for a spare one since Klipsch doesn't manufacture/sell them anymore.
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