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Cornwall III vs. Forte III

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I have been researching both the Cornwall III and Forte III for a few months.  I've read every review of each I can find on each.  I have no way to listen to both sets of speakers locally.  I want speakers for mainly classic rock and country music in my my Game Room which is 28'X22'. I just purchased a Peachtree Audio nova300 amplifier to pair with the speakers.  They are close enough in cost to where that's not an issue.  Which speakers should I get?  

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21 minutes ago, GreenGoose said:

I have been researching both the Cornwall III and Forte III for a few months.  I've read every review of each I can find on each.  I have no way to listen to both sets of speakers locally.  I want speakers for mainly classic rock and country music in my my Game Room which is 28'X22'. I just purchased a Peachtree Audio nova300 amplifier to pair with the speakers.  They are close enough in cost to where that's not an issue.  Which speakers should I get?  

 

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GreenGoose,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

Considering they are similarly priced, I would opt for the Forte' III due to them being limited production, limited release.  At least initially.

 

Bill

 

 

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1 hour ago, GreenGoose said:

I have been researching both the Cornwall III and Forte III for a few months.  I've read every review of each I can find on each.  I have no way to listen to both sets of speakers locally.  I want speakers for mainly classic rock and country music in my my Game Room which is 28'X22'. I just purchased a Peachtree Audio nova300 amplifier to pair with the speakers.  They are close enough in cost to where that's not an issue.  Which speakers should I get?  

 

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to A/B the Forte lll and the Cornwall lll.  Speaker switching box, with the same gain on each speaker.

The difference was jaw-dropping.  Disregarding price, the CW lll just smoked the Forte lll  IMHO  

tc

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7 minutes ago, IB Slammin said:

Disregarding price, the CW lll just smoked the Forte lll  IMHO  

Serious question, what does that mean?

 

Bill

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11 minutes ago, willland said:

Serious question, what does that mean?

 

Bill

 

It means that the CW sounded very much better to me and another forum member.

tc

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1 hour ago, Woofers and Tweeters said:

Both

 

What are you using now?

 

I'm not using anything in the game room now.  It's new.  In my living room I currently have RP-280FA fronts, RC-64II center, CDT-5800-C II surrounds and R-115SW sub on an Anthem MRX720.  I love this setup for movie watching.  I would like something from the Heritage series for music in the game room. 

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24 minutes ago, IB Slammin said:

 

It means that the CW sounded very much better to me and another forum member.

tc

No I am serious.  No sarcasm intended at all.  Better, meaning what exactly?:unsure:  Bigger sound, better imaging/soundstage, more detailed, more punch, more natural.

 

Bill

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That's not a small room you're trying to fill. I have not AB them. The specs show that the Cornwall digs deeper and since they're larger....

 

The Forte was never a slouch. Have always said that for sound, size or money, the Forte takes 2 out of 3..if not all three.  

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Which midrange horn do you prefer? This and the other attributes are so close that I think it comes down to personal preference. Maybe there is a dealer close by that will let you hear both in your room. Barring that, I would choose the Forte III because I am original owner of the Forte II. A Cornwall owner could justify the Cornwall III just as easily...

 

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Bill,

Can't respond. Seems to disappear after a few lines........  How could that be? Is Marketing looking in ????    Just kidding.    Will try later.

tc

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Well my vote is for a cornwall new or older model . Since in a game room and might get rough treatment I would opt for used older one. 

They are both over my head new in price.

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20 hours ago, IB Slammin said:

 

Bill,

Can't respond. Seems to disappear after a few lines........  How could that be? Is Marketing looking in ????    Just kidding.    Will try later.

tc

 

Another try.....

Both were placed 8-10' from the wall. No corner or wall gain. 

The Forte sounded more subdued. Top to bottom.  A little "polite" for my taste. Like a speaker that I would use in my office or bedroom.

The CW was robust. Much larger sound. Tight and fast LF. Top to bottom "in your face".

Can't comment on Imaging for ether.  CW having a larger soundstage.  Detail was nice in both speakers.

tc

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12 minutes ago, IB Slammin said:

Both were placed 8-10' from the wall. No corner or wall gain. 

8 to 10 feet would definitely be detrimental to the forte.

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6 hours ago, IB Slammin said:

 

How clever...troll

If that was true, that makes you the sucker that took the bait.

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Without hearing both..at the same time. I am trolling without a motor but I am willing to learn. 

 

I have had a few sets of Forte I and II. I have, happily, moved them all over rooms to find their 'home' spot. When right, the Forte can produce a full sound stage, < that means a lot. The Forte used to dig deeper than the Cornwall (AND, all other Klipsch) and the Cornwall never was known for their overpowering mids. 

 

Deepening the bass, correcting the mids and sharpening the highs with Ti, should make Cornwalls ready to school the Forte3 ..and many others.

 

Chorus II VS Chornwall3, anyone?  

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Chorus II and Cornwall III are on my want list, but I'd go for a Cornwall II if I ever find a deal. I think I've never seen used Corny III.s. 

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