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The specs on the benchmark AHB2 are crazy good but the parasound A21 is no slouch by any means. Not worth the expense to upgrade imho. I think I will stick with my kit for awhile which was good advice. I haven’t upgraded in awhile so I got the itch and got ahead of myself. I have to wait a bit for the speakers but will post back towards the end of the year with my impressions

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Specs don't tell the sound.   I'm sure the benchmark would spank the parasound.   However, the parasound A21 used or new super discounted right now before they are gone would make an exceptional value.   

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4 hours ago, Westcoastdrums said:

 

 Sorry. Why bother to have a hifI system if you feel there is no difference between anything? 

 

Never said that.  ..There is no audible difference b/w amps that are engineered to be linear w/in their operating limits, is what I said.  This excludes poorly engineered tube amps or any amp that is a poor match for it speakers in terms of efficiency and expected SPL's in a given listening environment.

 

All credible evidence suggests that your hifi systems is pretty much all about your choice in speakers.  ..And the OP made a good choice in that regard.  

 

http://ethanwiner.com/audiophoolery.html

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I’ve got two Elekit TU-H82 snap together kit amps that sound remarkable (6 watts). Rolling the 12AU7s is great fun! It’s a toy really, and for $300 it’ll turn your head. Or, The NuForce DDA-120 sounds fantastic with Belles + subwoofer. It can be found for $250. Your Fortes will likely be fine with any well thought out device upstream.

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1 hour ago, CCNJ said:

The specs on the benchmark AHB2 are crazy good but the parasound A21 is no slouch by any means. Not worth the expense to upgrade imho. I think I will stick with my kit for awhile which was good advice. I haven’t upgraded in awhile so I got the itch and got ahead of myself. I have to wait a bit for the speakers but will post back towards the end of the year with my impressions

You are correct.....A21 is running 25% off list.....which is a good bargain.....good call

 

George

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I've got some forte III's on the way too. Bought a Yamaha A-S801 integrated amp in silver to pair them with. Hopefully they play well with each other. 

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_022AS801S/Yamaha-A-S801-Silver.html

 

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1 minute ago, Kman said:

I've got some forte III's on the way too. Bought a Yamaha A-S801 integrated amp in silver to pair them with. Hopefully they play well with each other. 

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_022AS801S/Yamaha-A-S801-Silver.html

 

Please give us an update when you get it all fired up.

 

Bill

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I will. there was a bit of a mix up on the speaker order so they are a bit delayed. Hopefully on their way soon. As soon as they get in and hook them up I will. I've been staring at my yamaha for two weeks now doing nothing. patience is a virtue.....

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20 hours ago, CCNJ said:

I would love to hear from members that have experimented and have found a good pairing with Forte’s or other heritage speakers. 

 

Congrats on your first Klipsch speakers.  They were designed by Roy Delgado, who has a great rep, has been with Klipsch for about forty years, and worked closely with PWK.

 

If you do 50% HT, you should have electronics that are at least 5.1, which will allow you to play wonderful multichannel SACD and DVD-A music disks, as well as your movies (you will need a player that supports SACD and DVD-A).  A good combo would be 1) A good, multichannel, pre-amp processor (pre-pro or AVP), preferably one with Audyssey, like one of the better Marantz pre-pros, AND 2) A good, multichannel power amp by (in approximate order of quality -- by reputation -- from best on down, depending on budget) Luxman, Parasound, NAD, Maramtz.  "Separates" probably have more honest specs (especially re: power and distortion), more capable power supplies, and better heat dissipation.

 

I have had great results with my Heritage (Klipschorn AK4s, Belle Klipsch, Heresy II) with both Luxman and NAD.  Parasound has John Curl's sterling reputation.  My Marantz pre-pro is wonderful, and is quieter (important with efficient speakers) than the NAD pre-pro I used to have (a surprise!).

 

It will take a while to find just the right placement for your Forte IIIs.   Toe them in toward the listening position.  Make sure you don't block the passive radiator, but position them near a wall or corner, anyway.   Most people love them after break-in and correct placement. 

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A classic looking beauty.  I heard/read that the variable loudness control is very well designed.

 

Bill

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The Marantz has built in DAC AND room correction which is a huge help and getti g quality sound with differing room conditions versus trying to eq manually. 

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