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Chorus II vs. Forte II (a small review)


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I'm still dieing to know.

My experience with the forte's has been quite different from this review. My room is 12' X 30', full of soft funature (ie sofa, love seat), is set up length ways and my room reverberates from the bass when pushing 92dbs. Yeah, I need treatments soon. 101dbs is pointless for anything critical in my room.

I remember the Chorus's having more bass so no argument there, but not as deep.

On paper, the Forte's deeper response is from their cabinet size matching the spec's of the woofer. Where the Chorus does not, and actually needs a bigger cabinet than it has now to get as low as a Forte. In my experience and on paper the Forte's went almost as low as the ksw-150 sub, only a 1hz difference. Yes, it's rolled off some below 50hz but they do create a very noticable 35hz.

So I have to ask, how big is this room, and were their any room treatments, are you driving them with a HT receiver?

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Bob-

Great review, and welcome to the forum. Your's posted as I was drafting my reply, so I didn't see it until mine posted. We have virtually the same system and our path to upgrades is very similar. When I bought my Forte IIs, I stretched my budget to get those over the Quartet, a fine speaker in its own right. But I did prefer the overall sound package of the Chorus II; I just couldn't afford it.

Our thoughts were similar on box size and weight. It's almost easy to move the Fortes around alone while you could use help with the Chorus. Your thoughts about replacing either of these speakers is right on...find a good pair of either speaker and you'll do very well.

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  • 3 months later...

If i can remember back to when I had my forte II's i remember them having incredible low bass.. I have the chorus II's now and still awesome bass but not as low as i recall from the forte II's. I think the issue lies in the fact that the chorus definetly has more dynamic bass from 40hz up which makes it sound more bass-heavy. I simply remember the forte being one of the best speakers ive ever heard in my life, and its echoed by the chorus. In fact I probably like the chorus better but both are incredible.

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As for the upper ranges...The Chorus has more presence, and in general just sounded more effortless at the high listening volume of 101db.

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Years ago I had the opportunity to have all three, Chorus IIs, Forte IIs, and Quartets at my disposal for a couple of weeks. Although I wouldn't disagree with anything you stated (nice job!), what "I" discovered was rising the height of Forte IIs and Quartets such that the tweeters of all three existed in the same plane, did wonders to equalize their overall tonal quality (in a 12' x 25" room). As far as 'bigger' sound, the Chorus's won hands down, but really shined in very large rooms... where the other two could get kind of lost

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  • 7 years later...

Great review Sean.... When I first heard the Forte II at a co-workers house, I knew I had to have them. Then I made the mistake of walking into the Klipsch showroom to look at the Forte's. The Chorus IIs came home with me $1500 later. That was in 1991. I've had them since. Unfortunately, I don't utilize them to their potential very often anymore, so I am seriously contemplating a sale so that I can purchase an electric guitar and amp. It will be a hard decision, as these are the best normal home-sized speakers that I have ever heard. I'm not sure I really want to give them up, so the selling price will reflect that.

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jhawk,

You have the setup I always wanted.... Chorus IIs on the front and Forte IIs on the rear..... I have a set of Paradigm bookshelfs on the rear and they just get drowned out... and if I want to crank it up, I have to shut the rear off or lose the speakers.

PS. The Paradigms were my first set as your Forte's were yours.

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  • 9 months later...

A good review. I live in an apartment and I have the Forte II's, they sound great as long as they are placed right. I use a Quartet as a center channel. I have a pair of RF-3's in another room, they are two different animals, but both are good pets.

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Do not read this and think the Fortes have no bass, or bad bass... this is not true, it was shaking the house with bass... it just does not have as much or as deep as the Choruses.

I suspect that the Forte's gaskets are compressed and are leaking. If you gently push in on the woofer, the passive should move out and gradually move back. If the passive goes out then right back then your speaker gaskets are leaking. I used rope caulk to seal all my drivers including the passive radiator. I also have my Forte's about 16" from the rear wall.

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As an owner of a set of Forte II's and a Quartet center, I do love the sound stage and balance of the Forte II's. There are very few speakers that can hold a candle to the FII's, By this time I have replaced woofers and diaphragms for both sqwaker and tweeter, in addition to new crossover networks. I have done the woofer and diaphragms in my Chorus center. It seems like whenever a new video game is previewed or friends want to just kick back and chill, they come to my house.

I have a mediocre receiver Yamaha, the RX-V361, it has a lot of power (100 watts/channel x 5). Rarely do I go above -40 db gain on my receiver. Jimi Hendrix with the "Band of Gypsies" , probably his best period. The Forte II's create a spacious sound stage with just the right amount of bass and wide open midrange and a brilliant but not brash high end. Music is done two channel, I use the center for movies and video games.

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I recently had the opportunity to purchase a pair of Chorus for little money ($400). I heard them and loved them, as much as I love my Forte II's. They are bigger and have a bit more punch @ the 40 -50Hz area. Was it worth getting another large pair of boxes for the marginal improvement, nope, not for me. By the time I'd be done with new crossovers, diaphragms, etc. it just ain't worth it. Either way you go, it's a great listening experience.

Back in the day, these guys were around $1000 a pair, I should've bought two pair and saved twice as much. I like both the Forte II and Chorus, they are part of the Heritage line, a line of great speakers, designed by a group of people that really knew how to design speakers. Of course I love the fact that these speakers were hand made in Hope and that it was easy to replace everything that I needed to update.

Okay, I'm convinced, I'll go out and get the Chorus, for $400 a pair I've got nothing to lose.

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