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Old 05-02-2018, 07:22 PM
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Default Forte III and Cornwall III sonics

Hello all,

I'd really appreciate your impressions and/or comments regarding the Forte III's as well as the Cornwall III's. In speakers I really listen for dynamics, impact and high frequency detail and extension, especially while listening at lower levels late at night.

For reference, I have a pair of Zu Audio Dirty with the Clarity Cap upgrade that I like alot.

I have had Proac Response D2 (nice speaker but always sounded like it was trying too hard in the bass department), Omega Super Alnico monitors, Harbeth Super 5HL Plus, Magnepan's (great cohesiveness and imaging), Salk SS8's (great speaker but a touch too sterile for me), and many others.

Of all these the Zu's have been the most fun, pleasing and my favorite to date.

Wondering what either of the Klipsch's offer?

Thanks,

Tim
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:59 PM
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The primary difference between the Forte III and Cornwall III is that the Forte uses Tractrix high and mid horns vs. Exponential horns for the Cornwall. The Tractrix profile horns, especially the mid, are going to provide a cleaner and more detailed sound with less distortion.
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Nice. Interesting TT/TA and 845 integrated amp next to it. Not familiar with either.
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GeAllan70,

Very nice setup! Tell me what you hear when listening to the Fortes please. As I mentioned I value dynamics, detail, extended highs with realistic decaying sounding cymbals, clear midrange and defined bass. I don't care for earth shattering bass just as long as I can follow a bass line.

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BuffaloBill,

Thanks for the comments. How about as far as the treble and highs?

Care to mention what speakers you've had that you like the Fortes or Cornwalls better than? A point of reference is always helpful.

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For reference, here's my current setup.
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not mine.... was just putting a reference picture up....

would like to try the Forte III with my low output SET EL84....

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BuffaloBill,

Care to mention what speakers you've had that you like the Fortes or Cornwalls better than? A point of reference is always helpful.

Thanks,

Tim
I like horn loaded speakers better than all direct radiating speakers, regardless of brand. Reducing distortion, especially in the most important midrange, is important if you want to hear all the details in the music. I listen to Klipsch P-37F speakers as I believe they represent the best from the brand and offer critical advantages over the notable German brands.

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The primary difference between the Forte III and Cornwall III is that the Forte uses Tractrix high and mid horns vs. Exponential horns for the Cornwall. The Tractrix profile horns, especially the mid, are going to provide a cleaner and more detailed sound with less distortion.


The Cornwall III uses the same mid-range horn as the the Heresy III which is a Tractrix Horn.
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