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This is the downstairs system. The main purpose of this system is to test/verify that any repairs, upgrades or restorations I do are functioning properly.

This system stays as is, but I have a Citation IV preamp that may replace the Forte after upgrades/refurb is complete.
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    • N H T 1.5
    Unforgiving with the wrong equipment - beautiful when done right.
    • Harman Kardon Citation V
    Smaller sibling to the famous Citation II. Updated with Jim McShane's Level 2 PS kit, capacitor kits & tube sockets. Also upgraded RCAs and 5 way binding posts, some grounding adjustments. SED 6L6GC, GE 6FQ7 & Sylvania/JAN 12BY7
    • Forte Model 2
    I bought this just to tweak - have Black Gates & UF4007 diodes in PS. All unnecessary wires & switches removed and or grounded the rest of the internal wiring has been replaced with silver - no more channel crosstalk!
    • Rotel RDD-980
    Nice Philips CD9 transport
    • Adcom GDA-600
    Modified with paralled DACs
    • Acoustic Research XA
    Received this as a basket case for free. Made a new base & mounted a Luxman PD272 arm - sounds fabulous for what it is. I had no idea that the Luxman arm could sound so good!
    • Fisher FM-50b
    Another excellent Fisher tuner.
    • Blaupunkt ex-console now a rack
    Console was gutted, carefully cut in half and extensively fortified with 3/4
    • Target HR-60 Speaker Stands
    Another great Audiogon deal!

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Owner
Compared to my Pass Aleph P, the Forte had a noticeable "electronic" sound. The BGs and diodes removed much of this. I used silver wire just because I find it particularly clear but neutral in preamps - silver is very nice in small amounts. I removed and grounded un-used inputs (every other input as per the selector SW) just to remove crosstalk between sources. Overall, the Forte is a little more quiet and a little more natural sounding.

Maybe someday I'll finish it off with dual regulated power supplies and perhaps a stepped attenuator. Overall, the design is fantastic for an opamp based pre - there's really not much to improve on in the audio circuitry. The phonostage is one of the finest I've come across.

woodmann

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How did the mods on the Forte change the character of its sound? I have one and I am curious at what it can be done to take it a notch higher.

bemopti123

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