Klipsch Forte III Floorstanding Speaker
The Forte I debuted in 1985, and looked not all that different than the one available today as the Forte III model. The differences are in the details in the drivers, horns, crossover and cabinet construction and finish. Forte III features a 1-inch titanium compression tweeter, 1.75-inch compression midrange, 12-inch fiber composite woofer, and a rear-mounted 15-inch passive radiator.
The reason these sound so live and realistic? THE HORNS. These have horn driven mids and highs and these are not the horns of yesterday (the 60s and 70s). No more hollow sound, no more sounding like a megaphone. Nope, todays horn speakers from Klipsch, at least the heritage line, sound like butter. Smooth, rich, huge and filled with presence. You can hear the breath, the cracks in the voice. Again, these speakers are NEVER fatiguing or at all bright even when driven to concert level.
The Klipsch Heritage range can sound explosive even at almost inaudible volumes. This lets the speakers be played at significantly lower volume without losing the sense of hearing real music. Don't think that this dynamics issue is trivial - it is what makes most speakers sound like speakers and not live music.Unlike most speakers, the Heritage range dynamics don't compress at super high volumes. These speakers slightly warm everything in the soundstage, making each element of the sound buttery, but not overwhelming any one instrument with too much coloration.
It’s very difficult to describe the perfect blend of faithful reproduction and spirited coloration that manifests inside speakers this good, but it can be said that the simultaneous warmth, depth, and intricacy with which these updated classics handle sound is nothing short of astonishing. It doesn’t matter what you are listening to or how you are listening to it, every song you put through these speakers becomes a deep, revel-inducing experience.The Forte III also shines with solo piano, another instrument that's next to impossible to reproduce over speakers.These are not overtly bass-heavy speakers. They are punchy and exacting. Every note, every phrase, every subtle mixing technique, it’s all there in front of you. The Forte III are earth-shatteringly good..
The Forte III, it's a high-energy speaker; it sounds big and powerful in ways that smaller speakers never do. Played loud it never sounds strained, it's always coasting, ready for anything.The Klipsch Forte III is raucous fun, a party-animal speaker if there ever was one.They’re meant for people who put music first.Thanks to a 99db/1watt sensitivity rating, you can use the Forte IIIs with small tube amplifiers and get great results. As good as the Fortes are at pinning your ears back, their wide dynamic range makes for an incredibly open presentation at low levels.
They paint a large, lifelike sonic picture that doesn’t subdue the wide dynamic swings you get when attending a live performance. What the Forte’s do, incredibly well, is recreate a sense of size and spatial correctness that few speakers match. These speakers do an incredible job at keeping the presentation clean at moderate to high volume, yet even when played more softly adding the extra liveliness to keep the listener engaged. The Forte III still sounds more like live music in a club than many other speakers. Very few speakers feel as explicitly designed to purvey musical joy, and because of their nimble agility and warmth, the Forte III devour any genre with a smile.
The new Forte III features updated cosmetics and the latest advancements in acoustic engineering, while maintaining the original charisma that made the Forte so popular.
- High efficiency, full range loudspeaker
- Designed and made in the USA with domestic and imported components
- 15" Passive Radiator for full range performance
- Book-Match wood veneer sold as grain-matched pairs
- Built to last
HIGH EFFICIENCY + HIGH PERFORMANCE
The Forte III hosts a three-way design utilizing a 12” woofer and horn-loaded midrange and tweeter. The new Forte III utilizes all new state of the art drivers including midrange and tweeter titanium compression drivers for a smooth and powerful response. The Forte III’s new midrange horn utilizes patented technology to improve coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band.
NEW PATENTED MIDRANGE
The Forte III’s new midrange horn utilizes patented technology to improve coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band. There's no listening experience like it on earth.
DESIGNED AND MADE IN THE USA
USING DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED COMPONENTS
Don’t mess with perfection. We’ve made some important upgrades to the Forte III, but it remains relatively unchanged since it’s inception. Remember great sound? We do, too. The Forte III enclosure is still made in the USA, by proud craftsmen in Hope, Arkansas. Just like Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) intended.
15" PASSIVE RADIATOR
YIELDS FULL RANGE PERFORMANCE
In the back of the cabinet the Forte III has a secret. The Forte III’s well-extended bass is found in the use of a rear-mounted passive radiator. A mammoth 15” (38 cm) in size, this sub-bass radiator operates on acoustic pressure generated by the woofer for greater bass output and extension.
BOOK-MATCHED WOOD VENEER
Klipsch only uses book-matched wood veneers for the Heritage series. The veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint — like turning the pages of a book. This gives each speaker a more aesthetically appealing and consistent appearance that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer.
PERFECTION TO THE GRANULAR LEVEL
Each pair of Forte III loudspeakers is grain-matched using wood veneer panels that come from the same timber. Each cabinet is carefully matched so that each speaker in the pair is practically indistinguishable from the other. The speakers move seamlessly together through the factory. Each finished product is inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that each pair of speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set.
BUILT TO LAST
No detail goes unnoticed. Klipsch speakers are built to rock the house and stand the test of time. The Forte III is meticulously handcrafted and assembled using the finest quality materials, even down to the highest-grade adhesives and fasteners. This is a speaker that will be handed down for generations to come.
MORE DEPTH - LESS DEEP
The Forte III is designed to fill large rooms with amazing sound without sacrificing too much floorspace. Of the entire Heritage Series speakers, the Forte III is the thinest at only 13" (33 cm) deep, yet still able to delivering robust acoustics.
FINISH IN STYLE
The Forte III real-wood veneer comes in four distinct finishes including Distressed Oak, Cherry, Black Ash and Walnut - all designed to blend into your home's décor.
We built the Forte III with the high-quality, heavy-duty bi-wire capable input terminals to carter to your desired audio preference.