Klipsch Forte IV ... what amp ?

No , I am not asking for a particular amp style and brand here . Although I am not refusing any suggestions either !

What I would like to know first is what characteristics to look for in an amp to drive these speakers (Forte 4’s) to full performance .

Such characteristics as :

1.) What is needed to handle the low impedance of 4 ohms ?

2.) While the sensitivity is listed at 99 dbs. it is considered to be closer to @ 96 dbs,

3.) What about negative feedback ?

4.) Will the 12" woofer and 15 " rear radiator need special attention also ?

5.) Do the horns require special consideration ?

I feel that these considerations will go further to getting it right than , " hey , just get a tube amp and enjoy " .

Thank you & Be Safe .


running Hegel H95 at the moment with Bluesound streamer

the amp was recommended by more than one Klipsch dealer that does not carry Hegel

seems to be a very good match




coachpoconnor wrote:  "I am also using a 10 ohm 5 watt resistor on the speaker terminals, like Nelson has suggested."


Coach, is the suggestion about the resistor Pass recommends particular to the Sit 3 or is it something I should look into for my two First Watt F3s I use with my triamplified DIY horn speakers?

Hi All,

Been runing a First Watt F7 for about three weeks now with my Forte iv's. Paired with a Don Sachs DS2 preamp, PS Audio Memory Transport, and Mojo B4B DAC.

To my ears, listening at low 70 dbl ten feet from speakers: seems like more detail and tonal texture with F7 compared to CJ LP66S or McCormack DNA 500 amps. Sounstage seems wider, can exceeed the outside of speakers if it's on the cd. Dynamic and has taken the too hot edge off the Klipsch treble.

My opinion: The Forte iv"s are good speakers if you pair them wth good equipment.

Thanks for listening,