- 36 posts total
- 36 posts total
I have Forte III's and they are very good speakers. Very good bass & dynamics with only a 20 Wpc amp. I wouldn't worry about your cables at this point. I use power cords, and some interconnects from Signal Cable and they are very good. I also use Mogami 3104 single bi wire speaker cables along with Mogami 2549 interconnects. I think the majority of your problems stem from lack of quality streaming (Amazon) as well as some of the music you prefer comes from an era where a lot of the recordings are very compressed. Instrumentation will sound cluttered in the poorest of these recordings. And since you are now stepping into better equipment your new system will reveal poor recordings even more than before, Conversely, high quality recordings will sound beautiful. If you decide to move to a more sensitive speaker like the Forte III's your system will become even more sensitive to recording quality. There is a reason why I don't stream. It is largely because most services can't even compare to a standard Redbook quality CD as far as resolution and sound quality. I believe you need to get your source quality in check before you start looking for a possible weak link in your equipment. I wish you the best of luck in this amazing but sometimes frustrating hobby of ours.
Current system: Klipsch Forte III, First Watt F7 power amp, LTA MicroZotl preamp, Border Patrol SEi DAC, Mcintosh MCT450 transport, Torus TOT Max power conditioner, power cords by Signal Cable, Digital interconnect & silver reference interconnects by Signal Cable, Mogami 2549 interconnects, Mogami 3104 Single Bi wire speaker cables by Take Five Audio.
Separately from the other suggestions, (and barely disguised advertisements), you mentioned that at times or mostly, you listen to flac files on a network drive. Is this via a NAS or PC over Ethernet or wireless?
There is nothing wrong with the Node2i despite there being better. What streaming service do you use?
Similarly, the turntable isn’t the best but shouldn’t stop the music from popping.
A subwoofer is a good suggestion from 3_e_p. See if you can borrow or trial one first. There is plenty of info on subwoofers placement on this forum.
Don't spend the money until you can isolate the issue otherwise you could be sorry. Your room and furnishings are different from the other posters. And your hearing and musical appreciation also different. This post is the start of your research! 🇦🇺