Forte Model 40 Line Stage Pre Amp
Forte was the sister line to Threshold. With that being said much of the Threshold technology found it's way into the Forte product line. This is a total Nelson Pass design and with the build quality that has become the bench mark of Nelson Pass.
This is basically a line stage preamp,although it has the capability of having a phono section installed,if you can find the phono card for the Model 40. This was an option for the Model 40.
The front panel controls are Listening Selector,Recording Selector,Channel Balance and Listening Level. One very nice feature is the Recording Selector. You can tape from one source while listening to another,nice touch there. The back panel has all gold plated RCA connectors. The power supply is separate from the main chassis and has a long enough cord to isolate the power supply several feet from the preamp itself.
Now to the sonics of this preamp. True Nelson Pass all the way. Great clarity,dept and detail and at times the transparency is astonshing. Have use this preamp for several years now and each time I think I found something better,I keep returning to the Forte Model 40. Someday I will find a phono card for this. To my dismay I have spent way to much money trying to find a preamp that is better. Yes there are better out there. But you will have to spend a ton money to outdo the Model 40. For me it becomes a point of diminishing return on money spent. Clearly the new Pass Labs preamps surpass the venerable Model 40,but at price point that is several thousand dollars. Also the Klyne Pre Amps are better as well but once again,the price difference is tremendous.
At the price point these go for in the secondary market,the Model 40 is an absolute steal,plus it is very easy to live with.
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