I only had 3 hours to blitz through a bunch of rooms. On a lark, I decided to try Klipsch based on the earlier review of the Forte’s... I was all set to dismiss them (For me, the Klipsch speakers I’ve listed to tend to sizzle a bit too much for my liking)... I kept waiting for a “zing” that would grate my ears... bathetic were surprisingly nice, especially in a room without any treatment.
I immediately went down to cottonwood to listen to the JBLs. While also good, I started to get that upper zing I was expecting from the Klipsch. Maybe it was the dude who was playing the Revels (which reminded me of the Focals in the same room last year)... ear splitting.
I wanted to like the JBLs... but for me.. I preferred the Fortes. Maybe cottonwood is a bad room... I need to see if the local dealer has both so I can get a better side by side comparison.
I didn’t get a chance to check out the Audio Kinesis room, and now I wish I had. Any chance you can compare them to the Forte’?