Here’s the thing - even with all these issues, the stock speakers sound pretty good. Look, I rarely like how a speaker sounds. And even less often do I like it enough to consider buying it. The basic Forte III is really good from a sound quality standpoint. If I weren’t recently divorced and trying to kill time on my first Christmas alone, I probably would not have made the trip. But I am and I did. And I’m super glad I did, hanging with Danny has been a blast.
By coincidence, last evening I was reading a speaker review in a back issue of Stereophile. The speakers were made by a well known French company.
It was noted that though the speakers were floor standing, with four drivers, they only weighed 48 pounds each. This was found to be ' by design' as the speakers had little damping, and no bracing, as these things effect sensitivity.
In the review the sound was described as spectacularly dynamic, with outstanding resolution. It was mentioned that the speakers could reproduce the smallest of details, and that the speed was breathtaking. In fact, it was said that the speakers had the speed and dynamics of a good horn speaker.
As others, I'll be following this upgrade closely. In the final analysis, only your ears will tell you if the upgrade makes the speakers ' better ', or merely different. I hope you don't lose any of those elements that make a Klipsch a Klipsch.