This will be a limited production run of only 70 pairs of each unique finish (California Black Walnut and Matte Black). Each speaker will feature a small special edition plaque, located on the back of the enclosure, and is hand-signed by the craftsman.
CALIFORNIA BLACK WALNUT
This beautiful California Black Walnut hardwood is harvested along the West Coast of the United States and is a mixture of wood species created by grafting native California Walnut and English Walnut. The hardwood can range from a pale brown to dark chocolate brown, with darker brown streaks. California Black Walnut may have a colorful, streaked appearance which is sometimes referred to as “marbled Claro walnut”.
The Forte III Special Edition Matte Black finish and Silver Luster grille cloth present a sleek, modern aesthetic for a contemporary accent that's as much a conversation piece as it is a hi-fi audio system.
HIGH EFFICIENCY + HIGH PERFORMANCE
The Forte III hosts a three-way design utilizing a 12” woofer and horn-loaded midrange and tweeter. The new Forte III utilizes all new state of the art drivers including midrange and tweeter titanium compression drivers for a smooth and powerful response. The Forte III’s new midrange horn utilizes patented technology to improve coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band.
NEW PATENTED MIDRANGE
The Forte III’s new midrange horn utilizes patented technology to improve coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band. There's no listening experience like it on earth.
DESIGNED AND MADE IN THE USA
USING DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED COMPONENTS
Don’t mess with perfection. We’ve made some important upgrades to the Forte III, but it remains relatively unchanged since it’s inception. Remember great sound? We do, too. The Forte III enclosure is still made in the USA, by proud craftsmen in Hope, Arkansas. Just like Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) intended.
15" PASSIVE RADIATOR
YIELDS FULL RANGE PERFORMANCE
In the back of the cabinet the Forte III has a secret. The Forte III’s well-extended bass is found in the use of a rear-mounted passive radiator. A mammoth 15” (38 cm) in size, this sub-bass radiator operates on acoustic pressure generated by the woofer for greater bass output and extension.
BOOK-MATCHED WOOD VENEER
Klipsch only uses book-matched wood veneers for the Heritage series. The veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint — like turning the pages of a book. This gives each speaker a more aesthetically appealing and consistent appearance that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer.
MORE DEPTH - LESS DEEP
The Forte III is designed to fill large rooms with amazing sound without sacrificing too much floorspace. A a mere 13" (33cm) deep, the Forte III is the thinner than any Heritage Series or Reference Premiere floorstanding speaker - yet still able to deliver incredible, robust acoustics.
PERFECTION AT THE GRANULAR LEVEL
Each pair of Forte III loudspeakers is grain-matched using wood veneer panels that come from the same timber. Each cabinet is carefully matched so that each speaker in the pair is practically indistinguishable from the other. The speakers move seamlessly together through the factory. Each finished product is inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that each pair of speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set.
No detail goes unnoticed. Klipsch speakers are built to rock the house and stand the test of time. The Forte III is meticulously handcrafted and assembled using the finest quality materials, even down to the highest-grade adhesives and fasteners. This is a speaker that will be handed down for generations to come.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
Heritage Series Loudspeakers
Even though PWK had hand-picked Gary Gillum to succeed himself as chief engineer (the first ever hired) he continued to be intimately involved in loudspeaker research, often contributing key technologies and improvements to the Forte’s design. Paul’s hand was ever-guiding, especially with the speaker’s crossover network, insisting that “all speakers should be fine-tuned by the human ear." Thus, we've inducted the Forte III into the Heritage Series Loudspeaker family.
FORTE III SPECIAL EDITION CALIFORNIA BLACK WALNUT
As part of the re-introduction of the Forte III, this special edition Forte will feature an exotic wood veneer in California Black Walnut and a Lambswool grille cloth.