Just an update on my Forte towers+ Center purchase. I received them last week but have been way too busy to even really listen to them. At the same time I also upgraded my Blu-Ray player to an Oppo 93 and my receiver to a Denon 4311CI (got a killer deal on an open box at abt with 18 mos interest free financing).
First, the speakers were packaged well with clear instructions on how to open them. They also came with the speaker care kit which included a pair of "white gloves" and a cloth to wipe the fingerprints off of the black finish, which is gorgeous. Out of the box, it surprised me on how small they were. I knew what the dimensions were, but until I saw them, it apparently just didn't register. Now, this was what I was looking for so I couldn't have been happier. They fit into the space that I use perfectly. Connecting the speaker wire was easy since there is plenty of room between the two sets of terminals. The Center speaker sported the same finish as the towers and was also easy to connect. While the towers have two metal "feet" to screw into the base, the center sits on two black rubber strips that you can use to tilt it up or down.
After I set everything up and made all of the connections to the new receiver, I went two weeks without really testing them out. I was able to do that over the last several days. Now, a bit of warning. I'm not really an audiophile (yet) and I'm upgrading from the HSU ventriloquist satellite system, so almost any type of towers would be a huge improvement. The first thing that I did was play several tracks from various Beatles albums from the stereo box set. I was instantly impressed. I heard things from "Because" that I never knew were there. This applied to several of the later recordings. The detail was great. I then put in the SACD version of "Take Five" and had the same results. I played several other SACD's and I have to say that, to my ear, the CD's sounded much better than the SACD's. No idea why.
After listening to the music, I watched a movie. I have the Forte's paired with a HSU STF-2 subwoofer and two Energy cr-10's set to bipole mode. They seemed to match pretty well. I started out with Gladiator and was instantly unpressed how the sound filled the room. The dialogue was clear and crisp and the music was great. This applied to two other movies that I watched. This was a huge step up for me and I was glad that I took it.
My final verdict is overwhelmingly positive. The Forte's fit perfectly into my space and provide great sound for the money. That being said, I do plan on changing my setup when I remodel my house. At that time, I plan on trading up to the VG's because I thing that the Forte's would be just too small.
Would I recommend the Forte's? Absolutely. I love them. I think that my highest compliment would be this: I was never someone who sat down and just listened to music. Now I do.