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Forte Model 3
2 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
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Description: The Forte Audio (Threshold) Model 3 is a solid-state, dual-mono 2-channel amplifier that produces 200 wpc into 8 ohms or 400 wpc into 4 ohms. It is a Nelson Pass design, and was designed while Pass was in his last years at Threshold. The later Forte models, such as the 4A, were not Pass designs. The Model 3 is very similar to the Model 1A, which is a 50 wpc Pure Class A design.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hydebee a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2009

Bottom Line:   
first let me say i had the pleasure of owning close to 1000 or so amps , yes i am one of those who buys and sells and trade my audio in 35 years i had some really good amps, i bought the forte 3 with the ideal of selling it to buy a tube amp, i got it a mc preamp and a nak deck for $700, upon hooking up the amp i really did not think anything special, after about 1 hour of warming up this amp sounds super,it is as good a sounding solid state amp as i have heard, t has it all good bass extended highs but best of all a good sounding amp period!!! yes better than all macs i have owned in the ss line better than a couple of the krell amps i have owned ,i put this unit on audiogon and ebay for $400 but no one bought it , thanks goodness as i love it!!!and yes it is a keeper

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KefKing a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2009

Bottom Line:   
A wonderful solid-state amp with very open soundstage. The Model 3 is an A/B design with a high bias towards Class A amplification, and thus it generates a good deal of heat. It uses a huge toroidal transformer and dual-mono power supplies to drive the most difficult speakers, including electrostatic. The Model 3 is physically identical to the Model A, which delivers 50 wpc of Pure Class A amplification. I pair my Model 3 to a Parasound P/LD line-drive preamp, and the combination is wonderfull. The Forte is SILENT, producing no hums or other electronic noise even at full volume. A good challenge for solid-state amplifiers is piano reproduction, and the Forte 3 does an amazing job for an amplifier in this price range. A true Nelson Pass design, the sound quality is a product of a very simple design implementing quality parts. An absolute bargain if you can find one on the used market.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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