Forte Model 3 Amplifiers

5/5 (2 Reviews)


Product 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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Info about DLK Model 3's?

I recently just got a great deal on a pair of Acoustical Productions Inc. DLK Model 3's from a guy who said he bought them in 1970 and has had them since. I have been trying to research them and see some specs and see what they could be worth but have not been able to find much. Anyone know someth ... Read More »

Forte model 3 vs Jeff Rowland model 5

I have a Forte model 3 amp that I like very much but I was thinking of trying a Jeff Rowland amp with my Newform Research R630 speakers. They are both said to be very musical and have a nice midrange. Does anyone know what the high frequencies are like for the JR? I've read that they are rolled o ... Read More »

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