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Old 3rd June 2011, 12:17 AM   #21
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Old 13th June 2011, 07:31 AM   #22
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Looks right. I saw some old usenet postings that led me to
turned my Forte 3 into a 1 -- I only had to reroute the wires.
Now completely class A -- sounds better.
Lambda, I know this is an old post. I just acquired a Forte Model 3 amp and want to convert it into class a. Wonder if you can give us instructions and maybe photos of the class a conversion of your Forte amp. Thanks.
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It's been awhile. The Forte 3 had the
two transformer secondaries in series and the two channels shared
the single DC supply.

I unscrewed and reconfigured the leads to give
two DC power supplies -- one for each channel with
each one using its own secondary.

I didn't have to replace or buy anything -- just replug what was there.
Be careful when you bring the amp up because the bias pots
are very sensitive. I blew a couple of rail fuses.
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Old 15th June 2011, 02:46 AM   #24
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I meant to say that the two channels shared the same secondary, but
they each had their own pair of capacitors.
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Old 17th June 2011, 12:20 AM   #25
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Looks right. I saw some old usenet postings that led me to
turned my Forte 3 into a 1 -- I only had to reroute the wires.
Now completely class A -- sounds better.

Is your amp still running 200watts/channel or 50watts/channel? Thanks again.
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Old 17th June 2011, 05:19 AM   #26
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After the change, the amp ran at 50W output, but I later
replaced the pcbs with a diy aleph 5 circuit.
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Old 18th June 2011, 06:22 AM   #28
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Got my Forte model 3 today. Been running it for 3 hours now. Are the heatsinks suppose to be cool? I also noticed that the highs and mids aren't smooth?
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Old 19th June 2011, 05:27 AM   #29
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Buying a Forte 1 or 3 with cold heatsinks
is a common problem. Mine had that too.
In most cases, you just need to increase the bias
by turning the pot on each circuit board.

You have to be very careful because they are VERY sensitive.
As I mentioned, I blew out a couple of rail fuses before I got it right. Increase the bias until the heatsinks can only be touched a few seconds. There is a post on this forum, on how to use a voltmeter to get the
right bias on this amp.

Also, make sure that the thermistors are in contact with the heatsink.
Mine had one loose which negatively affected the sound.
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Default Forte and power cord

If you want to change the power cord to one of these "black Magic" types what in heaven's name are you going to do with the cables running from your wall socket to the breaker board in your home and then the larger challenge is how to change the cables from your breaker board to the transformer which feeds your home (and others). Then you need to consider changing the cables from the local transformer to the main power lines. Oh and I forgot what about changing the primary wire (just plain old copper wire) in the power transformer?

Do you honestly believe that changing 1 metre or so of power cable will change the sound in your speakers where you have many kilometres/miles of dumb copper wire between your amplifier and the power source?

It is the same as putting one great tire on your car and leaving the other three as junk and expect that now your car will handle like a race car.

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