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Forte

The Genesis™ Forte line-source loudspeaker system is the culmination of a 30-year legacy of reference-level line-source dipole flagship loudspeaker systems dating back to the Genesis I in 1993, and even back to the IRS™ in 1977. Based on the popular Genesis Quartet, the Forte is a two-tower system that can be used in smaller rooms in which the four-tower Quartet would be overwhelming.

This state-of-the-art system is designed to reproduce music at live listening levels with virtually no restrictions on dynamic range, frequency response, or width, breadth and height of soundstage. The Forte is commissioned, not simply bought off the shelf – it is custom-built in the USA for the most dedicated and discerning music-lovers worldwide.

 

The Forte has a single 48-inch long ribbon midrange and fifteen1-inch ring-radiator ribbon tweeters (12 front, 3 rear) on a 1 ˝-inch thick solid cast acrylic non-resonant baffle. In addition, two 12-inch aluminum woofers plus a 1,000W servo-controlled bass amplifier are built into an attached bass enclosure.

 

In the mid and high frequencies, it is a dipole line-source. That means that there is minimal vertical dispersion, and horizontal cancellation in the plane of the drivers. The result is minimum floor and ceiling bounce and very much reduced side-wall reflections, resulting in solidly pin-point imaging and a wide and spacious soundstage.

 

Another advantage of a line source over a point source is that less power is needed to maintain the same loudness level with greater distance from the loudspeaker. Conversely, the same amplifier can sound far more dynamic at any given seating distance. Since small changes in distance result in far less change in sound pressure level, the listening "sweet spot" is also hugely extended, which means no more listening alone. The enjoyment of music becomes a family affair, and the listening chair becomes a listening couch or loveseat.

 

The single 48-inch midrange means that the critical frequencies from 120Hz to 3500Hz are covered with a single driver without crossovers in between.

 

The Genesis ring ribbon tweeter has been hailed as the "world’s best" by the audiophile press and customers. It has dispersion matching the midrange, which means that the sonic picture does not change with small movements of the head when you "bop to the music".

 

The two 12-inch woofers result in tightly controlled, smooth, and dynamic bass response in any room. Having a built-in servo-controlled bass amplifier means that there is no need to have to choose between using a muscle-bound amplifier with enough power to drive the woofers and a lower-powered amplifier having better harmonic, tonal and spatial characteristics. Servo-control results in extended bass response down to 16Hz with vanishing low distortion.

 

The Forte provides the dedicated audiophile with ample means to adjust the sonic presentation: a rear tweeter control tailors the high frequencies for different room environments; and gain and low-pass filter adjustment provide the ability to adjust the bass to match the listening room. A unique midrange phase/contour switch allows for adjustment of soundstage height for personal preference. Some of us prefer the orchestra seats in a concert hall, others prefer the circle seats: the Forte allows you to pick your favorite.

 

The sonic result of all this is to suspend belief as the majesty and intimacy of the actual musical event unfolds in your listening room. Concert halls, cathedrals and stadium events are rendered in life-like scale. The dynamics of a full-scale symphony orchestra or rock band will quite literally give you goose bumps. Soloists materialize before your ears as the intimacy of the performance make it seem like you can almost smell the perfume (or cigar smoke) of the singer. The Forte presents the performance in life-like scale.

 

When you have a pair of Genesis loudspeakers in your listening room, you have live music in your home and you have the best seats in the house. No rain checks, no lost tickets, no concertmaster with the flu, no substitute divas. The Genesis loudspeaker is the perfect expression of your love of music.

 

Frequency Response

16Hz to 40kHz, ± 3dB

Sensitivity

90 dB 1 watt 1 meter

Max/Min Tube Power

500/60 watts

Max/Min Solid State Power

1000/100 watts

Input Impedance

4 ohms (nominal)

HF Transducers

Fifteen 1" circular ribbon (12 front, 3 rear)

Midrange Transducers

One 48" ribbon (120Hz-3500Hz dipole line-source)

LF Transducers

Two 12" ribbed-aluminum cone

Loudspeaker Controls

Rear Tweeter Level (± 1.0 dB)

Upper Midrange Contour (± 0.75 dB)

Built-in Servo-Controlled Bass Amplifier

1,000W Peak x 2

Inputs

Speaker level 5-way binding posts

Dimensions (system comprises two towers)    

H75"xW21"xD28", H1905mmxW533mmxD712mm

System Total Net Weight

450 lbs (205 kg)

Finish Options

High Gloss Black High Molecular Weight Acrylic

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

KOSMIC is proud to be an authorized dealer for Genesis Advanced Technologies in the Washington State area. We are currently demonstrating Genesis loudspeakers at our Seattle showroom by appointment only. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for demonstration. If you do not have an authorized dealer in your area we can help you.

 

We believe Genesis manufactures the finest loudspeakers within each of its price categories.  Having listened to just about every major cost-no-object loudspeaker on the planet, the Prime is by far and away the best sounding and uncompromising loudspeaker we have experienced. Although the Prime is beyond the means of just about everybody, the fundamental characteristics are a part of each Genesis loudspeaker which they appropriately call absolute fidelity. Regardless of the model selected, you are sure to experience the ultimate in sound quality at that price point.

 

PRICES

 

Micro-Dragon

Carbon Fiber/Silver Wire

$145,000 per pair

 

Brazilian Rosewood

$125,000 per pair

 

High Gloss HMWA

$105,000 per pair

 

Custom finishes in

"any" wood veneer

  Price On Application

 

50% deposit required,

Three (3) months

 lead time.

 

 

Genesis products are only sold through authorized dealers. KOSMIC is proud to be the authorized dealer for Washington State. We cannot ship into states that have a Genesis dealer. However, if you do not have a dealer in your state, we would be happy to provide sales and support. See Genesis Web Site for list of authorized dealers. Please email sales@kosmic.us or call 206-878-3833 for availability. All Genesis products are SPECIAL ORDER.

 

REVIEWS

 

The Genesis Forte is the culmination of more than 40 years of continuous improvement and can trace its origin to the Infinity Servo-Static 1 from 1968. The Genesis Forte is one of the finest loudspeakers ever produced.

Joe Pittman

KOSMIC

 

Forte Lineage diagram

 

 

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