What is Fortress Level


When Version 3 Audio first formed in 2011, it all started with the Castle series which eventually evolved into the Fortress series. The name derived from the aluminum faceplate and stacked components. When the unit was fully assemble, it resembled a small Fortress. The Fortress concept was designed to provide a price competitive, yet high performance product that was easy to install. Most Fortress/Fortress Plus/Fortress V2 builds can be installed in under one hour and require minimal or no cabinet modifications. These modifications will vary depending on the level of the build. In general, you will find Clarity Cap CSA / ESA, Mundorf Mox resistors, Jantzen Inductors, point to point wiring, Supra internal wiring or Streetwires, gold disconnects, the works.

The Fortress series is currently made up of three levels - Fortress Plus, Fortress V2 and Fortress. The differences are defined below -

Fortress Plus -

All new capacitors, Clarity Cap CSA / ESA in critical paths (smaller values, must fit on chassis), Mundorf E-Cap or Bennic electrolytics bypassed by Clarity Cap CSA / ESA for larger values. Mundorf mox resistors, Jantzen inductors (air or permite, depending on chassis), point to point, lexan substrates.

    What improvements can I expect with these modifications over the regular Fortress?
        Above and beyond what is stated below you will experience greater bass response and an even greater sense of transparency along with wider soundstage over the standard modification. Some folks have even reported increased perceived volume.

Fortress V2 -

The V2 line is the same as our Plus series but we not constrained to a chassis. These units are generally built on a sheet of Lexan, formed with a short signal path with high quality sound in mind.

Fortress - The Fortress is our entry product, we reuse the stock inductors and wiring at this level and the availability of models utilizing this method is limited.

    What are the advantages to the Fortress Edition Plate?   
        1) Will never crack
        2) Virtually non-resonant
        3) Through rod construction for board mounting
        4) Precision CNC cut    
        5) American Made

Most of our customers see the following improvements
            1) Improved imaging: Cleaner, refined, greater depth/height/width
            2) Improved micro details, less smearing of the higher frequencies - overall greater detail and refinement
            3) Improved bass response and clarity
            4) Improved effeciency, speakers appear to be easier to drive
            5) Everything about the speakers improves, the general sound traits refine, open up and go to that next level.

    Are Fortress plates available for my speakers?
        At this time Fortress plates are only available for Polk Audio speakers featuring bi-wire terminal cups. While this size is fairly common if you are curious if yours will work please send the dimensions of your terminal cups to Vr3Mods@GMail.com

    Why point to point wiring?
        All Fortress level mods are wired point to point for the shortest, purest signal transfer. The ultimate goal in the layout of the components is for the shortest signal path and anytime a wire is connected to another it is hooked and soldered for the best possible connection. You can be assured this will allow you the best possible sound quality.

    What is bypassing capacitors and what are your thoughts?
        Bypassing capacitors is where you take a small value capacitors (Usually below 1uf) and couple it to a larger value capacitor. You usually do this to obtain the sound characteristics of the smaller, higher quality cap. Since this can introduce artifacts and that the Clarity ESA capacitors are of such high quality this is no longer used, but we may use it when electrolytics are used in our builds.
    What is the warranty for your Fortress Modifications?
       Please click here to learn more about our Warranty!

    More questions not answered here?
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