My current tower speakers are about the same height as the Forte towers, but they rest on 8" wood stands. I have a set of Forte towers on order, and wonder if I should place them directly on the ground – or if raising them up will benefit any.
Indeed, ear level, or close to, is always recommended. However, with our Fortes, their frequency response remains fairly stable through a larger vertical window than most speakers, so even if they're a bit below your ear level they should sound great. I have the Fortes in the home theater rig at home, and I'm probably a good 6" above the tweeters, and they sound really, really awesome [:D]