difference between klipsch rf-3II and rf-35

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  1. BradleyS.

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    I Know the rf-35 series took the place of the rf-3II series, but is there actually any difference in them? I dont know if they are voice matched, but im assuming they are. Would it be bad to run two different series together in the same system? I was thinking about using a rc-7 center channel with the rest of the rf-3II line since the center is really the "main" speaker used for voice dialoque.
     
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    From what a salesman told me, the new drivers are slightly better. In addition, the driver in the RF-35 is front mounted as opposed to rear mounted in the RF-3II. According to him, this will produce better sound. I listened to both and to me they sound similar.
    I am using the RB-75's which have the same horn as the RF-7's and my center speaker is the RC-3II. I emailed Klipsch about the mis-match and they said that it would be fine and cause no problems as far as timber matching was concerned.

    I eventually would like to get the RC-7 just because it is superior to what I am using.
     
  3. ChrisLazarko

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    They are similiar from what I have heard too. I haven't heard the RF3's but I have heard the RF-35 and they were very nice.
     
  4. James W. Johnson

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    There is very little difference in sound between the RF-35 and older RF-3IIs.
    I purchased an RC-35 center to use as a center with my RF-3IIs ..mixing and matching the old series with the new is just fine because they are a very close match.

    On the other hand the RB-75, RF-5 , RF-7 and RC-7 dont really match the above speakers because they use a larger and much different compression driver.

    I would not use an RC-7 with the RF-3IIs.
     
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    Why don't you email tech support at Klipsch (see www.klipsch.com) and ask this question.
    That would be straight from the horse's mouth!!
    They will answer you within 2-3 days.
     
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    The RF-35 and RF-3IIs are vitually identical in every regard except the RF-3IIs compression driver is crossed abit lower and it uses slightly different drivers.
    The driver orientation is the same on both speakers and both are rear ported.
    The RF-3II have a slightly higher power handling rating, have a slightly bigger cabinet and are a few pounds heavier.

    I have heard them both and they sound identical to my ears, if anything the RF-3IIs are slightly better because
    of the larger cabinet, lower crossover point and higher power handling.
    Klipsch decided to raise the price to $1000 on the RF-35 while the RF-3IIs were only $850 msrp , they were forced to do this because the Synergy line at BB is taking on the old Reference pricing as the new SF-3s are $850 a pair.
     
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    Better yet, give them a call. They will tell you that they are very closely matched.



    Now as I stated the RF-35s and older RF-3IIs are very similar the older RC-3II and new RC-35 are quite different, the newer center is better IMO because its
    ported and has a tapered xover instead of a basic 2 way like the old RC-3II had.


    The newer bookshelf are also improved , especially the RB-25 compared to the older RB-3. The latter was never really suitable for surround duty as a wall mount because it was rear ported , the RB-25 are front ported and have the wall mount hardware built onto the cabinet...these are excellent surrounds for someone who prefers a direct radiator and is tight on space.
     
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  9. James W. Johnson

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    I was reffering to the match between the older RF-3IIs and newer RF-35s and the rest of the mid line.

    The upper end line does not match with the mid series line.
     
  10. James W. Johnson

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    Oh and I dont know what number you are using but I get thru every time with no problems, they are very CS oriented in my experience.
    The number is..
    1-800-KLIPSCH (1-800-554-7724)
     
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    I've never had a problem getting through to Klipsch as well either. One time I did leave a message and I received a call about 15 min later. I think their customer service is excellent.
     
  12. BradleyS.

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    well I think i'm just going to go with the rf-3II because there slightly cheaper than the rf-35's and theres basically no sound difference. I'll use the extra money to put towards a svs pb2-isd.[​IMG]
     
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    Wise decision!!

    A SVS is on my wish list too.....hopefully very soon. You will enjoy your RF-3II's.
     
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    Ditto. I did the same thing.

    I have RF-3IIs on the mains, RB-25 surrounds and an RC-35 center and I love them.
     
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