Should I replace my Klipsch RC3II Center?

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  1. Dalton

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    I currently have the RC3II center but had the KLF C7(wish i never sold it!). Would the RC7 be big upgrade over the RC3II? I have RF3II's for mains.

    Here is my setup:


    Rotel RSP 1066 pre-amp/processor
    Rotel RMB 1075 - 120x5 @ 8ohms THX Ultra Certified
    Rotel RB 981 - 130X2 @ 8ohms
    Yamaha DVD C920 Progressive scan/dvd-audio
    Klipsch RF3II's - Mains
    RC3II Center
    Klipsch KSF 8.5's(towers) - Side surrounds
    Klipsch RB3 - Back surrounds
    SVS 20-39 PC+
    Thanks for any feedback!

    Dalton
     
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    The RC-7 will over power your RF-3's in my opinion. I opted to get the RC-3 because I didn't plan on going with the RF-7's, which are the match for the RC-7. Excellent center speaker though, so it's up to you in the end, maybe it won't be much of a difference for you.
     
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    Dalton,

    I upgraded my RF-3's/RC-3 to the RF-5's/RC-7 almost a year ago and have been quite happy. It was a very noticeable improvement in the front sound stage in my opinion as well as others who had heard my system before and after. I actually kept the RF-3'S for use on the rear channels and sold the RC-3.
    I had the RB3's for about a month before deciding to trade them in for the RF-5's. They were pretty good sounding speakers.
    What do plan to do with the RF-3's?
     
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    Kevin,
    I traded the RF3's in to the dealer (got my full purchase price for them) towards the rf5's. I had a 1yr trade in option that was set to expire so i made the move. I have towers (Klipsch KSF 8.5's) for my side surrounds and the RB3's have the center back duties. I was also able to trade the RC3(again got the full purchase price) towards the RC7.

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    Update. I was asking around on the Klipsch forum and i talked to a person who was using 2 RC7's as main speakers(in a 2 ch. setup even!). He talked to Klipsch and they said it was definetly do-able. You get the same horn and tweeter as the RF7's for less $$. I don't need the big woofs in the RF7's(SVS 20-39PC+) but the better tweeter and crossover would be nice. Also i like the idea of having the same 3 speakers across the front. I called my dealer today and changed my order to 2 more RC7's. All i have to do is rotate the horn 45 degrees and stand the speakers up like monitors(very easy mod according to Klipsch). I really look forward to hearing this combo! Also, moving the horn does not void the warranty from Klipsch(one of my main concerns). I have the perfect stands to mount them. Can't wait!
     
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    Dalton, I'm VERY interested in doing what you describe with rotating the Horn 90 degrees. Did a Klipsch rep tell you this is doable?? I'm able to get Klipsch at near cost, but the RF-7's are still $2200 (Canadian) and the RC-7 is only about $600 (can.). It would be interesting to use the RC7's as mains, I wonder how they would pair up with the RC-3 as the center? Hmmmmmm.....
     
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    I thought about doing that myself, but I was afraid of someone knocking the speakers of the stands. Plus I would need some heavy duty stands to hold them.

    When you say rotate the horn, do you mean actually removing the horn from the box and rotating it, or do you mean placing the speaker on its side versus placing it horizontally? If you have to remove the horn, will Klipsch still honor the warranty?

    I'm really curious to hear your comments once you get them setup. I think it'll sound pretty impressive. Are you still getting the cherry finish?
     
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    Kevin, Cam,
    According to the individual i talked to, Klipsch told him it does NOT void the warranty. Yes , you do need some heavy duty stands(at least you will be comfortable putting the RC7's on). This is some of the info i have(from Klipsch forum):
     
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    Well i did it. I rotated the horns 45 degrees and set the RC7's up as monitor speakers. An all RC7 front three. One word...WOW. Great sound already and they aren't even broken in yet! Anyone interested in what this setup looks like can email me and i will send pictures.

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    Hey Dalton, how do you have the speaker standing? Full range woofer on top or bottom? Have you experimented with it either way?
     
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    I thought it would sound great, congratulations on your new setup.
     
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    Thanks Kevin, i love it[​IMG][​IMG]
    Ben, I sent you pix of the setup. Klipsch recommends the full range woofer on the top. I rotated the horn to the right one quarte of a turn and put the full range woofer on top. Great combo.
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