- Dec 9, 1998
- Real Name
I ordered the above package, received it and then posted this review. Amazon is telling my they cannot allow it on their site but isn't being specific about why. Since this is about as innocuous as any review I've ever posted on Amazon or elsewhere, I'm completely perplexed. Any thoughts? I'm thinking it's because I mentioned a lower price?
Powerful Speakers That Should Satisfy Most Residential Rooms
I'm new to the Klipsch family but, coming from SVS, I had high expectations. I received the [advertised] RP 280F towers but was secretly hoping for the upgraded RP 800F's many others seemed to have received. I noted the supplier having changed from Acoustic Sound Design [mentioned in some previous reviews] to Sound Distributors, Inc which may explain this. But hold on. Now I see the same package offered here on Amazon again by Acoustic Sound Design and for about $80.00 less than what I paid a few weeks ago and without the surprise upgrade? This does not sit well, which is why I've subtracted a star. Nonetheless, I got what I was promised and at the price I agreed to pay, so i can't be too upset.
These speakers are excellent although not exactly mind blowing compared to the SVS Prime towers they are replacing. The highs are definitely more pronounced and clear. The increased sensitivity [87 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter 1V compared to 92 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter 1V, [SVS and Klipsch respectably] is seriously evident. That's not a typo in the sensitivity specs for the RP280F's. My understanding is they tend to inflate their sensitivity specs, even though their speakers are already among the best in class for sensitivity. If Amazon allows it, then here's an explanatory excerpt from Audioholics.
What helps to make the RP-8000F an easier load than many other speakers is its above average sensitivity. I measured its sensitivity as 92.1 dB for 2.83v at 1 meter. That isn’t bad; it’s better than most speakers in this type and price class. However, it is significantly below what Klipsch specifies for it which is 98 dB for 2.83v at 1 meter. That is quadruple the sensitivity that I measured. Klipsch is using an in-room estimation of sensitivity that factors in a quarter-space environment over a greater distance. It is true that the in-room sensitivity would be increased, but I think that should be stated in their specs if that is their reasoning for their sensitivity rating. We've seen this discrepancy in other Klipsch products so it doesn't seem to be a statistical outlier in how the brand rates sensitivity of their products.
I'm feeding them with an Acuras 200 WPC dedicated amp and they seem fine with that. I haven't been able to push them past maybe -5 dB for music and about reference [0dB] for movies, depending [of course] on the source and that's just the towers. The RP 450C is simply a monster in it's class. You won't be disappointed.
I doubt most would be disappointed with the RP280F's either. I like it loud and I'm certainly not.
Quality speakers. I think I'm just beginning to discover their full capabilities as I'm still well within the break-in period. I'm a tad disappointed in the particular deal I got but this cannot be blamed on anyone but me. I rolled the dice at the wrong time. Not that I think the RP 800F's are that much better. I did my research and as far as I can tell it's just a redesigned "vented" tweeter. For the price, I doubt you can beat this package.
How were these speakers delivered to you? I mean did they use UPS? I've looked at this package and why did you replace the SVS speakers? By the way, I see nothing wrong with your review, but perhaps they're sensitive about your pricing remarks.