Upgrading mains from Klipsch RF-3IIs, suggestions?

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  1. Tom_Maher

    Tom_Maher Stunt Coordinator

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    I currently have a pair of Klipsch RF-3IIs and the RF-3 Center for my front speakers. These are paired with a Denon AVR-3802 Receiver. I am currently building a dedicated hometheater room and am looking to upgrade my main speakers. While upgrading to the RF-7s would seem the obvious choice, I am very curious as to other offerings. I like the Klipsch speakers, however, find it a bit too easy to place audio from a specific speaker, and notice a slight pull on the soundstage due to the center speaker design. Essentially, I am looking for a smoother front soundstage than that provided by the RF-3s. The sound is also perhaps a bit bright, however, I have more than gotten used to the sound and fully intend on keeping the RF-3s around for second setup. If the RF-7s fix these slight niggles I have with the RF-3s, I would have no problem upgrading to them. The speakers will be paired eventually with two SVS PC+ 16-46 subwoofers (I currently have one, the other will be purchased around the time I purchase these speakers). I would like to spend around 2k but can go as high as 3k if necessary. Thank you in advance for your help!
     
  2. dean_g

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    Hi Tom,

    If you are going to stay with a solid state HT receiver, than I would not upgrade to the RF-7. Horns are extremely revealing, and that level of transparancy is best reserved for gear devoid of grain and hash.

    I do think it is a mistake for you to give up on the RF-3, which is actually a damn good value.

    Personally, I think you should upgrade your sources, and make the RF-3's the best they can be. I think you should sell the Denon and move to a nice B&K unit, which would be a much better match for the horns. B&K stuff is killer on Klipsch Reference speakers.

    Remember, it's not about watts, it's about clean power. 60 clean MOSFET watts will completely transform the RF-3.
     

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