Enjoy immersive sound with this Klipsch Reference R-26F floorstanding speaker that features dual 6-1/2" copper-spun IMG woofers and a 1" aluminum diaphragm-compression LTS (linear travel suspension) tweeter to deliver cross-spectrum audio.
for those who cant bear bright speakers
Posted by: Joseph from: on
I have done a ton of research for a home theater without spending too much. Klipsch was always one of the options. The strength and weakness of Klipsch is its horn, its aluminium tweeter. The strength is that it produces "as is" sound, which is crisp and bright. The weakness is that some people dont like bright high frequencies, and they prefer a more musical tone, eventhough it may not be a perfect reproduction. Klipsch tent to produce high tones with aluminium flavor, whereas high end speakers use silk dome tweeters which dont. But entry level siik polymer tweeters dont produce accurate sound. Another strength is the higher sensitivity, which means there would be less load on the amplifiers.
I have compared the Reference series R-24f, R-26f and R-28f. R-26f is the middle one. This produces nice rich sound. One advantage is that it is not as bright as R-28f, which makes this the ideal choice. R-28f has a better dynamic response and fidelity, and is far better for movies. For music i guess R-28f would be tiring for the ears, if used for hours together.
28 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Best low budget speaker for the price
Posted by: avepm from: on
A few months back I purchased the Klipsch Icon KF-26. Right after the purchase these speakers came out. I tried the Icons for the remainder of my return period but couldn't justify the price considering I had a good feeling these new Reference speakers would be half price on Black Friday. So I've waited and I was right. Among my research I've wondered if these were just Icon speakers in a new box with new paint. Luckily I was wrong. This is from Alex L a Klipsch representative.
"For those wondering, here are the differences between Icon and this new line of Reference.
All new Reference Linear Travel Suspension tweeter design for smoother, more powerful high frequencies.
All new mechanical woofer design with seamless dustcap for minimized mid frequency diffraction and distortion.
All new Spun Copper IMG woofer cone is incredibly rigid, with new design adding structural integrity for minimal cone break up at high excursion levels. This makes for even cleaner, more accurate low frequency reproduction.
All new Brushed Polymer Veneer finish is exceptionally durable with a much more contemporary aesthetic over the previous wood grain vinyl of the Icon series."
After measuring my distances, checking my degrees/angles, calibrated to a 75db reference level with my db meter and crossover set to 80hz on my Yamaha 661, these blended well with my Klipsch Synergy III speakers (no longer sold at BB). I have a few dips and peaks around 120hz +5db and 500hz -4db. The 80hz crossover with my 12" sub is flawless. Everything else is smooth give or take 2db in my treated room. This is more than likely an issue with my room. Pushing them they start to have some colorization in the highs around reference level -8 volume level to 0 the receiver. For the BF price it's a go for sure. Don't trust the sound in the store. Every home and every receiver will give different results when it comes to home audio.
23 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Better than your Martin Logan's
Posted by: Audiogeek from: on
This speaker is just unbelievable even before it's fully broken in. The mids and highs are just pristine and you can hear every single detail. Honestly this sounds better than the Martin Logan Motion series I had tried earlier. You get better results at one third the price or less. If you are not happy wit this speaker, don't return it - you are probably doing something wrong in setting it up. Make sure you get the crossover right and pair it with an equally strong center (I am using a klipsch c20). At $175 a piece for black Friday, this was better than a steal. Just blows me away.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Better than ICONs
Posted by: Pavelow from: on
These are Best Buy exclusive from Klipsch. Once upon a time they might be called Reference I. Best Buy simply calls them Reference speakers. They are the follow-on to the Klipsch ICON which I believe are also the follow-on to Synergy.
Like a bunch of folks here, bought these on Black Friday for half price. The horns sounded a little harsh in the store, but read some reviews here and for my Denon S900W receiver and took the plunge. With the Audyssey auto-setup on the Denon, these speakers are excellent. Highs are smooth, great mid range and even good base. They replace my Yamaha floor standing-rears that I moved to the family room. These copper wound 6.5-inch drivers have a great low freq capability. I have a 5.1 setup with these K-26F's in the back surrounds, K-28F's in front, K-25C for center, and my older Klipsch Synergy 10" 250w sub. Absolutely awesome with Blu-ray. And, when I set a stereo signal to DTS Neo 6 for FM or Internet Radio, they really put out some serious rock.
These are NOT the same as ICONs because they incorporate the copper wound into the drivers. ICONs only have aluminum. They are not as good as KF-26 II's #which are Reference 2's# but they serve my purpose at half the cost. The K-26F’s don’t put out as much sound as the K-28F’s, but work great as rear surrounds #I personally don’t like book shelf speakers on stands#. If you have a small room, they will more than suit you for Front standing speakers in your setup. Don't buy these at $349. Wait until next Black Friday and take the plunge.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great sounding speakers
Posted by: Nevorenuff from: on
I've always gone with sound bars for space reasons but decided to go big. I'm so glad I did. The speakers sound so crisp, I hear things in movies I've never heard before.
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Angie from: on
These are a great investment. I bought these to set up my home theater system and have not been disappointed. They have enough bass if you dont ever plan on buying a subwoofer and eveeything sound from the highs and lows sound crisp and clean.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BigPerv78 from: Boiling Springs, SC on
This is an awesome speaker. The sound is comparable if not better than those of a higher price.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great Speakers!! NIce sound
Posted by: gbskidmarks47 from: Huntington Beach on
Purchase these to replace my old Samsung 7.1 home theatre system in a box. Had to test these out to Saving Private Ryan and I was blown away!! I did purchase a Klipsh subwoofer to match the surround speakers and I have no regrets! I put on the Finding Nemo soundtrack .. Beyond the Sea by Robbie Williams was crystal clear with perfect base.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jray2000 from: on
These speakers sound great. Really impressed in the quality for the price.
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Reference Dual 6-1/2 Floorstanding Speaker
Posted by: Jsal from: on
These Speakers sound Awesome, Unless I really want to watch a action packed movie or jam out I don't even need to turn on my sub most of the time. They reach the highs the lows and everything in between nicely and sound crisp.