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Worth the investment!
Posted by: JHep from: on
I've had these speakers for 7 months at the time of this review and they are very good! Klipsch speakers are known for their efficiency, like all their speakers they are not power hungry so you won't need an amp to push these at all. These NEW Reference Line speakers (not to be confused with the New Reference Premiere) are replacing the Klipsch Icon and Synergy Line. Some say that the only thing that was done to these speakers was painting the cones copper like the previous Reference Line, which is so not the case! Not only was the horn tweeter upgraded delivering a wider sound stage, but the crossover was updated as well. The dual 8" woofers are still IMG, but the copper was spun tighter for better mid/bass response. The only reason I didn't give these speakers 5 stars is because I was finally able to hear the RP-260F/280F and the sound clarity and stage is much better! However these speakers hold their own very well and sound better than both the Icon and Synergy Line. They are the only Klipsch speakers available in store, as the others are only available online. Do not judge these speakers based on what they sound like in the store as the environment and setting is no where close to ideal.
The clarity of these speakers sound just as good at low volume as it does at high volume, especially after you've broken them in. I have them hooked up to a Denon X2100w. I really pushed these speakers, the highs are warm and not as bright as the previous models they are replacing, giving them a more clean and natural sound. The mids sound lush when it should be and does not dominate the rest of the sound. I have my low end "bass" going to a JL Audio E112 sub, which I shut off to test the speakers. If you don't own a sub the 8" drivers can hold their own very well no worries, though movies like Gravity at high volumes will have you looking to purchase a sub (JL Audio,SVS,HSU). I doubt you'd want to damage the drivers before their time but lets face it, you won't be playing these that loud without a sub! Gaming on the PS4 is much more immersive and now I can establish what direction sounds are coming from without the use of headphones. Blu-ray movies sound very clear, distinct and life-like in size, scale and weight, nothing is missing. Music is crisp, clean and detailed giving your ears the bliss they crave. These speakers won't disappoint you. The Klipsch R-28Fs are great for anyone wanting a mid range home theater, your truly getting a quality speaker!
42 out of 44 found this review helpful.
afordable high end speaker
Posted by: Terry from: on
I only needed the first few minutes listening to my new R-28F's to know that I've made a good choice. I've held off buying Klipsch for a long time because they were to rich for my pocket. I finally pulled the trigger because I'm an "elite" member at Best Buy and I am getting pretty good deals, not as good as this past black Friday but I digress. These are one of the few speaker brands that were around in the days of my youth and have always wanted but were never a priority. I'm using an older Sony receiver with 115 watts a channel with the volume set over 3/4 the way up. My first choice with my new towers was to rock my roof off, so I did... I played Rush- working man Then VanHallen's eruption and Ain't talkn bout love.... The mid tones have a very clear and rich sound while the highs are crisp and not tinny. The changes that Klipsch has made to their speaker line makes these an exceptional midpriced speaker that I think most everyone will like.These babies have a slight punch to the base but that's still not enough for my taste. The new R-112 SW I ordered should take care of the rest of the heart thumping base I want out of my hard rocking music. It's my firm belief that there should be two subs in a room to remove the directionality from a single, so one more will be in my near future if the first one works out...
21 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Klipsch new reference speaker
Posted by: KingGodzilla from: Los Angeles, CA on
I auditioned the R-28F when I dropped by BB last week. I can confirm the point of the other reviewer that the new R-28F sounds smoother and pleasant to my ears than the RF-82 II, in my opinion.
Despite both speakers use the same 1” compression driver; Klipsch has raised the crossover frequency of the R-28F from 1400hz of the RF-82 II to 1800hz. As a result, more of the mid frequency of the R-28F is now handled by the dual 8” woofers making it sound more balanced and smooth than the RF-82 II. I am glad that Klipsch has taken a step in the right direction. When I compared the R-28F with the Pioneer SP-SF52 right next to it, I found the Pioneer sound very good but boxy and constrained. It is a common problem with most box speakers and that is why open baffle and planar speakers sound so open and real. I really hope that Klipsch will come up with a new dual diaphragm compression driver like the JBL D2 in its upper tier speakers in the future.
Considering the price and sq of the R-28F, I highly recommend it to anyone who cares about music and value.
66 out of 84 found this review helpful.
Much smoother than last year's Icon speakers
Posted by: retrogamertom from: on
I had purchased a full icon set last year including the towers, center, surrounds, and 450 watt sub. Based on the front towers alone these have a much smoother, less harsh tweeter. I've always wanted a set of reference speakers but in my area of Illinois they are hard to come by. I was very pleased when best buy started carrying them. I have them hooked up to a new Yamaha 577 network reciever (I highly recommend). I have them bi-amped and paired along side the new 12 inch 400 watt sub (I'll review separate. Overall I love these speakers and would highly recommend. I only have two gripes. Last year's reference models had magnetic grills, these do not and they take a while to (fit) to.the speaker properly. The first couple of days I owned them I noticed the grill would be popping off on the top and bottom. I guess it just needed to stretch out it eventually quit and they fit fine now. My last gripe is the floor models had a gold Klipch emblem on the top of the grill signifying that you own reference speakers. Somehow both of mine escaped the factory without the emblem. I called klipsch and they said they will happily replace the grills under warranty but won't have any in till early October. I called Best Buy to make them aware the situation and they are letting me swap them out for a pair of new grills in store. I love the Fairview Heights store. Everyone there is extremely helpful. Don't waste time deciding. Buy these speakers if you've got the money!
37 out of 47 found this review helpful.
great beginner to average user speaker
Posted by: xoutofmyheadx from: on
i bought a set of these towers on 8-2-14. i replaced the old 1970's 3 way style 12in speakers i had. if you check these out in a store like best buy. youll be blown away at the difference between these and the rest of whats available anywhere near this price range. its pretty bad how these outshine everything around them. i love the tweeters. you can hear amazing high. bullets flying by your head. windows smashing into peices the clairity is really really nice. the 8in mids do put out some decent lows and maybe good for the average user. but if your really into youre an audiophile, you will want for sure the 12in sub to go with it **WARNING**. after you get these you will notice if you have other speakers how muddy the other ones are and you willl want to finnish the set lol. this happened to me so now i own the full set of klipsch reference line for a full 5.1 surround sound. i did not get another set of satalights to make the 7.1 but thats because i bi-amped these towers and the money. lets face it its $2000 for the full set. thats not something just anybody can run out and buy. but compared to any other set of speakers even remotly close to this price range, these will outshine them all. and i highly recomend spending the little extra money on these. if youre seriously looking into buying them dont wait. theyre beautiful, not as powerful as i had hoped, but very very clear so to me that trumps all. so definately great job klipsch !
52 out of 70 found this review helpful.
Great value for price!
Posted by: BluesDoctor from: on
I missed having a quality two-channel stereo system and started planning a budget to put a moderately priced rig together with above entry level components that I could reasonably afford. My purchase decisions were all value-driven as I am now retired on fixed income. Music is huge part of my life since childhood. I started with speakers and then chose power supply to fit with speakers. FYI, I have background in professional music mixing, recording and broadcasting. After several months of detailed research, I chose the Klipsch R-28F as the best bang for my limited buck! Based on professional and user reviews, in store listening audition, the quality reputation of Klipsch and the specs, it was a wise, well-informed decision. The fact that I could get these at half-price during Best Buy's Black Friday sale made it easy to pull the trigger. I want quality at a fair price within my means. That is what I got with these speakers. I feel they're worth the list retail IMO. On sale, they're a huge bargain at $225 each! I go by the sound I hear in choosing stereo speakers, but I also like the confidence in seeing good performance on the spec sheet. Unable to find a comparable speaker at full retail price. After hearing these, I am truly happy with purchase. Do your own homework and research. Then give them a listen. Sound quality is superb. Clarity in all ranges, well balanced sound at high and low volume, and a fantastic soundstage. The
sweet spot is swweeeeet! Even in the store, the sound seemed to emanate from the center behind the speakers blending in the center for a blissful sound. A great presence and image with no discernible distortion. The R-28F is designed for music. I imagine they sound great for home theater use too. I have a dedicated home theater system that I am using independent of my music rig. I then purchased the Yamaha R-S700 stereo 2.1 channel receiver from Best Buy to drive the Klipsch speakers. The R-S700 delivers a clean 100 watts RMS @ 8 ohms. A great match w/these speakers. Sound wonderful together. So far, I have used speakers w/out a subwoofer and am pleased with the towers alone for music listening. They are rated at 35hz, able to reach 32 Hz depending on placement and room characteristics. I highly recommend these speakers as the heart of a two-channel stereo system with, or without a sub.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Incredible audio reproduction!
Posted by: rossibaby from: Houston, TX on
These are the very best speakers you can get for this money.
These are strong speakers that can handle pure power. But they don't need high volume to sound good. The audio response is incredible.
You will hear sounds and instruments you have never heard in your favorite recordings. Incredible reproduction at all volume levels.
And can these speakers fill the room when you crank it up.
I have them connected to my Harmon Kardon and I have the bookshelf reference speakers for the rear surround as well as center and sub-woofer. In this set up they are great theater surround speakers.
But I don't think most people appreciate true stereo reproduction until they hear it through speakers like this. Music is recorded differently. Usually the finished stereo sound is recorded in two tracks. There may be several recordings laid over on each track, but stereo is designed to be played through two speakers. And this is where these speakers truly shine.
Listen to a classical recording. "Ludwig Van" and Dvorak. You will hear cymbals, woodwinds and slight nuances that you have never heard before.
A triangle on Santana's Black Magic Woman, or a timbale on Paul Simon's Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes.
You will rediscover your favorite classics all over again.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Razorsharp from: on
I wanted to write a longer review for these speakers as I found a lack of reviews for these while on the fence.
Normally, I'm a regular magnolia customer, but I decided to give these a shot because of the sale this last Cyber Monday. Although, in my opinion, these speakers should be placed in the magnolia display rather than in the awful standard demo areas.
In any case, I'm not normally a fan of Klipsch. I find their tractrix horn technology a little too in your face, and generally compensating for the lack of clarity and imaging by overproducing noise. Sure the brand has always created very efficient drivers, but set them next to a Martin Logan and you'll probably hear what I mean. (depending on the taste). I won't claim to be an audiophile, using some sort of mac dedicated amp, but I am a very picky consumer when it comes to my electronics. That being said, to illustrate my complete non-bias, I am VERY impressed with these speakers. These things do not act like the normal Klipsch that I am used to (that being the normal Reference II series).
What I'm working with and why I was considering these:
Amp/receiver: Pioneer Elite VSX-80 ($699 MSRP - 499 on sale at BB)
Previous Front R/L: Martin Logan Motion 4 ($500 MSRP)
Center: Martin Logan Motion 6 ($299 MSRP)
Previous Rear: Onkyo 100w hand-me-downs
Subwoofer: Boston Acoustics PV-600 (MSRP 299)
XBR 55" 4k TV
The idea was to replace the hand-me-down rear channels by moving the motion 4's to the back. As I started to build this system, I found that every time I would decide on a speaker I would end up in magnolia spending more money. To make a long story short, this was the background for the Martin Logan's, since I'd set the mid-priced speaker next to an ML and be left with a clear choice. However, I then found myself a little boxed in. Almost all audio purists will tell you that matching your speakers is a huge MUST, and frankly, I really began to understand this when the center motion 6 paired with the motion 4 fronts. So, logic following to replace the fronts, that meant I should be looking at the motion 40's for front L/R...? I found myself asking why I really needed to pay $2,000 for speakers on a system that already sounded great. Boxed in as I felt, the simple goal was to get some floor standing speakers because the motion 4's could not handle the low frequency enhancement (LFE) and high power. I had to turn the LFE down to -10 and compensate with the Sub crossover or face nasty sounding distortion.
With the speakers on sale for Cyber Monday, I thought I would give these a try. Heck, if I didn't like them I'd have no trouble taking them back - something I made sure of with the Best Buy folks. Problem is, I don't want to take them back now. Even if they weren't on sale.
I am quite amazed with how well these paired with the Martin Logan center. I was really concerned that the timbre and tractrix would sound very different from the folded motion. Oddly, that was not the case (or at least as noticeable as I thought) . The clarity is on a very close level with the motion 6 center, and the imaging is simply wonderful from these. Despite the placement close to my walls and facing straight, the R-28F's really expanded the sound into a huge area. The performance was life-like in size, scale and weight, ultimately expanding the sound in a sort of blended arc of power from the TV. There is clear coherence across the entire frequency range, giving a very impressive sharpness and realism that reminded me a lot of Martin Logan's. However, the R-28F's do lack a tad of a "dynamic prowess" and detailed clarity compared to the ML’s. But this is only really evident when you come to major effect scenes. At the same time, where the ML's have a slight edge on detailed clarity, the R-28F's have the edge for a sense of warmth and body. The midrange has great body and is only barely overshadow by what is a great bass performance. Needless to say, with LFE set back to 0, there is no such thing as distortion.
One feature about these that I was not unfamiliar with is that these speakers are very efficiency, so as for power these things are....well... intense. So I did have to re-run the auto setup on the receiver and manually push a tad more to the rear channels in the settings. This was only to keep the motions 4’s from being washed out from the front channels with loud scenes.
All-in-all, I'll be keeping these puppies, only upgrading years down the line if need be. Can't wait to see how these speakers break in.
18 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Mbinoakland from: on
I purchased two of these speakers to go with a Devon AVR 790 receiver. The speakers are very crisp and add detail to movies like never before. Even my wife has made comments about how you can hear stuff and movies that was not there before, this is a huge bonus because the speakers together were almost $900 full price. Most times at night I keep my subwoofer turned off so that I can listen to movies without disturbing everyone in the home, with just these two main speakers and the surrounds there is plenty enough base without the subwoofer even at low volume. High-volume with the subwoofer turned on the floor shakes in my house. Espeakers got even better when I was able to get Best Buy to price match their own website and give me $100 off per speaker. I purchased these speakers to replace an old set of Bose acoustimass. You know what they say... no highs no lows it must be Bose. The Klipsch r28f speakers put the Bose to shame. I would buy these again and again.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Dont spend more than you have too.
Posted by: danjbon from: Colorado on
These speakers are incredible. I bought the whole package for a 5.1 bi-amp surround setup. I have two of these, the dual 5 1/4" center channel, two 5 1/4" bookshelfs, and the 10" sub all hooked to the Denon AVR-3100W receiver. I cant imagine needing better sound, the clarity is very impressive allowing for action sequences and spoken word to be heard flawlessy without having to constantly adjust the volume. I would recommend bi-amp wiring these as you can't reach the speakers potential without doing so (receiver alone cant send enough power on 1 channel). I have these set up in a 22' x 22' room and i cant get above 70% volume without risking bleeding from my ears. BEWARE - don't be turned away from these speakers because of the sound at the store display, they are way more capable than best buy has them set up to be.