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Klipsch - Reference Dual 6-1/2" Floorstanding Speaker (Each) - Black

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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.

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    • Klipsch Reference Dual 6-1/2" Floorstanding Speaker (1 speaker)
    • Grille
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (530 out of 540)

    Features


    Handles up to 400W peak power (100W continuous)

    To ensure robust audio.

    Dual 6-1/2" copper-spun IMG (injection-molded graphite) woofers

    Plus a 1" aluminum diaphragm-compression LTS (linear travel suspension) tweeter with 90° x 90° square Tractrix horn deliver clear, dynamic sound.

    MDF bass reflex enclosure

    With a front-firing port promotes optimal performance.

    Dual binding posts

    With bi-wire and bi-amp allow simple connectivity.

    Removable grille

    Remains acoustically transparent while protecting the speaker's components.

    MDF cabinet with brushed polymer-veneer finish

    Offers a stylish look to complement your existing décor.

    38Hz - 24kHz frequency response

    Provides faithful audio reproduction.

    97dB sensitivity

    Delivers powerful sound.

    8 ohms impedance

    Efficiently conducts power through the speaker.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 540 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Audyssey Hears As “Large”

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      Code4code5
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased the R-34C center channel speaker along with a pair of R-51M to use as surrounds and a pair of R-26F speakers as the mains. The center and surrounds are brand new from Klipsch, so I actually bought them without hearing them in person first. Knowing Klipsch quality, I didn’t have any doubt that the new series would perform just as well as the older lines. I didn’t receive the mains until about a week after receiving the other three. The R-26F, being last year’s model, are being phased out and were hard to find. I ran a 3.1 system for a week, and got to evaluate each element based on their individual merits. They were attached to a Denon AVR-S920W, outputting 90 watts per channel with 7.1 or Dolby Atmos capability. Starting with the R-51M’s, I can say that there bookshelves are highly capable speakers. The Tractrix horn produces the most clear and distinct upper register that I’ve heard. Some say that Klipsch has a history of being harsh on the upper end, but I’d argue that the clarity and sharpness of the tweeter makes you feel as though you’re getting the full range of the source. The woofer gives a solid mid-range performance, but might be slightly undersized to compete with the amazing horn. You don’t expect a lot of lower end from a small bookshelf speaker, so crossing over to a subwoofer at 90Hz made up for any deficiencies on that end. The crossovers in these speakers make it very clear which frequencies are getting sent to each driver, as when you’re standing right in front of the speaker, the directionality and separation of each makes a huge difference in the overall sound picture. Backing up 5-10 feet, the speaker sounds like one single full-range image. Next up, the R-26F main speakers. These things are tremendous. Attaching them to the left and right leads, these floors performed right out of the box. My first stop was a test of the upper and mid range, Alison Krauss’ “Paper Airplane” via Apple Music and Airplay to the receiver. I’ve had surround systems for years, mostly with satellites and ceiling mounted speakers, but this is the first time I’ve truly been “wow’d” with the clarity of the reproduction. I don’t care if you are a fan of that style of music or not, do yourself a favor and pull up anything from Alison Krauss and Union Station with your HT rig. It’s the most honest music I’ve ever heard, and her production of the music features the musicianship of the members over the effects of the studio. “Dimming of the Day,” “Maybe,” “Goodbye is All We Have,” “Stay,” “Ghost In This House.” Solo, her “River in the Rain” or “I Never Cared for You.” Her voice is haunting and true, powerful and gentle simultaneously. I found that I needed more power to drive the R-26Fs to the same volume than I had with the R-51Ms in the mail role, but still had a lot of headroom. I played it as loud as I could stand and still had about 20db before I maxed out the receiver. Even at that volume, the floors never wavered or chuffed, almost as if they were asking for more juice. In fact, they don’t really shine until you really push them, the lower end tends to fall off at moderate listening levels. I put the receiver in “pure direct” mode, then verified that nothing was coming out of the center or sub. With an acoustic performance like she and Union Station provide, I literally had to feel the sub to make sure it wasn’t in play. What I was getting from the floors was just as if the band was standing in front of me. Unadulterated, I could hear the picking of each Steele string as it was plucked and fell off. An acoustic bass is well represented here and doesn’t overpower. Moving on to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” the range between the highs of crash symbols and guitars were very well reproduced. However, the low end needed some serious reinforcement. I kicked the receiver into “music” mode, activating the LPF crossover and subwoofer. Adding that into the mix completed the picture. I still couldn’t tolerate maxing out the speakers, as they would have given more than my head could absorb. Bottom line, mid and high ranges are amazing with these mains, but don’t expect them to hit under about 90-100Hz without missing something. Those 6.5 inch woofers are good at the lower mid-range, but can’t sound like an amplified subwoofer. Imaging between the two speakers was very good, and stereo effects transitioned beautifully from one side to the other. I didn’t try a phantom center, because I’ve got a gem in that role. The R-34C is nothing short of a gift. Four 3.5 inch woofers and the trademark Klipsch Tractrix horn are an absolute pleasure to listen to. If the center channel is the heart of a surround sound system, this speaker beats strong. Mid and upper range is so well done, that the only word that I can find to describe the sound is “rich.” It makes no mistakes. I couldn’t possibly glow about this speaker any more. For dialogue and vocals, the representation is full and clear. Pronunciations and echo effects that you might have heard in a set of quality headphones are apparent on a big stage, front and center. The moderation of male and female voices alike is pits the voice against the rest of the system. I had to turn the levels on the center down about 4db to let the rest of this overall exceptional system keep up. The bite of “s” and the “c” sounds are true, making you take note, but isn’t distracting. Hearing the personality of the voice come through was a new experience for me; to hear how the vocalist moves the sound from throat to nose and back brings real personality to the music, and you can hear the vocalist moving closer and further from the microphone based on the timbre of their voice. So how to they all work together in a home theater? Wow. The first film I put on was “Ready Player One,” which I’d seen in an Atmos theatre, in 4K BD from an Xbox One S. Once again, the center was a little over-powering and the dialog dominated the opening. scene. Once I dialed the center back about 4db, the whole system was balanced and each speaker complimented and played off of one another. Van Halen’s “Jump” got the heart rate pumping, but Foley effects in the film didn’t let you forget where the action was. Cut to the first race scene, all I can say is that this system performed amazingly. Once again, I pushed the volume as high as I could tolerate and there was still plenty of headroom. I imagine that the ~97db sensitivity of this set makes a huge difference with regard to how much power is needed to drive these speakers to satisfaction, because I can’t imaging pushing them harder. My daughter actually complained that her ear was bothering her after walking in front of one of the mains. (Whoops). There was no distortion, no chuff, no struggle, no rumble, and no distraction. My son, whose seen the movie twice, was wrapped in by the audio. The experience of seeing the movie coupled with the enthralling sound track and effects brought the movie to life for him, and for me too. These Klipsch speakers are a home theater dream, even in my large room with open “walls” on two sides. My bottom line is that I’m glad to have spent the money to get a quality system. Perhaps I could have done better by matching the R-34C to the upper level of Klipsch Reference speakers, but I don’t think it’s wrong that the center shines so beautifully. The sound is still well matched, enveloping, and engaging. After calibrating the system with Audyssey Bronze, and coupled with my Samsung UN65M9000 display and Xbox One S serving up UHD Atmos content, I finally have a theater quality experience in my living room.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loud and Proud!

      Posted
      NorthernShoob
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I've seen these speakers in my local Best Buy store numerous times, but never really paid attention to them. When my old speakers were destroyed due to a child attacking the cones, I needed a new set of speakers. I asked the home theater rep, and he recommended Kipsch (For something in a reasonable range that's loud and clear). I bought two of these with monster black hdmi cables, and monster platinum 14 gauge speaker wire. My receiver is a 740W Sony receiver. After bringing these home (And almost spraining my back, these things are heavy!), I set them up. Setup took about 20 minutes (5 minutes of which was me bandaging my finger after I cut it with a stripping tool). Speakers have double posts, for those who want to bi-amp their speakers). My test consisted of the following: - Frank Sinatra, FLAC - Tangled in DTS-HD MA (Through Plex with a gigabit Ethernet line). - The Avengers in DTS-HD MA (Through Plex with a gigabit Ethernet line). Sinatra: I'm 20, and enjoy listening to music such as EDM, rap, and hip-hop. However, one of my relatives recommended Frank Sinatra as a good way to test/break in the speakers. Having not listened to him before, I was absolutely blown away at the quality of the sound. You could hear every breath he took, every step he took, and it was like you were physically there, watching him perform. The audio was warm and made me feel legitimately good on the inside (It was as if I was at a concert, except better). I dared to turn up the volume up, and was shocked to hear no distortion whatsoever - it's like these speakers enjoyed a challenge! I sat back on the couch and just absorbed it all in for a solid hour - it was absolutely blissful. Tangled: I invited my 17 y/o sister and my 10 y/o cousin over to judge this one. I sat back and found myself paying attention to all the little things I couldn't previously hear (It felt like a completely different movie). My sister and cousin, naturally, didn't understand the difference (This is coming from the kids who think DVD's look the same as 4K content), although I could tell they enjoyed the movie overall. The Avengers: This one was my favorite out of all the things I listened to. When the first avengers came out, I saw it in IMAX (Because I love the movie theater experience). When I played the avengers on these speakers, it honestly sounded better than IMAX (Although I currently have a 2.1 setup, planning on upgrading to a 7.1 soon). During the action scenes, you could hear every piece of rubble that hit the ground, each pane of glass that broke - it was absolutely amazing. These speakers have subwoofers built in (Small ones), but they really kick bass! When explosions happened, I could feel the walls shaking, and a few of my paintings were askew after watching the movie. It's easy to get absorbed within all the crisp, clean notes and bass, because my neighbor called the police for a noise complaint (And I had them half way up - she lives in a separate house that's 75ft away from me). Thankfully, I know most of the force, so I was let off with a warning (He also asked what model speakers they were, because he liked what he heard). Having not dabbled into the world of hi-fi audio in the past, I've been spoilt for choice at this point. These speakers (For the price) are some of the best home-theater speakers out there, and I love them so much! 10/10, would buy more Klipsch products for a true 5.1/7.1 home theater system.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best low budget speaker for the price

      Posted
      avepm
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My First Component System

      Posted
      MrBullCity
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      For the past few weeks, I've been looking to upgrade the sound system in my man-cave after getting my wife her Sony x900f TV and Z9F soundbar with rears. They sound amazing. In my room, I had a Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar that is less than a year old. I wanted something else that we could build a small theater room with later. I went to a local Best Buy and came across an open-box Onkyo TX -NR676 for $260. When I saw it, my prayers were answered. I bought the receiver and thought about what speaker will I add to it. I went back and forth with Sony and Klipsch. I knew the sound I got from the Sony speakers at home but I have always been interested in Klipsch. I sat and listened to both and read numerous reviews - customers and experts. I eventually settled for the Klipsch. The sale price helped the decision. At 50% off, they were cheaper than the Sony speakers. I bought the two towers and the 10" sub. I also did the banana plugs - not a fan of bare wires. Once I got everything together and calibrated the speakers, I was blown away! The sound was amazing! I streamed a couple movies and I enjoyed it so much. I streamed some music (70's soul music) from Pandora and was extremely happy. I played a few games of Madden and I have no complaints. I did have to turned down the sub because my daughters bedroom is on the other side wall from where I sit. She is going to kill me in my sleep if I kept it where it was. In the near future, I will be buying the center channel and Atmos speakers. I don't have the full effect of what my wife has yet and I think that will put me there. I had been looking a Klipsch for awhile but I could not justify the cost. At 50% off, I could not pass it up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Sound is great, but the packing and shipping... no

      Posted
      metalshock

      Purchased online using multiple gift cards, so they were basically free. Shipment arrived and one box had a hole in it, the other box was intact. The box with a hole left a scratch on the speaker in which you can see bare wood. The other speaker had a crack in the foot/leg. Regardless, I am not returning them as I had to do this with a DVD player I recently purchased and the return shipping at my expense was ridiculous. The DVD wouldn't play anything so I had no choice. Seeing as how expensive to return a small DVD player, there was no way I would send these back. It would have cost a ton. Instead I hooked them up and they sound terrific. My only complaint is the blemishes on them (and that means a lot when you're trying to upgrade the appearance of your sound system and also after spending close to $500.00 on sale, gift cards or not). I would recommend these speakers, but buy them in store and inspect before you leave. Not sure if the damage occurred after leaving Best Buy or not, but I know that I will avoid large expensive purchases online from Best Buy again... that is unless they cover the shipping.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than ICONs

      Posted
      Pavelow
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      for those who cant bear bright speakers

      Posted
      Joseph
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great upgrade to my home theater!

      Posted
      Cupra
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had been in and out of Best Buy for several months, checking out the Klipsch range of speakers. I loved how they sounded in the store, when compared to the other Polk and Sony speakers on display. I even went into the Magnolia center to listen to what was on offer there. Sure, the B&W speakers truly do sound amazing, however, I didn't have $2,000 to spend per speaker for my home theater. So I turned back to the Klipsch Reference R-26F floorstanding speakers. Ordered online, picked them up that night at a local store and set them up right away. These replaced a set of 22 year old Sony bookshelf speakers I had been using. Having the speakers raised up off the floor has totally changed the sound dynamics of my system. I have these coupled with an R-25 Klipsch center speaker and a pair of bookshelf Klipsch speakers for surround sound. The sound is very crisp and clear. The whole speaker set up has woken up my old Yamaha receiver and changed my movie watching experience. Very happy with the quality and the look of the speakers. Love the copper cones and the finish to the outside of the speakers too. Very helpful service from Best Buy as well to get the speakers out to my vehicle.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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