Klipsch - Reference Dual 8" Floorstanding Speaker (Each) - Black

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Utilizing dual 8" copper-spun IMG woofers and a 1" aluminum diaphragm-compression LTS tweeter, this Klipsch Reference R-28F floorstanding speaker creates a crystal-clear cross-spectrum soundscape.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Klipsch Reference Dual 8" Floorstanding Speaker (1 speaker)
  • Grille
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1033 out of 1046)

Features


Handles up to 600W peak power (150W continuous)

To ensure robust audio.

Dual 8" 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.

35Hz - 24kHz frequency response

Provides faithful audio reproduction.

98dB sensitivity

Delivers powerful sound.

8 ohms impedance

Efficiently conducts power through the speaker.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars with 1046 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly Surprised

    Posted
    Razorsharp

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the investment!

    Posted
    JHep
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nicest speakers I've ever owned

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

    I had been considering these speakers for several months to replace my 20+ years old speakers, which still sound nice. However, I needed something with more of a punch and clarity for my home theater experience. Reviews on these speakers were highly positive. The 50% off for Black Friday sweetened the deal and I just had to get them now or never. I picked them up at my local store with some delay but it was understandable for being a holiday. Once home, I connected them to my Yamaha AV receiver in the living room and test for music. I couldn't have been more impressed. The sound was so clear. My wife said she could actually hear each word and the music was just as if listening to it for the first time in HD sound. Seeing my wife's reaction I was going to leave them hooked up in the living room and just buy another pair. My wife said she didn't listen to the living room system often enough and suggested I hook it up to my Denon 7.2 AVS system and 70-in HD TV. I already had high quality speaker wires as recommended by Klipsch. I also had banana plugs which made connection a breeze. Once connected to all of my Magnolia selected surround/center speakers I tested it with several movies on chapters recommended doing a google search. Wow!, Wow! and Wow! The powerful, yet crystal clear sound with no distortion whatsoever just blew me away. On a scene of Star Trek, when the spaceships go into "warp speed" my grandkids and I could feel the power and the sound just traveled through the floor onto our seats, feeling our bodies tremble. It was like a 4D at a theme park. The sound was just as powerful as that experienced at the theaters. There was another chapter of the movie Wall-e recommended for testing. The sound coming out of the tweeters and moving through the surround speakers was breath taking. I also tested them with the "San Andreas (2015) movie and we felt like we were actually having an earthquake. My family and I looked at each other in astonishment. I told my family I now must watch every movie in my collection with these awesome speakers. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with these speakers even paying full price. In my humble opinion, these speakers will not disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for price!

    Posted
    BluesDoctor
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best floor speakers for the $

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

    I've heard a lot about the highs being too loud on these..but let me tell you if they are too loud then you might have the wrong receiver lol I have a brand new pioneer vsx-530 with brand new upgraded internals which brings the wattage up to 120 rms @8 ohms. While the highs are too loud from that receiver unless you turn the treble all the way down which makes the music sound terribly incomplete (as I expect most new receivers would..) it just doesn't do the bass any justice on what these bad boys can pump out. They will read BELOW the advertised freq range also..I've played slowed and bass boosted songs don't to 26 hz very close to accurate! What receiver did I use though? My 10+ year old limited edtion of the RX-5050! lol which had 125 rms going to the two fronts..and with only 5 watts more rms per channel it barley even gets warm when cranked up! Unlike my brand new pioneer which when turned up past half way gets almost nerv racking hot after close to or a lil more than 20 min? ? Not only that but the low lows I can get off the old jvc is much better & the highs aren't headache inducing either.. I guess you could say this review is a extremely positive obviously for both the JVC & the r-28's but much more though for the r-28's! Sound quality is just magnificent! & the bass can shake my windows & is actually louder on certain frequencies than my 450 watt klipsch sub it seems! The only thing I guess I thought was weird was when playing on my Xbox halo sounded kinda different than watching it on YouTube even though it's the same optical digital connection?? But have yet to listen to it on my pioneer, which knowing my luck would probably fix the problem lol. Long story short (too late) live music is 10/10 Rock 9.5/10 rap music 9.5/10 movies 10/10..why the 9.5's? Bc certain bands & groups required occasional adjusting on the receiver I thought made them sound the best Bc the words wasn't always loud enough..does that mean I could just switch to the pioneer & fix the problem? Not necessarily when the human male voice doesn't fall Into the high category. But that doesn't mean that it wouldn't necessarily either bc the sound quality of the Pioneer was not MUCH better than the old JVC..but noticeable enough that it was apparent & therefore would have probably fixed the voice issue. Why not just get a sub for the bass issue? Bc the bass out of these things at 125 rms is more than enough for my small room (10-3/4 by 12). Cant imagine at full power though..Want to get these speakers? DO IT? Words too loud? GET A SUB! My klipsch sw-450 is perfect bc it covers everything the r-28f doesn't! Even though I don't even hardly use it unless it's rock music to get a better bass drum kick so I don't even need to play it at what most (neighbors) would consider to be obnoxious levels lol

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding sound

    Posted
    jerry
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought these solely because they were 50% off during black Friday. I know what you're supposed to do is go to the store and audition them first, but nobody got time for that! When I took the speakers out of the box, I was like "woah, these speakers are huge." I had so-called tower speakers from an Onkyo theater in a box setup. Oh my gosh. The Onkyo tower speakers were like a third of the size of these Klipsch speakers. I connected the speakers using 16 gauge speaker wire (klipsch recommends 12 to 16 gauge) and fired up a tune from my iPod. Wow! Very powerful sound. No comparison at all to the "theater in a box" speakers. My living room is not big, maybe 700 square feet. But I think the sound from these speakers would fill even a 2,000 square foot room nicely. The bass coming out of these speakers is impressive. I have a subwoofer and thought that the deep bass must've been coming from my subwoofer, but I was wrong. The bass was coming from the R28Fs. If you go on forums and read up on what people say about these speakers, I think they're either on drugs or just crazy. You'll read things like "the R28Fs are not very good" or "for the same money, you can get way better speakers," etc etc etc. What are they talking about? How can anyone complain about these speakers? What do people want? People just feel a need to be negative I guess. Shoot, I put on Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" pretty loud with these R28Fs and I started doing the Billy Jean dance from his video. With the blinds closed of course. It looks like these speakers go on sale for two hundred twenty-five dollars at least every black Friday, so if you can wait for that, you'll get a great deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great beginner to average user speaker

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

    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 !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much smoother than last year's Icon speakers

    Posted
    retrogamertom

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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