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Klipsch - Reference Premiere Dual 8" 600-Watt Passive 2-Way Floor Speaker (Each) - Cherry

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The Reference Premiere RP-280F floorstanding speaker is the largest in the Reference Premiere family, producing cinematic sound from two 8" Cerametallic woofers and a Hybrid Tractrix Horn. It can fill a larger room with theater-quality sound with minimal effort - immersing you in the ultimate listening experience.

Speaker Buying Guide
$599.98
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Overview

What's Included


  • Klipsch Reference Premiere Dual 8" 600-Watt Passive 2-Way Floor Speaker (Each)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

Features


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

For robust and controlled audio that is crisp and clear.

Two 8" cerametallic woofers

Along with 1" titanium tweeter for a complete range of sounds.

2-way speaker system

Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.

Removable grille

Remains acoustically transparent while protecting the speaker's components.

Bass reflex enclosure

With a rear-firing port promotes optimal performance.

32Hz - 25kHz frequency response

Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.

98dB sensitivity

Ensures crisp, robust audio.

8 ohms nominal impedance

Ensures efficient conduction of power through the speaker.


Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Value, Great Sound, Tacky Finish

    Posted
    Auron402

    Arguably, no speaker brand is more polarizing than Klipsch. People either love them or hate them, and I should make it clear up front that I belong to the former group. Having lived with a pair of Heresys for over 40 years now, I am hooked on the high efficiency, the detail, and the unmatched ability to recreate a live performance that you can only get with horn speakers. Although I realize the shortcomings of my Heresys, I feel that their strengths outweigh them. The RP-280F delivers a lot of that Klipsch sound with a remarkably small footprint. These towers place the center of the high frequency driver about 39 inches above the floor, which is a tad low for them to be on axis with the ears of a seated listener. However, the speaker base cleverly cants the towers back about 2 degrees, thereby aiming those directional highs right at the listener. Nice! The MDF cabinets feel solid and well made, and in a darkened room, the cherry-finished cabinets look quite handsome. Unfortunately, in an effort to bring the speakers to market at an affordable price point, Klipsch opted to finish the cabinets with "polymer wood grain veneer," that is, plastic, and in the light of day the speakers just look cheap. I understand the decision, but I was very disappointed by the speakers' finish. The sound is a somewhat more refined version of what I have come to expect from Klipsch. The speakers are high efficiency and can get quite loud with minimal strain on your amplifier. The highs and mids are clear and bright, and I was immediately taken by how clearly I could hear each individual instrument and component of the music without really trying. Everything is just -- well -- there. With the RP series, Klipsch has obviously taken to heart complaints from the audio community that their speakers are overbearing and fatiguing. The brightness and detail are still there, but the highs and midrange sound more subdued without ever being mushy. Quick changes in dynamics are handled with characteristic aplomb, resulting is startlingly quick attacks that are sharp but never exaggerated. I'm going to predict that most people who buy these speakers will want a subwoofer. While the bottom end is adequate, you will never be satisfied with it once you hear what a sub can add. I should qualify my analysis of the bass by saying that I didn't have much flexibility in speaker placement, and the RP's probably would have benefited from a bit more distance from the back wall. Either way, a weak lower end is a fairly easy problem to fix, but you should factor the cost and positioning of a subwoofer into your thinking if you are planning on getting the RP-280F's. (Perhaps some day Klipsch will follow Goldenears' example and offer tower speakers with built-in powered subwoofers. Such a speaker would have little or no competition.) In an A-B comparison test, I thought that my Heresys would be a clear winner over the RP's, but surprisingly that wasn't the case. Listening to both speakers with the subwoofer turned off, their similarities were more striking than their differences. The RP's seemed to have slightly better bass and were a little less harsh-sounding, while the Heresys were a bit fuller and more detailed. When the subwoofer was turned on, there was remarkably little difference between the two speakers. The Heresy III's are considerably more expensive than the RP's, but remember that a lot of that difference is attributable to the cheaper finish on the RP's. That is, by making some compromises in appearance, Klipsch is able to offer a speaker that performs very well for its price. If you prefer the sound of conventional speakers, I doubt that the RP-280F's will convert you over to horns. If you already have a pair of Klipsch speakers, then you will probably consider these to be a step down in quality from what you currently own. However, it you are just getting into audio and are putting together your first system, the RP-280F's are an excellent place to start, assuming that you can live with the fake wood finish. You will find that these speakers are compatible even with relatively low-powered amplifiers and that the RP-280F offers a lot of great sound for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    They're just, so perfect!

    Posted
    Steve
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am beyond happy with these Klipsch RP-280F speakers and highly recommend them to anyone considering making the purchase. I grew up listening to my dad's Klipsch RF3-II and knew that I wanted to eventually have my own set of proper floor speakers. My mediocre Samsung Soundbar from college finally died so it was time to go shopping. Determined to find the latest and greatest from Klipsch, I narrowed my search down to the R-28F ($449/ea) and the RP-280F ($599/ea). While there are smaller versions of each of these that probably would have been completely sufficient for my medium-sized living room, my typical ego prevented them from being considered. The R-28Fs were available for demo at the store, and sounded about as good as they could for an open retail environment. And while they were a tremendous improvement over my soundbar, they just weren't on par with what I was expecting, considering the impression that the 15+ year old RF3-IIs made on me. Some online reviews also noted that the R-28Fs are just reskinned Icon speakers from the previous generation, and that was a little unsettling. I was now naively set on the Reference Premier series, but they aren't in-store to demo. I listened to everything in the Magnolia show room ranging from Def Tech and KEF to B&W and MartinLogan. And while I was really impressed by a few, with a budget of $1,500 for the pair, I just wasn't hearing anything from the competitors that made me want to deviate from Klipsch. So, having never heard them, I was settled on the Klipsch RP-280Fs. I went home and thought about it for a few days, noticed they went on sale for holiday promotions, and finally made the purchase. 2 days latter they arrived in-store so I picked them up. Upon unboxing them at home I noticed one of the grills was cracked, but it wasn't noticeable when they were mounted so there wasn't time to be bothered with that. For the first few days they were pretty bright, but having had them for 2 weeks I can say that they've gone through a "breaking-in" phase and now surpass my expectations in every way. The highs are flawless and sharp. The mids are accurate and bold. The bass is way more than a floor stand speaker should produce. There is NO need for a sub unless you have a very large and genuine dedicated theater room. For music, my brain was melted in awe when I flipped through some Three Six Mafia, Dave Matthews, and an Above and Beyond live show. For TV, Saving Private Ryan, Rick and Morty, and some Top Gear episodes revealed sound stage capabilities that allowed me to hear things I've never noticed before. For games, Overwatch, COD WWII, and Gran Turismo Sport are simply addicting through these speakers. They just sound so amazing no matter what content you throw at them. No buyers remorse, nothing left to be desired, and no need to mess around with price matching. Simply a great purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clear, dynamic, precise

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

    The 280f speakers provide a dynamic and dramatic experience when watching movies or listening to music. The speakers reveal a lot of detail and are very clear. I have these hooked up to a separate amp which provides them with plenty of power. These speakers are so clear with no distortion that I can't tell really tell if I'm listening to them loud or not. I have to go by the db reading off of the preamp. Lesser quality speakers are more obvious when played loud due to the decline in quality. Oh and one more thing. These speakers are not as big as some have described on other online reviews. That almost scared me off, but once I got them in the room the speakers look fine. One Chris Stapleton Song I played through the 280f revealed a singer singing in the background that I had never heard when using my car stereo. I was blown away and amazed that I had never noticed that before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great volume and sound!

    Posted
    Madguitar1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My only issue was one of the speakers shipped with a broken front grill and scratch on the speaker. This was probably due to the shipper mishandling the package. Aside from that, these speakers ROCK! They will blow out your windows and the clarity is insane at any volume! I'm looking forward to adding the surrounds to this setup...the full reference premiere speaker setup minus surround.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best speakers for anywhere near the price!

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

    It's where my fourth pair of speakers that I ordered and returned. I thought I might need a subwoofer. I was absolutely stunned by the full Bass and sound from the speakers at any volume could not recommend anything as much as these!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clean and Powerful

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

    For the money, they are one of the best set of speakers I have owned. Clean and powerful, they fill my room with plenty of music. I use them for music primarily and I am completely satisfied.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound Great

    Posted
    georgem98
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Really nothing bad I can say about these. I am using a 10 year old receiver and the volume is way lower now to achieve the same volume. I can only imagine how good they would sound with a modern receiver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, great look

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

    Hard to imagine how more expensive speakers would be worth it. These bad boys can crank, but more importantly, they are clear and concise.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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