I have also been looking also at the Ascend CMT-340 SE's and am curious how the two compare.
If I did go with the Klipsch speakers, what center would you recommend? Thanks for the assistance!
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anyone else demo'd them or taken a closer look at the difference between the RF series, and the synegy series?
My advice is to make sure you listen to Klipsch Speakers before you buy any. They can always be found at Best Buy which I'm sure you have nearby. They have a completely different sound than most other speakers with their horn-loaded tweeters. It's an aggressive/harsh sound and while some actually like it a lot for HT, many people don't because it causes fatigue on the ears and can be downright painful to listen to for long periods of time. Just make sure you gauge your taste for their sound before you drop $400 on them.
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To the OP definately go listen to them at a store, just remember they will sound different in your house and you can tweak that so they are just the way you like them with some settings on your amp and some treatments. These speakers are fantastic for rap, rock, hiphop, dance, electronic certian country and music of that nature, but for home theater they are absolutely fantastic. I listened to many speakers before I bought my Klipsch set up and every time I second guess myself and go listen to something else to see if I like it better, I am always pleased I went with Klipsch. However that is just my opinion.
As far as the F-30's and the RF-82's I personally would go with the 82's. While on paper they look very similar I found the reference line to be more detailed, clear and seemed to have a better soundstage amongst other area's they seemed to excel in and were just overall a "nicer" sound. Again that is just my personal opinion from experience.
I don't think you would be unhappy either way. They are great speakers and Im sure you would enjoy them. But do let your ears be the judge of that and not mine.
What I liked about them overall is they were sensitive, could play loud, had strong treble, and good bass (big enclosure). I agree they were a bright speaker but imho this can always be toned down.
On the same note I didn't like the sound of them at all, nor did I care for the low end straight edge enclosures with thin and poorly edged laminate.
Overall to me, they were kind of like a hot-rodded budget Polk. Same inexpensive build quality but with more capacity for screaming. Subs from the Synergy line are similar... awfully loud in the 30+Hz range for the money, but crappy construction and sketchy BASH amps. This whole line was tailored to demo/stand out well in a Best Buy environment.
For regular price I would never consider them. Considering discount hunting, I could see them being price attractive, but then I would rather hold out for discount pricing on KEF's or Boston Acoustics, among others. The most price comparable new (clearance priced) towers I had to the F-20's were a pair of Boston VR2's... and I would take those by a huge margin.
Also, Klipsch should use high quality speaker cables- about $5 to $6 per foot at least- about $120 or more for a pair of wire to connect two speakers. Also, CD players should have high quality interconnects.
I am using a vintage Marantz integrated amp with a pair of Klipsch SF-1 (same but older version of F10). I use a Toshiba dvd/cd player. The Toshiba sounds better than a more expensive Onkyo CD player with
the higher priced interconnects. The sound is nice, smooth, detailed, and the bass is good, the highs are clear and detailed, and the midrange is great. A lot of people seem to think Klipsch are best mated with a tube amp. I would never have anything else but Klipsch. I found what it takes to make them sound their best. I would take the F20s over a pair of $1500 B&W. Just my thoughts.
You should go listen to a Klipsch Synergy balanced and pre amped system before you speak broad, sweeping inaccurate statements.
Rixirox's reply was directed to: Kabigon's post:
" My advice is to make sure you listen to Klipsch Speakers before you buy any. They can always be found at Best Buy which I'm sure you have nearby. They have a completely different sound than most other speakers with their horn-loaded tweeters. It's an aggressive/harsh sound and while some actually like it a lot for HT, many people don't because it causes fatigue on the ears and can be downright painful to listen to for long periods of time. Just make sure you gauge your taste for their sound before you drop $400 on them.
Hope this helps."
In my research, I have read several people like teaming them with the Yamaha receivers. If Newegg has them on sale still, you can get a screaming deal on the Yamaha RX-V773WA. My wife bought me one and I love it! Chalk full of features for the money.
Yamaha RX-V773 with WIFI & Bluetooth
Bic Acoustech PL-28 II center
Bic Acoustech PL-76 Newversion tower fronts
Bose 601 Series IV towers rear
Cerwin-Vega ATS-SAT4 front presence
Advent ASW-1200 sub
Thanks! Someone told me that the Yamaha receivers are on the bright side and may not compliment the already bright Klipsch speakers. What do you think ?
I have the F20's as my front speakers powered by a Yamaha rxv575 receiver and still to this day, I don't think they sound as good as when I had my 25yr old Demon hooked up to them. Hopefully, I still need to tune the settings on the Yamaha regardless what the auto setup feature comes up with.
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