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Old 01-17-2013, 12:17 PM - Thread Starter
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Looking to go with one of the following floorstanding speaker models:

Klipsch KF-28
Energy CF-70
Polk RTi A5
Polk RTi A7
Polk RTi A9

Which of these is the better floorstanding speaker in your opinion, and why?

Also, which of the these companies is the better brand, in order? Thank you! biggrin.gif
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All a matter of opinion. People have personal preferences as far as sound.

Klipsch Group owns the Energy Brand. Not sure what the future holds for Energy as they seem to be discontinuing a lot of models.

I'm not a fan of Klipsch horn tweeters at all so they would be last in my book. It would be best if you can listen to as many brands as you can.

I'm pretty sure the RTiA9 is better than the RtiA7 which is better than the RTiA5. Depends how much you're willing to spend.

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Do yourself a favor and demo the speakers. What sounds good to someone might sound horrible to another.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:50 PM - Thread Starter
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You guys are 100% correct in giving the models a listen to determine which one is best for me. Having been out of the A/V for some time, I wanted to get a general feel between the manufacturers, ie whether or not Klipsch, Energy, or Polk have let themselves go.

In your opinion, out of the three brands listed, who traditionally makes a better quality product?
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Energy for Music...

Klipsch for HT...

If given the choice. Then again if you don't like Horns then for sure go with Polk for HT..

HOWEVER...there are better choices than these three IMO. You are paying for the name...however the name does give you some resale value whereas ID does not.
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As a speaker designer, I'd opine all three brands make good quality products. Klipsch tend more towards higher sensitivity and *maybe* a brighter sound, which some might feel is less accurate. Polk has a long history of what I think of as a neutral, accurate sound.

The Klipsch horns can be quite polarizing-the sound is quite different from the dome tweeter used by most everyone else. As an acoustic engineer, it rather bugs me that their horns are square with multiple steps inside. That can be good for controlling dispersion, but negative for the time response.

Those are just engineering opinions. The actual sound ya gotta hear for yourself.
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