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Just a few inputs over the last few posts.
The RF-83 is the current top of the line floorstand speaker in the Reference line. It has a larger compression driver and tweeter than the RF-82. It is a little smoother. It also mates better with the woofer to which it is crossed over to. The RF-82 is the sweet spot in the floorstand reference line. It has a smaller compression driver. It is not as refined as the RF-83, but at the same time, you are paying quite a bit more money for the top of the line. It comes down to price vs performance, and how much you want to spend. The RF-82 has developed quite a following since it hit the market a few months ago.
There are lot's of owners that use floorstands all around, (for both mains and back speakers). The reason they do this is for better imaging when they are listening to music on 5.1 mode. You have to absorb the cost of the speakers, plus find adequate space for them... they are fairly large floorstands.
If you are looking for a cost effective althernative to the Reference line, then you are looking at the Synergy line. Lower cost materials, and not on the same level as the new Reference line, though they still will provide excellent value for the money.
Receiver wise, Klipsch users seem to like Dennon, Marantz, and Yamaha receivers. And there is quite a sector that also love tubes for two channel application.
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