Originally Posted by Reference_head
They don't use the same 1" driver. One is ti and the other is au. Totally different. And most would say the more horn the better. Meaning the lower xo point would normally be preferred. This new line is basically the synergy speaker colored to look like a reference.
Alex L a klipsch representitive from the klipsch forums said this:
"For those wondering, here are the differences between Icon and this new line of Reference.
All new Reference Linear Travel Suspension tweeter design for smoother, more powerful high frequencies.
All new mechanical woofer design with seamless dustcap for minimized mid frequency diffraction and distortion.
All new Spun Copper IMG woofer cone is incredibly rigid, with new design adding structural integrity for minimal cone break up at high excursion levels. This makes for even cleaner, more accurate low frequency reproduction.
All new Brushed Polymer Veneer finish is exceptionally durable with a much more contemporary aesthetic over the previous wood grain vinyl of the Icon series."
Now whether this is true or not, who know's but as a former owner of the synergy F3, i will know for sure if it's a big performance increase(smoother refined sound or not). I am also very familiar with the RF-82's. There seems to be some people(that have not heard them) saying there's no difference but colored woofers and there seems to be some people (that have heard them) saying it's a big difference sound quality wise......... that said, I will be solving this mystery saturday.