Originally Posted by ClawAndTalon
Absolutely, It's all about what sounds good to you for your system. The Reference I set up is a great set up for it's price. It might be the best at it's price, and likely the only set I'd own for that price. I'm sure it's better than the Synergy/Icon series. If anyone disagrees with that, let's hear why.
There are several former synergy/icon owners who post here, and have joined in the conversation in a positive way. What made that possible is that the Synergy/Icon owner didn't try and definitively claim that his tower sub combo was better than, or comparable to vastly higher grade Klipsch gear. This in turn didn't lead the RF-7II owner to have to state the obvious when compared to synergy/icon towers.
I currently have Pretty much all Synergy and am perfectly happy with them as a starter system. I went from a Cerwin Vega HTIB 5.1 system to a Synergy 7.1 system which was an insane upgrade from the HTIB. Then I added Front Heights using Synergy Bookshelfs, upgraded my fronts to the F-30s and am using my old F-20s for wides all of which I got at huge discounts from NewEgg and Woot. I would never compare these to higher end Klipsch and had they not been on sale I would just have slowly built my system from higher end speakers. I prefer them to Icon series but I am gradually going to upgrade from here on out piece by piece. My first upgrade was swapping out my C-20 for an RC-62II open box that I got for a steal and it has made all the difference. The sense I get from this new Reference line is they took the best of the Synergy and Icon lines and just kind of combined them into an affordable package, giving people a taste of higher end sound (vs Home Theaters in a Box). I have heard the new reference line and it is comparable to Synergy line, but definitely (subtly) better. Would I upgrade to this new Reference series from Synergy or Icon? Nope, I am saving my ducats for the higher end stuff. Having said all that, my current system works really well for me and I love watching movies with my setup. In the end that is all that matters
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(2) Klipsch RF-82IIs, (2)RS-62IIs (4)RS-52IIs, (2)RS-42IIs, (1)RC-62ii, (2)RB-61IIs
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(1)Klipsch G-42, (2)G-16s, (2) Bose 161, (1)BIC Acoustech PL-200