Without reading through this entire thread (since I don't have a week to spare): I have a question that I hope the Klipsch fans here can answer. I realize I'm going to get biased answers, but I have to start somewhere, right?
Can anyone offer me opinions about Klipsch's current offerings compared to the RF35/RC35 era speakers?
I bought my Klipsch Reference RF35s and RC35 in approx 2004, IIRC (this was before the Reference line was fragmented). I've loved them ever since. Dual 8-inch drivers in the RF35s produce a lovely sound, especially when paired with a good SVS sub and my Rotel amp.
But I have the upgrade bug. I do ADORE the way the Klipsch speakers look
in my living room, and my wife is actually a huge fan as well (particularly since we have copper accents throughout our house that just tie in beautifully with these speakers). But I always wonder if I can do better?
One thing I can't get enough of is a good center, because I love clear dialog. HT is the most important application for me (but of course I want music to sound amazing as well!). Given my existing furniture it would be hard to go larger
than my existing RC35 (two 6" drivers surround the center horn) with one of the big 5 driver centers, so I'm stuck with that size option, no matter who the manufacturer is, but I'm always on the lookout for better sound, especially given my challenging living room layout (open to other rooms behind and to the right).
So... would I see an especially noticeable improvement by upgrading to current offerings from Klipsch, or should I give up on K speakers and move onto other makers, regardless of how much I love the Klipsch appearance (and of course I hardly hate the sound!)? I'm guessing my existing speakers are comparable to the current R28F speakers (same series, same size drivers), since the Reference II series only seems to have 10" main drivers, unless they're more like the Reference Premiere RP-280F (but I doubt it) but since I haven't really been able to do any A/B comparisons, as my speakers are over 10 years old, it's really hard to say what the real improvements are and how much real-world impact there would be, with current systems.
FWIW, I have a Rotel RMB-1075 amp, so I can push less efficient speakers than the Klipsch without issue.