Originally Posted by scooterdog
I have not had a chance to listen to the new RF line but did some extensive listening to the RF7 &RF 5's with related surrounds and center. I liked the RF7's but not enough for me to consider replacing my La Scala's with them.
Big Heritage are in a class by themselves. They produce tremendous sound fields and sound pressure levels without any signs of strain, plus the "I am There feeling". But they will also reveal the good the bad and the ugly in your system.
I run La Scala's for my mains, Heresy II for my side surrounds and my center is custom built using all Klipsch drivers and is probably the biggest center you will find other than adding another La Scala. I also run some smaller Klipsch WDST surrounds for the rear sides and back channels.
Next time your coming down my way let me know and come on by.
Sounds like a plan...
As far as the new Reference line, (Reference IV), is concern, the engineers reworked and re-designed pretty much everything. The changes are not drastic, so the sound is not significantly different, but are significant enough to give the new line an identity of their own, (as compared to the previous Reference lines). New throat geometry and compression drivers, slightly larger cabinets, bracing, improved wiring and crossovers... they have a slightly different sound. The high end driver is smoother and much more refined, and combined with a different crossover point to the mids, it provides a much smoother transition. It is still Klipsch signature forward, but the transition to the mids is better integrated, IMO. The mids are much better, and have a greater presence, both instrumental-wise, as well a voice. This combination gives the speakers a more "laid back" or less forward sound than the previous lines. In talking with other long time Klipsch owners, the changes have received somewhat of a mixed reception, (which should really be expected). Some, (typically the newer owners), like the new line, specially for music. Others, prefer the more signature Klipsch "in your face" sound and image of the older lines. The low end remains fantastically smooth, dynamic, clear, and powerful.
But the new lines still retains it's fantastic dynamic range, transparency, and wonderful image. And they are still speakers that you really don't want to feed garbage to... they still have the ability to bring the best, and worse, of the source that is fed to them. Give them a good sound source, and they immerse you in sound that will be really hard to step away from... I really have a hard time turning my system off to go to sleep at night. But feed them garbage, and they will faithfully reproduce it back to you in all it's glory. I'm also fortunate to have a listening area that allows me to stay away from applying any adjustment for bass or treble at my AVR in order to compensate for deficiencies to the listening environment. At neutral settings, my RF-82 mains are an absolute joy to listen to music. Some of the old Klipsch owners may disagree, but I think the old man would have approved of the slight improvements to the new line.
Still... there is nothing like the sound of the good ol larger drivers of the past, hence my interest in the Heritage line...