Howdy Klipsch owners, long time lurker in the Speaker area, never posted too much here (more in the Subwoofer forum), but I think I'm on the verge of finally purchasing new speakers for my HT room. I had been eyeballing the RB-61s for a while a couple years ago, but got distracted by other shiny toys.
I'm looking at the RP-160Ms for L&R mains right now, plus a RP-250C for center. I'll upgrade the rest of the surrounds later, perhaps by purchasing bigger front mains (RP-280F or RP-260F) and swapping RP-160Ms to the rear, or just getting another pair of RP-160Ms.
I've been using two pairs (not quite matched) of relatively big 3-way mains (with 12 woofers) for the "corners" of a 5.1 set-up, and an oddball 2-way main (8" woofer) for center. Last year or maybe the year before I added a couple bookshelf speakers (5" woofer) for a 7.1 set-up, though one hardly notices most of the time. I have a couple of Epik Empires for subwoofers, so I'm set there - I just need speakers for the 60Hz or 80Hz and above content.
The mains I've been using have done a yeoman's job for over 30 years (replaced the foam surrounds at least once), but my current receiver (Onkyo 808) certainly gets tired pushing them at times - they are rated at 100W but at a relatively low efficiency (83db, IIRC, possibly lower).
My room is a bonus room (over the garage), approx 22' wide x 20' deep, 8' ceiling, two tiers of seats.
I currently have my front mains atop medium-height but deep bookshelves, so the woofers are at ear height for the front row, and the rear mains are a bit higher so they don't get blocked by the chair backs so much. I would very likely just put the RP-160Ms in the exact same place (Which is why I'm not starting with RP-280Fs, for example).
(The really-rear bookshelf speakers are almost at the ceiling.)
I will likely go to a 5.1 configuration while I slowly upgrade the system.
I listen to a lot of surround music, so I try to keep the 5.1 portion of the speakers somewhere between the traditional 5.1 layout and a true Quad set-up (45deg, 135deg, 225 deg, 315deg), and watch a lot of movies, some with aggressive soundtracks. Explosions are fun!
I can't imagine the RP-160Ms + RP-250C not being capable of replacing my aging early-80s beasts - the power rating is the same but efficiency is much higher.
So...anything I haven't considered?