I mean you are hitting two difference price points. 2,000 dollars for the Klipsch RF-7 II at LEAST. I don't even see them for 1,000 so you're looking for more than 1,000 for each one and close to 3k a pair. In contrast, you're looking at 1200 dollars for a pair of the Cerwins.
You're also hitting two different markets. The XLS line is more of a "Pro Audio but we're selling it to HT crowd" while the Klipsch actually is HT designed. So two completely different designs. The CMX line is more HT oriented design.
I just don't see how you can afford the Klipsch RF-7 IIs at 1000. Or even 2000 dollars. So.... ya.... kind of lost.
What I will say though is if you get the Cerwins DEFINITELY be prepared for an external amplifier. These are similar to DJ speakers (Aren't they actually?) and I recently got a proamp for my HT system. I took my speakers from my frat house party room upstairs one day since we weren't allowed to have any visitors downstairs (stupid that other people get to tell us who can be in our house), and connected DJ speakers upstairs on both floors powered off my amp giving 300 RMS at 8 ohms (Crown XLS 1500). I was close to clipping, but never got there, powering something very similar to these in design. Now the Cerwins aren't rated as high for RMS as the speakers I was powering, but I'd definitely get an amplifier if you wanna see those monster 15 inch wooers hit hard.
I think you're looking at two completely different speakers though.
Klipsch RF-7 IIs are meant to be part of a HT system and have the aesthetics to do so. They won't look out of place in a living room and are a completely different price point.
In contrast, the cerwin vega remind me of a straight up DJ speakers. They actually look exactly like the speakers my fraternity has in our party room save the 6.5 inch woofer. They can probably be used without a subwoofer. The speaker I was running that was similar to this definitely could have been run without a sub and the power/volume was enough from my amplifier that it was uncomfortably loud in the hallways when I was playing it. The ONLY way I'd purchase these Cerwin Vega's would be at my current age, 23 and if I was living in a house with other people where I was going out often on weekends and having guests over to party at my home. Otherwise, I really wouldn't get these speakers for just HT use. If you really don't care about the look though and can get over the fact that each speaker will be 100 lbs (according to specs seems a little high on the weight but it did take two of us to take my fraternity house speakers up the stairs), then sure. The biggest PRO about the CVs though is that you can hook these badboys up right away with an amplifier and play some music and movies and get some decent lows. With the Klipsch RF-7s you'll probably be wanting more and after spending 1500 over your budget, I doubt you'll want to get a matching quality sub. Forget about the fact the center will cost you another small fortune.
This will help you a bit as well about the new XLS
Don't forget though that why you buy the CV the amplifier is a MUST. If my amplifier is driven almost to clipping, you can guarantee a receiver won't be able to handle these speakers. Does it look like a receiver even could? If you do power these off your AVR you're bound to break something. As a person who has gone through 2 RMAs in the past 5 months due to an underpowered receiver, and who has a friend who has gone through 3 RMAs, you DON'T want to skimp.
You're looking at 1500 for the CV+Amplifier
and anywhere from 2400 to 3000 for the Klipsch. Both out of your price range of 1000.
To clarify though, I haven't heard the CV, I've heard Klipsch speakers, the RF-7 is my dream speaker at the moment although at 2k+ a pair, I'm starting to think I could find much better deals. The only way I'd buy the CV though is as a second system that would double for parties, but like I said, if you can get over the look of them(they don't look like they belong in a living room), then sure do it.
I think I'd be leaning towards the CV more based on your other thread where it seems you want bass from your speakers, and it seems like you wanna run a 2.0 system, but we need more info about what you truly want from your system first.Edited by tential - 3/8/13 at 12:39pm