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Upgrade of Klipsch Quintet system

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I have had the Quintet setup with a Klipsch 450 sub for a few years now. Reciever is a Yamaha with 70 RMS. I have been wanting to start upgrading for a while and with Black Friday coming the Icon KF-26's will be once again on sale for 50% off.

Any recommendations on upgrading to the floorstanders now with my 70 watt receiver. I can get the 2 floorstanders for 175 each. I know the KF's are rated at 100W and I only have 70. I know the KF's are 6db more sensitive and I could turn the levels down on them at first.

Any thoughts on this upgrade path.

Current setup
Receiver Yamaha RX-V475
Speakers Klipsch Quintet
Sub Klipsch SW-450
post #2 of 5
I personally would go with a pair of the Klipsch RB-51 II, it will run you about the same price, but the Reference series is much better than the Icons. I recommend bookshelves instead of towers because when paired with a sub, the end result is essentially the same. Your receiver will set a crossover for your speakers, and since subs do a better job with bass, the benefit of towers (lower extension) is a moot point.

Klipsch speakers have good sensitivities, and your receiver will have more than enough power. I think going with the Reference series would be a more significant upgrade for you. Later on add the matching center and you can keep your current Quintets as surrounds for 5.1 or even 7.1.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
I see setups with towers and the subs all day.. If towers were not needed then why would I see setups with 2 towers, center, LR surrounds and the sub? I understand your point but I guess this is where my inexperience comes in.
post #4 of 5
Some people prefer the look of towers. In some cases, mainly with budget speakers, the cost of stands sometimes is the difference between a bookshelf and tower, so people opt for the towers. I am sure peope think they sound much better, but a good sub and bookshelf system will perform just as well.
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

I personally would go with a pair of the Klipsch RB-51 II, it will run you about the same price, but the Reference series is much better than the Icons. I recommend bookshelves instead of towers because when paired with a sub, the end result is essentially the same. Your receiver will set a crossover for your speakers, and since subs do a better job with bass, the benefit of towers (lower extension) is a moot point.

Klipsch speakers have good sensitivities, and your receiver will have more than enough power. I think going with the Reference series would be a more significant upgrade for you. Later on add the matching center and you can keep your current Quintets as surrounds for 5.1 or even 7.1.

Crutchfield has the cherry RB61IIs for $399. Klipsch just also released to the US the new, old versions which include the RB-600 (RB61 version 1) for $399 a pair. Call AVS for their prices on Klipsch if you live in the continental US.
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