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Is this a Big Box Store Speaker Scam? Are they selling 2006 speakers in 2013?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just bought a pair of the Klipsch Reference IV 3-Way RF82's from Futureshop.
Futureshop claims these are regularly over $1400/pair. I bought the pair for $500 which seems like a great deal.
My concern isn't that they likely cost closer to $1000/pair (not $1400), and that their marketing is misleading. Rather, I can't find any recent mentions of the "Klipsch Reference IV 3-Way RF82" on the internet.
I can find lots of recent reviews/mentions of the Klipsch Reference II RF82 but not the Klipsch Reference IV RF82 -- the mentions of the Klipsch Reference IV speakers are from around 2006.

Can anyone shed some light on this? I'd hate to think I just bought a pair of 7 year old speakers!!
Edited by BuddSugerman - 11/30/13 at 9:47am
post #2 of 16
Dang that's cheap!
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
not so cheap if they are 7 year old speakers smile.gif
post #4 of 16
With speakers, age doesn't really matter most of the time. If it's a good design it's a good design. A good speaker 7 years ago is a good speaker now. If they are in fact the RF-82 II speakers then that's a helluva deal considering what they still go for new at most other places.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
that's the thing they are the Klipsch Reference IV RF82 not the Klipsch Reference II RF82. I am really hoping someone here can help me figure out the difference between the two.
post #6 of 16
For one the name. What you have are the Klipsch Reference IV 3-Way which technically are not the RF82's. Since the specs are nearly the same I'd sit back and enjoy the music - with some expensive beer with the money you saved. And tell everyone they're listening to RF82's.
post #7 of 16
I wouldn't worry about it. Even if they are from 2006 and have been boxed up the whole time the speakers are in new condition. And considering the price you paid you got a great deal.

I'm sure you can always take them back if you're concerned because they might be 7 years old.
post #8 of 16
Klipsch has been selling this line over seas and are now offering it here in the US. It is not a scam and its a great way to save money on really nice speakers. biggrin.gif
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Knucklehead90 View Post

For one the name. What you have are the Klipsch Reference IV 3-Way which technically are not the RF82's. Since the specs are nearly the same I'd sit back and enjoy the music - with some expensive beer with the money you saved. And tell everyone they're listening to RF82's.

They are RF-82's, just with slightly different specs because from what I gather they are older/sold overeas. Futureshop is calling them "RF82's" as you can see here.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Reference_head View Post

Klipsch has been selling this line over seas and are now offering it here in the US. It is not a scam and its a great way to save money on really nice speakers. biggrin.gif

Thanks Knucklehead90, Reference_head, afrogt & ousooner2. thanks to your input i decided to order a third one and use it as a center channel!
post #11 of 16
I wonder where they're getting 3-way if the RF-82 II is a 2-way? I wonder if there are any material changes to the speaker also. If it's just Futureshop using a different name to sell the same product...kind of crappy on their part, but still a great price! Good pickup
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by ousooner2 View Post

I wonder where they're getting 3-way if the RF-82 II is a 2-way? I wonder if there are any material changes to the speaker also. If it's just Futureshop using a different name to sell the same product...kind of crappy on their part, but still a great price! Good pickup

I'm not gonna lie to you, as a new owner of 3 of these speakers, I will always wonder (just a little bit) if there are any material changes to the speaker...lol
post #13 of 16

Ahhhh…. Don't worry about it. Sounds like you got a great deal on some very good speakers. Don't think too hard about it and just enjoy em. If you like them that's really all that matters. :)

post #14 of 16
Wouldn't it be the sound that matters rather than the model number?
post #15 of 16
http://www.klipsch.com/RF-82-Floorstanding-Speaker/details

The old Klipsch forum had the year span that models were in production. It doesn't anymore. But 2006 seems too long ago to me.
Anyway, the RF-82 has been available in FutureShop for a while now, at least last spring if not more, so this isn't a new thing. They are also sold in Europe. I doubt that they are old speakers waiting in boxes, but maybe remaining parts being newly assembled?

Still a great deal for $500 a pair. I would buy a pair if I needed speakers right now.
post #16 of 16

from the look of it there the old version RF-82 and are 2-way allthough they have 2 woofers. for the price 250 each its good deal and the're good speakers.

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