Originally Posted by tsaville
I had a bit of an epiphany the other day: If we are all trying to recreate the theater experience, and theater speakers are all horn based, why don't we all own horns?
I've caught a case of upgradeitis lately, and I've been looking at the Klipsch RF series (82/C62/S52), as well as the KEF R series (always liked the KEF sound). As a little background, my previous speakers were Polk RTi (RTi 10 fronts). They had no problem getting loud, but I felt they lacked in detail and clarity. I switched those out for Mirage OMD speakers. They definitely have better detail/clarity than the Polk, but they can be a bit harsh at higher volumes.
I know there is no direct correlation between price and quality (you can find good and bad speakers at every price point), but I almost feel like the Klipsch reference speakers are too cheap. In other words, I don't want speakers that are "good for the price," I want speakers that are just plain GOOD.
Considering that BigCoolJesus just took a huge step back in price by switching from those Paradigms to the Klipsch, I guess I'll just follow his posts closely.
BTW, I have listened to Klipsch RF speakers at a friend's house, but I think to really evaluate a speaker it has to be in your own home. His speaker placement was terrible, so I'm not going to judge the Klipsch based on that experience.
I had the same setup--RF82s, RC62, and RS52s--in my own HT until a year ago when I went on up the Heritage line in the HT....I loved the Reference setup. Absolutely great for movies and music.
(Too bad you are not in the Atlanta area; I have the Reference setup above in the original boxes for a local metro Atlanta sale at a great price for the package. Just haven't put them on Craigslist yet.)
Anyway, loved the Reference setup, but decided to go vintage Khorns, La Scalas, and Belles in the HT after last kid graduated from college. If you did not love what you heard, your friend just did not have them setup right. I live in the country so I could crank the Reference set up. Never could get them to clip before my ears could not take anymore . . . The 82s and their matching friends are great at low or loud volume.
All the best in your decision, but I would not hesitate on the Reference setup you are looking at, if I was not into vintage Klipsch speaker rehab. I was never disappointed with my Reference setup.