Originally Posted by Kalani
Hi folks, I have a question perhaps you can help me with.
I have a Klipsch 7.1 setup (all Klipsch with SVS sub):
Klipsch Reference RF-35 Floorstanding mains
Klipsch Reference RC-35 Center Channel Speaker
Klipsch RS-41 II Surround Speakers
Klipsch RB-42 II Back Speakers
SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer
Powered by a Denon AVR-3312ci Receiver
I really loved the sound from my system at my condo, but since I moved to a house with a very open floor plan (living room opens into kitchen behind, and family room to one side), I've been less happy, primarily with the way the room just eats dialog from the center channel.
I can crank the volume to painful levels but the center dialog is still hard to make out. The difference from my last home, with the same amp and speakers (different sub but not applicable), is very noticeable. Sound is definitely coming out, it's just getting swallowed somehow. I intend to run some measurements and look into some acoustic treatments, but I am also open to considering other ways to improve.
1) Replacements/upgrades for the front speakers (L/C/R): my speakers are a little old at this point... Would upgrading to current-model speakers be much improvement? My RF-35s have 8" drivers, so the only seemingly comparable speaker in the current lineup is is RF-7 II (and I guess RC-62 II center to replace the RC-35?). Would I see much difference? Or is it time to look at an alternative? I REALLY love the look of the copper drivers... My designer wife actually likes the look, which makes life with big components much easier, but I also really love my Paradigm-based secondary system, so I'm open to alternatives, especially if the speaker cabinets are nicer than the Klipsches offer.
2) An external amp, such as the Emotiva XPA-3 or XPA-5: Is there much point? Klipsch speakers are already so efficient, but I've seen mixed reports on amp power upgrades. Some report that the Klipsch speakers really open up with a good solid power upgrade, and others say that until you are at or beyond reference levels, there's no point to adding power unless your amp is complete rubbish. The Denon amp is not top of the line, but it's not quite rubbish, either. Any point to such an addition, with Klipsch speakers?
Seems clear that first order of business should really be acoustic treatments, but until I'm able to get things measured and a word with the good gents at Gik, I'm looking into other ways I might improve my sound.