Originally Posted by eaux
Originally Posted by ldgibson76
Thanks for the input. I'm very familiar with the RF-7II's. I've listened to them several times and they are impressive. But not what I'm looking for in a speaker. And it's not my eyes that need opening, it's all about the ears. Thanks again.
Nice score on the WF-35's, especially now that newegg has finally sold out and discontinued them.
Just curious, what was that you were not looking in the RF-7 II and presumably that you found in the WF-35?
What were those custom legs that you put on your RF-35's? They look pretty slick!
Thanks for the sentiments. I was very fortunate to secure one of the remaining pair. I had been considering the WF's for quite some time. My intention was to put them in my family room due to the nature of the speaker. WAF! The furniture grade finish (Espresso) was a perfect match to the decor, so to be able to grab them for $540 was a no brainer. So the only reason I chose the WF's is because it was a perfect fit aesthetically for my family room and what was required as far as sound quality, they exceed expectation, especially at the price paid! It wasn't that the RF-7II's would not satisfy my performance requirement. To the contrary, it would, bigtime! It's just that the RF-7II's size and look wasn't conducive to my family room decor or my wife's discriminating demands!
At the same time, I was also in the market for new speakers in my main room (Man cave
). I thought I had become tired of the RF-35's. So I started auditioning speakers from other manufacturers. I also knew deep down that if I could, I would stay with the Klispch Reference line. How does this relate to you question about the RF-7II's? Well, I had the fortunate opportunity to go to a retailer in my area that carry the Klipsch Reference line and they had the RF-83's, RF-63's and the RF-7II's on the floor. By then, the RF-83's and 63's were discontinued but the retailer still had some in stock. Not many get this type of opportunity to compare the Reference IV line to the Reference II line. I listened to RF-7II's very intently. I then listened to the RF-83's and then the RF-63's. I felt that due to my room size and my system's capabilities and last but not least sound quality, I preferred the RF-63's over both the 83's and the 7II's. It would be an overall better fit in two categories: 1) Sound output and physical size of footprint. Call me strange,
but I really like the RF-63's and if I was going to stay with the Klipsch product, they would be the successor to my RF-35's. I'm not saying that it's a better speaker than the RF-7II's because it isn't. It's something to do with the narrow form factor and it's middle of the road performance when compared to the RF-83 and RF-7II. I felt it provided qualities of both in a smaller package.
The feet that have been installed on the RF-35's are called Outriggers. They are from a company called Soundocity.com. eaux, other than the placement of room treatments (panels , diffusers, traps and the like) and stronger amplification, this is the best move one can make to improve speaker performance. Hands down, IMO, if your speakers are resting on carpeted floors or even wood flooring, with OEM rubber feet, outriggers are the answer to better stability, tighter and more focused bass, more definitive mids and cleaner highs. Not to mention, they improve the look!
Even though some manufacturers, depending on the speaker may include spikes in the box, they are usually not even close to the quality of the Soundocity product. The Outrigger package is substantial and of superb fit and finish. Way beyond it's pricing, that's for sure. No doubt, a sound investment. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Edited by ldgibson76 - 3/12/13 at 4:57pm