Originally Posted by MSchu18
one thing you will notice also(some folks make the mistake of thinking this is a speaker issue) is that the speakers are so efficient that they will transmit poor source material much more clearly(displaying the bad recordings).
people seem to think this is an issue with the klipsch design... it is, klipsch will let you know when your crappy recordings are being played.
I'll second that observation. And the further up the Klipsch line you go, the more apparent that revelation will be.
Last month, I upgraded my SF-2 fronts -- which I bought new in 2001 -- to a brand new pair of SF-3s that I found on eBay (yep... nine years old, still in their never-opened boxes). I expected there to be a fairly discernable difference between the two (8" woofers as compared to 6.5" woofers, but made of the same speaker material... and similar tweeters, but with a larger horn), but I was definitely not prepared for how MUCH of a difference there would be.
One of my favorite pieces of music is the allegro from Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1... and the most hauntingly beautiful rendition of it that I've ever encountered, is a late-50's or early-60's RCA Victor Gold Seal recording of Artur Rubenstein's performance of it, with the New Symphony Orchestra of London. I have it on a 1998 ADD-recorded CD called "Rubenstein - Nocturne", produced by "BMG Entertainment". Listening to that recording through my SF-2s, I could tell that the digital processing done to the original analog tapes was rather poorly implemented, but the slightly-audible tape-hiss wasn't overly distracting, as long as I never attempted to listen at more than moderate volume.
With the introduction of the SF-3s into my system, EVERYTHING has changed (the SF-2s are now my surrounds... but for music CDs, I only listen to two-channel). The difference in the breadth and depth and fullness of instrumental tone, and the clarity with which I am able to distinguish and isolate individual instruments -- especially percussion -- is quite frankly astonishing.
But as "Nobody" points out... the price for that clarity, is that unless your CDs of originally-analog recordings were digitally-remastered extremely well -- or if your newer, all-digital recordings were simply poorly processed -- you ARE going to hear that recording's flaws... loud and clear.
Bottom line, for me? The tape-hiss on the Rubenstein/Chopin track on that CD is now BLATANTLY apparent. But I love that performance more than any other, so I'll still listen to it as often as I have previously... but now at VERY moderate volume.
And my other, WELL-recorded CDs and DVDs...?
W-O-W... do these SF-3s SING!!!