Originally Posted by Bond 007
Are you getting a set or just the fronts? Its a better deal if youre getting the 30s for the same price as the 42s. If youre getting a sub then the difference in the 30s and 42s would be less because you wouldnt need the extra bass of the 30s.
Originally Posted by cchunter
Get the reference's. Just get yourself a decent subwoofer and your good to go.
The problem with a discussion like this one, is that it's so overwhelmingly subjective.
That said... here are my two cents' worth:
Comparing Klipsch speakers containing like-sized components, I think it's fairly safe to say that the Reference series speakers will invariably be an improvement over the Synergys, irrespective of source material.
The current discussion, however, is a completely different circumstance.
In most surround systems, the low-pass cutoff for the subwoofer is generally 80 Hz... which means that everything above about 100 Hz is being handled by the fronts (and the center). I'm sorry... but I can't, for one second, convince myself that the two 4.5" woofers in an RF-42 II can even come close
to the fullness and breadth of the middle and mid-bass tones produced by the two 8" woofers in an F-30 Synergy.
If what you generally listen to is loud, bass-heavy popular music, and room-shaking action-thriller movie explosions... perhaps the 42s and a sub will work for you.
If your listening tastes gravitate toward a fuller, deeper, and more wide-ranging aural spectrum... go for the 30s.Edited by B 26354 - 6/20/13 at 12:45pm