Originally Posted by Zen Traveler
Make sure when you audition those speakers that you have a similar setup that you would have in your house: 1) Same type power source 2) make sure both speakers are Level-matched. 3) Both setup as large 4) hopefully they will have similar speakers to what you have and after level-matching, hear how they compare.
I feel the RF-7IIs will sound the best, but you need to decide if it's worth the $$ upgrade and the expenses down the line if you want to get a full HT setup (you can still use your current speakers as surrounds and rear speakers).
Insofar as needing a subwoofer on 2 channel (or movies and multichannel music)...I use my subs on that material but you may find you can live without it, but...If you are contemplating that make sure at the place you are auditioning they don't have the subs engaged.
All good pieces of advice and thanks for taking the time to post a reply.
My 2-channel room is my living room, so it will stay 2-channel (unless I want to live alone :-)
Comparing with my current M&K S-80 / V-90 sat/sub arrangement will be tough, unless I bring new speakers home and try/return/try another set. The dealer will probably charge a 'restocking fee' with that auditioning model.
I had the impression reading your posts that you've heard both the RF-82 II and the RF-7 II speakers and was wondering of the sound was 'night and day' between the two, or just marginally improved and able to handle more power. The cost of the RF-7 II is high for me, but I don't want to spend the money on the RF-82 IIs and be disappointed.
I wonder, because I brought my RB-61 IIs up from the HT and tried them against the M&Ks - side-by-side - and I was not impressed with the sound when playing classical music. But, my comparison was ad-hoc - I can't really level-match them and switching back-and-forth takes longer than it should for a reasonable comparison.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely *love* my Klipsch RBs/RCs in my little HT, but musically the sound was not for me, compared to the M&Ks in the 2-channel room. However, when I've listened to the floorstanders at the dealer, I liked what I heard - very full - and I have the bug now for new speakers.