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Klipsch vs. Polk? Which is the better speaker?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I have a Denon AVR-2807 Receiver (110wx7) & I'm looking to get either Klipsch or Polk Audio front speakers (already have 4 rears & sub).
I'm looking at:
Polk: Center - CS2
FR/FL - Monitor 40 BS or RTi4 BS
or
Klipsch: Center - RC-52
FR/FL - RB-51 or RB-61

Does anyone have any info on any of these speakers &/or an opinion on which is the better speaker for my Receiver/Home Theatre?

Thanks!
post #2 of 19
You listen. Then you decide.
post #3 of 19
Exactly.
post #4 of 19
but,some people can't listen to the speakers! that is why they come here to ask others opionion about the speakers. duh.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Again, just wanting to get others OPINIONS, exactly why I asked this question...thanks DDigitalGuy05.

So, does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with either?
Thanks
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by DDigitalGuy05 View Post

but,some people can't listen to the speakers! that is why they come here to ask others opionion about the speakers. duh.

Yeah, but the opinions of others, even mine, are useless when it comes to something as subjective as speaker preference.

The best thing is to only buy speakers you can listen to or if buying unheard take a crapshoot if you can return them.
post #7 of 19
i suggest u go to audioholics forum. u get better help and suggestions. there not shy like over here.! www.audioholics.com
post #8 of 19
Can they spell and capitalize too?
post #9 of 19
Klipsch: Makes my ears bleed
Polk: Doesn't make my ears bleed

Winner: Polk
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by dcollin4444 View Post

Again, just wanting to get others OPINIONS, exactly why I asked this question...thanks DDigitalGuy05.

So, does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with either?
Thanks

Though I agree with the other comments about auditioning them, I actually do have experience with both.

I've owned the Polk RT600i and the RT800i (along with the 350 and 450 subs) as well as the Klipsch RF5's, RB35s and RB81s.

I can't speak for the more current models, but based on my experience with what I've used, the "sound" of the Polks and Klipsch are two extremes. In my listening room, which is heavily carpeted, has drapes, bookcases and lots of furniture, the Polks sounded "reserved" for want of a better word. The Klipsch, by contrast, have a very extended high end which, in that environment, actually wind up producing a fairly well balanced sound.

However, in a room with bare floors, lots of reflective surfaces (windows, etc), little furniture....the high end of the Klipsch may be a little overwhelming. Some people just downright don't like the sound of compression drivers. I will add, though, that the newer Klipsch use a different driver (as represented in the RB81s I have) that has tamed the high end slightly. Some people feel this is an improvement.

That is why you are getting non-specific answers to your question. It is not possible for any of us to know what you would consider acceptable sound. If possible, don't limit yourself to just those two brands. For example, I also have a pair of B&W CM7s, which produce a whole different sound.

Both Klipsch and Polk are well constructed and are fairly efficient, though the Klipsch are more sensitive by far.
post #11 of 19
Let me know when you've got two hot women you want to get involved in but can't audition them yourself.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Chu Gai View Post

Let me know when you've got two hot women you want to get involved in but can't audition them yourself.

I've got to remember that one.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by DDigitalGuy05 View Post

i suggest u go to audioholics forum. u get better help and suggestions. there not shy like over here.! www.audioholics.com


there's a thread running currently discussing the pro's and con's of owning Klipsch. IMO the polks would be much easier to listen to, but aren't my cup of tea either.
Here's the thread http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...ad.php?t=32522

Post # 11 PERFECT LOL ANALOGY
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by DonoMan View Post

Klipsch: Makes my ears bleed
Polk: Doesn't make my ears bleed

Winner: Polk

Wow. You should seek medical attention now if your ears bleed when listenning to speakers.

post #15 of 19
I just read the thread in question at audioholics and one professed expert seems to rant against Klipsch for reasons other than sound quality and another one claims to be a speaker salesman and owns Def Tech. My guess the latter works at Ultimate Electronics given what he owns. Suffice it to say I have compared the two at Ultimate Electronics and I prefer Klipsch. YMMV.

FWIW, audioholics doesn't have anything on AVS when it comes to not being shy about expressing opinions. Btw, if I ever have 2 Hot women to audition they won't have a problem being underpowered and their brightness will not be an issue {edit: however I do give extra points for creativity }. I can't say that about folks who underpower their Klipsch Reference speakers;-)
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Zen Traveler View Post

I just read the thread in question at audioholics and one professed expert seems to rant against Klipsch for reasons other than sound quality and another one claims to be a speaker salesman and owns Def Tech. My guess the latter works at Ultimate Electronics given what he owns. Suffice it to say I have compared the two at Ultimate Electronics and I prefer Klipsch. YMMV.

FWIW, audioholics doesn't have anything on AVS when it comes to not being shy about expressing opinions. Btw, if I ever have 2 Hot women to audition they won't have a problem being underpowered and their brightness will not be an issue {edit: however I do give extra points for creativity }. I can't say that about folks who underpower their Klipsch Reference speakers;-)


you forgot to mention the excellent characterization or depiction with Batman & Robin, as well!!

All joking aside! Its the same rhetoric found on all forums and that's what make them FUN.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

you forgot to mention the excellent characterization or depiction with Batman & Robin, as well!!

That was great! I can't (read:won't) go there though....

{EDIT: In case I was too subtle above--I am sure there are people that prefer other speakers over Klipsch. I happen to like the way my Klipsch HT sounds. I have heard Klipsch speakers sound bright because they weren't getting enough clean power (i.e., AVR not supplying near their rated WPC when playing mulitchannel material) or when they were set up in a bad environment.}
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Zen Traveler View Post

another one claims to be a speaker salesman and owns Def Tech. My guess the latter works at Ultimate Electronics given what he owns. Suffice it to say I have compared the two at Ultimate Electronics and I prefer Klipsch.

Could also be at a mini-Mag, they pimp Def Tech like they are the ultimate speaker in the universe. They actually look at you weird when you want to try something else.

Def tech must give them some good incentive bonuses or something.

As for the OP's post, I think I am weird in that Polk and Klispch are so completely different and yet I really like both. I have heard the LSi15's and loved them, and the Ref-7's and loved them, even though they sound utterly and completely different from each other.
post #19 of 19
davdev,

I have to admit that was my first thought. My short-term memory is gone so subliminal advertising doesn't really effect me.
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