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Klipsch or DIY

Hi Guys. New to the forum. Starting to upgrade all my speakers for a home theater.

I've been debating back and forth on buying a used KLIPSCH RP-280F Speakers for $500 or spend that money on a set of HTM-12s build?

Is that HTM-12 that much better or am I thinking wrong?
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The 280's are no slouch by any means. $500 is a real good price for them. I have a set I run as rears after I picked up some RF7 III's for mains. The HTM12's are also nice but I wouldn't say "better" or worse. I say do both and if you like them all...keep em....if you like one set better than the other... sell. Win Win!
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#Falonious is correct. There is no "better". I've been part of many speaker shootouts, with a lot of people and everyone has a different opinion as to what was "better". Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is to hear them side by side. Good luck and enjoy the hunt.
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This is a DIY forum so normally the recommendation would be to go DIY.

However, if faced with that choice, I'd probably go with the Klipsch, and I'm no Klipsch lover. Those are decent speakers for a good price. The HTMs are likely to sound "different" rather than "better".

The HTMs do give you more flexibility with positioning. Those Klipsch are rear ported which isn't always ideal in a theater setting (this is coming from a guy who has rear ported speakers behind an AT screen), but if rear porting works for your planned theater setup I'd go for it.
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If you can get the Klipsch for $500 a pair go with the Klipsch, if they are $500 each ($1,000 a pair) go with the HTM-12's (or what about the HT-12's?). One other consideration is whether they are visible or not. The Klipsch have a finished look to them that would probably look better, but if they are behind an AT screen, it doesn't matter.
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If you can get the Klipsch for $500 a pair go with the Klipsch, if they are $500 each ($1,000 a pair) go with the HTM-12's (or what about the HT-12's?).
It’s $500 for the pair.
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The thing is, you havent heard either, have you?.

I had some DIY speakers, and I actually still want to build some Classix II's, but I sold the DIY and just started going through speakers. The DIY fusion 10 pures were good speakers, and I really wish I still had them to compare to where I am at now.

I recently bought some boston CR8's that have been amazing. They cost around $100 and are old, cabinets arent the best but I run them in stereo for my living room and I wouldnt trade them for anything currently.

You can read reviews and you can spend crazy money, but honestly it doesnt mean youll like the sound.

With DIYsoundgroup you get 2 things....

Good speakers
Good efficiency

So you can run them off a receiver, they sound good, and they get loud.

The thing to think about is...do I need a speaker that will do reference level on receiver power?...if I dont listen at reference level? They hit higher than you pay for which is another plus. But half of me wonders if you built 5 classix II's, would it really be different than 5 htm 10's if you dont listen at super loud volumes? (yea I know the wave guide does help, but consider you are not off axis)

I bought 6 boston cr6's to play with for around $140, put them all into a center speaker lol. Ive been running that center channel for a year now and dont look back or wonder if I can do better, it sounds that good. Ive watched movies with the subwoofer off and voices still vibrate my ottoman. But im not saying go out and build a franken-center, I am saying its all your own preferences.

I do remember a few times going to the movies and then coming home and being like "oh, theres the dialogue!" when I had the fusion 10's. Now I just notice surround sound more at home, still no issues with dialogue.
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I have the RP280F, I really like them. I hate the fact that they are rear ported though, that really does suck. If you read Klipsch's notes they recommend something dumb like 18" separation from the wall, I keep them at 4-6" and I have yet to see a difference. You can't block it in a corner though, you'll kill the extension.
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#Falonious is correct. There is no "better". I've been part of many speaker shootouts, with a lot of people and everyone has a different opinion as to what was "better". Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is to hear them side by side. Good luck and enjoy the hunt.
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FWIW I run 1099 for LCR and klipsch for the rest of my 8 speakers. Everything blends just fine to my ears when audio pans around the room. I had RF7II RC7II and will say I like the 1099 better which is why I upgraded. That said HTM are good for behind and AT screen the KLIPSCH RP-280F are rear ported so couldnt go in a baffle wall and are better for in room. I think they HTM would play louder and maybe sound better just due to the HTM having good off axis vs the kipsch where they have no measurements to my knowledge and inflated sensitivity numbers.
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a pair of rp-280f's for $500 is a great deal. They are really good speakers. Klipsch's RP line makes going DIY a more complicated choice IMO. Very nice performance with music and movies and look good to. They have had a price increase recently though
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