Originally Posted by gajCA
How did the RPs stack up?
The RP-280F were the first Klipsch I ever owned. I found them to be a bit bright and piercing quite often, but they gave me a taste of the dynamics and effortlessness that Klipsch and other horn-loaded speakers are known for.
However, RP-280F’s were not the brightest speakers I’ve owned. Polk RTi8’s were. They were unlistenable to me. Point being that some folks have the impression that a horn loaded speaker is going to be bright and piercing compared to all standard cone and dome speakers. Just not true.
So, I decided to upgrade to the RF-7 II. They are better than the RP-280F in every way, IMO (and they better be at around 3X the cost). The RF-7 II sounded more balanced (less bright), have deeper bass, have seemingly unlimited volume capability, sound more effortless, have better build quality, etc.
With the RF-7 II’s build quality, real wood veneer, ability to play loud without strain, etc., I think of them as “lifetime speakers” – meaning that they could last me for the rest of my life and be handed down to one of our kids.
However, they are not perfect (what speaker is though?). They can still be a bit bright when the volume is pushed, so I became curious about the RF-7 III, especially after reading some user comparisons vs. the II’s.