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Klipsch RP-280FA? Anything else out there?

Is there anything out there that's better or just as good for the price? Bookshelves or floor standing, Atmos or not.

These can be had for $800 for the pairs.

Looking to replace our fronts, mostly for music. I would jump on this already if they weren't to damn big for our small living room.
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For bookshelves good for music NHT C3 or Polk LSiM 703. Adorama has the 703's on sale every few weeks for 225-249 each so look for sales.

https://www.rakuten.com/shop/adorama...iABEgKKLfD_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/NHT-Bookshelf...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

The Klipsch RP500 or RP600 would also be good. Do you have a sub?
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Is there anything out there that's better or just as good for the price? Bookshelves or floor standing, Atmos or not.

These can be had for $800 for the pairs.

Looking to replace our fronts, mostly for music. I would jump on this already if they weren't to damn big for our small living room.
Doesn't have the Atmos module and a bit weird looking but tons of AVS fans.

https://www.jbl.com/loudspeakers/STU...saAnW8EALw_wcB

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For bookshelves good for music NHT C3 or Polk LSiM 703. Adorama has the 703's on sale every few weeks for 225-249 each so look for sales.

https://www.rakuten.com/shop/adorama...iABEgKKLfD_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/NHT-Bookshelf...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

The Klipsch RP500 or RP600 would also be good. Do you have a sub?

Yes, have lots of subs. And can always get more subs
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Doesn't have the Atmos module and a bit weird looking but tons of AVS fans.

https://www.jbl.com/loudspeakers/STU...saAnW8EALw_wcB


Honestly, I am not a fan of built in atmos speakers.
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Honestly, I am not a fan of built in atmos speakers.
This would be another option that looks less like "The Judge" from "The Wall."

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_714RP6...nut.html?cc=07

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-60...a-783776237446

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This would be another option that looks less like "The Judge" from "The Wall."

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_714RP6...nut.html?cc=07

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-60...a-783776237446

Great option. They are still big.

I love Klipsch, started out with the RF3s, moved onto the Cornwalls, eventually went the DIY route.

Looking for something with a slightly smaller footprint for the living room.
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The JBL Studio 580 speakers that were linked is a strong good option

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Great option. They are still big.

I love Klipsch, started out with the RF3s, moved onto the Cornwalls, eventually went the DIY route.

Looking for something with a slightly smaller footprint for the living room.
Still too big?

8-1/8"W x 36-3/16"H x 14-5/16"D

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-iL59ax...kaAkp8EALw_wcB

7-7/16"W x 34-1/8"H x 12-1/16"D

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_714RP4....html?skipvs=T

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Still too big?

8-1/8"W x 36-3/16"H x 14-5/16"D

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-iL59ax...kaAkp8EALw_wcB

7-7/16"W x 34-1/8"H x 12-1/16"D

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_714RP4....html?skipvs=T


Are they as good as the RF-280?

I supposed if you want good sound, you have to live with the size.
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Are they as good as the RF-280?

I supposed if you want good sound, you have to live with the size.
I'd say yes as the new RP series has been refined a bit more than last series.
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Are they as good as the RF-280?

I supposed if you want good sound, you have to live with the size.
You mean the RP280.

Yes they are they are the "next generation" of that very successful series and all the towers share the same tweeter it's just different sized woofers that help keep cabinet size and costs down.

In a "normal room" environment even the bookshelf version with a single 5.25" main drive gets "very loud" so even the smallest tower with a subwoofer in place should deliver very satisfactory sound up to volumes most of us would find too loud.

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Are they as good as the RF-280?

I supposed if you want good sound, you have to live with the size.
Just FYI, even the smallest tower with dual 4" main drivers have 16 percent greater main driver volume than a single 5.25" driver in a bookshelf.

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Went to BB today and looked at/listened to the RP8000. They don't look too wide/tall, just deep. How many inches do you have to keep these from the walls? 6-8 inches? That's really taking up some real estate in our small living room.

I listened to 2 tracks, and not sure I can fully enjoy multiple hours of music listening without the fatigue kicking in. And I do listen for hours while I work or having some whisky in the evening.
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Went to BB today and looked at/listened to the RP8000. They don't look too wide/tall, just deep. How many inches do you have to keep these from the walls? 6-8 inches? That's really taking up some real estate in our small living room.

I listened to 2 tracks, and not sure I can fully enjoy multiple hours of music listening without the fatigue kicking in. And I do listen for hours while I work or having some whisky in the evening.
At least 18" from the wall, but 2-3' would be best.

If you're getting ear fatigue after a few tracks, it's not going to improve over time. You should consider other options.

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At least 18" from the wall, but 2-3' would be best.

If you're getting ear fatigue after a few tracks, it's not going to improve over time. You should consider other options.


Ouch...don't have that kind of space.....
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Ouch...don't have that kind of space.....
You could get away with less if crossing over to a sub at 80-90hz, but you'll run the risk of bloated bass or boominess.

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Went to BB today and looked at/listened to the RP8000. They don't look too wide/tall, just deep. How many inches do you have to keep these from the walls? 6-8 inches? That's really taking up some real estate in our small living room.

I listened to 2 tracks, and not sure I can fully enjoy multiple hours of music listening without the fatigue kicking in. And I do listen for hours while I work or having some whisky in the evening.
If you are ever in NYC maybe check out Adorama Camera or B&H Photo as they both sell many well know speaker brands.

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Martin Logan Motion 20 or 40 have a smaller footprint but a larger price.

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