Originally Posted by nhanda
Sorry was busy today and wasn't able to reply earlier.
I am considering Klipsch and KEF because of their atmos add-on modules like you suspected. I still think Klipsch would offer me more value than KEF's would (KEF's R700 or even R500's) are more expensive than RP-280F. I don't want to drill holes into the ceiling for atmos.
Below is the living room where the HT would go, I know I can spare space for Fronts and Centre and Subwoofer.
Question - Do the rear's need to be floor-mounted or can they be on the wall to. Reason for asking is that I have already bought a corner sofa like in the image. The dimensions are almost accurate.
1. What's the difference between RP-250S and RP-260F. I see some mentioned 260F to be used as rear.
2. Also is there a stand for RP-250S. I ask coz I don't see it mentioned on Klipsch website. If they are to be wall-mounted, can they then provide atmos experience like a system of 5.1.4 or 5.2.4
Hi- lots to unpack there. I'll try to get to each question, though I wrote this slightly out of order, so bear with me. :-)
Rears (for like a 6.1 or 7.1 configuration) can be wall mounted if that's what works for your space. I have a pair of smaller bookshelf speakers mounted near the ceiling and angled down since I have a bay window that takes up most of my rear wall. Many people prefer direct firing speakers for this position but there are people here who have used the S type surrounds in the rear position and been happy with them.
The RP-250S is basically a fusion of two bookshelf speakers, featuring 2 5-inch woofers. They're angled so they don't directly point at your listening position but provide a more diffuse sound that works well for surrounds especially when your room isn't perfect.
The RP-260F is a floor standing or tower speaker, with 2 6-inch woofers. They can be used as side or rear surrounds with success if you have room for them in your space. In an ideal world, you would want to use the same speaker in every position, including the center, to maximize how they blend. For most people the world isn't ideal, so many of us choose smaller towers (F), bookshelf speakers (B), or specialty center (C) or surround (S) speakers.
All of the S speakers are intended for hanging on the wall. They have a keyhole mount where you basically hook the speaker onto a screw. The installation is pretty easy, though it's worth using a stud to better support them.
I have a similar space where I don't have room for towers as surrounds, so the RS-62IIs were my best option. The good news is that we love them--my wife wasn't even too upset when I swapped out my RS42s for the 62s once she heard them.
There isn't an official stand for the S speakers, but some people here have them on stands and have reported success. Someone even used wood bar stools (though I forget if that was for one of the RS speakers or one of the bookshelves).
As for Klipsch S stuff and Atmos... I know at least one or two people have attached them to the ceiling and liked them there. You might be able to lay them flat and get some up-firing behavior out of them but I doubt the angles would be right and you'd probably be better off with the modules that are intended for that use.