Originally Posted by apexgrin
Hello! I've decided on Kipsch speakers for the final upgrade on my HT set up. I have a couple questions though and didn't find the answers in my search:
Will the RP-450C match alright with the RP-260F's?
I'd like to set my TV on top of the center channel (TV is 52.5lbs) and the TV stand is about 32.5" wide at the widest point. The 450 is not quite that wide, but it's wide enough. The 440 is definitely too skinny. Putting a center on the lower shelf of my stand is too low, and my TV needs to come up ~5" anyways.
I also intend to go for an Atmos setup in the future but my current rented house has a vaulted ceiling so ceiling mount would be difficult and bouncing sound is out. For a 7.1 setup should I go with the RP-240's for side surrounds and RP-150 for rear? Would the smaller surrounds have trouble keeping up with the front 260s/450? I'm interested in the 240s/250s because they need to be so close to the seating. I understand I'll have to sell them off and replace with monopoles when I go Atmos?
Receiver will be a Denon X4300H.
Thanks for the input. I'm pretty excited about being able to get a Klipsch system. It's the brand I always wanted growing up but never had the means.
The RP-450C should be great with the RP-260Fs. All the RP line (like the Reference II stuff before them) are engineered to match. For movies it is always good to get the biggest, best center that you can accommodate & afford.
If you plan to go Atmos, I'd keep your side surrounds closer to ear level rather than the pre-Atmos 1-2 feet above. Try them out in that configuration and maybe you won't have to replace them.
I wouldn't worry about the side surrounds "not keeping up". I started with the previous generation's RS-42II (which evolved into the 240S) and they were great, clear and detailed. I upgraded to the RS-62II and the win there was on movies where there's more lows in the back--the best example I have is Gone Girl, where there's some very cool mixing of the score that sends weird and unsettling lows to the side surrounds. (Runner up for cool surround stuff is tbh the first Pokémon movie, where a psychic character has ALL its dialog come from the surrounds so that it sounds like it's coming from inside your head. A simple trick but really effective!) But most movies don't do enough with the surrounds to really make them matter that much. Most of your joy will come from your mains, center, and sub, so focus on those first.
If you want to go 7.1, I'd skip the 240/250 for side surrounds and go with 150s or 160s. The way the 240/250 are designed to bounce sound around the back can obscure the rear surrounds -- or at least I have a hard time noticing my RB-41IIs with everything the RS-62IIs put out. Relatively few movies have a full 7.1 mix anyway, so those rear surrounds rarely have much of anything to do.
Honestly your 260/450/250 (or 260/450/1X0/1X0) setup will match perfectly and be a ton of fun to listen to. If you can afford and fit them in your space, I'd suggest the 280Fs so you save yourself a little "what if" worrying, but if you can't I think you would still have a system that'd be really enjoyable. I started quite modestly with RB-41II/RC-42II/RS-42II with an SW-112, and my wife and friends were impressed with how it sounded. Bond movies, Wall-E, and Pacific Rim all got unsolicited appreciative comments on that setup. Everything else from there has been icing on the cake.
Good luck and enjoy whatever setup you end up choosing! :-)