Originally Posted by xplizit
Good evening, everyone. I am looking to finally upgrade my front L/R home theater speakers after having pretty much the same ones for over 15 years.
Right now I have the Bose 301s as my L/R mains, Polk Audio CSi5 center, Bose 201 rear, and Polk T15 as rear highs. My AVR is an Onkyo TX-NR777.
Over time, I plan on upgrading all the speakers, except maybe the Polk center as I do like the sound it produces, but am wanting to start with the L/R mains. After doing some online research, because unfortunately I cannot demo these speakers due to location and lack of options, I believe Klipsch may be the best way to go. I have a budget of $1500 max, that's including tax, with Best Buy as my store option. That 24 month 0 interest is nice. The RP8000f seems like a really great option. They do have the R820f as well, which would save $300 overall, but I am not sure of the difference other than the RP8000 having a titanium tweeter vs the aluminum in the 820. That gives the 8000 a slightly higher frequency range.
My question is, with my setup, will the step up to the 8000f be worth it or is there another speaker option anyone would recommend?
Thanks for your time.
The 8000f is going to be worth it. While the R series has been improved, I doubt it sounds as good as the 8000f. The newest RP series has been really liked by almost everyone that has heard it. If nothing else, it will compete with anything in it's price range. Remember, with Best Buy, you can return it if you decide you don't like it.
Heck, you could buy both from Best Buy, and return the 8000f if you don't think it's worth it. Later on, I would recommend you get a matching center from Klipsch as finances allow, and go from there Not because the Polk is bad, just to have a matching front 3, which is considered best by most people. The Polk might blend in just fine, I don't know.
But, you can rest assured, that while there maybe, and probably are, speakers out there in that price range that are just as good, none will be better, and the Klipsch will have more dynamic range than any of them due to their higher than average sensitivity.
The tweeter is where the RP series really shines, it's not just the titanium, it's the other work, like the phase plug and the rubberized horn that all comes together to provide a good experience. And, I would guess that the box is thicker MDF, creating fewer resonances.