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i currently have a paradigm reference 7.1 setup. this was purchased by my spouse really with her having no prior experience with speakers. she called, asked the guy for good speakers and he brought these over. we have enjoyed them for the last 1.5 years. i'm curious because of what i hear about the klipsch rf7, rc7, rs7, etc. what are people in the know opinion of how the klipsch reference compares to paradigms reference? could we be having more fun with klipsch?
 

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Very DIFFERANT SOUND, YOU SHOULD AUDITION COMPARATIVELY AND LISTEN for long periods of time with receiver/amps similar to your own.
 

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The Klipsch Reference series would have better dynamics and sensitivity. However, the 7 series is not as easy to drive as everyone wants to assume. The minimum impedances run below 4 ohms with the RF-7s hitting 2.8 ohms. Good amplification is a must.


The Klipsch sound is not for everyone. As previously stated, you need to listen before you leap.


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Darryl, I have owned the Paradigm studio 60's with the Servo-15 sub. and the Klipsch RF-3II's with the SVS 16-46Pci sub .(with the complementing speakers to make a 5.1 system). I can tell you that the sound is different by a pretty large margin. I would summarize by saying that, to my ears. The Paradigms were better for 2 channel and surround music, in that they had a better sound stage and more smoothness between the tweeter and the midrange. The Klipschs were better for HT as the dialog was noticeably clearer. the Klipsch were more directional (a good thing for HT) and, IMHO lacked a smooth transition between the tweeter and the midbass creating a discernable hole in the upper mid-bass. I NEVER thought the Klipschs were fatiguing or harsh. they didn't present as much sibilance with "s" as the Paradigms did. The best advise is to LISTEN to both at length. It is also more revealing if you can audition one right after the other with as short a time span between listening as possible. I liked both, but, since I watch more movies than listen to music, I preferred the Klipsch. By the way, the SVS sub outmatched the Servo-15 in every way I could test. I have heard Klipsch subs, but, have not been too impressed. If you go with Paradigm, their subs are much better than Klipsch. Have fun in your search, Dennis
 
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