Today we are giving Klipsch a review with it’s flagship RF-7II Reference Series Home Theater Speaker System. This is a system that we didn’t have to buy to test thankfully as we can only afford to purchase so many things to review forcing us to limit such reviews to things we buy for around the office…or for when one of us buys something personally for our home and everyone shows up at once (uninvited), so that we can all experience the rush together and write some reviews about it!
We visited 3 different sample theaters with this system setup and took detailed notes of each of our experiences so that we can combine it all into a simple and easy to understand review!
It is easy to say that Klipsch has a long record of outstanding quality and long-lasting speakers. They create amazing speakers that deliver crisp, loud and vibrant sound to the listener, regardless of what they are listening to. Always great for movies, sports and listening to music, their speakers can introduce listeners to the gateway of true reference sound. This series being one of those (as well as Palladium Series…but that’s a whole new level for those who can afford a whole new price, so we won’t touch on those right now), it leaves nothing behind when it comes to performance and quality.
The RF-7II system can deliver perfect sound for daily listening of TV, but delivers something much more when it comes to sitting down for a movie or listening to a high quality music source such as a SACD, DVD-A disc, DTS album or high quality FLAC files on a PC (and so forth). When you dive into the latter, you experience a very warm range of sound delivered comfortably to the ears almost forcing you to close your eyes and smile.
The full range of the main (floor-standing) speakers is outstanding. The lows are very well defined and the highs are sharply delivered thanks to the 1.75″ titanium horn-loaded tweeter (aka Tractrix® Horn) that creates shockingly realistic sound effects in movies (ie, gun shots, sword fights, and the sort) and captures your attention instantly when playing high quality music with horns/brass, vocals or strings.
The rear speakers produced perfect levels. Nothing seemed distant or soft, and with the right settings on your receiver/amp, none of these speakers will over-power the other. The center speaker presented the dialogue in movies perfectly as well as the vocals in some of the tracks that focused on the center. The center speaker was very comparable to the mains in quality and presence. Comparable to the point that you have to take it down a few DB as it was a little too powerful at first.
We watched various movie (blu-ray) samples with the RF-7II system and each one resulted in instant satisfaction. We felt as though we were actually at the theater…only this sounded better than that. We then tested our ears to some SACD albums and FLAC material to see how well it performed. The music was absolutely outstanding. The horns melted you as the full mid and low range swept you from your feet and kept your inner child floating around the room in a ecstasy of excitement. We listened to some jazz, classic rock and live performances. Some would say that there are those in the world who’s life would be literately changed if they heard this full system as they would have never expected to hear speakers produce a whole new level of sound like this.
At times, it felt as though you could close your eyes and imagine yourself on stage. The breathing of the horn players, the sliding of the strings and the vocal transitions in the singer’s voice. If only everyone could afford to buy this system for their home (of course the smaller and mid-range companies would fall out of business quickly if that were possible).
The volume these speakers can pull off is also exceptional. You will permanently damage your ears before you create any distortion within these speakers. They sound just as good loud as they do turned way down to a relaxing distant level.
Like all Klipsch speakers, it takes very little power to light these up so you can use them moderately on a mid-range receiver, or you can choose to go all out using your pre-outs and dedicated amps (stick to tube amps though with these speakers to get the most out of them).
These speakers may not compare fully to brands like Bowers & Wilkens or MBL, but they (like Paradigm) provide a perfect “next best” solution…and they won’t cost as much as 2 new cars or your entire house for that matter. These speakers will, however, surpass anything your eyes could expect to hear from a typical electronics store speaker display. Polk Audio, Sony, Samsung…even BOSS and Infinity by Harman couldn’t live up to what these sound like.
So if you are an audiophile who prefers high fidelity full-range sound, have a decent size room/theater to set these up in and the price range is right for what you are looking for, this is a system for you. It doesn’t get any better than this unless you switch over to Klipsch Palladium or Paradigm Signature series (and then graduating to B&W and so forth).
The system generally goes for around $6600+ but you can find it at a low of about $5499. We have provided as many links to such as possible to make it easy.
Full Klipsch RF-7II 5.1 System (Black):
Full 5.1 system with Onkyo TX-NR838 7.2 AV Receiver
Full Klipsch RF-7II 5.1 System (Cherry):
Full 5.1 system with Denon AVR-X4000 5.1 AV Receiver
Klipsch RF-7II Stereo Set-up (Cherry):
Stereo RF-7 II Floorstanding Pair With Onkyo TX-NR838 7.2 AV Receiver
Here is a list of some of the SACD media we listened to that got the best reaction out of us (aka, our absolute favorites):
- Beatles – Love (Audio DVD)
- Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms [Hybrid SACD – DSD]
- Rush – Hemispheres [Hybrid SACD – DSD]
- Yes – Close to the Edge [Hybrid SACD – DSD]
- Diana Krall – Look of Love [DVD-A Audio] (note, get a used copy for best price)
- Eagles – Hotel California [Hybrid SACD – DSD]
- The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out [SACD]
RF-7 II Floorstanding Speakers (Black or Cherry):
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 30Hz-24KHz ± 3dB SENSITIVITY: 101dB @ 2.83V / 1m POWER HANDLING: 250W RMS / 1000W Peak NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 8 ohms compatible HIGH FREQUENCY HORN: 8″ square 90° x 60° Tractrix® Horn LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER: Two 10″ (25.4cm) Cerametallic cone woofers CROSSOVER FREQUENCY: 1200Hz ENCLOSURE TYPE: Bass-reflex via dual rear-firing ports INPUTS: Dual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp HEIGHT: 48.5″ (123.3cm) with feet WIDTH: 11.6″ (29.5cm) DEPTH: 16.3″ (41.5cm) with grille WEIGHT: 87.1lbs (39.5kg) FINISHES: Black Ash , Medium Cherry furniture grade wood veneer BUILT FROM: 2010
RC-64 II Center Speaker (Black or Cherry):
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 59Hz-24KHz ± 3dB SENSITIVITY: 99dB @ 2.83V / 1m POWER HANDLING: 200W RMS / 800W Peak NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 8 ohms compatible LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER: Quad 6.5″ (16.5cm) Cerametallic cone woofers HIGH FREQUENCY CROSSOVER: 1100Hz, 1400Hz ENCLOSURE TYPE: Sealed INPUTS: Dual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp HEIGHT: 8″ (20.3cm) WIDTH: 35.8″ (91cm) DEPTH: 13″ (33cm) with grille WEIGHT: 51.8lbs (23.5kg) MOUNTING: Uptilt and Downtilt feet FINISHES: Black Ash , Medium Cherry furniture grade wood veneer BUILT FROM: 2010
RS-62 II Surround/Rear Speakers (Always Black):
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 50Hz-24KHz ± 3dB SENSITIVITY: 97dB @ 2.83V / 1m POWER HANDLING: 150W RMS / 600W Peak NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 8 Ohms compatible LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER: Dual 6.5″ (16.5cm) Cerametallic cone woofers HIGH FREQUENCY CROSSOVER: 1300Hz ENCLOSURE TYPE: Bass-reflex via quad side-firing ports INPUTS: Single binding posts HEIGHT: 15″ (38.1cm) WIDTH: 16.3″ (41.5cm) DEPTH: 9.2″ (23.4cm) WEIGHT: 22.7lbs (10.3kg) MOUNTING: Keyhole bracket and quad 1/4″-20 threaded inserts FINISH: Matte Black vinyl BUILT FROM: 2010
SW-115 Subwoofer (Always Black):
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 18Hz-150Hz ± 3dB MAX ACOUSTIC OUTPUT: 121dB @ 30Hz 1/8 space, 1m AMPLIFIER TYPE: BASH® Digital Hybrid AMPLIFIER POWER: 400 watts continuous @ <2% THD / Dynamic Power*: 800 watts DRIVE COMPONENTS: 15″ (38.1cm) Active non-resonant Woven Fiberglass driver ENCLOSURE TYPE: Bass-reflex via front-firing slot port INPUTS: L/R Line-level RCA jacks, L/R High-level speaker binding posts, WA port OUTPUTS: None WEIGHT: 69lbs (31.3kg) DIMENSIONS: 19.75″ (50.2cm) H x 17.5″ (44.5cm) W x 26″ (66cm) D FINISH: Black pica VOLTAGE: 100-120V / 220-240V~50/60Hz 4A (Auto-voltage switching) with 1 Watt standby EXPORT VERSION: NA, EU BUILT FROM: 2011
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