Question about Speakers I purchased... Klipsch

clayton006

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So I had $3700 in store credit at best buy. My Epson 5030UBe kicked the bucket and I needed to replace it along with getting a nice home theater audio system.

I picked up the following:
2x R-28F floor standing
1x R-25C center
2x R-15M Bookshelfs (for surround)
1x R-12SW Sub
Onkyo TX-NR656 AVR

I know I could have went with the Reference Premiere line for the money I paid for the reference line. I was locked in at Best Buy so I didn't have a lot of choice. That being said, are the speakers above: Great, Just okay, awful? So far they sound great in my space now that I've got them calibrated. Just trying to see if I should sell them and try to get cash to move up to the RP series (but I have a feeling I would lose a ton of cash that way).
 

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The most important thing is that you like the way they sound. When you turn those bad boys up during your favorite movie/game/song and you can't keep from smiling you are good. That being said there is no harm in attempting to sell them if you can break even. If you don't get any offers you like no big deal.

It is important to keep future purchases in mind as well when choosing current speakers, make sure whatever speakers you own now will still be affordable to you down the road incase you ever want to upgrade to a 7.1/Atmos/DTS-X setup down the road.
 

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I appreciate the feedback. I may get the Klipsch Atmos add-on speakers to sit on top of my floor standing ones to add some depth to the sound stage.
 

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I'm wondering now if my Onkyo 656 has enough power to drive these at 50% volume. I noticed a little crackling during an intense action sequence watching the Force Awakens.
 

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As others have said, only you can say if you like them or not. I personally dont understand how people can buy speakers based on reviews. Everyone's ears are different and the technical specs are only a small piece of what makes speakers appealing to a listener. The reason why there are so many speaker companies is because they cater to different listeners. Personally, I love PSB. Someone else may like JBL, Klipsh, Polk, Velodyne, NHT, Infinity, Paradigm, B&O, Martin Logan etc etc etc etc. There are hundres of speaker companies, all for different ears and wallets.
 

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I'm wondering now if my Onkyo 656 has enough power to drive these at 50% volume. I noticed a little crackling during an intense action sequence watching the Force Awakens.

What was the source (disc, download etc...etc...)? With a 98db sensitivity level the 656 should provide enough power to get these to reference levels.
 

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It was a Blu Ray. Star Wars the force awakens part when they are stealing the Falcon. I think the crackle may have just been part of the source material.
 

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I'm not dogging on your purchase, speakers are only good if the person listening to them likes them. But I will say that the RP-280's sound considerably better in both music and movie criteria, I tested both and decided to order the RP-280's and wait for them instead of purchasing the 28's from BB.

I didn't test the bookshelves, center or sub so I won't comment on those.

What was the source (disc, download etc...etc...)? With a 98db sensitivity level the 656 should provide enough power to get these to reference levels.

I am suspecting the Amp in this case. It should have plenty of power looking at the listed spec's but they don't have an RMS rating. I'm assuming its the 100w @ 8ohm in stereo but they don't list it for 5 channels being used. I'm powering a set of RP-280's with a receiver that hits 85watts @ 8ohm's in stereo but only does 65 in 5 channel mode. I haven't tested it out to see if I could get mine to clip but this would be a different case scenario with a different line of speakers.

The reason why I don't think its the source is due to BD's being considerably harder to damage and usually damaged disc's don't cause crackling, I'm assuming the crackling is clipping.
 
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I figured the RP-280's would sound much better. I may hold on to this system and use it in the corner where my other projector is when I go to replace my main set.
 

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I figured the RP-280's would sound much better. I may hold on to this system and use it in the corner where my other projector is when I go to replace my main set.

I plan on finishing my RP system when I pick up a 4k receiver.
 
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I didn't test the bookshelves, center or sub so I won't comment on those.


I have Polk for my fronts and center so I can’t comment on these, but I do have the R-12SW Sub. I thought it sounded much better than 12" Polk sub. I'm not an audiophile by any means, but I felt like the Klipsch sub sounded much better with both movies and music. I wasn’t going to spend $ 1500+ for something that exceled at both :)

And of course, as several people have mentioned, what matters is whether or not it sounds good to you.
 

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I've heard the R-12SW since posting this and read a bunch of negativity towards it and I can't say I agree with the notion that it's not a solid sub. I quite like it.
 
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