A great balance of performance and value

Klipsch® tower speakers get rave reviews from our customers, who often seem surprised at the level of performance they're getting for the price. So we're excited about the slender new RF-52 II, which offers up dynamic, full-bodied sound that makes it ideal for small- to medium-sized rooms. Building on Klipsch's previous Reference speaker line, the Series II models have updated drivers and a new crossover system for even more spacious sound. Pick up a pair for stereo music, or use them as your front left and right speakers in a home theater setup.

Grille off

Horn technology for "front row" sound

All Reference Series II speakers feature a redesigned version of Klipsch's famous horn-loaded tweeter. Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them right toward your ears. Klipsch places their titanium tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which disperses the highs evenly across your listening area in a 90°-wide, 60°-high pattern. With their Series II speakers, Klipsch has redesigned the shape and slope of their famous horn enclosure, so your movie soundtracks and music will sound more "open," with improved dynamics and efficiency. All in all, you can count on powerful, "front row" sound that's crystal-clear at all volume levels.

Cabinet construction

High-tech driver design

The RF-52 II uses newly machined, light-yet-rigid Cerametallic woofers with a folded edge to produce smoother mids and tighter bass. The specially treated aluminum in the cones helps to dampen unwanted vibrations and reduce distortion, while integrated dustcaps add stability. The RF-52 II also has dual five-way binding posts, giving you the option to bi-amp or bi-wire this speaker for even better performance. And the rigid, braced cabinet comes in a beautiful woodgrain vinyl finish.

Check out the rest of our Klipsch lineup, and build a complete Reference Series II home theater or stereo speaker system. And don't forget to add a Klipsch subwoofer for high-impact bass.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 36-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • handles 25-100 watts
  • sensitivity 96 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium dome tweeter
  • dual 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ woofers
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • cherry woodgrain vinyl finish
  • dual binding posts for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • 10"W x 36-3/4"H x 14-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Floor-standing speakers — still standing tall

Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.

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Klipsch RF 52-II

Written By Seattle Dave, Washington on Monday, March 02, 2015

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The depth and clarity in high and the mid range is superb to my middle aged ears with adequate bass. for a 2.0 system.

Pros: Great sound wife approves

Cons: Quality control missed a deformed foot and I await a replacement

Lovin the Klipsch

Written By Zach, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Absolutely love my Klipsch RF52's! I'm running them small with a subwoofer and the blend of music is phenomenal. The clarity is amazing. Speakers look very nice too. Will definitely be buying more klipsch reference speakers in the future!

Pros: Amazing clarity Small footprint in room Aesthetically look very nice

Cons: None that comes to mind

reference 52 II

Written By reference 52II, Florida on Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Great sound! Unbelievable!

Pros: Fantastic value! Unreal!

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RF-52

Written By JohnL, Fort Smith, AR on Thursday, February 19, 2015

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These speaker sound great, I have them in a small room and found no need for a sub. From classic rock to hip hop music and movies these speakers produce quality sound.

Great speakers

Written By robert d, Marion, IA on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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These Klipsch floor speakers are exactly what I'd been looking for. I've also added the center,surrounds, and sub for my home theater setup. Very Happy !!

Pros: When you want the very best, go with Klipsch !!

Cons: none

Great product

Written By Ethel, Altamonte Springs, FL on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Great buy and the speakers and attractive and the sound is excellent. Crutchfield team was very helpful and expeditious. The packaging was very well done and the speakers look great.

Pros: Great product and delivered as promised

Cons: None

Awesome buy

Written By Mark F, Le Roy IL on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Well it took me about a month to pull the trigger on these speakers, after looking at all reviews I was a bit worried about listener fatigue. I listen to a lot of music daily so that would be an issue for me. I loved the sound of the speaker and took the plunge at Crutchfield so I could use the 60 day return policy if I need to. I have only had these about 2 weeks and am very happy with my purchase. 90% of my listening is vinyl and I have to say WOW these things deliver, listening to my new remasters from Zeppelin. Beatles, and Stones have put a smile on my face. I am by no means an audiophile but I know what sounds good and what I like and I am more than pleased with these speakers. There is plenty of bass and i don't feel they are too bright, a couple of my albums have just blown me away with these speakers. I did have a 100w Outlaw Audio receiver hooked up to these but went to a restored vintage Marantz 2230 and the results have been great. The Marantz has a great sound and powers these efficient speakers just fine. I listen to all types of music and have tried a little of everything to get a feel for these if you do have a poor source such as a bad record these will let you know it. Play a quality copy of something and you will enjoy it. For the price and the support from Crutchfield I don't think you can go wrong also these little speakers can pump out some sound so unless you have a massive room these will be fine for everyday listening.

Pros: Looks and performance, the price and service you get from Crutchfield

Cons: None yet

buy these speakers

Written By B, Wyoming on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Super clean. Sounds great even at low volume. Have them paired with klipsh sub and center channel. Now saving up for sides and rear. Theater quality!

Pros: Sounds great looks cool

Cons: None

RF-52 11

Written By Brian, New Jersey on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Best all around speaker in price range. Outstanding for home theater and enough base for music

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By Philip g., Hawaii on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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They are great sounding speakers, reproducing "warm " and "digital" music accurately! You can hear crisp and clear airy sound-- no boxed in sounds! Even the bass sounds are tight, and not booming !

Pros: High quality speakers--sounding like very expensive high-end speakers! They are well constructed and designed!

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By Greg, Lebanon, TN on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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This is my second purchase of Klipsch speakers. These are extremely well built, and of course the sound is awesome. As a now senior citizen you would think that sound would not be of a concern to me but these speakers are crystal clear and in all ranges and make movies come alive Iin my home theater room. I also ordered the center speaker and two Klipsch rear speakersspeakers and it feels like I am at the movies.

Pros: Extreme quality construction, excellent sound in all ranges, attractive cabinets and they look great with the grills on or off.

Cons: Heavy but that is because they are built so well!

excellent, room filling sound

Written By Dave, Colorado on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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It's been too long since I upgraded speakers. These are crisp and clean. The bass is very strong but nor muddy. Feed 'em the power and they will not disappoint. At lower levels, they still produce a full range.

Love 'em

Written By CavesRCool, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Great size and performance. I do have it paired with a powered sub, but the mid-high response appears to be very true and accurate.

Pros: Great performance for the size factor

Cons: A bit heavy :-) Not really a con....

Perfect Speakers

Written By KD, Snohomish, WA on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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I have an Onkyo TX-NR929 receiver and did not know what I was missing until I hooked up these Klipsch Reference RF-52 II (bi-amped) and associated surround sound speakers. The sound is amazing and very well balanced.

Pros: Great looking speakers that produce excellent sound and work very well with my system: Onkyo TX-NR929 receiver, RF-52 II fronts, RS-42 II surrounds, RB-41 II surround backs, & RC-52 II center.

Cons: None

Very Nice Speakers

Written By Joe, Illinois on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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An awesome set of speakers for the price! No distortion, very clear highs and lows. Easily handle our mid-sized room. Spent a lot of time shopping and listened to a lot of different brands. These speakers are as good as, or even out-perform, brands at twice the price. Could not beat the Crutchfield price anywhere.

Pros: High quality sound Performance vs Price

Cons: None

Clean sound

Written By Sabianvox, California on Monday, December 01, 2014

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Nice speakers! I hooked them up bi-amplified and the sound is very well balanced. The highs are clear and undistorted, and are soft for horn tweeters. The mids are nice and dynamic, even responding into the sub range. My only gripe would be with Crutchfield, the speakers were listed as brand new but one of the speakers had a large dent on the back corner of the housing. Like it was dropped on the edge of something. It doesn't affect the functionality and since its in the back you can't see it when they're set up, but it was certainly damaged.

Pros: Great sound, solid speaker. Decently priced. Grills are magnetically attached

Cons: One speaker had damaged housing

RF-52 II Review

Written By Waldo, Florida on Saturday, November 29, 2014

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I always look to Klipsch when I am buying speakers, from my loudspeakers the Klipschhorns to my earbuds they never let me down. The RF52-II was the exact size speaker I needed to add to my 7.2 theater sound system. They are crisp in sound and provide the right amount sound for the room to be complete. I always recommend Klipsch and the are another great speaker in my sound system.

Pros: There Klipsch

Cons: None

Tight and accurate

Written By Blues lover, Nebraska on Friday, November 21, 2014

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These speakers are mind blowers! They are paired with the matching 52ii center channel and deliver amazing sound. This is my first pair of klipsch speakers and I am amazed. What I have noticed thus far is that they greatly prefer digitally recorded music to analog as the sound is not "warm," at all. The sound they produce is clean, tight, and extremely accurate. I have them paired to an inexpensive Yamaha Rx-375 A/V receiver and actually had to turn down the factory eq as the bass was a bit overwhelming (<1 ft from the wall, room approx. 12x12 with hard floors).

Pros: Better than advertised. Bass is incredible from drivers this size! Sound is precise and accurate even when paired with a bargain receiver. The wide base/rear feet are a nice touch.

Cons: None, really. I am still getting used to the horn tweeter sound. If you haven't had them before, they do take a bit of getting used to and can be a bit overwhelming after a few hours of use (hard to explain if you haven't sat in front of them for a while). However, this is only with music, not movies/tv.

Klipsch RF52-II

Written By Dee, Edmond, OK on Friday, September 05, 2014

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I love these speakers. For the price they are a super upgrade for my surround sound. I bought one as a. "Scratch and dent" special but it looks brand new. It was missing a machine screw for one of the feet but Crutchfield had it to me in just, a couple of days. Super customer service!

Pros: Sound, looks, price

Cons: Haven't found any

RF-52 II

Written By Mike G, Staunton IL on Monday, August 25, 2014

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Very nice sound. Very easy to listen to at low volume and when turned up it is crystal clear. Also purchased a pair of SR-41 II,s; still need a matching center channel. Probably will go with the SC-52 II.

Pros: Look great

Cons: Wife says too loud, but is that a con?

OK speakers

Written By JP, WV on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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I bought these speakers to replace a pair of modified Pioneer HPM 100 speakers,circa 1978, thinking that these "modern" speakers would sound better. I returned the speakers to Crutchfield, after a couple of weeks of A/B comparing with the HPM"s. To my ears, the RF 52's sounded too bright and irritating, with bloated, unnatural bass. I tested these with a variety of amps/receivers including a vitnage Marantz, Onkyo and Pioneer and also a modern Yamaha and Onkyo. The speakers sounded just OK, with the vintage Onkyo and Pioneer and not good with the rest. Other than efficiency, the HPM's bested the Klipsch, to my ears in all other catagories.

Pros: Nice to look at

Cons: Not so nice to listen to

Excellent Speakers

Written By Amos, Greenwood, IN on Thursday, July 17, 2014

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First time buyer with Crutchfield, Received the product within 4 days without any damage. Good service as well and received thank you card from them. I connected to my pioneer receiver 2 channel disconnecting all 7 channel, This speaker blew everything, awesome speaker. I now love listening music through this speakers. No need of subwoofer, I noticed very clarity in sound and fills the room. I'm planning to buy Emotiva UPA 200 to get more out of these speakers.

Cons: Quality of finish of the cabinet was little poor and would not expect great as these are made from China.


Written By Majog, Northern NY on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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I went from Infinity R162's to these Klipsch. The sound is now much fuller and richer. There is more than enough bass to not need a sub. They are a bit smaller than my RF 82's but that actually works well in the room they are in. I highly recommend these and the Crutchfield service was excellent as usual. I ordered these on a SUN and got them on TUE.

Pros: Full rich sound. No real break in required from my point of view. Enough bass I did not need a sub.

Cons: I would have liked the cable terminals to be more accessible. Size is good but they still are furniture.

As Expected

Written By Dukecity, Albuquerque,NM on Saturday, May 31, 2014

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I have these speakers powered by a 20 year old Nakamichi amp (100 watts?). My ears find a definite improvement after a 24 hour break-in period. Initially the sound was a little on the "bright" side. After break-in the sound seems neutral and clear.

Pros: efficient ( clean and clear at any volume level) neutral good value

Cons: needs a "break-in" period

Yes !

Written By T, Indiana on Friday, May 30, 2014

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These are worth every penny, the clairity is awsume! i'm going to save up for the rear surround to go along with them. Crutchfeilds also did a great job getting them to me.

Pros: sound qaulity,looks,over all build qaulity.

Cons: no

RF-52 Speakers

Written By Clay, Everett, WA on Saturday, May 24, 2014

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I thought I was happy with my 1970's vintage Sasui Speakers that stalling work and look great. I recently upgraded my Kenwood amp to a Yamaha RXV676 and was happy with that upgrade. A couple weeks later I bought the Klipsch RF-52 speakers to go with the upgraded amp....WOW... I was amazed at the sound clarity that I had been missing out on. I am very happy with these speakers and will have no problem recommending them to anyone who asks.

Pros: Shipment arrived quickly, packaging was good, speakers look great and sound great.

Cons: None


Written By KC, Oakland, Tn. on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Great looking and well made. Doesn't have quite the bass that I had hoped for.

klipsch rf-52II

Written By paulk, indianapolis, in on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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purchased the cherry wood on special paired with a harmon kardon hk 3490, 125 rms/ch. back in the day (70's and 80's), I had systems that today would sell for $10,000 + and consider myself a semi-stereophile. bottom line, if you are looking at speakers in this $ range, look no further. amazing clarity, tight low end, very "up front, extremely efficient". I'm convinced there is no way you could buy speakers for under $600 that would sound this good. nuff said !

RF-52 Towesr

Written By Alan H, Boca Raton, FL on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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These RF-52 Towers along with an RF 500 center speaker have given my sound system new life. Music and movies sound amazing.

Pros: Sound, looks, price

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By ChristianJ, Lehi, UT on Friday, April 11, 2014

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These were to start a 5.1 setup. We have them hooked up to a Marantz NR1403 and will use them for both TV/movie and music audio. They have a very clean, crisp sound with plenty of volume for our 350 sq/ft room. Also, very acceptable (clean) bass without a sub.

Pros: Very good sound for the price. Small foot print. Classic styling.

Cons: Nope.

Great speakers

Written By Stevo, Greenville, SC on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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These speakers deliver exactly what I was looking for. I needed great sound for both music and movies but had limited space. These fit perfectly!

Pros: Great sound

Cons: None

Great as a stereo pair

Written By Cris, Santa Rosa, CA on Friday, March 28, 2014

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I bought these to replace my ancient Advent pair that disintegrated suddenly. With little options locally to listen and compare, I read many reviews and decided on these. With such small drivers I was concerned there might be inadequate bass, not that I need a huge thump, just some presence. These give me exactly what I want. I'm very satisfied.....

Pros: very even frequency range delivered clean simple appearance fair price

Cons: none I can see


Written By Get the 52 and not 42, Sd, CA on Thursday, January 30, 2014

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I bought the rf-52 and the rf-42. The rf-52 is a great speaker and I returned the 42 due to separation of bass and treble. The 42 seemed to be straining and the 52 are great.

Pros: Amazing for the price.

Cons: Size

Oh My Gosh! What great speakers!

Written By Joe, Locust Fork, Al on Sunday, January 05, 2014

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Ordering, could not have been any easier! The speakers were shipped quickly. When I hooked them up, I was blown away. Crisp clear sound! Great fit and finish as well.

Pros: Crisp highs, just the right balance between the bass and strings.

Cons: Haven't found any.

Exceeded expectations

Written By Kristi M, Denver on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Got these to replace some little shelf speakers. They look nice ( tall & skinny) and sound AMAZING. I like them much more than expected...you hear every horn, drum etc...it really transformed our home stereo.

Pros: Nice look, fast shipping, good price

Cons: We don't want to turn the music off

klipsch rf - 52 11

Written By Rod R, hollister ca on Friday, December 13, 2013

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enjoyed these speakers so much I bought another pair to use as my rear surround speakers

Pros: great highs clear defined bass for woofers their size

Cons: none

great speaker

Written By TimS, Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, December 07, 2013

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I couldn't be happier with these speakers. The clarity at any volume is nothing short of amazing. I have them in a small room and to get this kind of sound in a relatively small package is ideal. The speakers look great and the cherry finish is quite elegant

Pros: Great clarity, plenty of bass, amazing sound separation

Cons: no complaints

Great value ina floor speaker

Written By blackberry, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, December 01, 2013

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The Klipsch Reference RF-52 II speakers were purchased as a replacement for 30 year old bookshelf speakers driven by a 55 watt Hitachi Integrated amplifier. They were a big improvement. Clear highs and strong bass response make these speakers a fine value for the price.

Pros: Clear sound, hight efficiency, and stylish appearance

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By JB, Nashville, TN on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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So far, no complaints. Am happy with the quality of sound. Still want to add a separate subwoofer for a little more bass in the future but these speakers meet my demands, especially considering the price. I am running an NAD amplifier and listen primarily to blues LP's and would recommend these speakers to those considering them.

Pros: Nice look. Small footprint. Quality sound at an affordable price. Crutchfield customer service has been fantastic.

Cons: None noticed yet.

Klipsch RF-52 II

Written By Justin, Columbus, Oh on Sunday, November 03, 2013

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I replaced my Synergy F-10 with these and chould not be more pleased. Even though these have the 5.25 speakers the sound is Amazing! Sound quality fantastic and I am impressed at how clear they sound at high volumes! These are excellent speaker for the price with good, clear highs and mid-range, and yet just enough bass without being overbearing. Very clear sound and quality built.

Pros: Sound Quality and Price

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Friday, November 01, 2013

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Excellent build quality and sound when the speaker is bi-amped.

Pros: build quality, sound and appearance.

Cons: None at this time.

Klipsch RF-52 II

Written By Stevefk, Clermont, FL on Friday, October 18, 2013

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An excellent speaker for the price with good, clear highs and mid-range, and yet just enough bass without being overbearing. Very clear sound and quality built. Plus the cherry finish is hard to find as I am a vintage audio collector and these speakers go so much better than the boring plain black finish found on so many speakers today.

Pros: Nice look and cherry finish, great grille cover, fantastic sound for the price range.

Cons: Rear feet assembly on towers could be a little easier to install. Somewhat difficult to attach properly.

Overall a smile on my face

Written By Dalton, Minnesota on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I was surprised by how big these actually are. These get a little loud in my small room. The 82's would be extemely loud compared to these. If anybody is worried about the cherry finish it looks great and the wood grain is not identical.

Pros: Very clear audio and plenty of volume. Plenty of bass. Look amazing with grill on or off.

Cons: None! Everything as specified.

Incredible speakers

Written By Derek, Middletown nj on Saturday, October 05, 2013

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I originally had my heart set on the definitive technology 8040 surround setup. After listening to them in a local best buy, they sounded very "muddy". The rf52ii's are crisp and clear and have the low end. I turn off my sw112 sub off and the klipsch rf52ii's sounded great by themselves. Powered by a denon e400 these speakers create a musical symphony in my living room! Crutchfield is very knowledgeable and the team here is great! Buy these speakers you won't be disapointed def techs are over rated!!!

Pros: Crisp and clear. Life like tones. Low end hit pretty good, surprised after hearing that they were very "bright".

Cons: Stabilizer feet don't have to be mounted on sides. Speakers cabinet is smaller then 10" more like 7 1/2, so it could fit in tighter places

Great Speakers

Written By MSen, Florida on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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I bought these to use as mains in a surround system along with an RC-42II center and RB-41II surrounds. I never listen to stereo anymore so my comments apply to the full system. These speakers provide a wide, natural presentation with clear highs and deep, satisfying bass. Sounds image seamlessly all around the room with no change in pitch or texture, a big benefit of matched speakers. The towers have enough low end to play without a sub, although I use one most of the time. I am very happy with these speakers. The speakers arrived in perfect shape and a day earlier than promised. Incidentally, I got the cherry finish, and it's darker than it appears in the photos. Looks great IMO.

Pros: Good looks, great sound

Cons: None so far

amazing sound !

Written By bruce, richmond IN on Thursday, September 19, 2013

just the right amount of highs ,, mids.. and lows.. i like that these speakers are not as wide as others yet you don't loose any sound quality.

Pros: horn tweeters amaze, great price, excellent design . magnetic speaker grills for easy removal.

Cons: the styrofoam packing was broke throughout 1 box. causing concern. but item was not damaged.

Klipsch RF-52 II

Written By Danny, Hope,AR on Saturday, September 07, 2013

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Perfect in a 7.1 setup

Pros: Great sounding set!!

Cons: None!!

Wow and more wow

Written By JeffA, Bolivar, MO on Saturday, August 24, 2013

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These are my first floor standing speakers and I am thrilled beyond words. I am primarily a Bowers & Wilkins guy but I auditioned some Klipsch speakers several years ago and was impressed and said if I was ever in the market for some new speakers I would give them a try. The sound is spectacular with clear highs, detailed midrange and throaty bass with just the right tightness. These are very sensitive which gives me a lot of options going forward. Currently I have these paired with a NAD C320BEE and a Yamaha CD-S1000 that I got yesterday. I am using Kimber Kable 8VS, externally biwired and Audioquest Golden Gate interconnects. The NAD never gelled with my B&W 601 S3's but work great with the RF52II speakers. I barely turn the volume control and I am blown away. I keep it around 7 o'clock. These babies perform like speakers 3 times the price. My only gripe is that they used plastic knobs on the binding posts which makes a tight connection when using heavy cables very tricky. Also the rear feet supports need to be a solid piece going all the way across instead on two screw on parts. I suppose it is a cost saving measure and is common for the price but it should not be.

Pros: Cabinet Quality Audiophile Level Sound Bass Response

Cons: Binding Post Knobs Two Piece Rear Feet

Late impressions

Written By NewTekBuzz, MI on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It was not until my sub died (Velodyne DLS 4000R) that I truly appreciated these speakers. Once I startled having trouble with my sub I switched these over to full bandwidth along with the matching center channel. I cannot believe the full sound that I am getting from these 5 1/4's, very impressed. These will most likely become my surround speakers at some point and Klipsch RF-82's will take their place!

Pros: Build quality, great full sound, style

Cons: None


Written By Ryan, Abbeville, LA on Monday, August 12, 2013

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Sound quality is amazing! I am impressed at how clear they sound at high volumes! I put 2 in my movie room (about 20' x 30') They are perfect!

very, very nice

Written By JMH, NYC on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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These would be great speakers for twice the price, maybe 3 times. I've got them bi-amped with a Yamaha A-S500 pushing. I did get a chance to push them with an Adcom 555 @ 2x 200W and they handled them both with no problem. After 50 hours burn, they have gotten warmer but retain their crisp highs. I can hear the hi-hat work as clear as a bell. I have to try them single amped tho. I did for 20 hours and I seem to remember the bass/mid xover to be smoother. I would have given 4 1/2 stars if I could because nothing is 5 stars at this price, but I rounded up. Before these I was using Adcom components to drive 901s. Big difference in tone and color. I don't find any lack of bass. Unless your listening to pedal tones from a pipe, I can't believe these won't give you tight, well represented bass. BTW, I haven't tried them with my pipe recordings yet, only B-3 and they didn't miss a note.

Pros: Excellent speakers for the $$$. Crisp clear highs, yet warm and not harsh. Mids are well represented. Bass is tight, and plenty of it.

Cons: Perhaps mid/bass xover less smooth bi-amped than single-amped. Will test and report.

Klipsch Reference RF-52II

Written By Danny, Austin, TX on Friday, June 14, 2013

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Excellent sound quality. Really liked the spikes on the base to anchor the speakers.

Pros: Ease of set up.

Love 'em

Written By FallLineBuilders, Way Up State NY on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My rf-52s are being pushed with a yamaha rs500 with a yamaha cd-c600 CD player with usb input. (Both awesome for the $$$. 2 channel music only in a 12x14 room) the mids and highs will bring tears to your eyes. The clarity and sheer volume of the sound is just wicked. I have around 100 hours on them and they really are mellowing out...getting warmer and warmer sounding. Although at med-med/loud volumes I think they are the best value on the market, if you really want to crank they need a sub. The lows just don't round out the sound at high volume....get the sw-308 and I think it's the best music setup for a small to medium sized room for the dollar out there.

Pros: Clarity, efficiency, look great

Cons: Lows frequencies at volume... But they have 5" woofers....what can you really expect, right?

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By BobbyA, Muskego, WI on Friday, May 17, 2013

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I bought these speakers for surround sound and audio playback in a room 12' X 18' .. I am using 2 in the front and 2 in the rear. Driven by a new Integra 50.3 which is rated at 135W RMS @ 8 ohm resistance. The Sound is incredible!!

Although these speakers are fairly efficient I would not attempt to drive them with any less power. At lower listening levels there is adequate power reserve to step up and fill in audio spikes, giving these speakers nice dynamic range and the ability to create a sonic sound stage that is very life like at lower to mid listening levels. Your ability to hear all the different pieces in the music at the same time is assured .. great clarity and good realism .. turn up the volume and they will rock you no doubt, but like any true reference speaker they really show their stuff at more moderate levels.

If you are demanding true full range reference sound plan on adding a Sub. This is not a knock on these speakers, just a reality for any speaker without a designated low frequency driver of size. I nice tight 8 inch sub will fill in all the lower octave stuff to complete a true reference sound stage.

Build quality is excellent and although they are not big enough to look Impressive, they do look very classy, just like they sound. I highly recommend theses speakers to anyone who needs to listen to hours of music and hear what's really going on, without their ears ringing for hours after their done.

Pros: Quality, clarity, realistic, non fatiguing.

Cons: I was not disappointed in any way.

Great Value!

Written By George, Flushing, MI on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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It's been a while since I was in the market for speakers but I recognized and respected the Klipsch name. I was not disappointed. I am using the speakers in a tube system mostly playing vinyl and they are warm and transparent, not the least bit harsh. Great looking and well constructed. A+

Pros: Attractive and acoustically superb.

Cons: None

RF 52 II

Written By James D, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, May 02, 2013

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I bought these speakers for stereo playback in a room 14' X 17' .. I was expecting true reference sound at moderate to low listening levels. Driven by a new Onkyo TX-8050 which is rated at 80W RMS @ 8 ohm resistance I was able to hear what I was looking for.

Although these speakers are fairly efficient I would not attempt to drive them with any less power. At lower listening levels there is adequate power reserve to step up and fill in audio spikes, giving these speakers nice dynamic range and the ability to create a sonic sound stage that is very life like at lower to mid listening levels. Your ability to hear all the different pieces in the music at the same time is assured .. great clarity and good realism .. turn up the volume and they will rock you no doubt, but like any true reference speaker they really show their stuff at more moderate levels.

If you are demanding true full range reference sound plan on adding a Sub. This is not a knock on these speakers, just a reality for any speaker without a designated low frequency driver of size. I nice tight 8 inch sub will fill in all the lower octave stuff to complete a true reference sound stage.

Build quality is excellent and although they are not big enough to look Impressive, they do look very classy, just like they sound. I highly recommend theses speakers to anyone who needs to listen to hours of music and hear what's really going on, without their ears ringing for hours after their done.

Pros: Quality, clarity, realistic, non fatiguing.

Cons: I was not disappointed in any way.

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By bennyboy, durango, CO on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Aesthetically beautiful, Acoustically sublime. I question as to whether you're going to find a better floor-standing speaker in this price range. Makes for a solid forefront around which to build a superb surround system whether your endpoint is the enjoyment of music or cinema. Just give it a try and compare it to others of the same class.

"Reference" is Right

Written By Marcus, Central NJ on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Wonderful speakers. I have them hooked up to a NAD amp and use them mostly for music, everything from trip hop (where they clearly reproduce beautiful female vocals) to hardcore punk (where they are as harsh and aggressive as a basement punk show). Was very excited to have them for the NCAA basketball playoffs; the sneakers screech like I was courtside.

Pros: Great value; best speakers I've heard for the price

Cons: Rear port so you need at least a foot or two between the rear of the speaker and the wall

Crisp Highs

Written By bg, San Antonio on Monday, April 01, 2013

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The horn tweeter will generate crisp, clear, high frequencies that I do not hear in other dome tweeters which I appreciate in music and movies. However, I have had to give my ears a rest one time after the horn tweeters actually caused an uncomfortable feeling in my ears at moderately high volume.

Pros: Excellant clarity with high frequencies

Cons: May cause ear fatigue at moderately high volumes

Excellent Buy

Written By pmullins11, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, March 31, 2013

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After searching around, I decided on these speakers and was not disappointed. Bought mainly for listening to vinyl, but also work great for TV. I'm hearing more sounds than before and with a beautiful crispness. When watching hockey, I hear everything that one would hear at the rink. Excellent buy.

Pros: Crisp sound, good looking design

Excellent speakers

Written By RichF, MA on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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These speakers look great and sound beautiful. They aren't too big so they can fit in almost any room as well.


Written By Anonymous, Augusta, GA on Sunday, March 24, 2013

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Very well made sturdy and visually appealing. The sound quality is excellent even at high volumes.

Pros: Well made Looks are outstanding Sound quality is great

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By baboot, Ellicott City, MD on Friday, March 22, 2013

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Outstanding sound--I skipped a subwoofer to save some money and the low end is really good just with these Klipsch tower speakers. Very solid and beautiful cherry cabinets, and for some reason (good for us customers) these cherry cabinets are on sale and less than the all black ones! You can't beat these speakers.

Pros: Great sound, very solid pieces of furniture.

Cons: These tower speakers are fairly big, and thye are heavy (for me that means stable). For some these comments may be negatives.

Klipsch RF-52 II

Written By John P, Westport, CT on Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Fantastic sound--great sale price--easy to assemble--very pleased

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By John P, Greenville, SC on Monday, March 18, 2013

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I purchased the RF-52 II's as my main speaker set replacing a small set of Boston Acoustic surround sound speakers. The application was primarily for music - rock, jazz, bluegrass, acoustic. Movies and TV were secondary uses. These speakers sound awesome and were easy to set up. I am driving them with an Onkyo TX 8050 stereo reciever and I was concerned that it provided insufficient power for the RF-52's. I am very happy with the set up as I can listen at all levels and the set performs great. So far I am pleased with these speakers and would recommend them to others.

Pros: Great sound, easy set up, great packaging, they look very good too in cherry

Cons: None

Small Speakers With Big Sound

Written By Ralph, Middleboro MA on Thursday, March 07, 2013

Well having just got these speakers yesterday i can say with music you do not need a subwoofer , well i dont the bass is very low , almost to much for me , but i placed them about 20 inches from the back wall so they do not sound boomy. i was told by someone to break them in slowly with low music so thats what ive been doing. I have not played them loud yet but at low to medium vol they sound good , im sure they will sound great at high vol , but im more concerned by how they preform at a medium vol . I probably should have waited to do this review , and let the speakers fully break in , but i was so happy with the sound right out the gate, the first thing i listened to was an album by John Coltrane (Lush Life) and as soon as i pressed play an heard that saxophone for the first time through these speakers i instantly noticed the difference in SQ in comparison to my infinity alpha 40 towers that i have been listening to for the last 10 years , one thing i dont like is the cabinets they look very cheap and are not real wood and the overall speaker is very small in size , i wish they were about an inch or 2 taller and wider , but it all comes down to the sound and to me they sound good , 75 watts seems to be more than enough to drive these guys.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: cheap looking cabinets

Great sound

Written By John, Euless, TX on Friday, February 22, 2013

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I wanted something to replace my Bose bookshelf speakers that I've had for several years, and I wanted some good sound without spending a lot of money. Picked these up and have not been disappointed. They look nice and sound great!

Pros: Solidly built. Sleek design. Beautiful wood. Sound components well engineered.

Cons: None.

Great sound, great price

Written By ChrisK, IL on Monday, February 11, 2013

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I was looking to upgrade my 6.1 setup which utilized the Klipsch Reference RSX series satellite speakers as my fronts (all I could afford at the time 8 years ago). I was glad the Reference series was still around to match my other speakers, and based on my receiver output, at 100 watts per channel, the RF-52 was the best match. I was waiting for a nice sale, and found this at a great price. Saved $200 on the pair compared to the all black set. Plus no tax or shipping. I'm not qualified to judge the sound like a true audiophile, but I just think they sound fantastic. They are in a "home theater setting" family room that opens up in back to our kitchen, not the best acoustic set up, but they still sound awesome. Also Crutchfield and Klipsch recommended that I get a new center channel, but based on the specs, there would not have been a difference; so I didn't get it and saved around $250. Haven't had any problems without the new center. As usual, my buying experience here has been top-notch. Thank you Crutchfield!

Pros: Great sound, sale price

Cons: none

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By Tim, Hailey, ID on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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I listened to several very high end products that were out side my price range so I bought these. I'm really happy with the sound even after hearing high end models. They say these sound better after break in. Well that's icing on the cake because as they are they sound really good out of the box. Just a great product at a good price. On top of that Crutchfield service and staff get five stars!

Pros: Excellent sound, great value

Superior sound

Written By vosmerkin, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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I love the sound clarity these speakers provide for the size they are. Would recommend for anyone looking for good sound quality if you do not want huge speakers to overwhelm your living room.

Pros: sound clarity, style, size

RF-52 II

Written By ESK, elgin,il.60123 on Sunday, December 30, 2012

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one word outstanding.

Amazing Speaker

Written By Josh, Germany, Ramstein Air Base on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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This is an amazing speaker!!! Awesome bass, crisp Highs, mids are great as well. They are packed very very well for shipping, they had to come all the way to Germany for me. One note is they are just under 7" wide, the 10" noted on the overview is how wide with the rear stabilizer feet attached...Overall this is a great speaker for the price...Don't be fooled on the size...when you take them out of the box they are not bulky at all...but they pack a really big punch...I recommend a pair of these to anyone

Pros: All stated above

Cons: Just beware to be around when you expect them to arrive at your door...They are shipped in the manufactures box...don't want any thieves taking your new pride and joys..

Klipsch Reference RF-52 II

Written By James H, Kannapolis,NC on Monday, October 08, 2012

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I purchase these speakers about two weeks ago. I am really impressed the way they perform. I wouid say klipsch is one of the best speakers I have ever heard. For the price you can't go wrong on buying them. I have a 5.1 surround setup with all klipsch reference speakers now. Sounds Great!!! THANKS SO MUCH CRUTCHFIELD.

klipsch ref52 11 is no1

Written By john d, phoenixville pa on Friday, June 15, 2012

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concert sound at home just awesome if more expensive speakers are better imagine that staff @crutchfield bueno thanks

The best speakers in this price range

Written By Vicken B, Worcester,MA on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Absolutely the best speakers for the price range. Klipsch is the most efficient speaker. Meaning at the same volume level they will sound louder then most other speakers. Paired up with a great receiver a nice bluray/cd player your music will come to life. A few times in stereo mode i've had to get up to make sure it wasn't the center channel on. They sound absolutely fantastic. I recommend them to anyone and everyone to at least try out.

Great choice

Written By BobF, Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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Great sound in a great-looking package.

Great sound Great price

Written By JC, New York on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Have had these speakers for 4 months now. The sounds are really starting to crispin up and bass is getting louder and crisp, which is how i like it. You now you look through this website and see all these expensive speakers and wonder will i get the same sound from a $400 spkr than a $2000 one. The answer is yes. These speakers sound great and looks great with those copper woffers starin at you. I'm very pleased. I have the RF52II bi-wired, RC52II, RPW10sub, and the RS42II surrounds. Powered by Denon 2311CI, had the AVR-391didnt get the job done. Room size is big and open 15' ceiling 17' wide and 35' long. Fills the house with good sound. Thanks Crutchfield.

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What's in the box?

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  • Cherry floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Removable magnetic grille
  • 2 Stabilizer feet
  • 4 Carpet spikes
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Machine screws
  • Owner's Manual
  • Unpacking instructions

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Woodgrain vinyl
Color Cherry
Tweeter Traxtrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Power Range 25-100
Frequency Response 36-24k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 36-3/4
Width (inches) 10
Depth (inches) 14-1/4
Weight 38.5 lbs

Product Research

Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RF-52 II floor-standing loudspeaker delivers high-performance sound using Klipsch's advanced technologies and world-class materials. The Klipsch Reference RF-52 II employs dual 5.25-inch woofers and a 1.0-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver loaded with a square Tractrix Horn, inside a bass reflex enclosure. The Klipsch Reference Series floor-standing loudspeaker will bring out the power, detail, and emotion in your music, movies, or video games.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RF-52 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RF-52 II is able to fill medium to large rooms with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing sound that you can listen to for hours.

Tractrix Horn Tweeter: The Klipsch RF-52 II features a professional-grade 1.0-inch titanium-diaphragm compression driver inside a square Tractrix Horn for smoother high-end response with greater extension, enhanced imaging, and more powerful dynamics. The Tractrix Horn delivers a 90-degree wide by 60-degree high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage. Behind the horn lies a 1.0-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound.

Dual Woofers: The dual 5.25-inch woofers of the RF-52 II feature Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic cones. Made with an anodized aluminum, these cones are strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts their inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range. The 5.25-inch woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: For signal purity and perfect driver integration, the crossover on the RF-52 II features the finest components and Klipsch custom internal wiring.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The dual 5.25-inch Cerametallic cone woofers and 1.0" titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a Bass reflex enclosure which features a single rear-firing port. The RF-52 II's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound and a rear-firing port to eliminate turbulence noise. A black metallic finished baffle around the horn mouth and dual woofers dramatically improve acoustics across the sonic range. The bass reflex enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with either a Black Ash or Cherry wood-grain vinyl.

Magnetic Grille: The floor-standing loudspeaker features a removable magnetic grille which easily snaps into place over its cast-aluminum front baffle. The speaker can be used with or without its grille in place.


Dual Binding Posts: The speaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.

Mounting Options

Feet: The RF-52 II feature two integrated front-feet and two stabilizer rear-feet with rubber bottoms so you can safely place the speaker on your tile or hardwood floors. The Reference RF-52 II also comes supplied with a set of carpet spikes so you can place the speaker comfortably on your carpet. The supplied carpet spikes add approximately 1.0-inch to the height of the speaker. The carpet spikes screw in directly to the bottom of the floor-standing speaker's feet.

Placement: The Reference Series floor-standing loudspeaker is designed to perform well in a wide variety of locations but you will get the most out of the speaker by following these simple guidelines.

  • The speaker requires a few inches of clearance behind it to allow its port to breathe and will sound best when they are at least two feet from any nearby walls.
  • A pair of RF-52 II loudspeakers should be equal distance from the wall behind them. It also helps to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.

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