Klipsch Reference RF-7 II
Floor-standing speaker (Black)
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Item #: 714RF7IIB
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Experience all the power and emotion behind your favorite movies, concert discs, and music CDs with the Klipsch® RF-7 II. It's the flagship speaker of the Reference Series II line, and it uses patented Klipsch technology to deliver rich, dynamic sound with sparkling highs and thrilling, full-bodied bass. Add a pair to the RC-64 II center channel speaker to create a seamless, powerful front soundstage for your home theater that'll put you in the middle of your movie every single time. And this speaker looks as good as it sounds: it comes in a stunning, furniture-grade wood grain veneer.
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.
The RF-7 II uses two light-yet-rigid Cerametallic woofers with a folded edge to produce smooth mids and tight bass. The specially treated aluminum in the cones help to dampen unwanted vibrations and reduce distortion, while integrated dustcaps add stability. The RF-7 II also has dual five-way binding posts, giving you the option to bi-amp or bi-wire this speaker for the best possible performance.
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.
12 years ago, my surround system started with two RF5's, two RB3's, and RC 3 and RSW 10. Two years ago, I switched out the RC3 for an RC 64 II and it was huge improvement to the center channel sound, (the RC 3 was no slouch). This year, I went to double 10" Reference Subs and now the RF7 II's. I will not denigrate the RF 5s as they gave me 12 great years, but the RF7 II's offer a richer sound. Of course the RF5's live on as my son got them and because they are in perfect condition, for him it was like getting a new pair of speakers. The RB3's remain my Surround Speakers.
I fear the Hope, Arkansas made RF 7 II's, RB 3's and RF 5's are the last of the handmade Cherry wood finished Reference Speakers from Klipsch. To me, the new range of Vinyl covered Reference speakers look cheaply made.
I replaced some old school Vega E-315's with these beasts. Bass wise the Klipsch would give the vega's a run for their money very impressive. The biggest difference was the highs. I thought the vega's were good till I heard the Klipsch. The highs are crystal clear. I am extremely happy with these speakers. I show them no love either, I love loud music. I plan on finishing my setup with the big dawg center channel and the surrounds. They are worth every penny. Now for crutchfield. I knew they were on back order when I bought them. They came in 2 weeks later and they had them to me in 2 days. I love the whole experience. Keep on rockin
Pros: Clarity of the highs Bass is ridiculous Taking everything I can throw at them If your looking. Buy them
I've been in the market for some time now for a nice pair of floor standing full range speakers. I've always liked Klipsch products and these are hard to beat in their price range. Unbelievable sound and amazing detail!! The most efficient speakers I've ever owned in 30 years, other then some old CV's back in high school. These RF-7II's will sing with the right power thrown at them. They're very efficient at 101db rating at 8 ohms, so there's little strain on your receiver or amp. I use an older 20+ year old Pioneer ELITE amp rated at a solid 200W/channel and I feel I've finally been able to get the full potential from the amp with these speakers. And did I say loud?? I'm still amazed at the sound quality at ANY volume level, even with tone controls set to off and a clean direct signal, these sound great. Hands-down, the best there is in their price range today.
Pros: Very efficient, great SQ & headroom, stylish, clarity, and build quality.
Cons: Absolutely NONE-well, ok, maybe just one small complaint, but very minimal. The shorting straps on the bi-wire terminal posts are kind of cheap. Remove them and use some 16AWG tinned copper wire.
Just phenomenal speakers. To call them an upgrade over my previous speakers is a giant understatement. Plus they look as good as they sound. I'll leave the technical reviews with the other comments here. No complaints whatsoever.
Very happy with these speakers. A lot of sound pressure, from a little wattage. The term "Loud Speaker" takes on a new meaning. Yet can handle several hundred watt(peaks) hooked to my "Monster" brand amp. Klipsch is know for their bass, and these are no exception.
Pros: great highs from the horn, earth shaking bass, very sturdy and vibration free. very loud, your neighbors might hate you.
Cons: terminal jumper is a joke, and the grills aren't like the smaller RF's that are magnetic, these aren't full length and hard to get on and off.
I recently traded my 30 year old AR-9s for the Klipsch RF-7IIs. Great improvement in clarity and efficiency.
Pros: High efficiency and accuracy.
Great speaker. Tried the smaller R-600 with the 6' woofers. Sounded good but something was not quite there. Low frequencies need that bigger cone to move the air. The RF-7 11 sounded fuller and you could hear the highs and lows better even at lower volumes. they look nice too.
Klipsch,Crutchfield and Cooper@ext 4036 are by far the best three audio specialist i have had the pleasure dealing with. All three are top of the line and do there job well. Thanks to all three for making a very satisfied,repeated customer happy once again.
Pros: Live concert sound levels with accurate full range fequency response
Cons: Lack of detail in the high frequencies at above normal listening levels
Pros: nice highs and bass
I normally don't take the time to do product reviews, but I'm so impressed with these speakers that I had to pass my experience along. The application is for a ballroom in our house that doubles as my listening room as well, (1,300 square feet). I previously had two pair of Bose 901's in the space. The Bose were OK but needed to be driven loud to get any kind of dynamic range, the bass just fell off at low levels. I was prepared to spend some money and was shocked at how much you can actually spend for high end speakers. These speakers, while expensive, represent a real value when compared to a lot of the higher end speaker systems. I have always been impressed with the Klipsch product line and owned a theater horn in the 70's. I didn't have an opportunity to hear these speakers before I purchased them, most of the stores in our area didn't handle the top end products of any manufacture, so I took a chance just on the name. I wasn't disappointed. The speakers can handle low level and high level passages equally. At low levels the bass response is still audible and at high levels nice and tight with no muddiness or distortion. The highs are incredible, as would be expected with a horn, some may say too bright, but I think it's just a better representation of the music, I love it. I like to feel my music and with these babies you feel every beat nice and cleanly. I purchased the Black Ash and was impressed with the quality of the workmanship. Some say they are heavy, well no crap, don't they look at the specifications when they purchase them? The size and the weight contribute to their great sound. I also have two 15" subwoofers at either end of the ballroom with the pairs of Klipsch, but now think it's overkill but were needed with the Bose. Always hesitant to spend this much money, but now very glad I did. I have also recently started to add .flac files to my collection and these speakers allow you to hear all the detail in the passages.
Pros: Accurate reproduction at any level, good value compared to very high end speakers, nice workmanship on the cabinetry, impressive with the grills off.
Cons: I do have one, the horn and the bass speakers are strapped together at the connection point, it's actually a stamped brass piece that spans between the two connection points. I had tinned 14 gauge speaker wire that I placed through the post and tightened with the nut. This made the connection nice and tight but didn't clamp the strap under it because the wire was clamped in the hole and not at the bottom of the post. Easy enough to fix, just wrap the wire around the post and tighten the nut clam
For the money, these are the best speakers I have heard. I replaced some less expensive and older Klipsch speakers that were not bad, but these are 100% better. And, they seem to get better with time.
Pros: You hear a lot of high spectrum detail through the horns, yet at the same time you get a lot bass and don't need sub-woofers.
Cons: They are heavy and big, but that is what you get with any floor standing speaker of any quality
These speakers cost what to me is an awful lot of money. So I was really anxious about whether I'd be happy with them. Especially since there's no place to listen to them first where I live. The first day after installing them I wasn't sure. Something sounded odd to me. By the next day I realized that what sounded new and strange to me was the incredible amount of aural information that I had been missing with my old speakers, that I was now hearing for the first time. I can't imagine how speakers could sound better. I've had them about 6 months and I'm absolutely delighted with these speakers.
Pros: Incredible accuracy and detail. Effortless, clean bass. You know what they say about horn-loaded drivers: either you love em or hate em. I guess I must love em, cause I'd buy em again without hesitation.
Cons: Well, of course, they're big and heavy. But so what. I don't carry them around - they just sit there being awesome. Only thing I wish was that they'd use higher quality grilles and wiring posts. Sure, it wouldn't make any difference in the sound. But it's a high-end product, and the flimsy plastic grilles just don't seem to match the quality of the rest of the product. Same with the wiring terminals. They're okay, but more like what you'd expect on a cheaper speaker.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||10|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||30-24k Hz|
Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RF-7 II floor-standing loudspeaker delivers high-performance sound using Klipsch's advanced technologies and world-class materials. The Klipsch Reference RF-7 II employs dual 10.0-inch woofers and a 1.75-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.
Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RF-7 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RF-7 II is able to fill large rooms with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing sound that you can listen to for hours.
Tractrix Horn Tweeter: The Klipsch RF-7 II features a professional-grade 1.75-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 1.75-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound.
Dual Woofers: The dual 10.0-inch woofers of the RF-7 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 10.0-inch woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.
Crossover Network: For signal purity and perfect driver integration, the crossover on the RF-7 II features the finest components and Klipsch custom internal wiring.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The dual 10.0-inch Cerametallic cone woofers and 1.75" titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a Bass reflex enclosure which features dual rear-firing ports. The RF-7 II's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound and dual rear-firing ports 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 an MDF cabinet finished with a beautiful furniture-grade wood veneer.
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.
Feet: The RF-7 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-7 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.
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I read the reviews, and man they were RIGHT!! One of the BEST sounding speakers I've ever heard for the money, and did I mention LOUD??!! Clean & clear with unbelievable headroom, super efficient as well. Upgraded from a sub-par Bose Acoustimass 16 II system, now my ears are smiling again. [ Patrick Feb 02, 2016 ]
Get them in Cherry, the black is very Plain, as for the sound , I listen to mostly jazz and the horns are fantastic , the more modern jazz has more bass and they handle it with ease, no sub needed , I run a 375bee and could make you deaf with these RF 7s, clear quality at all sound levels, not much adjustment of the bass and treble [ Tedric Dec 24, 2015 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Dec 15, 2015 ] Staff
Thanks for your question John. I'd recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or chat to get a recommendation on a receiver. [ Jeff Dec 02, 2013 ] Staff
the bose are watt hogs,klipsch rock out [ Tedric Nov 09, 2015 ]
The BOSE 901 series VI are the only version I can compare however the BOSE 901 units are less efficient, require an external equalizer, and are more prone to room interaction than the Klipsch Reference 7-II units. The dynamic range of the Klipsch is also significantly greater than the Bose. With that said it would be best for you to actually hear both in person and let your ears be the judge (using the same music source). I Find the efficiency and wide soundstage of the Klipsch units to be preferable. [ Richard Nov 08, 2015 ]
Sorry. I have no familiarity with the Bose speakers in order to compare. [ Anita M. Nov 08, 2015 ]
The country of origin on the one we reviewed was China. [ Jeff Jun 15, 2015 ] Staff
Can't tell you any thing about the Bowers & Wilkins, so here what I think about the rf7s. They don't need much power to drive them with a sensitivity of 101 db. Bass is VERRY clean & tight. Kick drums sound like there right in the room. I like the horns on the tweeters because they disperse the highs better. You don't have to have the speaker pointed right at you. I've pushed these loud and hard and they handle them effortlessly. They sound just as good when played loud. Can feel the bass hit my chest hard. I like listening to Rock mostly. Hope this help you. Richard [ RICHARD Aug 14, 2014 ]
I have not auditioned the B&W CM9 but after half a year of living with the Klipsch RF-7s I am pleased with the sound quality on a variety of music formats as well as the dynamics on movies. I purchased the RF-7s to replace a pair of Acoustic Research AR-9s and the sound stage and dynamics are significantly better with the RF-7s. Both Klipsch and B&W have been making quality speakers for many years and either will likely provide clean articulate sound. If you are looking for high dynamics with reasonable amplifier output I would lean toward the Klipsch Reference speakers. [ Richard Aug 13, 2014 ]
If you like loud,dynamic,clear sound from a speaker buy the rf711 but if you like smooth,clean,nothing to get excited about sound from a speaker buy the cm9. Home theater with the rf711,rf64c,rf42,three peach tree audio 220 amplifiers and two svs pc 13ultra subwoofers will stop you dead in your tracks on the search for the best home theater sound in this price range!!! Trust me and go for the gold!!! [ WENDELL K Aug 13, 2014 ]