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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Floor-standing speaker (Ebony)

Item # 714RP280FE

Want to raise your standard of listening? Park a pair of Klipsch RP-280F towers in your room.

Want to raise your standard of listening? Park a pair of Klipsch RP-280F towers in your room.

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About the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Flagship performance for your listening pleasure

Want to raise your standard of listening? Park a pair of Klipsch RP-280F towers in your room. These powerful floor-standers are the largest speakers in Klipsch's Reference Premiere Series. Each RP-280F boasts dual 8" woofers for thunderous bass and warm, clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. But you don't have to take our word for it. Discover for yourself the effortless, dynamic sound that's made Klipsch loudspeakers a big Crutchfield customer favorite for years. So go ahead and grab a couple of these beasts, crank 'em up, and prepare to batten down the hatches.

Flagship performance for your listening pleasure

Want to raise your standard of listening? Park a pair of Klipsch RP-280F towers in your room. These powerful floor-standers are the largest speakers in Klipsch's Reference Premiere Series. Each RP-280F boasts dual 8" woofers for thunderous bass and warm, clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. But you don't have to take our word for it. Discover for yourself the effortless, dynamic sound that's made Klipsch loudspeakers a big Crutchfield customer favorite for years. So go ahead and grab a couple of these beasts, crank 'em up, and prepare to batten down the hatches.

The Reference Premiere Series difference

Never one to rest on its laurels, Klipsch has been busy refining and improving its designs to create loudspeakers that blow the doors off of its loyal followers' expectations. The new Reference Premiere Series builds on the acoustics and technologies of Klipsch's classic Reference Series, with important enhancements that provide an even more intense listening experience.

Hybrid horn technology for dynamic performance

Klipsch RP-280F tower speaker

Horn technology is one of Klipsch's long-standing hallmarks. Flared openings in the speaker cabinet project sound waves toward your listening area and prevent them from simply spilling out in all directions. This design reduces reflections that can color the sound, and boosts dynamics and efficiency for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

Klipsch's newly designed Hybrid Tractrix® horn features a circular throat around an advanced titanium diaphragm tweeter that transitions into a square 90º x 90º mouth. This unique shape provides a cleaner, more efficient transition of sound waves into your listening space. Compared to previous models, this horn design delivers a wider sweet spot with more precise placement of instruments and vocals. Even the horn material itself has been upgraded to molded silicone rubber that helps decrease resonance for smoother, warmer highs.

A horn that can enhance bass, too

Look around the back, and you'll see that instead of the conventional round port tube found on many speakers, Klipsch uses a Tractrix horn-shaped opening for smoother, more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet. The resulting decrease in air turbulence makes for cleaner, more powerful bass with reduced port noise and low-frequency distortion.  

High-tech woofer design

The RP-280F's Cerametallic™ woofers dish out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cones out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight to dampen and prevent distortion. With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave these woofers a newly developed titanium voice coil former that allows more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response. 

Build a complete Klipsch system

You can build a great sounding stereo system using a pair of RP-280Fs, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and a subwoofer for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speakers: Klipsch RP-440C, Klipsch RP-450C
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S, Klipsch RP-250S
Recommended subwoofers: Klipsch R-112SW, Klipsch R-115SW

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Product highlights:

  • frequency response: 32-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 98 dB
  • power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • two 8" Cerametallic™ cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • bass-reflex design
  • rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • built-in MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) base for increased speaker stability
  • 10-9/16"W x 43-1/16"H x 17-3/8"D
  • weight: 62.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1060679

What's in the box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker (Ebony)
  • Speaker base
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • Four 1" #6 Wood screws
  • 4 Spike feet
  • 6 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Black
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Dolby Atmos Drivers
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 150
Frequency Response 32-25k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 43-1/16
Width (inches) 10-9/16
Depth (inches) 17-3/8
Weight 62.5 lbs

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Features

90° x 90° Hybrid Tractrix Horns: A redesigned Tractrix Horn utilizes a circular horn throat paired to a square horn mouth to further improve high-frequency response and extension, while enhancing imaging and dynamics. The compressed molded rubber construction adds high frequency damping to reduce harshness and improve detail. This creates the cleanest, most natural sound possible. These 90° x 90° Hybrid Tractrix Horns provide a wider sweet spot while maintaining controlled directivity of the sound.

LTS Tweeters: Behind the Tractrix Horn lies a 1" titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound. The Linear Travel Suspension minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.

Cerametallic Woofers: The two 8" woofers of the RP-280F floor-standing loudspeaker features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts its 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 8" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-280F floor-standing speaker's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequencies (1750Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-280F employs a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing Tractrix port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. Utilizing Tractrix geometry, the all new Reference Premiere bass port allows for the most efficient, fastest air transfer from the cabinet  for a clean, powerful low frequency response. The speaker's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.

  • MDF Plinth: The all new satin painted MDF plinth footers of the Klipsch Reference Premiere series floor-standing speakers lend an acoustically sound, authoritative stance when placing the speakers on your wood, tile, or carpeted floors.
  • Magnetic Grille: The floor-standing loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its polymer front baffle.

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.

Rubber or Spike Feet: The floor-standing speaker comes with rubber and spike feet. The included rubber feet offer safe placement of the speaker on your tile or hardwood floors. The included optional spikes are intended to increase stability on carpeted floors; spikes are not recommended for hard surfaces. The rubber feet simply stick to the bottom of the speaker's MDF plinth, while the spikes screw into the bottom of the speaker's MDF plinth.

  • The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" of height to the speaker.
  • The spike feet add approximately 0.875" of height to the speaker.

Placement: The Reference Premiere series floor-standing loudspeakers are designed to perform well in a wide variety of locations but you will get the most out of the speakers by following these simple guidelines.

  • For optimum performance, Klipsch suggests placing the speakers 6'-15' apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be approximately 1-1.5x the distance separating the speakers.
  • The floor-standing loudspeakers should be equal distance from the floor and the wall behind them. It can also help to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.
  • 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.

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18 questions already asked

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I have the Onkyo TX-NR646 and I'm wondering which Klipsch model would fit it better. The RP-260F or RP-280F?
[ Larry1135  Mar 20, 2016 ]
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I purchased the Pioneer VSX-90 to replace an old Sony unit. I also purchased the RP-260F (black) with the receiver and I could not be more pleased. First the receiver drives those to RP with plenty of power to spare. My living room is on the small side about 24'x15' with hardwood floors with an area rug. The system sounds great. So, the bottom line is do you like black or do you like the Cherry? Either way, Klipsch makes a great product at a great price point.
[ Jay  Mar 24, 2016 ]
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Either one will work adequately. The model you select will ultimately be driven by one or more of the following criteria: 1. The size of your listening space. I use the RP-260F in a 14' x 20' dedicated theater room where I use it in a 9.1 configuration for movies and 2.1 for listening to hi-res music in stereo. These speakers very easily fill the space with high quality sounds. My system is driven by an Onkyo TX-NR3008 AVR. At volumes between 50-60 dB on the receiver, the room is filled with music or sounds from the movies. 2. Cost/affordability 3. Personal preference. Either way, you won't go wrong and will be pleased with the sounds delivered by these speakers. Select one and enjoy the Klipsch speakers of your choice.
[ ADRIAN  Mar 21, 2016 ]
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Either model will work well with your receiver. I opted for the 260 because of size. I have the same receiver you do and couldn't be happier with the speakers.
[ Benjamin  Mar 21, 2016 ]
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Get the 280s. With your Onkyo you will still have enough horsepower to spin the tires.
[ DAN  Mar 21, 2016 ]
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Both will work no problem. I bought the 260's because they were the right price and they produce more then enough fire power for my room. I am running a sub, I'm a bass lover and the 260's don't don't create enough on their own. In the future, I will be using the 260's for rear surround and purchasing the 280's for the front stage.
[ Ruheen  Mar 21, 2016 ]
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Is there a rp-280 speaker?
[ Carlton  Dec 14, 2019 ]
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There is a RP-280F floorstanding speaker, it is the largest in the Reference Premiere family.
[ Darren  Dec 16, 2019 ]
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I have the RP-280f's & love them.
[ Eric  Dec 14, 2019 ]
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No the klipsch rp-280 the "r" refers to reference series Very nice soundstage
[ Loran  Dec 14, 2019 ]
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Difference between the Rp-280 &820?
[ Carlton  Dec 14, 2019 ]
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The RP-280 has a 1" titanium tweeter whereas the R-820 has a 1" aluminum tweeter. I currently have both floor speakers. And this is my third set of Klipsch 8" woofer floor speakers. The RP-820 and R-820 are both excellent speakers. I will say, the Reference premier are by far the better speakers. The RP-280's have a better frequency response. Clarity is undeniably better then the R-820. Unless you have a great ear. Or your not an audiophile, most likely you won't be able to hear a difference. Like I said earlier, both are great speakers. And you can't go wrong with Klipsch speakers.
[ Jacob F.  Dec 28, 2019 ]
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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 27, 2019 ]  Staff
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Hi , MY own opinion is these RP280F are way better heavier solid and they stand tall with a slightly pitch and they do sound and look great ,they also have Binding Post for better connection the price is not that bad if you know where to look for a good deal . I really love mine speakers is a great choice .thank you
[ Mario  Dec 15, 2019 ]
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Can I listen to these speakers that is playing from a CD that is wired to a nice receiver, not bluetooth or connected through a small wire from an iPhone?
[ Gregory  May 05, 2019 ]
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Definitely! These speakers are incredible. I love them more than my prior Bose speakers that I had for years. Do get the subwoofer too. It adds SO much to the sound system!
[ Lisa  May 10, 2019 ]
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These speakers require direct wiring to speaker outlets from some sort of a receiver. They will play whatever sound that is sent to them through those speaker cables
[ Matthew  May 07, 2019 ]
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I do. I have a Onkyo C-7030 CD player that is plugged into my Sony DH-770 receiver. I also plugged my TV and satellite receiver into my DH-770.
[ Robert  May 05, 2019 ]
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I have my pair connected to a Yamaha Aventage RX-A780. I play my CDs and DVDs through and Oppo 105D. They sound great. You shouldn't have a problem running a receiver and CD player combo.
[ Richard  May 05, 2019 ]
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I mean RP-280?
[ Stymie  May 13, 2018 ]
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These speakers are fantastic. The sound is outstanding. .
[ jranderson50  May 14, 2018 ]
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What ohm are the PR-280F?
[ Stymie  May 13, 2018 ]
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8 ohms
[ ROBERT  May 14, 2018 ]
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As far as I know they are 8 Ohms, you can go to the Klipsch website, they have a complete breakdown of the 280F. I was wondering if you were asking about the ohms because you are bi-amping. Excellent speaker.
[ Maximo  May 14, 2018 ]
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8 ohm
[ Ryan  May 14, 2018 ]
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worth the upgrade over the RF-52ii ?
[ web22  Feb 09, 2018 ]
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Absolutely !!!!! You will no be disappointed excellent sound.
[ Maximo  Feb 09, 2018 ]
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I'm very pleased with the RF-280 Klipsch speakers....however, I an not familiar with the RF-52ii and cannot offer an opinion on your question
[ Robert  Feb 09, 2018 ]
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What is the break -in time for these speakers?
[ Doug  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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BTW i forgot to mention that i also used to own the previous gen rf-82ii and wish i never sold them. I think i wouuld go as far as saying that i prefer them over these new rp-280f and you honestly cant go wrong with either of these ..
[ Vito the bulldog  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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Sorry, almost forgot important, Don't put them up Against the walls, need room to breathe, rear ports. 12" won't cause a bass trap...Boomy...
[ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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I really heard a difference after about 30hrs of playing time, play at different volumes, in the beginning moves the woofers more n moving parts... Depends PERSONALLY on your ears, some like lots of bass,,, some people like mids,,, some highs,,, Like anything training your ears to depth ETC. Your music,, room acoustics. I like flac,,, personally... Hope it helps. Happy Listening
[ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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There was no noticeable break-in time for these speakers.
[ Adam  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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Hello. Thats a very touchy subject. Im not sure i personally believe in the correlation between break in periods and speakers generally but i wont be ignorant and say that there is no such thing as a break in period for speakers because in theory we are dealing with all the moving parts within the speakers drivers. Personally i dont think the majority of listeners are capable of of distinguishing the difference. So in my personal experience with these speakers i cant say i picked up any audible differences during the time i used them. Mind you there were pushed loudly with a 375 watt yamaha 2 channel amplifier and my onkyo preamp . They performed quite well in my room IMO. Hope this helps and dont hesitate to try these out . I think for the money they represent a tremendous value.
[ Vito the bulldog  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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will a Denon AVR-S920W work with these speakers it is rated at 90 watts per channel?
[ New User  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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I would think so. I have a Carver amp pushing 250 watts per channel which is to much. They are great speakers and highly recommend them. Shipping was fast.
[ Darrell  Apr 13, 2017 ]
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All receivers should be able to drive this. The high sensitivity means it sounds audibly louder for the same watts. In theory, if you had 50 watts playing on a speaker rated at 93 db efficiency and 100 watts playing on a speaker at 90 db, they would sound equally loud. This has to do with how efficient the speaker can use each watt. That's where watts don't equal volume if comparing against another speaker.
[ Adam  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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I've been using the Onkyo TX-NR646, for about a year now, which is rated at 100 watts per channel and it operates these speakers masterfully. The RP-280F delivers powerhouse sound very efficiently. 90 watts per channel should easily suffice. I have a feeling that after you realize the pure, unadulterated awesomeness that these speakers produce, a power supply upgrade will make your wish list for the future, as it is already on mine!
[ John  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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I believe it will.....my amp is, I think, 100w per channel and they handle its output just fine.
[ Robert  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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Yes, they will work great. The speakers are very sensitive and do not stress the amplifier.
[ KLAUS  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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Can i power this with a marantz PM6005 (45W)?
[ Claudio  Mar 16, 2017 ]
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Yes,,, they are easy to drive... Hence high dbs... Compared to other speakers...
[ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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I would check with Klipsch to make sure, I power mine with a Yamaha RXA1040 (110 watts) and sound is incredible! You won't be disappointed! They are hands down the best speakers I have ever owned!!
[ Stephen  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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Claudio, Unless your room is extremely large you should have no problem driving these speakers at near deafening volumes with 45 Watts RMS per channel. Note: the Klipsch RP280F have a sensitivity of 98db at 1 watt this is far more efficient than most of the competition which is usually around 85-90db.
[ pat  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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Anyone compared these to the rf82ii in person? I know the differences on paper but wanted to know if there are noticeable differences in sound with the updates to the new model. Thanks!
[ ROBERT  Dec 27, 2016 ]
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No, but had the RD 35s,, pretty much same thing, both 8" woofers, they will be brighter in the highs. RP's went to a rubber surface around the mouth of horn mouth. Soften it... 82 11s are hard surface... Happy Listening.
[ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
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I have a pair of 280s as my main channels and a pair of 82ii's as my rears and have never noticed a difference while listening to music. So I'd say the difference is negligible.
[ AUSTIN  Dec 29, 2016 ]
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Yes I owned both in the same setup and same room and I can honestly say I preferred the rf82ii. The 82 were harsh at times but delivered in dynamic impact at higher levels. in my opinion the 82 ii also had better bass response and just worked better in my setup in a small 12 by 11 living room. Hope this helps
[ Vito the bulldog  Dec 28, 2016 ]
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I intend on using my old Scott integrated amplifier rated at 18 watts per channel. Would the RP-280F work well or do they need more power than my Scott?
[ Rudy  Oct 07, 2016 ]
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I'm not familiar with hot amplifier but They are very efficient and not nearly as power hungry as some that I tested while shopping. They sound awesome with my onkyo surround receiver but it is rated at 125 watts per channel. I'm not disappointed at all.
[ Brian  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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These are powerful speakers. Not sure about technical numbers but 18 watt is low for these speakers. You will probably have some idea once u connect the system
[ NASIR  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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Rudy, The RP-280F speakers are very efficient 98db @1 watt and 1 meter. Is the Scott an old tube amplifier or a 70's model transistor amp with a linear power supply and the 18 watt rating being RMS. If the above is the case than it will most likely drive it just fine.
[ pat  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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BTW Any of today's quality home theater receivers can power these speakers effortlessly to there full potential with out a doubt.
[ Vito the bulldog  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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Hi Rudy. I'm not familiar with Scott amps but it sounds like it's a tube amplifier. And if it is a tube amplifier rated at 18 Watts continuous then I wouldn't imagine there would be any issues. Although I must say any quality amplifier will push these speakers nicely.
[ Vito the bulldog  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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They definitely need more power if you want to really appreciate what they have to offer for your enjoyment
[ Michael  Oct 07, 2016 ]
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These are rated at 600 watts max, I am pushing with 200 and they can definitely handle more. You can try it and see, the speakers are amazing, so worst case you have great speakers and upgrade your amp. Yamaha just came out with 2017 models so you can get 2016 versions for a great price. Hope that helps.
[ Chad  Oct 07, 2016 ]
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Are these made in the USA or are they made in China?
[ Freddy D.  Apr 11, 2016 ]
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Country of origin is listed as China.
[ Kenny  Apr 11, 2016 ]  Staff
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What kind of receiver do you need for 280F Klipsch speakers?
[ Anna  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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A two channel or five channel base power amplifier with a minimum of 100 watts RMS per channel. Prefer a high quality up scale brand not made in China. James
[ JAMES  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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A good one. No point in spending significant money on speakers if you do not have a equal receiver to drive it. What, you may ask, is "equal"? Good question. Not necessarily just power, watts per channel, that is not the answer. It's quality of components. The age old answer to the question of "you get what you pay for". Me, I happen to have an ancient Luxman R-341. It does a fabulous job. Of course, the NAD 546BEE CD player helps the overall system out immensely. Think of it like a car. Engine, suspension, steering, etc. You have to have the whole thing to get the ultimate driving experience. Corvette, for example. Which I happen to have one, and albeit a C5, it is an absolute scream to drive. So, when it comes to sound, if you want a scream, then buy these Klipsch, but know that it is only one part of a system that makes up the entire "car", and a big engine (watts, power) by itself does not necessarily mean anything. Having said all that, let me say that these Klipsch speakers are without a doubt absolutely rad.
[ Charles  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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Any moderate stereo or surround sound receiver should work (Ex Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz). Just keep in mind, receiver watts may be deceiving. A 40 watt Harmon Karson will be just as loud as a 90 watt other brand. These speakers sound more vivid at the same volume setting than my RTi10's by Polk Audio. Even at low volumes. And for clarification, I say moderate because they are tower speakers and it is never good to max out an amp/receiver. That hurts the speakers. The only time this should matter is when the ohm is not 8 ohms or the sensitivity is much lower than what you currently use. In the end most receivers over $400 will sound amazing. Then it's a matter of preference on the receiver and how it sounds and performs. Hope that helps.
[ Adam  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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It depends on what features you are looking for. As far as the power requirements needed from the receiver for the RP280F, you need a receiver capable of delivering 120 to 300 watts at 8 ohms 20-20K Hz. If it was me I would be looking for a receiver that supports Dolby Atmos as a minimum. Take a look at Onkyo /Pioneer as an example.
[ Donald  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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I have a 50 watt Yamaha receiver that sounds really good. I think that 75 to 100 watts would be optimal, but my clean 50 watts sound incredible
[ WILLIAM  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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I mated my 280f Klipsch speakers with an Onkyo TX-NR838 receiver. I wanted plenty of power but i also wanted a receiver which would allow my system to grow.
[ DAN  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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They are efficient speakers but to get the most from them I would recommend a receiver of at least 80 watts RMS per channel. They are a superior speaker don't skimp on a receiver get a very good receiver and you will be very happy. Ask the Crutchfield team to help you match a good receiver with your listening room, speakers and budget. They are very good and helpful.
[ Michael  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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I have a Yamaha RX-A1040 [7.2] and I questioned if this was enough at 110w per channel - well it is! I'm setup with it in a 5.1 with The Klipsch 280F, 450C & 250S in a 18x18' room with high ceilings and it's GREAT!
[ William  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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I have a Yamaha RX-A740 receiver and was wondering if they would be able to power these?
[ Dakotah  Jan 21, 2016 ]
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I don't see why not. The Crutchfield support should be able to answer that for sure though.
[ David  Jan 27, 2016 ]
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I am using a Yamaha RX-V863 and they sound great.
[ Mark  Jan 23, 2016 ]
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Until I purchased my pioneer elite receiver, I used a Yamaha 377 temporarily and it worked fine.
[ JONATHAN  Jan 23, 2016 ]
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I have a Technics SA- HE200 receiver that's going on 16 years of age now. These speakers work beautifully with this amp. i do use this receiver as a surround sound set up.
[ RONALD  Jan 23, 2016 ]
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Yes. It should power them fine. That was actually my 2nd choice receiver but I went with an Onkyo with pretty much the same specs. This speakers are very efficient and don't require an extreme amount of power.
[ Brian  Jan 22, 2016 ]
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I would think so. I have a Denon with a little more power (125 watts per ch) but it handles them quite well. I would think the Crutchfield experts could help you better.
[ Larry  Jan 22, 2016 ]
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HOw big is the room ? I ask because if a small or medium size room , that receiver shouldn't have a problem filling it up with sound.. if a large room than you might need a more powerful receiver or a external amp.. hope this helps
[ Vito the bulldog  Jan 22, 2016 ]
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Dakotah the SPL of the RP-280 is 98db at 1 watt these are very efficient speakers Note: every 3db rise is sound pressure requires the power to double. A loud rock concert is 115 db and pain starts at 125db with the RXA740 you will be able to play in excess of 116DB per speaker. I have the RX A750 which is one model year newer and my room is 17' x 28' and they are extremely loud and sound wonderful you will not be disappointed
[ pat  Jan 22, 2016 ]
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So far my Klipsch RP-280F work great with my Yamaha Aventage. The sound is powerful and clear enough for me. I think they will work for you as well. No complaints here.
[ Lucien  Jan 22, 2016 ]
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what does bi amp mean?
[ burns  Apr 19, 2018 ]
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Bi-amp refers to using two different power sources or amplifiers to drive either each speaker or just the bass or treble sections. Traditionally you would use to separate stereo amplifiers to drive your speakers usually one per speaker. On the Klipsch speakers you can separate the terminals by removing the link and drive the high separate from the low. Some multi-channel receivers allow you to do this as well.
[ Joe  May 02, 2018 ]
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What receiver would recommend for these speakers?
[ David  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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I have a Marantz and it works Great with my Klipsch
[ Gary  Jul 09, 2018 ]
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I think that any decent receiver would work with a pair of these speakers. I currently am using a Yamaha RX-V795a and they sound really nice.I have been wanting to upgrade to a more current receiver and thinking about a Denon or Marantz unit.
[ JEFF  Jul 09, 2018 ]
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David: I'm no expert. I can only tell you what I got; the Marantz SR7011 AV Receiver, which I am extremely happy with. For what you're getting, it's also a really good buy. Hope that helps.
[ Timothy  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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I went with a Denon AVR-X1300W because they were running an awesome deal on it at the time. I currently only have the towers and it powers them nicely but plan on upgrading when I expand my system. OnkyoTX-RZ820 looks to be a pretty good bang for the buck right now.
[ MATTHEW  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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There are alot of good receivers out there but I have the onkyo tx 920 rz and these speakers sound great!
[ Michael  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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Depends on your application. If this is for hometheater, then a Yamaha 7.1 if you're just doing a stereo listen, Peachtree or Anthem
[ Colin  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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I have them with a Yamaha RX-V383 and i'm happy with it.
[ Dexter  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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Demon x3400h 7.2 channel.
[ Peter  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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I didn't get a new receiver when I got the Klipsch speakers. The receiver I already had, Onkyo TX-NR555, seems fine with these speakers.
[ JOHN C  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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How do they perform on their own (2 channel)?
[ MattMeyer  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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I currently have them connected to a Yamaha RX-V795a on channel A and they sound great alone or with some Klipsch surround speakers on the B channel.
[ JEFF  Jul 09, 2018 ]
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Sorry Matt. I never tried them on there own. Right now I have them set up with 2 bookshelf (connected as surround sound) speakers and 1 center speaker (new). I'm very happy with this setup. At some point I will add some subwoofers to "round" out the system.
[ Timothy  Feb 28, 2018 ]
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I almost didnt add back in my 8" sub. They are clean, tight, punchy bass that still shake the house. Sub just rounded out the floor frequencies. If you look at the RF-7 & 280's, there isnt much difference in the floor frequency, so I would think even those would need a sub!
[ Colin  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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For the money, they are an excellent value and perform well. Big, clean sound, stronger, deeper bass than you might think, especially when you set them out from the wall as recommended. The bass does lack the powerful tight punch of a larger speaker/cabinet (like the Heresy or Cornwall), so the addition of a subwoofer is a good option but not essential for music playback. My main criticism of this speaker is the overly bright higher frequencies -- the tweeter is amazing, especially at mid to low volume, but actually does its job too well and I often have to cut the treble at louder volumes to avoid the harsh bite of a soprano voice or high guitar note. They will distort if you drive them at very loud volume with a lot of bass boost. I drive them with an 80 watt Yamaha receiver and +12 volume with slight bass boost is about as loud as the speaker can handle cleanly, but rest assured at that level the sound is big -- I can't stand directly in front of them that loud. One thing I love about this speaker is the sound is gorgeous when playing acoustic instruments, piano, etc at mid-volume, the fidelity and presence are superb. Bottom line, if you want Klipsch but can't afford the top end, this is your speaker. Lots of band for the bucks.
[ Michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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I love mine! Hooked to a H-K receiver with 75w RMS per channel, high current. Very clear highs from low to very high volume levels. Bass is okay at lower volume, but very impressive as you raise the level. They are also beautiful speakers to look at, with or without the front cover.
[ Richard L.  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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I've never used them that way, they are part of a 7.2 home theater system. The do sound great in that configuration. They replaced 4 JBL towers and two Bose 301's. They are way more efficient.
[ Michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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I use mine for both TV and music. I am very pleased with these speakers and do not intend to add additional speakers for my use.
[ William  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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Beautifully is all I can say
[ Michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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They work very well in a two channel configuration I have mine bi-amped in a 600 sqft room and they have a very balanced bass and midrange that give you a much bigger sound stage and environmental feel. I do plan on pairing these with the swr15 two of them for more low end punch but they absolutely don't need a sub to preform flawlessly for moives , music or gaming. I strongly recommend bi-amping them to get the full output and dynamic range these speakers offer
[ Wfw5607  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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They are a quality pair that will perform well for most all music. They miss the very deep end that most systems don't catch. They will be crystal clear and vibrant for volumes up to very loud.
[ Jesse  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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