Anatomy of a Home Theater Speaker
Dave Bar worked for Crutchfield from 1981 until his retirement in 2016. After a 23-year stint in the sales department, he joined the home A/V writing staff. Dave's expertise and good humor will be sorely missed.
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The Anatomy of an Amazing Home Theater Speaker
When it comes to top-notch home speakers, what you see is only a tiny fraction of what you get. An elegant cabinet can hide the sophisticated design and engineering that makes for a truly great-sounding speaker. To help you get a better understanding of what makes a high-performance speaker stand out from the crowd, we'll identify some of the various elements that go into one of the speakers we carry and explain how they make this speaker sound so good.
We chose the Klipsch® Reference RF-62 II floor-standing speaker. A set of floor-standing speakers make a great option for your front left and right speakers in a home theater system, expanding the front soundstage and handling the bulk of the sound effects. And if you're a music lover, it's hard to beat a strong pair of floor-standing speakers when it comes to deep bass and dynamic range.
We were also interested in Klipsch because of another standout feature — front-row, center-stage sound — the sense that what the speakers are playing is actually happening, right in front of you. So we literally took apart the Reference RF-62 II below to find out what makes a Klipsch a Klipsch.