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Klipsch Reference R-26F

Floor-standing speaker

11 Reviews | 2 questions - 4 answers

Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference R-26F

Many of the home theater systems that I've designed for Crutchfield customers have centered around Klipsch Reference floor-standing speakers. And the R-26F delivers lots of what we've come to expect from Klipsch: energetic, room-filling sound that brings your music and movie soundtracks to life. Use a pair of these dynamic towers to anchor your home theater system's front sound stage with authority. Or set them up with your two-channel music system and enjoy big, rich stereo sound.

Expansive sound from a Klipsch tower

Many of the home theater systems that I've designed for Crutchfield customers have centered around Klipsch Reference floor-standing speakers. And the R-26F delivers lots of what we've come to expect from Klipsch: energetic, room-filling sound that brings your music and movie soundtracks to life. Use a pair of these dynamic towers to anchor your home theater system's front sound stage with authority. Or set them up with your two-channel music system and enjoy big, rich stereo sound.

Iconic Klipsch design

Over the years Klipsch has become famous for their Tractrix® horn-loaded tweeter. This design produces clear, accurate high frequencies. The R-26F utilizes this tweeter along with two 6-1/2" copper spun woofers to create natural, full-range sound with solid bass response. It's also very efficient, so you won't need a lot of power to drive it. Two sets of sturdy 5-way binding posts allow for bi-amping or bi-wiring.

Build a complete Reference system

Add more bass to a pair of R-26Fs with a matching subwoofer, or team them with other Klipsch Reference speakers for high-impact home theater.

Bookshelf speakers: Klipsch R-14M and Klipsch R-15M
Center channel: Klipsch R-25C
Surround speakers: Klipsch R-14S
Floor-standing speakers: Klipsch R-24F and Klipsch R-28F
Powered subwoofers: Klipsch R-10SW and Klipsch R-12SW

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these speakers sound great. They are connected to a Klipsch Sub.

Anonymous, Williamsburg, VA

What's in the Box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • User Manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 38-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 97 dB
  • power handling: up to 100 watts RMS (400 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm compression tweeter
  • dual 6-1/2" copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofers
  • bass-reflex design
  • front-firing port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • removable grille offers a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • dual 5-way binding post speaker terminals can be bi-wired or bi-amped
  • 10-7/8"W x 40-3/16"H x 14-1/2"D
  • weight: 41.9 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Klipsch Reference R-26F Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

great speakers

Anonymous from Williamsburg, VA on 2/15/2017

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these speakers sound great. They are connected to a Klipsch Sub.

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Anonymous from Chicago, IL on 2/13/2017

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Exceptional quality, high performance speakers. Projects a great deal of sound without cranking up the volume.

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Anonymous from Wallingford, CT on 1/31/2017

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I gave these Klipsch R-26F speakers 5 stars even tho i returned them. Quality of materials was excellent. Fit and finish was excellent (even tho these are made in China). The bass side of the output was very impressive. I returned them because of the horn tweeters. They sounded too bright, too nasally, kind of uncomfortable. Highly directional, which I thought was a good thing, since I sat in a strategically placed chair while listening. I just could not find a way to like the sound. Others may like the Klipsch sound immediately after setting them up, but I don't buy into the idea that I have to get used to new speakers. I have some excellent Axiom speakers which I found very warm and natural and pleasant to listen to right out of the box. These Klipsch are excellent speakers if you like that signature sound they have, which is why I gave 5 stars. I guess one either likes the Klipsch sound or doesn't.

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Great booming and crisp sound

Scott from Lady Lake, FL on 1/23/2017

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Great speakers. I was worried my 37 watts per channel receiver wouldn't push these but no problem. At 25 percent volume these things are cranking and the bass is terrific!

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Genevieve from U S, Virgin Islands on 1/15/2017

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These speakers are replacing my 90's Realistic speakers. These Klipsch is great especially the bass, Customer service is excellent .

Pros: Whenever you call for assistance you receive it in a professional manner.

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Awesome speakers!!!

Bernardo from Boqueron, P.R. on 12/27/2016

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Great bass and details on movies and music!!! Super fast service from Crutchfield!!!

Pros: I thought the wood would be light and cheap,but very solid construction!!

Cons: None

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Dave from Norfolk, va on 12/20/2016

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Great purchase, highley recommend. Crutchfield is a good company, with excellent customer service!

Pros: Great speakers

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Anonymous from Lake Grove, NY on 12/19/2016

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Very happy with my purchase. These replaced an old pair of Polk speakers from the 70's. High and midrange sound great and lows are more than satisfactory. They look good as well.

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Frank from Phoenix, Az on 12/15/2016

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Love the sound, size and quality of speakers!! Built like ones made in the 70's

Pros: Everything

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Martin from Walnut Creek, CA on 12/11/2016

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These speakers look and sound amazing. You just can't go wrong with Klipsch.

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Nic from NYC on 9/4/2016

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Excellent mid range and highs. I was originally hesitant to purchase as these dont have titanium coil in the tweeters and the woofers are graphite overlayed instead of cerametallic. I opted for the r26f after seeing the klipsch with these features around the same pricepoint had 5 1/4 inch woofers instead of 6 1/2 inch. In my opinion a subwoofer is not needed with this set up. You will want to dial in reciever settings for the best bass, but these speakers are extremley well rounded. After much research i discovered some audiophiles prefer aluminum to titanium tweeters.

Pros: Price, if on sale Excellent highs hear every detail Mids are perfect

Cons: Bass is sufficient and deep but i do wonder what the next series up sounds like with cerametallic woofers

Details

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Polymer veneer
Color Black
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Copper-spun IMG
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 100
Frequency Response 38-24k Hz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 40-3/16
Width (inches) 10-7/8
Depth (inches) 14-1/2
Weight 41.9 lbs

Product Research

Features

1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The R-26F floorstanding speaker features Klipsch's proprietary Tractrix Horn technology mated with a 1" aluminum LTS tweeter, for impressive high-end response and greater extension, enhanced imaging and powerful dynamics.

  • Tractrix Horn Technology: The square Tractrix Horn delivers a 90° (w) x 90° (h) dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
  • LTS (Linear Travel Suspension): Behind each horn lies a 1.0-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension to minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.

Dual 6.5" Copper-Spun  IMG Woofers: The Klipsch R-26F floorstanding speaker is outfitted with two 6.5" Copper-Spun IMG woofers. The Copper-Spun IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer is exceptionally light while being extremely rigid - providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion.

Front-Firing Port: The Klipsch Reference series floorstanding speaker features a front-firing port that is perfectly matched to the cabinet and drivers. The front placement of the port creates ideal airflow with minimal distortion.

MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch R-26F floorstanding speaker features a MDF cabinet with a brushed polymer veneer black finish that seamlessly integrates into almost any room or decor. MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is utilized because of its damping characteristics for natural, uncolored sound without unwanted vibration and distortion.

Acoustically Transparent Grille: The Klipsch R-26F floorstanding loudspeaker comes with a removable, black cloth grille that is acoustically transparent.

Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference series floorstanding speaker is fitted with two sets of 5-way 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 or dual), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and bare wire (up to 10AWG).

Integrated Rubber Feet: The Klipsch R-26F floorstanding speaker features four integrated rubber feet for placing the speaker securely and safely on your hardwood, laminate, or tile floor (these rubber feet should never be removed). The floorstanding speaker does not come with any carpet spikes.

Placement: For optimum performance, Klipsch suggests placing the floorstanding speakers 6' to 15' apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be about 1 to 1.5x the distance separating the speakers.

Reference Series: The Klipsch Reference series consists of three floorstanding speakers (R-24F/R-26F/R-28F), two bookshelf speakers (R-14M/R-15M), one center channel speaker (R-25C), and one surround speaker (R-14S). The Klipsch Reference series line-up of loudspeakers sound great in stereo and home theater applications.

Optional Powered Sub: For bigger & deeper bass response, pair the R-26F floorstanding speaker with one of Klipsch's powered subwoofers (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

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Why did you buy this?

Home audio set-up. Great price on a great product. Crutchfield definitely has your back when it comes to home audio, and these klipsch speakers can't be beat, they are the anchor of my surround sound movie watching experience [ ANDREW W.  Mar 04, 2017 ]
Great Speakers [ Tony  Mar 01, 2017 ]
small room [ stephen  Feb 22, 2017 ]
Because Klipsch is the best [ ross  Feb 06, 2017 ]
Klipsch just has awesome sound [ Keenan  Feb 05, 2017 ]
Quality and price [ Franklin  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Great speakers and price [ Eric  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Amazing price on these speakers! [ William  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Quality [ Gabriel  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Stone told me to. He was great handling my call and answering all of my questions, including item specific information and details involving billing and shipping. Thanks again for all of your help!! [ KEVIN D  Nov 24, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. The 60 days is a Crutchfield satisfaction guarantee. You can return/exchange the item for any reason during that period. Any time after that the manufacturers warranty continues to apply. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Feb 17, 2017 ]  Staff
No damage - these speakers can really "SPEAK VOLUMES" - you'll be fine - you can really crank them up - wonderful sound! [ Patricia  Jan 30, 2017 ]
All I can tell you is that my R-26F is pair up Audio/video receiver, Turn table, and compact cassette deck it works well and give great sound. Hope that information help you. [ GENEVIEVE A  Jan 30, 2017 ]
No. That's not what that means. RMS is a preferred max setting. You can push the speakers with a 120 watt/ch amp, heck...even one that's 150 watts/ch. You just won't be able to turn it up to max volume is all. I have 2 of these pushed by 120 w Onkyo receiver, volume never gets over 42 on a movie or 35 on music. . Thats loud enough for me, I assume the volume knob goes to 80 or even 100. You would never run speakers at max volume anyway, so you'll be fine. [ ALDRIC  Jan 29, 2017 ]
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