Excellent Vocal Clarity and Dynamics
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RB-61 ii review: I was looking for a set of speakers or bluetooth speaker. I looked at three options prior to the Klipsch. My criteria: I listen to a wide variety of music, classical, rock, jazz, blues and old time radio broadcasts. One of my criteria was that whatever I got had to handle spoken word well. Voices had to be clear and articulate, not muffled. Another criteria was that the sound should not sound like it's coming out of a small box. I wasn't looking for a giant sound stage or precise imaging, but if I felt like I was hearing sound through a porthole that was a deal breaker. Speakers I tried: 1. B&W Zeppelin Wireless. Lots to like here except the price and lack of remote control. Vocals are stunningly clear. Realistic bass from the sealed cabinet. 2. Bose Soundtouch 30. Liked - it had a remote. Would play loud. There wasn't much else I liked. Vocals sounded as if in a reverb chamber and bass was way too much. Boomy and one note. 3. AudioEngine HD6. Liked - it had a remote. Very boxy and muddy sounding on vocals. Sounds like the singer is standing in a closet behind a heavy drapery. 4. Klipsch RB-61ii. At this point I decided to go with passive speakers and get a bluetooth adapter for my receiver. I was well aware that horn loaded tweeters and midranges can deliver clear vocals and a sense of realism that most speakers in their price range can not approach. I could not be more pleased
Pros: Percussion sounds MUCH more realistic than the Tom Thumb sized drums that conventional radiating drivers force you to live with unless you are spending on the far side of $2000. Even then, give me the equivalent dollars in a horn loaded design. Side note: Sorry, but to me dome tweeters are the mini van of tweeter technology. Serviceable, pleasant enough, but nothing to get excited about. Vocals and vocal clarity Vocals rise above the instruments Doesn't sound b
Cons: Only the black were available. I understand as they were on clearance. I wish walnut had been available. Would love it if Klipsch made a three way books shelf design.