Klipsch Reference RF-7 II
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Incredible sound, Love it!
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.
Incredible sound, Love it!
Paul, Lihue, HI
Average Customer Review(s):
Incredible sound, Love it!
These speakers are amazing! Clear precise sound through the whole power range of my home theater receiver. It's easy to see why they are the flagship of the Klipsch line.
Pros: Amazing highs and lows. Brilliant sound detail
So far so good. Speakers look great and are very forgiving with placement. Still in a breaking period but initial comparison to Axiom M60 proofs that those are indeed great speakers. Sound stage and that thump..
Pros: great sound and look
These are a huge step up from the RP-280F towers. Night and day difference. I have a pair of 18" and a pair of 15" subs so I'm a bass head. Without the subs powered on, these towers produce a respectable amount of bass just being powered by my AVR. The highs are also a nice upgrade from the reference premiere series I'm used to.
Pros: Respectable bass Good build quality / materials
Cons: Weigh a ton
Wow! Anthem MX720 paired with Klipsch RF-7II Front Floor standing speakers and RP450CA Center Channel. Used my pre-existing Polk speakers for Surround and Back Channels. Unbelievably immersive. It's like wearing high quality headphones. Can't wait to receive the Klipsch R-115SW Subwoofer I ordered for Crutchfield to replace the existing (or augment? Will experiment) Polk PSW-250 subwoofer. Thanks Crutchfield! Easy ordering, fast shipping, great customer service. P.S. Sorry, Not Sorry for being a Pats Fan!
Pros: Crisp throughout the Spectrum Would blow the house off the foundation if I dared to push them. Great Looks Quality Craftmanship
Cons: Heavy, but....
The RF-7 II are a great speaker for the money. I go back and forth between my Jolida intergrated tube amp and my Emotiva XSP-1 preamp with the XPA-2 Gen-3 power amp, depending on what kind of music source I use. Due to the speakers high efficiency and horn design they work very well with tubes and vinyl. I've had these for nearly two weeks now and play them daily, I feel that they are likely broke in by now. The bass is great, mids are smooth, treble can be bright depending on tubes used, but that's what a horn driver is. My ears tell me though that the bass is reaching down lower than 30Hz, a plus of course, I was able to use my sub with another stereo in other room. I really don't think I've pushed them to their limits yet, they just get too dammed loud to stand for more than a couple hours in my living room. These are well built and should last for a good 10-15 yrs before needing serviced or rebuilt. It would be nice if the grills were recessed and had magnetic attachments like the RB-81's.
Pros: Priced right, Great bass, Built to last.
Cons: Other than they are heavy and difficult to move around, None
The Klipsch RF-7II's are amazing. I've had them for about 3 years now and I feel like they are still getting better every time I use them. I was powering each RF-7ii with dedicated emotiva XPA-1 gen2 (which runs 600w @8 ohms and 1000w @4ohms) and the speakers handled every movie I threw at them without any distortion or issues. I've since upgraded my home theater room with klipsch palladiums when they got discontinued and were 50-60% off and am using the xpa-1's there. I am now using an emotiva xpa-3 gen 3 for them and my klipsch rc-62ii and they still sound amazing. I would highly recommend these speakers to anybody thats interested in a theater like experience in their living rooms.
Pros: Dual 10" woofers Incredibly Sensitive @ 101db Decent bass without dedicated sub
My new F7's are literally mind blowing! They truly are Klipsch at their finest! I paired them with a Peachtree Nova 150 amp and it's a match made in acoustic heaven. Thanx to the knowledgeable peeps at Crutchfeild, I am one happy camper in my man cave!
Pros: Sensitivity is out of this world! Very little power makes them dance! And they are slim and very sexy in stature
Cons: Absolutely nothing
The speakers are big and well-made and they play loud in the process of breaking them in they still sound phenomenal
Pros: Great build and great great sound
Cons: No cons
Fine craftsmanship. Best soud!
After using (and abusing) a pair of Klipsch KG4.5's for 21+ years it was time to seek replacements. It was natural to see what Klipsch had to offer. Did a lot of research and read tons of reviews. Elected to purchase 2 of the RF-7 II's in the black finish. I'm glad I'm single. If I weren't, I think I'd need a good divorce attorney! However, I'm now concerned about landlord fines for noise leading to possible eviction. A simple system is being used to generate the cleanest, crispest and downright bassey sound: 1 pair: Klipsch synergy F3's, 1pair: Klipsch reference RF-7 II's, Onkyo 8050 receiver (set to +6 db) (80 RMS/Channel). When the volume reads 20 (out of a possible 80) the hair stands up on the back of my neck, the floor vibrates and my ears tingle. The RF-7 II's are worth every penny. Oh, the speakers arrived 1 day early - Thank You Crutchfield!!
Pros: totally amazing sound
Cons: they are heavy.
I grew up being a Bose fan. I thought they were some of the best speakers out there and believed the 901's were the king. I got a rude awakening when I went to visit my brother and had an opportunity to listen to his system. His system was a 7.3 consisting of Klipsch towers, center and surround speakers and klipsch subs. I was completely blow away at the sound of his system to the point I got rid of my Bose and bought my Klipsch surround sound system consisting of RF-82ll's, RC-62ll, RS-52, SW-112 and SW-115 sub. I ran that system for about 3 years and wanted to upgrade. I had my eyes on the RF-7ll's for about a year but wasn't sure how much better they would sound than the 82's. Plus the price was $1000 more per speakers which was a major consideration. I finally made the plung and purchased th 7ll's. The first thing I noticed when I got them was the size difference. The 7's are huge and the black ash with the 10 inch woofers are beautiful. But the sound is what really blew me away. The bass is rich and deep, the mids clear and precise and the highs are beautiful and accurate at any sound level. I'm 54 years old and have heard a lot of speakers in my day and I must say these are the absolute best I have ever heard. Yes, they were definitely worth spending the extra money for the upgrade in quality. In my opinion Klipsch is the best for your speakers bar none. I play these every day listening to music, mostly smooth jazz and movies. It's hard leaving the house now or sleep!
Pros: Beautiful and best sounding I've ever heard.
Amazing speakers!!!! Had klipsch for almost 20 years. Nothing compares....
Pros: Sound. Build quality
I replaced a pair of Martin Logan with these speakers. Originally my decision to chose Martin Logan depended on stereophile recommended component list. They reproduced human voice well but low extension was very poor affecting overall quality of the music. This time I reviewed the speakers myself and read people's comments. Incredible sound quality and I also loved the bass extension. They are big but estheticly attractive. My only disappointment is they are not made in USA but assembled in USA. This is my first purchase from Crutchfield (top rated in a consumer magazine), delivered in perfect condition.
Pros: Excellent sound quality
Cons: Not made in USA
Really impressive! I picked these as a replacement for my old Bose floor standing speakers, and the difference in volume and clarity is amazing. I paired these with my Adcom amp and I am amazed how much more sound I can get out of 125W per channel. I have very eclectic tastes and have tried these across a broad spectrum of music. It's hard to imagine needing a sub for this setup unless you have some really specific needs, or a truly anemic amp. These are great for Jazz, classic and modern rock, electronica, dance, house, and rap. Every time I pop in an old CD or LP, I seem to discover new nuances and sounds that I could never hear before. Only caveat: I haven't tried them for classical.
Pros: Clarity, bass, efficiency
Cons: Don't kid yourself: They ARE big and heavy. Make sure you have the space.
These speakers are perfect. The sound is crystal clear I'm still breaking them in. Super solid build quality have so once you purchase these make sure you eat plenty of wheaties when there delivered. They can handle anything you throw at them no problem mine will mostly play smooth jazz. If you are thinking about getting these speakers just do it. These are my first and last audiophile grade speakers you won't want another pair after hearing these. The level of service is awesome as usual and the delivery was speedy. These are hard to beat for the price.
Pros: Sound,build quality,finish
Cons: None what so ever
October 2016, I purchased the complete 5.1 Reference series speakers. The R-115SW 15" sub, RC-64 II center chnl, & a pair of the RP-250S surround spkrs. It took several months to find the audio quality to complement my separates. As I like my music LOUD! CLEAR! & SOLID! And these reference spkrs for my taste & budget, (I was looking for something between 5000.00 &10000.00) absolutely hit the mark! The price was on the lower end for what I was willing to spend, & after a few 'test & tune' sessions, these things are nothing short of phenomenal! They not only get loud, but the clarity at such staggering volume levels is hair raising! And they sustain that clarity & punch until you turn them down. They play ANY type of music, or cinema/TV/Sports show with perfect audio reproduction. They do however really like something w/a punch! Hard rock/heavy metal or Hip hop/Rap. And movies that have explosions or major special effects come to life! You'll be grabbing something to protect yourself thinking someones busting your door down! I'm still breaking them in, & haven't even reached their full potential! I'm driving them w/a ROTEL RMB 1585, 200 watt per channel power amplifier, into 5 channels, for a true full 1000 kilowatts of power, w/a Marantz 7702 MK II pre amp. And the sound is numbing! I have a pair of 30 plus year old JBL L100T's & I always thought their audio quality could not be beat... I was wrong! Looks, quality, function, & price I could not ask for more!
Pros: Unless you just want art decor w/a unique cabinet/look, the audio quality of Klipsch reference spkrs are some of the best you'll ever hear. Just look at the specs, the numbers do not lie.
Cons: Big & heavy. In my opinion that is not a con. So none.
I was really excited when these speakers arrived. The delivery man had to bring them in separately on a dolly 89 lbs. each. They are very large. I hooked them up to my Marantz and they sound amazing. The lows and Highs mix perfectly. I am not running a sub. Worth the money and the wait.
Pros: Very pleasing to look at with all the right stuff
Cons: none really
My first impression of them is they are very bright and not bass heavy at low volumes like I was expecting them to be. At lower volume my RF-82 speakers I had to dial back the bass knob to zero, on the RF-7II I had to dial it to full for the same output but as you turn the volume knob up is where these things come alive. They are capable of insane loudness while remaining crystal clear. I pushed them with a Onkyo Integra M-504 amp and they took everything it could give and begged for more. Some speakers tend to sound good with only certain kinds of music but the RF-7II sound good with anything from classical to techno bass music. I have owned Cerwin Vega VS-150, Klipsch RF-82, Klipsch RF-83, Infinity Crescendo CS-3007, JBL, Pioneer and Polk Audio in the past. None of them come close to the beautiful sound of the RF-7II. You would have to pay double their price if you want an improvement over them. Pretty much, detailed clear highs, tight punchy bass with the ability to rattle your house with ultra low bass notes also. I turned the subwoofer off with these, not needed. Now for the appearance, I have the cherry finish speakers and they look incredible. The wood grain is beautiful. I still own my RF-83's but they are in black and I so wish I would have gotten them in the cherry finish also. As a final note, yes they are a little pricey for the average Joe but you get what you pay for and if taken care of this is the only speaker you'll need for a lifetime.
Pros: Detailed, no distortion regardless of volume, chest pounding bass that is tight and accurate, beautiful cherry finish cabinets, made in the USA.
Cons: Heavy,solved with a set of hand trucks to move them around. I am not too fond of the speaker grill clips, easily broken if you are not careful installing them. I like the magnetic clips on the RF-83 much better.
Excellent sound. Still wearing them in. Compared to my JBL L890 these really dominate and are far better sounding.
First, I must say that I am a huge Klipsch fan, since I was 13 years old. I have owned KG-2s, and for nearly 20 years KLF-20's until getting the RF-7IIs. The service at Crutchfield is second to none. Tim, helped me with this purchase, and he was A+. In this day and age it is rare to get what you pay for. Well, from the packaging to product you get it with these. The wood finish alone is in a class of its own. I am still in the early stages of listening and am amazed at the sound stage and imaging these speakers can produce at low or high level. The main thing to know if you may have never owned Klipsch speakers is this: you will actually feel the bass. I am a total audiophile and use these 2.0 stereo only. No need for anything else, its just a hassle. These rock. Thank you Crutchfield!
You get what you pay for; that adage holds. Best speakers I have ever owned. I'm powering them with a Neuhaus T2 tube amp that is a mere 20w/ch and just thinking what they would sound like with a powerful amp (they're rated to handle 250w/ch!!) is scary. The 97dB efficiency rating must be what enables me to play them loud without getting any hum when using turntable. With Advents and Pioneer HPM 100s i would get a hum when i cranked the volume. All told, these are really sweet. Heavily discounted now, must be something in the wings that will replace them; whatever it might be it won't sound better, will just have a different number. To improve sound from here the next step up would be to the speakers. Am I ever glad I decided to take the plunge. Now I'm wondering what 4 of them would sound like! I may find out; Christmas is coming.
Pros: Powerful, yessiree. Bass that kicks you in the stomach; mids make the guitars cut like a knife; highs nice and tinkly, just floating on top of it all. And very attractive; i got the black finish and it is pure class.
Cons: Unless you spend six days a week at the gym have a friend handy to carry them inside.
Great sound. Clear and precise. Powerful. Full of detail. Music or movies.
AT FIRST, I WAS SKEPTICAL. SOUNDED HARSH IN THE BEGINNING BUT AFTER 3 TO 4 WEEKS WITH SOME SERIOUS VOLUME THESE SPEAKERS HAVE WARMED UP AND THERE'S NO LOOKING BACK. I LOVE THEM AND SOME SONGS, SUCHS AS LA WOMAN, REACHES DEEP INTO MY SOUL AS AS A RESULT. HIGHLY RECOMEND TO ANYONE THAT LOVES TO ROCK!!!!!!!!
Well, they are big, and they are rich and dynamic. They are part of my dream audio system. I have very discerning ears and I always wanted that system to end all systems - the one I would die with. Now I have it! I replaced a Denon receiver with the Yamaha flagship RX-A3040, and added the Klipsch RF 7 II's along with the Klipsch RP-450CA Center speaker and a couple 10 year old Polk bookshelf speakers. my previous floor and center speakers were Boston Acoustic VR series (ca 1995??) The result is making me happy beyond my dreams. I admit that I spent some serious money on these speakers and receiver, but how happy my ears are!!! For my test listening I started with a Diana Ross Live CD (CA 1993) - Stolen Moments. She has a world class jazz ensemble behind her in this intimate club setting and the clarity and details of the music was simply amazing (SIMPLY AMAZING). Next I chose Natalie Merchant's Tiger Lily, and it was if I had never heard her album before. It all seemed so new and fresh. I listened to the Academy of Saint Martin in-the-Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner, performing The Messiah - which was breathtaking. I finally played the Late Natalie Cole's album, Unforgettable and my hair literally stood on end when she started singing. This is my dream system - and now a dream realized. Its not so bad growing old sometimes if these are the rewards we get for being old. Thank God I still have my ears!!!
Pros: incredible sound, beautiful cherry veneer - did I mention incredible sound - I hope so, because they sound incredible.
Cons: nothing I have found yet
I upgraded to these full size speakers from a set of really nice Polk LSiM703 bookshelf speakers/sub combo as I was looking for something a bit more dynamic. My expectations have certainly been met. Firstly, the fit and finish are beautiful. These are hefty at nearly 90 lbs each. A beautiful looking pair. I ordered them in black to match my other gear. Audio quality is impeccable - the horn tweeters really sparkle with crisp detail in the highs. I don't feel it is overdone at all. The low end is there, but I still prefer to augment with a 10" subwoofer to round out the bass. I am not a bass monster at all, but I like the larger dynamic range that comes with an added subwoofer. I could probably try to tweak the EQ to get more out of the speakers without the subwoofer. Not sure if I can get the same result as having a dedicated sub...and I already had one to use anyway... This is a winner is my book...
Pros: Beautiful finish and build quality Lots of dynamic sparkle out of those horn tweeters - but not overdone Mids to lows are pleasing
Cons: Big & Heavy Price Some users might want to add a sub to round out the bass
I upgraded to the black Klipsch RF-7iis from a pair of black Klipsch RF-3iis and what an upgrade in sound these were. I am running them on a several year old integrated Yamaha RX-V2600 receiver. When I started unpacking these beasts I began breaking into a cold sweat thinking to myself "my wife is going to kill me" because these things reside in our family room and dwarf the RF-3iis. However, after setting them in place and installing the grills, their all black appearance allowed them to sink back into the shadows of my home theater. The speakers create such a sense of realism and detail you will likely find yourself going through all your old music just to see how "front row" sounding they can get. Acoustic renditions of songs are breathtaking, with instruments sounding true to life. In the bass department, the RF-7iis finally filled my yearning for bass coming from the speakers and not my subwoofers. I could never squeeze any bass out of the RF-3iis without completely rearranging the family room. Some of this is likely a result of the room being carpeted and filled with soft furniture. I think the room setup just ate up any bass that came from the RF-3iis, which isn't the case with the RF-7iis. I have to admit that some music can turn out a little on the bright side, but then again, I have only had the speakers for about two weeks and have yet to come close to breaking them in. However, I love the sound and wouldn't even consider going back to the RF-3iis.
Pros: - Strong bass - Very detailed "live" sound - Beautiful finish
Cons: - Not a fan of the grill mounts (pegs). My RF-3iis had the same ones and once a peg breaks you have to try and glue it back on, which is easier said than done. I would just think for the price of these they would be able to come up with a better mounting system. However, if that is the worst of my complaints for a speaker of this caliber, I consider this a great speaker purchase and a huge step up from my old RF-3iis. The Klipsch RC-64ii is next on my list thanks to these RF-7iis.
have had nice stereo equipment my whole life. NEVER had speakers this nice! You can play them at low volume and still have full range and clear sound. Crank em up and the sound is incredible.
Pros: super efficient, excellent sound.
Great speakers a big improvement from my Infinity 2.1 system. These speaker are very efficient producing more volume at the same setting as my old speakers. Having said all this they are on the bright side with the horn tweeters. I plan on upgrading my subwoofer and toning down the treble just a smidge seems to do the trick. The sound is very large and expansive. Everything from acoustic guitar to all out rock and roll, Joe Bonamassa The River, just blows me away!
Pros: Large expansive sound, solid bass and very detailed high end. Vey efficient. Good looking speakers!
Cons: Very large. Bright high end notes on zero tonal settings.
Building and Reproducing Movie Sound stages is my goal. Enjoying a relaxing evening or mid-day concert is a bonus. Having the RF 7ii's under my control is a necessity. The broad and full spectrum of these speakers are are phenomenal yet they still have enough discreet dynamic range to compliment even the must discerning audiophile ear. I've run a the typical 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 as my test bed over the years but My Personal setup once testing is complete is normally 7.2, 9.3 or 11.3 depending on the movie and entertaining environment. The 7ii have performed flawlessly thus far. Currently paired against 2x RF-62s as rear surround, 2x RS-42ii as rear back channel, and a 6x compliment of Yamahas as hold-over until I finish testing the Dolby Atmos functionality, powered by a RX-Z11. Overall great purchase, expensive purchase but a lasting purchase.
Pros: Heavy, Solid, Beautifully Crafted backed by Klipsch. Handles Movies, Music, and so far as much power as I can throw at it. Great with or without the Grill
Cons: Heavy, Powerful
These are truly awesome. The clarity and efficiency are very impressive. They are replacing Aperion's top of the line towers and the side by side comparison is unbelievable. They are used equally for music and TV. The vocal clarity for TV has improved dramatically, even at normal or low volume. Oh, and did I mention they are Very Loud. The horn tweeter covers the large room evenly without sounding edgy. The cabinet shape and finish aren't as impressive as the audible performance, but are still very nice. Cabinet dimension is not as wide as stated by Crutchfield. They are including the feet that exceed the cabinet width.
Pros: Clear full sound Loud
Cons: Cabinet shape is not excitingCrutchfield response on 2/16/2016 Thanks for your review. We've added dimensions for the cabinet both "with feet" and "without feet."
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|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
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.
Detachable Grille: The floor-standing loudspeaker features a removable 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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Big, loud, and on sale [ Mike Feb 27, 2018 ]
Great Rock n Roll speakers [ JAMES Feb 20, 2018 ]
based on Klipsch reputation for value and they are sensitive and can be used with most amps [ BRADLEY Oct 15, 2017 ]
Love these speakers. Great for classis rock.Very nice cabinetry. Black oak looks outstanding. [ Gary May 23, 2017 ]
i have one and needed a second. [ Russell May 03, 2017 ]
High efficiency and excellent dynamic range result in clean, powerful sound. [ Samuel Feb 20, 2017 ]
I love the sound of Klispch speakers and have wanted these for a long time. [ Larry Dec 30, 2016 ]
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 ]
Great sound [ Steven Sep 03, 2017 ]
I have been very pleased with my Klipsch speakers and wanted the Cherry wood finish before they stop offering it. [ Christopher Dec 08, 2016 ]
Incredibly efficient speaker system, high watt capability, and legendary Klipsch sound! [ Herbert Mar 26, 2016 ]
Absolutely positively no problem at all. It's a non issue. The RF-7' is a very inefficient speaker. Mine are powered by a McIntosh MC7270 with no issues at all. [ STEVEN Mar 16, 2018 ]
Your ears are you best friend in this case. When the music starts to sound harsh and unnatural you have approached the limits of your speakers and the ability of your amp to produce clean power. Turn it down you don't need to impress the neighbors it only needs to be loud enough to enjoy it in your home.Enter [ JOHN Mar 14, 2018 ]
You likely won't be running at Max volume continuous. The speakers are rated at 250 continuous, 1000 peak. Just don't turn it up all the way. [ "Daniel Mar 14, 2018 ]
The rule of thumb (as i understand it) is you purchase an amp that produces 2x the amount of wattage your speakers can handle at 8 ohms. The rf-7II's can handle 250 watts continuous with peaks up to 1250 watts. Your amp is under powering them by 50%. If you are concerned about overloading, then you can always install a fuse between your amp and speakers. Also, keep in mind there is "dirty" wattage...meaning sound deteriorates as volume increases. Therefore, be mindful of your bass/trebble settings. Hope this helps. [ jay Mar 14, 2018 ]
Not at all. These speakers can handle 300 watts at 8 ohms. Remember though if you turn the volume up do not exceed a limit where the speakers are starting to distort. Back off a little at this point and if the music sounds good its OK [ JAMES Mar 14, 2018 ]
I have Classe CAP-80, my room is 25x30, I cannot go above half volume, I don't know if this helpful [ Mehmet Mar 14, 2018 ]
If your amp is 260 watts per channel and you are using only 2 channels (stereo L/R) then you are only pushing 130 watts per speaker. They will be fine. [ Steven Mar 14, 2018 ]
Not at all they will play very loud. [ Jason Mar 14, 2018 ]
Nice amp choice. And no it will be fine. Where the RF7ii are so efficient you'll have headroom. So the 101 dB sensitivity will ensure you will not use all the watts up. And you have to worry about clipping since you have an amp that's just cruising with ease. Hope this helps [ Darion Mar 14, 2018 ]
The speakers put out 101db at 1 watt, which is fairly loud. When the volume is turned down to normal listening levels, you are probably near 0.1 watt [ "Daniel Mar 14, 2018 ]
Sorry Roland, I don`t know the min. watt requirement for these speakers. My current system pushes 125 watts. Try asking one of the Crutchfield advisers. [ Herbert May 07, 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 ]
I asked this question a year ago and now after purchasing the klipsch RF 7 ll I got my answer. The sound is so much better than the RF 82 ll that I own. I'm so satisfied with the 7's that these will be the last tower speakers I purchase. [ Eric Jan 10, 2017 ]
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
I had the same problem when using my Ipod. I am not familiar with the Sonos system but if your Sonos has a volume control on it turn it all the way up. Then control your music volume with your receiver or amp. [ Steven Jan 09, 2017 ]
Sorry no concrete idea, the only thing that comes to mind is possibly a latent delay between signals but thats outside my expertise. I'll ask around and see what I can come up with. Outside of that I love my RF-7s ! [ Cedric Jan 08, 2017 ]
I`m not and expert just a customer, but I assume there is an amp involved between the turntable, Sonos, and the speakers. My guess is there is a preamp in your amp or turntable which would boost the signal for your amp giving you higher volume. It`s not the speaker. Hope that helps! [ Herbert Jan 08, 2017 ]
You will need an outboard phono preamp if your turntable does not have one built in. [ Darion Jan 08, 2017 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jan 08, 2017 ] 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. [ Rich 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. [ Rich 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 ]