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Klipsch Reference RF-82 II

Floor-standing speaker (Black Ash)

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Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference RF-82 II

The RF-82 II uses newly machined, light-yet-rigid Cerametallic woofers with a folded edge to produce smoother mids and tighter bass. The specially treated aluminum in the cones helps to dampen unwanted vibrations and reduce distortion, while integrated dustcaps add stability. The RF-82 II also has dual five-way binding posts, giving you the option to bi-amp or bi-wire this speaker for even better performance. And the rigid, braced cabinet comes in a handsome woodgrain vinyl finish.

Stand-out audio performance from a solid floor-standing speaker

Looking for speakers that will take your movies and music to the next level? The Klipsch® RF-82 II offers up sparkling highs, rich, dynamic mids, and full-bodied bass for larger home entertainment spaces. Building on Klipsch's previous Reference speaker line, the Series II models have updated drivers and a new crossover system for even more spacious sound. Grab a pair of these well-made towers for your main left and right home theater speakers, or use them on their own for a rockin' stereo music setup.


Horn technology for "front row" sound

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.


Cabinet construction

High-tech driver design

The RF-82 II uses newly machined, light-yet-rigid Cerametallic woofers with a folded edge to produce smoother mids and tighter bass. The specially treated aluminum in the cones helps to dampen unwanted vibrations and reduce distortion, while integrated dustcaps add stability. The RF-82 II also has dual five-way binding posts, giving you the option to bi-amp or bi-wire this speaker for even better performance. And the rigid, braced cabinet comes in a handsome woodgrain vinyl finish.

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These speakers are amazing and worth every dollar!! I can listen to a song I have listened to 1000 times and hear something new. The clarity and balance is incredible. HIghly recommend Klipsch!

Bryan, Cranston, RI

What's in the Box:

  • Black floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Removable magnetic grille
  • 2 Stabilizer feet
  • 4 Carpet spikes
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Machine screws
  • Owner's Manual
  • Unpacking instructions

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 33-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • sensitivity 98 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium dome tweeter
  • dual 8" Cerametallic™ woofers
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • black woodgrain vinyl finish
  • dual binding posts for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • 13-9/16"W (9-1/4"W cabinet only) x 43-3/4"H x 16-1/4"D (with feet)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Woodgrain vinyl
Color Black Ash
Tweeter Traxtrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
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 33-24k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 43-3/4
Width (inches) 13-9/16
Depth (inches) 16-1/4
Weight 61.5 lbs

Product Research

Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RF-82 II floor-standing loudspeaker delivers high-performance sound using Klipsch's advanced technologies and world-class materials. The Klipsch Reference RF-82 II employs dual 8.0-inch woofers and a 1.0-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.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RF-82 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RF-82 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-82 II features a professional-grade 1.0-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 1.0-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound.

Dual Woofers: The dual 8.0-inch woofers of the RF-82 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 8.0-inch woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: For signal purity and perfect driver integration, the crossover on the RF-82 II features the finest components and Klipsch custom internal wiring.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The dual 8.0-inch Cerametallic cone woofers and 1.0" titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a Bass reflex enclosure which features dual rear-firing ports. The RF-82 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 a MDF cabinet finished with either a Black Ash or Cherry wood-grain vinyl.

Magnetic Grille: The floor-standing loudspeaker features a removable magnetic grille which easily snaps into place over its cast-aluminum front baffle. The speaker can be used with or without its grille in place.

Connections

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.

Mounting Options

Feet: The RF-82 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-82 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.

  • 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.
  • A pair of RF-82 II loudspeakers should be equal distance from the wall behind them. It also helps to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.

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Why did you buy this?

Currently own klipsch speakers and they are awesome, and the price is ridiculously fantastic. Plus crutchfield is wow. [ joel  Mar 25, 2017 ]
Wanted an upgraded full range speaker for stereo music enjoyment. Great special purchase price, will complement older Klipsch RB-35 bookshelf model currently utilizing. Will review after breakin. [ Frederick  Mar 23, 2017 ]
Good reviews overall on web and excellent price. Demo'ed a set of Klipsch R-28F, but missed sale so this seemed like good alternative. [ Gary  Mar 21, 2017 ]
sugggestion of sales men maverick [ john  Mar 19, 2017 ]
Good reviews and price. [ Duane  Mar 14, 2017 ]
Fantastic reviews, great price. [ Erik  Mar 11, 2017 ]
IT GOES WITH THE CENTER I GOT THE 250C [ Dale  Mar 09, 2017 ]
2 eight inch woofers, floor standing speaker [ James  Mar 03, 2017 ]
long time Klipsch customer. [ John  Mar 02, 2017 ]
Replacing very old Klipsch 4kg, wanted to upgrade. Paul confirmed my choice by recommending the Klipsch RF 82. [ Nancy  Feb 22, 2017 ]
Have not received yet for test drive but chose because of reputation of brand, specs and whole lot of other reviews from people who do have them. They seemed to be the best around for the money and tech. Hopefully I get to give them a great review like so many others! [ Frank  Feb 20, 2017 ]
Good speakers good price [ Brent  Feb 19, 2017 ]
Good Reviews. I had 8" in ceiling speakers and appreciated the sound. Want to try the towers for my rental [ Paul  Feb 15, 2017 ]
Performance rating [ D  Feb 14, 2017 ]
I'm a big klipsch fan although these are not the rf7 for my budget these will do and will match my center and sub also the price is right while being phased out for the newer model [ Mark  Feb 10, 2017 ]
Great Speakers at a great price! I can't wait to get them and explore what Ive been not hearing! [ Scott A.  Feb 07, 2017 ]
Lots of research made my decision . [ Leslie  Jan 31, 2017 ]
Seemed like a better bang for the buck than the newer RP-280F's [ Aaron  Jan 06, 2017 ]
I know the brand well and also have had great customer service from the factory on other items [ Dennis  Jan 03, 2017 ]
I wanted to replace my 10 year old JBL Stadium towers, and read many glowing review of these Klipsch RF 82 speakers, and the price was great. Thank you. [ JOHN  Jan 03, 2017 ]
I wanted a speaker which would give me good "rock and roll" sound quality, and this was one of the best you offered. [ MARK E  Jan 01, 2017 ]
Great Speaker priced right,can't wait to hear em' [ James  Dec 31, 2016 ]
These speakers are rated at 98 db sensitivity!! So, they are going to put out the volume and accuracy that i am looking for in a floor speaker. [ bryan  Dec 30, 2016 ]
It was on sale and it will complete my klipsch home theater system [ Vinh  Dec 28, 2016 ]
Looks like they will be great to add to my system. [ william  Dec 26, 2016 ]
Price, performance support [ Stephen  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Klipsch reputation. [ Craig  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I love the color and they match my other speakers and decor. [ Jack  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Legendary Klipsch sound , unbeatable price ! [ Edwin  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Reviews for this item were universally positive and I just purchased a new AVR and wanted to upgrade my speakers. [ Anthony  Dec 04, 2016 ]
SOUND, quality of product over others at the same price point. [ Wyatt  Nov 30, 2016 ]
reviewed many speakers on line and in store, settled on these because they sound great and crutch field has always been straight up. best buy was $88 more a speaker in store! [ PETER  Nov 21, 2016 ]
I am a big Klipsch fan and it's a great deal [ BRIAN  Nov 20, 2016 ]
price [ Shane  Nov 16, 2016 ]
Brand and sale price [ Tom  Nov 13, 2016 ]
Occasionally upgrade A/V stuff, saw Crutchfield email, read up on product including lots of reviews, good price, free shipping. [ Wayne  Nov 06, 2016 ]
Great speakers [ Rich  Nov 05, 2016 ]
Online reviews and low price for quality [ Mark  May 17, 2016 ]
Great reviews and needed new tower speakers. [ Doug  May 16, 2016 ]
Good price and highly rated. [ BRUCE D  May 12, 2016 ]
Klipsch RF series horn tweeters provide the best theater experience! [ John  Mar 15, 2016 ]
I chose this item based on several reviews, value and price. [ Earline  Mar 07, 2016 ]
Customer rating and specs. [ Mark  Feb 24, 2016 ]
I already have a 5.1 set up with two RF 82 II's, one RC-62 II, two RS 52 II's in cherry along with an SVS PB 13 Ultra sub connected to a Yamaha RX-773 AVR. I was going to buy a pair of book shelf speakers but would have also needed to buy speaker stands and I was surprised to find that Crutchfield had the RF 82 II's in cherry and were only a little more than buying the book shelf speakers and stands. I look forward to upgrading my system to a 7.1 configuration. [ Robert  Feb 18, 2016 ]
reviews...reputation [ Antony  Jan 22, 2016 ]
Component size and value [ K  Jan 17, 2016 ]
because i have had klipsch speakers before the ones im replacing i have had for 16 years just blew a sub woofer great speakers. [ RAYMOND  Jan 17, 2016 ]
Great online reviews [ James  Dec 28, 2015 ]
Great speakers. My second pair... [ Richard  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Price [ Lawrence E.  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Review is not bad. [ Jianhong  Dec 09, 2015 ]

13 questions already asked

Most A/V receiver's will include their own speaker calibration software and microphone along with step-by-step on screen instructions to simplify the initial setup on your own. Given the number of receiver's that would work with your intended setup, you would be better off speaking with an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat in order to get a more personalized recommendation--they can also answer any questions you have about installation and/or setup. [ Larry  Jan 05, 2017 ]  Staff
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. [ Kenny  Nov 12, 2016 ]  Staff
These speakers are sold individually. [ Jeff  Nov 20, 2015 ]  Staff
Not at all they are amazing if you don't mind the size of the speakers. the room I have mine in is about 20-20. [ JASON  Aug 06, 2015 ]
I don't think so. I have a 20x15 home theater with 2 in the left and right front and 2 more for the side surround. The sound quality is spectacular and for the price ($399 last time I looked) they can't be beaten. [ Jose  Aug 06, 2015 ]
I think you can make it work if you have a well damped room. You will need to bring them out from the wall to limit bass reinforcement though. [ David  Aug 05, 2015 ]
Nope they sound great [ Matthew  Aug 04, 2015 ]
No. My pair is in a 16 by 20 room. Great sound. Front row! The more power they get the fuller and richer the sound. I listen to all genres of music and the sound great with all of them. 12 by 17 room I think would give you a personal experience! Good wishes! [ parkin  Aug 04, 2015 ]
No such thing as to much. That's what level adjustments are for. The real question is, do you have good sound absorbing materials to absorb sound from bouncing around the room and getting "muddy"? Padding on walls perhaps a nice rug hung on the wall (can be very tasteful) or large canvas prints. Then a nice area rug or better yet straight carpet. [ Ryan  Aug 04, 2015 ]
I put these in a room that's about 10 x 16 and they are fine. It all depends how much you push them. physically, they definitely have a presence in the room. As long as you're ok with that, you're fine! [ Phillip  Aug 04, 2015 ]
You may want to try a few options to find the one that best fits the size, shape, etc., of your room. Mine are placed with the back of the cabinet about 10 inches from the wall and slightly angled to focus the sound towards the centre of the opposite wall. [ RAND  Aug 03, 2015 ]
FYI - I returned my speakers, but when I did have them along with other Klipsch Speakers that I have owned they were placed about six inches from the wall. This helps fill the room with sound. Thanks! [ MICHAEL W  Aug 03, 2015 ]
2 Feet for maximum performance. Mine are at 6 " though cause of the room configuration , and they sound amazing. [ Cristina  Aug 03, 2015 ]
I have mine at 12" from the wall [ BRIAN  Aug 03, 2015 ]
"Should" is a relative term. I have mine on either side of an entertainment cabinet that is about 6' long and 22" in depth. The towers are about 5" from the wall. The sound is superb, an awesome, full sound!! I can only guess that I could push them back a little more and I would not hear any difference. [ David  Aug 03, 2015 ]
Hi- I have mine about 2.5 ft. away from the wall and they sound excellent. I would try to leave at least 16" if possible but experimenting in your room is the best option. These have two ports in the back. I believe the reccomended distance from each other is 11 ft. + but in my situation that wasn't possible. Mine are only 6.5ft apart from each other but still sound excellent. I paid $599 each for mine and am still very pleased. $400 shipped is a deal - I can't believe these aren't sold out yet. [ LINDA  Aug 03, 2015 ]
You use the eq with names like Latin, Rock, dance etc? I recommend downloading a application from the App Store (type equalizer in the search box) and a lot of excellent equalizer apps will show up. Once downloaded all your music on iTunes will be available and play through the eq. You can even stream wireless through it to your receiver , Apple TV etc. It is a big improvement over the iTunes pre adjusted eq choices and they are cheap. [ LINDA  Dec 11, 2014 ]
You did not specify which Denon receiver you have, so I cannot properly answer your question. I love my RF-82 II's. They are absolutely awesome speakers. Not only that, but when I bought a pair of RF-82 II's from Crutchfield, I paid $599.99 each. These are amazing speakers now selling at Crutchfield for a rock bottom bargain price. I listen to my stereo thru my macbook laptop, and I use the electronic equalizer which is available to all iTunes users. Go for it, you won't be disappointed. [ RICHARD  Dec 11, 2014 ]
What model Denon receiver do you have? If it puts out at least 75-100watts to the front main speakers it should sound fine. If you want to get an amp later that is always a possibility because these speakers can handle it no doubt. How old is your receiver ? Because most newer models have built in equalization and some even include systems that eq themselves via a mic you place in various spots around the listening area during setup. Newer receivers connect to your TV via HDMI cable and optical cable so the receivers menus can be viewed and selections made by you by remote. Most subwoofers have their own amplifier built into the box it is in. In higher end receivers like Denon only low level line is connected to the sub. In my opinion these speakers are excellent for this price point. [ LINDA  Dec 10, 2014 ]
Really don't know I have a Marantz 5007 reciever and it carries the 2 standing speakers and subwoofer center speakers and 2 surround speakers perfectly without using an amplifier. Hope this helps [ OLATUNJI  Dec 09, 2014 ]
Yes it's a powered sub. [ Rubhard  Dec 09, 2014 ]
I will provide that later. Does it matter? [ Rubhard  Dec 09, 2014 ]
Yes, these speakers are very efficient speakers.. The sub will be a power sub right? I don't see a problem of you using your denon receiver.. But I'm wondering, what is the model number of your receiver? [ J  Dec 09, 2014 ]
I'm powering both of these and a RC-62II and two RS-52II with a Denon X4100W in a home theater [ Michael  Dec 17, 2014 ]
These are wonderful speakers and you will want two to balance the sound out. Start there and see if the Denon can drive them to your liking before purchasing anything else. I would think about the future and building a surround sound system, so the next piece of equipment you may want to research is a receiver that does 7.2 and can set up distances from the main listening position to the speakers. Even if you never do the 7.2 which is the norm, you will be very pleased with the 5.1 all set up automatically, and then add your personal touches to the set up. [ David  Dec 09, 2014 ]
Thank you very much. [ Rubhard  Dec 09, 2014 ]
A power amp is always fine, as long as it is power rated (rms and peak) for the speaker, even considering the high efficiency rating of these speakers. However, these Klipsch speakers are really designed for flat frequency response and most likely do not need an equalizer for superior sound. [ RONALD J  Dec 09, 2014 ]
That receiver with 12000w most than what you need for all Klipsch speakers add another pair of Klipsch horn even better you have a good matching sysytem anyway enjoy. [ PAUL  Nov 24, 2015 ]
THere Klipsch speakers are amazing. Great highs and lows. Might need some extra power to really enjoy their capabilities. You can't go wrong with these speakers. I've had them for over a year and no regrets this far! [ DAVID  Nov 24, 2015 ]
They work superb with my Yamaha, so they should work just as well with your Denon. Nice rich sounding speakers, we're very satisfied with them. [ Richard  Nov 24, 2015 ]
You need to install the feet yourself (they are shipped uninstalled). You could create your own solution, although you would want a way to protect the corners of the cabinet. [ SCOTT  Jan 16, 2015 ]
YES. THE FRONT FEET ARE ALREADY FLUSH WITH THE SIDE OF THE SPEAKER, & COME ATTACHED. THE REAR FEET THE CUSTOMER MUST ATTACH THEMSELVES. BELIEVE ME, THESE ARE VERY SUBSTANTIAL BUT REMEMBER THIS SPEAKER WEIGHS IN AT SOME HEFT! ALL PARTS NECESSARY TO INSTALL THE REAR FEET ARE NICELY INCLUDED IN A SEPERATE PACKAGE PACKED WITHIN THE TOP STRYO PACKAGING, USED TO PROVIDE STABLE SHIPPING. ALL THE PARTS, WELL, BASICALLY THE 2 HEAVY DUTY REAR "FEET" ACTUALLY FLAT PAINTED METAL PLATES, PRE-DRILLED, 2 SELF THREADED MACHINE SCREWS, & 2 SELF THREADING WOOD SCREWS, ARE ALSO PACKED. FOLLOW THE EASY INSTRUCTIONS, AS EACH SPKR IS PRE-DRILLED, & DESIGNED FOR THE FEET TO BE INSTALLED EITHER OUT, OR IN, YOU WILL BE DONE IN 20 MINS. THEN, PLACE THE 82"S & ENJOY!, [I THINK] THE MOST PURE, AWESOME, SOUND REPRO AVAILABLE! NICE CHOICE. [ STEVEN C  Jan 12, 2015 ]
When you buy them you have to install the back to feet with screws and the front have screw in feet.Just don't use them. [ Leigh  Jan 12, 2015 ]
Yes, but why would you? The feet can be positioned directly under the unit so the width is that of the box. If height is a problem remove them. Mine are on a high carpet and the posts provided make them very stable. If it was a hardwood floor I would remove them. [ LEE W  Jan 12, 2015 ]
That is good idea [ ANH H  Jan 12, 2015 ]
The feet have to be attached after unpacking. So, yes. [ mike  Jan 12, 2015 ]
Best audio purchase ever made in my entire life... I have mine bi-amped with solid, clean power and they sound better and better the louder they get. If you feed them a quality signal, you will be happy. [ CHRISTOPHER  Dec 13, 2014 ]
GEORGE D: you need not worry! I too once owned a pair of L100'S along with a pair of L88's. i am very familiar with the hpm100's also. The Klipsch rf-82's that you have purchased have an excellent crossover point. The midrange is right there, & the highs are extremly lifelike. I would not trade my RF-82's for any other speaker out there! I have listened to music critically for over 50 yrs, & played for 45. I think you will really like them. Burn them in & after about 80-100 hrs,;awesome! I hope this helps! After all, they are the keepers of the sound! [ STEVEN C  Dec 02, 2014 ]
If your near a big box store I believe they can play them for you.Im driving mine with a 60 watt vintage onkyo amp and they sound good.I didn't feel they were to bright and the mids were ok also.Im buying a new amp for them as I want more power.I emailed klipsch for suggestions for an integrated and they told me to just add a power amp like a crown and they will jump in your face.They are very efficient and produce a lot of sound with little power.I hope this helps. [ Leigh  Dec 01, 2014 ]
Personally I think they are great. I suppose you could find speakers that played music better (like my old Valencia "Voice of the Theatre"- older than youe JBL) or a decent sound bar for movies, but for the money you would be hard pressed to beat these speakers. I use them with the Klipsch RC-64 II Reference Series Center Channel and Klipsch Icon WB 14 for the side and rear, along with a Klipsch 10" sub ( that is as old as your JBLs.) They are hooked to a Yamaha RX A 3030 receiver. I have found( IMO) keeping the speakers in the same "family"makes it easy to balance to the room. Again, I am very satisfied with them and I think you will be too. [ LEE W  Dec 01, 2014 ]
Thank you for inquiry. I am very much pleased with the sound of the Klipsch Reference RF-82II speakers. I like particularly the bright sound from the horn tweeter. I would, however, suggest that you visit a show room to listen to the speaker for yourself. [ MYUNG  Dec 01, 2014 ]
Back in the mid 70's I owned a pair of AR 9's and a Haffler preamp and power amplifier, I was in sonic heaven, the clean bass extension, the three dimensional imaging, the purity and effortlessness of the system were sonic bliss, eventually the foam surrounds of the AR's deteriorated and the preamp and amp both eventually died. Now in my early 60's I had convinced myself that since hearing deteriorates with age I didn't really need a nice stereo system, In any case I took the plunge and bought a NAD 326 BEE, Marantz 7004 streamer and the Klipsch RF82's. I would have upgraded to the next NAD and Klipsch but couldn't afford them. I only wish that I could listen to my system from the 70's for comparison (40 year old sonic memories can be subjective) I truly believe that my present system is far superior. [ ERIC D  Nov 30, 2014 ]
This holiday weekend we watched the latest X-Men movie on blu ray, listened to Bach's Brandenburg concertos, and both discs of Pink Floyd's The Wall. After initially purchasing the 52's which were a bit harsh to my ear, I am very happy with the 82's performance. Crutchfield has been very accommodating with returns. If you don't enjoy them I'm sure they'll trade out for something else. Give them a good listen and best of luck! [ mike  Nov 30, 2014 ]
hello, I think you will be very pleased with the klipch 82's I love mine .I run an onkyo tx nr 809 wich drives them very nicely I also have a klipch sub that fills the room with plenty of bass.I like the sound to me there is plenty of mid's and highs for both music and theatre.Hope you like them Enjoy Tony [ TONY  Nov 30, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings. 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  Nov 04, 2014 ]  Staff
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. [ Greg  May 12, 2014 ]  Staff
Sound is highly subjective but I am very pleased with these speakers. I have them with an RT-12d sub, rc-64 center, surrounds and driven by a Denon 3313ci.. I find the new generation tweeters even sweeter. To me they compare favorably with my son-in-laws B&W Nautilus. To me the sound is seamless across the bands for a 2-way set-up. With my sub driving the base and high efficiency of the rf-82II means they barely breath at all. You can do a lot with placement and helps if you have some space for these. I feel I got more speaker than I paid for. Only knock I can make on these is the vinyl covering, which does help lower the price, but it's well done and I can't notice unless I'm up close. [ Krista  Mar 28, 2014 ]
If you don't listen to them yourself, you'll never answer any of your multiple questions. I have an older set of Polk Monitor 7 that I also love. They both have outstanding qualities, and I enjoy them both. The Klipsch have more physical output than the Monitor 7, but quality is very good either way. [ LUKE  Mar 22, 2014 ]
well larry im going to answer your question the best way possible , but i must remind u i had a yamaha rx a 1000 running these monster towers and they sounded full as in they could hit the low notes with authority , although they were still a lil bright for my taste but u can always lower the treble to fix that . now im running them with a pioneer elite sc 79 and they sound even fuller than before, and they sounded less brighter than with the yamy. so yes , now they sound a lil better than before. the midrange on them were pretty good but not perfect , i think they hit a tat bit lower now since im powering them with a much powerful receiver, and yes they sound very clear , when a window breaks u can hear all the glasses broken down into tiny pieces , as for the sound , they blend in really well with the woofers , just cross them at 80 hz all small speakers and u will be fine. theres no need to make these towers large as , the sub will do the bottem , as stated before these towers have lots of bass on there own but if u dont have a sub that can hit the 20hz or lower then u can make these towers large but that would only be if u dont have a capable sub, there is no muffle or muddle as these speakers are very effecient and yes they will sound a lil bright but klipsch are known to be bright regardles of the receiver u use, but with that being said, i will say this having a pioneer elite as apose to a yamaha they do tame the brightness of the tweeter, im not saying the brightness will go away , but only lower the brightness i guess what im saying is they will sound a lil neutral/ warm . as far a pricess go, i have a polk rti a5 and yes they are not in the same price as the polk rti a7 or a9 , they sound about the same as the a7 or a9 , and the a7 i can compare to the rf 82 , i will say this, sound similar but if u really like the highs and the punchier speakeer with dynamics then klipsch is the winner, 2 reasons:more effecient , better dynamics for home theater [ rosa  Mar 22, 2014 ]
The have good mid-range. Sound is full and clear. Not to heavy or light in any range. Bass is not muddy, very clear especially when you consider they are ported. But the port on these was done correctly and does what it is supposed to do without muddying up the base. Tweeter's are not bright or tinny in their sound. I listen to nearly all types of music and they sound great across the board. I have not found any gaps in the sound between the tweeter and woofers. I find they transition perfectly/seamlessly. As far as the price. I believe they are head and shoulders above the competition as this price point. I have them bi-amped with high quality speaker wire from Emotiva and powered by a Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in the speaker at this price point. [ Joshua  Mar 22, 2014 ]
Thank you very much. It did help me to have a better idea of how the. Rf82 sound [ larry  Mar 21, 2014 ]
I think they sound very good.The mid is ok,and the bass is crispy and tight.They aren't broken in yet so im sure they will sound even better then.If you don't like them you can return them,I don't think you will though.I think they are on sale right now also.As far as the tweeter goes I have no complaints.I just love them.I wanted the RF-7,s but couldn't afford them.I was considering adding a sub but I don't think I will need it.Hope this helps you.Im not the best at telling someone how well speakers sound. [ Leigh  Mar 21, 2014 ]
My 82's produce rich, full, clear mids and highs. The entire range my system has them playing (80+) seems perfectly balanced. I have not done a side-by side comparison with other similar speakers, but did with my previous 52's and the difference was very noticeable. I am very pleased with these speakers. A buddy who thought a 5.1 Bose system was impressive sat slack-jawed when he heard the 82's. [ mike  Mar 21, 2014 ]
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