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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250F

Floor-standing speaker (Piano Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250F

Klipsch speakers have long been a big favorite with our customers. Need proof? A quick look through Crutchfield's customer reviews should more than convince you. So when Klipsch announced their latest Reference Premier Series speaker lineup we got really excited, because we're certain our customers will have a new favorite to love. Take the Reference Premier RP-250F floor-standing speaker, for example. This slender tower has a lot to offer music and movie lovers alike. Each cabinet boasts two 5-1/4" woofers for tight, punchy lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. The RP-250F's dynamic, full-range sound and small footprint make it a great choice for both music and home theater systems in a medium-sized room.

A room-friendly tower with a powerful punch

Klipsch speakers have long been a big favorite with our customers. Need proof? A quick look through Crutchfield's customer reviews should more than convince you. So when Klipsch announced their latest Reference Premier Series speaker lineup we got really excited, because we're certain our customers will have a new favorite to love. Take the Reference Premier RP-250F floor-standing speaker, for example. This slender tower has a lot to offer music and movie lovers alike. Each cabinet boasts two 5-1/4" woofers for tight, punchy lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. The RP-250F's dynamic, full-range sound and small footprint make it a great choice for both music and home theater systems in a medium-sized room.

The Reference Premiere Series difference

Never one to rest on its laurels, Klipsch has been busy refining and improving its designs to create loudspeakers that blow the doors off of its loyal followers' expectations. The new Reference Premiere Series builds on the acoustics and technologies of Klipsch's classic Reference Series, with important enhancements that provide an even more intense listening experience.

Hybrid horn technology for dynamic performance

Klipsch RP-250F florrstanding speaker

Horn technology is one of Klipsch's long-standing hallmarks. Flared openings in the speaker cabinet project sound waves toward your listening area and prevent them from simply spilling out in all directions. This design reduces reflections that can color the sound, and boosts dynamics and efficiency for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

Klipsch's newly designed Hybrid Tractrix® horn features a circular throat around an advanced titanium diaphragm tweeter that transitions into a square 90º x 90º mouth. This unique shape provides a cleaner, more efficient transition of sound waves into your listening space. Compared to previous models, this horn design delivers a wider sweet spot with more precise placement of instruments and vocals. Even the horn material itself has been upgraded to molded silicone rubber that helps decrease resonance for smoother, warmer highs.

A horn that can enhance bass, too

Look around the back, and you'll see that instead of the conventional round port tube found on many speakers, Klipsch uses a Tractrix horn-shaped opening for smoother, more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet. The resulting decrease in air turbulence makes for cleaner, more powerful bass with reduced port noise and low-frequency distortion.   

High-tech woofer design

The RP-250F's Cerametallic™ woofers dish out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cones out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight to dampen and prevent distortion. With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave these woofers newly developed titanium voice coil formers that allow more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response. 

Build a complete Klipsch system

You can build a great stereo system using a pair of the RP-250Fs, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and a powered subwoofer for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speaker: Klipsch RP-250C
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 35-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 96 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) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • two 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • bass-reflex design
  • rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • beveled MDF front baffle reduces frontal surface area to minimize diffraction, plus decrease high-frequency distortion and resonance
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • angled MDF base plate for elevated image height and increased speaker stability
  • 7-15/16"W x 36-1/16"H x 14-1/8"D
  • weight: 37.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker (Piano Black)
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • 4 Spike feet
  • 6 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

Delivery was super fast ! Klipsch quality is all over these speakers. The cherry finish is nicely done. Sound is amazing .Crisp highs and a surprising amount of bottom. I use them as a stereo pair for music and the front speakers in my surround system. Very pleased.

Anonymous, Medway, MA

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Anonymous from Medway, MA on 4/29/2018

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Delivery was super fast ! Klipsch quality is all over these speakers. The cherry finish is nicely done. Sound is amazing .Crisp highs and a surprising amount of bottom. I use them as a stereo pair for music and the front speakers in my surround system. Very pleased.

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Anonymous from Manchester, NH on 4/20/2018

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Amazing sound and great to look at

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These 5.25 drivers thump nice and LOUD!

Anthony from San Diego, CA on 4/20/2018

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Love love love, I play video games and watch Blu-Ray movies all day. So dynamic. I think my friends are jealous! I chose the Cherry finish for my decor!

Pros: Spooks the kids and the dog! I blame the flared port on the rear of the speakers.

Cons: Spooks the kids and the dog!

Amazing speakers

David from Mexico City on 3/31/2018

I got this pair of Klipsch RP-250F around two months ago; I was hesitant about the "bright/harsh" sound that is attached to many Klipsch products in web reviews but, since the product was on sale, I decided to give it a chance. Great, I mean, great I did!!!, these little monsters sound spectacular, the high frequencies are crystal clear and not harsh or fatiguing at all, midrange is well defined and instruments have separation and depth, low tones are tight and powerful despite the small size of the woofers. And the power, omg the power!!!, at 96dB of sensibility these bad boys are capable to deliver 116dB of spl @100 W RMS. I am not exaggerating when I say these speakers can compete easily in audio quality against many more costly speakers of the ones called audiophile speakers.

Pros: Sound quality Power

Cons: None

Great all round speaker

Vince from Rock Hill, SC on 3/8/2018

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I use the RP-250s in a 2 channel listening environment. People are often scared off by the Klipsch horn tweeters. They assume they are harsh. The Reference Premier line of Klipsch speakers are not harsh at all. The highs are accurate and not fatiguing. The bass is very surprising for 5 1/4" woofers. Goes down to 40hz without an issue, but the bass is also tight and punchy. The soundstage is wide and the "sweet spot" is quite large with no dramatic shifts when deviating from the "sweet spot". The Klipsch Reference Premier do require a break in period. The manual says 100hrs. I found they stabilized at about 60hrs. The RP-250s are flexible with speaker placement, but as the port is rear firing, you will need to keep them away from a wall (which is a good idea with any speaker). All in all well worth the money. The Rp-250s went on sale 1 week after mine were delivered. I thought I would send a quick email to Crutchfield to ask them if they would be willing to give me the sale price. The worst they could say is "no"....but Crutchfield said "sure..we'd be glad to." I ended up getting the refund on the pair. Cool!

Pros: Clean, non-fatiguing highs. Surprisingly deep yet tight bass. They look great.

Cons: Would like to see some outriggers for additional stability.

Stellar Speakers, Stellar Sound

Kamal from San Jose, CA on 12/17/2017

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Already had a Klipsch center and wireless Boston Acoustics sub, but needed to upgrade some ancient Bose speakers. From my experience and enjoyment of the purity of sound from the Klipsch center, it only made sense to upgrade to Klipsch to round out my home theater. The highs, lows and mids, but clarity and crispness along with the rich and robust sound is unbelievable. Makes music and movies an absolutely phenomenal experience.

Pros: Cost, sound, quality

Cons: None

Articulate and dynamic!

Roman from Mesa, AZ on 12/16/2017

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For the size and price, I'm very happy with these. Very articulate and dynamic. I had to eq down the top end just a touch but that's only due to personal preference. A great buy and pairs perfectly with the Klipsch 10" sub. Seemless.

Pros: Small size for a floorstander. Dynamic sound.

Cons: Needs a subwoofer.

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Timothy from Putnam, CT on 8/12/2017

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Clear, crisp sound. Right size for my 12'x12' room. I would suggest a subwoofer for fuller base.

Pros: Well made and sound great.

Cons: Subwoofer needed for fuller base.

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Anonymous from Sacramento, CA on 8/9/2017

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Amazing sound quality and enough power to blow away my whole apartment. They also are small enough that they do not take up half of the place either.

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Juan from El Paso, TX on 8/4/2017

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I have been hearing the radio in Spanish and English and I don't have any complaints. My ear is not musically educated so I can't tell what sound is high or low. I will play an opera later down the lane and see how it sounds at high volume.

Pros: Good sound for a pair of 40lb speakers each. Their thin design helps in placing the speakers in a room.

Cons: The Monster Cable Black Platinum Quick Lock banana plugs don't fit the post connectors. They are too long and wide at the tip. The connector one wants is the Flex Pin connector from the same manufacturer. The speaker wire provided from Monster Cable did not have one of the pair wires painted like other stereo wires do. I had to separate the wire into two pieces so as to not get confused.

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Anonymous from Wilkesboro, NC on 7/14/2017

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Sounds like I am home again I owned heresy pair for years and that same awesome sound is present in theses towers clear crisp highs and powerful lows permeate . No hint of distortion. Love 'em !

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Anonymous from Springfield, OR on 7/13/2017

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More than I expected excellent service and amazing sound

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charles j from Lenoir City, TN on 5/9/2017

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Great sound, exceeded my expectations.

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Great sound

Leon from Timonium, MD on 5/1/2017

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The sound from my home theater has never been better. Great separation and booming bass.

Pros: The sound from my home theater has never been better. Great separation and booming bass.

Cons: None yet.

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Anonymous from Hollywood, FL on 4/19/2017

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These speakers deliver music just as advertised, paired with a powered sub it's more than my small room can handle.

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Big sound - Small package

Mike from Ashburn, VA on 4/5/2017

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The sound from these beauties is top notch. Crisp highs and great lows from speakers that look smart, don't take up a lot of space and can easily fill a large room with great sound.

Pros: Sounds great at any volume. Small footprint. Very well built.

Cons: None

RP-250F Speakers Amazing!

Paul from Mt. Kisco on 3/10/2017

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These speakers are awesome. Using with my old Onkyo TX-SV535 (80 watts RMS) in a room approx 14x25ft . Great flat response brilliance, midrange and bass provide depth and body. Very efficient more than enough power to fill the room with clean sound. Was planning on getting a new amp but sounds soooo good I will keep my Onkyo.

Pros: Great sound very balanced full range Great construction very solid I like the magnetic speaker cover Great cabinet finish (Cherry)

Cons: none

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Pat from Grand Rapids, MI on 2/13/2017

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Beyond my expectations! Nothing better than listening to vinyl on my new Klipsch speakers. My old jazz lp's have come alive again! Crutchfield is the best!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Painfully bright speakers

Gary from East Amherst, NY on 1/22/2017

All I can say is I'm very disappointed. The speakers are part of a music only system, primarily used with a turntable and powered by an Onkyo TX-8160 two channel receiver. They are overly bright, to the point where they just sound muddy. Any volume at all is almost unlistenable. I tried to be patient, hoping they were going through a break in period. I just couldn't believe they sounded as bad to me as they did compared to the reviews on Crutchfield and other sites. I finally hooked up an older pair of Boston Acoustics bookshelves I use as the left and right in an a/v system and they blew the klipsch's away. Confirmed that the problem was the speakers. I had one Crutchfield rep warn me that the Klipsch's might be too bright and tried to steer me toward a pair of Polk's, while other reps had high praise for them. I should have listened to the first rep. I'm now shopping for replacements.

Pros: Build quality and appearance.

Cons: Extremely bright sound, actually painful to listen to. No warmth at all.

Wide spectrum

Bill from West Chester, PA on 1/22/2017

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I was really surprised by the base response of these small enclosures. The midrange and highs were also sweet. Bill

Pros: Great speakers for the cost.

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Great little floor speakers

Austin from Michigan on 1/16/2017

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Sounds awesome for their size. While the woofers are small, I have dedicated subs, so that isn't a worry. The highs from the tweeter are crystal clear and brought my 7.2 system, that had Onkyo speakers prior, to life. I don't however, feel that they demand the price they sell for.

Pros: Awesome highs Looks good Nice weight to them

Cons: Price Speaker size for the price

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Anonymous from Rochester, MN on 11/9/2016

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Great sound in a relatively small package. Part of a 7.1 Klipsch system, and I am 100% satisfied.

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Great sound!

Scott from San Jose, CA on 10/31/2016

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I think they sound great and are a fabulous addition to my home theater system. The pre- and post sales support has been awesome.

Pros: Sleek design that looks and sounds great. This is my first experience with Klipsch and I think they have found a lifetime customer. I paired them with a Denon receiver, Klipsch center channel and bookshelf rears for a great home theater experience.

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Awesome Audiophile Sound Quality

Rick from Vancouver, WA on 10/21/2016

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The quality and design of the speakers make for an exceptional listening experience! It has very high dynamic range and frequency response especially the bass coming from the Dual 5.25" Cerametallic Cone Woofers. I listen to a variety of music including Easy Jazz, Rock, Electronic, and Classical. When I listen to my classical music, especially William Boyce Symphonies I - VIII, I can clearly hear all the instruments in their true form and resonance. This is an awesome speaker and one of the best that I have purchased. These are very energetic speakers leaning on the bright side and it should not be assumed that these are light on bass, the bass is very impressive. To add more bass, I also purchased the Polk Audio PSW111 Subwoofer from Crutchfield.

Pros: Design, dynamic, crisp, powerful and detailed. Magnetic grill.

Cons: None.

great speaker

rob from San Antonio, TX on 10/14/2016

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I've only had them for about one week now, but they are very impressive. A very strong sounding speaker with nicely balanced mids and highs. The bass is strong and distinctive. I have a Yamaha AS500 integrated amp (natural sound) so I can make small changes in the tones. With 35-25kHZ freq response, I believe you could further enhance tonal response with an amp/EQ setup. The cabinet quality is elegant. I am absolutely pleased with my purchase. Crutchfield's service is great.

Pros: great clarity, strong bass, stylish

Cons: none

Wow

Jarret from Tuckerton, NJ on 7/28/2016

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Absolutely fantastic speakers. I'm amazed with how much clarity they have. There is an impressive amount of bass.

Pros: Size is perfect, not too big. You can fit them pretty much anywhere (easy to hide). They look fantastic. SOUND! SO CLEAR. Impressive sound.

Cons: Although they look and sound fantastic, they're not "impressive" in their size.

Great Speakers

HL73 from Winder, GA on 7/16/2016

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These are very good speakers for the price. I was on a budget for some much needed speakers, having to replace my 20+ year Infinity's that I had also purchased from Crutchfield. These actually aren't much more expensive than what I paid for the Infinity's at the time. Given that my living space is open but not that large, these seemed to fit my needs. And I don't want to blast my neighbors out, anyway. Also, I liked that they weren't really taller than my tv console, which is 36 inches high. It barely exceeds that height and doesn't interfere with tv viewing, which I thought might be distracting if they were significantly taller. The sound is great, although I do recommend having a subwoofer in addition, for more bass. But the music/sound is very clear, realistic, and I'm very pleased with my purchase.

Pros: Reasonably priced; slim design (so they don't take up much wall space); great sound; powerful enough sound with 100- watt receiver

Cons: Somewhat difficult to get out of the box for this female, but glad they were well-protected.

Great sound!

Eric H from La Crosse, WI on 7/11/2016

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Great sound from these speakers. Plenty of bass and crystal clear vocals. These speakers do particularly well with electronic music. Do know that you will definitely be able to tell the difference between well-mastered and poorly mastered audio files! Note that these are in a relatively small living room (20 by 12) with lots of hardwood and plaster walls. These speakers easily fill this room.

Pros: Great sound Reasonably priced

Cons: None

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hungermt from Mount Vernon, NY on 7/10/2016

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Great mid and highs. Very efficient speaker. Replaced some old advent towers with these and the room has come back to life. Very Happy

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Cons: Not the greatest bass speaker on their own, but if you have a sub-woofer, not a problem.

Could not be happier

Jerry k from Oshkosh wi on 7/5/2016

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I now have all klipsh speakers a Polk base cube and new onkyo amp mo ies sound great

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Outstanding value

Rick K. from Novi, MI on 6/13/2016

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Great sound in my great room with a 70w per channel amplifier. Built with high quality.

Pros: Looks great, sounds great. Exactly what I wanted.

Cons: None

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Gene S. from Lincoln, RI on 4/25/2016

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Very satisfied with the speakers. The sound is great.

Pros: Really like them.

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awesome

Rob S from Chester, NJ on 4/23/2016

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Great sound and I don't have the ideal setup.Powerful and can't wait till they break in to enjoy more of the sweet spots.

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James from Wabash, IN on 3/21/2016

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A++

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Worth the price

Mike R. from tucson, AZ on 3/11/2016

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I went to a Best Buy to compare these speakers to a set of Bose and Polk speakers. It wasn't even a close comparison. The Klipsch were crystal clear. They are relatively compact and very good lookin (black). I bought these at the "scratch and dent" price. The only thing scratched or dented were the outside cartons. The speakers were spotless. Makes a moderate sound system sound great!

Pros: As noted elsewhere, sound, looks, and size.

Cons: None noted.

Clean, Crisp, Clear

Mike B from Charlotte, NC on 3/1/2016

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These speakers a great. So much better than the Bose I was looking at. Richer, fuller and still clean and crisp. I do have them connected to a sub and 2 bookshelves to make up a 5.1 system but sound great on their own too.

Pros: Sound, looks, size. They do not take up a lot of space for the sound quality you get from these speakers.

Cons: None

Best for money spent

Craig from media, PA on 3/1/2016

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These are excellent speakers! Build quality is very very good. In fact I have not seen better. I cant find one imperfection. Sound is impressive to say the least. Bass goes pretty low and cleanly too. This speaker is a little forward sounding but for me that's a plus. It equates to sitting in first few rows of theater. These speakers are very efficient. In my opinion this is important. A loudspeaker should sound good at low volume levels. It should not lose any balance in response. Only efficient speakers will do this imo. Add to the fact that can use a high quality low power amp (single ended would be good) and you are in business. At least you should give them a listen. Lastly, I normally buy everything from another retailer but have stopped buying electronics from them because imo they don't pack product properly. I got these beauties from Crutchfield. They were perfect and shipped to me in less than 48 hours. Unreal.

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Bernard from Atlanta, GA on 2/8/2016

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First set of floorstanding speakers, and I have to say they have some excellent sound. I sold my Klipsch bookshelf speakers and my Sub to fund these speakers and I have to say, I dont miss the subwoofer at all. These have just the right amount of bass for my taste and living conditions (renter).

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Great sound for a thin floor speaker

Chris G from Apex, NC on 1/31/2016

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I wanted to upgrade my system from 2 Klipsch KG 4.2 speakers to something newer. I also wanted to add a center speaker, so I thought I should get the same family of speakers. With my old speakers, my wife wasn't a fan of the big size and the fact that they needed speaker stands. She just didn't like the look of them. I did research on floor speakers with a center versus bookshelf speakers. Needless to say, the bookshelf speakers didn't have the same range. These speakers fit the bill. They have a slim look and a great range for listening to music. So, I purchased these with the RP-250C. They sound amazing. You get full range of sound and everything is crystal clear. They don't have the same bass punch that my old speakers had, but they do have good bass. I've been listening to music and watching movies with these and they make everything sound better. I would highly recommend these speakers to anyone.

Pros: Sound is clear and has no distortion at higher volumes. They look great and have a slip profile (8" across in the front).

Cons: None

should have bought them sooner

DAVID D. from geneva, NY on 1/23/2016

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AM A PROFFESSIONAL MUSICIAN, AND KNOW GOOD SOUND, THESE SPEAKERS ARE TOP NOTCH. CRUTCHFIELD KNOWS THIER STUFF.

Pros: VERY CLEAN PRODUCTION.

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Noticeable Improvement

Southside 67 from Southside VA on 1/23/2016

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Got a Crutchfield flyer on Tues. Jan.19, and ordered the Klipsch RF 250s on Wednesday @ noon. They were delivered THURSDAY @ 2pm just before the BIG snow. We live in Southside, Va. but even being so close, delivery just 26 hours after ordering - thanks Aaron - was outstanding! Got 'em unboxed and wired up, moved the RF 42 IIs to a bedroom. Then put I in a CD. Impressive to say the least. These are a much better fit in our LR than the RF 42s which are great in the smaller room and we continue using RC 42 (center) and RS 42s (surround). The 8" Velodyne sub is a fine compliment to our system and I recommend utilizing an appropriate subwoofer with the 250s for best performance. Being able to add RP 140 SAs to bring Atmos capability to the front channels is a plus. Not shopping for a new receiver yet as our Yamaha RX 4663 has 95W X 7 with 0.006 THD. The 250s have better bass and mid-range response than the RF 42s and the highs are noticeably better as well. The design tweeks work. Theses also look great beside our 65" Samsung 4K TV. Great products from Klipsch; will never buy another brand of speaker.

Pros: Price Practical size Great sound Customer service

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Great Speaker for a Smaller Room

Ross G from New Jersey on 12/19/2015

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I wanted to replace some old, huge floorstanding speakers I had moved several times and which ended up in my basement media room. The TV, sub, and speakers are on a fairly short wall and the old speakers were just too big for the wall and the room. I shopped for a long time and found very few high quality floorstanding speakers small enough and potentially good enough to justify the change and the expense. After reading the reviews it came down to the Klipsch 250s and 260s. The 260s were bigger and for some reason a bit cheaper, but were only slightly smaller than what I wanted to replace. My concern about the 250s was whether there would be enough bass. Eventually, Crutchfield lowered the price on the 250s and I took the leap. I have no regrets. As advertised, sound from the Klipsches is crisp and clear on the highs and midrange sounds. Like others, I hear new things on music I have listened to for years. The sub seems to offset any problems I may have had with the bass without a sub. I don't need the room to shake anyway, but there is plenty of bass for me. Ostensibly the sound will get even better when the speakers break in, but absolutely no regrets. Frankly, I wish I had heard the Klipsches before I purchased much more expensive Definitive Technology speakers for another house. I would have gone for larger Klipsches and probably would have saved a lot of money.

Pros: *Great, clear sound for highs and midrange *Great price vs similar quality speakers

Cons: *Less bass than some buyers may want, especially those without a sub *Price is high relative to larger, similar quality Klipsch speakers

Brilliant!!

Anonymous from Texas on 12/16/2015

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Clean, sharp response especially jazz. Smooth solid bass and midrange. You can't go wrong with Klipsch.

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epg from Washington on 10/11/2015

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I just love this speakers. They're just a perfect front speakers for my home theater.

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Great sound

E from Virginia on 8/16/2015

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These speakers are great for music. The sound is rich and clear. They're perfect for your front pair in a surround sound setup. Perfect for listening to vinyl. The cover attaches magnetically and is easy to remove. Notably, the cones themselves are in the center of the unit, away from dust, dirt, and the accidental boot.

Pros: Great sound, easy setup. Gorgeous design.

Cons: Doesn't come with any easy way to level them on an uneven floor. No good way to anchor them.

AWESOME SPEAKERS

MIKE from Indiana on 7/13/2015

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SPEAKERS sound awesome. not over priced like some speakers.

Pros: skinny frame while sounding great

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Beautiful sound!

Lynn S. from New York on 7/9/2015

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I'm extremely happy with everything about these speakers: sound, looks, size and price. I have a McIntosh MC2255 amp (200 wpc) and C33 preamp that I've had for 30+ years and I've heard this setup with lots of different speakers including a few by Klipsch. I don't think I've ever been more satisfied. I also play my TV and DVD through the system and they sound great too. They have the clarity and crispness of reference speakers, sold base, and a rich full smooth sound that's very easy to listen to. Crutchfield is a great company to deal with and Klipsch has a winner with this new line

Pros: Sound, size, looks and finish

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Great compact home theater speakers

RonnieC from Texas on 7/2/2015

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Although I was apprehensive with ordering large electronics online, I decided to give Crutchfield a try and was not disappointed. The shipping was fast and customer service was very professional. After much research I decided to go with Klipsch, due to their reputation and years in engineering speakers. I went with the RP-250F because I wanted a compact speaker that didn't engulf my small living room. The cabinet is slim with beautiful copper that is stunning and goes well with my decor. I have them hooked up to a Sony (STR-DN1060) receiver and after a month of breaking them in, I can say this is the best purchase I have ever made. I never knew that dings, tings, bird chirps, just little things could sound so crisp and beautiful. Watching live concerts and listening to music is absolutely amazing with these speakers. I've been watching movies non-stop as I have a lot of catching up to do with hearing how movies should really sound. I don't know why I'm so late to Klipsch and Crutchfield, but I will never go back to any other brand or online company.

Pros: Nice crisp tones, defined bass, and the copper.

Cons: Took about a month of breaking them in to hear their full potential. Not really a con, but I'm impatient.

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rjfinva from United States on 2/18/2015

Had my 250's for two days. Powered by Sony Elite VSX 44 (80W x 2) 7.1 receiver. Got the 250's instead of 260's or 280's, concerned the larger horn tweeters in the larger speakers would be edgy, and the old 52' are reputed to have plenty of base. Set these up 8" off the back/side wall for base, have the receiver set to expanded stereo. You can bump the base up a notch with no muddiness from the 250's. Bottom line: 80W's seems like plenty, but if you can get a 120W x 2. NAD, Marantz on Crutchfield. Stay with a home theater receiver, used to be you could get better specs with a stereo reciever but really not so any more. If you want really clean music go with a straight amp (but you get no internet radio, etc.). These are bright, some music will sound a little tinny....but this is supposed to ease away thru time (I have about 25 hours on them now). I spent more money a peice on these in lieu of getting the RF 52's on sale for less because they have slightly better specs. After reading reviews on various Boston Acoustics, PSB's, etc. (I went to Google, too) these had a leg up on all the other speakers at Crutchfield in their price range. I knew they would be bright when I bought them, so I am not dissapointed. Looking forward to really cranking them up after they are broken in for 40 hours. My room is about 30 x 18, and they are plenty loud. It's all about $$, folks, if you got $2K-$4K to blow, you will be happier, but that's overkill for me.

Pros: Good base, attractive speaker, articulate.

Cons: Horn tweeters can sound tinny, supposed to calm down with time. I had a pair of Infinity 363's years ago, and they were brighter than the 250's, I sold them.

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Wood-grain polymer veneer
Color Piano Black
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
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 125
Frequency Response 35-25k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 36-1/16
Width (inches) 7-15/16
Depth (inches) 14-1/8
Weight 37.6 lbs

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Features

90° x 90° Hybrid Tractrix Horns: A redesigned Tractrix Horn utilizes a circular horn throat paired to a square horn mouth to further improve high-frequency response and extension, while enhancing imaging and dynamics. The compressed molded rubber construction adds high frequency damping to reduce harshness and improve detail. This creates the cleanest, most natural sound possible. These 90° x 90° Hybrid Tractrix Horns provide a wider sweet spot while maintaining controlled directivity of the sound.

LTS Tweeters: Behind the Tractrix Horn lies a 1" titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound. The Linear Travel Suspension minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.

Cerametallic Woofers: The two 5.25" woofers of the RP-250F floor-standing loudspeaker features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts its 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 5.25" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-250F floor-standing speaker's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequencies (1800Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-250F employs a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing Tractrix port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. Utilizing Tractrix geometry, the all new Reference Premiere bass port allows for the most efficient, fastest air transfer from the cabinet  for a clean, powerful low frequency response. The ported enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a premium wood-grain polymer veneer and a polymer front baffle. The speaker's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.

  • MDF Plinth: The all new satin painted MDF plinth footers of the Klipsch Reference Premiere series floor-standing speakers lend an acoustically sound, authoritative stance when placing the speakers on your wood, tile, or carpeted floors.
  • Magnetic Grille: The floor-standing loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its polymer front baffle.

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.

Rubber or Spike Feet: The floor-standing speaker comes with rubber and spike feet. The included rubber feet offer safe placement of the speaker on your tile or hardwood floors. The included optional spikes are intended to increase stability on carpeted floors; spikes are not recommended for hard surfaces. The rubber feet simply stick to the bottom of the speaker's MDF plinth, while the spikes screw into the bottom of the speaker's MDF plinth.

  • The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" of height to the speaker.
  • The spike feet add approximately 0.875" of height to the speaker.

Placement: The Reference Premiere series floor-standing loudspeakers are designed to perform well in a wide variety of locations but you will get the most out of the speakers by following these simple guidelines.

  • For optimum performance, Klipsch suggests placing the speakers 6'-15'apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be approximately 1-1.5x the distance separating the speakers.
  • The floor-standing loudspeakers should be equal distance from the floor and the wall behind them. It can also help to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.
  • 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.

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Why did you buy this?

reviews, size, specifications and appearance [ Mark  Sep 19, 2017 ]
recommended by Brooke [ PETER  Aug 31, 2017 ]
This is the biggest klipsch I could possibly justify putting in a bedroom. and it was on sale for very little more than the bookshelf kilipsh that doesn't have its performance. [ lewis  Jul 01, 2017 ]
After talking to Wade it was decided that this was the best setup for our size game room (Klipsch 250 5.1). [ Lonny  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I was familiar with Klipsch sound quality and I wanted to purchase speakers I knew I would be happy with for years to come. Also, these speakers had excellent revues. [ William  Nov 07, 2016 ]
Customer Reviews. [ Richard  Sep 29, 2016 ]
Price, size and technology...love Klipsch [ Eddie  Jun 04, 2016 ]
Excellent [ GUY  May 17, 2016 ]
to match the 250 C speaker that was given to me as a gift [ ARTHUR  Apr 07, 2016 ]
Love the Klipsch sound. Right size, fit and price. [ D  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Reputation and frequency response were the biggest deciding factors in my purchase. [ James  Feb 23, 2016 ]
Past experience [ Anthony  Jun 05, 2018 ]
Perfect look and feel to replace my Bose 901s [ Les  Mar 10, 2018 ]
Using these in a bedroom. Compared to Bose and Polk these 250's seem to offer the best option in terms of clear lifelike reference on both music and video. Silky smooth highs and mid's with even and accurate detailing. Thought about just getting bookshelf initially, but these had significantly more depth. Worth it in my opinion. The price is hard to beat as well. I feel like I am getting significantly more bang for my buck. [ DallasJace  Jun 27, 2017 ]
My husband asked for it for his birthday. [ Teresa L.  Jun 07, 2017 ]
I have used other Klipsch products in the past and have enjoyed the overall design and build quality. [ Donald  Mar 22, 2017 ]
Crutchfield is awesome! [ Richard  Oct 04, 2016 ]
Indications are that this a high quality speaker that takes up less space than the larger models in the series. [ Krishna  Sep 28, 2016 ]
I was shopping for floor standing speakers that could go with the size of my living room nothing to big nor too loud. I own a Klipsch Promedia 2.1 and the sound is THERE, I can only imagine how loud the 260's would be, so the best size for the living room is this one, plus right now it fits my budget! Great product and phenomenal sound quality. [ Julio  Sep 26, 2016 ]
Have small klipsch bookshelf speakers, love em. Thought it was time for their big brothers to join the family. [ Mal A.  Sep 23, 2016 ]
Heard them during a demo and thought they sounded amazing. Have talked to several Crutchfield advisors about them with my current setup and future plans, and they all thought these speakers would work very well for me. [ M  Aug 21, 2016 ]
I chose these because of all the good reviews I've read about Klipsch, and these particular speakers fit my room the best--and seem like they would complement my sound system adequately, for the cost. [ H  Apr 06, 2016 ]
Crutchfield didn't have but one RP-260F in open box so the RP-250f was recommended by Buddy since I already had the Subwoofer. Buddy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=160 [ Michael  Feb 27, 2016 ]
5 star reviews of speakers plus the excellent reviews of Crutchfield's customer service. I could have "price matched" these speakers at a very large electronic chain locally, but their customer service is beyond pathetic. [ Kevin  Feb 27, 2016 ]
Reviews online and help from Crutchfield's Dexter. Dexter's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=175 [ CARL  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Great surround speakers to go with my RP-280Fs and RP-450C [ Moe  Jan 31, 2016 ]
After doing much research, I went with this item because of the feedback from other reviews and because Klipsch is a brand I trust. [ Christopher  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Killer sound [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2016 ]
Bryce helped me with choosing the surround sound system. [ Joseph  Jan 04, 2018 ]

8 questions already asked

They can handle 125w all day don't worry. These towers fill up the room with full sound. Add at least a 100w sub to compliment the towers for that low end. I cut mine off at 80Hz. [ Clarence  Apr 17, 2017 ]
The sticker on the back of my speakers say 100 watts. [ carl  Apr 15, 2017 ]
This is one speaker. While answering this request, I see that they have this speaker on sale (299.99). This is a great deal and no Crutchfield did not ask me to say this. :-). The speakers sound great! [ Felix  Sep 21, 2016 ]
it is one speaker. [ ARTHUR  Sep 17, 2016 ]
one speaker [ CHARLES R  Sep 16, 2016 ]
The listed price is for one speaker. [ Richard  Sep 16, 2016 ]
One speaker. Well worth the cost for the quality. [ EDWARD  Sep 16, 2016 ]
One speaker. [ Daniel  Sep 16, 2016 ]
As the listing says, "$299.99 EACH" [ Ralph  Sep 16, 2016 ]
It is for one speaker. [ Eric  Sep 16, 2016 ]
James, yes I would look for something with more power to handle 135 watts. The Klipsch 250s are nice, but in my opinion would run hot and wouldn't be able to handle a steady dose @ 135 watts. My Onkyo receiver is rated at 95w and the 250s handle them pretty well. You may consider the Klipsch 280s if you want to stay with this brand. Felix in NY [ Felix  Jul 08, 2016 ]
you'd never be able to stay in the same room withany speaker if you were able to pump 135w into them. these are really efficient speakers so you would never get close to putting all that wattage into them. Go to the next size up if you are worried. All of the Klipsch sound equally superb to me. [ Ralph  Jun 22, 2016 ]
I have these speakers connected to an Onkyo NR3030 (135W per channel) for front reference speakers and they have handled high volume (music and movies) for me with no problem. Great sounding speakers (once worn in) and look great. Hope that helps. [ EDWARD  Jun 22, 2016 ]
Would check with a Crutchfield rep to make sure your receiver won't over power the 125W speakers My receiver is 100 W and the speakers are fine. Crutchfield rep helped with selecting the right speaker wattage [ james  Jun 22, 2016 ]
Depends on how loud you normally listen. I have them with a Yamaha Aventage 1050 that's 110 wpc in my HT system. They are very efficient and get to loud levels pretty quickly. -10 db for me is about as loud as I'd ever watch a movie. YMMV. [ John  Jun 22, 2016 ]
James these speakers are so efficient I doubt if you would use more than a few watts! You would never use 135w watts continuously for any speaker that I know of. I would be more concerned about how clean is that first watt of the onkyo. If you just want loud you will be alright. If you want high quality sound I would look at a different amp. Just my opinion. Good luck. Craig [ Craig01  Jun 22, 2016 ]
I have mine connected to a Sansui delivering 30w rms X2 and they sound great. Nice highs and a solid low end. [ Stephen  Apr 18, 2016 ]
I have RP-250F speakers coupled with a 40 wpc Marantz PM5005 and I am familiar with the NAD sound, which is a bit different from the Marantz. The Klipsch speakers are very fine speakers for the price and your 50 wpc NAD will drive them to painful volume levels with ease (unless you live in an auditorium). The sound should be crisper than some speakers, but that helps provide an excellent sound stage and phenomenal transients. I find that the speakers can sound harsh with some CDs that are poorly recorded or mastered. This applies to a lot of rock and pop music. With high quality CDs they will open your ears to a whole new world. Same would apply to vinyl. The only problem you might encounter is if you have a smallish room with hard-surface walls that will reflect (and distort) the great high frequency response of these speakers. That could present a problem for any good speaker, though. Of course, what speaker sounds good to anyone is always quite personal. However, you can confidently give these a try with Crutchfield's great return policy. That's what I did, and my wife really loves them, too! Good luck! [ Marvin  Apr 17, 2016 ]
You need at least 90 watts per chanel to power these speakers. If not they will be under-powered and you won't hear the full-mid-low range of frequencies these speakers are capable of providing. [ ALFRED JOHN  Apr 17, 2016 ]
most definitely [ Ralph  Apr 17, 2016 ]
I listened to the RP-250Fs after following write ups on their performance around mid summer last year. Unfortunately the retailer didn't have the RP-260's available to compare, which for some reason I haven't been able to find many in the northeast that have them on display. Anyhow, the 250s sound extraordinary! My family and I listen to all kinds of music ( R&B, Rock, Hip Hop, and Jazz) and these speakers don't miss a beat with any of these genres. The clarity and tone is clear and tight, there were sounds on some of these songs that I never heard before. Any chance I get, I re-play old cds to really listen to all of the instruments and vocals. My listening area is 30 x 25, and these speakers fit perfectly regarding footprint and sound output. I'm sure the RP-260s sound just as good, but they would've been overkill for my needs. [ Felix  Feb 12, 2016 ]
The 250 is great for a smaller area and the 260 - with more power - for larger rooms . I didn't listen to both, but when I told my Rep what my room size was, he immediately recommended the 250s. They are magnificent speakers - crisp and clean. They replaced a set of Klipsch Heresys that lasted 42 years. Old CDs and DVDs will sound better. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy! [ George  Feb 10, 2016 ]
My pair are labeled China. [ Stephen  Apr 18, 2016 ]
NO china. Only the lascalas and Hershey and maybe the rf7ii are made in hope,Ar [ LAMONT  Jul 29, 2015 ]
Not sure. Check with Klipsch [ Margaret  Jul 29, 2015 ]
Yes but you must add the top firing speakers. [ JESSE T  Jan 23, 2017 ]
No...look to the RP280FA reference speakers at Crutchfield (or your favorite store) if you want Klipsch Dolby Amos enabled speakers. [ Michael  Jan 22, 2017 ]
They are very nice sounding, but are just straight speakers. A bass speaker in back and two in front. I believe a Dolby Atmos unit requires an upward pointing speaker, [ Gene  Jan 22, 2017 ]
No. They require the separate atmos speakers that sit on top of them. [ Darren  Jan 22, 2017 ]
No they are not [ Jai  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Big problem with low volume bass. Easily solved by adding a sub woofer. I would listen to Polk and Martin Logan in same price range before I buy [ JAMES D  Oct 06, 2017 ]
The Klipsch RP 250f has not disappointed yet. I have them as my front speakers in my home theater. I had my doubts and thought they wouldn't be loud enough, but anything more would be overkill. They sound great at low volume and at high volume they beg for more power. Good lows, clear mids, and crisp highs. If you want a bit more low end add a powered sub and adjust it accordingly. [ Clarence  Oct 06, 2017 ]
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