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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-260F

Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)

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Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-260F

Fill your home with powerful Klipsch sound

It's not every day that Klipsch releases a new series of loudspeakers, which is why we're so excited about the RP-260F. This floor-standing tower is part of Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series. Just like their predecessors, Reference Premiere speakers have what it takes to become big customer favorites. Each solidly built cabinet sports dual 6-1/2" woofers for tight, powerful lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. The RP-260F's dynamic, room-filling sound and moderate size make it a great choice for both music and home theater systems in medium- to large-sized rooms.

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 tower 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-260F'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 RP-260Fs, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and a subwoofer for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speakers: Klipsch RP-250C, Klipsch RP-440C
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S, Klipsch RP-250S
Recommended subwoofers: Klipsch R-112SW, Klipsch R-115SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 34-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 97 dB
  • power handling: up to 125 watts RMS (500 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • two 6-1/2" 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
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • built-in MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) base for increased speaker stability
  • 9-1/16"W x 39-1/2"H x 16-13/16"D
  • weight: 49.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

Hearing things I never heard with Jbl's. Best paired with subwoofer. Would highly recommend.

Anonymous, Port Huron, MI

Reviews

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-260F Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(38 Reviews)

Simply Awesome Sound

James from Gaithersburg, MD on 5/8/2018

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I've had these more than a year and each time I use them I am still in awe of the sound. Music sounds as if being performed right in my room. I paired these with a Klipsch R-115SW and the combination is stunning. I tried the R-10SW sub and found it severely lacking, but paired with the R-115SW or R-112SW these speakers will make any music or movies come alive with incredible realism. I have also added an RP-450C center channel, surrounds, rears, and Atmos height speakers, all by Klipsch for movies, but for just music I use just the two RP-260F mains and the sub. I've bought quality speakers and amps since 1981 and this setup paired with the Denon AVR-X4300H will deliver all most people could ask for. I also used the AVR-x2200W and AVR-X3300W with these and the result was as stunning. They do seem to warm a bit after a few weeks of use. With the surround setup movies are killer. For movies I highly recommend a high quality center channel. I tried the RP-250C and found it wasn't up to par with these speakers, so I gave that to my son and got the RP-450c, which is much better matched.

Pros: - Superb Rich Sound - Efficient

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Anonymous from Port Huron, MI on 3/25/2018

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Hearing things I never heard with Jbl's. Best paired with subwoofer. Would highly recommend.

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Bill from Huntington, NY on 2/28/2018

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Overall pretty good. Expected more low end.

Pros: Sound great

Cons: Need to add a sub woofer

Amazing sound

Chad from Kyle, TX on 1/29/2018

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These speakers are amazing!!!!! I am hearing sounds in music/movies I didn't even know existed..

Pros: Awesome clarity

Cons: None

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Anonymous from New York, NY on 1/28/2018

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Easy setup, beautiful sound for movies and music

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Anonymous from Virginia Beach, VA on 12/10/2017

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Great sound for both music and movies and looks fantastic.

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Kosta from Miami, FL on 11/24/2017

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Fantastic sound, crisp and strong. When paired with the sub and center channel, the sound is like being in a movie theater.

Pros: Looks amazing, sounds even better

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Chicago, IL on 11/6/2017

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Great product the sound from these speakers are exceptional!

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Loving it so far!

Jeremy from Richmond, VA on 11/1/2017

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Great speakers! Bought these as a recent upgrade from a previous soundbar. So far I am loving them. It is a massive leap forward sound wise and there is a wonderful clarity and depth to everything I listen to. Works well for both music and movies. Very impressed so far!

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david from CORNELIA GA on 7/31/2017

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I AM STUNNED AT THE SOUND AND PERFORMANCE OF THESE SPEAKERS. QUALITY IS OUTSTANDING

Pros: MANY

Cons: NON

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Angelo from catlett, VA on 7/5/2017

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hooked them up, turned on the music and WOW!!!! first new set of speakers I have purchased in a long time and had asked the tech that helped me put the speaker package together [I am amazed by the customer service provided by Crutchfield] that I was looking for something along the lines of the Bose 901 speakers and man do these deliver. price was right, sound is clear at all levels. only regret is that I did not buy these sooner.

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Great Sounding Speakers

Eric from Saco, ME on 7/3/2017

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I am absolutely blown away with these speakers. Sound quality is incredible with no distortion at higher volumes. Neighbors are a little wary of them though. I highly recommend these.

Pros: Great sound for the money

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Durham, NC on 7/2/2017

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Terrific sound, as advertised. I was a little surprised how heavy they are, but managed to get them upstairs and installed and they are great. I do recommend using at least 14 gauge speaker wire.

Pros: Great sound. Attractive, understated appearance which blends in with the room's furnishings.

Cons: None

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Mike from Dayton, NV on 5/17/2017

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Without a doubt, the best sounding speakers I have ever bought. I actually went into a home electronics and listened to them and others of similar size. Of course they sounded amazing in the store, they show up yesterday, I unbox them and hook them up, my goodness these speakers are amazing. Is it live or is it memorix, I can't tell (this quotes is for the over 45 crowd)

Pros: Great sound Great Price

Cons: Nothing for you here.

Absolutely Fantastic

Chris from Laramie, WY on 4/10/2017

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I purchased a "Klipsch RP-260 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System" delivered about a month ago. I set it up with a Sony STR-DN1070 A/V receiver purchased from Crutchfield in July 2016. The Klipsch system replaces a 5.1 system with speakers (some as old as 30+ years) from 4 different manufacturers. I was astounded with the clarity of the new speakers. I've been wearing hearing aids for about 6 years but am hearing things from CD's I've had for 20 years I've never heard before. Some of those CD's are factory releases of records I purchased new in the mid-sixties and played on a good turntable back then. The speakers are so good I tried comparing MP3's @256 or 320 Mb/s (my standard rip to my computer for 18 years) with WAV or FLAC rips of the same CD's and I can hear the difference and tell where bits were dropped with the MP3. I'm now in the process of re-ripping my music collection (folk, jazz, folk-rock, rock, classical, bagpipes, & etc.) to FLAC. The Sony STR-DN1070 is connected to a home network and can play music directly from my computer (both MP3 & FLAC). I doubt I'll ever rip to MP3 again. I think the CD's are better from a FLAC or WAV file from the computer than played on my BD player with an HDMI connection, not sure why. I can hear the foot pedal drumstick hit a bass drum, the striker hit a triangle, and a finger pick a guitar string. From Simon & Garfunkel, to CSN&Y, to Dave Brubeck, to Herbie Mann, to Queen, and any classical these speakers ar

Pros: Clear highs Rich midrange Defined (not overpowered) lows Blu-ray movies are great FLAC music audio is even better

Cons: Nothing (can rattle the windows & floors if volume is too high - wife complains then and my ears hurt)

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Daniel from AZ on 3/21/2017

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Woooow! What a headliner,theseRP260s. "Keepers of the sound" ,you got that right with this pair!! Stunning to say the least.

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Thomas from Hampton, VA on 3/12/2017

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Great speaker at a great price...I only wish Klipsch made this speaker with a built in Atmos Speaker like the 280FAs.

Pros: Sound, quality, customer service

Cons: None

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Kenneth from Norwich, CT on 2/3/2017

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I bought these as my surround speakers because I don't like traditional surround speakers that attempt to provide a more diffuse sound field. I save that for my surround back speaker. These speaker perform very well (probably better than they need to). They could be used very effectively as main speakers in a smaller room than I have.

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Just what I was looking for..

Chip from Ft Collins, CO on 1/21/2017

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These are a fantastic upgrade to my old Infinity speakers. I have them along with RP450C center, 2 RP250S surrounds, and 2 R110SW subwoofers in my 13.5' x 19.5' home theater. I wondered if the sound of this setup might be too big for the room, abut it isn't. It's only awesome.

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Great sound

Anonymous from Joliet, IL on 11/13/2016

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Wow and wow, the Klipsch RP-260F is an awesome speaker it totally blows away my 20+ year old B&W book shelfs, you can hear all the highs and lows sound wonderful coming out of my new onkyo AV receiver no audible distortions ! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the market.

Pros: Small footprint for such a big sound

Cons: None

speakers are my best.

james from Spring Hill, FL on 10/13/2016

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I,m so very pleased with these speakers, lots of researched products. Very budget happy. Still breaking in process. They sound so bright and clear compared to my old Paradigm phantoms that I thought were great but this upgrade was so worth it. I am loveing the brightness and clarity is so much better.Thanks for the recommendation and support. You guys are the best.

Pros: Kick butt

Cons: none

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Anonymous from Durham, CT on 10/2/2016

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This was a great recommendation - thank you Installation was easy and the sound is incredible, we had a BOSE Lifestyle system that was rendered inoperable by a lightening strike. I was looking for a pure audio replacement, Rex recommended Klipsch RP-260F speakers and Onkyo TX-8160 AMP that would support my turn table (that never sounded good with the BOSE system) and Onkyo C-7030 CD player, I am more than pleased to report that they are providing an absolutely great listening experience. The Klipsch speakers are incredible bringing new life to our CD's and Albums , we are enjoying our system every day...............

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Great all-around speakers

Jonathon D. from Salt Lake City, UT on 6/18/2016

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I received my pair of Klipsch RP-260F speakers about 45 days ago and cannot complement them enough. I've used them 100% for music in my open living room with a vaulted ceiling and they sound great with every music style I've tried them with - rock, jazz, country and classical. My new Onkyo TX-NR646 receiver pairs very well with them - the opening to Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" played a little loud frankly astounds me - the crescendo is like an F-16 flying right over the top of you coming out of nowhere! Older tunes from Dave Brubeck, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson sound as sweet and refined as I could ever imagine them to be. These speakers have renewed my love for music and have energized me to review and expand my collection that I started back in the 1980s. I paired the RP-260f speakers with a new SVS SB-2000 subwoofer to round out the bass and the combination is perfect for listening at all volume levels.

Pros: Clear, accurate sound at all volume levels. These speakers bring out parts of music you may not have even realized were there.

Cons: Recommend pairing with a quality subwoofer to round out the bass.

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Gregory from Spring, TX on 6/11/2016

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I have not had floor speakers since college, a long time ago, as I was relegated to bookshelf. I finally decided to pull the trigger and bought a set as my main speakers a couple months ago. I always liked Klipsch sound, back again to college when we had a set of Cornwalls. No disappointment here at all, I forgot what good 2 channel music was supposed to sound like! The horns are incredible for jazz and blues! As others have said, I forgot some of the subtle details in music we were meant to hear! Bass is good, but need a bit of boost for movies, so certainly suggest a subwoofer. Overall they have broken in nicely and very good value and sound for the money!

Pros: Great all around sound with that famous horn sound on the high end! My wife was hesitant, due to size of speakers, I have even caught her listening to some old Pink Floyd she loves!

Cons: For room size I could have used the RP-280's, should have listed to Ziggy! I was just a bit afraid of size, but think they would have worked fine in my room, they are imposing, but the sound makes it worth while!

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David from Seabrook, TX on 5/27/2016

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Before this purchase I was impressed by the klipsch computer speakers so when purchase time for home theater came around my first chose was klipsch. I have not regretted my purchase, I paired these bad boys with the marantz 6010 and these speakers make every song come to life like never before. My wife is probably tired of me just sitting in the living room and listening to music. Currently I just have the rp's with a sw112 and a rp-250c center channel, with more to come shhhh! don't tell her. Go Klipsch!!

Pros: Solid well built speakers. You will hear sounds you never noticed before in songs. Go with premier - no regrets

Cons: Why didn't you come into my house sooner?

RP-260F

Roy from Garden Ridge, TX on 3/24/2016

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Okay, I'm going to date myself. I first bought a set of Klipsch Horns in 1967, two years before I went to Vietnam. I had heard a pair of these and could not believe the sound. I few years later, I visited the Klipsch factory in Hope, AR and was equally impressed with their other products. Because of being in the military, I could not more the horns as they are so big and one must have a room for them. Regrettable, I sold the set. Over the years I have purchased other Klipsch speakers and have always been pleased. When we moved to our recent home, i installed my stereo (updated about every five years since the 1967 purchase). I had smaller speakers and decided on a set of the RP-260F's. They are very impressive, producing what I'd call clean, crisp sound. My wife, never too impressed with the sound thing even commented on how good the speakers sounded. I am currently using a Klipsch powered sub-woofer and plan to add the rest of a surround system as soon as I can decide on what size will fit best with the room. I have been a Klipsch fan and satisfied customer for almost fifty years. You just can't buy better speakers. PS the Meatloaf "Bat out of Hell" sounds wonderful through these speakers.

Pros: I was concerned about the size, but the wood on my fireplace is about the same and the speakers looks as if they belong.

Cons: I am a true fan, read believer, you just can't beat Klipsch.

Klipsch delivers again

Happy Customer from blythewood, SC on 3/19/2016

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These speakers are amazing. I've waited a couple weeks to write a review just to be sure i could experience the speakers first. Also, partly because i havent been doing much except listening to all my music again. They are great for music and movies. I couldnt be happier and i know i will never need another upgrade again.

Pros: Just awesome!

Cons: None

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Roger P. from Rye, TX on 2/9/2016

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I have owned Klipsch speakers since 1982 (Cornwall's). The quality of these speakers are no different from my 1st pair. They offer amazing sound for the price.

Pros: Sound quality, especially rock music.

Cons: none

BOOYAH!!!!!!!!!!!

the Frog from naugatuck, CT on 1/30/2016

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first thing i will tell you if the ebonys are in the outlet store? grab em! i got the last pair of cherrys. arrived without a mark on them. THE boxes were a little beat up, but they were taped up. my advisor allen was the only adviser i spoke to that asked the right questions. I thinking about taking the 280s, but based on what he asked , my yamaha didnt have enough wattage to properly drive them. he suggested the 260s. and they are just fine with me Soundwise they sound great. i tried all my preselects and with minor tweaking form my 25yr old monitor audio mk11s had it up and sounding great. in 2 channel they barely need a sub. in 5.1 they do sound better w a sub but you may find you dont need as much output adjustment on them. i turned mine down a bit and decreased the crossover but went back up a bit. as on old hippie my first songs were dark side of the moon on vinyl. sgt pepper remixed. tommy remixed(really great sound, highly recommended) and the grateful dead's live without a net. i just got the revenge of the sith on blu ray , so we'll test drive them again.... why are you still reading this GET TO THE OUTLET AND SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY LEFT! ps- i would recommend that you look a the size to make sure you have the room. height and dont overlook depth

Pros: great sound. great price form the outlet store. final price was about 35% off list dont take a lot to drive. excellent response a cross the board. nice bright sound but not tinny

Cons: its hard to put a con down. they are big and they are heavy. BUT the sound is great

great speakers

bill m from Illinois on 1/10/2016

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Sounds great, looks great, thanks

Pros: sound quality and looks

Cons: none

Amazing Speakers

Jeffrey from Florida on 12/18/2015

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These speaker are simply perfect.I just replaced a set of RF-62 II with these RP -260F and the difference is night and day.The highs are much more smooth and the bass is powerful and accurate.The new cabinet design is very nice,They add a touch of class and style to my living room.

Pros: Everythng

Cons: None

Excellent Speakers

AdrianS from Johns Creek, Georgia on 11/21/2015

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The Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-260F speakers bring to life sections of music that I didn't know existed when listening to my prior Infinity towers. The redesigned horn delivers the high spectrum of the music range with such clarity that it sounds as though I'm sitting in front of a live performance. They do so without the harshness horns tend to display. I close my eyes and savor the beautiful sounding music that surrounds me. I listen mostly to hi-res music via a music server and periodically to CDs, all in stereo mode. The speakers also serve as the front speakers in a 9.1 surround sound setup using an Onkyo AVR. I love these speakers. I supplement the bass with a powered 12-inch sub-woofer.

Pros: Great sounds, seems like listening to live performances. Clear highs, mid-range and good bass. Excellent choice for listening to high quality music or watching Blu-Ray movies.

Cons: None that I could find.

Perfect

JohnR from Kentucky on 10/28/2015

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Awesome Sounds

Pros: Excellence

Cons: None

Terrific Speakers

Jeff from Colorado on 9/29/2015

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These are terrific speakers with great sound clarity. The difference in sound clarity and separation between these speakers and my old (admittedly somewhat worn out) Infinity speakers was quite apparent on our first listen. I find these speakers to be quite bright, yet they pack sufficient bass punch to use the "Full Band" setting on my stereo receiver. My only complaint is with trying to use banana plugs to make the speaker connection. While the connectors are capable of receiving banana plugs, in reality it is impossible to use two banana plugs. With difficulty you can use a banana plug on the bottom negative terminal, but it's impossible to use a banana plug on either the bottom or top positive terminal. There simply isn't enough space to get an inflexible banana plug into the terminal. I've purchased Sewell Flex Pin connectors and will use these in place of the banana plugs.

Pros: Great sound clarity, good overall balance, and good looking. Because of a relatively compact width, they work great in the space I have available.

Cons: Terminals need more room for using banana plugs rather than bare wire.

Great product

Anonymous from New York on 9/28/2015

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Love the speakers. I use them in a large outdoor setting to fill the yard with music. They ceank it up and stay clear.

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Outstanding Speaker System

Ross G. from California on 7/10/2015

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I could not be more pleased with these speakers. They are absolutely the best!

Pros: Sound clarity is outstanding, speaker appearance is excellent!

Cons: None

Wonderful

sanslos from Arizona on 7/8/2015

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Replaced of old (but very nice) B&W speakers with a pair of 6" speakers and tweater much like the RP-260F. The Klipsch fill the room with sound, have much better response at all frequencies, seamlessly support the rest of the speakers in the room (9.2 system). I've listened to soft orchestral music, harsh metal, simple dialog, complex (and often loud) surround from movies, the sound is great for all.

Pros: Great sound, good range.

Cons: Large, tall, need a space that can support a big set of speakers.

Unreal

rjfinva from Virginia on 3/6/2015

I got the 260's last night after upgrading from the 250's (Crutchfield was kind enough to let me trade up because I got the 250's in Cherry before the Ebony came out, which is what I really wanted, and when it did went ahead and moved up to the 260's, not slamming the the 250's which are excellent speakers as well). The base, highs and airiness, overall sound stage are spectacular (and they are not even broken in yet). Last night I listened to some Dave Brubeck and I swear that base viol was right in the room with me; this AM it's rock and roll and I feel like dancing around the room on one leg bent at the knee and the other kicked out in front playing air guitar; I have no worries about any other music genre. My comparison first impression was Vienna Acoustics Concert Grand Series but better base. I cannot imagine what they will sound like when the are broken in and I can crank them up. I'm only putting 80W per channel via a Pioneer Elite receiver, can't imagine if I had 120W or more. I would have gotten the 280's but good lord the 260's are bigger than I imagined (even after I measured them out before I ordered them) and the 280's would have overwhelmed the framed art on my walls. If somehow Klipsch could reduce the depth by a few inches, and on the 280's the height by 3", it would help, but please not at the sake of the sound. Rock on. Reggae on. Jazz on. Classical too. Etc. Enjoy.

Pros: Musicality, airiness, presence, base, highs, warmth, soundstage. Working with Crutchfield you will understand they are all about making you happy, and volunteer to do do things for your satisfaction without you even asking. This follows other positive experiences I have had shopping with them throughout the years. Thank you.

Cons: Big fellas, the depth of the speaker is formidable. I have them 18" off the side wall and 16" off the rear, angled into the center of my living room (which is 21' x 13', but is an open floor plan into my living room and kitchen and stairwell to upstairs). They fit, but be sure your room can handle them before you buy.

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Wood-grain polymer veneer
Color Cherry
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
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 34-25k Hz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 39-1/2
Width (inches) 9-1/16
Depth (inches) 16-13/16
Weight 49.5 lbs

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Features

90° x 90° Hybird 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 6.5" woofers of the RP-260F 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 6.5" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-260F 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-260F 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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Reputation and customer rating. [ D  Feb 02, 2018 ]
excellent speakers [ RICHARD  Jun 21, 2017 ]
It sounded like a good price on this set of speakers. [ Eddie  May 08, 2017 ]
These speakers look very nice and have great sound quality at higher volume remain incredibly clear. [ Shane  Feb 26, 2017 ]
Purchased the RP-260F speakers because they were recommended by Crutchfield experts to work well with my vintage Technics SA-EX140 receiver and provide sound similar to my 25+ year-old (and recently defunct) Infinity RS3000 speakers. [ Laura D.  Feb 04, 2017 ]
Part of RP-260 5.1 package [ Jeffrey  Dec 13, 2016 ]
After consulting with Jenny and Ryan I concluded that this was the best choice. [ Angel A.  Dec 09, 2016 ]
I had forgotten to mention Blake, who had helped in making this slection,Thanks. All the reviews and recomendations for these klipsch speakers ,and price was why I thought these would be best for my center channel Klipsch. [ james  Sep 27, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ Manuel  Jun 07, 2016 ]
Im a fan of klipsch, based solely on the design. The rigid woofers require no phase plug to guide the center of the cone, allowing for more surface area. The horn design offers much more clarity from the highs. Ultimately, size does matter when it comes to a floor standing speaker and klipsch delivers that aspect well. Whether it be music or movies, the front speakers should always deliver a direct shot to the listener....right between the eyes! Thats the klipsch way! [ TRAVIS  Feb 21, 2016 ]
I love klipsch speakers and was upgrading my sound system, these new klipsch speakers are outstanding [ RICKY W  Jul 19, 2017 ]
Upgrading my JBL surround system to Klipsch. The reviews of this model are incredible and I am looking forward to hearing the difference. [ CRAIG W  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Great sound and quality for the price [ Kayur  Jul 14, 2017 ]
I like Klipsch [ Michael  Mar 11, 2017 ]
Great reviews! [ Francisco  Mar 01, 2017 ]
RP-260F Floor Standing speakers are matched perfectly to my Reference Premiere RP-250C Center Channel speaker and RB-61 II surround speakers. These all have the same woofers and titanium tweeters as the Premiere Series. My 6.1 setup also includes R-25C Back Center speaker and an R-115SW subwoofer. [ James  Feb 10, 2017 ]
to match my front speakers [ D  Jan 03, 2017 ]
I specifically chose the RP260F because I had the opportunity to pay only $100 more over my recently purchased R26F that are of a lower tier of Klipsch speakers so it was a no brainer option. Great sale price!!! [ Rob  Jan 01, 2017 ]
Otis recommended these over the RP-280F based on room size and associated equipment. These will be replacing RB-61 bookshelf speakers. [ Brian  Dec 26, 2016 ]
Needed the pair [ C  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Great reputation and reviews. Always wanted to own a Klipsch. [ Steven  May 01, 2016 ]
Recommended by Buzz Buzz's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=53 [ Paul  Feb 09, 2016 ]
Great soup and price [ PATRICK  Feb 02, 2016 ]
Quality [ Mike  Jan 23, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

Yes [ Sergey  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Think I had a discounted price. Speakers exceptional! [ RICHARD  Jan 15, 2018 ]
They were on sale just before Christmas. [ John  Jan 14, 2018 ]
Greetings, Kylet. During the second week in January in 2016, they went on sale for $399 each, and that's when I bought a pair. My wife routinely watches 'Star Wars' movies in our home, and in the past two years she has thanked me many times for purchasing these Klipsch speakers. The neighbors? Not so much. ;) [ ERIC  Jan 14, 2018 ]
Yes, I got them with a 12" subwoofer for $900. Best deali've seen so far. [ Constantino  Jan 14, 2018 ]
All the time. [ Michael  Jan 14, 2018 ]
The speakers have impedance, 8 ohms in this case, but it's not linear , goes up and down, from 2ohms to 10 ohms(depends on the frequency). The speaker does not handle the impedance , it has impedance....., the questions is if the amplifier or receiver can handle a certain impedance. There is not suck a thing as 4 ohms receiver!!!!!!!You don't measure receivers in ohms, but there are receivers or amplifiers which can handle 4 ohms speakers,lets say u have one with nomimal power 100watts into 4ohms, this means is good with speakers with at least 4 ohms impedance , but not lower than 4, this receiver will handle for sure higher impedances and will get around 50-60w into 8 ohms. The speaker does not handle impedance, it has impedance. [ gabitu  Jun 27, 2017 ]
These speakers run at 8ohms only. They cannot be wired to 4ohms. [ Herbert  May 09, 2016 ]
I'm not sure what the question pertains to, because the A/C resistance rating (impedance) of 8-Ohms relates to the speaker itself. That rating is used to match it with an appropriate amplifier or receiver that has a similar rating for its output connections impedance. Normally the amplifier or receiver will indicate that the speakers must be 8 Ohms or they give the range of 4-8 Ohms for maximum efficiency. I hope that this helps. [ ADRIAN  May 09, 2016 ]
The Klipsch RP-260F's are nominally rated for 8 ohms. What this means is an 8 ohm load from the receiver should be presented to the speakers. As the frequencies sent to the speakers change, different loads are presented to the speakers some requiring more current from the amplifier. These loads can reach 2 ohms or less. Keep in mind these loads are momentary and the speakers can handle them. If a 4 ohm nominal load is presented the current required may not be able to be supplied by the receiver as frequencies change. If this happened the sine wave would clip and cause possible damage to the speakers. For these reasons I would not recommend using a 4 ohm receiver with these speakers. [ ARTHUR  May 09, 2016 ]
The speaker is what determines the impedance/resistance in the circuit. The speaker does not need to 'handle' 4 or 8 ohms, it is what provides the load. You just need to pay attention to your power source (receiver/amp) to ensure it is capable of driving a 1, 2, 4, 8, or whatever ohm load. As a note, an amp that can drive a 4 ohm load can also handle a 6 or 8 ohm or anything 4 or higher. If you consider these speakers, make sure you drive them with at least 130+W. I'm running a Yamaha 3050 (150 W) and it does not seem to have the output as my comparably sized Paradigm speakers with less power. [ Anthony  May 09, 2016 ]
This speaker is ported. The port is in the rear, has a horn shaped opening, and its purpose is to enhance bass. [ Donald  May 09, 2018 ]
They are passive. No sub out. I connect the sub directly to my receiver. [ Alex  May 08, 2018 ]
Yes, these are passive speakers. No sub out. They do have separate tweeter and woofer input should you care to bi-amp them, but if you plan on using a sub anyway (which I recommend highly) there is no need to bi-amp these speakers. These inputs are by default joined as one with a gold plated shorting block. These speakers with a good sub produce amazing sound. I have a Klipsch R-115SW with mine and WOW! [ James  May 08, 2018 ]
They are passive speakers with just speaker connections, no sub out. They can be bi-amped. [ Douglas  May 08, 2018 ]
As with any speaker the impedance with vary depending on the frequency you are testing with. These speakers, both tweeter and mid-woofer have a nominal impedance of 8 ohms typically at about 1000hz. This means the maximum load is at around this point. Impedance will typically swing up to higher numbers on either side of this frequency. I do not know of any testing available to the public that shows the impedance at each frequency. Again, the impedance rating of a speaker is "nominal" which means lowest point at the rated level. in this case 8 ohms. I hope that makes sense the way I wrote it. [ James  May 08, 2018 ]
All Klipsch speakers have a rated Impedance of 8-Ohms, thus each set of speakers such the horn tweeter and the woofers connected in a bi-amp mode would still be 8-Ohms. [ ADRIAN  Jun 08, 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. [ Kenny  May 19, 2017 ]  Staff
Since the RP-250F has 5 1/4" woofers and the RP-260F has 6 1/2" woofers, the bass should be a bit more pronounced in the RP-260F towers. The frequency ranges for both speakers are very close, with the RP-250F with 35-25,000 Hz and the RP-260F has a rating of 34-25,000 Hz.. Normally, one would not be able to hear that 1Hz difference. The RP-250F has a sensitivity rating of 96 dB, whereas the RP-260F has 97dB, again they are very close. Higher dB sensitivity rating is better. That only mean that it takes a just a very little more power to drive the speakers in the RP-250F than it does for the RP-260F. Basically, since the speakers are so close in performance rating, it comes down to the personal preferences of the potential buyer. Either option will work just fine, they are Klipsch speakers. Buy a pair and enjoy your music and movies. If you will be using at least one powered subwoofer for the low bass frequencies, the setup will sound great. [ ADRIAN  Jan 14, 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  Jan 14, 2017 ]  Staff
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