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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Floor-standing speaker (Piano Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Want to raise your standard of listening? Park a pair of Klipsch RP-280F towers in your room. These powerful floor-standers are the largest speakers in Klipsch's Reference Premiere Series. Each RP-280F boasts dual 8" woofers for thunderous bass and warm, clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. But you don't have to take our word for it. Discover for yourself the effortless, dynamic sound that's made Klipsch loudspeakers a big Crutchfield customer favorite for years. So go ahead and grab a couple of these beasts, crank 'em up, and prepare to batten down the hatches.

Flagship performance for your listening pleasure

Want to raise your standard of listening? Park a pair of Klipsch RP-280F towers in your room. These powerful floor-standers are the largest speakers in Klipsch's Reference Premiere Series. Each RP-280F boasts dual 8" woofers for thunderous bass and warm, clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. But you don't have to take our word for it. Discover for yourself the effortless, dynamic sound that's made Klipsch loudspeakers a big Crutchfield customer favorite for years. So go ahead and grab a couple of these beasts, crank 'em up, and prepare to batten down the hatches.

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-280F 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-280F'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 a newly developed titanium voice coil former that allows more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response. 

Build a complete Klipsch system

You can build a great sounding stereo system using a pair of RP-280Fs, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and a subwoofer for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speakers: Klipsch RP-440C, Klipsch RP-450C
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: 32-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 98 dB
  • power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • two 8" 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
  • 10-9/16"W x 43-1/16"H x 17-3/8"D
  • weight: 62.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Excellent sounds quality! Had an issue with one woofer cone that didn't sound correct and crutchfield is shipping me out a replacement. Very happy.

Michael, Clearwater, FL

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
Reviews

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F Reviews

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Michael from Clearwater, FL on 12/7/2017

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Excellent sounds quality! Had an issue with one woofer cone that didn't sound correct and crutchfield is shipping me out a replacement. Very happy.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Now I need to replace my center channel.

Awesome Speakers for the $

Robert from Redmond, WA on 11/27/2017

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Amazing sound, exceptional clarity! These big fellas really fill our great room with music. Be aware they are a bit on the bright side, good base tones but real thumpers.

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The clarity in the highs is found in the RP-280F!!!!!!!!!!

Earl from Milwaukee, WI on 11/14/2017

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So far AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Highs and Lows are married just right, Thanks Klipsch and Crutchfield and keep the partnership going.

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Cons: Zero so far.

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Anonymous from Vestal, NY on 11/14/2017

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Awesome towers. Five stars home theater application. 4 stars music listening. Running klipsch 450c center channel and klipsch 12 inch sub with these bad boys. Will finish off with klipsch rear surround. The bass is amazing.

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Amazing speakers

Brian from Billings, MT on 11/2/2017

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Amazing speakers for my home theater.

Pros: Great home theater speaker after proper setup.

Cons: None

Great speakers

Cedric from AL on 10/7/2017

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The rp280 speakers are amazing.

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Best speakers hands down for the money Part 2

Rudy from Citrus Heights, CA on 8/24/2017

I just read the last post on this product, I couldn't help myself to add to his review. I received my RP 280s 3/1/2016, but have owned RD 35s before these. So I had some experience with Klipsch, I know that the highs on the 35s were bright. Why Klipsch installed the rubber on the mouth of tweeter. It worked. But to add to that pt. I myself used the Up so, to auto adjust the sound, flattened out the sound. 2nd most important is NOT to aim speaker directly at you, instead aim the speakers straight. Widens the sweet spot, softens the tweeter also. Another important point is I use only OFC v silver cables, silver tends to brighten the sound. I took 2 x 12 ash OFC cables wrapped together, BI wired them. I am extremely happy with the sound, using my Yamaha A/V RX-A 3050... I would only change them now, only to get a pair of Piano gloss speakers. Hope this helped.

Pros: If properly set up, you can get 3D imaging at your sweet spot. Also try for music in flax format.

Cons: I would have liked the high gloss piano finish on them, I would have gladly paid more for that.

Pretty good speaker

Anonymous from West Bloomfield, MI on 8/15/2017

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After setting up the speakers with my Yamaha TSR-7810 receiver, my immediate impression was the RP-280F had too much treble and midrange. After listening to different CDs there was no doubt. I didn't expect this since my music room has several pieces of furniture and a carpeted floor that should attenuate the high frequencies. Reducing the treble by 3 db in the receiver compensated pretty well, although the vocals are still a bit too prominent. I've yet to do a full compensation with the receiver's equalizer feature (YPAO), which I hope will restore flat sound. Another complaint is the cymbals and high-hats sound kind of mushy, lacking crispness, bite, and definition. However, guitar music sounds clear and natural. The bass response is plenty deep, robust, and distortion free, contrary to some reports. My test CD showed the speaker is capable of effortlessly reproducing a 40Hz signal. But at 20Hz I couldn't hear anything, although the woofer cones were moving. Overall the speaker is pretty good for the price.

Pros: Low distortion, good sound image, excellent transient response

Cons: Too much treble, high end lacks crispness (cymbals and high hats)

Good movie sound stage, especially when paired with an SVS subwoofer.

Anonymous from Smyrna, GA on 7/23/2017

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I have a lot of different speakers in my house. These Klipsch speakers are replacing a set of Klipsch Icon VF 36s. The new ones sound bigger and a bit brighter. Not quite as brassy. They work really well for the home theater system they are part of. The Oppo Blu ray DVD player coupled with my Yamaha amp provides a good, clean signal and these speakers translate it nicely. I've tried them for just music. The Oppo is built to handle that as well. I wouldn't have been able to buy towers for the cost of the Klipsch, though. What I'm saying is that these are very, very good speakers at their price point and work well in a home theater setting. My wife loves them! For music, I use the system I bought for that purpose.

Pros: Great sound stage for movies. Works well with the other Klipsch components. looks good with the rest of my furniture. Does well with MP3s and other lesser fidelity music.

Cons: Good, but not great for CD listening.

THESE ROCK

Don from Grand Blanc, MI on 7/12/2017

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I am almost through the 200 hr burn in period-yes excessive-but im anal about my equipment. Right out of the box these sounded great. As they burn in the sound just gets better-they were the final 2 speakers I replaced to have a fully matching set of the RP series,450C,115S,240S and now the 280Fs. I have always pieced my speakers together by what I thought sounded best for me-having a fully matched set of such quality is awesome-crystal clear seamless sound no matter what you are listening to. You can buy more expensive speakers,but honestly there is no need. These babies are worth every penny and out perform many more expensive speakers,so there is no reason to look any further as these will exceed all of your expectations-bi amped they rock-add in their 15" sub and you have more than enough foundation shaking bass to as they say "tick off the neighbors" I got these on sale which made it even better but I was willing to pay full price as my right front JBL L7 blew out a bottom sub after over 20 years of service,but am so happy with the awesome sound. It has helped take a lot of the sting out of having to replace my JBLs unexpectedly. If you are even considering buying these just do it. You will not be disappointed or unhappy in the least.

Pros: sound,quality,looks.reputation,price,made in USA

Cons: absolutely none-i knew what i was getting before i ordered them-too big and expensive not to know what you are buying

GREAT SPEAKERS

Robert from Rockwall, TX on 7/12/2017

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As with other Klipsches, the sound is very clean. The double woofers and back port provided the low end that I wanted. Some commenters say that these speakers require much power. I like to listen to hard rock and metal loud, but I use very little of my amp's power with these speakers and the Klipsch bookshelves in the surround position.

Pros: Clean sound, good low end. As always, Crutchfield was prompt with its delivery.

Cons: Somewhat heavy. The shipping weight was 80lbs, and the shipper said that he was not required to carry them up my stairs. But when he arrived, he did help me get them up those stairs. The two of us handled the weight.

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Rick from allen Park, MI on 6/26/2017

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i must say that the rp-280 f speakers sound v.good..

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Anonymous from Middleton, WI on 6/19/2017

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Well balanced full range sound. Great bass (tested with pipe organ music) reproduction. Extremely happy with the product

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Excellent Floor Standing Speakers

Tim from Concord, NC on 6/18/2017

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I replaced a pair of high end Paradigm speakers with the RP280 and could not be happier. So much sound that I never heard before is now part of the experience. I never expected these speakers to sound like they did and they are better than anything I heard in the showrooms. The value of these speakers is amazing compared to the competition. You will not be disappointed with these speakers.

Pros: Great response, perfect sound reproduction, compliments the sub woofer

Cons: None

Awesome! Don't settle for less

Patrick from Mount Prospect, IL on 5/26/2017

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I love these speakers! I upgraded from a bookshelf sized speaker. My Yamaha receiver has an option for 7 channel stereo. I no longer use it. The imaging with these speakers is amazing and it fills the room better than anything I've ever heard. I've got the matching klipsch sub and they work great together. Though these floor standing speakers really don't need a sub if they have a good amp attached. Just get them! You know you want them.

Pros: Great imaging. Deep bass. Full sound. Attractive.

Cons: Base feet don't have to be attached. Speakers look boring without them.

Incredible Sound!

David from MD on 5/17/2017

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I couldn't be happier with these speakers. I paired them up with the Cambridge Topaz Sr20. I have a very large room 18x40 and I am getting plenty of crisp clean sound out of them. I didn't think I really needed a sub but I went ahead and purchased the Klispch R-115sw. Incredible is all I can say! Crutchfield has been outstanding in assisting me with product selection. I've been using Crutchfield for about 30 years and will not shop anywhere else. My rep Hogan was excellent!

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Movies come to life!!

Michael from Eau Claire, WI on 5/14/2017

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Great sound from these right out of the box and I know they'll sound better over time. Very clear highs, deep bass, and versatile with any music. Movies sound amazing with a dynamic and balanced sound.

Pros: Bass, clean highs

Cons: None

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Ben from Clarence, NY on 5/7/2017

It's a good speaker easy to listen too and blasts when It needs to

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Minh from Lakeland, FL on 4/30/2017

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I love it best sound

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Michael from Fort Worth, Tx on 4/6/2017

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Let me start by saying I absolutely love these speakers. However, as I have found with all Klipsch products and that awesome tweeter, is that, they can sound "tinny" i.e. too much treble. Some of this is from the audio source but these took some tweaking with the amplifier eq settings to sound anywhere near where I wanted it. They are also thirsty for power. My Onkyo Rz 900 advertises 140w in stereo. These guys will suck it dry. I was able to bi amp them and it fed the woofers just a bit more audio love. That being said, if you want the walls to shake, sofa to vibrate under your butt watching a movie, and just generally piss off neighbors 3 doors down. Well then, my friend, these are what you need.

Pros: Overwhelming speakers! Beautiful. Love the magnetic grills.

Cons: A little too tinny without work.

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cirilo from Bakersfield, CA on 3/19/2017

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Great sounding speakers, from the ground up these speakers were made to sound amazing and look great anywhere in your home, they are such a presence! They are massive and every detail in making these towers went unturned! Thank you klipsch

Pros: Sound is great, really great looking with or without the grill, really big

Cons: Maybe to some people the cost, and to some the size

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Larry from Circleville, OH on 3/17/2017

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Best speaker I've ever owned.Looks great sounds better!

Pros: Best sound for the price.

Cons: None

Awesome Sound

Roger from Arlington, Tx on 3/15/2017

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I have been reviewing your website for quite some time and was just waiting for the right moment to purchase new speakers as part of my surround sound package. Once these speakers were being sold with the 12" sub included, I had to finally jump at the chance. These speakers work great along with the sub-woofer. The sound is so much clearer now and I get to enjoy movies like I was in a movie theater.

Pros: Great size and sound.

Cons: A little pricy but well worth it.

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Josh from Errol,nh on 3/12/2017

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Awesome speakers

Pros: Awesome sound well made

Cons: None

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Jay from Marietta, GA on 3/12/2017

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These speakers are huge!! AMAZING sound and I love the copper color woofers. These speakers replaced my old Klipsch Synergy SF-3 from 2003. If you are considering these speakers, don't wait any longer BUY THESE!!! I should've pulled the trigger sooner. They came with a free Klipsch Reference subwoofer FTW!!!

Pros: Sound quality Exceptional Detail Amazing imaging

Cons: Large Must be place 2 feet from wall for best bass response.

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Cory from Casper, WY on 2/5/2017

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Sound great look good

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John from Trenton, NJ on 1/29/2017

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Great speakers. The highs are so crisp and clear. I would recommend them highly.

Pros: Great full range speaker.

Cons: Rather on the large side.

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Anonymous from Bronx, NY on 1/23/2017

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Klipsch Sound Is Wonderful!

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Norbert from Lebanon, TN on 1/20/2017

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These speakers are clear clean and crisp . Not as much bass as I had on my old homemade sealers but sufficient . I swapped them to be my mains on a 7.1 system . My homies have 15 inch Memphis car subs in a old pioneer cabinet with liquid cooled miss and old supertweeters I bought from defunct radio shack . When you could buy speakers from a audio store .The car subs rock and are bass reflex ported to the front . The tractrix horn makes the rp280 ! If they had 10 inch subs wow would that be a speaker but not cost efficient Overall clArity is great .I have a onlyo 7 series receiver 100 watts channel ! It is loud and clean klipschs surrounds in back and advent center in front of my samsung 4K ! It's not the best but on a budget it's banging !!!

Pros: Great clarity

Cons: Bass is not as deep as I would've thought with two eights . Yes I have a dedicated sub .

Wow!

Sharon from Fresno, CA on 1/18/2017

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These speakers are absolutely the best. Rich distinct tones, rumbling bring the house down base without distortion. I've had klipsch speakers for almost 20 years, I didn't think they could improve but WOW they sure did. I'm in love with these!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Get help moving them if you're a little old lady. But, turn them on and you'll feel like a kid again.

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Anonymous from Chicago, IL on 1/12/2017

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great tone and very good base sound. in a medium size room dont need a subwooer. glad I put out a little extra money. now other speakers in house sound like crap

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Wayne from Coatesville, PA on 1/9/2017

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At first sight, I thought I overdid it with these speakers especially when they were delivered. I have a small living room. My wife thought I went crazy. After hooked up and listening to them, I definitely made the right purchase. WOW !!! Great response even in bass. Definitely makes the music crisp. Listening to jazz, makes the horns more pronounced as if the musicians were playing in front of you. Love them a lot. Even my wife stated she can hear the difference in the music. I listen to music more than watching TV so these play day and night when I am in the house.

Pros: Great sound, crisp and response. Well balanced.

Cons: None

Great sound, excellent bass, great price

Gene from Raleigh, NC on 11/13/2016

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Great sounding speakers at an affordable price, delivered in perfect condition I was worried they would be all beat up, but they were shipped as freight and came in perfect condition. Crutchfield carries the better models, I could have gotten the lesser models elsewhere but only crutchfield had the better models.

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robert from sheboygan wi. on 11/2/2016

Have had these speakers for a couple of months now and am very happy with them. Wether listening to cd, vinyl or streaming music the sound is very detailed with excellent bass very smooth solid mids and crisp clear highs. This is my first set of towers and I am not disappointed.

Pros: Sound great, look good, magnetic grills are kind of cool

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Orlando, fl. on 11/1/2016

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Very happy.

Pros: Excellent speakers.

Cons: None

Great product!

Joe from Alabaster, AL on 10/31/2016

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Have had these for a little over two weeks now and they just keep getting better. Being my first set of towers I was very nervous about buying something I wouldn't be happy with, To my delight I was blown away by the sound. They produce a lot more bass then I thought possible (for their size) they are making my 10" sub obsolete, highs and mids are phenomenal. I'm still playing with sound settings and find myself listening to music I wouldn't normally, just to find myself floored at how I can hear everything. Don't hesitate they are worth it.

Pros: Sound, price, fit and finish.

Cons: Will make you want to buy higher quality audio, and more speakers! Be warned it is addicting.

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James from Mansfield, TX on 10/20/2016

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Replaced older JBL Towers. These speakers are awesome, works great for music and movies. Extremely happy with this purchase, as always great service from Crutchfield.

Pros: Excellent sound, looks great.

Cons: None

Look nice

Bobby from Howelk nj on 10/7/2016

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Klipsch has so many followers and had a good reputations and good reviews. Rp-280f is a nice looking speaker has a build quality. But my problem is my music room is not built or design to create great sound. The output of these unit is so powerful and because my room is not properly design for these system it gave me a headache from strong bass its creating.

Pros: Lots and lots of bass

Cons: Unless you design your own music room youll probably will enjoy this.

The RP-280F looks and sounds great!

Steve from Denver, CO on 9/24/2016

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I got a pair of these speakers from Crutchfield to match the RP-440C center speaker I purchased earlier. They sound fantastic. I have read many differing opinions on the theory of breaking in new speakers; being no kind of expert, I don't have one. I just listen to them, figuring if break-in is a real thing, they will eventually have been used enough to complete the process. Meanwhile, I have perceived no lack of quality requiring improvement by a break-in period. Best speakers I have owned!

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Crisp! Clear! Had to buy 2 more!

Chad from Castle rock, co on 9/7/2016

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I purchased these back in November 2015, I'm driving them with the yamaha aventage 3050 and an emotiva 5 channel as well as a 15 " sub. I have a total of 9 speakers and I've decided to add two more of these beasts as the rear speakers. Don't get me wrong I have enough as it is but these sound SO amazing I had to add more!! If your thinking about purchasing DO IT!!! Your won't be disappointed, you will however if you buy anything else.

Pros: Look great, sound great! All around use for movies, gaming and music. Awesome highs and great bass, i do have a 15" sub which helps but the bass on these are nice and tight.

Cons: Nonthing!!!! Heavy but I knew that and even if they were 100# I wouldn't care!!!

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Max from Hollywood, FL on 9/6/2016

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The speakers look and Sound incredible. I Replaced my Def Tech 8040's that I purchased 3 years ago. The 280F and the 450C are just breathtaking surpass my expectations.

Pros: Good bass Excellent Sound !!!!

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Sheboygan, WI on 9/6/2016

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These speakers are phenomenal! From Rock and Roll to Blues and New Age. WE have played all genre's of music on them attempting to find something that didn't sound great. There was NOTHING that didn't sound amazing on them. They are a great purchase !!

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Exactly as described

Kevin from Omaha, NE on 9/5/2016

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I bought the RP-280Fs because I have been so happy with the Klipsch RS-41 II surrounds I bought two years ago and because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Even at first listen I could hear a level of detail in music not previously heard, plus a much improved bottom end, even at low levels. I can't wait to hear what they will sound like when broken in.

Pros: Attractive design, rock solid construction, great sound.

Cons: None.

Great Interface

Mark from Lacey, WA on 8/19/2016

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Great sounding audio interface. I love the looks of them also.

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Gotta love these with Baroque string concertos, Corelli, Purcell!!

Anonymous from Kensington, Maryland on 8/12/2016

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I purchased mine from Crutchfield, not elsewhere. I owned the RF-62ii previously fro a year and a half before I went for these. These are large speakers for my living room no question. Having said that, I was very happy with the Klipsch sound of the RF-62ii to try these and retuen them if i wasn't satisfied. I am. These have even more details and shadings than the smaller towers. I do not listen to them at loud listening levels at all, so I can not comment on that. I listen to primarily Baroque string concertos and chamber music at low volume, and I have a host of Class A solid state amplifiers and preamplifiers as well as a tube amp and preamp, and a cd player, just two channel stereo, no home theater or movies. They sound crisp and lush at the same time, really beautiful like liquid glass, at least to me, not colored at all, but very dynamic and alive, but with body. I really think I will keep these for many years; they are still breaking in, but even though they are huge and heavy, they are like gentle giants for my music.....I am loving it These are definitely large for my modest living room, but I owned the RF-62ii before that

Pros: gentle giants, beautiful clear tones

Cons: big and heavy

crisp clear sound

Notorious B.O.B. from Hilton Head Island, SC on 8/8/2016

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Elegant looking, responsive speakers, very clear sound; "soundstage" effect is excellent when they are placed in room as recommended.

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Amazing !!!

MJW from El Dorado, AR on 7/6/2016

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The Klipsch 280 is amazing. This speaker provide all you can ask for in a speaker. You can play it LOUD or at very low levels, no matter how you play it the sound it totally clear. Mine is powered by a Yamaha 850 reciever and like I said it's AMAZING. You clearly hear every interment in the music., voices are crystal clear in music and moves. I listened to speakers that cost much more money they did not sound any better some not as good. If you're looking for a great clear full sound get Klipsch 280 you Will be happy. Klipsch RP-280 amazing sound.

Pros: Great clear sound

Cons: NONE. Will it's not free lol.

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Jeff J from Gig Harbor, WA on 7/2/2016

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Added these to my AR-Towers and subwoofer. Very Glad I did.

Pros: Great sounding speakers

Cons: None.

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Richard A from Phoenix, AZ on 7/1/2016

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This speakers have a very profound and defined low frequency , that you don't need to use a subwoofers , it has also a very clere sounds in high frequencies , i aim very pleased.

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Best Speakers hands Down for the Money

Rudy R. from Sacramento on 5/13/2016

This is my second review as promised after break - in. Start with Crutchfield was great, shipping an 8. This review will not be on how great they sound, everyone knows their sound. This is on more of a help review. I looked for about 3 mths. more time then was needed really. But I was trying to disqualify Klipsch from my choice of front speakers. I wanted a wow factor speaker, looks and sound. I looked at and heard every top speakers. First the sound in their sound rooms will always be different in acoustics because it's a box shaped room no furniture, rugs, drapes. 2nd they always pair the speakers with the most highend equipment. 1st. set a budget in your mind of what you want to spend on them, this will save you lots of time. That will eliminate lots of speakers. 2nd decide what is your audio utopia, whether it's highs, mids, Bass. They all have different characteristics in sound. Finely the look of it, I must admit the Klipche RP280's were not the best looking speakers, as in finish, compared to my old RF 35s yes they do look better. But again price and sound was why I chose RP280F'S. I hope this helps anyone looking to replace or add to their home entertainment system.

Pros: Loud & very Clear highs n Mids. & Inexpensive

Cons: Big n heavy.

RP 280F

tony from Miami, FL on 5/4/2016

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I'm very happy with the sound and quality of these speakers. The highs are crisp and clear, the mid's also clear the bass not as deep as I like it but I've aded the R 110SW sub and the perfect 2.1 music system.

Pros: Not as big as I thought

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Great sounding speakers!

Robert from Bronx, NY on 4/19/2016

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Great replacement for my previous floor standing speakers, which were purchased back in 89. Speaker technology sure has changed.

Pros: Opened up a new world for my music collection.

Cons: None

Great Speaker

Lmno from Elmwood, Il on 4/17/2016

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Great Speaker. Replaced a couple of Advent A2. Not as much bass but much clearer and sharper sounds in the highs and mids.

Pros: Great sound! Cabinets are well built and look good.

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Great speakers

Darrell s. from Creston, IA on 4/17/2016

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Great speakers. Couldn't wait to get them hooked up. I had my old speakers for to long and didn't realize how bad they were. Put on two of my favorite songs, The load out by Jackson Browne, and Hotel California by the Eagles. Everything from the highs to the lows were crystal clear. Have an amp that is pushing 250 watts a channel and speakers sounded great. Quick delivery. Awsome speakers!

Pros: Great look and great performance.

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Great speakers!

C. Wallace from Monmouth, IL on 4/7/2016

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Love Klipsch speakers. Put my Polk Audio speaker to shame!

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Just what i was looking for

TJD from Floral Park, NY on 4/1/2016

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A full and warm sounding speakers for my new stereo system. Great at low or high volume.

Pros: Great all around sound

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The pleasure of a premium speaker

Rick from South Louisiana on 3/30/2016

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This is almost too soon to be doing a review, as I have only about an hour of listening pleasure since these were hooked up. I had an Harmon-Kardon AVR-335 that sat in its box for years (long story about why). Each year around tax time I would look at the Klipsch and their reference series of speakers. Having had a pair of Optimus with 15-inch woofers, horns and mid-range that I enjoyed for years I didn't want to go smaller. This year the RP Series is on the scene, and at a price I could get past cost control (my lovely wife), while also enabling me to add the SW-110 sub-woofer! The RP's are impressive in every way: Their beautiful cherry veneer cabinet and the magnetically attached grill are visually stunning, with the grill being just transparent enough to see the beautiful copper-colored woofers. They have an equally impressive heft, weighing in at over 70 lbs. The sound produced was staggering. I didn't want to push them hard right out of the box, so I never went above 0db on the H-K's volume control, but the bass was tight and pounding, while the highs to a certain volume where crystal clear. They seemed tinny at higher volume levels, but I attribute that to the source (FM-radio). All in all I am, so far, very satisfied with my RP-280F's.

Pros: Shipped well packaged; very responsive, clear & detailed from low volume to as high as I took them at this time, beautiful to look at.

Cons: I have to get nit-picky to list any con's, but here goes: Hefty! (don't drop one on the top of your foot like I did!) Inly available finishes were cherry and black - would love to have the walnut finish like that available on the ATMOS-ready version of these speakers.

Solid performance

Robert from stanwood, WA on 3/29/2016

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Another great product from Klipsch. Decided to move my 4.2 speakers to the rear channel. These rp250f have earned the front row. Clear, good punch and smooth. I wanted both music and video these speakers handle both quite well.

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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Michael from Pampa, TX on 3/28/2016

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Very pleased with these new speakers. Big rich soundstage, sophisticated, seamless crossover, captivating presence across the volume range. Hearing things I've never heard before in music I know very well. Highs are crystal clear, mids and lows powerful with a tight punch, rich but never boomy on good recordings. These speakers will make you smile out loud when you crank 'em up for blues and rock, and take your breath away on acoustic music, even at mid to low volumes. A couple of notes on sound: It's not uncommon to hear criticism of Klipsch horns being shrill or harsh, but these tweeters are beautiful. Yes, they can bite a little when cranked way up playing back something like rockabilly lead guitar, which tends to be pretty shrill on its own, so you might find yourself rolling off the treble a tad at really high volumes depending on the source, but this is the exception rather than the rule and definitely improves after break-in. I love the bass delivery of these speakers, so rich and fat without losing punch. Perfect frequency contour to my ear. As to whether a subwoofer is needed, I've never owned one so I can't speak definitively, but I don't hear any weakness or lack of depth in music playback, and for movies I just boost the EQ a bit more for theatrical sound. TIP: I initially set the speakers about 6" from the wall, but Klipsch recommends 24" and when I pulled them out I was astonished, it was like adding a third woofer, kid you not.

Pros: Btw, I'm driving these with an 80 watt Yamaha receiver with great results. Although I haven't maxed out the volume control and probably never will, I do tend to listen to music at high volumes and these speakers just sound better and better the louder you crank them. Even so loud I can't stand in front of them, there is absolutely no distortion from the speakers and no sign of straining the amp, just big, rich sound with amazing punch and clarity. Exceptional value for the bucks.

Cons: The cabinets are very deep and should be set well away from the wall for optimum bass and soundstage, making placement a little difficult in typical living room settings. And there is definitely a listening sweet spot in front of the speakers. You can hear the difference when you move off-axis, but they still fill the room with big, clear sound. Side note: I was told Crutchfield gear is double-boxed for delivery, but these were not. The Klipsch boxes took a couple of hits, but no damage.

Klipsch RP-280F

Dave from knoxville, TN on 3/28/2016

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I have owned Klipsch speakers for over 25 years. This set are the finest sounding speakers that I've woned to date. They are incredibly powerful and great for loud music and home theater.

Pros: Design, sound.

Cons: None

Very pleased

KerryK from Hill Country, TX on 3/14/2016

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I actually bought these to connect to a church organ but decided to try them with my stereo system. They have now replaced my Martin Logans. The speakers were pretty shrill at first but mellowed out after about three days of steady use. I'm driving them with a Yamaha A-S501 - no need to use to my larger amps that my old speakers required. I'm still using a 15" subwoofer but have dialed the crossover down to minimum since these speakers come with signicant bass.

Pros: Strong bass, good dispersion, room-filling sound, easy to power.

Cons: No banana plug option.

Best Speakers hands down for the Money

Rudy R. from Sacramento, CA on 3/1/2016

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First off these RP280F'S are replacing my Klipsch RF 35s I had since jun. 2005. They sounded great highs were like audible pearl drops in your ears. My setup made the boxes disappear. Just deep soundstage, highs were bright n clear. But just hooked up these RP280's today first song, I could hear how much smoother they are compared to the RF35s. But again I won't truly know till they are burned in. So I know the soundstage will improve in time, like wine. For the money best out there in speaker heaven. Barring price... These RP 280fs are built like a German Panza tank, you can hand these down to your kids. Style n looks are so much better then my old 35s, great job Klipsch people. Only wish the Pladium s were more in my price range, I can only imagine what they must sound like.... hmmm. Hope to review again in 3 mths after I burn these in.

Pros: Nice sound

Cons: None

Great sound!

Jerry from milwaukee, WI on 2/20/2016

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Accurately reproduces music at all frequencies. I am hearing my favorites as though for the first time because of the subtle notes being played.

Pros: Clean sound, attractive cabinet

Cons: None

Klipsch speakers

Don S from o fallon, MO on 2/17/2016

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Excellent Sound Quality!

Pros: Perfect match with all five speakers!

Cons: None

Long overdue!

WA from Bradenton, FL on 2/8/2016

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I felt my expensive 20 year old towers (2x7.5" and 2x1" top and front) were still strong, but something was missing - but I couldn't put my finger on it. They seemed to lack the ability to push the full range back to my seat in my 18'x18' room. My wife and I both struggled with clarity and particularly understanding all the voice even with the Klipsch RC-62 II center I added a year ago. What really set this change off was an IMAX showing of the new Star Wars movie. The sound was the best I ever heard and I wanted more from my system. The big decision was between the PR-260F's and PR-280F's because I worried about the size of the cabinet and if I had enough power for the 280F's. I chose the PR-280's and upgraded the rears (were Reference Bookshelf 62) with the PR-250S at the same time and the only thing I can say is WOW! I should have done this a long time ago. I had expectations and really hoped I wasn't just replacing good gear with some a the same or a little better, but that wasn't the case. This system is now great and better than I thought it could be. So smooth, clear & powerful. This 5.1 system now sounds as good as or better than most theaters. Don't let the cabinet size hold you back, they will be with you for a long time and I would have always regretted not getting the best I could. Other gear: Receiver is Yamaha RX-A1040, Velodyne 12" 100 watt powered sub.

Pros: I got so much more than I hoped was possible.

Cons: I don't really have any other than wishing I could setup in a 7.1, but I don't have the side wall space.

Crisp & Full

Adam from Seattle, WA on 2/7/2016

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I absolutely love these tower speakers. To compare them to a similar priced speaker, I owned the RTi10 towers by Polk Audio for many years. The main differences is Polk uses a tweeter and driver combined with a couple woofers. Klipsch uses their signature horn and some woofers. When watching a movie with Polk, the sound was there and the intensity was there too. It was hard to tell where the sound was as it dispersed really well. Giving an immersive experience. But it lacked the clarity and crispness that Klipsch offers. I can detect the speakers more. I have found that even at low volumes Klipsch is able to create sound with the 'impact' and detail I couldn't hear in the Polk towers. When someone speaks, it sounds like that person is in the room. So it depends on your ear. I personally love the horn more than the tweeter.

Pros: Crisp, clear, articulate, full bodied sound. Best speaker I've heard at this range. Grill is magnetic - easy to put on and off. Cosmetically this speaker looks incredibly appealing. Not the plastic/wood box speakers of the past.

Cons: None!

Klipsch RP 280F

Pat from tulsa, OK on 1/22/2016

Outstanding sound I paired these with the RX A 750 Yamaha Aventage receiver and Definitive Technology PF 1200 subwoofer. The sound is clean, clear and loud. I bought them in July 2015 and have used them for movies as well as music from Chuck Mangione to Black Sabbath, AC DC, Megadeth and everything in between.

Pros: Great sound fair price

Cons: none

20 years is too long

mark from Kentucky on 1/2/2016

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I treated myself to a new system for christmas. It was easy to pick out my cd player a Yamaha S300 and reciever Yamaha S700 . The speakers on the other hand were a shot in the dark. Well today I finally got my day to put this stereo to the test ! No one at home , well I lined up my play list Broken Bells , Grover Washington ,Super Tramp , Allison Krause ,Donald Fagen Nightfly and a few others . All I can say is WOW ! These Klipsch RP 280s Hit all the highs ,midrange and lows with such perfection, I was blown away ! Ive never listen to a stereo as crisp and clean as this one . I don't think you could find better speakers in this price range .I absolutely Love these twins.

Pros: Great speakers at a fair price

Cons: None with these speakers!

just buy these already

Brenda from Idaho on 12/29/2015

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If you are on the fence of what to get, whether you even need speakers, or if these are "worth the extra money": Get These. Seriously. You won't regret it. There are some reviews on here that these speakers are big.. Sure, if you're comparing them to a HTIB speaker. Who ever said, "Oh, these speakers are just too big"? No one. Anyways, these things are crisp, clear, hard-hitting, and do it all. We currently don't have a subwoofer, and these speakers hold their own. They are powered by a Marantz NR1506, which is plenty. Our only regret is that we live in a condo and the neighbors aren't away nearly enough to let these things rip. Buy 'em and enjoy.

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It's Been A Long Wait

Bert from Cuba, Missouri on 12/28/2015

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Very, very sweet! I love this speaker's mid and high-range capabilities. These speakers put those bands out very well with superb clarity and definition. Any speaker can produce base but I have always had trouble finding speakers in my price range that would put out the high end this way. This is the difference between noise and music! I have wanted a set of Klipsch speakers for a very long time. It was worth the wait.

Pros: Excellent mid and high range. Superb clarity and definition. Magnetic front panels are a nice touch. Can be bi-amped. Good quality binding posts. Comes with carpet spikes.

Cons: They are not Palladiums!

Def Tech / Klipsch

Csalian from Minnesota on 12/28/2015

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I was torn between Def Tech and Klipsch and decided to call the customer support at Crutchfield. They were very friendly and supportive. They recommended the Klipsch for it's crisper sound and I went with the recommendation. The speakers sound great, very clear, very crisp. Now that I have had these for a month, I think both Klipsch and Def. Tech are good speakers. I do think sound from the Klipsch is tiny bit crisper and cleaner. They seem to handle base better. The Def Techs on the other hand seem to be a tiny bit warmer and more room filling due to the bi-polar technology. Note -- I am not a technie .... my review is based on my ears and ears only. Also, the form factor on the Klipsch is average - the connection knobs are plastic for a $500 speaker and the speakers take up considerable floor space compared a very sleek, polished Def Tech Design (BP 7006) design. All in all, a good purchase. A sleeker design would earn it a 5 Star from me. -C

Pros: Crisp sound. Good base,

Cons: Design (take up floor space),

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Rick from Louisiana on 12/24/2015

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Purchased a pair of RF82's towers in 2007 for front speakers home theater setup. Fantastic sound. Always wanted a pair of towers for rear speakers. Found the RP-280F' were on special and decided to order a pair. A significant improvement over the smaller reference surround speakers I was usinig.

Pros: Klipsch

Cons: None

Ear Candy!

Ronnied from Pennsylvania on 12/23/2015

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I watched for these to go on sale. Then I knew there was a pair of scratch and dent in stock. So I grabbed those at just a bit more coin than one regularly priced speaker. Wonderful speakers. Even my wife comments on the sound. From subdued notes and brushes on cymbals to booming bass these speakers are sweet. I did a lot of reading of reviews and comparing of specs before I purchased them. Yes, they are a big speaker. But there are even bigger ones for sale. As long as you can set them up at least a foot from back and side walls, your listening pleasure should not be overly affected. These ref 280's are the foundation start of my sound system rebuild. I see more Klipsch speakers in my future.

Pros: From low volume to ear throbbing loud, these speakers "rock". Fit, finish and build quality appears to be top notch. Don't be afraid to buy scratch and dent.

Cons: Somewhat disappointed that they are made in China.

Absolutely Fabulous

Charlie from California on 12/13/2015

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I have always known of Klipsch brand, but never had the luxury of being able to spend the necessary funds to have a pair until now. Truly amazing performance. I have a vintage Luxman amp/receiver that drives them to what seems to be perfection. I have to get some rubber bumpers for the paintings I have hanging on the walls, I have pinpointed a mysterious sound I hear to the lower edge of the frames vibrating against the wall. Interestingly enough, you place your hand on the speaker itself and barely feel anything. I listen to a wide variety of music, from classical to hard rock and everything in between. These speakers do an outstanding job at translating any sound. Very impressed.

Pros: Said it already.

Cons: Does anyone make anything out of real wood anymore? I suppose I should shut up about this, saving the planet and all, perhaps I am just old school. Don't get me wrong, they look nice, but it just seems that plastic and engineered woods are absolutely predominant, and I miss the look and feel of real wood.

So far so good

Luc S. from Florida on 12/11/2015

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Crutchfield's customer is awesome! I am hooked. Delivery was speedy. I am impressed with Crutchfield. Keep it up! I've owned those speakers for about two weeks now. They are currently powered by my Yamaha Aventage AV receiver. I am not disappointed, but I am not blowned away either. I bought them based on the glorious reviews on numerous Internet sites without either listening to them or physically seeing them first. They sound good but I was expecting more out of them. I do not notice much difference between those speakers and my Infinity towers. In my humble opinion, those Klipsch towers are way too tall. Consumer speaker designers should learn to build great sounding speakers that go with the furniture. They just stand too tall next to my solid wood AV console furniture. I wish they were about as tall as my console. I prefer wider speaker boxes to the tall ones. Lookwise, the Paradigm Prestige Series is more the look I would prefer in my living room if I could convince myself to spend that kind of money.

Pros: They sound good.

Cons: They are too tall and look somewhat bulky.

amazing!

Dave E from Long Beach, Ca on 12/10/2015

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Worth every penny

Pros: Full range.

Cons: Massive speakers.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

JW from Georgia on 11/15/2015

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Awesome sound!

Pros: Rich sound across a broad range

Cons: None

Love'em

mppaul from California on 11/6/2015

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Love these speakers the sound is beautiful clear highs and fantastic lows paired with the Denon AVR-X 2200W. Replaced some smaller Kef Q7's the sound quality of the Klipsch is so much more real, also picked up a pair of the Klipsch RP-140 sa really make a difference to a home theater system

Pros: Love the sound

Cons: None

Perfect

JohnR from Kentucky on 10/28/2015

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Awesome

Pros: Beautiful Sounds

Cons: None

Amazing

Rick from Utah on 10/21/2015

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My wife has been nagging me to get new speakers that are more appealing to the eyes, after much research I went with these, I was worried sick that they wouldn't sound as good as the speakers they were replacing since they were much smaller. The speakers arrived in a few days and after I hooked them up I was blown away at how good they sound, they play louder and clearer than my old speakers, minimal distortion at a volume where I can hear the speakers throughout my whole house and outside. Very impressive to say the least, I can honestly say all I want to do is hide out in my basement and listen to music for days.

Pros: Look good, sound better.

Cons: Price is all over the place, wait for a sale because they will go on sale a week after you buy them.

Outstanding

Larry B from California on 7/5/2015

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Wasn't looking to replace my present speakers (Energy Veritas 3.2) but one of them failed and couldn't find replacement parts. I'm now almost glad it did fail or I would have never researched for new replacement floorstanding speakers. These Klipsch RP-280F's are even more spectacular than my previously mentioned Energy's.I was just hoping to find equal quality speakers and I am soooo far impressed at how much better these sound. I ended up pairing a Klipsch R-115SW sub-woofer with these and now it's a double wow. Every sound just appears to be crisper from the highest sounds through the tweeter right on down to the lowest bass!

Pros: Better than expected for the money by far

Cons: Really none, just remember how big they are (really big)

King Klipsch

ASTIGG from Indianapolis on 5/4/2015

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Recently decided to upgrade my towers to the Klipsch RP-280F and let me say thus far I am not disappointed a bit! Paired with a Denon AVRS-900W these rise above nearly anything I have heard at this price point. The highs are very crisp, clean mids, and relatively strong lows as well. I can promise if you are looking for powerful sound for movies and music look no further you will not regret these powerhouse towers!

Pros: Clean Dynamic sound Beautifully made Great Imaging Sturdy

Cons: None to date

Excellent product

John from Midlothian, VA on 3/9/2015

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I am no audiophile, but have owned a pair of Klipsch kg2 speakers for many years. I gave them to my son for his apartment when he went to college, and ordered these speakers to replace them. They have a very accurate, bright sound, which I have come to expect from a Klipsch product. They look beautiful and are very solidly built. They were well packaged (which is good because it looked like UPS beat them up quite severely). My local shop did not have them in stock so I ordered them without having listened to them, and am very happy with the sould quality.

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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) 8
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 150
Frequency Response 32-25k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 43-1/16
Width (inches) 10-9/16
Depth (inches) 17-3/8
Weight 62.5 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 8" woofers of the RP-280F 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 8" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-280F 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 (1750Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-280F 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?

Match the last pair purchased [ Robert  Jun 14, 2017 ]
Great sounding speakers. These are the top-of-the-line for the Reference Premiere series. These speakers bring the action into your living room!!! [ Jamie  Feb 27, 2017 ]
Klipsch has great sound [ Larry  Feb 26, 2017 ]
I like the specs and reviews from Crutchfield on these speakers and i never owned a Klipsch speaker system so why not try one. My speaker systems are Bose 901 and Bose surround and center speakers and owned them for about 17 years now. I am hoping that Klipsch can at least equal the performance of my very old system. My 901 is kind of having a problem now, the reason i shopped for a new main speakers [ Eusebio M.  Feb 25, 2017 ]
great speakers [ Michael  Jan 22, 2017 ]
I chose the Klipsch speakers for the sound, which is very detailed. AlsoI have used them for over twenty years in my Home listening environment. [ Glover  Jan 03, 2017 ]
nice also [ james  Dec 31, 2016 ]
Why not..there awesome!!! and the price was right. [ Victor  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Reviews on other sites, Klipsch reputation and clearance sale. [ ROBERT G  Oct 28, 2016 ]
Purchased a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers approx. 9 months ago, because of the quality of the construction and performance of these it was a no-brainer to stick with a superior product when wishing to replace floor speakers. [ Nadine  Oct 27, 2016 ]
Reviews and price. Extremely happy with them. [ joanna  Oct 23, 2016 ]
I love Klipsch speakers and the wife said I could upgrade! [ NATHAN  Sep 07, 2016 ]
Always have liked klipsch. Great for home theater. [ Brett  Sep 06, 2016 ]
Sale item [ MICHAEL  Aug 25, 2016 ]
Brit provided great information and I need it to go with my 82-ll Brit's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=206 [ Micheal  Jun 23, 2016 ]
I have had Klipsch speakers for over 30 years. They are outstanding speakers. [ KEN A  Jun 16, 2016 ]
I was bored, needed some speakers. [ Emily  Apr 02, 2016 ]
Lots of research about floor speakers and solid reviews all led to buying a pair of these [ Peter  Feb 25, 2016 ]
I've had Klipsch speakers before......should have never sold them to buy the Polk speakers. [ J  Feb 17, 2016 ]
Great online reviews [ James  Dec 28, 2015 ]
I wanted to update my speakers. My present speakers are also Klipsch, about 15 yrs old. Between the great reviews of these speakers, the advances in speaker technology, and the fact that they were on sale, was too good a deal for me to pass up. Combined with great customer service/support, and a no-hassle return policy, this was a fairly easy decision for me to make. [ Jeffrey  Dec 06, 2015 ]
High reviews, great specs, good looks, special price. [ Matthew  Dec 06, 2015 ]
Looking for a full front soundstage [ Robert  Nov 01, 2017 ]
See other comment [ Earl  Oct 28, 2017 ]
With the help of an advisor, I went with the RP-280. We have been building our home theatre, we have a Klipsch center speaker, RP-450CA and were looking to add front speakers. I love the sound and quality that Klipsch gives you. After speaking with a product specialist helped me finalize which model speakers I wanted. I am looking forward to these arriving and adding them to the current speakers. [ Johanna  Oct 21, 2017 ]
Had good reviews. Great for a large room. Works for stereo and home theater. [ Keith  Oct 06, 2017 ]
Quality of sound and price of product are both competitive with other high end models that are far more pricey. [ M  Jul 30, 2017 ]
I had purchased a pair of Klipsch book shelve speakers in the recent past that sounded excellent and were built like RP-280F's. I wanted floor speakers for a larger room. These got great reviews for sound vs value for the money. [ CHRISTOPHER S  Jul 19, 2017 ]
Needed an upgrade over some old bookshelf Yamaha's i've had since 1998. [ Cainst  Jul 01, 2017 ]
Listened to the r28's in a store and they were incredible. The 280's are supposed to be even better and we're even on sale! I am SO excited to get them. [ Lisa  Jun 27, 2017 ]
Same reasons as for the sub. [ Dan  Jun 26, 2017 ]
The positive reviews on your site and talking to Wolf at your store convinced me that I wanted to give these a try. I hope that I am as satisfied as all the others who reviewed this product. [ Alan  Jun 09, 2017 ]
RP-280F got great reviews especially for the base speakers. Kilpsch makes great audio equipment. [ RALPH  May 24, 2017 ]
Reviews and Crutchfield advisor's recommendation. [ M  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Klipsch can't go wrong. [ Tommy  Feb 10, 2017 ]
Matching to my previously purchased Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C center channel to complete my front system. [ Brian  Jan 24, 2017 ]
I contacted Crutchfield sales with room dimensions and current amp. Jane suggested RP-280F and I trust the experts. [ Timothy  Jan 05, 2017 ]
Great reviews and affordable. [ Nicholas  Nov 24, 2016 ]
reviews [ William  Nov 10, 2016 ]
Fell in love with Klipsch when stationed in Germany in the 1980s. You could hear things that was on the recording that was missing from the Bose 901s. [ Sanford J.  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Love the klipsch brand, this my third set [ Eugene  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Crutchfield customer reviews and Mac input. [ David  Oct 15, 2016 ]
Price, quality [ Steven  Oct 13, 2016 ]
been reading reviews and i owned one and love it [ florante  Sep 16, 2016 ]
Came recommended by a couple Crutchfield reps, but I haven't personally owned Klipsch brands [ teresa  Sep 01, 2016 ]
A good match for my Klipsch RP-440C center speaker. [ Steve  Aug 29, 2016 ]
Reputation, my first experience with Klipsch, Nuremberg Germany 1979. [ Maximo  Aug 24, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews for these speakers since they were introduced. Had purchased Klipsch surround speakers a couple of years ago and wanted to complete the set by upgrading my main speakers and center channel speaker. [ Kevin  Aug 20, 2016 ]
After all of my research, it was clear that this was the best choice in my price range for both excellent movie sound reproduction and OUT OF THIS WORLD music as well!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!! :D :D :D [ Mark  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Klipsch name/reputation; power; features; specs; can bi-amp [ Robert  Jul 26, 2016 ]
It was recommended by one of your advisors based on the info I gave him. [ Bill  Jul 12, 2016 ]
I have bought this brand several times before and wanted a updated version.this brand is a great theatre and audio speaker. [ tiffani  Jul 05, 2016 ]
best size/quality/price combo for me [ Josh  May 23, 2016 ]
Positive reviews and feedback from folks who have purchased these speakers. [ Judy  May 16, 2016 ]
Mostly reviews online. [ Rafael  Apr 30, 2016 ]
The name, the appearance, all the reviews were glowing about these speakers, and the price for what you get can not be beat. [ Enoch  Feb 27, 2016 ]
Have an older pair of Klipsch speakers and am upgrading. The RP-280F's come very highly rated. [ SCOTT  Feb 20, 2016 ]
I recently reviewed 5 sets of speakers in the same price range and actually the klipsch RP 280F were the least of price and they won hands down. Also your price is $200-$300 lower than the retailers. [ mark  Feb 15, 2016 ]
I have a fantastic Klipsch subwoofer with my 7.2 surround system and I would like to build a new 7.2.4 system using their products to replace my underwhelming, mostly Bose, system. [ Christopher  Feb 01, 2016 ]
Friend recently purchased it, and I was blown away. Sold my Polk system for these. [ Adam  Jan 25, 2016 ]
perceived high quality and value for my large room [ Timothy  Dec 14, 2015 ]
I love these speakers replacing old bose system going back to old school [ Kenneth Mark  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Klipsch always sound good and this is a medium range consumer (not audiophile) speaker. [ Patrick  Nov 22, 2017 ]
Good quality, versatile speaker for a great price. [ JEREMY P  Nov 16, 2017 ]

9 questions already asked

I purchased the Pioneer VSX-90 to replace an old Sony unit. I also purchased the RP-260F (black) with the receiver and I could not be more pleased. First the receiver drives those to RP with plenty of power to spare. My living room is on the small side about 24'x15' with hardwood floors with an area rug. The system sounds great. So, the bottom line is do you like black or do you like the Cherry? Either way, Klipsch makes a great product at a great price point. [ Jay  Mar 24, 2016 ]
Either one will work adequately. The model you select will ultimately be driven by one or more of the following criteria: 1. The size of your listening space. I use the RP-260F in a 14' x 20' dedicated theater room where I use it in a 9.1 configuration for movies and 2.1 for listening to hi-res music in stereo. These speakers very easily fill the space with high quality sounds. My system is driven by an Onkyo TX-NR3008 AVR. At volumes between 50-60 dB on the receiver, the room is filled with music or sounds from the movies. 2. Cost/affordability 3. Personal preference. Either way, you won't go wrong and will be pleased with the sounds delivered by these speakers. Select one and enjoy the Klipsch speakers of your choice. [ ADRIAN  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Either model will work well with your receiver. I opted for the 260 because of size. I have the same receiver you do and couldn't be happier with the speakers. [ Benjamin  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Get the 280s. With your Onkyo you will still have enough horsepower to spin the tires. [ DAN  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Both will work no problem. I bought the 260's because they were the right price and they produce more then enough fire power for my room. I am running a sub, I'm a bass lover and the 260's don't don't create enough on their own. In the future, I will be using the 260's for rear surround and purchasing the 280's for the front stage. [ Earl  Mar 21, 2016 ]
BTW i forgot to mention that i also used to own the previous gen rf-82ii and wish i never sold them. I think i wouuld go as far as saying that i prefer them over these new rp-280f and you honestly cant go wrong with either of these .. [ Vito the bulldog  Sep 14, 2017 ]
Sorry, almost forgot important, Don't put them up Against the walls, need room to breathe, rear ports. 12" won't cause a bass trap...Boomy... [ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
I really heard a difference after about 30hrs of playing time, play at different volumes, in the beginning moves the woofers more n moving parts... Depends PERSONALLY on your ears, some like lots of bass,,, some people like mids,,, some highs,,, Like anything training your ears to depth ETC. Your music,, room acoustics. I like flac,,, personally... Hope it helps. Happy Listening [ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
There was no noticeable break-in time for these speakers. [ Adam  Sep 14, 2017 ]
Hello. Thats a very touchy subject. Im not sure i personally believe in the correlation between break in periods and speakers generally but i wont be ignorant and say that there is no such thing as a break in period for speakers because in theory we are dealing with all the moving parts within the speakers drivers. Personally i dont think the majority of listeners are capable of of distinguishing the difference. So in my personal experience with these speakers i cant say i picked up any audible differences during the time i used them. Mind you there were pushed loudly with a 375 watt yamaha 2 channel amplifier and my onkyo preamp . They performed quite well in my room IMO. Hope this helps and dont hesitate to try these out . I think for the money they represent a tremendous value. [ Vito the bulldog  Sep 14, 2017 ]
I would think so. I have a Carver amp pushing 250 watts per channel which is to much. They are great speakers and highly recommend them. Shipping was fast. [ Darrell  Apr 13, 2017 ]
All receivers should be able to drive this. The high sensitivity means it sounds audibly louder for the same watts. In theory, if you had 50 watts playing on a speaker rated at 93 db efficiency and 100 watts playing on a speaker at 90 db, they would sound equally loud. This has to do with how efficient the speaker can use each watt. That's where watts don't equal volume if comparing against another speaker. [ Adam  Apr 12, 2017 ]
I've been using the Onkyo TX-NR646, for about a year now, which is rated at 100 watts per channel and it operates these speakers masterfully. The RP-280F delivers powerhouse sound very efficiently. 90 watts per channel should easily suffice. I have a feeling that after you realize the pure, unadulterated awesomeness that these speakers produce, a power supply upgrade will make your wish list for the future, as it is already on mine! [ John  Apr 12, 2017 ]
I believe it will.....my amp is, I think, 100w per channel and they handle its output just fine. [ Robert  Apr 12, 2017 ]
Yes, they will work great. The speakers are very sensitive and do not stress the amplifier. [ KLAUS  Apr 12, 2017 ]
Yes,,, they are easy to drive... Hence high dbs... Compared to other speakers... [ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
I would check with Klipsch to make sure, I power mine with a Yamaha RXA1040 (110 watts) and sound is incredible! You won't be disappointed! They are hands down the best speakers I have ever owned!! [ Stephen  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Claudio, Unless your room is extremely large you should have no problem driving these speakers at near deafening volumes with 45 Watts RMS per channel. Note: the Klipsch RP280F have a sensitivity of 98db at 1 watt this is far more efficient than most of the competition which is usually around 85-90db. [ pat  Mar 17, 2017 ]
No, but had the RD 35s,, pretty much same thing, both 8" woofers, they will be brighter in the highs. RP's went to a rubber surface around the mouth of horn mouth. Soften it... 82 11s are hard surface... Happy Listening. [ Aseaman007  Sep 14, 2017 ]
I have a pair of 280s as my main channels and a pair of 82ii's as my rears and have never noticed a difference while listening to music. So I'd say the difference is negligible. [ AUSTIN  Dec 29, 2016 ]
Yes I owned both in the same setup and same room and I can honestly say I preferred the rf82ii. The 82 were harsh at times but delivered in dynamic impact at higher levels. in my opinion the 82 ii also had better bass response and just worked better in my setup in a small 12 by 11 living room. Hope this helps [ Vito the bulldog  Dec 28, 2016 ]
I'm not familiar with hot amplifier but They are very efficient and not nearly as power hungry as some that I tested while shopping. They sound awesome with my onkyo surround receiver but it is rated at 125 watts per channel. I'm not disappointed at all. [ Brian  Oct 08, 2016 ]
These are powerful speakers. Not sure about technical numbers but 18 watt is low for these speakers. You will probably have some idea once u connect the system [ NASIR  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Rudy, The RP-280F speakers are very efficient 98db @1 watt and 1 meter. Is the Scott an old tube amplifier or a 70's model transistor amp with a linear power supply and the 18 watt rating being RMS. If the above is the case than it will most likely drive it just fine. [ pat  Oct 08, 2016 ]
BTW Any of today's quality home theater receivers can power these speakers effortlessly to there full potential with out a doubt. [ Vito the bulldog  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Hi Rudy. I'm not familiar with Scott amps but it sounds like it's a tube amplifier. And if it is a tube amplifier rated at 18 Watts continuous then I wouldn't imagine there would be any issues. Although I must say any quality amplifier will push these speakers nicely. [ Vito the bulldog  Oct 08, 2016 ]
They definitely need more power if you want to really appreciate what they have to offer for your enjoyment [ Michael  Oct 07, 2016 ]
These are rated at 600 watts max, I am pushing with 200 and they can definitely handle more. You can try it and see, the speakers are amazing, so worst case you have great speakers and upgrade your amp. Yamaha just came out with 2017 models so you can get 2016 versions for a great price. Hope that helps. [ Chad  Oct 07, 2016 ]
Country of origin is listed as China. [ Kenny  Apr 11, 2016 ]  Staff
A two channel or five channel base power amplifier with a minimum of 100 watts RMS per channel. Prefer a high quality up scale brand not made in China. James [ JAMES  Feb 04, 2016 ]
A good one. No point in spending significant money on speakers if you do not have a equal receiver to drive it. What, you may ask, is "equal"? Good question. Not necessarily just power, watts per channel, that is not the answer. It's quality of components. The age old answer to the question of "you get what you pay for". Me, I happen to have an ancient Luxman R-341. It does a fabulous job. Of course, the NAD 546BEE CD player helps the overall system out immensely. Think of it like a car. Engine, suspension, steering, etc. You have to have the whole thing to get the ultimate driving experience. Corvette, for example. Which I happen to have one, and albeit a C5, it is an absolute scream to drive. So, when it comes to sound, if you want a scream, then buy these Klipsch, but know that it is only one part of a system that makes up the entire "car", and a big engine (watts, power) by itself does not necessarily mean anything. Having said all that, let me say that these Klipsch speakers are without a doubt absolutely rad. [ Charles  Feb 04, 2016 ]
Any moderate stereo or surround sound receiver should work (Ex Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz). Just keep in mind, receiver watts may be deceiving. A 40 watt Harmon Karson will be just as loud as a 90 watt other brand. These speakers sound more vivid at the same volume setting than my RTi10's by Polk Audio. Even at low volumes. And for clarification, I say moderate because they are tower speakers and it is never good to max out an amp/receiver. That hurts the speakers. The only time this should matter is when the ohm is not 8 ohms or the sensitivity is much lower than what you currently use. In the end most receivers over $400 will sound amazing. Then it's a matter of preference on the receiver and how it sounds and performs. Hope that helps. [ Adam  Feb 04, 2016 ]
It depends on what features you are looking for. As far as the power requirements needed from the receiver for the RP280F, you need a receiver capable of delivering 120 to 300 watts at 8 ohms 20-20K Hz. If it was me I would be looking for a receiver that supports Dolby Atmos as a minimum. Take a look at Onkyo /Pioneer as an example. [ Donald  Feb 04, 2016 ]
I have a 50 watt Yamaha receiver that sounds really good. I think that 75 to 100 watts would be optimal, but my clean 50 watts sound incredible [ WILLIAM  Feb 04, 2016 ]
I mated my 280f Klipsch speakers with an Onkyo TX-NR838 receiver. I wanted plenty of power but i also wanted a receiver which would allow my system to grow. [ DAN  Feb 04, 2016 ]
They are efficient speakers but to get the most from them I would recommend a receiver of at least 80 watts RMS per channel. They are a superior speaker don't skimp on a receiver get a very good receiver and you will be very happy. Ask the Crutchfield team to help you match a good receiver with your listening room, speakers and budget. They are very good and helpful. [ Michael  Feb 04, 2016 ]
I have a Yamaha RX-A1040 [7.2] and I questioned if this was enough at 110w per channel - well it is! I'm setup with it in a 5.1 with The Klipsch 280F, 450C & 250S in a 18x18' room with high ceilings and it's GREAT! [ William  Feb 04, 2016 ]
I don't see why not. The Crutchfield support should be able to answer that for sure though. [ David  Jan 27, 2016 ]
I am using a Yamaha RX-V863 and they sound great. [ Mark  Jan 23, 2016 ]
Until I purchased my pioneer elite receiver, I used a Yamaha 377 temporarily and it worked fine. [ JONATHAN  Jan 23, 2016 ]
I have a Technics SA- HE200 receiver that's going on 16 years of age now. These speakers work beautifully with this amp. i do use this receiver as a surround sound set up. [ RONALD  Jan 23, 2016 ]
Yes. It should power them fine. That was actually my 2nd choice receiver but I went with an Onkyo with pretty much the same specs. This speakers are very efficient and don't require an extreme amount of power. [ Brian  Jan 22, 2016 ]
I would think so. I have a Denon with a little more power (125 watts per ch) but it handles them quite well. I would think the Crutchfield experts could help you better. [ Larry  Jan 22, 2016 ]
HOw big is the room ? I ask because if a small or medium size room , that receiver shouldn't have a problem filling it up with sound.. if a large room than you might need a more powerful receiver or a external amp.. hope this helps [ Vito the bulldog  Jan 22, 2016 ]
Dakotah the SPL of the RP-280 is 98db at 1 watt these are very efficient speakers Note: every 3db rise is sound pressure requires the power to double. A loud rock concert is 115 db and pain starts at 125db with the RXA740 you will be able to play in excess of 116DB per speaker. I have the RX A750 which is one model year newer and my room is 17' x 28' and they are extremely loud and sound wonderful you will not be disappointed [ pat  Jan 22, 2016 ]
So far my Klipsch RP-280F work great with my Yamaha Aventage. The sound is powerful and clear enough for me. I think they will work for you as well. No complaints here. [ Lucien  Jan 22, 2016 ]
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