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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F

Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)

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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

What's in the Box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker (Cherry)
  • Speaker base
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • Four 1" #6 Wood screws
  • 4 Spike feet
  • 6 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Cherry
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
Subwoofer Amp 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 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?

Key reason was the high sensitivity (98db). Secondary reason was the price break for the older model. Also great speakers! [ Edward  Oct 09, 2018 ]
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 ]
Stupidly low price with the package deal for a great sounding set of speakers. [ Bryce  Aug 06, 2018 ]
I ordered the Klipsch speaker package knowing these items are of high quality. [ JD  Jul 30, 2018 ]
Needed new speakers and liked previous Klipsch products. [ Brian  Jul 28, 2018 ]
Awesome speakers [ Myron  Jul 15, 2018 ]
Good Speakers [ Dhara  Jul 15, 2018 ]
Numerous reviews and the expert advice from Ziggy [ Janice  Jan 23, 2018 ]
Great reviews. Klipsch has excellent speakers for front soundstage. [ Jeff  Dec 29, 2017 ]
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 ]
I currently have Klipsch synergy 5.1, and wanted to upgrade and couldn't resist the price--love Klipsch speakers--superb sound! [ Hugh  May 25, 2018 ]
Mostly for the Klipsch sound. I also need speakers that are efficient. The fact that they'r piano black doesn't hurt. [ Joe  Apr 19, 2018 ]
Depth is the Piano Black matches well to our BDI console. [ Vince  Mar 08, 2018 ]
Love Klipsch speakers [ Miles  Jul 29, 2018 ]
I wanted a medium priced speaker that didn't need a subwoofer. Reviews are great on it. [ Warren  Jul 22, 2018 ]
I've been looking at them for a while, I have smaller Klipsch speakers now and love them. I am now at a time in my life where I can upgrade them to a higher level of audio nirvana. [ JEFF  Jul 21, 2018 ]
Looking to replace my tired and now beat up 15+year old Cerwin Vegas, (kiddos). After extensive research, reviews and price, I had to get them. Plus my wife was on board too! [ JC Rodriguez.  Jul 13, 2018 ]
I'm very happy with my other Klipsch purchases, and these have great reviews, plus they're on sale at Crutchfield, saving me $120! Looking forward to hearing them! [ Mr  May 12, 2018 ]
We have a long history with Klipsch. Our upstairs home theater has Klispchorn speakers installed and they have been uniformly good performers. [ James  Apr 22, 2018 ]
I had the RF-7 setup before. I gave away my system when I moved into an apartment. Now that I am in a house that has room for a theater, I wanted to set it up again. [ Andrew  Apr 10, 2018 ]
Cozmo provided me perfect choices for me to evaluate. It was difficult to decide between Klipsch and Definitive Technology. In the end I decided to go with Klipsch with a separate subwoofer. I will be back for the subwoofer very soon. [ charles  Mar 11, 2018 ]
Chose this item after speaking with Brooke, buyer reviews and research. [ Anthony  Mar 08, 2018 ]
Sound and form! [ Kevin  Feb 28, 2018 ]
Bad boys... I'm ready to rock the house... [ Scott  Feb 25, 2018 ]
Price - finish is irrelevant [ Colin  Feb 14, 2018 ]
Klipsch quality, high spec standards, good looks and 5 star reviews [ Donald  Dec 30, 2017 ]
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 ]

15 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 ]
These speakers are fantastic. The sound is outstanding. . [ Jerry  May 14, 2018 ]
8 ohms [ ROBERT  May 14, 2018 ]
As far as I know they are 8 Ohms, you can go to the Klipsch website, they have a complete breakdown of the 280F. I was wondering if you were asking about the ohms because you are bi-amping. Excellent speaker. [ Maximo  May 14, 2018 ]
8 ohm [ Ryan  May 14, 2018 ]
Absolutely !!!!! You will no be disappointed excellent sound. [ Maximo  Feb 09, 2018 ]
I'm very pleased with the RF-280 Klipsch speakers....however, I an not familiar with the RF-52ii and cannot offer an opinion on your question [ Robert  Feb 09, 2018 ]
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 ]
Bi-amp refers to using two different power sources or amplifiers to drive either each speaker or just the bass or treble sections. Traditionally you would use to separate stereo amplifiers to drive your speakers usually one per speaker. On the Klipsch speakers you can separate the terminals by removing the link and drive the high separate from the low. Some multi-channel receivers allow you to do this as well. [ Joe  May 02, 2018 ]
I have a Marantz and it works Great with my Klipsch [ Gary  Jul 09, 2018 ]
I think that any decent receiver would work with a pair of these speakers. I currently am using a Yamaha RX-V795a and they sound really nice.I have been wanting to upgrade to a more current receiver and thinking about a Denon or Marantz unit. [ JEFF  Jul 09, 2018 ]
David: I'm no expert. I can only tell you what I got; the Marantz SR7011 AV Receiver, which I am extremely happy with. For what you're getting, it's also a really good buy. Hope that helps. [ Timothy  Jul 08, 2018 ]
I went with a Denon AVR-X1300W because they were running an awesome deal on it at the time. I currently only have the towers and it powers them nicely but plan on upgrading when I expand my system. OnkyoTX-RZ820 looks to be a pretty good bang for the buck right now. [ MATTHEW  Jul 08, 2018 ]
There are alot of good receivers out there but I have the onkyo tx 920 rz and these speakers sound great! [ Michael  Jul 08, 2018 ]
Depends on your application. If this is for hometheater, then a Yamaha 7.1 if you're just doing a stereo listen, Peachtree or Anthem [ Colin  Jul 08, 2018 ]
I have them with a Yamaha RX-V383 and i'm happy with it. [ Dexter  Jul 08, 2018 ]
Demon x3400h 7.2 channel. [ Peter  Jul 08, 2018 ]
I didn't get a new receiver when I got the Klipsch speakers. The receiver I already had, Onkyo TX-NR555, seems fine with these speakers. [ JOHN C  Jul 08, 2018 ]
I currently have them connected to a Yamaha RX-V795a on channel A and they sound great alone or with some Klipsch surround speakers on the B channel. [ JEFF  Jul 09, 2018 ]
Sorry Matt. I never tried them on there own. Right now I have them set up with 2 bookshelf (connected as surround sound) speakers and 1 center speaker (new). I'm very happy with this setup. At some point I will add some subwoofers to "round" out the system. [ Timothy  Feb 28, 2018 ]
I almost didnt add back in my 8" sub. They are clean, tight, punchy bass that still shake the house. Sub just rounded out the floor frequencies. If you look at the RF-7 & 280's, there isnt much difference in the floor frequency, so I would think even those would need a sub! [ Colin  Feb 27, 2018 ]
For the money, they are an excellent value and perform well. Big, clean sound, stronger, deeper bass than you might think, especially when you set them out from the wall as recommended. The bass does lack the powerful tight punch of a larger speaker/cabinet (like the Heresy or Cornwall), so the addition of a subwoofer is a good option but not essential for music playback. My main criticism of this speaker is the overly bright higher frequencies -- the tweeter is amazing, especially at mid to low volume, but actually does its job too well and I often have to cut the treble at louder volumes to avoid the harsh bite of a soprano voice or high guitar note. They will distort if you drive them at very loud volume with a lot of bass boost. I drive them with an 80 watt Yamaha receiver and +12 volume with slight bass boost is about as loud as the speaker can handle cleanly, but rest assured at that level the sound is big -- I can't stand directly in front of them that loud. One thing I love about this speaker is the sound is gorgeous when playing acoustic instruments, piano, etc at mid-volume, the fidelity and presence are superb. Bottom line, if you want Klipsch but can't afford the top end, this is your speaker. Lots of band for the bucks. [ Michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
I love mine! Hooked to a H-K receiver with 75w RMS per channel, high current. Very clear highs from low to very high volume levels. Bass is okay at lower volume, but very impressive as you raise the level. They are also beautiful speakers to look at, with or without the front cover. [ Richard L.  Feb 27, 2018 ]
I've never used them that way, they are part of a 7.2 home theater system. The do sound great in that configuration. They replaced 4 JBL towers and two Bose 301's. They are way more efficient. [ Michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
I use mine for both TV and music. I am very pleased with these speakers and do not intend to add additional speakers for my use. [ William  Feb 27, 2018 ]
Beautifully is all I can say [ Michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
They work very well in a two channel configuration I have mine bi-amped in a 600 sqft room and they have a very balanced bass and midrange that give you a much bigger sound stage and environmental feel. I do plan on pairing these with the swr15 two of them for more low end punch but they absolutely don't need a sub to preform flawlessly for moives , music or gaming. I strongly recommend bi-amping them to get the full output and dynamic range these speakers offer [ wfw560  Feb 27, 2018 ]
They are a quality pair that will perform well for most all music. They miss the very deep end that most systems don't catch. They will be crystal clear and vibrant for volumes up to very loud. [ Jesse  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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