|RBH T-2P Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Thursday, 01 July 2004|
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These speakers are seriously large speakers at over five feet and nearly 200 pounds per side. In order to enjoy what these speakers can do best, you need a room that can accommodate physically large speakers in a way where these RBHs can spread out and breathe. With per square foot prices for homes in Southern California’s best neighborhoods peaking above $1,000 per foot, speakers this large are not for everyone and I wouldn’t recommend squeezing them into a space where they really don’t fit. For those who do have the space, you are in for a treat.
In the spirit of the size of the speakers being a potential downside, I must say that my fiancée does feel like the cabinets are so beautiful that they were not objectionable once the speakers were unboxed and set up. Everyone who has seen this RBH system in my home agrees it looks striking.
The T2Ps are best described as an aggressively dynamic speaker. Live music is aggressive, yet some enthusiasts prefer a more relaxing and possibly less realistic presentation. For this, I recommend that you spend some time with the T2Ps before laying down your hard-earned green. If you are like me, I find the hard-pounding dynamics refreshing in a world of over-processed and unnaturally smooth reproduction.
The T2Ps are deserving of a close listen for anyone seeking ultra-performance speakers with nearly unlimited dynamic range without sacrificing the details. The T-2P’s biggest strength was its ability to reproduce everything I could throw at it, at any volume, while maintaining linearity without ever sounding strained or fatigued.
The RBH speakers were extremely detailed, fairly neutral with a slightly forward upper midrange and had great dynamics. Despite the large cabinet size, the T-2Ps were able to reproduce detailed and solidly placed sonic images on par with a great mini-monitor. The main sonic difference between the RBHs and a top pair of mini-monitors is the RBH’s ability to reproduce ultra-large dynamic ranges and to reach down into the lowest octaves, thus adding emotion to your music and movies. Although large, the fact that these speakers incorporate subs into the main speakers is a huge plus, eliminating the need for outboard subs that take up valuable floor space and can be difficult to properly blend with the main loudspeakers.
When discussing the world’s top loudspeakers, brand names like Wilson, Revel, MartinLogan, B&W and JM Labs get mentioned by most savvy enthusiasts. After spending a few months with the RBH T-2Ps, I can easily put them in the same class and might even suggest that they are possibly an even stronger value than some of the more blue chip brands mentioned above. The T-2Ps exceeded my expectations with respect to musical dynamics with the detail and imaging capabilities allowing them to accurately and solidly place sonic elements throughout a broad, deep soundstage.