|Klipsch Reference Series 5.1 Theater Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Ed Masterson|
|Sunday, 01 September 2002|
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The high frequencies tended to be a little forward and sometimes a little grainy, which is not uncommon for speakers in this price range employing metal dome tweeters. This tended to make the soundstage a little less focused than that of some comparably-valued speakers that I have heard.
This system could sound a little flat at low volumes, yet it really came alive at higher decibel levels. I think that this package would be better suited for homes with adequate isolation rather than apartment dwellers for that reason.
I found the low bass was also a little less focused than some of the best speakers that I have heard in this price range. This could be due in part by my room’s inability to handle the immense amount of low frequencies that this system provided.
The RF-7s had one feature that I felt was below the caliber of the rest of the speaker materials. As pointed out by Tim Hart in his review of the RF-5 speakers, the plastic feet on the RF-7 mains were disappointing. A powder-coated cast aluminum or zinc foot design would better match the quality of the rest of the speaker.
This Klipsch package brought me loads of musical and movie enjoyment. Their design philosophy has led to a speaker system that does not require huge, expensive power amplifiers to achieve incredible volume and performance. The combination of extended highs and well-defined lows with the ability to play loud enough to squeeze your brain will satisfy everyone from fans of Master of Puppets to aficionados of Mahler. If you are looking to start with a two-channel stereo system, I would strongly recommend the RF-7s and RSW-15 subwoofer. In some elegantly decorated rooms, this package may stand out like a Flyers fan at a Rangers game, although the wood veneer finishes allows the speakers to fit into many living environments. This system can finesse you, but I feel its strength lies in its ability to project music as a live event. This Klipsch system possessed the impact necessary to make you feel a part of the performance. If you like to host large parties, you may find these to be just the ticket. Movie lovers will find this package to be incredibly involving. At higher volumes, I felt a part of the action, more so than with any other speaker package in this price range. If you want to fly an attack helicopter without joining the armed forces, Klipsch can make it happen, but watch the volumes -- your neighbors may start shooting back.