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RBH Signature Series 5.1 Loudspeaker System  Print E-mail
Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems
Written by Bryan Southard   
Saturday, 01 September 2001
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RBH Signature Series 5.1 Loudspeaker System 
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The Downside
The binding posts on all five of the RBH speakers are among the worst that I have ever seen in a speaker of this price class. The knobs have notches cut out of them, as if to accept a spanner wrench that was never provided. This feature made connection very painful on the fingers. The posts are 5/16ths of an inch in diameter, so most common spade lugs will not work. I had to connect my front and center channels with my Transparent Reference speaker cable, using one leg of the spade through the hole provided for bare wire. This aspect, coupled with the notched knobs, gave me little confidence in the connection. Equally frustrating were the speaker wire knobs on the 12-SE sub, which were too close to even get a finger around them to twist. No doubt this is a feature driven by European CE Mark standards, yet it is sub par for performance for American users.

The side-firing woofer of the 1266-SEs did not present a problem for me, but you would need to decide what direction you want to them to face: inward toward each other or out toward the walls. You will want to play with both, as the speaker’s performance will vary with the side room and wall reflections.

Conclusion
Good-looking speakers with a greater variety of wood coverings than I have ever seen and finishes that are sure to match any room they are placed in make this RBH speaker system an easy recommendation. They are in a rare class, performing like high-end speakers at a mid-price range. They will satisfy the audiophile and casual listener alike. If you are shopping for speakers in this price range, find yourself an RBH retailer. I had heard little about this company before but am not soon to forget, as I purchased the review models for my home.

I think this speaker is more than good enough to grab the interest of those looking for speakers even in the $3,000 to $4,000 class, due to the fact that they do something that many other speakers don’t – reproduce energetic music.
Manufacturer RBH Sound
Model Signature Series 5.1 Loudspeaker System
Reviewer Bryan Southard





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