This is going to be a relatively short and sweet review. The Klipsch Reference are some of the best speakers I have heard, in a long time (in their price range). If you have the money... and even if you don't. BUY THEM!
There. I'm done.
What? Oh, O.K... I'll explain.
A month ago my balcony was filled with boxes from Klipsch. After a long day at work there is nothing better than to come home and hear "You've got a bunch of boxes on the balcony!" from the spousal unit. Try it sometime. It will make your week, I promise (next stadium-sized big horn system goes to Dwayne --ed).
After wrestling the speakers from their boxes I lugged them down to the Home Theatre. I decided the only way to really test this system was to totally remove my Martin Logan surround system and install the Klipsch in their place. A good two hours later came the calibration and toeing-in the speakers.
My all too familiar Pat Benatar song ripped through the RP-3 as I scrambled for the remote. I needed to decrease the treble immediately. Horns tend to be a little on the bright
side so I wasn't too surprised by this. After the treble decrease we were set to go.
Tossed in the Fifth Element (you all know which scene) and was immediately impressed by the Bass!
These babies have BASS!! Put it through my worst bass test
which is Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak (Wea/Warner Brothers B000002L5R) . Go to track 3,
"Gravity's Angel". Crank it up! If your subwoofer can handle this
tune you have a good sub. The RP-3's handled all but the lowest frequencies.
In 2-channel stereo or surround sound mode the Klipsch Reference RP-3, RC-3 and RS-3's delivered clear mids, highs, and solid bass. The sound was flat and like the fit and finish, solid. Oh the finish? They are knuckle bruising, solid black finished. Built like a brick wall speakers. They also sport the very cool gold woofers!! I have only seen that on the B & W speakers until now. Makes 'em look like golden bullets. Very cool.
Sound? They are very neutral in sound and delivery. No matter what the source you get flat. The RC-3 Center channel delivered clean, clear dialogue and did a good job on the music selections in Party Mode (Surround sound music mode). The RS-3 surrounds did a fantastic job of creating the "you are there" effect during the AC-3 workout we gave them. The sound traveled cleanly from center, front, surround and back. There is something to be said for Timbre matched speakers from the same manufacturer. You do run a better chance of having a well-balanced surround sound system, I think.
I promised to keep this short, we will skip to the summary. The Klipsch Reference Series speakers are a terrific buy. At about $2400 suggested retail for the complete set you would be hard pressed to find a better sounding surround sound system for this price in my opinion.
Would I buy a set? Absolutely (he bought the review samples. 'nuff said --ed).
During the end of my review period the wife asked "When are you going to put the Martin Logans back up?" Hmm... interesting. I was not in a great rush to do so. Do not get me wrong. I still think the ML's rock. I do like them better than the Klipsch (they also cost twice as much) but I do think the Klipsch Reference RP-3, RC-3 and RS-3 deserve a place in my house.
Hmm... well... we ARE trying to buy a larger house. And I still don't have a surround sound system for the family room,
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