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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

The $1098.00 per pair (MSRP) RF-82 utilizes a 1-inch titanium tweeter with a ceramic motor structure (as opposed to the neodymium structure used in the RF-52), mated to a 90 by 60 degree square Tractrix Horn, the latest generation of its famous horn loudspeaker technology. Klipsch believes in using the least amount of amplifier power as possible when driving a loudspeaker, in that it minimizes amplifier effort and, therefore, distortion. Analogous to the cheerleader’s bullhorn effect, Klipsch attaches a horn to the front of a driver to mechanically amplify its output. While this type of design has certainly fueled more than one argument over the years, it offers a few unequivocal advantages. Klipsch speakers play loud and clear with very little power, and offer sensational dynamic peaks and crispness. According to the company, Tractrix refines the shape of the horn to improve smoothness and detail. Horn manufacturers have had to refine their basic design in order to reduce the honkiness typically associated with horns, along with directionality and lack of dispersion. The tweeter crosses over at 2kHz to two 8-inch copper-colored woofers composed of Klipsch’s Cerametallic material (anodized aluminum with a ceramic-like coating) which exhibits a very high stiffness-to-mass ratio and superb damping characteristics, according to the company. The RF-82 employs two wide rear-firing ports, which fit nicely into the cabinet with plastic fittings. The RF-82 provides dual sets of high-end, five-way gold-plated binding posts for bi-wiring/bi-amping, plastic-coated and mounted on a plastic fitting inset beautifully into the cabinet. As with the other models in this series, Klipsch did an excellent job with the rear panel. The RF-82 employs good looking claw-style feet that protrude from the sides of the cabinet, and the company includes spikes for easy coupling to the floor. The RF-82 has a Black Woodgrain Vinyl finish, and offers magnetically-attached grills which make removal easy for those that like the slightly aggressive look of the copper woofer, driver arrangement, plastic baffle and set screws. Measuring 43.6 inches high by 9.5 inches wide by 16.25 inches deep and weighing in at a very heavy 66 pounds, the RF-82 can certainly be classified as big. They’re not very slim and not really short, either, so anyone looking for low profile should probably look elsewhere. Overall, the RF-82 provides a very good level of fit and finish, with the baffle’s smooth plastic complemented nicely by the woodgrain vinyl, and the cooper woofers providing an interesting, aggressive look.Additional Resources
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

The subwoofer Klipsch sent along was their brand new SW-311. This cute little sub is a just over 13″ on a side. The active driver is a smallish 10″ woven fiberglass driver mated to a pair of 10″ passive radiators. I know you are probably thinking that they’ve got to be kidding using this tiny little sub to complement speakers that have an efficiency rating of up to 98db. Right? That’s what I thought. But let me tell you, Klipsch markets their subs as “Pound for Pound” and I must agree with them on this claim. The SW-311 is driven by a 1,200 watt BASH amplifier. Plus the active driver is a long-throw design with a well engineered motor structure. So the long and the short of it is that this baby really puts out! It also has an auto calibrate/EQ routine with an included microphone. Klipsch calls this their Adaptive Room Correction II. The ARC II system features 12 active filters.
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

At last year’s CEDIA Expo in Atlanta, Klipsch set up their demo in a room that was more than just a little bit off the beaten path. Undaunted, I was able to find my way there and boy was I glad that I took the extra time to seek them out! The Klipsch Group, Inc. owns a total of four speaker companies – Klipsch, Jamo, Mirage and Energy. Each company had some new products on display.
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

The theme music set the stage right from the opening credits – the sound of the Klipsch Reference speakers was very promising. These Klipsch speakers were seriously dynamic with sparkling highs, excellent transient response and a very nice tonal balance. Dialog was nice and clean too. But there was a mild thickness in the lower mid-bass. The surround speakers really fleshed out the surround bubble. Take the night rain fire fight scene: The sound of the bullets in the air was amazing sounding. Could this be because of the WDST technology in the Klipsch RS-62 surrounds. Meanwhile, explosions had a satisfying weight, even through this little SW-311 sub. All in all, this was a top-notch performance. It was fantasmarific!
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

I just recently purchased a full set of Klipsch speakers from Mike over at acousticsounddesign.com I have the RF-82 fronts, RC62 Center and 4- RS-52 surrounds. I also bought the Denon 3808 AV receiver. I have always been a fan of Klipsch and have owned the Quintets for years. It is amazing how great the reference series sounds. I love the crisp clean sound and they do a great job of filling the gap from mid to sub. The Denon receiver is a pretty awesome piece of equipment also. It has the networking ability and can access internet radio and firmware updates. If anyone is looking at buying a set on Klipsch give Mike a call he made me an awesome deal I couldn’t pass up. $3,378.00 for everything delivered 2-RF82, 1-RC62, 4-RS52 and the Denon 3808. I looked around for a long time and this was by far the best price I could find.
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

In a piece like Track 6 “Sonata I Allegro” with its up-beat key and pedal work, I pictured Kari sitting there working the keys in my minds’ eye. The Klipsch Reference II’s had very accurate timbre reproduction. On Track 11, “Sonata III Vivace” rolled around; I almost completely melted into my chair, submitting to a fantastic performance. This system had an extremely balanced sound from top to bottom, very impressive. It is hard for me to think of a speaker system with a better price to performance ratio than the Klipsch Reference II’s.
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

I was most impressed with a demo of the updated Klipsch Reference II speakers. The fine people from Klipsch had an A/B demo set up to compare the latest version of the Reference II’s to last year’s model. All I can say is that the demo really impressed me. The old speakers sounded good, but when the newer ones were toggled on, I heard a whole new level of detail, openness and a sound that was unrestrained by the cabinets.
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Klipsch Rf 82 Home Theater System

Four Laws of the Klipsch UniverseBeginning in 1946, company founder, Paul W. Klipsch believed four principles to be the foundation for great sound. Together, these four design principles—high efficiency with low distortion, controlled directivity, flat frequency response, and wide dynamic range—have and always will be the foundation for our stunningly powerful and precise sound.
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I like the main theme of Megamind – evil must exist to give rise to good. It’s a classic yin yang tale. The movie also toys with the concept of, “Once you have it all, what’s left?” This modern animated film has good special effects and all that, but what I love about Megamind is the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. There is so much fun music in this movie – AC/DC, Olivia Newton-John, Ozzy Osborne, George Thorogood, Michael Jackson . . . you get the idea. And I thought the Klipsch Reference II system had such nice layering in this music. I also liked the transparency on voices that I heard on this system. The bass from the small form factor of the SW-311 subwoofer was more than acceptable. The closing song in the finale was Michael Jackson’s I’m Bad. This song had an awesome surround bubble.
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The engineers at Klipsch have really outdone themselves with the RF 82 II system. These speakers are clean, dynamic and very efficient. The efficiency means that they can be driven by a moderately-sized receiver. Still, the RF 82 II system has enough detail resolution to let you experience the benefits of moving up to quality separates as well.
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In the RF-82 II’s, the tweeter handles the frequencies over an extended range from 1,400 Hz to 24,000 Hz. (The crossover is 1,500 Hz in the smaller speakers of this surround system.) The driver is a 1″ titanium compression driver with a linear suspension. Klipsch says that this tweeter is a “trickle-down” design courtesy of their flagship Palladium speakers. The driver is mounted in a 90° x 60° square Tractrix® horn. The horn itself is molded plastic that seamlessly transitions to the plastic baffle cover. It has a clean look.
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Our founder, Paul W. Klipsch, was an engineer, inventor, madman and certified genius. He spent his life trying to bring the world better sound. Since 1946, we have carried on our founder’s passion for delivering the best home audio experience possible.
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The Great American Speaker CompanyOur founder, Paul W. Klipsch, was an engineer, inventor, madman and certified genius. He spent his life trying to bring the world better sound. Since 1946, we have carried on our founder’s passion for delivering the best home audio experience possible. You’re not buying a speaker – you’re buying a piece of American audio history built on more than 70 years of badass acoustic technology.