Klipsch RF-52 Main / Stereo Speakers Reviews
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Klipsch RF-52 Main / Stereo Speakers

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Darn good, totally worth it....

Mar 16, 2008
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Pros:Precise, efficient and great presence.

Cons:none really, it's a personal taste thing.

The Bottom Line: They have a great sound, spatial quality and efficiency offered only by Klipsch. Spend the few ($300) extra bucks, get the center channel, it's worth it.


As a 20+ year owner of Klipsch Heritage series products, I figured I would try something new, so I purchased a pair of RF-52's and the RC-52 center channel. For a total of around $900 ($300 for the RC-52 center channel, $600 a pair for the RF-52's), they are not inexpensive, but they are a high quality, high output system. I do multimedia systems for a living, so at home, I am a bit fussy.

At first I was not 100% happy with them, however my girlfriend was instantly enamored with them. She immediately adopted them for the living room, a 20 x 25 carpeted room. She powers the whole thing with a Yamaha RX-V3661 ($150) receiver, relatively inexpensive and yet more than adequately powers the system.

The RF-52's have a precise, detailed sound without being strident, even at high volume levels, when beside (RF-52's) and on top (RC-52) of her large television, they really make quite an impressive sound stage. As an added bonus they look really good with grille covers off as well as on. The tractrix horns and copper woofers look really cool.

Once one acknowledges that all speakers have a personality or "Sonic Signature", it's a matter of more than just specifications. On paper the RF-52's specs are impressive, in conjunction with the RC-52 center channel, they make for a downright formidable sound system.

At 96 db 1 watt/1 meter, they are very efficient, have good frequency response range (34 hz to 23 Khz), great dynamic range and a darn good bass line. These speakers are at home with everything from "Ever After" to "Live Free or Die Hard", from "Memo from Turner" to Metallica.

These speakers are great for both HT and musical applications. Honestly, this is a speaker system, as such I can't overemphasize the purchase of the matching center channel (RC-52). The purchase of the matching center really completes this system.

The real test comes when I close my eyes and try to place instruments, when a cool breeze lifts me away and into that state where the sound just floats me, and the RF/RC-52 series passes this test.

My GF uses them for everything from "chick flicks" to MTV to rap to metal and she loves them. Me, I'm a Heritage series guy, but my better half heard this system for about 5 minutes before she fell in love with them. She has been listening to Klipsch products for a long time, the RF/RC-52 series really impressed her.

Me, I think they are far better than most speaker systems, they are more listenable than many other brand name systems, with great spatial orientation, fantastic dynamic range and smooth tonal quality. At $600 for the RF-52's and $300 for the RC-52 you will get many years out of this wonderful system.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 900.00


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