Klipsch RP-280F Floor-standing Speaker Review

4.31 Mixed Usages
4.3 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4 Treble Accuracy:
4.5 Bass Accuracy:
4.3 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.5 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2015(first release) Rating: 4.6 Hybrid Tractrix horn Titanium LTS tweeter Klipsch Reference Premiere Home theater Passive tower speaker

Klipsch RP-280F speaker has excellent imaging and dynamics thanks to hybrid Tractrix horn. Movies, music or TV shows are enjoyable through this speaker. You can use it as party speakers as well. Loudness is good and low-ends are boosted. Whether you are an audiophile or audio enthusiast, this speaker will impress you with its performance.

Passive speaker performance depends on other factors like receiver and speaker wires that you are using. So, make sure to choose a good amp and cables.

Our Verdict

Klipsch RP-280F can play any type of content easily. Movies will come back to life and music sound pretty accurate. Low ends are impressive even without a subwoofer. High ends are well-defined and will not sound too bright. Choose an amp, connect it and you are ready to go.

Setup is easy and straightforward. Use the manual if you need any help for setup and placement. Users often prefer Klipsch over other brands like Polk.

PROS
  • Rich and detailed sound
  • Well-constructed crossover system
  • Durable
  • Room shaking bass
  • Good dynamics

 

CONS
  • Will not fit into tight spaces
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Floor standing speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 3
Tweeter Type Titanium LTS tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.0-inch
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) Dual 8-inch
Woofer Type Cerametallic Cone

SPECS

Power Range Up to 150 watts
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 32-25k Hz
Crossover Frequencies 1750Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: Yes
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Dual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp
Compatible Connector Types banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16-12 gauge

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Precise and impactful bass reproduction;
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Competes favorably, conveying every word and nuance accurately;
Treble Accuracy Captures intricate details and harmonics in the high-frequency range;
Imaging & Soundstage: Creates a wide and spacious audio presentation with precise instrument and vocal placement;
Dynamic Range: Handles soft and loud passages with finesse;
Power Handling: Effortlessly handles power for clean and distortion-free sound at various volume levels;
Frequency Response: Delivers a well-balanced frequency response across the audible spectrum;
Transient Response: Exhibits excellent transient response, capturing fast and dynamic changes in music with precision;

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Walnut and Black;

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 43.125 inches
Width (inches) 10.5 inches
Depth (inches) 16.375 inches
Weight (pounds) 62.5 lbs (28.35 kg)
Recommended Stand Height (inches) N/A

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: Floorstanding loudspeaker, Speaker base, 4 Spike feet,6 Rubber feet, Magnetic grille
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Klipsch RP-280F is a large tower speaker made of MDF. The build quality is good and feels durable. Magnetic grilles are included so you can either show-off or cover them up. It comes with rubber and spike feet. If you have tile or hardwood floor, use the rubber feet. For carpeted floor, use the spikes.

It is recommended to use any one of the given feet with your speaker as they will increase stability and eliminate any vibration. The speaker is designed to minimize reflections and coloration. It is available in different color option so choose one that suits your room décor.

Performance:

The RP-280F is a pair of floorstanding standing speakers that belong to the Klipsch Refernce Premiere series. They are the largest speaker in the series. Hybrid Tractrix horn in the tweeter ensure crystal clear highs. It is responsible of producing broader sweet spot and clearer sound quality. It has balanced and warm mids and produces sound close to the original track.

While listening to music, you will find the speaker can produce each instrumental sound with clarity. It can handle wide range of music genre including jazz, R&B, some heavy metal, classical music, etc. The Tractrix port on the back side of the speaker increases the efficiency of the bass response making them more powerful. Two 8” woofers ensure the low-ends are deeper and packs a punch.

Driver material are chosen very cautiously to enhance the accuracy of the sound. The speaker can get loud and doesn’t over-burden the amplifier. It can be used as party speakers or to build a home theater. You can consider the Reference Premiere line up to deliver ‘premiere’ sound quality. When paired with a subwoofer, the system can shake your room.

Connectivity:

Connect the speaker with an amplifier and then use the amplifier connection ports to pair other sources like TV, turntable, CD player, Blu-ray player, etc.

Use case:

The manufacturer claims it can easy fill up large spaces. So, Klipsch RP-280F is ideal for mid- to large sized spaces that measures 100-400 sq. ft. They are large speakers so make sure your room has enough space for tower speakers and an amplifier. Speaker placement follows the basic rule of other floorstanding speakers.

While using them as front mains, place them 6-15ft apart. Keep a gap of 1 to 1.5 times distance of the speaker gap between speaker and user. Also leave a gap of few inches from the wall. You are free to use them as rear speakers in your home theater system.

Compatible device:

Klipsch RP-280F can be a part of home theater system. Connect center channel speakers (Klipsch RP-440C/RP-450C), surround speakers (Klipsch RP-240S/RP-250S) and subwoofers (Klipsch R-112SW/R-115SW).

Match the specs to choose the right amplifier for the speaker pair. Harman Kardon 3737, Marantz SR7009, Onkyo TXNR646, Denon AVRX2200W, NAD D3020 are some of the suggested amps to use with RP-280F.

Ease of use:

This floorstanding speaker connects to an amp and then you can control it. Usually control options are simple and straightforward.

Cost:

A pair of Klipsch RP-280F is within under $700. The cost is reasonable for floorstanding speaker.

FAQ:

How to create a true home theater with Klipsch RP-280F?

Along with connecting center, rears and subwoofer, for a true home theater experience, we suggest using Dolby Atmos speakers. Create at least a 3.1.2 with center, sub and two Dolby Atmos speakers. Upgrade it to 5.1.2 or 7.1.2 based on your room size and preference.

Can I connect projector with Klipsch RP-280F?

Klipsch RP-280F is a passive speaker and needs an amp to power it. If you want to connect a projector to the RP-280F, make sure amplifier supports the connectivity.

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