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Willis B.

Willis B.

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Most Favorable Review
Klipsch WF-35 Icon-W Series Espresso Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Klipsch WF-35 Icon-W Series Espresso Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Pros: This is a beautifully made speaker that has a crisp clean sound. It will play at very loud levels with a modestly powered amplifier.

Cons: Compared with other recently purchased tower speakers, it seems slightly deficient in the mid-bass or lower mid-range.

Overall Review: I've had stereo systems all of my life but until a little over a year ago had not replaced the equipment I had been using for years. After discovering the newegg website, I purchased a large number of speakers to essentially replace everything I had in various rooms of my house. Among the speakers I bought were these Klipsch speakers, the MartinLogan 12s, and the Polk Monitor 70s. I've listened to all of them and had a chance to do some close comparisons. My overall judgment is that each of these speakers sounds very nice, is a very good value at newegg prices, and would likely satisfy most folks. For overall best value, the Polks have it. They are very natural sounding and well balanced with very good full range performance. Compared to the other two, the cabinetry is less impressive (although still fine by my standards) and they are the biggest and heaviest and least efficient. The MartinLogans also perform extremely well and have a bit more of an open sound thanks perhaps to the tweeter that's used. In very close A/B comparisons with the Polks, there were times when I thought the Polks slightly more natural sounding on certain instruments and voices, but at other times I liked the MartinLogans more. I also closely compared the MLs with the Klipschs. It was then that I noticed something missing in the upper bass in the Klipschs. However, the high end of the Klipschs is strong and impressive, and when I want to listen to music at extremely loud levels I go with the Klipschs because I know I can get to those levels without pushing my amplifier (HK 3490) too hard or risking clipping that could harm the speakers. I also use a subwoofer with the MLs and Klipschs, although I don't think it adds much. I am happy I have all of these speakers and am using all of them (although I have two of the three set up in the same room and go back and forth depending on my mood). I bought all of them based on online recommendations and based on the overall reputations of the manufacturers. I know many audiophiles would never take that approach, wanting to hear what they purchase first. However, if I had had the chance to make all of my purchases all over again after hearing all of the speakers, I'm not sure I would have changed my decisions. On the other hand, if I were forced to pick two of the three speakers, I very likely would have chosen the Polks and MLs and been satisfied (yet maybe wondering now and again how nice it would be to have the Klipschs, too.)

12/27/2012
Polk Audio RTi12 Tower speaker Single (Black)
Polk Audio RTi12 Tower speaker Single (Black)

Pros: This is a very fine speaker and extraordinary value at Newegg prices. It produces the highest highs and lowest lows, while providing amazing clarity. The speaker, which is big, also sounds big. This is a speaker for people, willing to pay $500 or $600 for a pair of speakers, who would like to get a level of performance well above what that investment usually provides. The cabinetry is excellent quality. The speaker is slender but massive. It will dominate most rooms. An ordinary stereo receiver will provide sufficient power ( I am driving mine with a 70 watts per channel Yamaha home theater receiver). However, for those who like listening at extremely high volumes or if the room is large and ceilings high, something more powerful probably makes sense.

Cons: As mentioned, it is massive. I carried the speaker into my house alone, but just barely. Better to have two people move, unpack and set it up. You would not want this 85 pound speaker to fall on you or your child or pet, but once upright it is quite stable for something 50 inches tall. Not everyone will like the outrigger feet, but they are essential to keeping the speaker planted. Some damage can occur during shipping (the USPS delivered mine and some plastic parts were cracked), but Polk customer service is very good about getting parts replaced. I would take the risk for this beauty.

Overall Review: If you want an outstanding speaker value and are willing to have something this large in your house, the RTi12 is the ticket. This particular line is on it's way out, which is why the pricing is so attractive. Supplies are probably limited.

11/15/2015

Impressive performance and value

Polk Audio RTi8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker (single)
Polk Audio RTi8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker (single)

Pros: Crisp, highly defined, natural, full range sound from quality speaker components in upscale cabinetry

Cons: Plastic spikes give speakers a somewhat unorthodox appearance, but they look good in real life and do not scratch hard wood floors if reasonable care is taken

Overall Review: Newegg provides some great values in speakers, especially for lines that are being discontinued. The RTi8 is an outstanding example. For a modest price (a hard to believe price when on sale), this speaker provides an extremely high level of performance.