The receiver is selling for $550 @ Amazon and newegg right now. MSRP is $1,100.
2x RF-82 II -> $600 ea = $1,200
RC-62 II -> $550
2x RS-52 II -> $425 ea = $850
SW-310 -> Free $500 sub /w Ref surround system purchase (Klipsch offer)
Total speaker cost (MSRP) = $2,600
This deal is $2,621. So basically you're paying list price for the 5.1 speakers and getting both a great receiver and a sub for free.
The Klipsch Reference line is the top speaker line just next to their flagship Palladium line (outside of their Heritage and THX Ultra 2 products). The Reference line completely blows the cheap ICON line sold thru BestBuy away if this is where you've listened about Klipsch). Klipsch sound signature is unique due to their horn loaded design. They are the best for home theater use. For musical reproduction, It's a love it or hate it type deal. Some people don't like it as much due to their brightness fatigue. However, the Reference V gen (Mk II) has gotten some trickle-down technology from the Palladium line (Linear Travel Suspension) that is supposed to help alleviate the fatigue. I would recommend you to have an audition before making your investment.
That Pioneer receiver is golden. It can stand on its own as a top shelf pre/pro.....just add a nice amp with some big balls and make those Klipsch's shine. Worst thing you can do to a nice set of speakers is not give them enough juice (clean juice at that).
Any standard speaker wire. I don't know if this will come with some, but binding post to binding post is all you need to get the speakers wired up. When just use the radio tuner (antenna, or speaker wire as an antenna), or other input. For the sub, of course that needs the RCA cable to connect it to the LFE output on the receiver.
For the most part speaker wire is speaker wire. Any 16-18 gauge is plenty large enough, and even simple paired up wires of network (CAT5/6) cable is plenty.
The list prices are extremely high as well though.
You can get the 82 II's for $950-$1k total, the RC-62 for $400, the RS-52's for $625 total...so its not exactly a free sub and receiver.
Do these prices include free shipping and no tax. It is very difficult to decipher is this a decent deal. If you like Klipsch speakers and this is for home theater is it worth it? I understand the argument about the sub and the receiver. If you were to sell the receiver and sub for 1k would 1621.00 be a good price for the speakers alone?
I just wanted to say that I bought this system during this sale, and I have been extremely impressed with the build quality, craftsmanship, and audio quality of these speakers, coupled with the pioneer SC-1222-K receiver. The receiver is great too. A little hard to figure out, but that is because of an abundance of settings. At first I was going to buy a Bose home theater system from Costco that was already 1000.00 after tax, but it came with such small lightweight speakers, it felt like a joke.
Then I encountered this post. I didn't buy this package based on other peoples comments, or based on the price. I bought it because of my own experiences with Klipsch. My first home theater had Klipsch Synergy Quintet III, and they were small, but very heavy speakers and sounded amazing . I bought it also because my favorite night club in Universal Orlando (Bob Marleys) use Klipsch speakers, and the reggae and bass is always so pure. In fact, the whole Universal Studios uses Klipsch speakers everywhere.
They arrived via UPS, 7 boxes. Well packed. I got my speaker wire from Mono price. In wall 12 gauge wire. After I set everything up, I tested a few scenes from scenes from The Dark Knight Rises. WOW.. it hits so hard my neighbor told me he can hear the speakers and sub rumble. And I live in a single family brick home with homes a minimum of 24' apart.
I want to mention at very lower volumes, like playing classical music while I'm coding, the sound is still great, although some picky audiophile might claim that cheaper systems will put out similar sound. While this may be true at lower volume, crank this bad boy up, and its a different story. It seems these speakers are meant to be cranked up all the time.
The horn on the speakers really bring out those voices and noises I never knew were there. Overall, its the best $$$$ I've spent for an audio system that should last me for a lifetime.
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