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Klipsch RB-81 Reference II Two-Way Bookshelf Speaker- Cherry $249 (Each) Black (Each) $279 Amazon Prime Free Shipping

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Discontinued top bookshelf speaker in Reference Series line. 8" woofer and horn.

Fills larger rooms with lifelike music and movie performances
Highly efficient design produces more output using less energy
Accurate, non-fatiguing sound
Plays louder with less distortion than the competition
Dynamic 1" titanium Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter, 8" high-output Cerametallic woofer

Cherry version at Amazon [amazon.com]

These are hard to find anymore. Were $399 each previously.

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$249 a set at PC Richard and Son
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$249 a set at PC Richard and Son
really? I don't see it on their website
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Quote from norcalricky View Post :
$249 a set at PC Richard and Son
Not the same speaker... Link [pcrichard.com]
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Those are some monster bookshelf speakers! 8" woofer FTW
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Would these be good for music only? I need to replace my home stereo that is only used for music (have a different setup for my TV).

Would it benefit these speakers to get a sub with them?

What receiver would go well with them?
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Don't have space for a full tower, i'm thinking of buying 3 or 5 of these and a sub to do 3.1 or 5.1. What do people think about using this for such?
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i had klipsch rp160m which are 6" drivers and they were very good. I bet these sound even better, a big woofer at 1400hz means the woofer is playing exactly what it should play and no higher. Other manufacturers have 6.5" bookshelf speakers playing up to 3000hz when the woofer is beaming like crazy at that frequency and the power response will be all over the place...

The only reason i got rid of the rp160m was because they were a little big for my bedroom desk and i went for something smaller. If you are putting these klipsch in a living room they will be bad. ass. for music or movies. My rp160m were not shrill at all, i find conventional dome tweeters a lot more shrill at high volumes when they have a lot of distortion. The best part about this klipsch is the 97db sensitivity, this means you can crank it up and it wont break a sweat. I have dynaudio dm2/6 and i really feel like theyre wheezing when i crank them up compared to my klipsch
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I got these [amazon.com] for backs, any comparison between Klipsch and ELACs?

ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Bookshelf Speaker with Blemished Concentric Driver (Black, Pair)
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I got these [amazon.com] for backs, any comparison between Klipsch and ELACs?

ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Bookshelf Speaker with Blemished Concentric Driver (Black, Pair)
The klipsch is like twice as big as these. No replacement for displacement really, the elac will be good but any small bookshelf speaker will be a little strained in rooms as little as 15'x15', while the klipsch will sound pretty much effortless in any bigger room

most people will be happy with either, and its nice to have really small bookshelf speakers sometimes. the klipsch will look a little huge even next to big TVs
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Quote from Gotchaforce View Post :
The klipsch is like twice as big as these. No replacement for displacement really, the elac will be good but any small bookshelf speaker will be a little strained in rooms as little as 15'x15', while the klipsch will sound pretty much effortless in any bigger room

most people will be happy with either, and its nice to have really small bookshelf speakers sometimes. the klipsch will look a little huge even next to big TVs
Thanks much.

by the way what is special about price? seems like regular price everywhere?
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Quote from aznsniper911 View Post :
Don't have space for a full tower, i'm thinking of buying 3 or 5 of these and a sub to do 3.1 or 5.1. What do people think about using this for such?
These have strong bass just as they are. I would suggest you try them out before adding a sub. The bass on these goes down to 44hz. Not muddy at all. Also break in time is recommended. They sound good new and then the sound improves.
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Don't have space for a full tower, i'm thinking of buying 3 or 5 of these and a sub to do 3.1 or 5.1. What do people think about using this for such?
Keep in mind these things are huge. 20" tall and 30lbs a piece. You'll probably need decent stands which means they'll take up the same amount of space as a tower anyway.
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Last edited by sirdan357 July 1, 2016 at 12:35 PM
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Would love to try these out, but don't have a great need for them!

Still love my Energy RC-10s for the bedroom, running off a Lepai T amp... I am curious how these speakers would be driven off the T amp - their specs state they are amazingly sensitive! Which is impressive, I'd imagine an 8" driver would require a good amount of power to drive.

http://images.klipsch.com/RB81IIc...170000.pdf
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I've been using an older version of these (RB-35) for 10 years. They're amazing.
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