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on November 14, 2009
I have already returned these speakers and put my (more than 10 years old) KEFs back into the system.
I don't know why I ever thought I could improve on the sound of my KEF RDM 2s for less than a thousand dollars per speaker (these KEFs are just bigger than a breadbox, and were $1200 for the pair).
I think I just wanted the bass.
Unfortunately with these Klipsch synergy floorstanders, bass is pretty much all you get. The liquid midrange, bread and butter for expensive speakers, is simply gone. I'm driving these with a bone stock Marantz 8002--if you are familiar with front end technology you'll know that to improve on the sound of the Marantz and still get its surround features you have to spend literally thousands more.
CD player is an Ah! Njoe Tjoeb, once again chosen for its magical midrange properties. The Dutch engineers at Ah! start with a very nice Marantz CD player, chosen for its rock-solid transport mechanism. They pull the guts out of this and replace them with their own electronics, including a full tube driven output stage, a tube-driven clock, heavily upgaded op-amps, and many other very serious audiophile tweaks. When they're done, they've taken a $400 CD player and pushed the cost over a thousand bucks--and worth every penny. You never heard your old CDs sound this good. I have some SACD music that doesn't sound better than a well recorded CD from the 1980s on this thing.
If you have a bunch of CDs, get a good CD player. You'll be glad you did.
As for these speakers, Paul Klipsch would roll over in his grave if he heard the speakers they're slapping his name on these days.
Do yourself a favor. If you're in the market for a $900 pair of speakers, go into the used market and get yourself a pair of KEF Reference 2's or something else on that level. Don't waste your time on this KMart crap.