Klipsch KF-28 Icon Dual 8-Inch 2-Way Floorstanding Speaker (Black Ash)
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- Fills medium to large rooms with powerful, lifelike performances
- Highly efficient design produces more output using less energy
- Plays louder with less distortion than the competition
- Enhanced 1" aluminum tweeter, dual 8" high-output woofers
- Dimensions: 43.25" H x 9.5" W x 16" D
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Exuding sheer sophistication and power, the KF-28 is the largest high-performance option in the newly enhanced Klipsch Icon Series. Tall and sleek, this floor standing speaker handles movies and music with ease and creates authentic listening experiences each time over. The KF-28 is complete with our proprietary Tractrix Horn technology which produces a unique combination of precision, clarity and effortless power. Finished in a beautiful black ash wood grain vinyl veneer, the KF-28 boasts a modern elegance ideal for any decor. The Klipsch Icon series has always made a distinct statement for the brand. With the introduction of this enhanced series, listeners will discover re-engineered drivers throughout combined with a new crossover system. Improved cosmetics, including a striking finish, new logos and feet, result in the most modern, high-performance Klipsch Icon speakers to date. Beginning in 1946, company founder, Paul W. Klipsch believed four principles to be the foundation for great sound. Together, these four design principles-high efficiency with low distortion, controlled directivity, flat frequency response, and wide dynamic range-have and always will be the foundation for our stunningly powerful and precise sound. Every Klipsch Icon speaker utilizes our Tractrix Horn technology for lifelike sound, more output using less energy, improved reliability, reduced distortion and a large soundstage with well-defined imaging. Aluminum tweeter assembly allows the high-frequency driver to move back and forth in a seamless motion, creating less distortion and detailed highs.
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When it comes to components, speakers are the single thing that will most govern the overall sound quality of your system. And there is a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo surrounding these speakers. Lots of arcane numbers, mystical wattage ceilings, and so on. Please let me distill this down to the one number you need to know about these speakers:
That's the sensitivity rating of these speakers. In a nutshell, if you have one watt of power running to the speaker (since these are 8 ohm speakers*), you will get a sound level of 98 decibels while sitting one meter away. And that is a pretty darned high number. It rules how much power you need to run through these speakers in order to get a given volume level (and the watts/channel rating on your receiver is how much power *will* be delivered to each speaker). And the reality is you will very rarely need those 100+ watts/channel in your speaker anyway. You use the power if the music you're listening to hits a crescendo and requires more power to deliver the sound, but for average listening you're using 1 or 2 watts total.
So we will take that 98 decibel sensitivity rating and figure that a normal theater is tuned to deliver about 105 dB (and even that is uncomfortably loud, so theaters don't usually play at that level). In order to deliver 3 extra dB through your speakers, you have to double the wattage...so to go from 98dB to 101dB you go from 1 to 2 watts, then to 104dB you go from 2 to 4 watts. The main takeaway here is you can get fantastic response from these speakers WITHOUT needing an uber-powerful amp delivering hundreds of watts per channel. They are THAT good.
That sensitivity rating means, as a previous reviewer noted, that you really can't get any distortion through these speakers. I've tried (I hooked these up to a Denon AVR-E300 at 175 watts/channel) and all I've gotten was a headache from James Hetfield's guitar riffs. I don't NEED those 175 watts/channel for these speakers, and if you are using what you think might be an underpowered amp, using these speakers is a valid choice.
The cabinet is handsome - with the main reason you look at floor speakers is because the cabinet is tuned to minimize fuzz, vibration, and any distortion, it's also nice if the cabinet is well constructed (as this one is). The foot has optional rubber pads which should be used if you're putting this on a non-carpeted surface. On carpet, don't bother...it will make moving these a big pain. Because yes, they are big. And bulky. And heavy. 60 some lbs and taller than my middle child. As the speaker is the size and weight of a small child, I've named the right speaker Pete. The left is named Re-Pete.
Anyway, the sound is fantastic, but again...these are designed to be a PART of a system, not a one-stop-this-is-all-you-need. You are going to get very good high range and great midrange, but if you want an emphasized bass response, well, Klipsch is (reasonably) assuming you're going to have a subwoofer in your system. I will say that many boxed systems tend to overemphasize the bass in order to make up for deficiencies in music compression schemes (eg mp3), so it's nice to have more control over your sound profile. Honestly, with these speakers combined with a good center speaker and a subwoofer, I really don't see the need for rear speakers at all unless you're into the whole soundsurround experience.
Bottom line, these speakers excel at home theater. They excel at delivering a wide range of music genres, from hard rock to jazz to classical, again assuming you have the other appropriate system components. These are built to last, and I bet you'd get 25 years out of them easily. A very good product.
*The speakers have a sensitivity rating of 98 dB at 2.83V. At 8 ohms impedance, 2.83V translates into 1 watt. Please do not mix 4 ohm and 8 ohm speakers on the same amp, otherwise you'll break something.
Wanted to update review, after listening to the total Icon Home Theater package. Awesome! Money well spent.
I've had these speakers, plus the Icon surrounds, and center channel speaker, for several months now, and couldn't be happier. My wife was skeptical at first, gave me that look that said, WTH are you buying these for, the others were just fine, but after listening to one of favorite DVDs, Adele at Royal Albert Hall, and a few of her favorite movies, and TV shows, she's not questioning my purchase now. Well done, Klipsch, well done.
Pumping 125 watts per... they handle it effortlessly!! FYI...A great song to play to test speakers is Billie Jean by MJackson. Clear punchy lows especially in the 1st 25 seconds of the song. Very happy..delighted!!
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