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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:12 am 
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Looking specifically at a pair of the RP-160s...

http://www.klipsch.ca/products/rp-160m-piano-black

https://f072605def1c9a5ef179-a0bc3fbf1884fc0965506ae2b946e1cd.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/product-specsheets/RP-160M-Spec-Sheet.pdf

Attracted to the 6.5" woofer, biwire terminals, and 96 dB efficiency. Always been intrigued by Klipsch but don't have the room or space for a Heresy or Forte.

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Well , if nothing else, it’s a very handsome speaker. :D I have a pair of Rf 52 which I use for my video setup. Quite happy with them .


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I have the RB-61ll's that I am very happy with. The specs from Klipsch don't
look much different but I haven't heard the RP-160's.
I think different tweeters could make a difference.


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http://www.soundvisionreview.com/hi-fi-home-theater/speakers/klipsch-rp-160m-review/
https://www.tharbamar.com/single-post/2016/12/22/Klipsch-RP-160M-Speaker-Review

Klipsch RP-160M received great review by the test team of the Scandinavian "Lyd & Bilde" (Sound & Picture) magazine. They say it's bass performance punches so you can feel it in your diaphragm.

They also tested Klipsch RP-280F as well as Klipsch RF-7 III with great results. Klipsch RF-7 III have earned the nickname 'fire-breathing monsters' https://hifipig.com/klipsch-rf-7-iii-launched-in-the-uk/

https://www.avsforum.com/klipsch-rp-280f-tower-speakers-official-avs-forum-review/
https://hometheaterreview.com/klipsch-rp-280fa-tower-speaker-reviewed/
https://www.avsforum.com/review-klipsch-rf-7-iii-floorstanding-speakers-review/

https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=39238

'Stanley00' says there is no need for a 100 watt amp, as the Klipsch RP-160M's bloomed just fine with the modest NAD C316bee http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/klipsch-rp-160m-vs-wharfedale-225.738084/


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I picked up a used pair of RP280-F for less than half price a couple of months ago thinking I would put them in my second system but they're too much fun for that.
Don't be fooled by the efficiency numbers. They really sound good with lots of power. I use 8 watt SE tube amps on my Altec model 19s which are also high sensitivity designs but the Klipsch seem to work best biamped with 120 watts for top and bottom per side from an older Arcam receiver. I moved my subs out of the room - not needed.
These speakers are way more fun than I was expecting. They have almost the same footprint as the smaller models so floor space isn't compromised and both of them together are smaller than one model 19.


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zelgall wrote:
I picked up a used pair of RP280-F for less than half price a couple of months ago thinking I would put them in my second system but they're too much fun for that.
Don't be fooled by the efficiency numbers. They really sound good with lots of power. I use 8 watt SE tube amps on my Altec model 19s which are also high sensitivity designs but the Klipsch seem to work best biamped with 120 watts for top and bottom per side from an older Arcam receiver. I moved my subs out of the room - not needed.
These speakers are way more fun than I was expecting. They have almost the same footprint as the smaller models so floor space isn't compromised and both of them together are smaller than one model 19.


I'm considering half the drivers in those and I have approximately half the power...looking to use these with a Rega integrated


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ruecatinat wrote:
zelgall wrote:
I picked up a used pair of RP280-F for less than half price a couple of months ago thinking I would put them in my second system but they're too much fun for that.
Don't be fooled by the efficiency numbers. They really sound good with lots of power. I use 8 watt SE tube amps on my Altec model 19s which are also high sensitivity designs but the Klipsch seem to work best biamped with 120 watts for top and bottom per side from an older Arcam receiver. I moved my subs out of the room - not needed.
These speakers are way more fun than I was expecting. They have almost the same footprint as the smaller models so floor space isn't compromised and both of them together are smaller than one model 19.


I'm considering half the drivers in those and I have approximately half the power...looking to use these with a Rega integrated

Someone suggested 'Baardur' to mate Klipsch RP-160M with Rega amps https://www.hifisentralen.no/forumet/hi-fi-generelt/82773-har-2-stk-dali-ikon-6-mk2-er-rega-brio-r-integrert-forsterker-et-ok-forsterkervalg-2.html , seems to be a good match


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ELOS wrote:
ruecatinat wrote:
zelgall wrote:
I picked up a used pair of RP280-F for less than half price a couple of months ago thinking I would put them in my second system but they're too much fun for that.
Don't be fooled by the efficiency numbers. They really sound good with lots of power. I use 8 watt SE tube amps on my Altec model 19s which are also high sensitivity designs but the Klipsch seem to work best biamped with 120 watts for top and bottom per side from an older Arcam receiver. I moved my subs out of the room - not needed.
These speakers are way more fun than I was expecting. They have almost the same footprint as the smaller models so floor space isn't compromised and both of them together are smaller than one model 19.


I'm considering half the drivers in those and I have approximately half the power...looking to use these with a Rega integrated

Someone suggested 'Baardur' to mate Klipsch RP-160M with Rega amps https://www.hifisentralen.no/forumet/hi-fi-generelt/82773-har-2-stk-dali-ikon-6-mk2-er-rega-brio-r-integrert-forsterker-et-ok-forsterkervalg-2.html , seems to be a good match


Hi ELOS,

Mine is an older Mira3, probably pretty different from the Brio R in that post - also, I believe they were discussing Dali speakers which are a whole different ball game!


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Hi ELOS,

Mine is an older Mira3, probably pretty different from the Brio R in that post - also, I believe they were discussing Dali speakers which are a whole different ball game!

Yes they were discussing if the mentioned Raga integrated amps would go well with his Dali Ikon 6 MkII speakers, and 'Baardur's plan was to audition Rega amps to his Dali Ikon 6 MkII speakers, but still, he mentioned that someone suggested him to audition Klipsch RP-160M with a Rega Brio R amp. In the end, he didn't mention whether he auditioned the Klipsch RP-160M or not. He ended up buying the Rega Brio R to his Dali Ikon 6 MkII speakers, which he said is a very good match.

'Krishnamurthy' says if you are into hard pounding bass and loud sound, Klipsch is the way to go. If your taste is more gentle and melodic, Dali is your route. https://www.hifivision.com/threads/what-would-u-recommend-dali-vs-klipsch.60283/

One of the reviewers prefer Klispsch RP-160M's horn treble performance over those with metal domes.

However, 'JFFrederickF' said >>When listening to music, if it was a fantastically recorded work with a lot of detail and nuance, the RPs performed great. For example acoustic and vocal music, jazz, some R&B, etc. By that same token, if it was a poorly mixed recording, the RPs were too revealing. It would bring me out of the listening experience. And pop and hard rock at high volumes did not sound great through the RPs at all. Too much mid-high screech that was very fatiguing. Bottom line, listening to movie content was good, listening to well-recorded music content at moderate volume was good. Listening to pop and rock music at loud volumes was not good at all.<< https://www.reddit.com/r/audiophile/comments/710nup/the_klipsch_rp_series_do_the_tweeters_seem/


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I hope Klipsch RP-160M don't scare you away, as lots of Klipsch owners find them impressive sounding.

I'm not sure how much Dali Zensor 3 speakers would stack up against Klipsch RP-160M, but here's what WHAT HI*FI's test team said about Dali Zensor 3, >>Dali Zensor 3's fun character, zippy rhythms and bold dynamics are addictive to listen to. They suit the Marantz PM6005's lightfooted, crisp and precise sound brilliantly, and the entire system is hugely entertaining.<< https://www.whathifi.com/marantz/pm6005/review

>>Yes, to put it simply. These Dali Zensor 3's are stonkingly good speakers. They’re engaging and enjoyable enough that we found ourselves going through entire albums at a time, nearly forgetting that we were meant to be testing them. Out of the box, the Zensor 3s don’t sound as tightly controlled as they should be, and the bass gets a little messy. Give them a good long run-in – a weekend will do – and you’re in for a treat. The first thing that strikes you is the scale. The soundstage is wide open, and there’s ample headroom too. For those who like their speakers toed-in: don’t. The Zensor 3s prefer to fire straight ahead, rather than inwards. Sound is nicely dispersed, and the presentation is airy. It’s a balanced sound. There’s a crisp top-end and a sweet midrange. The bass response is stunning for the size of the cabinets: there’s plenty of deep, tight bass that’s rich without ever getting heavy. It’s nearly impossible not to be moved by the Zensor 3s’ take on the Inception soundtrack: the power on hand, combined with that scale, is deeply impressive. It’s an easy listen too, and never tiring. What we really like is the Zensor 3s’ nature. These are upbeat speakers. Music is handled with an infectious enthusiasm. We put it down to the combination of energy and punchy dynamics. Such was their authority and exuberance that we found ourselves rapt with attention. You also get plenty of detail and a high level of clarity. It’s easy to pick out the individual parts of even the most complex tracks. Play Atoms for Peace’s Ingenue and the bizarre percussion in the background is clearly a load of water drops. It’s not overly analytical, however. Disparate elements work together with excellent timing and organisation, and come across as a cohesive whole. It’s an expertly controlled performance with very high rhythmic precision, but in absolute terms. The Zensor 3s have a degree of messiness that, combined with its likeable energy, makes for a performance with panache. It’s just not the very last word on poise and precision. Then again, we were so busy having fun that this never really bothered us. The Dali Zensor 3s are a great success. More than that, they’re a treat. They don’t put a foot wrong, and they’ll occupy you for hours. If you’re after an affordable upgrade, these represent top value for money.<< https://www.whathifi.com/dali/zensor-3/review


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ELOS wrote:
I hope Klipsch RP-160M don't scare you away, as lots of Klipsch owners find them impressive sounding.

I'm not sure how much Dali Zensor 3 speakers would stack up against Klipsch RP-160M, but here's what WHAT HI*FI's test team said about Dali Zensor 3, >>Dali Zensor 3's fun character, zippy rhythms and bold dynamics are addictive to listen to. They suit the Marantz PM6005's lightfooted, crisp and precise sound brilliantly, and the entire system is hugely entertaining.<< https://www.whathifi.com/marantz/pm6005/review

>>Yes, to put it simply. These Dali Zensor 3's are stonkingly good speakers. They’re engaging and enjoyable enough that we found ourselves going through entire albums at a time, nearly forgetting that we were meant to be testing them. Out of the box, the Zensor 3s don’t sound as tightly controlled as they should be, and the bass gets a little messy. Give them a good long run-in – a weekend will do – and you’re in for a treat. The first thing that strikes you is the scale. The soundstage is wide open, and there’s ample headroom too. For those who like their speakers toed-in: don’t. The Zensor 3s prefer to fire straight ahead, rather than inwards. Sound is nicely dispersed, and the presentation is airy. It’s a balanced sound. There’s a crisp top-end and a sweet midrange. The bass response is stunning for the size of the cabinets: there’s plenty of deep, tight bass that’s rich without ever getting heavy. It’s nearly impossible not to be moved by the Zensor 3s’ take on the Inception soundtrack: the power on hand, combined with that scale, is deeply impressive. It’s an easy listen too, and never tiring. What we really like is the Zensor 3s’ nature. These are upbeat speakers. Music is handled with an infectious enthusiasm. We put it down to the combination of energy and punchy dynamics. Such was their authority and exuberance that we found ourselves rapt with attention. You also get plenty of detail and a high level of clarity. It’s easy to pick out the individual parts of even the most complex tracks. Play Atoms for Peace’s Ingenue and the bizarre percussion in the background is clearly a load of water drops. It’s not overly analytical, however. Disparate elements work together with excellent timing and organisation, and come across as a cohesive whole. It’s an expertly controlled performance with very high rhythmic precision, but in absolute terms. The Zensor 3s have a degree of messiness that, combined with its likeable energy, makes for a performance with panache. It’s just not the very last word on poise and precision. Then again, we were so busy having fun that this never really bothered us. The Dali Zensor 3s are a great success. More than that, they’re a treat. They don’t put a foot wrong, and they’ll occupy you for hours. If you’re after an affordable upgrade, these represent top value for money.<< https://www.whathifi.com/dali/zensor-3/review


Ideally I'd love a pair of the Zensor 3, I even recommended them to friends but I have a biwire speaker cable I'm quite partial to and have invested in...


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ruecatinat wrote:
ELOS wrote:
I hope Klipsch RP-160M don't scare you away, as lots of Klipsch owners find them impressive sounding.

I'm not sure how much Dali Zensor 3 speakers would stack up against Klipsch RP-160M, but here's what WHAT HI*FI's test team said about Dali Zensor 3, >>Dali Zensor 3's fun character, zippy rhythms and bold dynamics are addictive to listen to. They suit the Marantz PM6005's lightfooted, crisp and precise sound brilliantly, and the entire system is hugely entertaining.<< https://www.whathifi.com/marantz/pm6005/review

>>Yes, to put it simply. These Dali Zensor 3's are stonkingly good speakers. They’re engaging and enjoyable enough that we found ourselves going through entire albums at a time, nearly forgetting that we were meant to be testing them. Out of the box, the Zensor 3s don’t sound as tightly controlled as they should be, and the bass gets a little messy. Give them a good long run-in – a weekend will do – and you’re in for a treat. The first thing that strikes you is the scale. The soundstage is wide open, and there’s ample headroom too. For those who like their speakers toed-in: don’t. The Zensor 3s prefer to fire straight ahead, rather than inwards. Sound is nicely dispersed, and the presentation is airy. It’s a balanced sound. There’s a crisp top-end and a sweet midrange. The bass response is stunning for the size of the cabinets: there’s plenty of deep, tight bass that’s rich without ever getting heavy. It’s nearly impossible not to be moved by the Zensor 3s’ take on the Inception soundtrack: the power on hand, combined with that scale, is deeply impressive. It’s an easy listen too, and never tiring. What we really like is the Zensor 3s’ nature. These are upbeat speakers. Music is handled with an infectious enthusiasm. We put it down to the combination of energy and punchy dynamics. Such was their authority and exuberance that we found ourselves rapt with attention. You also get plenty of detail and a high level of clarity. It’s easy to pick out the individual parts of even the most complex tracks. Play Atoms for Peace’s Ingenue and the bizarre percussion in the background is clearly a load of water drops. It’s not overly analytical, however. Disparate elements work together with excellent timing and organisation, and come across as a cohesive whole. It’s an expertly controlled performance with very high rhythmic precision, but in absolute terms. The Zensor 3s have a degree of messiness that, combined with its likeable energy, makes for a performance with panache. It’s just not the very last word on poise and precision. Then again, we were so busy having fun that this never really bothered us. The Dali Zensor 3s are a great success. More than that, they’re a treat. They don’t put a foot wrong, and they’ll occupy you for hours. If you’re after an affordable upgrade, these represent top value for money.<< https://www.whathifi.com/dali/zensor-3/review


Ideally I'd love a pair of the Zensor 3, I even recommended them to friends but I have a biwire speaker cable I'm quite partial to and have invested in...

I think you should give Klipsch RP-160m's a try

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It's my understanding that the only Reference series models that use compression drivers are the RF7's so the others may not be a suitable replacement to any Heritage speaker. JBL 530's have compression drivers and paper woofers so they would likely be the better choice.


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James_W wrote:
It's my understanding that the only Reference series models that use compression drivers are the RF7's so the others may not be a suitable replacement to any Heritage speaker. JBL 530's have compression drivers and paper woofers so they would likely be the better choice.


You're correct, absolutely.

The JBL 530 or 580 are on my list as well but 3x the price of the RP-160 so I guess you get what you pay for!


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Wouldn't you prefer to base a choice on sound quality instead of preconceived notions?
There's a ton of crap compression drivers and direct radiating tweeters as well. Implementation is more important than the type of driver.


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