- The RF-82 sounds exceptionally huge and very dynamic, and can fill even large rooms with relative ease.The RF-82 performs optimally at very high volumes, and excels with even the most intense rock and electronic material.The RF-82 doesn't require high power to perform optimally.
- The RF-82 imposes its big, aggressive sound on everything, which overwhelms acoustic, classical, and jazz material and strips it of speed, refinement, and musicality. The RF-82 doesn't have a very slim profile. The RF-82's copper woofers may not appeal cosmetically to those wanting to listen without the grills.
For some, the Klipsch RF-82 will fit the bill perfectly. Many, many
people play lots of rock, rap, metal, movies, games, etc., have big
rooms, and are on a budget - for them, the RF-82 will represent a superb
buy. You don't need anything close to a big amp, and the sound just
rocks and rocks. It's forward, driving, and go, go, go. For anyone
deviating from those parameters, however, the RF-82 will likely fall
short in some areas. It's not particularly refined, doesn't convey a
great sense of warmth, and not speedy enough to provide a real window
into the recording. However, it's very important to note that this
design was likely not created to please audiophiles. So, in that sense,
the RF-82 does exactly what it's supposed to do, and then some. It
provides a satisfactory overall level of performance, which runs into
very good in some applications, doesn't overtly offend in any one area,
offers very good build quality and cosmetics, and does all this at a
very affordable price. And, again, for many buyers like those described
above, it will likely provide a perfect, long lasting solution. If you
think you might fit in that category, it's definitely worth a listen.