Manufacturer: Klipsch Audio Technologies,
This speaker system from Klipsch puts together several models from their Reference Series with similar or identical drivers, and makes for a floorstanding front pair, with compact surrounds and a matching centre channel, along with a quite compact subwoofer. They’re designed to match the new generation of flat screen video displays, including, plasma, DLP and LCD rear projection, and other variants of compact, less deep monitors.
Various iterations of this system can be put together, since the RVX-42s can be used in 4s or 5s for a compact system, while the RVX-54 can be used in 5s for a serious projection TV sound system, in both cases with the RW-12 sub. And various other combinations will easily come to mind, and Klipsch offers several on their web site.
And then we have the RSX-4s, which are very compact using the same tweeter as the rest, with one 4″ woofer/midrange driver. Their mounting options are many, able to be stood up, wall-mounted or ceiling suspended, and a small wrench is supplied with each to facilitate mounting, the attached stand/bracket able to be configured for any option.
The foundation of this Klipsch system is the RW-12 subwoofer, which features a “BASH digital hybrid amplifier” with “340 watts continuous” and ” dynamic power [of] 825 watts”. It is claimed to offer a level of 113 dB at 30 Hz/1 metre, so it should kick ass pretty good, to use the vernacular. There are both speaker level and line inputs, including a third LFE RCA input.
At bottom we see response for the RSX-4, which rolls off a little more in the upper octaves, and has a slightly more prominent midrange between 1 and 2 kHz, which is probably an asset in a surround speaker As with the other HT speakers, I listened to a combination of musical materials and soundtracks, and was impressed by the ability of these Klipsch speakers to disappear in the dark, with seamless integration and a thoroughly enveloping soundfield. The subwoofer is exceptional, with almost bottomless bass reach, and quick, powerful overall sound.
They were also very natural and dynamic with music, the RVX-54 a particularly revealing reproducer. Though it needs a subwoofer because of its limited bass power (down 10 dB at 50 Hz), this speaker has the special dynamics and micro-dynamics characteristic of high sensitivity loudspeakers.
And, speaking of sensitivity, one of the virtues of this Klipsch system is, of course, that it does not need a lot of power, and can be driven by modestly powered electronics, though they should be quiet and of high audio quality. Even tubes are an option if they fulfill these criteria. Though more expensive than some of the HT speakers reviewed here, the RVX- 54 system justifies its cost in refinement, power, and overall excellence.
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