Klipsch RF-62 II review: Speakers for those about to rock

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 1 user review

The Good The Klipsch RF-62 II is a large two-way tower speaker ideal for high-impact home theater and hard rock, EDM, reggae and hip-hop. Bass is plentiful, and dynamic range impact is as good as it gets for speakers in this price class.

The Bad Overwhelming for small rooms; acoustic music lacks refinement.

The Bottom Line The Klipsch RF-62 II floor-standers are the speaker equivalent of a 1970s American muscle car -- big, fun and brash.

7.8 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound quality 8.0
  • Value 7.0

Wander into the home theater section of any electronics superstore and you're pretty much guaranteed to see two things: Yamaha receivers and Klipsch speakers. Klipsch has been cranking out speakers since the 1940s, and models like the RF-62 II still use several of the company's key concepts, including the horn-loaded tweeter.

It's no surprise the RF-62 II is a monster, both in its ability to rock! and in terms of sheer physical size. If you want to get the party started, these are the speakers to get it done. They have a very crisp top end and so much bass you probably won't know what to do with it (there are no port bungs to rein it back, unfortunately). While they can be subtle -- we had a very pleasant hour listening to the acoustic folk-rock of "Awayland" by Villagers -- their forward nature can make thin-sounding material excessively steely.

While they're not the most accurate speakers around, they are exceptionally fun and definitely capable of better bass than our favorite stand-mounter, the B&W 684 S2. If you like your hip-hop, action movies and metal to sound big, these are the speakers to investigate.

Design and features

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While many speaker manufacturers use wave guides to control the directivity of tweeters, Klipsch has built its reputation on its horn-loaded tweeters since the company's inception in the middle of the 20th century. Think of the outdoor speakers you've seen at any race track, the ones with the giant horns, and you'll know the technology we're talking about. The advantage of horn-loading is that you increase the efficiency of the speaker, which in the case of the Klipsch RF-62 IIs means you can turn them up louder.

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The Klipsch RF-62 II features the proprietary Tractrix Horn tweeter in addition to two 6.5-inch "Cerametallic" woofers and boasts a frequency response of 35Hz-24KHz (± 3dB). The woofers are brown in color and contrast nicely with the black plastic and wood finish of the speaker cabinets. The Klipschs feature a removable cloth grille on the front and offer a choice of rubber supports or spikes on its front and funky external rear mounts.

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These cabinets are larger than most at 40 inches tall and a generous 8.5 inches wide. They'll need some space too, due to the two bass ports on their backside, so try to leave a few feet of clearance between the wall and the speakers.

Performance

The Klipsch RF-62 II is a big speaker; we assure you no pint-size speaker or sound bar can ever come close to sounding as powerful. Crank this bad boy up, feel the sound, and then crank it up a lot more -- the RF-62 II will take it all in stride. Home theater bombast, EDM, hip hop or rock & roll; they all sounded great at low, medium or silly loud volume. A NAD C 356BEE, 80-watt-per-channel stereo integrated amp supplied the get-up-and-go for all of our listening tests.

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