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The Klipsch RF-7 II: A great rock speaker

Awesome speakers for rock, or any loud music with lots of bass, are getting harder to come by. If you really want to rock out, size still matters.

The Klipsch RF-7 II Klipsch

Live concerts are louder than ever, but home audio systems that sound great turned up loud are increasingly rare. If you're into loud music and lucky enough to live in a place where maximum volume won't get you evicted or arrested, or earn the wrath of neighbors, treat yourself to a set of big speakers.

Sure, small satellite speakers with a powerful subwoofer can sound great, but not in the same league as large speakers. Big systems really do have huge performance advantages over even the best small ones. If you've got the space to accommodate a pair of Klipsch Reference RF-7 II speakers, they deserve an audition. The only downside to listening to the RF-7 IIs is you'll never be satisfied with a Bluetooth speaker ever again.

Klipsch's mighty towers stand 48.5 inches high and weigh 87 pounds each. All Klipsch speakers feature horn-loaded tweeters; the RF-7 II's is a scaled-down version of the designs used in the company's professional theater systems. So instead of the usual dome tweeter the RF-7 II boasts a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver, mounted in an 8-inch square Tractrix horn; and two 10-inch copper colored Cerametallic woofers complete the driver array. The cabinets are beautifully finished in real Cherry or Black Ash wood veneers.

The RF-7 II is extremely efficient, so it can play seriously loud with a 50-watt receiver, but it can also handle monster amps that deliver as much as 1,000 watts! If you've only experienced small speakers with 6-inch or smaller woofers, you'll be in for a shock when you hear what the RF-7 II can unleash without restricting dynamics. The big horn tweeter is truly extraordinary in its ability to sound pure and clean at live-concert levels. The speakers sound good with all types of music, but their forte is loud volume, and sounding great totally rocking out.

If you love rock or any music best appreciated turned up, the Klipsch RF-7 II speakers come highly recommended. They sell for $1,600 each.