Whether you’re just starting with your first home theater system or are a sophisticated and experienced HiFi aficionado, you need great speakers. And floor-standing speaker towers are the backbone of a great sound system.
They do most of the grunt work, providing you with a wide dynamic range from soaring highs to powerful lows. Even if you don’t pair them with a subwoofer or a surround-sound setup, floor-standing speakers can sound great on their own.
In my in-depth Klipsch R-28PF review, we’ll see how these Klipsch floor standing speakers stand up to the test of both music and movie playback. We’ll see how they connect, how they hold up, and most importantly, how they sound in a stereo system. So, let’s get started with…
All About Klipsch
Klipsch Audio Technologies is an Arkansas-founded and Indiana-based American speaker company. Rolling out products for 75 years. Now owned by Voxx, they continue to produce products in America rather than outsourcing to other countries.
Klipsch is known by audiophiles as being the best horn-loading speaker maker. Meaning they mount tweeters in horns to produce highly sensitive speakers with low distortion.
The legendary diamond-profiled Klipschorn cabinet speaker is the longest-produced speaker in history. Produced consistently since 1946, while other models like the AK5 and Heritage Forte are legendary.
Home stereo speakers…
Klipsch is known to capture music very well. Their speakers, in general, have high sensitivity, low levels of distortion, and a wide dynamic range. Let’s see if the Klipsch R-28PF floor standing speakers hold up to this reputation.
Klipsch R-28PF Overview
The R in the name of these speakers stands for Klipsch’s Reference series. This is Klipsch’s introductory line of speakers, and the price tags are the lowest. At nearly $600 for a pair, you might not find the price exactly low.
However, in comparison to other well-known brands like Bose and JBL, Klipsch offers these quality speakers at a comparatively lower price. As a result, they are some of the most affordable high performance speakers you can buy.
Let’s look at the specs…
Each 56.67-pound speaker is 9.5 inches wide, 15.7 inches deep, and stands 42 inches high. The cabinets are made from thick veneer-covered MDF with moderate reinforcement. They sit on plastic feet with rubber anti-slip pads.
These are 2-way speakers. Meaning that while they have three drivers, the dual woofers do double duty covering the mid and low end. The tweeter is a 1-inch aluminum diaphragm compression driver fixed in an 8-inch square patented “Tractrix” horn, which has gently curved walls to prevent “honk.”
The twin 8-inch drivers are copper spun magnetically-shielded woofers in an orangey-copper color that looks great. The crossover frequency used here is 1.7kHz.
Set up options…
These speakers can be set up with our without their magnetic grilles. When they’re on, the speakers are all black and look sleek and modern. I personallt preferred them with the grilles off, though, for a more classic look.
Normally, the speaker set comes with a 16.4 foot (5m) long speaker wire with a 4-wire connection for hooking up the pair. As well as a 6 foot (1.8 m) long power cord, a 6 foot (1.8 m) Aux cable, and a 10 foot (3m) digital optical cable. They also include a remote, but I’ll tell you why in a second.
One incredible plus for these speakers is that they have a built-in voltage adapter. At the flick of a switch, you can change their voltage from 100-120 volts to 220-240 volts.
In other words, these are speakers that work anywhere in the world. No matter which voltage the local power is supplied at. These speakers also have a maximum output of 114 dB. This is normally going to be way more than you need in any small to mid-sized room.
Even more surprising than that voltage adapter is something else that’s built-in and incredibly liberating. These speakers include a built-in 260 Watt integrated amplifier. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need a separate receiver or amp unit to run them. This takes cues from soundbars and portable Bluetooth speakers that have integrated digital amps built into them.
Perhaps the widest range of connectivity options that I’ve seen. Of course, they take standard analog RCA left and right channels in, and a 3.5mm mini-jack, but they also offer a USB connection. For the highest quality, they come with both a port and a cable for digital optical input as well. Meaning these are some of the most versatile speakers on the market.
But on top of all those options, like they’re not enough, is Bluetooth. Yep, these are giant Bluetooth speakers that you can connect easily to any digital device you’ve got. And that’s why you need the remote – so you can choose the input and adjust levels directly within the speakers themselves.
Unfortunately, for the karaoke-inclined, they don’t seem able to take signals directly from Bluetooth microphones without running them through a receiver first. I expect Klipsch will work that out in new models, though. Gotta keep those karaoke people happy.
How Do the Klipsch R-28PF Speakers Sound?
Without this part of the review, my efforts would be useless. Of course, I have to tell you how the R-28PFs sound, or I’m not worth my salt.
To do this, I put the speakers through the paces. They were tested in a small room (150 square feet) and a medium-sized room (450 square feet) to see how they handled in larger and smaller spaces.
I tried them with different types of music, from bass-heavy drum & bass to soaring 80s rock to classical concerts. I also sampled some big box action movies with huge differences in dynamics.
This is what I found…
Live music sounds great on this system. I experienced a wide dynamic range and no distortion or noise, even at near maximum power. Max volume, by the way, is absolutely ear-splitting in a small room. I found the frequency response very flat, with nothing enhanced or artificial.
The bass comes across very powerfully. In a small room, you would not need to add a subwoofer. Although real bassheads might consider one for a medium-sized room. This setup can make a very competent 2.1 stereo system for great performance on movies and TV. The bass itself is punchy and very clear.
How about the high end?
These speakers have a very clear, and some might say too clear, high-end. The typical Klipsch horn sound is evident here. Although it never gets honky, it can be a bit sharp in the upper ranges. At higher volumes, some listeners might find the sound fatiguing, while others will simply say “crisp.” In the end, it’s a matter of preference.
As for movies with their wide dynamic extremes, these speakers do a great job balancing things out. Rather than struggling to hear dialogue only to then be blasted away by action sequences, the R-28PFs give a great enhancement to voices to help keep things more level. In other words, they’re some of the best speakers for movies.
How about the setup?
Where should these speakers be positioned to sound their best? The answer will vary based on the size and shape of your room. However, there’s something very important to remember here.
Because of the focus on horns, Klipsch speakers are almost all directional and do not diffuse. The R-28PFs are no exception. They will push sound towards a focused area rather than diffuse it around the room so that you can’t tell where it’s coming from.
For long rooms, I found that they should be about two to three feet off the front wall and evenly spaced four to five feet off the side walls if the room allows that. In wider rooms, space the speakers apart even more so they’re sitting closer to your side walls. After that, just a slight toe in gives very good imaging.
Klipsch R-28PF Review – Pros and Cons
- You’re getting overall great sound and superior sensitivity.
- Connectivity options are extensive and comprehensive, from old-school analog to the best of modern tech with Bluetooth and digital optical cable.
- The solid bass sound is strong and clear. Only in mid-sized to large rooms would you need to consider a subwoofer that can easily be connected via a sub out ¼-inch jack.
- The price for these speakers is a bargain. Similar quality from other brands would add between $200-$400 to the price.
- The built-in 260 Watt amplifier means you don’t have to invest in a receiver. They can be connected directly to your devices and players.
- The high-end can be overly crisp and somewhat fatiguing for some ears. When played at high volume, some listeners will find them too shrill.
- The cabinet finish isn’t high-grade material like real wood. It’s just laminated MDF which won’t stand up to bumps and scrapes so well.
- Some reviewers have noted connections dropping out when connecting through AUX. If this is your main choice for connection, this could be an issue.
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Klipsch R-28PF Review – Final Thoughts
Great stereo systems need great speakers. And I think the Klipsch R-28PF floor standing speakers fall into that category. They’re a real deal, considering the great sound they can produce, their power, and their low price tag.
While some listeners will find the high-end a bit harsh at pumped-up volume, but I think that, in general, they handle it quite well. They can be a very good choice for an entry-level, small to medium-sized room sound system without breaking the bank.
The best part of these speakers is that they’re essentially a stereo within themselves. Like portable Bluetooth speakers, these have a built-in amp. So, they can connect to phones, TVs, and more traditional audio playing devices easily.
Try them out – I don’t think you’ll be sorry.