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RF-25 sound seems odd

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Hi there,

I just purchased a pair of RF-25's from a Good Guys that was closing down in Los Angeles (very excited, always wanted me a pair of Klipsch!).

When I got them home, I discovered that someone pilfered the gold jumpers that connect the two sets of posts on the back. I contacted Klipsch and they said connecting them via wire would be just as good.

The sound seems awfully muddy -- lot of high from the tweeter, then a big pile of mud sounding from the woofers. Could there be something else wrong with these speakers, do I need to connect the posts with a better type of wire, or are my ears just used to bad speakers?

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I have them connected via 12-gauge Monster Cable to my Denon AVR-1907 (bought to replace my HK 630 which, surprisingly, did not have Front A & B speaker outs).

The speakers are plugged into the cable with banana plus. I fabricated an aluminum plate to connect the tweeter posts to the woofer posts instead of the wire Klipsch recommended.

The speakers themselves seem fine -- nothing blown, all levels, equal, etc. The sound just seems...flat, as if I had an eQ with all the levels set right in the middle. I've always been more of a "V" person.

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Does the Dennon have a loudness button?Maybe other settings not right can you hook them up to the HK again.I bought my son some RB35s and hooked them to HK430 they sounded darn good almost kept up with the K-Horns hard to believe but they did.Rick

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The Denon is flat/dry,imo.I had a 3802/03/05,none of these sounded as good as the 630(which I had a few years then bought a 635).I would imagine a lesser Denon would be no better.

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I don't think aluminum would be a great choice for the jumper, though I sure wouldn't say it's the whole problem. I've never heard of Al being used for audio path applications (other than VC which is entirely different).

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I agree. It's what I had on hand at the moment. Any suggestions for a more permanent solution, since Klipsch doesn't offer them as parts?

After spending time with them, I'm finding them enjoyable for music. I guess I just expected the sound to be clearer without being colder.

As for the Denon/HK decision, I find my "lesser" Denon to be more spacious than the HK with a much broader soundstage. I wanted the 2807, but space contraints restricted me to less than 6 1/2" height (the HK was pushing it with very little clearance). Although the HK had HDCD decoding, I only had a few discs with that technology so I won't miss it, though the HK had better tuning options for the analog 5.1 inputs. Tomato, tamato. What mattered was the A/B option on the Denon.

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I bought a pair of RF 25 about a year ago and had some trouble initially trying to get it to sound good. If music is primarily what you use it for I would suggest mating the speaker to T amp ( an inexpensive integrated amplifier but really good one). I found that the speakers need tubes but Tamp seems to trump that as well. My 2 cents..

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The tweeters were bad! I got them replaced and the difference is, as you would expect, phenomenal. I now have another pair of RF-25's for the rear and an RC-10 for the center channel. Now I just have to start saving up for the RSW-10d...

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