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Klipsch RP-280F Floorstanding Speakers Review

Initial Impressions

Upon purchasing and first seeing the massive Klipsch RP-280Fs, my excitement was sky-high, much to the chagrin of my partner, who feared these ‘big huge boxes’ would disrupt her carefully curated décor. She was not thrilled about the price drop from $599.99 to $479.99, which was the perfect excuse for bringing these once coveted, now owned, sound towers into our apartment. But what can you do when Amazon conveniently drops the price like that?

Setup and Hardware Compatibility

Setting up the RP-280F’s was hassle-free. On connecting these to my much-loved Onkyo TXNR-656 receiver and Epson 3700 projector and playing some music, I was left reeling with the word ‘wow’ repeatedly playing on my lips. After a quick re-calibration with the mic that came with the receiver, my apartment was filled with immersive sound, transporting me to a world far beyond the confines of my living room.

I was pleasantly surprised by the compatibility with my existing setup, including a Klipsch R112W subwoofer and RP 250C center speaker. It felt like a seamless upgrade of my previous Bose 7.1 system.

Sound Quality and Performance

I must address the elephant in the room here – these towers produce an exceptional sound that fills the room. The first time I turned them on, I had no words to explain the sound quality that emanated from these towers. The highs are clear and ultra-rich, and the bass is unbelievably powerful. I had never heard such a broad range of sound from floor-standing speakers.

Suffice it to say that the RP-280F towers strike a good balance between loudness and clarity. The impressive sound extended well beyond normal volume levels with minimal distortion, even up to 95Db. Kudos to Klipsch for the speakers’ efficiency in churning out high-quality sound even with low power. I finally understood what the deal was with Klipsch’s sensitivity claim.

Subwoofer Performance and Bass Response

What genuinely baffles me is the deep and clean bass that the RP-280F produces. They churn out an intense bass comparable with a standalone sub. I found the bass response so strong that I barely need my subwoofer when listening to music. My skepticism about the bass capabilities of a floor-standing speaker was well and truly dispelled. It seemed, at least from my experience, that these RP-280Fs had been designed to deliver a complete and well-rounded audio experience.

Klipsch RP-280F Review

Volume Range

When it comes to volume, the speakers shine at higher volumes. With a sensitivity of 98dB, they’re incredibly efficient and can belt out a sound using low power. They navigate the fine line of high volume without distortion masterfully. They’re loud enough to annoy my neighbors yet maintain a mind-blowing sound quality.

Aesthetics and Build

We cannot just overlook the aesthetic appeal of these towers. The boxes look fabulous with the different trim pieces, which the seller soon fixed. Whether you find the size overwhelming or not, there’s no denying that these speakers immediately stand out and make a bold statement. They are hefty and sturdy, and the build quality is top-notch.

The Downsides

Not everything about these speakers is perfect, however. While their performance is excellent, I did have a few gripes. They’re somewhat short on performance compared to their more expensive sibling, the RF 7 lll. If you’re a real audiophile, you might want to save up more for that extra level of auditory excellence. Also, they’re pretty significant. They can be somewhat imposing in a small apartment, so be sure your space can accommodate them comfortably.

Pros and Cons


  • Exceptional sound quality – clear highs and powerful bass
  • Beautiful aesthetics
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Easily configurable with existing hardware
  • Efficient, high-performance speakers


  • Size might be a concern for some
  • Sound might be more enjoyable at higher volumes


In conclusion, the Klipsch RP-280F floor-standing speakers were a great purchase. It might take some time to break them in, but once they’re rolling, the sound is heavenly. Also, as a note to potential buyers, consider your room acoustics when purchasing these speakers. In my experience, rooms with carpet floors maximized the sound experience far more than raw wooden ones.

Bass Response
The bass response on the Klipsch RP-280F is superior and quite impressive. Multiple reviewers mentioned the speakers' ability to produce rich and deep bass, even comparing it to the output of a standalone subwoofer. The bass is said to have the ability to rattle floors and walls, satisfying even users with high expectations.
Treble Detail
The Klipsch RP-280F executes the highs brilliantly. Numerous users spoke about the clarity and crispness of the high notes. And the treble did not disappointed the users, contributing to a vibrant and full-bodied soundstage.
Midrange Clarity
Midrange clarity is quite commendable on the Klipsch RP-280F. Reviewers marveled at the richness and depth of the sound output. Instrumentals and vocals are reproduced clearly, and no elements of the music seem to get lost in the mix.
The design of the Klipsch RP-280F has pleased many users. It is sleek and modern, fitting nicely into a variety of home setups. Although they are quite large, owners didn't seem to mind, even going so far as saying that their size contributes to the majestic experience these speakers offer.
Sound Quality
Overall, the sound quality of the Klipsch RP-280F is phenomenal. Users praised the rich, detailed, full, and immersive sound it produces. The speakers perform beautifully across a wide range of genres, providing a top-notch listening experience that satisfies even the most discerning of ears.
Value for Money
The Klipsch RP-280F provides exceptional value for money. Many users were astounded by the sound quality they got for the price, calling it an investment that is incredibly worthwhile. The speakers transformed the listening experience of the users, making them a solid investment for music lovers.
Total Score
Rating Summary
The Klipsch RP-280F is an amazing asset for any audiophile. It brings incredible value for money, ticking off all boxes that count for audio enthusiasts. The sound quality blew many users away, perfectly balancing the highs and mids, and delivering a rich and deep bass so good it could shake floors. The design matches the sound in its impressiveness, with its sleek and modern look fitting nicely into different decor styles. It brings out the richness in a variety of music genres and can perform amazingly even at high volumes. The speakers have quite a solid build and the quality of the materials is outstanding. However, despite their size, which may seem disadvantageous, users found them to be just fine, even adding to the overall experience. Overall, Klipsch RP-280F presents itself as a top-notch choice for anybody looking to boost the quality of their music experience at home.