Klipsch makes amazing speakers, and the Klipsch RP-280F is one of the best floor-standing speakers in their price range. Throughout the years, the Klipsch RP-280F has been providing exceptional sonic performance to their satisfied owners. In order to get the most out of these fantastic floorstanders, you will need a matching amp to power them. If by chance, you are on the lookout for such amplifiers then look no further, because you are at the right place.
To find the right amp for your Klipsch RP-280F, you will need to know more about this pair of floor-standing speakers. Only by finding out their sound characteristics and strengths, then you will get the right matching amp to drive them. We will be sharing this information first then afterward, we will show you a list of the best amps to partner with your Klipsch RP-280F speakers.
Sound Characteristics and Merits of Klipsch RP-280F
The Klipsch RP-280F are large speakers that have the signature look of a Klipsch speaker. The most notable will be the 1 inch (25mm) Titanium LTS Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix Horn. Right below the tweeter, you will see two iconic 8 inch (200mm) Cerametallic Cone Woofers used as low-frequency drivers. The bright and striking color of the woofers does attract attention within your listening room. You can put up the speaker grille to cover the drivers but you will still notice a bit of the bright metallic color. With the speaker grille on, it does help with the blending in with the interiors of your room/house and makes it easier to aesthetically match with most amplifiers.
Like most of the Klipsch speakers, the RP-280F is also efficient, with a speaker sensitivity of 98dB which is really high for a floor-standing speaker. The frequency response is really impressive, it is 32Hz-25kHz (+/-3dB), for a speaker at this price point to hit such deep bass extension is incredible. There’s a high probability that the Klipsch RP-280F does not need support from a subwoofer. The nominal impedance of 8 Ohms is great, and along with the high speaker sensitivity, do show that the Klipsch RP-280F can be easily driven. The power handling is 150 Watts / 600 Watts (Cont/Peak), so far based on the specs alone, the Klipsch RP-280F are really amazing speakers.
The level of loudness it can reach and how easy to achieve it is truly remarkable. The clarity of the Klipsch RP-280F is equally impressive as well, able to produce powerful and clean sound quality. The audibility of subtle details can be heard, and the overall delivery of the music is more refined than expected. Still, the liveliness of the Klipsch RP-280F can be really engaging and does pump a lot of excitement into the music presentation. The crisp treble is clean and sharp, still, at high volumes, it can be quite harsh but the clarity is quite worth the trade-off.
The midrange reproduction is also clean and precise, loud and clear. The Klipsch RP-280F bass output is more than sufficient. As the bass port is located behind the speaker cabinet, you need to be cautious when positioning the speakers. It is best to have enough distance between the speakers and the walls, with ample breathing space the bass response is tighter and more controlled. The Klipsch RP-280F is able to produce very deep bass but is not as impactful, and will require a subwoofer to enhance the bass performance. For most music genres, the low-end frequency should suffice.
Klipsch RP-280F is a talented all-rounder where we think will shine more when been used in a home theater setup. The bold presentation will work well to provide an exciting movie experience. The RP-280F may not be as musical sounding as some other floor-standing speakers but it will still do well in this area. On their own, the bass reproduction is already sufficient, even so, a subwoofer is still needed to really provide a full home cinema experience. Klipsch RP-280F can be quite bright sounding so we need to be cautious when pairing them with amps.
Klipsch RP-280F Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-way bass-reflex
- Drive Units: 1 inch (25mm) Titanium LTS Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix Horn and two 8 inch (200mm) Cerametallic Cone Woofers
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 32Hz-25kHz
- Power Handling: 150 Watts / 600 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m): 98dB
- Dimensions (H x D x W): 1095mm x 416mm x 267mm, 43.1″ x 16.4″ x 10.5″
- Weight: 28.4kg (62.5lbs)
Best Amps to pair with Klipsch RP-280F
The Peachtree Audio Nova150 will be an ideal amp choice for your Klipsch RP-280F as it adds more warmth into the overall sound reproduction, to make it easier on the ears when playing your favorite tunes at loud volumes. The power output is more than enough to drive your RP-280F to incredibly high volumes using the state-of-the-art ICEPower amplifier. A Class D amplifier that is more musical sounding and still retaining its efficiency. Like your Klipsch RP-280F speakers, the Peachtree Audio Nova150 is also a talented all-rounder, a suitable amp to partner with your speakers and provide more musicality into the whole sound system.
When it comes to home theater setup, Marantz is one of the top few choices, as their signature house sound provides an overall better musical-sounding AV receivers. The Marantz SR7013 is one such AVR that is powerful enough to drive your Klipsch RP-280F speakers and has the warmth to smoothen the edges when playing at high volumes. The RP-280F sonic characteristics are well-matched with SR7013 especially when playing live performances that are both exhilarating and immersive. The Audyssey room correction technology is a very useful feature where it can help calibrate your speakers to work seamlessly together and sound their best in your listening room.
The Denon AVR-X4700H is another amazing AV receiver that you can partner with your Klipsch RP-280F floor-standing speakers. Just like the Marantz AVR, this Denon AV receiver also has the Audyssey room correction technology, and more importantly, it has the latest video processing such as 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through. It may not be as musical sounding as the Marantz AV receivers but the Denon AVR-X4700H has more advanced video processing technology. In terms of sound quality, this AV receiver can produce full-bodied and smooth sound quality for music. For home cinema, it has the latest audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX, and more.
Klipsch speakers typically do well with tube amplifiers and the award-winning Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II is an ideal choice for your Klipsch RP-280F speakers. The soundstage that the amp produce is wide and deep, with accurate stereo imaging, placing each instrument precisely where it should be. It is a transparent amp with snappy timings and impeccable music transients, providing an engaging presentation of your favorite tunes. Overall, the Rogue Audio amps are quite neutral with a tad of warmth so it doesn’t overly warm your speakers. The best part is you can tube roll the Cronus Magnum II to fine-tune the sound quality that you really want.
The Rega Brio will be one of the best amps to go for and match it with your Klipsch RP-280F floor-standing speakers. It is one of the best integrated amplifiers at its price range, due to Brio’s impeccable timing and speedy transients, which makes listening to music so much more fun and engaging. The Klipsch RP-280F high speaker sensitivity enables it to fully utilize the sonic characteristic and power of Rega Brio. With both RP-280F and Brio working together, you got yourself a thrilling sound system. The current iteration of Rega’s Brio may not be as harsh sounding as its predecessor, it is still recommended to have an audition with them first before deciding.
If you are looking for AV receivers that are more towards bright-sounding characteristics, you can check out Onkyo and Yamaha receivers. They are more lively and transparent, which also provides more clarity in the overall sound reproductions. The only qualms we have is that they do not use Audyssey as their room correction technology but they still have their own software to calibrate the speakers. Thinking of integrating a subwoofer into the mix, the Klipsch R-12SW Sub will be an ideal choice. It should have a similar sound signature as your Klipsch RP-280F speakers since both are designed by Klipsch.
To Sum It Up
The amps and AV receivers listed are well worth your time to audition them together with your Klipsch RP-280F speakers. If possible, you might want to do a side-by-side comparison to find out what type of sound best suits your preference. Sometimes, you might want to stick with the same amplifier or AVR brand that you have been constantly using, as you may have gotten used to their sound signatures. Unless you want a change then feel free to check out other amps.