Another amazing speaker from the Klipsch Reference series, the Klipsch R-820F is a floor-standing speaker that is highly rated and praised by its satisfied owners. When it comes to high-performance budget floor-standing speakers, the R-820F is one of the top choices. It is also one of the most efficient speakers at this price range, probably the very best.
Are you a proud owner of the Klipsch R-820F and are currently searching for a matching amplifier to partner with these floorstanders? Then look no further, we will be sharing with you the best amplifiers that you can match with the Klipsch R-820F speakers. We will start with unraveling the strengths and sound characteristics of these talented speakers, as this information is very useful to find matching amps. Furthermore, with this knowledge, you can even find a compatible amp for R-820F loudspeakers on your own.
Sound Characteristics and Strengths of Klipsch R-820F
The speaker sensitivity of the Klipsch R-820F is really astounding, especially at this price point. The speaker sensitivity is 97dB, which is really very high. The frequency response is equally impressive with a range of 35Hz-21kHz (±3dB). Based on the specs, it shows that the Klipsch R-820F can really dig deep into the bass extension. Probably because of the two 8 inch (200mm) spun-copper IMG cone woofers and the rear-firing Tractrix port located behind the speaker cabinet. The copper color woofers do make the R-820F very striking and bold-looking. Furthermore, the iconic 1 inch (25mm) LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm tweeter with the classic 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix horn, makes it look quite intimidating.
The way the speaker is designed and the sheer size just screams loudness but once you put on the speaker grille, it is a lot easier to match them aesthetically to your house decorations and amplifiers. We will prefer the grille off though, as it looks awesome without it. The Klipsch R-820F is 8 Ohms compatible and can handle power output continuously at 150 Watts (600 Watts Peak Power). You probably wouldn’t need a high-power amplifier to drive them since they are very efficient speakers, so going the HiFi separates route will not be considered.
Klipsch R-820F goes loud effortlessly and it doesn’t break apart at high volumes. The highs are crisp and with clarity, they are bright sounding but not to the point of cringing unless you pair them with overly bright amplifiers. There are plenty of details been produced in the high and midrange frequency, the sound quality is crystal clear. It may not be as refined but the forward-sounding Klipsch R-820F knows how to rock your music listening experience. From the shredding of the guitars to the clash of the cymbals, are highly defined and clean.
The soundstage it can deliver is bigger than expected and it fills the room with ease, bursting with energy which makes us think that the Klipsch R-820F is definitely suitable to be used in a home theater system. Will be amazing for live performance soundtracks since they are such lively speakers. The bass reproduction may not be as rich but it sure is taut and clear. Overall, there’s a good balance and energy in the music presentation. The liveliness makes the Klipsch R-820F a talented all-rounder speaker and great for parties.
In this price range, the Klipsch R-820F may lack the musicality of some but does better in a home theater setup than most. The R-820F is able to produce very deep bass but not as thunderous as a subwoofer can do, so it is recommended to have one especially for movie listen. It is still a bright-sounding speaker, so we need to be cautious when matching amplifiers, as to not make the whole audio system sound too harsh. This may cause listener fatigue and will cut short your movie/music listening experience. The sound quality of the Klipsch R-820F to some may be considered lean and a lack of warmth too. We have now gathered enough data about this terrific floor-standing speaker, and we can start sharing with you the list of the best amplifiers to drive the Klipsch R-820F loudspeakers.
Klipsch R-820F Specifications
- Speaker Type: bass-reflex (rear-firing)
- Drive Units: 1 inch (25mm) LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm tweeter with the classic 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix horn, two 8 inch (200mm) spun-copper IMG cone woofers
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 35Hz-21kHz
- Power Handling: 150 Watts (continuous) / 600 Watts (peak)
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1M): 97dB
- Dimensions (H x D x W): 1092mm x 445mm x 277mm, 43″ x 17.5″ x 10.9″
- Weight: 24.5kg (54lbs)
Best Amplifiers to pair with Klipsch R-820F
The Marantz PM8006 is one of the best amplifiers you can go for, the neutral warmth sonic characteristic helps smoothen the hard edges of your Klipsch R-820F and makes them sound more musical. This integrated amplifier is also capable of digging out details without sounding clinical and with the clarity of the R-820F speakers, you’ve got one mighty music system. The Marantz PM8006 is quite powerful at its price range and with the high speaker sensitivity of the Klipsch R-820F, you can play loud with ease. Definitely deserve your consideration and an audition. The only qualm will be the lack of subwoofer output.
When it comes to music playbacks, tube amplifiers are great for Klipsch speakers especially the vacuum tube amps made by McIntosh but they can be very expensive. This is why Pyle Tube Amplifier Stereo Receiver will be an amazing entry-level choice for your Klipsch R-820F. The Pyle PVTA90 is powerful enough to drive your R-820F speakers with ease and there is a subwoofer output as well. There is also Bluetooth connectivity which is pretty neat. You have so many features and yet the Pyle PVTA90 is so affordable, no wonder it is such a highly rated tube amplifier. You should consider checking them out especially if you are planning to get a budget tube amplifier for your Klipsch R-820F speakers.
As mentioned, the Klipsch R-820F floorstanders will be amazing in a home theater setup, using them as the left/right main channels. Marantz also has amazing AV receivers which you should check out. Their sound characteristics and sonic performance are exceptional, one of the most musical-sounding AVR brands. Furthermore, modern Marantz AV receivers such as the SR6014 come with Audyssey which can help you calibrate your speakers to work seamlessly together and solve most of the room acoustic problems. The Marantz SR6014 also has the power output to drive your Klipsch R-820F.
The latest Denon AV receivers also have Audyssey room correction technology, and the Denon AVR-S960H is a great match for your Klipsch R-820F speakers. Comparing with Marantz SR6014, the Denon AVR-S960H has more advanced video processing such as 8K Ultra HD. Other than the amazing visuals, this AV receiver has the amplifier power to make your R-820F speaker sing and is capable of connecting 2 subwoofers for high octane bass performance. It is a well-match AV receiver suitable to pair with your Klipsch R-820F and other Reference series speakers.
For a solid stereo system, the Peachtree Audio Nova150 has both the muscle and musicality to seriously drive your Klipsch R-820F speakers to really loud volumes with ease. The ICEPower amplifier provides 150 Watts (8 Ohms) / 250 Watts (4 Ohms) per channel and the warm sounding preamp delivers a faithful music presentation of your favorite tunes. The Peachtree Audio Nova150 smooth and clean sound reproduction complements the Klipsch R-820F, furthermore, there is a high-quality DAC (32-Bit/384kHz) for your digital sources, a Home Theater Bypass to easily integrated your amp into your existing AV receiver, and more.
For an exhilarating home cinema experience, it is recommended to have at least one active subwoofer. It will be even better if you can have two active subs set up in your HT system. Other than providing the thunderous and deep rumbling bass, the powered subwoofers are able to ease the load off from your AV receiver or amplifiers by taking over the bass reproduction based on the crossover frequency you have set. Allowing your amp to focus its power on the rest of your speakers including Klipsch R-820F. It takes a lot of power to produce deep bass, and if your AVR/amplifier has low power output, it is wise to get an active subwoofer.
To Sum It Up
The listed amplifiers and AV receivers are some of the best that you can pair with your Klipsch R-820F speakers. It is wise to get an active subwoofer such as the Klipsch R-12SW, for movie listen and bass-heavy soundtracks. You might want to audition these amplifiers first before deciding. They are all well worth your time to have a listen and if possible do a side-by-side comparison. I hope you’ll enjoy your amplifier hunting process.