Klipsch Reference RC-42 II 75 W Speaker
The Klipsch Reference RC-42 II and its associated setup, the Klipsch Reference II series, are easily some of the best speakers for the price, and deliver sound that is clearly a notch above other systems running under $1500 for a full 5.1 (closer to $2000 for 7.1). The RC-42 II, as a lower-end model in the Reference series, is a stand-out performer at its price point, delivering clear, easily intelligible vocals that won't be overshadowed by bass, and help create a 3D sonic image that is noticeably more realistic than other entry-level setups. It uses a horn speaker, which emphasizes the treble and midrange over other frequencies; some prefer this configuration as center channels are used primarily to convey speech, which is midrange-heavy, but some find it overly forward (sometimes "honky"); they might prefer the slightly smoother, more polite presentation of the Infinity. Horn speakers are more directional than domes, meaning that the optimal area for listening will be smaller, and requiring more careful placement for optimum sound However those with the patience for placement who are looking for a full-on, forward, movie-theater-esque experience will enjoy the power and immediacy of the Klipsch house sound.