There are a few different types of speakers that you can choose when it's time to upgrade your home with audio equipment. Each of these different speaker types has its own set of pros and cons. Before getting to our review, let’s go over some of these speaker styles and compare them.
To understand different speaker types, you will have first to comprehend the differences between certain sound channels. There are three categories into which sounds are split, and there are various speakers that will produce these sounds. We are referring to mids, highs, and lows.
If you are looking to play highs, you will need tweeter speakers, as these are specialized to play sounds that are at a higher frequency than other varieties. There is an issue with tweeters, however, as they do not tend to propagate the sound across as large of an area of the room.
For those who want to play mids, you will need to opt for a driver that specializes in mid-range sounds. These speakers tend to be more versatile than the other varieties, but they have the issue of less specialization. Mids are an integral part of any setup, though they may be a little less recognizable as a sound.
Finally, you can also opt for subwoofers, which are used for the sounds that have the lowest frequencies. When you feel the deep, resonating hum of the bass, it is coming from the subwoofer.
Before moving on to the bulk of our review, we would like to go over one of the more integral features to consider before you make your next floorstanding speaker purchase.
Before buying a new floorstanding speaker, we would recommend considering your budget and just how much you are willing to spend on a new speaker. Of course, various customers will have different budgets, and the importance of sound quality will also vary, so this is not as simple as it may seem.
If you are willing to spend extra on your floorstanding speakers, you will be able to afford a quality set. You may have to make a few compromises if you have a lower budget to work with, but it is not as much of a disaster as you would expect.
It is not quite as hard as you may think to find floorstanding speakers at an affordable price. While additional features will have to be sacrificed, you can still find speakers with reasonable build quality available for a price that is acceptable.
While some may try to convince you that you have to spend an excessive sum of money on a good set of speakers, this is simply untrue. If you want to find the right speakers, you just have to put the time and effort into researching the best possible set for your needs.
About The Klipsch R-26F Speakers
Klipsch has long been known as a maker of high-quality speakers, and they have been notably recognized for their use of horns in delivering high notes. The R-26F model is no different from the rest of the Klipsch lineup in that particular regard, though it does distinguish itself.
You may be wondering what exactly stood out to us when we reviewed this floorstanding speaker, and we have to admit that the sheer highs took a little bit of getting used to. If you aren't accustomed to Klipsch speakers, the definition of the highs may be a bit too clear. Some notable features:
- Designed for small to medium rooms, with diminishing effectiveness as the room grows
- Equipped with a 1” dynamic aluminum tweeter horn
- Features 6.5” dual copper woofers
- The speaker cabinets on this model are durable and acoustically resonant
- Each speaker needs 100 watts of nominal power
Once your ears have had time to acclimatize themselves to these speakers, you will find that they are nearly unmatched by most other comparable models. Thanks to the use of woofers made of spun copper and injection molded graphite, you will find that these speakers produce vibrant, full-bodied sound.
While the woofers are impressive, the horn-loaded tweeters are really what steal the show for these speakers. The Klipschorn is widely known as one of the most controversial advancements in the audio world, and it breeds a bit of a “love it or hate it” mentality when it comes to this manufacturer’s speakers.
The cabinets of these speakers come equipped with all of the quality wirings you would come to expect from a speaker in this price range. You will also find that the speaker cabinets are much more durable than you would expect. If you are expecting things to get a little rowdy, these speakers are ideal.
What Others Say
Now that we have gone through what we thought of these speakers, we figured that we should address what other customers had to say about them. Most listeners were impressed by the versatility of these speakers. Since Klipsch is mainly known for their highs, the range of this model left many impressed.
Of course, these speakers were not universally praised, as that is quite rare in the audio world. Most detractors said that the highs of these speakers were too shrill thanks to the use of horns. If you feel that horns have no place in replicating highs, then these are not the speakers for you.
As with most quality speakers, you will have to be prepared to invest a decent sum of money into this product. Each of these speakers will typically retail for just under 300 dollars, which is more affordable than a lot of the competition, but it is still a rather high price.
If you need a floorstanding speaker that has nearly unmatched high-frequency fidelity, you will come across few products that can match the Klipsch R-26F. We hope that we have been able to help you decide whether or not this will be the ideal speaker for your needs.