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Klipsch RB-35
8 Reviews
rating  4.88 of 5
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Description: The RB-35 delivers dynamic sound through an 8-inch woofer and 1-inch titanium-dome tweeter that features a high-energy, video-shielded Neodymium magnet. The tweeter is coupled to an exclusive Klipsch square Tractrix® Horn that increases sensitivity while minimizing the room interactions that blur the sonic detail and imaging of conventional speakers. <p /> The woofer on the RB-35 uses an enhanced version of Klipsch’s distinguished, copper-colored Cerametallic™ material that is stronger than ever. This cone is made of an anodized aluminum that makes it tough but does not take away from its beauty. The anodizing process converts its inner and outer surface to ceramic. The result is a rigid cone with outstanding damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer’s operating range. Driving this cone is a large, video-shielded magnet and high-temperature, long-excursion voice coil, for high efficiency and deep, powerful, articulate bass without breakup or distortion.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by earswideopen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I bought these for a music only setup, to be used with a RW-10 sub. These speakers have completely transformed over the first month of use. They were harsh right out of the box, say BRIGHT. Since then I have replaced my speaker cable with 10 guage biwire bannana cables, it was a hugely warming difference in sound, more than I could attempt do describe. Also switching from a optical to a high end RCA connection made them sound even smoother. Im using a 2 channel 120W HK amp with a Marantz 5001 CD only player, which makes things even better. All these changes (and break in time) have transformed these speakers into very smooth, incrdibly clean, full bodied speakers. Unless you have better than average equipment, these speakers may be on the bright side for most people. My changes have taken away some of the revealing chacteristics of these speakers to warm things up, but at high volume the still bring out every detail. Acoustic guitar and female vocals sound incredibley tight and smooth, yet they can rock like they mean it. It came down to the Paradigm Refence 40 or these. The Paradigms were great, but had no bass, and seemed to be a little soft for rock, electronica, or any punchy music(though they are great for jazz, classical, ez listening, etc.). And they were twice the price...That said I would say the RB-35's are very sensitive speakers that need to be setup with the right equipment to bring out their true abilities, if you do that these can compete with much more expensive speakers.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by earswideopen a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Having owned many Klipsch speakers in the past, I knew what to expect in the "brightness" dept.. Not so with the RB-35. After about 20 hours of mellow break in these speakers are so smooth and DEFINED at the same time. The bass is still developing, but I'm using a powered sub so they still sound great. Most impressive quality to me is the imaging these produce. Klipsh has always been clean and defined, but IMO lacking in the soundstage and imaging dept. NOT THESE. I have a 2 channel, 125 watt, clean amp, and a 32 bit (192z) dedicated CD player. Speakers are biwired and CD player uses a 1000 series(pro) optical hookup. Another great move was to use vinyl instead of wood to keep costs down. Sure they have to look good too, but we have plenty of wood furniture to take care of that.

I auditioned the Paradigm 40's($1200), B&W(various), JBL(various), and many others for the last 6 mos. Paradigms sounded wonderful, (though the bass was mostly non-existent), but they were twice the price. They, along with many "audiophile" speakers, sounded good but didnt seem to be able to take the abuse the Klipsch do. By abuse I mean loud rock music(not beyond the amps capability, or distorted, but LOUD). Klipsch won in all catgories, and the audio shop that carried them was not a polo & caviar convention. Some upscale audio shop folks are soooooo snotty & pretentious. And yes, some of these folks HATE Klipsch(and any other brand they dont carry).

I got a great deal on these, and for the $ they are impossible to beat. Though they are very efficient, my 55 w/ch amp I started with just didnt do these justice. If you are using a dedicated 2 channel for music only, 80 watts or more really opens these up. An HT amp (IMO) should also be on the upper end(100 w/ch) for these to really shine.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CorkyMuldoon a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I replaced a pair of floor-standing JBL 3-way speakers with my Klipsch RB-35 bookshelf speakers. Can't begin to describe what an impact these new speakers have had.

The soundstage for both music and HT is most impressive. No loss of mid- or lower-range frequencies. My JBL powered subwoofer does a lot of the low-end work, but the RB-35s impress with their handling of lower frequencies. I haven't experienced the problem with grill vibration mentioned by some other reviewers, but then again I probably haven't pushed them to that extent.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by amdrulz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2005

Bottom Line:   
When I first received these speakers, I was blown away by the absolutely enormous sound that these bookshelves were producing. They sounded "fuller" than most other floor standing speakers I have owned. I will admit, however, that the high end was a bit overbearing during the first week or so of use, but after a 2 or 3 week break-in period, the upper end of the frequency spectrum was very smooth.

The other thing that impressed me was their frequency response. The 8" woofer was able to go down to 40 Hz without any audible distortion (granted, there was a large roll-off at this point). The compression driver is a beast that is effortless to over 19 kHz. All things considered, I would certainly say these speakers are worthy of bearing the Klipsch name.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $419.00

Purchased At:   www.acousticsounddes



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by catharsis147 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Purchased as a replacement for ten-year-old three-way Aiwa speakers. The Klipsch speaker company is kind of the rebel among audio enthusiasts. Klipsch’s stubborn adherence to horn technology is often denounced by "pure" (i.e. snotty) audiophiles, yet at the same time lauded by many, many people who simply appreciate good music. The RB-35's are yet another case in point. These bookshelf speakers are second in line to their best bookshelves in the reference line, the RB-75's (who share the same 8 inch woofer).

To say the least, these speakers make for a commanding presence. They are heavy bookshelves that demand both space and attention. The RB-35's have bi-wire capability, as well as gold plated straps to connect the quad-banana inputs for singular wiring. But enough about specs, lets get to the sound. In part due to horn loaded technology, these speakers can get seriously loud at low volumes (sensitivity). In addition, the treble is smooth, albeit slightly high in the upper frequencies. The midrange is clear, with nice depth and stereo soundstage. (note: this review takes place three days after purchasing, so understand that the "break in period" of a speaker may change my opinions of these frequency spectrums later on) But what truly separates these speakers from lesser beings is the bass. THESE SPEAKERS ROCK WITH SERIOUS BASS (at least from my perspective). I had to totally readjust my RW-10 subwoofer because the bass from these bookshelves was so pronounced. In addition, the bass is smooth and unassuming, due most likely to the “cerametallic” woofers used in these speakers. My RW-10 now must work a lot harder to distinguish low from super low frequencies, due to how well these speakers command the mid-low spectrum (They go down to 35hertz for Christ’s sake!). The one problem that results from these speakers is that they tend to reveal the shortcomings of cd recordings that on “normal” domed tweeters would have sounded perfectly fine. In all, I would say these speakers are an excellent value at this price. Highly recommended.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   j and r music world




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