Posts Tagged Klipsch Reference Base 2018 Home Cinema Package review
There would perhaps be some wiggle room for tempering this brightness with some careful system matching, were the performance worth it elsewhere. But sadly, it isn’t. This package might have stood little chance of beating Q Acoustics’s 3050i Cinema Pack for entertainment or enthusiasm anyway, but the centre speaker shows little interest in putting up a fight.
The R-34C isn’t atrocious by any means, but it appears to have been designed and tuned for an entirely different package, by an entirely different and less capable manufacturer.”
But while Klipsch’s two pairs of stereo speakers are competent, a few moments of music playback highlights some questionable timing and a somewhat muted dynamic reach. It doesn’t stick out unduly during a film, however, our main gripes concern those units built specifically for the purpose of cinema.
The R-100SW sub and R-34C centre appear sonically detached, as if reading from different hymn sheets. With the former, it feels like those rumbling low frequencies are being puffed out rather than punched. It’s a woolly presentation that makes it seem as though there is a gap in the frequencies that the sub and floorstanders are capable of. Longer listening highlights more of a conflicting presentation that makes the R-100SW stick out.”