Klipsch RP-280FA Review — New Speakers To Take Your Viewing To A New Level

Klipsch RP-280FA Review

Several new speakers are introduced into the market with various in-built features for the best sound delivery. Because of this, the task of finding the right speaker becomes more difficult.

If you want to have a thrilling, cinematic sound experience, this Klipsch RP-280FA review from our experts will discuss a new speaker that can meet your needs and take your listening to a new level.

What We Like

What We Don’t Like

Klipsch RP-280FA Design

Anyone who knows Klipsch speakers design would attest that the RP-280FA hasn’t deviated from the company’s line of classic design since its inception seven decades ago. Its design is similar to the RP-280F (non-Atmos version).

Though the company still upholds its classic design, the RP-280FA is eye-catching from a distance.

One thing our experts love about this speaker’s design is its fantastic natural wood veneer finish. The Klipsch’s aesthetics is incredible and will make a beautiful addition to any home theater system.

The top-performing floorstanding speakers including Klipsch understand the importance of heightened speakers in delivering better surround sounds. That’s why the RP-280FA comes in a heightened design above the regular listening area for a more realistic surround sound output. 

The flagship model in the Reference Premiere Line comes with seven speakers, including one titanium-dome tweeter [1]. It also includes RP-450C center speaker, two ceramic/metal 8-inch subwoofers, with Atmos-enabled elevation drivers to create a reflective ceiling sound effect.

The RP-280FA stands at 43 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 19 inches deep, which is a bit large and will consume significant space. The RP-450 center speaker comes at a considerable size, measuring just 31 inches in length.

Features of Klipsch RP-280FA

Sound Quality

This Atmos-enabled speaker system’s sound quality is second to none and outperforms most Atmos-enabled speakers our experts tested. The speaker tower delivers a cinematic-experience, thanks to Klipsch trademark horn tweeters and Atmos capability.

As previously stated in our expert Klipsch RP-280FA review, this speaker features a unique titanium-dome tweeter that boasts inbuilt up-firing drivers. These drivers create an immersive sound effect by bouncing the sound off the ceiling. This way, resonance is minimized, and you can hear pure sounds.

The woofers produce powerful bass sound, with reduced distortion that allows for more transparent sound movement. Even without the subwoofers, the up-driving speaker still made compelling sounds, which is impressive.

Klipsch RP-280FA is rated 150 watts and has a power peak of 600W, with a 90×90 degree crossover. The woofer produces 75W of continuous power and has a power peak of 300W.

For a range of soundbars from the same brand, you can also check our page about the top-performing Klipsch soundbars here

Audio Technology

As explained in this expert Klipsch RP-280FA review, this speaker system takes advantage of the inbuilt Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks to create a cinematic listening experience. These soundtracks are absent in the RP-280.

For test purposes, our experts listened to some movies on Blu-ray like Mission Impossible: “Fallout” and The Avengers. The listening experience was incredible, almost as if in the cinema, thanks to the Atmos and DTS:X audio technology. Our experts could tell that the RP-280FA is in for the best cinematic experience.


The Klipsch tower speaker has dual binding posts for bi-amping, plus another pair for the Atmos binding posts. That means you’ve to connect two speaker cables to each speaker instead of the regular one.

Klipsch RP-280FA Setup

Our team didn’t encounter any difficulty installing the Atmos-enabled speaker, with a 7-channel amplifier, seven speakers, including the large RP-450C center speaker, RP-250S Rear speaker, and woofers. Setting it up with other theater systems was easy, as the towers flanked the large TV screen when testing it on some Blu-ray movies.


One thing about floor-standing speakers is that they tend to be expensive, even when you choose the best slim tower speakers, you are required to shell out a good amount of money. The Klipsch is no different. If you’re looking for an incredible cinematic experience with great surround sounds, you should be ready to cough out some cash.

Fortunately, this speaker is relatively less expensive than other Atmos-enabled speakers our experts tested.


This speaker system comes with a lengthy warranty, further proving the durability of the floor-standing speaker.

(If you are looking for other models with a one-year warranty, the Klipsch R-625FA floorstanding speaker is worth considering)

Klipsch RP-280FA Review Conclusion

Audiophiles and lovers of loud sounds will appreciate the dynamics and sound quality of this floor-standing speaker.

As evident in this Klipsch RP-280FA review, the new speaker in the Reference Premiere Series provides a cinematic sound experience, uncommon amongst other up-firing drivers, thanks to its Atmos and DTS:X audio and reflective sound.

Thanks to its modern unsophisticated natural veneer wood design, this speaker system is robust and will last for a long time. It will continue to offer uncompromised audio quality for the time being.

Overall, our team of experts was satisfied with its performance. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best Atmos-enabled speakers for the money.

If you are looking for more affordable speakers, check out our list of top-performing budget floorstanding speakers here. 


Willie Greer
Willie Greer
Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.