The RF 7s are not as easy to Plug N Play as the VF 36's. On initial setup and running MCACC the problems I had with the RF 7s were, room reverbaration, standing waves, dominant bass and poor imaging. I experience the shrill and harshness of horn speakers for the first time. I have heard about these things on the forum and said to myself relax, there are things that you have learned on the forum.
Next, into action: 1.) Equilateral triangle for imaging, 2.) toe- in, 3.) Pull them away from the walls 1-2 ft., This help with some of the problems. The bass was still causing problems in the room. I tweak the EQ on the RF 7s, lowering the 125Hz band and the1kHz band by 3 db. Then I up the 4kHz band and the 16 kHz band of all the speakers for greater intrument separation. I should also mention the I ran the auto MCACC and EQ pro with 3 positions.
Next, the smile over my face grew like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Everything in system was tied together with synergy. In between some of this, I compared my Icon V towers to the RF 7s. Although this is not a fair comparison.
I found without all the tweaks, that the 7s have a more complete sound. The Pioneer Elite dose a lot to level out the playing field for the VF 36's. The 7s have a larger sound stang and overall more balance compared to the VF 36s. The VF 36s have a very smooth delivery of the Hi's due to the horn design. My initial impression of the Icon V series still stands: it is a very good system. The Icon V's are for people willing to spend $4000 for a system retail with avr compared to 10,000 retail for an RF 7 HT. The Klipsch quality is in both systems and I will be keeping my Icon V's. Most likely, I will grow the RF 7s into a completer HT.
One last point, timber match is perfect between the Icon V speakers and the RF 7s. This has to do with MCACC EQ. Dialogue is clear and not hard to hear from the VC 25 inspite of the mismatch to the 7s with the hughe drivers. When people are asking opinions on avr's, we focus in on power maybe more than we should. The quality of the pre-amp is a very big factor in the overall integration of the system. The RF 7s are a truly great speaker.
Klipsch HT, 9.3 system, RF 7 main, RC 64 center, RS 35 surround, RS 35 front wide, VF 35 surround back
Subs: Epik Legend, Premiere Acoustic PA 150 and SVS 25-31
Rockefish Power conditioner RF- HTS 120
Yamaha M 80 and M 70 amps
Carver M 400 amp for RC 64
Pioneer Elite SC 35
Pioneer BDP 430
Logitech Harmony 700 remote
Klipsch HD 500 HT
Sony STR DH 510
Samsung BD C5500 player