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RBH Sound TK-5CT Floorstanding Speaker Review

by July 22, 2007
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RBH Sound TK-5CT

RBH Sound TK-5CT

  • Product Name: TK-5CT
  • Manufacturer: RBH Sound
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: July 22, 2007 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 949 / pair
  • Buy Now

System Type: 3-way Sealed & Bass Reflex

Frequency Response: 45Hz-20kHz ±3dB

Sensitivity: 87dB (2.83 Voltz @ 1 Meter)

Recommended Power: 70-150 Watts

Drive Units: (1) 8" (203mm) Pulp Kraft Cone Subwoofer

                     (2) 5 3/4" (146mm) Fiberglass Cone Woofer

                     (1) 1" (25mm) Silk Dome Tweeter

Tweeter Protection: Yes

Crossover Frequency: 120 Hz/3000 Hz

Crossover Slope: 12dB/Octave

Impedance: 8 Ohms

Color: Black/Rosewood (gloss black accents)

Grille: Black Cloth

Video Shielding: Yes

Dimensions: 11" W x 42 1/2" H x 13 3/4 D

                  (279mm W x 1079mm H x 349mm D)

Weight: 40 Lbs.

Warranty: 5 Years

Pros

  • Full range speaker for $800 a pair?!?
  • Phenomenal upper end
  • Great imaging
  • Pretty much does everything right sonically

Cons

  • Average aesthetics
  • No biamping ability

Introduction

Winner of the Audioholics 2007 Product of the Year Tower speakers under $1k, the RBH Sound TK-5CT's are among the best we've heard in this price class. Their ability to deliver clean unadulterated sound quality with plenty of bass makes them ideal for someone looking to assemble a cost effective home theater system that also does music equally well. You owe it to yourself to demo these at your local dealer or take a plunge online with the virtually identical EMP Ef30T offering at the Audioholics e-store.

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About the author:

As Associate Editor at Audioholics, Tom promises to the best of his ability to give each review the same amount of attention, consideration, and thoughtfulness as possible and keep his writings free from undue bias and preconceptions. Any indication, either internally or from another, that bias has entered into his review will be immediately investigated. Substantiation of mistakes or bias will be immediately corrected regardless of personal stake, feelings, or ego.

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Recent Forum Posts:

sheedoe posts on February 21, 2009 18:42
I bought the Tk series speakers based on Tom's review. I love the TK-5CT. I admire Tom for comparing these speakers to almost every other speakers he reviews, even the ones that are 5x its price. It gives me a prospective of where my speakers stand. I would love for Tom to to do a review of the Monitor Audio RS6 speakers. They have been highly rated in many pro reviews. And since its in the price category of the TKs, it'd be a great comparison. Tom are you listening??
DFCall posts on February 09, 2009 00:08
RBH tower speakers for corner entertainment center

Thank you for the review, and posts of the RBH TK-5CT. I have a family room with a corner entertainment center, as I think many do. The space on the sides of the cabinet is too narrow for subs, and when I place the subs behind the cabinet it’s OK for movies, but seems muffled and not engaging to the music. On some bass passages the cabinet resonates, which is fine for movies, but is a show stopper for music. Because, the speakers have to set on the sides of the cabinet I have not been able find speakers that could provide decent soundstage and imaging.
I found a pair of the RBH-TK-5CTs on eBay. I am familiar with the RBH speakers, but not the TK line. After reading the review and posts I went ahead and bought the TK-5CTs. Yes, the finish is cheesy up close; however the speakers look nice unless you are examining them closely, and they have a good WF.
For the first time I am getting a great sound stake, imaging, and harmonious bass out of this corner. If you have a corner entertainment center that is a real challenge for music, look at the RGH tower speakers.
nova posts on September 21, 2008 11:14
They will still be available, they just won't have the RBH name. You should still be able to get the F300T with the Destination Audio name or the EF30T from EMPTek.

As for what's going to replace it in the RBH line????
Biggiesized posts on September 21, 2008 02:14
Clint DeBoer, post: 422635
From what we understand, RBH TK is being discontinued, however the same engineers that made that great speaker are bringing to market some very interesting products for EMP…

WHAAT?! Say it ain't so!

What are they planning to bring to the market that will be SUPERIOR to the TK series as well as cheaper?
bans25 posts on June 14, 2008 11:17
If anyone knows where I can get one rosewood TK?5C I may be interested!

Also is there any wall mounts that work with the TK?5Cs?

So far I have been impressed with the sound on this $900 package !
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