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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 206 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance for the size

    Posted
    Gumpo

    I honestly think Best Buy and Bose had a falling out - when i purchased these about two years ago, they were on display right next to a pair of Bose 201s, and when switching between them its obvious the KB-15s are a better product, with a smaller footprint, and usually at a lower price. I originally used these as the 8 and 9th channels in a 9.1 system - using them as the height speakers. They fit in wonderfully with my higher priced Reference system for the special height effects. I A/B'd them to compare against my floor-standing RP-3 and when aided by a sub-woofer for the low frequencies, they sound every bit as rich when listening to most music, but did lose a bit of body in comparison to speakers that are about ten times the size. When the sub-woofer was turned off, it was obvious that they could not compete with the big guys, but i was surprised that they do extend low enough to get a significant kick out of the bass. I compared against some KLH, Panasonic, and RadioShack brand speakers that ranged from the same size to about twice as large, and the KB-15s outperformed all of them in every imaginable way. I've recently moved them into my 10x16 office at work, connected to a small portable DJ amplifier with input from my phone for streaming radio. Placed properly, they fill the room with powerful sound - bass extension in a smaller room means im pretty sure i'm not missing out on a thing, crisp highs and impactful lows abound, they sound absolutely amazing in this environment - i really dont think im missing out on a single detail. The ability to direction them towards my listening location means i can have them playing at a fairly loud volume without it disturbing anyone else in the neighboring offices or common area, without shutting the door. The only downside to these speakers are inherit to their size and cost. While the build quality is definitely solid, after 2 years of babying these speakers, the veneer is starting to peel on one ever so slightly at the corner, which was never well matched up since the day i received them. I own many other pairs of speakers from other companies as well as Klipsch, and while i have experienced this in cheaper brands, it is a first from Klipsch. That said, at the price point, i can accept the not-perfect veneer matching - these are still heavy and solid, and can probably withstand being thrown across the room. The way these speakers are designed with a port vented out the back, you can get a good deal of low frequency extension past what they are rated for if you position them properly, close to a wall will help out, but could cause some distortion in the way of an overly boomy sounding midrange. (If actually placed into a bookshelf, this may happen. For most people it would probably provide a nice full warm sound that is desirable.) So to summarize - these are not the best sounding speakers i own, but they are competing very well with much larger and much more expensive models, and completely destroying the similarly sized and priced options i have. At their normal price, they are a good deal - on sale, they are an exceptional value. Perfect for bedrooms, dorms, home offices, etc. that cant fit something larger, but still want top notch audiophile level sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch KB15 - I want to listen to music again

    Posted
    GoodSon

    I have compared these speakers at home against the Polk T15, Pioneer bs22, and my old NHT Super Zeros and at the store against the T15, BS22, TSX110, and Bose ( forget the name they were priced at about $250) My setup at home consists of a Yamaha 373 receiver and a 12" Dayton sub. I tested all speakers as front mains crossed over between 120 and 80 Hz; . I did not test the speakers sending them full frequency(s). My home "testing" revealed some surprises. The NHTs, which I thought , and was told, were so good were...meh. The Polk T15s were just plain dull, and the BS22 sounded great for some music, but was found wanting in others.. In the store, which is less than ideal, I rated them best to worst: KB15, TSZ110/BS22 (tied but based on song) , Bose, T15. This is subjective testing and based on what 55 year old ears can hear. I probably have some high end loss due to loud music listening in my youth. Long live the 70's! Klipsch sound.: I can only describe it as clear, detailed and great imaging ........ on well recorded songs. You will quickly discover which of your digital recordings suck. When you find a "good" one, the Klipschs will bring out sounds you never knew were there. Snare drums, high hats, kick drums, guitars, both electric and acoustic, piano/keyboards could easily be distinguished in the busiest of songs, Acoustic melodies and vocals were sometimes an emotional experience...depending on the song of course :-). The high-end harshness some people say are an occasional negative of the Klipsch speakers in general didn't present itself in the least in my experience. My budget for speakers was $100 and I exceeded that with these speakers. I initially bought (and returned) the Polk T15s when they went on sale for $50. I got the KB15s for $130 which I think is a fantastic value. Their $249 retail is a little much. These speakers are made for BB by Klipsch and are the BB version of the Klipsch B20s which are rated very highly by the "experts". I would be curious how the 2 compare. The tweeters are the same, but the woofers are different and the crossover point is different.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch quality sound you can believe in

    Posted
    Alan14150

    These speakers exhume a sophisticated image without the high price. I was lucky enough to pick up a pair of these when they were dirt cheap for $98, which is an unheard of price for a pair of Klipsch speakers. The craftsmanship of these speakers is really quite good. They look just as good with the covers on as they do without. In fact I couldn't decide! These may be the low-end of Klipsch's bookshelf lineup, but the fact is that Klipsch's "low end" speakers rival that of some other speaker maker's mid-range offerings. I find the highs to be extremely crisp with virtually NO sibilance at all! What this means is that there is no annoying distortion on the "SSSSS" sounds in singer's vocals. I compared these to the Polk TSi speakers that retail for slightly less than the Klipsch speakers, and to my ears the Polks had a slight sibilance in the highs. they just aren't as accurate and precise as the Klipsch's aluminum dome tweeters. These speakers have been described as being having a foreward and revealing sound. The vocals blend seamlessly with the rest of the music with no drop or peaks, and create a precise and sharp phantom center image. The sweet spot if very wide thanks to the horn. Again, I compared these to the Polks and let me tell you, dome tweeters alone don't have as wide of a sweet spot. If you move around a lot or are watching movies with your family, you will appreciate the wide sound stage that horns offer. (There is a reason why movie theaters use Klipsch speakers .... sensitivity--and of course those wide dispersion horns!) The bass is just right: not too boomy, with well defined lows, despite being ported. I was surprised that a 5.25" speakers could produce so much bass. The speaker cabinet's size and depth comes into play here; they are quite deep, and having a rear port, they need to be placed a few inches from the wall. that means they might stick out a bit into the listening area.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exclusive Best Buy Klipsch speaker at a great deal

    Posted
    MrChiken

    I needed a low cost, small bookshelf speaker to use in the interim till I "decided" on the speakers I really want. I heard these on display when they were $250/pr. Now on sale for $99! Got the last pair. Hooked them up to my Denon AVR-3313CI reciever on Pure Direct mode. Listened to CDs using 3313's built in DAC and Vinyl. This site says they can handle over 300 watts, the sticker on the back says "max power-85W". I believe the sticker, as I didn't even get close to 100W when the 5-14" were hitting max excursion. At first, crossed over to sub at 60hz at moderate volume, but if you crank it up, I found it better crossed over at 80hz to keep the little 5-1/4"drivers happy. I haven't had a chance to listen to all the different kinds of music I enjoy, just rock and some electronic, and Sinatra on Vinyl. On moderate volume, they had a near open sound, drums had presence, and the highs were crisp, clear, but not airy. When cranked up, the midbass does loose focus,gets grainy, and sound stage gets narrow, and cabinet resonances are clearly audible. But that is too be expected. I took apart the back plate to take a peak inside. There is no internal bracing in the cabinet, just a few corner battens to strengthen it. There is a sheet of acoustic damping wrapped around the woofer. The crossover is a second-order with electrolytic capacitors, and a resistor to tweeter before the crossover. My beef with electrolytics is that when they age, the value changes, shifting the crossover point over time. But in a competitive entry level bookshelf, a second-order is better than just a cap going to the tweeter. Overall, I am happy with this bookshelf. Sound is good, and accurate at reasonable volume levels. Integrates well with a subwoofer,. As for the complaint they don't have a mounting hole; 2 reasons: 1, port is at the rear, mounting these directly to the wall will limit bass. 2. in my opinion, they are a bit heavy and big to rely on one screw to hold them up, but then again, the Reference series 6-1/2" bookshelf does have a key-hole in back, is heavier, but I think is front ported.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade

    Posted
    DaveNLR
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I blew a 12" woofer out of my Cerwin Vega DX7's which were 15 years old. They were huge, and filled a lot of room on either side of the media center. I never thought I would be able to use bookshelf speakers, because on top of standard home theater use, I still like to rock out like I was still in the 70's. I figured since I already had a polk 12" powered sub in the system, I might be alright, so I tried these speakers, as they are from my home state (Hope, Ar) and are made in Indiana, and have a rather cult like status around here for quality and sound. The results were astonishing. Not only did the KB15's sound better than the DX-7's, but even without the sub, had good enough bass for standard volume listening. I set the crossover at 100hz, balanced the sub to match (the volume levels of the KB15s were very close to that of the DX7's which were rated at 93db/m@1w under the old measurements. Music sounded so much better now. Being in my 50's, my high end hearing is probably a tad on the low side, hence I didnt notice any tinniness, or overly bright highs, I actually welcomed the open and clear sound. Well worth a home audition, if you want some excellent speakers at a good price, with a great warranty. I was just going to use these until I could get my DX7's repaired, but have decided to keep these, and not bother repairing the DX7's at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch is like broccoli

    Posted
    steve6
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I think the vegetable analogy is a good one. Either you like the Klipsch sound or you don't. There's really no in between. I have gone through more speakers than I'd care to count. Most recently, I have enjoyed the little Pioneers that have gotten so much attention in the audio press. But my previous speakers were Klipsch RB-5s, and I found myself longing for them. The Pioneers are well-balanced; the presentation is quite straight. What's missing is what Klipsch horn technology provides, and that's air. As soon as I hooked these little guys up, I heard (even felt# air. Listening to classical music, I can hear air around the instruments. With the excellent soundstaging, I can tell how close the clarinet players are sitting to one another. Yes, the Klipsch sound is a forward, bright one #but not at all shrill, at least to my ears). It's a sound that's definitely not to everyone's taste. It's anything but dull. But regardless of the type of music you listen to, these speakers will draw, and keep, your attention. Note that bass response is really pretty minimal. You'll want to complement them with a subwoofer for serious music listening and movie watching. These particular Icons are nothing special to look at, but they seem very well-built, and they were beautifully packed. At this price, you just can't go wrong. But be prepared for a different sound than you're probably used to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising clarity for price range

    Posted
    Masselli

    I am so glad I purchased this pair of speakers instead of the Bose 301's. I am a fan of crisp, clear high's and strong mid's and these Klipsch's deliver. I have these paired with the Klipsch SW-350 powered subwoofer. One thing I really like about these is the sensitivity rating of 94dB, they don't need insane amounts of power to produce loud and clear sound which is always a plus. I have played these a few times without the subwoofer on and was surprised by the bass they can produce. I keep them about two feet from the wall so I'm sure they can deliver even more if you were to bring them closer to the wall, but if you are serious about the sound you should pair these with a good subwoofer. I have owned these since they came out in 2011 and have really pushed them, quite a few times and to my surprise there was never any distortion. I listen to a lot of classic rock and some classical music and depending on the audio source, vocals are amazing. I can't stress how clear the high's and mid's are for this price range. I can't see myself purchasing any other speakers any time soon, Klipsch has a great track record when it comes to quality and I anticipate these speakers lasting a very long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Returned to store today

    Posted
    AnalogManFromThePast

    I spent 30 minutes in the store cycling between the Klipsch, Polk and Bose speakers before taking this home with me. It sounded better than $300 Bose in my opinion - with superb clarity and sharpness. I kept them for a week before returning them and purchasing the Polk TSX110B. Why? I bought them to use in my office as music speakers - attached to a little amp which hooks up to my laptop. I actually put the bookshelf speakers on bookshelves about eye level when standing. I ran them through a series of different songs with different styles (jazz, smooth jazz, classic rock, 80's alternative, etc) and on some songs I was amazed - they really sound excellent for the price. However when I listened to most any Jazz (which I do a lot as background music while working) the bass sounds awful. I thought they were defective the first time I heard the muffled distorted bass (at low volumes) come out of them. Awful. So back to the store they went. I would say if you plan on using them as part of a surround system (with a separate subwoofer) you will probably love them - however if you want them as stand alone speakers for music make sure you test them thoroughly while you can still return them for a full refund. As a side note - the Polk tsx110b's are keepers - the upper range isn't as clear as the Klipsch but the overall sound is much better for my needs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These are great sounding speakers!

    Posted
    texanfan79

    Now at $199, they are a great bargain. These are specially made for BB and are probably under rated and not getting any attention. BUT, these are worth a look. Do what I did, go in a test drive them.... I asked the BB agent for a mini to mini so I could plug in my ipod into the receiver driving the display units, and when i went to Robben Ford, "good time" I was simply amazed at what I was hearing.... I turned it up and people came up to me and wanted to know what I was playing. They said it sounded great and they were all the way accross the store and had to come and see what and who it was..... The bass is exceptionally tight and soild. A sub is not a must have with these speakers. YOu can actually hear the bass guitar riffs, instead of a boom boom boom. The highs are nice and crisp. Cymbals and hit hat are nice and clear.... and dont sound like one sizzle... vocals and lead guitar are true.... You wont be disapointed.... BTW, I am driving them with a new Dennon AVR 1912.... The clarity is really nice......

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding speakers!

    Posted
    ACEACE

    I was looking for a solid bookshelf speaker downstairs my JBL NV24 was not cutting it. So here I was at my local BB when I was looking at the new Klipsch reference bookshelf speaker. The display wasn't working when the employees were fixing their displays for me. So to kill time I wondered to next isle that few speakers were on clearance and thats when I saw this Klipsch icon speakers. Same spec and identical look of $249.00 reference speaker. Without listening to these speakers the employee who help me tag the icon for $99.00 and with my BB 20.00 reward dollars got these puppies for actually $74.99! What a score but the real value when I fired up the Icons at home WOW the clarity and the bass has taken me by surprise! Not bad at all for the size of this Klipsch bookshelf speakers. Really made a difference you won't be disappointed. This coming from audio enthusiasts who is blessed to have a pair of Infinity KAPPA 9.1 almost 5 feet tall with dual 12 subwoofer 4way speakers amplified by Parasound HCA3500 350 watts at 8ohms x 2. I humbly know a few things what a good speaker should sound like, they need to sound really good...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    Posted
    BreezyJ

    I purchased these speakers not out of necessity, but desire. These are normally $250/pr; I caught them on sale for $150/pr and simply couldn't resist. These speakers sound fantastic: smooth, coherent, detailed, good soundstaging/imaging, and balanced. These come on song with very little power due to their 94dB sensitivity. I did find that they had a hint of warmth for the bass frequencies they cover, but there is still plenty of detail in these frequencies; so it's not sloppy bass. This is good since the bass rolls off just above 60dB. While a sub isn't necessary, I think anyone who opts for one will enjoy their system even more. These speakers are ideal for surround sound and small-room 2-channel music applications. They have an open sounding quality and a good sense of air for such affordable speakers. These are not surround-sound only speakers. I would still recommend these at the regular asking price of $250/pr.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound

    Posted
    rsbob

    I bought these at Best Buy after Thanksgiving and am loving them. I wanted a smaller foot print and these do the trick. Replaced some 1991 JBL 3 ways. These have open and clear highs. I am in my 60"s so my high end hearing is gone. The horn is very bright so I don't need the treble cranked up on the receiver anymore. The 5.25 woofer is solid with no distortion. It is a rock solid bass unlike the JBL'S. I am runing a 3.1 surround system and these are the mains and are killer at it. I do get rowdy and they hang in there. I also have a Velodyne sub so these little ( but big sounding ) speakers don't have to work as hard. I am in haven. I am also married so the wife love the smallness of them. I will need some speaker stands to get them at ear level when sitting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the nicest sets of speakers I have owned

    Posted
    AppleGeek62
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My concern when buying these were the reviews I read here that said they had no base, and you needed a subwoofer.... what I discovered is they have plenty of base for their purpose. To those who have problems with the base, I'd say check the settings on your receiver... I quickly noticed that surround sound systems tend to channel base to a subwoofer, weather there is one attached or not... you needed to find a pure stereo setting to get the base channeled to these speakers. That learned, I hooked these up to a very small bookshelf stereo I own, and discovered they put out about twice the Volume the speakers designed for it did. The speakers aren't being stressed in the least even at the stereos highest volume, It's a very nice sound! I have wanted a pair of Klipsch for years, these did not disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for the money (on sale).

    Posted
    RonDMHT
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First,let me say that I had an issue with Best Buy when I tried to purchase these speakers. I ordered them on-line when they were on sale. However, they were listed as on back oder. After a while, my order was cancelled due to a lack of "availability". Imagine my surprise when a week later I saw them on sale at $100 more than the original sale price ($98) and, in stock! I immediately calle Customer Service about this. Best Buy, to their credit stepped right up and honored the original sale price with me. There was no argument or reluctancy on their part. That, is why I am a still a loyal customer. The speakers sound great. No problems with them handeling the power output that I subject them to. Presently, I am using them with my computer sound system. But, I wouldn't hesitate using them with my TV surround sound either. I would highly recommend them, especially when they go on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The absolute best system

    Posted
    MaestroRick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Downsized from a more powerful system that I had for twenty years. Was looking for the right bookshelf system because I was downsizing to a smaller apartment. Having to shop for sound electronics after 20 years I shopped around and decided to review Klipsch. And only two other brands. I was totally sold on Klipsch. The size, sound clarity and delivery is the best. What has made this bookshelf system even better but not needed is the Klipsch subwoofer. Put these bookshelf up high and with the subwoofer down low the two together is everything you will need in a stereo sound system for music. I do not use this for home entertainment system/tv. I use it for music and I am very pleased in my downsized apartment. The volume is low and the sound fills the room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbeatable for the price

    Posted
    AudioGarden

    I never really write reviews about any products I buy, but for this purchase i felt compelled to. I recently purchased a pair of these KB-15's, a Pioneer Elite VSX-42 receiver, and a polk psw110 subwoofer. I wanted to review these the day i got them, but i figured i would use them for a while and see how I still like them. These bookshelfs are simply the best i could ask for in my price range. They are the most efficient speaker Ive owned, even with my lower powered reciever there is absolutely no distortion, even when close to max volume. The highs are pristine, the mid-ranges are not overpowering like most bookshelf speakers, and they add a nice "kick" to my polk sub. All in all i highly recommend these speakers, you wont look back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    Posted
    SamB1970
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought these speakers a few days ago to use with a Lepai LP-2020A+ mini-amplifier that I recently purchased. I had planned on buying a basic set of bookshelf speakers to go with it, as this was not going to be my primary music system, but when the Klipsch KB-15's dropped significantly in price (from $250 down to $150)I decided to treat myself. I'm glad I did - they sound great. Listening to music over the weekend, I heard notes in certain songs that I had never heard before. This the fourth Klipsch product I've owned - I have the ProMedia 2.1 computer speakers, in addition to the Image S4 and Image S3 earphones. I like these speakers so much that I might end up using them to replace some of the speakers in my home theater system (they sound better than my current front left and right speakers).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy on sale

    Posted
    Rome88
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Great sound. But, purchase these when they are on sale. Everything goes on sale at one point in time, you just have to be patient. I bought them for $150 for the pair. I have the center speaker and the floorstanding speakers in my shoppping cart waiting for those to go on sale to buy the matching set. BTW, they dont have mounting holes to hang on the wall or ceiling... they are probably to big for that. I might build a custom shelf close to the ceiling and secure them to the shelf because im going to angle them down about 30 degrees, that way the sound travels straight to the main listening area

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound for the price

    Posted
    avdoc
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I picked these up on sale ($200/pr) to use as "presence" speakers for my Klipsch reference system. These compare very favorably to the more expensive reference line. For the price, I don't think there is a better speaker out there. They aren't the most attractive speakers (black boxes), but they look pretty good with the grill covers off. They have nice binding posts that accept banana plugs, the same as from the reference line. Since the ports are in the rear, they shouldn't be placed against a wall and that may limit placement for some as they probably shouldn't be wall mounted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow, you've got to love that punch!

    Posted
    Smithco
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Placed these as an addition to the sound system we use for our home entertainment center. They are located in back of the room at both ends of the sofa. These are paired with two sets of Bose 301's that are stacked on opposite sides of the TV. It was a complete and total surprise to hear the amazing low end tones come from the Klipsch speakers. The highs were expected but, WOW, what a punch this added to all forms of sound coming from a pretty much economy Sony 200 watt 2 chanel power source. Buy these with confidence and be sure to warn your neighbors before you hook them up!

    I would recommend this to a friend