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Klipsch - Reference Series 5-1/4" 340-Watt Passive 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

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    Code4code5
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    I purchased the R-34C center channel speaker along with a pair of R-51M to use as surrounds and a pair of R-26F speakers as the mains. The center and surrounds are brand new from Klipsch, so I actually bought them without hearing them in person first. Knowing Klipsch quality, I didn’t have any doubt that the new series would perform just as well as the older lines. I didn’t receive the mains until about a week after receiving the other three. The R-26F, being last year’s model, are being phased out and were hard to find. I ran a 3.1 system for a week, and got to evaluate each element based on their individual merits. They were attached to a Denon AVR-S920W, outputting 90 watts per channel with 7.1 or Dolby Atmos capability. Starting with the R-51M’s, I can say that there bookshelves are highly capable speakers. The Tractrix horn produces the most clear and distinct upper register that I’ve heard. Some say that Klipsch has a history of being harsh on the upper end, but I’d argue that the clarity and sharpness of the tweeter makes you feel as though you’re getting the full range of the source. The woofer gives a solid mid-range performance, but might be slightly undersized to compete with the amazing horn. You don’t expect a lot of lower end from a small bookshelf speaker, so crossing over to a subwoofer at 90Hz made up for any deficiencies on that end. The crossovers in these speakers make it very clear which frequencies are getting sent to each driver, as when you’re standing right in front of the speaker, the directionality and separation of each makes a huge difference in the overall sound picture. Backing up 5-10 feet, the speaker sounds like one single full-range image. Next up, the R-26F main speakers. These things are tremendous. Attaching them to the left and right leads, these floors performed right out of the box. My first stop was a test of the upper and mid range, Alison Krauss’ “Paper Airplane” via Apple Music and Airplay to the receiver. I’ve had surround systems for years, mostly with satellites and ceiling mounted speakers, but this is the first time I’ve truly been “wow’d” with the clarity of the reproduction. I don’t care if you are a fan of that style of music or not, do yourself a favor and pull up anything from Alison Krauss and Union Station with your HT rig. It’s the most honest music I’ve ever heard, and her production of the music features the musicianship of the members over the effects of the studio. “Dimming of the Day,” “Maybe,” “Goodbye is All We Have,” “Stay,” “Ghost In This House.” Solo, her “River in the Rain” or “I Never Cared for You.” Her voice is haunting and true, powerful and gentle simultaneously. I found that I needed more power to drive the R-26Fs to the same volume than I had with the R-51Ms in the mail role, but still had a lot of headroom. I played it as loud as I could stand and still had about 20db before I maxed out the receiver. Even at that volume, the floors never wavered or chuffed, almost as if they were asking for more juice. In fact, they don’t really shine until you really push them, the lower end tends to fall off at moderate listening levels. I put the receiver in “pure direct” mode, then verified that nothing was coming out of the center or sub. With an acoustic performance like she and Union Station provide, I literally had to feel the sub to make sure it wasn’t in play. What I was getting from the floors was just as if the band was standing in front of me. Unadulterated, I could hear the picking of each Steele string as it was plucked and fell off. An acoustic bass is well represented here and doesn’t overpower. Moving on to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” the range between the highs of crash symbols and guitars were very well reproduced. However, the low end needed some serious reinforcement. I kicked the receiver into “music” mode, activating the LPF crossover and subwoofer. Adding that into the mix completed the picture. I still couldn’t tolerate maxing out the speakers, as they would have given more than my head could absorb. Bottom line, mid and high ranges are amazing with these mains, but don’t expect them to hit under about 90-100Hz without missing something. Those 6.5 inch woofers are good at the lower mid-range, but can’t sound like an amplified subwoofer. Imaging between the two speakers was very good, and stereo effects transitioned beautifully from one side to the other. I didn’t try a phantom center, because I’ve got a gem in that role. The R-34C is nothing short of a gift. Four 3.5 inch woofers and the trademark Klipsch Tractrix horn are an absolute pleasure to listen to. If the center channel is the heart of a surround sound system, this speaker beats strong. Mid and upper range is so well done, that the only word that I can find to describe the sound is “rich.” It makes no mistakes. I couldn’t possibly glow about this speaker any more. For dialogue and vocals, the representation is full and clear. Pronunciations and echo effects that you might have heard in a set of quality headphones are apparent on a big stage, front and center. The moderation of male and female voices alike is pits the voice against the rest of the system. I had to turn the levels on the center down about 4db to let the rest of this overall exceptional system keep up. The bite of “s” and the “c” sounds are true, making you take note, but isn’t distracting. Hearing the personality of the voice come through was a new experience for me; to hear how the vocalist moves the sound from throat to nose and back brings real personality to the music, and you can hear the vocalist moving closer and further from the microphone based on the timbre of their voice. So how to they all work together in a home theater? Wow. The first film I put on was “Ready Player One,” which I’d seen in an Atmos theatre, in 4K BD from an Xbox One S. Once again, the center was a little over-powering and the dialog dominated the opening. scene. Once I dialed the center back about 4db, the whole system was balanced and each speaker complimented and played off of one another. Van Halen’s “Jump” got the heart rate pumping, but Foley effects in the film didn’t let you forget where the action was. Cut to the first race scene, all I can say is that this system performed amazingly. Once again, I pushed the volume as high as I could tolerate and there was still plenty of headroom. I imagine that the ~97db sensitivity of this set makes a huge difference with regard to how much power is needed to drive these speakers to satisfaction, because I can’t imaging pushing them harder. My daughter actually complained that her ear was bothering her after walking in front of one of the mains. (Whoops). There was no distortion, no chuff, no struggle, no rumble, and no distraction. My son, whose seen the movie twice, was wrapped in by the audio. The experience of seeing the movie coupled with the enthralling sound track and effects brought the movie to life for him, and for me too. These Klipsch speakers are a home theater dream, even in my large room with open “walls” on two sides. My bottom line is that I’m glad to have spent the money to get a quality system. Perhaps I could have done better by matching the R-34C to the upper level of Klipsch Reference speakers, but I don’t think it’s wrong that the center shines so beautifully. The sound is still well matched, enveloping, and engaging. After calibrating the system with Audyssey Bronze, and coupled with my Samsung UN65M9000 display and Xbox One S serving up UHD Atmos content, I finally have a theater quality experience in my living room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for a system

    Posted
    Marine778
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    I have these 340W shelf speakers combined with the two floor speakers, a subwoofer and a center speaker. All are Klipsch in the same Reference Series. These are not the premiere reference series. When testing this speaker, I did it in combination with the speakers I listed, as well as independently to see how it sounds alone. As a group, the speakers worked well together. The well balanced highs, mids and bass really sound great. The speakers each contain one 5.25” sub and a really strong tweeter. There is no mid range speaker, but when you listen to the sound you can tell there really is not need for one. The tweeter more than compensates for the sub. At first glance, the speakers are very attractive. It has a nice black faux wood look, and matches the rest of the speakers. The grill looks great and does not hamper the performance. This is the 340W model, not the 300W you see in the Magnolia section of Best Buy. Those are the Premiere series I mentioned earlier. It is more than sufficient for my set up and really provides the surround sound I wanted to compliment the grouping of speakers. I don’t feel I needed more, and after installing everything I still feel the same way. When I tried it by itself, I thought the sound would have been off balanced, but I was incorrect and they sound really great. I thought the subs would really overpower the tweeter, but the tweeter is really strong and really puts out some power. I am very happy with this choice, and I feel they could work on their own without the extra speakers if need be. Running this off a Onkyo receiver that has 4K compatible sound, I really like the results of the set up. Alone of grouped with the other speakers, this is a great set of speakers for the above average audiophile. For my man cave, I love the set up and now I can watch what I want or listen to what I want with extreme quality sound. I can turn up the volume as loud as I am comfortable doing, and they stay clear with no issues to note. I definitely recommend it someone that wants either a solid performing group of speakers to compliment other speakers they already have or plan to get. Something you don’t mind seeing that is. Some people like their speakers small and hidden, and others like to show off their system visually as well as with the sound. This is definitely the latter choice. These things simply perform and you will love them. I really don’t think I need the Premiere model and based on the difference in price I am more than happy with the quality and value of these speakers for much less of a price. I think this will work well for my set

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small speakers but do not let the size fool you...

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    AudioX802
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    After a recent decision to build a better than average home theater system capable of handling music as well as movies. I started doing ALOT of spec and price comparisons in the mid level home theater speaker offerings from many companies. After weeks of research and several in store demos( using my own music and device) i decided to pull the trigger and buy these bookshelf speakers. Not only are these speakers extremely satisfying to look at but they perform just as well as they look. After picking these up, unboxing and setup i took my time( 1 month) throwing everything i could think of at these speakers(music and movies) just to establish a base line for evaluating before dialing in the sound. After establishing a solid baseline performance i began tuning the system to get every drop of sound out of them..... I am running these through a pioneer elite vslx103 with the Klipsch RP-500c center and bose 201 v4 as surrounds. I currently do not have a sub hooked up- and honestly, to my suprise i'm in no hurry to add one, these speakers coupled with the center in a PROPER setup produce unparalleled acoustic response and will solidly deliver down into the 30hz range EASILY!!!!! Once you drop into the mid to low 20hz range you'll start to audibly hear the speakers bottoming out in their ability to produce those super low notes. With that said.... for some 5 1/4" bookshelf speakers these things will take on anything you throw at them musically from Hard rap and hip hop all the way through the gambit to bluegrass and symphony. these speakers will immerse you in a 3D soundstage. You WILL hear things in recordings(that youve listened to 1000's of times) but never noticed... The cabinets are real wood and ported in the rear, magnetic grilles(that don't rattle when things get loud, they also come with Good quality rubber feet if you choose to use them or not. Allaround these speakers do exactly what i wanted them to do and they do it with ease, If you are contemplating building or upgrading in a small to med. sized music/home theater system these speakers will not let you down, if you take the time to place them properly and match them with the other speakers in your system you will look forward to coming home and getting into your favorite movie or favorite music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Sound for the Price

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    Eddie
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    When you're comparing speakers, you know you have to keep in mind the price tag. So, given the price tag on these speakers, they were perfect for my needs - a medium sized family room with vaulted ceilings. I replaced my Klipsch Quintet SL speakers for the Left and Right front speakers and also purchased the matching R-52C center channel. My two rear speakers are still my trusty Klipsch Quintets, which are wall mounted a few feet above my head. Given the efficiency of Klipsch speakers, I have no problem blasting out the most challenging of movie soundtracks from my Onkyo 636 AVR from 2014. For bass, I have a Klipsch Sub-12 (12"). I also have two other 5.1 setups, all with Klipsch speakers. I buy them because they offer phenomenal sound clarity for the price and size. Plus, after years of beating on them, they are still flawless. Now, some people do not like the perceived "brightness" of the horn tweeter that is a distinctive feature of the Klipsch brand. I understand this characteristic, but in practice it has everything to do with your listening room environment and less so with the speaker. The trick that works for me is to remove everything that can absorb sound from the room (like pillows, blankets, etc.) before running the AVR computer room calibration (e.g. AccuEQ, Audyssey, MCACC, YPAO, etc.) . If these speakers sound too bright/harsh to your ears, it might be more to do with room reflections, which are magnifying the higher frequencies/notes, e.g. windows, glass tabletops, leather furniture, etc. Also, these speakers are only as good as the original source material. Modern movie soundtracks should sound excellent, but some older movies, and especially CDs, may sound awful because they have artificially boosted highs. Note that switching to a more traditional dome tweeter might help or it might actually make things worse - because the dome tweeter is less directional and therefore has the potential to add to the room reflection issue. Trust me. I am the pickiest person I know when it comes to sound. I have always enjoyed Klipsch speakers (including these ) whether watching Blu-Rays, playing video games, listening to classical music or rock & pop. But, I'm no audiophile or speaker snob. IMO, these inexpensive bookshelf speakers are very capable, have good bass for the size, and are a great way to be introduced to the Klipsch brand before spending big bucks on the RP or RF series, or more expensive speakers from another brand. Just have fun with these speakers (for the price) and just think of them as a stepping stone to even better sound!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These are worth every penny, and then some.

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    Mike
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    I have never been a fan of Klipsch, I have always found them too bright and rather fatiguing... But, I saw more than a few audio reviews on these and just had to hear what all the buzz was about. I saw they were on sale, so I pulled the trigger. I hooked these up to the SVS SoundBase amplifier, 150w per channel x 2, these Klipsch speakers really sounded good, I was streaming off of Tidal. I have the SVS Ultra bookshelves, and the Klipsch hung with them. The SVS are $1000 speakers, and I was really impressed with what Klipsch has done here. The range on the Klipsch was incredibly good, they really filled the room, not to bright and not to warm, and that fatiguing Klipsch sound was nowhere to be found. They never flinched when I put the juice to them, they will play very loud without distortion, very impressed. On low to moderate volume, these really sound nice. One thing though, you do need a sub with these, do not expect major bass out of these. For the money... Well, let's just say I am keeping mine. If you are putting together a 5.1 or 5.2 system, for the money, I would seriously look at these with the center and the surrounds. I think these are an incredible bargain for the money. Like I stated, these kept up very nicely with the SVS Ultra speakers. I could hear the difference in the mid range, but still, these sounded fantastic with everything I through at them. Would I replace the SVS with these, no, but these are close, very close in sound. You will not be disappointed if you purchase these. Klipsch really knocked it out of the park, especially at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Sounding Bookshelfs

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    masc360
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    over the course of several years I have heard tons of different bookshelf speakers. I would say that probably most people's home theater systems are built with bookshelf speakers. they give you the flexibility of placement that floorstanding speakers cannot and give you as good or sometimes better quality than some floorstanders. most of the bookshelfs I have had in the past have typically been 4.5 inch woofer bookshelfs. So usually on the smaller size. So when I received these I was a bit worried they would be too big as these were 5.25 woofers. I was pleasantly surpised at how compact the speakers were and how good they look. They also sound awesome, and I they sound great as left and right speakers. I use them as surrounds in my system but if someone wanted them for their fronts they would work great for that. If you are looking for some great bookshelf speakers for a home theater or to listen to music you cant go wrong with these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value, a tad directional

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    Robert
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    I got these half off during the Black Friday promotion. At half price they are an exceptional value. I personally bought two pair to use as side and rear surround speakers, in conjunction with higher grade Klipsch Reference Premier RP-250F front and RP-450C center speakers. They fill this role well, with very similar sound completing the sound stage for gaming and movies. I've also seen these demo'd in a store playing rock and roll tracks in a 2.1 configuration as primary front speakers along with a subwoofer. I was shocked at how much volume they put out into the large open space and sounded great paired with a sub. My only reservation is I will say Klipsch seem pretty directional. If I walk from my open concept living room into my kitchen, there is a change in the character of the sound once you aren't 'in the zone'. Your experience may vary depending on your room characteristics. The attached picture shows how their similar dimensions and design compares to the RP-250F.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good, but not great

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    YHB318
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    I got these to function as rear surround speakers as their primary use, but I frequently listen to music also. I don’t have a dedicated theater room, but have a large basement where part of it I have a home theater set up. As such, I wanted them to have good sound quality. My problem is that I have a Klipsch RP-504c that sounded so good when I hooked it up that it made my old surrounds sound bad. I hoped these would be good replacements, and they were okay, but they were really lacking in the mids and highs compared to the center channel. Reading more about the tweeter design, it must be the aluminum vs the vented titanium. I ultimately returned them because, while they're a decent speaker, I'd rather pay more to get the right one. I haven't decided yet which style is right for my application, but I'll probably end up with the RP600m. Incidentally, the Klipsch height speakers for Dolby Atmos are about the same. I had to step up the the RP line to get very clear mids and highs. Thank goodness for Best Buy and their easy returns.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just buy these terrific speakers at a great price!

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    Hurley
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    I was searching for bookshelf speakers for our study. I love the look and sound of klipsch so I knew which brand i’d be looking for. These are part of a new line from klipsch and at only $125 I had to give them a try. I ordered them from Best Buy and they were delivered a few days later. I un-boxed them, sat them on shelves in the study and ran some speaker wire. After listening to a few songs I grabbed my phone, loaded up the Best Buy website and ordered another pair! The second pair replaced a pair of small Bose towers that were rear surrounds in my dedicated home theatre room. The surround effect was much improved with these speakers. What can I say? They’re inexpensive, they look great (go ahead - take off the grills and show them off) and they sound like much more expensive small speakers. Calibrate your room with audyssey or similar, feed them adequate power and smile knowing how little you paid. Just buy these speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bookshelf speakers for any function

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    sollyp
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    These are great! I really love the versatility of bookshelf speakers. You can use them as surrounds. You can use them as fronts. If they're good enough, you might even be able to use them as main lefts and rights. I really feel that these are as good as some floor standing speakers that I have seen. I got these to replace some old Polk Audio bookshelf speakers. Those speakers weren't bad. They played wonderfully for years. These are the new kids on the block. Granted, you do have to go through that "break-in" period. With time, those lows and highs really start to shine. Some people might describe the initial highs as shrill but that disappears with time! If you use them as surrounds, make sure you keep the speakers pointed at the ears. There's a sweet spot in my home theater that really is the center and I love that spot. The immersion is priceless. All in all, I really like these speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    decent

    Posted
    Amra

    these are decent mid level speakers,above entry level,but still not top level,and the description needs to be changed as these do not have titanium tweeters in them,but instead have aluminum 1s,i returned these and moved up to the complete RP series w/15" sub,i could give you all speaker specs if asked,but trust me,for the price level you will not get a higher end system than these,the sub hits lows of 18Hz,which is unheard of for a well under $1k sub,the whole front bottom of it is a port for releasing all the air pressure,which is more than strong enough to blow out a match at 1/2 power.pay less now and upgrade down the line,or spend a bit more once and never have to upgrade-if you put this next to the RP-51M you will instantly hear the difference-again too,these do not have titanium tweeters in them,i wouldnt have returned if they did. Always be sure to give your speakers proper burn in time before cranking the volume.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great sounding for the $

    Posted
    bd43274
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    good: -tight, clean, plenty of volume and punch. -typical klipsch highs, that is to say clean and clear. -decent low end, certainly for speakers of this size. sound amazing when paired with a good sub. bad: -none for me misc: -the trademark copper speaker cones, either love them, hate them, or leave the grill on :-) overall: pretty easy 5 star for me. certainly at this price point (msrp $250) they sound fantastic. these are great as stand alone, but i prefer a bit more low end personally, and woofers of this size just aren’t physically capable of producting the lower frequencies. i’ve paired these with an SVS pb-1000 and the system is perfect for my home office. these would also make very capable surrounds for a home theater as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for the $$$$ - Worth it!!!

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    DigitalDaveyboy
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    I purchased four of these for the my second system in the loft which is my man cave and the kids hangout. My primary home theater is downstairs with much more expensive, huge Klipsch mains, center and subwoofers, so I wanted a smaller, cheaper setup with a still similar sound. Well these did the trick! I'm currently using them in a 5.1 setup paired with an older Klipsch RC-52 II new Klipsch R-100SW subwoofer, and I can't believe how great they sound. Rich, much fuller than I expected from such small boxes, great for music and video games, and just amazing for surround sound. Surprising, to be honest?! I'm checking the sales every day because I'm going to buy two more and second subwoofer for 7.2 upstairs. Even those these little bookshelf speakers are still in break-in period, I seriously have no complaints at all. Great product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can’t go wrong with Klipsch

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    Thomas
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    Half a century ago, Paul Klipsch of Hope Arkansas showed us his superiority at building the best speakers in the world. That’s why they are in the majority of movie theaters today. Although Klipsch speakers have undergone many revisions and are built in many different places, they still maintain that exceptional Klipsch sound, with incredible efficiency. I’ve owned dozens of speakers from at least 5 well known manufacturers, but always fall back to listening to my Klipsch reference series speakers. Even the low end Klipsch speakers have exceptional sound quality that you have to hear to believe. I use these as rear channel speakers but they could be your primary speakers if you’re limited on space. Best Buy often has great prices just before Christmas, often 50% off. Don’t miss a great deal!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    Posted
    CP30
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    I got this pair on sale for $189 at my local Best Buy store. Obviously easy to set up and connect to my surround system. The 2 front speakers went out (Onkyo) so I bought these to replace them and what a great choice I made. I'm hearing so much more sound from these that I missed with the original Onkyo. I've listened to Dolby Surround videos on Youtube and they sound amazing. There's is great bass (even though I have a subwoofer), the highs and vocals are extremely clear....listening to these at 40% volume is plenty loud for my 24x40 living room. Movies now have a new life! I love these things! My first Klipsch but definitely not my last. I'll be replacing all my speakers with Klipsch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic surround speakers!

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    LWDRUMZ
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    I bought 2 pair of these to replace my Infinity surround and rear surround speakers that were close to 20 years old. Man what a difference!! I mean I thought there was going to be a difference but I was blown away by how much of a difference there was! Going from speakers that just had tweeters and woofers to a speaker that had horns it was just amazing! Much more clarity and I noticed that I didn't have to turn my receiver up as loud as I use to. These speakers are great and I highly recommend them!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clean & Clear

    Posted
    StudioGuy45
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    My wife hated that I had 6 large 3 way speakers in our living room for surround sound. I told her I would compromise but I would want speakers that could deliver clean and clear sound. Something that would be as clear as my JBL studio reference monitors. We didn't have a lot of money to spend so I did some research and decided to try these out. I have to say, I am pleasantly suprised by how clear these are, so much so that I bought a second pair when I had a chance. I ended up buying mounts for one set and mounting them to the wall for atmos speakers. I'm really happy with these and would recommend them.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bookshelf Speakers

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    GlennD
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    Love the updated look from the R-15M. Klipsch has added the Magnetic grill from the RP series. The black and gold looks so god, you probably won't use the grill though. Sound quality has improved, to my ear over the previous model as well. Some people say Klipsch's sound "bright" but I'm a fan of the sound, the high efficiency give you a lot of boom for the wattage. I use them in a 7.2 setup, with these as l/r (moved the r-15m's out to l/r surround) and am happy with their performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a giant performer

    Posted
    mike
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    for the past twenty plus years I have owned about 10 pairs of bookshelf loudspeakers both American and British brands such as Polk audio, Mission, Rogers, Infinity, Cambridge Soundworks, infinity, Epos and recently the Klipsch R-51m which are playing now as I am typing this review. These Klipsch R-51m's outperforms the rest. The bass is surprisingly big from such small enclosures, the midrange is right and the sound coming out is so dynamic that it feels like the performers are right in front of me. I will keep these giant performers for a long long time. ---mike

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clean and well balanced sound

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    Bob73
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    When I listened to the various brands of speakers in the store, Klipsch stood out as having the best balanced and cleanest sound. The display system didn't let me hear the bookshelf speakers by themselves, but I took a chance and bought a pair. I wasn't disappointed. They sound great and have a better bass response than I expected. I liked them so much that I went back and bought the Klipsch R-34-C center channel speaker. I already had the Klipsch 12" subwoofer and the speakers sound great together. When it comes time to replace my existing rear speakers, I'll definitely be getting Klipsch again.

    I would recommend this to a friend