Klipsch RP-500C

$1,099

Brand Klipsch

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With its Hybrid Tractrix horn and Cerametallic woofers, the Klipsch RP-500C centre channel speaker is built to effortlessly deliver clear, powerful Klipsch sound and put you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound.

Overview

The Klipsch RP-500C is part of the Reference Premiere range and delivers clear, crisp, dialogue with deep bass. It is Klipsch’s smaller centre-channel speaker and features two 133mm (5.25") woofers that have Klipsch's distinctive, copper-coloured Cerametallic material. Made with an anodised aluminium, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodising process converts its inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range the woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave these woofers a newly developed titanium voice coil former that allows more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response. Look around the back, and you'll see that instead of the conventional round port tube found on many speakers, Klipsch uses a Tractrix horn-shaped opening for smoother, more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet. The resulting decrease in air turbulence makes for cleaner, more powerful bass with reduced port noise and low-frequency distortion. The 500C can handle up to 100 Watts RMS and 400 Watts of peak power.

Other Features

A redesigned Tractrix Horn utilises a circular horn throat paired to a square horn mouth to further improve high-frequency response and extension, while enhancing imaging and dynamics. The compressed moulded rubber construction adds high frequency damping to reduce harshness and improve detail. This creates the cleanest, most natural sound possible. These 90° x 90° Hybrid Tractrix Horns provide a wider sweet spot while maintaining controlled directivity of the sound.

Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) Titanium Diaphragm Tweeter: Behind the Tractrix Horn lies a 25mm (1") titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound. The Linear Travel Suspension minimises distortion for enhanced, detailed performance. The new vented tweeter housing reduces standing waves that create unwanted harmonics, resulting in enhanced detail and clarity in high frequency reproduction.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-500C speaker's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequency of 1,800Hz offers smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-500C employs a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing Tractrix port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. Utilising Tractrix geometry, the all new Reference Premiere bass port allows for the most efficient, fastest air transfer from the cabinet for a clean, powerful low frequency response. The ported enclosure features an MDF cabinet finished with a premium wood-grain polymer veneer and a polymer front baffle. The speaker's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimise panel vibrations that can colour sound.

Strong, Flexible, Removable Grille: Attaches magnetically for an elegant transition from powerful showstopper to discrete performance piece.

Dramatic Details: Copper anodized trim rings, cast aluminium feet, satin painted baffles and a laser etched logo treatment give the Reference Premiere II series a modern, premium look.

Specification:

  • Design: High quality 2-way, 3-driver centre channel speaker
  • Power Handling: up to 100 Watts RMS (400 Watts peak)
  • Frequency Response: 60-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 1,800Hz
  • Horn: 1 x 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix horn with 25mm (1") LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • Drivers: Two 133mm (5.25") Cerametallic cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • Cabinet: Bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • Port: Rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • Speaker Grille: Magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • Finish: Durable polymer/imitation veneer
  • Speaker Terminals: Binding post type will accept banana plugs and bare wire
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 470 x 173 x 223mm
  • Nett Weight: 8.2kg
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 years
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