The Klipsch RP-500M is a great compact speaker capable of high output with little or no distortion. As per the Klipsch tradition, they are very efficient. A good quality 60 Watt per channel amplifier will make front row "concert-like" sound levels. Their strength is in the clean crisp highs and mid bass punch, with a nice low frequency presence.
This affordably-priced bookshelf speaker model is another stand-out in Klipsch's Reference Premiere Series. They boast a 133mm (5.25") woofer - cones made out of specially treated aluminium that's strong yet lightweight to dampen and prevent distortion - plus Klipsch's signature 25mm (1") titanium dome horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs.
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. They can handle up to 75 Watts RMS and 300 Watts of peak power.
90°x 90° Silicon Composite Hybrid Tractrix Horns: 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.
Horn loading maximizes efficiently and increases detail while focusing high frequencies towards the listening area. Proprietary Tractrix® geometry provides the most efficient transfer of high frequency waves into the listening area. The phase plug and compressed moulded silicon face ensure smooth frequency response.
Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) Titanium Diaphragm Tweeters: 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.
Cerametallic Woofers: The woofers of the RP-500M bookshelf/standmount loudspeaker features 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. When paired with the Tractrix horn-loaded LTS tweeter, it provides the highest speaker efficiency in its class.
Crossover Network: The 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 frequencies offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.
Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The RP-500M 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.
Stands: The RP-500M is a compact speaker and is designed to be located on appropriate speakers stands (500mm - 700mm high) or on a bookshelf - and preferably with some type of "isolation" accessories to minimise resonance. No speaker in this category is designed to sit on the floor.
- Design: Bookshelf/Standmount Speakers
- Frequency Response: 48-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
- Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 93 dB
- Crossover Frequency: 1,500Hz
- Power Handling: Up to 75 Watts RMS (300 Watts peak)
- Horn: 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix horn with 25mm (1") LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
- Woofer: Single 133mm (5.25") Cerametallic cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
- Box Design: Bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
- Port: Rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
- Speaker Terminals: Single 5-way screw terminals accept banana plugs or bare wire up to 12-gauge for flexible, lasting connections while the vibrant colour coding provides easy set-up and connection.
- Front Grille: Magnetically attached front grille for a clean, streamlined look
- Finish: Durable polymer veneer finish
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 173 x 343 x 241mm
- Weight: 5.4kg each
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 years