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Klipsch R-5502-W II

In-wall multi-purpose home theater speaker

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Klipsch R-5502-W II

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The Klipsch® R-5502-W II provides rich, room-filling sound for both music and movies without taking up an inch of floor space. The hideaway in-wall design and a paintable grille integrate seamlessly into just about any room. Install multiple R-5502-W IIs IIs oriented vertically or horizontally in your family room for a clutter-free home theater, or use a pair in your bedroom, den, or home office for high-performance stereo music that won't detract from your décor.

The Klipsch® R-5502-W II provides rich, room-filling sound for both music and movies without taking up an inch of floor space. The hideaway in-wall design and a paintable grille integrate seamlessly into just about any room. Install multiple R-5502-W IIs IIs oriented vertically or horizontally in your family room for a clutter-free home theater, or use a pair in your bedroom, den, or home office for high-performance stereo music that won't detract from your décor.

This speaker's two rigid 5-1/4" woofers deliver surprising bass and clear vocals. The pivoting horn tweeter lets you direct clean highs toward your favorite listening spot.

Horn technology for focused room-filling clarity

Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them toward your ears. Klipsch places their tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which disperses the highs evenly across your listening area. This design brings out details in everything you listen to, while reducing reflections that can color the sound. The horn also improves dynamics and efficiency, for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

Slimmer chance of being seen

The '5502-W II keeps a low profile with its SlimTrim™ grille. The visible frame size is reduced by 90% and grille depth is reduced by 80% over previous designs, for a nearly flush finish that blends in beautifully. The paintable aluminum, magnetic grille attaches securely with ease to virtually eliminate resonant distortion.

An optional in-wall bracket bracket is recommended for installing the R-5502-W II in new construction.

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Sounds great

Bob, Denver, CO

What's in the Box:

  • In-wall speaker
  • White metal mesh grille
  • Cardboard template
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

Product Highlights:

  • pivoting Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium tweeter
  • dual 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ woofers
  • Wide Dispersion Surround Technology™
  • power handling: up to 75 watts RMS (300 watts peak)
  • frequency response 46-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • IR receiver knock-out for remote repeater systems
  • paintable SlimTrim™ magnetic grille
  • cutout dimensions: 6-1/2"W x 16-3/8"H
  • mounting depth: 3-3/8"
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Bob from Denver, CO on 4/23/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great

    Pros: Sleek design. Easy install.

    Cons: None.

    Love this addition to my sound system!

    David H from Benicia, CA on 2/10/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love Crutchfield's excellent service and great prices . I have purchased from them many times. Have always been happy. The Klipsch speakers speed for themselves. Excellent product.

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    Donald from Pennsylvania on 4/3/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I took a big chance on purchasing these speakers almost two years ago for my theater room and finally able to get to here them. My room was all new construction with a bar added to the room. These are my front speakers and my rears i went with 5650. All i can say is very pleased and happy with my choice. When i did my room i did not want any wires showing in my room and had all the electronics put into the wall.

    Pros: They make the room clean looking and sound great.

    Cons: None

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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Type In-wall
    Video Shielded No
    Tweeter Horn
    Midrange Size N/A
    Woofer Size 5.25
    Woofer Composition Cerametallic
    Woofer Surround Rubber
    Power Range (Watts) 75
    Sensitivity 92 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 46-20kHz
    Connector Type Spring posts
    Bi-Amp Inputs No
    Parts Warranty Ltd. Lifetime
    Labor Warranty Ltd. Lifetime

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    Features

    High Efficiency: The high-efficiency design of the Klipsch in-wall speakers allows you to get much more output than most in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Due to the long speaker wire runs that are common in whole-house audio systems, the power coming from the amplifier is significantly reduced by the time it reaches the speakers. The 92dB efficiency of this speaker means it will play much louder at low power than other less-efficient speakers.

    2-Way Speaker Design: The Klipsch R-5502-W II uses a premium 1" Titanium compression driver (tweeter) mated to an exclusive Tractrix Horn, combined with dual 5.25" Cerametallic woofers in a 2-way design

    • 1" Titanium Tweeter: The R-5502-W II utilizes a 1" Titanium dome compression tweeter mated to a 3" square, pivoting Tractrix Horn, which disperses the sound 90° horizontally and 90° vertically into the room. The horn design dramatically increases efficiency by enabling the speaker to produce more output using less energy. The horn-loaded tweeter pivots +/- 15° to allow you to point the sound to a specific location, and has more controlled directivity than a conventional dome tweeter.
    • Dual 5.25" Woofers: The R-5502-W II employs dual 5.25-inch Cerametallic woofer cones for fast, accurate sound with dynamic detail. The dual woofers utilize solid Aluminum diaphragms, anodized to add stiffness and provide perfect damping, and have a new hi-tech look that also delivers increased rigidity for even tighter, more defined bass. The new integrated dust caps further strengthen the cones and help ventilate the voice coils for increased driver durability.

    Speaker Terminals: The speaker has a gold-plated pair of spring-loaded binding posts that can accept up to 12-gauge wire, single banana plugs, or pin connectors.

    Tweeter/Mid-bass Attenuation Switches: If the speaker is installed in an acoustically bright room, such as a bathroom or a kitchen, you can attenuate the tweeter by -3dB, using the Tweeter Attenuation Switch. If the speaker is located in a corner and produces too much bass, you should adjust the Mid-bass level switch (-3dB). Both switches are located on the front of the speaker.

    ABS Basket/Frame: The R-5502-W II has a sturdy ABS basket and frame. The frame can be painted to match any decor.

    SlimTrim Magnetic Grille: With an all new grille, the visible frame size is reduced by 90% and grille depth is reduced by 80% over the previous design, for a more edge-to-edge consistent look that blends in with the wall more attractively. The new aluminum, paintable, magnetic grille attaches tightly and securely with ease to virtually eliminate resonant distortion.

    Power Specifications Note: The manufacturer has specified the maximum power handling of this speaker as 75 watts RMS (300 W Peak). Klipsch has also published a recommended amplifier power specification as 130 watts.

    Mounting Options

    Dual Orientation: The R-5502-W II in-wall speaker can be mounted horizontally or vertically; and can be used as a front, center, or rear speaker.

    New or Pre-Existing Installation: The in-wall speaker can be installed in new or existing construction. It requires a cutout diameter of 6.5" wide x 16.375" high, with a mounting depth of 3.375". A cardboard template is supplied to measure cutout opening. For existing construction, the speaker should be installed in drywall (or other mounting surfaces) at least 3/8" thick. The Klipsch in-wall speaker features six sure-grip mounting dogs (clamps) that provide even pressure against drywall for long-term installation reliability. For new construction, purchase of the IK-502-W installation kit (714IK502W, sold separately) is highly recommended.  

    IR Knockout: A 1/2" diameter knockout panel is provided in the lower left hand corner of the speaker frame for installing an IR sensor.

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    I chose these because they will fit perfectly into my new built-in entertainment center. [ James  Feb 02, 2016 ]

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    Hi Vamsi, I would recommend Denon Avr-X4200W. It has 125 Watts at 8 ohms 7.2 Channels cost $1,499.99. It is an expandable equipment, 3 Zones with different inputs each one, also has a 7 built in amps but you can add 2 more passive channels with an extra amplifier for a total of 9.2. A less expensive option is Denon AVR-X2200W with 95 Watts at 8 ohms. This one cost $799.99 with a $300.00 discount for a total of $499.99 at Crutchfield website. Have a great adventure looking for the best option for you. Take care, Juan [ JUAN  May 07, 2016 ]
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    I'm using an NAD T758. The very best you can do at its price point ($1000). Very few knobs, very good sound. [ NEAL  May 07, 2016 ]
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