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Klipsch Reference RB-41 II

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Klipsch's most affordable Reference bookshelf speakers yet
What's better than great sound? Great sound that doesn't break your budget. The RB-41 II speakers easily fill smaller rooms with powerful, lifelike Klipsch® sound at an entry-level price. Building on the previous Reference models, the Series II have updated drivers and a new crossover system for even more spacious sound. They're equally impressive whether you're watching a movie or listening to music.

Klipsch's most affordable Reference bookshelf speakers yet
What's better than great sound? Great sound that doesn't break your budget. The RB-41 II speakers easily fill smaller rooms with powerful, lifelike Klipsch® sound at an entry-level price. Building on the previous Reference models, the Series II have updated drivers and a new crossover system for even more spacious sound. They're equally impressive whether you're watching a movie or listening to music.

Horn technology for "front row" sound
All Reference Series II speakers feature a redesigned version of Klipsch's famous horn-loaded tweeter. Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them right toward your ears. Klipsch places their titanium tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which disperses the highs evenly across your listening area in a 90°-wide, 60°-high pattern. With their Series II speakers, Klipsch has redesigned the shape and slope of their famous horn enclosure, so your movie soundtracks and music will sound more "open," with improved dynamics and efficiency. All in all, you can count on powerful, "front row" sound that's crystal-clear at all volume levels.

High-tech driver design
The RB-41 IIs also use newly machined, light-yet-rigid Cerametallic woofers with a folded edge to produce smoother mids and tighter bass. The specially treated aluminum in the cones help to dampen unwanted vibrations and reduce distortion, while an integrated dustcap gives them a cleaner look and adds stability. And the rigid, braced cabinets come in a handsome woodgrain vinyl finish.

Check out the rest of our Klipsch lineup, and build a complete Reference Series II home theater or stereo speaker system. And don't forget to add a Klipsch subwoofer for high-impact bass.

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Very impressed with these speakers! They also look good!

DM, Texas

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Black two-way bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Detachable magnetic grilles (attached)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 85-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium dome tweeter
  • 4" Cerametallic™ woofer
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • black ash woodgrain vinyl finish
  • keyhole slot for easy wall-mounting
  • threaded insert for optional wall-mount bracket
  • 5-11/16"W x 8-15/16"H x 8-1/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Klipsch Reference RB-41 II Reviews

Average Customer Review:

21 Reviews

Great speakers

John H from Indiana on 4/2/2015

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Had some hand me down Paradigm speakers from my brother which eventually blew out so I needed these for the surround back speakers. They are awesome in sound and response and very efficient. The sound is so nice that I now run music in 5 channel stereo (setting on my Denon) instead of regular stereo to get the full Klipsch sound in my room. Love these.

Pros: Sound, size, sound and sound

Cons: None

Great speakers

DM from Texas on 1/7/2015

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Very impressed with these speakers! They also look good!



Excellent sound

jeffrey f from Sarasota fl on 1/2/2015

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I bought two pair of the RB-41 II speakers for my surround and rear surround.I must say i am totally impressed,These speakers sound great.I put them to the test and hooked them up front and played music from my iPhone via Bluetooth through my receiver, Blu-ray movies and concert dvd's and they sound excellent.Crisp highs excellent mid's and respectable lows for such a small woofer.

Pros: Excellent sound,lightweight and easy to hang using ceiling mounts.

Cons: None.

Great sound and value

Bmac from Bluffton sc on 12/7/2014

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Great sounding right out of the box. I have them paired up with a Klipsch 8 inch sub and they made a nice seamless match to the sub and a very good sound stage. I bought these to make a 2.1 small HT. I tried a couple of sound bars and for me they just do not cut it especially for music. For around the cost of a decent sound bar I have a very nice 2.1 HT in MHO.

Pros: Size versus sound is excellent.

Cons: You may need a sub to make them shine.

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Tim from NY on 10/4/2014

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perfect sound and looks great.



Big sound , small package..

radddad from Volo, IL. on 7/28/2014

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Very big sound coming from these speakers , matched with a Kliptch 500 watt sub and smaller Kliptch surround speakers . Very impressed

Pros: Good mid range , good highs


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Jim D from Rochester, NY on 5/22/2014

I am a long time Klipsch fan. Love horns. While these are not quite Cornwalls, they are certainly worth the price. I am using them coupled with SW-12's and they are great for home theater use.

Pros: Pretty clean sound - good at low volume and better when pushed to the limit. They are very efficient.

Cons: You will want to pair them with a sub if you like loud clean bass.

Very Pleased

Darin from Cincinnati, Ohio on 3/30/2014

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Purchased Klipsch speakers to replace an old theater in a box system. There is no comparison and sound is nothing short of amazing. After also comparing Bose and Polk - Klipsch won out on sound quality and value. They brought our movie viewing experience to a whole new level. Very pleased with this purchase.

Pros: True rich sound Well made product

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RB-41 II

Don from Bartlett TN on 3/30/2014

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Great sound from a small speaker, compliments the other Klipsch speakers I my system



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Arnie G. from Mpls. Mn. on 1/20/2014

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Good sound quality considereing they are book shelf speakers. Matched up well with the Klipsch center speaker i purchased. Fit right in to my shelf system.



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debi from Miller Place, NY on 1/6/2014

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Love the sound...plan to buy additional sets for the other rooms in my house.



Compact with a big sound.

T.H. from Arkansas on 11/25/2013

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I have a preference for smallish bookshelf speakers of this size for stereo music listening. They are truly bookshelf speakers that do not dominate the room they're in. Pair them with an inexpensive subwoofer tucked out of the way and you get a very satisfying sound. I've tried larger and more expensive bookshelf speakers, but I feel like these Klipsch RB-41's will give you 80% of the sound quality of much larger and expensive speakers for a quarter of the price. I did compare them with the Audioengine P4's and found the difference to be a toss-up. They both sounded great. My wife preferred the looks of the Klipsch RB-41's (grill removed) so I went with the Klipsch.



Great value, will probably buy another pair soon

DonD from VA on 10/27/2013

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Impressive speakers for the price and size. Not as finicky to location as directions led me to believe. Would defintiely recommend using in conjunction with a subwoofer to maximize their potential, but impressive alone.

Pros: Sound great, look great.

Cons: Definitely limited in how much power they will accept if used as a single pair.

great little speaker

jackm from port saint lucie,fl on 6/11/2013

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I finally completed my reference system. I'm using RF62 towers, RC62 center RS42 surrounds, RB 51 wides, 2 RW10d subs and 4 of these (RB41) for front high and rears. The system is fantastic. These little speakers complement the system beautifully. Klipsch is top line without spending a fortune to build a great home theater system. Great price form Crutchfield and super fast service.

Pros: Great looking, great performers, great price.

Cons: none

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ronnie7 from brooklyn, ny on 1/1/2013

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iam using these speakers as sounds very good

Pros: nice size for back wall

Cons: none

Great surrounds!!!!!

warcry from Independence Mo. on 12/1/2012

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These puppies sound great,Im using them as mains until my towers arrive

Pros: Typical Klipsch sound

Cons: none

Great Bookshelf Speakers

JHageresq from New York, NY on 11/15/2012

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Just purchased these speakers for use w/ my PC. I have the speakers hooked up to a Peachtree Audio Musicbox integrated amplifier (also a great device) and a Yamaha YST-FSW150 compact subwoofer. It makes for an amazing soundsystem in my home office area of our living room. The speakers are beautifully crafted, a relatively compact size and produce excellent sound quality. I could not be happier and would recommend that anyone looking for small bookshelf speakers consider the Klipsch RB-41 II's (as well as the Yamaha).

Pros: Great pair of bookshelf speakers.

Cons: None.

Bedroom Setup

cecil27455 from Chigreenslando on 5/15/2012

I brought these speakers for my bedroom my fiance was mad, about the old polk monitor 40s i had. These were just the ticket perfect in size and great sound. Now i have the same sound in my bedroom as in my livingroom.

Pros: THE SIZE, great sound

Cons: i cant think of any cons

Klipsch Reference RB-41 II

Steve C from Wolverine Lake Michigan on 4/29/2012

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These were a perfect choice for my Onkyo TX 21 amp/receiver(1982 version). Since they are very small, they fit perfectly on the bookshelf. The sound is a tremendous upgrade from my previous speakers. Excellent for a small room (12X18) and low watt amp.



Great small speakers

Ryan from Goshen, IN on 9/20/2011

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Upgraded to a pair of these from an old pair of JBL Control 1's and the difference is staggering. Very clear throughout the entire range and surprisingly good on the low end. Using them as the main left and right in our living room with a dedicated sub to round out the low end. Their size makes them easy to place about anywhere and the sound quality is great. Worth the money.



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ScottyC from Omaha, NE on 3/30/2011

We really like these speakers as they provide big sound in a small package. I paired them up with some Bose 201 rears and a JBL horn center channel speaker. I use a 12' Klipsch subwoofer that thumps the neighborhood. We mainly listen to Jazz, rock music, Christian rock etc. Movies tend to be on the action side but since we also have a 10 year old and a 2 year old, we do have our Pixar collection:)...Even without the subwoofer on, these small speakers deliver enough bass to satisfy a decent sound parameter for music especially jazz with a big horn sound. I had Bose 301's for my fronts but they sounded a bit muted compared to the wide open range of the Klipsch product. For the money, these speakers offer crystal clear sound for both music and movies, You may need to adjust the treble downward to avoid the slight tinny sound but all-in-all I have really enjoyed the clear sound and they do compliment my over all sound system. I am using a Onkyo THX 608 for my surround receiver. I would recommend these speakers above all small book shelf speakers. The room we run them in is 14X18 and it shakes the floors and windows in our home. If you are going for a bigger space such as a basement rec-room, you may need to go up in size as I am running Klipsch stacks in the bigger more wide-open space of our home. Highly recommend these speakers for small to midsized surround and music rooms.




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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 50
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 85-24k Hz
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 8-15/16
Width (inches) 5-11/16
Depth (inches) 8-1/8
Weight (pounds) 6.2
Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 31-36
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RB-41 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RB-41 II is able to fill smaller rooms with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing sound that you can listen to for hours.

Tractrix Horn Tweeter: Each Klipsch RB-41 II features a professional-grade 1.0-inch titanium-diaphragm compression driver inside a square Tractrix Horn for smoother high-end response with greater extension, enhanced imaging, and more powerful dynamics. The Tractrix Horns deliver a 90-degree wide by 60-degree high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage. Behind each horn lies a 1.0-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound.

Cerametallic Woofer: The 4.0-inch woofer of the RB-41 II features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic cones. Made with an anodized aluminum, these cones are strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts their 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 4.0-inch woofer also employs a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: For signal purity and perfect driver integration, the crossover on the RB-41 II features the finest components and Klipsch custom internal wiring.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The dual 4.0-inch Cerametallic cone woofer and 1.0" titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a bass reflex enclosure which features a single rear-firing port. The RB-41 II's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound and a rear-firing port to eliminate turbulence noise. A black metallic finished baffle around the horn mouth and woofer dramatically improve acoustics across the sonic range. The bass reflex enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a Black Ash wood-grain vinyl veneer.

Magnetic Grille: The bookshelf loudspeaker features a removable magnetic grille which easily snaps into place over its cast-aluminum front baffle. The speaker can be used with or without its grille in place.


Binding Posts: Each bookshelf loudspeaker is equipped with one pair of sturdy binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.

Mounting Options

Rubber Feet: Each bookshelf speaker comes supplied with eight self-adhesive rubber feet (4 for each speaker) so you can sit the speakers on a stand or shelf securely. The rubber feet add approximately 0.3125" to the height of each speaker.

Wall Mounting: Each Klipsch Reference bookshelf speaker feature a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of each loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

Placement: The Reference Series bookshelf loudspeakers are designed to perform well in a wide variety of locations but you will get the most out of the speakers by following these simple guidelines.

  • Place the front left and right speakers on shelves or stands with their tweeters at approximately ear height for a seated listener. When used surround sound speakers, they normally perform best when placed slightly higher than ear level.
  • The bookshelf loudspeakers should be equal distance from the floor and the wall behind them. It can also helps to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.

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