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by Dave Bar
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Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

High-impact bookshelf speakers

The Klipsch RB-600 is sure to please music and movie lovers alike with its combination of solid construction and powerful performance. From complex music passages to the demanding soundtrack of an action movie, this Special Limited Reference Edition series speaker delivers exceptionally clear and powerful sound.

Horn technology for dynamic performance

Klipsch RB600B bookshelf speaker

The RB-600 uses a horn-loaded tweeter. A flared opening in the enclosure projects high frequencies toward your listening area and prevents sound waves from simply spilling out in all directions. This horn 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.

High-tech construction

The RB-600's Cerametallic™ woofer dishes out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cone out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight to dampen and prevent distortion. A rigid cabinet with resonance-fighting internal bracing houses both the woofer and the tweeter. It all adds up to remarkably accurate reproduction of all your music and movies.

Build a complete Klipsch system

You can build a great stereo system using the RB-600s and a subwoofer, or team them with other Klipsch Special Limited Reference Edition speakers for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speaker: Klipsch RC-500.
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RS-400.
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch RW-12II.

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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 45-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 95 dB
  • power handling: up to 100 watts RMS (400 watts peak)
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Cerametallic™ cone woofer
  • bass-reflex design with front-firing port for greater placement flexibility
  • black ash woodgrain vinyl finish
  • dual binding posts for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • 8-1/2"W x 15-7/16"H x 12-5/8"D
  • weight: 17.6 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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No
Tweeter Type
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Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1
Midrange Size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Cerametallic
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range
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100
Sensitivity
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95 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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45-23k Hz
Connector Type
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Binding Port
Bi-amp Inputs
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Yes
Height (inches)
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15-7/16
Width (inches)
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8-1/2
Depth (inches)
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12-5/8
Weight (pounds)
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17.6
Mounting Bracket Included
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No
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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28-31
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Detachable magnetic grilles (attached)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Two-Way Speaker Design: The Klipsch RB-600 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a two-way speaker design with a 1" titanium-diaphragm compression driver inside a square Tractrix Horn and a 6.5" Cerametallic woofer with rubber surround.

  • Tractrix Horn Tweeter: The Klipsch RB-600 features a 1" 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 Horn delivers a 90° wide by 60° high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
  • Cerametallic Woofer: The 6.5" woofer of the RB-600 bookshelf loudspeaker features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing 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 6.5" woofer also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Klipsch Horn Technology: Klipsch employs Horn Technology to deliver these four principles of great sound.

  • High Efficiency: Klipsch speaker employs horn technology because the horn shape is perfect for accurate and dynamic sound transmission. Greater efficiency means lower distortion, which means maximum realism.
  • Dynamic Range: Klipsch horn technology reproduces the softest sounds with remarkable clarity and detail and the loudest sounds with no harshness or distortion.
  • Controlled Directivity: Unique Klipsch horn technology means speakers that more accurately direct sound and offer a more lifelike soundstage.
  • Flat Frequency Response: Klipsch horn technology delivers exactly the sound the artist intended, with no unnatural highs, mids, or lows.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The 6.5" Cerametallic cone woofer and 1" titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a Bass reflex enclosure which features a front-firing port. The bass reflex enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a black wood-grain vinyl. The enclosure uses a low-diffraction sculpted cast aluminum front baffle to improve sound dispersion and features improved internal bracing to prevent unwanted resonance.

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.

Dual Binding Posts: Each speaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.

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.

Placement: These 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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5 out of 5

KP RB 600

Written By Luigi, Atlanta, Ga on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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i was more than impressed with the brand and the set of speakers. The sound has been clear and consistent and delivers all levels crisp and smooth...they are bigger than the Bose 201 that i had but definitely sound much better than those and than my Paradigm Monitors..I like them very much
Pros:
crisp clear sound in all ranges...lows are very good for it size that will fill a room 20x30 easily...very impressed...
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Awesome Sound

Written By Anonymous, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Purchased these along with the Klipsch RC-500 BK Center channel speaker and the Klipsch RS-400 BK Surround speakers. I also have an older KSW-12 sub. I temporarily disconnected a Mirage NanoSat system I currently have and connected these speakers. All were driven by a Yamaha RX-V673 receiver. The sound clarity and imaging was amazing. The RB-600's easily handled the power and provided a great low/midbass punch. Although I did not see any "huge" differences in the specs of these vs. the RB-61ii there was a big price difference. I am very happy with the purchase and believe it would be hard to find another setup that sounds this good at this price.
Pros:
Clarity and imaging at any volume. Great price
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-600

Written By Mike, Bowie, Md. on Monday, March 17, 2014
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Very nice sound for a bookshelf speaker. Great value for the money. I am very pleased with the improvement in sound over my older speakers. I bought them as an open box sale and couldn't be happier. The speakers were at my door within 2 days of my order.
Pros:
Great Price and even better sound.
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5 out of 5

RB 600--excellent bookshelf speaker

Written By gginnc, Shelby, NC on Friday, March 07, 2014
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This pair of RB 600 speakers was purchased to replace my Klipsch B3 speakers. While both speakers have a 6 1/5 " woofer, the RB 600 clearly has more base(impact) in the midrange. And although both have horn tweeters there is an obvious difference if favor of the RB 600. I am using a Yamaha subwoofer so there is no lack of low base--not normally a strong point of bookshelf speakers. Overall, the RB 600's are very clear and this translates into better voice reproduction when watching TV. Part of this may be due to the front base ports rather the back porting of the B3--can't say. Highly recommend these speakers.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch RB600

Written By L, Lock, Ohio on Monday, February 17, 2014
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Amazing sound from a bookshelf speaker.
Pros:
Bi-Amping great sound very efficient
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great mid and upper but....

Written By T. Hill, Midland, TX on Friday, January 24, 2014
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These speakers are in a smaller living area (15x20). I was hoping for enough bass to forego the subwoofer. Although the speakers sound great, the lower end is not strong enough. I know these are recommended with a sub, so I was not surprised. Therefore my 5 star rating. Sub is on order. I am a Klipsch fan. My outdoor speakers (AW-525) sound phenomenal.
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5 out of 5

Just WOW!

Written By Eddy A., Tomball, Tx on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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I hooked up these speaks to my new TEAC AG-H380 and whammmmo! I was completely stunned by the fidelity and clarity. Truly these are fantastic speakers... well beyond anything I have ever owned. The clean sound of highs mixed with the tight booms of the lows are just really overwhelming. I just sat there in my living room and soaked it up... playing my favorite songs... ranging from classical to rock to hip-hop... the whole gambit. My wife had to come in and ask me if I was going to just listen to music all day... heh. Even she had to admit they were fantastic sounding speakers. I highly recommend them.
Pros:
Clarity of highs, tight bass... can handle turning up the volume with no issues...
Cons:
None
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Speakers !!!

Written By Mario, Manati, Puerto Rico on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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I,m tried many speakers for about 25 years, lover of Bose sound, until I discovered that Bose lacks of bass and high end sound, I decided to test Klipsch Reference with this RB-600, the music heard thru this speakers, sounds crispy and very clear with a good bass response. The hd movies sound with excellent realism, creating an expectacular Home theater image. I'm really recommend this series with the RC 500 and the RS 400 for surround. this is a complete Special Edition Speakers from Klipsch.
Pros:
Strong, natural and powerful sound, Excellent 5 years Waranty
Cons:
No found issues !!!!
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1 question already asked

Isnt this just the same as the RB-61-ll? [ MICHAEL T  Dec 16, 2013 ]
2 answers
  • Other than the baffle and grills,The specs are so close I cant see the justification for this model addition,unless my RB-61ll's have been discontinued [ MICHAEL T   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • The two lines of speakers are very similar. There is a bit of a difference in the tweeters, which causes them to sound slightly different. Both are great choices. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 16, 2013 ]

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