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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)

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Our take on the Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

by Kristen Schaub
Klipsch

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.

No room for towers? These bookshelf speakers pack a punch.

Klipsch® designed their impressive RB-61 IIs to deliver the same kind of thrills and intensity as their larger tower speakers — you'll be amazed at the kind of sound these put out. Building on Klipsch's previous Reference speaker line, the Series II models have updated drivers and a new crossover system for even more spacious sound. These bookshelf speakers work equally well as a stereo pair for music listening or as the front left and right speakers in your home theater system.


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.


Cabinet construction

High-tech driver design

The RB-61 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 helps to dampen unwanted vibrations and distortion, while an integrated dustcap gives them a cleaner look and adds stability. Dual five-way binding posts let you bi-amp or bi-wire these speakers for even better performance. 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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Highlights:

  • frequency response 45-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: up to 100 watts RMS (400 watts peak)
  • sensitivity 95 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Cerametallic™ woofer
  • bass-reflex design via front-firing port — great for placement in a bookcase or against a wall
  • black ash woodgrain vinyl finish
  • dual binding posts for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • 8-1/2"W x 15-3/8"H x 12-3/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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Tweeter Type
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Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1
Midrange Size (inches)
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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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45-24k Hz
Connector Type
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Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs
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Yes
Height (inches)
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15-3/8
Width (inches)
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8-1/2
Depth (inches)
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12-3/8
Weight (pounds)
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17.6
Mounting Bracket Included
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Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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24-28
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 Black two-way bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Detachable magnetic grilles (attached)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RB-61 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RB-61 II is able to fill medium-sized rooms with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing sound that you can listen to for hours.

Tractrix Horn Tweeter: Each Klipsch RB-61 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 6.5-inch woofer of the RB-61 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 6.5-inch woofer also employs a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: For signal purity and perfect driver integration, the crossover on the RB-61 II features the finest components and Klipsch custom internal wiring.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The dual 6.5-inch Cerametallic cone woofer and 1.0" titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a bass reflex enclosure which features a single front-firing port. The RB-61 II's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound and a front-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 either a Black Ash or Cherry 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.

Connections

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.

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.

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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5 out of 5

Wonderful speaker

Written By MNE, Boston,MA on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Have heard of Klipsch speakers for many years but never owned any until now. I am surprised and pleased with these speakers. Clarity and response are strong features of this product. I am so impressed with them that I am now considering replacing other speakers in my system with Klipsch speakers. Enough said.
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5 out of 5

Small with a big sound

Written By WJS, Raleigh NC on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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I got these to put in the office because they were small and I had an older lower power receiver to drive them. They worked perfectly and the sound is great, just like their big brothers RB-81 II in the other room.
Pros:
Sounds great, easy to install with the binding posts
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Danny K, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, June 30, 2014
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I bought these and they are hooked up to Sony STR-DN1040 and RC-62 II center and RB-41 II, SW-110 sub. Great sound and can feel all the sub vibration with a big thump while watching action movies.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
NONE
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4 out of 5

Great Speaker, But?

Written By John, Chesterton, IN on Friday, June 20, 2014
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This is a 5 star bookshelf speaker sound wise... I can't believe the amount of detail that I'm hearing. They are capable of playing very loud too. The speakers do lack a little in the lows but that is to be expected with any bookshelf speaker, I rounded out the bottom end with an inexpensive Dayton branded 12" sub-woofer, while I'm not a bass above everything person I grew up in the late 60's to 70's with massive 3 way speakers, bookshelf speakers alone will never compete fully with them without help on the low end as they say there is no replacement for displacement. One thing I do not understand is why Klipsch would put such a cheap speaker on such a fine speaker nor do I really understand for the plastic front panel, It cheapens the look and feel of such a fine speaker. That said for the 400 bucks I paid for the cherry version can't be beat for detailed sound.
Pros:
Top quality 5 star sound and at 400 for the cherry an absolute bargain.
Cons:
Can't get 12"-15" big speaker sound/lows/fullness from a 6" woofer (can't be helped). Cheap plastic look speaker front, very cheap plastic speaker grill, reminds me of something that you might find on a budget computer speaker for under 20 bucks.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good sound

Written By In Colorado, Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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These speakers sound great as my side surrounds. I wanted directional speakers with front baffle so I could place on a shelf against the wall.. Movies sound great. I also have a pair of subwoofers and the sound is incredible. The surround sound and a 65 inch screen is like being at an IMAX theater. I'm happy with the set up.
Pros:
Price and size
Cons:
Nothing
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5 out of 5

Great speaker

Written By Max, Poulsbo, WA on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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I am a Klipsch owner and was looking for efficient bookshelf speakers for a small room. I'm driving them with a tube amp, these have really filled the bill.
Pros:
Price, size and sound
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

They can fill a larger room with full sound

Written By mradmen, Sycamore IL on Thursday, March 20, 2014
 
I have a larger room 20x20 that has 2 story ceilings and opens into a foyer and dining room. I debated if anything smaller than the RB61 could effectively fill that space with not only volume but quality of sound (music). I was going to try the RB51 or RB41 to keep the speakers small and unobtrusive but after some time decided a little bigger would be better. I think these were a good choice because they have no problem filling such a large space with quality sound. I was hoping they could produce enough bass that no sub would be needed but I have found I still need a sub. Interestingly the louder you play these the better the bass is. At low conversational volume levels I find I need more bass than these produce. They don't need much assistance so I put a Polk SW111 8 inch sub turned up about half way with the cross over maxed out in the corner and it compliments the RB61 well.
Pros:
Relatively small (compared to a tower) with capability to fill a larger room with sound.
Cons:
A little thin (meaning not enough bass) sounding at lower volume levels but the what does come out sounds very clean and detailed.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers at a good cost!

Written By Anonymous, Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Excellent value priced speakers. They're not at all tinny at the high frequencies and does a very good job with the bass range. I have a Polk sub, but if you're on a budget, these speakers do a more than adequate job with all but the very lowest frequencies.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II Speakers

Written By Mike G, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, March 10, 2014
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Speakers were added to make a second surround set up (in room w/fireplace) as left and right front channels. Paired with klipsch Reference RC- 42 II center channel. Rear channels are a pair of Klipsch Heresy's from '84 still going strong. Total new front set-up did not shine until I added a subwoofer. Very happy with new set-up, sound with Klipsch is awesome!!
Pros:
Crisp, clear sound.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Bryan, Mitchellville, MD on Monday, March 03, 2014
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I popped in one of my all time favorite jazz musicians, Bob James and was thrilled how the sound of the piano filled my 16x20 foot family room. These speakers are paired with an older model Denon receiver, AVR-3600 and I each time I listen to music Iit feels like the musicians are performing in front of me. Great speakers. I've always been a Klipsch fan.
Cons:
None
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Tim, Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Sweet highs, and midrange makes these even give the RB-81s a run for their money! Whether for the tv, movies, CD or SACD they sound remarkable but plan for a sub with these for the rich bass. The imaging will not disappoint!
Pros:
Sweet highs, midrange, and imaging.
Cons:
You do need a sub for the low end, but that is to be expected.
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5 out of 5

Very Nice

Written By Griff, Montgomery, TX on Monday, February 24, 2014
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I am using these speakers with a Klipsch RW-1211 sub, with all powered by a Denon AVRX 2000. They work well together producing a big system sound. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield and it was a very good experience.
Pros:
Great sound, quality construction.
Cons:
On the larger side for a bookshelf speaker. That said, mine are in a bookshelf, sounding on the larger side too.
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5 out of 5

RB-61 II

Written By Chris, Moline, IL on Monday, February 10, 2014
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Excellent speakers. I bought these to pair with a 2 channel integrated amp and an Apple TV to stream music. They sound great, plenty of bass and very clear sound with all types of music. They sound bigger than they are, the cherry finish looks great and Crutchfield's free shipping had them to me in 3 business days.
Pros:
Great price, great sound, free shipping.
Cons:
None.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice

Written By Anonymous, Cedar city, utah on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Great sound at a killer price.
Pros:
Good deal. Great customer service.
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5 out of 5

Rb-61

Written By Eric. D, Stilwell, KS on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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Very good speaker sounds great.
Pros:
Looks good, Sounds great
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference speakers

Written By Sue, Natick, MA on Monday, January 13, 2014
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I had Klipsch speakers years ago and loved them. These bookshelf speakers have met all of my expectations. I have a small living room and wanted speakers for TV, DVDs, streaming, music, and radio. They are great. Clear, warm sound, with plenty of low range for my uses. At first I wondered about the need for a subwoofer, but after adjusting the ranges through the Onkyo receiver (also a great buy) I have balanced, full sound. The living room is open to the kitchen, and the speakers can handle low volume and high volume uses while maintaining clarity. I recommend them as great bookshelf speakers. Would also be great as part of a multi-speaker system.
Pros:
Clarity, depth, and range of sound in bookshelf-size speakers.
Cons:
If you want room-vibrating bass, add a subwoofer.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Review

Written By Phil, Montgomery, Al on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Klipsch speakers are simply the best and even these book shelf speakers have very good sound.
Pros:
Small in size but large in sound. Good quality terminals.
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5 out of 5

Wondeful sound

Written By BFC, Jersey City, NJ on Monday, December 16, 2013
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I'd wanted these speakers for a long time, but they were beyond my budget. Amazing sale price here, and they arrived quickly in perfect shape. Easy installation, they look great, and sound amazing.
Pros:
Great sound quality, easy installation, look very cool.
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5 out of 5

klipsch reference RB-61 II

Written By don w., nipomo ca. on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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great speakers for the size, wired in using bi amp cable system, mounting speakers on wall, with pinpoint am40 mounts, system sounds great, thanks crutchfield for your advice
Pros:
great set up for small room
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Steve C, Cleveland TN on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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Added these klipsch speakers a an upgrade to my basement surround sound . A bit large for front surround's but don't regret buying them . Great for movies but if you want to crank your music they can handle it
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
A bit large for a bookshelf
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5 out of 5

Amazing speakers!

Written By Paul, Yermo, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013
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The clarity of the Klipsch are amazing! They exceeded all my expectations. If you want sound that is clear and projected in front of the speakers, Klipsch is what you want.
Pros:
Clear and projected sound
Cons:
Speaker finish. I would chose the dark gray next time to better match my other components
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5 out of 5

Great for what I needed

Written By KV, Elko NV on Monday, September 30, 2013
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Bought them for my girlfriens Salon. Did not need anything to loud because of the need for conversation with clients but I needed the music to fill the 1200 sq foot area with quality sound. They worked out great.
Pros:
Perfect for what I needed.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Excellent quality!

Written By RickZ, Hershey, PA on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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The bi-wiring capability was very helpful, as I connected only the HF section, in parallel with an older pair of Klipsch speakers, with huge bass response. The RB-61's are on top of these 20 year old floor standing ones. The combination us just great.
Pros:
Very clear treble, just what I was looking for.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Klipsch RB-61 II

Written By RichN, Taos, NM on Monday, September 02, 2013
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I have owned many speakers over the years, from Bozak to Magnapans, to Polk. These speakers offer a clarity and DR that none of the others have...well maybe the Magnapans. Their reproduction is clear, without bass thump, but with excellent bass reproduction, and with remarkable brilliance. They don't consume the listening room in terms of space. Be sure to use a good grade of speaker wire...12 or 14 pure copper. You will hear the difference. They also benefit from speaker stands, not so good on a bookshelf despite how they are defined. An outstanding small speaker package.
Pros:
Accurate reproduction, great DR in a small package. Even my wife noticed the difference! Great for jazz.
Cons:
I could do without the cheesy vinyl cherry covering. a real finished wood veneer would really top of a great product. Not really a reason not to buy however.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By DCphishin, DC on Monday, August 19, 2013
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I haven't had a "real" set of speakers for about 20 years. I have been missing out on a lot of nuances (and bass!). These speakers sound great, although I haven't heard others to compare them with. Crutchfield shipping times are almost too good to be true as these were at my house in less than 24 hours!
Pros:
Even my wife had to admit these sound AWESOME!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Have had these for a year. Exquisite.

Written By QuintonS, Spokane, WA on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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before i ordered these i had the opportunity to listen to them side by side with some other top brands (ML, polk, peach,nht, exc.) my father (audiophile home theater freak) and i sat in the local store (huppins) for hours and were amazed at the sound quality vs competition.. it seems bigger more renowned brands like ML are abusing there reputation a tad from previous products. As far as i am concerned these speakers are amazing.. no doubt they sound great.. i have them in cherry finish.. the best price anywhere is right here on Crutchfield!! i tried to get the local hi-fi home theater company to price match so i didn't have to wait on shipping and the price is so good here they wouldn't match it! and to top it off i received 950 reward points bringing me to a nice $20 off of my next purchase! i will probably eventually get the RB 81 II's and use my 61s as surrounds and finish it off with one of the klipsch center channels. i am a total sucker for klipsch speakers now. Especially from Clutchfield.
Pros:
PRICE!! and everything about them! these suckers are heavy!
Cons:
The cones are so attractive that my 1yr old daughter cant stay away! luckily these speakers are build like tanks and can take the abuse.. but screen guards or staying on despite the beauty. and they are easy to remove seeing as how there are magnets holding them on. no more prying and stumbling to remove and reattach. done with one hand!
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good speakers

Written By Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, August 05, 2013
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These are the first high-end speakers I've owned, but they really sound great.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Speaker Perfection

Written By Jacob, Fairfax, VA on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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These speakers are amazing, the sensitivity of Klipsch blows all other brands away. These were my second set of Klipsch and I am not disappointed. The towers I have are perfect bi-amped and these are perfectly matched for the side surround. I also use these as the speakers for my Sonos system and the sound is unbelievable. I picked these up on a sale for $400 for the pair and they are worth twice that amount. Love Crutchfield
Pros:
Sensitivity unbeatable, dual binding posts, KLIPSCH
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5 out of 5

Great Sound!

Written By The Cornfed One, Springfield, IL on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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These speakers sound great! Used mostly for jazz, classical and some pop in my zone 2 stereo only room. Movies play a distant "second fiddle" around here. Listened to plenty of speakers of various types/manufacturers over the years: electrostic, ribbon, planar, domed tweeter etc. These two-way horns sound the best of the lot so far in this setup. Many people complain about Klipsch being too bright, brittle or otherwise sounding like their eardrums are being pierced. Don't fall for it. The RB 61 II's produce a full frequency, smooth and comfortable listening experience. If your ears hurt after listening to these maybe you're just playing them too loud with inferior electronics. Quality source material and slightly "warm" sounding amplification helps greatly with the sound. YMMV, but am very pleased with the overall sound quality and performance.
Pros:
Sound quality, Dynamic impact, Magnetic grills, Power efficiency, Crutchfield price and service!
Cons:
Rather thinly constructed cabinets that won't pass the knuckle test, but the cherry vinyl covering looks pretty good!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

RB-61 II

Written By Luke, Lee, NY on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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It's been a long time since I've purchased new gear. These RB-61's are absolutely ridiculous for the size of them. I can't think of a better way to spend my money on speakers. No bass? Not true. Purchase an SW-115 and WA port if you need 18 Hz at a remote location in your room. Buy whichever tower speakers fit your budget - that's next for me.
Pros:
Clean and clear, very efficient. More, better bass than expected. No need to crank them up to hear the full spectrum.
Cons:
Uh, I guess they don't come with a free SW-115. Maybe I can win one in some contest.
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By Paul, Rohnert park on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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These speakers are clear and true. I use them with a sub. I have never heard better sounding speakers.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Steve, Glen Allen virginia on Friday, July 26, 2013
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Great speakers. Lots of bass with out a sub. You be amazed at the clear crisp sound coming from these speakers.
Pros:
Sound, price and great looking.
Cons:
None so far
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4 out of 5

So far so good!

Written By MarkM, Carmel, IN on Monday, July 08, 2013
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I purchased the speakers to match a low power tube amp that I was installing in my work office. I needed sensitive speakers, and the RB-61 II fit the bill. I first hooked up my Glow One amplifier, and was very disappointed in the lack of rich bass and mid-range at the lower volumes I typically use in the work place. Then I swapped in my Elekit TU-879 amp. I just built it and it has a more balanced tonal output than the GlowOne. It paired just great with the RB-61 II. Now I had a much better frequency response and with a little equalization, I get a very rich sound at a low volume range. That said at higher volumes the speakers are more responsive at all frequencies. I imagine it is because the bass speaker is less sensitive than the horn loaded tweeter. The sound is beautiful and the high range is exquisite. Just match it with the right amp and enjoy the music.
Pros:
Sensitivity High quality of sound Sounds great with high bit rate music files coming through a DAC
Cons:
Bass and midrange suffer a bit at low volume
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5 out of 5

Great but Needs Quality Electronics

Written By jukeboxtheater, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, May 19, 2013
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First let me say that these were purchased in the Crutchfield Outlet store from their "scratch and dent" inventory. Now I'm pretty anal about the cosmetic condition of my stereo equipment so naturally I was pretty nervous about buying damaged equipment, but I just couldn't pass up that price! Turns out my fears were unfounded. Yes there are a couple of small indentions on the rear edges of both speakers, but they're nowhere near as visibly obvious as the rather severe scratching shown in some of the sample photos. So anyway, the first thing that struck me after hooking these up was that that the top end was spectacular, far more detailed and realistic than any dome tweeter I had ever heard. Unfortunately, the midrange lacked warmth and didn't sound nearly as refined as the upper end, plus the bass was a little on the tubby side. I tried playing a burn-in cd on repeat, but to be honest it didn't seem to help much. Worried that I may have to return the speakers, I desperately thought maybe the speakers were just revealing flaws of the circa 1998 receiver (brand starts with a "p") I was using. So I swapped out the receiver with another brand (starts with a "y") with a better reputation for sound quality, and suddenly the warmth had returned to voices and the bass seemed much tighter. I can't really characterize the results as dramatic, but the subtle improvements were really all these speakers needed. Now they truly sound like high end speakers! Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros:
Terrific highs that are completely non-fatiguing (at least to my ears)
Cons:
Reveals flaws in upstream components (but is that really a bad thing?)
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3 out of 5

Klipsch rb-61 II

Written By AlanP, Ware,Ma on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Let me say first i purchased these open box.They arrived a little damaged on corners from shipping so that was my first disappointment. I hooked them up to my Yamaha rs-700 stereo receiver anyways hoping to impress and awe. Sadly this was not the case. They did sound good, though somewhat muffled compared to my reference speakers. As far as being efficient, i did not notice a significant difference compared to the Polk audio RTi-1s i had been using. The more i listened comparing the two speakers i concluded the Polks won hands down. The Polk RT-1s are in a whole different class, outperforming the Klipsh in every aspect. So, are they good? Yes. But for less money and better performance and i recommend trying the RT-1s instead. On a side note i auditioned these with rock, acoustic and some classical music.
Pros:
ok sound
Cons:
cheap construction for price, not a wide soundstage
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Wayne, Free Union, VA on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Great sounding speakers, with plenty of bass! I also have a pair of 81's and it is difficult to tell the difference between them. For the money, they can't be beat! Also love the cherry cabinets
Pros:
Great, full range sound, attractive cabinets, near perfect size for wall mounts.
Cons:
Cherry cabinets are being discontinued.
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5 out of 5

Amazing

Written By Bloodcell84, Missoula, MT on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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These sound so amazing, I ended up buying a second pair. The dynamic range is incredible. Be warned these are pretty bright speakers and caused minor listening fatigue for the first week tell you get used to the upfront sound. My Onkyo txnr1010 receivers audyssey xt32 room calibration had these setup super bright at first. I ran it again with more precise placing of the microphone and it sounds alot more neutral to me now. I also have the rc62ii, two rs42ii, two rw12d and my 7.2 system sounds so smooth together. Make sure to buy from Crutchfield because their customer service is 2nd to none.
Pros:
Dynamic range and super easy to power because of the super high sensitivity. Crutchfield A+++++++
Cons:
Cherry finish is discontinued. Seems like I bought the last pair :) Horn tweeters may be too bright sounding for some audiophiles.
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5 out of 5

klip rb-61 ii

Written By sam h, columbus ga on Friday, April 26, 2013
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great full bodied sound.
Pros:
everything
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By PadreSoler, Fairfield, IA on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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I've installed these speakers with my Cambridge Audio Sonata AR30 receiver and the sound is excellent for such a compact size. The highs are very crisp, midrange is clear and full. I've paired them with a Polk Audio PS10 subwoofer, which does a decent job of boosting the low end. Although there are better subwoofers out there, size was big factor for me--no room to go any bigger for that component. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Klipsch RB-61s to anyone wanting a compact system for a smaller room.
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5 out of 5

WOW!!

Written By Chris, Great Falls ,Mt on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Clean, crisp and very refreshing!
Pros:
Outstounding sound quality
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Clay E, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Great sound from such mid sized speakers, Rich bass too. My hearing isn't the best, I am not an audiophile, but enjoy these speakers immensely. The size is great, not heavy, easy to connect wires.
Pros:
Size. sound quality, appearance
Cons:
none to think of.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61II

Written By hrg, Colorado on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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I was looking for some relatively small but sonically good speakers for a small library room in my house. These fit the need nicely and sound excellent at either low or high volumes. The is little colorization of the sound so they present a flat response without the eventually tiring 'peaking' some smaller speakers exhibit. The speakers are relatively heavy (20lb each) with well made cabinets, fronts and connectors. I definitely recommend these for small (14 x 14 ft) rooms.
Pros:
great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Bcurse, Castalian Springs, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013
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Great Speakers
Pros:
Great range for the price.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By HMcG, NYC, NY on Saturday, April 13, 2013
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Bought these speakers to replace floor-standing (tower) speakers that were just too big for my living room. I'm very happy with the depth these speakers have, and I've yet to try them with a subwoofer. Excellent for their size.
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5 out of 5

Excellence in a small package

Written By Bruce, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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Ordered 4 of these speakers for my front and rear channels, very impressed with the crisp highs and smooth midrange with the SW112 subwoofer allocating the bass at <60hz. The workmanship is topnotch and wont be disappointed if you wish to have speakers both quality sound and aesthetically appealing.
Pros:
Very clear highs, pronouncing sounds you have not noticed before with cheaper speakers. The Tractix Horn truly widens the sound spectrum in both the focal listening position and throughout your room. You can achieve a true well blended surround sound that does not deter your listening pleasure by focusing on the sound of one speaker. These bookshelfs are perfect for those with pets without having to sacrifice quality.
Cons:
Perhaps the only thing is Klipsch discontinuing the cherry finish which I don't mind ordering a black center speaker to blend with the TV.
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5 out of 5

KLIPSCH RB-61 11

Written By CHARLES R, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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THESE KLIPSCH RB-61 11 SPEAKERS SOUND STRONG AND SMOOTH FROM THE BASS TO TREBLE RANGE.
Pros:
I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM.
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4 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By CA, Portland, OR on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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Great sound. Great product
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Jerry De, Bethlehem, Ct. on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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These speakers will give you pristine sound. They won't shake the house, after all they are book shelve speakers, but they sound great and will fill the room with beauty.
Pros:
Sound great.
Cons:
a little pricey. I got them on sale.
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3 out of 5

Not for me, I guess

Written By EdRL, Eastern Mass. on Friday, March 29, 2013
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Perhaps it was me. Maybe I overtaxed these speakers by trying to use them in a room too large and open (18X24), but in the week I tried them out, I found them far too strident. The little boxes that tried too hard always made me feel like I was listening through a set of cardboard tubes. The low end sounded overwhelmed and the highs too abrasive. Thanks to Crutchfield's liberal terms, I was able to return them with minimal hassle. Now I must either clean up my old Heresy's, or prepare myself to spend a lot more money to get the easy flow of sound that I prefer.
Pros:
Excellent bargain at Crutchfield's price
Cons:
Appear to need a smaller listening venue
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5 out of 5

Klipsch reference RB-61 II

Written By Tom, YONKERS, N.Y. on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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The Klipsch speakers are high quality, great sounding speakers. They got 3 out of 4 thumbs up reviews by Sound & Vision magazine.
Pros:
Great sound.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

KLIPSCH RB-61 II

Written By Deano53, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Moved my KLIPSCH KB-15's to the surround position, now the RB-61 II's are my fronts. What a nice change for the home theater! And the music has a much fuller sound too.
Pros:
Great sound (Only had them for 30 days, and i expect the sound will improve as they continue to break in) and finish (I got the cherry)
Cons:
None yet (I don;t expect any, given KLIPCH'S reputation)
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5 out of 5

bold and beautiful

Written By chris cali, Peoria, IL on Monday, March 25, 2013
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I can now hear more music within my recordings.
Pros:
perfect for the money spent
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great sound for the size

Written By CC, Camdenton, MO on Friday, March 22, 2013
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Love those horns
Pros:
Great sound from a small size
Cons:
None at all
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By ttsmain, Dallas, Tx on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Excellent speaker - Exactly as expected from the reference line from Klipsch. Love the mids and highs produced by this speaker. I'm using the RB-61-II speakers powered by a Crown XLS 2000 amp as front-wide speakers - connected to the pre-outs of an Onkyo Tx-NR818. Mains and center speakers are RF-7s circa 2002, powered by Emotiva XPA-3. The front-highs are DT 350s and the surrounds are RS 7s all powered by the Onkyo 818. The Sub is an HSU Research VTF 15H. The RB-61-II provides the same crisp and dynamic sound as the RF-7 and provide an outstanding sonic match with the DT 350s and RF-7s - as apparent in the TX-NR818 surround modes where the mains, highs and wides play the same source material and their sound blends seamlessly. (e.g. All Stereo, or 9.1 DSX FW/HW ). The Onkyo Audyssey MultEQ XT32 initially setup the RB-61-II with +1.5db volume at 13 feet), and a crossover of 90 Hz. After a couple of weeks of break-in of the RB-61 II softened significantly, and a re-run of XT32 lowered the crossover to 70 db (as a point of comparison, the XT32 crosses the main RF7s at 40 Hz). I've run the Boston Audio Society test tones CD through the RB-61-IIs and hear very strong and clear base down to 50 Hz with rolloff down to 35 Hz.
Pros:
Crisp mids and highs - like a fine brass insturment. Clear, strong base commensurate with the speaker size. Excellent service from Crutchfield
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Golden Honey

Written By Craig, Staten Island on Sunday, March 03, 2013
 
To be fair, when I received the speakers receiver and stands , it had been a 10 hour day and not the right time to be setting the system up.

The next day after tweaking my Yamaha RX V473 to my iTunes library of music, I was blown away at the sonic quality of these golden honey colored gems. It's been almost twenty five years since I invested into a new system and Klipsch did not disappoint. I have them showcased on a pair of Sanus 31 inch stands and they sound and look great!

I rent my apartment, so I'm almost afraid of really turning up the volume because the ability of the speakers to produce strong sound is very apparent. Although the Klipsch 61's are bookshelf speakers they deliver enough bass, but for me adding a subwoofer might be overkill. I can understand that some people may want to have heavy bass and that's fine. My combination living room dinning room is too small to accommodate towers, but I'm totally delighted with my purchase. The best part is that one day if I move into a bigger place I can use these as back channel speakers. I highly suggest getting these bad boys you will be totally thrilled.
Pros:
Solid sound and great looks
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Slam dunk!

Written By The Dude, Columbia, SC on Sunday, March 03, 2013
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I needed speakers for my turntable I just got out of storage and set up in my man cave. I first looked at Polk but chose Klipsch for a clearer tonal quality. It has been two weeks and I could not be happier. I was surprised at how great these sound! My old albums never sounded so good. The cherry finish is very sharp. Crutchfield provided first rate service, both in sales and tech, as they answered my questions about wiring.
Pros:
Great clean sound you would expect from Klipsch in a small, attractive bookshelf speaker. I would recommend for smaller rooms. I admit I did crank them up a tad with my mid-level Yamaha receiver and they handled it quite well (sorry neighbors). Good price. Very happy!
Cons:
Not a fan at all of UPS; at least they did not screw up this delivery. Would prefer USPS. No cons as far as the speakers or Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Jeff, Lake Tahoe, Nv. on Saturday, March 02, 2013
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clean and crisp. great response. bi-amp feature a big plus. love the sound quality. good value. free shipping awesome. cherry cabinets are beautiful
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4 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-16 II

Written By BMWM5, Central CT on Thursday, February 28, 2013
 
Wondering how they compare to a classic pair of Klipschorns and Heresy's. Can't imagine any Klipsch product sounding better than these.
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5 out of 5

RB-61 II

Written By warcry, Independence,Mo. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
 
Surpass my mains,insatiable audio freak I am
Pros:
INCERDABLE,soundstage presence accurate,sound better than my towers.I wonder how long b4 I step up again.These speakers amaze me.BEAUTIFUL SOUND!!!!!!!!
Cons:
None WHATSOEVER!
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5 out of 5

Exactly what I expected.

Written By Mark W., Bloomington Il. on Sunday, February 24, 2013
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I have several other Klipsch speakers. A older R-3 surround system in a theater room, in-wall at a bar area,and out door reference pair.I was not surprised that these (RB-61 ll) sound as excellent as the other Klipsch. I highly recommend them.
Pros:
Sound and look great!
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5 out of 5

Love the RB-61 ll

Written By Lin W, West Central Ohio on Friday, February 15, 2013
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We expected from the name Klipsch, that the speakers would be quality. We were NOT disappointed. We have mainly floor speakers, and were not sure we would be satisfied with bookshelf speakers in our small office. That concern soon disappeared, once the wires were on - the sound was incredible! Not only do they sound good, the quality of the cherry cabinets on the Reference RB-61 ll is like a good piece of furniture. We like bass, and were concerned the smaller speakers would not give us what we sought. Not to worry, they do not disappoint. In fact, we were so pleased, within two weeks, we had ordered two more identical pairs for an exercise room and a library. We could not be more pleased. With limited space for larger floor speakers, the RB-61 ll allows us to have the sound we want within the space restriction in the smaller rooms.
Pros:
The pros are great full range sound, encased in furniture quality wood, which also enhances the sound quality. The hook up is as simple as it gets, feed the wire, turn the knob, and get ready for great listening.
Cons:
We have no complaints and have found nothing we would change.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By KevinH, Ashland, Ore on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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To the surprise of no one these sound outstanding! Klipsch has wowed everyone here! The low A opening to Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" spoke so clearly you could hear the horsehairs of the bow being drawn across the bass string!
Pros:
Compact enough to fit most tight bookshelf spaces, yet solid enough to sit on the floor if needed.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch RB 61 ii

Written By Todd, Alamogordo, NM on Saturday, February 02, 2013
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I was looking for a set of speakers with more treble and less bass than my old speakers had. These Klipsch RB 61 ii speakers did not disappoint me. Talk radio stations that crank up the bass and muffle the voices now come through much clearer than before. Without adjusting the equalizer on my receiver to lower the bass and increase the treble, music from these new speakers sound great. For talk radio I still adjust the equalizer to cancel as much bass as possible, but that's probably due to my aging hearing.
Pros:
Crisp, clear sound
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Full-bodied bookshelf speaker

Written By xanthoptica, Portland, OR on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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For their size, these are impressive speakers. I've been a fan of the Klipsch sound for 26 years, and as satellites, these do not disappoint. Very punchy attacks from the horn tweeters, and a very clean soundstage. Not the airiest high-end speaker, but nicely balanced from very high treble through the upper bass register. They get a bit boomy and chuffy to my ear when fed lots of bass (they are ported enclosures), and the bass trails off fast in the lowest registers; I've paired mine with a tight 8" sub and filtered out the lowest frequencies with my receiver to solve both problems. Overall a very dynamic and full-bodied speaker, especially given the size, but I think you will want a subwoofer or the larger RB-81 if you're used to full bass.
Pros:
Very dynamic, full-bodied sound from a small enclosure
Cons:
Not the deepest or cleanest bass of any speaker (but really good for a compact bookshelf model)
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5 out of 5

Excellent speakers!

Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Friday, August 31, 2012
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I just fired these speakers up and listened to Jeff Beck's "Who Else!" album, which has plenty of high notes and a decent amount mid and low range sound. I am very pleased with the quality of the sound and I am glad that I decided not to go with a low-priced speaker. These speaker are connected to an 80 watt/channel amplifier and they sound great. Nice crisp treble and a rich bass sound in a great compact package. Definitely worth the money.
Pros:
Nice cabinet quality (mine is cherry), easy to remove magnetic grille, bi-amp / bi-wire capable, and great sound quality.
Cons:
None at all with the speakers, but I agree with another reviewer that the box should be anonymized so that people can't see my speakers sitting on the front porch upon delivery. That nice big KLIPSCH on the outside of the box makes it an easy target for a thief.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By mike, dallas tx on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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great sounding speakers, good bass response, great imagining and clarity.
Pros:
sound quality
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

kLIPSCH RB-61II

Written By Anonymous, ny on Monday, January 30, 2012
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For the price, these speakers offer good value. Full sound clarity, crisp high, adequate mid range and bass. Compared these speakers to others in the same price range and these sounded best to me. Well made, nice cabinets.
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RB-61II

Written By DG, Indianapolis on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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These Klipsch speakers are simply outstanding. The best word I can use to describe their performance is crisp sound throughout the spectrum. In my surround system, these guys deliver great voice, mid-range & bass. Since they replaced a much larger set of old Boston Acoustics that had served me well, I was not totally sure they would measure up until I installed the Klipsch speakers. Bottom line: they exceed my expectations.
Pros:
Great sound from all media. Exterior styling(mine are cherry)to match any decor. Fast delivery by the brown truck guys. The Crutchfield advisors gave me straight answers to my questions & steered me in the right direction as usual. Why bother to shop anywhere else?
Cons:
No issues with the speakers at all. The only suggestion I have for Crutchfield is to place equipment like this in another plain box. The UPS guys deliver to the front door & the factory packaging has "Klipsch" in easy to see lettering on the boxes. A security issue for all who drive by to see.
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5 out of 5

Great for pure music listening

Written By Tom M, Issaquah, WA on Thursday, January 12, 2012
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I have these hooked up to my 1989 NAD 2200 amp/NAD 1155 pre-amp in a room 11'wide by 16' long, 9' high ceiling. the speakers are at one end along the 11' wall. Fantastic range coverage including the low ends. I thought I might need a sub, but at this point I don't feel I need it. I compared these to the PSB Image B6 - another great speaker, however my ear fit the Klipsch better from a musician point of view.
Pros:
Great Range and covers the low end very well.
Cons:
Nothing so far.
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5 out of 5

amazing fresh out the box

Written By Cecil, Greensboro NC on Thursday, November 10, 2011
 
I loves these i have only had them a couple hours but they put my synergy towers to shame. Im upgrading my den and these along with my sw112 and my KS 20 sound amazing! i cant wait till i upgrade my center in dec! Get these and you will see you dont need towers to get amazing sound!
Pros:
These sound amazing out of the box! They are big picture dont really show you.I really enjoy the cherry color! Both my systems they are cherry!
Cons:
There is nothing Bad about these speakers
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5 out of 5

Very nice speaker for the money

Written By JMM, PA on Monday, July 11, 2011
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I received these as a gift approximately 6 weeks ago. They sound wonderful. In particular, I notice a huge improvement in high-frequency sounds and dialogue/voices (in movies and when watching music videos or streaming Pandora through my HD TiVo box) in comparison to my older non-Klipsch speakers (that were similar in size).

I bought the cherry colored speakers as they were cheaper than black finish. For the price, I think these are outstanding speakers. I am very happy with the quality of sound and the look of the speakers.

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5 out of 5

Pure Awesomeness

Written By Lukas L, Franklin, OH on Saturday, May 21, 2011
 
Measurements and pictures don't do these things justice. They're heavy, big, and beautiful. Both with the grills on and off. It's hard to decide between the velvet look of the grill and the beauty of the copper woofer, you might find yourself taking the grills off a lot. I'm currently running these for my front left, right, and center. If you can find someone to split a set and have the room for a center I recommend it. No matter what you throw at them all they produce is sonic goodness. Movies, music, video games. The highs are crystal clear and the bass hits tight and clean. You could do with out a sub if you're just listening to music, but a sub with movies is always recommended. I would not hesitate to purchase these again, or any of the other reference series speakers.
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5 out of 5

Classic Klipsch sound in small package

Written By JohnB, East Lansing, MI on Thursday, May 19, 2011
 
Sometimes it's good to be surprised. As an owner of a classic pair of Klipsch Forte II speakers (acquired them as a Klipsch salesman years ago), I bought the RB-61 II bookshelf set thinking there was a chance I'd be sending them back. I was shopping for a pair of speakers for my cottage where floor space is at a premium, but I didn't want to compromise on sound quality. I hadn't heard the RB-61s yet - bought them based on the Klipsch reputation and some online reviews - but had a hard time believing it was possible to get the classic Klipsch sound from such relatively diminutive speakers. With some skepticism, I hooked them up to a pair of Denon monoblock amps and these guys blew me away ... detailed, crisp, open, highly dynamic and punchy, with precise imaging. They sounded great with everything I threw at them. These RB-61s are an easy recommendation to anyone looking for the performance of Klipsch speakers but lacks the space for a large floor-standing set. 
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5 out of 5

INSANE!!!!

Written By Tom S., Orange, CA on Friday, March 18, 2011
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Worth the money. I am using them with a Klispch Center and surround speakers with an Onkyo A/V. You will hear it a quarter mile in any direction. Strange thing about these speakers is the fact that they sound better and better as you turn the volume up. Very tight, crisp and clear.
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5 out of 5

Very Happy Camper

Written By Woodroce, Finger Lakes, NY on Monday, March 07, 2011
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Sah-wwweeeeeet!

These speakers are a lot of bang for the buck. I have owned the RB61II's for about six months now and I am very happy! I have them set-up as my front speakers in a (soon to be complete) 5.1 system. The RB-61II's are powered by an Onkyo TXNR708 receiver and I have a Klipsch RW10d sub woofer. So far, this system rocks! I can't wait to go 5.1 with a center and surrounds. Naturally, I am going Klipsch all the way.

These speakers are called "bookshelf" speakers, but honestly, they are so much more than that. They rock, believe me.

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5 out of 5

Excellent Speakers!

Written By Budget Audiophile, Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, January 22, 2011
 
I received these speakers as a gift sent by my brother direct from Crutchfield. Upon opening and removing them from their boxes, I was struck by their weight & size. These are well made speakers. I immediately connected them to a fresh out of the box NAD C326BEE Stereo Integrated Amp & NAD C545BEE CD Player included with my gift shipment from Crutchfield. My initial impression was uncertainty. I don't believe I had the frame of reference to accurately judge them. A few listening sessions later, I was awestruck by the depth & width of the soundstage being thrown at me by the Klipsch speakers with NAD power. The level of clarity & detail was equally impressive. Bass felt right with a wide range of musical selections: Rock & Roll, Jazz, Americana/Country & Classical. Average electronics can drive these speakers with ease and impressive results. No doubt there are other brands that may surpass the quality of these speakers, but with the level of enjoyment they are providing why look? Highly Recommended!
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What is the difference between RB61-II and RB600? [ m  Jan 19, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 19, 2014 ]
How would I go about using these speakers with an ipod or iphone? Is it possible? Thanks, Steve [ Stephen  Jan 18, 2014 ]
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  • Yes you need a receive first, am sure the sound would be great,,, [ TYRONE   Jan 31, 2014 ]
  • Stephen, these are non-powered speakers so you will have to run your ipod/iphone output through an amp or a receiver. [ RONALD   Jan 20, 2014 ]
  • You sure can. I purchased a Teac reciever from Crutchfield that has a direct in for the USB on IPOD/IPHONE. Also, I purchased a Focal buletooth reciever that is small and plugs into the back of the Teac/AUX port and use it with other devices such as my android phone and MAC computer. Sound is awesome and super easy to use, enjoy!! [ ROBERT   Jan 20, 2014 ]
  • Your IPOD must be plugged into a receiver or amplifier that has an input for an IPOD or other storage device. The receiver or amp will of course have speaker terminals that you use to run the speaker wire to each speaker (stereo). Make sure you use a receiver or amp that is rated at 8 ohms to match the speakers. Also, keep in mind that an IPOD uses compressed music and will not sound as good as if you were playing a CD or record. Phil [ PHILIP F   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • These are home theater speakers,if your receiver is capable of i padits okay [ TYRONE   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • You would need a amplifier and a iPod of iPhone doc. N.A.D. makes one that sounds great. [ MICHAEL P   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • You have to have an amp to connect these speaker to. [ MICHAEL   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • I use an apple "Airport Express" which connects by wireless technology to my I-pod. The Airport Express connects by standard audio cable to a Kenwood receiver which drives the Kilpsch speakers. I also have a pin type audio cable which connects directly to the Kenwood receiver from the i-pod. Both work very well. In either case you must have a sufficient amplifier to drive the speakers. [ WILLIAM J   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • You need an amp [ GERARD   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • Plug your iPod inti you am or receive. [ RICHARD S   Jan 19, 2014 ]
How do I connect them to my PC? [ Tommy  Nov 29, 2013 ]
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