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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)

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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

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.

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.


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Excellent sounding speaker, large but not too large. I am still getting to know it but so far I love the RB-61 ii.

Scott, state college, PA

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 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
Reviews

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II Reviews

Average Customer Review:

153 Reviews

Excellent service and product

Written by: Scott from state college, PA on March 17, 2016

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Excellent sounding speaker, large but not too large. I am still getting to know it but so far I love the RB-61 ii.

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klipsch ref RB-61 II

Written by: james s from cedar hill, TX on February 23, 2016

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great for the money

Pros: very good sound use as surround back

Cons: none

klipsch rb61 bookshelf speaker

Written by: dayj from Washington on January 10, 2016

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great sounding speakers,gave it a 5

Pros: excellent

Cons: none

Just what I needed

Written by: MikeD from Oregon on January 5, 2016

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I replaced a couple of smaller bookshelf speakers that were being overwhelmed by the Klipsch center channel speaker. This system is in the master bedroom so the room isn't terribly large.(about 15x18 ) so they work great. Immediate improvement in the overall balance. I see these are being replaced by a newer model which I assume will sound at least as good.

Pros: Overall sound and build.

Cons: none

Excellent

Written by: BC from Ohio on January 4, 2016

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Excellent sound...........driver down to 45hz............subwoofer set to 80hz or less so that these speakers only have to use 80 hz or more..........in essence; great sound!!

Pros: Excellent sound, decent, size,

Cons: None

Great looks amd Great sound!

Written by: Stevensvt from San Juan, PR on January 3, 2016

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The Klipsch RB-61II sound great, almost like full range tower speakers! I'm currently using an underpowered receiver with 75watts rms per channel, and still sounds awesomely loud! Props to the Denon receiver. Im planning on using the Denon as a preamp and buying a power amp (150 watts) to power the RB-61's... I recommend coupling these speakers with a powered sub, since their bottom end response is a little light for my taste. But the sub is not necessary, they pack a pretty good punch on their own...

Pros: Full range sound Good looks Tight bass

Cons: Wish they had a little more bottem end power. Other than that, no other complaints.

Sonic Nirvana!!!

Written by: Charlie K from Georgia on December 28, 2015

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Hits the highs and enough of the lows to make you think your listening to much larger speakers. Using a Yamaha receiver with "Presence" feature. And Klipsh Quientent surround and a Klipsh 10" sub. Perfect for my needs.

Pros: Look, size and sound

Cons: None

GREAT 5 STAR KLIPSCH BOOKSHELF SPEAKER

Written by: BILLY L. from PANAMA CITY, FL. on December 27, 2015

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KILIPSCH SPEAKERS are the best! This 62 ll bookshelf is rich and clear. I use it as a surround speaker in between KLF 10 front & rear klipsch 82 ll floorstanding speakers. Along with a 12" klipsch sub and Denon receiver at 185 watts per channel. AWESOME SYSTEM. FOR MUSIC OR MOVIES KLIPCHS AND DENON ARE THE BEST!

Pros: Great for smaller areas in any house, apt.

Cons: None

always enjoyable

Written by: David from Colorado on December 19, 2015

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I was very pleased with these speakers and how they would compare to the downstairs floor standing RF-82 speakers. They exceeded my expectations, and they look great with the black covers. I bought a second pair, so what more can I say?

Pros: Wonderful sound and bass as well

Cons: none

Klipsch RB-61 II

Written by: Mtroyer from Virginia on December 15, 2015

They simply don't get any better for the money.....dollar for dollar / Klipsch delivers everytime.

Pros: I've owned 20 different pairs of Klipsch speakers over the last 15 years and I honestly don't even look at anything else. Built like tanks / Hit hard / Perfect combination.

Cons: The only con is that the newer Klipsch speakers seem to be going the way of the masses / less weight / cheaper components - but these RB-61's are some of the last great ones.....

Excellent speakers, crystal clear audio

Written by: Partha from New Jersey on December 6, 2015

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At the outset, this if my second set of speakers. My first set was wharfedale 10 with denon. I bought my klipsch to pair with Marantz with an intent to listen to music. But reference 61 exceeded my expectations on every count. There sound stage, Bass and highs are huge difference compared to my wharfedale. Very happy with Crutchfield as well. Especially their agents in chat who helped me with my buy.

Pros: Very good sound stage Very good bass, can use with out sub for music The highs are not too harsh for my taste

Cons: Too heavy to hang. Need a strong stands

Klipsch quality speakers

Written by: Prof from North Carolina on November 30, 2015

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These are used as part of a home theater system in a fairly large room. I wasn't sure they would be "big" enough for the space but the great price made it worth a try. I have been pleasently surprised by both the quality of the sound and the fullness of the effect. They have the oft noted Klipsch "brightness". They also look very good.

Pros: Size, sound, cost.

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Incredible sound

Written by: Brian from Missouri on November 29, 2015

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Absolutely stunning crisp clear highs and surprisingly strong midrange for a bookshelf speaker. They'll blow away many floor standing speakers I've heard from other brands. I have them paired with a Klipsch 12" sub. With the low pass cut off set where I have it the speakers and sub blend seamlessly. Worth every penny!

Pros: Look great, sound even better

Cons: None

Great sound and looks

Written by: Razorbackdanny from Arkansas on November 29, 2015

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I have 2 other pairs of Klipsch floor standing speakers and these compliment them very well. I use them as surround speakers in my system and they do the job very well. Wouldn't buy any other brand.

Pros: More than crisp and loud enough for surrounds. Would sound great if just used in a smaller system.

Cons: None

Awesome speakers

Written by: Anonymous from Maryland on November 29, 2015

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Great speaker, exceptionally clean sound. These boys aren't exactly bookshelf.. There large and can easily be setup as a 2.1 system

Pros: Precise sound

Cons: Large speaker

Typically Klipsch

Written by: Jitensha from Connecticut on November 3, 2015

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These are the discontinued (but still available) 6-inch bookshelf speakers from Klipsch's "Reference" series, and have the 1-inch titanium tweeter. The sound is typically Klipsch, with vibrant highs (that very, very occasionally can be a bit shrill on content such as a flute), remarkable detail on stringed instruments, and smooth mid-range and rather tight low frequencies down to about 50 Hz. I am using them as the LR speakers in a home theater system (currently 3.0.2 on the way to becoming 5.0.2 or 5.1.2). The sound is satisfying without a sub, unless you watch lots of movies with explosions and you like them to shake the earth. I have RB-51 II's on my office desktop, and A/B tested them against the RB-62's. Driven moderately on material that was not bass-heavy, the two speakers sounded virtually identical -- not surprising since they use the same high-frequency compression drivers, Tractrix horn, and IMG woofer material. At the current discounted price, these speakers offer superior bookshelf sound and an excellent value.

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Klipsch Reference Bookshelf

Written by: Catherine from Pennsylvania on November 2, 2015

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For the size and the price, these speakers meet my needs. I am very satisfied with their performance so far.

Pros: small size..great sound in moderately sized room

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What I Expected

Written by: Darrell D from Fleming, Oh on October 27, 2015

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I'm not a sound expert or anything close. I like the sound and speakers are nice size for my CD player in bedroom location. The quality seems great to me and I was not surprised as I already own Klipsch Forte speakers for my living room television sound. I feel these speakers are good value for price paid for an application where you don't need large speakers.

Pros: Good sound for size and price. Nice appearance.

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Absolutely Fantastic

Written by: Craig G. from Pennsylvania on October 22, 2015

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Wow was not expecting that kind of sound from a bookshelf speaker. These speakers look as great as they sound. Sound quality is excellent. Very crisp clean sound even at high volume. I'm glad I decided to go with the rb-61's I am very happy. Customer service was Fantastic. Ordered speakers Wednesday morning and on my door step Thursday afternoon. Now that awesome free shipping. Thanks for being a quality company selling Top of The line products. Will definitely order from Crutchfield in the future. Speakers Rock Thanks

Pros: Amazing sound and looks. Great company service

Cons: Owerners manual could be better

Very Satisfying

Written by: dd from Michigan on October 17, 2015

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I bought this to replace my Polk Audio bookshelf. The Klipsch had more dynamic range and clarity. They are also much louder without breaking up. I really enjoy listening to them specially after breaking them in. All the harshness on the high frequency went away. I have a pair of Magnepan 3.6 loudspeakers in my basement. I never really enjoyed listening to the Polk audio. I primarily use them for karaoke. The Klipsch made me sit down and listen to music for hours on end. Of course you can't really compare them to the Magnepan 3.6, but for the money I cannot think of any speaker that sounded so fulfilling. I have to tell you though, turn your volume down at first until you know what loudness your ears can tolerate. They are very very loud and doesn't seem to break up. They are very efficient. I'm driving them with a Denon AVR 1092 that produces 125 watts RMS per channel,. You could probably use a 20 watt RMS amplifier to drive this speakers. The specs says they handle up to a hundred watts, but I know I've driven them with much more and did not harm the speakers. I don't listen to my music that loud. I just wanted to know how far they can go. I went all the way to 0 db on my volume control, that means I'm using 100% of my amps power. Bear in mind that would also depend on the loudness of the source. I have a Marantz 8003 cd player.

Pros: Super enjoyable and great for karaoke also. Incredible dynamic range. I highly recommend these speakers.

Cons: A tad shy on the midrange. But at higher volumes you won't even notice that.

Very pleased

Written by: John C from Upstate New York on October 12, 2015

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This was a big upgrade from my old BA's .More detailed sound particularly since I was able to bi-amp them on my Marantz receiver. Low volume is enjoyable for a change.

Pros: All good. Great price .

Cons: Black cabinet is not attractive. Documentation is light .

Great...

Written by: JAY from Washington on October 8, 2015

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Over 34 years I've purchased two other sets of speakers because of pricing and availability. The B&O's were discounted after being used in a Magnolia Hi-Fi founder's office. They were superbly dominant in my home. Alas, after 20 years a woofer stopped working. Bought a pair of Monitor 450 by DefinativeTech and they were crap. I found surround Klipsch first and have been looking at these because of the price at Crutchfield. I'm very pleased. I know they will burn in over the month. Thanks for the quick service and great pricing.

Pros: Horn tech

Cons: None yet...

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Erick M from Puerto Rico on October 4, 2015

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Currently being used as surrounds, but were mains. These are great. They can sound very big, and accurate. The highs are detailed and can also produce a nice low frequency. Very good speaker indeed.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: None

Solid Performance

Written by: Azhar from Oregon on September 28, 2015

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Excellent speakers overall.. low frequency not as complete as it should be, but if youre using a subwoofer, speakers are pretty darn good

Pros: Compact-ish, clarity, pretty loud

Cons: low end bass is not as complete

as good as it gets

Written by: courier100 from Nevada on September 26, 2015

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I have had Klipsch speakers for years, from floor standing to bookshelf. I got these to go to a 7.2 set up and just like my other speakers these sound great. If I need more I would be more than happy to add another set to my unit. I don`t think you can wrong by buying these.

Pros: great sound

Cons: none that I see.

Amazing value & sound

Written by: JasonM from California on September 22, 2015

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Having simple styling and great sound for their size, I paired these with a R-25C center and a R-112SW for a very capable 2.1 home theater system that works great for my modest space and setup.

Pros: - Value - Fidelity

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Big sound, small footprint

Written by: Jahoffert from Pennsylvania on September 15, 2015

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Very impressed with the sound, considering I came from a very large floorstanding speaker. Renovations to my house no longer allowed such a large size speaker. Not only is the sound crystal clear, now I will have to upgrade the center channel to match the clarity, and they are beautiful to look at with the covers off!

Pros: Crystal clear Beautiful Big sound for small footprint

Cons: Wish it came in gloss black

Great bookshelf speakers

Written by: Txres98 from Texas on September 8, 2015

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Great range of sound. I used these as Front speakers in my 6-channel setup and they sound great . They weigh about 19lbs each so I was able to use wall mounts. I play a lot of jazz music and the horns sound great !

Pros: Size , and good range of sound

Cons: None

Very pleased

Written by: Dennis from Florida on August 24, 2015

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These speakers are pared off with some older Boston vr40 towers with a Yamaha rx 797 stereo 2 chan. receiver and the sound you get is unreal, this system is in my man cave so I listen to a lot of music., its hooked up to my tv and cable which is great, you will need a sub if using by themselves,

Pros: Can't beat these speakers

Cons: none

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on August 17, 2015

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Since we just moved, the speakers have not yet been hooked and operating. We like he way they look and the service and delivery was fine.

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Top Notch Klipsch

Written by: Richard from Waldoboro, ME on August 14, 2015

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I bought four of these speakers to use with my home theater system. They are used with the Definite Technology ProSub 800 sub woofer, Klipsch Reference RC-52 II center speaker and Onkyo TX-NR737 receiver. I listen to pipe organ music as well as movies. They are amazing and have passed the pipe organ test. Clarity in both the high and very lows.

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Klipsch RB-61 II

Written by: w25 from Texas on August 5, 2015

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This is a nice pair of bookshelf speakers at a great price. I purchased it for home theater use, but it sounds great when listening to my favorite tunes too! I am using them for my front L&R speakers. I would recommend these to anyone who is limited to bookshelf speakers for Front Left and Right home theater speakers. They require a subwoofer to supply the low frequency range, but that's a given when you are stuck with bookshelf speakers. My Onkyo TX-NR636 recognized their crossover frequency at 60 Hz which was expected.

Pros: Great price for a nice quality pair of bookshelf speakers. Well built, good looking speaker. Nice magnetic speaker grills.

Cons: None considering its a Bookshelf speaker.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 Speakers

Written by: JimK from Texas on July 26, 2015

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These speakers are excellent, put out a lot of sound for such a small footprint. Really clear well defined sound, replaced my $700 JBL bookshelf speakers with these and these blow the JBL's away by a mile.

Pros: Sound quality.

Cons: none.

Dynamite Book shelf speakers

Written by: Phil L from Maine on July 8, 2015

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What great speakers for the price! I bought these as rear surrounds in a 5.1 set-up. I have 2 Klipsch, KLF 30 (200 Watts) for mains, a 300 watt reference series powered sub and a 100 watt reference series center channel speaker, powered by a Denon receiver. I wanted speakers that would sonically match my mains and other speakers and these were just right. The size is deceiving considering the power and punch they deliver. Excellent clarity as stated in other reviews. You can't go wrong for the money and these would work well for mains if space is an issue.

Pros: Punchy, clear, plenty of bass response in a small package

Cons: None

Awesome.

Written by: SamG from New York on July 2, 2015

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Great speakers. They look great, sound better, and they're an awesome value.

Pros: - Awesome bass response - Great size for small spaces - Amazing output - Good top-end definition - Awesome for home theater use

Cons: - Flat midrange response with my head unit, definitely fixable using a different head unit, but makes it less usable for music than for home theater.

Speakers

Written by: Mike from New Jersey on June 27, 2015

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Great speakers

Pros: Totally satisified

Cons: None

wow

Written by: wow from Florida on June 23, 2015

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Wow

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35 years of Crutchfield and Klipsch

Written by: John Thunder from Michigan on June 17, 2015

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I received my delivery confirmation while I was setting up my speakers. Crutchfield as always was on it from beginning to delivery. I purchased these to pair with my rf2s. They are as excellent as my Crutchfield service. Highly recommended.

Pros: Very efficient, good finish (scratch n dent), excellent sound stage and depth.

Cons: None at this time.

Customer review influence

Written by: Home from Massachusetts on June 15, 2015

I bought a pair of these based on the reviews of Crutchfield customers. This is why it is good to wait to buy new products as they are not yet time tested. A satisfied customer is a time test. This is an older now discounted speaker but consider it time tested. 97-5 star reviews says something about these speakers. I did not hear them before I bought mine. I knew if I did not like them I could return them but with customer reviews in ernest about these speakers I knew I wouldn't. I will add to the 5 star rating for these speakers as they are worth getting them now while you can and they are discounted,well worth it!

Pros: Nice open convincing soundstage that Klipsch is famous for. Big sound from bookshelf speakers! Great classical and jazz speakers but even Rock sounds good through these. Most speakers do a bad job with Rock music in my opinion as it is a matter of base vs treble minus drum vocal and even guitar detail. With Klipsch I hear detail at neutral settings. I for one do not like to adjust bass and treble controls to get music to sound right. A piano must sound real with good speakers.

Cons: None! They can play loudly so be careful and do not abuse them.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Anonymous from Richmond, VA on June 1, 2015

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Great sound can hear treble well

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Klypsch reference rb-61

Written by: Blocky from Lewisburg W.V. on May 31, 2015

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Always wanted a pair of klypsch and discoverd these and oh man they can shure hold there own in an array of large speakers!!! They sound spectacular. And at a great price. Grab them wile you can!!!!

Pros: Great highs and mids lows and the cherry looks great!!

Cons: I don't no any

Fantastic sound!

Written by: Nick from Louisiana on May 20, 2015

Great sound!! With a 30 year old Marantz receiver I bought in high school in 1982, (30 watts per channel) I can turn it up and blow the windows out. Listening to good jazz, I can almost count how many musicians are in the band! No need for a sub woofer.

Pros: Great sound at a reasonable price. They even look good!

Cons: I waited too long to buy great speakers!

why did I wait so long?

Written by: Ken from Fremont Ca on May 17, 2015

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Picked up this pair under scratch/dent. Been wanting the these for so long, enduring the poor sound of my existing speakers for far too long before finally pulling the trigger. Discount for small blemish was perfect for me. Sound us sweet and smooth, not harsh.

Pros: Smooth creamy sound, lots of ability in small package, great price & customer service

Cons: Missing one speaker grill but issue solved immediately by great customer service

Klipsch speakers

Written by: John from Pennsylvania on May 10, 2015

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Very happy with speakers. Great effeciency , sound

Pros: Excellent choice. Good bass

Cons: None

Sub For Floor Standers

Written by: jupmoe from Georgia on May 6, 2015

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They sound great, put on stands at ear level. Way better than my THX certified in walls.

Pros: Fine finnish and a great sound

Cons: None

Bookshelf speaker

Written by: Tom from Las Vegas on April 29, 2015

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Bought 2 sets to complete 11.2 surround set up. Tested them as the main and was surprise how good they sound for such a small speaker. Have all Klipcsh speakers and hooked them up to Onkyo receiver and Wow!!! Why even go to a movie theater

Pros: Very nice clean sound from a small speaker, at this price range can't go wrong

Cons: None

rb-61 speaker

Written by: paul from Pennsylvania on April 27, 2015

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These speakers look simple, but they really sound great.... especially jazz and classical music.You will clearly hear the flute, the oboe, the clarinet. The sax is so clear and defined on these speakers that do not require too much power. Bass is tight and definite, and the human voice comes forth naturally.There is no audible distortion, full-bodied and clean sound. Get these Klipsch speakers-- you will love them!

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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Anonymous from Hayward, ca on April 22, 2015

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Great, love klipsch speakers

Pros: Sound beautiful

Cons: None

clean sound

Written by: Tim from Suffolk, VA on April 9, 2015

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Very impressed with the frequency response exhibited by the clean bass and great complement in the mid-range clarity supplement my Cerwin Vega Hardrockers.

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Excellent sound

Written by: Anonymous from St. Louis on April 5, 2015

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Beautiful sound. Really fills the room effortlessly!

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Klipsch RB-61

Written by: Eric from Virginia on April 1, 2015

I bought these speakers to go in my upstairs office. I have them paired with a klipsch rc-500 and SW-450. The speakers are bigger than I expected but that's a good thing. The sound is awesome which is I've come to expect from klipsch speakers. Very clear highs and mids, bass is okay but I would recommend a sub. They sound great with music and movies. I'm totally satisfied with these speakers and would highly recommend them.

Pros: Sound and build quality

Cons: None

Not For Music

Written by: mtn_dweller from California on March 25, 2015

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I bought these to replace a pair of Infinity Alphas that were going to be moved to another location. Just to test them, I set them on a table, hooked up a CD player to my Sansui AU517and.... not so good. They were excessively bright to my ears and muddy on the bottom end. Well, not a fair test, as they were purchased to listen to vinyl. So, they were then connected to my preamp and AR CL60 Tube amp. Hmm, better, but where are the lower mids and bass? By now I was doubting what my ears were telling me, so I placed them next to the Infinity speakers so that location effects could be minimized, hooked them up so they could be A/B'd (switched back and forth), and listened some more. They steadily improved as they broke in, but are still very lacking in definition and fullness in the low mids and bass. The high end, conversely, seems too detailed and forward, like a photoshopped image that has been oversharpend and oversaturated. The soundstage is both wide and deep, but again unnaturally so. At this point, I'm considering auditioning them in my theater system as an extra pair of front speakers. Their "in your face" sound might just be amazing for movies, and the sub and towers will take care of the low and mids. Most speakers these days have to exist in the home theater realm, and I suspect that these were designed with that in mind. However, if you are looking for rich sound, if you want to hear the music not the speakers, then these are probably not the right choice.

Pros: Nice looking, well built speakers.

Cons: Thin in the low midrange and bottom end. Annoyingly bright highs.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II Bookshelf speakers.

Written by: Terry from Kansas on March 24, 2015

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As always shipping was fast and the Klipsch Reference RB-61 II Bookshelf speakers sound good with my old 1970-something Craig amp and Pioneer turntable. I also stream music from my network to a HC Bluetooth receiver attached to my amp aux input, it sounds very good also.

Pros: Sounds Good.

Cons: None.

Good at the reduced price

Written by: WayneL from California on March 23, 2015

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They are really really big speakers and the huge plastic prothesis on the front doesn't help. At the reduced price, they are fairly priced and I would recommend them. I would never consider them at the MSRP. One could buy a much much better set up for $550. The front ports are a requirement because I need to place the rears of them within several inches of a wall. I'm not pro or anti horn-loaded tweeter and by adjusting the toe-in correctly, I don't think anyone could really tell anyway (I mean if they were blindfolded and honest). Very clear presentation of music but too bright without some EQ balancing. Strong bass and the specs are correct, the bass is very usable down to 40Hz (they tested at only -5dB at 40Hz to be exact). No subwoofer is needed unless you have techno house parties or your own large theatre room. These are very good audio speakers, not hardcore audiophile speakers (think NHT, Monitor Audio, PSB, KEF, B&W, Q Acoustics, etc...just as starting points) and that's fine. Very few people are really that sensitive anyway and when you hear the pluck of an acoustic bass or a clear bang of kettle drum, you'll smile.

Pros: Fairly priced now Front ports Strong controlled bass

Cons: Huge Plastic-y Too bright (fix-able)

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: TL from Charlotte, NC on March 22, 2015

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What you would expect from Klipsch ... Solid construction, hreat appearance and rhe cleanest sound possible. Excellent speakers.

Pros: Clean sound, solid construction, professional appearance.

Cons: None

nice

Written by: mike from Iowa on March 20, 2015

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incredible sound! i use the2 of them to compliment a pair of rf81 towers,and they really keep up nicely

Pros: sized to fit on a bookshelf with power of a tower.crisp clean sound with good range

Cons: none

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Mike H from Minnesota on March 18, 2015

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I bought these speakers for my computer to replace some very old floor speakers (5 way with 10" woofer) I was currently using . For being 1/3 the size of my old speakers they sound a whole lot better. It's unbelievable how much more clean bass these smaller speakers produce. The whole frequency range is improved from lows to the highs. It's just important to me to be able to hear the cymbals as well as the bass and everything in between. Being a ex-musician (with hearing loss) I appreciate being able to here the individual instruments more cleanly. I'm running these speakers with a 40 year old 20 watt Marantz amp. I liked them enough to order Klipsch speakers for main entertainment system. I guess it was a bit of shock going from some old equipment to newer technology.

Pros: Fantastic sound for a small package.

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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Anonymous from Indiana on March 3, 2015

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They Look good and sound great.

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Great upgrade

Written by: Vince from Ponte Vedra, FL on February 28, 2015

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The speakers were great upgrade from the RB 51s. They 're now used in a 3.0 system. Quality as usual from Klipsch and awesome service from Crutchfield!!

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Theses are the speakers to which musical dreams are made of!!!!

Written by: Christiaan from Chicago, Illinois on February 20, 2015

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Right out of the box I fell in love with the Klipsch RB 61's. The sound quality is absolutely fantastic. The love and technology put into these speakers definitely shows with every sound that pours out of them. I found that as the volume increases the quality of the sound is not compromised. Klipsch' signature Tractrix horn design is awesome for the highs and provide a true crisp sound. Their design is absolutely beautiful yet simple and look even better with the protective covers removed only to show off that stunning cerametalic woofer. The best part of the buying experience is the great customer service provided by the knowledgeable and friendly Crutchfield staff. These speakers are highly recommended. If you want to hear all of your audio in a true rich manor, purchasing these speakers is a worth while investment.

Pros: Out of the box sound, clarity, power, very distinguished and beautiful design.

Cons: N/A

Best Dounding Garage in Town

Written by: Bodeen from Bowling Green, KY on February 9, 2015

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I bought these speakers as replacements for JBL bookshelf speakers in my garage / workshop / man cave. They are driven by an 80 Watt Denon Stereo receiver. I'm thrilled with the detail and clarity of the sound. My garage rocks! I have long been a fan of Klipsch products and my den surround system utilizes only Klipsch speakers. So I had a good idea that these speakers would sound great and they do. Also, I'm pleased with the prompt and free shipping. I highly recommend these speakers.

Pros: Sound is incredible......really pleasing to hear at any volume.

Cons: none

Pleasantly surprised

Written by: Bill from California on February 8, 2015

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I drove myself crazy trying to figure out what way to go, floor standing speakers for twice the cost or this pair of bookself speakers. i had already made up my mind that Klipsch was going to the brand. I went with this speaker and I am glad I did. It fit my budget and the clarity was exceptional. More than emough bass and at low volume they really performed. The space I saved and the price point fit my needs to the t. I listen to mostly rock and blues and it brought out much more detail than my previous speakers. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: The highs coming from the tweeter horn.

Cons: I didnt think the sound traveled as well as I hoped for I have a big room, tal ceilings.

Nice speakers

Written by: Tom From NY from New York on January 14, 2015

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I bought these so I could use my old (almost 30 years old) Kenwood receiver that I hadn't has speakers for or used in about 10 years. I was really impressed with the sound. I'm no audiophile, but once I heard these I decided to order a new 7.2 receiver along with additional floor standing, center and sub -woofer speaker (all Klipsch) to round out a new setup. It really gave me a desire to build a decent system. These sound really nice in the 15x20 foot room they're in but will certainly benefit from a sub-woofer. Will ultimately use them as rear speaker in a multi-channel set-up.

Pros: Great sound in smaller stereo set-up in a 15x20 room.

Cons: Not really a negative because it's as I would expect, but they will benefit from the addition of a sub-woofer.

Great sound

Written by: Texasstew from Greeley, CO on January 1, 2015

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I can now set at my desk and listen to all my music through my DAC, tuner, CD player, Phonograph and iPhone with great sound.

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: None

Great Sound

Written by: Warren from Virginia on December 22, 2014

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Bought these to replace a set of mid-80s EPI 10 inch three ways. Excellent sound, especially when paired with the Definitive Technology ProSub 800 subwoofer. I hear things in my recordings that I never heard before. Marvelous!

Pros: Beautiful Appearance, smaller size.

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Klipsch speakers are the best

Written by: Ricky queens, nyc from Maspeth, N.Y on December 14, 2014

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Just bought these to complete my 7.1 system. I have the RF -82 II, RC-62 II, RS-52 II and now these. They round out my system very nicely.

Pros: Looks and finish are second to none. They play loud and clear.

Cons: A little big but I new that.

NO OATMEAL HERE

Written by: Thomas K. from Texas on November 20, 2014

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Solid, well made construction and good looks makes these speakers a love at first site encounter! The sound is very up front with plenty of detail and warmth. They definitely dish out a "stick to your ribs" bacon and eggs presence and transparency that is lacking in other speakers in this class that only serve disappointing bowls of oatmeal!

Pros: price, size, sound, appearance and solidity

Cons: Magnetically attached grill covers

Great speakers

Written by: Sparty911 from Troy, Mich on November 17, 2014

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Absolutely fantastic speakers - great imaging for stereo playback, and just unbeatable for depth and detail in my 7.1 home theater. These are my front speakers, and the movie experience has been raised to a new level by the addition of the speakers. And they are a CRAZY deal for the cherry finish for the price. Easy match up with speakers that are 2x + the price. I am very glad I went with large bookshelf speakers vs. floorstanding.

Pros: Detail, depth and imaging.

Cons: None -

Klipsch speakers

Written by: Spitfire from Texas on November 16, 2014

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I purchased these speakers to accompany Klipsch center and larger speakers I already had. I was missing the mid range. These are perfect. I even found I didn't need the larger speakers while listening to TV shows!

Pros: Clear perfect sound.

Cons: None

Greate Performance

Written by: DivineGuy from Texas on September 3, 2014

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Greate sound, I´m impressed on the bass cuse I expected less, when I play cd´s best sound quality, but specially I like the crispy sound clarity.

Pros: nice sound, greate bass

Cons: expensive...

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Shawn from Princeton, NJ on September 1, 2014

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Best speakers I've ever owned. I've had my eye on these speakers for a while and couldn't be happier. I live in a townhouse and I am now spoiled with rich sound. Great product!! I use these with the Klipsch Reference RW-12II subwoofer and I'm in love.

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Surprising Bass and Clean High End

Written by: Chris from Oklahoma on August 23, 2014

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Own couple pairs of Klipsch 20+yr old KG-4 and Cornwall II speakers (updated crossovers, tweeter domes etc) and a couple newer Klipsch speakers. I bought these RB-61 II to be used on my desktop with my Cambridge 35w x2 Topaz AM-10 amp. The amp consumes 260 watts - really good clean power with lots of control and headroom. With strong amp and excellent efficiency of these new speakers - my desktop is amazing. The low end of these speakers is present but not overbearing and the highs do really well in spite of being relatively close together. As I have evolved from years of Boston Acoustics (traditional speakers) to the Klipsch horn/woofer efficient approach what I have noticed the most is how the speakers handle power and also approach concert level live dB levels without flinching. At the higher end and higher wattage the Bostons would start breaking up even though there was ample amplifier power. (nothing against vintage or newer Boston - just their design) These Klipsch's, RB-61II, just take it in stride and don't even flinch. Just so solid in their performance, weight and approach. Anyway, no hesitation and would recommend these. The 6.5" woofer and larger cabinet clearly makes a difference. Repeating myself, but these are some serious speakers that clearly are designed with reference performance in mind.

Pros: Clear highs Deep appropriate bass Highly efficient - less watts needed

Cons: Slightly larger cabinet depth - not a flaw just a fact (physics - need strong motor(speaker) and cabinet size to move some serious air)

Big Sound in a Bookshelf Speaker

Written by: CullenT from New Orleans, LA on August 22, 2014

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These two babies pack a serious punch...But if you are using for home theater purposes...Be sure to get a sub. The low end isn't the best...But that's why I went bookshelf instead of floor standing. Great size, they look awesome, and the highs are crisp and clean.

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Pretty good

Written by: dct from Milwaukee, WI on August 11, 2014

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I have a pair of lower level Klipsch floor standing speakers that are so good I specifically looked to Klipsch for my next speaker need, which happened to be for a pair of decent bookshelf speakers. I have been a Polk guy for speakers most of my life and have quite a few, but had taken a chance on the Klipsch floorstanding and had been blown away by how good they were. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the Klipsch bookshelf speakers on this review. They are pretty good, but honestly I can't tell the difference between them and my best Polk bookshelf speakers, which are in the next room for a couple of hundred dollars less. If I hadn't gotten these Klipsch speakers on sale, I would be really disappointed and/or tempted to return.

Pros: Decent sound Look great

Cons: Not really better than lower cost speaker alternatives

Sweet Bookshelf Speakers

Written by: r from Chula Vista, CA on August 4, 2014

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Very crisp highs and mids from these bookshelf's. They lack low bass but that's expected. I added a polk 12" sub and am very pleased with the result.

Pros: Very efficient speakers, can be used with lower power amps and still play loud and accurate.

Cons: Can't really think of any.

RB61

Written by: Anonymous from NY NY on August 4, 2014

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GREAT VALUE CLEAN SOUND PAIR NICELY WITH SW10 ALSO FROM KLIPSCH VERY EASY TO DRIVE, I USE A 8.5 WATT QINPU A 3 TUBE HYBRID AND I HAVE POWER TO SPARE

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Klipsch RB-61 II win A-B comparisons

Written by: DennisM from Pocatello, ID on July 26, 2014

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Before purchasing these speakers, I had the opportunity to do comparison listening at a (semi) local electronics store. In the size and price range for the Klipsch RB-61 II bookshelf speakers, there were no others that sounded nearly as good -- crisp, distinct highs coupled with excellent (for the size) bass response made them the easy pick for me.

Pros: Excellent response throughout the sound spectrum. Great price for the quality of the speakers.

Cons: None so far (after one month of ownership).

Wonderful speaker

Written by: MNE from Boston,MA on 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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Small with a big sound

Written by: WJS from Raleigh NC on July 3, 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

Great Speakers

Written by: Danny K from Minneapolis, MN on 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

Great Speaker, But?

Written by: John from Chesterton, IN on 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.

Good sound

Written by: In Colorado from Denver, Colorado on June 4, 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

Great speaker

Written by: Max from Poulsbo, WA on 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

They can fill a larger room with full sound

Written by: mradmen from Sycamore IL on 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.

Great speakers at a good cost!

Written by: Anonymous from Austin, TX on 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.

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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II Speakers

Written by: Mike G from Indianapolis, IN on 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.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Bryan from Mitchellville, MD on March 3, 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.

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Awesome!

Written by: Tim from Cincinnati, Ohio on 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.

Very Nice

Written by: Griff from Montgomery, TX on 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.

RB-61 II

Written by: Chris from Moline, IL on 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.

Nice

Written by: Anonymous from Cedar city, utah on February 4, 2014

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Great sound at a killer price.

Pros: Good deal. Great customer service.

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Rb-61

Written by: Eric. D from Stilwell, KS on February 1, 2014

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Very good speaker sounds great.

Pros: Looks good, Sounds great

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference speakers

Written by: Sue from Natick, MA on 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.

Klipsch Review

Written by: Phil from Montgomery, Al on 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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Wondeful sound

Written by: BFC from Jersey City, NJ on 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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klipsch reference RB-61 II

Written by: don w. from nipomo ca. on 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

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Steve C from Cleveland TN on November 3, 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

Amazing speakers!

Written by: Paul from Yermo, CA on 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

Great for what I needed

Written by: KV from Elko NV on 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

Excellent quality!

Written by: RickZ from Hershey, PA on 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

Klipsch RB-61 II

Written by: RichN from Taos, NM on September 2, 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.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: DCphishin from DC on 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!

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Have had these for a year. Exquisite.

Written by: QuintonS from Spokane, WA on 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!

good speakers

Written by: Anonymous from Minneapolis, MN on August 5, 2013

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These are the first high-end speakers I've owned, but they really sound great.

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Speaker Perfection

Written by: Jacob from Fairfax, VA on 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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Great Sound!

Written by: The Cornfed One from Springfield, IL on 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!

RB-61 II

Written by: Luke from Lee, NY on 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.

Great!

Written by: Paul from Rohnert park on 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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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Steve from Glen Allen virginia on 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

So far so good!

Written by: MarkM from Carmel, IN on July 8, 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

Great but Needs Quality Electronics

Written by: jukeboxtheater from Atlanta, GA on 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?)

Klipsch rb-61 II

Written by: AlanP from Ware,Ma on 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

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Wayne from Free Union, VA on 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.

Amazing

Written by: Bloodcell84 from Missoula, MT on 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.

klip rb-61 ii

Written by: sam h from columbus ga on April 26, 2013

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great full bodied sound.

Pros: everything

Cons: none

Great speakers

Written by: PadreSoler from Fairfield, IA on 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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WOW!!

Written by: Chris from Great Falls ,Mt on April 24, 2013

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Clean, crisp and very refreshing!

Pros: Outstounding sound quality

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Clay E from Silver Spring, MD on 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.

Klipsch Reference RB-61II

Written by: hrg from Colorado on 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

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Bcurse from Castalian Springs, TN on April 15, 2013

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Great Speakers

Pros: Great range for the price.

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Excellent

Written by: HMcG from NYC, NY on 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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Excellence in a small package

Written by: Bruce from Cleveland, OH on April 9, 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.

KLIPSCH RB-61 11

Written by: CHARLES R from SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS on April 2, 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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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: CA from Portland, OR on March 30, 2013

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Great sound. Great product

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Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Jerry De from Bethlehem, Ct. on 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.

Not for me, I guess

Written by: EdRL from Eastern Mass. on 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

Klipsch reference RB-61 II

Written by: Tom from YONKERS, N.Y. on 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

KLIPSCH RB-61 II

Written by: Deano53 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on 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)

bold and beautiful

Written by: chris cali from Peoria, IL on March 25, 2013

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I can now hear more music within my recordings.

Pros: perfect for the money spent

Cons: none

Great sound for the size

Written by: CC from Camdenton, MO on March 22, 2013

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Love those horns

Pros: Great sound from a small size

Cons: None at all

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: ttsmain from Dallas, Tx on 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

Golden Honey

Written by: Craig from Staten Island on March 3, 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

Slam dunk!

Written by: The Dude from Columbia, SC on March 3, 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.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: Jeff from Lake Tahoe, Nv. on March 2, 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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Klipsch Reference RB-16 II

Written by: BMWM5 from Central CT on 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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RB-61 II

Written by: warcry from Independence,Mo. on 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!

Exactly what I expected.

Written by: Mark W. from Bloomington Il. on 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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Love the RB-61 ll

Written by: Lin W from West Central Ohio on 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.

Great Sound

Written by: KevinH from Ashland, Ore on 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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Klipsch RB 61 ii

Written by: Todd from Alamogordo, NM on February 2, 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

Full-bodied bookshelf speaker

Written by: xanthoptica from Portland, OR on 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)

Excellent speakers!

Written by: Anonymous from Maryland on 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.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written by: mike from dallas tx on February 1, 2012

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great sounding speakers, good bass response, great imagining and clarity.

Pros: sound quality

Cons: none

kLIPSCH RB-61II

Written by: Anonymous from ny on 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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Klipsch Reference RB-61II

Written by: DG from Indianapolis on 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.

Great for pure music listening

Written by: Tom M from Issaquah, WA on 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.

amazing fresh out the box

Written by: Cecil from Greensboro NC on 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

Very nice speaker for the money

Written by: JMM from PA on 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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Pure Awesomeness

Written by: Lukas L from Franklin, OH on 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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Classic Klipsch sound in small package

Written by: JohnB from East Lansing, MI on 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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INSANE!!!!

Written by: Tom S. from Orange, CA on 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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Very Happy Camper

Written by: Woodroce from Finger Lakes, NY on March 7, 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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Excellent Speakers!

Written by: Budget Audiophile from Indianapolis, IN on 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's in the box?

Download the Klipsch Reference RB-61 II manual

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

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded ---
Tweeter Type Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 100
Sensitivity 95 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-24k Hz
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 15-3/8
Width (inches) 8-1/2
Depth (inches) 12-3/8
Weight (pounds) 17.6
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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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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I picked these speakers, Klipsch Reference RB-61 II because I own 2 RF-82 II, 1 RC -62 II, 2 RS -52 II and 6 RB-61 II. I still need to purchase 2 Klipsch Reference R-115SW subwoofers. I've loved Klipsch speakers for many years. [ rickyqueens,nyc  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Klipsch sound quality & reputation. [ Patrick  Dec 13, 2015 ]
price, sound Quality, Klipsch name [ robert  Dec 13, 2015 ]
KLIPCH SPEAKERS ARE THE BEST. BEEN BUYING THEM FOR 15 YEARS NONE BETTER. [ WILLIAM  Dec 12, 2015 ]
For a 7.1 system. Using them as surround speakers. [ Fernando  Dec 10, 2015 ]
search of best bookshelf speakers took me to this speaker [ jerry  Dec 06, 2015 ]

13 questions already asked

The specs page clearly answers this question. 100 Watts RMS (400 Peak). [ BROOKE A  Jun 09, 2015 ]
100 watts RMS & 400 watts peak handling power [ CRAIG  Jun 08, 2015 ]
100W/400W. I have used them with a 40W amp and a 110W amp, and other the the 'loudness' they sound identical.. And by Identical, I mean Absolutely beautiful.. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for this size speaker. [ Ryan  Jun 07, 2015 ]
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