Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Bookshelf speakers (Cherry)

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

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

Horn technology for "front row" sound

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

Cabinet construction

High-tech driver design

The RB-61 IIs also use newly machined, light-yet-rigid Cerametallic woofers with a folded edge to produce smoother mids and tighter bass. The specially treated aluminum in the cones helps to dampen unwanted vibrations and distortion, while an integrated dustcap gives them a cleaner look and adds stability. Dual five-way binding posts let you bi-amp or bi-wire these speakers for even better performance. And the rigid, braced cabinets come in a handsome woodgrain vinyl finish.

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

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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
  • cherry 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

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

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

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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Cherry 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
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.


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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Not For Music

Written By mtn_dweller, California on Wednesday, 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, Kansas on Tuesday, 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, California on Monday, 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, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, 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


Written By mike, Iowa on Friday, 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, Minnesota on Wednesday, 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.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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They Look good and sound great.

Great upgrade

Written By Vince, Ponte Vedra, FL on Saturday, 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!!

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

Written By Christiaan, Chicago, Illinois on Friday, February 20, 2015

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, Bowling Green, KY on Monday, February 09, 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, California on Sunday, February 08, 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, New York on Wednesday, 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, Greeley, CO on Thursday, January 01, 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, Virginia on Monday, 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.

Klipsch speakers are the best

Written By Ricky queens, nyc, Maspeth, N.Y on Sunday, 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.


Written By Thomas K., Texas on Thursday, 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, Troy, Mich on Monday, 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, Texas on Sunday, 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, Texas on Wednesday, September 03, 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, Princeton, NJ on Monday, September 01, 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.

Surprising Bass and Clean High End

Written By Chris, Oklahoma on Saturday, 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, New Orleans, LA on Friday, 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.

Pretty good

Written By dct, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, 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, Chula Vista, CA on Monday, August 04, 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.


Written By Anonymous, NY NY on Monday, August 04, 2014

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Klipsch RB-61 II win A-B comparisons

Written By DennisM, Pocatello, ID on Saturday, 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, Boston,MA on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Have heard of Klipsch speakers for many years but never owned any until now. I am surprised and pleased with these speakers. Clarity and response are strong features of this product. I am so impressed with them that I am now considering replacing other speakers in my system with Klipsch speakers. Enough said.

Small with a big sound

Written By WJS, Raleigh NC on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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I got these to put in the office because they were small and I had an older lower power receiver to drive them. They worked perfectly and the sound is great, just like their big brothers RB-81 II in the other room.

Pros: Sounds great, easy to install with the binding posts

Cons: None

Great Speakers

Written By Danny K, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, June 30, 2014

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I bought these and they are hooked up to Sony STR-DN1040 and RC-62 II center and RB-41 II, SW-110 sub. Great sound and can feel all the sub vibration with a big thump while watching action movies.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: NONE

Great Speaker, But?

Written By John, Chesterton, IN on Friday, June 20, 2014

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This is a 5 star bookshelf speaker sound wise... I can't believe the amount of detail that I'm hearing. They are capable of playing very loud too. The speakers do lack a little in the lows but that is to be expected with any bookshelf speaker, I rounded out the bottom end with an inexpensive Dayton branded 12" sub-woofer, while I'm not a bass above everything person I grew up in the late 60's to 70's with massive 3 way speakers, bookshelf speakers alone will never compete fully with them without help on the low end as they say there is no replacement for displacement. One thing I do not understand is why Klipsch would put such a cheap speaker on such a fine speaker nor do I really understand for the plastic front panel, It cheapens the look and feel of such a fine speaker. That said for the 400 bucks I paid for the cherry version can't be beat for detailed sound.

Pros: Top quality 5 star sound and at 400 for the cherry an absolute bargain.

Cons: Can't get 12"-15" big speaker sound/lows/fullness from a 6" woofer (can't be helped). Cheap plastic look speaker front, very cheap plastic speaker grill, reminds me of something that you might find on a budget computer speaker for under 20 bucks.

Good sound

Written By In Colorado, Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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These speakers sound great as my side surrounds. I wanted directional speakers with front baffle so I could place on a shelf against the wall.. Movies sound great. I also have a pair of subwoofers and the sound is incredible. The surround sound and a 65 inch screen is like being at an IMAX theater. I'm happy with the set up.

Pros: Price and size

Cons: Nothing

Great speaker

Written By Max, Poulsbo, WA on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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I am a Klipsch owner and was looking for efficient bookshelf speakers for a small room. I'm driving them with a tube amp, these have really filled the bill.

Pros: Price, size and sound

Cons: None

They can fill a larger room with full sound

Written By mradmen, Sycamore IL on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I have a larger room 20x20 that has 2 story ceilings and opens into a foyer and dining room. I debated if anything smaller than the RB61 could effectively fill that space with not only volume but quality of sound (music). I was going to try the RB51 or RB41 to keep the speakers small and unobtrusive but after some time decided a little bigger would be better. I think these were a good choice because they have no problem filling such a large space with quality sound. I was hoping they could produce enough bass that no sub would be needed but I have found I still need a sub. Interestingly the louder you play these the better the bass is. At low conversational volume levels I find I need more bass than these produce. They don't need much assistance so I put a Polk SW111 8 inch sub turned up about half way with the cross over maxed out in the corner and it compliments the RB61 well.

Pros: Relatively small (compared to a tower) with capability to fill a larger room with sound.

Cons: A little thin (meaning not enough bass) sounding at lower volume levels but the what does come out sounds very clean and detailed.

Great speakers at a good cost!

Written By Anonymous, Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Excellent value priced speakers. They're not at all tinny at the high frequencies and does a very good job with the bass range. I have a Polk sub, but if you're on a budget, these speakers do a more than adequate job with all but the very lowest frequencies.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II Speakers

Written By Mike G, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, March 10, 2014

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Speakers were added to make a second surround set up (in room w/fireplace) as left and right front channels. Paired with klipsch Reference RC- 42 II center channel. Rear channels are a pair of Klipsch Heresy's from '84 still going strong. Total new front set-up did not shine until I added a subwoofer. Very happy with new set-up, sound with Klipsch is awesome!!

Pros: Crisp, clear sound.

Cons: None yet.

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Bryan, Mitchellville, MD on Monday, March 03, 2014

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I popped in one of my all time favorite jazz musicians, Bob James and was thrilled how the sound of the piano filled my 16x20 foot family room. These speakers are paired with an older model Denon receiver, AVR-3600 and I each time I listen to music Iit feels like the musicians are performing in front of me. Great speakers. I've always been a Klipsch fan.

Cons: None


Written By Tim, Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday, February 28, 2014

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Sweet highs, and midrange makes these even give the RB-81s a run for their money! Whether for the tv, movies, CD or SACD they sound remarkable but plan for a sub with these for the rich bass. The imaging will not disappoint!

Pros: Sweet highs, midrange, and imaging.

Cons: You do need a sub for the low end, but that is to be expected.

Very Nice

Written By Griff, Montgomery, TX on Monday, February 24, 2014

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I am using these speakers with a Klipsch RW-1211 sub, with all powered by a Denon AVRX 2000. They work well together producing a big system sound. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield and it was a very good experience.

Pros: Great sound, quality construction.

Cons: On the larger side for a bookshelf speaker. That said, mine are in a bookshelf, sounding on the larger side too.

RB-61 II

Written By Chris, Moline, IL on Monday, February 10, 2014

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Excellent speakers. I bought these to pair with a 2 channel integrated amp and an Apple TV to stream music. They sound great, plenty of bass and very clear sound with all types of music. They sound bigger than they are, the cherry finish looks great and Crutchfield's free shipping had them to me in 3 business days.

Pros: Great price, great sound, free shipping.

Cons: None.


Written By Anonymous, Cedar city, utah on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Great sound at a killer price.

Pros: Good deal. Great customer service.


Written By Eric. D, Stilwell, KS on Saturday, February 01, 2014

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Very good speaker sounds great.

Pros: Looks good, Sounds great

Cons: None

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Written By Sue, Natick, MA on Monday, January 13, 2014

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I had Klipsch speakers years ago and loved them. These bookshelf speakers have met all of my expectations. I have a small living room and wanted speakers for TV, DVDs, streaming, music, and radio. They are great. Clear, warm sound, with plenty of low range for my uses. At first I wondered about the need for a subwoofer, but after adjusting the ranges through the Onkyo receiver (also a great buy) I have balanced, full sound. The living room is open to the kitchen, and the speakers can handle low volume and high volume uses while maintaining clarity. I recommend them as great bookshelf speakers. Would also be great as part of a multi-speaker system.

Pros: Clarity, depth, and range of sound in bookshelf-size speakers.

Cons: If you want room-vibrating bass, add a subwoofer.

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Written By Phil, Montgomery, Al on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Klipsch speakers are simply the best and even these book shelf speakers have very good sound.

Pros: Small in size but large in sound. Good quality terminals.

Wondeful sound

Written By BFC, Jersey City, NJ on Monday, December 16, 2013

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I'd wanted these speakers for a long time, but they were beyond my budget. Amazing sale price here, and they arrived quickly in perfect shape. Easy installation, they look great, and sound amazing.

Pros: Great sound quality, easy installation, look very cool.

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Written By don w., nipomo ca. on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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great speakers for the size, wired in using bi amp cable system, mounting speakers on wall, with pinpoint am40 mounts, system sounds great, thanks crutchfield for your advice

Pros: great set up for small room

Cons: none

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Written By Steve C, Cleveland TN on Sunday, November 03, 2013

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Added these klipsch speakers a an upgrade to my basement surround sound . A bit large for front surround's but don't regret buying them . Great for movies but if you want to crank your music they can handle it

Pros: Great sound

Cons: A bit large for a bookshelf

Amazing speakers!

Written By Paul, Yermo, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013

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The clarity of the Klipsch are amazing! They exceeded all my expectations. If you want sound that is clear and projected in front of the speakers, Klipsch is what you want.

Pros: Clear and projected sound

Cons: Speaker finish. I would chose the dark gray next time to better match my other components

Great for what I needed

Written By KV, Elko NV on Monday, September 30, 2013

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Bought them for my girlfriens Salon. Did not need anything to loud because of the need for conversation with clients but I needed the music to fill the 1200 sq foot area with quality sound. They worked out great.

Pros: Perfect for what I needed.

Cons: None

Excellent quality!

Written By RickZ, Hershey, PA on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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The bi-wiring capability was very helpful, as I connected only the HF section, in parallel with an older pair of Klipsch speakers, with huge bass response. The RB-61's are on top of these 20 year old floor standing ones. The combination us just great.

Pros: Very clear treble, just what I was looking for.

Cons: None

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Written By RichN, Taos, NM on Monday, September 02, 2013

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I have owned many speakers over the years, from Bozak to Magnapans, to Polk. These speakers offer a clarity and DR that none of the others have...well maybe the Magnapans. Their reproduction is clear, without bass thump, but with excellent bass reproduction, and with remarkable brilliance. They don't consume the listening room in terms of space. Be sure to use a good grade of speaker wire...12 or 14 pure copper. You will hear the difference. They also benefit from speaker stands, not so good on a bookshelf despite how they are defined. An outstanding small speaker package.

Pros: Accurate reproduction, great DR in a small package. Even my wife noticed the difference! Great for jazz.

Cons: I could do without the cheesy vinyl cherry covering. a real finished wood veneer would really top of a great product. Not really a reason not to buy however.

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Written By DCphishin, DC on Monday, August 19, 2013

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I haven't had a "real" set of speakers for about 20 years. I have been missing out on a lot of nuances (and bass!). These speakers sound great, although I haven't heard others to compare them with. Crutchfield shipping times are almost too good to be true as these were at my house in less than 24 hours!

Pros: Even my wife had to admit these sound AWESOME!

Have had these for a year. Exquisite.

Written By QuintonS, Spokane, WA on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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before i ordered these i had the opportunity to listen to them side by side with some other top brands (ML, polk, peach,nht, exc.) my father (audiophile home theater freak) and i sat in the local store (huppins) for hours and were amazed at the sound quality vs competition.. it seems bigger more renowned brands like ML are abusing there reputation a tad from previous products. As far as i am concerned these speakers are amazing.. no doubt they sound great.. i have them in cherry finish.. the best price anywhere is right here on Crutchfield!! i tried to get the local hi-fi home theater company to price match so i didn't have to wait on shipping and the price is so good here they wouldn't match it! and to top it off i received 950 reward points bringing me to a nice $20 off of my next purchase! i will probably eventually get the RB 81 II's and use my 61s as surrounds and finish it off with one of the klipsch center channels. i am a total sucker for klipsch speakers now. Especially from Clutchfield.

Pros: PRICE!! and everything about them! these suckers are heavy!

Cons: The cones are so attractive that my 1yr old daughter cant stay away! luckily these speakers are build like tanks and can take the abuse.. but screen guards or staying on despite the beauty. and they are easy to remove seeing as how there are magnets holding them on. no more prying and stumbling to remove and reattach. done with one hand!

good speakers

Written By Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, August 05, 2013

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

Speaker Perfection

Written By Jacob, Fairfax, VA on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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These speakers are amazing, the sensitivity of Klipsch blows all other brands away. These were my second set of Klipsch and I am not disappointed. The towers I have are perfect bi-amped and these are perfectly matched for the side surround. I also use these as the speakers for my Sonos system and the sound is unbelievable. I picked these up on a sale for $400 for the pair and they are worth twice that amount. Love Crutchfield

Pros: Sensitivity unbeatable, dual binding posts, KLIPSCH

Great Sound!

Written By The Cornfed One, Springfield, IL on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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These speakers sound great! Used mostly for jazz, classical and some pop in my zone 2 stereo only room. Movies play a distant "second fiddle" around here. Listened to plenty of speakers of various types/manufacturers over the years: electrostic, ribbon, planar, domed tweeter etc. These two-way horns sound the best of the lot so far in this setup. Many people complain about Klipsch being too bright, brittle or otherwise sounding like their eardrums are being pierced. Don't fall for it. The RB 61 II's produce a full frequency, smooth and comfortable listening experience. If your ears hurt after listening to these maybe you're just playing them too loud with inferior electronics. Quality source material and slightly "warm" sounding amplification helps greatly with the sound. YMMV, but am very pleased with the overall sound quality and performance.

Pros: Sound quality, Dynamic impact, Magnetic grills, Power efficiency, Crutchfield price and service!

Cons: Rather thinly constructed cabinets that won't pass the knuckle test, but the cherry vinyl covering looks pretty good!

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Written By Luke, Lee, NY on Sunday, July 28, 2013

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It's been a long time since I've purchased new gear. These RB-61's are absolutely ridiculous for the size of them. I can't think of a better way to spend my money on speakers. No bass? Not true. Purchase an SW-115 and WA port if you need 18 Hz at a remote location in your room. Buy whichever tower speakers fit your budget - that's next for me.

Pros: Clean and clear, very efficient. More, better bass than expected. No need to crank them up to hear the full spectrum.

Cons: Uh, I guess they don't come with a free SW-115. Maybe I can win one in some contest.


Written By Paul, Rohnert park on Sunday, July 28, 2013

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These speakers are clear and true. I use them with a sub. I have never heard better sounding speakers.

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Written By Steve, Glen Allen virginia on Friday, July 26, 2013

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Great speakers. Lots of bass with out a sub. You be amazed at the clear crisp sound coming from these speakers.

Pros: Sound, price and great looking.

Cons: None so far

So far so good!

Written By MarkM, Carmel, IN on Monday, July 08, 2013

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I purchased the speakers to match a low power tube amp that I was installing in my work office. I needed sensitive speakers, and the RB-61 II fit the bill. I first hooked up my Glow One amplifier, and was very disappointed in the lack of rich bass and mid-range at the lower volumes I typically use in the work place. Then I swapped in my Elekit TU-879 amp. I just built it and it has a more balanced tonal output than the GlowOne. It paired just great with the RB-61 II. Now I had a much better frequency response and with a little equalization, I get a very rich sound at a low volume range. That said at higher volumes the speakers are more responsive at all frequencies. I imagine it is because the bass speaker is less sensitive than the horn loaded tweeter. The sound is beautiful and the high range is exquisite. Just match it with the right amp and enjoy the music.

Pros: Sensitivity High quality of sound Sounds great with high bit rate music files coming through a DAC

Cons: Bass and midrange suffer a bit at low volume

Great but Needs Quality Electronics

Written By jukeboxtheater, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, May 19, 2013

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

Pros: Terrific highs that are completely non-fatiguing (at least to my ears)

Cons: Reveals flaws in upstream components (but is that really a bad thing?)

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Written By AlanP, Ware,Ma on Saturday, May 18, 2013

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

Pros: ok sound

Cons: cheap construction for price, not a wide soundstage

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Written By Wayne, Free Union, VA on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Great sounding speakers, with plenty of bass! I also have a pair of 81's and it is difficult to tell the difference between them. For the money, they can't be beat! Also love the cherry cabinets

Pros: Great, full range sound, attractive cabinets, near perfect size for wall mounts.

Cons: Cherry cabinets are being discontinued.


Written By Bloodcell84, Missoula, MT on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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These sound so amazing, I ended up buying a second pair. The dynamic range is incredible. Be warned these are pretty bright speakers and caused minor listening fatigue for the first week tell you get used to the upfront sound. My Onkyo txnr1010 receivers audyssey xt32 room calibration had these setup super bright at first. I ran it again with more precise placing of the microphone and it sounds alot more neutral to me now. I also have the rc62ii, two rs42ii, two rw12d and my 7.2 system sounds so smooth together. Make sure to buy from Crutchfield because their customer service is 2nd to none.

Pros: Dynamic range and super easy to power because of the super high sensitivity. Crutchfield A+++++++

Cons: Cherry finish is discontinued. Seems like I bought the last pair :) Horn tweeters may be too bright sounding for some audiophiles.

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Written By sam h, columbus ga on Friday, April 26, 2013

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great full bodied sound.

Pros: everything

Cons: none

Great speakers

Written By PadreSoler, Fairfield, IA on Thursday, April 25, 2013

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


Written By Chris, Great Falls ,Mt on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Clean, crisp and very refreshing!

Pros: Outstounding sound quality

Cons: None

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Written By Clay E, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Great sound from such mid sized speakers, Rich bass too. My hearing isn't the best, I am not an audiophile, but enjoy these speakers immensely. The size is great, not heavy, easy to connect wires.

Pros: Size. sound quality, appearance

Cons: none to think of.

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Written By hrg, Colorado on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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I was looking for some relatively small but sonically good speakers for a small library room in my house. These fit the need nicely and sound excellent at either low or high volumes. The is little colorization of the sound so they present a flat response without the eventually tiring 'peaking' some smaller speakers exhibit. The speakers are relatively heavy (20lb each) with well made cabinets, fronts and connectors. I definitely recommend these for small (14 x 14 ft) rooms.

Pros: great sound

Cons: none

Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

Written By Bcurse, Castalian Springs, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013

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Great Speakers

Pros: Great range for the price.


Written By HMcG, NYC, NY on Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Bought these speakers to replace floor-standing (tower) speakers that were just too big for my living room. I'm very happy with the depth these speakers have, and I've yet to try them with a subwoofer. Excellent for their size.

Excellence in a small package

Written By Bruce, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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Ordered 4 of these speakers for my front and rear channels, very impressed with the crisp highs and smooth midrange with the SW112 subwoofer allocating the bass at <60hz. The workmanship is topnotch and wont be disappointed if you wish to have speakers both quality sound and aesthetically appealing.

Pros: Very clear highs, pronouncing sounds you have not noticed before with cheaper speakers. The Tractix Horn truly widens the sound spectrum in both the focal listening position and throughout your room. You can achieve a true well blended surround sound that does not deter your listening pleasure by focusing on the sound of one speaker. These bookshelfs are perfect for those with pets without having to sacrifice quality.

Cons: Perhaps the only thing is Klipsch discontinuing the cherry finish which I don't mind ordering a black center speaker to blend with the TV.


Written By CHARLES R, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Written By CA, Portland, OR on Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Great sound. Great product

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Written By Jerry De, Bethlehem, Ct. on Saturday, March 30, 2013

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These speakers will give you pristine sound. They won't shake the house, after all they are book shelve speakers, but they sound great and will fill the room with beauty.

Pros: Sound great.

Cons: a little pricey. I got them on sale.

Not for me, I guess

Written By EdRL, Eastern Mass. on Friday, March 29, 2013

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Perhaps it was me. Maybe I overtaxed these speakers by trying to use them in a room too large and open (18X24), but in the week I tried them out, I found them far too strident. The little boxes that tried too hard always made me feel like I was listening through a set of cardboard tubes. The low end sounded overwhelmed and the highs too abrasive. Thanks to Crutchfield's liberal terms, I was able to return them with minimal hassle. Now I must either clean up my old Heresy's, or prepare myself to spend a lot more money to get the easy flow of sound that I prefer.

Pros: Excellent bargain at Crutchfield's price

Cons: Appear to need a smaller listening venue

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Written By Tom, YONKERS, N.Y. on Thursday, March 28, 2013

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The Klipsch speakers are high quality, great sounding speakers. They got 3 out of 4 thumbs up reviews by Sound & Vision magazine.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: None


Written By Deano53, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Moved my KLIPSCH KB-15's to the surround position, now the RB-61 II's are my fronts. What a nice change for the home theater! And the music has a much fuller sound too.

Pros: Great sound (Only had them for 30 days, and i expect the sound will improve as they continue to break in) and finish (I got the cherry)

Cons: None yet (I don;t expect any, given KLIPCH'S reputation)

bold and beautiful

Written By chris cali, Peoria, IL on Monday, March 25, 2013

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I can now hear more music within my recordings.

Pros: perfect for the money spent

Cons: none

Great sound for the size

Written By CC, Camdenton, MO on Friday, March 22, 2013

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