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Klipsch Reference Series RC-64

Center channel speaker with real wood veneer (Black)

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Our take on the Klipsch Reference Series RC-64

by Loren Barstow
Klipsch

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

Crystal-clear dialogue and smooth, natural sound

Kick your home theater into high gear with the Klipsch® RC-64. Just team this center channel speaker with other speakers in the acclaimed Reference Series, and you'll enjoy room-filling sound that's dynamic and powerful, yet remarkably clean and detailed. The included feet let you tilt the RC-64 up or down, so you can aim it precisely at your listening position whether you place it on top of your TV or on a shelf in your TV stand below. A real wood veneer finish enhances this speaker's elegant design.

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Horn technology for dynamic performance

The RC-64 uses a horn-loaded tweeter. A flared opening in the enclosure projects high frequencies toward your listening area and prevents sound waves from simply spilling out in all directions. It's the same principle that makes your voice easier to hear when you cup your hands around your mouth. This horn design brings out details in all your movie soundtracks, while reducing reflections that can color the sound. The horn also improves dynamics, for crystal-clear reproduction of everything from the faintest whisper to the loudest on-screen explosion. This expanded dynamic range and the RC-64's extremely high efficiency ensure everyone in the room enjoys powerful, "front row" sound.

Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • frequency response 62-21,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 99 dB
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • Tractrix® horn with 1-1/4" titanium tweeter
  • four 6-1/2" Cerametallic™ woofers
  • Klipsch Tapered Array™ eliminates acoustic interference between woofers for accurate sound
  • furniture-grade wood veneer finish
  • adjustable tilt feet
  • 33"W x 8"H x 14-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Large Item Special Shipping: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for an additional $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses.

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 6-1/2
Connector Type Binding post
Power Range 20-200
Sensitivity 99 @ 2.83V dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 62-21k Hz
Height (inches) ---
Width (inches) ---
Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Black center channel loudspeaker
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • Rubber tipped bolt (with nut and washer attached)
  • 6 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Klipsch Design Principles brochure

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Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RC-64 Center Channel Loudspeaker combines Tapered-Array technology and Klipsch's performance and design to deliver a seamless, engaging soundstage. The RC-64 employs four 6.5-inch Cerametallic woofers and a Tractrix horn-loaded 1.25" titanium tweeter in a bass reflex cabinet for maximum clarity and efficiency.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Tapered-Array Technology: This center channel utilizes Klipsch's Tapered-Array Technology, a 2.5-way design that minimizes the acoustical interference between drivers that plagues most horizontal center-channel speakers. This technology allows both woofers to create intense bass, while only one works with the tweeter to produce the midrange. The result is a smooth, clear sound not just directly in front of the speaker, but off to the sides as well, where conventional center speakers often exaggerate or mask sounds.

Tractrix Horn Tweeter: The RC-64 features an exclusive Tractrix Horn which provides a more genuine, lifelike sound. In addition, behind the horn lies a 1.25-inch titanium tweeter with a powerful neodymium magnet motor structure to provide a unique combination of precision, clarity and effortless dynamics. The Tractrix Horn delivers a 90-degree wide by 60-degree high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.

Cerametallic Woofer: The four 6.5-inch woofers of the RC-64 center channel loudspeaker features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts its inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range The 6.5-inch woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RC-64's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration.

Enclosure Design

Sealed Enclosure: The four 6.5-inch Cerametallic cone woofers and 1.25-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a sealed enclosure for tight, accurate sound. The sealed cabinet features increased baffle ribbing around the horn mouth to dramatically improve acoustics across the sonic range. The sealed enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a Black Ash wood-grain vinyl and an aluminum front baffle. The RC-64's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.

Magnetic Grille: The center channel 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: The center speaker has two sets of  binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the center channel speaker.

Mounting Options

Placement: The RC-64 should be centered directly above or below your video screen. If necessary, you can place the speaker on an optional floor stand in front of and below the screen that elevates it to the correct height. Ideally, however, the speaker's front baffle should be flush with the front of the screen.

Magnetically Shielded: The Klipsch RC-64 center channel loudspeaker is magnetically shielded to prevent video interference.

Adjustable Angle: If the center speaker is well above or below the ear height of seated listeners, you can improve performance by angling the center channel slightly to compensate. Included with the speaker is an adjustable foot that you can screw into one of the two threaded inserts on the bottom of the cabinet. To tilt the speaker down, install the foot in the insert near the back of the cabinet; to tilt the speaker up, install the foot in the insert near the front of the cabinet. The center channel speaker also comes with six self-adhesive rubber feet to secure the speaker in place and prevent any damage to your stand's or shelf's surface.

 
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Klipsch Reference Series RC-64

Written By Albert, Virginia on Saturday, September 26, 2009
 
Make no mistake that this center is the big bad bully that terrorizes all other centers. The RC-64 is BIG and Heavy. You are going to need a special table to just to hold it up. This guy will crush a normal center speaker stand. I bought the 64 about a year ago and had never heard it before getting it home. The largest Klipsch center I'd heard was the RC-62 and I was thoroughly impressed with it. Knowing the quality of Klipsch I went ahead and order the 64 knowing it would sound better than the 62 which i already really liked. When I finally got it I hooked it up to Onkyo 876 i was not disappointed. The RC-64 filled my dedicated home theater with the most powerful, dynamic, crystal clear true life sound I have ever heard. I don't go to movie theaters anymore because the sound is so terrible compared to my Klipsch system at home I just wait for everything to be released on BluRay so I can enjoy the movie the way the director meant for it to be heard. I love to watch the reaction of people that have never heard my RC-64 in action for the first time. Every time something explodes or glass breaks they always close their eyes and turn away as if the sound was really coming at them. Klipsch RC-64 is the undisputed Heavy Weight Champ.
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