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by Kristen Schaub
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Klipsch's most affordable Reference surround speakers
The RS-41 II surround speaker can easily fill smaller rooms with lifelike, engaging Klipsch sound at an entry-level price. Its angled driver design spreads ambient effects over a diffuse soundfield, completely enveloping the listener. This design also helps this speaker produce great sound even if you place it in less-than-ideal locations. 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. You'll enjoy dynamic surround sound that enhances your movie experience, from soft sounds like falling rain to the roar of a dragon flying overhead. Plus, the stylishly curved grille helps minimize its appearance in the back of your room.

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.

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

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Highlights:

  • Wide Dispersion Surround Technology™ enables both direct and ambient sound in just about any position
  • frequency response 82-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • dual Tractrix® horns with 1" titanium dome tweeters
  • 4" Cerametallic™ woofer
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • matte black vinyl finish
  • keyhole bracket for easy wall-mounting
  • threaded insert for optional wall-mount bracket
  • weight: 5.4 lbs.
  • 12-11/16"W x 5-7/8"H x 6-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Acoustic Suspension
Bipole or Dipole
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WDST
Tweeter
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Traxtrix Horn
Midrange size (inches)
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Woofer size (inches)
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4
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Binding post
Power Range
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50
Sensitivity
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91 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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82-24k Hz
Height (inches)
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5 7/8
Width (inches)
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12 11/16
Depth (inches)
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6 1/16
Weight (pounds)
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5.4
Mounting Bracket Included
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Keyhole
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Product Research
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  • Surround loudspeaker
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

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Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RS-41 II is a surround loudspeaker which delivers high-performance sound using Klipsch's advanced technologies and world-class materials. The RS-41 II employs a single 4-inch woofer and dual Tractrix horn-loaded 1-inch titanium tweeters with WDST (Wide Dispersion Surround Technology). The Klipsch Reference Series surround loudspeaker will bring out the power, detail, and emotion in your music, movies, or video games.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RS-41 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RS-41 II is able to fill smaller rooms with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing surround sound that you can listen to for hours.

Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST): The Klipsch RS-41 II delivers precise sonic detail through the careful positioning of two Tractrix Horn loaded titanium-diaphragm tweeters and one 4-inch woofer. By aligning the two horns at 90 degrees with respect to each other, along with a centered woofer, the RS-41 II smoothly covers a 180-degree horizontal arc, allowing maximum placement flexibility. This unique Wide Dispersion Surround Technology delivers a new dimension of reality and convenience, and produces a smooth, seamless broad distribution of sound, which is the perfect vehicle for every surround format.

Tractrix Horn Tweeters: The RS-41 II utilizes dual Tractrix Horns for a more genuine, lifelike sound. The Tractrix Horns deliver a 90-degree wide by 60-degree high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage. In addition, behind each horn lies a 1.0-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound.

Cerametallic Woofer: The single 4-inch woofer of the RS-41 II surround loudspeaker feature 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 4-inch woofer also employs a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RS-41 II'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. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequencies offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Enclosure Design

Acoustic Suspension Enclosure: The 4-inch Cerametallic cone woofer and dual 1-inch titanium diaphragm compression drivers are mounted in an acoustic suspension enclosure. The sealed enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a Matte Black vinyl and an aluminum front baffle. The RS-41 II's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.

Magnetic Grille: The surround loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over the front of the speaker. The speaker can be used with or without its grille in place.

Connections

Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference Series RS-41 II is equipped with sturdy binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.

Mounting Options

Rubber Feet: The surround speaker comes supplied with four self-adhesive rubber feet so you can sit the speakers on a stand or shelf securely. The rubber feet add approximately 0.3125" to the height of the speaker.

Wall Mounting: The Klipsch Reference surround speaker feature a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of each loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

Note: The 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the speaker are recessed, requiring a Pinpoint screw-kit (121RCMICRO, sold separately) to attach the speakers to a wall/ceiling bracket or speaker stand. The screws supplied with most optional wall/ceiling brackets or speaker stands are too short to mount the speakers

Placement: The Klipsch Wide Dispersion Surround Technology surround speakers in a typical 5.1-channel system can be mounted to side or rear walls. It is recommended that the RS-41 II be mounted above the ear height of seated listeners (between 5 to 7 feet above the floor).

 
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5 out of 5

SR-41 II

Written By Mike G, Staunton on Monday, August 25, 2014
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Great effects for true surround or filling the room with stereo source. They complement the SF-51 II mains well.
Pros:
Look good, sound good
Cons:
Be sure to buy enough speaker wire!
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5 out of 5

Klipsch reference rs-41 II

Written By James H, Kannapolis,NC on Monday, April 07, 2014
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Replace a pair of Bose 161 surround speakers. Klipsch Ref. RS-41 II far much better. Using for Rear Surround speakers. I am very please with them.
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5 out of 5

Very Pleased

Written By Darin, Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Purchased Klipsch speakers to replace an old theater in a box system. There is no comparison and sound is nothing short of amazing. After also comparing Bose and Polk - Klipsch won out on sound quality and value. They brought our movie viewing experience to a whole new level. Very pleased with this purchase.
Pros:
True rich sound Well made product
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch RS-41 II

Written By Dave, 72653 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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I have these mounted on the back wall in my small room about 2' above my head at a seated position from the couch. I was worried about getting much sound from them since my couch Is against the wall but I am impressed. They really add a good accent to my front height surround setup.
Pros:
They look as good as they sound
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Completed our Klispch Surround System

Written By Brenda's Husband, Southside Virginia on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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During remodeling we were able to hide the rear channel speaker wires for the new RS 41 II surround speakers to complete our system which features RF 42 II front and RC 42 II center speakers and an 8" Velodyne sub. Replaced some 15 year old Polk surround speakers.
Pros:
Sound quality, design, weight, and easy mounting
Cons:
None!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

RS-41II

Written By Klipsch Reference RC-41II, Austin, TX on Monday, July 08, 2013
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The Crutchfield technical staff helped me to put the pieces together for my home theatre system. I was not comfortable with these speakers, however the technicain convinced me that these will suit me fine. He was correct!! A million thanks to your technical staff for such an excellent recommendation. These speakers are light weight, clear and crisp.
Pros:
Light weight, easy to hand, and excellent sound quality.
Cons:
Could have had groove in the back to help conceal speaker wires.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little speakers

Written By Emile B, Plano, TX on Friday, December 21, 2012
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My Boston Accoustics 5.1 speaker setup was upper-end stuff when I bought it but is now several years old and when one of the surround speakers developed a "buzz," I had to replace the surround units. After doing my due dilligence research, I bought the Klipsch RS-41s. My "home theater" is what was originally a game room - big enough for a pool table, but only barely, so I didn't need anything larger. The speakers are (in my view) the proper arrangement with the outward facing midrange and the tweeter horns angling front and back. They really do disperse the sound nicely. They were inexpensive and visually unobtrusive, but fill out the surround sound even better than the Boston units did. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with these speakers!
Pros:
Small size and inexpensive for a quality surround speaker
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Good Good Speaker

Written By Rob P, Cen Cal on Sunday, September 09, 2012
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My Klipsch speakers are just what I knew they would be . They are good speakers for a fair price. Im happy with them
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RS-41 II Rear Surround Speakers

Written By The Hawk, Longwood, FL on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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There are excellent rear surround speakers with its horn speakers having the ability to expand the background responsiveness of sounds you have never heard before from your favorite Blu-ray DVD movie. The make you feel as though you are actually playing a part in the movie. True realistic rear surround sound responses.
Pros:
Realistic sound responsiveness, unique speaker design that lends itself to rotation to maximize sound reproduction, solid cabinet design.
Cons:
none so far!
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5 out of 5

Surprisingly clear for the size

Written By Adam F, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
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As an owner of mostly mid to higher end Polk, I was taking a leap of faith when i purchased two of these speakers to fill a void in my system. And I must admit, I have always appreciated Klipsch, but now I am a fan. These small speakers are clearer than my RTi6's. That's saying something. Polk sells those for double the price. And not that price has anything to do with it... I have always enjoyed the bright sound of Polks. Now I am finding that sound comes as a compromise for the mid-range clarity that this has. The only disadvantage of the Klipsch is when there are magnetically sensitive equipment near where I'd want to place certain speakers. Klipsch has the sound, but can make a compass tell you North is South. That being the only con I can think of.

And to be clear, this speaker will not be as full as Polk's RTi6 (or any other speaker with a larger driver (or driver/woofer combination)). But for the price, this speaker is seriously worth it!
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference RS-41 II

Written By Jeff D, Albany,NY on Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Very happy with these speakers. Connected wirelessly with Surroundcast system.
No problems.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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