Klipsch Icon Series XL-12

Center channel speaker

  • Klipsch Icon Series XL-12


  • Klipsch Icon Series XL-12


  • Klipsch Icon Series XL-12

    Grille included, not shown

  • Klipsch Icon Series XL-12

    Mounting bracket

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Our take on the Klipsch Icon Series XL-12

by Loren Barstow

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.

The Klipsch® XL-12 combines dynamic center channel sound with an elegant design and flexible placement options. It features two sturdy fiberglass woofer for articulate, well-defined bass, plus a horn-loaded tweeter for clear movie dialogue. The eye-catching black-grain aluminum cabinet sports high-gloss black accents, making this speaker a beautiful match for today's flat-panel TVs.

Horn technology for room-filling sound
Klipsch equipped the XL-12 with the latest generation of their 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 everything you listen to, while reducing reflections that can color the sound. The horn also improves dynamics and efficiency, for powerful, "front row" sound.

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Plenty of placement options
The included cradle and tilt rods let you angle the XL-12 toward your listening position whether you place it above or below your TV. Or, use the included wall-mount bracket for a clean, out-of-the-way installation. You can even place the versatile XL-12 on the optional XFS floor stands for use as a front left or right speaker.

Recommended center channel speaker: Klipsch XL-12.
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch XB-10 or XL-12.


  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 94-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • handles up to 50 watts
  • XT Tractrix® horn with 3/4" titanium tweeter
  • 4" fiberglass woofer
  • extruded aluminum cabinet
  • includes wall-mount bracket and center channel accessories
  • 11-13/16"W x 5-3/4"H x 6-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
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    Features and Specs
    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Tweeter XT Tractrix horn
    Midrange size (inches) N/A
    Woofer size (inches) 4
    Connector Type Binding post
    Power Range 20-50
    Sensitivity 92 @ 2.83V dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 94-23k 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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    • Bookshelf LCR loudspeaker
    • Removable magnetic grille
    • Metal wall-mount bracket
    • Rubber center-channel base
    • 2 Plastic brackets
    • 2 Metal rods
    • 2 Hex bolts
    • 2 Threaded knobs
    • Hex key
    • Owner's Manual
    • Product Registration card

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    Overview: The Klipsch Icon XL-12 LCR bookshelf loudspeaker has been designed with today's home theater applications featuring a flat-panel television in mind. An excellent choice for flat-panel displays, the Icon Series XL-12 bookshelf speaker flawlessly blends exquisite beauty and intelligent engineering for dynamic music and movie performance. Designed for crisp, dynamic listening, the XL-12 employs a premium titanium diaphragm compression driver and high-output fiberglass cone woofer. The XL-12 can be used as front, center or rear channel speaker.

    Tractrix Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The Klipsch Icon XL-12 utilizes a 0.75-inch Titanium diaphragm compression driver mated to a Tractrix horn-loaded tweeter with XT technology, allowing the slender XL-12 to deliver an extremely smooth response with constant directivity and precise high frequencies. The XT Tractrix Horn is round in shape and delivers a 80-degrees x 80-degrees high dispersion pattern for a broader and more even sound-stage.

    Fiberglass Cone Woofer: The Icon XL-12 features a single 4-inch high-output, fiberglass cone woofer with a rubber surround for intense, hard-hitting mid-bass response.

    Bass-Reflex Enclosure: The 4-inch fiberglass cone woofer and 0.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a Bass reflex enclosure which features a front-firing port. The XL-12's beautifully crafted aluminum extrusion enclosure features an eye-catching black-grain anodized finish and high-gloss black accents.

    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.

    Binding Posts: The Klipsch Icon Series speakers are equipped with sturdy binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors.

    Mounting: The Icon XL-12 speaker can be mounted as a front, center or rear speaker. The speaker features two threaded keyhole slots on the back of the cabinet that can be used to attach the supplied wall-mount bracket or to attach to the speakers to an optional Klipsch speaker stand (714XFS). The XL-12 comes supplied with two screws to attach the supplied wall-mount brackets to the speakers (mounting screws to attach bracket to wall not included). The wall-mount bracket is stationary and does not swivel or tilt. The LCR speaker also comes supplied with a rubber pad to protect the bottom edge of the speaker and the surface you are placing it on (the rubber pad adds 0.25" to speaker's height). In addition, the Icon Series speaker features two metal tilt rods that allows you to adjust the angle of the speaker to compensate for placement.

    Note: The XL-12 speaker needs to be mounted to wall using the supplied wall-mount bracket, to the optional Klipsch XFS floor-stands, rested horizontally on a shelf when using the speaker as a front, center or rear speaker. Due to the the speaker's slanted design the speaker will not rest vertically.

    Placement: The XL-12 bookshelf loudspeaker can be used as a front, center, or rear speaker and is 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.

    • Front Speaker Placement: As a front speaker, the XL-12 bookshelf speaker should be placed on a common wall 6 to 15 feet apart at the same height as each other with the high frequency drivers at seated ear height. The speaker should be angled toward the listener and even with or forward of any adjacent obstructions (if are not wall-mounted). Asymmetrical placement of a pair of speakers from adjacent side walls can smooth room-induced bass unevenness.
    • Center Speaker Placement: As a center speaker, the XL-12 LCR speaker should be placed immediately above or below the center of your video display. The speaker is supplied with a tilt rod to compensate for placement above or below seated ear height.
    • Rear Speaker Placement: As a rear speaker, the XL-12 loudspeaker should be placed above seated ear height (approximately 4-5 feet above the floor) on side or rear walls or on optional floor-stands.

    Note: The Klipsch XL-12 bookshelf loudspeaker is packaged and sold individually.

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