Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RS-42 II is a
surround loudspeaker which delivers high-performance sound using Klipsch's
advanced technologies and world-class materials. The RS-42 II employs dual 4-inch woofers, dual Tractrix horn-loaded 1-inch titanium tweeters and
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.
Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RS-42 II utilizes a
highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for
louder sound with less distortion. The RS-42 II is able to fill smaller rooms
with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing surround sound that you can listen to
Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST): The Klipsch
RS-42 II delivers precise sonic detail through the careful positioning of two
Tractrix Horn loaded titanium-diaphragm tweeters and two 4-inch woofers. By aligning the two horns at 90 degrees with
respect to each other, along with the two woofers, the RS-42 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-42 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 Woofers: The dual 4-inch woofers of the RS-42 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 woofers
also employ a rubber surround for added durability.
Crossover Network: The Klipsch RS-42 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.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The dual 4-inch Cerametallic cone
woofers and dual 1-inch titanium diaphragm compression drivers are mounted in a bass
reflex enclosure which features two side-firing ports (one on each side). The
twin side-firing ports eliminate turbulence noise, while increased baffle
ribbing around the horn mouth dramatically improves acoustics across the sonic
range. The bass reflex enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a Matte Black
vinyl and an aluminum front baffle. The RS-42 II's rigid cabinet offers
improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color
Magnetic Grille: The surround loudspeaker features a
removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its
cast-aluminum front baffle. The speaker can be used with or without its grille
Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference Series RS-42 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.
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
Note: There are also two 1/4"-20 threaded inserts on the back of each
loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to third-party stands (sold
separately). The two threaded inserts are spaced 3.0" apart.
Wall Mounting: The Klipsch Reference surround speaker
features a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the
speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not
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-42 II be mounted above the ear height of seated listeners (between 5 to 7 feet
above the floor).