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Klipsch R-5650-S II

In-wall surround sound speaker

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Get thrilling surround sound without cluttering your room with big, bulky speakers. The Klipsch® R-5650-S II speaker features a hideaway in-wall design and a grille you can paint to match your room's color scheme. Use this speaker as part of a full Klipsch surround sound system to enjoy clear, crisp wraparound effects from your favorite movies.

Get thrilling surround sound without cluttering your room with big, bulky speakers. The Klipsch® R-5650-S II speaker features a hideaway in-wall design and a grille you can paint to match your room's color scheme. Use this speaker as part of a full Klipsch surround sound system to enjoy clear, crisp wraparound effects from your favorite movies.

Speaker technology for dynamic performance

A rigid anodized aluminum woofer produces accurate bass and mid-bass. Two vertically stacked tweeters point in opposite directions. This clever design disperses ambient surround effects across a wide arc, for a diffuse soundfield that completely envelops the listener. It also allows this speaker to deliver great sound even if you place it in a less-than-ideal location.

Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them toward your ears. Klipsch places their titanium tweeters inside a flared opening, known as a "horn." The array of two controlled dispersion horn tweeters angled away from each other yields an incredibly wide wave pattern, perfect for ambient movie sound or a realistic concert feel to music.

A slimmer chance of being seen

The '5650-S II keeps a low profile with its Slimtrim™ grille. The visible frame size is reduced by 90% and grille depth is reduced by 80% over previous designs, for a nearly flush finish that blends in beautifully. The paintable,aluminum, magnetic grille attaches securely with ease to virtually eliminate resonant distortion.

An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the R-5650-S II in new construction.

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Product Highlights:

  • Tractrix® horn array with dual 1" titanium tweeters
  • 6-1/2" Cerametallic™ woofer
  • Wide Dispersion Surround Technology™
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • frequency response 60-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • IR receiver knock-out for remote repeater systems
  • paintable Slimtrim® magnetic grille
  • cutout dimensions: 8"W x 13"H
  • mounting depth: 3-11/16"
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    What's in the Box:

    • In-wall speaker
    • White metal mesh grille
    • Cardboard template
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

    I love these speakers. They were a breeze to install and they sound great. I debated this purchase for months and read a ton about in-wall speakers. The Crutchfield website was extremely helpful and I couldn't be more pleased. The sound quality is truly terrific.

    Don B, Middletown, DE


    Klipsch R-5650-S II Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (7 Reviews)

    Excellent rear speakers, worth the investment!

    Brian from Fayetteville, GA on 4/13/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a pair of rear speakers for my home theater. My wife did not want towering floor speakers in the main living room, we settled for in-wall. It was hardly settling! I did extensive research on many different brands. I was really interested in the Martin Logan product that is very similar to these. They sounded great, and I loved them! I decided on Klipsch for two, obvious reason, they were cheaper per pair. The second reason is that I've had Klipsch products in the past and have been very happy with the sound quality of the brand. Klipsch speakers are excellent! Klipsch also has a larger line-up of in-wall speakers to pair with these. I purchased these "S" models over the regular 5650-wii because of the dual tweeter. My walls are not angled the best towards the listening area, so I wanted to be able to throw the highs in different directions. It works, I hear the sound very well And it is crisp! Since There are not many places besides the local big box retailer to hear speakers before purchasing, it makes it really difficult to make a decision. I purchased these without hearing them first. I was comfortable knowing that I've heard Klipsch products in the past. Rest assured that these speakers are very high quality and you will not be disappointed. Make sure you have an amp with enough juice to feed these speakers. I'm using an Onkyo TX-NR656, also paired with the Klipsch R112 Subwoofer.

    Pros: Excellent, crisp highs, and good bass. A really good, all-around speaker for many different types of viewing media. Works well as rear channnel speakers.

    Cons: None.

    Terrific Sound | Easy Install

    Don B from Middletown, DE on 2/22/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love these speakers. They were a breeze to install and they sound great. I debated this purchase for months and read a ton about in-wall speakers. The Crutchfield website was extremely helpful and I couldn't be more pleased. The sound quality is truly terrific.

    Pros: Great sound Easy to install Wife is pleased that we don't have giant speakers sitting all over the room

    Cons: N.A.

    Klipsch R-5650-s II

    BillyB from Texas on 9/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    These are big rear surround speakers, however the sound is top notch, and the horns go in 2 different directions for the full surround sound experience.

    Pros: Great, recommend using the installation kit for new constitution. Also have your painter spray the grills to your wall color for a very clean look.

    Cons: None

    Klipsch R-5650-S II

    NSG from Denver, NC on 6/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome speaker. Tremendous sound and magnetic grills have it nearly level with the wall. Worth every penny



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    LM from CDM, CA on 7/31/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simply outstanding in wall speakers. This order is for our 3rd pair and they will go in our 2nd home. They will be powered by a Yamaha RX-A1010. In total we have 6 pair of Klipsch speakers. Our favorites are the G28's powered by a Yamaha RX- A3030 with Definitive 800 Subwoofers.

    Pros: Ease to place in wall, fit and sound quality.

    Cons: None


    RICH from New York, NY on 1/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought 4 of these in-walls to replace my side & rear surrounds.......I am impress with the sound these speakers produce.......They are powered by a Pioneer SC-57 that gives them enough power to kick-ass.......



    Great Sound

    Audio from Georgia on 8/12/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome speakers. Pushing them with a Denon 4000 series receiver. Even when they are cranked, the speakers drink the juice and ask for more.

    Pros: Great looking, gorgeous and easy installation. The grills are magnetic and are near flush after installation.

    Cons: They are a little pricey, but after hearing them you soon understand why.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Quantity in Package Single
    Tweeter Horn-loaded dome
    Midrange Size N/A
    Woofer Size 6.5
    Cutout Size 8 x 13
    Woofer Composition Cerametallic
    Woofer Surround Rubber
    Power Range (Watts) 50
    Sensitivity 92 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 60-23kHz
    Connector Type Spring Posts
    Bi-Amp Inputs No
    Built-in Back-box No
    Parts Warranty Ltd. Lifetime
    Labor Warranty Ltd. Lifetime

    Product Research

    Mounting Options


    In-Wall Surround Speaker: The Klipsch R-5650-S in-wall speaker is designed specifically for surround use in home theater applications. Its unique, patent-pending horn array technology allows system designers to create enveloping sound fields and localized effects without disruption the home's decor. For the main left, right, and center speakers in the home theater system, the Klipsch R-5650-S-II (714R5650W2, sold separately) is recommended.

    Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST): The R-5650-S II draws listeners into the middle of the action through the use of Klipsch's proprietary Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST). The careful alignment of the two controlled-directivity Tractrix Horn tweeters angled opposite of one another yields an incredibly wide dispersion pattern.

    High Efficiency: The high-efficiency design of the Klipsch in-wall speakers allows you to get much more output than most in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Due to the long speaker wire runs that are common in whole-house audio systems, the power coming from the amplifier is significantly reduced by the time it reaches the speakers. The 92dB efficiency of this speaker means it will play much louder at low power than other less-efficient speakers.

    2-Way Speaker System: The Klipsch R-5650-S II in-wall speaker uses dual 1" Titanium compression drivers (tweeters) mated to dual 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horns, vertically stacked and skewed to maximize ambience, combined with a 6.5" Cerametallic woofer in a 2-way design.

    • Tweeter: The two vertically-stacked, Tractrix Horn-loaded 1" Titanium dome compression tweeters are pointed in opposite directions to maximize diffusion, clarity, and efficiency. The horn design dramatically increases efficiency by enabling the speaker to produce more output using less energy. The addition of a Linear Travel Suspension to the tweeters increases high frequency detail and smoothness.
    • Woofer: The copper-colored 6.5" Cerametallic woofer features a solid Aluminum diaphragm, anodized to add stiffness and provide perfect damping, that delivers increased rigidity for even tighter, more defined bass. The new integrated dust cap further strengthens the cone and helps ventilate the voice coil for increased driver durability.

    Speaker Terminals: The speaker has a gold-plated pair of spring-loaded binding posts that can accept up to 12-gauge wire, single banana plugs, or pin connectors.

    ABS Basket/Frame: The R-5650-S II has a sturdy ABS basket and frame. The frame can be painted to match any decor.

    SlimTrim Magnetic Grille: With an all new grille, the visible frame size is reduced by 90% and grille depth is reduced by 80% over the previous design, for a more edge-to-edge consistent look that blends in with the wall more attractively. The new aluminum, paintable, magnetic grille attaches tightly and securely with ease to virtually eliminate resonant distortion.

    Power Specifications Note: The manufacturer has specified the maximum power handling of this speaker as 50 watts RMS (200 W Peak). Klipsch has also published a recommended amplifier power specification as 100 watts.

    Mounting Options

    Installation: The speaker can be installed in new or existing construction. It requires a cutout diameter of 8" wide x 13" high. The mounting flange around the speaker measures 0.75" wide (0.875" wide with grille). For new construction, purchase of the IK-650-W installation kit (714IK650W, sold separately) is highly recommended. For existing construction, the speaker should be installed in drywall (or other mounting surfaces) at least 3/8" thick.

    IR Knockout: A 1/2" diameter knockout panel is provided in the lower left hand corner of the speaker frame for installing an IR sensor.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    Great reviews. Goes with my other Klipsch speakers. Extremely happy with my Outdoor Klipsch speakers. [ DaddyE  Dec 05, 2017 ]
    Fabulous sound for an in-wall surround speaker. [ Jeff &  Jun 18, 2017 ]
    Hoping these pair well with the Klipsch RP280F towers as surround sound speakers. [ Brian  May 27, 2016 ]

    5 questions already asked

    I purchased these for rear wall mounted surround speakers. I think they are excellent for that purpose. They have bright clear sound yet have good base to complement my Vandersteen Front speakers. [ Gary  Dec 29, 2018 ]
    I used them as side/rear surrounds. But I put them in the wall. I wouldn't put them in the ceiling but you can. I would buy in ceiling speakers with directional tweeter. [ DaddyE  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    Yes, they CAN be mounted in the ceiling, however the R-5650-S II has bi-directional tweeters for better sound dispersion in a room. Mounting them in the ceiling means the tweeters wouldn't project around the room but towards the floor, just in two directions. For ceiling applications, I'd recommend the CDT-5650-C II, Klipsch's 6" Ceiling Speaker. It has an adjustable tweeter allowing you to aim it at your primary seating position. They have great frequency response and sound great. For additional base, the CDT-5800-C II, the 8" version, produces a little more in the low- and mid-range. [ Ronald  Dec 28, 2018 ]
    The spec says 9.3" wide. I believe that measurement is the width of the front baffle. If the front baffle is going to fit in between the studs it won't fit, but if you plan on using these as wall mounts where the baffle is on the face in front of the studs, you should have room. Take a look at the back picture and you can see the clips that hold them snug to your drywall are about a .5" inside the outside edge on both sides. [ Jacob  Jan 05, 2017 ]
    I suggest you contact Klipsch directly or go to their website. [ STEVEN A  Jan 04, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. The listed mounting depth is 3-11/16. You'll find this information on the product page under "Product Highlights". Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Jun 21, 2016 ]  Staff
    that is how i'm using them. they are my back surrounds and i have towers for the front. they work perfect that way. however, i'm using them w/ a denon receiver. [ Chris  May 11, 2016 ]
    I purchased a pair of these speakers and a pair of the model with single tweeters. I use these as my side surround speakers and the single tweeter speaker as the rear surround in a 7.2 speaker arrangement. I really like the sound of the system. Very loud and very very clear. [ Chris  May 10, 2016 ]
    correction, 100 watts per channel [ CARL B  May 10, 2016 ]
    i am using as back surrounds with linn towersurrounds as front and linn center . pushing with 200 Watts per channel,works great. Hope this helps. [ CARL B  May 10, 2016 ]
    I used them as my rear speakers in a 5/1 system. They are AWESOME!!! [ STEVEN A  May 10, 2016 ]
    These are surround speakers. You need towers and twin subs for a full sound. I have reference line towers, twin subs and these for the surrounds. They work well for that purpose but not as main speakers. Crossovers set at 120 so subs doing the heavy lifting for these. [ Brian  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    Definitely! If you like music with lots of bass, like "Breakage" or "LX-one" you might want to go for a set of floorstanders. My current setup will rattle every door in my 2000 square foot home. [ MICHAEL R  Sep 26, 2014 ]
    Hi Chris, I wish I could give you a better answer then this one but I have not installed these speakers yet because the room there going into is a Theater room and Bar. This has been a long project because of the Bar being customed built. I really think these speakers will be a great set up with my two Subs. [ DONALD  Sep 22, 2014 ]