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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Bookshelf speakers (Ebony)

Item # 714RP160ME

These substantially sized bookshelf speakers earn rave reviews from our customers.

These substantially sized bookshelf speakers earn rave reviews from our customers.

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About the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

High-impact sound from a bookshelf speaker

Klipsch speakers earn consistently high marks from our customers, which is no surprise. After all, Klipsch has been thrilling music and movie fans alike for almost 70 years. That's why we're glad to offer our customers the RP-160M.

High-impact sound from a bookshelf speaker

Klipsch speakers earn consistently high marks from our customers, which is no surprise. After all, Klipsch has been thrilling music and movie fans alike for almost 70 years. That's why we're glad to offer our customers the RP-160M.

These bookshelf speakers from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series have what it takes to be an instant classic, thanks to their combination of solid construction and powerful performance. Each substantially sized cabinet features a 6-1/2" woofer for tight, powerful bass and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. Whether you use a stereo pair for music listening or as the front left and right speakers in your home theater, you can count on the RP-160Ms to deliver exceptional sound.

The Reference Premiere Series difference

Never one to rest on its laurels, Klipsch has been busy refining and improving its designs to create loudspeakers that blow the doors off of its loyal followers' expectations. The new Reference Premiere Series builds on the acoustics and technologies of Klipsch's classic Reference Series, with important enhancements that provide an even more intense listening experience.

Hybrid horn technology for dynamic performance

Klipsch RP-160M bookshelf speaker

Horn technology is one of Klipsch's long-standing hallmarks. Flared openings in the speaker cabinet project sound waves toward your listening area and prevent them from simply spilling out in all directions. This design reduces reflections that can color the sound, and boosts dynamics and efficiency for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

Klipsch's newly designed Hybrid Tractrix® horn features a circular throat around an advanced titanium diaphragm tweeter that transitions into a square 90º x 90º mouth. This unique shape provides a cleaner, more efficient transition of sound waves into your listening space. Compared to previous Klipsch models, this horn design delivers a wider sweet spot with more precise placement of instruments and vocals. Even the horn material itself has been upgraded to molded silicone rubber that helps decrease resonance for smoother, warmer highs.

A horn that can enhance bass, too

Rotating the speaker around and looking at the back, you'll see that instead of the conventional round port tube found on many speakers, Klipsch uses a Tractrix horn-shaped opening for smoother, more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet. The resulting decrease in air turbulence makes for cleaner, more powerful bass with reduced port noise and low-frequency distortion.  

High-tech woofer design

The RP-160M's Cerametallic™ woofer dishes out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cone out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight to dampen and prevent distortion. With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave this woofer a newly developed titanium voice coil former that allows more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response.

Build a complete Klipsch system

You can build a great stereo system using the RP-160Ms and a subwoofer, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speaker: Klipsch RP-400C
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-250S
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-112SW

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Product highlights:

  • frequency response: 45-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 95 dB
  • power handling: up to 100 watts RMS (400 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Cerametallic™ cone woofer with rigid titanium voice coil former
  • bass-reflex design
  • rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • beveled MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) front baffles reduce frontal surface area to minimize diffraction, plus decrease high-frequency distortion and resonance
  • magnetically attached grilles for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • angled MDF base plate for elevated image height and increased speaker stability
  • 8-13/16"W x 16-11/16"H x 12-7/8"D
  • weight: 19.9 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1060685

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers (Ebony)
  • 2 Detachable magnetic grilles
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Black
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 100
Sensitivity 95 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 45-25k Hz
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 16-11/16
Width (inches) 8-13/16
Depth (inches) 12-11/16
Weight (pounds) 19.9
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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Features

90° x 90° Hybird Tractrix Horns: A redesigned Tractrix Horn utilizes a circular horn throat paired to a square horn mouth to further improve high-frequency response and extension, while enhancing imaging and dynamics. The compressed molded rubber construction adds high frequency damping to reduce harshness and improve detail. This creates the cleanest, most natural sound possible. These 90° x 90° Hybrid Tractrix Horns provide a wider sweet spot while maintaining controlled directivity of the sound.

LTS Tweeters: Behind each Tractrix Horn lies a 1" titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound. The Linear Travel Suspension minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.

Cerametallic Woofer: The single 6.5" woofer of the RP-160M bookshelf 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" woofer also employs a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-160M bookshelf speaker'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 (1500Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-160M employs a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing Tractrix port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. Utilizing Tractrix geometry, the all new Reference Premiere bass port allows for the most efficient, fastest air transfer from the cabinet  for a clean, powerful low frequency response. The speaker's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.

  • MDF Plinth: The all new satin painted MDF plinth footers of the Klipsch Reference Premiere series bookshelf speakers lend an acoustically sound, authoritative stance when placing the speakers on a tabletop, shelf, or stand. Pre-installed rubber feet add extra stability.
  • Magnetic Grille: The bookshelf loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its polymer front baffle.

Dual Binding Posts: Each speaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.

Placement: The Reference Premiere series bookshelf loudspeakers are 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.

  • For optimum performance, Klipsch suggests placing the speakers 6'-15'apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be approximately 1-1.5x the distance separating the speakers.
  • Place the front left and right speakers on shelves or stands with their tweeters at approximately ear height for a seated listener. When used surround sound speakers, they normally perform best when placed slightly higher than ear level.
  • The bookshelf loudspeakers should be equal distance from the floor and the wall behind them. It can also help to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.

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24 questions already asked

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do i need banana clips ?
[ Lee  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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No you don't wirees go directly into speaker. No banana clips.
[ RICK  Mar 22, 2019 ]
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YOU DO NOT NEED BANANA CLIPS...BUT IT MAKES CONNECTION ALOT EASIER
[ jeff  Mar 22, 2019 ]
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No, you definitely do not
[ Robert  Mar 21, 2019 ]
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You can either use banana connectors or bare wire, either will work. Just use good speaker cables to achieve the best performance. Audioquest Type 4 sound excellent with these speakers.
[ Mark  Mar 21, 2019 ]
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Regular banana plugs will be ok.
[ TOMY  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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Hi the answer no but banana clips are a nice connect to most newer speaker for fast connection but all say you do not have to have them. Larry
[ LARRY  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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no, you don`t need banana clips. i just like the convenience. great sounding speakers. enjoy them, bill
[ WILLIAM  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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It's not necessary to use Banana Clips to bi wire the speakers. I Bi wired my Klipsch 160M's by using two sets of speaker wires.
[ Dan  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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No, they do not take them, in fact I think they should be avoided because they are easily pulled out by passing pets. This could lead to damage to your amplifier if they touch.
[ James  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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No
[ RAFI  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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No you do not need banana clips the speaker wire can inserted or screwed down over over a copper plate. You can insert a banana plug if you choose to do so.
[ Tyrone  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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No, you don't need them but they make life easier if you need to move the speaker. The speaker has terminals you can just twist the wire into.
[ Joe  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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No
[ Stephen  Mar 20, 2019 ]
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I have a 125 watt x 7 channels amp from Denon. Would that be too much for these speakers?
[ Explorz  Jun 18, 2018 ]
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I suppose it depends on how hard you push them. I have a 80W/channel Pioneer stereo receiver driving mine and have had it up to 3/4 volume. They were just fine.
[ Richard  Jun 22, 2018 ]
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Absolutely not; I have a 130w x7 Onkyo receiver and it drives them just fine. Enjoy!
[ LEE  Jun 20, 2018 ]
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The ratings on these speakers is 100 Watts/400 Watts. I own an integrated Yamaha amp pushing 100 Watts per channel. The Klipsch 160M's handle it with ease. Great sound, no distortion. Fantastic book shelf speakers.
[ Dan  Jun 20, 2018 ]
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can they handle 250w?
[ joe  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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sorry but i don't know. i have a 120 watt receiver. the sound is fantastic - better than i expected. good luck!
[ Camp  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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Klipsch recommends up to 100 watts RMS (at 8-ohms) for their Reference RP-160M speakers; so you may want to consider another option to better match your amp/receiver pushing 250 watts. For help with that or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor by phone (888.955.6000) or by Chat from our website. Thanks! :)
[ Larry  Jan 09, 2018 ]  Staff
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Hi Joe, I'm really not sure. I run them on a Yamaha receiver (50 watts ?). Best to ask Crutchfield. They really are great little speakers with surprising bass. Take care, Peter
[ Peter  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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I'm not sure because I'm using them with Yamaha RS 700 Receiver. They sound great for my Purposes, but this isn't a Real Powerful Receiver.
[ Vivian  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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What are the dimensions of these speakers? The website doesn't say.
[ Preston  Jul 23, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. Check out the "Product Highlights" section on the main product page. The dimensions are listed as 8-13/16"W x 16-11/16"H x 12-7/8"D. Hope this helps.
[ Kenny  Jul 25, 2017 ]  Staff
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What is the minimum RMS wattage to sufficiently drive these speakers ?
[ Chris  Jul 12, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Chris, I am a technological idiot so this might not even be what you asked. On the back of the speaker it lists: Power 100w; impedance 80ohm. I hope that helps you, the speakers are terrific. Nadine
[ Nadine  Jul 13, 2017 ]
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would the speaker be ok if I layed them on their side?
[ Jimmy  Jun 25, 2017 ]
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The speaker base is screwed in place and extends out 1/2" around the bottom of the speaker. You'd have to remove the base to lay it flat; then there is the issue with scratching the cherry finished surface. Its all a matter of preference at that point. I just prefer it upright on its base, but that's just me.
[ Michael  Jun 29, 2017 ]
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They have a flanged base at the bottom which would prevent them from laying totally flat. It would scratch the beautiful cherry finish too. Do not recommend.
[ Chefpaul10  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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Mine are laying on their side since I've got them because that's the slot that I had to fit them in and I have not had a problem out of them at all
[ RICHARD  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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It's not going to hurt the speakers if you lay them on their side. However, you should place something between the speaker and the surface of whatever their on to protect the finish and help dampen the speaker. If I'm not mistaken, the tweeters should go to the outside for the best imaging.
[ don  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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They are built on a base and angled back, so I think I would not lay them on there side.
[ MARK  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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Can you use these speakers as Rear Surround speakers?
[ Kenneth  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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The RP-160 Klipsch speakers work nicely for rear surround speakers. I use them in an 11.1 system powered by a Marantz receiver that auto balanced everything and the result is stunning.
[ Kent  Mar 10, 2017 ]
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Yes bot what a lot of power for the rears
[ Richard  Feb 26, 2017 ]
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Yes, these are medium but powerful speakers
[ Hoonmin  Feb 26, 2017 ]
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I don't see any reason why you can't or shouldn't. They are fine speakers, not too large, plenty of volume.
[ James  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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Personally I am not using them as rear surround.
[ Kunling  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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They should work fine for that purpose. They are wired speakers, so you'll need to account for that. We use them in a large, open room and they fill the space very nicely with sound. Great speakers!
[ Gregory  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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Yes, I have a pair that I am currently using as rear surround speakers. They work very nicely to create a balanced sound.
[ Richard  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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I use my RP160M,s as my rear surrounds coupled with my RP260F,s as my front speakers and the sound is fantastic. These are very versatile speakers and worth every penny of their cost. You won't regret the investment.
[ PAUL  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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Hi Kenneth, I am not smart enough to answer your question but will tell you that I love my speakers.
[ Nadine  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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How much is the maximum watts of an amplifier to run this speaker without damaging both the amp and the speaker?
[ Jane  Jan 28, 2017 ]
3 answers
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Klipsch says they will handle 100 watts continuous 400 watts max. They are very sensitive speakers so you can run these with minimal watts. I use mine as rears in my home theater setup at 120 watts per channel.
[ Gregg  Jan 30, 2017 ]
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Keep in mind that peak watts is much different than RMS or continuous watts which is a much more realistic figure of what you are working with from your stereo or amplifier. Same goes for speakers. Find the high end of the RMS range for the speaker. Than you can use any amplifier that meets the speakers requirements within the RMS range. You can safely exceed the RMS rating of the speaker by 10%. Clean power never hurt a speaker. Distortion hurts speakers. Hope this helps.
[ Neal W.  Jan 29, 2017 ]
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These are really efficient speakers so if your amplifier is a low wattage they will be able to drive these speakers just don't turn up your volume too high the distortion could damage the speakers.
[ JEFF W  Jan 28, 2017 ]
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There is no picture of the rear connection terminals, question being are these bi-wired and if so, what difference does it really make in terms of sound quality?
[ Tanya  May 08, 2016 ]
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Bi -wired or strait wired,the sound quality is the same. The rear connection terminals very Good
[ Angel  May 10, 2016 ]
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Yes they are bi wired but in a standard hook up just your regular stereo leave the connecting bar hooked up and the sound is amazing I have these two hooked up in left and right and then I have sub output the sound is great fills up my whole man cave if you took out the connecting bar you would lose either you're high end or the low end
[ RICHARD  May 09, 2016 ]
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The RP-160M have two black and 2 red posts that will allow bi-amping. They ship with what appears to be a gold plated plate that fits over paired red or black posts for single wire use. Whether to use single wire or two wire, bi-amping, depends on personal preferences and the wattage your receiver/amplifier can sustain. Most normal or higher wattage systems are capable of driving these bookshelf speakers to volumes above what you would normally want, in even a large volume room as part of a sound field. If these are your only speakers and you have a lower wattage system you may want the extra volume from bi-amping. I cannot comment on sound quality with biamping of this model, as I have not run them in that mode. I am very happy with ability of these speakers to represent theater sound, rock, jazz, and in particular the timbre of string and wind instruments.
[ Richard  May 09, 2016 ]
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Yes, you can bi-wire but I haven't tried it. I've yet to own a speaker that sounds markedly different to me when bi-wired.
[ John  May 09, 2016 ]
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You end up with more power or signal to each speaker in the box in turn you get more out of each , hope it makes sense.
[ MARK  May 09, 2016 ]
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There are two connections on the back one red and one black same as you're amplifier if you hook them up wrong they either wont play or they will be out of synchronization
[ JEFF W  May 09, 2016 ]
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I had to find this by looking at the pdf file for the speaker installation. They are bi-wired. I didnt hook them up like that though. They're wired up to a Yamaha 479 with a Klipsch 200 w sub. This setup rocks the house quite adequately. Hope this helps.
[ joseph  May 09, 2016 ]
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These speakers were going for around $439 just a few weeks ago. Why the sudden price increase?
[ D  Feb 14, 2016 ]
1 answer
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Sale prices come and go all the time. There's a link on the main page for the speakers where you can sign up for email alerts on the product and be notified whenever the price or availability changes. You'll find the link for this under the "Add to Cart" button on the main product page. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  Feb 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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How would these work as main speakers for a Audio Technica turntable?
[ Kevin  Jan 07, 2020 ]
4 answers
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I have both the Speaker's and the Turntable connected to a Yamaha R-N303 Receiver and they blow the Roof off if you want to.
[ Steve  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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Yes, these are great, powerful bookshelf speakers and would be ample main speakers for a small system/room
[ Troy  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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I couldn't be happier with these speakers.
[ Suzanne  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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my opinion is yes, the speakers would sound awesome. As long as you have something providing a little audio power to the speakers, like a receiver or amp.
[ Robert  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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Is the angled base removable?
[ Michael  Dec 25, 2019 ]
2 answers
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Yes
[ WESLEY  Dec 25, 2019 ]
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No.
[ Louis  Dec 25, 2019 ]
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How do I hook these up to a Mcintosh 1900?
[ Matthew  Aug 31, 2019 ]
1 answer
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Connect the main speaker out of the 1900 to the 160s. Do not try to no-amp. Use the 160s straps to internally connect positive to positive and negative to negative on each speaker. Hope this helps. The 160s are great speakers. Enjoy!
[ Larry  Sep 01, 2019 ]
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Can these be used as the front speakers for a 7.1 surround setup?
[ Mark  Dec 02, 2018 ]
2 answers
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Certainly, I dont see why not.
[ Neil  Dec 02, 2018 ]
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I do not have a 7.1 setup however these would work great as front speakers. I love mine!
[ PEYTON  Dec 02, 2018 ]
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What county are these speakers made in?
[ Justin  Mar 06, 2018 ]
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County Cork in Ireland? Holly bejesus! How you gonna know the question to that answer? Regardless of what County they were made in they are excellent speakers with neary a minute of down time.
[ Patrick  Mar 06, 2018 ]
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When I bought these in June 2016, they were made in China. I bought primarily after listening to them in a speaker side by side sampling room at BB store. I was blown away by their sound and I still like them after two years, much better than the Bose speakers I had. They have a brighter/cleaner sound with good base.
[ richard  Mar 06, 2018 ]
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Anyone compare these to the Elac UB5's? Based on reviews/price, hard to compare or rank one above the other without listening.
[ MP_017  Jan 31, 2018 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Feb 02, 2018 ]  Staff
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RP160M vs. RP250S --- are the 250S's really going to offer twice the sound/sound quality since they cost twice as much? $400 vs $800. These would be for rear speakers in a HT. I'm a 60/40 guy.... movies/music. Thanks.
[ Danny  Sep 26, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  Sep 26, 2017 ]  Staff
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How do you mount these on a wall? I've looked at photos online and don't see where one would attach them to a wall bracket. I see the RP-150M has a keyhole bracket but not these RP-160M speakers. If you can mount them on a wall, what brackets are recommended as these speakers way 19lbs each?
[ Josh Burdick  Aug 18, 2017 ]
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These are truly meant to be bookshelf speakers and there aren't any pre existing brackets to mount on the wall. Your best bet would be to buy some shelving from Home Depot and place them on that. Awesome speakers though!
[ Kevin  Aug 20, 2017 ]
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I bought some wall brackets by made by B-Line. Holds up to 85lbs. It has a bottom brackets that squeezes the sides of the speaker and holds them in place. I've had these for years and never had any problems. All metal construction. I have a picture available to show you but I'm not sure how to attach that to this response.
[ Jason  Aug 18, 2017 ]
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I was a bit concerned about weight myself so ultimately decided to go with floor stands instead. I was considering buying something like a Toggler Snaptoggle to do the job but decided against it. I wanted the tweeters at ear height anyway. Great sounding speakers of course. Especially paired up with a Klipsch sub. Love em.
[ ANDREW  Aug 18, 2017 ]
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What kind of stands are you using for these?
[ Dodpr  May 09, 2016 ]
6 answers
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Sanus Speaker Stands (BF24B-03)
[ Norm  May 13, 2016 ]
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I have them setup as a wall mount
[ Jason  May 10, 2016 ]
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Oops. Sweetwater is in Fort Wayne, Indiana
[ John  May 10, 2016 ]
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Isoacoustic monitor isolation stands, large size, purchased from Sweetwater which is a pro audio/music instrument company in South Bend, Indiana. They have a huge website and you can find them there or from other vendors.
[ John  May 10, 2016 ]
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I didn't use stands, I set them directly into my entertainment center. If you do choose stands, make sure they are sufficient for the weight, as they are quite heavy.
[ Christine  May 10, 2016 ]
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Not using stands. They were bigger than I originally thought. Just have them on a flat surface.
[ Antoinette  May 10, 2016 ]
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Can you put this speaker in a bookshelf (i.e. not on a stand or wall mount)? One review elsewhere mentioned that this would block the rear port from functioning well and muddy the sound.
[ Roger  Jan 31, 2016 ]
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Yes, this speaker can be placed on a shelf. The shelf needs to be deep or you need an extended base on the shelf at the speaker as the speaker foot print is about 12 inches in depth. I have a few inches of clearance behind my speakers with good sound. An alternative would be to get the Klipsch RB-61 II speakers. They have very similar tonal quality but do not use a rear face port. I have a pair on the same sound system that I use as my rear channels as they are up against the wall.
[ Richard  Feb 02, 2016 ]
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I dont know, as I have mine on a floor stand. I wouldnthink that if you could allow 6-8 inches between the rear port and shelf backing, it might not distort the sound. Just a thought.
[ MICHAEL  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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I think they are right about being on a bookshelf affecting the rear port. I called Klipsch when i was moving these around [I have 4 in my shop] and was told to have the rear of the speakers at least 8 to 12 in. from the wall. I built large shelves and put all 4 on the walls and set them out 11in. from the walls and they sound great. To close and the rear port won't function as it should.
[ brad  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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I don't see why you could not. I have my on a wall mount. On a bookshelf would be fine. He sound out of these speakers is great. Very clear. Louder than I thought a speaker this size could produce.
[ Jason  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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Yes, I have them in a bookshelf system and they are performing very nicely.
[ John  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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About how long a "break-in" time do these (RP-160) require? Out of the box, the bass is anemic to non-existent. Every connection has been triple checked, so I know they are in phase.
[ Michael  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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i was not overly impressed with my speakers either. they look good, and sound better than no bass at all. but i still use a sub with them to finish off solid sound. I am not an audio pro FYI
[ charles  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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The speakers have really nice sound, but to this point and time have not had a lot of time to play them.
[ jeff  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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michael, i dont remember having a problem like this. anemic bass out of a klipsch is unheard of to me! how about your cartridge/stylus? properly aligned and recommended stylus force? how many warrs per channel out of your amp? bill
[ WILLIAM  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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Maybe 40 hours or a bit less. In my 20x15 living room I rarely even turn on the sub anymore.
[ Edward  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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I'm not aware certin of any suggested break in time, but the pair that I received had very full sound that only got more rich and smooth with time, so maybe it could be your reciver/amp. I would give it a full 24 hrs of listening and try to re-evaluate after then.
[ Joe  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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I had the same problem . I sent them back.
[ Terry  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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Can you recommend speaker stands for the RP-160M?
[ Rick  Jul 28, 2018 ]
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Sorry, can't help you. I have them on bookshelves. I can tell you they sound incredible for their size! Good luck.
[ Joe  Jul 28, 2018 ]
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I highly recommend Pangea 24" they are the perfect height for my ears and seating position They have spiked feet and can be sand filled making your Klipsch sound even better
[ Donnie  Jul 28, 2018 ]
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Has anyone compared the RP160m's to the Def Tech SM55 or SM65's? I will be using them for 2.0 system 75% HT- 25% music. Which are better overall speakers?
[ jeff  Feb 09, 2018 ]
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I had a pair of Mythos 6's which I exchanged for RP160's. Definitely like the RPs better - fuller, richer sound. I also recommend their center channel speaker for HT.
[ paul  Feb 11, 2018 ]
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Jeff to be honest i dont know but let me tell you the RP160 sounds incredible its crystal clear and powerful it is perfect man
[ marlon  Feb 10, 2018 ]
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What is the actual width of the speaker cabinet? Is the stated width of 8-13/16 inches that of the cabinet or is it the width at the speaker base which extends out 1/2" around the bottom of the speaker?
[ George  Jan 10, 2018 ]
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It is the width of the speaker base.
[ Joe  Jan 13, 2018 ]
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Hey George, Measured with a Stanley powerlock ll 25' tape measure, I get 7 15/16 inches. Width and a height of 15 11/16 inches. Hope this helps. Enjoy your new speakers. Please burn them in properly,ZERO they get better sounding the more you use themEnter
[ t  Jan 13, 2018 ]
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8 13/16" is the width of the base. Actual speaker is right at 8"
[ Tim  Jan 12, 2018 ]
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