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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Center channel speaker (Ebony)

Item # 714RP450CE

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker.

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker.

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About the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Powerful Klipsch sound that puts you front and center

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker. It carries the lion's share of vocals and dialogue, as well as the music and sound effects found on most movie and TV soundtracks. Klipsch's RP-450C is more than up to the challenge. This powerful center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series puts you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound. The RP-450C features four 5-1/4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.

Powerful Klipsch sound that puts you front and center

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker. It carries the lion's share of vocals and dialogue, as well as the music and sound effects found on most movie and TV soundtracks. Klipsch's RP-450C is more than up to the challenge. This powerful center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series puts you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound. The RP-450C features four 5-1/4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.

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.

Klipsch RP-450C center channel speaker

With its Hybrid Tractrix horn and Cerametallic woofers, the RP-450C center channel speaker is built to effortlessly deliver clear, powerful Klipsch sound.

Hybrid Horn technology for dynamic performance

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 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.

Klipsch RP-450C Tractrix horn port

The RP-450C's Tractrix horn shaped port eliminates air turbulence for reduced noise and distortion.

A horn that can enhance bass, too

Look around the back, and 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-450C's Cerametallic™ woofers dish out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cones out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight, to dampen and prevent distortion. With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave these woofers newly developed titanium voice coil formers that allow more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response.

Build a complete Klipsch system

Team an RP-450C center channel speaker with other Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speakers to create a high-impact home theater system.

Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S, Klipsch RP250S
Recommended front channel speakers: Klipsch RP-160M, Klipsch RP-260F, Klipsch RP-280F
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW, Klipsch R-112SW, Klipsch R-115SW

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Product highlights:

  • frequency response: 58-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 97 dB
  • power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • four 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • 31-1/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 35.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1060689

What's in the box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker (Ebony)
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Color Black
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type Binding post
Power Range 150
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 58-25k Hz
Height (inches) 6-13/16
Width (inches) 31-1/8
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight 35.7 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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Features

90° x 90° Hybrid 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 Woofers: The four 5.25" woofers of the RP-450C center-channel 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 5.25" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-450C center-channel 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 (500/1500Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-450C 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.

Magnetic Grille: The center-channel loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its polymer front baffle.

Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series RP-450C 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.

Placement: The RP-450C should be centered directly above or below your video screen. If necessary, you can place the speaker on an optional floor stand in front of and below the screen that elevates it to the correct height. Ideally, however, the speaker's front baffle should be flush with the front of the screen.

Rubber Feet: The center channel speaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet to secure the speaker in place and prevent any damage to your stand's or shelf's surface. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the height of each speaker.

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12 questions already asked

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My receiver is only 100 watts per channel at 5 or 6 ohms will it be enough?
[ Big Nate  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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My receiver is 110 and it's driving rf280's and a pair of surround along with this center speaker and it sounds wonderfull. Awesome center speaker don't go for the size under it. I did and sent it back for this one.
[ KENNETH L  Jul 21, 2018 ]
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My receiver puts out 150 watts per channel. This center channel speaker can handle 150 watts per channel (600 Watts max) 8 ohms. Your receiver will work fine with this speaker. If you upgraded your receiver to one that puts out what this speaker can handle it would be providing optimum performance, but it will still sound great with your current receiver.
[ James  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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What's the receivers power rating for 8ohm speakers, as the Klipsch is an 8ohm speaker. Also, are you powering other speakers along with the Klipsch using the same receiver? Klipsch are very efficient speakers and do not require a lot of power to drive them but i would recommend giving them at least 50 Watts continuous power or sometimes seen as RMS, into 8ohms. Hopefully this helps you
[ Edward  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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60" plasma tv with base. Probably pushing 75 pounds. Will this speaker support the tv?
[ James  Apr 09, 2017 ]
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I think it'd be fine. I've got a 54" OLED tv, probably 35 or 40 lbs, on top of mine. My feeling is that twice that wouldn't stress it at all.
[ John  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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I have my LG 55" with abase sitting on top of my Klipsch. It's pushing nearly 60lbs. I haven't experienced any problems so far. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't support the weight. If you have. Facebook page, send me a friend request for some photos of my theater.
[ Otis  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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i think it would
[ MARK S  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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The centerpiece speaker should have no problem with the 60" flat screen all pending on the style of your base. My footprint has the feet toward the ends of the tv so not an option for me.
[ Victor  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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This Center Channel Speaker is pretty well built. Think 75 Pounds would be pushing it
[ JULIUS  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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i would strongly suggest you contact the manufacturer directly. While it may support, I am not sure that over time the top won't sag......ask the manufacturer directly.
[ Herb  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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Can I placed my receiver on this speaker?
[ Pepeto  Sep 27, 2020 ]
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I don't think any avr or stereo reciever would safely rest on top of this speaker.. I have my rp-450c on the top of a three shelf stand, wich it takes up most of the space. My Denon 6500 is on the bottom shelf due to it wieghing 40 lbs.The performance of this center speaker is awesome , but measure to make sure it fits where you want to put it. This speaker should rest alone where ever its installed..
[ Flavio  Sep 28, 2020 ]
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It is sturdy enough, very strong build. I have my TV setting on top of it. However, most receivers are deeper than this speaker (front to back) so might need a shelf board on top of speaker?
[ bjack  Sep 28, 2020 ]
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You should be able to. It's pretty big. It doesn't vibrate enough to move receiver
[ Mike  Sep 28, 2020 ]
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Which one is better klipsch rp-450c or rp-504c?
[ Omar  Sep 15, 2020 ]
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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  Sep 25, 2020 ]  Staff
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What is the difference between the rp450c vs the rp504c?
[ Omar  Sep 15, 2020 ]
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  Sep 25, 2020 ]  Staff
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will the RP 450c match well with R26FA towers?
[ Mark  Jul 25, 2020 ]
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There will be a slight color variation, because one is ebony and the other are black
[ JASON  Aug 08, 2020 ]
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Not sure. I don't have the towers. I like the sound from my RP450c speaker but I do have some concerns. Video and sound travel through the speaker to monitor. So speaker controls all watch and sound functions. My monitor and speaker are mounted high on a shelf. Sitting in a chair using the remote does not always work. I have moved everything to the edge but it does not always work. The receiving apparatus is weak. It is often necessary to stand to change volume or channel. I also use this speaker via Bluetooth to listen to my music. Connecting is often difficult. Sometimes I can't connect. :( It is frustrating but the beautiful sound makes it tolerable. My wife dose not agree.
[ Stephen  Aug 07, 2020 ]
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No - they should be matched to something from the Reference Premiere line, such as the RP-250F, RP-260F, or RP-280F. Those are all discontinued and the newer models are (respectively) the RP-5000F, RP-6000F, and RP-8000F.
[ James  Aug 07, 2020 ]
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Where are they made?
[ Jeff  Jul 13, 2020 ]
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Designed and engineered with pride in Indianapolis.
[ TERRY L  Jul 21, 2020 ]
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The Klipsch speaker was originally made in Arkansas so with that said they are American made.
[ RICARDO  Jul 21, 2020 ]
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Can you mount the RP-450C to a wall?
[ Jeff  Aug 06, 2019 ]
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There are no brackets on the back to use for mounting directly, and there is a port facing out the back. It will take a creative solution, it's a hoss!
[ Steven  Aug 08, 2019 ]
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No, you could not on it's own. No mounting points and this is both huge and heavy. Incredibly strong and large angle brackets possibly but it would have to be high up to achieve the size of bracket needed. I mounted mine on two center speaker stands which worked great.
[ PETER M  Aug 07, 2019 ]
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You will need to use a wall brackets Pinpoint AM38CC. I installed them to beams in the wall and it holds the speaker nicely.
[ Stanislav  Aug 07, 2019 ]
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My center channel is below my tv, so my center is aimed at the couch I sit on. My old klipsch center had a leg that screwed in the bottom of my center channel to raise the front so it hit my ears. How can I do the same with this RP 450C ?
[ Aseaman007  Nov 22, 2016 ]
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you won't need to do it trust me, that 450c is no joke and it's clean and loud
[ Justin  Nov 29, 2016 ]
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THxs.... Yes, I forgot about those guys....
[ Aseaman007  Nov 23, 2016 ]
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My klipsch center channel is below my tv also try a couple rubber door stops that helped the sound fire more towards my ear
[ DENNIS L  Nov 22, 2016 ]
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how does it compare to the RF 62 for listening mainly to music?
[ dax  Apr 19, 2016 ]
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  Apr 21, 2016 ]  Staff
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