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Klipsch Reference R-14S

Surround speakers

19 Reviews | 8 questions - 21 answers

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Our take on the Klipsch Reference R-14S

Have you ever been the first one in a movie theater, and had the chance to pick the best seat in the house? Having a home theater provides the same kind of lifelike surround sound experience that you get in that seat. And part of what makes that so enjoyable is hearing sound effects move around your living room the same way that they do in front of the big screen.

Klipsch speakers for rear-channel sound

Have you ever been the first one in a movie theater, and had the chance to pick the best seat in the house? Having a home theater provides the same kind of lifelike surround sound experience that you get in that seat. And part of what makes that so enjoyable is hearing sound effects move around your living room the same way that they do in front of the big screen.

Cue the Klipsch Reference R-14S. These dynamic surround speakers have tweeters that face in different directions, creating wraparound rear-channel sound that lets the movie's soundtrack unfold all around you. Add these to your Reference system for a truly involving home theater experience.

Flexible placement options

Klipsch created WDST (Wide Dispersion Surround Technology) which helps you get immersive surround sound, even if you aren't able to position your speakers exactly where you want them. The R-14S uses two of their legendary horn tweeters in each speaker to deliver convincing sound effects. A 4" copper spun woofer takes care of mids and lows. These speakers have convenient key-hole slots on the back that makes wall-mounting a breeze.

Build a complete Reference system

Combine the R-14S with other Klipsch Reference speakers for a complete home theater system.

Bookshelf speakers: Klipsch R-15M and Klipsch R-14M
Center channel: Klipsch R-25C
Floor-standing speakers: Klipsch R-24FKlipsch R-26F, and Klipsch R-28F
Powered subwoofers: Klipsch R-10SW and Klipsch R-12SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 83-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • dual 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horns with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm compression tweeters
  • 4" copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer
  • WDST (Wide Dispersion Surround Technology) provides maximum surround coverage and placement flexibility
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • built-in keyhole mount for easy wall-mounting
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • 15"W x 6-11/16"H x 6-1/2"D
  • weight: 8 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Surroundf loudspeakers
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber bumpers
  • User Manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

I think the Klipsch R-14S speakers are by far the best surroundsound speakers you can have for your home. If they weren't great I would've already returned them.

Jason, Pickens, SC

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Klipsch Reference R-14S

Jason from Pickens, SC on 4/5/2018

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I think the Klipsch R-14S speakers are by far the best surroundsound speakers you can have for your home. If they weren't great I would've already returned them.

Pros: Everything, seriously everything

Cons: None

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Robert C from Elizabethtown, PA on 2/26/2018

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I replaced my old Boston Acoustics surround sound speakers and what a difference. I had bought a pair of R26-F towers and the R10-SW previously and purchased this and the RP-250C center speakers together. I didn't know what I was missing but I do know. This Klipsch system with a Yamaha V383 receiver I also bought from Crutchfield has entered me into sound heaven. BTW Crutchfield technical sales support is second to none, that is why I bought all this from them.

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Anonymous from Monessen, PA on 2/19/2018

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I am extremely happy with the sound and how they look on the wall. Well worth the price!

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Tom from Baltimore, MD on 2/14/2018

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I replaced some smaller Klipsch rear surrounds with these R14s and could not believe the difference, I was watching Oblivion and the scene where Tom Cruz circles the football stadium in his transport turned my head around. The sound was so intense that I couldn't have been happier with these speakers. I give you my word, you'll love these speakers as surround rears, they sound great. Another testiment to them was while watching the new Bladerunner, the echo of the open room acoustics was jaw dropping. The match up of the R14s with the R25c and 2 left/right R26f's sound to be heaven made. The people at Crutchfield won't steer you wrong. I was going to get something different than these when the tech mentioned paring the R14s with what I had...man, am I glad I listened

Pros: Everything and everything

Cons: Ain't a one...not here

Happy movie watcher

Janet from South Elgin, IL on 2/7/2018

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Speakers are great. I added them as my rear surround speakers( 6&7) with a klipsch system I already had the sound is great , crisp and clear. I would recommend them to all movie lovers ??

Pros: Looks great hanging on the wall Sounds great Price was reasonable Light weight

Cons: None

Solid speakers.

Dave from Xenia, OH on 12/19/2017

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Replaced an early Bose 5 surround system with Klipsch Reference products after extensive research. The 280 FPs I decided on were out of stock, but Crutchfield had a special on an out of production center speaker that had good reviews and the R14 was the same price everywhere. Fills a large room with cathedral ceilings. Should have done it sooner.

Pros: Klipsch is a real "big bang for the buck".

Cons: None.

Great Surround Speakers !

Frank from Nanticoke, PA on 11/21/2017

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Great surround speakers. Crisp and clear sound. Nice mid-range too ! Beautiful styling as well. Nice addition to my Atmos system. I have always been satisfied with Klipsch speakers, and these are no exception.

Pros: Sound, style and value.

Cons: None.

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Anonymous from Avon, OH on 11/4/2017

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I really like these. We bought them to replace two very small box speakers we had on stands as the rear surrounds in a small room off the master bedroom (10 x 10). I am really impressed with the improvement in the surround effect using these. They would not be appropriate to a large space.

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Jeremy from Birchtree mo on 10/7/2017

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Panoramic sound makes good rears

Pros: Good rear speakers that mount on the wall

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Anonymous from Tell City, IN on 9/8/2017

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Great sound,more bass than I expected.The sound spreads out well due to shape.Would have givin a 5 star rating if they would have had removable grills.

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Surround Sound ALL Around !

Kelley from Kokomo IN on 5/26/2017

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This is second set of 14s . My first pair as my rear surround . I was so impressed I purchased another pair and mounted them overhead as front presence and bumped up to 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos . They fill the area great without advertising their location . They look great in a designated theater area or main living area . Bought open box , box was damaged , speakers perfect , SCORE .

Pros: look Great ! Sound even Better . Versatile mounting possibilities . Reasonable price for a quality surround set .

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Adds that extra dimension

Mike from Pen Argyl, PA on 4/23/2017

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I added the R-14S surrounds as rear surround sound speakers to complete my Klipsch theater system. They are appealing to the eye and sound great. I now have that extra dimension when the sound is to the rear. Price was reasonable and Crutchfield is always top notch with delivery and condition of items. Thanks!

Pros: Sound, appearance, price

Cons: None

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tony from Puerto Rico on 3/24/2017

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Sonido excelente y gran afinidad. El producto llegó antes de la.fecha pautada. Excellent sound and great affinity. The product arrived before the date written.

Pros: Excelente sonido y afinidad. Excellent sound and affinity.

Cons: None

Crutchfield response on 3/28/2017 Translation provided by Crutchfield's International Sales & Support team.

Great for Med-Large Rooms

D from Waynesboro, PA on 3/10/2017

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I upgraded from a 5.1 speaker set that came with a home-theater-in-a-box system. Using these as my surround L/R made a huge difference! They sound crystal clear, and are great for the price. Considering buying a second pair to make a 7.1 system.

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Anonymous from Tucson, AZ on 2/5/2017

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What else can be said about Klipsch speakers,besides the quality is off the chart. These speakers are great for rears,but I just the Watts could have been 75 instead of 50. Other than that, I love the design and workmanship.

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Anonymous from Manasquan, NJ on 12/26/2016

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These speakers are great. I am very happy with the sound and the reasonable price.

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Ed from North Olmsted, OH on 12/19/2016

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I bought these speakers because I had purchased another set of them as rear speakers in a surround system 10 years ago. That system is still working well in the basement so I bought 2 more for my new surround system in the family room.

Pros: Sound, size & directional

Cons: None

Surround sound is awesome !! Side walls mounted foe extra Bass effect.

Eddie from Mckinney, TX on 12/9/2016

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Great speaker, more then expected. Sounds great in my new media room.

Pros: 100% worth it. Works great on my side wall for my 7.2 system

Cons: None

Perfect speakers for the rear channel.

Ken B. from Sharpsburg, GA on 10/31/2016

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These speakers are the perfect speaker for my rears. It's only a mono signal, so you can't expect too much out of them. I do use them for both Video (DVD) playback and also for music playback. They really do help out by filling the room with crisp sound and the two tweeter horns fill it well. The center "woofer" adds to the overall sound to give a complete audio experience. Used for watching movies is the obvious main design for them and it's been a while since I've used rear speakers, due to some damage to the old Yamaha speakers I had. It's just rears, but they really add to a great experience. I have yet to have a bad experience with Klipsch speakers, and I hope these continue the trait and last a long time.

Pros: Great highs and decent mid Nice flush mounting system

Cons: None yet.

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Features

Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST): The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeaker delivers precise sonic detail through the careful positioning of two Tractrix Horn loaded titanium tweeters and one 4" woofer. By aligning the two horns at 90° with respect to each other, along with the woofer, the R-14S smoothly covers a 180° 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.

Dual 1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The R-14S surround speaker features Klipsch's proprietary Tractrix Horn technology mated with two 1" aluminum LTS tweeters, for impressive high-end response and greater extension, enhanced imaging and powerful dynamics.

  • Tractrix Horn Technology: The square Tractrix Horn delivers a 90° (w) x 90° (h) dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
  • LTS (Linear Travel Suspension): Behind each horn lies a 1.0-inch aluminum tweeter with a linear travel suspension to minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.

4" Copper-Spun IMG Woofer: The Klipsch R-14S surround speaker is outfitted with one 4" Copper-Spun IMG woofer. The Copper-Spun IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer is exceptionally light while being extremely rigid - providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion.

Acoustic Suspension Enclosure: The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeaker employs an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for tight, accurate, and natural sound.

MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch R-14S surround speaker features a MDF cabinet with a brushed polymer veneer black finish that seamlessly integrates into almost any room or decor. MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is utilized because of its damping characteristics for natural, uncolored sound without unwanted vibration and distortion.

Acoustically Transparent Grille: The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeaker comes with a non-removable, black cloth grille that is acoustically transparent.

5-Way Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference series surround speaker is fitted with sturdy 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The 5-way binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire (up to 10AWG).

Mounting Options: The Klipsch R-14S can be placed on a speaker stand, bookshelf, table, or other flat surface. It can also be wall-mounted.

  • Rubber Feet: The surround loudspeaker comes with 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 0.1875" to the height of the speaker.
  • Keyhole Slot: The Klipsch Reference series surround speaker feature a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied).

Placement: The Klipsch WDST surround speakers should be placed approximately 2' above the listening position. Typically this will be about 5'-7' above the floor. The surrounds should be placed on the walls directly adjacent to the listening position. Another option would be on the wall behind the listening position.

Reference Series: The Klipsch Reference series consists of three floorstanding speakers (R-24F/R-26F/R-28F), two bookshelf speakers (R-14M/R-15M), one center channel speaker (R-25C), and one surround speaker (R-14S). The Klipsch Reference series line-up of loudspeakers sound great in stereo and home theater applications.

Optional Powered Sub: For bigger & deeper bass response, pair the R-14S surround loudspeakers with one of Klipsch's powered subwoofers (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

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Why did you buy this?

Past experience [ Anthony  Jun 05, 2018 ]
Chose because of mfg reputation, the price is right and they fit my needs. [ JAMES  May 18, 2018 ]
Felt is matched the Yamaha RX-V383 receiver and the R-26F speaker towers and the R-10SW subwoofer I had purchased from you in January after doing my own analysis. I then asked your technical support what would be the best matches and they concurred. BTW I could have saved money purchasing this from Amazon but your sales support is second to none and was of greater value to me than the savings from Amazon. [ Robert  Feb 10, 2018 ]
I needed to upgrade my surround speakers from an older Klipsch KSB1.1 and these seemed to be the perfect upgrade. [ BRYAN E.  Feb 07, 2018 ]
I believe they will match up nicely with the reference series home theater I'm putting together (R26F towers, R25C center channel and these for the surround. [ Robert  Jan 09, 2018 ]
replacing 2 old speaker so my system is all Klipsch [ Loyd  Jan 08, 2018 ]
Previous experience with Klipsch on suround sound system. Good stuff [ Norman  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Needed a good speaker for my back wall [ Jeff  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Great advice from Crutchfield's product advisors (thanks, Drummer and Tatum!) plus price-matching, a nice return policy, and ease of transactions. [ James C.  Oct 11, 2017 ]
The Klipsch Reference series, incredible sound [ Miguel  Jul 22, 2017 ]
Ok small speakers for surround. [ GEORGE  Jul 05, 2017 ]
I Chose this to complete my 7.1 system and the shape will look good on the wall [ Wesley  May 29, 2017 ]
I saw my friend had it and surround sound good [ Minh  Apr 14, 2017 ]
Love klipsch [ Coland  Dec 09, 2016 ]
For home system. Best sound around. [ Freddie  Nov 27, 2016 ]
price [ Darren  Nov 27, 2016 ]

8 questions already asked

Sorry, I am not sure of the mounting hole size. They do have mounting holes. [ Parag  Apr 25, 2018 ]
Sorry. I don't know. [ Rainier J.  Apr 24, 2018 ]
Yes, they do. [ Jasper  Apr 24, 2018 ]
Mine is on the wall, but I assume you are asking if it can be mounted on a shelf or similar. If yes, then it has four self stick feet that you can stick on the bottom if needed. [ Kenneth  Nov 27, 2017 ]
No unless you add a screw or hanger on one end. I think they wound function just fine [ JIM  Jul 14, 2017 ]
It would be best to use a screw to hook on the speaker mount. [ Rainier J.  Jul 14, 2017 ]
They have keys that allow them to hang from a screw or nail. I have mine hanging on a screw and it works fine. [ Eric  Jul 08, 2017 ]
The speakers have a keyhole mount on the back, which will mount very easily on a screw-head. They do not come with screws though. [ Carson  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes ,,,They have key hole mounts on back and come with mounting hardware . [ Kelley  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes, they have keyhole mounts on the back of the speaker. I would recommend applying studded rubber pads on the back to make the rest of the speaker flush with the key mount protrusion. It isn't horrible, and sticked out maybe 1/4". [ David  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes. I have them wall mounted for my rear speakers in both my family room and my basement surround set ups. So, I have 4 of the R-14S Klipsch speakers. [ EDWARD  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes Sir. All day and everyday. [ Kenneth  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes they are! There's a keyhole slot on the back , so hang em right up. [ DAVID P  Jul 07, 2017 ]
HI there! It can be. it has a place in the back at the top where a hook or some type of a brace can be inserted to be attached to a wall. Hope this help. [ Carlos Davis-  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Carlos is correct; the Klipsch R-14S aren't bipole or dipole speakers. Instead, they use a unique "Wide Dispersion Surround Technology" which delivers a smooth and broad distribution of sound, making them ideal for use as the rear/surround speakers in your home theater system. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry  Jan 18, 2017 ]  Staff
They are monopole. They offer a more localized diffuse sound. [ Carlos Davis-  Jan 10, 2017 ]
I do not have than on the side but I am using them with as a front height above my RF 280 kiplisch speakers. They sound okay. they are not that of a stronger speaker. [ Carlos Davis-  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Absolutely. The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeakers deliver detailed, effectual sound that make them ideal for use as the surround and/or surround-back speakers in a 7.2 home theater system. They feature a unique Wide Dispersion Surround Technology design which produces a broad distribution of theater-like surround effects to fill your room. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry  Nov 25, 2016 ]  Staff
These speakers cannot be used with a Samsung soundbar. The bar will not have a way to power them nor a way to get the audio into them. There may be speakers that can work. I recommend calling an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to check your bar's options. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Sep 19, 2016 ]  Staff
Surround back. [ Kenneth  Nov 27, 2017 ]
If you have the Klipsch RS-62 II as your surround speakers now, I would add the R-14S speakers as the "surround back" or "rear surround" speakers for your 7-channel home theater setup. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Sep 02, 2016 ]  Staff
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