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Klipsch Reference Series RB-61

Bookshelf speakers (Black)

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You can build a great stereo system using the RB-61s and a subwoofer, or team them with other Reference Series speakers for high-impact home theater.

Smooth-sounding bookshelf speakers

Klipsch® Reference Series speakers receive rave reviews for their true-to-life sound quality. When Klipsch brought in a pair of their RB-61s, we were impressed with how these bookshelf speakers performed in our large training room — the impact and bass response was on par with many floor-standing models.

Horn technology for dynamic performance

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The RB-61 use a horn-loaded tweeter. A flared opening in the enclosure projects high frequencies toward your listening area and prevents sound waves from simply spilling out in all directions. It's the same principle that makes your voice easier to hear when you cup your hands around your mouth. This horn design brings out details in everything you listen to, while reducing reflections that can color the sound. The horn also improves dynamics and efficiency, for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

Cabinet construction

High-tech construction

The RB-61's woofer dishes out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes the woofer cone out of anodized aluminum, so it's strong yet lightweight. A rigid cabinet with resonance-fighting internal bracing houses both the woofer and the tweeter. It all adds up to remarkably accurate reproduction of all your music and movies.

Build a complete Klipsch system

You can build a great stereo system using the RB-61s and a subwoofer, or team them with other Reference Series speakers for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speaker: Klipsch RC-52.
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RS-42.
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch RW-10d.

Bought these site unseen from Crutchfield based on their advice. Wow. I'm replacing some old Boston Acoustic speakers that are 4 times their size and these absolutely blow them away. So far have seen no need for a sub woofer and the highs are magical. Dynamite in a black box. ALB

Alan, Duluth, GA

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What's in the Box:

  • 2 Black two-way bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Detachable magnetic grilles
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Klipsch Design Principles brochure

Product Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 43-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 95 dB
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Cerametallic™ woofer
  • woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 8-1/2"W x 15-3/8"H x 12-9/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Video Shielded Yes
    Tweeter Type Tractrix Horn
    Tweeter Size (inches) 1
    Midrange Size (inches) N/A
    Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
    Woofer Composition Cerametallic
    Woofer Surround Rubber
    Power Range 20-100
    Sensitivity 95 @ 2.83V dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 43-23k Hz
    Connector Type Binding post
    Bi-amp Inputs Yes
    Height (inches) 15-3/8
    Width (inches) 8-1/2
    Depth (inches) 12-9/16
    Weight (pounds) 22
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31
    Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Labor Warranty 5 Years

    Product Research

    Overview: The Klipsch Reference Series RB-61 is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker which delivers high-performance sound using Klipsch's advanced technologies, world-class materials and elegant design. The RB-61 employs a single 6.5-inch woofer and a Tractrix horn-loaded 1" titanium tweeter in a bass reflex cabinet.

    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    Tractrix Horn Tweeter: The Klipsch RB-61 features a 1-inch titanium-diaphragm compression driver inside a square Tractrix Horn for smoother high-end response with greater extension, enhanced imaging and more powerful dynamics. The Tractrix Horn delivers a 90-degree wide by 60-degree high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.

    Cerametallic Woofer: The 6.5-inch woofer of the RB-61 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 4-inch woofer also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

    Crossover Network: The Klipsch RB-61'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.

    Enclosure Design

    Bass Reflex Enclosure: The 6.5-inch Cerametallic cone woofer and 1-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a Bass reflex enclosure which features a front-firing port. The bass reflex enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a Black Ash wood-grain vinyl. The enclosure uses a low-diffraction sculpted cast aluminum front baffle to improve sound dispersion and features improved internal bracing to prevent unwanted resonance.

    Magnetic Grille: The bookshelf loudspeaker features a removable magnetic grille which easily snaps into place over its cast-aluminum front baffle. The speaker can be used with or without its grille in place.


    Dual Binding Posts: The speaker has two sets of  binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.

    Mounting Options

    Magnetically Shielded: The Klipsch RB-61 bookshelf loudspeaker is magnetically shielded to prevent video interference.

    Feet: The speakers come supplied with eight 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 speaker.

    Note: These speakers are not equipped with a mounting bracket, keyhole slot or threaded insert.

    Placement: The Reference 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.

    • 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 helps to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.

    Note: The Klipsch RB-61 bookshelf loudspeakers are packaged and sold as pairs.

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