Klipsch Reference RC-64 II
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Looks great sounds great
Pros: Looks really nice breaking in still sounds good
Cons: None so far
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Every great home theater experience starts with a superior center channel speaker. Ranging effortlessly from high to low, Klipsch's RC-64 II center channel will flat-out knock your socks off. Using patented Klipsch speaker technology, it creates rich, dynamic sound with nuanced dialogue and powerful, full-bodied lows. Add it to a pair of Klipsch's flagship RF-7 II floor-standing speakers and get ready for total immersion in every movie, every night. And the big bonus: the RC-64 II comes in a truly stunning, furniture-grade wood grain veneer.
All Reference Series II speakers feature a redesigned version of Klipsch's famous horn-loaded tweeter. Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them right toward your ears. Klipsch places their titanium tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which disperses the highs evenly across your listening area in a 90°-wide, 60°-high pattern. With their Series II speakers, Klipsch has redesigned the shape and slope of their famous horn enclosure, so your movie soundtracks and music will sound more "open," with improved dynamics and efficiency. All in all, you can count on powerful, "front row" sound that's crystal-clear at all volume levels.
The RC-64 II houses not one, but four light, rigid Cerametallic woofers. They're updated design gives them a folded edge to produce smoother mids and tighter bass to complement your movie soundtracks. The specially treated aluminum in the cones helps to dampen vibrations and reduce distortion, while integrated dustcaps add stability and give them a cleaner look. The RC-64 II also has dual sets of five-way binding posts, giving you the option to bi-amp or bi-wire this speaker for even better performance.
Average Customer Review(s):
Looks great sounds great
Pros: Looks really nice breaking in still sounds good
Cons: None so far
I have been using this speaker for over a year now in my dedicated award winning theater room. It represents the high end of Klipsch. I am using this along with Klipsch Atmos mains, 4 surrounds and 2 subs for a total Klipsch setup. Driven by a McIntosh MC207, 2 Outlaw Audio Mono Blocks and a McIntosh MX122 controller. Build quality of the speaker is excellent, very heavy. In order to get the tonal quality I wanted out of this center channel speaker I added a single channel equalizer to custom tailor the sound. Not to be picky - but my reason for 4 stars is that I just am not completely satisfied without the equalizer in the tonal quality. If you read my previous review of the lower end center channel you'll see I knock it too. Love the Klipsch line - but trying to keep it real. At this price point I shouldn't need to add a single channel equalizer (but for the cost it makes all the difference in the world!). Perhaps its my large 34' x 17' theater room?
Pros: Excellent build quality. Heavy. Nice Look.
Cons: Tonal quality just not where I want it to be - so added a single channel 20 band equalizer that did the trick!
The one word for all the Klipsch Speakers that I have purchased would be OUTSTANDING.
Pros: Sound quality and finish
Very clear sound!
Spend the money you won't regret it!!! I have had this for 2 years sounds great and looks great with the screen off. When in dought buy KLIPSCH!!
Pros: Sounds great looks better.
I needed a center channel to complement the Heresy III. The RC-64II works nicely. I have the fronts and center bi-amped and mated to a pionner 9.2 amp. Two d tec subs complement the heresys for the low end. I have the crosovers set to 150HZ as a comprimise between music and movies. This keeps the bass fairly tight. Not that easy to do with a satelite system. The rear surround speakers are D Tec BP2X bi-polar and hold their own fairly well. I will be getting some Klipsch surrounds at a later date. The RC64II has the best dialogue I have ever heard. Its big, and heavy so you need to make sure you have room for this big boy. But if you do your ears are in for a treat. You just have to hear it. I am sure my neighbors will
Pros: Crystal clear, Well built, Works well with the Heresy III
Cons: None for me
Exceeded my expectations. I upgraded from the RC 62 (still a great center) to get better voice during thunderous movies and also found much more clarity in the background sounds. My system is powered with with a Yamaha RX-A840 receiver and Emotiva XPA-5 200 watt amp. It sounds fantastic in all aspects and just looks monstrous, like it would reach out and devour your small child or pet if they got too close and you weren't looking.
Pros: Audio quality and clarity, speaker design
It is more than I expected from a center channel. The cherry veneer & copper colored speaker fit the theater room I have it in. Sounds just like being at movie theater.
Pros: Well worth the money! Crutchfield adviser Buddy helped out so much.
|Midrange size (inches)||---|
|Woofer size (inches)||6-1/2|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Frequency Response||59-24k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Highly-Efficient Design: The Klipsch RC-64 II utilizes a highly efficient design to produce more output using less power & energy for louder sound with less distortion. The RC-64 II is able to fill larger rooms with outstanding, accurate, non-fatiguing sound that you can listen to for hours.
Tractrix Horn Tweeter: The RC-64 II features an exclusive Tractrix Horn which provides a more genuine, lifelike sound. In addition, behind each horn lies a 1.75-inch titanium tweeter with a linear travel suspension for open, natural, sound. The Tractrix Horn delivers a 90-degree wide by 60-degree high dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
Cerametallic Woofer: The quad 6.5-inch woofers of the RC-64 II center channel 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-inch woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.
Crossover Network: The Klipsch RC-64 II'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 offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.
Acoustic Suspension Enclosure: The four 6.5-inch Cerametallic cone woofers and 1.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver are mounted in a sealed enclosure for tight, accurate sound. The sealed cabinet features increased baffle ribbing around the horn mouth and woofers to dramatically improve acoustics across the sonic range. The sealed enclosure features an MDF cabinet finished with a beautiful furniture-grade wood veneer and an aluminum front baffle. The RC-64's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.
Detachable Grille: The center channel loudspeaker features a removable 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 center channel 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.
Magnetically Shielded: The Klipsch RC-64 II center channel loudspeaker is magnetically shielded to prevent video interference.
Placement: The RC-64 II 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 six self-adhesive rubber feet to secure the speaker in place and prevent any damage to your stand's or shelf's surface.
Note: The rubber feet add approximately 0.3125" to the height of each speaker.
Adjustable Angle: If the center speaker is well above or below the ear height of seated listeners, you can improve performance by angling the center channel slightly to compensate. Included with the speaker is an adjustable foot that you can screw into one of the two threaded inserts on the bottom of the cabinet. To tilt the speaker down, install the foot in the insert near the back of the cabinet; to tilt the speaker up, install the foot in the insert near the front of the cabinet.
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Wanted fuller sound than we were getting from the previous center channel speaker. Have been very pleased with this purchase.[ Timothy Apr 05, 2017 ]
To compliment my RF-82 II!!![ Nicholas Nov 27, 2016 ]
My Klipsch 450ca center speaker wasn't doing it for me in my very large home theater. I decided to upgrade the center to Klipsch's top of the line center speaker. The center speaker is the most used speaker of a home theater, may as well use the best of the best. Its like paying extra for a really good mattress - you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping![ Adam Jan 19, 2016 ]
add to the RC7ll I just purchased. and my mummy (wife) said I could![ Johnnie Jan 13, 2016 ]
I like the specs, customer reviews, and the fact that it matches my front speakers with a Cherry wood finish.[ Gregory Hilton Sep 08, 2017 ]
nice[ james Dec 31, 2016 ]
The best center channel for movies[ TUOC Jun 08, 2016 ]
Hi,first of all you are looking at a serious speaker,very serious.. rms rating is 200 watts with 800 watt peak. I'm not sure what kind of tv you have,but most of the avrs today only produce 125 watts per channel. I can recommend the speaker,but you need something that will really bring it to life if your going to enjoy what this speaker is capable of. Not sure what your budget is, but if I were you I'd at least purchase an avr from crutchfield with minimum 125 watts. You can find that denon and marantz both make good products. And this will also give you the ability to add more speakers in the future. Hope this helps.[ ROBERT M May 21, 2017 ]
No, you will need to purchase an Audio Video (A/V) Receiver or what I call separates, a Preamp and Amp. There are many brands out there. Some decent mid level brands are Denon, Onkyo, Marantz and Yamaha. However, if you have the money to spend $1400.00 on a center channel speaker I would do some research and plan on buying a decent Receiver. I'm thinking you want a surround sound system to give you that theater like sound. If that is the case I would suggest at least 5 additional speakers; a set of front speakers (left & right) in addition to that Center Channel speaker (RC-64) you have and 2 surround back speakers. A complete surround sound set of speakers would entail a Center Channel, 2 Front speakers (left & right) and 2 surround back speakers plus a subwoofer; this setup would be a 5.1 surround sound setup. If your money is limited and you want a set of speakers to hook directly to your TV then I would suggest you forego that RC-64 Klipsch @ $1400.00 and take look at sound bar.[ William May 21, 2017 ]
This isnt a sound bar.You will need an av reciever. The speaker only has binding posts on the rear for speaker wire.[ Brock May 20, 2017 ]
We would not recommend this because placing the TV on this type of speaker would increase the likelihood of the TV tipping over.[ Jeff Sep 28, 2015 ] Staff
The RC-64II weighs 51 pounds itself so I'm not sure about the weight distribution on the TV stand. Klipsch is pretty good about responding so I would recommend getting their feedback before doing anything "final".[ DAVID W Sep 28, 2015 ]
This isn't something that manufacturers rate in their specifications, obviously. And I'm not willing to bust mine to find out BUT.... it feels extremely durable and rugged. My inclination is to give it a try. I would make one suggestion. As the base of the TV is smaller than the speaker (I assume), it would be nice to spread out the load from the TV base across the entire speaker frame by putting a black board across the speaker before loading the television. Make sure that the board reaches the end walls of the speakers(where there is more structure). Secondly - couldn't help myself - don't use a flimsy particle-board premade shelf. Paint an actual 1x6 or 1x8 as they are stronger in compression than particle board. I say go for it - carefully. If you buy some extra few inches of 1x6" or 1x8" and make two 'legs' for your board that are just wider than the speaker box, then you're REALLY unloaded most of the weight from the speaker and only added 1" on the top and sides and have no worries.[ David Sep 28, 2015 ]
NO. Speaker is not a perfect rectangle; check a Klipsch inline manual for exact dimensions. Also sounds wobbly.[ David Sep 28, 2015 ]
likely not - the wood veneer is relatively thin and looks so nice you won't want to damage it. a wall mount was a good option for my setup. the speaker box itself is pretty stout - likely it would do fine holding your tv - it is only the veneer i'd be worried about[ vincent Sep 28, 2015 ]
Yep[ JUDSON Sep 28, 2015 ]