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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Bookshelf speakers (Ebony)

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Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

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 can't wait for our customers to hear 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 can't wait for our customers to hear 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 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-250C
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S, Klipsch RP-250S
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW, 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

What's in the Box:

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

Powerful dynamic sound looks great and sounds as good or better than anything out there south of spending $2000.00 dollars.

Robert, Dover, DE


Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(80 Reviews)

cornwall companions

bill from Syracuse, NY on 5/27/2018

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i`m not sure i can add much to what others have said regarding these speakers. i`ve had a pair of klipsch cornwall`s since 1975 and they`re like a part of the family. i can`t imagine being without them. so i bought these speakers as rear speakers to the cornwall`s. no easy task for bookshelf speakers backing up large floorstanding speakers such as the cornwall`s! well, i have to say, they do a great job! sometimes i play the RP-160M`s by themselves and they sound excellent on their own. i`m quite pleased with these speakers and the way they perform with my set-up. can`t go wrong with klipsch. the customer service at crutchfield is top-notch, marshall in particular. i`m happy to do business with such a great organization and it`s wonderful people! bill

Pros: great performing, well made and good looking(important to me) speakers. a superb buy !

Cons: none at all!

Outstanding sound

Robert from Dover, DE on 5/17/2018

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Powerful dynamic sound looks great and sounds as good or better than anything out there south of spending $2000.00 dollars.

Pros: Smooth clear impressive sound

Cons: None job well done klipsch!

fills my room

Chuck g from Pfafftown, NC on 5/6/2018

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I have small Klipsch in my living room. I got these to fill up the garage. a little too pretty for a garage. my problem, not yours. :-)

Pros: full sound, pretty,

Cons: very large if you have same space

Great upgrade!

Ty from Newberry, FL on 4/29/2018

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I wanted a more dynamic soundstage. The set up in my family room/kitchen area was a Sonos amp connected to a pair of Polk RTI A 1's (fantastic speakers in their own right for small areas) but I wanted more detail at lower volumes the Klipsch 160's deliver big time. Only had them for about ten days and I (and my family) love the added details in music we have missed in the past.

Pros: Great value perform like floor standing speakers

Cons: Not really a con...however. These are BIG speakers if you plan to put them on a "bookshelf" make sure you check the size dimensions carefully also consider the rear ports need space to perform as intended.

Great sound

Tony from Salt Lake City, UT on 3/20/2018

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Great speaker for the size. Great sound, clarity, and fit/finish. I would recommend!

Pros: Fantastic sound out of a relatively small speaker. Fit and finish is great and has bi-amping capability if you want a bit more from them.

Cons: Now I want a new center channel.

Klipsch RP160M

Tyler from Lakeway, TX on 3/6/2018

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You WILL NOT be disappointed. These speakers more than enough highs, lows and mid ranges that you could ever expect from a bookshelf speaker. Klipsch does it yet again.

Pros: -wide range of frequency

Cons: None

It has great potential

Tom from Appleton, WI on 2/27/2018

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It is capable of being a great sounding music listening speaker if you power it with high quality amplification. First and foremost, these speakers are nowhere near as efficient as Klipsch states as they add about 4dB from their in-room measurements versus in an anechoic chamber as every other speaker manufacturer rates their speakers at. With that being said, they are not as naturally loud as they are said to be. I was expecting blaring, over bearing loud noise. What they offer is very peaceful, smooth, non-glaring, easy to listen sound. Now, let's talk about the listed bass response of 45Hz at -3dB. I have an Integra AV receiver with 100WPC RMS continuous on all five channels driven with the ability to bi-amplify the front speakers by reassigning the from high speakers for 200WPC RMS continuous to the speakers after removing the gold plated jumpers and running a second pair of speaker cables in the proper manner. The sound from the receiver, which is Onkyo's higher end brand, sounds like crap. It is lacking almost all bass, energy, push, drive, midrange is highly recessed and shrill, and the treble is very tinny as if an equalizer was set to +10dB at 16KHz. Now, let's get down to how to bring these speakers to life as I did using two different integrated amplifiers. I first tried a $4,399 Prima Luna Dialogue Integrated HP (High Power) with stock EL34 tubes; which are not known for mush or deep bass. This made the speakers come to life with fabulous sound in all aspe

Pros: Fabulous soundingvif using high quality amplification

Cons: They will sound like the low quality amp or receiver if that's what you use to power them

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from Ashland, OH on 2/14/2018

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Very pleased with these speakers. I was originally concerned that they are only 2-way speakers but the clarity is incredible. I listen to vocals and a lot of plain instrumentals. It is amazing how true these sound to the real thing.



These big boy bookshelves mean business.

Cesar from Albuquerque, NM on 2/13/2018

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Hefty sized bookshelf speakers that present nicely but offer great sound. Not the ear-piercing highs that I've heard in some cheaper Klipsch models, this new titanium tweeter puts out a lot detail without sounding harsh. Nice low-end on these speakers, but my subwoofers do the heavy lifting. The speakers were supposed to be delivered on a Monday but I got them late Friday night - perfect for the weekend! I'm extremely pleased with the sound and, of course, the customer service that Crutchfield provides. Now I'm waiting to get a 450c!

Pros: Efficient speakers, nice soundstage, stealthy with grills, kickass without grills.

Cons: The walnut veneer has a bright sheen that could make it not appealing to some people.

Great Bang for the Buck! Extremely Efficient Speakers

Dominick from Tempe AZ on 2/10/2018

I purchased these when they were on sale. I have them setup for a 2ch (No Sub) listening station with CD and Turntable. I am more than happy with the turnout. I had a Bowers Bookshelf with this setup before, the Bowers did have more articulated highs but lacked in low end. A sub was needed to help balance the lows and highs. These Klipsch's balance perfect once you adjust the EQ to your taste. I like the fact...for a bookshelf speaker...they get down to 45hz. Which is more than enough low end to run on there own. Songs from Pink Floyd shine with crispness due to the horn loaded tweeter. This new Tratix horn system means I could spread the speakers farther apart and not lose that detail from center. The speakers are rated at 92db and I noticed they are very efficient with my Yamaha amp. You could even run these with a 20 watt amp and still be happy. All in all..for this price point, I would purchase again. Thanks Klipsch!

Pros: Great Build Quality Balanced Sound Wide Dynamic Range Efficient

Cons: Cherry Vinyl Cabinet Covers can look a little on the cheap side.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on 2/6/2018

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These were purchased to replace old, smaller Klipsch speakers that were OK, but these are clearly better and they are a significant step up. They more than met my expectations.



Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Wesley J from Heber Springs, AR on 1/30/2018

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This is a great match for my Klipsch center, 2 LaScllas, and rear surround. Now all Klipsch.

Pros: Easy set up as they are the same brand as the rest of my speakers.

Cons: None

A lot of thump for the money!

Jack from Henrico, VA on 1/17/2018

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Speakers are highly efficient and don't require a lot of power to get a decent output level. Very clear on highs and mid-ranges. Very low distortion - even at hearing damage levels (grin)! For the lowest lows (sub 40s), you may want to add a subwoofer.


Cons: I wish I had spent a bit more and gotten the cherry veneer cabinets.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from Carolina, PR on 1/4/2018

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Great speaker overall, solid Construccion, looks nice.



Bright but high quality and value for money

Peter from Charlottesville, VA on 12/17/2017

Even though I ended up returning these I would rate them 5 stars. They were a little too bright for my room and the equipment I used them with, but they have a number of virtues: Like other Klipsch speakers they are very efficient, meaning you don't need a powerful amp or receiver to get them to play loudly. They are very clear and go loud without strain. The imaging is pretty decent too. They work well with tubes because they don't need a lot of power and because their brightness balances with the darker sound of tubes, though I was using them with a NAD 326BEE which is solid state. The bass is pretty good for the size and price. I AB'd them against models from Focal, Monitor, and some others and thought they won. The fit and finish is excellent, too. But a lot of people find Klipsch speakers a little too sharp-edged in the treble so make sure this aspect of their performance suits your taste.

Pros: Efficient, clear, play loudly without distortion, well-made

Cons: Klipsch highs are too strong for some rooms

Excellent Sound

Jennifer from CA on 12/14/2017

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these sound great and work well with the Klipsch subwoofer.

Pros: Great sound, substantial/stable design, looks good, easy to wire, compliments the Klipsch subwoofer for a full sound with good bass.

Cons: The price?

Great sound. Whether music or video it is clear, loud and well voiced

John from Lynnwood, WA on 12/9/2017

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My family was looking to upgrade our home entertainment experience. We had a decent Pioneer receiver, Klipsch Quintet surround sound speakers and an Infinity 12" sub. Decided to replace the receiver with a Denon 2300 and upgrade the center and front channels to Klipsch RP-450C and RP-160M's. What a difference. While this unit is sizable, it is incredibly well voiced and thunderous when you put some watts to it. I cranked it up to 7 and put on the opening scenes of Interstellar. The room literally shook. The rumble from the aircraft was felt and heard and I just sat there with this stupid grin on my face. Music is no less impressive. I've heard new ( to me ) nuances from music that I've been listening to for years.

Pros: Voices are crystal clear from the most subtle to the loudest. Pulls nuances out of music that you didn't know existed Thunders when you push it.

Cons: Nothing

Incredible Sound

Wayne from FL on 12/2/2017

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We purchased a pair of these this week to use in our den after it is remodeled. As a temporary set-up, we connected them to a 50wpc mini-stereo amplifier we purchased online (including the power adapter). We set this up on our home office that has a cathedral ceiling and is about 14' x 14'. The speakers are set up on the floor about 1 foot from the back and side walls. The sound is nothing short of incredible. We cannot even imagine what they will sound like being played through our much more powerful amp that is in the den. We wish to thank Cosmo for his assistance in finding the right speakers for us.

Pros: Compact, attractive cabinets, full-range speakers, bang for buck

Cons: None

Best bang for the buck!

Jim from Summerfield, FL on 11/26/2017

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After reading several reviews, I opted for the RP-160M to replace my 5.1 system's front speakers. The improvement in timbre and overall musicality is amazing! For the price, one cannot go wrong with these speakers. Very satisfied with my choice and Crutchfied's phone support. Looking forward to the arrival of recently ordered Klipsch RP-140SA Atmos speakers to complete my home theater. Up up the good work guys, Jim from "The Sunshine State" Jim from "The Sunshine State"

Pros: Size, price and performance.

Cons: None

Excellent response and detail

Ed from Fort Payne, AL on 11/20/2017

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I've heard secondary parts buried in the multitrack mixes that I never knew were there. These are quality monitors that only lack the sub-40 Hz frequencies which is totally understandable for the compact size. I expect them to get even better as they break in.

Pros: Serious fidelity.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Jackson from Evans, GA on 11/9/2017

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My RP160 surround speakers are bringing crisp, robust tones to the rear of my room. Thanks again, Crutchfield, for the excellent help in making my decision.



Outstanding speakers

Bill from Bethany Beach, DE on 10/29/2017

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I bought the RP-160M's as front speakers in a home theater 'build' in a new house where i knew I wouldn't have room for larger floor standing speakers. These are amazing speakers. they are loud, crisp and clear. I was replacing a Klipsch Quintet set and these speakers are in such a different league than the Quintets that I loved for many years. I would buy them again and again. Very pleased with the purchase.

Pros: crisp, clear and rich sounding speakers

Cons: pricey for bookshelves.

Perfect size for my apartment

Eric from Charlottesville, VA on 10/18/2017

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Perfect size for my apartment. I get the clarity and presence I expect from Klipsch, without making so much noise that the neighbors complain.



Good enough to buy more now

Tracy from Lavonia Ga. on 10/14/2017

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I purchased these Klipsch RP-160Ms as rear effects speakers. The Mission 707S's I have up front are great speakers, but not nearly as efficient as the Klipsch. For movies and TV I believe the Klipsch will be a better choice. They don't have the power handling of the Missions so I'll have to be a little easier on the volume, as I'm using a Perraux 2150B on the front and a Hafler DH500 the rear. It did take a few days to break in the Klipsch. But they do sound good. Looks like I'll be contacting Crutchfield for another pair plus a new center speaker from Klipsch to match the extreme efficiency of the RP-160Ms. Overall, I'm happy with the new speakers ( except I'll be moving around a lot of gear from one end of the house to the other). I would recommend these to anyone with a taste for good sound but not a lot of bucks.

Pros: Highly efficient design, biwire/biamp, very solid build using 14ga. Wire for crossover.

Cons: Must match with other high efficient speakers. Otherwise no cons I have noticed.(I would notice!)

Fantastic speakers

Eric from Wesley Chapel, FL on 9/18/2017

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These speakers sound great out of the box. I cant wait until i break them in to really hear how great they sound.

Pros: Quality of the speakers


Excellent speakers

William from Cumberland, RI on 9/14/2017

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Great sounding speakers I got a subwoofer to go with them and theres plenty of bass. Big improvement over my bose

Pros: Good value

Cons: Can't think of any

Oh yeah!

Rod from North, GA on 9/3/2017

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WOW! Amazing so much sound can come out of a speaker this small. If one didn't know better, you'd swear these were floor standing speakers. Not only do they sound great, they look great too. And I've only got about 12 hours on them, and I know they'll only get better once they're broke in. Klipsch has it going on, and has for many years, but these guys really sound right. Crutchfield's service is 2nd to no one too. Rock on!

Pros: Great bass, nice highs, mids just right. Love the magnetic grills. And they're beautiful.

Cons: Should've gotten them sooner!

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from New Orleans, LA on 8/1/2017

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Just amazing speakers. My first journey into Klipsch and I will never head to another product.



Excellent bookshelf speakers!

Brian from Pompano Beach, FL on 7/24/2017

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I'm a long time Klipsch owner and the RP-160M bookshelf speakers did not disappoint. I've previously owned everything from the older Synergy line, up to the flagship RF-7s, and the RP-160M lives up to the Klipsch name. They are amazingly capable (dare I say powerful?) for their size, with precise highs and lows. The lows were actually better than I had expected, to the point that for much standard music listening, they don't even need a sub. Of course, a sub is always better...but you won't feel bad without one, if you need to stage your purchases and grab a sub later.

Pros: Precise highs and lows Full range sound Efficient, allowing wider range of receivers/amp selection Build quality

Cons: Not really a con, but due to the size, speaker stands need to be selected carefully. You'll want a stand with at LEAST an 8" x 8" platform, but deeper is recommended. Mine are 8" x 10" and it fits well, but I'd be happier with something a bit larger for extra stability.

Great purchase

Robert from St. Louis, MO on 7/24/2017

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Beautiful crisp, clear sound. Enough bass for a rear speaker that balances well with my subwoofers. I replaced older Klipsch speakers used for rear surround speakers. I'm slowly upgrading all of my system and this was a great start. Crutchfield made ordering simple and they were at my doorstep within 2 days! I couldn't be happier with the experience.

Pros: The sale price was great Sound is spectacular

Cons: None

Quality sound

James from , OH on 7/15/2017

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I love these bookshelf speakers they sound great. They are much smaller than my old floor speakers and pack all the sound quality. The only thing that's a bummer is a couple weeks later due to a sale I could have bought them 110.00 cheaper but that's the way it is. The speakers and the outstanding service by crutchfield get a strong 5 stars My bad luck took one away



Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Dan from Oklahoma City, OK on 6/12/2017

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I purchased the RP-160M Klipsch Bookshelf Speakers after much research. They arrived to my home in excellent condition, and after installing them to my system, I was very excited with the quality of the sound. The construction of the speakers is excellent. Thank you Crutchfield for your great service!

Pros: Excellent Sound Quality, Beautiful Construction

Cons: None

Big Sound from a Small Speaker

D from Atlanta, GA on 6/6/2017

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Got these to replace a 20 year old set of A/R speakers. Can't believe I'm getting such a beautiful sound from such a small speaker! Using with the Marantz NR 1506. Thanks to the Crutchfield team for the recommendation.

Pros: Clear highs, rich lows. Nice compact size.


Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from Clinton Township, MI on 5/23/2017

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I paired these speakers with a 1970's, relatively low power receiver. The results were beyond my expectations. Very rich sound and far more volume than I would have expected from 26 watts. A definite win.



Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from seabrook, nh on 5/15/2017

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I use them as rear speakers on a 7to 1 Yamaha 3050 receiver, they sound awesome.



Can't go wrong with these

JD from Mckinney, TX on 5/11/2017

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These speakers will change your life! They are not too brassy like some people say. The speakers are not forgiving as they will show week components in your audio set up. Don't pair them with a garbage amp; if you do then you're listening experience will suffer. I feel any negative review on the speakers is linked to the owner not using the proper equipment. I'm using a Yamaha RX-V471. This is not a luxurious powerful amp-receiver, but they sound really good and smooth with these speakers. Some say you need a sub woofer and some don't. I think that it's personal preference, but if you want the full spectrum of sound I recommend a sub woofer. I have mine paired up with a polk 12 inch sub and it feels in those deep low thunderous booms. I set my crossover at 60 Hz. The speakers are about 9 feet apart and I elevated them 1 foot as my couch set pretty low. Finally, price point. For the money I don't think you can beat what is being offered. There's a lot of technology in the speakers and they are by no means cheap sounding. Everybody has a personal opinion, but as someone that is been a music enthusiast for 30 years, I must say you can't beat these for the money.



The little giant

Alex from Florida on 5/5/2017

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The RP160M is an amazing compact speaker capable of extremely high output with no distortion. They are very efficient. A clean 60W per channel amp will make front row concert like sound levels with these. They sound a lot larger than they are. Their strengths are in the clean crisp highs and mid bass punch, with a nice low frequency presence. They push very high compression and are excellent movie track and rock speakers. They do well with classical music also and superbly reproduce string instruments. They are a little weak in vocal reproduction, but improve with use. If you want to EQ these, they will make almost any sound balance you want, but I run them with a direct signal. They do sound better when played loud, but are decent at low volumes also. If your main goal is to do critical listening at conversation levels, there are better choices for you, but if you demand huge performance from a small speaker, good luck finding anything that will top these, regardless of price point. When coupled with a small subwoofer, you get amazing full soundstage experience, even in a large room.

Pros: High compression, high output, efficient, large sound stage presence, clean crisp highs and mid bass.

Cons: Vocal reproduction fidelity slightly low, but acceptable trade-off for amazing sound dynamics.

Worth every penny

Shaun from LA on 5/2/2017

These are priced above some of the mainstream brands like Wharfedale and Fluance, and there are worth the money. Where the other brands drop off, these still have fuel left in the tank and almost never break up. Not only that, but they do well just about everywhere you put them. There is a gentle bass boost that is great for home theater and also bringing music to life. Sound damping on the boxes is great for the price range and combined with the tratrix horn and titanium tweeter, the imaging is clear and forward. Although the frequency response is not perfectly flat it does provide for a boost in sound stage and instrument placement. Bass extension is impressive and plays strong to 40 Hz. These will run on almost any amp, although better equipment will always yeild better results. If they are in your price range it's a no-brainer. For 2.0 music or 2.1 music, you'd be hard pressed to find anything better until you get to $1000.

Pros: Sound stage, Imaging, Bass, Ability to play extremely loud without breaking up, very sensitive

Cons: Size

Matching new Klipsch with classic Fortes

Joel from Angel Fire, NM on 4/29/2017

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I have had Klipsch Forte speakers for over 30 years as the main front speakers, and needed to match these older ones with rear speakers for a new 5.1 system. I had some older Infinity speakers that I thought we pretty good as rear speakers. But when I hooked these new Klipsch RP-160M up my whole world changed !! These not only matched perfectly with Klipsch's from 30 years ago, but added a huge, bright theatre dimension to my living room. There is an obvious "blended" sound the Klipsch engineers figured out a long time ago, but these 160's are a perfect match to their classics! Thank you Klipsch for a long tradition of fabulous speakers !



Crutchfield & Klipsch = Audio Magic

Raymond from Ocala, FL on 4/9/2017

I've owned Klipsch speakers since the 80's with a pair of Heresys as my mains when 2 channel receivers were state of the art. I just purchased a pair of their RP-160's for my main front and finished my set up with Klipsch R-14's for the rear, an RC-62 II center channel and a 12" Klipsch sub to finish it off. An amazing system for the one does it better for the price. Of course, it certainly helps to have the very best customer service in a retailer far above the rest....thank you Crutchfield, you guys do it better than anyone!!!

Pros: Biggest audio bang for your money and the best customer service anywhere.

Cons: None

Great tight sound!

Frank from Woonsocket, RI on 1/23/2017

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Major update for my home theater system. The 160's replaced Paradigm Phantoms and the change was dramatic upon first listen. Since these are new, I expect that the sound will continue to improve as time goes on. I played the Earth, Wind, Fire & Chicago concert at the Greek Theater. The music and vocals were great, tight, and accurate.

Pros: See above comments. Speakers arrived quickly and in great shape.

Cons: None to report (except that I don't have a second set!)

Great looking and sounding speakers

Kenneth from Thurmond, NC on 1/16/2017

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Got just want I expected, looks good and sounds awesome!!!!

Pros: Looks goods and sounds great.

Cons: None

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M

Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 1/12/2017

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Very nice speakers. Bought to finish up a 7.2.4 Atmos setup, using these as rear speakers and they perform great. They also look great on stands in the back of my media room. I would highly recommend.



Klipsch got it right.

Ken K from Buffalo, NY on 1/6/2017

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A couple of years ago, I set up my 5.1 system with 4 Klipsch RB-51 II's and a RC-52 II center speaker. More than happy with the setup for theater, but lately I've wanted more for music (95% of my listening). I've found the RB-51 II's to be just a bit too bright, almost sharp at times. Not having the budget to replace all 5 speakers, I thought maybe the RP-160M's would be a good move for front L&R. Upon researching, I could find little written that compares the two models. Just a few words here & there. I took the dive anyway and I'm very glad I did. The RP-160M's addressed my needs precisely. The biggest improvement is in the high end. Smoother, silkier, more realistic highs with much less fatigue. Vocals take on more presence and the imaging is far more pinpoint than the RB's. They are incredibly detailed, but without that undesired sharpness. I find myself listening at higher volumes and for whole afternoons instead of just a couple of hours at a time. Flawless, solid build quality, too. While it's unfair to compare the low end on the two models (1" larger woofer on the RP's), I find the bass on the RP's to be smooth, substantial & not exaggerated at any frequency. For movies & 5.1 music, the RB's & RP's blend seamlessly, too. Bonus for me: I kept the original RB's, moved them to the sides and enjoy 7.1 sound on movies now. Bottom line: these are beautiful, accurate, efficient speakers, especially for the price.

Pros: Detail & imaging are first rate. You can pick out every individual voice in harmony vocals, does your vinyl justice, velvety low end. Non-fatiguing, too.

Cons: Cons? Not at this price.

Sound great!

Deanna from SEMO on 12/26/2016

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These sound great and they're a perfect blend with my RP-280FA's and RP-450CA. Perfect for back/surround.

Pros: Great sound and size.

Cons: Not walnut

Good value in good sounding speakers

Gene from Spokane, WA on 12/18/2016

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A very good value and good sound for most genres of music. I added a Svs Sb1000 subwoofer to my set-up and paired with a Marantz Pm 7005 integrated amp. After the one month break in period they now sound very nice. They do tend to be on the bright side so listen before you buy. The bass was good without the sub woofer but my room is 25by30 so the sub filled out the room better.

Pros: efficient, good value for,the price , clean well balanced sound, nice looking

Cons: somewhat bright for some recordings

Great sound,great price...

Anonymous from Gilbert,az. on 12/14/2016

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Considering it's size,these speakers produce a incredible sound

Pros: All good,and you can bi-amp these speakers

Cons: None

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Virgilio P from Astoria, NY on 12/9/2016

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Very good speakers for what it's worth! Well made.



Awesome sound

Audie from Houston, Tx on 11/9/2016

Best bookshelf speaker you can buy. Crystal clear highs and deep bass. Crank it up!

Pros: Great sound, good price, aesthetically pleasing

Cons: None

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Steve from Phoenix, AZ on 11/8/2016

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fills the living space, esp with the recommended subwoofer - great bass. Symphonic orchestras less impressive than smaller ensembles. Likewise for choral works. Expect I'd need more firepower for larger groups. Otherwise I'm satisfied.



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Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on 10/31/2016

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Great sound in a relatively small package.



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Jeff from South Attleboro, MA on 10/10/2016

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Great bookshelf speaker. Very well balanced sound. Excellent bass for a bookshelf speaker. I've seen other reviews that commented about a sometimes "harsh" high end. Personally, I don't hear any high end harshness. The overall sound is clear and crisp from the highs all the way down to the lows. I have no complaints. I would buy them again or recommend them to a friend. They are a bit larger than a lot of the bookshelf speakers out there so if the space where you plan on putting them is limited, make sure you measure the space.

Pros: Good bass Well balanced sound Good looks

Cons: A bit larger than most bookshelf speakers. A con only if your space is limited.

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Anonymous from Rochester, NY on 9/25/2016

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Great set of speakers. Incredibly clear and pleasing to the ears.



This time "group think" is a good thing

Pea Dub from Winston Salem, NC on 9/25/2016

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Yep, everything everyone says they are, exceptional.

Pros: All

Cons: None

Klipsch RP-160M Speakers: Sound that will rock you!

Pete from Newtown Square, PA on 9/20/2016

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i purchased these from Crutchfield (these folks really know their products and recommend only what will work best in any given setting) and have no regrets. the quality of sound is superb ... from the quietest moments of listening to those few and far between times when the neighbors request i crank it up a bit. clarity ~ power ~ smoothness that pretty much says it all! well done, Bill and company! thank you once again!

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Anonymous from Alexandria, VA on 9/13/2016

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The speakers are quite good, and definitely worth the money. Crisp sound, and they'll definitely blast. Oddly though, horns, which were touted as being especially good on these speakers, sounded better to me on my 34-year-old Avid (defunct brand) speakers, while bass, which Crutchfield to its credit cautioned to be not so great without a subwoofer to go with these speakers, sounded better than on the old ones. But who knows, I'm no aficionado and know nada. Check 'em out.



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Geoffrey from West Newton, MA on 9/6/2016

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These are insanely great speakers. Capable of great volume at no distortion, they were built, as Klipsch says, to irritate the neighbors. But they deliver beautifully not only rock, but everything else, classical, blues, you name it. As well as stand in powerfully as your fronts speakers for a powerful 5.1 or higher surround set-up. Can't say enough good about these speakers.



Small but big sound

Peter from New Jersey on 8/18/2016

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Amazing sound, comparable to my Klipsch floor stand speakers

Pros: Built solid

Cons: Does not fit into my shelf system but definitely a great speaker

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Hemiyota from Chesapeake, VA on 8/17/2016

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I have 3 sets of these speakers. One set in the office on a small tube amp with a DacMagic DAC. The others are in my main he theater system. Give them a generous offset from the wall, approximately two feet, and the bass response improves. When running the YPAO on my recover, the speakers were recognized as large, which may give a sense of their capabilities. I am a long time Klispch fan so I may have bias in the favor. I think the horns are an improvement compared to the older Reference line (RF). The speakers can be effectively utilized as main speakers or surrounds depending on your room and system size.

Pros: Bass response Crisp, Clean and clear highs I like the included bases that provide a slight upward tilt of the speakers. You may remove them if you like. High efficiency typical of Klipsch in general.

Cons: Larger bookshelf speaker than some would consider "bookshelf"

Awesome sound for bookshelf speakers

PAUL from Mesa, AZ on 7/22/2016

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The speakers have deep bass and smooth sound.

Pros: Design and quality

Cons: Price


Jazzbeau from Ft Lee, NJ on 7/15/2016

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I purchased these speakers to complement two PSB T-5 floor speakers previously purchased from Crutchfield. This is a wonderful marriage. Nothing more to say.

Pros: All

Cons: None

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Fred A. from Winston Salem, NC on 7/5/2016

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this is a great speaker.The bass that came from the speakers were great.The highs from the speakers were great also.

Pros: good bass and treble.Over all very good speakers.

Cons: almost too big for speaker stands

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Curt from Virginia Beach, VA on 6/26/2016

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Bought two pairs to use in a Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 setup in a multipurpose room and am very happy with them. They're taking a little longer than expected to break in, but they keep sounding better and better every time they're used. Surprised how much bass they produce on their own.

Pros: Big sound from a smallish bookshelf Good value Ebony finish looks great Love the magnetic speaker grills

Cons: Bigger than expected


Mark from Maui on 6/3/2016

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Large sound for a bookshelf speaker!

Pros: Easy to blend in with furniture in a smaller space. Great for movies and sports.

Cons: Can't really keep up with totally rocking out but mid power is fine

Good stuff

John b from Ashland, VA on 6/3/2016

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These speakers sound great! They are really good for the price. I replaced my old Boston Acoustics bookshelves with these and am blown away with the difference. My only complaint which really isnt much if one is the size. But i knew they were big going into it.

Pros: Bass. Clarity. Power

Cons: Size

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Tom from Rancho Cordova, CA on 4/23/2016

These sound as good as they look! Articulate and musical! Actually bought them for a gift and am breaking them in. Unhooked my Vandersteen 1Cs and hooked these babies up. Smooth with good weight of vocals and instruments. Nice looking too!

Pros: Good sound for the size and price.

Cons: My dual banana plugs wouldn't fit into them.

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Mike from Vinton, VA on 4/23/2016

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Awesome, larger than most, bookshelf speakers! A little pricy but got them on sale and what a nice job they do. I have ever been moving them around my 7.2 system and they perform nicely anywhere...even for the front, which is where they are at the moment. I moved my Fishers to the back!

Pros: I like the mid size package.

Cons: Got the mahogany on sale. Wanted the black but I am satisfied

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tk from Billings, MT on 4/20/2016

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Exactly what I wanted,perfect for small to medium size apt.Was concerned as I've heard other speakers this size,with much dissapointment.But these I highly reccomend!

Pros: Sound is great for size of speakers!Worth the price.

Cons: So far haven't found any

Bring the noise!

James from Novato, CA on 4/17/2016

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I was a bit worried about the size of these initially. I had gone to my local electronics store and the speakers they had were all much smaller. But once I received them I was pleasantly surprised. They feel like the perfect size! Not too small to where you feel like you are compromising on actual driver size and also not so huge to where you feel like it will take over your room. The sound itself is excellent. I am using them as the front speakers in a home theater setup.

Pros: Great sound Perfect size Great price too

Cons: none really

Incredible purchase

Paul J from Efland NC on 4/3/2016

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Very happy with my Yamaha receiver and Klipsch speakers. Great sound quality, easy to set up and operate. One thing though- to use Spotify you have to buy the service. Other than that, great. I love all the choices of inputs: net radio, pandora, laptop, cd player etc. speakers are amazing. Wish they would ship them in a plain box. Tempting for thieves to steal off your front porch! I would buy more priducts like this from Crutchfield. Paypal option with financing is great too.

Pros: Great sound quality Easy to set up Lots of input choices Heavy duty quality feel

Cons: Packaging on speakers too obvious Have to spend money every month for Spotify (but I am glad I did)

Klipsch RP-160M REVIEW.

RAY W from Mount Clemens, MI on 4/3/2016

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The speakers look great. Build quality fit and finish is also great. The sound is really super clear at low volume or high. I watch a lot of movies Voice quality is perfect the speakers give you all the background effects that you often do not hear on other speakers.They will not disappoint. I am very pleased with the sales man from Crutchfield telling me about the speakers.

Pros: everything the sound.

Cons: not one.

Fantastic sound.....

Byrnie from Columbia, SC on 2/16/2016

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These speakers are a little bit larger than what I would call "bookshelf" speakers, but if you have a large wall with built-in shelves, these would look great. Since Klipsch has put what appears to be low, built-in stands on them, I have mine sitting on the floor beside the small 48" wide, 25" tall cabinet that holds my components and center channel speaker.....the 46" TV is mounted on the brick wall above the cabinet. The sound is incredible....they replaced a set of 1992 Klipsch KG 3's....and are a real improvement.

Pros: Great sound and a size....the black wood grain is beautiful and the magnetic grill is more convenient that what was used in the past.

Cons: None that I can find....

Big sound

CB from westwood, NJ on 2/5/2016

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Small speakers but a big, and great sound! Two channel music is full and clear.

Pros: High quality, great sound

Cons: None

Totally blown away

JVL from Upstate, NY on 1/14/2016

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These are not small speakers. I actually expected them to be smaller (and was afraid they would be too small), but they have a nice, substantial dimension and feel to them. They are not nearly as large physically as they sound and they sound huge! They have such a large sound field they just seem to fill the room, which is nice because they sound great in any number of seating positions in the room. And paired with the RP-450C center, what in incredible LCR system this is. I use these with a 75" TV and Klipsch's large surround speakers and huge sub. What a system. Even when running music just two channel these cabinets produce bass that is unexpectedly low and musical. I honestly had to go over to see if the sub was on, and it wasn't. Fantastic sound and simple yet elegant visually. Really love these speakers. I went back and forth between these and the floor standing models. I really needed these up off the floor so they sit on the same shelf as the TV. They sound and look simply wonderful. I am so happy I went with these.

Pros: Huge sound field, surprisingly good low frequency extension, substantial physical dimension and superbly built.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Amazing Speaker

jshusker from Nevada on 12/7/2015

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These speakers are a great purchase for a small speaker they put out a lot of sound I highly recommend them!!

Pros: There just great

Cons: None

Little Speaker, Good Sound

Georgia F from Georgia on 8/13/2015

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First: There is about a 20 -30 hour break-in period for these speakers. They don't sound as good right out of the box until they are broken in. They can play at life size volume unlike many small speakers. The bass is stronger than the high treble which lacks a little body and brilliance. They have a small problem with clarity when reproducing complex sounds (which many speakers of different price ranges do). These are best used in smaller rooms, and if budget permits, coupled with a pair of speakers with great high treble performance. Missing: Being able to use banana plugs on speaker wire connections. These are fine purchases for auxiliary systems.

Pros: Great sound from small speakers . Big base. Big sound. Attractively styled.

Cons: Lack of sharpness and body in high treble. Stone age speaker wire connectors.

Very nice, perfect ofor our use

Lee in San Jose from California on 8/2/2015

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We bought these to be able to listen to music from MP3 files, an MP3 DAC, streaming, CDs, and even out old LP's. Out musical taste run from classical music through unaccompanied vocal, through jazz. All I can say is that the sound is everything we hoped for. Sure, there may be 'better' speakers out there, but these were absolutely right for us at the sound level we use (with our sensitive hearing). The sound is clear and the instrumental/vocal blends are excellent. Out listening space is sub optimal, but that doesn't matter so much. There is not much room for speakers, so floor standing were not an option. These speakers are just the right size. We also use the speakers for our DVD, BluRay, and streaming video viewing. While not the immersive sound many people like, these are a massive improvement over the TV speakers and the speakers we had before. Movie dialogue is much clearer.

Pros: Great sound from a small box The cheery wood cabinet looks like good furniture

Cons: None I've found.

Sounds great

T Miller from California on 7/19/2015

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I've finally added surround to my system and I love it. I have these speakers on the ground in preparation for my rear height speakers and dolby atmos. I'm building my system one step at a time and this was a nice step.



So far so good

Brad from Angels Camp,Ca. on 6/27/2015

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I have only had these a couple of weeks,but as with my other Klipsch speakers they sound great. Klipsch and Jamo,highly recommend.

Pros: Now i have all Klipsch speakers...sound is great...good bass,excellent highs...they play all types of music with clarity.

Cons: Hmm,can't think of any!!

Good speaker in a small package

BobS from Rice Lake WI on 6/8/2015

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Treble forward bookcase speaker with adequate bass does the job for small to medium partial home theater and music

Pros: A lot of speaker in a small package. Nice treble. Adequate base

Cons: Would be better with subwoofer but not absolutely needed. Really cleans up dialogue from video.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
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 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

Product Research


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 ported enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a premium wood-grain polymer veneer and a polymer front baffle. 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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I have had the same pair of Klipsch speakers for 43 years. They still rock!!!!!!!!!! [ stephen  Jan 02, 2018 ]
Great bookshelf speaker [ Dan  Sep 22, 2017 ]
Heard them before, I didn't want powered speakers, these I bought to compliment my JBL Studio Monitors. They (Klipsch), sound sweet! [ George  Sep 01, 2017 ]
Great price, great company, Crutchfield delivers' [ Joseph  Sep 01, 2017 ]
Great experience with Klipsch Kg2 speakers that I bought back in 1987. [ Mark  Jul 19, 2017 ]
I owned a pair of klipsch heresy speakers and always loved their sound. Finally gave them up after 20 years as compromise with my wife (too big for room) and now no longer have that issue. [ Willard  Jun 17, 2017 ]
To replace an old pair of JBL Floor standing speakers. [ Daniel  Jun 10, 2017 ]
I have used Klipsch speakers for years in various applications without speaker construction materials, such as cone suspension breaking down. The accurate sound reproduction Klipsch is renowned for goes without saying. The 5 star reviews speak toward that. [ Bradley  Apr 12, 2017 ]
Recommended by advisor Brice. He was RIGHT! [ Rob  Oct 28, 2016 ]
Great speakers, quality construction and performance are excellent [ Nadine  Oct 27, 2016 ]
Based on recommendation from Crutchfield [ Robert  Aug 02, 2016 ]
Great reviews, attractive units, unique technology. [ Mark  May 11, 2016 ]
All reviews point to these being the best bookshelf speakers for the money. The sensitivy is great for someone with a lower powered audio system. [ William  May 02, 2016 ]
sale, good reviews [ John  Apr 30, 2016 ]
Very happy with a previous model Klipsch reference speakers of a similar size, these are for a different room. [ Jon  Apr 26, 2016 ]
Horn tweeter, reduced price, center channel spkr made a believer out of me. [ DAVID  Apr 20, 2016 ]
I like Klipsch speakers and these went on I bought them and will find a room for them at some point (you can never have too many speakers ; ) [ Peter  Mar 24, 2016 ]
I have a set of RP280F for fronts and wanted to match up my rear speakers with these. Was using Polks for my rear speakers. [ Gregg  Mar 03, 2016 ]
Based on reviews, and have owned other Klipsch products. [ John  Apr 29, 2018 ]
Reviews of this product [ John  Mar 29, 2018 ]
I grew up listening to Klipsch forte reference speakers that my dad had. I don't have room for floor speakers and these seem to be a good fit for me. I purchased Polk RTis from Crutchfield many years ago and feel for my new application I need to go back to Klipsch [ Mark  Feb 12, 2018 ]
I love the Klipsch performance and wanted to try these when they were on sale. [ MICHAEL G  Feb 04, 2018 ]
Have always purchased Klipsch products the last thirty years. Have never been disappointed. These speakers will be for my small media room as my front R/L speakers. Superb quality as usual is expected. [ Stephen  Feb 03, 2018 ]
sale price [ mark  Nov 22, 2017 ]
I've owned an older pair of Klipsch speakers for the past 10 years. I used them all through college and beat the hell out of them. They just kept on going. Decided to upgrade and knew I was going to get the same kind of quality. [ Paul  Nov 06, 2017 ]
back speakers [ Stanislav  Oct 11, 2017 ]
Because of the quality of the product [ Gregory  Jul 02, 2017 ]
Reputation, past positive experience with Klipsch speakers, size and price. They fit my situation perfectly and sound great. [ Charles  Jun 26, 2017 ]
Great bookshelf speakers. I am an using on my desk to playback PC sound, These have crisp highs and go amazingly low for their size. Give them some room to breath - about a foot off of the wall. [ Lee  Mar 30, 2017 ]
I have a small bathroom, they work perfect in there [ EVA  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Good sound [ James  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Like the 150's, but looking for a little more oomph. Hopefully the 160's will provide that. [ ROBERT  Dec 30, 2016 ]
Completing a 7.2.4 Klipsch set up.Good price for rear surrounds that match the rest of my setup.. [ Michael  Dec 30, 2016 ]
I have other Klipsch speakers and they are great... just adding more to my home theater... [ Francis  Dec 26, 2016 ]
At this point base on reviews. I have not received this item yet., However, based on other similar items I have purchased in the past. I have been very satisfied with their performances. This will be another upgrade. [ Frederick  Nov 17, 2016 ]
Had a lot of positive reviews and fit the size room very efficient amp requirements [ Gene  Nov 09, 2016 ]
speaker features and specifications, name brand, and recommendation by Dexter. [ Jeffrey  Sep 27, 2016 ]
Quality. Power. Expected Bass sound. [ Duke Potter  Sep 11, 2016 ]
crutchfield website recommendation also the great reviews from previous customers thanks! [ Pete  Sep 03, 2016 ]
building an atmos home entertainment system the RP-160m will go up high to fire up the sky . [ Richard  Aug 15, 2016 ]
I choose this pair on the recommendation of Rocky, and I have been impressed with the detail it adds to my home audio system. Rocky's Bio: [ STEPHEN J  Jul 19, 2016 ]
My research into quality speakers narrowed the field to Klipsch. [ Eric F.  Jul 08, 2016 ]
On sale. Good specs. Previous knowledge of brand. [ Paul  Jun 26, 2016 ]
Primary speakers for my basic classic stereo Yamaha R-S700. [ DONNELL  Jun 12, 2016 ]
great reviews, plus incredible sound [ richard  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Out standing expert reviews! [ Paul  May 30, 2016 ]
there are no other speakers i would pick to put on my walls. its klipsch or nothing. [ Brian  Mar 31, 2016 ]
Because of the excellent quality put into making these speakers. [ Daniel  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Klipsch reputation, great sound, great price even before awesome sale price. [ Chris  Jan 28, 2016 ]
Brand name, reviews [ Mikel  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Physical size, specifications, online reviews & aesthetics. [ Charles  Jun 16, 2018 ]
I have admired Klipsch sound and quality for decades. [ P  Jun 14, 2018 ]
Solid Sounding Speakers at a reasonable price. [ james  Feb 22, 2018 ]
did an extensive internet search, concluded these best for my circumstance [ Carl  Feb 19, 2018 ]
Downsizing my speakers as I now live in a smaller home and do not crank my massive floor speakers as I once did. These speakers are reputed as pairing well with a 1970's Pioneer SX-950, we'll see. Crutchfield's generous return policy gives me the opportunity to try and see. If they don't work out, I'll return them. I have been buying from Crutchfield for many years now and have never been dissapointed. Yea I know he's an old hippy, but now I'm sure he wears shoes and the customer service is #1. [ Larry  Feb 11, 2018 ]
looking for good quality sound to add on to my home theater system. [ Francis  Feb 01, 2018 ]
I wanted bi-ampable bookshelf speakers that would fit into the retro-70's look of my music room. I've always loved Klipsch so these seemed perfect! [ Matthew  Jan 31, 2018 ]
Best frequency range for the price-and Klipsh is a well-regarded Indiana company. [ Paul  Jan 30, 2018 ]
Nice discount on quality speakers and I like Walnut. [ ERWIN VAN  Jan 26, 2018 ]
My first time I heard Klipsch speakers I was Thirteen years old they where Heresy I was blowing away I could feel the bass pounding on my chest the detail the imaging for stereo was jaw dropping One day I hope to own a pair of Khorns [ Donnie  Jan 23, 2018 ]
Big sound in small package, clear details if paired with right receiver/amplifier [ EDGAR M  Nov 06, 2017 ]
Quality and value of this product [ Irwin  Sep 30, 2017 ]
I have a pair of RP-61 speakers and enjoy the Klipsch sound [ Lloyd  Sep 24, 2017 ]

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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 ]
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
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 ]
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 ]
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
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
They are built on a base and angled back, so I think I would not lay them on there side. [ MARK  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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 ]
Yes bot what a lot of power for the rears [ Richard  Feb 26, 2017 ]
Yes, these are medium but powerful speakers [ Hoonmin  Feb 26, 2017 ]
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 ]
Personally I am not using them as rear surround. [ Kunling  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Hi Kenneth, I am not smart enough to answer your question but will tell you that I love my speakers. [ Nadine  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Bi -wired or strait wired,the sound quality is the same. The rear connection terminals very Good [ Angel  May 10, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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: [ Ryan  Feb 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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 ]
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 ]
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
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
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Sanus Speaker Stands (BF24B-03) [ Norm  May 13, 2016 ]
I have them setup as a wall mount [ Jason  May 10, 2016 ]
Oops. Sweetwater is in Fort Wayne, Indiana [ John  May 10, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Not using stands. They were bigger than I originally thought. Just have them on a flat surface. [ Antoinette  May 10, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Yes, I have them in a bookshelf system and they are performing very nicely. [ John  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
It is the width of the speaker base. [ Joe  Jan 13, 2018 ]
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 ]
8 13/16" is the width of the base. Actual speaker is right at 8" [ Tim  Jan 12, 2018 ]