Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-440C
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Improved my dialogue quality tenfold over previous center channel speaker!
Home theater enthusiasts know that nothing brings out the best in their movies and TV shows quite like a high-quality center channel speaker. Everything from softly whispered dialogue to powerful special effects come shining through with the Klipsch RP-440C. This potent center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series stands ready to bring cinema-quality sound into your living room. The RP-440C features four 4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.
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.
With its Hybrid Tractrix horn and Cerametallic woofers, the RP-440C center channel speaker effortlessly delivers clear, powerful Klipsch sound.
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.
The RP-440C's Tractrix horn shaped port cuts down on air turbulence, reducing noise and distortion.
Look around the back, and you'll see that instead of the conventional round port tube found on many speakers, Klipsch uses a Tractrix horn-shaped opening for smoother, more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet. The resulting decrease in air turbulence makes for cleaner, more powerful bass with reduced port noise and low-frequency distortion.
The RP-440C's Cerametallic™ woofers dish out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cones out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight, to dampen and prevent distortion. With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave these woofers newly developed titanium voice coil formers that allow more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response.
Improved my dialogue quality tenfold over previous center channel speaker!
Anonymous, Upper Marlboro, MD
Average Customer Review(s):
Improved my dialogue quality tenfold over previous center channel speaker!
Outstanding center speaker with clear/crisp sound.
Pros: Great crisp, clear sound.
Very happy with my purchase
We had been looking for some time for a very good center channel speaker to replace a decent one in order to improve the listening experience. The previous one was an older one made by Mirage which worked fine but seemed to be limited in its frequency response. Just for fun, I tried a smaller side stand speaker which provided much better mid-range tone but was too muddy for the application. A good friend and long time Klipsch fan agreed I should take a look at the RP-440C. I was holding my breath because of the cost but from the first time we listened to it, the sound was clean and natural. There is nice mid-range tone, plus crisp, clear voice responses which direct your attention right to the screen. It's a quality audio product that does what it's supposed to.
Pros: crisp, full sound
Cons: you have to pay for what you get :)
Wow! What a difference between my previous center channel speaker and this beautiful Klipsch RP-440C. The RP-440C is substantially more in price and is much larger than my previous center channel, but you really get what you pay for! I highly recommend this speaker and am very pleased with Crutchfield!
Good choice if you have enough space. I actually placed my TV on it. Sounds fantastic.
Pros: Great clear dialog.
Very sharp and clear center speaker. Easy hookup. Very efficient.
Pros: Medium size, keeps TV lower on wall Excellent sound Efficient
Cons: only the price
This speaker is a vast improvement over the Sony speaker it replaced. Dialog is clearer and center sounds are more defined. Music is also cleaner and provides a center stage for stereo sound.
Placed my 55" tv on top. Great sound. Vocals are very clear and music sounds great.
Pros: Well made and sound great.
Unmistakable clear sound, along with excellent quality
Amazing quality, Bass, Everything! That's all I'm gonna say.
Pros: Good bass. Good sound. Amazing job with the little sound that normal speakers can't produce.
I bought this to replace my rc-35 and it has exceed my expectations. This is an amazing center speaker i highly recommend this speaker.
I purchased a "Klipsch RP-260 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System" delivered about a month ago. I set it up with a Sony STR-DN1070 A/V receiver purchased from Crutchfield in July 2016. The Klipsch system replaces a 5.1 system with speakers (some as old as 30+ years) from 4 different manufacturers. I was astounded with the clarity of the new speakers. I've been wearing hearing aids for about 6 years but am hearing things from CD's I've had for 20 years I've never heard before. Some of those CD's are factory releases of records I purchased new in the mid-sixties and played on a good turntable back then. The speakers are so good I tried comparing MP3's @256 or 320 Mb/s (my standard rip to my computer for 18 years) with WAV or FLAC rips of the same CD's and I can hear the difference and tell where bits were dropped with the MP3. I'm now in the process of re-ripping my music collection (folk, jazz, folk-rock, rock, classical, bagpipes, & etc.) to FLAC. The Sony STR-DN1070 is connected to a home network and can play music directly from my computer (both MP3 & FLAC). I doubt I'll ever rip to MP3 again. I think the CD's are better from a FLAC or WAV file from the computer than played on my BD player with an HDMI connection, not sure why. I can hear the foot pedal drumstick hit a bass drum, the striker hit a triangle, and a finger pick a guitar string. From Simon & Garfunkel, to CSN&Y, to Dave Brubeck, to Herbie Mann, to Queen, and any classical these speakers ar
Pros: Clear Highs Rich midrange Defined (not overpowered) lows Blu-ray movies are great FLAC music audio is even better
Cons: Nothing (can rattle the windows & floors if volume is too high - wife complains then and my ears hurt)
This speaker cost me a lot of money. I purchased it to replace a nearly 15 year old worn out Polk center channel. In the three months since purchasing this center channel, I have upgraded all my speakers to Reference Premiere! I was blown away by how much better they sounded than my old speakers. I am now the proud owner of this 440C, two 280F's, and two 240's Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers. The Klipsch sound is crystal clear yet in no way harsh. Dialog is clear again with no need to crank up the volume. But when you do turn the knob, WOW! Best speaker purchase I ever made.
Pros: Excellent Sound
Cons: Addiction forming!
Amamzind addition to my home theater. I was able to sit my 65" tv on it and it sounds amazing
Pros: Sound and build
It is strong, the sound is clear, the voices beautiful and the speaker is as good looking as my old Forte' II speakers. My ears have never worked so well. I have needed a center speaker for ages but food had to come first. Shoes for the grand kids, their education and weddings had to take priority, much to my chagrin. I have always had Klipsch and saw no reason to change. My wife and I are really enjoying the dialogue, special effects and the crispness of the voices. It is a great speaker sold by a solid company with great service and products. The speaker is heavy and needs space so check your available space.
Pros: Price, quality, sound and looks
Cons: Not made in America
Price and sound are wonderful...
Pros: The 4 woofers produce a great wholesome sound..
Very clean and good sounding center channel.
I bought this to replace and old Bose center channel speaker. What a night-and-day difference! With the TV and movies, dialog is much clearer. When I play music, the center channel adds some nice depth to the sound field - it fills the room better and eliminates the directionality of the music coming from two stereo speakers (also Klipsch RP series)
Pros: Excellent sound quality
It was the missing piece to my speaker system I had already purchased a pair of rp280f, 2 pair of the rp140sa and r112sw and when I connected the rp440c it brought the whole system together can't be happier
Pros: The best
Great center speaker dialogue very clear
Pros: Great center speaker
I added this Klipsch center channel speaker to an already great system with Source front channel speakers and Snell rears. The center channel was a Snell too but was not delivering the clear, crisp dialog I was looking for. After listening to at least a dozen speakers this Klipsch was an easy choice.
Pros: Clear,clean dialog with great sound across high, low and midrange. Also great design and clean, quiet look.
The old. Onkyo Receiver, Bose 6.1 system that's 10 years old, still sounded good and was working well, buy It was out of date. No bluetooth, wifi, usb, etc... In with the New! Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 purchased from a different online retailer. Everything else is from Crutchfield. Cables are AudioQuest Pearl & Cinnamon HDMI. Speaker cables are AudioQuest Type 4 & Rocket 33 for speakers & Black Lab for Sub. SVS SB-1000 Sub (Scratch & Dent) Focal Chorus 705 Bookshelf Speakers & Focal Chorus 716 Floor Speakers. Center Channel Klipsch RP-440C. And all housed in a Rosewood 7ft x 9ft entertainment center with a 3 yr old LED Samsung 50 in TV. I probably spent $3K 10 yrs ago and I did not use AudioQuest cables. The old system was nice, but my ears have matured away from Bose since upgrading my car system to Focal, listening to Hi-Res music files with a DAC, and having high end Headphones and Earbuds. I understand there are much nicer systems for a lot more money. But, for the money, I am a very happy customer. I would have loved to use a Focal Center, but I needed a center that could hold my TV, and Klipsch had one. The sound is amazingly Smooth, balanced, and powerful! Everything blends well despite being a front facing 5.1 system. I get Great separation on movies, music, and TV programs. Yamaha does an excellent job of processing and I don't miss having speakers behind or beside me. Very clean Highs, Mids & Lows singing in perfect harmony...
Pros: Sound! Build Quality! Holds My TV :)
I replaced a very good sounding Infinity center speaker with this Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-440C center speaker and there's no going back. These speakers deliver the clarity and fullness of dialogue in movies that my prior center speaker couldn't. This speaker makes it seems as though the conversation is front and center of the scene by ensuring the that it covers almost the entire auditory range of sounds. Even though it can produce decent sounding bass, I allow my powered 12-inch sub-woofer handle that task. This speaker is used as the center speaker in my 9.1 surround sound configuration with a Onkyo AVR..
Pros: Clear conversations and center theatrical sounds. This speaker also uses the new redesigned horn, which contributes to the clarity of the sounds. High signal sensitivity, thus less power to drive it compared to similar speakers. These sound louder at the same volume setting.
Cons: None that I could think of.
Powerful and precise center. Would buy again.
This speaker can overwhelm the room if you let it. Given enough space, a good amplifier and a nice set of complimentary speakers there is nothing it can't do. The sound is spectacular, let's you hear tiny nuance and fills even very large rooms. Make sure you understand how big it is, this is not the speaker for a small room.
Pros: Great sound, great range.
Cons: Big, easy to overwhelm a room if not balanced correctly.
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||4|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Frequency Response||59-25k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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 Woofers: The four 4" woofers of the RP-440C center-channel loudspeaker feature Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts its inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range The 4" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.
Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-440C center-channel speaker's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequencies (500/1500Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.
Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-440C 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.
Magnetic Grille: The center-channel loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its polymer front baffle.
Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series RP-440C is equipped with sturdy binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.
Placement: The RP-440C should be centered directly above or below your video screen. If necessary, you can place the speaker on an optional floor stand in front of and below the screen that elevates it to the correct height. Ideally, however, the speaker's front baffle should be flush with the front of the screen.
Rubber Feet: The center channel speaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet to secure the speaker in place and prevent any damage to your stand's or shelf's surface. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the height of each speaker.
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Reputation and customer rating. [ D Feb 02, 2018 ]
I have two Reference Towers and Kilpsch subwoofer, Just an upgrade to match all my speakers. [ Z Jul 21, 2017 ]
It replaces a 17 year old Polk center channel speaker. I just purchased an Oppo UDP-203, paired with a Yamaha RX-A776 and wanted to unify the speaker manufacturer. [ Richard Jul 01, 2017 ]
excellent speakers [ RICHARD Jun 21, 2017 ]
After talking to Wade it was decided that this was the best setup for our size game room (Klipsch 250 5.1). [ Lonny Dec 21, 2016 ]
Part of RP-260 5.1 package [ Jeffrey Dec 13, 2016 ]
I wanted a center channel speaker to compliment my Klipsch RF-62 floor speakers. [ Dan Oct 09, 2016 ]
I need a good center speaker to complete the system. Now I can throw out a Sony self-powered speaker that is a terribly frustrating piece of gear. [ Thomas Jul 06, 2016 ]
Excellent excellent [ GUY May 17, 2016 ]
It was on sale and the free shipping. I have been waiting for this speaker to go on sale for a couple months now. I was just waiting for the price to drop. [ Frederico Balla Jul 10, 2018 ]
Past experience [ Anthony Jun 05, 2018 ]
I have RP Floor standing 260F Pair already [ Stanley Dec 19, 2017 ]
klipsch reputation and 440C styling [ Robert Dec 03, 2017 ]
Awesome reviews, Klipsch quality. Sale price was amazing. Upgrading my current system so a big piece was done with this great center channel. [ CRAIG W Jul 06, 2017 ]
Needed a center speaker to best match the RP-280F towers. [ Cainst Jul 01, 2017 ]
I think the Klispch RP-440C is the best Centerline speaker playing,, it out classed the BOSE tremendously, I'm thinking about purchasing a s second for my Entertainment Room [ Bobby Jun 07, 2017 ]
needed better center channel speaker [ Mark Apr 14, 2017 ]
setup home theather center channel [ Joseph Feb 23, 2017 ]
fun [ michael brian Feb 22, 2017 ]
Good reviews, overall speaker-size - can place in my setup properly. Speaker also has high sensitivity - should be easy to drive. Should also have decent bass response. [ George Dec 31, 2016 ]
follow up on new everything [ Shane Nov 23, 2016 ]
Reviews and goes with my other Klipsch speakers. [ ROBERT G Oct 28, 2016 ]
Came recommended by a couple Crutchfield reps though I've never owned the Klipsch brand [ teresa Sep 01, 2016 ]
Reputation of Klipsch products was key to my purchase. [ David Aug 27, 2016 ]
Needed this center channel to complete my Klipsch speaker system [ Michael Apr 20, 2016 ]
The smaller size, but a good sale price was a factor as well. [ Steven Jan 29, 2016 ]
A good center speaker is a must for a home theater system [ Carlton Jan 26, 2016 ]
I have Klipsch in-Ceiling Front and Rear and a Polk Center Channel. The quality of the Polk was unacceptable for Voice. Sounded muffled and cloudy - but the music came through perfect. Chuck from Crutchfield helped me know what to do. [ Glenn Jan 04, 2016 ]
I needed a center chanel that would sound good, but also support my TV, I'm using it as a TV stand. The Klipsch had good reviews and had the dimensions I was looking. I hope they will sound as good as they look... [ Aaron Jan 03, 2016 ]
I had Klipsch front speakers and need a match the brand. [ James Jan 02, 2016 ]
I have a Klipsch surround sound package, and wanted to upgrade the center channel. [ Matthew Dec 19, 2015 ]
perceived high quality and value for my large room [ Timothy Dec 14, 2015 ]
I have other klipsh speakers [ CHARLES Dec 12, 2015 ]
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 Jan 20, 2017 ] 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. [ Krissy Mar 26, 2018 ] Staff
don't think you would want too you could have some vibration issues. I would ask your Crutchfield rep about that. [ Douglas Wayne Dec 30, 2017 ]
I did not try to remove them as the speaker sits on a marble shelf in a wall unit...since they are rubber and probably just glued on you probably can remove them with some effort [ DONALD J Dec 30, 2017 ]
You could take them off with a sharp putty knife. However - I would not do that for 2 reasons. 1, they elevate the speaker 1/8" off the other surface, 2, they provide isolation between the speaker cabinet and the other surface. If the speaker sits flat on the other surface like a Media Cabinet, then the entire Cabinet vibrates and distorts the sound [ Glenn Dec 30, 2017 ]
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 May 16, 2017 ] Staff
Keith B. In addition to room size, it's as much about matching everything else. (fronts, rears, sub, amp....) With that said, I'm driving the 440C, RP-260F, and RP-240S with a Yamaha RX-3060. Plus I'm running an old Definitive Technology 15" sub. All of this around a 70" wall mounted flat panel TV in roughly a 15' wide by 23' deep room with a large amount of insulation and sound absorbing materials to minimize resonance and transmission to the floor above. Now to give you feedback on the 440. It is a very good center. But I really wish I would have stepped up to the 450 for the small price difference. the 440 does not have a large enough sound to match the fronts and a lot of the spoken content sounds a bit muted without some extra tuning involved. I'm thinking about adding a couple elevation speakers. This should easily compensate for the smaller center and help to spread the center channel sound to better match the TV. Rule of thumb I should have used was to match the center as close as possible to the fronts. Overall, I'm very happy with the RP series in bang for the buck as well as Crutchfield for their great service. It was between this and Martin Logan electro-stats for nearly triple the price. But when I heard the RP's at a local shop side by side the the ML's, I couldn't justify the difference. Good luck in your hunt! Tony [ Anthony Dec 06, 2016 ]
I have this in a room that measures approx. 15' x 20' and my ceiling height is 10'. I am very please with the performance. Its efficient so can hear voices at a very low volume. As far as what room size I am probably not qualified to answer. I will tell you it is a very large speaker and may look a imposing in a smaller room sometimes I think it's too big, but the sound is great. Not sure if that helps.... good luck [ Joe Dec 06, 2016 ]
I have 15x20 and it's awesome [ Glenn Dec 06, 2016 ]
My entertainment center sustains the weight of the TV, My center channel speaker is free of any weight being placed on it. [ Jose F. Feb 05, 2016 ]
I wouldn't. I don't think that it makes a proper, or safe platform for a tv. [ Matthew Feb 04, 2016 ]
I have my 40" flat screen sitting on mine with no problems. I'm not sure it weighs as much as yours - maybe 35-38 lbs. The edges of the speaker, of course, are stronger than the center so a wide stand would be best. I assumed that Klipsch engineers have taken this set up into consideration. [ Mark Feb 04, 2016 ]
I don't see why not. The case seems pretty well made. [ JOHN Feb 04, 2016 ]
Depends on the configuration of your TV stand. But it's generally not a good idea and I will strongly suggest against it. One, there's a greater chance of your TV toppling over because the speaker will not be fixed (I assume it will not), therefore, your TV will not be in s solid base. Two, the speaker was not designed to take on that load. If you're TV is against a wall, get a shelf and place your speaker above the TV. [ Adrian Feb 03, 2016 ]
There is no mention of this in the manual. I can tell you it is a large speaker and built very well. Weighing nearly 30lbs itself I would think it could support it but would check with klipsch directly. Their support is very good and should be able to provide you with a definitive answer. [ Joe Feb 03, 2016 ]
Yes... I have my 70in Vizio TV directly on the speaker and there is no issue what so ever. Just make sure the base of your tv fits on the speaker and you should have no issue. [ Tabitha Feb 03, 2016 ]
Yes u can. I have my 55" Sony 4k tv on it which weighs about that much. I can probably stand on it and it would be ok it's very strong [ Joey L Feb 03, 2016 ]
Probably. It is a solid unit.. I put the speaker on top ofy tv [ Mike Feb 03, 2016 ]
Yes [ Sulman Feb 03, 2016 ]
As long as the base dimensions aren't an issue, I wouldn't think it would a problem. The cabinet is well constructed and I'm sure would easily handle the 49 lbs. [ Dennis Feb 03, 2016 ]
The speaker box is well built thus it can easily withstand a TV of that weight, provided it's stand sits squarely on top. That way the weight would be evenlying distributed and keep the TV balanced. [ ADRIAN Feb 03, 2016 ]
It seems solid so it probably should not be a problem. I decided to hang my tv and slip the speaker underneath the tv to hide the wires. I didn't want the tv to be to high for viewing. [ Christopher Feb 03, 2016 ]
sorry! i am not a sound tech or expert. i suggest to check Klipsch website and/or contact Klipsch. [ LISA Nov 28, 2015 ]
I have mine about 4 to 5" away from the wall and it sounds amazing. [ Joey L Nov 25, 2015 ]
Hey Jack, call and talk to Kirk. As for my set up I have them approx 16" from the wall. [ Carl Nov 24, 2015 ]
The answer depends on the wall's surface material and the angle of the speaker from the wall. My walls have plaster board. The speaker is placed 18 inches from the wall with good merger of sound waves and timing to that of my subwoofer. Depending on the viewing angle from the TV and the speaker angle from the wall you may want to adjust slightly. Playing with this a little a, I have not appreciate hearing much difference over the range of 12 - 30 inches from the wall. [ Richard Nov 24, 2015 ]
That's a good question and one as far as I can tell is not addressed in the manual. I have mine about 2.5 inches from wall, sounds great! [ Joe Nov 24, 2015 ]
From the online research done on this speaker, I have seen references to where a minimum of 3 inches would be sufficient for the speaker to "breathe" properly. The speaker sounds great between 3 and 16 inches away from the wall, so experiment with it to see which distance works best for you. [ ADRIAN Nov 24, 2015 ]
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