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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Center channel speaker (Walnut)

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Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker. It carries the lion's share of vocals and dialogue, as well as the music and sound effects found on most movie and TV soundtracks. Klipsch's RP-450C is more than up to the challenge. This powerful center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series puts you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound. The RP-450C features four 5-1/4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.

Powerful Klipsch sound that puts you front and center

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker. It carries the lion's share of vocals and dialogue, as well as the music and sound effects found on most movie and TV soundtracks. Klipsch's RP-450C is more than up to the challenge. This powerful center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series puts you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound. The RP-450C features four 5-1/4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.

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.

Klipsch RP-450C center channel speaker

With its Hybrid Tractrix horn and Cerametallic woofers, the RP-450C center channel speaker is built to effortlessly deliver clear, powerful Klipsch sound.

Hybrid Horn technology for dynamic performance

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 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.

Klipsch RP-450C Tractrix horn port

The RP-450C's Tractrix horn shaped port eliminates air turbulence for reduced noise and distortion.

A horn that can enhance bass, too

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.

High-tech woofer design

The RP-450C'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.

Build a complete Klipsch system

Team an RP-450C center channel speaker with other Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speakers to create a high-impact home theater system.

Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S, Klipsch RP250S
Recommended front channel speakers: Klipsch RP-160M, Klipsch RP-260F, Klipsch RP-280F
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW, Klipsch R-112SW, Klipsch R-115SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 58-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 97 dB
  • power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • four 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • 31-1/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 35.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

The customer reviews on this center channel & your Crutchfield tec rated this center channel high. I was extremely happy with the purchase. It made a big difference in a brighter, louder sound than my older klipsch center speaker.

Gary, Springville, Ca

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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C Reviews

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(42 Reviews)

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Gary from Springville, Ca on 9/18/2017

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The customer reviews on this center channel & your Crutchfield tec rated this center channel high. I was extremely happy with the purchase. It made a big difference in a brighter, louder sound than my older klipsch center speaker.

Pros: Crisp, bright sound, love the magnetic front cover.

Cons: None

This is the one!!!

Karry from Sylvania, GA on 8/1/2017

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I ordered this center speaker on a Wednesday morning and it was at my door by Friday afternoon. Great and speedy service. Now for the best part- THIS SPEAKER IS PHENOMENAL!!! I set it up and watched Transformers and Optimus Prime's voice was deep with bass and clear. Wow!!! I got the cherry finish because that's the finish of my other Klipsch speakers. It's beautiful just to look at. Thanks Crutchfield for such great service. Order this speaker!!! You will not regret it.

Pros: deep rich soundstage across front good looks easy hookup

Cons: None!!!

Amazing Center Channel

Roger from Madison, NJ on 7/27/2017

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Amazing center channel. I have it as part of a 5.1.2 system using both as a home theater and listening to music. The dialogue is very clear and bright, which I like. I found that the first week I had the speaker, there was also a "harsh" quality to the sound, but that went away after the break in period. I am very happy with this speaker and have paired it with RP-280 FA.

Pros: Very clear, bright dialogue.

Cons: A little harsh the first week -- but that went away after the break in period.

Clarity and Bass are fantastic.

Michael W. from Cookeville, TN on 6/4/2017

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Best center channel speaker! Little pricey but well worth the money. Clear, crisp, dialogue. Bass and clarity are outstanding. This speaker along with the Klipsch RP-280FA Dolby atmos speakers are fantastic. I will buy the Klipsch RP-250S surrounds next to complete my Klipsch home theater.

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Impressive clarity and bass

Dean from Milwaukee, WI on 5/28/2017

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Very impressive sound and voice projection . Gives more depth, bass and added clarity to vocals. I'm new to Klipsch. This is my first and only Klipsch speaker. It is quite impressive. Replaces a Polk CS-10 center speaker. Substantial size and price difference, but worth it. Works well with my unusual set-up of Golden Ear Triton Three's as front speakers and AR3a's as surrounds. Watch size and weight (31 inches wide and 35 lbs). Looks beautiful with cherry wood.

Pros: Cleaner speech with more depth. Beautiful look in cherry.

Cons: Watch the size and weight. make sure you have the room and support.

Big sound from a big center

Mark from Weatherford, TX on 5/7/2017

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Long time fan oh Klipsch and this center does not disappoint. Replaces an older RC-3 that has performed well for 15+ years, still works just wanted more volume. Tested out with several of my favorite blu-rays and noted better vocal performance and interestingly enough I found myself looking around for subtle background vocals and sound effects that seem to come from this center that I had not heard before, I can only assume the 5.25" drivers provide a better output for those particular sounds, or I am imagining it all. Bottom line great center, very enveloping sound.

Pros: Improvement from RC-3 Magnetic Grill is great

Cons: Big box, big speaker, Big Bang on porch when dropped off, luckily no damage.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

steve from Ft Myers, FL on 5/7/2017

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This is by far the best center channel on the market,Klipsch's new horn technology in the RP line sounds phenomenal under any circumstance.I would give this 50 stars if i could,thank again Crutchfield for such a wonderful product!!

Pros: Sound is unbelievable Build quality is top notch

Cons: None!

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Dave from Walnut Creek, CA on 5/2/2017

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Klipsch is all good stuff. I wasnt planning on going for this model but it perfectly fit into my entertainment center shelf so I had to go for it. The sound is so much louder and detailed with this center. I have Klipsch speakers all the way around, with Klipsch Heresy II's in the front and a 12" Klipsch reference sub. It goes much louder than my wife will allow so I haven't really even tried to push it. So far very impressed with the clarity and detail now that we have a serious center channel to drive. Don't bother going for the next smaller model if you have the space, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: All around a great speaker. Looks sweet in the entertainment center.

Cons: A little large, but how else do you pack so much into a cabinet?

Klipsch does it again!!!

Kirk from St Louis, MO on 4/19/2017

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Amazing center channel!!! Extremely clear and the definition to the sound field is mind blowing. One of the best upgrades I could have done to my almost complete Klipsch setup. Nice build beautiful clean look especially with the grill off.

Pros: Whats not to love!!!

Cons: A little expensive but worth it!

Great center channel

christopher from Hamilton, OH on 4/4/2017

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This thing is a beast. Everything I expected and more. Sounds great weather it's music or movies. Pairs well with the rf7II's

Pros: Big enough to sit my tv on. Good clean highs.

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Powerful and clear sound

Carlos from Denver, CO on 4/3/2017

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Adding the center channel really makes the mix come alive, dialog is very clear. Sound quality is top notch, would recommend.

Pros: Excellent product/quality

Cons: none

Superb Center Channel Speaker!

Jason from Flat Rock, MI on 3/8/2017

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I purchased the Klipsch RP-450C to match my recently purchased nearly new RP-260Fs. The towers and center fill out the front three channels of my HT. They replaced my Polk Monitor 60 towers and CS1 that I had used for 10 years. The 450C looks beautiful and sounds even better. It is surprisingly heavy and large. Be sure you have adequate space. I wish I could rotate it vertically to better isolate the center from the left and right. Acoustically transparent screen in my future? The first thing to note is the clarity of audio. It reproduces audio with no hint of distortion, color, or muddiness. I was not convinced I needed as large a woofer in a center. After hearing this gem of a speaker in my HT I am a believer. The titanium tweeter is a real treat and like the towers, produces a crystal clear high with zero distortion. All of this without being painful to the ear. I did build a custom center channel speaker stand as my original setup was not wide enough to properly support this large cabinet. Be sure to build some angle into the stand to aim the tweeter towards ear level. I will comment that the speaker grille is well made and I love their magnetic attachment. I am very happy with this speaker and would highly recommend this as an addition to a Klipsch based HT. If you are debating between the 440C and this unit... Just get the 450C! You will not be disappointed I will add that I saved a few bucks buying from Scratch & Dent - still c

Pros: Fantastic sound quality Excellent build quality Magnetic grille Overall finish

Cons: None!

Awesome Center Channel Speaker!

Chris from Hoffman Estates, IL on 2/16/2017

I had used many center channel speakers in the past. I have 7-1 setup in the basement 20 (W)* 25 (L) with two massive front tower speakers, powered by a fine 4K receiver. However, always I found the center channel was missing something, specifically there were gaps in the sound distribution, esp between the center and the towers. I got this massive and beautiful RP-450C Cherry yesterday. It was very easy to set up. once plugged in, the audio was clear, able to handle highs and lows effortlessly, and the sound coming from it, permeated the whole room, giving a full surround wrap that I had never heard so far with any other center channel speaker. My family and friends were thrilled with the new experience that was not there before. In sum, for the money and the value that I got, sharing my personal experience, there is nothing to hesitate, its worth every dollar, no matter where you buy it from. With this speaker, you can be sure of getting Cinema Theater experience at home!

Pros: Too many to list

Cons: Its big, need to plan the space for this beauty..

Finally got the dialogue in the mix like in the theater

Chip from Ft Collins, CO on 1/21/2017

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I tried the RP440C center but decided to go with this one because the whole reason I was upgrading my old Infinity system was to get the dialogue stronger in the mix. The 440C was rally very good, but naturally the 4 - 5 inch speakers are fuller and more present still. It is a big unit, but I have room in my med/small home theater (13.5' x 19.5' w 10' screen). It sounds great with my RP250F fronts, RP250S surrounds, and 2-R110SW subwoofers.

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Excellent sound!

Michael from Hudson, OH on 1/7/2017

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Purchased product as "Scratch & Dent" - product arrived in excellent condition! The hook up to my Denon AVR-4200W receiver was easy. Installed speaker under my 65" TV, looks great. This speaker sounds great. I can hear all of the special effects and nuances within movie sound tracks, and speaker enhances the soud stage of my music like you wouldn't believe. Really pleased with this purchase! Hoping to match it up with some Klipsch RP-280s to complete my system.

Pros: Sounds great, looks good. Good bass and midrange reproduction!

Cons: Not a con, but it's a big speaker, deep, make sure you have the room under your TV.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Anonymous from Geneva, OH on 1/4/2017

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Excellent!

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Amazing Sound

Luis from laredo,tx on 12/31/2016

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Impressed with the sound of this center channel. I have never though dialogue could sound so clear even with music...

Pros: Cleanliness of sound, easy installation, superb manufacturing quality

Cons: none

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Sheri from Midland, TX on 12/28/2016

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Super clean sound and look, why go to the movies, bring them to your own home. I couldn't be happier with this center!

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Great sound and it Rocks

Anonymous from Joliet, IL on 12/22/2016

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Bought this center channel after exchanging it from a smaller Klipsch . Both were open box items , both (flawless) ,could not be happier with both but wanted more so I got this one and it is great it is crystal clear and does exactly what I need it to do, rock!!! So to sum it up I would definitely buy it again. Worth the money.

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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Anonymous from Rancho Cordova, CA on 12/17/2016

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Amazing product! Worth every penny. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone looking for a high end quality center channel!

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Still the Best for the Money

Rudy R. from Roseville, CA on 9/7/2016

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Just received my RP 450C, well no fault of Crutchfield again. It took 7 days to get to me, but since I followed it. I noticed UPS received it in 2 days near me. Sept.2, 9:50 pm then delivered it to me at 9 pm sept. 6th. It wasn't a big deal to me. Anyway just hooked it up but only as a 12awg. not like my towers which are 9awg. Set up the Ypao to adjust correct sound. First thing obviously after 5.5 mths listening to movies in stereo but adjusted by my reciever Yamaha RX-A 3050 . It sounds very clear for voices nicely. Again having Klipsch speakers for so long I know everytime I buy one I don't ever worry about there sound. The box it came in was protected, but that speaker caught me off guard in size. Wow, before I ordered I pulled out a measuring tape to see . Lol I didn't image it was that big... The sale price is why I went with the 450C first I was thinking 440c. Great price made me pull the trigger.

Pros: It's Klipsch of course. Price Sound Construction Those awesome copper colored woofers. Black ext. Looks good design wise.

Cons: Big heavy

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Rick R from Cave Creek, AZ on 8/23/2016

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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C one of the best purchase I've made to date one the best thing is I can hear all the voices in a movie while airplane and car are buzz by! Plus I can listen to music at a very low level and get all the quality you expect in a concert! I've have use it in a large room and in a small room and they sound great. I have a pair of Klipsch R-28F floorstanding speakers and a pair of klipsch 160m and together they go far be on all my expectation.

Pros: Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C are the best center speaker out there for the price!

Cons: None!

I hear everything

Mark from Lacey, WA on 8/19/2016

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I have had center channel speakers before, but could never hear them, this is way better.

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Klipsch RP-450C

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

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This is my first time using Klipsch. Bought this to use in a Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 setup in a multipurpose room. It's paired up with Klipsch RP-160M. It's taking a little longer than expected to break in, but it keeps sounding better and better every time. I originally had an RP-250C, which was fine, but I wanted a little more fill.

Pros: Love the magnetic speaker grill The ebony finish looks great Sounds fantastic

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Best Center Channel Speaker I've owned!

RT from Harpers Ferry, WV on 6/13/2016

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I have been a fan of Klipsch speakers for long time. Back in the 90's I had KG-4's and KG-2, before surround sound really took off...I've matched the RP-450 with RF-52 II's, RS-52's and R-12 SW. The sound is nothing but AMAZING! I iniitally connected before running Denon Audyssey, and sounded good. After running Audyssey boy did this center channel really perform! I watched the movie Prometheus and noticed things in the film coming from the center channel that I really never noticed! The clarity and detail from movies is outstanding! Keep in mind this center is fairly large and deep, will work well if you place TV on top of speaker and inside an AV cabinet, just make sure you do complete measurements, L, W, D, to ensure proper fit! My RP-450 is placed inside a center channel area of my AV Cabinet, Bell-O PR-33, [http://www.bello.com/pr33.php] had to slightly mod the inside, but it does fit very well and has excellent SOUND! Very happy with the purchase, highly recommend this to anyone looking for a higher-end, but yet value-priced center channel.

Pros: Superb clarity and sound quality!

Cons: A bit large and deep in size, may be difficult to fit into an AV cabinet.

Premiere RP-450C

Jules from wichita, KS on 3/23/2016

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After having the RP-450C for a few Months, This is an Awesome Center Speaker, Dialog is Very Clear!! This Replaced a Klipsch RC-3. The RP-450C is by Far Better than my old RC-3. Also have the RP-260F Towers for about 4 months now. At First didn't think they were any better than my 10 year old Klipsch Towers, In time (a Little Break-in) and running a System Enhancement Disc They really Shine Now. New Horn Design Sounds more Detailed & Smoother, Especially if Paired with good Separates. Originally Purchased the RP-440C, Not a Bad Center Channel - It's Just the RP-450C sounds more like a Speaker (Not a Sound Bar) if that makes sense. Kudos to Crutchfield for the Hassle Free Return and Exchange.

Pros: Clear and Full Sounding

Cons: Size might be an Issue to Some. If you have the Room You won't be Disappointed

Articulate & Bold

Adam from Seattle, WA on 2/7/2016

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This speaker really packs a punch (it doesn't take a lot to drive it). It is very articulate and good at representing sound. The horn combination with the 4 woofers allow an impact sense to drums while keeping a very realistic representation of a persons voice. This was a big improvement over my old Polk Audio CSi5.

Pros: Articulate, full sounding, clear and very appealing to the eye.

Cons: For some: the size. For me, nothing!

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Anonymous from California on 1/19/2016

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Excellent product. Great appearance and sound. Customer service provided great advise in guiding my purchase. Thank you.

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Excellent speaker

Klipsch_Speaker from Virginia on 1/17/2016

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This is an excellent center channel speaker. I had been looking for one that would look good as well as sound great. This speaker does both and it is a giant compared to all the other tiny center speakers out there. The sound is very rich and full. I would recommend that you have a very good powered amp to push this guy else you may be over driving your amp to get the very best out of this speaker. Thanks for Crutchfield and UPS it arrived in excellent shape and on-time.

Pros: Great Sound and excellent directional sound image.

Cons: Price but you get exactly what you paid for so.

This is the secret weapon

JVL from Upstate, NY on 1/14/2016

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I was advised that if you are going to invest in one thing for your home theater that you should not skimp on your center channel. So I didn't and chose this outstanding center channel speaker. I have to say that this speaker just makes movies come to life. Virtually all of the dialog comes from the center channel, and this pairs up with my 75" TV extremely well. I use the Klipsch RP-160M speakers for L and R with the RP-250S surrounds and the huge R-115SW sub (all connected to the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1050) and I have a system that has turned my 25' x 20' space into a state of the art theater experience. Huge dispersion on this speaker, you can hear it extremely well no matter what your seating position is in the room. Fantastic clarity and excellent focus on verbal dialog.

Pros: Wide sound dispersion, incredibly clarity and detail, can keep up with the largest TVs

Cons: None whatsoever.

Great Speaker

Anonymous from Lexington , KY on 12/10/2015

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This speaker is a great edition to my klipsch tower speakers. I had a klipsch reference series before and upgraded to this speaker and it is great for music and watching tv.

Pros: The Highs are crisp and clear and it provides great depth of sound.

Cons: None so far have had it about a week.

RP 450C

B VIS from Greenwood IN on 12/8/2015

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Awesome center channel speaker

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Massive upgrade

Juiceman from Georgia on 11/10/2015

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This speaker has far exceeded my expectations!!!! Ready for the floor standing speakers!!!!!

Pros: Loud dialogue and super bass. Will not disappoint.

Cons: None. Can't think of one.

Building Home Theater

Mark from South Carolina on 10/25/2015

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Research says your best speaker should be Center Channel. Research is RIGHT. Matched up with my power hungry Cerwin-Vega D4s, music is like front row concert! AV great too.

Pros: Copper Coated Cones look great when displayed. Overall an attractive speaker that sounds better than it looks.

Cons: Hmmm...maybe my loud music

Sounds amazing

Rick from Utah on 10/21/2015

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Sounds amazing, crystal clear, plays as loud as I want it to without distortion.

Pros: Looks good, sounds better.

Cons: None.

Klipsch RP 450C

BillyB from Texas on 9/23/2015

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This center speaker is amazing! You can hear sounds that you never where hear to before. Very happy with my purchase and it looks great!

Pros: None, i like the fact you can remove the grill to show it off and leave the grill on.

Cons: Size make sure you get the specs on this speaker, so it will fit on your entertainment system.

Impressive sound! Changed the way I hear movies.

AdanI from Florida on 8/30/2015

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Impressive sound, changed the way I hear movies.

Pros: Deep reach sound of voices.

Cons: Make sure you have space for it.

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SF from Idaho on 8/17/2015

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Speaker is very well made and looks great.

Pros: looks great...

Cons: none...

Great Center Channel!

LS from North Carolina on 7/26/2015

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I am very happy with this center channel. It's amazing what a different it makes; dialogue in movies is so much clearer than it was before. I only wish I had bought it sooner. Crutchfield service was amazing as usual.

Pros: Great sound Looks great Big enough that I can set my TV on top of it

Cons: Costs a lot by my standards, but I'm happy with the value for money

Center of the sound stage

Ed K from Illinois on 7/5/2015

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I replace my Bose 4 speaker center channel speaker with this one and I love it. The dialogue is so much cleaner it's as if I was missing something and I didn't now it, until I put this in as a center channel in my system.

Pros: Great vocal recreation, great looking

Cons: I wish I could have got it on sale

Klipsch RP-450c

Adam from Littleton co on 3/9/2015

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Bought this speaker to to go with my other klipsch front and rear speakers. I had a older Infinity center that sounded good but did not sound as good as my others klipsch . After install made a big deference on sound. Better highs and great lows. Speaker also looks awesome.

Pros: Sounds great lows awesome

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Very Powerful

CJCJ from Florida on 3/7/2015

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I've been through a few different center channel speakers, neither my previous Infinity or Mirage could output a balanced range of vocals and effects. The Klipsch blends very nicely with my older Infinity SM155 & SM125 studio monitor main speakers.

Pros: -Solved my weak center channel output, movie dialog is loud and clear. -Easily handles 100+ watts of power without sounding stressed.

Cons: -Pricy -Styling is rather plain

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type Binding post
Power Range 150
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 58-25k Hz
Height (inches) 6-13/16
Width (inches) 31-1/8
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight 35.7 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

90° x 90° Hybrid 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 5.25" woofers of the RP-450C 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 5.25" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-450C 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-450C 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 (cherry) 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-450C 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-450C 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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Why did you buy this?

Updating my old speaker system with a bigger, badder one from Klipsch, to include a new center channel ordered from Crutchfield, taking a chance on one of their "Scratch & Dent" models. Klipsch has always been system I've desired and decided I'd been on the fence for far too long. It was time to stop wishing for it and buy it. And with all the guarantees from Crutchfield, ordering from them is a true no brainer. Thanks Crutchfield!!![ Jack L.  Oct 15, 2017 ]
Klipsch has great sound[ Larry  Feb 26, 2017 ]
already own Klipsch equipment and their quality and sound is amazing,crisp and, deep bass[ Hawaian  Dec 18, 2016 ]
to match my Klipsch RP-280F floor standing front speakers which are excellent[ MD  Mar 04, 2016 ]
Center channel upgrade to join current front, surround and back Klipsch speakers.[ George  Jan 27, 2016 ]
Needed center speaker to match my killer Klipsch RP-160M bookshelf speakers and fill a big room.[ David  Jan 13, 2016 ]
I need a new (and much better) center channel to replace the not-so-good one I have. If this proves to be as good as some say, I may well replace all of my front speakers with Klipsch.[ M  Sep 08, 2017 ]
Bryce was very helpful on previous call[ Edwin  Sep 04, 2017 ]
This speaker can "hold it's own" as a home theater center channel with just about ANY main speakers. I have it as part of a full Reference Premier 7.2.2 system with RP-280FAs as the mains and they blend beautifully. It is big and strong enough to set your TV on if you desire. No sonic difference between this speaker and the "CA" version - just the speaker cabinet finish. Highly recommended![ JAMES D  Jul 11, 2017 ]
It was on sale, and I wanted this particular model.[ Joel  Jun 02, 2017 ]
Center speaker is very important and this speaker has great reviews.[ RALPH  May 24, 2017 ]
Great reviews on this center channel and it will work great with the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280FA Dolby Atmos front speakers I purchased![ Michael W.  May 22, 2017 ]
Have had RC-3 center for several years and read glowing reviews for this center. Had wanted to go with the RC-64 ii, but at that price point I could get 2.5 RP-450C units.[ THOMAS  Apr 24, 2017 ]
i have a older one that performs well, and I wanted to upgrade....[ Shane  Mar 30, 2017 ]
Upgrade to Dolby Atmos[ Jimmy  Mar 12, 2017 ]
This is the best sounding center speaker I have found. The voices are really crisp and the bass is great.[ Jerry  Jan 21, 2017 ]
To match my RP-280F floor speakers.[ Eugene  Dec 05, 2016 ]
Great price for this amazing center channel![ Brent  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Brand loyalty[ Adrian  Nov 24, 2016 ]
The most important speaker for movie watching is the center channel and then the sub-woofer (in my opinion). This one is top of the line and sounds superb.[ Nicholas  Nov 24, 2016 ]
reviews[ William  Nov 10, 2016 ]
I like Klipsch. I'm sure that the center channel will be very detailed.[ Sanford J.  Oct 31, 2016 ]
I like the ebony finish which matches my other four Klipsch surround sound speakers.[ Lyle  Sep 19, 2016 ]
the name,quality and good reviews.[ hamid  Aug 31, 2016 ]
sound clarity is awesome with movie and music![ Richard  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Klipsch is the best, this is the best matching center channel for the RP-280F tower speakers.[ Mark  Aug 12, 2016 ]
This was a more cost effective match for black rp280fa speakers than the black rp450ca.[ William  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Good quality at a reasonable price. Noted good reviews on Klipsch speakers.[ Leonard  Aug 07, 2016 ]
High rating from all reviewers.[ James  Aug 01, 2016 ]
I've had Klipsch speakers for years, love the sound and engineering from them, and am replacing an older center speaker to compliment my 5.1 surround system.[ ROBERT  May 29, 2016 ]
I've owned Klipsch speakers for many years and trust the quality. Also, I like the size of this center speaker as it is large enough to put my 55" TV on.[ Samuel  Feb 29, 2016 ]
Vocals are very important to me in movies, so this product was the best choice for the price. I got this speaker on sale, so I went with this one instead of a smaller speaker.[ Enoch  Feb 27, 2016 ]
To replace my Bose 4 speaker center channel[ Edward  Feb 02, 2016 ]
To go with my new 65" LG OLED TV. I have RF62 Klipsch speakers pairing with a R-25c center, but soon will be purchasing the RP260F as an upgrade and wanted a great center speaker so hopefully this will be a big jump in my home theater setup.[ Thomas  Jan 10, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

I think it'd be fine. I've got a 54" OLED tv, probably 35 or 40 lbs, on top of mine. My feeling is that twice that wouldn't stress it at all.[ John  Apr 12, 2017 ]
I have my LG 55" with abase sitting on top of my Klipsch. It's pushing nearly 60lbs. I haven't experienced any problems so far. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't support the weight. If you have. Facebook page, send me a friend request for some photos of my theater.[ Otis  Apr 11, 2017 ]
i think it would[ MARK S  Apr 10, 2017 ]
The centerpiece speaker should have no problem with the 60" flat screen all pending on the style of your base. My footprint has the feet toward the ends of the tv so not an option for me.[ Victor  Apr 10, 2017 ]
This Center Channel Speaker is pretty well built. Think 75 Pounds would be pushing it[ JULIUS  Apr 10, 2017 ]
i would strongly suggest you contact the manufacturer directly. While it may support, I am not sure that over time the top won't sag......ask the manufacturer directly.[ Herman  Apr 10, 2017 ]
you won't need to do it trust me, that 450c is no joke and it's clean and loud[ Justin  Nov 29, 2016 ]
THxs.... Yes, I forgot about those guys....[ Aseaman007  Nov 23, 2016 ]
My klipsch center channel is below my tv also try a couple rubber door stops that helped the sound fire more towards my ear[ DENNIS L  Nov 22, 2016 ]
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  Apr 21, 2016 ]  Staff
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