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Klipsch Reference R-15M

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Want to squeeze every drop of musical detail out of your favorite Spotify® playlist? What about getting dynamic sound during your next movie night? Then check out the Klipsch Reference R-15M. This solidly built bookshelf pair features Klipsch's legendary horn-loaded tweeter, which produces clear, detailed highs. You'll enjoy solid bass response thanks to the copper spun 5-1/4" woofer and rear-firing port. And 5-way binding posts offer easy, secure wire connections. The R-15Ms perform beautifully in both a two-channel music system and as the front channels of your home theater.

High-quality performance for music and movies

Want to squeeze every drop of musical detail out of your favorite Spotify® playlist? What about getting dynamic sound during your next movie night? Then check out the Klipsch Reference R-15M. This solidly built bookshelf pair features Klipsch's legendary horn-loaded tweeter, which produces clear, detailed highs. You'll enjoy solid bass response thanks to the copper spun 5-1/4" woofer and rear-firing port. And 5-way binding posts offer easy, secure wire connections. The R-15Ms perform beautifully in both a two-channel music system and as the front channels of your home theater.

Build a complete Reference system

Add more bass to the R-15Ms with a matching subwoofer, or team them with other Klipsch Reference speakers for high-impact home theater.

Bookshelves: Klipsch R-14M
Center channel: Klipsch R-25C
Surround speakers: Klipsch R-14S
Floor-standing speakers: Klipsch R-24FKlipsch R-26F, and Klipsch R-28F
Powered subwoofers: Klipsch R-10SW and Klipsch R-12SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 62-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 94 dB
  • power handling: up to 85 watts RMS (340 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm compression tweeter
  • 5-1/4" copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer
  • bass-reflex design
  • rear-firing port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
  • removable grilles offer a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • 7"W x 12-1/2"H x 8-1/8"D
  • weight: 7.13 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

.. these are fine speakers .. sound quality is notable .. good power range. First time purchase of Klipsch speakers, will definitely buy another future pair of speakers, and other products from Klipsch ..

Art, San Juan, PR


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.0
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Copper-spun IMG
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 85
Sensitivity 94 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 62-24k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 12-7/8
Width (inches) 7
Depth (inches) 8-3/4
Weight (pounds) 10.3
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The R-15M bookshelf speaker features Klipsch's proprietary Tractrix Horn technology mated with a 1" aluminum LTS tweeter, for impressive high-end response and greater extension, enhanced imaging and powerful dynamics.

  • Tractrix Horn Technology: The square Tractrix Horn delivers a 90° (w) x 90° (h) dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
  • LTS (Linear Travel Suspension): Behind each horn lies a 1.0-inch aluminum tweeter with a linear travel suspension to minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.

5.25" Copper-Spun IMG Woofer: The Klipsch R-15M bookshelf speaker is outfitted with a single 5.25" Copper-Spun IMG woofer. The Copper-Spun IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer is exceptionally light while being extremely rigid - providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion.

Flared Port: The Klipsch Reference series bookshelf speaker features a rear-firing port that is perfectly matched to the cabinet and drivers. The port is precisely flared to minimize turbulence even at the lowest frequencies.

MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch R-15M bookshelf speaker features a MDF cabinet with a brushed polymer veneer black finish that seamlessly integrates into almost any room or decor. MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is utilized because of its damping characteristics for natural, uncolored sound without unwanted vibration and distortion.

Acoustically Transparent Grille: The Klipsch R-15M bookshelf speaker comes with a removable, black cloth grille that is acoustically transparent.

5-Way Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference series bookshelf speaker is fitted with sturdy 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The 5-way binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire (up to 10AWG).

Mounting Options: The Klipsch R-15M can be placed on a speaker stand, bookshelf, table, or other flat surface. The bookshelf loudspeaker comes with 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 0.25" to the height of the speaker.

Note: The R-15M bookshelf speaker does not include a keyhole slot to wall-mount the speaker. Nor, does it feature a threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker using an optional wall-mount bracket.

Placement: For optimum performance, Klipsch suggests placing the bookshelf speakers 6' to 15' apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be about 1 to 1.5x the distance separating the speakers.

Reference Series: The Klipsch Reference series consists of three floorstanding speakers (R-24F/R-26F/R-28F), two bookshelf speakers (R-14M/R-15M), one center channel speaker (R-25C), and one surround speaker (R-14S). The Klipsch Reference series line-up of loudspeakers sound great in stereo and home theater applications.

Optional Powered Sub: For bigger & deeper bass response, pair the R-15M bookshelf speaker with one of Klipsch's powered subwoofers (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Great sound and value [ J.Adames  Oct 05, 2018 ]
PRICE & ENJOY KLIPSCH PRODUCTS [ Daniel  Sep 17, 2018 ]
I bought these for a stereo in my shop, as I already have a pair for the house. They were on sale, so it was a no-brainer, because they are well worth the regular price any day. [ Jerald L.  Sep 16, 2018 ]
Price - quality - compact size [ Lawrence  Sep 12, 2018 ]
Tyler said it was solid. [ Nicholas  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Replacemen old Speakers. [ W  Jul 21, 2018 ]
I love klipsch and cant beat the sale price ...i have a center and 2 subs that are klipsch [ DAVID  Jul 20, 2018 ]
Klipsch Is Giant in The Industry of Speakers and The Size of These Bookshelf Speakers Fits My Needs [ Thomas  Jul 18, 2018 ]
Reasonably priced exactly what is needed for the garage. [ Marlon  Jul 16, 2018 ]
These are on sale right now, so I couldn't resist. I'm currently using the 14m, which has 4dB lower sensitivity. Given my audio source is a little 6wpc tube amp, the 15m's should help a great deal with maximum volume. [ Brian  Jul 15, 2018 ]
Love Klipsch [ A Dina  Jul 15, 2018 ]
Best price!...I've been searching everywhere online for 4-5 months for this low price on these klipsch speakers. [ New User  Jul 08, 2018 ]
Getting a new system and they were recommended by Crutchfield. Made comparisons on the website; the size and quality to fit my needs along with compatibility with other components that I was buying. [ Timothy  Jun 09, 2018 ]
Because of Kristina's awesome advice [ Todd  May 22, 2018 ]
Good match for extra stereo system [ BRUCE  May 18, 2018 ]
Brand name recognition [ George  May 08, 2018 ]
I have Klipsch Subwoofer I purchased from Crutchfield previously. These should make great rear surround speakers to go with my AV system. [ Martin  Apr 20, 2018 ]
after talking to your tech guy [ Daniel  Apr 20, 2018 ]
I readed the great reviews on this item,and I cannot wait to receive them so I can hear for myself.They are listed as a 5 star purchase.I will let you know soon. [ Lewis M.  Apr 18, 2018 ]
Needed 2 small speakers to complete my 9.1 set up , and Klipsch are by far my favorite. You get Incredible sound great quality speakers [ Paul  Mar 22, 2018 ]
These speakers were highly recommended to replace my JBL speakers to improve my overall "front" sound field. [ Rick  Mar 06, 2018 ]
It's a budget friendly setup for my current listening needs. [ J  Mar 03, 2018 ]
Klipsch Reputation [ Ron  Jan 01, 2018 ]
Own Klipsch system [ Gregg  Dec 31, 2017 ]
First, the ratings by review were really high. Secondly, I have Klipsch speakers and this pair will result in all my home theater speakers being Klipsch. [ Dwayne  Dec 22, 2017 ]
Like the look. I remember Klipsch when they advertised in a magazine called High Fidelity. Willing to take a spin with Klipsch for every day TV sound. Bought 2 Klipsch subs to go with... YMMV [ Daniel  Dec 21, 2017 ]
Site reviews and price. Replacing two existing fronts and moving the existing fronts to rears. [ James  Dec 21, 2017 ]
These will complete my transition from my older Acoustic Research speakers in my home theater. Legendary Klipsch quality is also a factor here. [ David  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Buyer ratings and Crutchfield reputation [ Mark  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Great Product and free shipping [ James  Dec 15, 2017 ]
I selected the Klipsch brand on recommendation of a friend. The model selected was based on the technical information available on your website and the space I have available. [ Stephen  Nov 06, 2017 ]
Reputation, price and I trust Crutchfield [ Karl  Oct 28, 2017 ]
Great speakers that have will be used as surround speakers in my new setup. The rest of my setup includes Klipsch Reference Premiere lineup, but remember the surrounds do not need to match the rest of the speakers and can usually save some money there which is what I did. Still an excellent buy and great sounding speaker in their own regard. [ Kyle  Sep 02, 2017 ]
I LOVE Klipsch speakers!!!!! I have 2 home theaters in Klipsch 3 subs and speakers in other rooms as well! [ Alexander  Aug 23, 2017 ]
I had a chance to listen to these bookshelf speakers as part of the Klipsch 5.1 at bestbuy and was really impressed by the sound. Crutchfield sells them for $10 less than any competitor at time of purchase. Thanks! [ Brian  Aug 12, 2017 ]
replace an old pair of speakers [ KENNETH  Aug 07, 2017 ]
Klipsch is the best brand in speakers period ! [ Orland Fire Dis  Jul 18, 2017 ]
Trustworthy brand and performance. [ Clarissa  Jul 15, 2017 ]
I know the product [ Robert  Jul 14, 2017 ]
I have a set of these bookshelves myself and like them, why not give some as a gift at this price? [ Mike  Jul 14, 2017 ]
I have the Klipsch Reference R-14M and they are awesome. Looking forward to the upgrade to the R-15M! [ Charles  Jul 14, 2017 ]
I just ordered a pair of R26-Fs from Crutchfield also on sale. The center channel is on order too. Amazing prices on some of the best speakers made. My home theater system is going to rock. [ Mark  Jul 13, 2017 ]
I have klipsch reference series for my fronts.. this completes my system. The reviews and the sale price sold me! [ Rick  Jul 12, 2017 ]
These are awesome little speakers [ Rick  Jun 10, 2017 ]
In your magazine By Josh Crane......Tim put it together page 42 [ Kermit  May 23, 2017 ]
Gret speakers couldn't beat the deal! [ Brent  May 19, 2017 ]
Great speakers ...better yet ..very reasonable price [ Thomas  May 17, 2017 ]
Great equipment and a great price [ Ronald  Apr 01, 2017 ]
Good price and a good product [ M  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Reputation [ Patrick  Mar 18, 2017 ]
I have been upgrading my home theater system, and I love how Klipsch speaker sounds, and looks. I was between the R-14m or the R-15m, but really I don like how the screws look on the R-14m speaker and tweeter, so I went with the R-15m. [ Gabriel  Feb 26, 2017 ]
Reputation size fit need [ THOMAS  Feb 12, 2017 ]
The brand and size is what I need for my set up. [ Kevin  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Goes well with my Klipsch center, front towers and sub [ Christine  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Just the right size for the application in mind, not to mention it's a helluva price for a pair of speakers. [ TRAVIS  Jan 18, 2017 ]
I needed some small speakers that I wouldn't blow with my receiver. These are perfect for me. [ John  Jan 15, 2017 ]
Have Had Klipsch Cornwalls Floor Speakers for 25 or 30yrs. or more, & their small Satilites for 5or6 yrs. or more,This will make a Good set for the Basement Along with My Sub. THX...JLH [ JIMMY  Jan 02, 2017 ]
got these to complete my 5.1 have klipsch R28f towers and R25c center [ Joshua  Dec 31, 2016 ]
I have owned a pair of Klipsch Synergy B3 speakers for a few years now, they sound phenomenal, so, I waited another pair. [ Jack  Dec 16, 2016 ]
I use Klipsch in-wall / in-ceiling speakers throughout my entire home (26 speakers) and they deliver true quality sound. Have no doubt these will be excellent. [ Richard  Nov 09, 2016 ]
Based on previous reviews and past experience with Klipsch, When the price dropped to $199, I had to jump on them! I look forward to their arrival and adding them to my system! [ Robert  Sep 18, 2016 ]
Small size, reputation for a quality product [ Daniel  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Quality brand, Excellent price. Fits my space and application. Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks. [ Hanson  Aug 25, 2016 ]
I am very happy with other Klipsch speakers, and these fit the space. [ Kristen  Aug 13, 2016 ]

8 questions already asked

While I am not 100% positive I wouldn't think so. You would really want a minimum of 10 watts. Mine is powered by a 40 watt receiver. This speaker is outstanding by the way. [ Hanson  Jul 03, 2017 ]
They could be, but I wouldn't recommend it. The bass port is in the back of the speaker and putting it against the wall would eliminate what little bass you get from the speaker. [ Robert  May 28, 2017 ]
yes you can mount these on the wall with the proper hardware. But remember the optimal speaker height for these speakers is around 32 to 46 in. Mounted too high the quality of the sound is distorted. [ Vernon Keith  May 27, 2017 ]
Not designed for a wall mounting. They are bass reflex speakers. The ports are on the back. [ Hanson  May 27, 2017 ]
Only on a shelf in my opinion. They are a little too heavy [ William  May 27, 2017 ]
I believe a wall mount would be OK as long as you allow at least 2 inch clearance at the back. [ David H.  May 26, 2017 ]
There is a slight curve to the top of the speaker. [ Robert  May 28, 2017 ]
The top of the grill is curved. HTH! My Bio: [ Paul  Jan 24, 2017 ]  Staff
Hi Christoper, Crutchfield has asked me to answer your question about mounting these Klipsch speakers to the wall and I don't know why they can't help you theirselfs, unless its to save money, but I will because my answer is short. I myself would NOT "mount" them, at least not in the usual sense. Instead, I would get 4 "L-shaped" brackets in the same color or nearly so to the color of your wall, get an appropriately-sized board to hold them and appropriately STRONG screws to securely affix the brackets to the wall, and just PLACE the speakers on the board n' brackets. This will allow for moving them to the best angles to suit the listening characteristics of your room, AND allow for whatever room in back of the speakers where the speaker wire attaches, with whatever kind of speaker wire and speaker wire ends you are using (banana pin plugs are the best as these are the sturdiest and most secure, also providing for the best sound transmission from amp to speakers.) -Hope this has helped. These are not "great" speakers but "solidly good." I wouldn't waste my time and trouble on fancy wall mounts. [ Roger William  Jan 14, 2017 ]
Just got my speakers a couple weeks ago and I haven't had a chance to mount them on the wall yet that is my weekend project [ TERRY A  Jan 13, 2017 ]
get a double sided wall mounting bracket, which would attach to the wall and screw to the speaker. or build a shelf for the speaker only and attach to the wall and the speaker would just sit on. 2nd option would be my choice [ Scott  Jan 13, 2017 ]
I do not know. Not sure why you would want to set these up with a sound bar. Get the R25C center channel speaker to compliment this pair. [ Robert  Jan 09, 2017 ]
I'm not sure, but these little speakers sound amazing! I would buy them anyway. [ Vernon Keith  Jan 08, 2017 ]
do not know. Speakers were used in a 7-2 speaker set up. Have a sound bar but it totally set up different. [ Frank  Jan 08, 2017 ]
Yes they can be placed on the side in fact I have one of mine on its side. It sounds great. [ David H.  Sep 15, 2016 ]
They absolutely can as that is how I am using them. You will find in the box the feet for the speakers are adhesive and not attached. You place them where you want them. [ Hanson  Sep 15, 2016 ]
I'm sure a "purist" would say that optimum position is "upright." However, there is no physical reason that the speaker couldn't be placed on its side. If it is intended to leave in this position, the rubber isolators should be attached to the bottom side. [ DAVID M  Sep 15, 2016 ]
You can place them anyway you wanted to it's your preference [ John  Sep 14, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. No, this product can only use a wired connection. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Aug 23, 2016 ]  Staff

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