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Klipsch Reference R-14M

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Our take on the Klipsch Reference R-14M

Over the years, Klipsch Reference has been one of our best-selling speaker lines. And for good reason — for decades Klipsch has been crafting high-quality speakers that offer powerful, lifelike sound. They've continued this tradition with their compact, affordable R-14M.

Classic Klipsch sound at a great value

Over the years, Klipsch Reference has been one of our best-selling speaker lines. And for good reason — for decades Klipsch has been crafting high-quality speakers that offer powerful, lifelike sound. They've continued this tradition with their compact, affordable R-14M.

This bookshelf pair features Klipsch's legendary horn-loaded tweeter, which produces clear, detailed highs. A copper spun 4" woofer delivers solid midrange and bass response in the sturdy speaker cabinet. And 5-way binding posts offer easy, secure wire connections. Make them part of a two-channel music system that doesn't take up much shelf space. Or use a pair of the R-14Ms as the front channels of a compact surround sound speaker system.

Build a complete Reference system

Add more bass to the R-14Ms with a matching subwoofer, or team them with other Klipsch Reference speakers for high-impact home theater.

Bookshelves: Klipsch R-15M
Center channel: Klipsch R-25C
Surround speakers: Klipsch R-14S
Floor-standing speakers: Klipsch R-24FKlipsch R-26F and Klipsch R-28F
10" powered subwoofer: Klipsch R-10SW and Klipsch R-12SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 64-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm compression tweeter
  • 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
  • 5-15/16"W x 9-3/4"H x 7-3/4"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 (installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

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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) 4
Woofer Composition Copper-spun IMG
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 50
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 64-24k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 9-13/16
Width (inches) 5-13/16
Depth (inches) 8-1/8
Weight (pounds) 7.13
Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The R-14M 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.

4" Copper-Spun IMG Woofer: The Klipsch R-14M bookshelf speaker is outfitted with a single 4" 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-14M 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-14M 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-14M can be placed on a speaker stand, bookshelf, table, or other flat surface. It can also be wall-mounted.

  • Rubber Feet: 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 0.1875" to the height of the speaker.
  • Keyhole Slot: The Klipsch Reference series bookshelf speaker feature a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied).

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-14M 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?

Recommended by a friend [ Greg  Aug 15, 2018 ]
matches other speakers [ David  Jul 20, 2018 ]
Size and customer reviews [ Geoffrey  Jul 18, 2018 ]
I am not an expert in this field.... Crutchfield is! These speakers were in my price range and listed as a Crutchfield favorite... that's enough for me to make them my choice. [ Susan  Jul 10, 2018 ]
Good brand reputation, small size [ Robert  May 23, 2018 ]
Wanted something not to big and they had good reviews [ HENRY Lavalle  Apr 25, 2018 ]
These were recommended by Larry as being compatible with my receiver, and the reviews and price were great. [ M T  Apr 14, 2018 ]
it was suggested by Brooke because of the age of my tuner. [ Terrijo  Mar 10, 2018 ]
I chose this item based on positive reviews plus I've been a Klipsch fan for over 10 years. [ r  Mar 05, 2018 ]
Gave these as a gift last year and liked them so much, that I got a pair for my own kitchen. Small, look good, and sound great! [ Andrew  Jan 06, 2018 ]
Great price! Crutchfield is the best place to buy from. Excellent service and they don't give you any hassle. [ WALTER M  Dec 25, 2017 ]
reputation [ Corky  Dec 24, 2017 ]
quality [ Joseph  Dec 06, 2017 ]
My son picked these out as a gift for me to give him at Christmas. [ Pamala  Dec 04, 2017 ]
Half price could not pass up deal on great speakers! [ RONALD J  Dec 03, 2017 ]
Quality & Price [ Andrew  Dec 01, 2017 ]
perfect size for room and matchs my klipsch subwoofer [ Lisa  Nov 25, 2017 ]
I have other klipsch speakers and sub woofer the sound is incredible. Excellent for a back office with surround sound system. [ floyd  Aug 18, 2017 ]
Quality [ Gary Thomas  Aug 06, 2017 ]
Brand,size,pricing [ William  May 31, 2017 ]
Clarity of sound for wall mount TV speakers [ B  May 26, 2017 ]
The Klipsch R-14M rounded out my system nicely. Recommend for apartment use. It filled out my Yamaha system quite well, and sounds great!! [ Robert  May 23, 2017 ]
I need a set of speakers for my workshop and based on all of the positive reviews these looked like the right fit. I also took advantage of the sale price. Can't wait to hook them up! [ P  Apr 30, 2017 ]
Any speaker made by Klipsch and $130 Bucks for 2... what a Great price... I bought 2, then after i received them and hooked them up, I just had to get 2 more to replace some Sony speakers I've had about 5 years. [ Matthew  Apr 30, 2017 ]
To use as new front speakers for audio system. [ William  Apr 29, 2017 ]
friend recommended [ Ralph  Apr 29, 2017 ]
Because Adam...the advisor...recommended them. [ Ceylanda  Apr 25, 2017 ]
Small package and great reviews. [ Nicholas  Apr 12, 2017 ]
I own other Klipsch speakers and was looking for something better to replace a bedroom system. [ Dan  Apr 08, 2017 ]
Small size, very affordable. I was in need of rear speakers for my 5.1 system. The 20-100 watt range will fit nicely with reciever. Onkyo rz900 [ Michael  Apr 07, 2017 ]
Price. I know this brand. I have over a dozen pairs of Klipsch speakers. I needed a small pair for a zone. [ DWIGHT D  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Quite a lot of buying guides recommended the Klipsch Reference Series. I am looking for better bookshelf speakers for my receiver. Here we are, $50 off sale. [ Andrew  Feb 27, 2017 ]
Awesome brand, have the center channel speaker , wanted to compliment it with the same brand. [ Jim  Feb 06, 2017 ]
Friend suggested [ Raymond Keith  Feb 04, 2017 ]
I wanted a subwoofer so I only needed these less expensive bookshelf speakers. I trust Crutchfield to ONLY offer good speakers and the last set of Klipsh speakers I heard were amazing. [ James  Dec 30, 2016 ]
price and reputation [ D  Dec 28, 2016 ]
Recommended [ Andrew  Dec 28, 2016 ]
name,price [ Barry Gene  Dec 28, 2016 ]
Best value per dollar in the size speaker I needed! [ chanoman  Dec 26, 2016 ]
I have Klipsch Reference for the fronts too. Wanted surrounds that match. I was pleased with the fronts I have and figure I dont need bass for the surrounds and these should do just fine for my needs. [ Addidis  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Great bookshelf speakers, i love the sound they produce. Amazing speakers [ Kwame  Dec 18, 2016 ]
I had a pair of klipsch years ago like 15 years love them but gave them to my son. [ craig  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Wanted excellent pair of bookshelf speakers in this price range. I am familiar with Klipsch and the reviews were excellent. [ Kelley  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Because of the size and promotion [ Lakshmikanthan  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Requested as a gift [ Christine  Dec 11, 2016 ]
The size of the speakers and the quality of sound that they reproduce [ Spacewarp59  Dec 10, 2016 ]
great price on great speakers. No tax and free shipping. What's not to like? [ Charles  Dec 09, 2016 ]
My grandson wanted these speakers for Christmas. Because Buddy was so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, I decided to go with Crutchfield. Buddy was amazing. [ Linda  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Love klipsch [ Coland  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Great reviews and price. This should be a big improvement to my ambient sound recovery system. [ David  Dec 06, 2016 ]
sale for pair. good reviews. [ APGAR`S  Dec 05, 2016 ]
price [ Chuck  Dec 04, 2016 ]
Unbeatable price and good reviews make for a great value proposition for use as satellite speakers. [ Marcell  Dec 02, 2016 ]
good deal. using them as surround speakers to match my other reference series klipsch speakers [ Clinton  Nov 28, 2016 ]
This deal can't get any better; can't find better sounding speakers for this price. [ ANTONIO  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Size match [ James  Nov 27, 2016 ]
I am confident in the quality of the products sold by Crutchfield, even for entry-level products. After reviewing the specs for these speakers and a similar priced pair from Polk with a Crutchfield consultant, I decided on the pair from Klipsch. [ Kenneth  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Klipsch's good reputation and reviews and a great Crutchfield price. Their size fit my specs for my room. [ Eric J.  Nov 19, 2016 ]
Great up-grade speakers for my college daughters existing "Transistor Radio" type starter stereo. "Klipsche" wow, impressive value with good sound.. [ BRUCE  Nov 18, 2016 ]
This product has a good reputation. These speakers should fit perfectly in the space allotment. [ Victor  Nov 15, 2016 ]
PRICE AND FREE SHIPPING [ Floydene  Nov 13, 2016 ]
I want above average sound quality in a small space. Perfect size ! [ HUGH  Nov 11, 2016 ]
Good brand [ Matthew  Nov 09, 2016 ]
great price & value [ michael  Nov 08, 2016 ]
I was looking for speakers for my office. [ Allan  Nov 01, 2016 ]
needed bookshelf speakers for bedroom [ MARTIN  Sep 15, 2016 ]
price, good sound, and match to my R-15m 5.1 system [ Beckie  Aug 30, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

I used Videosecu MS56B and Blue-Tac. They have been hanging on strong for 2 years without any issues. [ Randall  Jun 04, 2018 ]
Yes. These are not powered speakers. You'll either need a receiver or a pre-amp to power them. Choosing between a pre-amp or receiver depends on how you plan apply these speakers. For most situations people will just hook this up to a receiver. [ Ryan  Feb 23, 2018 ]
They will need some external signal from a receiver or amplifier. [ WILLIAM E  Feb 23, 2018 ]
The speakers require a receiver or amplifier. [ Lloyd  Feb 23, 2018 ]
They are great speaker's but they do require an audio source. [ Jeffrey  Feb 22, 2018 ]
Yes, these are 'passive' speakers meaning that they need a power source such as a stereo receiver or pre - amp/ amp combination. [ JAMES P  Feb 22, 2018 ]
What your turntable probably has is called a phono preamp. This means that all you'll need is an Integrated amplifier and some speaker wire. The turntable plugs into the amplifier, the amplifier plugs into the speakers. Look for an amplifier rated for just over 50 watts RMS into 8 ohms. Peak wattage ratings don't mean anything, make sure the wattage rating is RMS! I'm using an Akai AA R50 (63 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms). They sound great. About 75 watts RMS should give you optimal performance for these speakers. [ jwest1197  Sep 09, 2017 ]
Most turn tables are not pre - amps, they have a very small signal that is derived from the groove in the recording and the needle moving within a magnet. This small signal is fed through RCA cable to the pre - amp. The pre has a volume control that feeds the power amp that in turn feeds the amp that feeds the speakers. Hope this helps. [ JAMES P  Jun 11, 2017 ]
I'm sorry, have no idea. I will say I'm happy with the speakers which are used as satellite surrounds. [ Don  Jun 10, 2017 ]
These speakers are not powered so you'll need to have a pre-amp attached to your turntable in order for them to work. [ Ryan  Dec 27, 2016 ]
These are perfectly wonderful and reasonably-priced speakers that are not powered. I bought a Yamaha R-S202 receiver/amplifier to power the speakers. Again, these are perfect small speakers with a big accurate sound. I use them in my cellar and garage for listening to recorded music without commercial interruption. I wold bu the amplifier, Sony or a Yamaha to be able to use these speakers, yes I would. [ George  Dec 27, 2016 ]
There is no secondary power cable for these speakers. They require a powered input via the speaker cable such as is normally found in a Home Theater Receiver or stereo amplifier. [ DAVID M  Dec 27, 2016 ]
These are passive speakers (not self powered - so no power cord). You will need to use an amplifier to power these. These are rated at 50 watts when at 8ohms, which you actually want to be able to power at 2.5 times the peak power to get the best sound and headroom (so up to but close to 150 watts per channel at 8 ohms). I would suggest talking to a crutchfield rep to help you find tge right gear for this system based on your budget. [ Kevin  Dec 26, 2016 ]
No power cord- these are just the speakers and require a separate amp/pre amp for your turn table [ ROBERT  Dec 26, 2016 ]
no power cord , there Bluetooth speakers , they are 2way speakers, they need to be cranked up a bit to get some highs out of them ,otherwise good speakers. [ joe  Dec 26, 2016 ]
That would be Amplifier, not application, sorry, auto corrected. [ JAMES P  Dec 26, 2016 ]
These are passive speakers, not powered; so some type of application will be be needed. Also, what ever you decide to use, will need to have a phono input. The good news is that these speakers are very efficient and almost any receiver with a phono input will work. [ JAMES P  Dec 26, 2016 ]
They would be perfect for rear speakers in a surround sound system. I use mine in a system that has very vintage Bang & Olufsen Beovox S45 speakers as my main speakers. The Klipsch sound good. [ Lloyd  Nov 18, 2016 ]
I bought the R-14M speakers specifically to use as satellite surround speakers and they work great for this purpose. Don M. [ Don  Nov 18, 2016 ]
Absolutely! These little guys sound great. They lack the bottom end, but you have a sub, so you should love them. They do need stands to sound best. Hope this helps. [ JAMES P  Nov 18, 2016 ]

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