Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-150M
Bookshelf speakers (Piano Black)
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Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-150M by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
A customer favorite just got even better
Take a quick look through Crutchfield's customer reviews and you'll see that Klipsch speakers are a big favorite. We're used to hearing comments like "Great sound!", "Best speakers I've ever owned," and "The clarity is amazing!". And we've already gotten similar feedback from our customers about the RP-150M bookshelf speakers.
These value-packed speakers combine solid construction with powerful sonic performance, making them an excellent choice for a stereo music system or as part of a Klipsch home theater system. Each cabinet features a 5-1/4" woofer for tight, punchy lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, 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.
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, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.
Klipsch's newly designed Hybrid Tractrix® horn features a circular throat around an advanced titanium diaphragm tweeter that transitions into a square 90º x 90º mouth. This unique shape provides a cleaner, more efficient transition of sound waves into your listening space.
Compared to previous Klipsch models, this horn design delivers a wider sweet spot with more precise placement of instruments and vocals. Even the horn material itself has been upgraded to molded silicone rubber that helps decrease resonance for smoother, warmer highs.
A horn that can enhance bass, too
Rotating the speaker around and looking at the back, you'll see that instead of the conventional round port tube found on many speakers, Klipsch uses a Tractrix horn-shaped opening for smoother, more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet. The resulting decrease in air turbulence makes for cleaner, more powerful bass with reduced port noise and low-frequency distortion.
High-tech woofer design
The RP-150M's Cerametallic™ woofer dishes out smooth midrange and articulate, well-defined bass. Klipsch makes its cone out of specially treated aluminum that's strong yet lightweight to dampen and prevent distortion. With the Reference Premiere Series, Klipsch also gave this woofer a newly developed titanium voice coil former that allows more linear movement for enhanced efficiency, lower distortion, and extended low frequency response.
Build a complete Klipsch system
You can build a great stereo system using the RP-150Ms and a subwoofer, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers for high-impact home theater.
- frequency response: 48-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
- impedance: 8 ohms compatible
- sensitivity: 93 dB
- power handling: up to 75 watts RMS (300 watts peak)
- 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
- 5-1/4" Cerametallic cone woofer with rigid titanium voice coil former
- bass-reflex design
- rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
- beveled MDF front baffles reduce frontal surface area to minimize diffraction, plus decrease high-frequency distortion and resonance
- magnetically attached grilles for a clean, streamlined look
- piano gloss painted finish
- binding post speaker terminals
- angled MDF base plate for elevated image height and increased speaker stability
- keyhole slot for easy wall-mounting
- 7-11/16"W x 14-5/8"H x 10-11/16"D
- weight: 14.7 lbs. each
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers (Piano Black)
- 2 Detachable magnetic grilles
- 8 Felt pads
- 4 Rubber pads
- User Manual
- Warranty Information
- Important Safety Instructions
Great speakers clear and crisp sound.
Thomas, Dedham, MA
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Type||Tractrix Horn|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||48-25k Hz|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||28-31|
|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 Woofer: The single 5.25" woofer of the RP-150M bookshelf loudspeaker features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts its inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range The 5.25" woofer also employs a rubber surround for added durability.
Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-150M bookshelf speaker's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequencies (1500Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.
Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-150M 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 speaker's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.
Magnetic Grille: The bookshelf 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-150M 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.
Mounting Options: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series RP-150M bookshelf loudspeaker provides a variety of mounting options.
- MDF Plinth: The all new satin-painted MDF plinth footers of the Klipsch Reference Premiere series bookshelf speakers lend an acoustically sound, authoritative stance when placing the speakers on a tabletop, shelf, or stand. Pre-installed rubber feet add extra stability.
- Wall Mounting: Each Klipsch Reference 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). There is also a 3/8" threaded insert on the back of each speaker for use with 3rd-party wall-mount brackets (sold separately).
Placement: The Reference Premiere series bookshelf loudspeakers are designed to perform well in a wide variety of locations but you will get the most out of the speakers by following these simple guidelines.
- For optimum performance, Klipsch suggests placing the speakers 6'-15'apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be approximately 1-1.5x the distance separating the speakers.
- Place the front left and right speakers on shelves or stands with their tweeters at approximately ear height for a seated listener. When used surround sound speakers, they normally perform best when placed slightly higher than ear level.
- The bookshelf loudspeakers should be equal distance from the floor and the wall behind them. It can also help to have the left and right speakers at different distances from their nearest side walls. This sort of staggering helps smooth the bass range.
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Why did you buy this?
Quality, Brand Integrity, Style and Value . This the criteria I use to evaluate a product and Klipsch is a cut above the rest in all four ! [ Alice Sep 10, 2018 ]
matches my center speaker [ Jeffrey Jul 15, 2018 ]
recommended for my small amplifier [ George Nov 24, 2017 ]
known product [ RICHARD Jun 26, 2017 ]
To upgrade my 16 year kid speakers and to go along with the Klipsch Reference Premier center channel speaker I recently bought. I'm very happy with the sound, look, and value price of my other Klipsch speakers. [ Marcell Apr 04, 2017 ]
great sound and looks [ Douglas Jan 20, 2017 ]
Best bang for the buck. Awesome sound and just the right size! [ Mark Jan 13, 2017 ]
liked the smaller RM 15s I bought elsewhere. [ Thomas Dec 27, 2016 ]
Reputation of Klipsch and specs. [ Mary Kay Dec 18, 2016 ]
solid choice. apropriate specs. nice look [ Pasquale Sep 24, 2016 ]
Reviews were the deciding factor, also have always heard good things about the Klipsch brand. [ ORLANDO D Jun 08, 2016 ]
I choose this because this is a famous name and it is on sale. [ karen Apr 29, 2016 ]
I have already had a pair of there Heresy speakers and loved them.So I am using klipsch speakers for my 5-1 surround sound .They still sound great. [ WAYNE Jan 21, 2016 ]
Great look & sound! [ William Jan 12, 2016 ]
Klipsch reputation for quality and product reviews . [ James May 09, 2018 ]
The Crutchfield advisor recommended these for the use I requested - stereo music listening. They met my price point and the advisor noted they should have a cleaner and fuller sound than the other speakers we discussed. [ Matt Apr 26, 2018 ]
great speakers [ Ricardo Mar 29, 2018 ]
Awesome [ ryan Mar 18, 2018 ]
I have a great Klipsch Center Channel speaker which sold me on the brand. The balance of my 5.1 surround system is Bose dual cubes, 3 of which are suspended from the ceiling in the rear of the listening area and a JBL subwoofer. I am advancing to a 7.1 system so these Klipsh bookshelf speakers will be on the side of the listening area which will sideline one of the rear ceiling speakers. It sounds a little disjointed, but I wanted to maintain matching speakers for the side surrounds. [ WESLEY L Jan 31, 2018 ]
Bryce helped me with choosing the surround sound system. [ Joseph Jan 04, 2018 ]
Sound clarity. [ Dean Aug 03, 2017 ]
The decision to purchase the Klipsch RP-150M was based largely on their reputation, and current review from other buyers. I remember this company when I was a kid back in the 70's as being one of the premiere speaker lines. [ John Jul 21, 2017 ]
Crutchfield recommended them and after evaluation, I thought it was the right choice also. Customer service people are a very knowledgeable staff. [ Jerry Jul 15, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ Jeffrey Jun 08, 2017 ]
shelf speakers for built-ins on either side of a fireplace in family room. Smaller sized speakers with big sound. [ Gary Jun 05, 2017 ]
Needed a set of front speakers for a small surround system. The RP-* series comes highly recommended from several sources. [ Paul Jun 02, 2017 ]
Rear back channels for a 7.1 system. [ Rafael Apr 22, 2017 ]
to complete my home theater upgrades [ D Jan 06, 2017 ]
Recommendation of customer service person. [ Paul Dec 28, 2016 ]
Extensive conversation with Troy [ Greg Dec 16, 2016 ]
I chose this product after a long conversation with Dolly your rep. She was amazing, polite, patient, very knowledgeable. She answered all my questions, I must say it was one of the best experiences I have ever had when calling a company for help. She helped me make a decision that I am very happy with. [ J Nov 20, 2016 ]
Klipsch name, bookshelf speakers. [ Warren Oct 03, 2016 ]
Chosen by my stereo designer. [ Nick Sep 15, 2016 ]
I needed rear speakers for a Dolby atmos 7.x.4 setup. [ William Aug 12, 2016 ]
I own a RC-35 Center channel and wanted to make sure I matched the Tweeters. Sam was a great help in selecting the speakers. The fact that they price match for 60 days sealed the deal. [ Joe Jul 07, 2016 ]
To complement my Klipsch RP250 floor standing speakers. [ Henry Feb 09, 2016 ]
Awesome brand and price! [ Lawrence E. Jan 27, 2016 ]
compact size, freq. response, sensitivity, durable materials, Klipsch sound and style [ Jason A. Jan 21, 2016 ]
quality [ jeffrey Dec 28, 2015 ]
Best [ Michelle Dec 12, 2015 ]
I have many Klipsch speakers in my home. Quality stuff! [ Jeff Jul 19, 2018 ]
High end [ Brian Feb 11, 2018 ]
My wife and I really enjoy our music and we were looking to upgrade the sound quality of our existing speakers and replace our worn out NAD CD player. [ Tim & Roidawn Feb 26, 2018 ]
It will work as surround speakers for now and as bookshelf speakers later [ Thomas Feb 26, 2018 ]
Well built bookshelf speakers with great sound!! [ MICHAEL Dec 29, 2017 ]
Reputation of Klipsch and previous experiences with Crutchfield made this transaction easy. [ Scott Dec 27, 2017 ]
7 questions already asked
do not know, but they worked with a pioneer vex-516. [ MARTIN M Aug 04, 2016 ]
Yes they will be a nice match for that amp [ Paul Aug 04, 2016 ]
Open-box Our returns-processing technicians thoroughly inspect and test all returned product to make sure they're in good working condition. They make sure the products are complete - including all parts, accessories and owner's manuals. The manufacturer's warranty applies. Some open box units will not qualify for manufacturer rebates. [ Krissy Jun 29, 2015 ] Staff
They could possibly work for a center but you'd have to split inputs and even then you probably would not get the best delivery of sound thru the crossovers. I recommend using the Klipsch 440C for your center for about $130 more. I have the R28F's, the 150's and 440c and together they are a tremendous system that is amazing in quality of sound. [ Mark Aug 06, 2017 ]
Yes the crossover frequency is 1500hz [ Daniel Jul 14, 2017 ]
Yes, the following is taken directly from Crutchfield's Product Research page: Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-150M bookshelf speaker's crossover network is constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and an air-core inductor to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration. The speaker's enhanced crossover frequencies (1500Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration. [ ADRIAN Jul 13, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. The listed specs 7-11/16"W x 14-5/8"H x 10-11/16"D includes the base. Hope that helps. [ Kenny Dec 27, 2016 ] Staff
The base is removable by the 4 Phillips head screws mentioned. Even better, I was able to turn the base 180-degrees and screw it back in so the speakers were pointing slightly downward (my stands place these at just above ear level). Therefore, the base gives three options (speaker direction): 1) stock (pointed slightly upward), 2) reverse (pointed slightly downward), or 3) removed (pointed straight ahead). Please note that if the base is removed you will be left with four small screw holes and will need to provide rubber feet for the bottom of the speaker. [ Adam Jan 30, 2017 ]
There are 4 Philips head screws on the bottom so it seems as if it is possible. Love these little speakers. They are solid and heavy for their size. Most important: they sound terrific! [ Kraig Aug 08, 2016 ]
I have to believe. If you remove the 4 screws on the bottom, the base should one right off.it would make sence if you're going to use them on a bookshelf. [ John Aug 03, 2016 ]
The Yamaha you noted is rated at 110 watts - while these speakers are rated at 75 watts. They may work as Surround sounds - but if you really bump up the volume you're going to push them over their limits. [ Lawrence E. Feb 25, 2016 ]
I recently purchased these speakers (and the g-16) and are using them with my Yamaha Rx-v867 receiver and they sound excellent. Hope this helps. [ Kenneth Feb 25, 2016 ]
I can't imagine these speakers not working with any receiver ?? [ John Feb 25, 2016 ]
My opinion is the Yamaha receiver and Klipsch speaker combo has been awesome. I love the sound quality from the speakers and the power from the amp, seems like the perfect combo for me. It has been great. I love it. [ Scot Feb 25, 2016 ]
As long as the receiver has one or two sub woofer outputs it should. You can call Crutchfield directly too they have great customer service. [ Kaylan Feb 25, 2016 ]