Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-260F
Floor-standing speaker (Piano Black)
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Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-260F by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Fill your home with powerful Klipsch sound
It's not every day that Klipsch releases a new series of loudspeakers, which is why we're so excited about the RP-260F. This floor-standing tower is part of Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series. Just like their predecessors, Reference Premiere speakers have what it takes to become big customer favorites. Each solidly built cabinet sports dual 6-1/2" woofers for tight, powerful lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. The RP-260F's dynamic, room-filling sound and moderate size make it a great choice for both music and home theater systems in medium- to large-sized rooms.
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 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
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-260F'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
You can build a great stereo system using a pair of RP-260Fs, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and a subwoofer for high-impact home theater.
- frequency response: 34-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
- impedance: 8 ohms compatible
- sensitivity: 97 dB
- power handling: up to 125 watts RMS (500 watts peak)
- 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
- two 6-1/2" Cerametallic cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
- bass-reflex design
- rear-firing Tractrix port provides fast, efficient airflow from the cabinet for clear, powerful bass
- magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
- piano gloss painted finish
- dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
- built-in MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) base for increased speaker stability
- 9-1/16"W x 39-1/2"H x 16-13/16"D
- weight: 49.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Floorstanding loudspeaker (Piano Black)
- Detachable magnetic grille
- 4 Spike feet
- 6 Rubber feet
- User Manual
- Warranty Information
- Important Safety Instructions
Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.
These are wonderful speakers. I replaced a set of old JBLs and am not disappointed. Sound great and look great.
Jack, Lodi, WI
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||34-25k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
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 the 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 two 6.5" woofers of the RP-260F floor-standing 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 6.5" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.
Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-260F floor-standing 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 (1800Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.
Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-260F 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.
- MDF Plinth: The all new satin painted MDF plinth footers of the Klipsch Reference Premiere series floor-standing speakers lend an acoustically sound, authoritative stance when placing the speakers on your wood, tile, or carpeted floors.
- Magnetic Grille: The floor-standing loudspeaker features a removable magnetic low-diffraction grille which easily snaps into place over its polymer front baffle.
Dual Binding Posts: The speaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire.
Rubber or Spike Feet: The floor-standing speaker comes with rubber and spike feet. The included rubber feet offer safe placement of the speaker on your tile or hardwood floors. The included optional spikes are intended to increase stability on carpeted floors; spikes are not recommended for hard surfaces. The rubber feet simply stick to the bottom of the speaker's MDF plinth, while the spikes screw into the bottom of the speaker's MDF plinth.
- The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" of height to the speaker.
- The spike feet add approximately 0.875" of height to the speaker.
Placement: The Reference Premiere series floor-standing 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.
- The floor-standing 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.
- The speaker requires a few inches of clearance behind it to allow its port to breathe and will sound best when they are at least two feet from any nearby walls.
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Why did you buy this?
Reviews were great and price point was good... [ ROBERT Oct 01, 2018 ]
Reputation and customer rating. [ D Feb 02, 2018 ]
excellent speakers [ RICHARD Jun 21, 2017 ]
It sounded like a good price on this set of speakers. [ Eddie May 08, 2017 ]
These speakers look very nice and have great sound quality at higher volume remain incredibly clear. [ Shane Feb 26, 2017 ]
Purchased the RP-260F speakers because they were recommended by Crutchfield experts to work well with my vintage Technics SA-EX140 receiver and provide sound similar to my 25+ year-old (and recently defunct) Infinity RS3000 speakers. [ Laura D. Feb 04, 2017 ]
Part of RP-260 5.1 package [ Jeffrey Dec 13, 2016 ]
After consulting with Jenny and Ryan I concluded that this was the best choice. [ Angel A. Dec 09, 2016 ]
I had forgotten to mention Blake, who had helped in making this slection,Thanks. All the reviews and recomendations for these klipsch speakers ,and price was why I thought these would be best for my center channel Klipsch. [ james Sep 27, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ Manuel Jun 07, 2016 ]
Im a fan of klipsch, based solely on the design. The rigid woofers require no phase plug to guide the center of the cone, allowing for more surface area. The horn design offers much more clarity from the highs. Ultimately, size does matter when it comes to a floor standing speaker and klipsch delivers that aspect well. Whether it be music or movies, the front speakers should always deliver a direct shot to the listener....right between the eyes! Thats the klipsch way! [ TRAVIS Feb 21, 2016 ]
they looked like the best speakers in my price range [ Peter Oct 10, 2018 ]
I love klipsch speakers and was upgrading my sound system, these new klipsch speakers are outstanding [ RICKY W Jul 19, 2017 ]
Upgrading my JBL surround system to Klipsch. The reviews of this model are incredible and I am looking forward to hearing the difference. [ CRAIG W Jul 17, 2017 ]
Great sound and quality for the price [ Kayur Jul 14, 2017 ]
I like Klipsch [ Michael Mar 11, 2017 ]
Great reviews! [ Francisco Mar 01, 2017 ]
RP-260F Floor Standing speakers are matched perfectly to my Reference Premiere RP-250C Center Channel speaker and RB-61 II surround speakers. These all have the same woofers and titanium tweeters as the Premiere Series. My 6.1 setup also includes R-25C Back Center speaker and an R-115SW subwoofer. [ James Feb 10, 2017 ]
to match my front speakers [ D Jan 03, 2017 ]
I specifically chose the RP260F because I had the opportunity to pay only $100 more over my recently purchased R26F that are of a lower tier of Klipsch speakers so it was a no brainer option. Great sale price!!! [ Rob Jan 01, 2017 ]
Otis recommended these over the RP-280F based on room size and associated equipment. These will be replacing RB-61 bookshelf speakers. [ Brian Dec 26, 2016 ]
Needed the pair [ C Oct 31, 2016 ]
Great reputation and reviews. Always wanted to own a Klipsch. [ Steven May 01, 2016 ]
Recommended by Buzz Buzz's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=53 [ Paul Feb 09, 2016 ]
Great soup and price [ PATRICK Feb 02, 2016 ]
Quality [ Mike Jan 23, 2016 ]
Great brand and great looks [ Rickey Sep 23, 2018 ]
6 questions already asked
Yes [ Sergey Jan 17, 2018 ]
Think I had a discounted price. Speakers exceptional! [ RICHARD Jan 15, 2018 ]
They were on sale just before Christmas. [ John Jan 14, 2018 ]
Greetings, Kylet. During the second week in January in 2016, they went on sale for $399 each, and that's when I bought a pair. My wife routinely watches 'Star Wars' movies in our home, and in the past two years she has thanked me many times for purchasing these Klipsch speakers. The neighbors? Not so much. ;) [ ERIC Jan 14, 2018 ]
Yes, I got them with a 12" subwoofer for $900. Best deali've seen so far. [ Constantino Jan 14, 2018 ]
All the time. [ Michael Jan 14, 2018 ]
The speakers have impedance, 8 ohms in this case, but it's not linear , goes up and down, from 2ohms to 10 ohms(depends on the frequency). The speaker does not handle the impedance , it has impedance....., the questions is if the amplifier or receiver can handle a certain impedance. There is not suck a thing as 4 ohms receiver!!!!!!!You don't measure receivers in ohms, but there are receivers or amplifiers which can handle 4 ohms speakers,lets say u have one with nomimal power 100watts into 4ohms, this means is good with speakers with at least 4 ohms impedance , but not lower than 4, this receiver will handle for sure higher impedances and will get around 50-60w into 8 ohms. The speaker does not handle impedance, it has impedance. [ gabitu Jun 27, 2017 ]
These speakers run at 8ohms only. They cannot be wired to 4ohms. [ Herbert May 09, 2016 ]
I'm not sure what the question pertains to, because the A/C resistance rating (impedance) of 8-Ohms relates to the speaker itself. That rating is used to match it with an appropriate amplifier or receiver that has a similar rating for its output connections impedance. Normally the amplifier or receiver will indicate that the speakers must be 8 Ohms or they give the range of 4-8 Ohms for maximum efficiency. I hope that this helps. [ ADRIAN May 09, 2016 ]
The Klipsch RP-260F's are nominally rated for 8 ohms. What this means is an 8 ohm load from the receiver should be presented to the speakers. As the frequencies sent to the speakers change, different loads are presented to the speakers some requiring more current from the amplifier. These loads can reach 2 ohms or less. Keep in mind these loads are momentary and the speakers can handle them. If a 4 ohm nominal load is presented the current required may not be able to be supplied by the receiver as frequencies change. If this happened the sine wave would clip and cause possible damage to the speakers. For these reasons I would not recommend using a 4 ohm receiver with these speakers. [ ARTHUR May 09, 2016 ]
The speaker is what determines the impedance/resistance in the circuit. The speaker does not need to 'handle' 4 or 8 ohms, it is what provides the load. You just need to pay attention to your power source (receiver/amp) to ensure it is capable of driving a 1, 2, 4, 8, or whatever ohm load. As a note, an amp that can drive a 4 ohm load can also handle a 6 or 8 ohm or anything 4 or higher. If you consider these speakers, make sure you drive them with at least 130+W. I'm running a Yamaha 3050 (150 W) and it does not seem to have the output as my comparably sized Paradigm speakers with less power. [ Anthony May 09, 2016 ]
This speaker is ported. The port is in the rear, has a horn shaped opening, and its purpose is to enhance bass. [ Donald May 09, 2018 ]
They are passive. No sub out. I connect the sub directly to my receiver. [ Alex May 08, 2018 ]
Yes, these are passive speakers. No sub out. They do have separate tweeter and woofer input should you care to bi-amp them, but if you plan on using a sub anyway (which I recommend highly) there is no need to bi-amp these speakers. These inputs are by default joined as one with a gold plated shorting block. These speakers with a good sub produce amazing sound. I have a Klipsch R-115SW with mine and WOW! [ James May 08, 2018 ]
They are passive speakers with just speaker connections, no sub out. They can be bi-amped. [ Douglas May 08, 2018 ]
As with any speaker the impedance with vary depending on the frequency you are testing with. These speakers, both tweeter and mid-woofer have a nominal impedance of 8 ohms typically at about 1000hz. This means the maximum load is at around this point. Impedance will typically swing up to higher numbers on either side of this frequency. I do not know of any testing available to the public that shows the impedance at each frequency. Again, the impedance rating of a speaker is "nominal" which means lowest point at the rated level. in this case 8 ohms. I hope that makes sense the way I wrote it. [ James May 08, 2018 ]
All Klipsch speakers have a rated Impedance of 8-Ohms, thus each set of speakers such the horn tweeter and the woofers connected in a bi-amp mode would still be 8-Ohms. [ ADRIAN Jun 08, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny May 19, 2017 ] Staff
Since the RP-250F has 5 1/4" woofers and the RP-260F has 6 1/2" woofers, the bass should be a bit more pronounced in the RP-260F towers. The frequency ranges for both speakers are very close, with the RP-250F with 35-25,000 Hz and the RP-260F has a rating of 34-25,000 Hz.. Normally, one would not be able to hear that 1Hz difference. The RP-250F has a sensitivity rating of 96 dB, whereas the RP-260F has 97dB, again they are very close. Higher dB sensitivity rating is better. That only mean that it takes a just a very little more power to drive the speakers in the RP-250F than it does for the RP-260F. Basically, since the speakers are so close in performance rating, it comes down to the personal preferences of the potential buyer. Either option will work just fine, they are Klipsch speakers. Buy a pair and enjoy your music and movies. If you will be using at least one powered subwoofer for the low bass frequencies, the setup will sound great. [ ADRIAN Jan 14, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Jan 14, 2017 ] Staff