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Klipsch Reference R-15PM

Powered bookshelf speakers with Bluetooth® and built-in phono preamp

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These compact monitors deliver room-filling sound that's richly detailed. With built-in 50 watts per channel and tried-and-true Klipsch speaker technology, they're a treat for the ears, and don't require a receiver. And they're ready to handle just about any source you can imagine, thanks to built-in Bluetooth, an onboard phono preamp for your turntable, and versatile digital inputs.

Small size, powerful Klipsch sound

These compact monitors deliver room-filling sound that's richly detailed. With built-in 50 watts per channel and tried-and-true Klipsch speaker technology, they're a treat for the ears, and don't require a receiver. And they're ready to handle just about any source you can imagine, thanks to built-in Bluetooth, an onboard phono preamp for your turntable, and versatile digital inputs.

Klipsch R-15PM

The R-15PM speakers have a built-in phono preamp for adding a turntable of your choice (not included).

Ready for your turntable, TV, and more

Want to breathe some new life into your vinyl record collection? Just connect your turntable and flip the input selector switch to "phono," and you have a compact stereo system that'll fit easily in smaller spaces — no receiver or separate amplifier required.

The speakers also feature an optical digital audio input, so you can run digital sound from your TV directly to the R-15PM speakers — ideal setup for watching videos in a bedroom or guest room. A mono subwoofer output lets you add a powered sub to make movie soundtracks really come to life.

Music from your computer and portable devices

The R-15PMs also have a USB Type B input for connecting your PC or Mac®. Forget using your computer's headphone jack — this direct digital connection is the way to get much cleaner sound from your digital music files and streaming sources. But speaking of headphone jacks, the speakers also have a stereo minijack for those portable devices that don't have Bluetooth.

Packed with proven Klipsch speaker technology

Scan the reviews of Klipsch speakers on our website, and you'll see that our customers genuinely love the performance they deliver. Klipsch didn't skimp on these powered monitors, either. Each one features a resonance-deadening MDF cabinet to minimize sound degradation. Inside, a 1" aluminum diaphragm compression driver is mated with Klipsch's famous Tractrix® horn to deliver clean, clear highs. And the 5-1/4" spun copper woofer gives you solid, natural midrange and bass, with a rear-firing port to further reinforce the low frequencies.

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth technology for streaming with compatible devices
  • built-in phono preamp
  • each speaker features:
    • 1" aluminum diaphragm compression tweeter matched with a 90° x 90° Tractrix® horn
    • 5-1/4" copper spun woofer
    • rear-firing bass-reflex port
  • 50 watts per channel
  • frequency response: 62-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • optical digital audio input (2-channel PCM only)
  • RCA stereo analog audio input
    • switch for selecting phono or line input
  • USB Type B input for connecting your Mac® or PC
  • stereo minijack input for portables
  • RCA mono output for optional powered subwoofer
  • credit card-style remote
  • requires AC power (AC adapter provided)
  • speaker dimensions: 7"W x 12-1/2"H x 9-7/8"D
  • weight: 10.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered speaker (right)
  • Passive speaker (left)
  • 68" AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 16' Length of 18AWG speaker wire (bare tinned wire on each end)
  • 6.5' USB-A to USB-B cable
  • 6.5' Stereo RCA cable
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Instruction Booklet
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

These speakers look and work fantastic. Very happy with this purchase.

Kelvin, Fort Washington, MD


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Two-Way Driver Design: The Klipsch R-15PM powered bookshelf speakers deliver room-filling sound from a two-way driver design. Each speaker includes a 1" aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25" copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 1800Hz.

  • Tractrix Horn-Loaded Tweeter: Each speaker has a Tractrix horn-loaded 1" aluminum dome tweeter for a natural, lifelike sound. The square Tractrix horn delivers a 90° x 90° dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
  • Copper Spun IMG Woofer: Each loudspeaker uses a copper spun IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) 5.25" woofer for accurate midrange and midbass performance.

Built-in Amplification: The Klipsch R-15PM's "Right Speaker" employs a built-in, ultra-low noise 50 watt x 2 channel amplifier to power both speakers in the system. The built-in amplifier has been custom deigned to maximize driver performance and eliminate the need for external amplification. The "Right Speaker" and "Left Speaker" are fitted with binding-post speaker terminals on the back of the cabinet and come with 16' of speaker wire (18AGW) to connect the speakers together.

Bass Reflex MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch R-15PM employs a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The ported enclosure features a MDF cabinet finished with a brushed black polymer veneer. The rigid MDF cabinet utilizes internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound. No grilles come with these speakers.

Bluetooth Music Streaming: The Klipsch R-15PM active loudspeakers feature built-in Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP technology which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, or Mac computer/laptop. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device and control basic playback from the included remote control. Advanced playback control and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth device. Once paired, the R-15PM will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Klipsch R-15PM.

USB-B Input: The "Right Speaker" of the Klipsch R-15PM features a rear-panel USB (type-B) input for connecting your Windows PC or Mac computer/laptop. Through the R-15PM's USB connection, you are able to play music files (up to 24-bit/96kHz) stored on your Windows PC or Mac computer/laptop through the powered speaker system.

Optical Digital Input: The Klipsch R-15PM is fitted with an optical (toslink) digital input on the back of the "Right Speaker" for connection to a digital audio device like your TV, Blu-ray, or CD player. The speaker's optical digital input will accept 2ch stereo PCM only (up to 24-bit/96kHz).

Dual Analog Inputs w/ Phono Switch: The Klipsch R-15PM is equipped with two analog audio inputs on back of the "Right Speaker"; there is one stereo minijack (3.5mm) input for connecting a portable audio device with a headphone jack and one stereo RCA input for connecting an analog audio component. The stereo RCA input has a Phono switch which allows you to connect a turntable, so you can enjoy your vinyl record collection.

Sub Out: The Klipsch R-15PM features a mono-sub RCA output on the back of the "Right Speaker" that allows you to connect a powered subwoofer for added bass response. Your powered sub should have its own low-pass crossover.

IR Remote: The Klipsch R-15PM includes an IR wireless remote control for wireless operation of the powered speaker, plus control of your Bluetooth paired devices. The remote offers easy access to system features such as dedicated source selection, volume up/down, play/pause, and previous/next track. Make sure to point the IR remote at the IR sensor on the "Right Speaker".

AC Power: The Klipsch R-15PM's "Right Speaker" which is equipped with the built-in amplifier must be plugged into an AC power outlet using the included 68" detachable AC power cord.

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Why did you buy this?

Quality price ratio is good. I considered the Klipsch Sixes speakers but they were more than twice the price. For less money I can get the R 15 Pm and add a subwoofer. The Crutchfield advisor agreed that's a better combo than the Sixes. [ Kevin  Oct 18, 2018 ]
love the klipsch brand [ bruce  Sep 18, 2018 ]
best speaker for my needs in that price point. [ Prudence  Sep 17, 2018 ]
They came highly recommended [ Thomas  Sep 06, 2018 ]
Price : performance ratio was hard to beat, plus they have bluetooth, USB along with standard hook up so lots of flexibility. [ Danny  Jul 06, 2018 ]
Strong recommendation from Crutchfield experts. You've never steered me wrong. [ R  Jul 06, 2018 ]
This is gift for our daughter. We have an identical unit in or kitchen an love it. I added a smaller (8") powered subwoofer to ours and this unit rocks! [ William  Jul 04, 2018 ]
Looking to upgrade my current desktop setup at work. I like all of the connection options and this will allow me to add a turntable into the mix without a separate amp. [ Paul  Apr 18, 2018 ]
Past experience with Klipsch speakers and particularly because of Bluetooth connectivity option along with built-in amplifiers. [ MARK  Apr 16, 2018 ]
for computer music sound [ clement  Apr 03, 2018 ]
They had a good rating and reviews [ Jordan  Jan 17, 2018 ]
i bought a pair of these for my son, and ended up using them the most ,sound great with a sub ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... [ ROBERT  Dec 31, 2017 ]
This product comes well reviewed, fits my needs and is on sale. It has a variety of inputs including BlueTooth. Couldn't have a better match. [ ISAAC  Dec 30, 2017 ]
These kind of stood out from the others I was considering (The shear usefulness of the package made me want to try them) and I have recently heard a pair of Klipsch Main Speakers that impressed me. In other areas of my house, I am using BOSE, Infinity, JBL and Paradigm, all on ONKYO Receivers --- I wanted to give Klipsch a go and see how they matched up. [ Robert M.  Dec 28, 2017 ]
looks like it is outfitted nicely and will be great for a phone vinyl buff from the old days [ R  Dec 13, 2017 ]
Talked with Levi and determined these speakers would meet my needs. [ Bob  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Experience with This BRAND - Reviews on The Qualities of THIS Model. The Connectivity and Features of This Self-Powered Speaker Pair. [ Nun  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Simple set up, high quality. [ Charles  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Quality [ Kirk  Oct 16, 2017 ]
Self Powered, Phono Preamp [ Tom  Aug 06, 2017 ]
Needed for use in compact space [ STEPHEN M.  Jun 28, 2017 ]
to pair with turntable [ DAVID G  May 04, 2017 ]
I like klipsch and they were on sale [ Lorin  Apr 27, 2017 ]
For daughter's graduation from college. Very happy with my Klipsch RP-280Fs, so thought these would be ideal for her to enjoy vinyl, Bluetooth audio and her iPod. [ Kevin  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Klipsch .. LOUD and PROUD since 1970 for me.. [ Ronald  Apr 22, 2017 ]
Awesome sound, especially after the break-in period of about two weeks. Bluetooth to stream music while I clean. [ JOANNA  Apr 11, 2017 ]
I like the idea of being able to use a set of bookshelf speakers to enhance the sound from our TV while allowing me to connect a turntable in that room as well for some listening to classic vinyl. [ Robert  Apr 03, 2017 ]
My technophile son chose this and I got it for his birthday! [ karen  Feb 22, 2017 ]
quality sound with bluetooth technology [ PERRY ROTHROCK  Dec 27, 2016 ]
Features - Bluetooth plus phono preamp built in. Remote will be helpful versus equivalents without. [ Penny  Dec 14, 2016 ]
I thought these speakers looked and most importantly sounded incredible. I wanted to put together a turntable system, and these had everything I needed, a built in preamp and amplifier... [ Richard  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Blue tooth capabilities [ David  Nov 30, 2016 ]
Heard good review about Klipsch's sound quality and convenience of all in one connections including Bluetooth. [ Biji  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Great buy! [ Aleta  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Klipsch brand loyal - they fit the bill for my turntable needs at this time. [ Greg  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Great reviews! [ Carl A.  Nov 18, 2016 ]
Quality, size, clarity, convenience. I love that I can stream music via Bluetooth or choose to wire in. They're the best option for all the ways I listen to music. And I can add a sub effortlessly. I was looking for a compact [but powerful] set up that delivers the power and clarity of a component system without the space requirements. This ticked all the boxes on my 'must-have' list. [ Jennifer  Nov 17, 2016 ]
recommendation from a friend who is a total audiophile - he said cleanest and crispest sound around [ Bradford  Sep 26, 2016 ]
Excellent value for the money [ Leigh  Sep 22, 2016 ]
1st - Crutchfield review, 2nd - Carson's enthusiasm for brand. 3rd - my research into brand and other power monitors. Carson's Bio: [ Thaddeus  Jul 06, 2016 ]
subwoofer input [ Brian  Apr 12, 2016 ]
Klipsch is my speaker of choice [ James  Mar 19, 2016 ]

11 questions already asked

Depending on your setup. I use these and a Polk PS10 front firing sub for my computer, and it works perfect for games, movies, and music. [ JASON  Aug 31, 2018 ]
You can use either. The R-15PM features a mono-sub RCA output on the back of the "Right Speaker" that allows you to connect a powered subwoofer for added bass response so, you can use almost any powered subwoofer model you'd like. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Sep 05, 2018 ]  Staff
I'm using the USB on a windows machine, not familiar with Mac, sorry but for windows it was just plug and play so I would think it would be same for Mac. [ Biji  Jul 16, 2018 ]
I had to manually select it the first time on the Mac, (System Preferences>Sound>Output Tab "Select a device for sound output"), but after that it recognizes it each time it's plugged in. You still need to select it on the speaker input by selecting USB on the Speaker remote or using the input knob (LED should be white for USB) . [ Eric  Jul 16, 2018 ]
No, it's plug and play on the Mac. [ Eric  Jul 16, 2018 ]
Yes, they play as a stereo pair (not mono) with distinct left and right channels. [ Jennifer  Apr 08, 2018 ]
Bluetooth being a digital connection (wireless) can transfer data of any form. When the device connects, it uses a predesignated profile, dictating the way that device can be handeled. So when connecting your device sending the data knows the recieving device (R-15PM) is a stereo device. Thus sending a stereo signal. In sort, yes. [ Michael  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Yes, Bluetooth carries stereo. Because of the limited channel capacity on many Bluetooth connections, the stereo information is often compressed and "lossy"; therefore, the music may not sound as good as it would over a wired connection. I have used a Bluetooth connection between my laptop computer and the Klipsch R-15PM speakers to play music, and the music sounded okay to me. [ David J.  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Yes, Bluetooth is capable of stereo; I use it often with these speakers. [ David  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Yes, it is in stereo. You're going to have to trust me on this one. I am sure Crutchfield will have an article somewhere about it, but I stream in stereo both with these speakers and in my car. [ Robert  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Yes, most modern Bluetooth devices (including the R-15PM) support the Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP standard, which supports high quality 2.1 stereo transmission. With the R15-PM, you also have the option of multiple hard wired connection types (and the ability to switch between sources using the included remote). [ Eric  Apr 03, 2018 ]
This particular speakers (Klipsch RP-15M) is a powered speaker set, which is meant to use without an audio receiver. Only way it can be connected to your receiver is, if the receiver have a pre-amp connection. if you want to use the receiver as the power source the you might want to look into a non powered speaker like the Klipsch Reference R-15M. Hope this helps [ Biji  Dec 30, 2017 ]
It also has a TOSLINK port that allows a digital connection, which most CD players support. [ Eric  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Yes, I have done this. There is a set of standard RCA input jacks you can use. They are there for a turntable, but they have a switch so you can change the inputs from phono to Line-in. [ Robert  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Yes, there's both an optical and a standard RCA jack. A CD player will attach to either. [ Eric  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Unfortunately there are no grill covers for the speakers. And no easy way to fabricate your own and attach some. that was my one objection to this unit as well. But all of the other plusses (especially the sub woofer out put) made me pull the trigger and buy them anyway. I got used to the look because the sound is amazing after about 40 hours of break in time. [ WILLIAM  Apr 18, 2017 ]
There is no grill to cover the front, even if they offer it as optional there is no way to attache it. I wish there was a grille cover, my kids are constantly touching the woofer. Sound is awesome. [ Biji  Apr 13, 2017 ]
I don't recall seeing anything like that in the box. All a matter of personal taste, I guess. They do look good once set-up next to other equipment and perform well. [ James  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Hey Gary! This is Jane with Crutchfield. I have these speakers in my living room right now! What a nice sound! These do not have a grill to cover them. Thanks for reaching out! I hope you have a good day! [ Brooke  Apr 12, 2017 ]
Hi Gary - I bought the Klipsch Reference R-15PMs earlier this year. I didn't see an option for an optional grill; in fact Klipsch products, as a brand, are often recognizable by their unusual copper-colored woofers. [ Carl A.  Apr 12, 2017 ]
No cover offered. The gold cone is a Klipsch trademark so they do not cover their speakers. [ David  Apr 12, 2017 ]
Unfortunately they do not come with a grill. Actually they are very unique looking, especially when you see them in person. [ Richard  Apr 12, 2017 ]
No, these come without grills, and there's no provision for grill mounting. [ Eric  Apr 12, 2017 ]
No i don't think they can be from what i read in the users manual as they have to be powered so they would not allow any signal through them. [ Jason B.  Apr 05, 2017 ]
NO. I would not recommend trying to integrate these speakers with another system of theater speakers. I tried using the Klipsch R-15PM speakers in parallel with another set, and there was a noticeable audio delay between the two sets; sounded like an echo. [ David J.  Mar 29, 2017 ]
It has a subwoofer output on the speaker. I bought a subwoofer that works with a wireless kit,R-112 sw, from Klipsch. You can use a wire if you do not want to spend for the kit. The manual shows you the connection. Would have put the link but they do not allow links in responses. Go to the Klipsch site and search for the speaker. It will have the link to the manual. [ james  Jul 13, 2016 ]
The speaker has a subwoofer output at the back of it. [ Julius  Jul 13, 2016 ]
See page 3 of the R-15PM Owner's Manual (available at Crutchfield's webpage on the Klipsch Reference R-15PM). I haven't tried setting up a subwoofer yet, but according to the Owner's Manual, there is a "SUB OUT" (labeled jack 6 on Owner's Manual page 3) for a single-cable direct connection to a powered subwoofer. The connection is an RCA-type mono output. The RCA-type mono cable needed is not included with the R-15PM speakers, but that type of cable is common at most audio stores, including Crutchfield. The R-15PM includes a remote control that can control the SUB OUT signal's amplitude -- one way to control the volume of the bass coming from the subwoofer. No doubt most powered subwoofers have a knob or remote control as well to manage volume. Many powered subwoofers -- for example the Klipsch Reference R-110SW Subwoofer at Crutchfield -- have a RCA-type line feed input (jack LEFT/LFE or L/LFE) that provides the jack needed to complete the connection at the subwoofer end. So to connect the R-15PM to a subwoofer, simply use an RCA-type mono cable to connect the R-15PM's SUB OUT jack to the power subwoofer's LFE jack. An alternate way to connect the R-15PM is to use a wireless subwoofer kit like the Klipsch WA-2, available at Crutchfield. I haven't done thorough research, but it appears that the Klipsch WA-2 kit will work well with the Klipsch R-15PM and a Klipsch powered subwoofer like the R-110SW. Hope this answer helps. David [ David J.  Jul 13, 2016 ]
There's a sub out on the right monitor so you can just direct wire it. [ Clayton  Jul 13, 2016 ]
There is a sub-out on the 'master' speaker. You can either run a subwoofer cable( single RCA type) to your sub and be done or if your subwoofer supports it (R115sw, R112sw, or R110sw) you can buy a wireless subwoofer kit and connect the transmitter to the master and the receiver to the sub and you are done. There are easy to find pictures of the ports available on the back of the speaker from Klipsch. It is really easy. [ Robert  Jul 13, 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. [ Krissy  Mar 28, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes, it does. [ Quentin Omar  Mar 15, 2016 ]
I'm using these with a fiio DAC and it sounds better using the DAC then the digital input, that makes me question if there's direct amp. I know this doesn't answer your question, but thought it might help. [ cinar  Mar 15, 2016 ]

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