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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-240S

Surround speaker (Ebony)

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Here's your ticket to thrilling surround sound effects. Each Klipsch Reference Premiere Series RP-240S surround speaker features two sets of drivers angled apart from each other. This clever design delivers ambient effects over a wide area, for a diffuse soundfield that completely envelops your listening room. It also allows this speaker to deliver great Klipsch sound even if you place it in less-than-ideal locations. From the soft patter of a gentle rain to the roar of a jet plane flying overhead, you'll enjoy dynamic surround sound that enhances your movie- and TV-watching experience.

Immersive sound that puts you in the middle of the action

Here's your ticket to thrilling surround sound effects. Each Klipsch Reference Premiere Series RP-240S surround speaker features two sets of drivers angled apart from each other. This clever design delivers ambient effects over a wide area, for a diffuse soundfield that completely envelops your listening room. It also allows this speaker to deliver great Klipsch sound even if you place it in less-than-ideal locations. From the soft patter of a gentle rain to the roar of a jet plane flying overhead, you'll enjoy dynamic surround sound that enhances your movie- and TV-watching experience.

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

Klipsch RP-240S surround speaker

With its two Hybrid Tractrix horns and dual 4" Cerametallic woofers, the RP-240S is built to effortlessly deliver clear, powerful Klipsch sound.

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 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.

High-tech woofer design

The RP-240S's dual 4" 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 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

Team a pair or two of RP-240S surrounds with other Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speakers to create a high-impact home theater system.

Recommended center channel speakers: Klipsch RP-250C, Klipsch RP-440C
Recommended front channel speakers: Klipsch RP-150M, Klipsch RP-160M, Klipsch RP-250F
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 62-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • power handling: up to 75 watts RMS (300 watts peak)
  • two 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horns with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeters
  • two 4" Cerametallic™ cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • WDST (Wide Dispersion Surround Technology) provides maximum surround coverage and placement flexibility
  • keyhole slot for easy wall-mounting
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable brushed polymer veneer finish
  • 10-15/16"W x 10"H x 7-15/16"D
  • weight: 13.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Surround loudspeaker (Ebony)
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST): The Klipsch RP-240S delivers precise sonic detail through the careful positioning of two Tractrix Horn loaded titanium tweeters and two 4" woofers. By aligning the two horns at 90° with respect to each other, along with the two woofers, the RP-240S smoothly covers a 180° horizontal arc, allowing maximum placement flexibility. This unique Wide Dispersion Surround Technology delivers a new dimension of reality and convenience, and produces a smooth, seamless broad distribution of sound, which is the perfect vehicle for every surround format.

90° x 90° Hybrid 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 Woofers: The dual 4" woofers of the RP-240S surround loudspeaker feature 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 4" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-240S surround 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 (1700Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Sealed MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-240S employs an acoustic suspension enclosure for tight accurate bass. The speaker's rigid cabinet offers improved internal cross-bracing to minimize panel vibrations that can color sound.

Magnetic Grille: The surround 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-240S 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-240S offers flexibility when mounting the speaker.

  • Rubber Feet: The surround speaker comes supplied with four self-adhesive rubber feet so you can sit the speakers on a stand or shelf securely. The rubber feet add approximately 0.3125" to the height of the speaker.
  • Wall Mounting: The Klipsch surround speaker features 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 the speaker for use with 3rd-party wall-mount brackets (sold separately).

Placement: The Klipsch Wide Dispersion Surround Technology surround speakers in a typical 5.1-channel system can be mounted to side or rear walls. It is recommended that the RSP-240S be mounted above the ear height of seated listeners (between 5'-7' above the floor).

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

When I told Ozzy what I was looking for in a home theater, he suggested the receiver (which I just received) and also the speakers that would give me the "most bang for the buck". I thought that I could get by using my current rear speaker (Bose cubes), but it turned out to be the weak link. Nobody sells these speakers for less, but because I used Ebates, at least I'm saving 2%. Not a fortune, but certainly worth a "mouse click". [ James  Oct 16, 2018 ]
I bought this to complete my 9 channel home theater setup. I also have all Klipsch speakers and really like the clear sound. The other thing to consider is installation for a not so perfect room. Most of us don't like exposed wires or cables and in-wall and ceiling installations are tricky. I know this first hand and buying a wide dispersing surround speaker that fits on an existing mantel, saves a complicated install. 40 feet of Crutchfield 12 gauge wire makes routing easy. [ James  Sep 16, 2018 ]
Design [ WALTER  May 13, 2018 ]
to finish out my 7.1 system [ Richard  Mar 09, 2018 ]
Wanted to add a rear center channel speaker to match my Klipsch surround speakers [ L  Feb 25, 2018 ]
Great reviews - love the design [ Scott  Feb 25, 2018 ]
Great equipment to support by surround system. Currently have RP 250 floor speakers which are fabulous. [ Carol  Jan 29, 2018 ]
Trying to fill out the rear speakers as I have the 280fa for my fronts and the 112 for the sub with the 62 for the center. Cody helped me decide on these so we will give them a try. it was either these or the bookshelf 150's. Crutchfields great service makes me feel at ease if for some reason I decide to go with the bookshelves.. [ Steve C.  Jan 04, 2018 ]
Like it's write up. [ Alfred  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Hey, Klipsch ... enough said. Amazing speakers at a fair price. [ Douglas  Dec 07, 2017 ]
Reviews and video [ lubamyra  Nov 16, 2017 ]
I like my experience with other Klipsch spreakers I have and needed side speakers for my surround system. [ Oscarr  Oct 04, 2017 ]
Name and Quality [ James  Aug 14, 2017 ]
Its Awesome! [ karl  Aug 07, 2017 ]
Don't have any rears [ Jarvis  Jul 04, 2017 ]
This pair compliments the rest of system that I have. [ Domingo  May 31, 2017 ]
Sound Quality - matches my existing Klipsch speakers which make up my surround system powered by a Marantz SR 7010 receiver. [ Robert  May 10, 2017 ]
Helps to complete my Klipsch surround system. I can trust the quality of Klipsch speakers. [ David R.  Apr 27, 2017 ]
to be place on sanus stands [ RONALD  Apr 01, 2017 ]
I like the design of the speaker. The dual horns will work perfectly for the area I plan to put place the speaker. [ Vanessa  Mar 11, 2017 ]
Great sounding speakers. These are the best surrounds I have ever heard. They really diffuse the surround sound. It tricks your ears into thinking the sound is coming from the entire wall instead the direction of the speakers. [ Jamie  Feb 27, 2017 ]
Klipsch has great sound [ Larry  Feb 26, 2017 ]
for fun! [ michael brian  Feb 22, 2017 ]
rusty said it was the best that is our advisor at crutchfield [ NEIL H  Jan 20, 2017 ]
suits my needs for rear theater speaker [ Douglas  Jan 20, 2017 ]
After talking to Wade it was decided that this was the best setup for our size game room (Klipsch 250 5.1). [ Lonny  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Love Klipsch. This model is the right size, quality and capabilities for my system. [ John  Dec 13, 2016 ]
The RP250S speakers were to large for my room size application [ DOUGLAS G  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Quality, price, and a fan of Klipsch [ Victor  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Finally purchased Klipsch RP-240s to complete surround sound system. Replaced old pair of Cambridge Soundworks speakers acting as surrounds. Cannot say enough positive remarks about existing Klipsch Icon front sound stage speakers. [ Kevin  Sep 18, 2016 ]
I want to feel the sound as I watch a movie or listen to music video's. [ Mark  Aug 06, 2016 ]
Completes my audio system. [ STEPHEN J  Jul 19, 2016 ]
Back in the 90's a friend introduced me to the Klipsch line of home speakers. I have not looked back since. Their beautiful construction and attention to build quality is second to none. And they deliver on sound quality. I am an audiophile and these speakers have never disappointed me. Worth every penny!! [ Steve  Jul 14, 2016 ]
I'm using Klipsch speakers for the rest of my system, and I am very satisfied with their performance. [ William  May 29, 2016 ]
Best speakers you can get. [ GUY  May 17, 2016 ]
For its size and great brand. [ Rafael  Apr 30, 2016 ]
It fi my budget and was compatible with my room's surround system [ Mark  Mar 06, 2016 ]
Price and performance [ Kayur  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I have other Klipsch speakers and like the tone and quality. I have never been disappointed with Klipsch. [ JOHN J  Dec 17, 2015 ]
Highly rated [ STEVEN H.  Aug 12, 2018 ]
I already had one speaker and wanted to complete the set. [ Vanessa  Jul 28, 2018 ]
The Klipsch name and quality [ Michael  Apr 30, 2018 ]

9 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. For details on determining compatibility with the Klipsch RP-240S and the rest of your system, I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can offer more specific information to help you make an informed decision. [ Larry  Jun 18, 2017 ]  Staff
It is hard for me to answer regarding "dead zone" because your listening hear could be different from mine - but I have loved my Klipsch speakers from the day that I opened up the box. I don't hear any dead spots or the area that I have them in - the sound has been exceptional. I have one of the speakers sitting on a shelf next to stairs leading up to my main level in the house - it is not mounted in a corner and the sound for me has been great. That has been my experience with the Klipsch speakers. [ Scot  Jan 05, 2017 ]
You will need at least 2 rears for the surround effect. 5.1 is center, 2 fronts, 2 rears, and subwoofer. 7.1 is center, 2 fronts, 2 rears, 2 surround, and subwoofer. Either configuration will give you the surround effect. [ Matthew  Oct 11, 2016 ]
HI tim, yes i think 5 speaks are perfect for a surround sound, i have 5 anda subwoofer with exilent bass, its my get away system from my world outside,it makes u think your in a private concert. [ KENNITH  Oct 06, 2016 ]
If you want a true surround sound you need the whole enchilada - what makes surround sound work is when you hear different sounds from different areas in the room. You hear the speeding car coming from the back speaker and someone talking from the one in front of you. Truly wonderful experience. the bass speakers makes it - I love when it rumbles the seat your sitting in, feels like you are there. The Klipsch speakers are the best - love mine!. [ Scot  Oct 06, 2016 ]
The volume is comparable to the output potential of any of the Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers. Even when pairing with the floor standing 250fs, if you turn up the 240s' output on the receiver the speaker can handle it. [ Nicholas  May 03, 2016 ]
Loud when needed, quiet when appropriate [ Daniel  May 03, 2016 ]
Great volume for these speakers, made the rear of my room come alive [ Jason  May 03, 2016 ]
I use them as the surround speakers in a 5.1 set up. I have them pointing 90 degrees facing the seating area at about 7 ft from the floor which make it 3 feet above ear level. I had to set it that way due to room configuration. They replaced a pair of Bose 151's and what a difference it made. They have greatly expanded the surround experience. [ Charles  Aug 01, 2018 ]
Excellent and great sounding speakers . I have two of them on each side of our theater chairs. Both at ear level. [ Jason  Jul 31, 2018 ]
I have 2 240s that I use for rear surround and I have them placed at ear level. They provide a better surround given that they are bipolar. They are awesome [ HENRY Lavalle  Jul 31, 2018 ]
These are designed to be the surrounds in a 5.1 system so they would be placed off the each side of the listening area. If you are using a 7.1 set up with rear speakers I would not use these for the rears. They are specifically designed to be non directional and function best as the surround side speakers. They work great for that. Good luck. Hope that helps. [ Eric  Jul 31, 2018 ]
I followed the recommendations in Klipsch's product literature - mine are mounted alongside the seating area, just below the ceiling. I've really enjoyed these! [ William  May 01, 2018 ]
ideally just behind you on a 45 i have mine above me only place that worked and they fill the room fine. [ timothy  May 01, 2018 ]
Aloha, I mounted them behind the main listening area. [ Thomas  May 01, 2018 ]