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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250F

Floor-standing speaker (Ebony)

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Overview

Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250F

Klipsch speakers have long been a big favorite with our customers. Need proof? A quick look through Crutchfield's customer reviews should more than convince you. So when Klipsch announced their latest Reference Premier Series speaker lineup we got really excited, because we're certain our customers will have a new favorite to love. Take the Reference Premier RP-250F floor-standing speaker, for example. This slender tower has a lot to offer music and movie lovers alike. Each cabinet boasts two 5-1/4" woofers for tight, punchy lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. The RP-250F's dynamic, full-range sound and small footprint make it a great choice for both music and home theater systems in a medium-sized room.

A room-friendly tower with a powerful punch

Klipsch speakers have long been a big favorite with our customers. Need proof? A quick look through Crutchfield's customer reviews should more than convince you. So when Klipsch announced their latest Reference Premier Series speaker lineup we got really excited, because we're certain our customers will have a new favorite to love. Take the Reference Premier RP-250F floor-standing speaker, for example. This slender tower has a lot to offer music and movie lovers alike. Each cabinet boasts two 5-1/4" woofers for tight, punchy lows and clear mids, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, extended, highs. The RP-250F's dynamic, full-range sound and small footprint make it a great choice for both music and home theater systems in a medium-sized room.

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-250F florrstanding speaker

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-250F'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 the RP-250Fs, or team them with other Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and a powered subwoofer for high-impact home theater.

Recommended center channel speaker: Klipsch RP-250C
Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 35-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 96 dB
  • power handling: up to 100 watts RMS (400 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • two 5-1/4" 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
  • beveled MDF front baffle reduces frontal surface area to minimize diffraction, plus decrease high-frequency distortion and resonance
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • angled MDF base plate for elevated image height and increased speaker stability
  • 7-15/16"W x 36-1/16"H x 14-1/8"D
  • weight: 37.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Ebony
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 100
Frequency Response 35-25k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 36-1/16
Width (inches) 7-15/16
Depth (inches) 14-1/8
Weight 37.6 lbs

Product Research

Features

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 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 5.25" woofers of the RP-250F 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 5.25" woofers also employ a rubber surround for added durability.

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-250F 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-250F 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, size, specifications and appearance [ Mark  Sep 19, 2017 ]
recommended by Brooke [ PETER  Aug 31, 2017 ]
This is the biggest klipsch I could possibly justify putting in a bedroom. and it was on sale for very little more than the bookshelf kilipsh that doesn't have its performance. [ lewis  Jul 01, 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 ]
I was familiar with Klipsch sound quality and I wanted to purchase speakers I knew I would be happy with for years to come. Also, these speakers had excellent revues. [ William  Nov 07, 2016 ]
Customer Reviews. [ Richard  Sep 29, 2016 ]
Price, size and technology...love Klipsch [ Eddie  Jun 04, 2016 ]
Excellent [ GUY  May 17, 2016 ]
to match the 250 C speaker that was given to me as a gift [ ARTHUR  Apr 07, 2016 ]
Love the Klipsch sound. Right size, fit and price. [ D  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Reputation and frequency response were the biggest deciding factors in my purchase. [ James  Feb 23, 2016 ]
Past experience [ Anthony  Jun 05, 2018 ]
Perfect look and feel to replace my Bose 901s [ Les  Mar 10, 2018 ]
Using these in a bedroom. Compared to Bose and Polk these 250's seem to offer the best option in terms of clear lifelike reference on both music and video. Silky smooth highs and mid's with even and accurate detailing. Thought about just getting bookshelf initially, but these had significantly more depth. Worth it in my opinion. The price is hard to beat as well. I feel like I am getting significantly more bang for my buck. [ DallasJace  Jun 27, 2017 ]
My husband asked for it for his birthday. [ Teresa L.  Jun 07, 2017 ]
I have used other Klipsch products in the past and have enjoyed the overall design and build quality. [ Donald  Mar 22, 2017 ]
Crutchfield is awesome! [ Richard  Oct 04, 2016 ]
Indications are that this a high quality speaker that takes up less space than the larger models in the series. [ Krishna  Sep 28, 2016 ]
I was shopping for floor standing speakers that could go with the size of my living room nothing to big nor too loud. I own a Klipsch Promedia 2.1 and the sound is THERE, I can only imagine how loud the 260's would be, so the best size for the living room is this one, plus right now it fits my budget! Great product and phenomenal sound quality. [ Julio  Sep 26, 2016 ]
Have small klipsch bookshelf speakers, love em. Thought it was time for their big brothers to join the family. [ Mal A.  Sep 23, 2016 ]
Heard them during a demo and thought they sounded amazing. Have talked to several Crutchfield advisors about them with my current setup and future plans, and they all thought these speakers would work very well for me. [ M  Aug 21, 2016 ]
I chose these because of all the good reviews I've read about Klipsch, and these particular speakers fit my room the best--and seem like they would complement my sound system adequately, for the cost. [ H  Apr 06, 2016 ]
Crutchfield didn't have but one RP-260F in open box so the RP-250f was recommended by Buddy since I already had the Subwoofer. Buddy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=160 [ Michael  Feb 27, 2016 ]
5 star reviews of speakers plus the excellent reviews of Crutchfield's customer service. I could have "price matched" these speakers at a very large electronic chain locally, but their customer service is beyond pathetic. [ Kevin  Feb 27, 2016 ]
Reviews online and help from Crutchfield's Dexter. Dexter's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=175 [ CARL  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Great surround speakers to go with my RP-280Fs and RP-450C [ Moe  Jan 31, 2016 ]
After doing much research, I went with this item because of the feedback from other reviews and because Klipsch is a brand I trust. [ Christopher  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Killer sound [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2016 ]
Based on Reviews and price. [ Patrick  Sep 06, 2018 ]
It matched my existing speakers brand and had the power handling to match my receiver. [ JIM R  Sep 05, 2018 ]
Love klipsch [ muthu  Aug 24, 2018 ]
I've been wanting to buy clips and start building the clips surround sound setup [ GEORGE  Aug 02, 2018 ]
Bryce helped me with choosing the surround sound system. [ Joseph  Jan 04, 2018 ]

9 questions already asked

They are highly efficient but wasn't sure about 30W powering them. I read some reviews and two of them have power similar to yours and said they work great. I would chance it. They are great speakers for the $. [ tony  Sep 22, 2018 ]
They can handle 125w all day don't worry. These towers fill up the room with full sound. Add at least a 100w sub to compliment the towers for that low end. I cut mine off at 80Hz. [ Clarence  Apr 17, 2017 ]
The sticker on the back of my speakers say 100 watts. [ carl  Apr 15, 2017 ]
This is one speaker. While answering this request, I see that they have this speaker on sale (299.99). This is a great deal and no Crutchfield did not ask me to say this. :-). The speakers sound great! [ Felix  Sep 21, 2016 ]
it is one speaker. [ ARTHUR  Sep 17, 2016 ]
one speaker [ CHARLES R  Sep 16, 2016 ]
The listed price is for one speaker. [ Richard  Sep 16, 2016 ]
One speaker. Well worth the cost for the quality. [ EDWARD  Sep 16, 2016 ]
One speaker. [ Daniel  Sep 16, 2016 ]
As the listing says, "$299.99 EACH" [ Ralph  Sep 16, 2016 ]
It is for one speaker. [ Eric  Sep 16, 2016 ]
James, yes I would look for something with more power to handle 135 watts. The Klipsch 250s are nice, but in my opinion would run hot and wouldn't be able to handle a steady dose @ 135 watts. My Onkyo receiver is rated at 95w and the 250s handle them pretty well. You may consider the Klipsch 280s if you want to stay with this brand. Felix in NY [ Felix  Jul 08, 2016 ]
you'd never be able to stay in the same room withany speaker if you were able to pump 135w into them. these are really efficient speakers so you would never get close to putting all that wattage into them. Go to the next size up if you are worried. All of the Klipsch sound equally superb to me. [ Ralph  Jun 22, 2016 ]
I have these speakers connected to an Onkyo NR3030 (135W per channel) for front reference speakers and they have handled high volume (music and movies) for me with no problem. Great sounding speakers (once worn in) and look great. Hope that helps. [ EDWARD  Jun 22, 2016 ]
Would check with a Crutchfield rep to make sure your receiver won't over power the 125W speakers My receiver is 100 W and the speakers are fine. Crutchfield rep helped with selecting the right speaker wattage [ james  Jun 22, 2016 ]
Depends on how loud you normally listen. I have them with a Yamaha Aventage 1050 that's 110 wpc in my HT system. They are very efficient and get to loud levels pretty quickly. -10 db for me is about as loud as I'd ever watch a movie. YMMV. [ John  Jun 22, 2016 ]
James these speakers are so efficient I doubt if you would use more than a few watts! You would never use 135w watts continuously for any speaker that I know of. I would be more concerned about how clean is that first watt of the onkyo. If you just want loud you will be alright. If you want high quality sound I would look at a different amp. Just my opinion. Good luck. Craig [ Craig01  Jun 22, 2016 ]
I have mine connected to a Sansui delivering 30w rms X2 and they sound great. Nice highs and a solid low end. [ Stephen  Apr 18, 2016 ]
I have RP-250F speakers coupled with a 40 wpc Marantz PM5005 and I am familiar with the NAD sound, which is a bit different from the Marantz. The Klipsch speakers are very fine speakers for the price and your 50 wpc NAD will drive them to painful volume levels with ease (unless you live in an auditorium). The sound should be crisper than some speakers, but that helps provide an excellent sound stage and phenomenal transients. I find that the speakers can sound harsh with some CDs that are poorly recorded or mastered. This applies to a lot of rock and pop music. With high quality CDs they will open your ears to a whole new world. Same would apply to vinyl. The only problem you might encounter is if you have a smallish room with hard-surface walls that will reflect (and distort) the great high frequency response of these speakers. That could present a problem for any good speaker, though. Of course, what speaker sounds good to anyone is always quite personal. However, you can confidently give these a try with Crutchfield's great return policy. That's what I did, and my wife really loves them, too! Good luck! [ Marvin  Apr 17, 2016 ]
You need at least 90 watts per chanel to power these speakers. If not they will be under-powered and you won't hear the full-mid-low range of frequencies these speakers are capable of providing. [ ALFRED JOHN  Apr 17, 2016 ]
most definitely [ Ralph  Apr 17, 2016 ]
I listened to the RP-250Fs after following write ups on their performance around mid summer last year. Unfortunately the retailer didn't have the RP-260's available to compare, which for some reason I haven't been able to find many in the northeast that have them on display. Anyhow, the 250s sound extraordinary! My family and I listen to all kinds of music ( R&B, Rock, Hip Hop, and Jazz) and these speakers don't miss a beat with any of these genres. The clarity and tone is clear and tight, there were sounds on some of these songs that I never heard before. Any chance I get, I re-play old cds to really listen to all of the instruments and vocals. My listening area is 30 x 25, and these speakers fit perfectly regarding footprint and sound output. I'm sure the RP-260s sound just as good, but they would've been overkill for my needs. [ Felix  Feb 12, 2016 ]
The 250 is great for a smaller area and the 260 - with more power - for larger rooms . I didn't listen to both, but when I told my Rep what my room size was, he immediately recommended the 250s. They are magnificent speakers - crisp and clean. They replaced a set of Klipsch Heresys that lasted 42 years. Old CDs and DVDs will sound better. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy! [ George  Feb 10, 2016 ]
My pair are labeled China. [ Stephen  Apr 18, 2016 ]
NO china. Only the lascalas and Hershey and maybe the rf7ii are made in hope,Ar [ LAMONT  Jul 29, 2015 ]
Not sure. Check with Klipsch [ Margaret  Jul 29, 2015 ]
Yes but you must add the top firing speakers. [ JESSE T  Jan 23, 2017 ]
No...look to the RP280FA reference speakers at Crutchfield (or your favorite store) if you want Klipsch Dolby Amos enabled speakers. [ Michael  Jan 22, 2017 ]
They are very nice sounding, but are just straight speakers. A bass speaker in back and two in front. I believe a Dolby Atmos unit requires an upward pointing speaker, [ Gene  Jan 22, 2017 ]
No. They require the separate atmos speakers that sit on top of them. [ Darren  Jan 22, 2017 ]
No they are not [ Jai  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Big problem with low volume bass. Easily solved by adding a sub woofer. I would listen to Polk and Martin Logan in same price range before I buy [ JAMES D  Oct 06, 2017 ]
The Klipsch RP 250f has not disappointed yet. I have them as my front speakers in my home theater. I had my doubts and thought they wouldn't be loud enough, but anything more would be overkill. They sound great at low volume and at high volume they beg for more power. Good lows, clear mids, and crisp highs. If you want a bit more low end add a powered sub and adjust it accordingly. [ Clarence  Oct 06, 2017 ]
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