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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250C

Center channel speaker (Cherry)

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Our take on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-250C

Klipsch Reference speakers have earned rave reviews from Crutchfield customers for years. And that's why we're so excited for our customers to hear the RP-250C. This center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series is sure to please home theater enthusiasts with its winning combination of solid construction and powerful performance. The RP-250C features dual 5-1/4" woofers plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, natural-sounding dialogue and robust special effects that'll bring your movies and TV shows to life.

Turn up the realism with your movie and TV soundtracks

Klipsch Reference speakers have earned rave reviews from Crutchfield customers for years. And that's why we're so excited for our customers to hear the RP-250C. This center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series is sure to please home theater enthusiasts with its winning combination of solid construction and powerful performance. The RP-250C features dual 5-1/4" woofers plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for crisp, natural-sounding dialogue and robust special effects that'll bring your movies and TV shows to life.

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.

Klipsch RP-250C center channel speaker

With its Hybrid Tractrix horn and Cerametallic woofers, the RP-250C center channel speaker effortlessly delivers clear, powerful Klipsch sound.

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.

Klipsch RP-250C Tractrix horn port

The RP-250C's Tractrix horn shaped port cuts down on air turbulence, reducing noise and distortion.

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-250C'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. 

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 60-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 96 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
  • dual 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
  • magnetically attached grille for a clean, streamlined look
  • durable polymer veneer finish
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • 18-9/16"W x 6-13/16"H x 10"D
  • weight: 18.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker (Cherry)
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • Rubber tipped bolt (w/ nut attached)
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

This is what the TV doctor ordered. It puts a fulness into the voices that TV speakers don't match. The clarity is very good.

Carlos, Banning, CA


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Tractrix Horn
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type Binding post
Power Range 125
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 60-24k Hz
Height (inches) 6-13/16
Width (inches) 18-9/16
Depth (inches) 9-15/16
Weight 18.4 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


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

Crossover Network: The Klipsch RP-250C center-channel 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-250C 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 center-channel 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-250C 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.

Placement: The RP-250C should be centered directly above or below your video screen. If necessary, you can place the speaker on an optional floor stand in front of and below the screen that elevates it to the correct height. Ideally, however, the speaker's front baffle should be flush with the front of the screen.

  • Rubber Feet: The center channel speaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet to secure the speaker in place and prevent any damage to your stand's or shelf's surface. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the height of each speaker.
  • Adjustable Angle: If the center speaker is well above or below the ear height of seated listeners, you can improve performance by angling the center channel slightly to compensate. Included with the speaker is an adjustable foot that you can screw into one of the two threaded inserts on the bottom of the cabinet. To tilt the speaker down, install the foot in the insert near the back of the cabinet; to tilt the speaker up, install the foot in the insert near the front of the cabinet.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

To complete my Klipsch Reference Premire home theater setup. [ Marcell  Jul 16, 2018 ]
I have a set of Klipsch Forte's that have served me well. I recently added Klipsch rear speakers and now with the center the system is Klipsch all the way. Oh , I forgot to mention the 12 " Klipsch woofer.! Klipsch forever! [ John  Apr 23, 2018 ]
Great reviews.. [ Jeffrey  Feb 12, 2018 ]
matches the two rp 250's I bought recently, and decided to use them to upgrade my surround system because they sound a little too big for the bedroom where I put them. I have trouble understanding dialogue sometimes with the surround and the reviews say this helps with clarity. [ lewis  Jul 31, 2017 ]
matching my klipsch front speakers. [ pamela s.  Jul 05, 2017 ]
reviews [ Peter  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Performance, sale price, match to other Klipsch speakers, and the cherry finish will go well with my vintage mid-century modern furniture. [ Marcell  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Quality,price and a fan of Klipsch. [ Victor  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Value and brand reputation. [ Kevin  Oct 08, 2016 ]
solid choice. apropriate specs. nice look [ Pasquale  Sep 24, 2016 ]
Price, size and Klipsch [ Eddie  Jun 04, 2016 ]
Because it matches with my other klipsch speakers [ Miguel A. River  Mar 13, 2016 ]
Products Quality and history.Thanks to the sales person who help me out( Dwight). [ GERARD  Oct 02, 2018 ]
Recommended by a friend [ Greg  Aug 15, 2018 ]
I wanted to complete my Klipsch system by adding this center channel speaker to the R-26F Floor Standing speakers I recently purchased. [ Vaughn  Aug 07, 2018 ]
Upgrade over my Bose VCS 10 [ Les  Mar 10, 2018 ]
Felt is matched the Yamaha RX-V383 receiver and the R-26F speaker towers and the R-10SW subwoofer I had purchased from you in January after doing my own analysis. I then asked your technical support what would be the best matches and they concurred. BTW I could have saved money purchasing this from Amazon but your sales support is second to none and was of greater value to me than the savings from Amazon. [ Robert  Feb 10, 2018 ]
Bryce helped me with choosing the surround sound system. [ Joseph  Jan 04, 2018 ]
online reviews [ Kelly  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Size [ Jesus  Dec 11, 2017 ]
building a home theater and am impressed with other klipsch products that I already own. [ CHRISTOPHER  Dec 02, 2017 ]
To complement Klipsch Towers and sub I already have. [ KEVIN M  Nov 06, 2017 ]
excellent quality at a fair price! [ Jon  Oct 19, 2017 ]
previous customer reviews [ Lisa  Sep 23, 2017 ]
Sound clarity. [ Dean  Aug 03, 2017 ]
I am building a complete Klipsch system for my TV room. I have been a fan for a long time. Buying through Crutchfield makes it a simple decision. [ Marcus  Jul 30, 2017 ]
After several days of research this appears to be the best center speaker available in my price range. [ Duane  Jul 12, 2017 ]
This center channel speaker was recommended by my Crutchfield advisor. I'll see when I get it if it solves the dialog problem I am having with my home theater system. [ Charles  Jul 09, 2017 ]
By all accounts this is an evenly matched center for the 250 floor speakers. Using this in a bedroom. Should be more than enough to achieve the correct detailing. Kind of big for a center, but I feel it will give a better sound stage for both music and video. [ DallasJace  Jun 27, 2017 ]
lots of research suggested it matched well with the towers I bought [ Matthew Thomas  May 30, 2017 ]
Klipsch reputation and new technology [ M Dewayne  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Research and reviews! [ Jim  Mar 21, 2017 ]
Price and reviews. [ Jan  Mar 08, 2017 ]
RP-250C Center Channel speaker is matched perfectly to my Reference Premiere RP-260F Floor Standing 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 ]
They are the best speakers you can buy [ Sergey  Feb 07, 2017 ]
Have matching L and R speakers [ Stefan  Feb 03, 2017 ]
Good sound [ James  Jan 23, 2017 ]
It was on a great sale only around $40 more for the lower Reference line which I currently have and am now upgrading to the RP line for very little extra cost. Get them when theyre on sale and you will pay a tad more than the lower Reference line. [ Rob  Jan 01, 2017 ]
finish off my system [ Thomas  Dec 31, 2016 ]
I bought from Crutchfield because of the sale price, no state sales tax and free shipping. Also, I am a long time Klipsch fan. [ Donald  Dec 29, 2016 ]
Product had good reviews, and I have limited depth below my television. I'm hoping this performs well with my RP-280FA's! [ Thomas  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Chosen by my stereo designer. [ Nick  Sep 15, 2016 ]
Big fan of Klipsch brand, planning on slowly buying the entire set. Tried in store, sounded great. Also I love the look of the speakers when the grill is removed [ Daniel  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Previously, had purchased Klipsch surround speakers and was impressed with the sound. Wanted to match speakers across soundstage. [ Kevin  Aug 20, 2016 ]
This was picked by Shawn at Crutchfield Shawn's Bio: [ Billy  Aug 18, 2016 ]
Great company and good price [ Barney  Aug 07, 2016 ]
Crutchfield is a great company. I forgot to group my purchases together for Home theater and they still will give me the 10% off Way to go! [ Thomas  Jul 05, 2016 ]
Great Reviews! [ Paul  May 30, 2016 ]
Have Klipsch reference tower speakes. Wanted to match them in a surround sound system. Sounds great with my towers! [ Neal  Apr 26, 2016 ]
Size and brand. [ John  Mar 11, 2016 ]
Matches the RP-250F speakers well. [ Michael  Feb 27, 2016 ]
I've been very pleased with previous Klipsch products. The reviews of this particular speaker lead me to believe that I will be pleased with this speaker as well. [ Christopher  Jan 30, 2016 ]
Fits in my entertainment center and matches my front speakers. [ Henry  Jan 28, 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 ]
I got these to match my RP-160M-PB fronts [ Robert  Sep 24, 2018 ]
Match my new RP-250 Floor standing speakers [ Robert  Sep 14, 2018 ]
Design and the abundance of excellent reviews!! [ Blaise  Aug 14, 2018 ]
Great product, updating from Bose. [ Joan  Aug 05, 2018 ]
To match L/R RP-250F [ Nathan  Jul 26, 2018 ]
Klipsch is a leading brand in the industry and I couldn't pass on the sale price [ Mathew  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Great products and I'm updating my system to all klipsch. [ Peter  Jul 20, 2018 ]
Honestly, was wanting the RP-250C BLACK, but it is currently out of stock. Surprised this is offered at the same price point given its' custom finish. [ Mark  Jul 17, 2018 ]
reddit [ Chad  Jun 18, 2018 ]
To replace my Infinity Center Channel speaker. [ Donald  May 07, 2018 ]
Price and Quality. Can't beat Klipsch and Yamaha as they are leaders in the industry. [ MICHAEL  Apr 29, 2018 ]

4 questions already asked

Mine sits about 4 inches from a wall. Sound seems to be OK. Not sure how the sound would be affected if the speaker was closer to a wall. I guess is that all you can do is try it out to see if you like what you hear. Good luck. [ RICHARD C  Nov 30, 2017 ]
You should be ok I have two flat against the wall they still sound great My only worry would be having the speaker covered on all sides the air flow could be greatly reduced causing the speakers to fail quicker [ Richard  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Yes, it would be an improvement and should be compatible with your existing system. The sound clarity from this center channel speaker is incredible! We feel totally immersed in what we're watching because we can hear what the subjects are saying, no more: 'what did he say' questions in the middle of the movie. When I get some time, I'm going to re-watch some of the movies I have on DVD to see what I missed. Highly recommended. [ Felix  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Hi, i replaced a quintet center with the rp250c. Dialogue is excellent but a bit bright, you may need to lower the treble. Also keep in mind i am running mine with the 280s and it sounds great, but it may overpower your quintets if those are your other speakers. The 250 also has very good bass response for a center, the port design works extremely well. Hope this helps. Good luck with your purchase.... [ Christopher  Nov 23, 2016 ]
The only thing I can tell you is that I am satisfied with the 250c. I have an onkyo receiver and the center channel replaced a speaker co. smaller center channel. [ RICHARD C  Nov 22, 2016 ]
I have the RP-250C as my center speaker and get very realistic sound, especially dialogue. It may have something to do with your receiver, but I love to center speaker and it's dramatic look. [ John  Nov 22, 2016 ]
Do not know the power handling capacity of your current system. It they r similar to the Klipsch sub-woofer then you should have no problem with integrating the sub into your system. I bought it and it works wonderfully. [ Jiten  Nov 22, 2016 ]
cgm11, the rp250c is probably going to be your best bet if you're trying to improve the center channel of your Klipsch system. You will likely notice that its sound quality is different and much better than the rest of the Quintet speakers, but keeping in the Klipsch family will yield a much closer match than going with a different brand. Over time, consider upgrading the R and L mains of your system to Klipsch Reference-series bookshelf or standing speakers and your Qunitet system could augment nicely as surrounds. You probably don't want to go any higher in quality than the Reference-series for now though, I think the disparity of sound quality might become distracting. But in my opinion, the pr250c is the way to go. I pair mine with my 15-year old Klipsch Reference-series bookshelves and a Yamaha RXV590 receiver and the sound is smooth and rich. Good luck! [ Daniel  Nov 22, 2016 ]
Yes. [ Cassandra  Nov 22, 2016 ]
I love mind it is powered by marzant 6010 [ Richard  Nov 22, 2016 ]
I had some hesitation about upgrading my center channel, but I can say with no hesitation that the upgrade was well worth it. I can't speak about the klipsch quintet but I can tell you that the rp250c is awesome. I had no idea what I was missing with my older center channel. I hope this helps. [ Dan  Nov 21, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. The only thing Crutchfield carries that is compatible with this speaker would be the stand listed below. If you have further questions I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Kenny  Mar 08, 2017 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. Crutchfield only ships within the U.S. and U.S. Territories as well as APO/FPO addresses. [ Kenny  Dec 28, 2016 ]  Staff