Klipsch Reference R-14PM
Powered bookshelf speakers with Bluetooth® and built-in phono preamp
Klipsch Reference R-14PM - The right speaker holds all the active electronics: amplifiers, DAC, and phono preamp
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Our take on the Klipsch Reference R-14PM by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
No receiver, no problem
Ready for great sound without investing in a receiver? Check out the Klipsch Reference R-14PM powered bookshelf speakers. With 35 watts per channel, this compact system will easily fill your den or office with rich, detailed sound. Stream wirelessly from your smartphone via Bluetooth. Or connect it to your turntable, laptop, or TV. It's all good with the R-14PM.
A built-in phono preamp lets you connect your turntable directly to the R-14PM speaker system. A stereo minijack lets you connect your Amazon Echo Dot or other voice assistant (turntable and Echo Dot not included).
Connect your turntable, TV, and more
The R-14PM sports a built-in phono preamp. Connect your turntable and flip the input selector switch to "phono." Now you've got a compact stereo system that can fit just about anywhere — no receiver or separate amplifier required.
An optical digital audio input lets you run digital sound from your TV directly to the R-14PM speakers. Ideal for TV viewing 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-14PM system features a USB Type B input for connecting your PC or Mac®. This direct digital connection gives you much cleaner sound from your computer's music library and streaming sources. The R-14PM also has a stereo minijack for portable devices or a voice control assistant.
Packed with proven Klipsch speaker technology
Each speaker features a resonance-deadening MDF cabinet to minimize sound degradation. Inside, a 3/4" aluminum diaphragm compression driver is mated with Klipsch's famous Tractrix® horn to deliver clean, clear highs. The 4" spun copper woofer gives you solid, natural midrange and bass, with a rear-firing port to further reinforce the low frequencies.
- Bluetooth technology for streaming with compatible devices
- built-in phono preamp
- each speaker features:
- 3/4" aluminum diaphragm compression tweeter matched with a 90° x 90° Tractrix® horn
- 4" spun copper woofer
- rear-firing bass-reflex port
- 35 watts per channel
- frequency response: 80-20,000 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: 5-7/8"W x 9-3/4"H x 7-1/2"D
- weight: 7.1lbs.
- 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
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 16' Length of 18AWG speaker wire (bare tinned wire on each end)
- 6.5' USB-A to USB-B cable
- 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
- Instruction Booklet
- Warranty Information
- Important Safety Instructions
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Two-Way Driver Design: The Klipsch R-14PM powered bookshelf speakers deliver room-filling sound from a two-way driver design. Each speaker includes a 0.75" aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 4" copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 2000Hz.
- Tractrix Horn-Loaded Tweeter: Each speaker has a Tractrix horn-loaded 0.75" 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) 4" woofer for accurate midrange and midbass performance.
Built-in Amplification: The Klipsch R-14PM's "Right Speaker" employs a built-in, ultra-low noise 35 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-14PM 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-14PM 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-14PM 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-14PM.
USB-B Input: The "Right Speaker" of the Klipsch R-14PM features a rear-panel USB (type-B) input for connecting your Windows PC or Mac computer/laptop. Through the R-14PM'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-14PM 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-14PM 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-14PM 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-14PM 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-14PM'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?
Because of the reputation associated with Klipsch." [ Christopher May 12, 2018 ]