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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C

Center channel speaker (Cherry)

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When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker. It carries the lion's share of vocals and dialogue, as well as the music and sound effects found on most movie and TV soundtracks. Klipsch's RP-450C is more than up to the challenge. This powerful center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series puts you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound. The RP-450C features four 5-1/4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.

Powerful Klipsch sound that puts you front and center

When it comes to big-time home theater thrills, a lot is riding on your center channel speaker. It carries the lion's share of vocals and dialogue, as well as the music and sound effects found on most movie and TV soundtracks. Klipsch's RP-450C is more than up to the challenge. This powerful center channel speaker from Klipsch's latest Reference Premiere Series puts you right in the front row for exciting cinematic sound. The RP-450C features four 5-1/4" woofers for plenty of bass and midrange punch, plus Klipsch's signature 1" horn tweeter for outstanding intelligibility and sparkling clear highs.

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-450C center channel speaker

With its Hybrid Tractrix horn and Cerametallic woofers, the RP-450C center channel speaker is built to effortlessly deliver 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 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-450C Tractrix horn port

The RP-450C's Tractrix horn shaped port eliminates air turbulence for reduced 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-450C'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

Team an RP-450C center channel speaker with other Klipsch Reference Premiere Series speakers to create a high-impact home theater system.

Recommended surround speakers: Klipsch RP-240S, Klipsch RP250S
Recommended front channel speakers: Klipsch RP-160M, Klipsch RP-260F, Klipsch RP-280F
Recommended subwoofer: Klipsch R-110SW, Klipsch R-112SW, Klipsch R-115SW

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 58-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • sensitivity: 97 dB
  • power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horn with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter
  • four 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ cone woofers with rigid titanium voice coil formers
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet 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
  • 31-1/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 35.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker (Cherry)
  • Detachable magnetic grille
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

I almost purchased the 250C and glad I spent the extra money for the 450C. This baby gets loud when you want it to. Crystal clear vocals and added more bass than I expected. I recommend everybody to use Crutchfield. Every customer service rep I've dealt with have great attitudes. Thank you.

John, Merced, 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 150
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 58-25k Hz
Height (inches) 6-13/16
Width (inches) 31-1/8
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight 35.7 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 four 5.25" woofers of the RP-450C 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-450C 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 (500/1500Hz) offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure: The Klipsch RP-450C 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-450C 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-450C 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.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Because it is a reasonable price for Klipsch, and to round out my surround sound system. [ Scott  Oct 01, 2018 ]
Wanted a good theater speaker set. [ MICHAEL  Jun 21, 2018 ]
I love Kliipsch Speakers and I needed a center channel speaker . And who better to get it from than from Crutchfield ! [ William  Feb 17, 2018 ]
Updating my old speaker system with a bigger, badder one from Klipsch, to include a new center channel ordered from Crutchfield, taking a chance on one of their "Scratch & Dent" models. Klipsch has always been system I've desired and decided I'd been on the fence for far too long. It was time to stop wishing for it and buy it. And with all the guarantees from Crutchfield, ordering from them is a true no brainer. Thanks Crutchfield!!! [ Jack L.  Oct 15, 2017 ]
Klipsch has great sound [ Larry  Feb 26, 2017 ]
already own Klipsch equipment and their quality and sound is amazing,crisp and, deep bass [ Hawaian  Dec 18, 2016 ]
to match my Klipsch RP-280F floor standing front speakers which are excellent [ MD  Mar 04, 2016 ]
Center channel upgrade to join current front, surround and back Klipsch speakers. [ George  Jan 27, 2016 ]
Needed center speaker to match my killer Klipsch RP-160M bookshelf speakers and fill a big room. [ David  Jan 13, 2016 ]
Good reviews. [ John  Nov 12, 2018 ]
I want to upgrade my audio system with this center speaker after bought Marantz 7012 two weeks ago. As always, Crutchfield is the place to go to [ LUAN  Oct 11, 2018 ]
because it is very good quality [ mark  Sep 22, 2018 ]
Upgrade from 25c [ Brandon  Aug 10, 2018 ]
Great sound. Great price. [ Bryce  Aug 06, 2018 ]
Better for the money. [ judy  Aug 03, 2018 ]
I ordered the Klipsch speaker package knowing these items are of high quality. [ JD  Jul 30, 2018 ]
Needed a new center channel and liked previous Klipsch products. [ Brian  Jul 28, 2018 ]
Good Speaker [ Dhara  Jul 15, 2018 ]
Because it's awesome, of course. Truth is, my entire set up is made up of Klipsch, with exception to my center channel speaker; it's an Infinity. This will complete my transition away from Infinity and into the klipsch brand. Infinity has served me well for 20 years, but it's time to upgrade. [ Matt  Jul 11, 2018 ]
Read lots of positive review about this center channel. [ eric  Feb 22, 2018 ]
Numerous reviews and the expert advice from Ziggy [ Janice  Jan 23, 2018 ]
I need a new (and much better) center channel to replace the not-so-good one I have. If this proves to be as good as some say, I may well replace all of my front speakers with Klipsch. [ M  Sep 08, 2017 ]
Bryce was very helpful on previous call [ Edwin  Sep 04, 2017 ]
This speaker can "hold it's own" as a home theater center channel with just about ANY main speakers. I have it as part of a full Reference Premier 7.2.2 system with RP-280FAs as the mains and they blend beautifully. It is big and strong enough to set your TV on if you desire. No sonic difference between this speaker and the "CA" version - just the speaker cabinet finish. Highly recommended! [ JAMES D  Jul 11, 2017 ]
It was on sale, and I wanted this particular model. [ Joel  Jun 02, 2017 ]
Center speaker is very important and this speaker has great reviews. [ RALPH  May 24, 2017 ]
Great reviews on this center channel and it will work great with the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280FA Dolby Atmos front speakers I purchased! [ Michael W.  May 22, 2017 ]
Have had RC-3 center for several years and read glowing reviews for this center. Had wanted to go with the RC-64 ii, but at that price point I could get 2.5 RP-450C units. [ THOMAS  Apr 24, 2017 ]
i have a older one that performs well, and I wanted to upgrade.... [ Shane  Mar 30, 2017 ]
Upgrade to Dolby Atmos [ Jimmy  Mar 12, 2017 ]
This is the best sounding center speaker I have found. The voices are really crisp and the bass is great. [ jranderson50  Jan 21, 2017 ]
To match my RP-280F floor speakers. [ Eugene  Dec 05, 2016 ]
Great price for this amazing center channel! [ Brent  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Brand loyalty [ Adrian  Nov 24, 2016 ]
The most important speaker for movie watching is the center channel and then the sub-woofer (in my opinion). This one is top of the line and sounds superb. [ Nicholas  Nov 24, 2016 ]
reviews [ William  Nov 10, 2016 ]
I like Klipsch. I'm sure that the center channel will be very detailed. [ Sanford J.  Oct 31, 2016 ]
I like the ebony finish which matches my other four Klipsch surround sound speakers. [ Lyle  Sep 19, 2016 ]
the name,quality and good reviews. [ hamid  Aug 31, 2016 ]
sound clarity is awesome with movie and music! [ Richard  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Klipsch is the best, this is the best matching center channel for the RP-280F tower speakers. [ Mark  Aug 12, 2016 ]
This was a more cost effective match for black rp280fa speakers than the black rp450ca. [ William  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Good quality at a reasonable price. Noted good reviews on Klipsch speakers. [ Leonard  Aug 07, 2016 ]
High rating from all reviewers. [ James  Aug 01, 2016 ]
I've had Klipsch speakers for years, love the sound and engineering from them, and am replacing an older center speaker to compliment my 5.1 surround system. [ ROBERT  May 29, 2016 ]
I've owned Klipsch speakers for many years and trust the quality. Also, I like the size of this center speaker as it is large enough to put my 55" TV on. [ Samuel  Feb 29, 2016 ]
Vocals are very important to me in movies, so this product was the best choice for the price. I got this speaker on sale, so I went with this one instead of a smaller speaker. [ Enoch  Feb 27, 2016 ]
To replace my Bose 4 speaker center channel [ Edward  Feb 02, 2016 ]
To go with my new 65" LG OLED TV. I have RF62 Klipsch speakers pairing with a R-25c center, but soon will be purchasing the RP260F as an upgrade and wanted a great center speaker so hopefully this will be a big jump in my home theater setup. [ Thomas  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Based on great reviews-- I have Sonus Faber Amatis and though I thought of getting another Sonus Faber for the center channel, the Klipsch centers I have heard (and others' reviews) convinced me to by the Klipsch. [ Robin  Jun 12, 2018 ]
I have purchased other speakers from Klipsch in the Reference Premier line and have been blown away by the performance in my home theater setup. [ CHRISTOPHER S  Nov 24, 2017 ]
nice color [ WILLIAM  Nov 17, 2017 ]
I chose it based on the fact that I own Klipsch products and the reviews for it. [ Kelsey  Apr 25, 2018 ]
I chose this because The center channel is the most important channel to me because I'm slightly hearing impared and sometimes it can be difficult to understand the dialogue. This is the most speaker I can fit into my available space. It will handle the power and has been consistently one of the highest rated speakers. Klipsch's performance coupled with Crutchfield's legendary advisors and customer service made this a no brainer! Thank you Crutchfield! [ David  Feb 03, 2018 ]
To me center channel is the most important part of home theater audio. This high end model, on sale, and with outlet savings is a very good deal. [ James Maserejian  Feb 02, 2018 ]
Rest of speakers I have are klipsch [ Michael  Feb 01, 2018 ]
Rated as best center speaker available. Have had the old center speaker for 10+ years. Sound was fine in an apartment but in house with speaker further from couch was not very good. Looking forward to new sounding great speaker from you all. Thank you, Paul. [ Paul  Dec 30, 2017 ]

5 questions already asked

My receiver is 110 and it's driving rf280's and a pair of surround along with this center speaker and it sounds wonderfull. Awesome center speaker don't go for the size under it. I did and sent it back for this one. [ KENNETH L  Jul 21, 2018 ]
My receiver puts out 150 watts per channel. This center channel speaker can handle 150 watts per channel (600 Watts max) 8 ohms. Your receiver will work fine with this speaker. If you upgraded your receiver to one that puts out what this speaker can handle it would be providing optimum performance, but it will still sound great with your current receiver. [ James  Jul 20, 2018 ]
What's the receivers power rating for 8ohm speakers, as the Klipsch is an 8ohm speaker. Also, are you powering other speakers along with the Klipsch using the same receiver? Klipsch are very efficient speakers and do not require a lot of power to drive them but i would recommend giving them at least 50 Watts continuous power or sometimes seen as RMS, into 8ohms. Hopefully this helps you [ Edward  Jul 20, 2018 ]
I think it'd be fine. I've got a 54" OLED tv, probably 35 or 40 lbs, on top of mine. My feeling is that twice that wouldn't stress it at all. [ John  Apr 12, 2017 ]
I have my LG 55" with abase sitting on top of my Klipsch. It's pushing nearly 60lbs. I haven't experienced any problems so far. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't support the weight. If you have. Facebook page, send me a friend request for some photos of my theater. [ Otis  Apr 11, 2017 ]
i think it would [ MARK S  Apr 10, 2017 ]
The centerpiece speaker should have no problem with the 60" flat screen all pending on the style of your base. My footprint has the feet toward the ends of the tv so not an option for me. [ Victor  Apr 10, 2017 ]
This Center Channel Speaker is pretty well built. Think 75 Pounds would be pushing it [ JULIUS  Apr 10, 2017 ]
i would strongly suggest you contact the manufacturer directly. While it may support, I am not sure that over time the top won't sag......ask the manufacturer directly. [ Herman  Apr 10, 2017 ]
you won't need to do it trust me, that 450c is no joke and it's clean and loud [ Justin  Nov 29, 2016 ]
THxs.... Yes, I forgot about those guys.... [ Aseaman007  Nov 23, 2016 ]
My klipsch center channel is below my tv also try a couple rubber door stops that helped the sound fire more towards my ear [ DENNIS L  Nov 22, 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. [ Kenny  Apr 21, 2016 ]  Staff

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