Klipsch Reference R-14S
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Our take on the Klipsch Reference R-14S by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Klipsch speakers for rear-channel sound
Have you ever been the first one in a movie theater, and had the chance to pick the best seat in the house? Having a home theater provides the same kind of lifelike surround sound experience that you get in that seat. And part of what makes that so enjoyable is hearing sound effects move around your living room the same way that they do in front of the big screen.
Cue the Klipsch Reference R-14S. These dynamic surround speakers have tweeters that face in different directions, creating wraparound rear-channel sound that lets the movie's soundtrack unfold all around you. Add these to your Reference system for a truly involving home theater experience.
Flexible placement options
Klipsch created WDST (Wide Dispersion Surround Technology) which helps you get immersive surround sound, even if you aren't able to position your speakers exactly where you want them. The R-14S uses two of their legendary horn tweeters in each speaker to deliver convincing sound effects. A 4" copper spun woofer takes care of mids and lows. These speakers have convenient key-hole slots on the back that makes wall-mounting a breeze.
Build a complete Reference system
Combine the R-14S with other Klipsch Reference speakers for a complete home theater system.
Bookshelf speakers: Klipsch R-15M and Klipsch R-14M
Center channel: Klipsch R-25C
Floor-standing speakers: Klipsch R-24F, Klipsch R-26F, and Klipsch R-28F
Powered subwoofers: Klipsch R-10SW and Klipsch R-12SW
- frequency response: 83-24,000 Hz (±3dB)
- impedance: 8 ohms compatible
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
- dual 90° x 90° Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® horns with 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum diaphragm compression tweeters
- 4" copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer
- WDST (Wide Dispersion Surround Technology) provides maximum surround coverage and placement flexibility
- durable polymer veneer finish
- built-in keyhole mount for easy wall-mounting
- binding post speaker terminals
- 15"W x 6-11/16"H x 6-1/2"D
- weight: 8 lbs. each
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Surroundf loudspeakers
- 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
- 8 Self-adhesive rubber bumpers
- User Manual
- Warranty sheet
- Important Safety Instructions
Amazing surround sound! Hearing things never heard before. Sounds that make you turn your head because it sounds so lifelike... Very good 3-D sound.
Jeff, Elyria, OH
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Features and Specs
|Bipole or Dipole||WDST|
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||4|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Frequency Response||83-24k Hz|
|Height (inches)||6 5/8|
|Width (inches)||14 15/16|
|Depth (inches)||6 13/16|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST): The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeaker delivers precise sonic detail through the careful positioning of two Tractrix Horn loaded titanium tweeters and one 4" woofer. By aligning the two horns at 90° with respect to each other, along with the woofer, the R-14S 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.
Dual 1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The R-14S surround speaker features Klipsch's proprietary Tractrix Horn technology mated with two 1" aluminum LTS tweeters, for impressive high-end response and greater extension, enhanced imaging and powerful dynamics.
- Tractrix Horn Technology: The square Tractrix Horn delivers a 90° (w) x 90° (h) dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.
- LTS (Linear Travel Suspension): Behind each horn lies a 1.0-inch aluminum tweeter with a linear travel suspension to minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.
4" Copper-Spun IMG Woofer: The Klipsch R-14S surround speaker is outfitted with one 4" Copper-Spun IMG woofer. The Copper-Spun IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer is exceptionally light while being extremely rigid - providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion.
Acoustic Suspension Enclosure: The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeaker employs an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for tight, accurate, and natural sound.
MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch R-14S surround speaker features a MDF cabinet with a brushed polymer veneer black finish that seamlessly integrates into almost any room or decor. MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is utilized because of its damping characteristics for natural, uncolored sound without unwanted vibration and distortion.
Acoustically Transparent Grille: The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeaker comes with a non-removable, black cloth grille that is acoustically transparent.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference series surround speaker is fitted with sturdy 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The 5-way binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire (up to 10AWG).
Mounting Options: The Klipsch R-14S can be placed on a speaker stand, bookshelf, table, or other flat surface. It can also be wall-mounted.
- Rubber Feet: The surround loudspeaker comes with 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 0.1875" to the height of the speaker.
- Keyhole Slot: The Klipsch Reference series surround speaker feature 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).
Placement: The Klipsch WDST surround speakers should be placed approximately 2' above the listening position. Typically this will be about 5'-7' above the floor. The surrounds should be placed on the walls directly adjacent to the listening position. Another option would be on the wall behind the listening position.
Reference Series: The Klipsch Reference series consists of three floorstanding speakers (R-24F/R-26F/R-28F), two bookshelf speakers (R-14M/R-15M), one center channel speaker (R-25C), and one surround speaker (R-14S). The Klipsch Reference series line-up of loudspeakers sound great in stereo and home theater applications.
Optional Powered Sub: For bigger & deeper bass response, pair the R-14S surround loudspeakers with one of Klipsch's powered subwoofers (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).
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Why did you buy this?
Name and recommendations from family and friends [ Darryl L. Sep 13, 2018 ]
great reviews [ paul Aug 27, 2018 ]
I'm upgrading my surround sound system. [ Jon Aug 07, 2018 ]
Perfect fit for my room, and Klipsch quality. The Klipsch Christmas in July sale didn't hurt either. [ T Jul 22, 2018 ]
The wide sound dispersion pattern and the fact that the housing shape comfortably fits the restricted space (narrow overhead above a picture window) available. Oh, yeah...and they're Klipsch! [ BS Buster Jul 12, 2018 ]
I needed small surround speakers for my Klipsh system. These seemed to fit the bill. Can't beat the price [ Michael Jun 22, 2018 ]
GREAT QUALITY LOW PRICE POINT BUT NOT OVER POWERING AND NOT TOO LARGE OF A FOOT PRINT MOST OF ALL IT COMPLETES MY KLIPSCH SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM [ MARC WESLEY Jun 20, 2018 ]
Past experience [ Anthony Jun 05, 2018 ]
Chose because of mfg reputation, the price is right and they fit my needs. [ JAMES May 18, 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 ]
I needed to upgrade my surround speakers from an older Klipsch KSB1.1 and these seemed to be the perfect upgrade. [ BRYAN E. Feb 07, 2018 ]
I believe they will match up nicely with the reference series home theater I'm putting together (R26F towers, R25C center channel and these for the surround. [ Robert Jan 09, 2018 ]
replacing 2 old speaker so my system is all Klipsch [ Loyd Jan 08, 2018 ]
Previous experience with Klipsch on suround sound system. Good stuff [ Norman Nov 29, 2017 ]
Needed a good speaker for my back wall [ Jeff Nov 26, 2017 ]
Great advice from Crutchfield's product advisors (thanks, Drummer and Tatum!) plus price-matching, a nice return policy, and ease of transactions. [ James C. Oct 11, 2017 ]
The Klipsch Reference series, incredible sound [ Miguel Jul 22, 2017 ]
Ok small speakers for surround. [ GEORGE Jul 05, 2017 ]
I Chose this to complete my 7.1 system and the shape will look good on the wall [ Wesley May 29, 2017 ]
I saw my friend had it and surround sound good [ Minh Apr 14, 2017 ]
Love klipsch [ Coland Dec 09, 2016 ]
For home system. Best sound around. [ Freddie Nov 27, 2016 ]
price [ Darren Nov 27, 2016 ]
8 questions already asked
Sorry, I am not sure of the mounting hole size. They do have mounting holes. [ Parag Apr 25, 2018 ]
Sorry. I don't know. [ Rainier J. Apr 24, 2018 ]
Yes, they do. [ Jasper Apr 24, 2018 ]
Mine is on the wall, but I assume you are asking if it can be mounted on a shelf or similar. If yes, then it has four self stick feet that you can stick on the bottom if needed. [ Kenneth Nov 27, 2017 ]
No unless you add a screw or hanger on one end. I think they wound function just fine [ JIM Jul 14, 2017 ]
It would be best to use a screw to hook on the speaker mount. [ Rainier J. Jul 14, 2017 ]
They have keys that allow them to hang from a screw or nail. I have mine hanging on a screw and it works fine. [ Eric Jul 08, 2017 ]
The speakers have a keyhole mount on the back, which will mount very easily on a screw-head. They do not come with screws though. [ Carson Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes ,,,They have key hole mounts on back and come with mounting hardware . [ Kelley Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes, they have keyhole mounts on the back of the speaker. I would recommend applying studded rubber pads on the back to make the rest of the speaker flush with the key mount protrusion. It isn't horrible, and sticked out maybe 1/4". [ David Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes. I have them wall mounted for my rear speakers in both my family room and my basement surround set ups. So, I have 4 of the R-14S Klipsch speakers. [ EDWARD Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes Sir. All day and everyday. [ Kenneth Jul 07, 2017 ]
Yes they are! There's a keyhole slot on the back , so hang em right up. [ DAVID P Jul 07, 2017 ]
HI there! It can be. it has a place in the back at the top where a hook or some type of a brace can be inserted to be attached to a wall. Hope this help. [ Carlos Davis- Jul 07, 2017 ]
Carlos is correct; the Klipsch R-14S aren't bipole or dipole speakers. Instead, they use a unique "Wide Dispersion Surround Technology" which delivers a smooth and broad distribution of sound, making them ideal for use as the rear/surround speakers in your home theater system. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry Jan 18, 2017 ] Staff
They are monopole. They offer a more localized diffuse sound. [ Carlos Davis- Jan 10, 2017 ]
I do not have than on the side but I am using them with as a front height above my RF 280 kiplisch speakers. They sound okay. they are not that of a stronger speaker. [ Carlos Davis- Jul 07, 2017 ]
Absolutely. The Klipsch R-14S surround loudspeakers deliver detailed, effectual sound that make them ideal for use as the surround and/or surround-back speakers in a 7.2 home theater system. They feature a unique Wide Dispersion Surround Technology design which produces a broad distribution of theater-like surround effects to fill your room. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry Nov 25, 2016 ] Staff
These speakers cannot be used with a Samsung soundbar. The bar will not have a way to power them nor a way to get the audio into them. There may be speakers that can work. I recommend calling an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to check your bar's options. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul Sep 19, 2016 ] Staff
Surround back. [ Kenneth Nov 27, 2017 ]
If you have the Klipsch RS-62 II as your surround speakers now, I would add the R-14S speakers as the "surround back" or "rear surround" speakers for your 7-channel home theater setup. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry Sep 02, 2016 ] Staff
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