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Klipsch RB-61 II Reference Series Bookshelf Loudspeakers, Black (Pair)

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  • Every Reference speaker utilizes our Tractrix® Horn technology for lifelike sound, more output using less energy, improved reliability, reduced distortion and a large soundstage with well-defined imaging.
  • Our light, yet rigid Cerametallic woofer cones feature specially treated aluminum to help better dampen and prevent distortion.
  • Titanium tweeter with linear travel suspension-trickle-down technology from our flagship Palladium Series-provides an open, natural sound, making you feel as if you're in the studio with the recording artist or on the set of a film.
  • Exclusive Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST) enables surrounds to reproduce localized and ambient sounds with unlimited placement flexibility.
  • Enhanced crossover frequencies offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Klipsch
  • Model Number: 1011852
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf

Product Description

A wide-open soundstage and amazing sonic purity-that's what Klipsch speakers are known for. Their signature Tractrix® technology results in very little distortion from an exceptionally efficient design. Each speaker incorporates a 1" horn-loaded tweeter that delivers magnificent high-frequency detail. New and Improved Now in its fifth generation, Reference II speakers have even more content and superior sound quality for you to enjoy. You'll find re-engineered drivers throughout combined with a new crossover system that will capture your complete attention and excite your emotions. Improved cosmetics, including black metallic finished baffles, cerametallic woofers, new logos and feet, redefine the look of "big sound" throughout the line. Four Laws of the Klipsch Universe Beginning in 1946, company founder, Paul W. Klipsch believed four principles to be the foundation for great sound. Together, these four design principles-high efficiency with low distortion, controlled directivity, flat frequency response, and wide dynamic range-have and always will be the foundation for our stunningly powerful and precise sound. Fills medium-sized rooms with outstanding sound reproduction Accurate, non-fatiguing sound provides hours of listening pleasure Enhanced 1" titanium horn-loaded tweeter, 6.5" high-output woofer

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.3 x 8.5 x 15.4 inches
Item Weight 35.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 39.5 pounds
Manufacturer Klipsch
ASIN B0040LRI96
Item model number 1011852
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4.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #195 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com August 27, 2010

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I have had these speakers for a couple months. I have no complaints about the sound clarity, reproduction, or volume. I am using these in an apartment setting. I use these for everything - watching television/movies, playing games, and listening to a wide variety of music (classical, metal, electronic, ambient, new age, celtic). I am very happy with my setup and its performance.

I have these hooked up to my computer through my Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card RCA-out, using a Yamaha A-S500 amplifier in between. These are the only speakers in my setup; I do not have a subwoofer. I do not get any audible noise or interference with this setup - unless there is actually noise in the source from a poor quality or unmastered audio track (this is easily distinguished between when the speakers are on but with no source playing, when a source is playing with sound, and when a source is "playing" but there is a silence between notes in the track and static remains audible).

I have read many reviews which describe these speakers as somewhat bright. I would say that this is probably a fair description.

I feel they are a slight bit brighter than a set of vintage Klipschorns, they are a bit warmer than my Q701 headphones (known to be fairly bright), they are brighter than my Sennheiser HD555 headphones (generally considered somewhat warm), and they are MUCH brighter than my Q460 headphones (which are MUCH darker than everything else I own).

I read some sources which consider these fatiguing to listen to for extended periods of time. I have not noticed any issues in this regard.

Overall, I am very happy with the sound reproduction as I tend to prefer it either neutral or somewhat bright.
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Many years ago I had a decent amplifier and speakers, and music was a constant in my life; somehow, over time, I let that system be replaced with lesser quality components. Partly I was seduced by the consolidation of functions into a home theater system, which unfortunately made listening to music more challenging and hence less frequent.

Recently I bought a new stereo for the dining room. I had envied friends with Klipsch speakers since college days (now 40 years ago, alas!), and so I ordered a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers. Wow, am I glad I did!

The setup was as simple as could be imagined, and the sound quality was every bit as delightful as I hoped it would be. I listened to Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and other cherished artists, and now their beautiful voices came through with no sense that a speaker stood between us: it was like having Joan sing for me in my home. Classical music is rendered faithfully, with clarity and grandeur. Once again Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, and so many more touched my soul. I felt I had emerged from a long hiatus underground, and was now blinking in the warm sunlight.
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Klipsch has done it once again! I can't believe they have the ability to surprise me. I replaced a set of rb-35's with these and the sound is fabulous. The RB-61 II 's are smaller and lighter than the rb 35's. The rb-61 II blows away my other speakers. They are capable of a more "full" sound and are MUCH louder when needed. I am still shocked! You will not be disappointed if you get these. If for some reason you don't like these, you either have better ears than myself or you will never be happy with anything.
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All ears are different. I am a professional sound recordist and for me these speakers have a very technical, "sit up! you will listen now!" quality to them. I like that. You will probably want a sub. If you like the mellow Bose sound you may not be happy. Update one year later: I used to think this idea of speakers "breaking in" was purist baloney. Well, it seems to be true for these speakers. One year later (I'm not a heavy listener) they sound much warmer and well-rounded to my ears.
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I was weary of buying these speakers. I had read forums elsewhere, and done my searching for the perfect entry grade level audiophile speakers. Not looking to spend $1,000+ dollars on a pair, I had to find something that would manage to sound great and not bankrupt me. I had heard that you either love or hate Klipsch, because many people described these as "bright".

These speakers remind me of the time I was a freshman in high school, and I found out I needed to get contacts to correct my vision. I remember barely being able to read the board, and having a hard time being able to read and distinguish letters from each other. Then I got fitted with contacts, and I remember putting them on for the first time and literally having a headache. The clarity of the image I was seeing was almost too vivid. It was a new world, and this is exactly the same feeling I have after buying these speakers. The clarity of the sonic image being produced is "bright" at first because often we're not used to hearing such wonderful differentiation between instruments and vocals. Much like my contacts, these grew to become the normal, and I would never again choose to return to the poor vision, or sound, that my old speakers brought me.

Once you have these speakers for a few days, you too will fall in love with them. My records and CD's have a new layer of sound and complexity that I haven't heard for the price. Pair these with a nice subwoofer and you're set.
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