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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-400M

Bookshelf speakers

Item # 714RP400ME

The RP-400Ms may be the smallest bookshelf speakers in Klipsch's new Reference Premiere lineup.

The RP-400Ms may be the smallest bookshelf speakers in Klipsch's new Reference Premiere lineup.

Item # 714RP400ME

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About the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-400M

Small speakers that pack a punch

The RP-400Ms may be the smallest bookshelf speakers in Klipsch's new Reference Premiere lineup. But these compact gems offer dynamic sound that brings music to life without taking up much space in your room. Each one features a 4" spun-copper woofer for punchy bass and midrange, and Klipsch's signature 1" horn-loaded tweeter for smooth, detailed highs and a "front row" listening experience. 

Small speakers that pack a punch

The RP-400Ms may be the smallest bookshelf speakers in Klipsch's new Reference Premiere lineup. But these compact gems offer dynamic sound that brings music to life without taking up much space in your room. Each one features a 4" spun-copper woofer for punchy bass and midrange, and Klipsch's signature 1" horn-loaded tweeter for smooth, detailed highs and a "front row" listening experience. 

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, crystal-clear sound sound.

Klipsch's 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. The result is a wide listening "sweet spot" with precise placement of instruments and vocals. 

A horn that enhances bass, too

Take a look at the back of these speakers and you'll find 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.

Because these speakers are rear-ported, I recommend pulling them away from your wall or the back of the bookshelf to give them room to "breathe."

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Product highlights:

  • 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) titanium diaphragm tweeter with Tractrix® horn
  • 4" Cerametallic™ cone woofer with rigid and lightweight voice coil
  • frequency response: 52-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • bass-reflex design with rear-firing Tractrix port
  • magnetically attached grilles for a clean, streamlined look
  • ebony vinyl finish with scratch-resistant design
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • keyhole slot for easy wall-mounting
  • 5-11/16"W x 11-3/4"H x 7-1/2"D
  • weight: 9 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1065931

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles (installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Great surrounds.

Crutchfield customer from Durham, NC on 7/25/2019

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I purchased this set as surrounds to join the Klipsch center and front RP 600Ms. I have a Sony 1080 receiver powering them all. They sound great and I look forward to expanding to a 7.1 next year from my current set up, which is 5.1.

Pros: Great little surrounds.

Cons: None.

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Crutchfield customer from Los Angeles, CA on 6/27/2019

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I'm happy!

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I like Them

Crutchfield customer from Bountiful, UT on 5/22/2019

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I use these in my surround sound as rear speakers. I have them on Sanus BF31B stands. They work well in this application.

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I should have done this years ago.

Crutchfield customer from Normandy Park, WA on 5/9/2019

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When I assembled my system, I kind of overkilled it for the room size, so I dialed it back a notch. These are the result. Super crisp, clean, plenty of power for a midsize room. Superb quality at the perfect price point. I should have done this many years ago.

Pros: Crisp clean powerful sound at the perfect price point.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Saint Charles, MO on 4/29/2019

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nice speakers. exceptional sound

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Accurate Background Speaker

Crutchfield customer from Croton Hdsn, NY on 4/21/2019

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I have a 5.1 system in my living room. The fronts are HSU, with matching subwoofer. The AVR is a Sony STR-4400ES. I tend to like very flat systems, don't color my bass or treble. My room and couch placement dictated a smaller speaker than the HSU for the surrounds. I was most concerned with matching the timbre, to keep a seamless sound field. I had a set of cheap HTIB speakers for the surrounds, and every time they were used, you could hear them, not the sound effects. Hooked up the RP 400 and listened to some music a/b with no subwoofer...I noted they were much more sensitive than the Hsu, but that the bass didn't extend down nearly as far....of course, since there is a sub, this wasn't a huge concern, but if you are using them as sole book shelfs, keep this in mind..a 4 inch speaker just won't go where the 6 inch one will. After calibration with the Sony DCAC, and then correcting to an 80 hz crossover and small speakers, I noted that the amp stepped down the power to the surrounds quite a bit. After a bit of tweaking, the backs were down -2 or -3 db vs the fronts. I then played "The Best of Both Worlds", from Star Trek TNG, in 5.1 from netflix. This two part episode won an Emmy for sound mixing and the engineers are clearly having fun. I was quite impressed that after dialing in the sound field was transparent. Listening F/R, effects moving across handed off perfectly. I'd not buy them for primary FCR duty, but for surrounds, excellent

Pros: Clear from highs to midrange. Not shouty, no "horn sound". Mixes with a flat speaker system well.

Cons: Bass runs out quickly-probably due to size of woofer-I would go a size bigger if these were my only speakers/no subwoofer in system.

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Klipsch... the weird name with the big sound

Crutchfield customer from Belmont, NC on 4/17/2019

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high quality amazing sound great price and they're pretty... very pleased with my decision

Pros: bookshelf, can be shown off with or without the grill

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Crutchfield customer from Farmington, MO on 4/5/2019

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They sound really good. Am thinking of buying the floor speakers to match.

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Black
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Tractrix Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 50
Sensitivity 93 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 52-25k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 11-3/4
Width (inches) 5-11/16
Depth (inches) 8-5/16
Weight (pounds) 9
Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-30
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

1" Horn-Loaded Tweeter: The Klipsch RP-400M bookshelf loudspeaker features a 1" Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with a Hybrid Tractrix Horn for exceptional high frequency response, detail, and dispersion. Klipsch proprietary Tractrix horn-loaded technology ensures high-frequency energy of the RP-400M bookshelf speakers are aimed directly at the listener and reduces unwanted, artificial reverb caused by indirect sound bouncing off walls - meaning you experience the most clear, detailed, lifelike sound possible.

  • Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter: The titanium tweeter diaphragm's light weight yet rigid composition exceeds the performance of aluminum, polymer or silk tweeters. A vented tweeter design reduces standing waves behind the tweeter diaphragm for a smoother high frequency reproduction. Klipsch award-winning Linear Travel Suspension technology leverages a piston motion of the titanium diaphragm that lowers distortion and delivers real-to-life sound. A ceramic magnet housing provides premium performance,
  • Hybrid Tractrix Horn Technology: This redesigned 90°x90° Hybrid 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 Hybrid Tractrix Horn's compressed molded silicon face adds high frequency damping to reduce harshness and horn resonance for a smoother frequency response with improved detail - creating a clean and natural sound. Klipsch also utilizes computer modeled phase plugs that act as a mechanical filter to further ensure a smooth, flat frequency response while protecting the tweeter from damage.

4" Cerametallic Woofer: The RP-400M bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a 4" Klipsch Proprietary Cerametallic woofer. Cerametallic consists of extremely light, rigid materials that can hold shape while being able to deliver lower frequencies with maximum efficiency. The Klipsch Cerametallic cone is matted to a dual-layer, copper-wound voice coil for exceptional conductivity. The 4" woofer is housed in a non-resonating, stamped-steel basket that's secured to a large magnet motor for exceptional efficiency and low distortion.

Rear Tractrix Port: The rear Tractrix port of the RP-400M bookshelf loudspeaker is perfectly matched to the cabinet and woofer, creating ideal airflow with minimal distortion and turbulence even at the lowest frequencies. Klipsch Tractrix ports have custom designed inner flares that help reduce air turbulence entering the port. Less turbulent air helps reduce port noise for cleaner, more powerful bass.

MDF Cabinet: The Klipsch RP-400M bookshelf speaker features a MDF cabinet with a scratch-resistant, textured wood grain vinyl that seamlessly integrates into almost any room or decor. The enclosure's reinforced MDF construction reduces cabinet vibration for less audible coloration and improved sonic accuracy. The MDF enclosure also features a satin painted baffle with a scratch resistant design for an elegant look without the grille.

Acoustically Transparent Grille: The Klipsch RP-400M bookshelf loudspeaker comes with a removable, black cloth grille that is magnetic and acoustically transparent. This strong magnetic grille provides protection and a sleek aesthetic look to compliment your home's decor.

Binding Posts: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series bookshelf speaker is fitted 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-lugs and bare wire (up to 10AWG). Two plastic caps will need to be removed to use banana plugs.

Mounting Options: The Klipsch RP-400M bookshelf loudspeaker can be placed on a speaker stand, bookshelf, table, or other flat surface. It can also be wall-mounted using the integrated keyhole slot.

  • Rubber Feet: The bookshelf 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 0.125" to the overall height of the speaker.
  • Keyhole Slot: The RP-400M features 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).

Application & Placement: The Klipsch RP-400M bookshelf loudspeaker can be used in a dedicated stereo application or in a home theater application as front and/or rear speakers.

  • Front Placement: For optimum performance in a stereo application or as front speakers in a home theater application, Klipsch suggests placing the loudspeakers 6' to 15' apart. They may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. The listening position should be about 1 to 1.5x the distance separating the speakers.
  • Rear Placement: When used as surround speakers in a home theater setup, the loudspeakers should be placed approximately 2' above the listening position. Typically this will be approximately 5' to 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 Premiere Series: The Klipsch Reference Premiere series utilizes a redesigned hybrid 90°x90° Tractrix Horn, a vented LTS titanium tweeter, Cerametallic woofer construction, and Tractrix geometry port technology for sound that will envelope you and blow you away. The Reference Premiere series by Klipsch consists of a variety of floorstanding, bookshelf, center, and surround speakers (all sold separately). Click on the Accessories Tab to find more Reference Premiere series speakers for your home system.

Optional Powered Sub: For bigger & deeper bass response, pair the Klipsch Reference Premiere series loudspeaker with one of Klipsch's powered subwoofers (sold separately - click on Accessories Tab).

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