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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M

Bookshelf speakers (Ebony)

Item # 714RP500ME

Looking to build a high-impact stereo or home theater system? Then consider a pair of Klipsch Reference...

Looking to build a high-impact stereo or home theater system? Then consider a pair of Klipsch Reference...

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About the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M

Sweet sound from Klipsch

Looking to build a high-impact stereo or home theater system? Then consider a pair of Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500Ms — the middle-sized bookshelf model in Klipsch's new Reference Premiere lineup. These attractive bookshelf speakers feature a 5-1/4" spun-copper woofer for punchy bass and powerful midrange, and Klipsch's signature 1" horn-loaded tweeter for smooth, detailed highs with music and movie soundtracks. 

Sweet sound from Klipsch

Looking to build a high-impact stereo or home theater system? Then consider a pair of Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500Ms — the middle-sized bookshelf model in Klipsch's new Reference Premiere lineup. These attractive bookshelf speakers feature a 5-1/4" spun-copper woofer for punchy bass and powerful midrange, and Klipsch's signature 1" horn-loaded tweeter for smooth, detailed highs with music and movie soundtracks. 

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M bookshelf speakers

Each Reference Premiere RP-500M bookshelf speaker features a rear-firing horn-shaped port for reinforced bass output.

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, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

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
  • 5-1/4" Cerametallic™ cone woofer with rigid and lightweight voice coil
  • frequency response: 48-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • power handling: up to 75 watts RMS (300 watts peak)
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • 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
  • 6-13/16"W x 13-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D
  • weight: 12 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1065807
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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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Crutchfield customer from Corydon, IN on 7/16/2019

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Replaced two tower speakers with smaller RP-500M. They sound better and take less space.

Pros: Small with big sound

Cons: None

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Simply Beautiful Design and Sound

Crutchfield customer from Pasadena, TX on 6/27/2019

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Hello, The sound of these speakers is amazing. I am using them as front L & R speakers. Until, I am able to purchase a pair of Klipsch RP-6000F towers. (Then these will become sourround speakers) I moved the old Onkyo fronts ( That are 10 or 12 years old. With a few years stored in a closet on them. From when I was room mating with a friend that had there own system) Any who.... those old Onkyo fronts went to surrounds and the back surrounds are now hanging on the ceiling for DOLBY ATMOS effect. Once, I hooked these (Klipsch RP-500M ) up.... It was evident how much the Onkyos had degraded. Still sounded ok... but, I had turned on CC (closed captioning) for ALL Movies and TV. Because, I thought my 47 year old hearing was getting a little iffy.... Now, I am trying to add more Klipsch speakers to the system as fast as I can. So, I can turn off the CC I called and spoke to Doug Here at Crutchfield and got great customer service. Shipping was I N C R E D I B L Y...! fast The craftsmanship and quality of these speakers can be read about on any page that sells them. The speakers are worth every penny... The true value is in the service, and followup that Crutchfield offers I Highly Recommend these speakers and Crutchfield for all you Audio needs.

Pros: magnetic grill screens ( the better to show off the) 1" Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Tractrix® Horn and the 5.25" Spun Copper CerametallicT Woofer) The walnut scratch resistant finish is very classy,

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Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M

Crutchfield customer from Fairfield, CT on 5/12/2019

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Love it!

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Exceptional Speakers!

Scott from Seattle, WA on 3/30/2019

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I bought the RP-500M's to replace a pair of older Yamaha tower speakers. The 500's are very small but the sound quality is equal if not better than the large tower's, especially as you turn up the volume. The 500's seem to work better with the volume turned up, but even at lower volumes the sound is very crisp and clear. I will definitely recommend the RP-500's. I bought these on sale and was very impressed with Crutchfield's professional service and 2 day UPS air shipping. Thanks so much Crutchfield!!

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Clear, efficient speakers

Steve from Clinton Twp, MI on 3/9/2019

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I got the RP-500M's to use as the rear speakers in my 5.1 setup with the RP-6000F's as the fronts and the RP-600C as the center. I was a little nervous that the 500M's wouldn't be up to the task since the drivers are a little under-sized compared to the other speakers. i considered the 600M's, but those don't have a keyhole for wall-mounting. So far the 500M's have handled loud volumes without any distortion that I have noticed. The speakers are more efficient than the Polk RT35i's that I replaced, and they seem to more easily fill the room with sound. High's are crisp and clear, and the overall surround effect is excellent. I would definitely recommend these as surround or surround back speakers for a 5.1 or 7.1 setup.

Pros: Easily mount to the wall Clean sound with no distortion

Cons: None

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Great color and detail separation is fantastic

Patrick from Bonney Lake, WA on 1/8/2019

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Excellent speakers. I only have about 20 hours on them thus far but they are breaking in very nice. The sound they produce is very good considering their small size. I am actually using only these two speakers and a Klipsch R-10SW subwoofer in a rather small room. The room is approximately 12 x 20 with quite a bit of furniture, hardwood floors and a rug in the center. The sub is in the right corner with with each speaker about 3 feet from each sidewall. This is mainly my turntable room. The turntable is a Audio-Technica LP120 usb. The amplifier is a Yamaha RX-V995 Natural Sound AV receiver. The receiver is quite old but still plays perfectly well. I don't use it for surround sound duty any longer. I don't use the pre-amp in the turntable. I just recently received the following new albums and cued them up. Beatles "Abbey Road" , Styx "Paradise Theatre", Chicago "Chicago" Rhino Record Co, Eagles "Their Greatest Hits volume 1 and 2". Can you say awesome. The sound stage is huge and the separation is fantastic. I close my eyes and feel the band in the room. Not like some $5000.00 amplifier would but for this setup I think it sounds fantastic. I made the right decision buyer these items. Once the speakers are completely broken in I am sure the sound will improve even more. The amp is set completely flat with no added tone controls. Tone is bypassed. It took about 1.5 hours of tweaking the placement of the speakers and setting the sub just right. Buy em you can't go wrong.

Pros: Small size, big sound, sensitivity is excellent so you don't need a whopping amount of power to drive these speaker. Klipsch quality through and through.

Cons: None

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Awesome for Surround duty

Dilshat from Wantagh, NY on 11/28/2018

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I love hem. Use them as side surrounds in a 5.2.4 set up. Crystal clear sound reproduction

Pros: Dynamics, clarity, appearance (match my RF7III and RC64III perfectly)

Cons: None!

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Nice Speakers

Jason from Aroma Park, IL on 9/9/2018

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Love the new design. Sound great for what I needed.

Pros: Nice new design. Sound great!

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More details on the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M

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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) 5.25
Woofer Composition Cerametallic
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 75
Sensitivity 93 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 48-25k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 13-9/16
Width (inches) 6-13/16
Depth (inches) 10-1/8
Weight (pounds) 12
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-500M bookshelf loudspeaker features a 1" Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with a Hybrid Tractrix Horn technology exceptional high frequency response, detail, and dispersion. Klipsch proprietary Tractrix horn-loaded technology ensures high-frequency energy of the RP-500M 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.

5.25" Cerametallic Woofer: The RP-500M bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a 5.25" 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 5.25" 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-500M 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-500M 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-500M 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-500M 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-500M 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-500M 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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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I think Klipsch speaker's have great sound [ bill  Feb 26, 2019 ]
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I have a pair of Forte since the late 1980s. They are wonderful and still perform as new. I wanted a pair of book shelve speakers. Knowing the quality of Klipsch, I gave no other considerations. [ David  Mar 02, 2019 ]
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Wanted to upgrade my surrounds to match my recently upgraded front soundstage [ Dilshat  Oct 20, 2018 ]

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I have the RP-4000Fs as fronts, RP-500C for center, and the RP-500SA atmos speakers. Would these work well as my surrounds, or should I get the smaller version?
[ Stephen  Jun 27, 2019 ]
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I like the 500m's. It depends on your room size. I wish i would have got the 600m's for a little more output, but these work great for now. I have Rp8000f rp504c rp500m svs prime elevations.
[ Ernest  Jun 27, 2019 ]
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The 500m would work well for your surrounds. You could probably live with the 400m''s if you have a good subwoofer, but I would go with the 500m's.
[ Stephen  Jun 27, 2019 ]
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These would work well, but for surrounds I would just go smaller. You aren't going to be focusing on the low end in your surrounds if you are running a sub.
[ Timothy  Jun 27, 2019 ]
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Stephen, I'm using the RP-500M's as main L/R and RP-400M's as surround L/R. This configuration works well. Eventually I am going to upgrade to full-range up front and move the 500's to Surrounds. Either one would be a fantastic option.
[ Kenneth  Jun 27, 2019 ]
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I assume that the scratch and dent have been tested and preform like new and there is no damage to the speaker's I'm referring the RP-500M. Are you able to actually take a look at them?
[ bill  Nov 03, 2018 ]
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Thanks for your question. Anything we sell from the Scratch n Dent stock will only have a minor cosmetic flaw. The product would be fully tested. The manufacturer's warranty as well as Crutchfield's 60 day satisfaction guarantee would still apply as well. Hope that helps.
[ Kenny  Nov 09, 2018 ]  Staff

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