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What We Like

  • Great features and unique solutions.
  • Impressive tone that makes these sound bigger than they are.
  • Clean and simple design which blends in easily.

What We Don’t Like

  • Bass might come across as generic.

Klipsch Reference speakers have always been among the most interesting ones on the market. Knowing that – it’s no wonder that Klipsch RB-61 II is one of the most attractive models to get under $500. Let’s find out why.

Design

The design of RB-61 II is both simple and intriguing at the same time. Cabinets are made of quality MDF that is covered with a glossy black vinyl. The entire front face of the cabinet is consumed by the large baffle that appears like it is floating.

Klipsch went with a front firing port located right underneath the woofer cone, which is why the port is of the slotted variety. From a purely aesthetic point of view, RB-61 II looks like many other Klipsch speakers. It features that black and bronze theme that has been proven successful so many times by now. On top of that, this is a combination of colors can easily fit into pretty much any interior out there.

As we go into features, we will find out why the design isn’t only great from an aesthetic point of view, but the practical one as well. Needless to say, Klipsch thought about everything.

Features

One of the most exciting things about Klipsch RB-61 II is by far the combination of hardware it brings to the table. On a first glance, the transducers don’t really look too special. However, when you look a bit closer, there are a couple of things that stand out.

First of all, the enhanced titanium Linear Travel Suspension, tweeter sits comfortably in their Tractrix horn. We’ll talk more about this horn later on. The woofer comes in form of a 6.5″ Cerametallic cone that rather responsive all things considered. Combined, these two transducers will give you some 100 Watts RMS, or about 95 dB of sensitivity.

The crossover is dialed for 1500Hz so you it kicks in pretty high. Another cool feature is the front firing slot style port. With this design, you don’t really have to worry about distance to walls when positioning the speaker. All you have to do is wire the dual binding posts and you are good to go.

Performance

All of the things we have mentioned in our previous segments of this review, come together to form what is really the best thing about this awesome speaker. The tone you get from Klipsch RB-61 II is powerful, full of definition across the range and just balanced in a way that makes it easy to listen to.

Tractrix horn they have used to boost the tweeter really gives the highs an edge. The clarity is piercing and impressive considering the power we are dealing with here. Once you start moving into mids, the tone widens and with no noticeable bumps. Vocals sound amazing while even the more aggressive guitars come out pristine. One of the major aspects people worried about was the low-end response.

With a 6.5″ woofer and a front firing port, the bass reflex does its job much better than we hoped. The low end is thick, fulfilling and rather defined. Once you find the sweet spot, a pair of Klipsch RB-61 II will definitely surprise you in a good way.

The Rumble:

Awesome set of true reference speakers that pack a whole lot of performance. The price ain’t really cheap, but in this case, it’s very much worth it. Klipsch RB-61 II simply meet and exceed all expectations.


AR Rating 98/100


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