Klipsch RB-61 II Bookshelf Speakers Demo

hey i’m randy i’m a cheap audio man
here the cheap audio man we don’t feel
like audio equipment should cost as much
digging a well for a village so that
they can have fresh water
so today we’re talking about the clips
click i’m just saying it clips
uh rb61 mark ii
it’s been out for like uh 11 years but
guess what you can still buy it new and
it’s a
it’s a heck of a deal uh so grab a cup
of coffee
sit down let’s talk about the clips rb
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so what are these big behemoths
these are some big old clip
speakers precursor
to the rp rp-160m
which was the precursor to the rp
600m which is a very well regarded
as is the rp 160
m they’re big i’m gonna show you how big
they are
compared to the rp 600m i’m gonna turn
i’m not throwing my back out again
just about same height a little bit
about the same depth
don’t hold your breath when you’re
i held my breath
not as young as i used to be anymore
back in the day i’d be able to pick up a
three-month-old calf and throw it over
my shoulder
all right front ported
a one-inch titanium titanium one-inch
one inch titanium dome tweeter mountain
mounted in a horn six and a half inch
sarah metallic
beautiful copper woofer
bronze copper or bronze goldish color
they’re rated at
40 you know what
those are the only ones i could find
actually like the 1.0 readers
are like the best for me those are like
and it’s just too much so i’m going to
make it work
45 hertz up to 24k 95 db
easy to drive 8 ohms
okay let’s talk about soundstage i had
these placed
six inches from the wall from the back
of the speaker because you can’t place
them six inches from the wall if you’re
measuring from the front
anyway six inches from the wall slightly
towed in
also tested them basically against the
wall pointing straight out since they’re
front ported you can do that
i found about just a little bit of
breathing room from the wall
slightly towed in they sound staged and
the best beat it by michael jackson
very good song the beginning is
super wide quite good
every day is the same by nine inch nails
it feels at the beginning of the song
there’s a crescendo
and i think i don’t know what they did
but it sounds like they recorded
something and then they ran it in
reverse because it just sounds
like all the matter in the room
is being sucked out and it’s quite good
on some speakers
this speaker was quite good at that
more human than human imaging the
beginning of the song
little electronic noises going back and
forth i could pick them out
right in the middle of the speaker where
they were
very good something in the way
nirvana off the mtv unplugged
the beginning of the speaker over to the
there’s a cough coming from the audience
this one did it right inside the left
speaker and way
behind the speaker very impressive
uh drive in drive out the beginning
should be recorded step back and down
and behind the speakers perfect
yep that’s it that’s it
in a nutshell they’re very good here’s
the deal
this is like a diamond
dwarf dale diamond 11.2 deal okay
now get this out of the way at the
beginning this speaker was originally
500 or more retail msrp
it’s 250 right now okay
it’s discontinued so you can still get
new stock
now at 50 of the price
that it was when it was new okay
i like this speaker if not love this
we’ll get to it in the final thoughts
but i’m just telling you right now
if you’re thinking about the rp 600m or
you’re thinking about the rp
160 give these a look 250.
let’s talk about bass
bass is it’s tight it’s present
it’s quite good balanced with the rest
of the
mids and highs which means it doesn’t
sound anemic it doesn’t sound
overtly bassy or bloated or warm
it’s just good uh intergalactic
beastie boys that song goes
way down and when you’re just running it
through speakers
without a sub it should still give an
idea of the enormity
of how low that base goes i’ve heard
but overall the base
dumb by nirvana
mtv unplugged a lot of
thickness and weight uh to the base
in that song very good
very good not overly booming
quick tight quite pleasant
let’s talk about mids mid-range
awesome shoot to thrill uh
one of the hardest songs in my opinion
for speakers to do right
the initial guitar comes in from the
right speaker it should be crunchy
it should have some weight to it as well
and although it should be step
back it should still be clear
and these did it uh as well as any
speaker that i’ve heard
very good uh sad but true
the guitar should have weight and it
should have
metal and it should be
crisp quick and visceral
um no no no they
did that really well really well
ride the lightning metallica
you ever eaten and you just kind of have
to sit
that’s good have you ever done that well
that these speakers did that with ride
the lightning
yeah they sure did
i already i’ve said the drew on here
twice apparently it made that big of an
i have palpable the mids are palpable
that guitar is just
yummy alainis marsette
uh uninvited mtv unplugged
brilliant very good she that song
there’s some sibilance in that song
you can hear it a bit on this speaker
but like this speaker did it as
as well as most speakers
better than most speakers yeah
and hello by
adele when she there’s
when she gets the word free she really
holds that
note for a long time and just the little
you know when she’s just holding the
note but just
it was just really good let’s talk about
rim hits on higher love by steve winwood
sounded in the room in the room
just super accurate you could see the
the hit the stick hitting the rim
of the snare oops
uh so what miles davis uh
kind of blue record symbols great decay
also um sad but true
that whole record the black album
if a speaker doesn’t do uh treble well
the uh and that records recorded
really bassy and run that bassy really
punchy and then really
crisp on the top end a speaker that is
great on the top end it’ll sound
in your face and unpleasant a speaker
has some finesse in the treble
region and handles it really well that
will sound
accurate present and accurate instead of
just like
like symbol crashes just sounding like
the white noise piped in at the right
quick there and kind of okay that’s a
this you’re like when lars was
it was just something else
these are really really good
and then uh at the the beginning intro
of sad but true
it ends with a cymbal crash and then a
little bit of silence
and man that symbol just
and that’s a hard record to do if the
is on the brighter side this speaker is
not on the bright side
at all
oh the snare hits too it’s one thing i
haven’t heard before
is it or it’s never really jumped out at
me how accurate
the snare hits are on a sad but true but
this one
great great
okay so i think this is
just a incredible
zen laughing he’s buddha laughing
because people are overpaying for
this is if the wharfdale diamond 11.2s
were ying this is the yang to that
i think this speaker will be
more desirable from the majority of
people out there and if you’re just
getting back into hi-fi
i would recommend this one over the
wharf dales the wharf dales
is more i wouldn’t say an acquired taste
but it’s more
okay i’ve been listening to some
speakers for a long time this is a
different flavor and i i can appreciate
the differences
this is
really good i don’t think anybody could
listen to the speaker and just be like
oh my gosh i hate it
i hate it this is the worst speaker ever
can’t imagine that i just can’t
if you’re looking at the rp 600m and
you’re like man i can’t afford that
but i’ve got 300 bucks to spend buy
if you’re looking at the rp 160m and you
don’t have
i think it’s 330 bucks to spend buy
at 250 dollars this
i can’t say smokes
it kind of does it’s better than
the sub 300 shootout and i didn’t
include these because this is kind of
this is an older speaker
and i didn’t even have them i just
kept liking the speaker more and more
for most people this is going to be a
jaw dropping experience i think the rp
is slightly more refined and a
tich more revealing and maybe
the mids are just slightly better
but at 250 dollars you’re getting
90 or more of what the rp 600 m
is i haven’t heard the rp 160 so i can’t
comment on that
but everybody says the 600m is better
than the
160 or 150.
oh this also plays great at louder
great it’s a big speaker this is going
to fill a room
easily without breaking a sweat all
so i couldn’t possibly recommend this
at 250 it’s an absolute absolute steal
and if you’re looking at this or some
elax or whatever the elax is that
this b6.2 on the eloc is it’s great
it’s more finicky than this speaker oh
interestingly enough this speaker didn’t
like the anthem
integrated 225 which is a very powerful
amp and i think it was because this
speaker is just so efficient that
i don’t know if i wasn’t getting enough
into them i don’t know or
the it was so low anyway they didn’t
like it they didn’t image well they
didn’t sound staged well with the anthem
put them back on the emotiva ta100 drop
awesome put them on the sony the two
channel receiver that’s like 120 ish
awesome awesome this could anchor your
uh for a long time
and just because they’re old just like
the pulp tsi 100
doesn’t mean they’re still not good
better because they’re cheaper and you
get 90
percent or more of the same sound
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Klipsch RB-61 II Bookshelf Speakers Specs

Frequency Response45 to 24,000 Hz ±3 dB
Sensitivity95 dB at 2.83 V / 1 m
Power Handling100 W RMS / 400 W Peak
Nominal Impedance8 ohms compatible
High Frequency Driver1″ (2.54 cm) Titanium diaphragm compression driver mated to a 90 x 60° square Tractrix horn
Low Frequency Driver6.5″ (16.5 cm) Cerametallic cone woofer
Crossover1500 Hz
EnclosureBass-reflex via front-firing port
InputsDual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp
Dimensions (H x W x D)15.4 x 8.5 x 12.3″ with grille (39.1 x 21.6 x 31.2 cm)
Weight35.2 lb (16 kg) per pair

Klipsch RB-61 II Bookshelf Speakers

The Klipsch Research Center is proud to introduce its two new bookshelf speaker models, the RB-61 II and the RB-600. The RB-61 II sports the sleek and streamlined look of a modern-day media room speaker, while the RB-600 is larger and deeper than its predecessors. Its six drivers produce superior sound quality through a number of technologies including Wide Dispersion Enhanced Throw Technology (WDET), High Definition Audio (HDAC), and Dolby Digital Multi-channel decoding (DMC). Like all Klipsch speakers comes in two series: the RB-61 Reference and the RB-61 II. Like many other Klipsch speaker models, the Reference series offers great value for money while still being designed with today’s most advanced technology. However, its biggest advantage is that it can be used as a floor stand or mounted on a stand.

The RB-61 II series features two-way high-frequency speakers. This allows you to place them on your table top or in your entertainment center. If you want the sound to come from behind you, then you can opt for the surround-sound feature. Two of the speakers are designed with Klipsch’s proprietary tractrix horn technology to offer the best possible performance. The powerful horn produces superior sound quality that is ideal for adding a cinematic feel to your listening experience. With its large sound stage and powerful subwoofer section, the RB-61 II bookshelf speakers can handle all your audio needs.

Like the Reference series, the Klipsch RB-61 II bookshelf speakers feature two-way high-frequency response. They have also been crafted to accommodate the best bass response available, thanks to its powerful subwoofer section and its low-frequency handling abilities. You will also appreciate the smooth frequency response, extended frequency response and excellent power handling capabilities that help this bookcase take you to the next level of audio enjoyment.

With its flat, oval-shaped mid-range drivers, the Klipsch RB-61 II bookshelf speakers have impressive midrange sound quality. It has low noise distortion and powerful bass output, making it perfect for any home entertainment application. It also offers an extended frequency response with a smooth precision and powerful bass extension. This allows the subwoofer to create realistic deep bass sounds. Its travel suspension system offers superior accuracy and stability while transmitting power from the dual binding posts to the speakers.

This superior subwoofer section features two-way gold-plated port valves for accurate bass transfer. Its large woofer basket and optimized motor system make this subwoofer system capable of producing deep bass response. Its dual-sided port optimized wave surround lets you maximize subwoofer placement performance. Its precise and stable response and precise acoustical modeling contribute to the fact that the Klipsch RB-61 II of bookshelf speakers are the perfect choice for your media and home theater applications.

The combination of a powerful subwoofer and an optimized horn technology provides the ultimate in both frequency response and power handling capability. These Horn enabled speakers make it possible to reproduce sound waves with even greater power than the dual port, dual horn enabled bookshelf speakers. This allows them to handle dynamic music scenes with much more energy and authority than their subwoofer brothers. When it comes to performance, the Klipsch RB-61 II bookshelf speaker series is unrivalled.

Last update on 2021-06-25 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

3 verified buyer reviews
  1. Oh my God! The sound of these speakers has completely blown me away! The sound is rich and wet. They also have excellent bass. The price was also very fair, particularly considering the quality. Klipsch has a customer for life, in my opinion. I’m still lusting after the 10-inch subwoofer! I am blown away by the consistency and will almost certainly never purchase another brand. If you’re on the fence about trying Klipsch speakers, go ahead and do it; you won’t be disappointed… They were purchased specifically for my turntable and have surpassed my standards.

  2. This is the forerunner to the RP160m, which came before the RP600m. These are exceptionally well-balanced speakers with a very simple and exciting midrange and top end. I also have the RP600M, and one gets roughly 90% or more of the 600M for half the amount… give or take. It can fill a room and play loudly without breaking a sweat. When combined with a sub, you’ll have something truly unique.

  3. Klipsch discontinued the RB-61 ii bookshelf speakers, which were replaced by the RP-160M and the RP-600M. According to my study, the primary distinction is in the tweeters. Another distinction is that the RB-61 speakers have a front firing port, while the newer models have a rear firing port. Since I want to mount the speakers in a bookcase on either side of a 65″ TV, the front ports are more appropriate. Timbre matching is done with the RC-62 ii center channel speaker. In addition, I have a Klipsch subwoofer. I have a Yamaha receiver that levels out the frequency response of the receivers using DSP. The speakers are for a home theater in my great space, which has 18-foot ceilings. The speakers quickly fill the room with awe-inspiring music.

    These speakers are a significant improvement over the older Bose speakers I had been using. The old Bose 501 V speakers have been repurposed as side surrounds. The newer Premier series may have been a better improvement, but the price would have been slightly higher since the discontinued versions were discounted.

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