Klipsch R-15M Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.46 Mixed Usages
4.5 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.5 Treble Accuracy:
4.5 Bass Accuracy:
4.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2014 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1" tweeter 6.5" woofer stereo speaker home theater best for: small to medium sized rooms usage: music and movies

Klipsch R-15M bookshelf speakers deliver sound with good amount of depth and detail. They act quite responsively and have fast transient response. We watched them for both music and movies but for movies, we paired a center channel and a subwoofer. The instrumental separation of these speakers is great. This budget bookshelf speaker has good dynamics and accuracy that will please anyone.

Our Verdict

Klipsch R-15M sounds bigger than its size and is great for compact spaces. They have good aesthetics; we removed the driver to reveal the eye-catching Klipsch patented copper spun woofers. If you are a general listener, the speaker will be worth it. The bass response from the speaker itself is enough to produce satisfying oomph.

PROS
  • Small footprint
  • Good dynamics
  • Good built
  • Good value for its price
  • Wide sound field
  • Tight bass
CONS
  • Not suitable as stereo pair for large rooms
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Aluminum LTS tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Type IMG woofer

SPECS

Power Range 85W/340W
Sensitivity 94 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 62Hz - 24kHz +/- 3dB
Crossover Frequencies 1800Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Single binding posts
Compatible Connector Types banana plugs, pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility standard speaker wire

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Deep bass that shows its presence
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clear and loud voices
Treble Accuracy Detailed and responsive highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Decent imaging and broad soundstage
Dynamic Range: Good dynamic range
Power Handling: Easy to drive
Frequency Response: Broad frequency response
Transient Response: Quick transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF
Color Black, Ebony

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 12.1
Width (inches) 7
Depth (inches) 8.11
Weight (pounds) 10.3 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of Bookshelf speakers, Grilles, Self-adhesive rubber feet, User Manual, Warranty sheet, Important Safety Instructions
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design and Build:

The R-15M speakers have an MDF body with polymer veneer finish. It comes with an acoustically transparent magnetic grille. Internal bracing is used inside the cabinet to avoid resonance. Use rubber feet so that your surface does not get any scratches and the speaker remains stable at one position.

Performance:

 

Klipsch Reference R-15M is a 2-way bookshelf speaker that has 1” tweeter and 5.25” woofer drivers. The 90x90 Tractrix Horn with aluminum tweeter delivers extended highs. They sound rich, clean, and detailed. The bass is tight, clean, and decent. The woofer driver is lightweight and has good rigidity. These drivers are chosen in such a way that they will improve dynamics and efficiency of the speaker.

There is also a rear-firing port to enhance the bass response. You can improve the bass by adding a subwoofer into the receiver or amplifier sub out port. Place these speakers on a stand or on a tabletop. Make sure the tweeter is at ear level. You can use it with TV or as desktop speakers with PC. They can be used as stereo speakers or as surround speakers in a home theater.

Use case:

The R-15M is great for small to medium sized bookshelf speakers. While bookshelf speakers like the Klipsch R-15M are ideal for music, you can also use it for watching movies. It plays effortlessly with different types of music genre. Even as a stereo system, voices are loud and clear. Movie effects like gunshots and explosions are enjoyable and accurate.

Compatible device:

The following speakers are available from Klipsch to connect with the R-15M: floorstanding speakers (R-24F/R-26F/R-28F), bookshelf speakers (R-14M), center channel speaker (R-25C), surround speaker (R-14S) and powered subwoofer (Klipsch R-10SW/Klipsch R-12SW). To connect these speakers, you need a matching amplifier or receiver like: Yamaha RX-V385, Onkyo TX NR 676, Sony STR-DH520, Denon AVR-S910W, etc.

Cost:

Klipsch R-15M are some of the best bookshelf speakers under $200. They are best for users with tight budgets. You can easily spend after an amplifier or receiver along with a subwoofer and center channel. That said, they are compact speakers and are not suitable for large spaces.

FAQ:

 

Why should I choose the Klipsch R-15M speakers?

Klipsch R-15M bookshelf speakers are easy to use. Simply pair an amplifier or receiver and you are good to go. They produce impressive sound quality with clear and bright highs along with deep lows. They are small-sized speakers and are good for compact spaces.

Bookshelf or floorstanding speaker, which is better?

Bookshelf speakers are a great choice if you have budget and space issues. They are compact in size but if well-engineered, the speakers can really shine. For small to medium sized rooms, a bookshelf speaker is more than enough to deliver room-filling sound. That said, if you seek powerful sound and consider yourself an audio enthusiast, a floorstanding speaker may be ideal for you.

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