Klipsch RP-600M Reference Premiere Bookshelf Speakers Review

4.45 Mixed Usages
4.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.5 Treble Accuracy:
4.5 Bass Accuracy:
4.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1" tweeter 6.5" woofer stereo speaker home theater usage: music and movies

Klipsch RP-600M is a reasonably priced bookshelf speaker that sounds bigger than its price. They can deliver dynamic sound that is room-filling. The speakers can produce lively and engaging sound. They are great with music and movies. However, for powerful movie watching experience, pair a subwoofer and center channel.

Our Verdict

Allow the Klipsch RP-600M to play for long hours of break-in period so that the drivers can run with full potential. We played them at high volumes and the speaker showed consistent performance without any major distortion. You can consider them as one of the best entry-level audiophile speakers in the market.

PROS
  • Good depth in performance
  • Great value at this price point
  • Decent horizontal directivity
  • No ear fatigue
  • Decent and tight lows
CONS
  • Not 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 Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Type Cerametallic Cone Woofer

SPECS

Power Range 100W/400W
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 45-25kHz +/- 3dB
Crossover Frequencies 1500Hz

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 Dual 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: Solid bass but not room shaking
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clear and intelligible vocals
Treble Accuracy Undistorted highs that are dispersed through a broader area
Imaging & Soundstage: Great imaging and powerful soundstage
Dynamic Range: Great dynamic range
Power Handling: Easy to drive
Frequency Response: Wide frequency range
Transient Response: Fast transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Ebony, Walnut, Piano Black

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 15.69
Width (inches) 7.95
Depth (inches) 11.85
Weight (pounds) 16 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) none

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, 2 Grilles, Self-adhesive rubber feet, User Manual, Important Safety Instructions, Warranty Information
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design and build:

Klipsch RP-600M is a mid-sized bookshelf speaker that has a scratch resistant MDF body. It is designed to eliminate vibration and distortion. It is available in multiple color options. Use the acoustically transparent magnetic grille to cover the drivers. You will need a speaker stand to place them or you can also place them on a shelf or tabletop. The rubber feet under the speaker allow it to stay firm in one position while ensuring it does not damage the surface.

Performance:

 

Klipsch RP-600M is a bookshelf speaker that has 1” tweeter and 6.5” woofer. It has the Klipsch patented horn-loaded tweeter that delivers wider dispersion and detailed high ends. Sound accuracy and focus is amazing. It is directly exactly at the user. Users might be afraid of Klipsch being too attacking or harsh, but they have improved the sound over the years. This Hybrid Tractrix Horn will minimize distortion and resonance while ensuring they are not too bright.

For deep lows, the RP-600M has a 6.5” woofer that is lightweight and works with high efficiency. While the bass is not room shaking, it is clean and articulate. To improve the bass the speaker has a rear firing bass port. In terms of placement, place the speakers 6-15’ apart and the user to speaker distance should be 1-1.5x the speaker-to-speaker distance.

If you are using them as a part of home theater, then the rear setup should be 5-7’ from the floor. With slight differences in specs and sound, the upgraded version of the Klipsch RP-600M is the RP-600M II. This upgraded model improves in terms of driver design like tweeter and overall, the sound improves. It has linear bass and better power handling.

Use case:

Klipsch RP-600M can handle different types of music genre including pop, rock, jazz, blues, and classical. Along with music, the speaker can handle movies quite well. It has a powerful soundstage and loud vocals.

Compatible device:

 

Pair it with other speakers like Klipsch center channel RP-600C, Dolby atmos speaker RP-500SA, and powered subwoofers Klipsch SW12/ SPL-100. For a matching amp or receiver, have a look at our examples: Audiolab 6000A Play, Cambridge AXR85, Marantz Model 40n, Decware Zen Amp, Cambridge Audio CXA61, Denon DRA-800, etc.

It has a pair of binding posts that you can use for bi-wiring and bi-amping connection with your desired amp. While there are controversies on whether these connection variations will improve the sound, you can definitely give it a try.

Cost:

The RP-600M bookshelf speaker is available at a reasonable price range. This gives you the flexibility to spend after a subwoofer and amplifier.

FAQ:

 

Klipsch RP-600M vs RP-600M II, which one should you choose?

Klipsch RP-600M is an excellent speaker available at an affordable price. If you purchase the RP-600M, you will not miss out ‘a lot’ so you can definitely choose this over the RP-600M II. Or, if you already own an RP-600M, there is no need to upgrade to the RP-600M II. However, if you want the latest model, then RP-600M II is good for you.

How to connect a subwoofer with the Klipsch RP-600M bookshelf speakers?

Once you have chosen a matching amplifier or receiver, you can connect the subwoofer into the sub out port of the receiver. Then connect the RP-600M to the front L/R ports of the receiver and you are good to go. It is not mandatory to choose sub from the same brand, you can look for other subwoofers like SVS PB-2000, etc.

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