In my first passive speaker review since my return to the blog,
I begin with the splendid RP-500M from Klipsch. Read on to find out more…
Klipsch or Henley Audio have not paid or sponsored me for this review.
This is an unbiased review and the views and opinions in this publication are my own.
I’d like to thank Simon and staff at Henley for kindly sending these speakers out to The Audiophile Cafe for review.
The Klipsch RP-500M currently retail at £519.
You can find them and other products Henley Audio here:-
Review equipment and software:
Klipsch RP-500M bookshelf speakers.
Airpulse ST200 speaker stands filled with Atacama “Atabytes”.
Cyrus One integrated amplifier.
Musician Audio Pegasus DAC.
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO turntable.
Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge.
Custom Cans Interconnects and speaker cable.
Audioquest mains cables.
Audiowalle TP1000 mains conditioners.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
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And various albums on vinyl.
What’s in the box?:
1x pair of Klipsch RP-500M bookshelf speakers.
|Frequency Response:||48-25kHz +/- 3dB|
|Sensitivity:||93dB @ 2.83V / 1m|
|Power Handling (Cont/Peak):||75W/300W|
|Nominal Impedance:||8Ω Compatible|
|High Frequency Driver:||1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® Horn|
|Low Frequency Driver:||5.25” Cerametallic Cone Woofer|
|Enclosure Type:||Bass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix® Port|
|Inputs:||Single binding posts|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||34.3 x 17.3 x 24.1cm|
Build and finish:
This was the first product I’ve experienced from Klipsch, so I was interested to see what all the fuss was about.
And I get it. Packaging is simple, dense and more than ample.
The included documentation is easy to understand and straight forward.
Upon unboxing the RP-500M’s I was impressed with the finish of the veneer and the exquisite construction.
These are the first pair of speakers I’ve had that sport magnetic grills. Oh My! What a simple but revolutionary idea. It’s that good I want to convert all of my speakers that I own to magnetic grills!
The copper drivers look sublime. I wasn’t sure I would like them from photo’s I’ve always seen, but here, in my living room they look fabulous!
My one complaint is the rubber/silicone horns. They pick up dust and particles constantly and are then a bit tricky to clean off.
Whether the material has an effect on the sound I am unsure, however I thing a matt finish plastic would have been better.
Otherwise they look stunning.
Round the back we have good solid binding posts, and above them, a pair of massive horn shaped bass reflex ports.
Also found at the rear are wall mounting options. Definitely a positive if you’re planning on using these in a home theatre system.
All in all I found Klipsch’s craftsmanship and design on point.
I’ll state right off the bat, that these are one of the best bookshelf speakers I’ve heard to date.
They’re easy to drive, especially with the Cyrus ONE’s ability to detect impedance and configure itself for optimal performance.
The RP-500M have a wide and open soundstage, easily filling my room with a rich, impactful image.
Instrument separation is organic and sounds like you’re right there in the club, on the field, right by the stage… Cliche’d I know but it’s the only way I can explain it.
The RP-500M’s create a 3D image and it’s possibly the first time I’ve had my system at the point where the speakers have “disappeared” as I’ve heard New Record Day’s Ron Brenay describe it. And he’s right. Get the speakers positioned correctly and you’re half way there already. With my eyes closed, listening to a live concert, the “image” the RP-500M’s created was astonishing and If you had led me into the room blind folded I would not have been able to place where the speakers were positioned.
Bass is slightly rolled off at the very lower end, however it still manages to hit hard from across the room with control and rich layers of texture.
The mids are somewhere in the neutral zone ( please excuse the Star Trek phrase! ), and I mean it in the kindest sense. Neither harsh nor weak midrange is to be found here. Instead, a purposeful yet light and airy midrange is present. Leaning into vocals just enough to flow naturally without sounding overenthusiastic.
Highs are crisp, fast and detailed with just enough sparkle to compliment the rest of the frequency range.
The RP-500M are certainly a new class of speaker I have had the pleasure to review.
They are an articulate and well balanced example of excellence I haven’t heard yet at this price point.
Their design guarantees they’ll look at home in most rooms and would be more than likely a conversation piece, not an eyesore.
So, yes I do highly recommend you go and have a listen to a pair if your able. And if you do buy, you won’t be disappointed!
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