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Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors: Just Add Vinyl

Whether you are just getting into vinyl or returning to this cool-again medium of music, you are going to want the very best equipment to play your new records. That’s where Klipsch comes in.

The Klipsch Reference R-15PM Turntable Pack has everything you need to make your album collection come to life again – or for the first time.

“How so?” Glad you asked. We explain all the main reasons why the R-15PM Turntable Pack is the ideal solution for any vinyl love. Heck, even if you have a vinyl setup already, we strongly suggest you consider the R-15PM Turntable Pack. It’s that good. It’s that versatile. It’s that EVERYTHING.

There are a lot of solutions out there from companies trying to get a piece of the vinyl one. This just happens to be the right one.

(The R-15PM Turntable Pack is 20% OFF through 8/31/2016 from Klipsch.com if you’re in the U.S.)

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R-15PM POWERED MONITORS

First and foremost, Klipsch is a speaker company and we’re pretty sure that we’re the best at making great-sounding speakers. The Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors carry on the company’s legacy, providing room-filling sound in a compact package.

Technically speakers, each monitor includes a 1″ aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25″ copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. The R-15PM powered monitors also have a built-in custom amplifier, eliminating the need for external amplification which means that world-class Klipsch engineers have full control of the signal path. We’ve picked and tuned the components to be an absolute perfect match throughout, making the system sound incredibly immersive and complete.

Don’t believe us? Just ask CNET and AVS FORUM who reviewed the R-15PM powered monitors.

CNET’s Steve Guttenberg: “No one would describe the R-15PM’s sound as shy and retiring; this little guy kicks butt.”

AVS Forum’s Mark Henninger: “Regardless of whether I used the R-15PMs to listen to my music collection, catch a movie, play video games, or simply to watch a TV show, they delivered clear, dynamic, and completely non-fatiguing sound.”

Oh and they aren’t too shabby on the eyes either. Their minimal, yet striking, design fits with almost any décor situation and the Reference series’ copper cones ensure that these aren’t the typical black box speakers.

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KLIPSCH PRO-JECT DEBUT CARBON TURNTABLE

We are very proud to have teamed up with Pro-Ject Audio Systems to deliver a Klipsch-branded version of the company’s award-winning Primary turntable. Pro-Ject is an iconic brand in its own right, long serving as one of the gold standards in the turntable business and making some of the very best turntables at attainable prices.

Packing a low vibration synchronous AC motor, a perfectly-matched 8.6” aluminum tone-arm, and an audiophile-grade, low-distortion Ortofon OM 5e magnetic cartridge, the Pro-Ject Primary and R-15PM powered monitors are a match made in heaven.

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NO RECEIVER OR PHONO PRE-AMP NECESSARY

We mentioned it previously in this blog post; however, it is worth repeating. The R-15PM Powered Monitors have built-in amplification AND inputs, meaning that you can ditch that clunky receiver that takes up entirely too much space on your countertop or in your media cabinet.

Most importantly for the sack of this turntable pack is the inclusion of a phono input. That means you can plug the turntable directly into the speakers. Normally, you would have to plug the turntable into the phono pre-amp and phono pre-amp into the receiver. Not this time!

Really, it’s all about making it easier for the customer who just wants to listen to their dang music BUT also doesn’t want to sacrifice the sound quality for ease of use. We believe we have covered all of the bases with the R-15PM Turntable Pack, making one of the easiest to setup vinyl solutions out there.

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ALL CABLES INCLUDED

We can probably all agree that there is nothing more frustrating than when cables or batteries are not included in the box. We’ve fixed that here. Everything you need to complete your turntable setup comes together. Heck, we’ve also included a few options if you want to connect your R-15PMs in a different way.

This is what you get in the box:

  • 68″ AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 16′ Length of 18AWG speaker wire (bare tinned wire on each end)
  • 5′ USB-A to USB-B cable
  • 5′ Stereo RCA cable

Isn’t it about time someone actually did this? We have done everything we can to make sure you have the easiest setup without giving up ANYTHING in terms of sound quality of versatility.

What do you think of the Klipsch Reference R-15PM Turntable Pack? Post in the comments!

Best Speakers for College

Audio. It’s the fabric of the college experience, whether you’re belting out lyrics at 4 a.m. or confined to the library, frantically studying for that final you somehow forgot about.

Or maybe you’re the type to stream endless seasons of a certain show about prison inmates while downing copious amounts of mac & cheese and other microwaveable food items.

Whatever the case, you shouldn’t settle for crap audio. Klipsch offers the very best speakers for college for any situation at price points that don’t take away too much from your precious beer money.

Disclaimer: the below recommendations of the best speakers for college will assuredly result in the Residential Advisor (RA) knocking on your door. (Worth it.)

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Speakers for the Dorm Room

Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

You’re going to need some extremely capable speakers when you’re a few beverages deep and exactly the right song pops up on Pandora. After all, you’re going to crank it UP.

Enter the Reference R-15PM powered monitors. These ultra-versatile speakers have built-in Bluetooth and an endless supply of inputs, allowing you and your buddies to connect to them in just about any way possible. Plus, the amplifier is built-in, so you won’t have to shuffle things around to fit in a clunky receiver.

Thanks to patented Klipsch horn-loaded technology and the custom-engineered amplifier, these speakers are extremely efficient, playing with no distortion even at the highest volumes. No one likes crackling. We like it loud and we do it better than anyone else.

Seriously though, we aren’t liable for the inevitable angry 2 a.m. knock on the door from your RA who was studying for their sociology midterm.

(Oh and they look and sound terrific on your desk, offering crisp and clean background music when you get around to actually studying.)

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Speakers for the Quad

Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker | Loud & Proud Limited Edition

College life isn’t restricted to a dorm room. You’re going to be out and about, trying to find yourself (whatever that means) during your schooling.

For those times you are throwing the ol’ Frisbee around the luscious lawn of “the quad,” you should consider the Klipsch Groove portable speaker. It boasts Bluetooth, 8-hour battery life and a durable, splashproof design.

That means you can connect easily, goof around for as long as you want and even beat up the speaker a little bit if you like.

Sounds good? Sounds great.

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Speakers for the Off-Campus Apartment

Klipsch Reference R-4B Sound Bar + Wireless Subwoofer 

Couldn’t stay in a dorm room for four years? We don’t blame you. Off-campus apartments will typically allow you to drill holes into the wall for photos, décor…or speakers.

That being said, your neighbors may not be fellow students, so they probably won’t be as amenable to a full-blown surround system with every wall shaking as if there were no tomorrow. Of course, you can still get in plenty of trouble with the Reference R-4B sound bar and wireless subwoofer, but that’s on you – not us.

Budgets are understandably tight in college. After all, beer isn’t free, but the R-4B is the most affordable option in the line of Klipsch Reference sound bars. Once you split the cost with a few of the roommates, you won’t even think twice about it…Until it comes time to move out and all of you are fighting over the sound bar that made you fall in love with your music and moves again.

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Speakers for Your Professor

Klipsch Heresy III Floorstanding Speaker | 70th Anniversary Edition

Maybe your professor is an audiophile. Maybe you just need to change the topic from that paper you forgot to turn in. Regardless, the Klipsch Heresy III is going to be a head-turner for even the most distinguished educator.

These might even be older than your professor, originating in the early 1950s. Today, they are still handcrafted in Hope, Arkansas and stack up both visually with their mid-century modern appearance and award-winning sound. These speakers are timeless even if your professor’s lectures aren’t.

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Speakers for the Frat House

Klipschorn

Now, some of you might call us crazy for recommending the original Heritage Series speaker for a frat house. After all, they have a premium price and frat houses are stereotypically gross, but bare with us.

Yes, the Klipschorn isn’t exactly cheap; however, when you start splitting the cost with all of your fraternity brothers, it starts making a lot more sense. Plus, the Klipschorn will last a lifetime, so the fraternity will not have to replace the speakers for perhaps half a century.

These aren’t speakers that you can just knock over and break. Just stick them in the corners and turn up the music. Everyone is going to want to come to your party…maybe the police too.

Just don’t get kicked out of the house. Trust us, you don’t want to move these guys.

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Headphones for College

Obviously, you cannot crank up speakers all of the time. You’re going to need a good pair of headphones (or two) for studying, working out, etc. That’s why we wrote this: “Best Headphones for College”.

What do you think of our list of the best speakers for college? What did you use in college?

 

Best Speakers and Headphones for Memorial Day Weekend

Before diving into things, we would be remiss not to mention that Memorial Day is ultimately about honoring those who lost their lives defending this country. We consider Memorial Day weekend a celebration of the lives we are allowed to live, thanks to the ultimate sacrifices they made.

It’s a time for friends, family and a whole lotta fun. Assuming the weather cooperates, we’re guessing most of you will be marauding around outside, forgetting to put on sun screen, grilling up various meats, and drinking too many “beverages” – oh wait, maybe that’s just us.

Anyway, music is likely going to be a big part of your weekend plans, so we’re here to help you figure out exactly what you need to quench your thirst for quality audio.

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THE ESSENTIAL

Klipsch Groove Portable Speaker

It’s small. It’s rugged. It’s even splash proof. Oh, and it sounds great with an output that belies its stature. This is the speaker that your fun-loving self can beat up a little and it’ll keep on rockin’. Just set it down wherever, add your playlist and get back to grillin’, drinkin’ and whateverin’.

There are simply a myriad of reasons that make the Klipsch Groove an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker for Memorial Day weekend and all summer-long activities.

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HEADPHONES FOR THE RACE TRACK

Klipsch X12i Headphones

Klipsch’s headquarters are located just a few miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so the Indy 500 holds a special place in our hearts, especially so since it is the race’s 100th anniversary. While we are quite proud to have Klipsch speakers installed at various locations around the track, we have to admit that there are times that call for headphones.

With their slim and lightweight aluminum casing, the Klipsch X12i in-ear headphones will let you hear all of the drivers on the radio with perfect clarity while blocking out the engine noise from the cars whizzing around the track. They also work great as earplugs too, if that’s more your speed.

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LIMITED EDITION GEAR

Klipsch Reference R6 On-Ear Headphones (Snakepit Edition)

So, we’re showing favoritism toward Indianapolis once again, but here us out. The Snake Pit is essentially a giant mosh-pit for the concerts that occur before the running of the Indianapolis 500. It pretty dang wild. Anyway, we teamed up with the track’s organizers to come out with 100 of these custom headphones to celebrate the 100th running of the race.

If you don’t care about the Snake Pit or simply want something less flashy, you can always just get the standard black finish Reference R6 On-Ear headphones, which deliver amazing performance and comfort at a very palatable price.

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SYSTEM FOR WHEN IT’S TOO DANG HOT OUTSIDE

Klipsch R-15PM Powered Monitors

For whatever reason, the weather gods always seem to turn the sun up to 11 for Memorial Day weekend. It is totally understandable if you decide to duck inside, veg-out and watch “Shooter” on FX for the 100th time.

The R-15PM powered monitors are just so dang easy to set up and use that you won’t have to sweat it all – or, at least, you won’t be adding to the sweat that has already accumulated on your back, head and who knows where else. Just plug this versatile speaker pair into a turntable, TV, computer or cell phone and play.

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IF YOUR HOUSE IS PARTY CENTRAL

Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

Let’s say you’re the person with a few acres of land, a sweet-ass pool, a shiny new grille and some wheelers idling on the side. (First of all, we get it. You’re awesome at life.) If this is indeed you, you’re likely going to be hosting a ton of summer parties and your guests are going to expect sound quality befitting the expansive property.

That’s where Klipsch comes in. We have the outdoor speakers to make your backyard into an audio oasis. Sure, the cops may swing by, thanks to the noise complaints but that’s nothing that $20 can’ fix. Oh, and you can be THAT guy that makes a bunch of terrible “rocks” puns too. Think about the possibilities…

What Klipsch speakers and headphones are you utilizing this Memorial Day weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Best Speakers for Your Record Player

Vinyl is back in a big way. After all, vinyl made more money than free streams in 2016 with sales rising to their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. The record player is becoming practically as ubiquitous as the television in living rooms across the world.

Whether you own one record or 1,000 records, a pair of quality speakers for your record player is exactly what you need. After all, what’s the point of investing in analog audio if you’re just going to push the sound through some crappy all-in-one solution?

We’re here to help you get the very most of out of this new-again medium.

While almost any pair of Klipsch bookshelf or floorstanding speakers would be terrific partners for a record player, we have broken down several situations to find the best speaker for your record player. 

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Easiest Speakers to Set Up With Your Record Player

Reference R-15PM

Some people don’t want to mess around with a bunch of wires and separate devices. We get it. You just want to hear your burgeoning vinyl collection in all of its glory. With internal amplification and built-in phono pre-amp, the new R-15PM powered monitors are the best option for someone looking for the easiest way to hook up their turntable properly. These are the new standards in record player speakers.

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Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference Premiere RP-160M

One of the biggest reasons why people get into vinyl is the desire to free themselves from overly compressed music. The RP-160M bookshelf speakers over top level performance that provides a true audiophile-grade setup. They feature 90×90 hybrid Tractrix horns, Tractrix ports, Linear Travel Suspension titanium tweeters and spun copper Cerametallic woofers. Old school meets new school in the best possible way.

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Best Budget Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference R-14M

Maybe you haven’t notice – or don’t care – but vinyl isn’t cheap. We completely understand if you want to spend more on your album collection rather than speakers for your record player. The R-14M bookshelf speakers from the Reference series will deliver a surprising amount of output, filling your room with any record you please. Everyone could use a little more copper and black in their life.

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The Ultimate Speakers for Your Record Player

Heresy III / La Scala II / Cornwall / Klipschorn

You owe it to yourself to listen to a record through Klipsch Heritage Series speakers. Whether it’s the Heresy III, La Scala II, Cornwall or Klipschorn, we can pretty much guarantee that your mind is going to be blown. All of the reasons why people prefer vinyl are put on full display with an exceedingly pleasing, warm and textured sound. You truly aren’t going to find better record player speakers. To top it all off, each of these speakers is handcrafted in our Hope, Arkansas factory.

What do you think are the best speakers for your record player?

2016 #MarchLoudness Sales

It’s March and for a lot of Americans that means it’s time to start focusing on college basketball. After all, you don’t want to be the person to come last in your office’s tournament bracket again, do you?

From soundbars to speakers to subwoofers, the best sports bar is the one inside your house if you have Klipsch sound.

Oh, and we won’t judge you if you crank the volume up to let your neighbors know just how much better your alma matter is than theirs.

Here are our picks to turn the madness into #MarchLoudness. Scroll to the bottom if you want to see the details of the promotions we are running during March.

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Reference R-4B Soundbar + Wireless Subwoofer

With so much basketball on TV, you may not have the time to fiddle around with a full-blown surround sound system. But you could certainly plop a soundbar in front of your TV and plug a couple cables in, right?

The Klipsch Reference R-4B Soundbar delivers all the details you could ever want, from the coach squawking at his players during a timeout, to the “beer man” checking a student’s ID in the tenth row. With the included wireless subwoofer, you’ll feel it when a player hits the floor or the crowd rises to their feet. This is courtside sound.

$50 OFF | 3/1 – 3/31 | Klipsch.com and Select Retailers

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Reference Premiere RP-150M and RP-160M Bookshelf Speakers

There are a lot of wimpy bookshelf speakers out there. The Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-150M and RP-160M aren’t those kinds of speakers. These are the kind of bookshelf speakers that stare you down after they dunk on you.

With stunning 6.5” copper Cerametallic woofers, these speakers make their presence felt both visually and acoustically. Steve Guttenberg and Ty Pendlebury of CNET said “The Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers and subwoofer deliver maximum home theater dynamics and power with ease, and sound great with music, too.”

These bracket-busting speakers stand out from its competitors.

20% OFF | 3/1 – 3/31 | Klipsch.com and Select Retailers

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Reference R-110SW, R-112SW and R-115SW Subwoofers

If you’re anything like us, you aren’t just going to choose the high seeds to go all the way in your bracket. We like lower seeds…and lower frequency.

The Reference R-110SW, R-112SW and R-115SW Subwoofers are easily the best subwoofers to ever come out of Klipsch engineering, featuring spun copper, front-firing Cerametallic™ woofers. Close your eyes because with Reference Subwoofers, win or lose, you’ll feel it.

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#MarchLoudness Sales

Check out the full promotion of #MarchLoudness sales and promotions below. Deals are available at Klipsch.com for select products as well as participating dealers.

Model Finish Units MSRP Sale Price Discount Discount

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First DOS FINAL DOS
RP-280F Cherry Each $599.00 $479.00 $120.00 20 1/18 3/31
RP-260F Cherry Each $499.00 $399.00 $100.00 20 1/18 2/29
RP-250F Cherry Each $374.00 $299.00 $75.00 20 1/18 2/29
RP-160M Ebony Pair $549.00 $439.00 $110.00 20 3/1 3/31
RP-160M Cherry Pair $549.00 $379.00 $170.00 31 3/1 3/31
RP-150M Ebony Pair $419.00 $335.00 $84.00 20 3/1 3/31
RP-150M Cherry Pair $419.00 $299.00 $120.00 29 3/1 3/31
R-4B Black Each $399.00 $349.00 $50.00 13 3/1 3/31
R6 Black Each $79.00 $59.00 $20.00 25 3/6 3/12
R6 White Each $79.00 $59.00 $20.00 25 3/6 3/12
R6i Black Each $99.00 $79.00 $20.00 20 3/6 3/12
R6i White Each $99.00 $79.00 $20.00 20 3/6 3/12
R6 Black Each $79.00 $59.00 $20.00 25 3/20 3/26
R6 White Each $79.00 $59.00 $20.00 25 3/20 3/26
R6i Black Each $99.00 $79.00 $20.00 20 3/20 3/26
R6i White Each $99.00 $79.00 $20.00 20 3/20 3/26
RP-450C Cherry Each $649.00 $519.00 $130.00 20 3/1 3/31
RP-440C Cherry Each $549.00 $439.00 $110.00 20 3/1 3/31
RP-250C Cherry Each $369.00 $299.00 $70.00 19 3/1 3/31
RP-280FA Walnut Each $1,200.00 $799.00 $401.00 33 3/1 3/31
RP-450CA Walnut Each $849.00 $799.00 $50.00 6 3/1 3/31
R-10B Black Each $599.00 $499.00 $100.00 17 3/20 3/31
R6 On-Ear Black Each $79.00 $59.00 $20.00 25 3/6 3/12
R6 On-Ear Black Each $79.00 $59.00 $20.00 25 3/20 3/26
R6i On-Ear Black Each $99.00 $79.00 $20.00 20 3/6 3/12
R6i On-Ear Black Each $99.00 $79.00 $20.00 20 3/20 3/26

What is your home audio setup for the climax of college basketball season? Post in the comments below.

 

FAQ: Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

The Klipsch Reference R-15PM powered monitors may look like something you’ve seen before from Klipsch, but they’re a whole different beast and a whole new product category for the 70-year-old company.

While boasting the ever-popular copper-and-black motif of the Reference Series, the R-15PM powered monitors actually house custom-designed amplification, making them the first powered monitors to come out of the Klipsch laboratories and the most feature packed powered monitor on the market today.

As we covered in our previous blog, there are a slew of reasons to get the Reference R-15PM powered monitors. However, with this new product, you may find yourself asking questions. Luckily, we have the answers.

Here are frequently asked questions about the R-15PM powered monitors.

Where can I buy the R-15PM?

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ABT Electronics
Audiotronics
Audio Video Therapy
Bear Technology Inc
Crutchfield
Expo Electronics
Hi-Fi Heaven
hhgregg
Huppins
IQ Home Entertainment
KP Systems
Man Cave America
Midwest Sales Associates, Inc
Nebraska Furniture Mart
Primetime Audio Video
Safe and Sound
Soundstage Direct
Stereo Advantage
Stereo One
World Wide Stereo
You-Do-It Electronics Center
Audio City (South Africa)
Gentec International (Canada)

Why is having two speakers better than an all-in-one solution?

Undoubtedly, you will have noticed that the market is flooded with basic all-in-one solutions that pack the turntable + speakers together. This isn’t going to get you the acoustic performance that two speakers would.

Having two speakers apart from each other allows for better stereo separation by opening up the soundstage and giving you a more immersive experience. Speakers too close together will not play in true stereo. Recording engineers put a lot of energy into making a stereo mix. Don’t let them down.

Do I need an AV Receiver (AVR) with the R-15PM powered monitors?

No, all of the functions and connections of an AVR are built right into the R-15PM. The right channel monitor incorporates a powerful custom designed low-noise stereo amplifier to maximize system performance and eliminate the need for external amplification. This also eliminates any guesswork associated with pairing your speakers to the correct amp..and the blown drivers that occur during that process.

Should I use the R-15PMs with an AV Receiver (AVR)?

You could easily take the line out of your AVR and plug it into the line in of the speaker and it would work just fine. But why would you want to?

What can I connect the R-15PMs to?

The R-15PMs are incredibly versatile, connecting easily to turntables, televisions, cell phones, laptops, and more thanks to RCA phono/line level inputs, USB digital audio input, digital optical port, 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth® wireless technology.

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Do I need additional cables to connect to my TV, computer and turntable?

No, all of the cables you need are included in the box. See above!

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How do I connect my turntable to the R-15PMs?

It is super easy to connect the R-15PM to a turntable thanks to the speaker’s built-in phono pre-amp.

  1. Connect the RCA cables (red + white) from the turntable to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Ground the turntable to the R-15PM’s ground screw (or not, depending on which results in a lower level of hum from the speakers)
  3. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Phono”
  4. Plug the turntable and R-15PM into power outlets
  5. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  6. Put a record on

It’s that easy. Enjoy!

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How do I connect my TV to the R-15PMs?

Just There are three different ways to connect the R-15PMs to a television. (We told you these puppies were versatile!)

Line Input

  1. Connect the RCA cables (red + white) from the television to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Line”
  3. Plug the television and R-15PM into power outlets
  4. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  5. Turn your television on
  6. Make sure your television is set to PCM out (when available)

Optical

  1. Connect the Optical cable from the television to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the television and R-15PM into power outlets
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Turn your television on
  5. Make sure your television is set to PCM out (when available)

AUX

  1. Connect the 3.5mm cable from the television to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the television and R-15PM into power outlets
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Turn your television on
  5. Make sure your television is set to PCM audio out (when available)

 

 

R-15PM Computer connect

How do I connect my computer to the R-15PMs?

You have two options to connect your laptop/desktop (Windows or OS X) computer to your R-15PM.

USB Audio

  1. Connect the USB cord from the computer to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the R-15PM into power outlets and make sure your computer has power
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Play audio on your laptop

Headphone Jack

  1. Connect the USB cord from the computer to the back of the R-15PM
  2. Plug the R-15PM into power outlets and make sure your computer has power
  3. Turn on the power switch on the back of the speaker
  4. Play audio on your laptop

Where should I place my R-15PMs?

As we mentioned earlier, stereo separation is important into getting you closer to the experience the recording engineers intended. The general rule of thumb is to place the speakers at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock to your listening area.

Can I stream audio to my R-15PMs?

Of course! The R-15PM has built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology, so you can easily stream from your phone, tablet, computer, whatever. If you are a Google Chromecast Audio user, you will be happy to note that there is an aux port on the back of the R-15PM, so you can start casting right away.

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Does the R-15PM come with a remote?

Yes. You won’t need to get up from the couch just to turn up the volume from your speakers. Use the handy, dandy IR remote that comes with every pair of R-15PMs. It gives you easy access to system features such as dedicated source selection, track controls and play/pause.

Can I connect a subwoofer to the R-15PM?

If you want to add some boom boom to your setup, consider connecting a Klipsch subwoofer to your R-15PMs via the sub port on the back of the speaker. We recommend our Reference R-10SW or Reference R-12SW.

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Wait, are the R-15PM powered monitors the same thing as the R-15M bookshelf speakers?

While they may look the same at first glance, the R-15PM powered monitors and R-15M bookshelf speakers are vastly different both on the inside and outside.

Acoustically, the R-15PM and R-15M are not the same, despite both having a 1″ aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25″ copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. While the R-15M needs to be paired with an AV receiver, the amplification of the R-15PM is built right into the speakers. We custom-engineered this amplification, ensuring that it is the perfect match.

Physically, you may have noticed that the R-15PM does not have the R-15M’s screw holes on the front of the speaker that hold the R-15M’s grille in place. The R-15PM does not come with grilles. One R-15PM speaker also has a LED indicator, displaying the connected device. All the source inputs are located on the back of the R-15PM.

Whatever your content may be, the R-15PM powered monitors pack a powerful punch.

Do you have any questions about the Reference R-15PM powered monitors? Post them in the comments below!

 

5 Reasons To Get Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

For years we have been receiving emails, calls, tweets, posts, texts asking us to make one thing – powered monitors.

Well, we did it! And, we didn’t just make any ol’ powered speaker either. We made a class-leading, room-rattling, killer speaker that puts an exclamation point on our entrance into the category.

The Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors are some of the most versatile and easy-to-use speakers on the planet. Oh, and they sound pretty darn great as well. Outsiders who roll through Klipsch HQ for a demo are consistently blown away when they are played against the category’s leading contenders.

Here are five reasons why the Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors should be your next speakers.

Reference R-15PM Laptop

Connect to Everything

Whatever the source for music or video content, chances are the R-15PMs are going to be able to direct connect with the proper cabling. The integrated phono pre-amp, Bluetooth® wireless technology, digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs, makes the R-15PM your new best friend, connecting seamlessly to turntables, televisions, cell phones and computers.

Reference R-15PM amplification

No AVR

All of the R-15PM’s connectivity and amplification is built into the speakers. That’s right. There’s no need for a clunky, old AV receiver. Plug and play. The onboard amplifier is custom-engineered just for these high-performance speakers, maximizing output and sound quality.

Reference R-15PM Phono Pre-Amp

Built-In Phono Pre-Amp

We mentioned this above, but this really is a killer feature for all of you looking to get back into the vinyl game. There’s no need for an amplifier or receiver, plus you won’t need a separate phono pre-amp to connect to your turntable. You can directly plug a turntable into your R-15PMs.

Reference R-15PM TV

Two Speakers Are Better Than One

We don’t really need to say more…but we will anyway. There are a couple of reasons why you are better off with a true stereo system like the R-15PM rather than an all-in-one solution.

The first reason should be obvious – stereo separation. By having the speakers apart and playing in true stereo, it opens up the spatial reproduction of the tracks, the way the recording engineer intended.

Secondly, turntables are quite sensitive to vibrations. That means that you don’t want to have you speakers too close by. Otherwise, you are looking at extreme distortion, which could potentially damage your turntable and/or speakers.

Reference R-15PM

Reference Performance

Every speaker company out there talks about sound quality. At Klipsch, we actually mean it. Put these bad boys up against any of the competition and we’re confident we’ll come out the victors.

Each monitor has a 1″ aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to a 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25″ copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. In layman’s terms: these speakers have the chops to make your music rock and movies rumble. 

Do you like a little more “oomph”? Well, you can add just about any Klipsch subwoofer to your R-15PM setup. Boom.

These truly aren’t the typical bookshelf speakers. These are the ultimate power players. Connect the R-15PM powered monitors to just about anything, set them up in minutes and kick-back while they deliver room-filling sound.

What’s your favorite feature of the new Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors? Tell us in the comments!

FAQ: Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless

The Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless speaker system is just about the most seamless, complete surround sound system available. It’s easy to setup, extremely flexible, future-proof and it sounds pretty dang great.

Of course, we know some of you may have questions about this brand spankin’ new technology, and we’re here to answer those questions. This is a new age for Klipsch and the audio industry as a whole, so we’re excited to guide you through the new paradigm that Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers have created.

Here’s our first crack at frequently asked questions for the Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers. 

Where can I buy Reference Premiere HD Wireless?

Klipsch.com
Nebraska Furniture Mart
Sound Concepts
ABT Electronics
Huppins HiFi
Crutchfield
Acoustic Sound Design
World Wide Stereo
Electronics Expo
Sound Connection
Primetime Audio Video

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Do you need an AV Receiver (AVR) with Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers?

No! Say goodbye to the days of clunky AVRs that weigh as much as medium-sized child with interfaces that were outdated back when President Clinton was in office. Instead, the Klipsch HD Control Center has all of the inputs you need for gaming systems, cable TV, streaming or whatever: 4x HDMI, Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial, Stereo RCA and Bluetooth®.

Simply put, it replaces the AVR and is necessary for any Reference Premiere HD Wireless system.

Also, each speaker has integrated electronics (amplification and processing), which are perfectly matched to extract every ounce of performance possible out of each driver. So, each driver in our speakers has its own amplifier. For example, the RP-440WF has five separate amplifier channels for its high-frequency driver and four woofers.

This eliminates the guesswork related to pairing the correct amp, which means they deliver ultimate performance and no more blown drivers! (Who doesn’t love that?)

Can I add the RP-440WF, RP-140WM or RP-440WC to my current passive home theater system?

No. You will need to use these speakers in conjunction with the Klipsch HD Control Center.

What is setup like for Reference Premiere HD Wireless?

Setup for Reference Premiere HD Wireless is a breeze. Once out of the box, it should take less than five minutes, even if you’re going with a 5.1 or 7.2 system. Watch our quick start guide to see just how easy it is – thanks to our proprietary Smart Speaker Selector.

Is Reference Premiere HD Wireless totally wireless (cable-free)?

Reference Premiere HD Wireless supports lossless wireless transmission of audio from the HD Control Center to the speakers. The speakers and the HD Control Center do require a power source. 

Do I need to run speaker wire for my Reference Premiere HD Wireless system?

Nope. Simply plug each speaker into an available outlet, use the Smart Speaker selector on the speakers’ rear panel and follow a few simple on-screen instructions. 

 Reference Premiere HD Wireless Speaker Selector

How do the Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers know their positions?

Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers communicate with the HD Control Center through WiSA technology, which contains timing information that keeps all of the speakers in perfect sync. Klipsch’s proprietary Smart Speaker Selector provides a single-button solution on the rear of each speaker that seamlessly makes the connection to the HD Control Center without the need for speaker wire or a complicated A/V receiver. 

What is WiSA technology?

Simply put, WiSA is the technology that allows Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers to communicate with each other wirelessly, ensuring high definition wireless audio.

How is WiSA different than other wireless audio technologies?

With the WiSA protocol, content is transmitted over the 5.0 gigahertz band. Most WiFi traffic in your home is operating at the crowded 2.4 gigahertz band, which is used by cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless internet hubs, microwaves, etc.

The WiSA network is constantly monitoring the channels available to it. Anytime the system sees a channel with less traffic than the one it’s on, it will seamlessly jump to the new channel. This allows for robust transmission of your content, eliminating dropouts.

Better sound quality. Better connection. No Bullshit.

Does the new WiSA standard enable transmission that sounds better than that of a CD? Explain the mechanism that makes this possible.

The WiSA network transmits lossless audio at rates up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It contains much more resolution than a typical CD at 48kHz/16-bit resolution. To preserve the quality of the source, we transmit the source material at its native rate all the way to the speaker. If the input is at 192kHz, we do a sample rate conversion to 96kHz.

How much of an audio delay is there?

Less than 5 milliseconds, which is inaudible to the human ear. This is superior to other wireless technologies.

Can I stream Bluetooth® from my phone, tablet or computer?

Yes, the HD Control Center supports high quality Bluetooth® streaming from enabled devices.

What surround modes does Reference Premiere HD Wireless support?

Currently, the HD Control Center supports the following surround modes for Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers:

  • Stereo
  • Direct
  • All-Channel Stereo
  • Dolby PLIIx Movie
  • Dolby PLIIx Music
  • Dolby PLIIx Game
  • DTS Neo:6 Cinema
  • DTS Neo:6 Music
  • Dolby EX

Are Reference Premiere HD Wireless Speakers compatible with Dolby Atmos?

Reference Premiere HD Wireless can play back Dolby Atmos content; however, it does not support elevation channels at this time. This is an addition we could make for version 2.0! 

Reference Premiere HD Wireless Growth

What speaker system configurations can I set Reference Premiere HD Wireless up with?

One of the coolest things about Reference Premiere HD Wireless is that there are a ton of different options for the way you set up your system. You can start with a 2.0 bookshelf system and work your way up to a 7.2 system, complete with RP-440WF floorstanding speakers as your rears and surrounds.

Is my Reference Premiere HD Wireless system going to be outdated in a year?

No! We are offering FREE firmware upgrades for the life of the product. This way you can expand and grow your system in confidence, knowing that you are going to have the best sounding speakers on the block…heck, even the city.

Do you have more questions about Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakes? Post them in the comments below and we’ll make sure to add them to the list!

Buying a Sound Bar for Your TV? Read This First.

Sound bars owe their existence to flat-panel TVs. Sure, those skinny screens produce a crystal-clear picture. But their tiny built-in speakers can’t even reproduce dialogue clearly, much less deliver convincing explosions, car crashes and all the other mayhem that keeps us riveted by our favorite movies and TV shows.

TV speakers are not only undersized and under-powered, they’re almost always aimed in the wrong direction, firing sound downward or toward the wall behind the TV. It’s no wonder everything comes out indistinct and out-of-focus.

So the goal of the sound bar is to provide a sonic experience that more closely matches the TV’s lifelike picture. Equipment makers use a variety of methods to achieve that goal, and pretty much any sound bar you choose is going to sound better than your TV’s speakers. A lot better.

Sound bars have exploded in popularity in recent years, and the number of models has likewise exploded. So we’ve put together this buying guide to help you quickly figure out what flavor of sound bar might work best for you.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Design

What is a sound bar?

A sound bar is an all-in-one speaker system that delivers high-quality TV sound without requiring the space, complexity and expense of a home theater receiver and surround sound speaker setup. A sound bar’s long, slender cabinet contains two or more speakers, and may provide either stereo or surround sound. Some sound bars come with a separate subwoofer for producing deep bass, which adds impact to movie soundtracks and music.

Nearly all sound bars you’ll run across are a self-powered or “active” – that is, they have their own built-in amplifiers. But there is a vanishing breed of sound bars designed to be connected to and powered by a receiver. These non-powered or “passive” sound bars lack another major advantage of active models: easy setup and operation. This article covers only self-powered sound bars, since that’s what 99.9% of folks are looking for.

When shopping, you’ll run across sound bars from nearly every audio company, as well as most TV makers. A sound bar made by the same company that built your TV may be a perfect match cosmetically, or offer other compatibility benefits. But for pure sound quality, you’ll probably do better with a model from a company whose main focus is audio gear.

Where do you plan to put it?

Knowing where you’re going to place your sound bar will immediately simplify your decision and narrow down your choices. There are two basic options. If your TV is hanging on the wall you can mount the sound bar right below it for a neat, uncluttered look. If you’re going this route, you’ll want to consider how you’ll hide the power cord and connection cable.

On the other hand, if your TV sits on a stand or cabinet, you can set the sound bar in front of the TV. In that case you’ll want to measure your stand and your TV’s base to be sure the sound bar won’t stick out from the stand at all.

You should also measure the space between the top of your stand and the bottom of your TV screen, to make sure the sound bar doesn’t block any of the screen. Some sound bars can be positioned either with the speakers facing forward, or laying flat with the speakers facing up, for just this reason.

Sound bars come in a wide range of sizes, from barely a foot wide to nearly five feet long. The right size bar for you will depend on the size of your room, the size of your TV, and your personal preferences.

If you plan to do at least some of your shopping in actual brick-and-mortar stores, pull out your phone and snap a few pics of your TV before you head out the door. That way when you’re comparing models at the local big box, you can check those photos and have get a better idea of how different sound bars will look in your home.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Wireless Subwoofer

What about a subwoofer?

If you think you might want a sound bar with an accompanying subwoofer, that might limit your placement options a bit, but probably less than you’d expect. That’s because nearly all of these subwoofers are wireless. That is, they receive the audio signal wirelessly from the sound bar, so you needn’t connect any cables between the sound bar and the subwoofer. But you will need to plug the sub into a wall outlet for power.

Also, the low frequencies that subs produce are difficult for our ears to locate, so you can usually position the sub almost anywhere in the room and still have it blend well sonically with the sound bar. Put it next to your sofa or tuck it in a corner behind a potted palm.

Sound bar or sound base?

So far, we’ve been talking about sound bars that really do have the long, thin shape of a bar. But there’s another type: the platform-style sound bar, also sometimes called a sound base. This wide, low-profile design sits under your TV and supports it. Sound bases have specially reinforced cabinets that are extra-sturdy. If you’re considering this type, check the specs to make sure it can support the weight of your TV. And make sure the sound base is wider than your TV’s base.

A sound base might be your best bet if there isn’t much vertical space between the bottom of your TV screen and the top of your stand. It’s also a smart choice if you want full-range sound without a separate subwoofer. Sound bases have two advantages that help them produce surprisingly full sound. They can use bigger speakers, plus the cabinets are much larger, giving the speakers “room to breathe” so they can produce more bass.

Stereo or surround sound?
It’s worth repeating that any sound bar is going to sound way better than your TV. Basic sound bars tend to be stereo designs that reproduce the same right and left channel audio information as your TV. But they sound much bigger thanks to larger speakers powered by amplifiers with real oomph.

You’ll also run across systems with two speakers, or even three speakers in a left/right/center configuration, that can go beyond the limitations of stereo. These sound bars may use Dolby Digital processing to anchor the dialogue to the TV screen and place sounds so that you get a broader front soundstage with more precise placement of sound effects.

Then there are the multichannel sound bars that mimic the realistic, wraparound sound of a full-on, multi-speaker surround sound system. They typically are labeled 5.1 or 7.1 systems, with discrete sounds assigned to each channel to create a three-dimensional soundfield. A few sound bars use special “beam-type” speakers to bounce sound off your walls, tricking your ears into thinking there are speakers all around you.

If you’re a “cord-cutter” who relies on your TV’s built-in tuner to pick up over-the-air TV signals, and/or smart TV apps to watch streaming services like Netflix, you’ll want a sound bar with Dolby Digital decoding. Most recent TVs will pass a Dolby Digital signal to your sound bar when you’re watching an internal source – those that aren’t external components. We’ll talk more about this in the connections section.

Hearing voices

Just getting sound that’s louder and fuller than your TV’s speakers is pretty exciting, but most sound bars have a few other audio tricks up their sleeves. Actors’ voices will naturally sound much clearer thanks to bigger and better speakers, but many sound bars add dialogue enhancement features that make voices louder still and bring them forward in the mix.

And here’s something we’ve probably all experienced: Watching TV at a comfortable volume level, then suddenly being blasted off the couch when a commercial comes on. Most sound bars now include technology to ensure that commercials aren’t louder than show soundtracks. Another common feature is a “late night” mode that reduces volume peaks in the program, making it less likely that you’ll disturb someone sleeping in a nearby room.

Sound bars can make great music players, too

With the popularity of wireless music playback it’s not surprising that many sound bars now offer that capability. Built-in Bluetooth® lets you stream music easily from your smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth-capable computer. It works with the music stored on your phone as well as your favorite streaming music apps (like Spotify®). And Bluetooth is the wireless music standard these days – nearly all iOS®, Android®, and Windows® phones and tablets have built-in Bluetooth.

Some sound bars even have Wi-Fi® capability for quick access to online streaming services as well as your personal digital music library. Wi-Fi isn’t as goof-proof to connect as Bluetooth, but some sound bars include Wi-Fi-based wireless audio systems like Play-Fi, which let you set up a multi-room sound system so you can seamlessly play music all over the house. A sound bar might also have a USB input, so you can load up a thumb drive with your favorite tunes, leave it plugged in, and listen to them anytime.

Making the right connections

When choosing a sound bar, be sure you pick one with the right connections for your TV and other components. There are two basic ways to hook up a sound bar to your system. The most common way is to use your TV as a switching hub: you connect your Blu-ray player, cable or satellite box, and game console to your TV, then send the audio out from your TV to the sound bar.

This is a simple approach that lets you simultaneously switch the audio and video signals when you switch inputs on your TV. Typically, you’ll make a digital audio connection between your TV and sound bar – either optical or HDMI – in order to be able to enjoy surround sound from sources that offer it. This is a particularly good way to go if you bought your TV in 2015. That’s when TV makers decided to build true Dolby Digital pass-through into their TVs, allowing connected components like Blu-ray players to send surround sound audio through the TV and on to a receiver or sound bar.

Prior to 2015, if you used your TV as a switcher, the TV would convert any incoming audio to a two-channel PCM signal. That’s still playable by sound bars, and it sounds good, but it’s stereo, not surround. By the way, this is often the answer if you’re getting a picture but no sound from a connected source. Just go into the TV’s menu and you should find an audio setting for either PCM or Dolby Digital.

Every HDTV and 4K TV has an optical digital output, and so does nearly every sound bar. This connection is second only to HDMI as a way of getting high-quality sound from your TV to a sound bar. And speaking of HDMI, a growing number of sound bars include HDMI connections, which means you could connect your Blu-ray player or high-def cable box directly to the sound bar.

Staying in control

Once your sound bar is hooked up and set up, you can usually use your TV remote to control its volume. Most TV and cable or satellite remotes can be programmed to control a sound bar, or the sound bar can learn your TV’s commands. Most sound bars include at least a basic remote control, and often there are free remote apps that let you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote.

Wrapping up

Initially developed as a reaction to wimpy TV sound, sound bars have taken on a life of their own, providing a user-friendly combination of performance, convenience, and value. With so many models to choose from, everyone should be able to find a model that suits their preferences and pocketbook.