Klipsch RP-600M Review

by Bruno Brozovic

I finally decided to test one of the legends among bookshelf speakers in the latest Klipsch RP-600M Review text.

Intro

The Reference Premier line is positioned above the Reference (Base) range, but both share numerous proprietary solutions and in appearance, it is quite difficult to distinguish them from each other – at least at first glance.

Klipsch RP-600M Review

This time the subject of my interest will be RP-600M monitors, which have no equivalent in the lower range and in the entire Klipsch offer are the best and most expensive monitors.

They replaced the RP-160M model produced in 2015-2018, which is easily recognizable by its integrated base that tilts the housing backward (similar to floor-standing models). Below the RP-600M, there is a monitor with the number “500”, created based on a smaller, 13 cm low-midrange driver. However, the price difference is not great – buying the 500s will save you merely $125.

Klipsch RP-600M Specifications

  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 45-25kHz +/- 3dB
  • SENSITIVITY: 96dB @ 2.83V / 1m
  • POWER HANDLING (CONT/PEAK): 100W/400W
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 8 Ohms Compatible
  • CROSSOVER FREQUENCY: 1500Hz
  • HIGH-FREQUENCY DRIVER: 1” Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Tractrix® Horn
  • LOW-FREQUENCY DRIVER: 6.5” Cerametallic Cone Woofer
  • ENCLOSURE MATERIAL: MDF
  • ENCLOSURE TYPE: Bass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix® Port
  • INPUTS: Dual binding posts/bi-wire/bi-amp
  • HEIGHT: 15.6” (39.9 cm)
  • WIDTH: 7.95” (20.2 cm)
  • DEPTH: 11.85” (30.1 cm)
  • WEIGHT: 16 lb (7.3 kg)
  • FINISH: Ebony, Walnut, Piano Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Rubber Feet (8)

You can download & view the manual here->Klipsch RP-600M Manual

Design & Construction

The construction and design of the Klipsch RP-600M speakers are key components that contribute to their exceptional audio performance and aesthetic appeal. Klipsch has a long-standing tradition of craftsmanship and attention to detail, and these bookshelf speakers are no exception. Here’s an in-depth look at the construction and design aspects of the Klipsch RP-600M:

1. Cabinet Construction:

  • The cabinet of the RP-600M is crafted from high-quality MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard), which is known for its acoustic properties and resonance control.
  • The cabinet is meticulously designed to reduce internal vibrations and resonances that can color the sound. Klipsch employs a technique called “internal bracing,” which reinforces the cabinet’s structure and enhances rigidity.

2. Finish Options:

  • Klipsch offers the RP-600M speakers in various finish options to cater to different aesthetics and room decors. Common finishes include ebony and walnut, which add a touch of elegance to any room.

3. Tractrix Horn Technology:

  • One of Klipsch’s signature design elements is the Tractrix horn-loaded tweeter. The RP-600M features a 1-inch titanium LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) vented tweeter with a specially designed horn that ensures precise and controlled high-frequency dispersion.
  • This horn technology helps reduce distortion and provides a wide and even soundstage, making the speakers ideal for both stereo music and home theater applications.

4. Woofer Design:

  • The RP-600M boasts a 6.5-inch Cerametallic™ woofer. These woofers are constructed using a blend of ceramic and aluminum materials, which makes them lightweight yet rigid, resulting in improved low-frequency response and reduced distortion.

Klipsch RP-600M Back Side View

5. Bass Reflex Design:

  • These bookshelf speakers utilize a rear-firing port for bass reflex. The port is carefully engineered to enhance bass extension while maintaining clarity and precision in the lower frequencies.

6. Magnetic Grilles:

  • The Klipsch RP-600M comes with removable magnetic grilles. These grilles not only protect the drivers but also allow you to choose between a sleek, modern look with the grilles off or a more traditional appearance with them on.

7. Binding Posts:

  • The speakers feature high-quality binding posts that are compatible with various speaker cables, including banana plugs, spade connectors, and bare wire, ensuring a secure and reliable connection.

8. Size and Dimensions:

  • The RP-600M is a bookshelf speaker, making it relatively compact and suitable for smaller to medium-sized rooms. The dimensions typically range around 15.7 inches in height, 7.9 inches in width, and 11.85 inches in depth.

9. Weight:

  • Each speaker weighs around 16 pounds, which is reasonable for bookshelf speakers of this size and quality.

In summary, the Klipsch RP-600M speakers showcase a combination of meticulous cabinet construction, advanced driver materials, horn-loaded tweeters, and thoughtful design elements. These features work in harmony to deliver an exceptional audio experience with clear, dynamic sound and a wide soundstage. Whether you’re an audiophile looking for precise music reproduction or a home theater enthusiast seeking immersive surround sound, the RP-600M’s construction and design make them a noteworthy choice for audio aficionados.

Klipsch RP-600M Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) (Piano Black)
  • The Klipsch RP-600M-PB - bookshelf speaker delivers incredible acoustics to fill your home with loud, crystal-clear...
  • Strong, Flexible Removable Magnetic Grille
  • 6.5" Spun Copper Cerametallic Woofers

Sound Test

Every Klipsch is fun. This one is no exception! Without loss of tonal credibility in the correctness of the reproduction. As you would expect, impulse fidelity is not a problem for a Klipsch, nor for the RP-600M.

The first record on my turntable is the recording “The Very Best Of The Dixie Chicks” by them. Back when the stuff was recorded, the girls looked much hotter than they do today. Still fun to listen to though…

Before things get indecent, let’s change the type of music. Small jazz ensembles are available at ACTRecords. From their program, I hear “Clouds” by Adam Baldych with Vincent Courtois & Roger Telderman. Nasty sounds from the violin challenge the treble department of the small speakers. The speakers immediately show pleasantly warm sounds – Klaus-Dieter’s department – on track number 4 “Work in Progress” with the big fowl. The double bass on “Au Desert” cracks crisply and dryly in the room. Before I forget: The Klipsch RP-600M is currently playing on this awesome Thivan 811A tube integrated amplifier. It works so well that I can’t think of anything else to do with this. The Asian and the American — it fits. The pressure of the big bass is authentically demonstrated – how crazy is that…? I put it brilliantly, didn’t I?

One of the best jazz productions of recent years is the “4Wheel Drive” CD with Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny, Lars Danielsson and Wolfgang Hafner. Apart from the fact that the trombonist can do everything except sing. Why doesn’t anyone tell him that? This warm, gay chatter is just annoying. The way it comes across is that “Maybe I’m Amazed” is pretentious because of this singing and can only be endured when drunk. I put the knowledge into practice.

Klipsch RP-600M Sound Test

The cover version of “Another Day in Paradise” is just bearable, even if the singing of the original rather insults it. There are things in life that you can do – or not! Nils is a gifted trombonist, he should stick with it, he can blow. And push around on this pipe… Example track number 11: “That’s All”. Here the little RP-600M shows off its potent and awesome sound capabilities.

It discolors extremely little – so little that you can say it doesn’t. Even fat levels come across as perfectly clean. Joe Bonamassa is hardly known for reserved sounds. The album “A New Day Now” is his blues recording from 2020, from which we are currently listening to “If Heartaches Were Nickles”. Dude, something is going on…! Even the Hammond organ in the background shows the RP-600M clearly in the din of the musician’s guitar pushing forward like crazy. The little pig keeps an overview in the presentation — dude! Show wide spaces? No problem!

It is time for another whiskey. And I’m about to give myself the record “The A, B, C & D Of Boogie Woogie: Live in Paris”! Teammates? Of course, Axel Zwingenberger on the piano and none other than Charlie Watts on the drums – yes, exactly him! Dave Green on bass and Ben Waters on piano. Recorded live in September 2010 at the “Duc des Lombards” — a Parisian jazz club; I’m just saying: listen, people…! Finally, music that turns you on without being come on! The horny whore choir from the neighboring brothel is at least as sonically convincing; the 15 sluts are currently attacking classical arias and cheering to a degree that is equivalent to a half-hour orgasmic scream. The guy at the triangle slaps himself so hard that you can’t hear or see anything. You might get jealous! Apart from that, the brass section is a festival in itself – they don’t stop at all… and they always have full cheeks – man, man, man! Yep, there’s something about blowing…

Klipsch RP-600M Video Review

Final Verdict

The Klipsch RP-600M is a small, black miracle. In the most positive sense. The price is a disgrace. You have to hear this loudspeaker, it corrects the opinion that “expensive equals good”! Well wired and connected to a great tube amplifier, it creates real feelings of desire – even for me. Get your hands on this speaker if you can!

Klipsch RP-600M Pro&Cons

Pros

  • Impressive audio quality with clear highs and deep lows
  • Compact size and attractive design for easy integration into any room
  • Efficient horn-loaded tweeter for enhanced sound projection
  • Sturdy build quality ensures durability
  • Versatile connectivity options for various audio sources

Cons

  • Higher price point compared to some competitors
  • May require a subwoofer for truly powerful bass
  • Not wall-mountable, limiting placement options
  • Bulky compared to some ultra-compact speakers
  • Sensitive to placement, may need careful positioning for optimal sound
The Klipsch RP-600M speakers deliver exceptional audio quality, showcasing clear highs and robust lows. Their stylish design and solid build quality make them an attractive addition to any space. While they come at a slightly higher price point, their performance justifies the investment. However, users seeking booming bass might want to consider adding a subwoofer. Overall, the RP-600M speakers are a top choice for audiophiles and music enthusiasts who prioritize premium sound and aesthetics in their audio setup.
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