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Klipsch Reference Premiere II Loudspeakers

Klipsch today introduced their new 2022 Reference Premiere II Loudspeaker line-up for home theater and stereo listening. Although it’s the third generation of the series, Klipsch is adding a “II” to all previous model numbers to signify the new line.

There are 11 new models in total ranging from $599 to $2,998/pair.

The Reference Premiere II series improves upon the previous generation by adding larger proprietary Tractrix® horn technology said to enhance imaging and dynamics. Klipsch signature copper Cerametallic™ woofers with aluminum Faraday rings and Tractrix ports provide powerful low frequencies while minimizing distortion and maximizing efficiency. An exclusive Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) titanium tweeter maximizes dynamics, said to bring out details in performances.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II vs Reference RP-50M
Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II (left) vs Reference R-50M (right).
There is a height difference with Reference model being taller (see comparison below)

Readers may note, Klipsch also updated their lower priced Reference Loudspeaker (not Premiere) line for 2022 as well. Although they resemble one another, and share similar technology the step-down Reference line uses different woofers, crossovers and tweeters, opting for Aluminum instead of Titanium tweeters and Copper instead of Cerametallic woofers.

For about 30% greater cost, the Reference Premiere II offers premium build quality and optional walnut finish option. Premiere II speakers have reinforced cabinet bracing, aluminum binding posts, cast aluminum feet, and discrete Dolby Atmos connections that allow for easy and refined elevation speaker integration. Signature Klipsch copper trim rings accentuate the tweeter and woofer, which can also be concealed by sturdy yet flexible magnetic grilles.

The highly anticipated Klipsch RP-600M II which replaces the award-winning RP-600Mis likely to sell out very quickly if it offers a significant level of improvement over the previous model.

Floorstanding Speakers

Bookshelf Speakers

Center Speakers

Surround Speakers

All Reference Premiere loudspeakers are available in ebony or walnut.

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Comparisons

Comparing Reference Premiere (RP) vs Reference (R) Bookshelf Speakers

RP-600M IIRP-500M IIR-50MR-40M
MSRP$749/pair$599/pair$399/pair$279/pair
FREQUENCY RESPONSE44-25kHz ±3dB50-25kHz ±3dB58Hz – 21kHz ±3dB71Hz – 21kHz ±3dB
SENSITIVITY*94.5dB @ 2.83V / 1m*92dB @ 2.83V / 1m*92 dB (In-Room)91 dB (In-Room)
POWER HANDLING (CONT/PEAK)100W/400W75W/300W75W/300W50W/200W
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE8 Ohms Compatible8 Ohms Compatible8 ohms compatible8 ohms compatible
CROSSOVER FREQUENCY1500Hz1530Hz1560 Hz1770 Hz
HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn1″ Aluminum LTS tweeter mated to a 90 x 90 square Tractrix® Horn1″ Aluminum LTS tweeter mated to a 90 x 90 square Tractrix® Horn
LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER6.5″ Cerametallic Cone Woofer with Faraday rings5.25″ Cerametallic Cone Woofer with Faraday rings5.25″ spun-copper TCP woofer4 spun-copper TCP woofer
ENCLOSURE MATERIALMDF (Internal Braced)MDF (Internal Braced)MDFMDF
ENCLOSURE TYPEBass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix® PortBass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix® PortBass-Reflex via rear-firing portsBass-Reflex via rear-firing ports
INPUTSDual aluminum binding posts/bi-wire/bi-ampSingle aluminum binding postsSingle Gold Plated Binding PostsSingle Gold Plated Binding Posts
HEIGHT INCHES (MM)15.75″ (40.0 cm)13.56″ (34.4 cm)13.9″ (354 mm)11.7″ (298 mm)
WIDTH INCHES (MM)7.95″ (20.2 cm)6.81″ (17.3 cm)7″ (178 mm)5.8″ (146 mm)
DEPTH INCHES (MM)13″ (33.0 cm)10.65″ (27.0 cm)9″ (229 mm)8.5″ (216 mm)
PRODUCT WEIGHT LBS (KG)18.1lb (8.20kg)13.1lb (5.95kg)11 lbs (5 kg)7 lbs (3.2 kg)
FinishWalnutWalnutBlack Textured Wood Grain VinylBlack Textured Wood Grain Vinyl
*SPL at 1M, half-space anechoic with 2.83V input

Reference Premiere Floorstanding Speakers

RP-8060FA IIRP-8000F IIRP-6000F IIRP-5000F II
MSRP$2,998/pair $1,798/pair$1,498/pair$1,198/pair
FREQUENCY RESPONSE35-25kHz ±3dB35-25kHz ±3dB38-25kHz ±3dB40-25kHz +/-3dB
SENSITIVITY*98dB @ 2.83V / 1m*98dB @ 2.83V / 1m*96dB @ 2.83V / 1m*95dB @ 2.83V / 1m*
POWER HANDLING (CONT/PEAK)150W / 600W150W / 600W125W/500W100W / 400W
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE8 Ohms Compatible8 Ohms Compatible8 Ohms Compatible8 Ohms Compatible
CROSSOVER FREQUENCY1630Hz1630Hz1770Hz1900Hz
HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn
LOW FREQUENCY DRIVERDual 8” Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday ringsDual 8” Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday ringsDual 6.5″ Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday ringsDual 5.25″ Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday rings
ENCLOSURE MATERIALMDF (Internal Braced)MDF (Internal Braced)MDF (Internal Braced)MDF (Internal Braced)
ENCLOSURE TYPEBass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® PortsBass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® PortsBass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® PortsBass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® Ports
INPUTSDual aluminum binding posts / bi-wire / bi-ampDual aluminum binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp with Dolby Atmos® passthroughDual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-ampDual aluminum binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp with Dolby Atmos® passthrough
HEIGHT INCHES (MM)43.11″ (109.5 cm)43.10″ (109.5 cm)39.60″ (100.6 cm)36.10 (91.7 cm)
WIDTH INCHES (MM)10.84″ (27.5 cm)10.84″ (27.5 cm)9.29″ (23.6 cm)8.15″ (20.7 cm)
DEPTH INCHES (MM)20.80 (52.8 cm)18.25″ (46.3 cm)17.57″ (44.6 cm)14.75″ (37.5 cm)
PRODUCT WEIGHT LBS (KG)75.7 lb (34.35kg)61.4lb (27.85kg)49.4lb (22.4kg)38.6lb (17.55kg)
FinishWalnutWalnutWalnutWalnut
INCLUDED ACCESSORIESInjection molded feet & screws

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