In this review, we will be comparing BRX and RP-500M, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from GoldenEar and Klipsch. Let's have a brief look at the main features of GoldenEar BRX and Klipsch RP-500M first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how GoldenEar BRX and Klipsch RP-500M compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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Both BRX and RP-500M are 2-way speakers. BRX features a " Folded Ribbon Tweeter and 1 x 6" Polypropylene Woofer . On the other hand, RP-500M features a 1" Tractrix Horn Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Cerametallic Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 1500Hz.
BRX has a frequency range of 40-35k Hz whereas RP-500M has a frequency range of 48-25k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 40Hz, the BRX can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the RP-500M's min frequency of 48Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Bookshelf class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
BRX and RP-500M has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. BRX sensitivity is rated at 90 dB and RP-500M's is at 93 dB. This 3 dB difference makes Klipsch RP-500M a more sensitive speaker compared to GoldenEar BRX, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
is the range of input power in watts RMS that a loudspeaker is designed to handle. While using an amplifier within this range ensures the nominal performance , inputting a power that is higher than the max wattage can result in a damaged speaker.
BRX can handle a max power of 250 watts RMS from the amp the whereas RP-500M has a max power handling value of 75 watts RMS, 175 watts less than the BRX.
Keep in mind that higher max power handling value doesn't necesssarily make that a louder speaker compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters such as Impededance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
BRX features Single binding posts type posts and RP-500M has a Single binding posts type posts. None of these speakers feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both BRX and RP-500M have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generlly need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare GoldenEar BRX's and Klipsch RP-500M's external dimensions. GoldenEar BRX has external dimensions of 308.0 x 207.0 x 313.0mm ( 12-1/8 x 8-1/8 x 12-5/16inch) whereas Klipsch RP-500M has external dimensions of 343.0 x 173.0 x 241.0mm ( 13.5 x 6.8 x 9.4inch) .
Klipsch RP-500M is 34mm narrower and 72mm less deeper than GoldenEar BRX but it is also 35mm taller.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the GoldenEar BRX is approximately 647.9cm2 / 100.4inch2 and base area of the Klipsch RP-500M is approximately 416.9cm2 / 64.6inch2. The BRX requires 55% more surface area than the RP-500M which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.