RP-500M is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Klipsch. It features a 1" Tractrix Horn Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Cerametallic Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 48-25k Hz and a sensitivity of 93 dB. Klipsch RP-500M has an MSRP of 579$ per pair.
Klipsch later replaced RP-500M with RP-500M II. Follow the link to read our in-depth comparison of these speakers:
Compare Klipsch RP-500M vs Klipsch RP-500M II
RP-500M is a member of Klipsch's Reference Premiere (RP) series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Klipsch Reference Premiere (RP) Series Speakers
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Klipsch RP-500M has a Frequency response range of 48-25k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of up to 75 watts. At a minimum frequency of 48 Hz, RP-500M will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
Here we have a comparison of how RP-500M's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Among the speakers in our database with a max MSRP price of 750$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Bookshelf speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the Klipsch RP-500M's 48Hz:
What is the Crossover frequency of Klipsch RP-500M?
Crossover frequency of the RP-500M is set to 1500Hz. This is the threshold frequency where the higher frequency signals over this level are sent to the tweeter and the lower frequency signals are sent to the woofer by the crossover component.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Klipsch RP-500M's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms and has a sensitivity of 93 dB.
Is the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M an easy to drive speaker?
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective. 93dB of Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M is considered a high sensitivity compared to average stereo speaker which makes RP-500M an easy to drive from Sensitivity perspective.
RP-500M features Single binding posts type connectors. Bi-amping and Bi-wiring is not possible.
Klipsch RP-500M Speaker Size: Weight and Dimensions
Klipsch RP-500M has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 13.5 x 6.8 x 9.4inch (343.0 x 173.0 x 241.0mm ). Each speaker weighs 5.40kg / 11.9lbs.
To have a better perspective on the real life size of Klipsch RP-500M, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the Klipsch RP-500M virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet to get a better idea about the size.
Cabinet type and Materials
Klipsch RP-500M has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and MDF/Wood-grain vinyl finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Klipsch RP-500M comes with 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on. It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
Klipsch RP-500M is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
Klipsch RP-500M is available in Ebony, Walnut, Piano Black.
RP-500M has Keyhole mounting bracket that makes it possible to mount on walls and similar surfaces easily.
RP-500M comes with magnetic grilles in black. The purpose of the speaker grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound pass as clearly as possible.Since the included grille of the RP-500M magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of Klipsch RP-500M?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of RP-500M:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Grilles (installed) 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet User Manual Important Safety Instructions Warranty Information
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Klipsch RP-500M
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M speaker:
Official Brochure for Klipsch RP-500M
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Klipsch RP-500M
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.