Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Klipsch. It features a 1" Hybrid Tractrix Horn Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Cerametallic cone Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 50-25k Hz and a sensitivity of 92 dB. Klipsch RP-500M II has an MSRP of 599$ per pair.
What size of room is the Klipsch RP-500M II speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Klipsch RP-500M II is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
Klipsch replaced the older RP-500M with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
Compare Klipsch RP-500M II vs Klipsch RP-500M
What are the speakers in Klipsch's Reference Premiere (RP) II Series?
RP-500M II is a member of Klipsch's Reference Premiere (RP) II series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Klipsch Reference Premiere (RP) II Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the Klipsch RP-500M II speaker?
Klipsch RP-500M II has a Frequency response range of 50-25k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of up to 75 watts. At a minimum frequency of 50 Hz, RP-500M II will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with Klipsch RP-500M II, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $750. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how RP-500M II's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
What is the Crossover frequency of Klipsch RP-500M II?
The Crossover frequency of the RP-500M II is set to 1530 Hz. 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.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the Klipsch RP-500M II? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Klipsch RP-500M II's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms
and has a sensitivity of 92 dB
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard nominal impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective.
92dB of Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II is considered a high sensitivity compared to average stereo speaker which makes RP-500M II an easy to drive from Sensitivity perspective. If you are planning to power your speaker with a Tube amp which are generally very low power, the Klipsch RP-500M II will be a good choice.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the Klipsch RP-500M II:
RP-500M II features Binding post type connectors. Bi-amping and Bi-wiring are not possible.
Klipsch RP-500M II External Dimensions and Weight
Klipsch RP-500M II has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 13-9/16 x 6-7/8 x 10-5/8inch (345.0 x 175.0 x 270.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Klipsch RP-500M II is approximately 472.5cm2 / 73.2inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of Klipsch RP-500M II, 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 II virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet to get a better idea about the size.
The Klipsch RP-500M II weighs 6.00kg / 13.2lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how RP-500M II's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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How does the Klipsch RP-500M II compare to the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-600M II?
One of the natural alternative to the Klipsch RP-500M II is the RP-600M II which is located one step higher in Klipsch's Passive Bookshelf selection.
Here is a scaled size comparison of these two speakers to give you an idea how their external dimensions compare:
Check the Detailed Comparison of Klipsch RP-500M II vs RP-600M II for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
Klipsch RP-500M II has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a 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 II comes with Cork pads
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 II 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 II is available in Walnut and Black.
RP-500M II doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket, so you need an external structure to mount it on walls.
Does the Klipsch RP-500M II come with a Grille?
RP-500M II comes with magnetic grilles in black color choices. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible. Since the included grille of the RP-500M II is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of Klipsch RP-500M II?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of RP-500M II:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers2 GrillesUser ManualImportant Safety InstructionsWarranty Information
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II.
- Speaker Cable and Connectors
- Vibration Isolators: IsoAcoustics isolatorsmore affordable options too.
- Acoustic Panels and Treatments: Your room is as important as your stereo equipment so acoustic treatments goes a long way in improving the overall performance.
- Speaker Stands: Stands bring your bookshelf speakers to ideal height (rule of thumb is to have the tweeter level with your ear in your listening position), helps stability and acoustical isolation.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Klipsch RP-500M II
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500M II speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Klipsch RP-500M II
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.