R-51M is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Klipsch. It features a 1" Tractrix Horn Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Copper-spun IMG Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 62-21k Hz and a sensitivity of 93 dB. Klipsch R-51M has an MSRP of 359$ per pair but can often be found around 249$ per pair.
R-51M is a member of Klipsch's Reference (R) series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Klipsch Reference (R) Series Speakers
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Klipsch R-51M has a Frequency response range of 62-21k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of 85 watts. At a minimum frequency of 62 Hz, it is hard to expect a strong bass response from R-51M so depending on your intended use, using a subwoofer will significantly help to widen the response range.
Here we have a comparison of how R-51M'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 500$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Bookshelf speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the Klipsch R-51M's 62Hz:
What is the Crossover frequency of Klipsch R-51M?
Crossover frequency of the R-51M is set to 1660Hz. 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 R-51M's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms and has a sensitivity of 93 dB.
Is the Klipsch Reference R-51M an easy to drive speaker?
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Klipsch Reference R-51M is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective. 93dB of Klipsch Reference R-51M is considered a high sensitivity compared to average stereo speaker which makes R-51M an easy to drive from Sensitivity perspective.
R-51M features Single Gold Plated Binding Posts - 5-way type connectors. Bi-amping and Bi-wiring is not possible.
Klipsch R-51M Speaker Size: Weight and Dimensions
Klipsch R-51M has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 13.3 x 7.0 x 8.4inch (338.0 x 178.0 x 215.0mm ). Each speaker weighs 5.00kg / 11lbs.
To have a better perspective on the real life size of Klipsch R-51M, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the Klipsch R-51M 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 R-51M 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 R-51M 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 R-51M 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 R-51M is available in Black.
R-51M doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket so you need an external structure to mount on walls.
What's in the Box of Klipsch R-51M?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of R-51M:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Grilles (installed) 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet Quick Setup Guide Important Safety Instructions Warranty Information
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Klipsch Reference R-51M, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Klipsch R-51M
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Klipsch Reference R-51M speaker:
Official Brochure for Klipsch R-51M
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Klipsch Reference R-51M speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Klipsch R-51M
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.