Klipsch R-41PM & R-51PM Powered Speaker Review
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The new R-41PM and R-51PM share a similar design philosophy to the models they are replacing, the R-14 and R-15, however they did improve their overall performance.
Both of these models are designed to support virtually every type of audio source. With the R-51PM and R-41PM, you will not need a separate amp or receiver. With their built-in amplifier and tons of inputs, simply connect your sources or pair your phone via bluetooth and you’ll be listening to music in no time!
The R-51PM is a larger sized bookshelf speaker, standing at 13.3” tall, 7” wide and 9” deep and can be used on your desktop, on a bookshelf, or even on speaker stands as part of a great two channel audio system. For a smaller room or desktop, the R-41PM is a great choice as it is under 10” tall, less than 6” wide, and only 7 ½” deep.
Klipsch improved the tweeter on the new models, going from a ¾” dome to a 1” dome, allowing them to lower the crossover, while gaining some efficiency and ultimate power output. They couple the 1” dome with their famous Tractrix Horn which gives it great dispersion while also increasing efficiency. The bass driver of the R-51PM is identical to the one in the R-15, which is their copper spun 5 ¼” woofer. The R-41PM also uses the new 1” dome tweeter with the Tractrix horn and their 4” copper spun woofer. With the improvements, both speakers can certainly rock!
Both the R-51PM and R-41PM have a fairly large rear port so you will want to place them a little bit off the back wall for the best performance. The back panel of the right speaker is where all of your connections take place and there is no shortage of ports. Included is a high quality, solid 5 way binding post to attach your speaker wire (a 10’ piece comes with the speaker) to the other speaker.
In terms of build quality, everything is just what we have come to expect from a powered speaker in this category. The fit and finish is quite nice, and the connectors are fairly high quality. Each speaker also has a magnetic removable black grill, giving you the option to go naked or to cover up the drivers for a more discreet look. The big Tractrix horn and woofer with their copper colored screws give these speakers the unique Klipsch look.
The R-41PM and R-51PM have every input you should need to play your music including Bluetooth. On the rear panel you will find a set of RCA plugs, a stereo mini plug input, and a subwoofer output. With the flip of a switch you can engage the phono stage allowing you to play a turntable without the need of a phono preamp.
On the digital input side, you’ll find a toslink, great for a TV, and a USB-B input perfect for your computer.
The speakers also come with a remote control that allows for accessing the various inputs, track and master volume control when in Bluetooth mode, and an added feature for bass control. Which we love since with most powered speakers this is done on the actual sub itself.
Another new feature is what Klipsch calls Dynamic Bass EQ which boosts the bass at low levels, then backs off when you turn up the volume. This will add a fullness to the sound at low listening levels and is especially handy if you do not have a subwoofer.
Klipsch speakers are known for packing in a lot of punch with great dynamics and the new R series follows this path. We’ve actually never had a pair of powered speakers that could produce as much SPL as these guys do, which is very impressive for the money and their very small size.
Their bass impact, size of the soundstage, and pure dynamics are incredible. Now, these speakers do have an “in your face” sound and can be a bit much for the listener who prefers a warmer sound. A tonal control would have been a nice feature for that type of listening preference.
If you’re throwing a party or need to fill up a large room, these, especially the R51 will do the job. The room we tested them in was about 21’ by 24’ with a 10’ ceiling, which is pretty big. When we really pushed them, they never sounded distorted as they covered the entire area with big, full sound. The Tractrix Horn tweeter has great horizontal and vertical dispersion as there is very little high frequency roll off, even totally off to the side or above and below them.
Overall, these speakers can really rock! If you are looking for a smaller pair of powered speakers that have the ability to fill a large room and come with plenty of input options, we believe we’ve found your next set of speakers.