Klipsch Reference R-41M Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.16 Mixed Usages
4.1 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.2 Treble Accuracy:
4 Bass Accuracy:
4.2 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.2 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1” LTS Aluminum tweeter 4” IMG woofer Flared port desktop speaker stereo speaker home theater usage: overall use

Klipsch Reference R-41M is best for tight spaces. They sound rich, full, with amazing clarity. These speakers are great for overall use and can deliver dynamic sound. They are best for users who like minimal design and have a low budget. The well-designed drivers ensure neutral yet powerful performance from these compact speakers. If you compare performance to price ratio, then the speaker definitely wins in terms of performance. They are small in size and price but ‘big’ in terms of sound quality.

Our Verdict

Klipsch Reference R-41M is a passive bookshelf speaker that produces crisp and clear sound. The wood vinyl finish and Klipsch signature copper spun woofers give a classic vibe and looks attractive. These speakers deliver well-defined soundstage, good imaging but average bass. That said, you can’t expect room shaking bass from 4” woofer driver and have the option to upgrade when needed. They sound great as surrounds too.

You are free to pair them with other Klipsch speakers as we suggested so mismatch with other brands like Polk, Elac, etc.

  • Low profile
  • Cheap
  • Solid construction
  • Tight lows
  • Balanced sound
  • Not good as 2.0 system for large rooms
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Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered


Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Aluminum LTS tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Type spun-copper IMG woofer


Power Range 50W/200W (cont/peak)
Sensitivity 90 dB @ 2.83V/1M
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 68Hz - 21kHz +/- 3dB
Crossover Frequencies 1,730 Hz


Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A


Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A


Connector Type Single Gold Plated Binding Posts
Compatible Connector Types banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16-12 gauge


Bass Accuracy: Lows are clean, decent and not muddy
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Good voices
Treble Accuracy The highs are detailed and airy
Imaging & Soundstage: Great imaging and soundstage
Dynamic Range: Decent dynamic range
Power Handling: Power handling shows it is easy to drive
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Good transient response


Enclosure Bass-reflex
Finish MDF
Color Black


Height (inches) 11.3
Width (inches) 5.75
Depth (inches) 7.9
Weight (pounds) 7lb
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 26-31


Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A


Accessories: Bookshelf loudspeakers, 2 Grilles, 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet, Quick Setup Guide, Important Safety Instructions, Warranty Information
User manual: Yes
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Details Review


The R-41M from Klipsch has an MDF body which is also scratch proof. This is handy if you have kids or pets in the house. An acoustically transparent black cloth grille that attaches to the speaker magnetically is useful as well. The cabinet is designed to eliminate any resonance or vibration that might color the sound. It is well built, long lasting and improves sonic accuracy. Rubber feet are included to ensure the speakers aren’t unstable when placed on any surface.



Klipsch Reference R-41M has 1” tweeter and 4” woofer. The aluminum tweeter has Kapton suspension that is lightweight and used to minimize distortion or unwanted noise. These LTS tweeters are rigid, improve efficiency and resolution resulting in natural and clear highs. The 90x90 Tractrix horn produces wide soundfield, has better directivity and dynamics needed for music and movies. They have good transparency and despite being a small speaker, it is powerful.

The IMG woofer is lightweight and is designed to minimize distortion and cone breakup. On the rear side there is a flared port that matches the drivers. This port will boost the low ends. The speakers show good clarity and dynamics. Movies and music sound good but for movies we suggest a 3.1 system. They sound clear, lively, and natural but not ‘too bright’. Low ends from this 4” woofer driver is deep, clean but not room shaking.

For music or users who prefer more bass, pair a subwoofer via an amp. Use them as front, rear or surrounds in a home theater. No matter its position, the speaker delivers uniform and accurate sound in all cases. Once speakers are placed in position, toe-in the speakers, to enhance the stereo imaging. There is a keyhole slot so that you can wall mount them as well. Make sure to use good quality interconnects and speaker wires as they will have an impact on audio performance.

Connectivity and control:

Since the Klipsch RP-41M is a set of passive speakers, you will need an amplifier to connect other audio sources like TC, turntable, CD player, laptop, etc. The amp will help you if you want to create a theater. With this you can connect front speakers, rear speakers, center channel and subwoofer. Control options will depend on the amp or receiver as well.

Use case:

Klipsch Reference R-41M is great for small to mid-sized rooms. They can be used in small office rooms, living rooms, or bedrooms. This speaker is good for everyday use and for most types of contents. Music is handled well even if you play classical.

Compatible device:


Select one from the following list or shop by your own: Cambridge Audio AXA25, Denon Avr S750H, Onkyo receiver, Pioneer SX 424, Fosi TB10A, etc.

Bookshelf speakers (Klipsch R-51M), Center channels (Klipsch R-34C, R-52C), Surround speakers (Klipsch R-14S), Floor-standing speakers (Klipsch R-610F, Klipsch R-620F and Klipsch R-820F), Powered subwoofers (Klipsch R-10SW and Klipsch R-12SW).


The cost of Klipsch RP-41M is affordable. Even after pairing an amplifier, the total price isn’t too high.



Why should I choose Klipsch Reference R-41M?

Klipsch Reference RP-41M is for users who have small rooms or want speakers for near field listening. They sound bigger than their size and maintain clarity in all cases. Klipsch is a well-known brand, and their products are reliable. Since this is a set of passive speakers, you have the option to expand to large theater system when you can.

Should I connect one subwoofer or two of them with Klipsch Reference R-41M?

Generally, connecting a single subwoofer with Klipsch R-41M will do just fine. However, if you consider yourself audio enthusiast and have the space, you can connect two of them. Make sure the amp or AV receiver you choose will support two sub port.

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