Klipsch today introduced their new 2022 Reference Premiere II Loudspeaker line-up for home theater and stereo listening. Although it’s the third generation of the series, Klipsch is adding a “II” to all previous model numbers to signify the new line.
There are 11 new models in total ranging from $599 to $2,998/pair.
The Reference Premiere II series improves upon the previous generation by adding larger proprietary Tractrix® horn technology said to enhance imaging and dynamics. Klipsch signature copper Cerametallic™ woofers with aluminum Faraday rings and Tractrix ports provide powerful low frequencies while minimizing distortion and maximizing efficiency. An exclusive Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) titanium tweeter maximizes dynamics, said to bring out details in performances.
Readers may note, Klipsch also updated their lower priced Reference Loudspeaker (not Premiere) line for 2022 as well. Although they resemble one another, and share similar technology the step-down Reference line uses different woofers, crossovers and tweeters, opting for Aluminum instead of Titanium tweeters and Copper instead of Cerametallic woofers.
For about 30% greater cost, the Reference Premiere II offers premium build quality and optional walnut finish option. Premiere II speakers have reinforced cabinet bracing, aluminum binding posts, cast aluminum feet, and discrete Dolby Atmos connections that allow for easy and refined elevation speaker integration. Signature Klipsch copper trim rings accentuate the tweeter and woofer, which can also be concealed by sturdy yet flexible magnetic grilles.
The highly anticipated Klipsch RP-600M II which replaces the award-winning RP-600M, is likely to sell out very quickly if it offers a significant level of improvement over the previous model.
- RP-8060FA II (built-in Dolby Atmos® height) – $2,998/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-8000F II – $1,798/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-6000F II – $1,498/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-5000F II – $1,198/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-600M II – $749/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-500M II – $599/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-504C II – $799/each at Klipsch.com
- RP-500C II – $499/each at Klipsch.com
- RP-404C II – $599/each at Klipsch.com
- RP-502S II – $899/pair at Klipsch.com
- RP-500SA II – $699/pair at Klipsch.com
All Reference Premiere loudspeakers are available in ebony or walnut.
Comparing Reference Premiere (RP) vs Reference (R) Bookshelf Speakers
RP-600M II RP-500M II R-50M R-40M MSRP $749/pair $599/pair $399/pair $279/pair FREQUENCY RESPONSE 44-25kHz ±3dB 50-25kHz ±3dB 58Hz – 21kHz ±3dB 71Hz – 21kHz ±3dB SENSITIVITY* 94.5dB @ 2.83V / 1m* 92dB @ 2.83V / 1m* 92 dB (In-Room) 91 dB (In-Room) POWER HANDLING (CONT/PEAK) 100W/400W 75W/300W 75W/300W 50W/200W NOMINAL IMPEDANCE 8 Ohms Compatible 8 Ohms Compatible 8 ohms Compatible 8 ohms Compatible CROSSOVER FREQUENCY 1500Hz 1530Hz 1560 Hz 1770 Hz HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER 1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn 1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn 1″ Aluminum LTS tweeter mated to a 90 x 90 square Tractrix® Horn 1″ Aluminum LTS tweeter mated to a 90 x 90 square Tractrix® Horn LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER 6.5″ Cerametallic Cone Woofer with Faraday rings 5.25″ Cerametallic Cone Woofer with Faraday rings 5.25″ spun-copper TCP woofer 4″ spun-copper TCP woofer ENCLOSURE MATERIAL MDF (Internally Braced) MDF (Internally Braced) MDF MDF ENCLOSURE TYPE Bass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix® Port Bass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix® Port Bass-Reflex via rear-firing ports Bass-Reflex via rear-firing ports INPUTS Dual aluminum binding posts/bi-wire/bi-amp Single aluminum binding posts Single Gold Plated Binding Posts Single Gold Plated Binding Posts HEIGHT INCHES (MM) 15.75″ (40.0 cm) 13.56″ (34.4 cm) 13.9″ (354 mm) 11.7″ (298 mm) WIDTH INCHES (MM) 7.95″ (20.2 cm) 6.81″ (17.3 cm) 7″ (178 mm) 5.8″ (146 mm) DEPTH INCHES (MM) 13″ (33.0 cm) 10.65″ (27.0 cm) 9″ (229 mm) 8.5″ (216 mm) PRODUCT WEIGHT LBS (KG) 18.1lb (8.20kg) 13.1lb (5.95kg) 11 lbs (5 kg) 7 lbs (3.2 kg) FINISH Ebony, Walnut Ebony, Walnut Black Textured Wood Grain Vinyl Black Textured Wood Grain Vinyl
Reference Premiere Floorstanding Speakers
|RP-8060FA II||RP-8000F II||RP-6000F II||RP-5000F II|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||35-25kHz ±3dB||35-25kHz ±3dB||38-25kHz ±3dB||40-25kHz +/- 3dB|
|SENSITIVITY*||98dB @ 2.83V / 1m*||98dB @ 2.83V / 1m*||96dB @ 2.83V / 1m*||95dB @ 2.83V / 1m*|
|POWER HANDLING (CONT/PEAK)||150W / 600W||150W / 600W||125W/500W||100W / 400W|
|NOMINAL IMPEDANCE||8 Ohms Compatible||8 Ohms Compatible||8 Ohms Compatible||8 Ohms Compatible|
|HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER||1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn||1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn||1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn||1″ Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Cross-Section Expanded Tractrix® Horn|
|LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER||Dual 8” Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday rings||Dual 8” Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday rings||Dual 6.5″ Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday rings||Dual 5.25″ Cerametallic Cone Woofers with Faraday rings|
|ENCLOSURE MATERIAL||MDF (Internally Braced)||MDF (Internally Braced)||MDF (Internally Braced)||MDF (Internally Braced)|
|ENCLOSURE TYPE||Bass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® Ports||Bass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® Ports||Bass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® Ports||Bass Reflex via dual chamber rear-firing Tractrix® Ports|
|INPUTS||Dual aluminum binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp||Dual aluminum binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp with Dolby Atmos® passthrough||Dual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp||Dual aluminum binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp with Dolby Atmos® passthrough|
|HEIGHT INCHES (MM)||43.11″ (109.5 cm)||43.10″ (109.5 cm)||39.60″ (100.6 cm)||36.10 (91.7 cm)|
|WIDTH INCHES (MM)||10.84″ (27.5 cm)||10.84″ (27.5 cm)||9.29″ (23.6 cm)||8.15″ (20.7 cm)|
|DEPTH INCHES (MM)||20.80 (52.8 cm)||18.25″ (46.3 cm)||17.57″ (44.6 cm)||14.75″ (37.5 cm)|
|PRODUCT WEIGHT LBS (KG)||75.7 lb (34.35kg)||61.4lb (27.85kg)||49.4lb (22.4kg)||38.6lb (17.55kg)|
|FINISH||Ebony, Walnut||Ebony, Walnut||Ebony, Walnut||Ebony, Walnut|
|INCLUDED ACCESSORIES||Injection molded feet & screws|
May 18, 2022 at 12:09 am
Question, actually: Can the Klipsch Premiere be installed against the back wall as pictured?
May 18, 2022 at 1:11 am
I very much like Klipsch speakers and these new ones are packed with the familiarity that makes a family reunion worth the long drive. How so?
Familiarity breeds comfort. I have two pair of Klipsch towers and a pair of their Atmos add-ons for the front L & R. I would so like to own either a pair of the new RP-600Mii or the previous models. In Piano Black, please. I am far from a sensitive individual but I do like speakers that are.
Thank you for whetting my audio appetite. Hopefully I read as being extra pretentious. Sheesh…LOL!