Important Specs Overview and Comparison Table
|Speaker Type||passive, 2-way, back ported||(<--same)|
|Continuous Power Handling||75 W||100 W|
|Peak Power Handling||300 W||400 W|
|Response Range (+/- 3dB)||48 - 25k Hz||45 - 25k Hz|
|Woofer Size||5.25 in||6.5 in|
|Unit Dimensions (w x d x h)||8 x 11 x 15 in||9 x 13 x 17 in|
|Unit Weight||15 lb||20 lb|
Review And Discussion
When it comes to making the loudest and most powerful speakers available, Klipsch usually takes the cake, and their reference premier monitor bookshelf speakers are no exception. They’re the higher end line up over the highly popular reference bookshelf speakers (reviewed here), featuring upgraded specs, design, and aesthetics.
While the 150s are plenty loud, the 160s have 100 W of continuous power with a whopping 96 efficiency rating, which is about double the volume per watt over a ~86 dB rating, just to give you an idea. Either of these, the 160s especially, will suffice for home theater speakers in just about any room that isn’t exceptionally large.
The response floor of 48 and 45 Hz respectively is also a significant improvement, and very good for a two way bookshelf speaker. While we think that two way bookshelf speakers generally do best when paired with a subwoofer, these reference premier speakers could certainly perform well as standalone speakers.
Both the tweeter and woofer have upgraded materials: titanium and Klipsch’s proprietary cerametallic polymer – really designed to be both very light and stiff, which is the theoretically ideal property of a driver. Beyond that, the cabinet has been revamped, with a nice bottom stand that angles the speakers slightly upward. Each’s vinyl cabinet finish comes in three colors: cherry, walnut, or black.
These speakers are quite large and heavy for two way bookshelf speakers with standard 5.25 and 6.5 inch woofers respectively, we’re not sure why, so they might be a little harder to place. Klipsch offers a 5 year warranty on all its passive speakers, which is pretty top of the line coverage.
Our Overall Take, As Compared To The Competition
It’s currently hard to recommend the RP-150 when the lower but comparable R-15M (reviewed here) is going for so much cheaper. But, Klipsch has recently released new generation versions of both its reference and reference premiere speakers (review forthcoming), and there’s a great chance these older reference premier speakers will also get discounted soon. Definitely worth keeping your eyes peeled.
The RP-160M is exceptionally loud and honestly going to be overkill for a lot of people, but for the price it is a solid value, and it’s hard to ever go wrong with a Klipsch loudspeaker.