New Klipsch powered stereo monitors boast better bass

posted on Wednesday, 21st June 2023 by Steve May

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Klipsch has launched two new multi-purpose active monitors for music and media room use. Available via Henley Audio, the R-40PM and Klipsch R-50PM can be used with wired and wireless sources and feature upgraded cosmetics.

Users can stream music using Bluetooth, and hardwire additional sources, be they music or TV, using a 3.5mm jack, digital optical audio input, analogue stereo RCA or USB. The pair even have a phono preamp, so vinyl enthusiasts can connect their turntable directly.

Replacing the R-41PM and R-51PM, the new models boast a significant improvement in bass response over their predecessors. The R-40PM is said to reach down to 60Hz, compared to the R-41PM’s 76Hz. The R-50PM drops to 55Hz. Dynamic Bass EQ dynamically optimises bass performance in real-time.

'Users can stream music to the models using Bluetooth, and hardwire additional sources, be it music or TV...'

Klipsch has marginally increased the cabinet depths of the new models; the R-40PM is 28 per cent deeper than the outgoing model, and the R-50PM 27 per cent. However their compact design remains suitable for shelving, AV benches and desktops.

Another tweak is a larger edge-to-edge Tractrix horn design that provides improved coverage, bandwidth, and directivity control.

Cosmetically, there’s also a new 'beauty bar' between the 25mm linear travel suspension) tweeter and spun copper, thermoformed crystal polymer (TCP) woofer, and the absence of visible fasteners.

The R-40PM features a 100mm TCP woofer and a 25mm LTS aluminium tweeter, while the R-50PM has a 130mm TCP woofer and the same 25mm tweeter. The two new Klipsch monitors join the passive-design R-40M and R-50M, as part of the American brand’s Reference speaker series.

The Klipsch R-40PM and R-50PM are priced at £499 (€549/$499) and £599 (€649/$599) respectively.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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