Klipsch is in the midst of a reinvention. It is trying to hearken again to the previous by focusing by itself “basic” designs. Prior to now few years the corporate has delved into its substantial archives to deliver again audio system such because the Forte and Cornwall.

These are high-end audio system however the firm can also be going retro in its inexpensive fashions, together with the brand new Reference line. The R-51M is the “child” of the collection and packs a 5.25-inch spun-copper driver and Klipsch’s signature horn tweeter right into a small stand mount speaker.

As you’d anticipate with a retro-futuristic Klipsch speaker, the corporate hasn’t meddled with its established sound. It is nonetheless on the brighter, extra thrilling facet, and but presents sufficient bass for contemporary music. In fact, it sounds even higher partnered with the subwoofer of your selection. If you happen to like your rock or pop music loud, the Klipsch can inject a dose of enjoyable into your system for an inexpensive value. The Klipsch Reference R-51M is out there for $249, £249 or AU$549 a pair.

Again to the longer term

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The R-51M is the second Klipsch product we have seen this yr, nevertheless it could not be any extra completely different from the Reference Theater Pack. Whereas the Theater Pack’s satellites have been tiny and created from plastic, the R-51M presents up a moderately-large cupboard handsomely constructed from MDF. The R-51M is a “actual speaker”. This design additionally indicators a return to picket vinyl wraps after the dreadful “brushed” end of earlier audio system. Finishing the Klipsch’s homespun look are copper-colored fasteners and a cheesecloth-like magnetic grill.

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The specs of the R-51M embody:

Single 5.25-inch spun-copper IMG woofer1-inch aluminum LTS tweeter with a 90 by 90 sq. Tractrix Horn62Hz – 21kHz +/- 3dB frequency responseHigh 93 dB sensitivity13.Three-inches (337 mm) excessive by 7-inches (178 mm) excessive by eight.5-inches (215 mm) deepBass-reflex design with rear-firing portGold-plated binding posts

How does it sound?

Contemplating the Klipsch Reference R-51M’s diminutive dimension, it made an enormous impression on us. Whereas this little man could not produce sufficient deep bass to shake your room, its low distortion and freewheeling dynamics belie its compact dimensions. All of that and its funds value ought to make it engaging to speaker consumers.

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