Klipsch RP-160M Speakers ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
List Price: $549
First of all I was never a fan of Klipsch speakers because my ears can’t handle high frequencies produce by horn loaded drivers in the past, when I get RP-160M for review I was a bit hesitant because of my past experience with horn loaded speakers.
Overall build quality of the RP-160M is one of the best in class, I don’t think there’re any speakers in the price range as good as RP160 in fit and finish, closest I can think of it is Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers but RP160 is still better in my opinion.
Cabinet is very solid, throughly well thought out design with quality components. Newly designed horn is very appealing, signature bronze drivers are unmistakable Klipsch look and old tractrix horn is now serving as rear bass reflex port.
Out of the box sounded all over the place but improved after toe in and more playing time.
After 40+ hours of playing time I sit down and started serious listening section of “love it or hated relationship” of horn loaded speakers, I started off with smooth Jazz because I’m afraid of horn drivers and gradually move on to all other music genre, first thing come to my mind was “wow! what a big sound stage” and I realize how close these sounded to real live concerts, like a concert in stadium unlike JBL Studio 530, which is also sounded like live concert but in well treated small theatre kind of concert.
First thing comes to my mind was, this is the speaker for the people who’s like to play loud and enjoy the concert like experience at their homes, this could be the only bookshelf speakers can play really loud to ear splitting level of sound pressure, these can easily fill with music in decently large room, may be up to 20’x40’.
Highs are very good, tonally accurate, cymbals and high hats are very accurate true to source instruments. I can feel the impact of lead guitar middle string notes like I felt in front row seat of live concert.
I listen to many different kind of music and steel guitar sound was as real as it can be, I don’t think highs are bright at all because sound is so real, close to hearing real instruments and doing great job by reproducing at personal listening space. I admit my ears starting to get tired after a few albums but don’t get me wrong by saying that because if you know how live concert feels like, you’ll know what I mean.
Midrange is very good but lower mid range is less pronounce than as I am use to with my reference KEF LS50 speakers, still musical to listen to, female and male vocals performance is very good, closed mic vocals sounded remarkably good and close to real live performance. Kick drum, side drum rolls and snare drum strikes are so real, only down side is it can get a bit edgy with some music.
Bass is deep,define and well pronounce but I would like to hear a little tighter bass from size of the drivers and cabinets but still very much enjoyable, I think it produces more of deeper register than upper mid bass area, with some music it may sound like V shape but more like shallow V.
Overall I enjoy my time and experience with Klipsch RP-160M speakers, newly designed horn loaded drivers are not as bright as I had experienced in the past but there is still need of more refinement can be made in order to enjoy them at home listening environment with many hours of music.
One thing I would like to mention is if you're a person who is only listen to Hard Rock or Heavy Metal this speaker is a must, it does really well with all other music but truly shine with rock because Metallica “Enter Sandman” and the whole black album (FLAC 24Bit 96K) and Dire Straits “Brothers In Arms” SACD album sounded so good that I hit the repeat button on my remote control, this is a one solid pair of bookshelf speakers that can really rock the house.
I just need a little more refinement to rate them solid five stars.
I would recommended it to anyone who would really appreciate and enjoy the dynamic realism of close to live music with minimal amount of power, thanks to high sensitivity 95db efficiency of the speakers, just pair them with decent amp they will sing the way, these may do even better with tubes than solid-state amps.
Pros: Design to handle big power, so crank them up without hesitation.
Cons: Can get edgy and bright with some music.
YouTube Sound Demo.
Speakers: KEF LS50, KEF R300
Analog: Denon DP47F w/DL-301mk2.
Digital: Marantz UD-7007 SACD/HiRes Player.
Pre & Power Amp: Parasound Halo P5 & Halo A21.
Cables: AudioQuest Gibraltar, KingCobra, BigSur & Diamondback Cables.
Power: PS Audio Detect, PerfectWave AC-12,Oyaide BlackMamba-∑ AC Cables.