The Good: The Klipsch RB-41 II bookshelf speaker produces great non-fatiguing sound. Their small size makes placement easy in most rooms. Has surprisingly good bass for it’s size.

 

The Bad: Doesn’t have the bass extension of larger speakers

 

Summary: The Klipsch Reference RB-41 II speakers are impressive and are ideally suited for small home theaters. Although small, they have a balanced full sound. There are bigger speakers that can dig deeper, but at this price and this size you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value.

 

The Klipsch RB-41 II bookshelf speakers are the most diminutive speakers in Klipsch’s reference line-up. Measuring only 8.7 inches H x 5.6 inches W x 7.8 inches deep, you wouldn’t expect much from these little bookshelf speakers however, you’d be wrong. The old saying that good things come in small packages couldn’t be more true.

Klipsch Reference RB-41-II Bookshelf Speakers

 

Klipsch Reference RB-41 II Appearance & Features

The Klipsch Reference RB-41 II speakers which weigh only 6 lbs, are lightweights in the speaker department. However, their small size and lack of heft means placing them in your room is a cinch.The Klipsch 41’s come in only one finish, black ash. While personally I like the black ash, it would have been nice to see other finish options available such as cherry.  When we took them out of the box, the one thing we noticed was that despite their small size the RB-41 speakers felt solid. Pulling off the grill revealed the signature style that Klipsch is known for. The Klipsch RB-41 II uses a 1-inch titanium horn loaded tweeter and a 4-inch cerametallic cone woofer. The copper colored cones really make the 41’s standout. Usually I like the cleaner look with the speaker grills on however, with the Klipsch 41’s I actually liked the look of speaker with the grill off and copper cones exposed.

 

RB-41 II Performance

The Klipsch RB-41 II speakers look good, but how do they sound? In a word, surprisingly good. With the 1-inch titanium horn tweeter, we expected highs to be represented well, and they were. Many people think horn’s have a harsh sound, but the 41’s had detailed high’s without being overly bright. Mid-frequencies were also well represented. For music reproduction, the Klipsch Reference RB-41’s had a very balanced sound. The bass output on the 41’s is what surprised us the most. For speakers this size you don’t expect much however, in the case of the RB-41’s they had good bass output. Keep in mind, these speakers won’t produce thunderous bass, but they do provide a nice thump. At high volumes they never broke a sweat.

 

Conclusion

Overall, the Klipsch Reference RB-41 II speakers are a great value. Although, they’re the smallest in Klipsch’s Reference line, these things aren’t lacking in sound quality. They have a great balanced sound that works for all types of music genre’s. They don’t have the bass output of larger speakers, so if you like hard heavy bass you may want to look at something a little bigger. Despite this, they still have nice punchy bass. Based off of our listening tests these would work great for a small stereo room or home theater. For a home theater they could work as front mains, but they’re probably better suited for surrounds. Either way you can’t go wrong.

 

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