Klipsch R-41M Bookshelf Speakers review
Klipsch is a well-known brand, especially in the world of audiophiles. And there are divided opinions about the sound of their speakers. Some think they are loud and lack refinement; others love their dynamics.
For many years, the Klipsch R-14M and R15M had one of the top places among the best-selling low-cost bookshelf speakers. Their successors in the R-series are Klipsch R-41M and R-51M. The difference between these two speakers is in size and power. R-51M is bigger and more powerful.
- Loud for the size
- Amazing for home theater
- Fantastic audio performance
- No deep bass without a subwoofer
The Klipsch R-41M speaker has a simple and excellent design that is recognizable for Klipsch.
The cabinet is build of MDF with textured vinyl wood finish, which is scratch-resistant and looks even better with the copper woofer on the front side. The MDF construction is reinforced to reduce the speaker’s vibration and, with that, the distortion of the sound.
The speakers’ size is 11.4 x 5.75 x 7.9 inches (HWD), while the weight is 7 lbs each.
Grilles come with the speakers, and they are magnetic, so easy to put on or remove. Also, there are eight silicone pads for the speakers’ bottom corners to stabilize the speakers and reduce the bass vibrations once placed. It is especially beneficial in case they stand on a wooden surface.
Once you remove the cloth grilles, underneath, you will find a 1-inch LTS tweeter placed in a 90 by 90-degree Tractrix horn and a 4-inch copper spun IMG woofer. On the lower part of the tweeter, there is the Klipsch logo. The tweeter is LTS (Linear Travel Suspension), which means its design minimizes distortion and provides more detailed performance. The high resolution and efficiency are due to the Kapton aluminum blend’s material, light and rigid.
The Klipsch R-41M has five-way binding posts, ensuring a secure connection for many different cables and connectors. These five-way binding post terminals are compatible with banana plugs (single or dual), pin connectors, spade-lugs, and bare wire. If you want to use the banana plugs, you need to remove two plastic caps first.
The speakers are rear-fired, so one needs to consider this if placing them next to or mounting them on the wall. Too little space in between might cause muffled bass.
The Klipsch R-41Ms do not have Bluetooth connectivity. If you like to have this option in your speakers, a newer model of these speakers is available, called R-41PM, with enabled Bluetooth.
The tweeter and the woofer can handle 50 watts of continuous power, and the peak power handling is 200 watts. The speakers have 90dB sensitivity. The frequency range is 68 Hz-21 kHz.
If you use these speakers as front speakers in a home theater, Klipsch recommends they be 6 to 15 feet apart. For best stereo imaging, the listening position should be 1 to 1.5 times the speakers’ distance.
If you use them as surround speakers, they should be 5 to 7 feet above the floor.
You can’t connect the Klipsch R-41M directly to the computer without an amp or AV receiver, so consider that in case you want to use them with your computer.
The warranty for these passive speakers is five years by Klipsch.
Sound quality of Klipsch R-41M
The speakers have excellent sound despite the fact of only four-inch drivers. The highs are bright and crisp, and the mid-bass is good. They can’t go lower because of their frequency range. So if you prefer deep bass, you should consider connecting a subwoofer. Nevertheless, even on its own, the copper woofer still has an impressive output.
The LTS tweeter does his job perfectly by reaching high volumes and still providing details.
The best results from Klipsch R-41M come at higher volumes. Most people think that their optimal environment is a home theater, and despite being the smallest in the series, they still manage to beat some more expensive rivals.
If you consider the soundstage of the R-41M, their primary design is for a central listening position and not so much for spreading the sound evenly across the room. That’s why they are perfect as desktop speakers or for home theater.
The Klipsch R-41Ms are small speakers with only four-inch woofers, but they have a more prominent sound appearance. They even give an impression of much larger speakers.
If you are a bass addict and the lower end seems to be missing, you can fix it with a subwoofer.
R-41M is a better version of the older R-14M and more loud with improved bass. But it is not better than the discontinued R-15M model, which costs more or less the same.