The 7 Best Klipsch Speakers of 2020

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Best Sound Quality: Klipsch RS-42 II Reference Series Surround Speaker

Beautiful design is a given when it comes to Klipsch speakers, but the RS-42 II’s sound quality is what really wows us. At 7.1 x 12.5 x 10 inches and just under 12 pounds, it’s quite compact for a living room speaker. Still, it packs a punch, delivering rich and lifelike sound. Its driver has an angled design to ensure an immersive sound experience and it contains Klipsch’s noteworthy horn-loaded tweeter design, which places the tweeter inside a flared opening to disperse the highs evenly across your listening area. The aesthetic is sleek and classy, so you won’t want to hide this away, either. 

Best Bookshelf: Klipsch R-15M Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)

The feature-packed R-15M combines the connectivity and stereo separation of a receiver-speaker setup with the simplicity of a soundbar. Toss in stellar sound quality and a bold black-and-copper design and you’ve got the perfect solution for leveling up your audio system. Klipsch's 5.25-inch Spun Copper Cerametallic Cone Woofer and one-inch horn-loaded Tractrix tweeter work together to deliver an impressive high-end response, greater extension and minimal distortion.

One of its most notable features is the built-in phono preamp, which lets you hook it up to a turntable to play vinyl. It also comes with a small remote control that’s fairly intuitive to use. Overall, the R-15M is best suited for smaller rooms and although the bass is full, adding a powered subwoofer would truly optimize the heart-thumping impact.

Best Outdoor: Klipsch AWR-650-SM Indoor/Outdoor Speaker - Granite (Each)

Designed to blend in with its surroundings, this speaker is powerful enough to rock out to. With 50 watts of power per unit and a 94 sensitivity rating, its sound can easily fill a large backyard, though if you’re in search of heart-pounding bass, you’ll likely want to add a sub. It has a 6.5-inch dual voice coil polymer woofer and dual ¾-inch polymer dome tweeters, which enable it to play both left and right stereo signals with clarity and precision.

The speaker comes in granite and sandstone ​and manages to avoid the cheesy-looking pitfall of most other rock speakers. The main drawback of ground speakers is that you need to run the wire underground, but if you’re prepared to put in the work, we can assure you, you’ll be pleased.

Best Floor-Standing: Klipsch R-26F Floorstanding Speaker (Each)

Klipsch R-26F Floorstanding Speaker

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As it turns out, you can buy happiness, Klipsch claims. Its R-26F floor-standing speaker will cost you a pretty penny, but it will up the game of your home theater system, bringing movies and music to life. With Klipsch’s notorious Tractrix horn-loaded tweeter and two 6-½-inch copper spun woofers, it delivers clear and accurate high frequencies with a solid bass response.

Measuring 39 x 7.8 x 13.5 inches and weighing nearly 42 pounds, it certainly demands a presence on the floor, but you’ll hardly complain thanks to its attractive brushed black polymer veneer finish. Owners on Amazon especially praise its solid build quality. “The quality of the speakers is obvious, down to the size and build of the little rubber feet,” one five-star reviewer wrote.

Best for Portability: Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker

With speakers, there’s typically a tradeoff between size and power, but the Klipsch Groove strikes a wonderful balance, being small enough to tote around without sacrificing too much on sound quality. Measuring 5.51 x 2.65 x 4.56 inches and weighing 1.7 pounds, it can easily be tossed in your bag, and with an eight-hour battery life, it’ll last you all day. Once its juice is drained, just charge it up via the microUSB cable. The Groove has a powerful three-inch, full-range high excursion driver partnered with dual side-firing bass radiators, which together yield enough dynamic sound to fill a large room without distortion. And on top of it all, it’s splash resistant, rated at IPX4 to withstand ocean spray and picnic showers.

Best Home Theater System: Klipsch Quintet 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System

Klipsch’s Quintet system elegantly combines premium build quality with top-of-its-class sound, all while keeping things quite compact. Considering the size, it gets surprisingly loud and delivers a warm, well-balanced sound without distortion. This makes it easy to listen to for hours on end. Each satellite features a 0.75-inch aluminum compression driver equipped with a 90 x 90-degree, square-shaped, Tractrix-flared design. Its frequency response ranges from 110 Hz to 23 kHz, so we suggest adding a subwoofer to this system for full-range performance. What makes the build quality so unique, though, is the pressure-molded composite polymer that Klipsch calls AcoustiComp and claims is “naturally dense, rigid and acoustically inert.”

Best In-Ceiling: Klipsch R-1650-C In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each)

In contrast to a floor-standing speaker that makes a statement in your space, in-ceiling speakers can be tucked away to deliver an impact with minimal intrusion. And the powerful R-1650-C speaker is especially impactful. With a 6-½-inch polypropylene woofer for crisp mids and bass, plus a coaxially mounted one-inch dome tweeter for silky highs, it makes a reliable addition to your surround sound setup.

The speaker mounting system simplifies installation, while its grilles can be painted to further disguise and are moisture-proof, making it suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. Still not convinced? Klipsch offers a limited lifetime warranty should something go wrong.