Are Klipsch speakers any good?

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If you’re looking at getting a new set of speakers, then you’ve undoubtedly come across Klipsch. They’re one of the most popular choices for speakers at the moment, and aside from Polk, they’re probably one of the bestselling too. But are Klipsch speakers any good, or are there better options available on the market?

Depending on who you ask, you’ll probably get different opinions on whether Klipsch speakers are really good or just average. You’re rarely going to find people who say Klipsch speakers are terrible, and if they do, it usually means they’re audiophiles who are super pretentious about sound. As an audiophile myself, I’d say that Klipsch speakers are of a decent quality, and there’s few reasons why that is.

Are Klipsch speakers any good?

The answer is that Klipsch speakers are definitely considered as good. They’re a little bit more expensive than other speakers, but for their quality, you’re definitely getting a pretty decent deal. Their speakers are around the mid range when it comes to both price and quality.

Klipsch speakers are one of the older and most prestigious speaker brands around. They were founded just after the second world war, so they’ve been around for a good while now. They are fairly popular both in the United States, but also all throughout Europe as well.

Klipsch speakers all tend to use the exact same design, which is what has set them apart from other speakers throughout the years. They use a horn tweeter, which as you might have guessed, makes horns and brass instruments in general sound more realistic. They’re ideal for higher frequencies, which is why Klipsch speakers are often recommended for dealing with higher frequency sounds (like films and certain genres of music).

Klipsch are generally considered as the high range budget speaker. To the entry level hobbyist, they might seem quite expensive. But if you compare them to some speakers, then they are actually affordable in comparison. So, the majority of their products sit at the top of the premium budget range, and though they do sell more expensive speakers too, this is really where they specialise.

The main reason that I think Klipsch speakers are a good choice for the majority is they sound extremely clear. They sound very good in comparison to speakers of a similar price, so they’re worth considering if you’re looking for a new set of speakers.

Klipsch Speakers – Pros and Cons

If you’re getting some Klipsch speakers, then it’s worth checking out the pros and cons of the brand beforehand. Like all brands, there are some good things about their speakers, and also some not so good things as well.


  • Good quality – These are undoubtedly some of the better quality speakers that you’re going to find around. There aren’t many other brands around that you can get that are premium but still generally affordable. They make some in wall speakers, quality ceiling speakers and pretty much everything you need to fill your entire house with Klipsch.
  •  Great for high frequencies – Due to the way that these kinds of speakers are designed, they’re undoubtedly some of the best speakers for dealing with high frequency sounds. 
  • Wide range of products – Another thing to consider with Klipsch speakers is that you’re going to get a really wide variety of different speakers to choose from. They make some awesome


  • Not cheap – Depending on who you ask, different people will give you different verdicts regarding whether Klipsch speakers are really worth it. Some people think that brands like Polk are much cheaper, and you don’t see much of an increase in quality. Personally, I think there’s quite a big jump going from Polk to Klipsch, but if you’re on a budget, Klipsch still make some good speakers too.
  • Need to buy all Klipsch – Once you start buying Klipsch speakers, you’ll need to set up with pretty much all Klipsch speakers. They have a signature design, which look great and unique. So, it’s better if you stick to one brand throughout your living room.
  • Not for everyone – If you get the chance, you’ll want to go and listen to Klipsch speakers at the store. They aren’t the same sound as your standard speakers, and because of the horn tweeter, they may sound a little different to some people. It worth listening to them and finding out whether they’re right for you.


Overall, you’ll find a variety of Klipsch products to pick from. Whilst the cheaper Klipsch products generally represent the premium range of the budget speakers, they do have more expensive speakers if you’re looking to spend more on a speaker system.

But for those with a set budget, Klipsch speakers are generally considered as a pretty decent choice. Of course, you have other brands like Polk who produce home audio equipment (like surround sound and center channel speakers) that are also worth considering, especially if you’re on a tighter budget.

If you want speakers that are relatively affordable at a fairly low price, then looking at Klipsch speakers is undoubtedly a good idea. They provide an excellent compromise between both value and performance.

16 thoughts on “Are Klipsch speakers any good?”

  1. I have had a pair of Klipsch RP-250F as frontals for my stereo system for one year now, they replaced a pair of Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 which replaced a pair of B&W CM8, and, honestly, the Klipsch ones sound better, more realistic and their sensitivity is higher so you do not need a lot of watts to make them deliver considerable SPL with a lot of detail and clarity. Entry level audiophile quality at hifi Premium price. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  2. I Have a pair of kg4’s. Stock and original from 1984. Voice and instruments are the sharpest ive heard from “affordable” speakers. Placement in the room is really important with any speaker which has a passive woofer. They look very classy as well.

    • You’re not the first person to say that and you definitely won’t be the last! Whilst a lot of us love Klipsch, they definitely have their fair share of haters – primarily because like you, they find them too harsh.

  3. Most of the speakers I’ve had with horn tweeters have been high sensitivity and detailed but somewhat sibilant in the highs. I’d expect these to sound more refined though than my Piezo, Eminence APT80 and also the 1″ compression driver in wooden horn PA speakers though. I’ve heard dome and paper cone tweeters sound sibilant although usually the crossover is to blame. I do find horn tweeters to have the headroom to give clean crisp sound at loud levels without getting mushy and losing the very top end, although it’s partly the ears that desensitise to the top end also if you’re playing very loud.

  4. I have enjoyed my Klipsch Cornwall lls since my wife gifted them to me on my 45 birthday in 1987. Over the previous years I had tried everything from B&Ws, to Bose 901s to KEF, etc. including my favourite of the 60s and 70s, an AR system including the AR3s. (Still have the electronics and tt, the AR3s were stolen). Let me tell you straight out, there is nothing in the marketplace that would entice me to replace my Cornwall’s. Nothing! As my hearing acuity is slightly diminished, I appreciate the highs of the CWs more.

  5. I agree with you. I have a pair of Kg4 for 34 yrs. They sound just as good today as they did 34 yrs ago. But they need some help from a pair of rear speakers to make them sound better. The bass is weak until you turn up the volume then bass will come alive. Placement, raise them off the floor with a angle maybe 30 degrees inward. Place on a hard surface for a better response.

  6. No matter how expensive or how cheap, I’ve learned by reading the comments that people will always be for and against all companies. If YOU like it that is what’s important! I just bought my first pair of Klipsch speakers, the R-51PM powered stereo speakers which I will be using for blu-ray, tv and music. They will be delivered next Monday and I’m really excited on my first experience with Klipsch. It’s a bit of a gamble since I have not to my knowledge heard Klipsch speakers before but according to my online research, I think chances are I will love them.

    • I understand your excitement and hopefully, you will be as pleased as I was. I ordered a pair of Klipsch RP600M. I based my decision on hearing previous Klipsch models, reading overwhelmingly positive reviews, and sound demos on Youtube. Can I say, they have exceeded my expectations. I LOVE THEM!!! They have a great soundstage, the music reproduction is lush, detailed, and multi-layered. So to answer the question “Are Klipsch speakers any good?” Hell yeah!

  7. I’ve been rocking my F2 floorstanders for 13 years now and wanna be buried with them. If I outlive them, I could never buy another brand. Thanks PWKlipsch !

  8. I have high hopes in Klipsch. The only product I’ve tried to far is a $70 pair of earbuds, and they sounded better, cleaner, and seemed to cover a broader frequency spectrum than a $400 Beats headphone. And that was an original beats by dre headphone. Not the crappy Apple version.

  9. bought a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX system for my new iMac, amazing sound, very happy…. I will be outfitting the rest of my systems with Klipsch speakers as well…

  10. Kilpsch Heritage line are absolutely high-end, audiophile speakers. Klipsch gets a bad rap though because of all the entry/mid level speakers they sell on Amazon.

    • Actually the Reference Premier is a highly respected line of speakers. I have a pair of “Limited Edition” piano black RP250F towers. They are a small tower with titanium vented horn and twin 5″ mid-woofers. I run them with a 12in Klipsch sub and 2 mono Rotel power amps (the stereo part of my Onkyo TXNR828 HTR).
      I have had many high end speakers in my time, but with the Rotel “mono blocks” these speakers blow away many that are 4x the price.
      Matching Klipsch speakers with the right power is very important to remove the “harsh” sound many complain of.


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