We often hear that life is mysterious, and one of the reasons why people say that it is that way is because you never what you are most likely to face the next minute. And as such, there are trends that you just don’t see coming. A few months ago, no one would have predicted that things would take such a drastic turn for home cinema packages. 

But regardless of what life throws our way, our survival instincts will always try to redeem us from whatever challenge may occur. To win, you have to learn to outsmart and always be two steps ahead of your competitors; else, your brand, product, or service could be relegated to the background. Despite the unforeseen circumstances that have occurred so far, Klipsch’s Reference Home Cinema Package was among some of the top products that stood out from the crowd through the thick and thin.

In this guide, we will be reviewing some of the features and attributes that make Klipsch’s Reference Home Cinema Package unique. 

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Build and Compatibility

The interior design of this component is way too sophisticated to describe, but one certain thing is that at the end of the day, it will be worth any amount that you must have invested to purchase it. For instance, its left and right-front channels consist of Kitsch’s R-620F floor standers. This usually comes with the latest technology that is well fitted into its towering MDF cabinets.

Let’s look at another component, Shall we? The next component is vital, and it’s the company’s 25mm Linear Travel Suspension aluminum tweeter. This very feature uses a material that is both light and rigid in its suspension which is called Kapton. According to Klipsch, the Kapton offers high efficiency while enhancing the overall resolution and detail. Dispersion is also controlled by a striking 90 x 90mm Tactrix horn. One can locate a tractrix port on the rear of the cabinet which also supports the R-620Fs’ pair of 16.5cm Injection Moulded Graphite mid/bass drivers with a significantly low-frequency output. It’s always a thing of beauty whenever the cones driver which has a spun copper color is placed side by side against the black cabinet. 


Configuration 5.1

Atmos available Yes

Front pair Floorstanders

Back pair Bookshelf

Power 100W (subwoofer)

The Klipsch suite was tested as a traditional 5.1 system by our team of experts, but then, one also has the option of adding R-41SA Dolby Atmos Elevation Surround Speakers (£349), which is seated on rubber feet and located in your front channels.

Klipsch’s Reference Home Cinema Package equally has to surround channels that contain the R-51M bookshelf speakers. This very speaker has a striking resemblance with their floor-standing teammates. Both components were made with the same technology, but some of the things that differentiate Klipsch’s Reference from others is their small cabinet that only provides accommodation for only a smaller 13cm version of the Klipsch IMG mid/bass driver.

The speaker located at the center is virtually the most essential speaker in any home cinema package. This has made Klipsch choose four 9cm versions for their IMG driver. The IMG driver overlaps another known as the horn-aided LTS tweeters and sandwiching the entire array of Tactrix reflex front-firing ports.


The main concept that Klipsch had in mind when they chose to overload the center speaker with a host of quartet smaller drivers is to produce a portable speaker that has the shape of a sausage which can be easily fit underneath the TV that is embedded with front channels which gives the listener the chance to keep nearer to a back wall. Last but not least is the R100SW subwoofer, which is responsible for driving its own 25cm spun-copper IMG driver with a digital amplifier that outputs a maximum of 300W peak power.

 No doubt, this Klipsch’s Reference is mind-blowing, but one fact that remains is that it is not the most dominating of available subs. What makes this product knock off the rest is because it perfectly aligns with the company’s goal of creating a package that won’t take up much space. 


Klipsch Reference Home Cinema Package sound

After test running Klipsch’s Reference Home Cinema Package for a couple of hours, one thing that we can tell you is that this manufacturer does not abscond from power. The sound generated from this product is as bold and idiosyncratic as its aesthetic principle. Even when kept to a minimum, the power outputted can be felt across the room. Regardless of the rear channels having very few speakers, the R-51Ms produce an impressive sound that is quite similar to the sound produced from the R-620F towers. It is well-detailed and also has both dialogue and soundtracks that are properly textured and allows enough space for guests to have a good time on the dance floor. A hitch that we observed from two pairs of Klipsch’s stereo speakers was questionable timing and what appeared to be some form of muted dynamic reach. Not too many people would take notice of these during a film, but then the primary focus is on the units that are particularly built solely for cinema. 

The R-100SW sub and R-34C center both look as though they are detached one from the other, but with the one before it, it appears as though the low frequencies come out forced rather than punchy. 

Of the two, the R-34C center seems to be the more disappointing one in terms of performance. Yet, this speaker plays an essential role when it comes to the home cinema package holding about 90 percent of the dialogue. Despite this, it appears as Klipsch a couple of crucial miscalculations. 

We will look at some of the perceived miscalculations next. 

First, there is a level of unnecessary brightness that was added to the treble which most users say is often irritating to the ears when music is listened to at high volumes. Next, the Tactrix ports seem not to put in enough effort when it comes to increasing the mid-range sound that the quartet drivers of the R-34C offer. The better option should have been to make room for adjusting the brightness of the treble. But unfortunately, there isn’t any that is available. This package was close to taking over from the spot of the Q Acoustics’s 3050i Cinema Pack for entertainment, but then, it seems that Klipsch’s Reference doesn’t mind taking orders. That is not to say that the R-34C is not a wasted effort, absolutely not! It only appears as though it was created for a different package. 


The Klipsch Reference Home Cinema Package is a unique and highly respectable system. But what may seem to make people a bit skeptical about going for it is the fact that two of its components aren’t living up to expectations. Regardless of this, it serves you for a long time. 



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