Reference Base 2022 Range Explained

The Klipsch Reference line of loudspeakers feature premium technical and industrial design characteristics, inspired by more expensive Klipsch speaker designs, but at a price that belies the sound they deliver. Tuned to work both for Hi-Fi and Home Cinema applications, Klipsch Reference Base speakers rock the house like nothing else thanks to some clever technology.

Like all Klipsch speakers, the 2022 Reference range makes use of horn technology to deliver an un-paralleled sound performance. Horn-loading allows for controlled directivity, ensuring the high-frequency energy is aimed at the listener for increased focus, dynamics, clarity and detail. Horn technology also facilities high efficiency driver operation with low-distortion, as less electrical power is required to make a louder sound. There is also Wider Dynamic Range, which makes dialogue and vocals much clearer - distinguishing clearly between the loudest and quietest sections of a performance. However, even though there is all this increased performance, the delivery is tuned with a flat frequency response, so the audio track remains exactly as the creator intended.

Cosmetically the 2022 Reference range also makes a great leap forward, compared to previous designs. There's the classicly-styled cabinet made from scratch-resistant black wood grain vinyl, with an ultra-thin border edge around the dark front baffle. The horn structure is now edge-to-edge, which improves the controlled directivity of the speaker, making for a wider, more detailed sweet spot. Meanwhile the new TCP spun-copper woofers are lighter and stiffer than previous generations and have a steeper cone then before, which allows them to create a better, more inviting sound-field than ever before. The floorstanders also have high-strength injection-moulded feet that angle the speaker back 2° for a look reminiscent of the latest RF-7 III speakers, and all models (excl. subwoofers) feature magnetic speaker grilles.

The 2022 Reference range also takes Dolby Atmos more seriously than any speakers that came before it. There's the R-40SA Atmos topper and the R-605FA floorstander with integrated height channel, but now the R-600F and R-800F speakers now have internal cabling that allows you to add the R-40SA without having to run speaker wire from the floor up-to the top of the speaker. The result is a more elegant, easier to integrate product than ever before. 


New, larger Tractrix® horn

1" aluminium tweeter

Tractrix® port on floorstanders for better air movement

Sturdy MDF construction with rigid internal bracing


Comparison Chart

If you're aware of the previous Klipsch Reference Base range and are looking for the modern equivalent, use our helpful table below to guide you in your purchase...


Old Model   Reference 2018 Model   Reference 2022 Model
R-28F > R-820F > R-800F
R-26F > R-620F > R-600F
R-24F > - > -
- > R-610F > -
R-15M > R-51M > R-50M
R-14M > R-41M > R-40M
R-26FA > R-625FA > R-605FA
- > R-34C > R-30C
R-25C > R-52C > R-50C
R-14S > R-41SA > R-40SA
R-8SW - R-8SW > -
R-10SW > R-100SW > R-101SW
R-12SW > R-120SW > R-121SW

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