New Klipsch Reference monitors bring balance and power

Henley Audio has announced the UK launch of the Klipsch R-40PM and Klipsch R-50PM. As powered speakers, each new model integrates amplification, meaning no need for an external amplifier. Simply plug the pair’s active (right) monitor into a power outlet, join the two speakers using the supplied cable, and stream via Bluetooth. You can connect additional sources, such as a CD player or TV, via the right speaker’s rear panel’s range of inputs, which includes 3.5mm, optical, and USB. The R-40PM and R-50PM also have a phono preamp, so vinyl fans can plug a turntable straight in and spin their record collection.

The two new powered models join the passive R-40M and R-50M in the US maker’s recharged Reference speaker series. Building on the outgoing R-41PM and R-51PM powered designs to unleash even greater performance, enhanced bass is a pivotal upgrade to the latest monitors. The R-40PM reaches down to 60Hz, while its R-41PM forebear recorded 76Hz.

The R-50PM plumbs 55Hz, up against the R-51 PM’s 68Hz threshold. To help deliver this bigger, more impactful bass response, Klipsch has increased the cabinet depths of the new models: the R-40PM is 28% deeper than the outgoing model, and the R-50PM adds 27%. Height and width stay nigh on identical, and the new designs remain compact enough to suit numerous placements, including desktops and shelves, yet large enough to generate a room-filling, stereo sound.

Both models feature a new, larger edge-to-edge proprietary Tractrix horn design that provides improved coverage, bandwidth, and directivity control. Expect enhanced control of where you want the sound to go in your room. Klipsch steps up the visuals, too – see that new ‘beauty bar’ between the 25mm linear travel suspension (LTS) tweeter and spun copper, thermoformed crystal polymer (TCP) woofer – and the absence of visible fasteners. Pretty smart. And, while primarily out of sight, the speaker’s rear panel receives a new text colour for better readability. Klipsch upgrades the speaker terminals, too.

Key features of the R-40PM and R-50PM powered monitors include:

• Dynamic Bass EQ: the monitors feature a dynamically controlled low-frequency response that optimises bass performance in real-time, ensuring perfect bass regardless of the volume level

• Flexible connectivity: options include Bluetooth wireless, optical, RCA, USB, and a 3.5mm

• Integrated powerful amplification: the R-40PM supplies 70W total system power, and the R-50PM packs 120W

• Klipsch premium drivers: the R-40PM features a 100mm TCP woofer and a 25mm LTS aluminium tweeter, while the R-50PM has a 130mm TCP woofer and the same 25mm tweeter

• Phono preamp: add a turntable and immediately play records through the Klipsch speakers

• Modest footprint: the trim design of the R-40PM and R-50PM makes them a perfect fit for any space, and there is no need for an external amplifier

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