Klipsch is a US company well-known for their speaker systems. Especially the very distinctive styling of some of their cabinets. They were founded in 1946 in Arkansas, and they still have an operational center there though they are now based in Indianapolis. They are known for producing drivers, cabinets, and sound systems for the higher end market and produce a range of middle-priced speaker systems for a variety of uses.
The RB61 Bookshelf Speakers fall into that category, and are the subject of this Klipsch RB-61 II Review.
They were bought out by Voxx International of New York, previously known as Audiovox, a US consumer electronics company in 2011.
Klipsch does spend a lot of column inches to ensure that their speakers bear a ‘made in America’ sticker. In the interest of being as accurate as possible with these reviews, we are not sure if that is a wholly accurate statement. It depends, of course, on your understanding of ‘made somewhere’ on a label.
Certainly, it appears that the majority of the components in these speakers are ‘made’ in China. They are then shipped to the US, either unassembled or partly assembled to Arkansas. They are then finally all put together as speakers.
We don’t happen to think there is anything wrong with that, although it would have been nice of Klipsch informed us of these things. There are quality operatives in China that are as good as anyone else in the world. We can see that by just how much high-end product is produced there.
A little justification…
Further, if these speakers were totally manufactured in the US from start to finish, then they would be so expensive that no one would buy them. There is, therefore, some justification for the way things are arranged.
There are people in many countries that try and insist on buying home-produced goods. America does not have a monopoly on that idea. But in today’s’ world, it is very unlikely that option exists in its purest terms. Does it matter? We don’t think so. It is about the quality of the product produced.
Need a reference?
The RB-61 speaker system is part of their ‘Reference’ speaker range. In fact, of the four models in the range, it sits at number 2, just behind the RB-81. The Reference range is what you might term very slightly high-end speakers.
As a speaker system, they will give you options for use. They will sit easily as your front-line speakers for music, but also fit nicely into a home cinema system.
Not everyone likes the Klipsch sound; it has to be said. The trademark Tractrix horn is prominent in the design. It produces a quite sharp and crisp performance even at low volume. However, we think that is a refreshing change. Some companies can go a bit ‘bass-crazy’ at times.
Let’s move on and take a closer look at the build of the RB-61…