Klipsch RP-500C Reference Premiere Center Channel Speaker - Black


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Klipsch RP-500C Center Channel Speaker

When building a home theater system, you want to pack your best technology into the center-channel speaker. While all the other speakers pipe in the music and supply the effects, the center channel must tell the story. And no centers carry the conversation better than those in Klipsch’s updated Reference Premiere line. The mid-line RP-500C leverages Klipsch’s 70-year experience with acoustic engineering and innovations such as the Tractrix 90-by-90 horn and dual Cerametallic woofers, for a center channel that pairs absolute clarity with rock-solid imaging. You hear every whisper, every shout, every syllable.


Product highlights


  • 1-inch titanium linear travel tweeter
  • 90-by-90 degree Tractrix horn for wide dispersion and high efficiency
  • New vented tweeter enclosure for low distortion
  • Dual 5.25-inch spun copper Cerametallic cone woofers with two-layer copper-wound voice coils
  • Rear-firing Tractrix bass port for augmented low frequencies
  • High efficiency (96 dB at 1 watt) and high power handling (400 watts peak) for wide dynamic range
  • Sturdy MDF cabinet with furniture-grade, scratch-resistant ebony or walnut finish
  • Anodized trim rings, laser-cut logo and satin baffles for stylish presentation with or without grille
  • Dimensions: 6.81” (H) by 18.5” (W) by 9.5” (D)
  • Weight: 18 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years

The trademark Tractrix horn


A core design element in Klipsch speakers, then and now, is the horn. Flared 90 degrees vertically and horizontally, the unique Tractrix horn acts as acoustic amplification for the high-frequency driver (a second Tractrix horn fires out of a rear bass port). The horn not only makes speakers such as the RP-500C highly efficient, but also steers the highs for precise localization of instruments and dialogue – especially important in the center channel. The Tractrix horn, molded of compressed silicon composite and fitted with a phase plug to reduce resonances, places listeners in the middle of the action or at center stage.


An upgraded tweeter


At the center of that Tractrix horn is Klipsch’s latest tweeter design, a 1-inch titanium-diaphragm driver for lightness and rigidity, with high efficiency and low distortion. The proven LTS (linear travel suspension) technology maximizes piston motion, and an all-new vented housing reduces the reflected (or standing) waves that can compromise performance.


Those iconic copper cones


Even before you power it up, you can always spot a Klipsch thanks to the emblematic copper-colored cones. The dual 5.25-inch woofers in the RP-500C are formed of Klipsch’s proprietary spun-copper Cerametallic material, which adds stiffness while subtracting weight for superior transient reproduction and high efficiency. And the rear-firing Tractrix horn port strengthens the bass further still.


A truly dynamic range


Klipsch’s horn-loading and ported design, combined with ultra-light and ultra-responsive drivers with custom coils and magnets, means that speakers such as the RP-500C can reproduce the full dynamic range of today’s movie soundtracks – and can rock the house when called for. Efficiency, paired with power-handling capability, means Klipsch speakers match the vast majority of today’s home-theater receivers and amps.


Designed to be displayed


The cabinetry is made of solid MDF material reinforced for minimal resonances, with your choice of ebony or walnut scratch-resistant finish. Combined with the unique look of copper cones, trim rings, laser-etched logo and flared horn, the RP-500C looks right at home proudly displayed right under your flat screen, with or without the attractive and flexible magnetic grille attached.



  • Frequency response: 60-25kHz +/-3dB
  • Sensitivity: 96dB @ 2.83V/1m
  • Power handling (cont/peak): 100W/400W
  • Nominal impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • Crossover frequency: 1800Hz
  • High-frequency driver: 1” Titanium LTS vented tweeter with hybrid cross-section Tractrix horn
  • Low frequency driver: Dual 5.25” Cerametallic cone woofers
  • Enclosure material: MDF
  • Enclosure type: Bass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix port
  • Inputs: Single binding posts
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 6.81" x 18.5" x 9.5"
  • Weight: 18 lbs.


    Prop 65 Warning

    WARNING: California Residents - Proposition 65. This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.