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The Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140D is a good speaker system for its size and price. It delivers good sound quality with crisp highs, clear mids, and punchy bass and has great imaging and dynamics. The RP-140D also has great versatility of placement options, with four-way keyhole slots on the back and a glass tabletop stand. Additionally, it is equipped with 50W of RMS power from the amplifier and has a USB Type-B port, RCA line-in, and 5-way binding posts for connecting to a computer or other source devices.
The most ideal users for the RP-140D would be those looking for an affordable and reliable sound system with good imaging, dynamics and high-frequency response. However, the speaker is limited in bass response and lacks the power that other larger and more expensive models offer, so it might not be the best choice for those looking for a more powerful and bass-heavy sound. All in all, the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140D is a great speaker system and a good choice for anyone looking for an entry-level sound system.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140D Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.