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Klipsch Reference Black Center Channel Speaker - RC-42 II

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75W RMS/300W Peak/ Tractrix Horn Technology/ 1" Titanium Diaphragm Compression Driver/ Dual 4" Cerametallic Cone Woofers/ Black Finish
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Klipsch Reference Series RC-42 II Black Center Channel Speaker, Model RC42IIBK

Despite its compact size, the RC-42 II center channel speaker proudly carries on the Reference Series legacy of no-compromise audio performance. With its exceptional clarity and engaging soundstage, the RC-42 II lets you hear every word, every detail of your favorite movies. The RC-42 II is complete with our proprietary Tractrix® Horn technology which produces a unique combination of precision, clarity and effortless power. Finished in a beautiful black ash woodgrain vinyl veneer, the RC-42 II is guaranteed to complement any décor.

Key Features:

  • Smallest, most affordable Reference Series center channel
  • Boasts incredible craftsmanship and performance
  • Highly efficient design produces more output using less energy
  • Magnetically shielded drivers prevent TV interference
  • Enhanced 1" titanium horn-loaded tweeter, dual 4" high-output woofers
  • Beautiful wood-grain vinyl cabinet


  • Every Reference speaker utilizes our Tractrix® Horn technology for lifelike sound, more output using less energy, improved reliability, reduced distortion and a large soundstage with well-defined imaging
  • Our light, yet rigid Cerametallic woofer cones feature specially treated aluminum to help better dampen and prevent distortion
  • Titanium tweeter with linear travel suspension—trickle-down technology from our flagship Palladium Series—provides an open, natural sound, making you feel as if you’re in the studio with the recording artist or on the set of a film
  • Enhanced crossover frequencies offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration


  • Frequency Response: 88Hz-24KHz ± 3dB
  • Power Handling: 75W RMS / 300W Peak
  • Sensitivity: 95dB @ 2.83V / 1m
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • High Freq Crossover: 1700Hz
  • High Frequency Drivers: 1" (2.54cm) Titanium diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 60° square Tractrix® Horn
  • Low Frequency Drivers: Dual 4" (10.2cm) Cerametallic™ cone woofers
  • Enclosure Type: Bass-reflex via dual front-firing ports
  • Inputs: Single binding posts
  • Mounting: Uptilt and Downtilt feet

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 5.4"
  • Width: 16"
  • Depth: 8.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 12.6 lbs
  • Shipping: 15 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer):
    • Five years - Loudspeaker drivers, crossovers and cabinets
    • Two years - Amplifier electronics
ConnectivityBinding Posts
Frequency Response88Hz - 24kHz +/-3dB
Enclosure MaterialWood
Enclosure TypePassive Radiator
Impedance8 Ohms
Magnetic shieldingYes
Sensitivity95dB @ 2.83V / 1m
Speaker Design2-Way
Speaker TypeCenter Channel
Tweeter Size (inches)1
Woofer Size (inches)4
Height (inches)5.4
Width (inches)16
Depth (inches)8.9


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Klipsch Reference Series Black Center Channel Speaker

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Junior Center keeps up with the big boys

By Audioant67

from Santa Fe, NM

About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

Verified Buyer


  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Great Sound Quality


  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Home Theater
  • Smaller Rooms

Comments about Klipsch Reference Series Black Center Channel Speaker:

I was a bit skeptical whether this small center could keep up with my Classic Klipsch Heresy's but my cabinet was limited in space and would not accommodate the larger RC52ii. The RC42ii did not disappoint and added the center fill that was lacking between my Heresy's. The timber was very close to my Heresy's so it blended seamlessly. The sound was more expansive than I expected for such a compact center and I am very happy with this purchase, voices are intelligible and easy to understand. For those that are unsure of which speakers would blend with older Klipsch classics like the Heresy go with the reference line they blend well with Klipsch Heritage speakers. Very Happy with this purchase. I am also using the Klipsch RB41ii small bookshelf speakers for surrounds. This setup works great in a medium size room. These little baby reference speakers do not know they are small they pack a punch and play clean and detailed!

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High Quality Speaker

By Bob the Movie Buff

from Los Angeles

About Me Movie Enthusiast, Technically Challenged

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  • Attractive Design
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality


  • Heavy / Bulky

Best Uses

  • Home Theater
  • Larger Rooms

Comments about Klipsch Reference Series Black Center Channel Speaker:

I own an Onkyo 5.1 surround sound receiver and the accompanying Onkyo speakers. It is a quality receiver that I have had for a decade. However, I was having difficulties hearing the dialog in many of the action type movies with a lot of background sounds. I decided to try upgrading my center channel speaker to the Klipsch Reference Series RC-42 II to see if that would help. It did and I am very pleased with the outcome. The dialog (most important part of the movie) is now very crisp and sharp and not drowned out by other low frequency sounds. I guess it's true, you get what you pay for! Just wish I could afford to replace all my speakers with the Klipsch Reference Series. Eventually I will.

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Klipsch Reference Black Center Channel Speaker

Klipsch Reference Black Center Channel Speaker

UPC Code: 743878021974
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  • The Klipsch RC-42 II Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
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