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Klipsch R-10sw Review

Klipsch r 10sw
Klipsch R-10sw
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Formed In 1946, the German company Klipsch Audio has been among the top tier names of the sound equipment industry. They are considered as big competitors in the speaker and subwoofer market.

Nowadays, space is money, and the price of most luxuries increase as the size of said luxury decreases making it more convenient to use.

There exist those who prefer sound quality over spatial convenience. The Klipsch Audio R-10SW subwoofer offers a great low-cost product that is compact, and it is powerful enough to satisfy audiophiles. So, let’s go deeper into the R-10 SW review.


Design is and has always been a primary attraction for any Klipsch product. The homogeneity in the design scheme gives the users a sense of attachment to the brand name of Klipsch.

This introduces a lack of user allowed modification and personalization to the look, but the standard Klipsch bold Black and Copper look, after the several decade trial period, has now been personified by the company.

Klipsch reference 10 follows the same dynamic. From a purely aesthetic point of view, the R-10SW looks like any other Klipsch speaker. It has a simple yet stylish design.

The cabinets are firm and made of quality MDF, covered by black vinyl. The front face of this speaker is designed in a way that makes it look like it’s genuinely floating.

The copper spun IMG subwoofer being the main attraction. Covering most of the front, the 10-inch subwoofer adds a “BOOM” to the bass of the reference 10.

The subwoofer set stands at the height of 14-inches, a depth of 15.7–inches and a width of 12.5–inches, making it a rather portable addition to one’s system. The item weighs a mere 25 pounds, adding to the portability.


Let’s take a look at the Klipsch R-10SW’s specs

Connectivity: The R-10SW was made to be a companion subwoofer. It goes along with all products from the Klipsch Audio Ecosystem. Its main function is to add bass to the 5.1 system. Hence it is compatible with the entire range of speakers.

IMG Woofer: The Injection Molded Graphite or IMG woofer, is the main feature component of the reference subwoofer designed to give the R-10SW an outstanding deep and natural low-frequency response with minimal cone breakup, giving the bass response of the speaker a BIG punch.

This module is perfect for floor standing speakers’ systems, being a companion, it supports all other Klipsch 5.1 systems. The size of the woofer is a very humongous 10-inches, which gives the user more bass than one could get at such a price. The punchy solid bass makes this model perfect for larger sized rooms where room acoustics are not that necessary for a good sound.

All-Digital Amplifier: The built-in all-digital amplifier delivers ample power with high efficiency and true-to-source accuracy in reproduction. All-digital amplifier delivers 300 watts of dynamic power, which is more than enough for small scale to large sized rooms.

Front-Firing Driver: The high-performance driver provides deep bass and placement flexibility.

Low Pass Crossover and Phase Control: Allows you to blend the subwoofer’s low-frequency tones with other Klipsch speakers as well as establish the ideal level of bass.


The Klipsch R-10SW proudly carries a price tag of around $170, which is pretty cheap for the specs provided. With the included international warranty at its helm, the speaker becomes a good investment.

The price factors as a big selling point for the R-10SW. For those who buy such companion sets, a reasonable price is almost always a requirement. These Subwoofers fall in the more reasonable end of the spectrum in the field of world-renowned audio. Klipsch audio keeps its promise of providing amazing speakers at affordable prices.


  • Black and copper design that fits easily in settings
  • A not so large case that helps in the bendability of the subwoofer
  • Removable grill for versatility
  • The R-10sw has an amazing, powerful bass response that delivers a solid kick.
  • The 10-inch woofer provides a seismic level bass that is good with low-frequency volumes.
  • The R-10sw is compatible with all other Klipsch audio systems.
  • Durability is a given when one invests in a set of Klipsch speakers, and the R-10sw keeps that promise.
  • The speakers have an impeccable build, so they make for a good long-term investment.


  • The set is just a companion, it is not a complete set.
  • The lack of colors available and types of modifications given.
Klipsch r 10sw
Klipsch R-10sw

What’s in the Box?

  • The subwoofer
  • Warranty
  • Cables
  • Instruction manual


Yes, this type of product is indeed meant for a specific type of user base, but it is much more than that. The R10SW is perfect if one aims to attain a 5.1 system. The company claims itself that this subwoofer is good for 5.1 Richter scale earthquakes, which is a bold statement.

This speaker is for the pros, but it works for the beginner audiophiles too, those who need an entry into the 5.1 system, for that it has all the features and facilities an excellent professional companion subwoofer should have.

The price tag, being at $170, is relatively cheap for the product given. So, the drawbacks of the R-10SW are always hidden because of all the other great features. Hence for all levels of audiophiles and those with a craze for bass who crave the boom, this is the best addition that has graced the current market.

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