Klipsch's new RP-500M II bookshelf speakers provide detailed sound without taking up too much space. The company slightly reworked the woofer and tweeter for noticeable improvements over the previous generation. Their eye-catching copper-colored woofers and modern design make them a fun addition to your decor. The RP-500M II's versatility cannot be overstated. You can use a pair of them to rock a two-channel music setup. Or you can use them as front- or surround-channel speakers in a home theater system. In either case, their clear, dynamic sound draws you into whatever you're listening to. The 1" LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) tweeter features a vented housing to reduce standing waves that can compromise sound quality. The hallmark Tractrix® horn it's housed in has a widened mouth for better soundstaging and directivity. That means a wider "sweet spot" overall and better imaging within that sweet spot. The horn also sports a soft silicone face and a unique phase plug to keep the highs smooth and non-fatiguing. Metallic drivers aren't anything new for Klipsch speakers, but the company has made significant improvements to the motor structures behind the 500M II's cone. Each speaker's 5-1/4" woofer uses a 70% larger voice coil for greater control, speed, and accuracy. The woofers also have new aluminum shorting rings that help reduce distortion and let the drivers handle some extra power. The cabinets have a rear-firing Tractrix port that helps deepen each speaker's bass response. The port's horn shape promotes more efficient airflow in and out of the cabinet, minimizing port noise and low-frequency distortion. Since these speakers use a ported cabinet, you don't want to place them up against a wall. Instead, I recommend giving the speakers some "breathing room" by pulling them away from your wall a little. Their bass response will thank you.