By Lisa Johnston
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Indianapolis — Klipsch Group is expanding its selection of Klipsch Music Center speakers with its lowest-price model to date, the $199 Klipsch Music Center Gig.
The new model, due in stores in early November, is a Bluetooth-only portable AC/DC model that joins two other AC/DC Bluetooth-only models in the series. They are the $299 Klipsch Music Center KMC1 and $399 Klipsch Music Center KMC3. Bluetooth is also a feature of the AC-only $1,999 Klipsch Music Center Stadium, a triamplified stereo speaker with Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, USB compatibility with Apple mobile devices, and optical digital input.
The Klipsch Gig is the smallest of the speakers, measuring 3.6 inches by 7 inches by 2.1 inches and weighing 1.4 pounds. The system features dual 1-inch full-range drivers, dual 2-inch passive radiators, DSP-based equalization, AptX audio decoding, nearfield communications (NFC) for tap-to-pair functionality, 3.5mm aux in, hands-free speakerphone capability and international power adapters for AC operation.
Its built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers 12-hour playback time with default volume and four-hour playback time at maximum volume.
Performance specifications include 77Hz to 20kHz frequency response with “usable” bass down to 64Hz, 96dB SPL at 0.5 meters, and 2x5-watt RMS amplification with 20-watt total peak power.
The speaker features a silicone chassis in black or white and perforated metal grille. Optional removable wraparound bands in a variety of colors will be available on Klipsch.com.
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