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Klipsch Launches 5th-Gen Reference Series

8/19/2010 12:26:52 PM Eastern
Indianapolis - Klipsch's new 17-SKU Reference II series of in-room speakers is the first of multiple introductions that the company will unveil in the coming weeks, the company promised.

KlipschThe launch of the Klipsch-branded Reference series follows last month's launch of the company's Jamo-branded D 500 THX Select2 speaker and Jamo D 600 THX Ultra2 speaker.

The fifth-generation Reference series consists of five floorstanding towers priced from a suggested $549 to $3,198 per pair, four bookshelf models priced from $279 to $798 per pair, four center channels priced from $229 to $1,299 each, and four surround speakers priced from $329 to $1,198 per pair. They're available in black ash or cherry wood and vinyl veneers.

All speakers feature a new crossover system and re-engineered drivers, including an upgrade to the company's proprietary Tractrix Horn tweeter technology and new lightweight, rigid Cerametallic woofers.

The new Tractrix horn tweeters feature a new suspension system and titanium compression drivers, both intended to work together to reduce distortion and provide an open, natural soundstage, the company said. The design already appears in the company's step-up Palladium flagship series. Tractrix Horn technology also delivers high efficiency, improved reliability, a wide soundstage, and well-defined imaging, the company noted.

  The Cerametallic woofers feature aluminum drivers specially treated to improve damping and thus reduce distortion and tighten bass response, the company said.  Reengineered crossovers offer smoother on-axis and off-axis integration.

The four surround speakers add the company's Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST), said to reproduce localized and ambient sounds with maximum dispersion and allow for greater placement flexibility.

The new line also features several cosmetic upgrades, including new black-metallic finished baffles, machined Cerametallic woofers, new logos and rounded feet, which protrude to give the cabinets a slimmer look. The feet feature new copper accents that match the line's copper-colored woofers.

All models are said to live up to the four design principles of company founder Paul W. Klipsch: high efficiency with low distortion, controlled directivity, flat frequency response, and wide dynamic range.
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