Klipsch Readies AirPlay Speaker, Headphone Expansion

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Indianapolis - Klipsch plans fall availability in the U.S. of its first AirPlay-enabled tabletop speaker system and an expanded headphone selection, which includes the brand's first headphone series targeted exclusively to A/V specialty stores.

The products will be displayed for the first time at this week's IFA show in Berlin.

In releasing more details about its long-awaited AirPlay speaker, the company priced the

Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air

at a suggested $549. Klipsch also revealed that the thin speaker system is not only Apple AirPlay compatible but also streams music via Wi-Fi network from handheld Android devices equipped with third-party DLNA-capable music-player apps. As an AirPlay-compatible speaker, the G-17 Air streams music from a home's Wi-Fi network, from handheld Apple iOS 4.2 devices and from a PC's iTunes application. When streaming music from iTunes, consumers can control song selection by using their Apple handheld device as a Wi-Fi remote.

The 6-inch by 16.9-inch by 3.5-inch speaker, which is also wall-mountable, is a biamplified two-way stereo speaker system with two ported 2.5-inch woofers and two 0.75-inch tweeters, which are loaded in square Tractrix Horns. Total amplification of 60 watts delivers output of 102dB in a typical room, the company said. Frequency response is rated at 57Hz to 23kHz ± 3dB, but usable bass is said to go down to 47Hz.

The speaker comes in high-gloss piano-black enclosure with a front that curves on both sides and dark-tint tempered-glass base. The speaker also features a USB port to charge handheld USB-connected Apple devices and play their music. A 3.5mm analog input connects to other portable devices to play back their music.

An included remote controls the G-17's volume, mute and power functions and track selection of USB-connected and AirPlay-connected Apple devices.

In expanding its headphone selection, the company is launching the $349-suggested

Mode M40 noise-cancelling headphones

, $99.99

Image S4A

headphones designed to control Android phones and music players, and the first Reference series of headphones, which will be the brand's first headphone series distributed only to specialty-A/V dealers.

The over-ear Mode M40 is the company's first active noise-cancelling headphone pair and is promoted as the company's most fashion-forward headphones to date. It features high-grade leather cups and uses the same durable materials used in high-end eyewear. It also comes with cloth cables. Active noise cancellation lasts up to 45 hours on a single battery, and the headphones continue to function as regular headphones without battery power.

The in-ear Image S4A headphones for Android devices enable complete music-playback and call control when connected to an Android device, including a tablet, loaded with a free Klipsch Control App. The headphone's single-button remote lets users play, pause and skip music tracks, answer and end incoming calls, and conduct a voice search. It features the same look and feel of the current Image S4. The S4A app is compatible with devices running the Android 2.1 OS and higher versions.

In launching its specialist-oriented Reference line, Klipsch is borrowing the name of its high-end Reference home speakers and putting the label on the $99.99 in-ear Reference S4, $119 in-ear Reference S4i, and $179 on-ear Reference One. All feature the Reference home speakers' copper color treatments and modified voicing that emulates Reference home speaker voicing. The S4i and Reference One feature Apple iPod/iPhone playlist and call controls via in-line three-button remote.


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