Klipsch Speaker Line Includes Apple AirPlay

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LAS VEGAS - Klipsch came to CES to tout a new series of speakers that includes powered models equipped with Wi-Fi and Apple's AirPlay technology.

 The Gallery series also features cosmetically similar passive speakers for home theater use.

The series will be available for purchase in the spring and summer at select Klipsch retailers and klipsch.com. Prices were unavailable.

All Gallery models feature proprietary Tractrix Horn technology to deliver extended high-frequency response and constant directivity for what Klipsch called "a live soundstage experience."  All are also promoted as delivering deep bass and wide dynamic range unlike similarly sized competitors.

In addition, all models feature a high-gloss black finish designed with modern décor in mind, and all feature a small footprint.

Klipsch Gallery consists of seven speakers. Four are slim, passive models dubbed the G-12, G-16, G-28 and G-42 to indicate their height. Each can be used as a left, center, right or surround speaker.  Three wireless powered speakers, dubbed new-media speakers, are the Gallery Studio, Forum and Arena.

Apple's AirPlay technology enables home audio products to select and stream protected and unprotected songs via Wi-Fi or Ethernet directly from a PC's iTunes application. Playback can be controlled remotely from an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi.  AirPlay-enabled home audio products also stream music directly from iPads, iPods, and iPhones via Wi-Fi.

 "These passive and powered app-enabled products are a true manifestation of how audio and video content will be enjoyed in the future," said Paul Jacobs, Klipsch Group president. He called the products "transformative" and said they represent "not only the blurring of lines between whole-house audio, music, home theater, gaming and computing," but the series also delivers on the promise of simple plug-and-play technology.

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