Exclusive: Klipsch to take on Wireless Multi-Room Audio Giants
70 years is a long time in business, and Klipsch show no signs of slowing down yet. In a ballsy move by the U.S based company, Klipsch are set to take on the leaders Bluesound, Sonos and Heos who have already firmly established themselves in the wireless multi-room audio market.
Klipsch Stream is a brand new range, launching in Australia in December. Upon release it will include two wireless speakers, two soundbars with subwoofers, the Gate which allows you to add any existing source to your multi-room system, and finally the Powergate, allowing you to add your own speakers to the platform.
A market originally forged by Sonos, who enjoyed unrivalled success for many years has now become far more competitive with Denon and Marantz' HEOS offering, along with the world's first high-res audio multi-room system from Bluesound. The growth and popularity of wireless multi-room audio products is being enjoyed by retailers who say this category is bringing consumers back in the door. StereoNET's own review of the Bluesound Node2 is the single most downloaded article on the website for 2016.
Getting less traction in the marketplace according to retailers is Yamaha's own version dubbed MusicCast.
Steve Jain, VP of Digital, Streaming and Portable Audio Solutions at Klipsch told StereoNET:
Klipsch Stream will be a game-changer because it will finally bring the legendary Klipsch sound to multi-room audio with DTS Play-Fi technology.
Klipsch Stream devices are controlled via a free app for both Android and iOS devices.
The Klipsch Stream RW-1 wireless speaker is just 9 inches (228.6mm) high and 5 inches (127mm) wide. Klipsch says it delivers powerful performance in a small package. Klipsch’s 3/4” horn-loaded aluminum tweeter with 90° x 60° Tractrix® horn delivers crisp highs, while a 3.5" Cerametallic woofer supplies clear vocals and dynamic bass. A 30-watt powered digital amplifier embedded in each speaker rounds out the acoustic complement.
Klipsch Stream Three is a stereo tabletop system featuring two 2 x 1/4” full range drivers and a 5.25” long-throw woofer, bi-amplified for audio resolution and professionally tuned by Klipsch acousticians to deliver a premium audio experience. In addition to the active 5.25” long-throw woofer, The Three also features dual opposed 5.25” passive radiators to deliver enhanced bass reflex.
The Three includes audio input connections for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, Analog, 3.5mm miniplug, Phono Pre-Amp, and USB Type B audio. Connectivity options are plentiful; connect your turntable, computer, CD player, smartphone, or tablet and enjoy superior stereo sound from a beautifully crafted tabletop stereo system.
Klipsch Reference RSB-8 sound bar and wireless subwoofer seamlessly transform your lifeless room into a live concert venue. As part of the Klipsch Stream multi-room wireless solution, this sound bar can easily be controlled from your phone and syncs with any other Klipsch stream products for a whole-home audio eco-system.
The built-in Dolby® Digital Decoder takes over and allows Klipsch Reference soundbars to automatically reproduce detailed, high-output sound in almost any size room no matter what format of sound is coming from the TV’s output. Each soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer that you can place anywhere in your room for a optimal, thunderous bass. 2.4 GHz technology automatically connects the soundbar and the subwoofer together wirelessly.
The Klipsch Stream RSB-14 is the top-of-the-line sound bar and wireless subwoofer system. As part of the Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room system, the RSB-14 sound bar and wireless subwoofer pair with any Klipsch Stream product throughout your home to give you incredible, wireless sound in every room.
Klipsch Gate seamlessly connects your legacy audio products to the all-new Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System. Simply connect the Klipsch Gate to any audio source (CD player, turntable, etc.) to playback its content throughout your home, or plug the Klipsch Gate into a powered audio system (receiver, sound bar, stereo, etc.) to stream music directly to your speakers.
Rounding out the products that will launch in December is the Kipsch Stream Powergate. Packing a 2 x 100 watt class D amplifier, the Klipsch PowerGate can drive even the most difficult speaker. So whether you use a pair of bookshelf speakers in the office or connect a pair of Klipschorn speakers, the PowerGate will deliver.
Shelden Walker, National Audio Product and Sales Manager for Powermove, the Australian distributors for Klipsch told StereoNET:
The Klipsch Stream range has been many years in the making. The result is a well-thought out platform of products that will easily find their place in multiple areas of the home or office. With the backing and resources of the Klipsch brand, we're very excited by Stream and look forward to its success within the Australian market.
Klipsch Stream will be available from selected dealers in Australia from mid December this year. Pricing has not yet been confirmed.
For more information visit Klipsch Stream.
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