January 09, 2012
| by Lisa Montgomery
Klipsch today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas introduced a prototype 2.1 speaker system that can be used also as a stand for a flat-panel TV or a piece of artwork. The console, slated for availability next winter, Hand built in Hope, Ark. where the brand was originally founded, the Klipsch Console provides plug n’ play functionality for music, movies and television, in addition to Airplay capabilities. Inputs include HDMI, optical and USB.
Although the Console looks more like a piece of furniture than a speaker setup, it’s a high-performing audio piece. It utilizes dual 90° x 60° Tractrix Horns with 1.75-inch titanium dome, high-compression drivers featuring Linear Travel Suspension (LTS),10-inch machine-spun Cerametallic woofers with folded cones and huge motor structures, and 12-inch non-resonant, woven fiberglass subwoofer drivers with large, four-layer, aluminum-wound voice coils. It is expected to output 120 decibels. “It’s akin to sitting front row center at a live concert,” says Mark Casavant, Klipsch vice president of product development.
It’s also a very sturdy and functional table, he continues. “It will have automotive-grade finishing and you can place anything on top of it and it won’t vibrate.” It measures 50 inches wide, about 30 inches tall and 18 inches deep. For added impact, the Klipsch Console can also be used as a center channel and subwoofer solution for more extensive home theater setups. It is expected to retail for around $6,000.
The Console’s AirPlay capabilities make it a relevant for today’s music listeners, says Casavant, and it’s not the only new product in Klipsch’s line to have it. In addition to the Console, Klipsch also introduced “Reliance on Apple smart devices for day-to-day activity is at an all-time high and will only continue to grow as their capabilities become more novel,” said Paul Jacobs, CEO of Klipsch.
Employing dual 1-inch tweeters with Round Tractrix horns and 2.5-inch woofers, the smaller Klipsch RoomGroove Air stereo music system ($500) was designed to deliver a lot of sound from a compact product. Housing a tuned port enclosure, the RoomGroove Air couples sonic clarity with unrivalled bass output to make the most of beloved music libraries.
The Klipsch Stadium ($1,750) was created to ensure the convenience of portable music storage is accompanied by high-performance audio. The 2.1 tabletop sound solution features dual 1-inch, horn-loaded tweeters and 3-inch midrange woofers. In addition, these components are combined with dual 5.25-inch, built-in subwoofers to ensure premier bass output and sound quality. Showcasing brushed aluminum cabinetry with soft-touch accents, the high-design Klipsch Stadium harmonizes with any size and style living arrangement.
The Groove and Stadium will be available in the fall.
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.