January 23, 2009 by Rachel Cericola
With the economy hovering around the toilet rim, it’s difficult to consider some new audio purchases. Klipsch wants to change that way of thinking, with three new recession-priced home theater packages.
All three are 5.1 systems, which include left, center and right front channels, two surrounds, and one powered subwoofer.
The HD Theater 1000 ($899.99) has five identical speakers, each with dual 2.5-inch fiber composite woofers and a MicroTractrix Horn-loaded 0.75-inch aluminum dome tweeter. Standing 8.6 inches tall, each one can be set on a stand (not included) or wall-mounted. The subwoofer employs a 10-inch fiber composite driver and digital hybrid subwoofer amplifier.
Nestled in the middle of the line is the HD Theater 500 ($599.99). Each of the front and rear speakers has a 2.5-inch IMG woofer and a MicroTractrix Horn-loaded 0.75-inch aluminum dome tweeter inside. The center channel, however, has dual woofers. This set includes a Class D subwoofer amplifier and down-firing 8-inch driver.
Last, but not least, is the HD Theater 300 ($399.99). That setup’s main and surround speakers include a 2.5-inch IMG woofer and a 0.75-inch MicroTractrix Horn-loaded textile tweeter in each. The center channel is almost the same, except it’s magnetically shielded. This also has a Class D sub amplifier and a down-firing 6.5-inch driver.
Even if you have the cash for something more extravagant, Klipsch can still make a nice system. I am thinking about checking out one of these setups for myself.
The HD Theater 1000 will launch in February, with the 500 coming in March and the 300 in April.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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