January 08, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
Klipsch is launching a high-end multi-room product series that wirelessly streams the company’s high-performance sound throughout the home.
The new KlipschCast family lets users “build” a superior multi-room audio system for music and movies without having to wire, cut holes or retrofit in any way.
Kicking off the series is the 2007 CES Innovations Award winning CS-700 DVD Entertainment System, a 2.1 virtual surround sound system with a wireless subwoofer.
The CS-700 serves as a hub for wirelessly transmitting CD-quality audio to not only its local subwoofer, but also other KlipschCast products such as the new RoomGroove Music Center. Sold separately, the RoomGroove (pictured) requires no wiring beyond a power cord and has a retractable iPod dock.
The CS-700 is capable of playing up to two separate sources at the same time. For example, the CS-700 can play a DVD movie in the living room, while the RoomGroove broadcasts the CS-700’s AM/FM tuner in the kitchen.
The RoomGroove Music Center utilizes dual 2.5-inch high-output woofers in a ported enclosure, premium crossover networks and dual MicroTractrix Horn-loaded tweeters. The dock accepts and charges all iPods with 30-pin connectors, and comes with all current Apple universal well inserts to accommodate multiple iPod sizes. It’s also compatible with other MP3 players via an auxiliary input.
The products can be used alone, or as a full system that wirelessly sends CD-quality music, TV or movie sound all over the house. When purchased as a package, the three-room KlipschCast system features a CS-700 and two RoomGrooves.
- Whole system: $2,000
- CS-700: $1,299.99
- RoomGroove: $349 each
- Available in April
- Uses 2.4gHz wireless technology
- Satellite speakers include shielded 3-inch woofers & 0.75-inch magnetically shielded tweeter
- Subwoofer utilizes an 8-inch down-firing woofer and 200 watts of amplifier power
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