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Klipsch Puts 8 Products into New Reference Speaker Lineup
The new line includes six passive home theater speakers and two subwoofers.
July 25, 2014 by Rachel Cericola

Klipsch has been full of announcements this week. First, the company debuted plans to pull all of its speaker and headphone products under the Reference Unity strategy. Next, came a new soundbar. Now, we are ending the week with eight new speakers, known as the Klipsch Reference Series.

The new Reference lineup includes two floorstanding towers (R-28F and R-26F), two monitors (R-15M and R-14M), one center channel (R-25C), and one surround (R-14S). The line will also have two subwoofers, the R-10SW and the R-12SW.

Available with a brushed black polymer veneer finish, each Reference speaker has Klipsch’s own Tractrix Horn technology, Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) aluminum tweeters, and Injection Molded Graphite woofers. The two subs have a black polymer veneer finish, lightweight Injection Molded Graphite woofers, and a built-in all-digital amplifier.

The R-28F floorstanding speaker is the biggest option, designed for medium and large rooms. The enclosure measures 42-by-9.5-by-15.7 inches, and packs in a 1-inch aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter and two 8-inch copper-spun high-output IMG woofers. The R-26F floorstanding speaker is more for small to medium rooms, with a 1-inch aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter and two 6.5-inch copper-spun high-output IMG woofers. This one measures 39-by-13.5-by-7.8 inches.

The R-15M monitor speaker boasts big sound from a small (12.5-by-7-by-8.11-inch) footprint. For both small- and medium-sized rooms, the R-15M has a 1-inch aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter and a 5.25-inch copper-spun high-output IMG woofer. The R-14M monitor speaker is very similar, but bumps the woofer down to one 4-incher. Measuring 9.75-by-5.88-by-7.5 inches, this one also works best in small or medium rooms.

The lone center channel in the lineup is the R-25C. Designed to deliver crisp dialogue and precise imaging, this model measures 7.25-by-17.75-by-7.25 inches. That cabinet includes a 1-inch aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeter and two 5.25-inch copper-spun high-output IMG woofers.

The one surround option is the R-14S, which measures 6.66-by-15-by-6.5 inches. Promising to put you right in the middle of the action, this model has two 1-inch aluminum Linear Travel Suspension horn-loaded tweeters and a 4-inch copper-spun high-output IMG woofer.

Rounding out the lineup are the two subwoofers. The R-10SW has a 10-inch copper-spun front-firing woofer and an all-digital amplifier that can do 300 watts of dynamic power. The R-12SW bumps that up to a 12-inch woofer and an amp that can deliver 400 watts.

According to the announcement: “These products represent the initial and entry-level series in what will be a tiered approach to Reference home theater speakers to be completed in 2015.”

Klipsch is shipping the new Reference models now. The floorstanding speakers are priced between $698 and $898, the monitors are $199 to $249, and the surrounds are $279. All of those are sold in pairs, while the center channel is priced at $249 and the subs will sell between $349 and $449 each.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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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