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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