Brand Bonanza at the Klipsch Booth
The Klipsch CES booth was packed with new and existing Klipsch, Energy and Jamo products including the Klipsch Stadium—the brand’s flagship, audiophile-grade wireless music system. The product joins the Klipsch Music Center Series KMC 3 as well as the soon-to-launch KMC 1, all of which commemorate the brand’s partnership with Live Nation Entertainment and its sponsorship of the Klipsch Music Center amphitheater in its global headquarters city of Indianapolis.
Designed to match the acoustic signature of a high-end component audio system, Klipsch Stadium ($1,999) is visually dominant yet compact, and so, is suited to many home environments. It has brushed aluminum cabinetry with soft-touch accents, and offers wireless streaming via Wi-Fi with AirPlay and apt-X Bluetooth. Klipsch Stadium was designed to grant audiophiles the convenience of portable music storage in smart devices, while also ensuring that’s accompanied by high-performance audio.
The Tractrix Horn technology used in the Klipsch Stadium speaker is said to provide sound reproduction with much less distortion than other driver designs. Its Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) tweeters, derived from Klipsch’s esoteric Palladium speaker line, further minimize distortion with a piston-like driver excursion.
The EnergyXStream M-21 multimedia speaker system was front and center as an
enhancement of sound for TV, gaming, movies and music listening. Its unique “high-powered and fully armed design” is bound to be a
conversation starter. The system is said to
provide great performance, quick setup
capability and ease of use.
Unveiled at CES also were the KG-200 and K-300 wireless gaming headsets. They are designed for use by enthusiasts who use PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PCs.
“Following the success of our bestselling ProMedia 2.1 multimedia speakers, we have undoubtedly gained the necessary expertise to bring new products to the gaming market,” said Chris Aiello, Klipsch’s headphone product manager. “For years, the focus has been on the evolution of gaming graphics, but developers and studios are now emphasizing a quality audio experience. With decades of industry-leading audio developments, our new headsets will be the quintessential audio accessory that best brings the gaming experience to life.”
Clever design factors into GiG, the brand’s smallest Bluetooth wireless speaker and latest addition to the Klipsch Music Center Series. It is small enough to fit in a briefcase, backpack or the palm of a hand. GiG provides instant wireless streaming on AptX-enabled devices. Listeners can wave an NFC-equipped music source over GiG for instant device pairing. GiG also features speakerphone capabilities, during which users can transfer, terminate or ignore calls, and even voice dial. International power adapters are included, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides an industry-best 12 hours’ play time. The included removable wrap-around bands come in a variety of colors.
The Energy Power Base is the Klipsch brand’s soundbar alternative, debuting in the Energy Power Series. Employing Bluetooth wireless technology, Dolby Digital decoding and 3D surround mode, this solution upgrades flat-panel TV sound and reproduces power. With its Bluetooth wireless technology feature, it can also be used for playback of digitally stored music.
The Jamo Custom 200 family is the latest addition to the highly acclaimed Jamo Custom Series of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. It features paintable magnetic grilles, and core technologies such as Decoupled (DTT) Tweeters and Hard Conical Cone (HCC) woofers. The Jamo 200 series is said to have revolutionized the custom-installation speaker market with audiophile-grade performance at unparalleled price points. •