Klipsch Group Brands Aim at the High End
The Klipsch Group, whose portfolio includes the Klipsch, Jamo, Mirage and Energy brands, put its newly shipping lines on display last week, showing loudspeakers, electronics and headphones that it is marketing under the umbrella term “premium audio.”
For Klipsch, new offerings ranged from the high-end Image and Custom lines of in-ear earphones to the company’s flagship Palladium loudspeaker line, eight years in development, which pays homage to company founder Paul Klipsch’s design philosophy, said Keith Claytor, public relations manager.
The Image X10 ($349) qualifies as the world’s smallest earphone, said vice president of product development Mark Casavant. Five years of research, he said, produced a high-fidelity music reproduction tool as well as an earplug that, because it comfortably seals the ear canal, acts as a noise-cancellation device without using noise-cancellation technologies. The company offers five earbud models in the Image and Custom Series, the latter series being models that hook over the back of the ear, for physically active listeners.
The Palladium series, which debuted at CES with the P-39F tower, is a step above the company’s Reference line, and has three floorstanding models including the 39, in addition to the P-27S surround, the P-27C center channel, the P-17B bookshelf model and the P-312W subwoofer. The design was the result of a collaboration with BMW Group Designworks USA, said Casavant. On the technology side, the tower, bookshelf and center-channel speakers integrate Klipsch’s signature Tractrix horn-loaded drivers. The speakers offer a unique footprint, have hidden connection points on the bottom, beneath a raised pedestal, and are available in merlot, natural and espresso finishes. They are being made available through dealers “who have the space to show them and the auxiliary equipment to properly demonstrate them and support the design statement we’re making,” said Casavant.
In the Jamo line, the A102 HCS 5 Home Cinema System has just begun shipping, said Rune Karsbaek, director of architectural product planning. The 5.1-channel system, with four compact speakers, a center channel and a subwoofer, can be anchored by the DMR 70 upconverting DVD player-receiver with AM/FM tuner ($899 for both elements). Color coding makes speaker hookup foolproof, he added. Jamo has also added the R 907 dipolar floorstanding speaker ($10,000 per pair), with an open-back architecture that can be masked with grilles or left visible. It is available in both high-gloss black and high-gloss red.