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You can always count on Klipsch to have a speaker type you need at a price you need it for. And if you’re looking for a pair of stereo speakers between the $1,000 and $3,000 mark, or a $6,000+ speaker package with the option of Dolby Atmos integratio­n, the latest generation of the company’s Reference Premiere series might well have just the thing.

Sitting above Klipsch’s entry-level Reference speakers, which range from $499 to $2,598, the 11-strong line-up includes models suitable for two-channel hi-fi and flexible multi-channel home cinema applicatio­ns, with bookshelf, floorstand­er, surround dipole, centre and Dolby Atmos toppers adopting price tags between $779 and $4,798. Now in its third generation, the range retains the brand’s typical style with ebony and walnut cabinet finishes housing its distinctiv­e copper drivers and Tractrix horns. As there have been several notable technical upgrades, Klipsch has added two numerals to each product name to help distinguis­h them from their predecesso­rs.

The new Reference Premiere series uses updated and larger versions of Klipsch’s proprietar­y Tractrix horn technology which the company says will enhance high-frequency response and extension while producing a wider soundstage.

Klipsch’s signature copper Cerametall­ic woofers feature an all-new design with voice coils that are 70% larger, as well as new aluminium shorting rings for improved power handling and reduced distortion. These drivers use a new motor structure that Klipsch claims delivers a better response with greater speed and accuracy, while extra bracing and division within the cabinets has been added to minimise unwanted vibrations. Klipsch says that these modificati­ons refine aspects of the range’s sound while retaining the key elements of the company’s distinctiv­e sonic signature that make it a cult favourite among its loyal fans.

Alongside these upgrades sit core components of previous Reference ranges, such as Tractrix ports with inner flares to reduce turbulence for bass frequencie­s and Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) titanium tweeters.

The system is particular­ly suited to those interested in adding Dolby Atmos to their home cinema, whether starting from scratch or upgrading an existing set-up. The flagship RP-8060FA II floorstand­ers ($4,798) include integrated up-firing speakers, while the RP-500SA II module ($1,299) with a switchable crossover can be used as both an up-firing speaker topper or a wall-mounted rear surround.

All 11 models in the Klipsch Reference Premiere series are available now in a choice of black and walnut finishes, priced between $779 and $4,798 (RRP).

For more informatio­n and individual speaker prices, contact Premium Audio on 1800 849 086 or visit www.premiumaud­

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