NEW HEIGHTS for Klip­sch Ref­er­ence Premier

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Klip­sch has launched a new Ref­er­ence Pre­miere se­ries of speak­ers, and quite the col­lec­tion of high-ef­fi­ciency horn-happy stereo and home cinema speak­ers it is — a to­tal of 16 new mod­els, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of At­mos-en­abled height speak­ers to the range.

Klip­sch’s Michael Bu­ratto (be­low) was on hand at the Syd­ney launch to demon­strate the new range, which has been ex­panded to 16 mod­els, with the iconic Klip­sch Trac­trix horn tech­nol­ogy of course in ev­i­dence for both tweeter load­ing and in the port de­signs.

“We’ve taken the suc­cess­ful foun­da­tion of our best-sell­ing speak­ers and en­hanced them to cre­ate the hands-down, best-sound­ing pre­mium speak­ers on the planet at these price points,” said Bu­ratto, who also gave a re­cap on Klip­sch’s 70+ years in au­dio, its claim to be the world’s old­est ac­tive speaker com­pany, and the lat­est suc­cess of its long­stand­ing Trac­trix horn de­sign in de­liv­er­ing Dolby At­mos-en­abled con­tent (the At­mos-en­abled RP-8000FA is shown be­low right) thanks to the horns’ con­trolled di­rec­tiv­ity com­pared with non-horn At­mos-en­abled de­signs.

While the com­pany’s Ref­er­ence range is avail­able through chains in­clud­ing Har­vey Nor­man, the new Ref­er­ence Premier mod­els will be of­fered at se­lected Klip­sch spe­cial­ist re­tail­ers. All mod­els are avail­able in three fur­ni­ture-grade fin­ishes — ebony, wal­nut, and hand-sanded pi­ano gloss black.

Through­out the new range the pis­tonic ac­tion of Klip­sch’s ex­clu­sive Lin­ear Travel Sus­pen­sion ti­ta­nium tweeter is used, along­side the sig­na­ture ‘cop­per’ Cer­am­etal­lic woofers for low fre­quen­cies. Cast alu­minum feet re­duce res­o­nance and fur­ther en­hance the up­dated ap­pear­ance. And while we like the look of those sig­na­ture Klip­sch driv­ers and trim rings when out on dis­play, there are sturdy mag­netic grilles pro­vided for those wish­ing to soften the ap­pear­ance.

The new Ref­er­ence Pre­miere mod­els in­clude ev­ery­thing re­quired to cover both stereo and a wide range of home cinema sys­tems, with the lat­ter also in­clud­ing the com­pany’s lat­est SPL se­ries of sub­woofers.

There are five floor­stand­ing tow­ers:

• RP-8000FA Dolby At­mos-en­abled (pic­tured left, price TBA);

• RP-8000F at $3299/pair;

• RP-6000F at $2499/pair;

• RP-5000F at $1999/pair; and

• RP-4000F (price TBC).

The two new book­shelf speak­ers are:

• RP-600M at $1499/pair

• RP-500M at $1199/pair.

Five cen­tre-chan­nel speak­ers in­clude the:

• RP-504C at $1599;

• RP-500C at $1099.

And three sur­round speak­ers in­clude the:

• RP-502S $1999/pair

• RP-402S at $1499/pair.

Lastly the in­no­va­tive, dual-pur­pose RP-500SA ($1299/pair) func­tions as a Dolby At­mos-en­abled el­e­va­tion speaker or as a rear/ side wall-mount­able sur­round.

More in­for­ma­tion: www.klip­

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