Klipsch Horns in on Flat-Panel TVs
Today, of course, keeping up with the times means having speakers that complement flat-panel TVs. Klipsch recently debuted two new Reference Series models specifically designed to sound great while looking good next to a plasma or LCD TV. The new Klipsch RVX-54 and RVX-42 are both constructed from single-piece extruded aluminum enclosures with one-inch titanium-dome compression drivers mated to round Tractrix horns. (Klipsch matches the proprietary Tractrix horn to the high-frequency driver in order to increase efficiency and reduce distortion.) The floor-standing RVX-54 packs a row of four active 5.25-inch aluminum woofers below the high-frequency driver. The shorter, bookshelf-able/wall-mountable RVX-42 places a four-inch woofer on each side of the high-frequency driver.
Klipsch sized the 24-inch tall RVX-42 with a 42-inch flat-screen TV in mind. The slim speaker (only 4.5 inches deep) sports a dual keyhole mount - sized to fit a single-gang electrical box - on the back. There are also dual threaded inserts (for popular wall mounts or an optional pedestal base) that allow the RVX-42 to be positioned horizontally as a center channel or vertically as a front or rear satellite speaker. A built-in bass-compensation switch lets you tailor the internal crossover network to provide the optimum bass output depending on whether the RVX-42 is mounted on the wall or used on the pedestal stands.
The 49.3-inch tall RVX-54 is 6.5-inches deep (although it sits on an 11-inch x 11-inch base). Available in black or silver, they'll set you back $799 each. The RVX-42 has an MSRP of $450 each. Both the floor-standing and the bookshelf models are available in black or silver.