Klipsch Jumps Into Wireless Multiroom Audio
The Klipsch Stream line comprises six two soundbars, a compact wireless speaker, a tabletop system, an amplifier, and a wireless adapter for existing products—all app-controlled and based on the DTS Play-Fi platform, which supports high resolution streaming over Wi-Fi.
The elegant, retro-styled Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three tabletop stereo system ($399), featuring real wood veneer (walnut or black ash) and copper switches and knobs, “blends the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies.” The 60-watt system pairs a 5.25-inch woofer with two 2.25-inch full-range drivers, supports Bluetooth streaming, and has RCA line-in/phono (switchable), 3.5mm auxiliary, and USB Type B inputs. The system can be used on its own or integrated with other Play-Fi systems in a multiroom setup.
The 40-inch-wide RSB-8 ($499) and 44-inch-wide RSB-14 ($699, shown) soundbars are 4K/Ultra HD-ready, support Bluetooth streaming, and have HDMI, optical, and RCA input plus an HDMI output. Both models have two 0.75-inch Tractrix horn-loaded textile-dome tweeters with 2.75-inch woofers (two for the RSB-8, four for the RSB-14) and include a wireless subwoofer with a 6.5- and 8-inch woofer, respectively.
Designed for use wherever you want music, the RW-1 ($249) is a slender 9-inch-tall two-way speaker with a 30-watt amplifier and top-mounted controls for power, volume, and mute; two RW-1s can be paired for stereo.
The Klipsch Gate wireless adapter ($179) enables legacy sources (CD player, turntable, etc.) to be part of a wireless audio system and has a stereo minijack output for routing audio to an AV receiver, amplifier, or set of powered speakers.
In addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the PowerGate 2 x 100-watt class D amplifier ($499) supports 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog conversion and has optical, switchable RCA line-in/phono, and USB Type B inputs.
All Klipsch Stream products can be controlled via the Klipsch Stream app or the DTS Play-Fi app, both available for iOS, pending approval, and Android. A Kindle version of the Klipsch Stream app will be available in 2017.
Supported streaming services include Pandora, Tidal, SiriusXM, iHeart Radio, and Napster.
For more information, visit klipsch.com.