Klipsch has launched the Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System. Expanding into the wireless multiroom audio segment, Klipsch Stream distributes high-resolution audio wirelessly from streaming internet sources, locally stored content, and traditional audio sources. The Klipsch Stream app, available on iOS and Android, provides users full control of all their music from any device to any room.
The Klipsch Stream system consists of six products, all featuring the DTS Play-Fi technology for high-resolution wireless multiroom streaming over a Wi-Fi home network. Products include two sound bars (RSB-8 and RSB-14), a wireless speaker (RW-1), a tabletop stereo system (The Three), and two legacy source converters (Gate and PowerGate).
“The new Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System leads our commitment to innovation in the wireless multiroom audio market with a full-fledged offering of products providing high-resolution audio,” said Paul Jacobs, president and CEO of Klipsch. “Throughout the product line we have incorporated new and existing Klipsch technology to bring the consumer Klipsch signature sound in every room of their house.”
All 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 beginning in 2017.
Among the new products are two Reference soundbars that feature Play-Fi technology and can be part of the Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio system. All new Klipsch Reference soundbars feature HDMI input(s) and output with the ability to pass a 4K Ultra HD video signal, as well as HDMI-ARC and CEC. Additional inputs include Bluetooth, optical and RCA.
The Klipsch Reference RSB-8 soundbar package features a 40-inch wide soundbar and 6.5-inch wireless subwoofer. The RSB-14, Klipsch’s top-of-the-line soundbar package, features a 44-inch wide soundbar and 8-inch wireless subwoofer as well as three HDMI inputs. Four 2.5-inch midrange drivers and two 0.78-inch tweeters in Klipsch tractrix horns provide cinematic sound with deep, rich bass. As part of the Klipsch Stream wireless solution, both soundbars are controlled from the app and can sync with any other Klipsch stream products for a whole-home audio eco-system. The RSB-8 (MSRP $499) and RSB-14 (MSRP $699) are available now.
The Klipsch Reference RW-1 Wireless Speaker is designed for use in any room in the home where additional playback from their Klipsch Stream system is needed. Each speaker, controlled from a phone, tablet, or computer, delivers detailed sound to every room. Integrated controls for power, volume, and mute are located on the top of each RW-1 wireless speaker for quick control when the consumer’s phone or tablet is in another room. Additionally, two RW-1 wireless speakers can be paired together for stereo listening using the app. The RW-1 wireless speaker is available now, MSRP $249.
The Klipsch Gate connects legacy audio sources (CD player, turnable, etc) to the all-new Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System. Simply connect the Klipsch Gate to any audio source to play content throughout the home. The Klipsch Gate can also route audio from the Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System to an AV receiver, amplifier, or set of powered speakers via the stereo miniplug output. The Klipsch Gate is available now, MSRP $179.
Packing a 2 x 100-watt Class D amplifier, the Klipsch PowerGate can drive even the most difficult speaker. As part of the Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System, any audio source connected to the PowerGate can be selected and streamed for playback in other rooms where Klipsch Stream products are located. The PowerGate features optical, RCA line-in / phono preamp, USB, and Bluetooth inputs as well as a 192kHz, 24-bit conversion for playback of high-resolution audio files. PowerGate is available today at an MSRP of $499.
Incorporating luxury materials, such as wood veneer and tactile spun copper switches and knobs, the Klipsch Heritage Wireless Three tabletop stereo system blends the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies. The Three features Bluetooth, RCA line-in / phono preamp and USB audio inputs and can be used as a standalone stereo system or integrated with the Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio system. The Three will be available at the end of November in two finishes—Walnut and Ebony—at an MSRP of $399.