At its CES 2017 exhibit, Klipsch emphasized its 70-year heritage with a slate of new products that feature a design the company calls "Mid-Century Magnificent." The new lineup includes desktop and floor-standing powered speakers, with design touches like wood veneer cabinets and spun copper switches and knobs.
Priced in Canada at $349, The One is a self-contained stereo biamplified speaker with dual 2.25" full-range drivers and a shared 4.5" woofer, and rated power of 30 watts at 1% THD. The One has Bluetooth connectivity as well as a 3.5mm analog input jack. Its lithium-ion battery is rated for eight hours per charge.
Shipping in Q1 for $549, The Three (shown at top of story) has similar styling, but adds Wi-Fi and support for DTS Play-Fi wireless audio multi-room, a phono input, and USB DAC that can accept streams to 24 bits/192kHz. Sound comes from dual 2.25" full-range drivers and a shared bass section with 5.25" woofer and 5.25" passive radiator.
Klipsch will add two more powered desktop speakers - The Demi and The Two - later in the year.
Coming in late 2017 are The Fifteens, an active floor-standing system with 15" woofer and 1.75" horn-loaded tweeter mounted in a walnut wide-baffle enclosure. Total rated power is 180 watts per channel. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, USB audio with support for high-res playback to 24/192, RCA and 3.5mm analog inputs, and built-in phono preamp.
Also shown at CES were the four new soundbars (two with Play-Fi capability) that Klipsch launched in late 2016. Slated for late 2017 is a Dolby Atmos soundbar/subwoofer package.
Klipsch also confirmed that it plans products with integrated Alexa voice control. With built-in microphones, the new products will allow voice control without having to have an Amazon Echo (or similar speaker) in the room.