Klipsch celebrates 70 years with a boatload of new products at CEDIA

As of 2016, Klipsch has been in business for 70 years, but unlike some other companies that have been in business for similar lengths of time, Klipsch isn’t resting on its laurels. Instead, the company is building products around newer technologies like wireless multiroom audio and 4K Ultra HD, as evidenced by the massive pile of gear the company is showing at CEDIA 2016. The lineup includes four new sound bars, two DSP amplifiers, and its new Stream series.

“Our team has crafted a new line of products that illustrate the creativity and influence Klipsch has on the consumer electronics market,” Klipsch CEO Paul Jacobs said in a statement. “As we celebrate 70 years, we are able to look back on where our company has come from and prepare to wow the industry in the same way our founder Paul W. Klipsch did in 1946.”

Klipsch first showed off its Stream wireless multiroom system at IFA earlier this month, with its CEDIA presentation allowing for a closer look. The initial release will consist of six different products. The Gate allows existing audio gear to work within the Stream ecosystem, while the PowerGate is an integrated amplifier. The lineup is completed by the Heritage Wireless tabletop stereo system, the Three wireless speaker and RW-1 wireless speakers, and two sound bars in Klipsch’s newly updated Reference series.

While some of the other wireless multiroom systems we’ve seen have a distinct look that’s intended to stand out, the components in Klipsch’s Stream line are meant to blend in. Some products are flashier looking than others, but most, including the RW-1 speaker as well as the Gate and PowerGate, feature an understated black finish.

“The goal for our wireless ecosystem was to create high quality products with premium materials that match the décor of any room in your home,” Klipsch vice president of digital, streaming, and portable audio solutions Steve Jain said. “Too many products today are plastic-wrapped boxes and we feel it is important to create products using materials such as real wood, metal, copper, and leather. “

Klipsch unveiled a total of four sound bars, two of which — the RSB-14 and RSB-8 — are part of the Stream ecosystem. These are joined by the RSB-11 and RSB-6. All of the new sound bars feature HDMI 2.0 inputs and 4K Ultra HD passthrough, essentially a given in most modern A/V equipment.

While the above products are all meant to operate inside, Klipsch’s new Landscape series of speakers are meant to operate in outdoor situations. These can be staked into the ground in your backyard, garden, or in other outdoor locations. The company also announced two new DSP amplifiers — the KDA-500 and KDA-1000 — aimed at custom installers.

Klipsch will be showing all of these new products at its booth at CEDIA. In the meantime, Digital Trends has plenty more coverage of the show on the way.

Home Theater

Say goodbye to the box: The future of home theater has no use for receivers

One of the most intriguing new trends to come out of CES 2019 this year comes from a technology that has been around for years. WiSA, now in new LG TVs, has the potential to cut the wires and change the home theater landscape forever.
Smart Home

Here’s everything Amazon and its partners announced for Alexa at CES

Amazon Alexa is rocking CES 2019. After selling millions of Echo and Dot smart speakers during the 2018 holiday season, extending its reach everywhere, Amazon has announced a ton of new partnerships with device manufacturers.
Home Theater

Klipsch’s first true wireless earbuds arrive at CES 2019

Klipsch will sell a pair of earbuds that come in a silver case that looks to be fashioned after a classic Zippo lighter. It also announced five new soundbars and fresh speakers at this year's CES conference.
Home Theater

Klipsch’s new Reference home theater system does hi-fi surround without wires

At CES 2019, Klipsch showed off its fantastic new Reference Wireless speaker system, a wireless surround sound setup that uses a re-emerging wireless technology called WiSA for hi-fi surround sound without the need for speaker wires.
Home Theater

QLED and OLED may have similar names, but they're totally different technologies

The names may look almost identical, but OLED and QLED are two entirely different beasts. In our QLED vs. OLED battle, we dissect the differences between these dueling TV technologies, and help determine which might be best for you.
Home Theater

Amazon’s updated base model Fire TV stick now comes with an Alexa remote

If you're looking to take your older TV into the streaming era, Amazon's most basic Fire TV Stick model just got more compelling than ever: Buyers can now get a free Alexa voice remote with their Fire TV Stick purchase.
Home Theater

Leave the charger behind: Wireless headphones will get epic battery life in 2019

From wireless in-ears to noise-canceling over-ears, virtually every headphone manufacturer has seriously improved wireless headphone battery capacity, making fears about charging up for long listening sessions a thing of the past.
Home Theater

Banish the bunny ears (and monthly bills) with these excellent HD antennas

When transitioning away from cable and satellite, finding the best HDTV antenna for your area can be touch. To help, we've compiled our picks of the best indoor HDTV antennas you can buy.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Computing

Don't spend hundreds on Pro Tools or Logic. Try one of these free alternatives

Believe it or not, Pro Tools isn't the only digital audio workstation worth your time. Check out our picks for the best free recording software, whether you're looking for a lightweight app or a full-blown audio workstation.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Home Theater

Roku adds automatic sign-out mode, for those with regular houseguests

Being able to use a Roku device while staying at a hotel or Airbnb is awesome. What is less awesome is leaving yourself signed in after you leave. With a new automatic sign-out feature, Roku is making it easier to relax.
Home Theater

Wireless headphones are finally awesome, and these are our favorites

With sleek form factors, prime audio quality, and the freedom of untethered listening, there has never been a better time to pick up a pair of wireless headphones. These are the best ones currently available.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.