Networked multiroom audio is all the rage these days, so it is perhaps unsurprising that Klipsch is joining the party and debuting its Klipsch Stream line of products that support DTS Play-Fi and compete with Sonos, Bluesound, MusicCast, Google Cast, HEOS, plus any other wireless lifestyle audio ecosystems that are already out there.
The new Klipsch Stream line of DTS Play-Fi compatible products.
By choosing DTS Play-Fi as the foundation of its wireless system, Klipsch joins an ever expanding consortium of companies utilizing the platform. The company is launching the system with six new products that include soundbars, wireless speakers, audio converters for legacy products, and a networked amplifier.
The Klipsch Gate is a wireless device signed to adapt existing audio gear to support DTS Play-Fi. It's quite compact, about the size of an Apple TV or a Roku at 5.5" (wide) x 1.125" (high) x 5.5" (deep). It includes physical buttons for situations where the Klipsch Stream app is not handy. It includes a 3.5 mm auxiliary input, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Klipsch Gate is a compact and affordable way to add Play-Fi capability to a system.
Meanwhile, the PowerGate adds 100 W per channel of stereo amplification to the Gate's feature set, as well as numerous additional inputs including a phono preamp, a USB Type-B connection that allows you to connect a PC, and a TOSLink optical audio input.
The Powergate's built-in stereo amps are capable of delivering 50 watts per channel into an 8-ohm load, 75 W/ch into a 6 ohm load, or 100 W/ch into a 4 ohm load.
Klipsch's PowerGate can serve as a complete audio system and even includes a phono input.
There are two new Klipsch Stream equipped soundbars, the RSB-8 and RSB-14.
The RSB-14 is a 44 inches wide and sports a pair of 0.75" horn-loaded cloth-dome tweeters mounted in a Tractrix horn that offers 90-degree dispersion in both the horizontal and vertical plane. Four 2.75” mid/woofers take care of the midrange and bass reproduction. It utilizes a DSP-controlled crossover and discrete amplifier channels for each driver.
An included, 8-inch, wireless subwoofer takes care of deep bass. This soundbar is capable of reaching 110 dB of output and the system's frequency response is specified at 28 Hz to 20 kHz.
Key connectivity features include three HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2, an optical-digital 3.5mm mini plug (with analog capability), Bluetooth 2.0 with apt-X, and Wi-Fi (for DTS Play-Fi).
The RSB-8 measures 40 inches wide, and like the RSB-14 it features a pair of 0.75" horn-loaded tweeters mounted in a 90-degree dispersion Tractrix horn. I uses four 2.5” mid/woofers to handle midrange and bass. Its got a DSP-controlled crossover and discrete amplifier channels for each driver.
This soundbar comes with a 6.5-inch, wireless subwoofer for deep bass. It is capable of reaching 103 dB of output (measured at one meter) and the system's frequency response is specified at 30 Hz to 15 kHz.
As for connectivity, the RSB-8 features the same inputs as it's larger sibling, including HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2, an optical-digital 3.5mm mini-plug (with analog capability), Bluetooth 2.0 with apt-X, and Wi-Fi (for DTS Play-Fi).
Klipsch also introduced two soundbars with Play-Fi capability.
Klipsch also has two DTS Play-Fi compatible wireless speakers in its latest lineup.
The Three is part of its Heritage line that packages modern performance in devices that feature real wood veneer, spun-copper switches and knobs, plus classic design.
The Three Klipsch Stream speaker.
The Three comes equipped with two 2.25” full range drivers and a 5.25" long-throw woofer, which are bi-amplified and tuned by Klipsch. It can decode 24-bit/192 kHz audio. Its inputs include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an analog 3.5mm miniplug, Phono, and USB Type-B (PC compatible) audio.
This system can reach 106 dB peak output (at 1/2 meter) thanks to 60 watts of amplification and dual passive radiators to boost the bass.
Last but not least is the RW-1 wireless speaker, a compact model measuring 9" (high) x 5" (wide) x 5" (deep). It sports a 3.5" woofer and a 0.75" aluminum-dome tweeter mounted in a Tractrix horn that offers 90-degree dispersion.
The RW-1 includes a 3.5mm analog input as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and Play-Fi compatibility. It offer 30 watts of RMS power with 3.5 watts going to the tweeter and 26.5 watts goes to the woofer. Frequency response is 28 Hz to 20 kHz.