Klipsch 2019 Reference Premiere Speaker Range Available in UK
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The Reference Premiere speaker range was gradually introduced to dealers in late-2018. Now the full range of 18 speakers models is available to purchase at approved vendors across the UK.An entire product range of different speaker models is clearly not an easy thing to corral to the marketplace, so Klipsch has waited until now before announcing that all the parts are in place, ready for public scrutiny. So what have they got for us?
This is the second generation of the Reference Premiere range and it has now been expanded to a total of 18. The new additions include Dolby Atmos-enabled components, subwoofers and purpose-designed surround sound devices. However, every speaker in the range has benefitted from the latest technological audio advancements and an upgrade in material and cosmetic details.
All the speakers in the range use Klipsch’s proprietary Tractrix horn technology which the company says improves high-frequency response and extension while enhancing imaging and dynamics. The horn features a compressed, moulded silicon face that’s mated to the 90x90 Tractrix horn, with computer-modelled phase plugs that act as a mechanical filter for a flatter frequency response, as well as physically protecting the tweeter.
Behind the horn, there is a further change with a new Linear Travel Suspension tweeter which has a vented, ceramic housing that reduces standing waves behind the diaphragm. The diaphragm itself is a lightweight, rigid titanium construction which Klipsch states out-performs similar aluminium, polymer or silk tweeters to deliver a clean sound with very low distortion.
One design element held over from the first generation is the signature copper-spun Cerametallic woofers. Not only do Cerametallic woofers look striking they are also extremely light and rigid for controlled low-end and mid-range reproduction.
Inside the woofers, these Cerametallic cones are mated to a dual-layer, copper-wound voice coil and are then housed in a non-resonating, steel basket that’s secured to a large magnet motor which provides extra efficiency and low distortion. Most models in the range then employ rear Tractrix ports, whose geometric design creates airflow with minimal distortion or turbulence to aid the low-frequency performance.
Klipsch intends for their Reference Premiere range speakers to be used, not only for music enjoyment, but for the full home cinema experience too. As such, they have included five Centre Channel models. The two dedicated surround sound models also leverage Klipsch’s proprietary Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST) to provide cinematic sound in any room, even with less-than-ideal placement configurations.
To further the cinematic experience, the company have employed two Dolby Atmos-ready speakers. The RP8060FA is a floor-standing loudspeaker with integrated Dolby Atmos upward-firing speaker, while the RP-500SA is an add-on upward firing module that sits comfortably on any other existing speaker. Using these models as part of a setup, the sound can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in a three-dimensional space, including overhead.
The RP-500SA can also be set for use as wall-mounted surround speaker thanks to its adjustable crossover switch.
One further element in an enthusiast’s music or home theatre setup - that of LFE - comes into play when the SPL subwoofers are introduced. The SPL range has been specially engineered to complement the new Reference Premiere speakers. The SPL-100 (10” driver) and SPL-120 (12”driver) feature an analogue pre-amp stage and a Class D output stage and are available in the same ebony wood finish as the other speakers, and also feature Cerametallic woofers for the low-end frequencies.
Most of the speakers in the series come in ebony or walnut furniture-grade finishes with black satin painted, scratch-resistant baffles plus sturdy and flexible magnetic grilles. Preinstalled cast aluminium feet give the floorstanders a modern appearance and minimize contact with the floor to reduce resonance. Finally, discrete copper trim rings accentuate the tweeters and woofers, staying true to the Klipsch design ethos of copper and black.
With prices ranging from £400 for a pair of bookshelf speakers (RP-400M) up-to £2400 for a pair of Dolby Atmos-integrated floorstanders (RP-8060FA), and incorporating a variety of subwoofer, surround and centre channel options; this range can cater for those looking for mid- to high-end speakers for stereo or home cinema applications.
The full range list is here:
Prices are for pairs except for subwoofers and centre speakers.
RP-4000F £750.00 (UK SRP) Dual 4.5" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-5000F £850.00 (UK SRP) Dual 5.25" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-6000F £1,100.00 (UK SRP) Dual 6.5" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-8000F £1,350.00 (UK SRP) Dual 8" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-400M £400.00 (UK SRP) Single 4.5" Woofer 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-500M £500.00 (UK SRP) Single 5.25" Woofer 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-600M £625.00 (UK SRP) Single 6.5" Woofer 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-402S £600.00 (UK SRP) Dual 4.5" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeters Wall-mountable
RP-502S £825.00 (UK SRP) Dual 5.25" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeters Wall-mountable
Dolby Atmos enabled
RP-500SA £575.00 (UK SRP) Single 5.25" Woofer 1" Tractrix Tweeter Dolby Atmos-ready Switchable Crossover Wall-mountable
RP-8060FA £2,400.00 (UK SRP) Dual 8" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Built-in Topper Rear Tractrix Port Dolby Atmos-ready
RP-400C £385.00 (UK SRP) Dual 4.5" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-500C £425.00 (UK SRP) Dual 5.25" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-600C £450.00 (UK SRP) Dual 6.5" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-404C £500.00 (UK SRP) Quad 4.5" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
RP-504C £625.00 (UK SRP) Quad 5.25" Woofers 1" Tractrix Tweeter Rear Tractrix Port
SPL-100 £565.00 (UK SRP) 10" Woofer 200W Amplifier (cont.) Front Port
SPL-120 £650.00 (UK SRP) 12" Woofer 300W Amplifier (cont.) Front Port
Available now in Ebony or Walnut finish. *RP-4000F, RP-400M, RP-400C, RP-500SA, SPL-100 and SPL-120 models available in Ebony finish only.
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