Klipsch and The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) have announced the launch of Klipsch’s WiSA Certified Reference Wireless speaker series designed to provide audiophile quality with simple consumer-style set up.First seen at CES 2019, Klipsch’s new line of speakers caught the attention of tech observers and now join the expanding ranks of products from over 60 industry members that conform to the WiSA certification process.
What this means is the Klipsch speakers can wirelessly link to any other WiSA approved device to create a fully wireless audio system. The set up removes any requirement for wired connections and there’s no need to use an AV receiver for routing audio since the WiSA set up process takes care of that automatically. All that’s required is a WiSA certified TV, such as the 2019 LG OLED and NanoCell models, and a WiSA transmitter. Once plugged into a power outlet and switched on, the connection process takes place.
The Klipsch speakers consist of the RW-34C centre channel speaker (USD $499), the RW-51M front and rear monitors (USD $699/pair), and the RW-100SW wireless subwoofer (USD $599). There’s no need to jump straight into a surround set up as the setup can start modestly (2.0) and be built up with additional compatible speakers to a more fully configured 5.1 or above.
Rob Standley, vice president of marketing and product development for Klipsch said, “The WiSA Certification of our new Reference Wireless line ensures best-in-class audio performance and wide compatibility with today’s most sophisticated intelligent devices and displays.” He added, “Klipsch Reference Wireless speakers are perfect for those who want the simplicity of a soundbar and high-performance multi-channel capable audio.”
WiSA, is a consumer electronics consortium which aims to promote interoperability standards utilized by leading brands and manufacturers to deliver immersive sound. WiSA certified components from any member brand can be combined to increase the enjoyment of a range of content such as movies and video, music, sports, gaming/esports using WiSA certified TVs, games consoles or PC/Macs and speakers. WiSA also ensures robust, high resolution, multi-channel, low latency audio while eliminating the complicated set-up of traditional audio systems.
WiSA President Tony Ostrom, commented, “The WiSA Association is seeing tremendous traction this year as a wealth of WiSA Certified and WiSA Ready products hit the market in 2019.”
For the time being the WiSA certified Klipsch reference Wireless speakers are only available in the US, though we’ll bring you any word if they become available in the UK.
Does the whole WiSA approach of true wireless plug and play interest AVForums members? Simple setup and interoperability mean home cinemas can be added to easily since compatibility is ensured by the certification, plus there’ll be no additional DIY to hide the wires. Surely, that’s got to be a good thing? Let us know what you think in the discussion thread.
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