Loewe Klang 5 Wireless Speakers Launched
Loewe has launched a wireless floorstanding speaker system called Klang 5 (‘klang’ means ‘sound’ in German).The Klang 5 speakers’ minimalist form hides sophisticated audio engineering within, says Loewe. Each speaker incorporates five drive units in a 'D’Appolito' arrangement: a one-inch tweeter is flanked vertically by two three-inch midrange drivers and two three-inch woofers. The tweeter and midrange units are each driven by a separate amplifier, while a fourth amp module handles the two woofers, delivering a combined power output of 135W RMS (270W max) per speaker.
An acoustic waveguide is designed to provide make sonic dispersion wide to the sides for a big sweet spot, so the speakers should sound great wherever the listener is located; and narrow on the vertical plane, to minimise reflections from the floor and ceiling.
As you would expect, the Klang 5 speakers are simple to connect to a Loewe TV via the specially developed ‘klang link’ wireless transmitter box, which promises to ensure lossless, high-speed digital audio transmission with latency of less than 5ms for synchronicity between picture and sound. It operates predominantly on the 5.8GHz frequency band but can switch automatically to 2.4GHz or 5.3GHz to avoid interference. The klang link sits neatly away within the cable management space at the back of all current Loewe TVs.
The speakers can be used as a simple stereo pair or with the matching Klang 5 subwoofer in a 3.1 or 5.1 configuration for home cinema ‘surround sound’. In both 3.1 and 5.1 set-ups, the soundbar incorporated into a Loewe TV such as the Bild 7 acts as the centre speaker. The speakers are automatically detected and independently logged by a Loewe TV.
On their own, the Klang 5 speakers are said to deliver bass down to 55Hz. For those who crave deeper bass, however, there’s the Klang 5 subwoofer. This compact active sub is matched in looks, features and performance, connecting wirelessly to Loewe TVs via the klang link to deliver low-frequency effects in 3.1 and 5.1 system configurations.
Inside the Klang 5 subwoofer are three eight-inch drive units. Two of these are passive while the third is powered by a 300W RMS (600W max) amp section, generating bass down to 28Hz. Digital signal processing is used to optimise performance in conjunction with the rest of the system and, as with the Klang 5 speakers, the sub’s output can be tailored to suit its position in the room.
The subwoofer’s construction incorporates 5mm thick cabinet walls and a substantial aluminium top plate. Like the speakers, the sides are covered in acoustically transparent fabric, with a cast aluminium heatsink and cable management space at the rear. Digital and analogue cable inputs/outputs are provided in addition to wireless connectivity.
The Loewe Klang 5 speakers and Klang 5 subwoofer are made in Germany and available in a choice of graphite grey or light grey to match the Loewe Bild 7 OLED TV. The speakers cost £3,490 per pair, while the subwoofer is priced at £1,390.
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