We don't have too many bad words to say about Klipsch, so when we heard it was refreshing its Quintet home theater system, we listened up. The eponymous-ish five speaker system has been a mainstay of the Klipsch line since 1998, and this is the fifth (too many 5s?) iteration. The new goodies? This time 'round each speaker has a 90 degree by 90 degree "Tractrix" horn for expanded listening area and a new Linear Travel Suspension aimed at reducing distortion and improving dynamics -- new woofers have also been added. If the refresh sounds good, but you're wondering if it'll match your front room, you've only got a choice of a satin, brushed black finish. Already boxed your old system up? Then get ready to lay down $550 when it reaches your local store next month.
Update: As pointed out by some people, despite mentioning in the PR, this is not strictly a 5.1 system
Klipsch Refreshes Bestselling Quintet Home Theater System
INDIANAPOLIS (August 23, 2012) - Klipsch, a leading global speaker manufacturer, today announces the launch of the newly engineered Quintet, representing a significant upgrade to what has already become the company's bestselling surround sound system of all time. Serving as the fifth generation model, the new Quintet offers significant technological refinements guaranteed to raise the bar in the all-in-one home theater category once again.
Complete with four satellite speakers and a dedicated center channel speaker, the Quintet is a complete 5.1 home theater system that utilizes decades of Klipsch's research and development experience. Although value engineered, this system stays true to the brand's audiophile heritage by utilizing durable, high-quality components and the same state-of-the-art horn-loaded technology that has made Klipsch an industry leader for more than 65 years.
"Previous generations of the Quintet have been deemed the best in their category and it is important that we take the necessary measures for continuous improvement," said Paul Jacobs, CEO of Klipsch. "By refining the system's overall build quality, materials and audio technology components, we are able to provide listeners with the most compact yet biggest sounding Quintet yet."
Each Quintet speaker employs a new 90-degree by 90-degree Tractrix horn, designed to expand both placement flexibility and the main listening area without reducing overall sound clarity. Combined with the Tractrix horn, a lightweight aluminum tweeter creates a highly efficient driver with excellent transient response and lack of distortion. The new Linear Travel Suspension reduces distortion and enhances dynamics. Complete with an all-new long-throw injection molded graphite (IMG) woofers, the Quintet enables maximum impact and powerful output.
To further enhance the product's build quality, its cabinets are made of professional AcoustaComp®, a material that is naturally dense, rigid and acoustically insert. This specialized material, formed into the Quintet's speaker cabinets with non-parallel walls to diminish internal standing waves, is truly the next generation in compact home speaker technology.
Offering listeners significant placement flexibility, each Quintet satellite speaker offers a keyhole mount and a ¼-inch 20-threaded inserts for maximum mounting flexibility. The center channel features dual keyhole inserts.
Available in a satin and brushed black finish, the Quintet retails for $549.99 (U.S. MSRP) and will be available for purchase at authorized retailers and http://www.klipsch.com in September 2012.
About Klipsch Premium Speakers
For over 65 years, Klipsch has designed premium speakers for those who are passionate about great sound. Company founder Paul W. Klipsch started this legacy in 1946, and it continues today with sheer commitment to innovation and delivering the world's most powerful, detailed and emotional sound reproduction. Today, the brand's diverse product portfolio encompasses home theater, professional cinema, installed whole-house contracting, commercial, computer speakers, iPod® docks and headphones. As one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, Klipsch continues to be the high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and home theater aficionados around the world. Klipsch Group, Inc. is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International (NASDAQ: VOXX).