Klipsch to Introduce New Reference 1000 Architectural Series

Products offer excellent performance, reliability and durability at an affordable price

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2006) - In November, Klipsch will introduce a new line of Reference 1000 Series architectural speakers involving three in -ceilings and one in -wall. These products offer several improvements over the popular Contractor Series models they replace yet still maintain a value -driven philosophy.


According to Jim Garrett, Klipsch director of product development, the former Klipsch Contractor Series always utilized the most durable and reliable materials available to deliver the highest possible performance at the lowest possible price. These new Reference models will build upon that heritage and deliver an even better value.

Consisting of the R -1800 -C in -ceiling, R -1650 -C in -ceiling, R -1650 -CSM summed -mono
in -ceiling, and R -1650 -W in -wall, this durable lineup is suitable for a wide variety of applications.

Unlike before, each model in the Reference 1000 Series now features a swing -out dog leg mounting system for easy installation and paintable white aluminum grilles that offer added rust protection in moisture -prone areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and saunas.

Additionally, because their cutout dimensions match those of the Klipsch 2000, 3000 and 5000 core architectural lines, the new Reference 1000 Series models will fit into the company's new IK -800 -C, IK -650 -C or IK -650 -W installation kits. They can also be used in conjunction with Klipsch's new line of fire -rated enclosures.

"We're not the only manufacturer taking advantage of the advancements in materials technology, but I do think our Reference 1000 Series is the first product line smart enough to incorporate so many advancements without leaving the 'value' price range," said Garrett.

The R -1800 -C, which replaces the CS -800 -R, employs an 8 -inch polymer -cone woofer and a large motor structure for high sensitivity. A coaxially mounted 1 -inch polymer -dome tweeter distributes smooth, clear highs over a wide area. The tweeter is liquid -cooled for maximum power handling and reliability.

The R -1650 -C, which replaces the CS -650 -R, utilizes the same exact materials and technology as the R -1800 -C but employs a 6.5 -inch woofer.

The R -1650 -CSM, which replaces the CS -650 -RSM, employs a 6.5 -inch polymer -cone woofer and a large motor structure for high sensitivity and strong bass output. Dual voice coils sum the low frequencies from a stereo input to mono. Upper frequencies are handled individually for the two channels by a coaxially mounted dual -tweeter array, preserving the stereo effect. The two 1 -inch polymer -dome drivers in this model are also liquid -cooled.

The R -1650 -W, which replaces the CS -650 -W, employs a 6.5 -inch polymer -cone woofer and a large motor structure for high sensitivity and strong bass output. A 1 -inch liquid -cooled, polymer -dome tweeter distributes smooth, clear highs over a wide area.

The new Reference 1000 Series speakers are packaged individually and will be sold through the residential contracting market. U.S. MSRP pricing is as follows: $125 for each R -1800 -C, $110 for each R -1650 -C, $150 for each R -1650 -CSM and $125 for each R -1650 -W. The installation kits are sold separately in pairs and range from $35 to $45 U.S. MSRP. The corresponding fire -rated enclosures range from $85 to $100 U.S. MSRP.

About Klipsch Audio Technologies
Klipsch Audio Technologies, a wholly owned division of the Klipsch Group, Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of high -performance loudspeakers and other entertainment products for the consumer and professional markets. Established in 1946, Klipsch celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and continues its legacy of developing products that utilize unique, proprietary horn -loaded technology to create the most engaging, emotional and dynamic entertainment experiences. Acquired from company founder Paul W. Klipsch by Fred S. Klipsch and Judy L. Klipsch in 1989, Klipsch has worldwide headquarters and Audio Engineering and Technology Center in Indianapolis; European headquarters and a distribution center in s'Heerenberg, Netherlands; manufacturing facilities in Hope, Ark; and distribution centers in Buena Park, Calif.; Toronto, Canada; and Shen Zhen China. For more information, please visit www.klipsch.com.

SOURCE: Klipsch Audio Technologies

CONTACT: Sarah Knight of Klipsch Audio Technologies, 317 -860 -8737 or sarah.knight@klipsch.com

PHOTOS: High -resolution, publication -quality photos of the Reference 1000 Series are available for download in the news center at klipsch.com or via e -mail upon request.

WEB SITE: www.klipsch.com

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