Klipsch Reference Base 2022: 10 new column speakers, bookshelves, Dolby Atmos, central speakers and subwoofers...

Klipsch Reference Base 2022: 10 new column speakers, bookshelves, Dolby Atmos, central speakers and subwoofers…

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The Klipsch Reference Base series of speakers appeared in 2014, renewed in 2018 and updated again in 2022. On the menu, a revolution of the bottom and an evolution of the shape in addition to a reduction in the number of references. We start the presentations with the columns before returning to the surrounds, the centrals, the subwoofers and the active speakers in as many later news.

The American manufacturer, for the Klipsch Reference Base 2022 series, unveiled a total of ten new references. No matter the desired Hi‑Fi or, of course, Home Cinema configuration, the Klipsch Reference 2022 series meets all needs.

Klipsch Reference Base 2022, zoom on the R‑800F, R‑600F and R‑605FA columns

As indicated in the introduction to this news, we therefore begin the presentations with the three floorstanding speakers Klipsch R‑800F, Klipsch R‑600F and Klipsch R‑605FA. If the first two differ essentially according to the size of the on-board boomers (see the specifications of each model below), the latter incorporates a Dolby Atmos (Height) module directly at its top, consisting of a 2.5 cm tweeter and a 13.33 cm mid-woofer in injection-molded graphite (see picture above), in Up‑Firing position (facing the ceiling). Everything is of course inclined at 15° to meet the specifications of Dolby Laboratories.

Klipsch Reference Base 2022, acoustic package

Technically, the Klipsch reference loudspeakers incorporate all of the brand’s audio DNA, starting with an unprecedented 90° x 90° Tractrix horn with wide distribution and in edge-to-edge configuration (the horn occupies the entire width of the pregnant, see photo above of the Klipsch R-800F) for sound dispersion, but also maximum precision and clarity. The soundstage is therefore also widened. This pavilion is associated with a Tweeter in LTS (Linear Travel Suspension) aluminum with Kapton suspension. This offers minimum distortion. Likewise, the boomers benefit from the Klipsch TCP (Thermoformed Crystalline Polymer) process with a revised cone geometry for the 2022 model year (see picture below). The polymer material combines rigidity and lightness for an even more impactful rendering of low frequencies. To come back to the cones of these loudspeakers, they benefit from an accentuated hollow shape and thus approach the profile of the loudspeakers of the Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers (presentation to come).

In addition to new speakers, the Klipsch Refrence Base also benefit from a reinforced cabinet, with the aim of eliminating resonance and distortion phenomena.

Klipsch Reference Base 2022, Dolby Atmos R‑40SA speaker connectors

Last details, the Klipsch Reference speakers feature magnetic grilles, a scratch-resistant vinyl finish with wood effect and, of course, copper-colored cones, the brand’s trademark. Note for these 2022 models, the absence of screws on the front for a magnified aesthetic. We still notice connectors an ingenious and perfectly placed connector system on the Dolby Atmos Klipsch R‑40SA speakers (presentation to come) and the R‑800F, R‑600F columns to facilitate the addition of the first named on the seconds. It’s practical, simple and it avoids long cables to manage behind the speakers.

Immediate availability. Indicative prices: €499 for the Klipsch R‑600F loudspeaker, €649 for the Klipsch R‑800F loudspeaker and €799 for the Klipsch R‑605FA loudspeaker.

Reminder of the key features of the Klipsch R‑600F:

• Type: 2-way bass-reflex speaker

• Woofer(s): 2 x 16.51 cm TCP (Thermoformed Crystalline Polymer)

• Tweeter(s): 25.4 mm aluminum dome

• Square pavilion: Tractrix 90°x90°

• Load: bass reflex

• Non-magnetic: yes

• Sensitivity: 96dB

• Impedance: 8 ohms

• Bandwidth: 38Hz-21KHz

• Cabinet dimensions (W x D x H, mm): 1,017 x 386 x 240

• Cut-off frequency: 1440 Hz

• Max/peak admissible power: 100 W/400 W

• Unit net weight: 18.6 kg

Reminder of the key features of the Klipsch R‑800F:

• Type: 2-way bass-reflex speaker

• Woofer(s): 2 x 20.32 cm TCP (Thermoformed Crystalline Polymer)

• Tweeter(s): 25.4 mm aluminum dome

• Square pavilion: Tractrix 90°x90°

• Load: bass reflex

• Non-magnetic: yes

• Sensitivity: 98dB

• Impedance: 8 ohms

• Bandwidth: 34Hz-21KHz

• Cabinet dimensions (W x D x H, mm): 1,093 x 443 x 277

• Cut-off frequency: 1400 Hz

• Max/peak admissible power: 150 W/600 W

• Unit net weight: 24.5 kg

Reminder of the key features of the Klipsch R‑605FA:

• Type: 2-way bass-reflex speaker

• Woofer(s): 2 x 16.51 cm TCP (Thermoformed Crystalline Polymer)

• Tweeter(s): 25.4 mm aluminum dome

• Square pavilion: Tractrix 90°x90°

• Load: bass reflex

• Non-magnetic: yes

• Sensitivity: 96dB

• Impedance: 8 ohms

• Bandwidth: 38Hz-21KHz

• Cabinet dimensions (W x D x H, mm): 1,017 x 463 x 240 mm

• Cut-off frequency: 1440 Hz

• Max/peak admissible power: 100 W/400 W

• Unit net weight: 22.7 kg

Channel Height

Tweeter: 25.4 mm aluminum dome
13.3 cm injection-molded graphite woofer
Square pavilion: Tractrix 90°x90°
Non-magnetic: yes

Max/Peak Power Handling (RMS): 75W/150W

Impedance (ohms): 8

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