Klipsch Reference Series speakers offer clean looks and better

At CES 2022, Klipsch is covering an all-new range of reference speakers, including an updated Tractics horn and an understated aesthetic.

The line includes three new floorstanders – the R-605FA (Atmos), R-600F and R-800F – and two new bookshelves, the R-50M and R-40M. Also there are two hubs, the R-30C and R-50C, plus an R-40SA impact speaker and R-121SW and R-101SW subwoofers.

One of the most striking things about the new loudspeakers is the 1-inch copper-anodized aluminum tweeter, and it sits inside an edge-to-edge Tractrix horn. Klipsch says this design provides “a more accurate sound stage and a larger listening area.”

The loudspeakers also benefit from a new woofer material called spun-copper thermoformed crystalline polymer, and an improved crossover that the company says provides better accuracy and transparency.

Unlike the copper fasteners of previous versions, this time they are hidden, resulting in a cleaner look. Also, the rubber bumper on the bottom of the speaker has been replaced with a cork.

The Klipsch reference speakers have performed very well over the years, and I look forward to testing the update to the R-51M, which received 8.1 from me in 2018.

The new speakers are coming in the spring of 2022, with pricing yet to be announced. However, I expect pricing to be similar to the current reference model—for example, around $1,660 for the R-605FA floorstanders, $500 for the R-30C centerpiece, and $300 for the R-50M.

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