Klipsch Enhances Custom Install Offerings With 28 New Architectural Loudspeakers

INDIANAPOLIS (September 9, 2004) - At the CEDIA EXPO 2004 in Indianapolis, Klipsch Audio Technologies will expand and strengthen its position in the residential contracting market by introducing 28 new high-performance architectural loudspeakers and sending a message to contractors that Klipsch brand speakers "just sound better."

Slated to ship this fall, the extensive new lineup includes seven different levels of in-wall and in-ceiling products and six outdoor models. On select models, Klipsch is introducing a new patent-pending gimbal mechanism, known as Controlled Dispersion Technology (CDT™), which allows the speaker's sound to be directed toward the listening position. Additionally, the in-wall speakers feature a new and exclusive KWIC-Lock™ frame design. This advanced two-screw mounting solution expedites the installation process and increases cosmetic appeal.

Classified by content, the seven different levels of new in-wall and in-ceiling products are as follows:

8000 High-Power Series (two in-wall models) features square 90- by 60-degree pivoting Tractrix® Horns, an 8- or 6.5-inch Cerametallic™ woofer with massive voice coil and motor structure, 1-inch titanium tweeters with 9-ounce ceramic motors, extra rigid low resonance baffles, premium 4th order networks, as well as treble and bass contour switches

7000 High-Power Series (two in-wall models) features square 90- by 60-degree pivoting Tractrix Horns, an 8- or 6.5-inch IMG woofer with massive voice coil and motor structure, 1-inch aluminum tweeters with 9-ounce ceramic motors, extra rigid low resonance baffles, premium 4th order networks, as well as treble and bass contour switches

CDT 8000 Series (two in-ceiling models) - Controlled Dispersion Technology featuring complete woofer and tweeter focus capability, 8- or 6.5-inch Cerametallic woofer cone, 1-inch titanium tweeters, premium networks, no-hassle grille, as well as treble and bass contour switches

CDT 7000 Series (two in-ceiling models) - Controlled Dispersion Technology featuring complete woofer and tweeter focus capability, 8- or 6.5-inch IMG woofer cone, 1-inch aluminum tweeters, premium networks, no-hassle grille, as well as treble and bass contour switches

5000 Series (three in-wall and two in-ceiling models) - features Cerametallic woofer cones, 1-inch titanium tweeters, pivoting Tractrix Horns on in-wall models and rotating Tractrix Horns on in-ceiling models, as well as treble and bass contour switches

3000 Series (two in-wall and two in-ceiling models) - features copper-colored IMG woofer cones, 1-inch aluminum tweeters, pivoting Tractrix Horns on in-wall models and rotating Tractrix Horns on in-ceiling models, as well as treble contour switches

2000 Series (one in-wall and four in-ceiling models) - features black polymer woofer cones, 1-inch soft/silk dome tweeters, aluminum grilles and stainless steel hardware

The new all-weather loudspeakers feature IMG cones and employ either a 4-, 5-, 5.25- or 6.5-inch woofer, and the subwoofer uses an 8-inch woofer with a pass-through network that simplifies system connection. With the ability to handle stereo or mono configurations, the

AW-500-SM, our first wide-coverage outdoor speaker, employs two horns and one woofer for the widest coverage possible. All of these outdoor products include an updated input cup for improved weather resistance, a more dent resistant grille design and a rear threaded insert for added mounting options.

According to Paul Jacobs, president of Klipsch Audio Technologies, no single brand stands out as a leader in the minds of the custom install consumer. "No other company is in a better position than Klipsch to change that and emerge as the brand asked for by name," Jacobs said.

In addition, Klipsch is introducing new installation kits that offer increased mounting flexibility. This revolutionary kit design will fit all of Klipsch's existing architectural models, except the CS-650-W, and all of the new 2004 products. The kits incorporate a mud ring and universal metal mesh wing for multi-position placement. The brackets will be color-coded by size for easy identification. The Klipsch logo, web address and phone number will also be molded into the frames.