Last Thursday, Klipsch announced the debut of its new Reference series speakers. According to the Indianapolis-based company, these will be enhanced versions of the existing Reference series, of which many models already dominate market research group NPD’s list of top-selling home audio components. The series is comprised of 13 models­, which include Dolby Atmos enabled speakers and powered monitors, all infused with cosmetic and material upgrades, and the latest technological audio advancements.

The new Klipsch Reference series span U.S. MSRP price points ranging from $498-$1,198 for a pair of floor-standing speakers, $199-$499 for a pair of bookshelf models, $249-349 for a center channel, $399 for a pair of surrounds, and $349-$449 for the subwoofers. They are now available at select retailers and at

The company claims that this sixth generation of the Reference line are improved with ‘quality precision, clarity and effortless power,’ and accuracy should be enhanced with new tweeters and phase plugs. The new rear Tractrix ports are purported to deliver deep, powerful bass. Cosmetic upgrades in the series include angled feet, full-length low profile magnetic grilles, and a scratch-resistant black wood grain vinyl finish. Industrial-style fasteners and spun-copper IMG woofer cones double down on the signature Klipsch Reference design aesthetic.

“The new Reference series speakers combine modern materials and technology to create an unforgettable, unrivaled music and movie listening experiences at these price points,” said Kerry Geist, product manager for Klipsch.

The 13 new Reference series models consist of four floorstanding speakers (R-625FA Dolby Atmos enabled, R-820F, R-620F, and R-610F), two center channels (R-52C and R-34C), four bookshelf speakers (R-51M, R-41M and two powered monitors R-41PM and R-51PM), one Dolby Atmos elevation speaker that can also be used as a surround speaker (R-41SA), and two powered subwoofers (R-120SW and R-100SW).

The Klipsch Reference R-51PM and R-41PM powered monitors eliminate the need for an external receiver and are designed to connect to a turntable, television, computer or wireless device. The powered monitors are equipped with an integrated phono pre-amp, Bluetooth wireless technology, digital optical, and analog RCA and USB inputs. A new feature and a first for Klipsch powered monitors is Dynamic Bass EQ that is designed to increase volume at low frequencies to match the human ear’s ability to perceive bass.For more information on the Klipsch brand and its Reference series speakers, visit

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