INDIANAPOLIS (January 2, 2004) - Klipsch Audio Technologies is adding another value point to its best-selling Reference Series by introducing four new entry-level products in the line. The RF-10 floorstander, RB-10 bookshelf, RC-10 center channel and RS-10 surround offer the same advanced technology and world-class materials as the Reference III models but from smaller enclosures and at lower price points.
"The Reference 10 models push our acclaimed Reference Series technology and styling to more affordable prices allowing more people the opportunity to enjoy the dynamic Klipsch sound experience in their homes," said Jim Garrett, Reference Series brand manager. "The RF-10 and RB-10 take us into new territory because Klipsch has never designed a floorstander and bookshelf this small before."
The RF-10 employs dual 4.5-inch woofers and a 1-inch titanium-dome compression driver loaded with a 5-inch square Tractrix® Horn. The remaining Reference 10 models utilize 4-inch woofers and 4-inch horns with 1-inch titanium-dome compression drivers.
The woofers on the Reference 10 loudspeakers feature Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic™ cones. Made from anodized aluminum, these cones are strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts their inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range.
As in all Reference Series speakers, the Reference 10 crossover networks are constructed using extremely high-quality components including top-of-the-line internal wiring, polyester film-type capacitors and air-core inductors, to ensure signal purity and proper driver integration.
The RF-10, RB-10 and RC-10 feature low-diffraction sculpted baffles and magnetically attached grilles for an elegant fit and finish. These unique grilles snap easily into place for a low-profile look. To simplify the installation process, the RB-10 and RS-10 come with back-panel keyholes for on-wall mounting and threaded inserts for attachment to popular adjustable wall and ceiling brackets.
The Reference 10 products come in a black vinyl finish and will be available this May at U.S. MSRPs of $500 for a pair of RF-10s, $250 for a pair of RB-10s, $300 for a pair of RS-10s and $200 for an RC-10. A 5.1-floorstanding system with a Reference RW-8 will cost $1,350, while the bookshelf version will cost $1,100.