Klipsch Group, Inc. and Circuit City Stores, Inc., today announce that Circuit City will be introducing a superior selection of home audio equipment, including products offered under the Klipsch and Energy brands in all of Circuit City’s nearly 700 stores nationwide and online at www.circuitcity.com
Klipsch Group, Inc. is a leading global force in premium sound solutions, owning four of the audio industry’s most respected brands: Klipsch, Energy, Mirage and Jamo. Select Klipsch and Energy products will be merchandised in Circuit City stores, with the rollout beginning in August.
With respect to the 62-year-old Klipsch brand, Circuit City will carry its high-value, high-performance Synergy Series assortment of home theater products, including floorstander and bookshelf models, center channels, surround speakers and subwoofers, with prices ranging between $250 and $900 per pair. A compact, five-model home theater bundle will also be part of the selection.
For Energy — which has over 30 years of loudspeaker engineering and manufacturing experience — this new partnership marks the first time the brand has ever been offered through a national retailer. The complete six-piece Take Classic home theater system, with its sleek design, exceptional performance and unbeatable value, will retail for less than $600.
“We could not be more thrilled to incorporate Klipsch Group products into our home entertainment experience,” said Philip J. Schoonover, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Circuit City Stores, Inc. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in a home theater, a picture can only be as good as it sounds, and with the Klipsch and Energy brands, our customers will truly be investing in world-class audio to match their world-class home entertainment system.”
Fred Klipsch, chairman and chief executive officer of Klipsch Group, Inc., completely agrees with Schoonover. According to Klipsch, studies have shown that consumers will identify one TV as having a better looking picture than another, even when the only difference between the two TVs is a high quality speaker system. “Spending your entire home theater budget on a television alone is like buying a premium car without a high-performance engine,” said Klipsch.
“This new partnership will not only help consumers understand the important role sound plays in a home theater system, it will also broaden market penetration and exposure for the Klipsch and Energy brands, as well as make Circuit City a new destination for purchasing premium audio.”
About Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Circuit City Stores, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer of consumer electronics and related services. At May 31, the domestic segment operated through 687 Superstores and 9 outlet stores in 158 U.S. media markets. At May 31, the international segment operated through 775 retail stores and dealer outlets in Canada.
About Klipsch Group, Inc.
Klipsch Group, Inc. (KGI) is a leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for the consumer and professional markets. With the legendary Klipsch, Energy Mirage and Jamo brands under its corporate umbrella, KGI collectively offers over 160 years of superior engineering and world-class research and development experience. Chairman and CEO Fred S. Klipsch, along with his wife, Judy, purchased Klipsch & Associates from founder and cousin Paul W. Klipsch in 1989. Then in 2005 and 2006, the company acquired the Denmark-based Jamo and Canadian-based Audio Products International respectively to accelerate global growth and establish a more competitive, cost-efficient company. KGI is privately held with worldwide headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.