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Klipsch Introduces Family of Multi-Room Entertainment Products With Wireless KlipschCast Technology

INDIANAPOLIS (January 8, 2007) — Most home theater products available today lack expansibility and confine owners to one room of the house. In response, Klipsch is launching a high-end multi-room product series that wirelessly streams the company’s high-performance sound throughout the home.

The new KlipschCast family lets users “build” a superior multi-room audio system for music and movies without having to wire, cut holes or retrofit in any way.

Kicking off the series is the 2007 CES Innovations Award winning CS-700 DVD Entertainment System, a 2.1 virtual surround sound system with a wireless subwoofer. Incorporating 60 years of stringent engineering and class-leading research and development, this compact package is designed to deliver the most powerful, most lifelike virtual surround sound performances on the market. The system’s wireless subwoofer and easy set up also make it one of the most flexible.

Additionally, the CS-700 serves as a hub for wirelessly transmitting CD-quality audio to not only its local subwoofer, but also other KlipschCast products such as the new RoomGroove Music Center. Sold separately, the RoomGroove requires no wiring beyond a power cord and has a retractable iPod dock.

“With unmatched wireless competency and dynamic sound performance, our KlipschCast products fill the market gap for a high-quality multi-room audio system that’s easy to install and simple to operate,” said Mike Klipsch, president of Klipsch Audio Technologies. “This platform allows users to easily expand their Klipsch sound from room-to-room without being tripped up or tied down.”

Alone, each product is designed to be a top performer in its category, but together the CS-700 and one or more RoomGroove units really deliver the full-capability of the system — wirelessly sending CD-quality music, TV or movie sound all over the house.

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KlipschCast Basics
Simply, through its KlipschCast Technology, the CS-700 sends a wireless CD-quality audio signal to one or more RoomGroove systems. This signal can be the same one playing on the CS-700 or something entirely different: The CS-700 is capable of playing up to two separate sources at the same time. For example, the CS-700 can play a DVD movie in the living room, while the RoomGroove broadcasts the CS-700’s AM/FM tuner in the kitchen.

The RoomGroove can also play music locally utilizing its retractable iPod dock, or through its auxiliary input for other MP3 players. Since the RoomGroove is a transceiver, it can transmit as well as receive, allowing it to send this MP3 music signal to other RoomGroove units throughout the house. In fact, users could create a multi-room music system with just RoomGroove units if they desire. The robust 2.4gHz wireless technology found in these products offers unlimited add-on opportunities.

CS-700 DVD Entertainment System
This unobtrusive entertainment system uses digital processing circuitry to simulate the effect of a larger, five-speaker system with only two satellites, a subwoofer and an A/V center.

Each satellite employs dual magnetically shielded 3-inch woofers and a 0.75-inch magnetically shielded tweeter mated to an exclusive Tractrix Horn, a design that delivers genuine lifelike sound as well as produces more output using less energy. Klipsch is the only speaker manufacturer to utilize horn technology in all of its product lines. In fact, the cutting-edge research that drives the development of the company’s leading movie cinema speakers is also applied in the CS-700.

The subwoofer utilizes an 8-inch down-firing woofer and 200 watts of amplifier power to generate hard-hitting bass response. Due to its compact size and wireless capability, this subwoofer can easily be hidden away while still delivering dramatic low-end effects.

The A/V center features Dolby Virtual Speaker technology along with a progressive scan DVD player, AM/FM tuner and three auxiliary inputs, including High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). The CS-700 also features an HDMI output for passing digital signals to a TV. An easy-to-use universal IR remote control directs all system functions as well as those of the TV and other entertainment devices.

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Available in a black finish, this system offers a clean, modern design that fits comfortably into any living environment. Essentially plug-and-play, the CS-700 can be operating in as little as 10 minutes. All it takes is hooking the satellites and TV up to the A/V center using the color-coded wiring and then plugging in the power cord. A step-by-step set up guide is included to walk users through the process.

RoomGroove Music Center
A true two-way design, this music system utilizes dual 2.5-inch high-output woofers in a ported enclosure, premium crossover networks and dual MicroTractrix Horn-loaded tweeters.

While the RoomGroove’s hidden dock accepts and charges all iPods with 30-pin connectors, it also comes with all current Apple universal well inserts to accommodate multiple iPod sizes. The dock opens and closes via the Klipsch logo touch sensor that’s located on the front of the unit. The RoomGroove is also compatible with other MP3 players via an auxiliary input.

Available in a black finish, the RoomGroove is ready to perform as soon as you plug it in and dock an iPod. Additionally, its shallow enclosure depth allows for low-profile wall mounting using the included hardware. A simple IR remote control lets users select different KlipschCast sources.

Price and Availability
Both the CS-700 and RoomGroove will become commercially available in April. The CS-700 carries a $1,299.99 price tag (U.S. MSRP), while the RoomGroove will cost $349 each (U.S. MSRP). A three-room KlipschCast system featuring a CS-700 and two RoomGrooves will retail for just under $2,000 (U.S. MSRP).

About Klipsch Audio Technologies
Klipsch Audio Technologies, a wholly owned division of the Klipsch Group, Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers and other entertainment products for the consumer and professional markets. Established in 1946, Klipsch continues its legacy of developing products that utilize unique, proprietary horn-loaded technology to create the most engaging, emotional and dynamic entertainment experiences. Acquired from company founder Paul W. Klipsch by Fred S. Klipsch and Judy L. Klipsch in 1989, Klipsch has worldwide headquarters and Audio Engineering and Technology Center in Indianapolis; European headquarters and a distribution center in s’Heerenberg, Netherlands; manufacturing facilities in Hope, Ark; and distribution centers in Buena Park, Calif.; Toronto, Canada; and Shen Zhen China. Please visit klipsch.com for more information.

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SOURCE: Klipsch Audio Technologies

CONTACT: Sarah Knight of Klipsch Audio Technologies, 317-860-8737 or sarah.knight@klipsch.com

PHOTOS: High-resolution, publication-quality photos of the CS-700 and RoomGroove are available for download in the News Center at klipsch.com or via e-mail upon request.

WEB SITE: www.klipsch.com

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