Klipsch has taken out a new line of Reference Premiere series subwoofers, complementing the latest release of their Reference Premiere subwoofers.
Described (without any exaggeration) by Klipsch president Paul Jacobs as “the biggest, baddest, loudest, most powerful sub the Earth has ever seen,” the new subwoofer range covers four new models, and the master amplifier may have the chops to live up to these bold claims.
Its biggest highlight is the RP-1600SW, which features a 16-inch buzzer-neighboring driver capable of delivering a whopping 1,600 watts of peak rumble, with the impressive spec of being able to deliver frequencies as low as 14Hz.
All four models feature a front-facing spun copper ceramic driver, along with a built-in high-efficiency Class D amplifier with analogue subwoofer design. Klipsch claims this combination helps provide greater depth in the low frequencies, while also allowing for distortion-free and true-to-the-source reproduction.
The range starts with the entry-level RP-1000SW which is based on a 10 inch woofer capable of 600 watts output. The next level up is the RP-1200SW, which has a larger 12-inch woofer with a peak output power of 800 watts.
And even more so is the 14-inch motor packing the RP-1400SW that delivers 1,000 watts of power, with the RP-1600SW topping the new range.
Each sub-unit in the collection features a scratch-resistant ebony vinyl finish paired with steel grille posts, woven fabric grille, and rubber bumper feet.
The new Klipsch subs are due out in April and priced at £899 / $749 for the RP-1000SW, £1,099 / $999 for the RP-1200SW, £1,399 / $1,399 for the RP-1400SW and finally £1,849 / $179. Model RP-1600SW.
Analysis: Klipsch may have hit a high with a steep bottom
While 20Hz is regularly considered the sweet spot for a home cinema subwoofer (and 20Hz is the lowest the human ear can actually He hears — after that, feel the rumble) Getting below this register for more throaty depth is often a trade-off with distortion. As a point of reference, the Sonos Sub drops noticeably at 25Hz.
So we’re really intrigued to see how the RP-1000SW lives up to its promise of “true-to-source” clarity when driving—and just how tough that massive 16-inch driver really is.
Often, the bottom line can be increased by adding an extra subwoofer to a home cinema setup—and as TechRadar writer Dave Meikleham recently pointed out, Sonos has been somewhat thrown into the shadows with Sennheiser’s new multi-surround subwoofer system recently, too.
Ultimately, the arrival of a huge soundtrack from a trusted name like Klipsch could mean more challenging times for multi-room audio giant Sonos…