Klipsch has announced the debut of its next gen flagship Reference speakers — the RF-7 III floor-standing speaker and the RC-64 III centre channel.

The new releases are in fact enhanced versions of the company’s Reference II series, with the new RF-7 III and RC-64 III models receiving up-grades to deliver what the maker describes as ultra-sensitive, hard-hitting, accurate sound.

The company was keen to deliver a high-performance tweeter for the speakers before landing on the new 1¾in titanium compression driver with an enhanced phase plug geometry design that improves sound pressure linearity at high frequencies.

A new Tractrix horn is in place to improve high-frequency response and extension, while enhancing imaging and dynamics. Proprietary Cerametallic woofers minimise distortion, and when paired with the Tractrix horn, Klipsch claims this delivers ultra-high sensitivity and the highest efficiency in its class.

Both speakers also feature heavy-duty cast aluminum frame woofers to combat resonance and the cabinets are made from furniture-grade wood veneers and come in black ash, cherry or walnut. Magnetic grilles complement the premium design experience.

The Reference RF-7 III is equipped with a unique dual chambered enclosure design that allows two 10in drivers and ports to work independently of each other. The maker says this improves linearity, minimises anomalies in the critical midrange frequencies; generating an articulate soundstage. The speaker’s slanted riser base is designed to enhance the appearance of the speaker, while providing a slight upward angle to direct sound to the listener.

The Reference RC-64 III center channel features four 6.5in woofers, while the design of the 2 ½ way network crossover maintains wide and even sound distribution.

“These speakers have earned the nickname ‘fire-breathing monsters’ for a reason,” says Kerry Geist, product manager at Klipsch Group. “They are the best sounding audiophile speaker at this price point.”

US pricing is quoted at; Klipsch Reference RF-7 III (US MSRP $1,799 ea.) and RC-64 III (US MSRP $1,499 ea.), no official UK pricing is available as yet.

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