Big speakers have been Klipsch’s trademark from their early days in hi-fi, when the brand was renowned for their refrigerator-sized versions that, like movie sound systems of the day, utilised horns to create maximum output from vacuum-tube amplifiers. In the modern day, Klipsch soundbars with Dolby Atmos support still employ horn-loaded speaker drivers, but they now have a unique Klipsch sound.
Few individuals who have listened to a Klipsch-based system have been dissatisfied. However, the company’s speakers and soundbars take up a significant amount of space in a living room.
Klipsch has announced a “strategic relationship to create a new range of Klipsch home audio products combining Resonado Labs technology” in a news statement this week.
Who is Resonado Labs, and what do they have to offer? Klipsch quotes Resonado Labs CEO and Founder Brian Cho as saying, “Identifying an opportunity to produce full-frequency sound in compact form factor speakers led to the creation and patenting of our fundamental technology.” The Klipsch-Resonado Labs partnership hopes to “create the next age of audio by producing a series of devices built to produce the maximum output possible in elegant and small form factors” using this Res-Core motor technology.
For Klipsch speakers and soundbars, this means that they’re going to become a whole lot smaller.
Res-Core is a “precision-driven motor design incorporating a flat voice coil positioned in between two parallel bar magnets,” according to the Resonado Labs website.
” A high-performance suspension system allows the transducer to “maximise pistonic action to pump a vast volume of air for the deepest, purest bass,” according to a press release.
Res-voice Core’s coil (the speaker component that takes electrical output from an amplifier and translates it into driver vibration to move air) has been designed for maximum space-saving, while the motor’s suspension system allows for compact transducers that can generate the kind of bass you’d normally expect from much larger speaker drivers in a more compact package..
Klipsch held a virtual news conference to promote the new relationship, but no specific product was disclosed other than the term “Cinema One.” A Dolby Atmos soundbar is likely to be the first product from Klipsch and Resonado Labs. Klipsch’s comment at the event that they “want consumers to experience Klipsch sound but with a tiny, near-invisible form factor” suggests that the soundbar will still employ horn-loaded drivers, but it will be far smaller than the company’s current products…
The emergence of “near-invisible” speakers and soundbars is a good thing.
Instead of shrinking in size as screen sizes have increased, the greatest 4K TVs and soundbars have remained large and box-like in design. In certain cases, such as the new Sonos Ray and the Samsung HW-S800B, a subwoofer isn’t necessary, but for movies, this is a must-have feature.
There’s little doubt that if Klipsch and Resonado Labs’ new alliance produces soundbars and speakers that defy the laws of physics and give full range sound with high-impact bass in a small one-box form factor, it will be a major development in audio technology. People who were previously reluctant to add a soundbar or subwoofer to their televisions will now be more open to the idea.
“Cinema One,” or whatever develops from this initiative, is something we eagerly await. Furthermore, if Resonado Labs can increase TVs’ built-in audio capabilities in the same way, it would be even more remarkable!