CEDIA Expo Virtual Preview: Klipsch Raises Home Theater Bar with Real Custom Cinema
Zach Beyer of Klipsch speaks with Arlen Schweiger of CE Pro about the company’s Real Custom Cinema BTS (Behind the Screen) home theater audio solutions, available for minimum screen widths of 102, 112 and 122 inches.
Klipsch has long been a staple in the home and commercial audio world for loyal audiophiles. These worlds collide as the company unveils its latest home theater speaker solutions during the CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience.
Zach Beyer, Associate Product Manager, Component Audio at Klipsch, spoke to CE Pro ahead of CEDIA Expo Virtual (register at cediaexpovirtual.com) September 15-17 to discuss the company’s Real Custom Cinema range.
Visitors to Klipsch’s CEDIA Expo Virtual booth (at klipschgroupinc.cediaexpovirtual.com) will get a taste of how the company has leveraged its commercial theatrical audio legacy and incorporated that expertise into the RCC range of integrators and to offer their customers a fantastic audio experience at home.
“Essentially, the system has taken a lot of this component, this engineering, all of the design knowledge and expertise and turned it into a system that is easy for integrators to install,” says Beyer. “It’s easy to understand and create systems that sound really great and are really professional cinema speakers that can be built into a home.”
Real Custom Cinema Series is available in 3 sizes for screen width parameters
Custom installers can order the Real Custom Cinema offerings in three sizes: RCC-102-BTS, RCC-112-BTS, and RCC-122-BTS. The numbers in the nomenclature correspond to the minimum screen width in inches (i.e. 102 inches wide, 112 inches or 122 inches), while BTS stands for “behind the screen”, as these are hidden by acoustically transparent screens in a home theater, explains Beyer.
The reason Klipsch specified systems by screen width is to keep the system independent of the aspect ratio – whether integrators use a 16: 9 screen or a CinemaScope screen, the RCC BTS systems will work with any aspect ratio, Beyer says, adding that this will help simplify the ordering process too.
Regarding the speakers’ internal additions, Beyer notes that the 15 “woofer and 18” subwoofer sizes are the same for the systems, but the voice coil sizes account for the main differences.
The largest RCC-122-BTS has a 4-inch voice coil on the woofer and subwoofer, and a 4-inch titanium compression driver on top. On the RCC-112-BTS, the voice coil sizes drop to 3 “versions, and the high frequency compression driver is also 3” with a 3 “voice coil. On the RCC-102-BTS, the woofer and subwoofer voice coils remain at 3 “, but at the top there are 1.75” high frequency drivers and a 3 “voice coil.
According to Beyer, the products were very well received by integrators at the preview last year, and the CEDIA Expo Virtual is an opportunity to extend Klipsch’s message to the CEDIA channel for home theater audio.
“We are continuing this focus this year and explaining the value proposition of the system to people and why … the system is so special,” says Beyer.
Information, training aid integrators with real custom cinema designs
To support integrators with ordering, designing and selling the Real Custom Cinema range, Klipsch will be offering a training course at its CEDIA Expo Virtual booth.
“First of all, how to order and install it, because the whole reason we built this modular system is to make it easier for the integrators,” notes Beyer. “We did a couple of interesting things – one is that you just order with a part number … and you get five speakers, you don’t have to order separate parts together.
“The point of the system was to make it easier with just one screen size,” he adds, rather than having integrators having to estimate the scaling of larger Klipsch solutions beforehand, for example when cobbling together a system.
For installation, integrators can also draw on Klipsch’s design expertise for help with calculations based on variables such as placement height and seating positions.
“We still offer a free Pro System Design service so we can do it all for you, right down to where to put your furniture, where your bezels should be on the wall, how tall they should be Should and even to what other mount speakers complement the system very well, ”he says.
According to Beyer, Klipsch has developed good / better / best options for every RCC system, dealing with architectural and in-room solutions that cover comprehensive Klipsch surround speaker solutions.
Among the training courses that Klipsch will be offering at its stand, Michael Buratto, Senior Product Manager, will go into detail on the RCC systems as part of the courses at the Klipsch Academy.