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As our test of its HD Theater 500 system demonstrated, Klipsch can squeeze quite a performance out of its more affordable speaker systems. But now we have the chance to assess how the company fares at the opposite end of the price spectrum, as our lug-holes get to grips with the WF-34 package.
Whereas the HD Theater 500 was aimed at first-timers and budget buyers, this is a system for discerning home cinema fans with a bit more cash to splash, and as such it features impeccable build quality and some of Klipsch’s finest speaker tech.
The system is part of Klipsch’s Icon W series (the W stands for wood) and comprises two WF-34 floor-standing front speakers, a WC-24 centre, a pair of WS-24 surround speakers and a XW-300d subwoofer. Our hands-on inspection begins with the slim front floor-standers, which measure 101.6cm tall and offer the sort of tough, robust construction you’d for this sort of money. They’re the little brother of Klipsch’s WF-35 and bought separately would set you back £529 each.
On the outside, they boast a ‘furniture grade’ wood veneer cabinet – ours came in the charmingly named Espresso finish but they’re also available in Cabernet. They’re not designed to dazzle – the look is understated, maybe even a little drab, but they do have a timeless style that should complement any room décor. Each one comes with a removable magnetic grille and sits on a thick, securely bolted base. All of the speakers are fitted with a pair of binding posts, but because the WF-34s can be bi-wired they boast an extra pair.
Internally, the highlight is Klipsch’s all-new Tractrix Horn-loaded tweeter with XT (X-Tractrix) technology, which helps deliver a high output, low distortion sound by equalising the speed of the sound waves, thereby smoothing out the dispersion pattern.
It’s joined by three 4.5in fibreglass cone woofers with ceramic motor structures, which allows them to deliver bass frequencies down to 50Hz. Power handling is quoted at 125W at 8 ohms.