The WC-24 centre speaker (available separately for £429) is similarly stylish and well-built, using the traditional horizontal arrangement. It tackles those tricky vocal tones with the same premium titanium diaphragm compression driver, Tractrix tweeter and 4.5in fibreglass cone woofers found in the fronts to ensure tonal matching across the front of the stage. The centre achieves a frequency response from 85Hz up to 23kHz.
Similar components can be found inside the WS-24 rears, except they add Klipsch’s exclusive Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST) into the mix, which as the name suggests is designed to extend their reach to cater for rooms with a less-than-ideal layout. These can be bought separately for £299 each. Klipsch has opted for a distinctive semi-circle shape for these rear speakers, which makes them ideal for wall mounting – dual keyhole brackets are provided on the rear for this purpose.
The subwoofer of choice for the WS-34 system is the XW-300d – £639 separately. This smart-looking unit features black aluminium side panels and a gloss-black top section that make it one of the more stylish subs we’ve encountered. It’s much smaller than we expected for a system at this price, but with a 300W Bridged Amplifier Switching Hybrid (BASH) digital amplifier and 8in fibreglass cone driver on board, its compact size shouldn’t be an issue performance-wise.
It also features Klipsch’s Digitally Controlled Subwoofer (DCS) technology, which includes three equalization modes (Flat, Depth, and Punch). To select these, there’s a control panel embedded in the top section, with a cluster of buttons and a backlit dot matrix display panel. You can also set the volume, crossover and phase and save your settings under three presets (Music, Movie, and Night). With everything being controlled digitally on the top panel, there are no dials or switches on the back, just line inputs.
Klipsch’s mantra is ‘Power. Detail. Emotion.’ and sure enough this system offers all three in spades. Its potent, pin-sharp sound really lets you feel the excitement and drama of movie soundtracks.