Klipsch is joining the voice-enabled speaker market with a firmware upgrade to their Klipsch Stream speaker line. The company announced that they will be rolling out a firmware update that will enable Alexa Voice assistant in their Stream speaker series. You will need to opt-in to the update through your app in order to get the ability but it will be there.
Klipsch speakers deliver the power, detail, and emotion of the live music experience. The company has incorporated the latest technologies into its speakers so listeners can access, enjoy, and control their music and movies in one room or throughout the home. Any of the Klipsch DTS® Play-Fi equipped speakers in the Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room audio system: Reference RSB-14 and RSB-8 sound bars, Heritage Wireless speaker The Three, RW-1 wireless speaker, and Gate and PowerGate™ amplifiers.
Klipsch Stream distributes music from a variety of sources throughout the home using the Wi-Fi network. Expand the system to add additional rooms of great sound with other Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room audio products. The free Klipsch Stream App for smartphones or tablets allows complete control over the entire system.
Current owners of any products in the Klipsch Stream series will require a free firmware update through the Klipsch Stream app to enable functionality of Alexa voice control. The firmware update will be available early 2018.
The prevailing theme at CES 2018 was most certainly voice assistants. Google overtook Las Vegas with nearly everything covered in Google Assitant advertising. Both Google and Amazon are striking partnerships up with a huge number of audio companies and Klipsch is just one more in the pocket.
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