Klipsch’s Energy brand has been in the news quite a bit lately because of its legal issues with Monoprice. The company is making news of a happier sort today, though, with the introduction of its first outdoor speakers: the Energy Take Classic I/O 4 and Energy Take Classic I/O 5.
As expected, price is a huge factor in the appeal of the I/O 4 and I/0 5, which — at $99.99 and $149.99, respectively — deliver incredible bang for the buck. Both weatherproof models feature UV-treated, paintable white cabinets, along with rust-resistant grills, mounting brackets, and gold-plated binding posts for additional protection from the elements.
Both speakers sport a sealed two-way design, with a half-inch tweeter and four-inch polypropylene woofer giving the Energy Take Classic I/O 4 a total frequency response of 100 Hz to 22 kHz (±3 dB), and recommended power handling up to 35 watts RMS. The larger Take Classic I/O 5’s 1-inch tweeter and 5.25-inch polypropylene woofer take its bass-handling capabilities down to 80Hz (±3 dB) and its power handling capabilities up to 50 watts RMS.
Crossover point for both the I/O 4 and I/0 5 is at 4.5kHz, and both were designed to work well in open-air backyard decks, or in sunrooms or other weather-exposed areas.
“This product launch is very meaningful as we remain focused on developing high performance sound solutions capable of meeting any listening need that is relevant to any part of the home,” said Tommy Jacobs, director of customer development for Energy. “We look forward to entering this particular market with these exceptional products, and we are confident the experience will lend to future developments for the Energy brand.”