Earlier this month Audiovox wrapped up its acquistion of Klipsch for around $166 million, swallowing an audio stalwart that, on the PC side, is remembered most for its ProMedia speaker line, including the awesome 5.1 ProMedia Ultras. If you thought that would be the end of Klipsch, think again. In a revival of sorts, Klipsch is once again focusing on PC audio, this time turning its attention to notebooks.
Klipsch announced it is working with Alienware to provide a premium audio experience in the new Alienware M17x gaming laptop. The M17x is Alienware's first 3D gaming laptop, as well as the first to boast integrated speakers from Klipsch.
"We are honored to have the opportunity to team up with Alienware and can't wait to experience the excitement in the marketplace surrounding the release of this new laptop series," said Chris Aiello, Klipsch product manager for personal audio. "By fusing 3D technology with unmatched built-in, Klipsch-refined laptop sound performance, Alienware is truly defining an entirely new product category. We're thrilled to play a role in it."
The 17-inch laptop is built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform. It will have HDMI-in support for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 connectivity, so your gaming console(s) can take advantage of Klipsch's speakers, too.
This latest announcement is proof positive that PC audio is suddenly vogue again. Earlier in the week, Logitech announced a long overdue successor to the popular 5.1 Z-5500 speaker set, and now Klipsch is making a splash, albeit in mobile form. Given the quality of Klipsch's desktop ProMedia line, we're excited to see how that experience translates into notebook audio.
The Alienware M17x is available now starting at $1,499.