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Klipsch KPT-904 Speakers (Frankenstein Edition)

Longtime Klipsch fan and forum member Jonathan Wood had a 32′ x 38’ room that desperately needed great audio. That’s over 1,200 feet of space.

A couple years ago, Jonathan was lucky enough to check out the powerful Klipsch KPT-904 cinema speakers in action at the house of his friend Ryan Hendrix.

“I knew I needed a pair of my own.”

The KPT-904 is an exceptional sounding midsize screen and stage speaker that excels at stadium seating. A Tractrix® Horn-loaded, 3-inch titanium compression driver coupled with a dual 15-inch woofer allows for excellent efficiency and dynamics.

To translate the marketing fluff: the KPT-904 is a kick-ass speaker that can fill up a whole lot of space like Jonathan’s.

Jonathan told Ryan “to keep his ears and eyes peeled through his network of Klipsch heads.” Ryan’s dad, Bill Hendrix, happened to be an owner of the KPT-904s himself and also maintained long-standing friends with multiple Klipsch engineers. Thankfully, Bill had a friend who was interested in selling his speakers.

It wasn’t for the stock KPT-904, though. It was for something more…twisted…monstrous…diabolical…a strange concoction of parts.

Frankenstein Klipsch Speakers 7 social

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix


Jonathan snapped up this quasi-clone – a twisted creation – of the KPT-904. (PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW.)

It all starts with the Klipsch KP-450 bass bin. To make it like the KPT-904, the previous owner added a B&C DE75 compression driver, using an EAW horn instead of the K-510. (Jonathan is looking to replace the EAW horn with a K-510 soon, though.)

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Jonathan asked Bob Crites to build new networks that followed the 904 schematic, but to pad the horn down by 3db since they are used for two-channel music instead of home theater or theater use where they would be behind the screen.

Adding to the Frankenstein-nature of these speakers, Jonathan decided to paint them. Luckily, one of his friends does custom paintwork, so he had them painted a medium warm grey on the bass bins and a gloss orange-red on the horn.

“Because, why not?!”

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Jonathan also had the custom perforated steel grilles made for the Frankenstein speakers by another member of the Klipsch forum, completing their striking look.

The speakers are currently setup in a two-channel audio configuration. To power these monsters, Jonathan is currently running them through an Odyssey Kismet amplifier and Juicy Music Blueberry Xtreem 2 pre-amplifier. The amplifiers in the photos are the Parasound ZAmps running in bridged mono. His source is an “older” Denon DP-1250 with a Sumiko MMT tonearm and Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge.

How do they sound?

“They are excellent in my space for their intended purpose.”

Nice work, Frankenstein.

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Photo c/o Ryan Hendrix

Do you know of any other Klipsch Frankenstein speakers? Let us know in the comments!

The above story is NOT an endorsement of the customization and modifications of Klipsch speakers. We do NOT recommend the methods above and these modifications will void you product’s warranty. The speakers that we ship to customers are what the engineers intended and are designed to be the best sounding speakers on Earth.

(It’s just kind of cool. That’s all.)

Five Best Movies for Upmixing with Dolby Atmos

As we have covered in a previous blog post, Dolby Atmos isn’t just for new movies that were edited specifically for the technology. Upmixing with Dolby Atmos brings a new dimension to your surround sound whether it be for movies, music, video games, sporting events or whatever.

Many of you asked for specific examples, so we went through our movie collection and picked out the best movies to show off upmixing with Dolby Atmos.

(Really, we just wanted an excuse to go to one of our theaters and relive these movies on Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers.)

WARNING: There could be some minor spoilers…that being said, if you haven’t seen these movies yet, our sympathy is limited.


One of Steven Spielberg’s finest efforts is worth seeing all over again with upmixed Dolby Atmos sound. The unforgettable and gut-wrenching invasion of Normandy scene is a great showcase for the efforts from Dolby’s engineering team. Bullets and mortars zoom right over your head. The underwater scenes are that much more immersive and intense. The soundtrack was already quite dynamic in 5.1. Dolby Atmos somehow kicks it up another notch.


There are a bunch of scenes in this movie that Trekkies and normies alike will appreciate the impressive upmixed sound. One particular highlight is when the USS Vengeance is catching up to the Enterprise. Going warp speed has never been so exciting (and that’s saying something). The added dimension is also quite apparent during the movie’s opening scene with the animal sounds.


It feels like not nearly enough people have seen this action movie, starring Tom Cruice and Emily Blunt. It’s a fantastic movie in addition to a stellar showcase for Dolby Atmos, particularly the reoccurring battle scenes. You can practically feel the air rushing around him as the main character falls from the sky, displaying incredible ambient effects. The distant battle sounds sound really expansive through the additional Dolby Atmos channels. Without revealing too much, the “swirling” aliens are much more intimidating and overwhelming as well thanks to the Dolby Atmos upmixing.


Sure, the plot kind of stinks and it goes on for far too long but…those jungle scenes! The ambience and wildlife sounds of the jungle completely envelop the listener. While the action scenes are incredibly immersive and three dimensional, the quieter, dialogue based scenes are impressive examples of Dolby Atmos technology.


Atmosphere and tension is everything in Prometheus, making it a natural fit for Dolby Atmos. Upmixing utilizes height effects brilliantly during the storm scene when they are running back to the ship with clouds and sand swirling overhead. Any of the cave scenes also have a lot of ambience including water drops, falling stones, and lots of echo all over the place – around and above.




Upmixing with Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is now. Not years from now. Right now.

While the stream of programming with Dolby® Atmos has only begun to fill the media landscape, you don’t have to wait to experience the the immersive, cinematic sound of Dolby Atmos thanks to “upmixing.”

You will immediately notice the benefits of upmixing compared to standard surround sound during movies as well as musical performances, video games and sporting events.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Dolby Atmos is the biggest advancement in home and cinema audio since surround sound. (Overview + FAQ of Dolby Atmos.)


A Dolby Atmos enabled receiver will handle most of the work by recognizing the sound that would typically be sent to the surround channels and sends some of that sound out to the Dolby Atmos elevation channels.

In Dolby’s own words: “The Dolby surround upmixer employs the original soundtrack to create a highly accurate rendering of the environment in the movie while simultaneously honoring and maintaining the artists’ intent for the mix.”

All of the major receiver manufacturers including Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Yamaha, and Pioneer are making Dolby Atmos enabled receivers that will work with Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers. Remember, if you need help picking the right receiver, check out our guide on how to find the best receiver for you.


Upmixing allows you to hear height/elevation effects, creating a much more immersive, true-to-life experience versus traditional surround sound. This isn’t a gimmick. It’s a honest-to-goodness improvement that will reinvigorate your existing movie collection, television programs, video games and music collection.

Dolby says “Unlike previous wideband upmixing technologies, the Dolby surround upmixer operates on multiple perceptually spaced frequency bands for a fine-grained analysis of the source signal. The Dolby surround upmixer can individually steer frequency bands, producing surround sound with precisely located audio elements and a spacious ambience.”

Don’t believe it? We strongly recommend a visit to your local Klipsch dealer who carries Dolby Atmos speakers to test this out for yourself.


“Pure” Dolby Atmos is only possible when source material is encoded (mixed and published) in Dolby Atmos technology. If you are looking at a Blu-Ray, it should be clearly labeled with the Dolby Atmos logo on the disc packaging.

With a “pure” Dolby Atmos mix, you are hearing sound exactly as the (human) sound editor intended it. In order to upmix to Dolby Atmos, an algorithm in the receiver determines which sounds go to the Dolby Atmos channels based on frequency and phase correlation. Essentially, upmixing is a synthesized, yet very effective Dolby Atmos experience that draws from the original 5.1/7.1 mix.

More and more content is being created in Dolby Atmos; however, you will be delighted by the immediate benefits that you will hear by upgrading to a Dolby Atmos setup.


Have you had a chance to check out Dolby Atmos? Let us know in the comments!


40 Years and Counting with Klipsch Heresy Speakers

When Candace Tinkler turned 20 years old, her father treated her to Klipsch Heresy speakers. Now, 40 years later, Candace remains in love with the speakers she received on her 20th birthday.

“It was a big deal to splurge on these luxury items,” Tinkler said. “My father had a deep love of music which he shared with me. He grew up during The Great Depression and his family didn’t have money for him to take music lessons, so he showered me with musical opportunities that he never had.”

Before making the leap, Tinkler and her father did their research. Although she doesn’t remember exactly what the key reasons were for picking the Heresy speakers, Tinker had spoken with both her professional musician friends and employees from several high-end audio stores who all recommended Klipsch.

After hearing a demo of these handcrafted speakers at a specialty audio store in San Francisco, her Dad was so excited that he purchased a pair for the family home in addition to the pair he bought for her. Although he may have passed away two years ago at the age of 89, his Heresy speakers continue to rock in the family home.

Since their purchase in 1975, Tinkler’s Heresy speakers have been moved all over the United States, far away from the speakers’ birthplace in Hope, Arkansas. As a National Park Service employee, they have “survived” Zion, Bighorn Canyon, Channel Islands, Grand Canyon, Everglades, New River Gorge and, currently, Redwood National Parks.

The question of whether it is worth it to carry these 44 lb. speakers from place to place is downright silly to Tinkler.

“I love these speakers! I have never thought of myself as a hoarder and, in fact, I am a bit ruthless about getting rid of junk that doesn’t work to my expectations. On the other hand, I hang on to things I love.”

Currently residing in Crescent City, California, Tinkler’s American-made speakers have gained notoriety throughout the town.

“Every July 4th during the fireworks, I open the windows, turn the speakers towards the street and crank the volume up crazy high. Everyone cheers! It is a town tradition. The speakers are so loud, it is like a rock concert!”

The speakers’ survival and impeccable condition even more remarkable because Tinkler never even got around to staining the speakers’ bare wood.

“Can you believe it?”

Heck, yes. This is Klipsch.


How long have you had your Klipsch speakers? Post a comment below!

Candace Tinkler Klipsch Heresy Speakers

Trent Whitney and his Klipsch KMC 3 in Nepal

Thanks to an enthusiastic community of loyalists, Klipsch receives thousands of comments on social media whether it be on the Klipsch Forums, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – you name it.

In most cases, the kinds of comments are either product-related questions, flattering praise or, of course, the standard “YOU SUCK!” type of messages.

Obviously, we genuinely appreciate the kind words people bestow upon us and wouldn’t be in business if we didn’t have people exalting our speakers and headphones on the Internet. That being said, it is rare that we get a comment that genuinely makes our day.

Back in July, Trent Whitney, a police sergeant in Pocatello, Idaho, posted a message on our Facebook timeline that immediately brought a smile to our faces. He had just come back from a humanitarian trip to Nepal through the JRM foundation and left a message on our page to thank us.

In addition to having large populations in hard-to-reach areas, Nepal has been ravaged by earthquakes, making it difficult for aid to reach the appropriate places. Political red tape doesn’t help either.

Whitney went to Nepal to help with basic medical and housing needs, as well as to bring a little bit of happiness to a group of people that has been through far more than any of us can even imagine.

His red Klipsch KMC 3 portable Bluetooth speaker brought so much joy to the villages’ children, as well as to Whitney and his colleagues.

Klipsch KMC 3 Movie Projector

Whitney used his KMC 3, iPhone, a micro-projector and hung a white sheet to create a makeshift movie theater for residents. Whether in the children’s ward of a hospital or an abandoned, half-destroyed classroom, there were smiles littered across kids’ faces as Despicable Me or Frozen were played. It didn’t even matter that the movies were in English.

In some cases, Whitney had treated them hours earlier, which made him particularly happy to see their smiling faces.

“One little 7 year old boy was admitted with electric burns after he stepped on a live wire a result of earthquake destruction,” said Whitney.

Trent Whitney Home Theater

Most villages in Nepal are remote, leading to a lot of travel for workers like Whitney and his colleagues. Dr. Fahim Rahim, team leader, was rocking out with a pair of Klipsch X-11i in-ear headphones in the air while Dave Coffin, team builder, used the Reference R6i headphones. Rahim has a pair of 1979 Klipsch La Scala speakers, a pair of SW-115 subwoofers at home, while Whitney has pair of Klipschorns and Reference R-115SW subwoofers that we have highlighted on the official Klipsch Instagram page. We are certainly happy to hear that Klipsch fans are doing good deeds around the world.

The travel also led to some awkward circumstances that caused Whitney to bust out the KMC 3 speaker.

“We went back to Kathmandu Airport and our helicopter was late. It started pouring some of that monsoon season rain again so we sought shelter under a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 that had crash-landed at the Kathmandu Airport in March of 2015.  Luckily no one was hurt. This once very nice wide-body aircraft came in handy as a huge personal umbrella for us. During the downpour, we blasted loud music from my portable Klipsch KMC 3 Bluetooth speaker listening to 80’s rock and roll four a couple of hours.  It was awesome!” explained Whitney.

Trent Whitney Klipsch KMC 3 hike

Later on, Whitney and the rest of the team set off on a hike. After picking up batteries for the KMC 3, he found himself running about five minutes behind the group, so he needed to catch up. “I started running with my heavy backpack to catch up to the group with my speaker in hand.  I connected my phone to it and blasted some rock and roll as I ran. The villagers just stared at me as I ran by.”

Villagers and his colleagues are like family members. They brought so much joy to this policeman from Idaho that he left his KMC 3 with a Nepalese family that lost their home in the earthquakes.

“I just couldn’t bring it back with me after seeing how happy this Nepalese family’s little girl was when she danced. They became family to us! I miss my KMC 3, but I miss my new family even more! The spirit of giving never felt so good!”

At the end of the day, it is truly us who should be thanking Whitney and his colleagues.

Click here to read Whitney’s journal in full for

Trent Whitney Klipsch KMC 3 Nepal

Trent Whitney Nepal

Trent Whitney Nepal

Trent Whitney Klipsch Headphones

Klipsch Install Stories: Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery

Sun King Brewing Company was founded in 2009 by Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. They have had extraordinary success focusing on “continually creating traditional, seasonal and unique specialty beers.”

Sun King’s main brewery and offices are located just a few miles south from the Klipsch headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, IN. A couple years ago, we installed Klipsch speakers there, dutifully pumping music into the brewery as visitors sip on tasty beverages.

Colt and Robinson are looking to repeat that success in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, IN. While their plans for a full-scale brewery have been temporarily put on the hold, the award-winning brewing company built a taproom nearby. The location will eventually have a small-batch brewery inside where the mad beer scientists will concoct all sorts of delicious, hoppy beers.

Robinson said, “The new Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery was designed with local in mind. Aside from production of Fresh•Local•Beer, when you look around you will notice that our tables, bar and light fixtures were handcrafted from locally sourced and repurposed wood, so to complete the space, it only made sense to equip the space with great sound provided by our local partner Klipsch.”

For the install, we teamed up with Randy Monteith Audio & Video LLC out of Greenwood, IN. Monteith has been in business since 1991 and is well-known throughout the Indianapolis-area for providing stellar custom audio solutions.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 2

In the taproom, there is a lengthy list of taps (duh!) with all sorts of delicious beers available in pints or growlers. For this area, we installed hanging KI-262-SMA-II speakers and a “flying” KPT-684-SW-SMA subwoofer, which were handcrafted at our manufacturing facility in Hope, AR. The subwoofer is particularly impressive, as it is quite monstrous and more-than-capable of delivering superior bass performance.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 3

The party room is stocked with IC-525-T and KPH-525 speakers. These pendant speakers integrate really well into Sun King’s industrial look. The brewing area is equipped with CA-650-T speakers, which stay out of the way and allow the brewers to focus on what they do best – make gold-medal winning beer.

If you find yourself in the Fishers-area, definitely stop by for a cold one and, of course, top-notch Klipsch sound.

We might just head over there right now ourselves…

Do you have questions or comments about this Klipsch install? Post in the comments section below.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 1

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Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 8

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Klipsch Dolby Atmos Speakers FAQ

Klipsch is proud to deliver an incredibly captivating Dolby Atmos experience to the home with its new line of Reference Premiere speakers. The RP-280FA, RP-450CA and RP-140SA speakers kicked off the brand’s foray into this exciting new standard for surround sound.

Feedback from both Klipsch partners and costumers alike has been overwhelming positive, but inquisitive souls have questions. Thus, we have compiled we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers with Dolby Atmos.

If you have a question that you don’t see answered, please post a comment. We will answer it as quickly as possible and add it to the FAQ.

What is Dolby Atmos?

To put it simply, Dolby Atmos® is the greatest advancement in home and cinema audio since surround sound. Sound editors now have the ability to pinpoint a single sound and move it around, above and through the listener.

Dolby Atmos is achieved by the addition of overhead and/or elevation channel speakers. This additional sound plane creates a true 3-dimensional hemisphere of sound for the listener.

Is Dolby Atmos just a gimmick-y sound effect?

Nope, it’s not a gimmick. Dolby Atmos is the first truly audible advancement in surround sound since 5.1. Through incredible advancements in acoustic technology and sound editing software development, Dolby has created a completely immersive, 360-degree audio experience that has been widely adopted by Hollywood’s top movie studios.

How do Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers work differently than old competitors’ up-firing technology?

With the controlled directivity and exceptional efficiency of our exclusive Tractrix® Horn technology, we are able to meet the very stringent specifications put in place by Dolby for their Atmos enabled elevation speakers. Because of this, Klipsch is able to offer the only discrete, 2-way Dolby Atmos elevation speakers on the market for a much more dynamic, powerful, and realistic Dolby Atmos listening experience.

Do the Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers work with content that is not spec’d for Dolby Atmos?

Yes. The Dolby Atmos software in Dolby Atmos enabled AV receivers and processors will actually up-mix non-Atmos material to utilize the height channels in your Atmos system. Of course, this function can be turned off at any time if you’d prefer a more traditional listening experience.

Do I need a new receiver for Dolby Atmos playback?

If your current receiver is not already equipped, you’ll need a Dolby Atmos enabled A/V receiver to experience this new technology. Visit for a list of all Dolby Atmos capable receivers.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140SA Dolby Atmos

Can I place the RP-140SA on top of speakers that are not Klipsch Reference Premiere?

Yes. You can place the RP-140SA on any brand of floorstanding or bookshelf speaker. If your current speakers do not have a flat top, you may place the RP-140SA next to the speaker on a table or mount.

Does Klipsch make Atmos enabled in-ceiling speakers?

Yes… Dolby doesn’t certify architectural products as Atmos enabled although any of the Klipsch in-ceiling speakers meet the spec. The Klipsch CDT-5650-C II and CDT-5800-C II in-ceiling speakers are two particularly great speakers for Dolby Atmos because of their Controlled Dispersion Technology®.

Are Dolby Atmos-enabled in-ceiling speakers better than the integrated channel in the RP-280FA or the separate RP-140SA elevation speaker?

“Better” is not the exact word choice we would use. In a perfect world, you would use in-ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos in movie theaters across the world. That being said, it is really up to you to decide whether you are OK with cutting into your ceiling. We think providing in-ceiling, integrated and “topper” options gives people the ability to choose the best setup for their individual setups.

Do I need a special sound-treated room for Dolby Atmos to work?

No. Between the in-ceiling speakers and integrated and elevation speakers, Klipsch has many options for consumers to have Dolby Atmos even if they don’t have a dedicated, sound-treated theater room. If you are looking to use the integrated or elevation speakers, a horizontal ceiling made from an acoustically reflective material, such as drywall or plaster is the most ideal setup. That being said, if you have a two-story or vaulted/cathedral ceilings, you can still enjoy the same amazing Dolby Atmos experience. For more details, please see the answer to the next question.

What happens if I don’t have a horizontal ceiling?

A horizontal ceiling between 7.5’ and 14’ high is the most ideal for a Dolby Atmos-enabled elevation speaker; however, we have done a lot of testing with vaulted/cathedral ceilings and you often can get the same experience as you would with a horizontal ceiling. If you have doubts about your particular setup, we would recommend contacting Klipsch customer support. Any photos of your listening area that you can provide will aid the process. Another option for two story or cathedral/vaulted ceilings would be Klipsch in-ceiling speakers which can be angled properly for Dolby Atmos sound.

I have a non-reflective ceiling…can I still get Dolby Atmos?

Yes, indeed, you can. You will need to use in-ceiling speakers. We recommend an in ceiling speaker like the Klipsch CDT-5650- C II or the CDT-3650-C II.

What is the ideal ceiling height for Dolby Atmos playback?

The ideal ceiling height is 7.5 feet to 14 feet.

How do I hook up the RP-140SA elevation speaker?

Just like you would any other passive speaker. Using speaker wire, you connect the terminals to the matching height terminals specified on your Dobly Atmos-compatible receiver.

Can I use other speakers, face them upward and pair them with a Dolby Atmos-compatible receiver to get the Atmos effect?

You will want to use Dolby Atmos rated speakers for it to work a 100% correctly. You can, however, put the RP-140SA on a shelf up near the front of your room with the equal height of a floorstanding speaker. Another option is to use an in-celling speaker that will work with the Dolby Atmos specs.

Reference Premiere RP-280FA Dolby Atmos Walnut

What kind of finish do the RP-280FA and RP-450C have?

The RP-280FA and RP-450CA are made from handcrafted real wood veneer in black and walnut finishes.

Can I use the RP-140SA as a surround speaker?

Yup. That’ll work. The RP-140SA includes a keyhole mount on the bottom for wall mounting as a traditional monopole surround speaker.

Can I mount the RP-140SA or RP-250S to the ceiling in order to create the Dolby Atmos effect?

Please don’t. They are not rated for use in ceilings and could be dangerous.

What happens if I’m playing non-Dolby Atmos content?

It will play as normal, unless you ask your Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receiver or processor to up-mix the audio to Dolby Atmos.

Where can I demo Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers?

Please use the Klipsch dealer locator and contact your nearest dealer to see if they have a demo available.

Where can I buy Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers?

You can purchase Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers from select dealers and at

If you have any other questions regarding Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, please post a comment below. We will answer the question as quickly as possible and add it to the FAQ.

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speakers

Klipsch engineers are always up to something crazy. Most of the time, we cannot tell you about it – top secret stuff and all – but this time we’ll share a cool project from the desk of Jay Lawyer.

Mini Klipsch La Scala desktop computer speakers.

One could consider them a love child between the original PWK-designed Klipsch La Scala II and the award-winning ProMedia computer speakers.

The original Klipsch La Scala was unveiled in 1963 and designed as an alternative to the Klipschorn for applications in the theater, recording studio, nightclub, etc. It boasted a smaller cabinet than the Klipschorn and a design that did not require a corner location. The Klipsch La Scala II is still made today in Hope, Arkansas with only cosmetic changes from the original.

Having been at Klipsch for just under 15 years, Lawyer is currently the Associate Development Engineer. He has been one of the main engineering minds behind the signature Klipsch sound during this time period, working on speakers, soundbars and subwoofers.

Lawyer created the Mini La Scalas simply because he was bored one day. The La Scala is one of his favorite speakers and he figured a Mini La Scala at his desk would be a cool homage to Paul W. Klipsch.

After running through just a few prototypes, the final design for the Mini La Scala speaker was set. Measuring 9” x 6” x 6”, it’s a quarter-scale replica of the La Scala, but made in a 2-way design.

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Unlike the original La Scala, they are ported out the top. The horn-loaded woofer’s “dog house” is opened at the top, which allows extra air space from behind the tweeter horn. To create the low-end output that Lawyer desired, he needed the woofer to have a larger enclosure volume to compensate for the speaker’s small horn.

The speakers are constructed from Masonite and hot metal glue, while featuring woofers and tweeters from the well-regarded Quintet 4 speakers. These mini La Scala speakers may appear rudimentary and plain; however, the speakers certainly pack quite a punch.

Lawyer modestly says that they sound “pretty good.” He would even stack them up against award-winning Klipsch Promedia desktop computer speakers.

Before you even ask, no, these aren’t going to be going into mass-production – sorry! Just Klipsch engineers doing Klipsch engineering things.

Mini Klipsch La Scala speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speakers

Have a question or comment about the Mini La Scala speakers? Post in the comments below!


Made in USA Speakers

The very first Klipsch speaker sold was made by hand back in 1946 in the little town of Hope, Arkansas. Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) built the horn himself out of a tin shed while the original cabinet was made by the local Reed’s Cabinet Shop.

A lot has changed since 1946, but some things haven’t. We still make many of our speakers in that sleepy little southern town with pride and respect for the formula (PWK) bestowed upon us.

The tin shed is now a full-fledged factory with its own cabinet production line and the company’s headquarters have moved to Indianapolis, Indiana; however, the mission remains the same for all of our “Made in USA” speakers. We want to make the world’s best speakers that bring the live music experience to your living room…or wherever you may need music.

Here’s a rundown of our Made in USA speakers…

Klipschorn Speaker Made in USA

Klipschorn (Heritage Series)

Paul W. Klipsch created the Klipschorn because he wanted to bring the live music experience to his home. Boy, he succeeded and then some, didn’t he? With it’s brilliant highs and deep lows, it’s truly the classic American speaker. (Klipschorn history)

It may be hard to believe, but the design of the Klipschorn has genuinely not changed much since PWK made his first one in 1946. It is the only speaker to be in continuous production for over 70 years. We’ve tweaked it here and there, but, as the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Klipsch La Scala Made in USA

La Scala II (Heritage Series)

Named after the Teatro alla Scala in Italy, the original La Scala was unveiled in 1963 as an alternative to the Klipschorn. It offers similar performance and, unlike the Klipschorn, it does not require corner placement. (La Scala history)

The fully horn-loaded, three-way La Scala was used early on by Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller and now has fans like Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood who fulfilled the prophecy of a now famous Klipsch t-shirt.

Klipsch Cornwall Made in USA

Cornwall III (Heritage Series)

Simply put, the Cornwall is the Heresy’s “big brother.” Introduced in 1959, the Cornwall was designed to serve as a bigger and more powerful version of the Heresy as (ideally) a center channel for a pair of Klipschorns. (Cornwall history)

Over the years, the Cornwall has developed its own dedicated following who can’t get enough of its three-way design and direct-radiating 15-inch woofer. Klipsch briefly discontinued the Cornwall in 1990 but quickly changed its mind after an outcry from customers that included a written petition.

Klipsch Heresy Made in USA

A Klipsch Heresy speaker at the flagship John Varvatos store in Detroit, MI.

Heresy III (Heritage Series)

The Klipsch Heresy speaker was introduced in 1957 as a center channel for a pair of Klipschorn speakers. As far as we know, it’s the first commercially-made center channel speaker. (Heresy History)

The Heresy now stands very much on it’s own. Steven Guttenberg calls the Heresy III “a rock’n’roller’s dream speaker” in Stereophile. A little Heresy is good for the soul.

Reference RF-7 II Made in USA

Reference RF-7 II speakers on the line in Hope, AR. (Photo credit: “CECAA850″ from the Klipsch Forums)

Reference RF-7 II

The RF-7 II is the flagship speaker in the popular Reference series lineup. It’s striking copper-and-black aesthetics and muscular performance make it many customers’ choice when building the ultimate home theater.

This speaker is often compared to classic American muscle cars because it’s loud, bold and freakin’ awesome.

Reference RC-64 Made in USA

Reference RC-64 II

Great home theater systems need a proper center channel and few are better than the RC-64 II that is handmade on the line in Hope. With four 6.5” Ceramatllic woofers, the RC-64 II is the most powerful center channel in the Reference series and the perfect compliment the RF-7 II floorstanding speakers.

Palladium Made in USA


The Palladium Series was an industry-redefining project that began with a vision – not a budget. Every engineering detail was meticulously pored over to ensure that this speaker was a befitting flagship speaker for the Klipsch brand. We are extremely proud to assemble these breathtaking speakers right here in the heart of America.

THX Ultra2 Made in USA

THX Ultra 2

There is an American-made option for the movie enthusiast who wants their speakers to have the highest THX certification….and it rocks. In fact, we believe that few professional theaters can match the stunning high-output, low-distortion sound that this system achieves.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Made in USA

Klipsch Professional speakers in action at the Sun King Brewing Tap Room in Fishers, IN.

Klipsch Professional

Many of the Klipsch Professional speakers that you find in movie theaters, race tracks, restaurants, etc are made in Hope, Arkansas alongside the Heritage Series. Building the speakers in Hope allows us to quickly ship products to businesses that match their specifications.

Heritage-Inspired Speakers

The Future

Klipsch is always examining opportunities to bring more manufacturing to Hope, Arkanas. At CES, we showed off a concept for wireless towers and bookshelf monitors that combined beautiful Hope cabinetry with the technology from a Klipsch Stadium.

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