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Klipsch Cornwall Speakers at Hi-Fi Brewing

When we found out that Hi-Fi Brewing Company in Redmond, WA had vintage Klipsch speakers, we knew we liked the place. When we heard the story about their Klipsch Cornwalls and the brewery’s mission statement, we knew we loved them.

Straight from the brewery’s website: “Just as the high fidelity recording techniques developed in the 1960s aimed to recreate–as accurately as possible—the original live musical performance, Hi-Fi Brewing is dedicated to producing beers that are the truest expression of the brewer’s art. Each beer is a faithful rendition of the top-quality ingredients that make it and the passion of the brewing team.”

Now, that’s something that speaks to our soul.

Paul W. Klipsch started making speakers in 1946 because he wanted to bring the live orchestra to the living room and didn’t think anyone else’s products were doing justice to the original performance. Since then, each and every speaker we have made has been a testament to his legacy and we love to hear of companies who do things the same way.

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The Klipsch Joint spoke with founder Ryan McGee on how the Klipsch Cornwalls came to their brewery and how they play a critical role in the brewery’s success.

Back the summer of 1980, McGee’s partner Joe Rovito was eighteen years old and had just finished his freshman year in college. At the time, minimum wage was a mere $3.35, but as McGee said, Rovito was “lucky and talented,” so he scored a job as a millwright at The Chrysler Corporation, making $13.37 per hour.

Rovito worked three 70-hour weeks (with overtime) and promptly “blew it all on a stereo.” He paired a pair of Klipsch Cornwall speakers that cost $1,240 with a Mitsubishi LT-5V vertical turntable, matching FM tuner and a Hafler 200 watt per channel amplifier.

“His mother wasn’t thrilled, but when he got back to campus he could play ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and have it be heard clear across the quad,” McGee said.

In 2013, a full thirty-three years later, Rovito brought those speakers (along with the accompanying now-vintage gear) to Hi-Fi Brewing where he and McGee are co-owners. The speakers didn’t simply come along for the ride, though.

McGee said, “The Cornwalls have become the focal point of the taproom. We get compliments every day on how great they sound.”

These guys are serious about their audio performance, as they use the speakers (now powered with a Sansui receiver) for playing vinyl or as a PA for their monthly comedy night. So serious, that they have outfitted the wall behind the speakers (see photos) with acoustic panels through the round cutouts. On the opposite side of the taproom is a set of massive floor-to-ceiling windows looking into Hi-Fi Brewing’s new 15-barrel brew house.

“We have a nice live-end, dead-end setup for the Cornwalls to play in,” McGee said.

These are our truly kind of guys.

Have you seen Klipsch speakers in a brewing, restaurant or other establishment? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Klipsch Palladium Series: A Masterclass

Every once in a while, there comes along an industry-redefining project. The Klipsch Palladium Series is one such mission.

It wasn’t done overnight. Heck, it took a full decade for this project to fully actualize itself.

Each and every speaker in the Palladium Series was designed to be utterly flawless from the floorstanding speakers to the subwoofer. These are not ordinary speakers. They are the pinnacle of Klipsch engineering and design.

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INNOVATION DOESN’T COME EASY

Ever since the doors of Klipsch opened for business with the introduction of the Klipschorn, the company has strived to be at the forefront of innovation. Of course, this comes with a price.

Much to the delight of the engineers and designers at Klipsch, they were shackled with any sort of budget in mind. The goal was simply to create the best speaker possible in terms of acoustics and design.

Palladium is built on the collective expertise of a global network of partners. From our headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, we went to the corners of the Earth in our quest for the perfect speaker Design consultants in Munich and Los Angeles, manufacturing partners in Dongguan and Shenzhen, China and build specialists at our original Klipsch factory in Hope Arkansas, all collaborated on this masterpiece.

Unlike other high-end audio speakers that rely on off-the-shell driver systems, we opted to build every Palladium driver the ground up. Like we said, we didn’t just want to make a great line of speakers. We wanted to make the BEST line of speakers.

There were struggles. There were disagreements, but not one can argue with the end result.

It is truly a triumph of passion.

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SUPREME PERFORMANCE

The beauty of the Palladium Series isn’t just on the outside. An equally stunning acoustics package resides within these oh-so-sexy cabinets.

Unique to the Palladium Series is a carbon-infused, thermoset composite dual-horn configuration. It consists of a proprietary tweeter design, combining a chambered phase plug and Tractrix® Horn for extended high-frequency response; a second 90º by 60º acoustically dampened Tractrix Horn is coupled to the midrange driver, resulting in remarkably precise and detailed performances.

Strategically placed neodymium magnets inside the titanium diaphragm tweeter and midrange are also used to increase efficiency, maintain dynamic range and drive power, detail and emotion.

The Palladium Series floorstanding speakers’ sport three low-frequency drivers employing hybrid cone woofers which are powered by a unique three-part neodymium magnet structure with dual stabilizing rings that reduce nonlinear flux. Triple ports further enhance low-distortion bass response.

Stepping down a size in speaker, the Palladium P-17B bookshelf speaker offers superior bass performance with a low-frequency driver that employs a 7-inch hybrid cone woofer, powered by a unique neodymium magnet structure. A single port on the rear of the speaker enhances low-distortion bass response.

If you’re looking an immersive home theater experience, look no further than the P-27S surround speakers which employ dual 0.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression drivers mated to 90º by 70º Tractrix horns in our exclusive Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST) provides crystal-clear sonic detail even in listening areas with less than ideal configurations, so the surround sound is pointed at you no matter where you sit.

For each Palladium Series speaker, the woofers’ voice coils respond accurately to the smallest signal modulation, yet can also handle the high power of the most demanding soundtracks.

The Palladium P-312W subwoofer employs three 12-inch drivers—one front-firing woofer and dual side-firing passive radiators—and a potent BASH® digital hybrid amplifier. Fitting nicely into a corner, the subwoofer’s unique enclosure lets the passive radiators face both walls of the corner for maximum output.

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A WORK OF ART

Some of you may think that the design of a speaker doesn’t matter. That’s cool, but you should probably skip to the next section.

For the Palladium Series, we partnered with BMW Group DesignworksUSA and together we created this masterpiece. It’s a signature look that blends classic Klipsch designs with a dramatic, yet clean and contemporary appearance.

The floorstander and bookshelf speakers’ “boat-tail” enclosure hints at the power and performance inside, while maintaining a high degree of sophistication and beauty.

Next to its unique shape, the most striking visual statement is the exotic zebra-grain Linia veneer that’s available in three different finishes: natural, merlot and espresso. The horizontal linear grain and absence of visible fasteners allows Palladium series speakers to elegantly complement your furniture and décor.

Featuring no parallel walls and an extensive internal bracing system, each Palladium speaker’s side panels combine with an angled top panel and a steel-reinforced front baffle to ensure minimal cabinet resonance and maximum acoustic performance. But rest assured, there’s plenty of style to go with all that substance.

The P-27C center channel speaker delivers dialogue as flawlessly as any leading actor. And just like a leading actor, the P-27C looks the part with signature Palladium design cues.

These speakers are also thoughtfully designed for the spaces they will belong in. Featuring a dark smoked nickel satin finish and zebra-grain end caps, the P-27S surround sound speaker offers a slim profile and an even slimmer chance of going unnoticed. It’s meant to be out of the way but not out of mind.

Of course, a true home theater system isn’t simply composed of just floorstanders, bookshelf, center channel and surround speakers, so even the P-312W subwoofer was design as a true masterpiece. Subwoofers need not be boring black boxes.

This is what luxury looks like.

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HANDMADE TO PERFECTION

With all of the effort our engineers and designers went through to make this product a reality, the end product has to measure up to the lofty promises we make about the Palladium Series.

We’re going to be straight up with you. Palladium speakers are extremely difficult to make. The end product is effortless and gorgeous in its design and sound, but the process is nothing but.

We offer our endless thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of our speaker artisans who have made this project a reality.

Go ahead. Delight your ears and eyes.

Psst! You are invited to the Klipsch Palladium PRIVATE SALE: http://www.klipsch.com/palladium-sale

 

2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage

Another year and another Klipsch Pilgrimage is in the books. This year’s event was the biggest one yet and arguably one of the most fun.

From the factory and museum tour to what went down on a nearby farm, the 2016 edition of the Klipsch Pilgrimage will not be forgotten.

Before we dive into the weekend’s events, we have to explain some of the basics to those who may not be “in the know” about this celebration of Klipsch and its community.

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WHAT IS THE KLIPSCH PILGRIMAGE?

Just about every year for – gosh, we don’t know how long – Klipsch fans have come together to visit both the Klipsch factory in Hope, AR and corporate headquarters in Indianapolis which houses the engineering, marketing and customer service teams.

While it’s certainly a celebration of Klipsch speakers and the people who make them, the Klipsch Pilgrimage represents community, togetherness, education and, quite simply, fun. Visitors get to tour the factory, check out the audio museum, demo all kinds of speakers, engage in the Klipsch version of Woodstock and even show their gratitude to Klipsch employees.

This year, more than 150 people travelled to Hope, AR, the largest showing to date for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. Many pilgrims – a mixture of men, women and even entire families – shuttled their way to this little Arkansas town in their cars, trucks and RVs. Klipsch enthusiast Rodney Newton was a most gracious host on his 660-acre property.

Believe it or not, this undertaking is completely organized and run by members of the Klipsch Forums, one of the most influential and engaging audio forums in the world with over 25,000 users. These are some of the brand’s biggest supporters (and critics) and we are always grateful for their passion. We simply wouldn’t be where we are without them.

While we would like to thank everyone involved in putting on this event, we must issue a special THANK YOU to Christy Luquet (aka “dtel’s wife”) who took the reigns this year and made it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

When you really get down to it, it’s incredible and extremely humbling to have a large group of people take time out of their lives, take time off of work and travel to Hope, all on their own dime. This kind of thing just doesn’t happen at other companies. It makes us darn proud to do what we do and is a constant motivation to make the very best speakers and headphones on the planet.

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THE KLIPSCH FACTORY TOUR

The first full day of the Klipsch Pilgrimage was spent touring the Klipsch factory and surrounding facilities. Luckily for the pilgrims, the factory was absolutely buzzing with scores of 70th Anniversary Klipschorns, Heresy III’s and various speakers from the Professional line, all being lovingly handcrafted right before their eyes.

Even though it was technically a normal day of production, it felt like a celebration for everyone involved. Countless visitors remarked in awe about how stunned they were that such amazing products were still being handmade right here in the United States.

The workers at the Hope factory were also genuinely thrilled to have an audience consumed by the work they do day-in and day-out– the endless sanding, screwing, staining, etc. After all, it’s not easy building a Klipsch speaker. Heck, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. For example, the legendary Heresy III is built up from a single sheet of wood. It’s really kind of mind-blowing.

A terrifically funny-but-not-funny anecdote from the factory tour was from the floor manager, Jake Townsend, who told everyone that he has to keep the new, glorious 70th Anniversary Klipschorn logos under the lock and key in his office because they keep “walking away” otherwise. (Not that it stopped any pilgrims from asking if they could have some!)

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SPEAKER DEMONSTRATIONS

As a special treat for the pilgrims, everyone was invited to check out an auditory comparison of the Klipschorn, Palladium P-39Fs and Reference Premiere RP-280Fs. Despite being over 70 years old, most listeners chose the Klipschorn as their favorite; however, each set of speakers showed off their own unique, magical characteristics.

Outside the factory a gargantuan KPT-Cinema Grandeur system accompanied by 1802 subwoofers was set up just for the pilgrims listening pleasure. WOW. That’s all you can really say about a system like that. It’s pretty remarkable.

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PISSING OFF THE NEIGHBORS

It wouldn’t be a Klipsch event without the authorities being called into play. To prepare for the Jason Helms Band hitting the stage on Saturday, the KP-600 had to be tested out back at Rodney’s to make sure they were ready to rock. After all, Klipsch forums member “kharmonddds” hauled this rare PA system (only a few hundred were ever made) in all the way from Lafayette, Lousiana. Needless to say, the system was certainly up for it.

So up for it, that the police called Rodney’s house, telling him to cut it out. Now, it’s important to remember that Rodney owns 660 acres and lives MILES away from his nearest neighbor. That’s how loud this system is. Crazy!

Of course, it turned out to be all in good fun, as Rodney’s neighbor came over to the party and was greeted by those in Klipsch’s famous “Pissing Off The Neighbors” t-shirts who gifted him his own “Pissed Off Neighbor” t-shirt.

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KLIPSCH EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION LUNCH

As a special “thank you” for all their hard work, Klipsch employees in Hope were treated to a spectacular lunch spread on Friday, courtesy of the pilgrims in attendance. Rodney smoked over 60 racks of ribs… all of which were voraciously consumed.

We may sound like a broken record, but, again, most companies don’t have customers/fans/friends like Rodney and the rest of the pilgrims.

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THE KLIPSCH AUDIO MUSEUM AND JIM HUNTER

Klipsch historian Jim Hunter is practically a legend at this point. No one knows more about Paul W. Klipsch than Jim. After all, Jim worked for PWK for many years. It’s always a treat to hear Jim’s epic stories for years gone by.

In addition to telling tales about PWK, Jim led the Klipsch Pilgrimage visitors through the Klipsch Audio Museum, explaining in detail all of the cool pieces in the collection. While we can’t reveal any details quite yet, Jim and the Klipsch Audio Museum will be given more of the attention they definitely deserve. Stay tuned!

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RAFFLE OF “JUDY’S STASH”

For a long time, we’ve had a stockpile of vintage Klipsch speakers in the warehouse next to our headquarters in Indianapolis which we have lovingly called “Judy’s Stash”. Judy Klipsch, who is the wife of Fred Klipsch, kept one of every speaker that we made while Fred Klipsch was CEO of the company.

We wanted to give the product good homes but weren’t quite sure the best way to do that. We finally realized the Klipsch Pilgrimage would be a perfect opportunity to raffle off this massive collection of speakers and subwoofers. Quite a few people left Hope, AR this year with a speaker they will treasure forever.

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DRUMMER JOE HOLLAND

If you read the latest “Good Poop” Jim Hunter, you would have learned about the connection between legendary drummer Joe Holland’s relationship with Paul W. Klipsch. Holland, who was the drummer for the Bob Hope Band, was on hand in Hope to play the exact set he did for the famous Klipschtapes – all at the age of 88!

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THE KLIPSCH VERSION OF WOODSTOCK

On the second day of the Klipsch Pilgrimage, Rodney’s property could have been mistaken for some crazy Klipsch version of Woodstock.

This is the part of the journey where things turned into more than a mere factory tour. It became a celebration of community, as everyone enjoyed each other’s company, engaging in a variety of activities. There were people fishing, skeet-shooting, flying drones, having a drink (or six) and swapping stories, among other things.

To cap it all off, the Jason Helms Band – longtime Klipsch fans – came on by the farm to crank things up on the KP-600 PA System. Everyone sat around in their lawn chairs, enjoying the awesome music, crackling fire and starry night overhead.

It all sounds rather simple and kind of gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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WHY THE KLIPSCH PILGRIMAGE MATTERS

Where to start? There are a myriad of reasons why the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage is an important event, for both the company and its customers/fans/friends.

As employees it’s a humbling experience and we are so thankful to be part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity. We cannot state how exciting it us to stand beside our fans that are willing to travel hundreds of miles to feed employees and to experience our products first hand – all at their own expense. It’s reinvigorating, knowing that the products you make can have such a profound effect on people’s lives.

Furthermore, the Klipsch Pilgrimage allows us to stay in touch with the core base of our fans that have been with us since the beginning – or close to it. While the types of products may change, it is infinitely important to remember what got Klipsch to where it is. The Klipsch Pilgrimage and its attendees are a sort of watchdog for the company in that way. Just like Paul W. Klipsch, they are ready to say “bullshit” when called up.

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HOW TO SIGN UP NEXT YEAR

Interested in going to the Klipsch Pilgrimage next year? Make sure you sign up for the Klipsch Forums and bookmark this sub-forum. We will also blog/Facebook/tweet/MySpace about it as well, but the forums are the first place you’ll see registration information, dates, etc.

CLICK HERE to see more photos.

Did you go to the Klipsch Pilgrimage? Share your stories in the comment section below!

 

Best Speakers and Headphones for Memorial Day Weekend

Before diving into things, we would be remiss not to mention that Memorial Day is ultimately about honoring those who lost their lives defending this country. We consider Memorial Day weekend a celebration of the lives we are allowed to live, thanks to the ultimate sacrifices they made.

It’s a time for friends, family and a whole lotta fun. Assuming the weather cooperates, we’re guessing most of you will be marauding around outside, forgetting to put on sun screen, grilling up various meats, and drinking too many “beverages” – oh wait, maybe that’s just us.

Anyway, music is likely going to be a big part of your weekend plans, so we’re here to help you figure out exactly what you need to quench your thirst for quality audio.

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THE ESSENTIAL

Klipsch Groove Portable Speaker

It’s small. It’s rugged. It’s even splash proof. Oh, and it sounds great with an output that belies its stature. This is the speaker that your fun-loving self can beat up a little and it’ll keep on rockin’. Just set it down wherever, add your playlist and get back to grillin’, drinkin’ and whateverin’.

There are simply a myriad of reasons that make the Klipsch Groove an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker for Memorial Day weekend and all summer-long activities.

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HEADPHONES FOR THE RACE TRACK

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Klipsch’s headquarters are located just a few miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so the Indy 500 holds a special place in our hearts, especially so since it is the race’s 100th anniversary. While we are quite proud to have Klipsch speakers installed at various locations around the track, we have to admit that there are times that call for headphones.

With their slim and lightweight aluminum casing, the Klipsch X12i in-ear headphones will let you hear all of the drivers on the radio with perfect clarity while blocking out the engine noise from the cars whizzing around the track. They also work great as earplugs too, if that’s more your speed.

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LIMITED EDITION GEAR

Klipsch Reference R6 On-Ear Headphones (Snakepit Edition)

So, we’re showing favoritism toward Indianapolis once again, but here us out. The Snake Pit is essentially a giant mosh-pit for the concerts that occur before the running of the Indianapolis 500. It pretty dang wild. Anyway, we teamed up with the track’s organizers to come out with 100 of these custom headphones to celebrate the 100th running of the race.

If you don’t care about the Snake Pit or simply want something less flashy, you can always just get the standard black finish Reference R6 On-Ear headphones, which deliver amazing performance and comfort at a very palatable price.

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SYSTEM FOR WHEN IT’S TOO DANG HOT OUTSIDE

Klipsch R-15PM Powered Monitors

For whatever reason, the weather gods always seem to turn the sun up to 11 for Memorial Day weekend. It is totally understandable if you decide to duck inside, veg-out and watch “Shooter” on FX for the 100th time.

The R-15PM powered monitors are just so dang easy to set up and use that you won’t have to sweat it all – or, at least, you won’t be adding to the sweat that has already accumulated on your back, head and who knows where else. Just plug this versatile speaker pair into a turntable, TV, computer or cell phone and play.

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IF YOUR HOUSE IS PARTY CENTRAL

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Let’s say you’re the person with a few acres of land, a sweet-ass pool, a shiny new grille and some wheelers idling on the side. (First of all, we get it. You’re awesome at life.) If this is indeed you, you’re likely going to be hosting a ton of summer parties and your guests are going to expect sound quality befitting the expansive property.

That’s where Klipsch comes in. We have the outdoor speakers to make your backyard into an audio oasis. Sure, the cops may swing by, thanks to the noise complaints but that’s nothing that $20 can’ fix. Oh, and you can be THAT guy that makes a bunch of terrible “rocks” puns too. Think about the possibilities…

What Klipsch speakers and headphones are you utilizing this Memorial Day weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Klipsch Install Stories: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This year marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, which is known as “greatest spectacle in racing.” To help celebrate this occasion, and as part of “Project 100,” the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) turned to RaceTrack Engineering to upgrade the sound at various key points around the track.

Dave Dusick of RaceTrack Engineering said, “The audio needs for the Project 100 renovation at IMS are unique because this a high profile seating area that requires high quality audio that is difficult to find. The Klipsch solution was the perfect fit for these unique needs.”

Outfitting a giant track like the one at IMS, even if it’s only part of it, is a monumental task. The logistics of it all can be downright daunting.

“When you are dealing with a facility as complex as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, vendor relationships and customer service are critical to our success,” Dusick said. “Klipsch’s reputation for customer service, combined with their Hoosier roots makes this a obvious partnership.”

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A grand total of 424 Klipsch speakers were tasked for the job at IMS. The speakers were installed in the Paddock Penthouse, as well as the Hulman Terrace Club Suites.

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One of two models used in this large installation is the CA-800T speaker. This all-weather speaker is ideal for foreground or background audio in an indoor or outdoor environment. This compact full-range 70-volt speaker is extremely versatile, which is why you can find this speaker both inside the hospitality area at IMS, as well as up in the rafters in the seating area.

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The other speaker used at IMS is the similarly versatile CP-6T speaker. Like the CA-800-T, the CP-6T employs Klipsch’s Proprietary Tractrix® Horn technology allowing for highly efficient, low-distortion announcing as well as musical sound. The CP-6T’s integrated bracket and its ability to be tightly mounted into a corner with its V-shaped rear profile made it an ideal fit for the IMS install.

Of course, beyond the granular minutia of the install, it is simply an honor both for Klipsch and RaceTrack Engineering to be a part of an event that is so dearly revered by so many fellow Hoosiers.

Dusick said, “It’s an honor to be part of something as magnificent as the Indianapolis 500 on an annual basis. Obviously, this year is even more spectacular than the rest. To know that we are contributing to the fan experience for the largest single day sporting event that our generation has ever and will ever see is more than just an honor; it is literally the thrill of a lifetime.”

Gentlemen, start your engines. It’s time for great sound.

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CLICK HERE to see even more photos of the Klipsch install at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

About RaceTrack Engineering

RaceTrack Engineering is an entity dedicated to the betterment of the motorsport community.  At RaceTrack Engineering, we don’t sell products, we solve problems. While many of our technology partners sell direct, RaceTrack Engineering takes this products one step further by understanding the requirements and developing a custom solution to meet the unique needs of motorsports facilities and sanctioning bodies.  Our expertise include, but not limited to:  audio systems, timing & scoring systems, scoreboards & message centers, video display boards, video officiating, radios & communication.  For more information visit RaceTrack Engineering or find us on social media @racetrackengineering.

70th Anniversary Edition Klipschorn Speaker

Paul W. Klipsch sold his first Klipschorn back in 1946 and we haven’t stopped making them since then. In fact, the Klipschorn is the only speaker that has been in continuous production for over 70 years.

Think about that for a second. It’s an absolute testament to the quality and perfection of his design, standing the test of time against all newcomers. We would put this up against any speaker, past or present.

Known to many as the original corner-horn loudspeaker, its patented low-frequency horn boasts a unique design that utilizes the floor and walls of the listening room to complete the horn, increasing the low frequency extension and efficiency. The folded low frequency enclosure offers the most efficient use of space possible.

The design is so efficient that you can run Klipschorns with just one watt of power. ONE WATT!

Simply put, this is fundamental design that cannot be improved because the law of physics says so. Case closed.

The 70th Anniversary Klipschorn speaker is a soul-stirring tribute to Paul W. Klipsch’s iconic design. We made only 70 pairs of these speakers – all by hand in the humble town of Hope, Arkansas, where Paul W. Klipsch always made them.

With such a limited production run, each of these speakers will hold a special place in American audio history, as well as in our hearts. We take great pride in saying that these speakers will not only be for you, but for each generation of your family that you pass them onto.

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Limited Edition Australian Walnut

This show-stopping veneer is a unique feature to the 70th Anniversary Klipsch Heritage speakers. While it looks terrific in photos, be ready for your jaw to drop when you see it in person.

We sourced this limited veneer from the costal tablelands of North Queensland, Australia. The Australian Walnut veneer varies in color, but is usually a pale-golden hue highly contrasted with darker streaks of chocolate brown, grey, black or even pink.

Please note that each pair of 70th Anniversary Klipschorn speakers will have a slightly different finish to it, giving your set it’s own personality. These speakers will be uniquely yours.

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Book-Matched Wood Veneer and Speaker Pairs

What the heck is book-matched veneer, you ask? Well, it’s a process that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer. The veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint – like turning the pages of a book. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, it allows for a consistent appearance.

Each 70th Anniversary Klipschorn is carefully inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that the Heritage series speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set. These speakers are legitimate heirloom items. They can stay in your family for generations to come.

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Special Plaque

With the 70th Anniversary Klipschorn, you aren’t just buying a speaker; you’re buying a piece of American audio history. Each speaker features a small plaque identifying its numbered sequence in the series and has been signed by its craftsman.

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New Nameplate

It was an extremely tough decision to remove the iconic PWK badge from the top left/right corner of the Klipschorn; however, we believe that this new Klipschorn badge is the perfect fit for the limited edition model. The cursive font had actually been used in years past, so it’s a nice tribute to Paul W. Klipsch’s original decision.

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Silver Luster Grille Cloth

The new, cursive Klipschorn logo is attached to a breathtaking silver luster grille cloth that we have never used before except on the 70th Anniversary Klipsch Heritage speakers. It has the appearance of chain-link armor, giving these limited edition speakers a rather bold and contrasting appearance. It’s simultaneously tough and elegant.

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New Low-Frequency Horn

While it’s darn-near impossible to improve upon Paul W. Klipsch’s timeless Klipschorn design, we have tweaked it to get even more performance versatility. The rear low-frequency horn has been enhanced and is fully enclosed, offering more placement versatility in the listening room. While we still recommend placing the 70th Anniversary Klipschorn in a corner, we’re sure that many Klipschorn owners will appreciate the added flexibility.

What do you think of the 70th Anniversary Klipschorn speaker? Post your thoughts in the comments below!

2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage Preview

On May 20th, over 125 Klipsch fans will descend upon the rural town of Hope, Arkansas as part of annual celebration, dubbed the Klipsch Pilgrimage. Attendees will come together as a community to share their passion for Klipsch speakers and the employees who lovingly handcraft them.

Of course, this is not the first year for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. It’s been going on for quite some time now with the trip flip-flopping between Hope, where we have a manufacturing facility, warehouse and museum, and Indianapolis, where our corporate, engineering, marketing and customer service headquarters reside.

It is fitting, though, that attendees are trekking their way down to Hope because this year makes the 70th year since Paul W. Klipsch founded the company in the small Arkansas town. This year will be the first time that the trip has been entirely planned and executed by Klipsch fans themselves, many of whom are members of the Klipsch Forums.

“Klipsch and its forum members have a relationship that most companies can only hope to achieve. It is based on mutual respect for high quality speakers and preserving the high standards that Paul W. Klipsch started this company with seventy years ago in that small tin shed in Hope, Arkansas. The close friendships we have made with members on the forum and Klipsch employees became the driving force behind my interest in coordinating the annual Pilgrimage this year. I hope that we can pass the emotion, respect and loyalty we have for Klipsch down to many generations to come,” said Christy Luquet, Klipsch forum moderator and brand enthusiast.

As they did for the 2015 Klipsch Pilgrimage, Christy and her fellow forum members will show their appreciation for the Klipsch employees that handcraft each speaker beloved by many around the world by treating them to a special lunch.

You simply don’t see any other audio companies with fans like this. These devoted people are paying out of their own pocket to go on the Klipsch Pilgrimage AND they’re giving many of us lunch to boot! Seriously.

When you have customers who care so much, it genuinely makes us want to work harder and strive each and every day to make better speakers and headphones. It is humbling to say the least.

During the rest of the Klipsch Pilgrimage, these generous fans will get to tour the Klipsch plant, audio labs and museum, as well as getting demonstrations of both new and current Klipsch speakers. Klipsch historian Jim Hunter and principal engineer Roy Delgado will be tackling the tough questions during a Q&A session. Both Jim and Roy have had the privilege of working first-hand with Paul W. Klipsch and have a combined 65 years of experience with the company. They’ve seen everything!

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Many attendees have also been chomping at the bit to see the 70th anniversary limited edition Klipschorn and Heresy III speakers, which were handcrafted right in the Hope facility that they’ll be touring. We’re sure that they will examine every little differentiating feature about these speakers including the Australian walnut wood veneer, special edition logos, unique grille clothes and, of course, the special, signed plaques on the back.

We are also very excited to welcome special guest Colleen Murphy, founder of the Classic Album Sundays (CAS) organization, to Hope for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. She’s flying all the way from the United Kingdom to be a part of this unique event. Murphy is dedicated to the vinyl revolution, sharing the stories behind noteworthy albums and orchestrating in-depth listening sessions on hi-fi audio systems for the fellow music enthusiasts.

“I’ve been a Klipsch enthusiast for over two decades. I’ve DJ’d in venues from London to New York City to Tokyo on dance floors surrounded by multiple Klipschorns, the same speakers I have squeezed into the living room of my home and that started Classic Album Sundays. Needless to say, Klipsch is in my DNA. I am looking forward to learning more about the brand’s legendary history and spending time with like-minded Klipsch fans.”

Klipsch speakers reproduce the power detail and emotion of the live music experience… something akin to a religious experience. This explains why so many devotees are descending upon the homeland in Hope to give praise at the 2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage. Amen!

If you would like to know more about the Klipsch Pilgrimage and chat with some of the people who will be going, visit www.Klipsch.com/Forums

Register for the Klipsch Pilgrimage (open until May 15)

Important Information for Attendees

Have you gone to a Pilgrimage before? Are you going this year? Let us know in the comments!

2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Moms rock! Seriously. Where would we be without them? From mom letting you play your instruments as loud as you want, to taking care of you when you’re sick, to generally guiding you through this little thing called life, she has certainly earned her own special day.

While a gift is never enough to convey love to a mother, it is always appreciated, so we have come up with a few ideas for Mother’s Day that will be sure to put a smile on her face time and time again.

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For the Overworked Mom

Reference R-10B Soundbar + Wireless Subwoofer

Sometimes mom just wants to kick up her feet and watch…well, whatever – we’re not here to judge. Whether it’s something hard-hitting or a little more classical, the R-10B soundbar and wireless subwoofer will put your mom in her own world for however little time that may be. Crystal-clear dialogue and booming bass are all a mom ever needs (and your love, of course). Plus, the R-10B is $100 off right now, starting May 1. (U.S. only)

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For the Mom Who Loves to Work Out

AS-5i All-Sport Headphones

If your mom is the type of person who loves to hit the pavement, give her a boost with the AS-5i headphones. OK, so they aren’t going to improve her time, but they will make music sound a whole lot clearer, making her forget that her calves are on fire. Unlike other “sport” headphones, the lightweight, moisture/sweat resistant AS-5i will actually stay in her ears, thanks to a secure fit design that gently wraps around the ear. Our patented ear tips provide maximum comfort so she’ll be able to go for miles. Get these for $20 OFF for a limited time. (U.S. only)

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For the Cool Mom

Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

Some of us grew up with totally uncool moms, but hey, we know there are a lot of moms who stay up with times. The R-15PM powered monitors are the Swiss Army knife of speakers, capable of playing directly from a turntable, laptop, phone, TV, tablet…pretty much anything you can throw at it. This isn’t like buying your mom a vacuum. This is more than a gadget. This is something mom will love. $50 OFF the R-15PM through April. (U.S. only)

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For the Mom Who Didn’t Donate Her Turntable to Goodwill

“Everybody Wants” from The Struts

Hopefully your mom didn’t throw away or donate her turntable and vinyl collection all those years ago (like mine did). If she didn’t or is simply starting over again, “Everybody Wants” from The Struts is a great album to gift her. And they’re friends of Klipsch, so there’s that! “Everybody Wants” is currently only available for pre-order, but, trust us, it’s worth it.

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For Mom, the Writer

Klipsch Woodchuck Journal | Original Woodchuck Journal

We tote these beauties around everywhere we go and feel confident recommending these to mothers everywhere. Sporting real wood, high quality paper and made up north in Minnesota, this isn’t any ordinary journal. Woodchuck USA has knocked it out of the park. You can either choose the Klipsch-branded version available from the Klipsch Gear Store (10% OFF if you sign up for our email newsletter) or the original version, which is available directly from Woodchuck USA in a variety of woods.

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For the Fashionable Mom

Tanner Goods Vanguard Saddle Bag

Our friends at Tanner Goods have great taste in speakers, featuring Klipsch Heresy III at all three of their retail locations, so it’s safe to say we recommend their taste in just about everything, including women’s handbags. The Vanguard Saddle Bag sports an absolutely timeless design, making it the perfect fit for any mother. It’s handcrafted in Portland, OR and made from seriously tough, yet luxurious leather.

The Klipsch Guide to Record Store Day 2016

Record Store Day (RSD) is treated differently by each independent record store across the country, but it’s safe to say that your local independently owned record store will likely have a whole bunch of activities planned for its visitors.

Our friends at Indy CD & Vinyl are located in Indianapolis, just a few miles from Klipsch HQ, and have a whole slew of fun stuff planned on Saturday: live music, product giveaways, food, drink, and of course, all of the vinyl you would ever need. Indy CD & Vinyl is co-owned by Andy and Annie Skinner, who were gracious enough to give us some additional insight into Record Store Day. (Schedule)

Here’s a taste of what Klipsch is looking forward to on Record Store Day on local and national fronts.

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WHY IS RECORD STORE DAY IMPORTANT?

“Record Store Day is important to Indy CD & Vinyl because it gives us a chance to show our appreciation to all our customers that shop here all year long. It is also a chance to show new customers all that we have to offer, both as a retail record shop and as a community center. We are proud of our role in our music community and are thankful for all that our customers do to support us – RSD is a way to give thanks and show off our place!” – Andy Skinner, Indy CD & Vinyl

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MOST WANTED VINYL ON RECORD STORE DAY

“We have been getting buzz about quite a few of the limited releases, like Dr. Who, an Iron Maiden picture disc, a David Bowie picture disc, a Twentyone Pilots 7″, and the box set from the band Lush. That box set is beautiful! There also is a unique item from hip-hop legends Run The Jewels, it’s a virtual reality box called RTJVR, it looks awesome and it is nothing we’ve ever seen before! Even a piece from The Monkees will probably go quickly, it’s a really cool, clear die-cut picture disc.” – Andy Skinner, Indy CD & Vinyl

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MUST-HEAR ALBUMS ON RECORD STORE DAY

“Although not a sanctioned Record Store Day item, local hip-hop sensation Oreo Jones plans to hide a copy of his new album “Cash For Gold” somewhere in the store for a lucky customer to find. He is definitely someone to watch out for nationally this year.” – Andy Skinner, Indy CD & Vinyl

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LIVE MUSIC ON RECORD STORE DAY

Klipsch is proud to sponsor the main stage at Indy CD & Vinyl, utilizing our kick-ass graffiti PA speaker system. Some people think it’s too much for a small space, which we don’t really get. After all, there really isn’t such a thing as “too much” speakers.

Regardless, Record Store Day is a great opportunity for you to check out amazing artists in an intimate setting without being price-gouged. Better yet, you may stumble upon some artists you’ve never heard before who will blow your mind. That’s all part of the magic.

The music will be kickin’ from 10 AM – 7 PM with Shoobee Loo, Mr. Daniel, Sweet Poison Victim, Moor.dub, Veseria, Desert Planet, Devil To Pay and U.S. Bastards rockin’ the Klipsch Stage. “Each band is amazing in their own right, but together we can hear music from many genres all in one day,” Andy Skinner said.

It is also a family-friendly affair with kids music available along with face painting, games and crafts for music lovers who would like to bring their little ones.

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PRODUCT GIVEAWAYS ON RECORD STORE DAY

We’re assuming companies are giving away tons of crap (ok, maybe not only crap) all over the country to help celebrate and promote Record Store Day, but we’re pretty sure you won’t get anything that sounds better than the Reference R6 In-Ear and Reference R6 On-Ear headphones that we’ll be giving away at Indy CD & Vinyl.

You’ll have to be in attendance to enter to win (sorry!), but it’s totally worth it because you have to eat something from Kuma’s Corner Burger in order to be eligible to win. That’s what we like to call a “win-win.”

Unfortunately, we won’t be giving away any of our vaunted new Reference R-15PM powered monitors that have internal amplification and a built-in phono pre-amp (which means no receiver or separate phono pre-amp required). The good news, though, is that the R-15PMs are available for $50 OFF from Indy CD & Vinyl, Klipsch.com and participating dealers through the month of April. The aforementioned Klipsch Reference headphones are also available at Indy CD & Vinyl for a special price.

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FOOD & DRINK ON RECORD STORE DAY

No one wants to listen to music on an empty stomach, right? We’re looking forward to loosening our belts and stuffing our faces with burgers from Kuma’s Corner and doughnuts from Rocket 88 doughnuts. Indianapolis has been developing a serious food-scene and it extends into Record Store Day.

Of course, you have to wash it all down with something and yet another Indianapolis company is partnering with Indy CD & Vinyl – Hubbard & Craven’s Coffee. That’ll do quite nicely. (P.S. You’re missing out if you haven’t dipped a glazed yeast doughnut into coffee before eating it.)

To top it all off, Indy CD & Vinyl’s good friends, Dogfish Brewing Company, will be supplying the adult beverages for the evening. We have no complaints on this matter whatsoever.

Reference R-15PM Phono Pre-Amp

WHAT TO DO AFTER RECORD STORE DAY IS OVER

OK, so you have a bunch of new vinyl. What’s next? Well, we would advise that you get yourself a real pair of speakers. Enough of those crappy all-in-one solutions. It’s time to stop vinyl abuse.

While any Klipsch speakers would be suitable partners for a proper audiophile-grade turntable setup, we’ve created a couple of handy guides that will help you make the best decision.

The Best Record Player Speakers

Turntable Setup Guide for Passive and Powered Speakers

What are you doing for Record Store Day? Let us know in the comments below!