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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

Klipsch X12i Headphones

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

Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

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.

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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.

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Turntable Setup Guide for Passive and Powered Speakers

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

Turntable Setup Guide for Passive and Powered Speakers

A growing number of people are investing in the reborn industry of vinyl music. Whether it be the warm and textured sound or the tactile experience, vinyl is having quite the comeback and turntables are popping up in households around the world.

Some people may be content with some cheap all-in-one-solution for their turntable setup. Affordable all-in-ones typically do not have very good reputation as they have the tendency to ruin records from the amount of force that is applied to them by the stylus. However, if you’re reading this blog, you aren’t satisfied with “good enough.” You want audiophile-grade sound from your turntable.

This doesn’t mean that you ought to be intimidated by the prospect of a proper performance-grade turntable setup. We’re here to make things simple (and sound great) with our turntable setup guide for both passive and powered speakers.

First of all, you need to decide whether you are going to go with powered or passive speakers. Powered speakers like the Klipsch Reference R-15PM powered monitors have internal amplification, while passive speakers like the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M bookshelf speakers require external amplification.

From there, it’s really quite simple…

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How to Set Up Passive Speakers With a Turntable

You will only need a few things to set up your passive speakers correctly with a turntable: a receiver, phono pre-amp, RCA cables and a pair of speakers. While there are more components to setting up passive speakers than powered speakers, the process really isn’t much more involved. (If you need help choosing a pair of speakers for your turntable, please click here.)

  1. Connect the turntable with the RCA cables to the preamp. (Some turntables require grounding.)
  2. Connect the pre-amp to the amp with RCA cables.
  3. Connect the amp to the speakers.
  4. Drop the needle and enjoy!

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How To Set Up Powered Speakers With a Turntable

Not to brag, but the R-15PM power monitors are pretty awesome. Besides having internal amplification, they have a built-in phono pre-amp. Most powered speakers still require a separate phono pre-amp. In any case, internal amplification and the built-in phono pre-amp eliminate the need for two separate components – a receiver and discrete phono pre-amp.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect R-15PM powered monitors to your turntable

  1. Connect the RCA and ground cables from the turntable to the R-15PM
  2. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Phono”
  3. Plug the turntable and R-15PM into power outlets
  4. Put a record on and enjoy!

This is the easiest way to setup a turntable with quality speakers.

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Turntable Setup and Configuration

Depending on what turntable you have, the amount of setup and configuration will depend on the specific turntable you select. Some turntables come set up straight out of the box while others involve a great deal of tweaking. Of course, there are also turntables that give users the option to upgrade components like the phono cartridge.

We won’t go into the nitty-gritty of every possible turntable setup because we already dove into the anatomy of the turntable, but there are some basics you need to know.

First of all, there are two primary types of turntables: belt drive and direct drive turntables. Simply put, belt drive turntables are for those listening to records while direct drive turntables are what you would see DJs using.

There are also automatic and manual turntables. Automatic turntables simply require you to press a button and the turntable will lift the tone arm and place it on the record. Manual turntables require you to physically place the tone arm on the record.

You may have noticed that we showed off a Klipsch turntable at CES 2016 and, if you’re in Canada, you can already purchase a turntable bundled with the Klipsch R-15PMs as part of the Klipsch Music Crate. Don’t worry, it will be coming to the United States and rest of the world very soon!

Anyway, the Klipsch turntable is a manual, belt-driven turntable created in partnership with Pro-Ject. It sounds great and also offers an extremely easy setup.

The Klipsch turntable comes set up right out of the box, meaning that you will not have to mess with the tracking force or counterweight adjustments. It comes with a moving magnet Ortofon OM 5E cartridge.

Regardless of the type of speakers or turntable you choose, a proper turntable setup is extremely important in delivering quality sound; however, it shouldn’t be considered a daunting challenge.

What does your turntable setup consist of? What guidance do you have for someone looking to set up their new turntable with quality speakers? Post in the comments below!

 

 

 

Recap: 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Klipsch Audio

While the Klipsch partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame extends far beyond the Induction Ceremony, the event is certainly one of our favorite moments of the year. It gives us (and fans across the world) the chance to honor legendary musicians who have delivered endless amounts of joy through their music.

Before we round up everything that happened this past week, we would like to once again congratulate Bert Berns, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, NWA and Steve Miller on their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To learn more about the inductees, please click here.

Klipsch Audio Presents Intimate Conversations with John Varvatos

Intimate Conversations with John Varvatos

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The week’s festivities kicked off with a collaborative listening event involving Klipsch, John Varvatos, Soundstage Direct and The Musician’s Ear. It took place at the John Varvatos retail location in NYC at 315 Bowery St, which you may recall, is the former site of legendary punk rock club CBGB. It’s practically impossible to count the number of legendary musicians who once played at this location, giving the event the ideal backdrop.

Together, we all pulled together for a night that exceeded all expectations. John Varvatos himself interviewed Hall of Famers Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Rob Zander (Cheap Trick) about being inducted in the Rock Hall, their music (past and present), the importance of quality sound and many other topics. Varvatos even managed to lure Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to come on stage for a few words. Having known all of these artists for years, Varvatos was completely at ease talking to the three legends of rock.

It legitimately became a conversation between friends. At one point, Hughes even shared a crazy story about a female police officer who allegedly handcuffed him for doing cocaine in public, undressed in front of him and sexually “prosecuted” him. (By the way, Hughes’ wife, who was laughing hysterically in the second row, chose the word “prosecuted”.)

It was that kind of night. Just a bunch of fun people sharing a laugh, some drinks and a bunch of memories.

Music and audio was played through Klipsch Heresy III speakers that were custom-designed for the John Varvatos flagship location in Detroit.

Steve Miller Klipsch Gifting Suite Rock Hall

Rehearsals at the Barclays Center

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You may be surprised but many of the inducted bands are still playing together and at an extremely high level. In fact, Cheap Trick’s brand new album Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello is getting great reviews. Regardless, there is always the need for rehearsals especially at the 18,000 seat capacity Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After sweating it out on stage, the artists swooped on down to where we were all hanging out backstage to check out the latest and greatest Klipsch speakers and headphones, including the musician-pleasing R-15PM powered monitors, Klipsch Groove portable Bluetooth speaker and Reference On-Ear headphones. Oh, and many of them were down to share a celebratory Smart Beer and snacks with us.

We shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but it’s still always a treat when famous musicians get excited to hear our name and tell us a story about their first Klipsch speakers, like Steve Miller, when told us all about his love for Klipsch La Scala speakers.

Special shout-out to Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty fame, who came by a few times during rehearsals. He’s a lot of fun!

2016 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Klipsch Audio

The main event for the week was, as you expect, an awesome show. A sell-out crowd at the Barclays Center was on-hand to celebrate the legendary musicians who shared the stage.

We were happy to show the Klipsch video “Tiny Spark” to the thousands in attendance because, after all, we are celebrating the Hall of Fame musicians, as well as each and every person who has had that tiny spark to create their own piece of musical magic.

There were too many moments to pick an absolute favorite with every inductee (minus N.W.A.) playing some of their most beloved songs. Of course, surprise performances from David Byrnes (accompanied the Roots) and Sheryl Crow (with Grace Potter) also added to the evening’s shine.

We are definitely suckers for the all-star jam band tradition at the end of each Induction Ceremony. All of the artists get on stage and perform together. It may sound like a total cluster, but the nearly overwhelming amount of talent on stage makes it all come together into something truly special. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

HBO will air the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Klipsch Audio on April 30.

Best Speakers for Your Record Player

Vinyl is back in a big way. After all, vinyl made more money than free streams in 2016 with sales rising to their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. The record player is becoming practically as ubiquitous as the television in living rooms across the world.

Whether you own one record or 1,000 records, a pair of quality speakers for your record player is exactly what you need. After all, what’s the point of investing in analog audio if you’re just going to push the sound through some crappy all-in-one solution?

We’re here to help you get the very most of out of this new-again medium.

While almost any pair of Klipsch bookshelf or floorstanding speakers would be terrific partners for a record player, we have broken down several situations to find the best speaker for your record player. 

Reference R-15PM Phono Pre-Amp

Easiest Speakers to Set Up With Your Record Player

Reference R-15PM

Some people don’t want to mess around with a bunch of wires and separate devices. We get it. You just want to hear your burgeoning vinyl collection in all of its glory. With internal amplification and built-in phono pre-amp, the new R-15PM powered monitors are the best option for someone looking for the easiest way to hook up their turntable properly. These are the new standards in record player speakers.

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Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference Premiere RP-160M

One of the biggest reasons why people get into vinyl is the desire to free themselves from overly compressed music. The RP-160M bookshelf speakers over top level performance that provides a true audiophile-grade setup. They feature 90×90 hybrid Tractrix horns, Tractrix ports, Linear Travel Suspension titanium tweeters and spun copper Cerametallic woofers. Old school meets new school in the best possible way.

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Best Budget Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference R-14M

Maybe you haven’t notice – or don’t care – but vinyl isn’t cheap. We completely understand if you want to spend more on your album collection rather than speakers for your record player. The R-14M bookshelf speakers from the Reference series will deliver a surprising amount of output, filling your room with any record you please. Everyone could use a little more copper and black in their life.

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The Ultimate Speakers for Your Record Player

Heresy III / La Scala II / Cornwall / Klipschorn

You owe it to yourself to listen to a record through Klipsch Heritage Series speakers. Whether it’s the Heresy III, La Scala II, Cornwall or Klipschorn, we can pretty much guarantee that your mind is going to be blown. All of the reasons why people prefer vinyl are put on full display with an exceedingly pleasing, warm and textured sound. You truly aren’t going to find better record player speakers. To top it all off, each of these speakers is handcrafted in our Hope, Arkansas factory.

What do you think are the best speakers for your record player?