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Gifts For Dads That Rock

Father’s Day is probably the only day of the year where your Pops gets to puff out his chest and do whatever he wants to do. While he might plan to have a relaxing day, buying something for him can be rather stressful.

We have compiled the ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide, full of things that we know your Dad will love for years to come. We’re not selfish either, as these gift ideas are not just audio-related. We have included a bunch of products from companies that we know and trust.

Klipsch X11i Headphones Father's Day

The Dad Who Travels ALL THE TIME

Klipsch X11i Headphones

If Dad is in the air more than he is on the ground, make sure he is able to traverse the friendly skies in luxury. The Klipsch X11i in-ear headphones are top-of-the-line in comfort and acoustics as well as being one of the smallest headphones out there, allowing Dad to store them in any size bag. Plus, the X11i’s quality microphone will make your long-distance Skype phone calls come through crystal-clear.

U Turn Audio Father's Day

The “Music Was So Much Better in My Day” Dad

U-Turn Audio Orbit Turntable

There is approximately a 1000% chance your Dad has said something along the lines of “You call this music?!” Hopefully, your Pops held onto his record player and can still play all of his records. If not, consider the U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable that we reviewed. Go ahead and give it a spin, Dad.

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers Father's Day

The Dad Who Wants a Man Cave

Reference Premiere Speakers

Every Dad just wants a little space he can call his own. Get him started on his “man cave” or simply outfit his office with a pair of Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers. These copper and black speakers will make a statement not only with their looks but also with their performance of music, movies, sports or whatever your dear ol’ Dad watches.

Tanner Goods Wallet Father's Day

The Dad Who Buys Things Once

Tanner Goods Leather Wallet

Your Dad doesn’t want to have something doesn’t last for a year before he has to replace it. Get him something from Tanner Goods, whose leather products will last a lifetime…and possibly longer. We’re guessing your Dad’s wallet has seen better days, so give him a hand-made upgrade.

Woodchuck USA Pocket Square

Photo via www.MillCityMen.com

The Dad Who Likes to be Different

WOODCHUCK USA Gift Set

We can almost guarantee you that none of your Dad’s friends rock a wooden pocket square. Give your Dad bragging rights by gifting him this sweet wooden pocket square from Minneapolis-based WOODCHUCK USA. It comes in several different options and can be matched with a tie bar and cufflinks. Klipsch offers branded WOODCHUCK merchandise in the Klipsch Gear Store.

Klipsch Heresy Speakers Father's day

The Patriotic Dad

Klipsch Heresy Speakers

Chances are that your Dad grew up with most consumer goods being manufactured in the United States. Things have certainly changed; however, Klipsch still makes a line of speakers in Hope, Arkansas. Klipsch Heresy speakers are a true piece of Americana with their wooden cabinets and rock n’ roller performance. Even better yet, he can pass them onto you and future generations to come.

Imogene Willie Denim Father's Day

The Dad Who Has Holes in His Jeans

Imogene + Willie Willie Rigid Denim

Don’t let your father strut about town in a pair of jeans that he bought from a Sears when Clinton was in office. The “willie rigid” jeans from Imogene & Willie are the perfect fit for Dads. They are cut with enough room for your Dad to be comfortable without making him look like he is wearing a pair of parachute pants. Oh and they’re made in Nashville, Tennessee and can be tailored exactly to your father’s specs.

Performance All-Weather Outdoor Speakers - Outdoor Speakers Buying Guide

Needing to cover larger areas? Klipsch performance all-weather speakers bring the party outdoors all year long.

The Dad Who Spends His Time Outdoors

Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

If your Dad spends a lot of time working in the yard or on the house, a pair of outdoor speakers could be exactly what he needs to make it a little more exciting. Whether it’s the outdoor rock speakers or the performance all-weather speakers, they are sure to bring a smile to your Dad’s face while he removes an endless sea of leaves from the gutter. Check out our outdoor speaker buying guide.

Indy CD & Vinyl

Photo Credit: Visit Indy

The Dad Who Is Impossible to Shop For

Record Store Gift Card / Concert Tickets

Raise your hand if your Dad doesn’t give you any idea of what he wants….While we can’t see you, we’re assuming a whole bunch of you had your hands held up high. In that case, a gift card from a local record store like Indy CD & Vinyl or concert tickets (pick something he likes) would be a safe and enjoyable option for Father’s Day.

Klipsch Merchandise Father's day

The Dad Who Has All the Klipsch He Could Ever Need

Klipsch Branded Merchandise

Is your dad the ultimate Klipsch fan? If his home is already filled with Klipsch speakers and headphones, you could grab him a Klipsch t-shirt, cap, mug or perhaps even a flask. Let him show off his Klipsch pride!

 

What are you getting your Dad for Father’s Day? If you are a Dad, what are you hoping for? Post a comment below.

 

 

 

Best Headphones for College

There is a lot of noise in college. Heck, you might be the one creating the noise most of the time. Sometimes, you’ll just need to be in your world.

We’ve come up with a list of the best headphones for college that make sense whether you want to study in peace, relax or just block out the dang roommate.

If you don’t think you ever need to be quiet and just want to piss off your classmates, check out our list of the best speakers for college.

Klipsch X11i Headphones Studying for College

Best Headphones for Studying in the Library

Klipsch X11i In-Ear Headphones

Maybe you’re a dedicated student who studies regularly or maybe it’s Wednesday and you just found out the final is Thursday. Either way, the Klipsch X11i headphones are the perfect match for you. With their ultra-small form factor, you can put them in your over-stuffed backpack with ease. The in-ear design and ultra comfortable patented oval ear tips allow you to study all night long.

Klipsch Reference R6 Headphones College

Best Headphones for the Flight Home

Klipsch Reference R6 In-Ear Headphones

A lot of students attend out of state colleges, which means that they fly home every break because their lovely mother misses them dearly. Since this means traveling during the busiest travel times of the year including the dreaded Thanksgiving holiday, you’re going to need headphones that can be worn through all of the delays and cancellations. The Klipsch R6 headphones fit the bill and at $79, it is not the end of the world if you accidentally leave them on the plane or at the gate.

 

Klipsch Reference On-Ear College

Coty Leffingwell from the bleedingkeys rocks the Klipsch Reference On-Ear headphones.

Best Headphones for Hanging Out

Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphones

Sometimes you just want to hang and veg out with a new album or maybe the latest action movie that popped up in your Netflix queue. The Reference On-Ear headphones blend superior comfort and sound into one, making your music and movies sound better than ever. Oh and you better believe our list of the best headphones for college won’t include anything that’ll make you look like a walking billboard.

Klipsch Reference R6m Headphones College

Best Headphones for When Your Roommate is Too Loud

Klipsch Reference R6m In-Ear Headphones

Roommates can be really loud sometimes. Maybe they have the TV at a ridiculous level or their out-of-town girlfriend is visiting (eek). The Reference R6m sounds great, feels comfortable and they block out a ton of noise with the same patented oval ear tips that are on all Klipsch in-ear headphones.

Additionally, the R6m’s mic/remote will work with any device, so even after you drop your brand new iPhone 6 in the toilet, your headphones will still work with whatever device you’re stuck with. They also work as gaming headphones, so you can play on your PS4 while the roommate is studying in their corner of the room. The R6m is priced affordably, which means you’ll have more money to spend on food and “stuff.”

 

What do you think are the best headphones for college? What headphones did you use during college? 

Best Speakers for College

Music. It’s the fabric of the college experience, whether you’re belting out lyrics at 4 a.m. or confined to the library, frantically studying for that final you somehow forgot about.

Whatever the case, don’t settle for crap audio. Klipsch offers some of the best speakers for college in a wide variety of form factors and price points.

Disclaimer: following any of our recommendations of the best speakers for college will likely result in the Residential Advisor (RA) knocking on your door.

Klipsch Reference R-10B Soundbar

Speakers for the Dorm Room TV

Reference R-10B Soundbar + Wireless Subwoofer 

Bunk beds, one shared closet and a chest of drawers. That’s what you are looking at in the typical dorm room. To put it politely, space is at a premium and you’re not exactly allowed to drill into the walls.

That’s why the Reference R-10B Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer is a great option. Just plop the R-10B in front of the TV and the subwoofer anywhere in the room for deep bass – instantly making your dorm the loudest and proudest on campus.

Klipsch KMC 3 Speaker

Speakers the Dorm Room Party

Klipsch KMC 3 Speaker

While a soundbar is a great upgrade for your TV’s lousy built-in speakers, you need something to really crank up the music when you’re a few beverages in and “Sweet Caroline” pops up on Pandora.

The Klipsch Music Center KMC 3 delivers the goods and is responsible for a quite a few noise violations if our social media followers are to be believed. You better believe that our list of the best speakers for college can really deliver some output.

Seriously though, we aren’t liable for the inevitable angry 2 a.m. knock on the door from your RA who was studying for their socialogy midterm.

Klipsch GiG Portable Speaker

Speakers for the Quad

Klipsch GiG Speaker

We aren’t going to judge you if you’re one of the cliché Frisbee-throwers that pop up on every university’s website. We will judge you, however, if you are using a product that shares a name with a feminine hygiene product.

The Klipsch GiG speaker provides the portability, connectivity and sound quality that make it a perfect sidekick on the quad. Throw the GiG in your backpack on the way to class and whip it out once the lawn-shenanigans begin. Fun times are guaranteed to ensue.

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers

Speakers for the Off-Campus Apartment

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers / Klipsch Quintet Home Theater System

Couldn’t stay in a dorm room for four years? We don’t blame you. Off-campus apartments will typically allow you to drill holes into the wall for photos, décor…or speakers.

That being said, your neighbors may not be fellow students, so they probably won’t be as amenable to your thumping subwoofer. You can still get in plenty of trouble with our Reference Premiere speakers, and they will impress your buddies no matter what volume they’re set to.

Of course, we understand budgets are tight. After all, beer isn’t free. With that in mind, the best-selling Klipsch Quintet home theater system is a great option for affordable surround sound, making movie night oh-so-much-more-awesome.

Klipschorn Speaker

Speakers for the Frat House

Klipschorn

Now, some of you might call us crazy for recommending a Heritage Series speaker for a frat house. After all, they have a premium price and frat houses are stereotypically gross, but bare with us.

Yes, the Klipschorn isn’t exactly cheap; however, when you start splitting the cost with all of your fraternity brothers, it starts making a lot more sense. Plus, the Klipschorn will last a lifetime, so the fraternity will not have to replace the speakers for perhaps half a century.

These aren’t speakers that you can just knock over and break. Just stick them in the corners and turn up the music. Everyone is going to want to come to your party…maybe the police too.

 

What do you think of our list of the best speakers for college? What did you use in college?

An Extended Family Through Klipsch

Klipsch is a family. That’s not corporate-rhetoric and it doesn’t just refer those with the last name of Klipsch.

For Christy (“dtel’s wife” on the Klipsch Forum), her path to the Klipsch family began as a child, touring around the country with her parents who owned a portable roller skating rink.

“By the age of 18 months, I had my own roller skates and ‘hit the floor’ dancing with them.  My love of music was born!” said Christy.”

She eventually met her husband Elden (“dtel“) who was already a full-blown “audio geek” and the wheels were set in motion.

Ten years ago, they purchased a set of Klipsch Synergy speakers and joined the Klipsch Forum. They both posted frequently on the Forum, developing a fondness for both the products and the people on the message boards. The Synergy speakers wouldn’t stay for long and they upgraded quickly to three pairs of the Klipsch Forte IIs.

The couple went down to Hope, Arkansas in 2007 for the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage and came back with a pair of Klipsch Cornwall III speakers from a sweepstakes. They wouldn’t stay content with winning speakers, though.

The list of Klipsch products they have purchased is beyond impressive:

“ Our home is truly powered by Klipsch speakers.”

While all of these speakers are great, Christy’s love for Klipsch goes beyond quality products. It’s the sense of community that is so special.

“The Klipsch Forum is like our family.  We rarely miss an opportunity to meet up with our Klipsch friends.  We have traveled to Hope numerous times and even made the trek to Indianapolis for one of the Pilgrimages. “

When Christy says “family,” she means it.

“We make it a point to open our home to Forum members travelling across states, and have had several members as overnight guests. We share our love of “all things Klipsch” with anyone that will listen!”

Christy’s passion has extended to her family, as her daughters and grandchildren have also become Klipsch fans, attending Klipsch Pilgrimages in the past including this year’s employee appreciation event. Christy’s grandson attended his first Pilgrimage when he was four years old! Now 15, he owns a pair of Klipsch Heresy II speakers.

While her husband has been in charge of installing the speakers, Christy and her daughters have decided on aesthetics and helped nudge her husband in the right (louder) direction.

“It was our oldest daughter, Jaime and me that convinced Elden to let us have the MWMs, 402 in our living room. He thought they were too big!”

Audiophiles need not be stereotyped. They come in all forms including that of a proud mother from southern Mississippi who has found a family that keeps on growing.

“I truly lack the words to express what Klipsch means to our family. It’s not just a household brand to us. Each of you are a part of our family.”

 

Happy Mother’s Day! Are you or someone you know an audiophile and a mother? We’d love to hear from you! Post a comment below.

 

 

Gifts For Moms That Rock

Moms rock. While they should be treated as queens every day of the year, Mother’s Day is their one chance to have a day dedicated to them.

We’re guessing that your mom may have insisted that she doesn’t need anything besides your love…well, far be it for us to call your mom a liar, but we think she would be mighty pleased to receive a little something in addition to your affection.

We don’t want to pigeonhole anyone’s mom, so we thought about all of our different mothers and came up with some cool gifts that would fit each different mold.

Klipsch X7i Headphones

The Jetsetter Mom

Klipsch X7i headphones

Got a tarmac-mamma flying from airport to airport? Get her a pair of X7i headphones. Their hand-polished ceramic finish is the epitome of class and the patented oval ear tips’ noise-isolation will ensure that she’ll be able to enjoy her music and movies throughout the entire flight.

Vinyl Me, Please

Photo Credit: TheWeekendEdition.com

The Hipster Mom

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription

We hate the overused term “hipster”, but we’re going to be lazy and apply it here. If your mom has been tracking the new-found success of vinyl and is looking to get back into it, the subscription service Vinyl Me, Please could be perfect for you. Each month, they send you a new record along with some other goodies. It’s a great, no-fuss way to listen to new music and involve yourself in the vinyl medium. Plus, long-time Klipsch La Scala owner/advocate Elijah Wood is on the service’s board of directors.

Woodchuck Tribal

Photo Credit: Cool Hunting

The Mom Who Just Got an iPhone

Woodchuck Phone Case

Did your mother finally take the baby-boomer plunge into the world of smartphones? Get her a case to protect the delicate device that doesn’t look like anything else out there. WOODCHUCK USA makes awesome accessories out of wood from its shop in Minnesota. We dig the tribal look, but you can “Woodchuck” pretty much any design you’d like. You can also buy a Klipsch-branded WOODCHUCK case here.

Klipsch Reference R-20B Soundbar

The No-Fuss Mom

Klipsch Reference R-20B Soundbar

Moms have enough things to worry about. Not hearing the TV shouldn’t be one of them. Simplify her life with the Reference R-20B sound bar and wireless subwoofer. It’s a cinch to setup so she can sit back, relax and enjoy amazing audio.

U-Turn Orbit Turntable

The Mom Who Loves Her Records

U-Turn Audio Turntable

If your mother held onto her old vinyl collection, consider getting her a new turntable. The Orbit turntable from U-Turn is handmade in Boston and doesn’t force you to take on a second mortgage. We gave it our blessing in a recent review.

Mumford & Sons at Klipsch Music Center

The Mom Who Loves Concerts

Concert Tickets

This one is practically a no-brainer. Sometimes, your mom just wants to spend time with you, so what better than a pair of concert tickets for a band you both (or just her) like? With summer finally starting to come around, you could even make a full day of it and enjoy the outdoors.

Shaun Ivy's Heresy II Speakers

The Do It Herself Mom

Klipsch Heresy Speakers

Passive loudspeakers require a receiver, speaker wire, etc…but the juice is worth the squeeze. If your Mom is up for it, it could result in a lifetime hobby, where she finds herself debating on the Klipsch Forum about tube amps and crossovers.

Imogene + Willie denim

Photo credit: Ecouterre

The Old Navy Mom

Imogene + Willie Jeans

It’s time to ditch the “mom jeans” for good. Our friends down in Nashville, TN, Imogene + Willie, can provide an upgrade that goes far beyond the run-of-the-mill denim you’d find at the shopping mall. Now, you may be thinking that you definitely don’t want to see your mom in skin-tight pants and we don’t blame you. Luckily, Imogene + Willie has all sorts of different styles

Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphone

The Mom Who Works All Day

Reference On-Ears

If your mom sits in an office all day, take mercy on her ears and give her a pair of Reference On-Ear headphones. The ground-up acoustic design allows for an accurate representation of all music. Plus, the plush, noise-isolating cushioning allows her to enjoy her music all day long and block out Chad loudly eating his apple on the other side of the cubicle.

Tanner Goods Vanguard Saddle Bag Oak

The Mom Who Loves Leather

Tanner Goods Vanguard Saddle Bag

No, this isn’t about to turn into a chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey. Tanner Goods crafts quality leather objects from wallets to chairs in its Portland workshop. Their women’s purse is simple yet stunning and has that oh-so-delicious leather smell. And as many women would say, you can never have too many handbags. (They call it a “saddle bag”, but you know what we mean.)

Klipsch Stadium Speaker

The Mom Who Has Everything

Klipsch Stadium

Have you already showered your mother with amazing gifts? We bet she doesn’t have anything like the Klipsch Stadium. With unsurpassed elegance and acoustics, it is a terrific statement piece. The Stadium’s 400 watts of peak system power and dual opposing subwoofers gives Mom the opportunity to be the troublemaker this time around. Plus, it streams all of her music and movies wirelessly.

Indy CD & Vinyl

Photo Credit: Visit Indy

The Mom Who Knows What She Wants

Local Record Store Gift Card

Yah, sure, gift cards are a “boring gift”, but let’s be honest, she knows what she wants better than you do. Getting her a gift card from a local record store is a great way to let a rockin’ mom choose whatever she’d like. Also, in case you didn’t know, record stores don’t just sell records anymore. They sell headphones, speakers, turntables, digital downloads, artwork and much more. Plus, they have live music for adults and children alike. Indy CD & Vinyl is a local favorite of ours. We spoke with their owner Andy Skinner last week about Record Store Day.

Got any other suggestions for moms that deserve the best? Let us know in the comments section below!

Klipsch Rocks The Hall (Induction Ceremony Recap)

What a weekend it was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Klipsch Audio. Between the feedback we received from legendary musicians, intimate rehearsals, generosity of our partners, impassioned speeches and, of course, breath-taking performances, our weekend in Cleveland was one we will not forget.

As the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, we took our branding implementation as a serious responsibility. We wanted an impactful presence but not one that overshadowed the occasion.

Joe Walsh backstage with Klipsch

Eagles guitarist/keyboardist Joe Walsh aka “The Clown Prince of Rock” dropped by to say hello to Klipsch and check out our gear.

During rehearsals, we were granted the opportunity to have the inductees and their presenters try out our Reference On-Ear headphones and Reference Premiere speakers. Some of these legendary musicians were already very familiar with our gear; however, for some of them, this was their first introduction and they were simply blown away. Out of respect, we won’t name names, but there is a certain degree of validation that arises when the world’s greatest musicians give you a big ol’ smile and a thumbs up.

Rehearsals were also enlightening, as you realize that many of these musicians fly in the day of the rehearsal without even knowing what song they are supposed to sing or what the words are even. Many of the artists actually had the words up on the teleprompter during the rehearsals and Induction Ceremony and still performed magnificently despite it being a kind of karaoke. Heck, John Legend actually flew to the White House in between rehearsals.

The staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum was truly first-class and we had a blast touring the museum. For first-timers and repeat visitors, there were a lot of interesting pieces on display and exhibits that were just plain cool. If you haven’t been yet, we certainly recommend stopping by Cleveland to take a tour or two.

Klipsch Reference Speakers at the Westin Hotel

Klipsch Reference Speakers looked great at the Westin Hotel, where many performers, inductees and guests were staying.

 

They also worked with us to outfit the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, where all the inductees were staying, and hotel’s décor seamlessly matched our Reference speakers and subwoofers. Furthermore, the live Reference R-28F speaker setup in the lobby resulted in hotel employees and guests asking us how much we wanted for the speakers right then and there. (Click here to see more photos of the Klipsch branding.)

The Induction Ceremony itself was everything you would expect and more with Cleveland’s Public Hall serving as a perfect backdrop for the evening with it’s classic architecture and cozy feel. You could tell how important the moment was to each person that spoke on stage, whether they were a presenter or an inductee.

John Mayer Speech at the Rock Hall

John Mayer inducted Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Mayer, a celebrated present-day musician and heartthrob, spoke in total reverence of inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is a guy who is beloved by millions of people across the world and has made a gazillion dollars, and you could tell how emotional he was inducting someone he modeled himself after.

Legendary singer-songwriter Bill Withers had one of the best speeches of the night, remarking about how awesome it was to have a “Wonder and a Legend” induct him. That’s Stevie Wonder and John Legend, for those wondering.

From Joan Jett’s opening number to the closing ensemble performance with Ringo Starr, each musician’s tribute rocked the house. Inductees received three songs and it’s really difficult to pick favorites out of any of them.

Bill Withers and John Legend at the Rock Hall

Inductee Bill Withers (left) and John Legend (right) performed three of Withers’ most beloved songs.

Green Day brought in a large fan contingent for the evening, who roared at their every move and for good reason, as the band was absolutely on point. On the flip side of the timeline, 80-year-old Sam Lay from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was dazzling in his own right. He had to be physically helped into the drummer’s seat, but once he was there he belted those lyrics and played the drums like it was 1965 again. (Click here to view more photos.)

Below is a Spotify playlist of the original tracks that were performed during the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Rock on.

Have you been to the Induction Ceremony? What are your favorite songs from these inductees? Let us know in the comments.

Record Store Day: Why It Matters

Record Store Day was created back in 2007 by a collection of independent record storeowners in order to celebrate the unique culture around these stores and, of course, to fight back financially against the Mp3 revolution that caused many stores to shutter.

Andy Skinner, co-owner of Indy CD & Vinyl along with his wife Annie, said “For a lot of stores, especially when it first started, it was a really fun gimmick to maintain the fiscal health of record stores.”

TWICE magazine reports that “vinyl album sales in the U.S. have grown 260 percent since 2009, and in 2014, vinyl recorded its ninth consecutive year of sales growth.” Furthermore, Nielsen found that 9.2 million units were sold which is up 52 percent from the previous year.

There’s no denying the financial benefits of this now-organized annual occurrence. Skinner says that sales on just this one day are so substantial that they can keep his Indianapolis-based store afloat for the entire year.

But it’s so much more than a sales gimmick now, as Skinner and his fellow record storeowners pull off a large-scale event and a party that is truly special for the community.

“People realize that not only did record stores not go away, they’re healthy. It gives people a place to go where there is a strong music community and they’ll come back throughout the year.”

Thanks to artists really getting behind Record Store Day, there are a ton of new and exclusive releases on vinyl that will have fans knocking down the doors of their local record stores. (Click here for the full list of releases.)

“It brings a lot of legitimacy, especially when music fans see their favorite artists giving a lot of attention to independent record stores and letting people know that this is how they make their living.”

People will line around the block for particular releases that come in limited quantities. Luckily, a local coffee shop is providing a much needed a boost for these morning-weary shoppers.

Skinner says that the re-release of Brand New’s “Deja Entendu” is causing the most commotion and resulting in a flurry of phone calls to the store. The Skinners ordered as many copies as they could possibly get their hands on, but they only actually received two copies. Instead of just making people wait in line for hours upon hours, Indy CD and Vinyl will sell raffle tickets for $1 a pop. After they sell more tickets than the album’s list price, they will give the rest to charity. Good stuff.

Beyond new or exclusive releases, Indy CD & Vinyl will have live music outside their store with ten bands performing on a stage in the back of the store. Klipsch is providing the sound for the event using the same gear from WTTS’s Sun King Studio 92Klipsch Professional speakers including KI-396 mains, KPT-684 subwoofers and KI-272 stage monitors. It is going to ROCK.

In addition to the sure-to-be-awesome performances, the store will be giving away a host of awesome audio gear including Klipsch Reference R6 headphones. For a full list of what’s going on at Indy CD & Vinyl on Record Store Day, please click here.

Skinner has made sure all the paperwork is in order to really crank up the volume and the neighbors don’t mind either. Nearby restaurants and stores are excited about the buzz it brings to Broad Ripple Village and couldn’t care less about the noise it generates.

This aspect of community is really what this day is all about – music fans getting together and enjoying the musicians’ magic in an authentic setting.

“It’s a pain in the ass, it’s expensive and it’s a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it when you see so many people who are just stoked for either the hard-to-find releases or saw someone that they thought they would never see in such an intimate setting.”

Rock on, Indy CD and Vinyl.

Are you participating in Record Store Day? Looking for a specific album? Done so in the past? Let us know in the comments below.

Copper and Black: The Official Klipsch Cocktail

Copper and Black: The Official Klipsch Cocktail

 

With the recent launch of new Klipsch Reference series speakers and headphones, we figured it would be a great time to introduce the official Klipsch cocktail that you could enjoy while savoring your delicious copper cones.

Just down the road from Klipsch HQ in Indianapolis at the Libertine Liquor Bar works our friend and bartender-extraordinaire Ryan “Puck” Puckett. We invited Puck to demo our Reference Premiere speakers and conceptualize a delicious beverage to represent our signature sound – thus creating the Copper and Black.

As you would expect with the official Klipsch cocktail, a Copper and Black is a drink with some serious attitude yet totally unpretentious. It’s something you could drink all day, but something you could also sip on at the end of the night – long after the band has left the stage. (Please don’t actually drink all day.)

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 oz bourbon whiskey

¾ oz fresh lemon juice

¾ oz orgeat syrup (almond syrup)

Dark Beer

Ice

Lemon peel

Cocktail shaker (optional)

Tumbler glass

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Measure and pour 2 oz of bourbon whiskey into a cocktail shaker. (We used Backbone Bourbon from Indianapolis.)

2. Add 3/4 oz of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

3. Add 3/4 of orgeat syrup. (We had some Wilks and Wilson, another local variety.)

4. Add however much ice you would like.

5. Shake, shake, shake. (Also the title of a catchy song from our friends Bronze Radio Return.)

6. Strain into a tumbler-style glass

7. Top off with any dark beer/porter, using a spoon. (We chose Ring A Dingle from the always-awesome Sun King Brewing.)

8. Drink responsibly

Thank you to our own Michael Buratto for providing the music for the video. We are very lucky to have such a talented musician on our staff. To check out more of his music, visit www.michaelburatto.com/

Do you have your own unofficial Klipsch cocktail? Post your recipe in the comments below!

Klipsch Speakers: Track-tested Thanks to the IHRA

This year, Klipsch is proud to have become the official audio partner of the IHRA. During every race, custom-built KI-396 and KPT-684-SMA speakers adorn the sidelines of the track, providing crowds with a first-class audio experience.

At first, that may seem like an odd arrangement. After all, Klipsch makes glorious speakers like the Reference series with their shimmering copper cones as well as ever-so-small headphones like the aluminum X11i. But IHRA needs excellent speakers to rise above the noise of the cars and the crowd and Klipsch fits the bill, in more ways than one.

A couple weeks ago, it all made sense, as Klipsch speakers showed that they are tough enough to handle anything that is thrown their way at the track.

Literally, anything.

A couple weeks ago in Baton Rouge, LA at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam Nationals, there was a rather scary wreck in which a vehicle smashed into the side rail, flipping over it.

Tina Pierce VS Alex Taylor Crash Nitro Jam 2015

According to the Speed Society, Tina “The Fastest Chick in Oklahoma” Pierce, did not suffer any significant injuries in the crash.

One of the Klipsch KI-396 speakers found itself directly in the path of Pierce’s Chevrolet S-10, sending it flying through the air. If you watch the video close enough you can see the unlucky speaker catch some air.

Jason Rittenberry, CEO & President of IRG Sports + Entertainment, humorously described the speaker’s flight. “We use Klipsch products at all of our Nitro Jam events and one of the Klipsch speakers went for a wild ride after an accident during the event,” said Rittenberry.

It didn’t look so good at first for the custom KI-396 speaker…

Rittenberry added, “It took a hard hit from a race car and landed in the mud. After repairing the cable, the speaker worked just fine. It’s a testament to the quality of their product.”

IHRK Wreck Photo

Tina Pierce’s car knocks the custom-built Klipsch KI-396 off its perch.

Klipsch does not have a “stress test” that involves a car ramming our professional speakers at full speed, but we are proud to have offerings that can fit just about any purpose.

“There’s no doubt about the durability of Klipsch speakers after an incident at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam Nationals in Baton Rouge,” said Rittenberry.

This was most certainly an interesting start to a unique partnership of which we will discuss more in a future post on the Klipsch Joint. Stay tuned!

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