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Klipsch Install Stories: Simulating Crowd Noise for the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts square off against the New England Patriots this Sunday in the AFC Championship with the winner earning the opportunity to play for the ultimate prize: the Super Bowl.

The road to being crowned champion of the world is filled with various obstacles – injuries, poor officiating, roster moves and, of course, the opponent.

The New England Patriots rampaged through the second part of the season to a 12-4 regular season weapon and are the pundits’ consensus to take home the Lombardi Trophy. Their record has given them the right to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, providing them with a critical edge.

Home field is so important in sports like football because there is a great deal of communication that goes on during any game with coaches trying to talk to their quarterbacks who then have to relay the message to the 10 other players on the field.

The same goes on the other side of the ball, where defenders need to tell each other which spots to be in and what the offense is trying to do to them. If they fail, it’s going to be a long day ahead. In the playoffs, every play can be the difference between you going on vacation next week or to continue vying for the sport’s ultimate prize.

Klipsch brand ambassador Andrew Luck will have to deal with a hostile crowd in Foxboro that will do everything it can to prevent the former Stanford quarterback from reaching his first Super Bowl. All 60,000+ fans will scream, chant and shout all sorts of things when Luck tries to call out a plays to his teammates on top of the already impressive noise floor that is attached to any large-scale event.

It’s a hard to mimic that sort of crowd noise. You can’t just round up the interns and have them yell simultaneously.

Prior to the 2013 season, the Colts came to Klipsch with the goal of creating a speaker environment that could mimic any of their opponents’ home fields. The team has both indoor and outdoor facilities to prepare for the environment of their upcoming game, which makes sense seeing as how the team will face off versus teams who play in dome and those who battle beneath the sun.

Klipsch reworked the indoor practice field’s sound system using 18 KI-396 two-way flown loudspeakers coupled with six KPT-684 subwoofers, with both sets of product situated in a single-mount array.

Colts Crowd Noise Install Outdoors

To deliver a similar sound experience and replicate crowd noise for the outdoor fields, Klipsch engineered three custom, portable systems that can be cart-mounted and positioned around the relevant field. These systems were first-of-their-kind and each feature an array of four professional audio Tractrix horns. Klipsch’s renowned Tractrix horn systems allow the Colts to create powerful and detailed sound in a sprawling outdoor space.

“Sound is a major component of our daily practice routines,” said Pete Ward, chief operating officer with the Indianapolis Colts. “Klipsch loudspeakers work really well for us because they are highly efficient and deliver a very clean sound even at the high-volume levels we require. We’re thankful to our proud sponsor for a new setup that delivers a sound experience like nothing we’ve ever had before. ”

Contributing partners throughout the install included Indianapolis-based Advanced Residential and Commercial Electronics and Indy Cases.

Luck and his teammates can rest assured that they have received the best possible preparation for New England’s crowd.

Will the Colts win? We sure as heck don’t know, but it’s going to be fun to watch!

Klipsch at CES 2015: Day 4

It’s over.

This year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show is in the books and what a trip it has been!

We hyped CES 2015 as one of our biggest launch in years and we feel like we have delivered on that promise. Not only did we launch several new product lines, we also announced a major partnership and demonstrated once again, that no one cares more about their Heritage than us.

It is genuinely a great time to be a Klipsch employee and a Klipsch customer. Yes, we have made mistakes along the way, but the weather calls for sunny skies and kick-ass sound.

We are also proud to say that we took home at a pair of awards from CES 2015!

Digital Trends Top Tech of CES 2015

“Home theater audio will never be the same.” – Caleb Denison

Digital Trends named the Klipsch Premiere Wireless speakers with WISA as their Top Tech of CES 2015 for home audio. We had many people stop by our booth, informing us that they were very skeptical of the quality of wireless speakers.

Boy, did we prove them wrong! Each person who walked out of our demo room came away impressed. We may not always be first to market, but you better believe we’ll make a product that sounds the best.

New Egg Vendor of the Year

Thank you, New Egg.

New Egg also bestowed upon us their Vendor of the Year award which is a testament to our sales team, who have done an incredible job even in the face of a tough economy and ever-evolving marketplace. Well done, team!

We would like to thank everyone who came by the Klipsch booth during CES 2015. Without you, we can’t do what we do. It has been so much fun to talk to Klipsch fans, some of whom have setups with multiple Klipschorns, La Scalas and Heresys all in one room.

A big shout-out to the members of the Klipsch Forums who came by the booth. Your passion for the brand is what both keeps us on our toes and passionate about making the world’s best loudspeakers.

We already thanked Auralex Acoustics, U-Turn Audio, Dolby and the WISA Association, but one more time can’t hurt. We are blessed to have partners who genuinely align with our mission and help us fulfill that mission by giving us the tools to create the best sounding environment for the home, cinema or wherever. Rock on, friends!

Enough with the gushy stuff, let’s get back to the products. After all, that’s why were are here. Below is what we introduced at CES 2015.

Klipsch Reference Premiere (Available now)

Klipsch Reference On-Ear (Available for pre-order for February)

Klipsch Reference Premiere with Dolby® Atmos (Projected Q2)

Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless (Projected Q3)

Made in USA Heritage-Inspired Concept for Wireless Speakers (TBD)

That is a lot to take in even for our employees, but each product shown at CES 2015 has a specific purpose for existing and is deserving of the Klipsch name. We have no doubt that you are going to love what you hear. Companies may say they’re proud of their products. We actually are.

As far as additional information goes, we are hoping to be able to provide more info soon on the products that are due later this year. We have to keep a couple things close to the vest, but it’ll be worth the wait. Klipsch.com has all the information you’ll need on the passive Reference Premiere speakers. (Mmm…copper cones)

Heritage-Inspired Speakers

Let us know if this concept is something you could see yourself purchasing.

Feedback for our Heritage-inspired wireless speakers that are designed, engineered and built in the United States has been quite impressive, but we have to remind everyone that this is indeed a concept speaker. Again, the buzz is awfully encouraging, particularly on the Klipsch Forums. By the way, how cool is it that two Klipsch engineers are directly responding to customers? That is just one example of why this is a special place to work.

Oh and it was pretty cool to get a retweet and excited comment from long-time Klipsch La Scala-owner Elijah Wood who is best known for his work as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

We will be delivering podcasts from our WPWK sessions with the likes of Marky Ramone, Eddie Kramer, Bob Heil, Jim Hunter, Steve Dobo, etc. We should push them out soon enough, but please remember that we’ll need some recovery time from CES 2015.

On that note, we should add that the Klipsch staff as a whole works extremely hard at CES 2015. It requires hours upon hours of being “on”, shoveling food down your gullet in a 3×3 closet and standing on your feet for hours on end. Unfortunately, we can’t expense foot massages!

Anyway, that’s all we have from CES 2015! If you have any questions, please post them and we’ll be happy to answer. You will be hearing a lot more about our partnership with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, so stay tuned for more great stuff from the Klipsch Joint.

Klipsch at CES 2015: Day 3

Between the launch of Reference Premiere, Reference On-Ear, Reference Premiere with Dolby Atmos and Reference Premiere Wireless, Klipsch has had a ton of stuff going on during the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show.

There’s almost too much to talk about. We were unable to cover a bunch of random things in the previous CES 2015 blogs, but we are going to try to tackle them in this one.

Eddie Kramer Reference Premiere Demo

Eddie Kramer had an absolute blast demoing the new Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers.

EDDIE KRAMER REACTS TO REFERENCE PREMIERE

Eddie Kramer is one of the top recording engineers in the world. He worked with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and, of course, Led Zeppelin. Not a bad resume, eh? When he was in the Klipsch booth at CES 2015, our own Mark Casavant gave him a demo of the new Reference Premiere speakers.

Eddie loved them.

He loved them so much that he was rockin’ out during the demo and gave Mark a huge high-five at the end of it. That truly is what we live for – people genuinely loving their listening experience. It never gets old.

BULLSHIT BUTTONS

During CES, you get handed a lot of free “swag” and, no, I’m just talking about the folks handing out invitations to certain gentleman’s clubs here in Vegas. We didn’t just want to give out a cheap USB charger or potato chip clip (seriously, they’re everywhere), so we decided to hand out our famous “Bullshit” buttons. They have gone over like gangbusters.

The reaction is almost always the same from people. At first, they are perplexed and assume that we are being crass just to draw attention. Then they read the story behind the buttons and they say, “This is so awesome” while giggling. It’s a great way to give people a fun keepsake while explaining our company motto.

Special shout-out to our Singapore distributor who made “No Bullshit” buttons. It makes us laugh out loud every time.

Matt Sommers UTurn Audio Turntable

Matt Sommers putting a new record on the U-Turn Audio turntable

U TURN AUDIO TURNTABLE

We have talked about U Turn Audio in length before. With vinyl making a comeback, a lot of companies are building turntables that are, quite frankly, crap. U Turn does not. They make their turntables in Massachusetts and they are available for a reasonable price. We have been using them in the WPWK radio station all week long and they haven’t failed us once. If you are looking to dive back into vinyl, look no further.

Auralex Acoustics

Auralex Acoustics provided the sound treatment for our CES 2015 demo room which has Reference Premiere with Dolby Atmos and Reference Premiere Wireless on display.

AURALEX ACOUSTICS

Our friends from Auralex Acoustics provided the sound treatments for the Klipsch demo room at CES 2015 and they haven’t disappointed. The CES 2015 is not exactly conducive to audio demos out in the room, but our dedicated sound room has allowed us to properly show off the Dolby Atmos and WISA versions of our Reference Premiere speakers.

Bullshit Noise Violation

Whoops.

NOISE VIOLATION

One of Klipsch’s taglines is “Pissing Off The Neighbors Since 1946.” Well, we managed to do exactly that at CES 2015. You are not supposed to surpass 85 decibels at CES 2015 which is kind of impossible anyway with the general noise from thousands upon thousands of people in one area with every booth playing some sort of audio.

We may have taken it a bit far as a noise violation came flying our way on multiple occasions. Whoops.

The Reference Premiere speakers right at the front of the Klipsch booth have been loved by customers, but perhaps hated by our fellow exhibitors and event organizers.

1947 KLIPSCHORN

As we said in the Day 1 blog, the Klipsch audio museum has, in some ways, stolen the show. CES 2015 is full of people showing shiny new objects. We have shiny new objects too, but we believe that reflecting and appreciating our past is just as important.

Part of this dedication to our heritage is the display of the 13th Klipschorn that was ever made. Built in 1947, it still works and sounds terrific. How incredible is that? It is a very special piece of audio history.

We’ll have much coming from CES 2015 even after the show’s completion. Stay tuned!

 

Klipsch at CES 2015: Day 2

Some common staples of the Consumer Electronics Show are large, showy concerts where some big name is brought in to perform in front a company’s key customers.

Heck, we’ve done it before. And we were lucky enough to find popular artists like Young the Giant and Lynyrd Skynrd who genuinely loved the Klipsch brand, but that’s not the case for some other companies here at CES.

They dole out tons of money for a band that, quite frankly, doesn’t give two hoots about being there. They are there to collect their paycheck and perform a few hits in front of a crowd that doesn’t generate any excitement.

With this in mind, Klipsch marched to the beat of our own drum at CES 2015 on Day 2 and had a special listening session event with our good friends Colleen Murphy and Eddie Kramer at the John Varvatos store. We stray away from partnering people and brands who don’t appreciate the Klipsch name and what we stand for.

Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy was all smiles during the special listening event at John Varvatos with Eddie Kramer and Klipsch.

If you don’t know Colleen Murphy, she is the founder of Classic Album Sundays and a long-time owner/user of Klipschorns. She is famous across Europe for her DJ-ing and, more importantly, she’s a class act who knows more about music than just about anyone out there.

Through a few various relationships, we have also become good friends with the people at John Varvatos, a high-end fashion brand. Their company’s DNA is engrained with rock ‘n’ roll and we hope to do more big things with them in the future.

Eddie Kramer

Eddie Kramer genuinely loves what he does. Quite simply, it’s infectious.

Eddie Kramer…the guy is a legend. It’s not just the guy on the stage with the microphone or axe in his hand that matters. The guy beyond the scenes is critical to making the album sound the way it’s supposed to. He has produced and engineered albums from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.

The way these listening sessions work is that Colleen interviews Eddie who talks about the album, specific songs and plays tracks from the album. You may think that doesn’t sound too interesting.

Wrong!

Eddie has a unique ability to blow people away with his infectious charisma and his in-depth knowledge from the world’s most celebrated bands. His stories are incredible. For example, did you know that the Beatles performed the backup vocals for certain Rolling Stones albums that Kramer produced?

He also has a one-in-a-kind photo collection that isn’t available online. You can’t just Google “Led Zeppelin” and find the personal, intimate photos that Eddie took while helping the bands record. For fans of the aforementioned bands, it’ll take your breath away.

Eddie Kramer

Eddie Kramer delighted the crowd with his personal stories from all the time he spent with these iconic bands.

He left the stage to a standing ovation from all of those in attendance. If you are fortunate to come to one of our events that involve Eddie or Colleen, you will always walk away with a better appreciation for what goes into a classic album.

Oh, and the tracks were played on Klipsch Cornwall speakers plus a Reference R-115SW subwoofer in combination with an Audio Note record player and tube amp. It is pretty damn hard to get a better setup than that. It was truly a spectacular presentation thanks to Colleen and Eddie and it sounded spectacular thanks to our speakers as well as the first-class gear from Audio Note. (P.S. The Audio Note guys are first-rate blokes from the UK.)

These intimate experiences are what Klipsch is all about. We want you to feel a special, personal connection to your music.

Rock on.

Eddie Kramer

Thank you, Eddie!

Tomorrow’s blog post will focus on a random collection of things that we haven’t had the time to cover yet on The Klipsch Joint.

 

 

 

Klipsch at CES 2015: Launch Day

Day 1 of the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics show was one to remember for us all.

We teased you repeatedly that 01.06.15 would be the day of our biggest launch in years and we believe full-heartedly that we delivered. Honestly, we can’t believe that we kept it all a secret this well. (Although, some of our cunning forum members managed to scoop us!)

Here is what we introduced to the world:

Klipsch Reference Premiere (Available now)

Klipsch Reference On-Ear (End of January)

Klipsch Reference Premiere with Dolby® Atmos (Projected Q2)

Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless (Projected Q3)

So much awesomeness.

Klipsch CES Demo Room

Time after time, we took people into our sound room and blew them away with our new Atmos and Wireless demos. We heard from several representatives that we were the only ones who are displaying audio correctly at CES.

We are genuinely proud of that. Hearing really is believing.

Klipsch Reference Premiere

Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers are not just a facelift. This is a whole new line of speakers that are redesigned from the ground-up

We couldn’t fit everything in the demo room, but we were able to showcase a ton of other speakers out on the floor. The Reference Premiere speakers drew people in with their big ol’ copper cones and BIG sound. The R-115SW was definitely “pissing off the neighbors.” (Our apologies to Ericsson and Toshiba!)

The noisy floor environment of CES did allow us to demonstrate the noise isolation capabilities of our in-ear headphones AND the new Reference On-Ear Headphones.

Time after time, people would try out the in-ears and be amazed at their noise isolation abilities. People are misinformed to believe that big cans deliver superior noise isolation. That’s not necessarily true and we were happy to prove it.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear

Klipsch Reference On-Ears are the best sounding and most comfortable on-ears we have ever made.

Comments regarding the Reference On-Ear largely stemmed from its ridiculous comfort level. The cushioning is outrageous and the sound quality is what you would expect from Klipsch. Oh, and people kept mentioning they were happy that they didn’t look like a teenager when they had them on their head unlike some other brands’ headphones – you know who you are.

Heritage Inspired Towers

These Heritage-inspired towers are conceptual (but functional!) speakers.

That’s not all. CES is often about producing concepts and gauging reaction from the audience. We designed Heritage-inspired wireless speakers that intrigued everyone who checked them out. We put them across from our Heritage lineup, which really got the message across that WE are the classic American speaker brand. We have great old stuff and we have great new stuff. These conceptual speakers offer a bridge between the past and the present. They are designed, engineered and built in the United States.

Hell, yah!

Bob Heil Runt La Scala

PWK made this runt La Scala for Bob Heil (pictured) to use with Jeff Beck.

Marky Ramone Colleen Murphy

Marky Ramone poses with Colleen Murphy in the WPWK Radio booth. Outside of products on display, we had Bob Heil and Marky Ramone drop by WPWK Radio to talk with Colleen Murphy of Classic Album Sundays about a whole smattering of topics. We can’t say enough good things about Bob and Marky. They are class acts that GENUINELY love Klipsch and we love them.

 

 

 

Tomorrow, Colleen will be talking with Steve Dobo from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as well as Michael Burrato (Reference Premiere Product Manager) and Vlad Grodzinsky (Reference On-Ear Product Manager). You can check out the schedule here. Once again, we will be posting the interviews as podcasts after the completion of CES, so don’t worry if you’re not in Vegas!

Klipsch audio museum

The Klipsch audio museum has all sorts of PWK treasures.

One more thing…In this blogger’s humble opinion, the Klipsch audio museum that was oh-so-carefully curated by Klipsch historian Jim Hunter stole the show. 

CES is filled with sterile, white environments with flashy lights and obnoxious videos. The Klipsch audio museum was the opposite. It was authentic, honest-to-goodness fun.

People took their time strolling through the isle and snapping pictures of the collection. We even had a live demo of the 13th Klipschorn that was ever built – and it still sounds great! People were sampling a true piece of audio history.

Phew! That’s a lot of information to process, but we’ll have another blog post where we’ll dive into more detail about everything and about some of the stuff I missed.

There’s truly so much going on here with Klipsch at CES 2015. It’s genuinely a great time to be an employee here and we hope you guys love everything that we showed off here!

Klipsch at CES 2015: The Quiet Before the Storm

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world’s biggest and most important electronics show. Once a year, companies across the world descend on Las Vegas to show off their latest wares to customers, fans, media, etc.

Yes, there is a lot of “Bullsh*t” at CES. A LOT.

Not from us. We don’t try to insult your intelligence with technology that doesn’t make a difference and isn’t ever going to happen. We aim to create the best-sounding speakers and headphones dollar-for-dollar on the planet.

Preparations began months in advance for 2015’s show. Well, in all honesty, they pretty much started the moment the 2014 show was over.

In addition to bringing product worth thousands upon thousands of dollars, we brought priceless artifacts that Klipsch historian Jim Hunter has very carefully curated. It was a monumental effort to get these items to Vegas in one piece – a nerve-wracking process to say the least.

Colleen Murphy of Classic Album Sundays will be hosting WPWK Radio throughout CES 2015. Broadcasts will be live for anyone who visits our booth and guests include the likes of Eddie Kramer, Marky Ramone, Bob Heil and Steve Dobo from the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Fans who are not in Las Vegas will be able to download podcasts of the show after CES’s completion.

Of course, the products, museum pieces and radio stations have to come off as approachable and cool in order to draw people into our booth. It is incredible to start with an empty space and then see it fill up into a quasi storefront, full of the best Klipsch speakers and headphones.

With all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into CES 2015, we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s show. As we have been teasing, this is our biggest product launch in years.

You’re going to love it.

So, here’s what you need to do to keep track of all of our new product announcements:

BOOKMARK CES.KLIPSCH.COM

Everything and anything you’ll need to know about Klipsch at CES 2015 is at CES.Klipsch.com

FOLLOW @KLIPSCHAUDIO ON TWITTER

For the most frequent updates and info, follow Klipsch (@KlipschAudio) on Twitter. We will be posting almost non-stop, giving customers/fans unique insight into what is happening at CES and the awesome new things we are showing off.

FOLLOW @KLIPSCHAUDIO ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK

While the updates won’t be as frequent as on Twitter, we will be posting our big announcements on the Klipsch Instagram and Facebook accounts.

We truly hope you enjoy everything we have to offer at CES 2015. Rock on!

A Product of Divorce: Reference Speakers

Divorce is a terrible thing…unless it ends up with someone getting the best Klipsch Reference Speakers in the world at a bargain price.

Michael Stevens shared his story on the Klipsch Forum (where he is a moderator) and agreed to share his story on The Klipsch Joint. Read his tale below…


Recently, I met a lady with the intent to purchase a pair of original Klipsch Reference RB-81‘s for $208 (for me) and an original RC-64 for $433 (for my friend Wake Junkie). She also had a pair of RS-62 II but I wasn’t really interested in them. Before going, she told me what she would accept for the three speakers and what she would take for all five speakers. I brought enough cash to purchase all five but only planned on buying the RB-81’s and RC-64.

When I arrived, to my surprise, I quickly realized these aren’t the original versions….they are Reference II speakers! She explained that she was recently divorced and she just wanted her ex-husband’s speakers gone from her garage. Before gladly handing her the money – and still in disbelief – I confirmed the amount she said she would take and that I would be receiving the RB-81 II, RC-64 II and the RS-62 II speakers. When I mentioned the RS-62 IIs, she said “No, those aren’t included in the price I gave you. Those were expensive. I was talking about the big speakers”.

I didn’t know she even had “big speakers” for sale.

She walked over to the big speakers and I asked what model they were and she said, “They say RF-7 on the sticker”.

I was about to flip out!

So, I walk over to examine the condition of these Reference speakers and I discover that they are not RF-7 speakers but instead, RF-7 II speakers! I about hit the floor. Not only did she have one pair of RF-7 II, she had two and instead of one pair of RS-62 II, she had two pair!

Michael Stevens Craigslist Post

The original posting on Craiglist for the speakers.

As we were wrapping up, I noticed an Onkyo NR-808 receiver and asked if it was for sale. She said “yes.” I’m guessing it too is just “taking up space.” so I figured, “what the heck.” So, I asked “If I pay your asking price, would you be willing to throw in the Onkyo Receiver?” Without hesitation, she replied, “It was expensive but yes, you can have it”.

At that moment, I was beside myself.

I paid her the money and was loading up my Ford Expedition when I picked up the Onkyo box and it was empty. She realized that the Onkyo is at her mother’s house and fetched her to get it. I only had a few minutes before I absolutely had to go (my wife didn’t even know I was buying speakers).

So with only 10 minutes to get everything loaded, I loaded the last speaker and her mom was not back yet. I had already explained that I was on a tight schedule and MUST leave NO later than 3 PM to give me enough time to get back to meet my wife. At 2:59 PM, I knew I had to go and mom was nowhere in sight so I asked her if I could have one of the pair of RS-62 II speakers instead of the Onkyo receiver and she said “Sure, that’s fine.”

I was seriously ready to faint.

Before I left, she said she had another person coming to buy the rest of the speakers. I texted her several times that night to see if he had come and got no reply. I knew her neighborhood was having a huge community yard sale, so I couldn’t help but wonder if I would be able to purchase the rest of her RF-7 II speaker system.

I went to bed about 30 minutes past midnight but tossed and turned for another 30 minutes. After sleeping on-and-off for a few hours, I decided to just get ready to leave at 6 AM, so I could be at the yard sale when it opened up.

The drive was about one and a half hours away, so I texted her on the way asking how much she would take for the RF-7 II and RS-62 II speakers as well as the RW-10D subwoofer that she also had. I brought the same amount of cash that I had the day before. It seemed like she looked up the value of the speakers again and realized she sold them for much less than she could have because she replied with twice as much as what I paid for the seven speakers the day before.

Ouch!

I didn’t have enough to buy them at that price, but I asked how much for just the RF-7 II and RS-62 II speakers and it turned out to be only a few hundred less. It was still above my budget, but how much for just the RF-7 II speakers? Still about $500 less than what I had.

At this point, I was still in the car and I told her that I was 10 minutes away and I would be willing to offer what I had with me for the RF-7 II and the RS-62 II speakers. She said sorry, but she had a better offer.

I told her I would be in the community until 8 AM since “the other guy” was supposed to come at 7:30 AM to buy the speakers. At 8 AM, I showed up and the guy supposedly came by and wanted to buy them and was going to the bank but that was 1 hour ago. I guessed either he wasn’t coming back or he never existed. She did not want to sell them for my asking price, so I thanked her for considering my offer, wished her well on her yard sale and drove back home. It was worth the risk even if I had driven three hours round-trip for nothing.

Later that night, I could not get it out of my head. Did she sell the speakers to “the other guy”?

The yard sale was over and my guess was she has no prospects to buy the speakers. I texted her back and said, “If they are still available, I would be willing to make one final trip and offered her another $100 from my original offer.”

To my surprise, she texted me the next afternoon saying that she would accept my offer!

After my wife called 911 and the paramedics got a pulse back, I quickly went by the ATM and began my third three-hour round-trip to pick up the remaining speakers. When I arrived, I chatted with the seller and her daughter. They were simply grateful that they finally had garage space once again. They wished me well with my new speakers and hoped I had a safe drive home.

Wakejunkie Reference RF-7 II Speakers

Michael Stevens got his second pair of RF-7 II into the hands of fellow Klipsch forums member “Wakejunkie” whose setup you can see here.

I share my story as an encouragement to all that there still are some AMAZING deals to be had if you are patient and have some cash on hand set aside for those deals.

At no point did I try and manipulate or mislead her. I had a certain amount of cash available that I was willing to spend and made an offer. She had speakers that were of no value to her and was willing to exchange that for the cash I had to offer.

Sometimes they accept your offer, sometimes they don’t. I definitely did not “need” any more Klipsch speakers but the price was right and I was glad to purchase them all from her.


Great story, right?

Michael told us one of his “audio goals is to have owned every (or close to every) Reference and Heritage speaker Klipsch has made.” So, it’s safe to say that he is always on the prowl for Klipsch speakers.

Michael Stevens Speaker List

Michael Stevens took a screenshot on his computer of a list of all the photo albums he has for his collection of speakers.

Next on Michael’s list? The Cornwall, Klipschorn and ever-elusive Belle.

Maybe a few more people just need to get divorced. Not that we would ever wish that!

 

The Klipsch Stadium Before the Stadium

The Klipsch STADIUM is ready to fire up the Colts.

The Klipsch STADIUM is ready to fire up the Colts.

The sounds of a football stadium are unmistakable on gamedays. The booming PA, the barking vendors, the crunching tackles and cheers and groans from the thousands of spectators.

Take a step back and you realize that playing professional football is just as mental as it is physical. The endless strings of coaches on the sideline aren’t there as models for their fancy logo’d windbreakers.

The scheming, diagnosing and planning involved in each game is a monumental team effort that goes into effect as soon as the previous game of the effort.

When the Indianapolis Colts are on the road, the team has one final preparatory session the night before they take the field. Fifty-three players ranging from 190 to 350 pounds and their coaches gather in one of the hotel’s oversized meeting rooms

It’s there where the Colts video crew plays a montage motivational highlights for the team. The goal is to fire them up and lock them in to the task ahead of them.

To sufficiently fire up over 50 grown men in an extremely large room, the Colts needed a speaker that they can rock the house AND be portable enough to bring on the road.

The Colts first tried out the Klipsch KMC 3 portable speaker, but the team wanted something even louder. Just like what they expect out of the players on the field, they wanted the best. They needed the Klipsch STADIUM.

With over 400 watts of peak system power and state-of-the-art Tractrix® Horns, the Klipsch STADIUM delivers the power, detail and emotion the team needs.

“These speakers sounded amazing especially in the large meeting rooms at the hotel. The sound was rich, full and the bass pounded even in the back of the room. The players commented that the sound was AWESOME,” said Colts video director Erik Kunttu.

This final film session with the team is highly secretive. In fact, it is so secretive that photos are not allowed.

All of this preparation culminates on Sundays, where Klipsch brand ambassador Andrew Luck (and next season, Robert Mathis) put all their knowledge to the test.

Klipsch takes great pride in providing sound solutions for our hometown Indianapolis Colts.

Klipsch Holiday Gift Guide

Maybe it’s just the little kid in all of us, but this time of year can really be quite magical. Despite the dipping temperatures, almost everyone seems to walk around with a big ol’ grin on their face despite the cheesy holiday music.

We are on a mission to make sure your supreme gift-giving deems you your parents’ favorite child or your buddy’s favorite friend…Or, you could just get one of these things for yourself. We won’t tell.

So, before you overdose on eggnog and gingerbread cookies be sure to read through our list of oh-so-irresistible ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide.

Bullshit Button Lapel

I’D NEVER WEAR A BUTTON…UNTIL NOW

Klipsch “Bullshit” Button with Collector’s Card

This isn’t some modern, edgy marketing attempt aimed at millennials. “No Bullshit” is a phrase passed down from the fiery and eccentric Paul W. Klipsch. PWK was so upset with the lies Klipsch competitors would throw out there that he took to sporting a bright yellow “Bullshit” button underneath his jacket lapel. Whenever someone dropped in a dubious claim he would reverse the lapel and point to the button.

The “Bullshit” Button comes free with any purchase from the Klipsch Gear Store now through December 31, 2014.

Learn more about the history of the phrase and button.

Woodchuck USA Case

STOCKING STUFFER

Woodchuck USA Phone Case

Can we be honest for a second? Pretty much all phones look alike – a black slab with an imposing screen. Kinda boring, right?

Enter Woodchuck USA. The fellas from Minneapolis have been making a variety of wood products including phone cases for all of the most popular models (Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, HTC ONE). They also have pretty much every type of wood available – walnut, mahogany, birch, cedar, etc.

We’ve been using the cases ourselves for the past few months and can confirm they are both great looking and durable. Even better news is that these cases are made in the Gopher State, making this a great surprise for your friend or loved one.

Read our interview with Woodchuck USA CEO & Founder Ben VandenWymelenberg.

bleedingkeys CD

GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC

Hero Jr. & Bleeding Keys

What better way to let your friends and loved ones enjoy their brand new Klipsch products than by giving them the gift of music? During the holiday season take advantage of those year-end “best” lists and pick up a few extra copies of your favorites!

Check out the Solo Crazy EP from Indianapolis based folk/alternative rock band Bleeding Keys who say it best in their song Slick Black Cadillac “…we’re gonna make the city shake ‘til the ground gives way.” (P.S. the song was inspired by Klipsch!)

Looking for music on a budget? Take note of artists like the Indianapolis based four-piece rock band Hero Jr. who are currently letting fans “name their price” on their new album Mixed Race Indiana Marriage. 

Klipsch R6 Headphones and Tanner Goods Sketch Book

FITS IN A STOCKING, BELONGS UNDER THE TREE

Klipsch Reference In-Ear Headphones

To throw a cliché out there, great things come in small packages. The new Klipsch Reference in-ear headphones are the perfect present for anyone that travels a lot, works out or just needs peace and quiet.

For under $100, we’re willing to stack these headphones up against any of our competitors’ products. Oh and we make the R6i that has an iPhone-compatible remote/mic and the R6m that works well with Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Your family or friends will thank us later.

Go “Beyond the Specs” with Andrew Doerr who designed the acoustics for these headphones.

U-Turn Audio Turntable

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

U-Turn Audio Orbit Basic Turntable

If you have been reading the Klipsch Joint, you know we are big fans of U-Turn Audio’s Orbit Basic turntable. At $179 dollars, there really isn’t a better offering out there and it’s a great gift idea for someone looking to get back into their vinyl or someone simply looking to give this once-forgotten medium this holiday season.

Assembled just outside of Boston, it boasts a high quality build that is complimented by a warm and inviting sound that pairs perfectly with a pair of Klipsch speakers. For $299, you can get the upgraded Orbit Plus turntable, which has an acrylic platter and Grado phono cartridge.

Read our review of the U-Turn Audio Orbit Basic turntable.

Imogene + Willie

IMPROVING ON THE ESSENTIAL

Imogene + Willie Jeans

Pretty much everyone owns a pair of blue jeans, which are practically essential to anyone’s wardrobe. That being said, there are better options out there than the ones sported by Brett Favre in that backyard-football commercial.

We visited the Imogene + Willie factory and storefront in Nashville back in September and immediately fell in love with their brand and staff. Like us, they love music and their Supper + Song sessions are becoming a cult hit in the Music City.

Featuring both classic and slim cuts, Imogene + Willie denim is adorned without any cheesy design flourishes and features a flattering silhouette whatever your body type may be. These just might be the pants you never want to take off. We haven’t…OK, maybe when we’ve showered.

Klipsch Reference R-20B Soundbar

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS USE TV SPEAKERS

Klipsch Reference Soundbars

Yes, we would love everyone in Klipsch Nation to be rocking a full blown 5.1 surround sound system. BUT we understand that sometimes space, wiring and price are prohibitive costs of entry. That being said, you shouldn’t let your family or friends use those built-in TV speakers!

The Klipsch Reference R-10B and R-20B Soundbars are fantastic solutions that are easy to setup and even easier to enjoy. Klipsch soundbars don’t stray far from the brand’s heritage with 90° x 90° Tractrix® horns delivering crisp highs. For those worried about bass, both models come with a wireless subwoofer that will let you feel all of the low notes.

Here are four things you need to know before buying a soundbar.

Tanner Goods Wilderness Rucksack

WORTH HOLDING ONTO

Tanner Goods Wilderness Rucksack

Full disclosure: our friends at Tanner Goods sent us this backpack to use in photo shoots. Bad news for them is that we aren’t going to give it back without a fight!

The Wilderness Rucksack is one of those items that makes you go “Wow.” Between the durable canvas, rich leather straps, felt-lined laptop pocket, brass buckles and superior craftsmanship, you instantaneously feel and understand its quality. Side note: the leather smelled so good that we had half-a-mind to leave the bag around the office. This bag is truly perfect for the person who wants to get out and go on some adventures.

Available in four different colors, whomever you give this bag to would be very, very happy. Tanner Goods also makes a variety of other leather items in Portland including more bags, belts, wallets and more.

Reference II Speakers

BEST. GIFT. EVER.

Klipsch Reference Home Theater System

Did you really think we weren’t going to suggest a 5.1 surround sound speaker system? Yes, it’s a big-time purchase and doesn’t exactly fit under the tree, but it would legitimately be one of the best gifts you have ever gotten or received.

Since 1999, the Reference Series is recognized across the industry for being the benchmark of quality and the embodiment of the legendary Klipsch sound. Both the Reference and Reference II speakers will provide one with unsurpassed power, detail and emotion. For the bargain hunters out there, the Reference II speakers are now 20% off at Klipsch.com

Red and green are standard Christmas colors, but we don’t think you would mind if they changed to black and copper.