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Dads That Rock: Memories of Music

It is no great surprise that many of our life-long obsessions with music and great audio began with our fathers. The blog series “Dads That Rock” is an on-going Father’s Day tribute to these great men who helped inspire our passions. Cory from Paducah Home Theater (and “MetropolisLakeOutfitters” from the Klipsch forums) submitted the story below with minimal edits by the Klipsch editorial staff.

My dad (Kevin) introduced me to the world of classic rock as a boy.

We never had much money growing up, so for transportation he had to overhaul his old Dodge D-50 truck a total of four times, squeezing over 400,000 miles out of it while working a third shift. There were times when the only chance I had to see him was to walk a quarter mile down to my grandparents’ garage and hang out while he tore an engine apart.

The conversations we had usually ended up revolving around music while we listened to it. I didn’t understand much of it at the time but it makes more sense now.

While in that garage, he explained the meaning behind several Pink Floyd songs on many occasions. Any time Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” played, he would regurgitate memories about some crazy ex-girlfriend who was rumored to be a witch. He would describe in detail all the chaos that happened at Bull Island any time soemthing related to Woodstock came up since he was there.

I was even told about how my great-grandmother came from England, how she left behind a sister when she immigrated. Somehow, through this person, George Harrison of the Beatles was born and is technically my 5th cousin (I think?). Unfortunately, somebody stole the letter that explained it all.

I have no idea if it’s one true, but it’s a fun story nonetheless and his eyes light up every time he tells it.

Cory ZZ Top

Cory snapped this photo of ZZ Top.

My dad took me to my first concert at age 14, where we saw ZZ Top in their hey day. Their concerts were much different back then – trap doors, space ships, laser shows, conveyor belts, faux teleportation, etc. –really over the top. Nothing has topped it since then – it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

For my 16th birthday, Santa brought my first subwoofers as well as a 4th edition The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, which helped us manually design and build a fourth order tri-chambered bandpass box together for my 1988 Chevrolet Beretta. Due to the aforementioned lack of funds, the first version was the budget build from hell.

Working in an industry factory as an electrician, my dad had access to old wire. He smuggled home some discarded IBM networking wire for signal wires, some welding cable for power wires, smaller wire used as speaker wire, large capacitors to help the electrical system with dynamics and many other industrial parts like fuse boxes and terminals.

This is actually how I paid for the car itself, by stripping and recycling copper wire that was being thrown away, as copper prices weren’t what they are today so this was surprisingly pretty common. I found a [competitor] coaxial speaker in the trash and we used it as a center channel.

The first time we got it all connected after working on it for a long time, we sat there in the car in the middle of the night and listened to most of the Genesis “We Can’t Dance” album, which had recently come out and has some incredibly sweet midrange from percussion and keyboards, which sounded great on the flat Blaupunkt “honeycomb” midranges that I had. Soon afterwards we cranked up the engine and got to hear what the worst ground loop in the world sounds like, but dad got it fixed pretty quickly.

Cory Chevrolet Beretta

What we built would go on to win several trophies in halfway local International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) competitions. Overhearing a judge tell their buddies “that’s the best sounding car out here” was a big source of pride considering it was thrown away parts and Wal-Mart amps.

Plus (and most importantly), my dad and I worked on it together.

More than anything, my dad showed me what music could do to you emotionally. That really stuck with me, even nearly 30 years after hearing some of those stories in that garage.

We never had nice expensive equipment, but the memories associated with the music are worth much more than that.

Cory Doobie Brothers

 

Do you have a story about your dad that rocks, music and/or Klipsch speakers? Post it in the comments below and/or email it to alex.leopold@klipsch.com

 

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.

30 Greatest Moments in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame History

Recorded rock and roll music sounds its best when being played through a sweet loudspeaker setup. The only way to beat it is to attend the live performance itself.

To kick off Klipsch’s monumental partnership as the first-ever Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony sponsor, our pals at the Rock Hall mulled over nearly three decades of video archives to piece together this list of the 30 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performances of all time.

So crank up your speakers and watch the performances below. Be sure to vote for your favorite here.

If you think there is a performance that should have made the list, let us know in the comments section below…and ROCK ON!

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others — "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

1. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (2004)

An epic, guitar thrashing tribute to George Harrison.

 

Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bono and others — "Let It Be"

2. “Let It Be” (1999)

Sir Paul McCartney surprises crowd with friends like Eric Clapton, Bono, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen backing him.

 

Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young – "Roll Over Beethoven"

3. “Roll Over Beethoven” (1986)

Rock royalty Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Keith Richards show how it’s done.

 

Aerosmith and Kid Rock — "Sweet Emotion"

4. “Sweet Emotion” (2001)

Kid Rock and the Bad Boys from Boston turn it up with sweet results.

 

The Doors and Eddie Vedder — "Light My Fire"

5. “Light My Fire” (1993)

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder channels Jim Morrison with the original Doors band members.

 

U2 and Bruce Springsteen — "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

6. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (2005)

Dublin and Asbury Park collide when U2 trades licks with Springsteen.

 

Led Zeppelin perform Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1995

7. “When The Levee Breaks” (1995)

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Neil Young and others go heavy on Led Zeppelin riff monster.

 

George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and others — "I Saw Her Standing There"

8. “I Saw Her Standing There” (1988)

Harrison, Starr and some famous friends get down with Fab Four magic.

 

Wilson Pickett and Bruce Springsteen Perform "In the Midnight Hour" at the 1999 Inductions

9. “In The Midnight Hour” (1999)

The Boss takes direction from Wilson Pickett.

 

The Band with Eric Clapton Perform "The Weight"

10. “The Weight” (1994)

The time The Band brought one of their biggest fans – Eric Clapton – on stage to jam with them.

 

Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and others — "Honky Tonk Woman"

11. “Honky Tonk Woman” (1989)

A riotous celebration with a Tina Turner and Mick Jagger-led collaboration to the Stones Induction.

 

"Green Onions" All-Star Jam at 1992 Inductions

12. “Green Onions” (1992)

Booker T. and the MG’s timeless groove with a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of groove maestros.

 

Carl Perkins, Keith Richards, BB King – "Blue Suede Shoes" Live at 1987 Induction

13. “Blue Suede Shoes” (1987)

Carl Perkins leads this rock standard with Keef at his side. How many other rockers can you spot?

 

Cream performs "Sunshine Of Your Love" at the 1993 Inductions

14. “Sunshine of Your Love” (1993)

The performance nobody thought would happen – the reunion of Cream.

 

Metallica performs at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2009

15. “Enter Sandman” (2009)

The first public inductions in Cleveland, a reunion and very heavy metal.

 

The Four Tops and Diana Ross Perform "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"

16. “I Can’t Help Myself” (2003)

The stars of Motown align for one special night.

 

Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen perform "Come Together"

17. “Come Together” (1994)

An unlikely duo – Axl Rose and Bruce Springteen – come together to honor John Lennon.

 

The Righteous Brothers perform Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 2003

18. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (2003)

Decades later, the stirring melodies showcase what made these brothers righteous, indeed.

 

The Velvet Underground Performs at the 1996 Hall of Fame Inductions

19. “Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend” (1996)

A rare, incredibly moving performance straight from the Velvet Underground.

Bo Diddley, BB King, Smokey Robinson, Paul Butterfield, Chuck Berry – "Hey! Bo Diddley"

20. “Hey! Bo Diddley” (1987)

Bo Diddley with BB King (on maracas!), Chuck Berry (on piano!), Smokey Robinson, Paul Butterfield and more.

 

Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor and Emmylou Harris — "Teach Your Children"

21. “Teach Your Children” (1997)

Voices of a generation – including CSN, James Taylor and Emmylou Harris – get the crowd singing.

 

Green Day Performs "Teenage Lobotomy," "Rockaway Beach" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" in 2002

22. “Teenage Labotomy/Rockaway Beach/Blitzkrieg Bop” (2002)

Filling the punk-generation gap with Green Day.

 

The Staple Singers Perform "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There" at the 1999 Inductions

23. “Respect Yourself/I’ll Take You There” (1999)

An uplifting reminder why the Staple Singers were billed as “God’s greatest hitmakers.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Higher Ground" Live at 2012 Rock Hall Induction

24. “Higher Ground” (2012)

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead funk-punk-rock mash-up with all-star cast of players including Slash.

 

Pink Floyd and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins perform "Wish You Were Here"

25. “Wish You Were Here” (1996)

Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins and a powerfully restrained performance.

 

Heart – "Barracuda" Live at 2013 Rock Hall Induction

26. “Barracuda” (2013)

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart lead a master class in Seattle rock history.

 

Hall of Fame Inductee Super Jam – "Crossroads" Live in 2013

27. “Crossroads” (2013)

Members of Rush, Public Enemy, Foo Fighters, Run DMC, Heart, CCR and more rewrite the “Crossroads.”

 

Members of Guns N' Roses – "Paradise City" Live at 2012 Rock Hall Induction

28. “Paradise City” (2012)

Explosive performance with reunited former members of GNR.

 

2014 Induction Tribute to Linda Ronstadt with Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood and friends!

29. “It’s So Easy” (2014)

A superstar showcase of singer-songwriters salute Linda Ronstadt.

 

Members of Nirvana w/ Joan Jett – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Live at 2014 Rock Hall Induction

30. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (2014)

A Joan Jett–fronted Nirvana recast a modern rock anthem.

Klipsch Oval Ear Tips: Better Sound Through a Better Fit

Some of the greatest advancements in technology are made by simply taking a step back to see the obvious.

Early in our headphone research, we discovered that most earbuds and in-ear monitors either lacked a consistent seal, induced pain, or didn’t stay put. So before tackling acoustics, we knew had to improve the fundamentals—comfort.

We partnered with the Indiana University School of Audiology and took countless physical molds of ear canals. Through that research we found one thing to be abundantly clear—ear canals are oval, not round. The entire headphone industry uses ear tips that don’t coincide with the natural shape of the ear.

Klipsch Oval Ear Tips - The Klipsch Joint

Klipsch Oval Ear Tip Patent No.: US 7,681,577, March 23, 2010.

 

After designing our initial concepts of the oval ear tip, we took comfort level one step further. All of Klipsch’s competitors were using equal wall thicknesses throughout the entire mold, whereas we discovered that if the wall thickness decreased in specific areas we could achieve an even more universal fit.

We made our first patented oval ear tip in 2006 and quickly discovered we had something revolutionary in our hands. Not only were they more comfortable than round ear tips, they also provided a deeper fit and a very good seal. Compared to the average round ear-tip’s 0 dB of noise isolation, we were able to achieve -16 dB.

Klipsch Oval Ear Tips - The Klipsch Joint

Klipsch oval ear tips provide a comfortable and secure seal in the ear canal.

 

Immediately we noticed a further extended bass response and more high frequency detail. By modifying the size and shape of the tip, we had significantly improved acoustics through two means:

1. An earphone that went deeper into the ear canal achieved the perfect distance to the ear drum and preserved high-frequency information.

2. A great seal increased the bass response because sound pressure was no longer leaking like the round ear tip’s uneven contact with the ear canal.

And we didn’t stop with just one design. In order to make the most comfortable in-ear headphone, Klipsch designed three standard oval ear tip sizes and two dual-flange sizes for those with deeper ear canals.

Klipsch Oval Ear Tips - The Klipsch Joint

Klipsch oval ear tip sizes: small, medium, large, dual-flange small, dual-flange large.

 

And in the last two years we have revisited our research and come up with some new conclusions…You’ll learn about them in September.

You can purchase replacement oval ear tips directly from the Klipsch website in sizes small, medium or large.

Have you had a chance to try out our oval ear tips? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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!

Cooking with Klipsch: Chef Jonathan Waxman

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the USA without family, friends, music and most importantly, a table full of food. To get into the holiday spirit, we sat down with some of the most buzzed about chef’s in the business and will be revealing everything about how music influences their food, their favorite dishes and what’s on their personal playlists.

Who better to start with than Jonathan Waxman, dubbed by Jonathan Gold of the LA Times as the “Eric Clapton of chefs.” Waxman, a successful chef, restaurateur, author and two-time participant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters is a huge fan of Klipsch and just recently outfitted his new restaurant, Adele’s, in Nashville.

Here’s your inside look at what this professional chef will be listening to while his turkey is cooking this Thanksgiving.

What artists do you listen to when cooking?
Mozart, Tower of Power, Miles Davis, The Who, The Beatles, Bill Withers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band, The Crusaders, Ravel, Weather Report, etc.

Why do you listen to music when you are in the kitchen?
Same reason most do, it makes me cook better.

Jonathan Wax mand and Klipsch - The Klipsch Joint

Chef Johnathan Waxman, good food and Klipsch pair nicely.

Does your music genre change based on what type of food you are preparing?
Sure, if I am by myself, very loud rock, blues, etc.

Thanksgiving – classical.

For an event – an eclectic mix.

How does music influence the dining experience?
Sometimes a good mix. Estela in NY has a perfect (for me) one that leads me to enjoy the experience and let me relax.

What music (cooking and eating) would you think pairs best with home-style fare like Thanksgiving?
We cook part of the meal outside, so we like loud 60’s R&R and R&B. It makes the turkey taste better.

What music do you want to listen to when you are eating dessert?
Mozart

What music do you want to listen to when you are finished and ready for your tryptophan-induced nap or desert wine?
Strange, football is kinda music to me.

Jonathan Waxman's restaurant equipped with Klipsch.

Jonathan Waxman’s restaurant equipped with Klipsch.

Wine, beer or booze?
Margaritas’, Chablis, Rosé and Barbaresco

What’s your favorite food to eat currently?
Tacos

What’s your favorite food to cook currently?
Ditto

Read or write?
Reading the Innovators by Walter Issacson

Favorite TV show?
Leave it to Beaver

Headphones: on ear, over ear or in ear?
In Ear

Listening preference: CD, Vinyl, MP3?
Vinyl!

What artists are next in queue on your playlist?
Stitched Up – John Mayer & Herbie Hancock

Looking for some additional playlist ideas for your holiday get together? Check back soon for more from our holiday music and food series featuring some of the best chefs in the country. What music do you play when cooking or eating during the holidays?