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70th Anniversary Edition Klipschorn Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Limited Edition Australian Walnut

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

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

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

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Book-Matched Wood Veneer and Speaker Pairs

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

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

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Special Plaque

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

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New Nameplate

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

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Silver Luster Grille Cloth

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

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New Low-Frequency Horn

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

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

2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register for the Klipsch Pilgrimage (open until May 15)

Important Information for Attendees

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

70th Anniversary Edition Klipsch Heresy III Speaker

With 2016 serving as our platinum anniversary, we decided to do something special to honor the proud history of Klipsch. We have created limited editions of two of our favorite designs

In celebration of our 70th Anniversary, we are handcrafting an exclusive, limited edition of the Klipsch Heresy III speaker, available now at Klipsch.com and through select retailers. The 70th Anniversary Klipschorn will follow in May. Both are stunning tributes to Paul W. Klipsch’s timeless designs.

Our craftsmen in Hope, Arkansas only made 70 pairs of each model and they will be gone before you know it.

Introduced in 1957 and now in its third iteration, the Heresy is a compact, three-way loudspeaker utilizing a 12” woofer and horn-loaded midrange and tweeter. It was originally intended to be a center channel for the Klipschorn speakers; however, they quickly stood on their own merit.

While the design of the speaker has remained remarkably similar to the original, the Heresy III was given a substantial upgrade in recent years to include a more powerful woofer, bi-wire network, as well as midrange and tweeter compression drivers, featuring a titanium diaphragm for smooth and accurate definition.

Audio enthusiast and reviewer, Steve Guttenberg calls the Heresy III “a rock’n’roller’s dream speaker” in a Stereophile editorial. He expounded upon this praise of the Heresy in a post on his CNET.com blog: “The sound in my listening room was closer to a live rock concert sound system than I’ve heard from a lot of much more expensive and bigger speakers. That’s what the Heresy IIIs do so well, and once you experience that sort of sound at home, a set of Sonos wireless speakers won’t cut it anymore.”

The 70th Anniversary edition of the Klipsch Heresy speaker maintains its own character that will make it remembered for long after we run out of inventory, which may be very, very soon.

Here are its new features.

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Limited Edition Australian Walnut

While the standard Heresy III comes in cherry, walnut and black ash, the 70th Anniversary Hersey III features an Australian Walnut wood veneer that is a total showstopper.

Coming all the way from the costal tablelands of North Queensland, Australia, this limited edition of wood veneer varies in color but is usually a pale-golden hue highly contrasted with darker streaks of chocolate brown, grey, black or even pink.

Each pair of 70th Anniversary Heresy speakers will have a slightly different character to it, making them truly unique. This wood will only be used on 70th Anniversary edition speakers.

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Book-Matched Wood Veneer and Speaker Pairs

Every pair of 70th Anniversary Heresy speakers uses book-matched wood veneers. So, what does that mean? It means that the veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint – like turning the pages of a book. This gives each pair of speakers an aesthetically pleasing and consistent appearance that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer.

In addition, every cabinet is carefully matched so that each speaker in the pair is practically indistinguishable from the other. The speakers move seamlessly together through the factory. Each finished product is inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that the Heritage series speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set.

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New Nameplate

Heresy owners (and fans) may note that the speaker typically comes with the iconic PWK badge in the top left/right of the speaker. We changed it up a bit for the 70th Anniversary with a curvaceous Heresy nameplate that harkens back to Klipsch logos from years past.

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Special Plaque

Each speaker also features a small plaque identifying its numbered sequence in the series and has been signed by its craftsman.

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Silver Luster Grille Cloth

The fancy new nameplate is mounted to an eye-catching silver luster grille cloth that you haven’t seen anywhere else. It looks sort of like a metal mesh, which gives the speaker a rather distinct personality. Again, this is a special edition cloth is a feature reserved for the 70th Anniversary Klipsch Heritage speakers.

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Matte Black Risers

You may have also noticed the contrasting matte-black slant risers which are only available on the 70th Anniversary Heresy III speakers and a perfect complement to the Australian Walnut wood veneer.

Have any questions about the 70th Anniversary Heresy III speakers? Ask them here!

Klipsch at CES 2016: Recap

At CES 2016, Klipsch showed off more new products than it has before in its 70 years of history. With all of the new wireless speakers, powered monitors multi-room systems headphones, limited edition finishes and turntables, you are excused if it’s all hard to digest.

We are going to recap all of the other major occurrences at CES 2016 and break down all of these new CES 2016 products down in one table.

Again, we must note that some of these products may be tweaked before they reach production or pulled all together. That’s simply the nature of the business. We rely greatly on your feedback, so please post on all of our social channels, including this blog post, about which products from CES 2016 you would most like to see from Klipsch.

All the CES 2016 Blogs

Day 1 Recap (Products Launching Soon)

Day 2 Recap (Heritage)

Day 3 Recap (Multi-Room)

Day 4 Recap (Headphones)

A Few More Things

CES 2016 Photos

All the good photos we snapped from CES 2016. If you took some of your own, tag them with @KlipschAudio and/or #Klipsch.

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Awards

Klipsch won a CES 2016 “Best of Innovation” Award for the Reference Premiere Atmos speakers. The Reference Premiere HD Wireless System and XR8i In-Ear Hybrid Headphones were named CES 2016 “Best of Innovation” Nominees.

New Products

You’ve probably been scrolling the article waiting for this list. Hopefully, you read some interesting stuff along the way. Anyway, here is every product we introduced at CES 2016.

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Speakers Using WiSA

We are proud to partner with the WiSA association to deliver wireless home theater products that are befitting of the Klipsch name. These speakers are going to change the way many of you feel about powered speakers.

Reference Premiere HD Wireless (Late February)

Heresy III Wireless

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Powered Monitors

It always feels nice when we can answer your customers’ wishes. People have been dying for us to make powered monitors, so here we are. We will proudly put these speakers up against anything in its class.

Reference R-15PM Powered Monitor (Late January)

Heriage-Inspired 6.5” Powered Monitor

Heritage-Inspired 10” Powered Monitor

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Multi-Room Audio

There are probably some of you who have discovered multi-room solutions for your Klipsch already, but it’s about time we make things easier on everyone with our own solutions. Plus, this is a product category DYING for an improvement in audio quality.

Klipsch Gate (August 2016)

Klipsch Powergate (August 2016)

Reference Wireless Speaker (September 2016)

Heritage-Inspired Room System with Play-Fi

Klipsch Stadium with Play-Fi

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Music Systems

Paul W. Klipsch founded the company 70 years ago with the goal of bringing the live music experience to the living room. Obviously, he succeeded. That being said, the modern consumer demands a certainly flexibility in terms of how they can play back their music. These new Klipsch music systems make it easier than ever to connect to one’s music while borrowing inspiration from many of PWK’s original designs.

TT1 Table Top Heritage-Inspired Music System

TT2 Table Top Heritage-Inspired Music System

Heritage-Inspired Bluetooth 2.1 System

Heritage-Inspired Music System

Klipsch Groove (Now!)

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70th Anniversary Speakers

In honor of our 70th anniversary, we are producing limited editions of the Klipschorn and Heresy III. They feature an exotic australian walnut veneer, unique mesh grilles and special logos. Each pair of speakers will have a special 70th Anniversary plaque, hand signed by the builder, identifying it as part of this limited series. There will only be 35 pairs of these 70th Anniversary Klipschorns made and 70 pairs of the 70th Anniversary Heresys. We will announce availability information shortly.

Klipschorn (April 2016)

Heresy III (April 2016)

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Soundbars

It’s no secret that soundbars are going into more and more homes, whether they are the primary theater system or the secondary system. Klipsch is ready to play ball with a variety of HDMI + Play-Fi compatible options that promise to defy your acoustic expectations for a soundbar.

RSB-6 (September 2016)

RSB-8 with Play-Fi (September 2016)

RSB-11 with Play-Fi (August 2016)

RSB-14 with Play-Fi (September 2016)

RPTB-3100B Theater Bar + Wireless Subwoofer with Play-Fi (September 2016)

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LS Landscape Outdoor Speakers

Klipsch customers demand great sound wherever they may be, so why not bring it to the great outdoors? We’re revitalizing our line of outdoor speakers with the LS Series of landscape speakers.

PRO-500T-LS Landscape Satellite (May 2016)

PRO-650T-LS Lanscape Satellite (May 2016)

PRO-10SW-LS Half Burial Subwoofer (May 2016)

PRO-12SW-LS Direct Burial Subwoofer (May 2016)

New Klipsch Amplifiers CES

KDA DSP Amplifiers

Launching with our new outdoor speakers are a new crop of flexible, high-performance amplifiers that offer premium amplification for all Klipsch custom install, outdoor and box speakers with easy set-up, flexible DSP and optimizing presets.

KDA-500 (May 2016)

KDA-1000 (May 2016)

Pro-200A (Now!)

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Headphones

“When are you coming out with Bluetooth headphones?” is the question that floods the Klipsch social media channels every time we post something about headphones. Well, here you go! We are confident that Bluetooth has finally reached a level of performance that the majority of our fans will be greatly pleased with.

Reference On-Ear (Now!)

Reference On-Ear Bluetooth (September 2016)

Reference Over-Ear Bluetooth (September 2016)

Neckband In-Ear Bluetooth (September 2016)

Reference X Series (Now!)

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Turntables

Yup, we’re going into the turntable business, partnering with a well-establish company that makes some of the finest products in the industry. Whether you are rocking a Heritage Series speaker in walnut or a Reference speaker, these turntables are going to feel right at home in your setup.

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Klipsch black and copper turntable

 

What was your favorite Klipsch product shown off at CES 2016? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

Klipsch at CES 2016: Day 2

As you may already know, Klipsch is celebrating its 70th Anniversary at CES 2016. In honor of this milestone, we are introducing a pair of unique finishes for select Heritage speakers as well as a whole new line of Heritage-inspired speakers.

Like yesterday’s post, we would like to remind everyone that even with today’s entry, we aren’t done reporting on all of the new stuff we have on display at CES 2016. There are just so many new and awesome Klipsch speakers and headphones that have been introduced publicly here in Las Vegas.

No point in blabbering on anymore, let’s get to it…

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Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Klipschorn & Heresy Speakers

These limited edition Klipschorn and Heresy III speakers are a stunning tribute to our proud 70 years of history. Both of these Paul W. Klipsch designs are receiving an exotic Australian walnut wood veener finish and a unique grille cloth. Each pair of speakers will have a special 70th Anniversary plaque, hand signed by the builder, identifying it as part of this limited series. Oh and you gotta love those special logos!

There will only be 35 pairs of these 70th Anniversary Klipschorns made and 70 pairs of the 70th Anniversary Heresys. We will announce availability information shortly.

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Heresy III Wireless Speakers

You may look at this photo and say “that’s just a Heresy III.” Well, you’d be dead wrong. This puppy is powered by custom engineered electronics and wirelessly connected with WiSA high definition wireless technology. (Just like the Reference Premiere HD Wireless System.) The Heresy III Wireless accepts digital, analog and Bluetooth wireless technology inputs and easily connects to turntables via the built-in phono pre-amp.

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Heritage-Inspired Powered Monitors

We just introduced the slick Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors, but we know many of you prefer the Heritage look and feel. At CES 2016, we showed two versions of these Heritage-inspired powered monitors – one with a 6.5” woofer and the other with a big ol’ 10” woofer.

Featuring a wood veneer, tactile controls and a premium grille cloth, these monitors certainly fit the look and feel of an old-school speaker. Additionally, we threw in all of the technology that makes the R-15PM so appetizing: built-in phono pre-amp, Bluetooth, etc.

Yes, please.

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Heritage-Inspired Portable Music System & Multi Room System

Ready or not, here’s something a little different for you! Like the Heritage-inspired powered monitors, these speakers have a retro design, yet are packed with new-age technology. One version of this speaker is the classic semi-portable speaker (8 hours battery life) that can give you this classic style and sound on the go. The other version is a multi-room solution thanks to Play-Fi technology.

You’ve been asking for a true multi-room solution and we are certainly listening.Who wouldn’t want a bunch of these speakers around their home?

(We will have more information on other Klipsch multi-room systems in the day 3 CES 2016 recap.)

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Heritage-Inspired Table Top Speakers

Of all the new Heritage-inspired speakers, the Table Top speakers perhaps garnered the biggest reaction. Countless booth visitors – men and women, young and old – remarked how they would love to have one for their office or desk. Exactly what we’re thinking!

Coming in two different sizes, depending on how large your room is, these speakers will effortlessly fill the room while giving you a pleasing mid-century aesthetic that goes with just about anything.

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Heritage-Inspired 2.1 Desktop System

Yes, these look like Heresy speakers. We took one of our most popular designs and shrunk it down into a 2.1 Bluetooth system that would be the perfect pairing for a computer setup. We should’ve done this a while ago, don’t you think? After all, more Heresy is good for the soul.

Now, before you frantically type “TAKE MY MONEY”, we must put the disclaimer that all of the new Heritage-inspired speakers are still in development. There will be plenty of design and acoustic tweaks before these pushed to market. 

What’s your favorite Klipsch product that you have seen from us thus far at CES 2016? Let us know in the comments!