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Klipsch at CES 2017: Recap

We kicked ass at CES this year, simple as that.  Klipsch raised the bar in every category. There was no competition. Nobody brought more passion and determination than our team.

Side Note: We are not sorry for all the booths we pissed off during our time at CES. We take pride in being the LOUDEST & PROUDEST

Below is a showcase of our kick ass booth and some my favorite products we featured at CES.

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The Fifteens:

Floorstanding Speakers

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The Forte III:

Floorstanding Speakers

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RF-7 III:

Floorstanding Speakers
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The Demi & The Two:

Table Top Stereo System
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The Capitol One:

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The Sixes:

Powered Monitor
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Heritage HP Headphones:
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Forte Heritage Loudspeakers Clip:

 

Heritage Headphones Clip:

Visit Klipsch.com/CES for presskits to all the badass new products you’ve seen above.

What was your favorite Klipsch product shown off at CES 2017? Let us know in the comments!

 

2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage: A Common Bond

What an awesome experience! I’ve been a Klipsch employee for 14 years and this was my first trip to the Motherland – Hope, AR, where it all started for the 2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage.

The town of Hope is small and filled with people who are kind and generous. I was surprised by how large the Klipsch factory actually was than I expected it to be. It’s gone through several additions as the company has grown. Inside the factory, it was truly great to meet all of the other Klipsch employees that I’ve worked alongside for so many years from thousands of miles away.

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One of the highlights of my time in Hope was seeing 70th Anniversary Klipschorns and Heresy speakers being handcrafted on the assembly lines during our factory tour. All of the visitors took photos of the speakers like they were celebrities on the red carpet. The factory was full of both sawdust and pride.

Around 125 forum members attended the Pilgrimage and were thrilled to shake hands with, thank and feed the Klipsch employees that hand build the speakers they revere so much. That’s right. These pilgrims were so grateful that they fed all of the factory workers. Remarkable.

It’s events like this that are really just as our brand story states on Klipsch.com, “Something very special occurred in a tiny tin shed in Hope, AR when Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) designed the Klipschorn. He has forever impacted legions of music lovers. His passion enabled theirs, citing something akin to a religious experience.”

After touring the factory, we visited the Klipsch audio museum with all of its rare finds and prized possessions. Additionally, we all listened to giant speakers that brought tears to my eyes and gave me goosebumps. The rare Klipsch Jubilee, Klipschorns, Palladium P-39Fs, RF-7 IIs and some KPT-Cinema Grandeur speakers with 1802 subwoofers all knocked my socks off.

After the festivities at the Klipsch plant were over, we carried on at Rodney Newton’s 600-acre farm. Rodney is a die-hard Klipsch fan and he was absolutely instrumental in helping us pull off the weekend. His generosity was unparalleled.

His farm is vast and beautiful, covered in green grass, red clay dirt, farm animals and Rodney’s man-made lakes throughout. He fed us delicious food from the farm and gave us a safe haven to party down and turn the speaker volume up. There were walls of legendary Klipsch KP-600 speakers on the property that sounded like a live rock concert. The sound even drew the cattle in as they lay in the pasture nearby to listen in.

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All in all, we spent a couple great days with rabid, dedicated Klipsch fans. We shared a common bond while swapping stories about PWK, our own Klipsch speakers, and why we felt compelled to come together for this event.

Time seemed to slow down during my time in Hope and we were able to appreciate good tunes, superb audio, as well as new and old friends.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Christy Luquet aka “dtel’s wife” on the Klipsch Forums for putting on such an incredible event for the Klipsch community. She’s one of a kind and a genuine spirit. I am thankful to have met her and the rest of the group.

Were you with Jill at the 2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage? Let us know your impressions in the comments below!

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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)

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

Good Poop: Dining with a Legend

During the late 1970’s and early 80’s, it was a fairly regular Friday night event for Klipsch engineers to “eat fish” with Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) and his wife, Valerie, at the Hope Holiday Inn (now a Super 8).

It was the typical southern buffet, including cat fish, frog legs, shrimp, oysters and much more. At the time, Klipsch had four engineers, and usually three or more were eagerly present at these informal events. Other employees from sales, purchasing, and manufacturing were welcome, as were their spouses.

While speaker design and manufacturing was an unavoidable topic for a geek-centric gathering, the conversation roamed from current events to the history of loudspeakers. It was here that PWK convinced me to try slurping a raw oyster from the shell. I haven’t stopped.

I learned later that Paul was introduced to the practice while in the oil prospecting business. He was on a small exploration boat in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico just to insure functioning of the electronic equipment. The “captain” of the boat reached over the side and brought up an oyster. He quickly shucked it open, added salt from a shaker kept warm by the engine, and slurped it down.

PWK followed suit. He couldn’t be outdone, of course.

Do you have your own Paul W. Klipsch story that would be good for “Good Poop”? Post it in the comments below.

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Made in USA Speakers

The very first Klipsch speaker sold was made by hand back in 1946 in the little town of Hope, Arkansas. Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) built the horn himself out of a tin shed while the original cabinet was made by the local Reed’s Cabinet Shop.

A lot has changed since 1946, but some things haven’t. We still make many of our speakers in that sleepy little southern town with pride and respect for the formula (PWK) bestowed upon us.

The tin shed is now a full-fledged factory with its own cabinet production line and the company’s headquarters have moved to Indianapolis, Indiana; however, the mission remains the same for all of our “Made in USA” speakers. We want to make the world’s best speakers that bring the live music experience to your living room…or wherever you may need music.

Here’s a rundown of our Made in USA speakers…

Klipschorn Speaker Made in USA

Klipschorn (Heritage Series)

Paul W. Klipsch created the Klipschorn because he wanted to bring the live music experience to his home. Boy, he succeeded and then some, didn’t he? With it’s brilliant highs and deep lows, it’s truly the classic American speaker. (Klipschorn history)

It may be hard to believe, but the design of the Klipschorn has genuinely not changed much since PWK made his first one in 1946. It is the only speaker to be in continuous production for over 70 years. We’ve tweaked it here and there, but, as the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Klipsch La Scala Made in USA

La Scala II (Heritage Series)

Named after the Teatro alla Scala in Italy, the original La Scala was unveiled in 1963 as an alternative to the Klipschorn. It offers similar performance and, unlike the Klipschorn, it does not require corner placement. (La Scala history)

The fully horn-loaded, three-way La Scala was used early on by Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller and now has fans like Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood who fulfilled the prophecy of a now famous Klipsch t-shirt.

Klipsch Cornwall Made in USA

Cornwall III (Heritage Series)

Simply put, the Cornwall is the Heresy’s “big brother.” Introduced in 1959, the Cornwall was designed to serve as a bigger and more powerful version of the Heresy as (ideally) a center channel for a pair of Klipschorns. (Cornwall history)

Over the years, the Cornwall has developed its own dedicated following who can’t get enough of its three-way design and direct-radiating 15-inch woofer. Klipsch briefly discontinued the Cornwall in 1990 but quickly changed its mind after an outcry from customers that included a written petition.

Klipsch Heresy Made in USA

A Klipsch Heresy speaker at the flagship John Varvatos store in Detroit, MI.

Heresy III (Heritage Series)

The Klipsch Heresy speaker was introduced in 1957 as a center channel for a pair of Klipschorn speakers. As far as we know, it’s the first commercially-made center channel speaker. (Heresy History)

The Heresy now stands very much on it’s own. Steven Guttenberg calls the Heresy III “a rock’n’roller’s dream speaker” in Stereophile. A little Heresy is good for the soul.

Reference RF-7 II Made in USA

Reference RF-7 II speakers on the line in Hope, AR. (Photo credit: “CECAA850” from the Klipsch Forums)

Reference RF-7 II

The RF-7 II is the flagship speaker in the popular Reference series lineup. It’s striking copper-and-black aesthetics and muscular performance make it many customers’ choice when building the ultimate home theater.

This speaker is often compared to classic American muscle cars because it’s loud, bold and freakin’ awesome.

Reference RC-64 Made in USA

Reference RC-64 II

Great home theater systems need a proper center channel and few are better than the RC-64 II that is handmade on the line in Hope. With four 6.5” Ceramatllic woofers, the RC-64 II is the most powerful center channel in the Reference series and the perfect compliment the RF-7 II floorstanding speakers.

Palladium Made in USA

Palladium

The Palladium Series was an industry-redefining project that began with a vision – not a budget. Every engineering detail was meticulously pored over to ensure that this speaker was a befitting flagship speaker for the Klipsch brand. We are extremely proud to assemble these breathtaking speakers right here in the heart of America.

THX Ultra2 Made in USA

THX Ultra 2

There is an American-made option for the movie enthusiast who wants their speakers to have the highest THX certification….and it rocks. In fact, we believe that few professional theaters can match the stunning high-output, low-distortion sound that this system achieves.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Made in USA

Klipsch Professional speakers in action at the Sun King Brewing Tap Room in Fishers, IN.

Klipsch Professional

Many of the Klipsch Professional speakers that you find in movie theaters, race tracks, restaurants, etc are made in Hope, Arkansas alongside the Heritage Series. Building the speakers in Hope allows us to quickly ship products to businesses that match their specifications.

Heritage-Inspired Speakers

The Future

Klipsch is always examining opportunities to bring more manufacturing to Hope, Arkanas. At CES, we showed off a concept for wireless towers and bookshelf monitors that combined beautiful Hope cabinetry with the technology from a Klipsch Stadium.

Do you own a Klipsch speaker that was Made in USA? Post your setup in the comments.

 

 

The 2015 Klipsch Pilgrimage to Hope

Klipsch has a rich history and heritage that we readily “shout from the rooftops,” but we aren’t the only ones shouting.

Our passionate fans are yelling right alongside us. Whether it’s on social media, the Klipsch Forums or even good ol’ personal recommendations, they are critical in magnifying our message.

Because of this dedicated fanbase, we have had several “Klipsch Pilgrimages” in the past, inviting Klipsch fans from all over the world to tour factory in Hope, Arkansas or to our headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

Fans in awe during the factory tour.

Fans in awe during the factory tour.

 

This year, a group of devoted fans from the Klipsch Forums (about 50 altogether) took it upon themselves to hold a “Klipsch Employee Appreciation” event for Klipsch employees at the Hope factory. They invited anyone who wanted to attend and provided a catered lunch to the employees on April 10, 2015.

Lunch was catered by a local favorite — Big Jake’s BBQ — and the attendees even served it themselves! Everyone at the factory was extremely appreciative of their kindness. After all, these are total strangers taking time out of their lives to say “thank you.”

Plenty of companies out there have rabid fan-bases. With gestures like this, we’re pretty sure ours is the best!

Serving food to the factory workers

Serving food to the factory workers

 

The attendees were treated to a tour of the factory as well as the Klipsch Museum of Audio History just across the street. This small building, now museum, once contained the entire Klipsch manufacturing facility in its basement from 1948 to 1952.

Our own resident historian Jim Hunter lent his time and knowledge to show them around the museum, which is chock full of amazing audio relics from our past such as prototypes, testing equipment and even some of PWK’s personal equipment. Smiles could be seen across the group’s faces as Jim went through each historical piece.

You can get your own virtual tour courtesy of Mr. Hunter on YouTube here.

The Klipsch Museum of Audio History

The Klipsch Museum of Audio History

 

The factory tour is always the highlight of the Klipsch Pilgrimage. After all, that’s where Klipsch speakers that have brought so much joy to so many people, are lovingly crafted by hand.

During the tour, an order of RF-7 II floorstanding speakers was being built from the ground up, showing off the craftsmanship for which Klipsch is known. To see first-hand exactly what goes into making these speakers is something truly special. It’s a detailed process that highlights the human, handmade aspect of these speakers.

Fans admiring some freshly-made Klipschorns

Fans admiring some freshly-made Klipschorns

 

"Before the sound." Still beautiful. Heresy and RF-7 II cabinets.

“Before the sound.” Still beautiful. Heresy and RF-7 II cabinets.

 

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When we say hand-made, we mean it.

 

After the tour, engineering master Roy Delgado, Jr. showed off some of the upcoming Klipsch KI Series II Pro speakers, as well as the giant KPT-1802 subwoofer out behind the factory. Needless to say, people were amazed by the sound of these speakers and the subwoofer. We also gave a short A/B/C demo of music through some Klipschorn, RF-7 II, and Palladium P-39F speakers, which left many of the attendees nearly speechless afterward.

Lucky people getting a great demo.

Lucky Klipsch fans getting a great demo.

 

It almost goes without saying that the Klipsch Pilgrimage would feature a party. Heck, we all love speakers, so you gotta turn it up!

On Friday and Saturday night, attendees gathered at a huge property just outside of Hope owned by a longtime friend of some Klipsch employees. Several folks brought some of their own Heritage (Cornwall) speakers along with phono tube amps and turntables to set up in the giant barn/clubhouse.

Everyone rocked out to an interesting variety of music while telling stories about their own audio projects, tales of meeting Paul W. Klipsch himself and how they became Klipsch fans in the first place.

Some Cornwall speakers set up inside the clubhouse

Some Cornwall speakers set up inside the clubhouse

 

Outside the clubhouse, forum member Kevin Harmon – who filmed a short interview he had with PWK back in 1989 – set up his absolutely amazing KP-600 stacks that he had hauled to the pilgrimage. These monsters were LOUD!

Built for a variety of applications, they are perfectly suited for an outdoor venue and attendees of this “live concert” of recorded audio definitely had the “best seat in the house”. Fittingly, Roy Delgado, whose name is on the patent for the KP-600 (along with a host of other Klipsch patents) showed up and helped tune Kevin’s system to perfection.

KP-600 stacks

KP-600 stacks

 

When I say these speakers were loud, I mean it. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof….

In the late night/early morning hours of Saturday/Sunday, the owner of the property received a text from a “nearby” neighbor, asking to “please turn down the music”. I put “nearby” in quotes because this particular neighbor lives no less than 1.6 miles away from where the speakers were sitting. Hundreds of trees, some hilly land, and other buildings also sit between the 2 points.

The neighbor said they could hear every word of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. That’s definitely “Pissing Off The Neighbors.”

1.6 miles as the crow flies. Not enough space, apparently!

1.6 miles as the crow flies. Not enough space, apparently!

 

We are so lucky to have such a loyal and passionate fanbase and we truly thank the ones who put this appreciation lunch and gathering together. This event was strictly created by them without any involvement from Klipsch aside from agreeing on the dates and setting up the tours of the factory and museum.

We strive to continue making products that generations of audio lovers will want to bring to future gatherings and endlessly talk about how they became a Klipsch fan in the first place.

If you want to be a part of future gatherings and pilgrimages, hop on our forums and say “hello.” (Hint, there may be another small, but special Pilgrimage very soon!)

We are one of the only audio companies to maintain a forum community and we owe its members a great deal of gratitude.

Thanks again, everyone! We wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

 

Special thanks to the following forum members for their hard work in putting this together and for other various nice things they’ve done related to this event! (Do let me know if I missed anyone)
Mallette
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Thaddeus Smith
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dtel’s wife
Seadog