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How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Your Speakers

When you bring new speakers into your house, you are making a lot of people happy. First and foremost, you are happy because all of your research has brought you to this point of audio nirvana. Your friends and family, while skeptical at first, will also reap the benefits. Lastly, if you have a cat, they are going to be stoked as well. After all, you just bought them a pair of giant scratching posts.

I have a cat named Robben (after the famous Dutch soccer player Arjen Robben). He was plucked from the streets after he came right up to my dog and he’s been part of the family ever since. He is technically a “feral” cat despite his playful and loving nature.

While he is insanely cute and wouldn’t hurt a fly (minus birds, mice, chipmunks, snakes and the other various critters he enjoys hunting), he likes to scratch things. My couch and my speakers, specifically.

Now, you’re on your own with your couch (Google has endless results for this problem), I am here to provide you with some first-hand tips on how to deal with your cat scratching your speakers.

Of course, it must be noted that this is not an official guide. Klipsch does not hold any responsibility for your cat and your cat-proofing methods ruining your speakers.

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Add More Scratching Posts

The easiest way to stop your cat from scratching you speakers is to simply give them more appetizing things to scratch or other toys to play with. Place them along the path of where your cat most frequently scampers around.  If you believe you have enough scratching posts, try rearranging them. Do not discard old scratching posts immediately. Place them next to the new scratching posts, so the cat can slowly adjust to the new one.

Take the Grilles Off Your Speakers

I am obviously extremely biased, but I’d say it’s a shame to cover up the copper cones (or the glorious woofers from our non-Reference series speakers). Freeing your speakers from their grilles may indeed remove your feline friend’s temptation of a tall, scratchable surface. Of course, we also must note that your child, niece, partner, etc may decide that the woofers look quite pokable, damaging your speaker(s) worse than a few scratches on the grilles.

In my own situation, Robben decided that the naked speaker was just as tempting, sinking his claws into the woofer itself. My high-pitched (and decidedly not masculine) scream scared him off temporarily.

Startle or Spray Your Cat

I’m not advocating that you take out deep-rooted anger on your cat companion or anything stupid like that. That being said, when your cat starts scratching, let out a yelp or scold them quickly and your cat will scurry away, hopefully never returning to scratch your speakers again.

Better yet, you could fill up a water bottle and give your kitty a quick spray when they commit the crime. It won’t take much, so don’t fill up a Supersoaker.

Spray Your Speakers with an Anti-Scratching Spray

There are tons of anti-scratching sprays that you can find in the aisles of your local pet store. I have only tried out Nature’s Miracle Scratching Deterrent Spray and its effectiveness is hit or miss.

Please be careful when using the spray, some speakers have very sensitive surfaces that should not be sprayed with any sort of liquid. I only spray the grille covers of my Heresy III speakers. Most of the time it seems to work; however, I did witness one such occasion where Robben went right to work on them mere minutes after I had applied the spray.

Add Scratch Covers to Your Speaker

This is the most extreme technique and also the most complicated. Call me lazy, but I cannot attest to whether it’ll be successful or not. Essentially, you need to turn your speakers into modified scratching posts. Put the fabric over the top of the speakers and your feline will have a go on the covers instead of your favorite speakers. Do not attach the fabric cover to the speaker themselves since you would be damaging your speaker that way and making the whole process pointless anyway.

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Put Something On Top of the Speakers

My cat (and presumably yours too if you are still reading) loves to get up to high places including the top of my Reference Premiere RP-260F floorstanding speakers. While it’s adorable and all, his little claws dig into the speaker as he tries to secure a grip.

Now, if the previously listed fixes don’t deter your cat from your speakers altogether, there is a simple fix that will work most the time. Put something on top of your speaker. In lieu of a tasteful plant or meaningful decorative object, I’ve actually placed a pair of Reference Premiere RP-140SA elevation speakers, cat-proofing the top of my speakers AND gifting myself Dolby Atmos technology. Double win.

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You’ll be smitten.

Stop Worrying About It

Seriously. Almost all of us tend to fret over the appearances of our speakers to an insane degree, but it really is so much better at the end of the day to just going nuts over every little nick and scratch. Call them marks of character. After all, no one will really notice besides you and the speakers will sound exactly as awesome as they did before your kitten decided to test out their claws.

Do you have any other tips on how to deal with your cat (or other pet) scratching your speakers? Post in the comments!

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Best Speakers for College

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

Or maybe you’re the type to stream endless seasons of a certain show about prison inmates while downing copious amounts of mac & cheese and other microwaveable food items.

Whatever the case, you shouldn’t settle for crap audio. Klipsch offers the very best speakers for college for any situation at price points that don’t take away too much from your precious beer money.

Disclaimer: the below recommendations of the best speakers for college will assuredly result in the Residential Advisor (RA) knocking on your door. (Worth it.)

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Speakers for the Dorm Room

Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors

You’re going to need some extremely capable speakers when you’re a few beverages deep and exactly the right song pops up on Pandora. After all, you’re going to crank it UP.

Enter the Reference R-15PM powered monitors. These ultra-versatile speakers have built-in Bluetooth and an endless supply of inputs, allowing you and your buddies to connect to them in just about any way possible. Plus, the amplifier is built-in, so you won’t have to shuffle things around to fit in a clunky receiver.

Thanks to patented Klipsch horn-loaded technology and the custom-engineered amplifier, these speakers are extremely efficient, playing with no distortion even at the highest volumes. No one likes crackling. We like it loud and we do it better than anyone else.

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

(Oh and they look and sound terrific on your desk, offering crisp and clean background music when you get around to actually studying.)

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Speakers for the Quad

Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker | Loud & Proud Limited Edition

College life isn’t restricted to a dorm room. You’re going to be out and about, trying to find yourself (whatever that means) during your schooling.

For those times you are throwing the ol’ Frisbee around the luscious lawn of “the quad,” you should consider the Klipsch Groove portable speaker. It boasts Bluetooth, 8-hour battery life and a durable, splashproof design.

That means you can connect easily, goof around for as long as you want and even beat up the speaker a little bit if you like.

Sounds good? Sounds great.

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Speakers for the Off-Campus Apartment

Klipsch Reference R-4B Sound Bar + Wireless Subwoofer 

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

That being said, your neighbors may not be fellow students, so they probably won’t be as amenable to a full-blown surround system with every wall shaking as if there were no tomorrow. Of course, you can still get in plenty of trouble with the Reference R-4B sound bar and wireless subwoofer, but that’s on you – not us.

Budgets are understandably tight in college. After all, beer isn’t free, but the R-4B is the most affordable option in the line of Klipsch Reference sound bars. Once you split the cost with a few of the roommates, you won’t even think twice about it…Until it comes time to move out and all of you are fighting over the sound bar that made you fall in love with your music and moves again.

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Speakers for Your Professor

Klipsch Heresy III Floorstanding Speaker | 70th Anniversary Edition

Maybe your professor is an audiophile. Maybe you just need to change the topic from that paper you forgot to turn in. Regardless, the Klipsch Heresy III is going to be a head-turner for even the most distinguished educator.

These might even be older than your professor, originating in the early 1950s. Today, they are still handcrafted in Hope, Arkansas and stack up both visually with their mid-century modern appearance and award-winning sound. These speakers are timeless even if your professor’s lectures aren’t.

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Speakers for the Frat House

Klipschorn

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

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

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

Just don’t get kicked out of the house. Trust us, you don’t want to move these guys.

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Headphones for College

Obviously, you cannot crank up speakers all of the time. You’re going to need a good pair of headphones (or two) for studying, working out, etc. That’s why we wrote this: “Best Headphones for College”.

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

 

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!

Best Speakers for Your Record Player

Vinyl is back in a big way. After all, vinyl made more money than free streams in 2016 with sales rising to their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. The record player is becoming practically as ubiquitous as the television in living rooms across the world.

Whether you own one record or 1,000 records, a pair of quality speakers for your record player is exactly what you need. After all, what’s the point of investing in analog audio if you’re just going to push the sound through some crappy all-in-one solution?

We’re here to help you get the very most of out of this new-again medium.

While almost any pair of Klipsch bookshelf or floorstanding speakers would be terrific partners for a record player, we have broken down several situations to find the best speaker for your record player. 

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Easiest Speakers to Set Up With Your Record Player

Reference R-15PM

Some people don’t want to mess around with a bunch of wires and separate devices. We get it. You just want to hear your burgeoning vinyl collection in all of its glory. With internal amplification and built-in phono pre-amp, the new R-15PM powered monitors are the best option for someone looking for the easiest way to hook up their turntable properly. These are the new standards in record player speakers.

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Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference Premiere RP-160M

One of the biggest reasons why people get into vinyl is the desire to free themselves from overly compressed music. The RP-160M bookshelf speakers over top level performance that provides a true audiophile-grade setup. They feature 90×90 hybrid Tractrix horns, Tractrix ports, Linear Travel Suspension titanium tweeters and spun copper Cerametallic woofers. Old school meets new school in the best possible way.

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Best Budget Speakers for Your Record Player

Reference R-14M

Maybe you haven’t notice – or don’t care – but vinyl isn’t cheap. We completely understand if you want to spend more on your album collection rather than speakers for your record player. The R-14M bookshelf speakers from the Reference series will deliver a surprising amount of output, filling your room with any record you please. Everyone could use a little more copper and black in their life.

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The Ultimate Speakers for Your Record Player

Heresy III / La Scala II / Cornwall / Klipschorn

You owe it to yourself to listen to a record through Klipsch Heritage Series speakers. Whether it’s the Heresy III, La Scala II, Cornwall or Klipschorn, we can pretty much guarantee that your mind is going to be blown. All of the reasons why people prefer vinyl are put on full display with an exceedingly pleasing, warm and textured sound. You truly aren’t going to find better record player speakers. To top it all off, each of these speakers is handcrafted in our Hope, Arkansas factory.

What do you think are the best speakers for your record player?

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: 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!

 

 

 

Press Record: Interview with Haley Solar of JUNIM LA

Through the power of social media, we were able to connect with fashion designer Haley Solar of JUNIM LA. The Los Angeles native posted a photo of her Klipsch Heresy speakers on Instagram, tagging Klipsch, and grabbing our attention.

Not only were her speakers beautiful, but her clothing was equally spectacular. The 32-year-old started her fashion label, JUNIM LA, about four years ago, making women’s clothing in the Los Angeles area.

We reached out via Instagram and Solar enthusiastically responded. She is becoming quite the audiophile, pairing her Klipsch Heresy speakers with a Scott 299c integrated tube amp and a Thorens TD-160 turntable with a Grado Labs Sonato cartridge.

It turns out that her newfound passion stems from her boyfriend, Zach Cowie. Cowie is close friends with Elijah Wood, whom we have also made friends with through social media, building his Klipsch system as well as many others throughout the L.A. area.

Solar was kind enough to do a Q&A with The Klipsch Joint about this random (but awesome) connection, her burgeoning fashion label, the challenges of running her own business and what lies ahead.

How did it all get started?

Some crazy idea I had with my friend… we were going to make accessories out of vintage finds and start selling them at craft fairs on the weekends. As we were developing the idea, I just kept adding apparel and removing the accessories. JUNIM started evolving into a dress line and my business partner lost interest. When I was ready to quit my job with only $1000 in the bank. I used it all to pay for my collection and space at a trade show. I just closed my eyes, said a little prayer and a few stores picked up the line!

What have been the biggest challenges?

Trying to navigate a business that is changing daily. The digital world has made connecting with companies and customers so much easier, but it also produces challenges. It’s a fast-fashion world and Junim is definitely not that. We are local and hand made, that’s what makes us special.

What’s the number one thing you would tell someone who is trying to follow in your footsteps?

Don’t take anything too seriously and surround yourself with good people.

What are your inspirations for your designs?

Touch! If find a fabric and I love the way it feels…it’s in the collection no mater what.

How does music shape your work?

Music shapes my work in every way. It’s what keeps me calm, gets me moving and sets the tone of each day.

Where is JUNIM LA headed?

We are opening up our studio space to customers, not just for shopping, but also for listening to records, hanging out, drinking coffee, socializing, etc. We are tapping into what makes the line special and going back to our roots of why we love this business. We are hoping to open up a retail location in the next year with the same love and warmth we have at home.

If you could bottle up the sound of the city of LA, what would it be like?

It would be a mix tape with new contributors each day.

What was the first album you bought with your own money?

Phil Collins, Face Value. I still stand by this choice.

What are your musical tastes and who inspired them?

My boyfriend is my biggest influence for sure. He is the most curious music maniac I could ever imagine. He doesn’t just show you what’s good, he takes you on a tailor made journey.

What song are you playing on repeat right now?

Buzzin Fly – Tim Buckley

What’s the story behind your Klipsch Heresy speakers?

Again, I have to hand this one over to my boyfriend. He couldn’t hang at my house without a good system. He is the most insane record collector I know and is OBSESSED with Klipsch! He built my system, Elijah Wood’s and pretty much every other audio geeks’ system in L.A. He ONLY buys Klipsch and spends most days polishing his Klipschorns 🙂

How would you describe their sound?

Warm, clean, perfect.

What are your friends/customers/clients impressions of your Klipschorns?

My favorite is when they get really pissed off, like, “THIS is what music is supposed to sound like? How have I been cheated for so long?”

What does quality sound mean to you?

It’s a connection that I thought I lost. When I learned what good sound truly is, it’s like I woke up knowing an entirely new language and it gave me back that feeling I had when I first fell in love with music.

Learn more about Haley Solar and her women’s clothing line at www.junimla.com

40 Years and Counting with Klipsch Heresy Speakers

When Candace Tinkler turned 20 years old, her father treated her to Klipsch Heresy speakers. Now, 40 years later, Candace remains in love with the speakers she received on her 20th birthday.

“It was a big deal to splurge on these luxury items,” Tinkler said. “My father had a deep love of music which he shared with me. He grew up during The Great Depression and his family didn’t have money for him to take music lessons, so he showered me with musical opportunities that he never had.”

Before making the leap, Tinkler and her father did their research. Although she doesn’t remember exactly what the key reasons were for picking the Heresy speakers, Tinker had spoken with both her professional musician friends and employees from several high-end audio stores who all recommended Klipsch.

After hearing a demo of these handcrafted speakers at a specialty audio store in San Francisco, her Dad was so excited that he purchased a pair for the family home in addition to the pair he bought for her. Although he may have passed away two years ago at the age of 89, his Heresy speakers continue to rock in the family home.

Since their purchase in 1975, Tinkler’s Heresy speakers have been moved all over the United States, far away from the speakers’ birthplace in Hope, Arkansas. As a National Park Service employee, they have “survived” Zion, Bighorn Canyon, Channel Islands, Grand Canyon, Everglades, New River Gorge and, currently, Redwood National Parks.

The question of whether it is worth it to carry these 44 lb. speakers from place to place is downright silly to Tinkler.

“I love these speakers! I have never thought of myself as a hoarder and, in fact, I am a bit ruthless about getting rid of junk that doesn’t work to my expectations. On the other hand, I hang on to things I love.”

Currently residing in Crescent City, California, Tinkler’s American-made speakers have gained notoriety throughout the town.

“Every July 4th during the fireworks, I open the windows, turn the speakers towards the street and crank the volume up crazy high. Everyone cheers! It is a town tradition. The speakers are so loud, it is like a rock concert!”

The speakers’ survival and impeccable condition even more remarkable because Tinkler never even got around to staining the speakers’ bare wood.

“Can you believe it?”

Heck, yes. This is Klipsch.

 

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Candace Tinkler Klipsch Heresy Speakers

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.