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Klipsch La Scala Trio Home Theater Room Build

The following is story written by Michael Stevens, a member of the Klipsch forums, who describes the journey of how his trio of Klipsch La Scala speakers turned into one of the coolest home theater builds you will ever see. It is story that goes beyond speakers and cabinetry, touching upon the impact of friends, family, the Klipsch community and so much more. You can also check out the entire thread about this project on the Klipsch forums. It has conceptual renderings, more photos, daily videos of the progress, detailed commentary and installation issues as well as host of other goodies.

Since purchasing my first Klipsch speakers in 2008, I have since owned just about every Klipsch Reference speaker as well as a few Klipsch Heritage speakers.  I was always of the opinion that Klipsch Heritage speakers looked “dated” and were too different from the modern design of the Reference Series that I was accustomed to. Since them, I began a quest to hear as many various Klipsch speakers in my own home, with my own gear so that I might know firsthand how they sound and share my thoughts and photos with the Klipsch community. Little did I know I would begin a quest that would lead me much further than I ever thought I would go.

In July of 2014, I saw a listing on Craigslist for a pair of LaScalas.  The seller was asking $850, which was a very good price. At the time, I had been using Klipsch RF-83s and RC-64 in my dedicated home theater room for the past 6 years and absolutely loved them. The gentleman that was selling them was moving into a much smaller home and wanted to downsize to smaller Klipsch speakers. I told him the only speakers I had that I would be willing to part with were a pair of KG 3.2’s that I was using in my office. I shared with him that I would not expect the KG 3.2 to produce anywhere near the sound that the LaScalas would. I made an offer to the seller that I was hoping he would refuse because frankly I did not have anywhere to put the LaScalas nor did I like the style of them. But to my surprise, the seller insisted that I bring the KG 3.2’s over for a listen and was open to my offer.

After listening to the KG 3.2’s, the seller felt they would be perfect for his smaller home and was grateful to trade his LaScalas for $400 cash + my KG 3.2 speakers. I expected to bring them home, do some A/B comparison between the LaScalas and my RF-83’s and share my review with the Klipsch community and then eventually pass them on to someone that would truly appreciate them. From the moment I hooked up the LaScalas, I knew I was in trouble. Although the RF-83s are amazing speakers, the LaScalas produced so much more detail and due to the large midrange horn, vocals sounded much more smoothe and pronounced.

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Over the next week, I tried to convince myself that although the LaScalas clearly sounded better, they just were not the style that I preferred. I also knew if I were to incorporate them into my home theater, I would want to purchase a third LaScala to use as a center channel. I knew this would be a long shot but posted in the Klipsch forums regarding my new purchase and wanted to see if anyone had a single LaScala that they would be willing to part with. “Wstrickland1” from the forum said he was selling three LaScalas and had a buyer interested in purchasing a pair from him. The only problem was how to get this beast from South Carolina to Florida. Luckily, “Wstrickland1” said that in a month he would be passing through my area on the way to a business meeting, so within a month, a third LaScala was proudly sitting in my home theater.

What had I gotten myself into? What was I doing? I genuinely thought there would never come the day that I would even consider parting with my RF-83s and RC-64. I began a quest over the next week to do as much comparison between the two sets of speakers. I wanted to make absolutely sure I was making the right decision. To my surprise, at the end of the week, I knew what I must do. I was 100% confident that it was time for “Youthman” (me on the forums) to dip into the dark pool of the Heritage Series!

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Within 2 weeks, I sold my RF-83 & RC-64 and have had absolutely no regrets since. Unfortunately, due to the LaScalas size, they would not fit behind my false wall.  I contacted my friend Shaun “Wake” Ivy (Wakejunkie from the Klipsch forum) and he suggested that he could build a new front cabinet that would accommodate the LaScalas. Although Shaun lives 600 miles away, he was confident to make this dream a reality.  Since I was upgrading the front soundstage, I figured I might as well upgrade the screen too.  Shortly thereafter, Shaun purchased the rough-cut red oak wood in August of 2014 and I bought enough Seymour Center Stage XD fabric to build a 150” Acoustic Transparent screen.

The LaScala Trio Home Theater Build had begun!

Little did we know, within a few months of starting the project in January of 2015, at only 36yrs old, Shaun would suffer from three major strokes that would forever change his life. [Editor’s note: We did an article about Shaun on The Klipsch Joint last year.] He was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. The strokes affected Shaun’s short term memory in that he could only remember about three days. After three days, any memories made during those days would simply fade away. What used to take him one hour, now takes him about five-six hours due to the strokes without any ability to retain short term memories. Fortunately, he remembered everything pre-stroke as those memories, knowledge, skills were stored in his long-term memory.

Over the next nine months, Shaun would begin the road of rehabilitation and therapy.  In October of 2015, he contacted me to say that he thought he was ready to begin working on the project again. He asked me if I had plans for New Year’s. Although he didn’t want to make any promises, his goal was to finish the cabinet before the New Year. Jokingly, I told him let’s not specify which year.

It wasn’t long before Shaun realized he would not be able to finish this project alone. His strength, memory and problem solving skills were not anywhere near what they used to be, so he began to recruit help from his dad and several local friends to assist with the project. Over the next eight months, they would continue to build the cabinet that would soon be the new home of the LaScala Trio and four Klipsch RSW-15’s.

On Saturday, June 18, the special day had finally arrived! My dad and I hooked up a 20’ enclosed trailer and headed for Alabama!

During the trip, we met up with Shaun and his wife, making a side trip to pick up his very own Klipsch LaScalas and made a stop to visit the home theater of Superdave, another friend of ours from the Klipsch forum. Within two days of leaving Florida, we had arrived in Alabama, loaded up the cabinet and thus began its journey to its new home.

On Tuesday, June 21, Shaun, myself and my father began the build. Over the next seven days, we ran a 20 amp dedicated circuit, wired five Lutron Dimmers to five Lighting Zones, constructed the front wall and screen and moved the projector outside the room in between a hall closet and my son’s closet.

Obviously, there struggles here and here of which you can read about them on my thread in the Klipsch forums. (You can also see my daily video recaps on my YouTube page.) It was only a one week install which meant nearly-sleepless nights and plenty of energy drinks.

Everything turned out so much nicer than I could have ever imagined. The custom cabinet features hand carvings, a beautiful diamond pattern that surrounds the screen, arch lighting, lighting behind the screen, LED lighting around the screen, the ability to raise the 150” AT Screen that is supported by gas shocks to gain access to the speakers and a drawer that extends to allow easy access behind the components. Shaun’s cabinet is truly a work of art and his craftsmanship and attention to detail is to be admired.

My journey to build my LaScala Trio home theater was so much more than just building a cabinet and setting up some speakers. It was about friendship, family, the Klipsch community, determination, hope and beating the odds. I’m truly grateful for the friendship that I have with Shaun and his family. He is living proof that you can overcome adverse circumstances by surrounding yourself with people that believe in you and are willing to support you through the process.

What do you think of Michael’s La Scala home theater build? Post in the comments!

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2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage

Another year and another Klipsch Pilgrimage is in the books. This year’s event was the biggest one yet and arguably one of the most fun.

From the factory and museum tour to what went down on a nearby farm, the 2016 edition of the Klipsch Pilgrimage will not be forgotten.

Before we dive into the weekend’s events, we have to explain some of the basics to those who may not be “in the know” about this celebration of Klipsch and its community.

Klipsch Factory in Hope

WHAT IS THE KLIPSCH PILGRIMAGE?

Just about every year for – gosh, we don’t know how long – Klipsch fans have come together to visit both the Klipsch factory in Hope, AR and corporate headquarters in Indianapolis which houses the engineering, marketing and customer service teams.

While it’s certainly a celebration of Klipsch speakers and the people who make them, the Klipsch Pilgrimage represents community, togetherness, education and, quite simply, fun. Visitors get to tour the factory, check out the audio museum, demo all kinds of speakers, engage in the Klipsch version of Woodstock and even show their gratitude to Klipsch employees.

This year, more than 150 people travelled to Hope, AR, the largest showing to date for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. Many pilgrims – a mixture of men, women and even entire families – shuttled their way to this little Arkansas town in their cars, trucks and RVs. Klipsch enthusiast Rodney Newton was a most gracious host on his 660-acre property.

Believe it or not, this undertaking is completely organized and run by members of the Klipsch Forums, one of the most influential and engaging audio forums in the world with over 25,000 users. These are some of the brand’s biggest supporters (and critics) and we are always grateful for their passion. We simply wouldn’t be where we are without them.

While we would like to thank everyone involved in putting on this event, we must issue a special THANK YOU to Christy Luquet (aka “dtel’s wife”) who took the reigns this year and made it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

When you really get down to it, it’s incredible and extremely humbling to have a large group of people take time out of their lives, take time off of work and travel to Hope, all on their own dime. This kind of thing just doesn’t happen at other companies. It makes us darn proud to do what we do and is a constant motivation to make the very best speakers and headphones on the planet.

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THE KLIPSCH FACTORY TOUR

The first full day of the Klipsch Pilgrimage was spent touring the Klipsch factory and surrounding facilities. Luckily for the pilgrims, the factory was absolutely buzzing with scores of 70th Anniversary Klipschorns, Heresy III’s and various speakers from the Professional line, all being lovingly handcrafted right before their eyes.

Even though it was technically a normal day of production, it felt like a celebration for everyone involved. Countless visitors remarked in awe about how stunned they were that such amazing products were still being handmade right here in the United States.

The workers at the Hope factory were also genuinely thrilled to have an audience consumed by the work they do day-in and day-out– the endless sanding, screwing, staining, etc. After all, it’s not easy building a Klipsch speaker. Heck, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. For example, the legendary Heresy III is built up from a single sheet of wood. It’s really kind of mind-blowing.

A terrifically funny-but-not-funny anecdote from the factory tour was from the floor manager, Jake Townsend, who told everyone that he has to keep the new, glorious 70th Anniversary Klipschorn logos under the lock and key in his office because they keep “walking away” otherwise. (Not that it stopped any pilgrims from asking if they could have some!)

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SPEAKER DEMONSTRATIONS

As a special treat for the pilgrims, everyone was invited to check out an auditory comparison of the Klipschorn, Palladium P-39Fs and Reference Premiere RP-280Fs. Despite being over 70 years old, most listeners chose the Klipschorn as their favorite; however, each set of speakers showed off their own unique, magical characteristics.

Outside the factory a gargantuan KPT-Cinema Grandeur system accompanied by 1802 subwoofers was set up just for the pilgrims listening pleasure. WOW. That’s all you can really say about a system like that. It’s pretty remarkable.

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PISSING OFF THE NEIGHBORS

It wouldn’t be a Klipsch event without the authorities being called into play. To prepare for the Jason Helms Band hitting the stage on Saturday, the KP-600 had to be tested out back at Rodney’s to make sure they were ready to rock. After all, Klipsch forums member “kharmonddds” hauled this rare PA system (only a few hundred were ever made) in all the way from Lafayette, Lousiana. Needless to say, the system was certainly up for it.

So up for it, that the police called Rodney’s house, telling him to cut it out. Now, it’s important to remember that Rodney owns 660 acres and lives MILES away from his nearest neighbor. That’s how loud this system is. Crazy!

Of course, it turned out to be all in good fun, as Rodney’s neighbor came over to the party and was greeted by those in Klipsch’s famous “Pissing Off The Neighbors” t-shirts who gifted him his own “Pissed Off Neighbor” t-shirt.

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KLIPSCH EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION LUNCH

As a special “thank you” for all their hard work, Klipsch employees in Hope were treated to a spectacular lunch spread on Friday, courtesy of the pilgrims in attendance. Rodney smoked over 60 racks of ribs… all of which were voraciously consumed.

We may sound like a broken record, but, again, most companies don’t have customers/fans/friends like Rodney and the rest of the pilgrims.

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THE KLIPSCH AUDIO MUSEUM AND JIM HUNTER

Klipsch historian Jim Hunter is practically a legend at this point. No one knows more about Paul W. Klipsch than Jim. After all, Jim worked for PWK for many years. It’s always a treat to hear Jim’s epic stories for years gone by.

In addition to telling tales about PWK, Jim led the Klipsch Pilgrimage visitors through the Klipsch Audio Museum, explaining in detail all of the cool pieces in the collection. While we can’t reveal any details quite yet, Jim and the Klipsch Audio Museum will be given more of the attention they definitely deserve. Stay tuned!

Judy Klipsch Stash Raffle at Klipsch Pilgrimage

RAFFLE OF “JUDY’S STASH”

For a long time, we’ve had a stockpile of vintage Klipsch speakers in the warehouse next to our headquarters in Indianapolis which we have lovingly called “Judy’s Stash”. Judy Klipsch, who is the wife of Fred Klipsch, kept one of every speaker that we made while Fred Klipsch was CEO of the company.

We wanted to give the product good homes but weren’t quite sure the best way to do that. We finally realized the Klipsch Pilgrimage would be a perfect opportunity to raffle off this massive collection of speakers and subwoofers. Quite a few people left Hope, AR this year with a speaker they will treasure forever.

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DRUMMER JOE HOLLAND

If you read the latest “Good Poop” Jim Hunter, you would have learned about the connection between legendary drummer Joe Holland’s relationship with Paul W. Klipsch. Holland, who was the drummer for the Bob Hope Band, was on hand in Hope to play the exact set he did for the famous Klipschtapes – all at the age of 88!

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THE KLIPSCH VERSION OF WOODSTOCK

On the second day of the Klipsch Pilgrimage, Rodney’s property could have been mistaken for some crazy Klipsch version of Woodstock.

This is the part of the journey where things turned into more than a mere factory tour. It became a celebration of community, as everyone enjoyed each other’s company, engaging in a variety of activities. There were people fishing, skeet-shooting, flying drones, having a drink (or six) and swapping stories, among other things.

To cap it all off, the Jason Helms Band – longtime Klipsch fans – came on by the farm to crank things up on the KP-600 PA System. Everyone sat around in their lawn chairs, enjoying the awesome music, crackling fire and starry night overhead.

It all sounds rather simple and kind of gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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WHY THE KLIPSCH PILGRIMAGE MATTERS

Where to start? There are a myriad of reasons why the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage is an important event, for both the company and its customers/fans/friends.

As employees it’s a humbling experience and we are so thankful to be part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity. We cannot state how exciting it us to stand beside our fans that are willing to travel hundreds of miles to feed employees and to experience our products first hand – all at their own expense. It’s reinvigorating, knowing that the products you make can have such a profound effect on people’s lives.

Furthermore, the Klipsch Pilgrimage allows us to stay in touch with the core base of our fans that have been with us since the beginning – or close to it. While the types of products may change, it is infinitely important to remember what got Klipsch to where it is. The Klipsch Pilgrimage and its attendees are a sort of watchdog for the company in that way. Just like Paul W. Klipsch, they are ready to say “bullshit” when called up.

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HOW TO SIGN UP NEXT YEAR

Interested in going to the Klipsch Pilgrimage next year? Make sure you sign up for the Klipsch Forums and bookmark this sub-forum. We will also blog/Facebook/tweet/MySpace about it as well, but the forums are the first place you’ll see registration information, dates, etc.

CLICK HERE to see more photos.

Did you go to the Klipsch Pilgrimage? Share your stories in the comment section below!

 

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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Frank van Kasteren’s JubScala DIY Speakers

Klipsch fans come from all over the world. This time, we are talking to Frank van Kasteren, who resides in the small town of Wijk en Aalburg in the Netherlands.

Of course, even in the Netherlands, dedicated Klipsch customers like van Kasteren are prone to creating crazy, yet awesome, DIY speakers using Klipsch speakers.

Van Kasteren is “a huge fan of Klipsch horn loudspeakers.” About a year ago, he purchased a pair of heavily used (“loved”) La Scala Industrial speakers from 1993, which required restoration.

The Dutchman replaced the speakers’ non-original woofers with two originally K-33 woofers that he procured in an online auction. Keep in mind that van Kasteren had to ship these woofers from New York all the way to the Netherlands – not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

“It was worth it” and he happily posted a bunch of photos of the successful restoration on the Klipsch Forums.

Van Kasteren’s La Scala Industrial speakers were bi-amped with two Bryston 3B poweramps + a dbx active crossover before he decided to turn these La Scalas into something a little more potent.

While he loved the way the La Scalas sounded, he was looking for more low-end. He considered adding a subwoofer, but the direct radiating subwoofers weren’t exactly to his liking. His next idea was to go with the Klipschorn to hit those lower frequencies, but he settled on something entirely different.

Van Kasteren procured a Jubilee KPT-535 to serve as the low-end provider for his La Scala Industrial speakers. This combination has actually developed a cult following on the Klipsch Forums thanks to its incredible performance throughout its full range of sound.

These DIY speakers are lovingly dubbed the JubScala, a combination of the big K-402/K69 horn/driver from the Jubilee + the LF-section from the La Scala.

“Bass from a Jubilee is very deep, tight and powerful. I love it!” van Kasteren said.

One of the first changes van Kasteren made was to change out the dbx active crossover for an Electro Voice DX38 active crossover, based on what he had seen from Klipsch engineer Roy Delgado. The subwoofer’s amplifier is a 400 Watt DS4.0 digital plate-amp made by the Dutch company Hypex.

Van Kasteren was kind enough to share his entire setup in detail below the photos, but we must post a warning to everyone before they consider DIY speakers utilizing Klipsch components. While we love these DIY speakers from Klipsch fans, it should be noted that projects like this violate the warranty of the products.

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LOUDSPEAKERS

25-50 Hz subwoofer

Klipsch Jubilee LF (2x 12″ K31 woofers)

108 dB/1W/1m

400 Watt / 4 Ohm, Hypex DS4.0 amp

50-470 Hz low/mid-low

Klipsch La Scala Industrial LF (1x 15″ K-33 woofer)

105 dB/1W/1m

470-20.000 Hz mid/high

Klipsch K402 horn + Klipsch K69 driver (= P.Audio BD-M750/8 2″ driver)

107.5 dB/1W/1m

POWER AMPS

2x Bryston 3B (4x 120 Watt / 8 Ohm, Bi-Amping)

ACTIVE CROSSOVER

Electro Voice DX38

PRE-AMP

Bryston BP20

INTERLINKS

2x Audioquest Yukon XLR (DX38 >> Bryston 3B’s)

2x Neotech NA-12165 XLR OCC Pure Silver (BP20 >> DX38)

1x Neotech NA-12165 RCA OCC Pure Silver (MacBook Air >> BP20)

CLEAN POWER

Kemp SNS-plug

Kemp QA-plug

USB-DAC

Audioquest Dragonfly

Audioquest Dragontail

2x Audioquest Jitterbug

 

What do you think of the JubScala? Have you heard one of these near-mythical DIY speakers before? Post in the comments below!

 

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.

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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)
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Thaddeus Smith
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Therapy Through Klipsch Speakers

Shaun Ivy is a passionate audiophile and a member of Klipsch forums, known there as “wakejunkie”. He is part of a close-knit group of audio enthusiasts who are both the company’s biggest supporters and biggest critics of Klipsch speakers.

He has actually been mentioned on this blog before for receiving the spoils from Michael Stevens’ divorce sale coup, which included Reference RF-7 II floorstanding speakers. As Michael’s best friend, Shaun received them at a “yard sale price.”

Unfortunately, Shaun has had three strokes recently. The doctors gave him a ten percent chance of surviving the first one. Surviving the second one put him at one percent.

Surviving three strokes? Well, it’s a miracle that Shaun is still here.

Prior to suffering his first stroke, Shaun reached out to Klipsch to talk about a different set of speakers he received through a special garage sale find. (Yes, he has two different kick-ass Klipsch speaker setups and, yes, you should be jealous.)

Where Shaun is from, vintage Klipsch speakers are a rare find, but he is always on the lookout for a deal. One day, he just happened to be scouring the yard sales and came across a pair of Klipsch Heresy II speakers. He was excited to say the least.

The owner’s wife was running the yard sale and ran inside the house to ask her husband the price for the Heresy speakers. Shaun was expecting $200-$300 for the pair…

“When she said $25 I about fell out. It was hard to keep my composure. I quickly and quite happily paid her for the speakers and a 50 cent blanket to wrap them in.”

That’s not a typo – $25. He got them in excellent condition with only a couple minor surface imperfections on the cabinets. Everything else, including the cones and grilles, was in perfect shape. They even have sequential serial numbers, dating them to be crafted in 1988.

These speakers replaced a pair of Klipsch Synergy B-2s in Shaun’s living room. They serve as the perfect complement to his separate home theater room, which boasts the aforementioned RF-7 II speakers, a custom-built RF-7 II center channel and four RS-35 speakers to go along with a 130” transparent screen.

Shaun Ivy's Heresy II Speakers

Both these speaker setups have been a welcome retreat for Shaun during his recovery from a multitude of strokes with the speakers in constant use.

“Klipsch therapy has top notch healing abilities.”

The point of this blog post isn’t to pat our backs and scream “KLIPSCH SPEAKERS SAVE LIVES!” Not at all. The point is that the audiophile community is a special one, full of people that care about each other.

Michael posted a topic regarding Shaun’s medical issues and the thread is flooded with people offering their thoughts and prayers. Some of these people Shaun knows very well and some of them he doesn’t. Either way, their comments go a long way towards helping him on his road to recovery.

Shaun Ivy Forum Post

Some people are claiming that great audio doesn’t matter anymore. Well, we call “bullshit.”

When people like Shaun get so much joy out of their systems, it matters. It matters just about as much as anything.

Rock on, Shaun.

 

Do you have a unique story about your Klipsch speakers? Did you get them in an unbelievable deal? Post a comment below and/or email alex.leopold@klipsch.com