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Klipsch Install Stories: Lids

Chances are that if you know anything about hats, you have heard of Lids. The 21-year-old company is a staple in practically every major city, airport and shopping mall in North America.

Of course, Lids does far more than sell flat-brimmed caps that have become ubiquitous across the country. They sell other related gear like officially licensed jerseys, shirts, accessories and novelties.

Back in 1995, Lids opened up their first retail story at Tippaecanoe Mall in Lafayette, IN, just an hour or so north of Indianapolis.  Now boasting over 1,300 locations across North America, Lids’ rapid expansion has resulted in the need for a brand new headquarters. Earlier this year, the company moved into its new Zionsville, IN digs, just mere minutes away from Klipsch’s headquarters.

Despite the proximity, it was a happy coincidence that Lids picked Klipsch speakers to outfit the audio for their swanky new offices.  CCS Presentation Systems, a CIM Integration Company, is one of Klipsch’s local long-term partners. CCS/CIM utilized Klipsch speakers in several special installations including Indianapolis’s Georgia Street project, helping to redefine a public space into an entertainment hub. The companies also worked together in the city of Whiting, IN installing Klipsch speakers in their outdoor parks, providing excellent sound for large-scale community events.

With such an expansive yet unique structure like the Lids new headquarters, the CCS/CIM team felt that Klipsch speakers would provide the sound quality and flexibility needed to meet and exceed their client’s high standards.

From the luxurious meeting rooms to the expansive cafeteria, dozens of Klipsch speakers populate the shimmering headquarters, delivering a truly special sound experience.

“After meeting with Lids, we knew that Klipsch had the right audio solutions for the many applications LIDS wanted to implement in the executive boardroom, dining/bar area and divisible multi-purpose rooms. Working with Klipsch and their sound engineer Trey Cannon has been 100% successful with every system we have installed,” said Rob Childers, Senior AV Engineer for CCS/CIM.

Trevor Gibson, National Sales Manager of Professional Sales for Klipsch, concurred with Childers: “It was clear that LIDS wanted an audio system in their corporate headquarters that was tailored by the needs of each particular space. Thanks to working with a top-shelf local partner like CCS/CIM, we were certain that it would be a world-class installation.”

Dipping into the updated Klipsch portfolio of distributed audio solutions, CCS/CIM selected KPH-525 pendent speakers, CP-6T 70/100 Volt speakers as well as Reference R-20B sound bars and wireless subwoofers to tackle LIDS’ unique installation.

The KPH-525 speakers are perfect for high-ceiling structures or areas with no suspended ceiling for direct, overhead distributed sound. The CP-6T presents an appealing look from all angles with its integrated bracket and its ability to be tightly mounted into a corner with its V-shaped rear profile. The R-20B represents a flexible, easy-to-setup (yet, still great sounding) option that can be shifted around to being used from a meeting room to the divisible banquet hall.

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Up on the top floor, an executive board room with its giant U-shaped conference table and television is outfitted with black KPH-525 pendant speakers. The speakers’ elegant cabinets allow them to look like a discrete design element for the room and assure that every presentation is audibly astounding.

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Down on the lowest on the lowest level, the expansive dining and bar areas – complete with ping pong, pool tables and carnival basketball games – are covered with white KPH-525 and CP-6T speakers that blend naturally into the feel of this large, open room.

The banquet hall that connects to this dining and bar area is also fully immersed with KPH-525 and CP-6T speakers. The giant area is easily divisible, giving Lids the flexibility to separate it into separate rooms while maintaining a high-level audio experience. Adding to the install’s flexibility, a massive portable screen is paired with a R-20B sound bar and wireless subwoofer for when unique situations arise.

“This project has been one of our favorites as the end result was exactly what Lids needed for their new headquarters.  Klipsch was instrumental in the design process, working with our team to create a powerful but very user friendly system,” said Dale Gayman, President of CCS/CIM.

Next time you’re traversing the world or strolling the mall and see a Lids, remember that not only do these people sell terrific gear, they know great sound when they hear it.

Have a comment or question about the Klipsch speakers that were installed at Lids? Post in the comments!

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Klipsch Install Stories: Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery

Sun King Brewing Company was founded in 2009 by Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. They have had extraordinary success focusing on “continually creating traditional, seasonal and unique specialty beers.”

Sun King’s main brewery and offices are located just a few miles south from the Klipsch headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, IN. A couple years ago, we installed Klipsch speakers there, dutifully pumping music into the brewery as visitors sip on tasty beverages.

Colt and Robinson are looking to repeat that success in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, IN. While their plans for a full-scale brewery have been temporarily put on the hold, the award-winning brewing company built a taproom nearby. The location will eventually have a small-batch brewery inside where the mad beer scientists will concoct all sorts of delicious, hoppy beers.

Robinson said, “The new Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery was designed with local in mind. Aside from production of Fresh•Local•Beer, when you look around you will notice that our tables, bar and light fixtures were handcrafted from locally sourced and repurposed wood, so to complete the space, it only made sense to equip the space with great sound provided by our local partner Klipsch.”

For the install, we teamed up with Randy Monteith Audio & Video LLC out of Greenwood, IN. Monteith has been in business since 1991 and is well-known throughout the Indianapolis-area for providing stellar custom audio solutions.

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In the taproom, there is a lengthy list of taps (duh!) with all sorts of delicious beers available in pints or growlers. For this area, we installed hanging KI-262-SMA-II speakers and a “flying” KPT-684-SW-SMA subwoofer, which were handcrafted at our manufacturing facility in Hope, AR. The subwoofer is particularly impressive, as it is quite monstrous and more-than-capable of delivering superior bass performance.

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The party room is stocked with IC-525-T and KPH-525 speakers. These pendant speakers integrate really well into Sun King’s industrial look. The brewing area is equipped with CA-650-T speakers, which stay out of the way and allow the brewers to focus on what they do best – make gold-medal winning beer.

If you find yourself in the Fishers-area, definitely stop by for a cold one and, of course, top-notch Klipsch sound.

We might just head over there right now ourselves…

Do you have questions or comments about this Klipsch install? Post in the comments section below.

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Klipsch Install Stories: John Varvatos

If you’ve ever seen an ad for John Varvatos, you will know that that the men’s lifestyle brand is all about rock-and-roll. From Iggy Pop to Alice Cooper to Green Day, the brand associates itself closely with rockers from multiple generations.

This attitude and tone of voice comes straight down from the brand’s namesake – John Varvatos – whose passion for music runs deep. He grew up idolizing the musicians he now features in advertisements and even has a store in the former site of the famed punk-club CBGB.

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When it came to designing a flagship store in his hometown of Detroit, the three-time “Menswear Designer of the Year” turned to Klipsch to fulfill his audio needs and deliver the best experience for his customers.

“Music is deeply rooted within the John Varvatos brand. Thanks to Klipsch, who placed killer speakers throughout our Detroit Store, our clients are enveloped in state-of-the-art sounds, adding to an enhanced shopping experience.”

The newest John Varvatos store is now equipped with Klipsch Heresy III speakers and Klipsch Reference subwoofers. These Klipsch Heresy speakers have exposed cabinets with a slick black finish with custom grilles that fits perfectly with the gritty design of the store’s interior. (Click here to see more photos.)

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But Varvatos didn’t just turn to Heresy speakers because they are “a rock’n’roller’s dream speaker” as noted audiophile and professional reviewer Steven Guttenberg dubbed them in a Stereophile editorial.

“Back in the late 70’s when I really got into audio and discovered the difference of great sound, I saved up and bought a pair of Klipsch Heresy speakers. The quality difference was incredible. They became the standard to which I have listened to quality audio ever since.”

It’s a story that’s similar to those of Klipsch fans all across the world.

 

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Klipsch Install Stories: Chipotle adds Heresy III

Chipotle shines when it comes to providing a distinctive atmosphere that complements its mouthwatering burritos. Every sensation is important to the dining process. This means high quality audio is a critical element of the whole Chipotle experience.

Five years ago, Chipotle and technology design firm OneButton were focused on improving the restaurants’ component system to achieve heightened audio performance for customers.

“When we began exploring new options to bring a higher quality audio system into Chipotle locations, Klipsch speakers were on another level compared to previous systems,” said Matt Emmi, founder and CEO of OneButton. “Klipsch Heresy III speakers provide a precise yet powerful and efficient sound. Since they don’t require a subwoofer, they deliver sonic consistency across locations. Ultimately this provides an experience akin to an audiophile’s living room and represents a product that’s been made by hand in America for decades.”

The Klipsch Heresy III speaker was first introduced in 1957.

The Klipsch Heresy III speaker was first introduced in 1957.

Chipotle reached out to Klipsch’s pro engineer Roy Delgado before the project began to better understand how they could incorporate a retro-style speaker into their commercial environment.

“Chipotle approached us already as big Klipsch fans, especially Heresy III speaker fans and only wanted that speaker installed,” said Delgado. “They initially wanted to mount the speakers, but that would not work with the speaker’s design. So I found a cost-effective solution that would require them being embedded into the walls.

“Klipsch Heresy III speakers provide a precise yet powerful and efficient sound." said founder and CEO of OneButton, Matt Emmi.

“Klipsch Heresy III speakers provide a precise yet powerful and efficient sound.” said founder and CEO of OneButton, Matt Emmi.

All Chipotle restaurants designed since 2009 have an architectural element known throughout the organization as “the box”. This prominent architectural structure houses the beverage station, restrooms and conceals two to four Klipsch Heresy III speakers. The horn midrange, tweeter and conical bass driver are exposed through the wood via an embossed pattern, which follows the geometric lines initiated by drivers.

“We strive to use the architecture of each Chipotle restaurant to enhance the customer experience. We use these architectural elements to highlight the visual connection to the food, reinforce the queue and convey integrity by the use of simple materials used in exceptional ways. We pay close attention to every detail in the environment and that includes the speakers,” notes Mick McConnell, Director of Design for Chipotle.

It’s possible you have noticed that the Heresy III speakers are actually inverted with the woofer at the top. Klipsch systems engineer Trey Cannon explains the reason behind the inversion:

“The speakers may look upside down, but there are things one can do to give a speaker every chance to sound better. In this case, putting the woofer close to the ceiling is ideal. The ceiling provides a corner for the low sounds to reflect from. Like our founder Paul W. Klipsch said, ‘All speakers are corner speakers.’  This also places the mid-range and tweeter closer to the ear of the listener. Someone who cares about sound had a hand in this install.”

Chipotle's "box" design houses two Heresy III speakers at 400 locations nationwide.

Chipotle’s “box” design houses two Heresy III speakers at 400 locations nationwide.

Today, our high-performance Heresy III speakers are powering approximately 400 locations and delivering Chipotle’s curated playlists—straight from its own in-house DJ—Christopher Golub, in a way no other speakers can.

The team continues to implement the Klipsch sound signature not only in new Chipotle locations, but also in its ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen and Pizzeria Locale restaurants. Next time you pay one of these delicious spots a visit, take time to enjoy not only the food but also the ambiance created by Klipsch Audio.

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Klipsch Install Stories: Simulating Crowd Noise for the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts square off against the New England Patriots this Sunday in the AFC Championship with the winner earning the opportunity to play for the ultimate prize: the Super Bowl.

The road to being crowned champion of the world is filled with various obstacles – injuries, poor officiating, roster moves and, of course, the opponent.

The New England Patriots rampaged through the second part of the season to a 12-4 regular season weapon and are the pundits’ consensus to take home the Lombardi Trophy. Their record has given them the right to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, providing them with a critical edge.

Home field is so important in sports like football because there is a great deal of communication that goes on during any game with coaches trying to talk to their quarterbacks who then have to relay the message to the 10 other players on the field.

The same goes on the other side of the ball, where defenders need to tell each other which spots to be in and what the offense is trying to do to them. If they fail, it’s going to be a long day ahead. In the playoffs, every play can be the difference between you going on vacation next week or to continue vying for the sport’s ultimate prize.

Klipsch brand ambassador Andrew Luck will have to deal with a hostile crowd in Foxboro that will do everything it can to prevent the former Stanford quarterback from reaching his first Super Bowl. All 60,000+ fans will scream, chant and shout all sorts of things when Luck tries to call out a plays to his teammates on top of the already impressive noise floor that is attached to any large-scale event.

It’s a hard to mimic that sort of crowd noise. You can’t just round up the interns and have them yell simultaneously.

Prior to the 2013 season, the Colts came to Klipsch with the goal of creating a speaker environment that could mimic any of their opponents’ home fields. The team has both indoor and outdoor facilities to prepare for the environment of their upcoming game, which makes sense seeing as how the team will face off versus teams who play in dome and those who battle beneath the sun.

Klipsch reworked the indoor practice field’s sound system using 18 KI-396 two-way flown loudspeakers coupled with six KPT-684 subwoofers, with both sets of product situated in a single-mount array.

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To deliver a similar sound experience and replicate crowd noise for the outdoor fields, Klipsch engineered three custom, portable systems that can be cart-mounted and positioned around the relevant field. These systems were first-of-their-kind and each feature an array of four professional audio Tractrix horns. Klipsch’s renowned Tractrix horn systems allow the Colts to create powerful and detailed sound in a sprawling outdoor space.

“Sound is a major component of our daily practice routines,” said Pete Ward, chief operating officer with the Indianapolis Colts. “Klipsch loudspeakers work really well for us because they are highly efficient and deliver a very clean sound even at the high-volume levels we require. We’re thankful to our proud sponsor for a new setup that delivers a sound experience like nothing we’ve ever had before. ”

Contributing partners throughout the install included Indianapolis-based Advanced Residential and Commercial Electronics and Indy Cases.

Luck and his teammates can rest assured that they have received the best possible preparation for New England’s crowd.

Will the Colts win? We sure as heck don’t know, but it’s going to be fun to watch!

Klipsch Install Stories: Acme Feed & Seed

Klipsch is one of the few speaker companies that almost spans the entire audio equipment spectrum. Headphones, home theaters systems, outdoor, portable speakers, etc. However, you rarely hear about our professional installations and the technology that goes into providing the best listening experience for movie theaters, restaurants and all commercial properties in between.

To add to our repertoire of audio info, we will be including a new section the Klipsch Joint dubbed Klipsch Install Stories – chock-full of our professional products and the stories behind the commercial sound stages we are reinventing.

We begin our series with a story about enhancing the honky-tonk experience for a feed supply store-turned restaurant in Nashville.

Before Acme Feed & Seed opened its doors, it required a complete Klipsch install throughout the historic, four-story building. The restaurant owners tapped South Central AV for the job, and both parties immediately agreed that Klipsch speakers would be ideal for the job because of their high efficiency, low-distortion and musical sound.

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Laying the groundwork for filling large spaces at Acme Feed & Seed

 

“Klipsch’s commercial speaker offering left us with a product that fit every need of the extensive project that spanned 22,000 square feet and required a different audio experience on each level,” said Kevin Ezzell, regional account manager for South Central AV. “The speakers sound remarkable in the space, whether used for background or semi-ground audio, and their team of engineers provided invaluable support and insight given the unique, old space that was being reinvented.”

“Klipsch speakers give us exactly what we need, which is an ideal musical atmosphere that incredibly enhances the dining experience,” said Carl Gatti, program director for Acme Feed & Seed.

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The finished install.

 

Nashville has been quite the scene for Klipsch installs as of late. Multiple businesses have requested our superior audio engineering including Chef Johnathan Waxman‘s restaurant. Klipsch was also the official audio sponsor of this year’s Music City Food + Wine Festival, with our commercial speakers powering the DJ booth, tasting tents, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and other festival programming.

Acme Feed & Seed and the entire Music City definitely know how to rock, and Klipsch is their answer.