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Klipsch Dolby Atmos Speakers FAQ

Klipsch is proud to deliver an incredibly captivating Dolby Atmos experience to the home with its new line of Reference Premiere speakers. The RP-280FA, RP-450CA and RP-140SA speakers kicked off the brand’s foray into this exciting new standard for surround sound.

Feedback from both Klipsch partners and costumers alike has been overwhelming positive, but inquisitive souls have questions. Thus, we have compiled we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers with Dolby Atmos.

If you have a question that you don’t see answered, please post a comment. We will answer it as quickly as possible and add it to the FAQ.

What is Dolby Atmos?

To put it simply, Dolby Atmos® is the greatest advancement in home and cinema audio since surround sound. Sound editors now have the ability to pinpoint a single sound and move it around, above and through the listener.

Dolby Atmos is achieved by the addition of overhead and/or elevation channel speakers. This additional sound plane creates a true 3-dimensional hemisphere of sound for the listener.

Is Dolby Atmos just a gimmick-y sound effect?

Nope, it’s not a gimmick. Dolby Atmos is the first truly audible advancement in surround sound since 5.1. Through incredible advancements in acoustic technology and sound editing software development, Dolby has created a completely immersive, 360-degree audio experience that has been widely adopted by Hollywood’s top movie studios.

How do Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers work differently than old competitors’ up-firing technology?

With the controlled directivity and exceptional efficiency of our exclusive Tractrix® Horn technology, we are able to meet the very stringent specifications put in place by Dolby for their Atmos enabled elevation speakers. Because of this, Klipsch is able to offer the only discrete, 2-way Dolby Atmos elevation speakers on the market for a much more dynamic, powerful, and realistic Dolby Atmos listening experience.

Do the Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers work with content that is not spec’d for Dolby Atmos?

Yes. The Dolby Atmos software in Dolby Atmos enabled AV receivers and processors will actually up-mix non-Atmos material to utilize the height channels in your Atmos system. Of course, this function can be turned off at any time if you’d prefer a more traditional listening experience.

Do I need a new receiver for Dolby Atmos playback?

If your current receiver is not already equipped, you’ll need a Dolby Atmos enabled A/V receiver to experience this new technology. Visit Dolby.com for a list of all Dolby Atmos capable receivers.

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140SA Dolby Atmos

Can I place the RP-140SA on top of speakers that are not Klipsch Reference Premiere?

Yes. You can place the RP-140SA on any brand of floorstanding or bookshelf speaker. If your current speakers do not have a flat top, you may place the RP-140SA next to the speaker on a table or mount.

Does Klipsch make Atmos enabled in-ceiling speakers?

Yes… Dolby doesn’t certify architectural products as Atmos enabled although we do have some that meet the spec. The Klipsch CDT-5650-C II and CDT-5800-C II in-ceiling speakers are ideal because of their Controlled Dispersion Technology®.

Are Dolby Atmos-enabled in-ceiling speakers better than the integrated channel in the RP-280FA or the separate RP-140SA elevation speaker?

“Better” is not the exact word choice we would use. In a perfect world, you would use in-ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos in movie theaters across the world. That being said, it is really up to you to decide whether you are OK with cutting into your ceiling. We think providing in-ceiling, integrated and “topper” options gives people the ability to choose the best setup for their individual setups.

Do I need a special sound-treated room for Dolby Atmos to work?

No. Between the in-ceiling speakers and integrated and elevation speakers, Klipsch has many options for consumers to have Dolby Atmos even if they don’t have a dedicated, sound-treated theater room. If you are looking to use the integrated or elevation speakers, the ceiling should be flat and made from an acoustically reflective material, such as drywall or plaster.

What happens if I don’t have a horizontal ceiling?

A horizontal ceiling between 7.5’ and 14’ high is ideal for a Dolby Atmos-enabled elevation speaker. For two story or cathedral ceilings, we recommend Klipsch in-ceiling speakers.

I have a non-reflective ceiling…can I still get Dolby Atmos?

Yes, indeed, you can. You will need to use in-ceiling speakers. We recommend an in ceiling speaker like the Klipsch CDT-5650- C II or the CDT-3650-C II.

What is the ideal ceiling height for Dolby Atmos playback?

The ideal ceiling height is 7.5 feet to 14 feet.

How do I hook up the RP-140SA elevation speaker?

Just like you would any other passive speaker. Using speaker wire, you connect the terminals to the matching height terminals specified on your Dobly Atmos-compatible receiver.

Can I use other speakers, face them upward and pair them with a Dolby Atmos-compatible receiver to get the Atmos effect?

You will want to use Dolby Atmos rated speakers for it to work a 100% correctly. You can, however, put the RP-140SA on a shelf up near the front of your room with the equal height of a floorstanding speaker. Another option is to use an in-celling speaker that will work with the Dolby Atmos specs.

Reference Premiere RP-280FA Dolby Atmos Walnut

What kind of finish do the RP-280FA and RP-450C have?

The RP-280FA and RP-450CA are made from handcrafted real wood veneer in black and walnut finishes.

Can I use the RP-140SA as a surround speaker?

Yup. That’ll work. The RP-140SA includes a keyhole mount on the bottom for wall mounting as a traditional monopole surround speaker.

Can I mount the RP-140SA or RP-250S to the ceiling in order to create the Dolby Atmos effect?

Please don’t. They are not rated for use in ceilings and could be dangerous.

What happens if I’m playing non-Dolby Atmos content?

It will play as normal, unless you ask your Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receiver or processor to up-mix the audio to Dolby Atmos.

Where can I demo Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers?

Please use the Klipsch dealer locator and contact your nearest dealer to see if they have a demo available.

Where can I buy Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers?

You can purchase Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers from select dealers and at Klipsch.com.

If you have any other questions regarding Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, please post a comment below. We will answer the question as quickly as possible and add it to the FAQ.

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speakers

Klipsch engineers are always up to something crazy. Most of the time, we cannot tell you about it – top secret stuff and all – but this time we’ll share a cool project from the desk of Jay Lawyer.

Mini Klipsch La Scala desktop computer speakers.

One could consider them a love child between the original PWK-designed Klipsch La Scala II and the award-winning ProMedia computer speakers.

The original Klipsch La Scala was unveiled in 1963 and designed as an alternative to the Klipschorn for applications in the theater, recording studio, nightclub, etc. It boasted a smaller cabinet than the Klipschorn and a design that did not require a corner location. The Klipsch La Scala II is still made today in Hope, Arkansas with only cosmetic changes from the original.

Having been at Klipsch for just under 15 years, Lawyer is currently the Associate Development Engineer. He has been one of the main engineering minds behind the signature Klipsch sound during this time period, working on speakers, soundbars and subwoofers.

Lawyer created the Mini La Scalas simply because he was bored one day. The La Scala is one of his favorite speakers and he figured a Mini La Scala at his desk would be a cool homage to Paul W. Klipsch.

After running through just a few prototypes, the final design for the Mini La Scala speaker was set. Measuring 9” x 6” x 6”, it’s a quarter-scale replica of the La Scala, but made in a 2-way design.

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Unlike the original La Scala, they are ported out the top. The horn-loaded woofer’s “dog house” is opened at the top, which allows extra air space from behind the tweeter horn. To create the low-end output that Lawyer desired, he needed the woofer to have a larger enclosure volume to compensate for the speaker’s small horn.

The speakers are constructed from Masonite and hot metal glue, while featuring woofers and tweeters from the well-regarded Quintet 4 speakers. These mini La Scala speakers may appear rudimentary and plain; however, the speakers certainly pack quite a punch.

Lawyer modestly says that they sound “pretty good.” He would even stack them up against award-winning Klipsch Promedia desktop computer speakers.

Before you even ask, no, these aren’t going to be going into mass-production – sorry! Just Klipsch engineers doing Klipsch engineering things.

Mini Klipsch La Scala speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speakers

Have a question or comment about the Mini La Scala speakers? Post in the comments below!

 

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.

 

 

Dads That Rock: Memories of Music

It is no great surprise that many of our life-long obsessions with music and great audio began with our fathers. The blog series “Dads That Rock” is an on-going Father’s Day tribute to these great men who helped inspire our passions. Cory from Paducah Home Theater (and “MetropolisLakeOutfitters” from the Klipsch forums) submitted the story below with minimal edits by the Klipsch editorial staff.

My dad (Kevin) introduced me to the world of classic rock as a boy.

We never had much money growing up, so for transportation he had to overhaul his old Dodge D-50 truck a total of four times, squeezing over 400,000 miles out of it while working a third shift. There were times when the only chance I had to see him was to walk a quarter mile down to my grandparents’ garage and hang out while he tore an engine apart.

The conversations we had usually ended up revolving around music while we listened to it. I didn’t understand much of it at the time but it makes more sense now.

While in that garage, he explained the meaning behind several Pink Floyd songs on many occasions. Any time Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” played, he would regurgitate memories about some crazy ex-girlfriend who was rumored to be a witch. He would describe in detail all the chaos that happened at Bull Island any time soemthing related to Woodstock came up since he was there.

I was even told about how my great-grandmother came from England, how she left behind a sister when she immigrated. Somehow, through this person, George Harrison of the Beatles was born and is technically my 5th cousin (I think?). Unfortunately, somebody stole the letter that explained it all.

I have no idea if it’s one true, but it’s a fun story nonetheless and his eyes light up every time he tells it.

Cory ZZ Top

Cory snapped this photo of ZZ Top.

My dad took me to my first concert at age 14, where we saw ZZ Top in their hey day. Their concerts were much different back then – trap doors, space ships, laser shows, conveyor belts, faux teleportation, etc. –really over the top. Nothing has topped it since then – it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

For my 16th birthday, Santa brought my first subwoofers as well as a 4th edition The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, which helped us manually design and build a fourth order tri-chambered bandpass box together for my 1988 Chevrolet Beretta. Due to the aforementioned lack of funds, the first version was the budget build from hell.

Working in an industry factory as an electrician, my dad had access to old wire. He smuggled home some discarded IBM networking wire for signal wires, some welding cable for power wires, smaller wire used as speaker wire, large capacitors to help the electrical system with dynamics and many other industrial parts like fuse boxes and terminals.

This is actually how I paid for the car itself, by stripping and recycling copper wire that was being thrown away, as copper prices weren’t what they are today so this was surprisingly pretty common. I found a [competitor] coaxial speaker in the trash and we used it as a center channel.

The first time we got it all connected after working on it for a long time, we sat there in the car in the middle of the night and listened to most of the Genesis “We Can’t Dance” album, which had recently come out and has some incredibly sweet midrange from percussion and keyboards, which sounded great on the flat Blaupunkt “honeycomb” midranges that I had. Soon afterwards we cranked up the engine and got to hear what the worst ground loop in the world sounds like, but dad got it fixed pretty quickly.

Cory Chevrolet Beretta

What we built would go on to win several trophies in halfway local International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) competitions. Overhearing a judge tell their buddies “that’s the best sounding car out here” was a big source of pride considering it was thrown away parts and Wal-Mart amps.

Plus (and most importantly), my dad and I worked on it together.

More than anything, my dad showed me what music could do to you emotionally. That really stuck with me, even nearly 30 years after hearing some of those stories in that garage.

We never had nice expensive equipment, but the memories associated with the music are worth much more than that.

Cory Doobie Brothers

 

Do you have a story about your dad that rocks, music and/or Klipsch speakers? Post it in the comments below and/or email it to alex.leopold@klipsch.com

 

Dads That Rock: Heresy Is Good for the Soul

It is no great surprise that many of our life-long obsessions with music and great audio began with our fathers. The blog series “Dads That Rock” is an on-going Father’s Day tribute to these great men who helped inspire our passions. “JimJimbo” from the Klipsch Forums submitted the story below with minimal edits by the Klipsch editorial staff.

My mom and dad were both raised in the 1930’s and 1940’s and loved all kinds of music. They had very eclectic tastes from big band to Kingston Trio folk, Herb Alpert, Sinatra, Elvis, Beatles and even some light rock.

We lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the time. Around 1972 my dad bought a huge, gorgeous walnut console stereo with a turntable and AM/FM tuner. He was very proud of it and the console was the star of our living room.

My dad was a sales manager for a large automotive company and there were quite a few parties that took place at our home for clients and friends. The music was always playing and turned up!

Soon after, in 1974, I joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. Upon completion, we were let loose in town and I happened to spot a stereo shop there (the name escapes me).

I went in and spent some time listening to a few sets of speakers, receivers and amplifiers. I was immediately taken with a pair of Klipsch Heresy speakers that I heard.

With the money I had saved during my time in boot camp, I purchased the Heresy speakers and had them shipped home to Grand Rapids. I went home on leave before my next assignment and the Heresy speakers were there waiting.

I had to find something to power them, so a friend loaned me a cool Sansui integrated amp. I think it was an AU-777 and a decent turntable. The system went down to the basement and for the next week or so lots of Hendrix, Traffic, Allman Brothers and Clapton were played.

My dad came down a couple of times to ask me to turn it down, but when he reached the bottom of the stairs and heard the stunning difference between his precious console and the Heresy system, he stayed for a while and listened.

I went off to Submarine school and then to a boat in Pearl Harbor for a year or so. When I returned on leave the next time to my parents home, guess which system was in the living room and which was in the basement?

This was the beginning of my love for Klipsch.

 

Do you have a story about your dad that rocks and his Klipsch speakers? Post it in the comments below and/or email it to alex.leopold@klipsch.com

Dads That Rock: Klipsch Fortes in the Family

It is no great surprise that many of our life-long obsessions with music and great audio began with our fathers. The blog series “Dads That Rock” is an on-going Father’s Day tribute to these great men who helped inspire our passions. Matt Milligan submitted the story below with minimal edits by the Klipsch editorial staff.

Back in 1985 or 1986 during his junior year at the Naval Academy my dad he went around to many high-end audio stores in the Washington DC area and tested multiple speakers before deciding on Klipsch. He specifically remembers using the Star Wars theme track album to test the speakers. He said the sound and physical appeal (wood cabinets) of the speakers were both “phenomenal.”

He knew the Klipsch Forte speakers were horn loaded and that intrigued him, but other than that he did not know much about them.

My dad had not told me much about the speakers before 2013. I only knew that there were speakers in big boxes in the garage. Then after about three months of asking to see them and being denied because he was to busy with work, I just took them out of the garage one day while he was out running errands.

A good call on my part because they haven’t gone back in the garage since.

Matt Milligan Klipsch Forte KG1

The album on top of the shelf between the KG1’s is a Journey album autographed buy Neil Schon and Steve Smith. The Onkyo amplifier, tune, cd player and turntable are all the same ones my dad purchased. The stereo set on the bottom is the one I bought for my dorm room. I bought the KG1’s on Craigslist before college started for $100, and they sound fantastic. They were a real steal.

I still listen to records with him occasionally. Fortunately, he kept all of his 33’s including AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and others from when he was a kid. He also still has mixed tapes he made in college that I listen too, they include a lot of 80’s bands, Fine Young Cannibals, The The, Violent Femmes, etc…

Personally I love the Forte speakers and I conducted my own experiment in which I turned my amplifier up to volume level 25/40. I then proceeded to walk 14 houses down my street before I couldn’t hear the speakers anymore – no joke!

I can’t speak highly enough of the Fortes. Any time I hear someone talking about or thinking of buying speakers, Klipsch is the first name I bring into the conversation. I recommend the brand to literally everyone I meet.

When I started at the California Maritime Academy, I left the Fortes at my house, but I bought the Klipsch KG1’s on Craigslist specifically for my dorm room. They are a convenient size, yet even with the KG1’s I am able to get into trouble.

My friends have also learned to love Klipsch speakers. A lot of my friends listen to more hip-hop/rap than I do (I guess I’m bit of an old soul) and they love it when I bring them over, turn up the bass and crank the volume up. Objects will literally vibrate off of the shelves in my room.

I still have yet to blow a woman’s clothes off though, haha. I have also gotten in trouble with the RA’s (FROM THE FLOOR BELOW ME!) a few times for playing the music to loud.

I couldn’t even imagine having the Fortes at school with me, but I do plan on bringing them with me my sophomore year. Look out.

 

Do you have a story about your dad that rocks and his Klipsch speakers? Post it in the comments below and/or email it to alex.leopold@klipsch.com

How To Buy The Best Home Theater Receiver

“What is the best home theater receiver I can buy for my Klipsch speakers?” That might be the most-asked question our customer service and social media teams field on a day-to-day basis.

The home theater receiver (also known as an AV Receiver or “AVR”) is rather important to a quality passive speaker setup. If the speakers are not amplified correctly you will not be getting the most out of your new toys. Furthermore, by over-driving or under-driving your speakers you risk blowing your speakers which no one wants to see happen.

The answer of “What home theater receiver should I buy?” depends on your setup, the amplification, size of the room and desired features.

Gallery best home theater receiver

CHANNELS

Before picking out a receiver or even buying speakers for that matter, you need to figure out how many channels (speakers) you will be using and whether you want to add channels in the future.

For example, it might be a wise idea to buy a 9.2 or 7.2 receiver rather than a 5.1 receiver if you think you might want to expand your system in the future. (Click here to learn how to setup a 7.1/7.2 system.)

With the new Dolby Atmos standard coming to play, you may also want to consider purchasing an Atmos-compatible home theater receiver. Klipsch will be offering speakers with built-in Atmos or separate toppers that provide Atmos-support to your existing speakers. Look for those in July of 2015.

AMPLIFICATION

Paul W. Klipsch believed in four principles when making speakers: high efficiency, low distortion, controlled directivity and flat frequency response. To this day, we still design speakers this way to this day.

The high efficiency is a product of our unique horn-loaded speakers creating louder sound with less distortion. (Click here to learn more about how horn-loading works.) This means that Klipsch speakers do not need as much power to work properly and sound gear.

Of course, it is still possible to under-power your speakers. If you start to hear distortion from your Klipsch speakers, you need to turn down the volume immediately, as you could cause irreparable damage to your speakers.

INTERPRETING RECEIVER SPECIFICATIONS

Klipsch lists the RMS rating for all of its speakers. You can find it on the specs page under “Power Handling.”  Remember that the power amplifier output you select must be rated for the nominal impedance of the loudspeaker. In the case of the Reference R-28F, it’s RMS Rating is 150 watts and its nominal impedance is 8 ohms.

The way Klipsch measures their specs looks like this: 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with all channels driven.

If the receiver manufacturer uses any rating like (1kHz) or 1ch driven, you should be aware that this is not a true rating to compare with and you will want to look for the rating that matches the one listed above.

Unfortunately, there is no exact way to convert all of these measurements to our specifications. If you have any questions about your receiver’s ability to power our speakers, please contact Klipsch customer service at 1-800-KLIPSCH. Please be ready to provide the brand, model number and listed specifications of your receiver.

ROOM SIZE

One of the most important considerings when purchasing a home theater receiver is figuring out how much power you really need for your room’s size.

The more watts, the more easily a speaker will fill up a room. So, if you have a larger room, go for a receiver that lists a higher number of watts. If you have a smaller room, you can select a receiver that is closer to the lower end.

Reference Best Home Theater Receiver 1

FEATURES

There may be a variety of receivers that fit the power rating that you need to properly drive your speakers. This means you can then narrow down your options by deciding what features you want in the receiver. Typically, the most important receivers are the number of inputs like HDMI, WiFi, AirPlay, Bluetooth, etc.

HOME THEATER RECEIVER BRANDS

We do not prefer a certain brand of receiver over another. Why?  Because there are a lot of options out there and we don’t want to play favorites. Often, the feature sets should be the defining factor between receivers that offer the same amplification.

WARNING

Consider this a disclaimer. It is entirely possible to damage a Klipsch speaker by under-powering it. Power handling depends on the type of input signal and the user – not the manufacturer – controls the input signal in actual use. Clipped signals are a death sentence to speakers, even if the clipping occurs in the mixer, equalizer or other signal processors.

If you have any questions regarding the best home theater receiver for your Klipsch speakers, please call us at 1-800-KLIPSCH or post a comment below.

What home theater receiver do you use with your Klipsch speakers? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

Good Poop: The Orr Auction

J. Herbert Orr of Opelika, Alabama started the Orradio manufacturing company after WWII. According to Wikipedia, he produced “the first commercially available audio tape, video tape and computer tape in the world.”

Orr had been one of three soldiers that “captured” the Magnetophones in Germany after the war, which essentially started the modern tape recording business in the USA.

Paul Klipsch was a friend of Mr. Orr, and used Orr tape for his short-lived KlipschTape venture in the late 1950’s.

After Orr’s death in 1984 there was an auction of his vast radio paraphernalia collection. Naturally, Paul and I found ourselves there with a bidding card. The crown jewel of the sale was one of the original Magnetophones. I probably could have been arrested for my jabbing at Paul to bid!

Unfortunately the minimum bid was set at $10,000, and while he could afford it, he abstained (dammit!).

Some dozen or so of the items acquired at this sale can be found in the Klipsch Museum of Audio History. They include test equipment, radios, horns, and tape players.

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

Gifts For Dads That Rock

Father’s Day is probably the only day of the year where your Pops gets to puff out his chest and do whatever he wants to do. While he might plan to have a relaxing day, buying something for him can be rather stressful.

We have compiled the ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide, full of things that we know your Dad will love for years to come. We’re not selfish either, as these gift ideas are not just audio-related. We have included a bunch of products from companies that we know and trust.

Klipsch X11i Headphones Father's Day

The Dad Who Travels ALL THE TIME

Klipsch X11i Headphones

If Dad is in the air more than he is on the ground, make sure he is able to traverse the friendly skies in luxury. The Klipsch X11i in-ear headphones are top-of-the-line in comfort and acoustics as well as being one of the smallest headphones out there, allowing Dad to store them in any size bag. Plus, the X11i’s quality microphone will make your long-distance Skype phone calls come through crystal-clear.

U Turn Audio Father's Day

The “Music Was So Much Better in My Day” Dad

U-Turn Audio Orbit Turntable

There is approximately a 1000% chance your Dad has said something along the lines of “You call this music?!” Hopefully, your Pops held onto his record player and can still play all of his records. If not, consider the U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable that we reviewed. Go ahead and give it a spin, Dad.

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers Father's Day

The Dad Who Wants a Man Cave

Reference Premiere Speakers (ON SALE THROUGH 7/4/2015!)

Every Dad just wants a little space he can call his own. Get him started on his “man cave” or simply outfit his office with a pair of Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers. These copper and black speakers will make a statement not only with their looks but also with their performance of music, movies, sports or whatever your dear ol’ Dad watches.

Tanner Goods Wallet Father's Day

The Dad Who Buys Things Once

Tanner Goods Leather Wallet

Your Dad doesn’t want to have something doesn’t last for a year before he has to replace it. Get him something from Tanner Goods, whose leather products will last a lifetime…and possibly longer. We’re guessing your Dad’s wallet has seen better days, so give him a hand-made upgrade.

Woodchuck USA Pocket Square

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The Dad Who Likes to be Different

WOODCHUCK USA Gift Set

We can almost guarantee you that none of your Dad’s friends rock a wooden pocket square. Give your Dad bragging rights by gifting him this sweet wooden pocket square from Minneapolis-based WOODCHUCK USA. It comes in several different options and can be matched with a tie bar and cufflinks. Klipsch offers branded WOODCHUCK merchandise in the Klipsch Gear Store.

Klipsch Heresy Speakers Father's day

The Patriotic Dad

Klipsch Heresy Speakers

Chances are that your Dad grew up with most consumer goods being manufactured in the United States. Things have certainly changed; however, Klipsch still makes a line of speakers in Hope, Arkansas. Klipsch Heresy speakers are a true piece of Americana with their wooden cabinets and rock n’ roller performance. Even better yet, he can pass them onto you and future generations to come.

Imogene Willie Denim Father's Day

The Dad Who Has Holes in His Jeans

Imogene + Willie Willie Rigid Denim

Don’t let your father strut about town in a pair of jeans that he bought from a Sears when Clinton was in office. The “willie rigid” jeans from Imogene & Willie are the perfect fit for Dads. They are cut with enough room for your Dad to be comfortable without making him look like he is wearing a pair of parachute pants. Oh and they’re made in Nashville, Tennessee and can be tailored exactly to your father’s specs.

Performance All-Weather Outdoor Speakers - Outdoor Speakers Buying Guide

Needing to cover larger areas? Klipsch performance all-weather speakers bring the party outdoors all year long.

The Dad Who Spends His Time Outdoors

Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

If your Dad spends a lot of time working in the yard or on the house, a pair of outdoor speakers could be exactly what he needs to make it a little more exciting. Whether it’s the outdoor rock speakers or the performance all-weather speakers, they are sure to bring a smile to your Dad’s face while he removes an endless sea of leaves from the gutter. Check out our outdoor speaker buying guide.

Indy CD & Vinyl

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The Dad Who Is Impossible to Shop For

Record Store Gift Card / Concert Tickets

Raise your hand if your Dad doesn’t give you any idea of what he wants….While we can’t see you, we’re assuming a whole bunch of you had your hands held up high. In that case, a gift card from a local record store like Indy CD & Vinyl or concert tickets (pick something he likes) would be a safe and enjoyable option for Father’s Day.

Klipsch Merchandise Father's day

The Dad Who Has All the Klipsch He Could Ever Need

Klipsch Branded Merchandise

Is your dad the ultimate Klipsch fan? If his home is already filled with Klipsch speakers and headphones, you could grab him a Klipsch t-shirt, cap, mug or perhaps even a flask. Let him show off his Klipsch pride!

 

What are you getting your Dad for Father’s Day? If you are a Dad, what are you hoping for? Post a comment below.