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Five Cool Things About the Klipsch Groove Portable Speaker

It’s no secret that most portable Bluetooth speakers these days are pretty “meh.” They sound terrible, feel terrible and usually have some unnecessary gimmick.

We’re here to change that with the new Klipsch Groove portable Bluetooth speaker. It is truly a “No Bullshit” portable speaker.

Here are five cool things about the new Klipsch Groove portable speaker that make it no ordinary, run-of-the-mill Bluetooth speaker.

Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Like every Klipsch speaker that has come before it, we have prioritized acoustics. With an insanely powerful 3” full range high excursion driver complemented by two side-firing passive bass radiators and advanced DSP equalization, the Klipsch Groove speaker provides lifelike, dynamic sound at any volume level.

Of course, you probably already knew that the Klipsch Groove would rock despite its diminutive size. You may expect less from the competition, but this is Klipsch. We give a crap about how our speakers sound.

Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Without question, the first thing you will realize when unpacking the Klipsch Groove from its packaging is that this is a substantial speaker. It isn’t toy like many competitors’ offerings that would be better off being sold next to an Etch-A-Sketch.

The Klipsch Groove is built to handle the rigors of the road whether you’re a rock star or simply someone who can’t live without top-shelf audio wherever you go.

Klipsch Groove Splash Proof


We have taken real-world use cases into account when engineering the Klipsch Groove speaker. It boasts a splash-resistant IPX4 rating means that you can bring it to the pool or lake without worrying that a little splash is going to short-circuit it.

Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker


We have all had to play the “find an outlet” game with our various electronics at one point or another. It almost becomes a habit when you walk into a room – “Where’s the outlet?!?!”

With an 8-hour rechargeable lithium battery, the Klipsch Groove allows you to keep the party going all night long without feeling nervous about finding the nearest outlet. Sweet serenity.

Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker Designed in Indianapolis


The Klipsch Groove speaker is the not the typical off-the-shelf portable speaker that you find in this product class. It has been tirelessly designed and engineered by the Klipsch team in Indianapolis, IN. We wanted the best acoustics, so we did it ourselves because, really, who else could do it?

Have questions about the Klipsch Groove portable Bluetooth speaker? Post it in the comments below!

What’s New With The Klipsch Reference X Series Headphones

The new Klipsch Reference X Series headphones are here! Not to toot our own horn, but they’re awesome. Really, really awesome.

Yes, we’re definitely going to be touting our own horn a bunch in this blog post, but trust us, the new X Series headphones are a leap forward. No bullshit.

The previous X Series, which consisted of the X4i, X7i and X11i, was no slouch either. These award-winning headphones earned high marks across the board from reviewers for both their design and sound quality.

It was certainly a tall task for Klipsch engineers and designers to outdo themselves, but as they always seem to do, they succeeded. This new X Series is much more of a family of products, offering clear differentiation between the price points. We have also listened to YOU, making logical improvements that will surely bring a smile to your face.

So, what’s new with the new Klipsch Reference X Series headphones? Buckle up…

Klipsch X Series Headphones Comparison


We are very proud to introduce the X6i, XR8i, X12i and X20i in-ear headphones. Each headphone represents what we believe to be best-in-class design and acoustics. See the chart above for a technical comparison between the models.

Klipsch Reference X Series Packaging


We listened to your feedback. Many of you complained that the previous generation of X Series headphones was difficult to open. We altered and improved the packaging to be practically museum-grade. The X20i even comes in a wood case. (More on this later in the blog.)


If you think that all headphone cables are created equal, you would be wrong.

The brand new Klipsch Reference cable shows exposed copper through a smoked jacket. Its heavy gauge wire is not only more reliable but also more efficient. Before you ask, yes, the cables for all the new X Series headphones are tangle-resistant.

We also took the time to create an even smaller, better performing microphone. Conversations will be clearer. No more holding the microphone right up to your lips. This is a truly hands-free microphone.


When the legendary Klipsch Reference Series of speakers launched, it was the first speaker to have our trademark copper cones. They are different. They are bold. They are awesome. Copper is our color.

Since these new X Series share the same sonic signature, we gave these headphones a few tasteful copper accents.


You may have seen black ear tips on a few of our models in the past, but we’ve primarily stuck with the clear look for our patented oval ear tips. Black ear tips are back in a big way. There’s no acoustical difference with the color change, but they look even more bad-ass this way.

Klipsch Reference X-6i Lifestyle 2


The goal of the X6i headphone was to make something that sounded almost as good as the award-winning X11i headphone but at half the price. We shot for the stars.

The X6i uses the KG-723 full range balanced armature driver which favorite of the headphone engineering team, thanks to its vocal clarity and high frequency response. We actually flipped the orientation of this driver 45 degrees from previous models, so that the X6i headphones can have a super slim design, fitting perfectly in almost ear shapes.

Entry level. Schmentry level.

XR-8i Lifestyle 1 social


The XR8i hybrid headphone is a big ol’ boy. There is no hiding that. It’s added fat is there for good reason, though.

We have added a true downward-firing subwoofer to extend authentic bass into the single-digit frequencies. You are going to notice a dramatic difference in performance, particularly when watching movies and listening to electronic music.

Of course, we didn’t sacrifice fit. Between the oval shape of the front housing, the offset nozzle and the tapered bottom portion of the headphone, the XR-8i looks big, but fits small.

Klipsch Reference X-12i Lifestyle


Remember when we said that we listen to you? Once again, we took customer feedback regarding the X10i/X11i. The X12i is still ultra light, still made from aluminum, but the addition of new Reference cable and microphone creates a design that makes it far harder to damage your audio investment.

Klipsch Reference X-20i In-Ear Headphones Lifestyle 2


The addition of a “Super Tweeter” to the X12i’s already excellent driver allowed us to focus on content below 7 kHz, where it sounds best, while also doing it with even less distortion. Simply put, the highs are going to be better than anything you’ve heard before

Klipsch Reference X-20i Connector


The X20i boasts SSMCX connectors, which give one the ability to change cables or have the product more easily, serviced by simply unscrewing the cables. Again, this is something customers requested and we have responded.


Exclusive to the X-20i, we have created the most comfortable ear-tips ever. They’re even more oval than our normal patented oval ear tips, allowing you to listen for hours on end without discomfort. Don’t be afraid of in-ear headphones. They’re your friends.

Klipsch Reference X20i Case 1


The X20i comes with a genuine leather wallet that houses both the headphones and your cards, cash, etc. Handy, right? The X20i also comes in a wooden case because as you have already read (hopefully), this is a headphone worth putting up on a pedestal.


Have any questions about the new Klipsch Reference X Series in-ear headphones? Post them in the comments below!

No Bullshit: Green Day’s Mike Dirnt

Klipsch was honored to be part of the festivities when Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame in 2015.

In between rehearsals before the induction ceremony, Green Day’s legendary bass player Mike Dirnt visited the Klipsch green room backstage and heaped praise upon us, saying he has always loved our speakers and headphones. It was flattering, to say the least.

In 1986, Dirnt formed the band alongside Billie Joe Armstrong that would end up being one of the true icons of the punk rock era. Green Day still sells out shows across the world with fans flocking to see Dirnt, Armstrong and Tre Cool, the green-haired (at the time) drummer who joined the band in 1990.

The California native fell in love with the Reference Premiere RP-160M speakers we had on display backstage and has since outfitted his entire home theater room with Klipsch speakers. (Stay tuned for more on that install.)

Meanwhile, we have caught up with the freshly minted Rock Hall inductee to ask him five questions. Short and sweet. No bullshit. Just the way Dirnt and Klipsch like it.

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

The first album I bought with my own money was the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I purchased it when I was five years old at Goodwill for 25 cents. Funny thing…in 2011, it was our stage walk-on music for the 21st Century Breakdown tour.

What is the one album or artist you can’t live without on the road?

David Bowie.

What is the best live concert you have ever experienced? 

The Rolling Stones at a small club, the Echoplex in Los Angeles.

Speakers or headphones?

On the go, definitely headphones, so I can be in my own world. At my home or in a hotel, speakers always!

How would you define quality sound?

In my opinion, quality sound is the truest representation of the original recording! I like to hear music the way the artist intended for it to he heard, not overly enhanced.

We have dubbed this question and answer series “No Bullshit” in honor of Paul W. Klipsch who famously wore a yellow “Bullshit” pin underneath his lapel, flashing it to anyone who was full of it. It is an expression of the Klipsch commitment to deliver world-class speakers and headphones that are high on quality and short on fluff. In this series, we will cut through the nonsense with legendary musicians. To learn more about the origins of the Klipsch “No Bullshit” slogan, click here.

Four Reasons Why the Reference R-4B Soundbar Rocks

We are proud to introduce the Klipsch Reference R-4B soundbar and wireless subwoofer into the Klipsch family of soundbars. The newest member is also the most affordable, ensuring that more people won’t be stuck using their TV’s built-in speakers.

Seriously, please don’t use your TV’s crappy built-in speakers. There are dozens of reasons why the Reference R-4B soundbar and wireless subwoofer is amazing; however, we have narrowed it down to four that we believe are most compelling.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Design


One of the most annoying things about many soundbars is that when you place them in front of the television on the same surface that they block a portion of the bottom part of the screen. They may even block the TV’s infrared sensor, meaning that using your remote becomes difficult if not impossible.

The Reference R-4B soundbar stands at a mere 3.5” in height, allowing you to place it directly in front of the television without fear of it blocking the screen or the infrared sensor. If you watch a lot of Sportscenter, you’ll thank us because you won’t be missing the ticker anymore.

Klipsch Reference R-4B remote


The Reference R-4B has a couple of audio settings that are useful additions to one’s listening experience.

Voice Enhance Mode increases the dialogue’s volume, enhancing vocal clarity without boosting the ambient sounds. Never again will you have to say “What did he say?”

Night Mode adjusts dynamic range for quieter listening environments. Here at Klipsch, we are infamous for liking it loud (just ask anyone who attended the Consumer Electronics Show), but there are times when it is simply more comfortable to have a more subdued listening experience.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Wireless Subwoofer


Affordable soundbars often suffer from weak performance, particularly in regards to bass response. Thanks to a 6.5” down-firing wireless subwoofer, the Klipsch Reference R-4B is certainly an exception. Its wooden cabinet boasts a slot-ported design, allowing for deep, powerful bass.

Klipsch Reference R-4B Sound Quality


At the time of this blog post, the Reference R-4B soundbar is the most affordable entry in the Klipsch roster of soundbars. You probably think that we cut a bunch of corners and put out a soundbar that just isn’t up to our usual lofty standards. Wrong.

We say it time and time again, but it’s certainly worth repeating. Whenever we make a product, we aim to deliver best-in-class acoustics. We have done so again. This isn’t “just a soundbar.”


Have questions about the Klipsch Reference R-4B soundbar and wireless subwoofer? Post them in the comments below!

Happy Halloween with the Klipsch KMC 1

Carving pumpkins is so overrated.

Former Klipsch customer service representative Andrew Davis decided to dress up his orange Klipsch Music Center KMC 1 portable Bluetooth speaker for Halloween by spray-painting multiple spooky decals. Andrew actually left the company just a couple days ago; however, he was still kind enough to share his special creation with us.

Andrew’s KMC 1 actually came with a prototype orange grille unlike the consumer-version, which comes with a black grille. This made it that that much easier to simply spray paint the designs rather than also having to spray paint the grille.  (See below for more photos.)

We’re sure that Andrew will have lots of fun frightening his neighbors with the big sound from this little speaker.

“Pissing off the neighbors?” More like “scaring the neighbors.”

Yup, that’s a horrible Halloween pun. In all seriousness, we hope everyone has fun this weekend. Rock on!

Have you ever dressed up your Klipsch speakers for Halloween? Post in the comments below!

Klipsch KMC 1 Halloween

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How To Clean Klipsch Speakers

Klipsch speakers are the pride of the living room, the boss of the basement and often the most prized possession in one’s house. They are a true investment in quality audio.

To keep that investment in pristine condition, you ought to give them a cleaning every once in a while. After all, sometimes it is nice to be seen AND heard.


  • Damp Microfiber Cloth
  • Dry Microfiber Cloth
  • Lint Roller
  • Canned Air (See Below)


  • Use a microfiber cloth. A regular rag is coarse and may harm your speakers’ finish.
  • Dampen the cloth but do not overdo it. If it is dripping, it is too wet.
  • Move the damp cloth in circular motions in order to prevent streaking.
  • When cleaning the horn of a Reference Premiere speaker, use a DRY microfiber cloth.
  • To clean the grilles, simply use a lint roller and move it up and down.
  • Do NOT use chemicals on your Klipsch speakers.


Canned air is a great way to remove dust from a Klipsch speaker. That being said, canned air is created through chemicals. If used improperly, it can damage the finish of your speaker. Please use with extreme caution!

When spraying the canned air, keep the bottle level. If the bottle is upside down or at an angle, it will shoot chemicals directly onto the speaker. That is not a good thing. If it does happen, spray it again – keep it level this time – and wipe with a slightly damp rag to remove any residue.

Do you have your owns tips? Post them in the comments below!

Good Poop: Dining with a Legend

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is “Good Poop”?



Klipsch at CEDIA 2015: Day 1 Recap

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo is one of the biggest showcases of the year for Klipsch, allowing the 70-year-old company to proudly displaying its legendary speakers for custom installers and integrators.

This is the type of the audience that appreciates quality and simplicity. In other words: no bullshit.

For the 2015 CEDIA Expo in Dallas, TX, Klipsch has both new and current products on display that wowed everyone who rolled through the both on day one.

Most of the speakers on display at CEDIA are for professionals; however, that didn’t stop us from bringing the latest and greatest consumer options – some of which you may not have seen before…but more on that tomorrow.

Klipsch Pro THX Series


Introducing the new Klipsch Pro THX Series of speakers. These THX®-certified speakers are a terrific solution for custom installers who want to give their customers an extraordinary home theater experience without taking up precious floor space. The new edge-to-edge grilles allow these in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to disappear while the latest blockbuster blares throughout the space. (Learn More)

Klipsch Professional Series


Exclusively for contractors, the new Klipsch Professional Series is a great option for those roaming the halls of CEDIA 2015, as they provide dynamic, powerful performance while blending into one’s décor.

While other companies may ignore sound quality in their custom install speakers, we never will. (Learn More)

Klipsch Distributed Audio


Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor, office or home, Klipsch has distributed audio options that will rock the building. (Yes, that is pun with our rock speakers in mind.)

The key is choices, choices, choices…without sacrificing the quality sound Klipsch is known for. Click here to learn more and browse through the available options.

Klipsch No Bullshit Buttons


You didn’t think we would show up to a trade show without our trademark yellow “Bullshit” buttons, did you?

If you want to know how this became a motto for Paul W. Klipsch and the company as a whole, click here.

Steve Cropper Klipsch


The day before the show kicked off, we held a special event for the Klipsch sales team that puts in endless hours trying to spread the word of quality audio. A good friend of Klipsch – the legendary guitarist Steve Cropper – came over to the Proof and Pantry to put on a show for everyone.

It was a heck of a treat with Cropper telling incredible stories about musicians like Otis Redding who he called “the best singer of all-time.” Of course, the actual performance was top-notch as well with songs that Cropper wrote and/or produced.

It really isn’t too often that you get to enjoy a person who Rolling Stone called one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. In addition, Cropper was incredibly friendly with everyone in attendance, enthusiastically recalling stories from years ago or from the other day.

Cropper’s band members like Andy Childs and Steve Hornbeak are quite accomplished musicians in their own right. Childs and Hornbeak are both regulars on the hit TV show Nashville, so, naturally many of the Klipsch staff peppered them with questions about the show’s star Connie Britton.

That’s it for day one of CEDIA 2015! Remember, you can stay up to date on everything about the show by following us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more at www.KlipschGroupShows.com


New Grilles for Klipsch Speakers

Every Klipsch owner knows that all of our speakers come with grille covers. They protect the speaker and allow the product to blend into one’s home décor, if desired.

What you may not know is that many of our speaker grilles come from DuraCrest Fabrics and the company’s president, Ralph L. Fortino. Established in 1962, they have been providing the audio industry with acoustical grilles. They became a supplier for Klipsch back in 1973 and have produced over two million grilles for the company’s speakers.

Simply put, they have made grilles for some of the greatest loudspeakers ever made.

Of course, grilles don’t last forever. Your friendly (or not-so-friendly) feline may have designated your speakers as scratching posts or perhaps your offspring thought it would be fun to show their “personality”. Heck, your speakers’ grilles could simply look worn and old from decades of use.

Whatever the case, it’s time to refresh your Klipsch speakers and make them as beautiful as they looked the day they left the factory in Hope, Arkansas.

DuraCrest’s manufacturing expertise and experience insures that every restoration meets or exceeds the highest of Klipsch standards for quality, fit and finish.


Click here to check out a list of speaker grilles that DuraCrest has built or still builds for Klipsch. They are also able to professionally restore newer models of Klipsch speakers like the Reference Premiere and Reference lines.

To order a restoration of your speakers’ grilles, please use the contact information below. (They are working on launching a new website.)

DuraCrest Fabrics, Inc.

2474 Delta Lane

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Phone: 847 350 0030

Fax: 847 350 0033

Email: duracrest@comcast.net


Two million Klipsch grilles and counting…


What kind of shape are your speakers’ grilles in? Any funny stories about how they were damaged? Post it in the comments!