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Klipsch at CES 2015: Day 4

It’s over.

This year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show is in the books and what a trip it has been!

We hyped CES 2015 as one of our biggest launch in years and we feel like we have delivered on that promise. Not only did we launch several new product lines, we also announced a major partnership and demonstrated once again, that no one cares more about their Heritage than us.

It is genuinely a great time to be a Klipsch employee and a Klipsch customer. Yes, we have made mistakes along the way, but the weather calls for sunny skies and kick-ass sound.

We are also proud to say that we took home at a pair of awards from CES 2015!

Digital Trends Top Tech of CES 2015

“Home theater audio will never be the same.” – Caleb Denison

Digital Trends named the Klipsch Premiere Wireless speakers with WISA as their Top Tech of CES 2015 for home audio. We had many people stop by our booth, informing us that they were very skeptical of the quality of wireless speakers.

Boy, did we prove them wrong! Each person who walked out of our demo room came away impressed. We may not always be first to market, but you better believe we’ll make a product that sounds the best.

New Egg Vendor of the Year

Thank you, New Egg.

New Egg also bestowed upon us their Vendor of the Year award which is a testament to our sales team, who have done an incredible job even in the face of a tough economy and ever-evolving marketplace. Well done, team!

We would like to thank everyone who came by the Klipsch booth during CES 2015. Without you, we can’t do what we do. It has been so much fun to talk to Klipsch fans, some of whom have setups with multiple Klipschorns, La Scalas and Heresys all in one room.

A big shout-out to the members of the Klipsch Forums who came by the booth. Your passion for the brand is what both keeps us on our toes and passionate about making the world’s best loudspeakers.

We already thanked Auralex Acoustics, U-Turn Audio, Dolby and the WISA Association, but one more time can’t hurt. We are blessed to have partners who genuinely align with our mission and help us fulfill that mission by giving us the tools to create the best sounding environment for the home, cinema or wherever. Rock on, friends!

Enough with the gushy stuff, let’s get back to the products. After all, that’s why were are here. Below is what we introduced at CES 2015.

Klipsch Reference Premiere (Available now)

Klipsch Reference On-Ear (Available for pre-order for February)

Klipsch Reference Premiere with Dolby® Atmos (Projected Q2)

Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless (Projected Q3)

Made in USA Heritage-Inspired Concept for Wireless Speakers (TBD)

That is a lot to take in even for our employees, but each product shown at CES 2015 has a specific purpose for existing and is deserving of the Klipsch name. We have no doubt that you are going to love what you hear. Companies may say they’re proud of their products. We actually are.

As far as additional information goes, we are hoping to be able to provide more info soon on the products that are due later this year. We have to keep a couple things close to the vest, but it’ll be worth the wait. Klipsch.com has all the information you’ll need on the passive Reference Premiere speakers. (Mmm…copper cones)

Heritage-Inspired Speakers

Let us know if this concept is something you could see yourself purchasing.

Feedback for our Heritage-inspired wireless speakers that are designed, engineered and built in the United States has been quite impressive, but we have to remind everyone that this is indeed a concept speaker. Again, the buzz is awfully encouraging, particularly on the Klipsch Forums. By the way, how cool is it that two Klipsch engineers are directly responding to customers? That is just one example of why this is a special place to work.

Oh and it was pretty cool to get a retweet and excited comment from long-time Klipsch La Scala-owner Elijah Wood who is best known for his work as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

We will be delivering podcasts from our WPWK sessions with the likes of Marky Ramone, Eddie Kramer, Bob Heil, Jim Hunter, Steve Dobo, etc. We should push them out soon enough, but please remember that we’ll need some recovery time from CES 2015.

On that note, we should add that the Klipsch staff as a whole works extremely hard at CES 2015. It requires hours upon hours of being “on”, shoveling food down your gullet in a 3×3 closet and standing on your feet for hours on end. Unfortunately, we can’t expense foot massages!

Anyway, that’s all we have from CES 2015! If you have any questions, please post them and we’ll be happy to answer. You will be hearing a lot more about our partnership with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, so stay tuned for more great stuff from the Klipsch Joint.

Klipsch at CES 2015: Day 3

Between the launch of Reference Premiere, Reference On-Ear, Reference Premiere with Dolby Atmos and Reference Premiere Wireless, Klipsch has had a ton of stuff going on during the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show.

There’s almost too much to talk about. We were unable to cover a bunch of random things in the previous CES 2015 blogs, but we are going to try to tackle them in this one.

Eddie Kramer Reference Premiere Demo

Eddie Kramer had an absolute blast demoing the new Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers.

EDDIE KRAMER REACTS TO REFERENCE PREMIERE

Eddie Kramer is one of the top recording engineers in the world. He worked with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and, of course, Led Zeppelin. Not a bad resume, eh? When he was in the Klipsch booth at CES 2015, our own Mark Casavant gave him a demo of the new Reference Premiere speakers.

Eddie loved them.

He loved them so much that he was rockin’ out during the demo and gave Mark a huge high-five at the end of it. That truly is what we live for – people genuinely loving their listening experience. It never gets old.

BULLSHIT BUTTONS

During CES, you get handed a lot of free “swag” and, no, I’m just talking about the folks handing out invitations to certain gentleman’s clubs here in Vegas. We didn’t just want to give out a cheap USB charger or potato chip clip (seriously, they’re everywhere), so we decided to hand out our famous “Bullshit” buttons. They have gone over like gangbusters.

The reaction is almost always the same from people. At first, they are perplexed and assume that we are being crass just to draw attention. Then they read the story behind the buttons and they say, “This is so awesome” while giggling. It’s a great way to give people a fun keepsake while explaining our company motto.

Special shout-out to our Singapore distributor who made “No Bullshit” buttons. It makes us laugh out loud every time.

Matt Sommers UTurn Audio Turntable

Matt Sommers putting a new record on the U-Turn Audio turntable

U TURN AUDIO TURNTABLE

We have talked about U Turn Audio in length before. With vinyl making a comeback, a lot of companies are building turntables that are, quite frankly, crap. U Turn does not. They make their turntables in Massachusetts and they are available for a reasonable price. We have been using them in the WPWK radio station all week long and they haven’t failed us once. If you are looking to dive back into vinyl, look no further.

Auralex Acoustics

Auralex Acoustics provided the sound treatment for our CES 2015 demo room which has Reference Premiere with Dolby Atmos and Reference Premiere Wireless on display.

AURALEX ACOUSTICS

Our friends from Auralex Acoustics provided the sound treatments for the Klipsch demo room at CES 2015 and they haven’t disappointed. The CES 2015 is not exactly conducive to audio demos out in the room, but our dedicated sound room has allowed us to properly show off the Dolby Atmos and WISA versions of our Reference Premiere speakers.

Bullshit Noise Violation

Whoops.

NOISE VIOLATION

One of Klipsch’s taglines is “Pissing Off The Neighbors Since 1946.” Well, we managed to do exactly that at CES 2015. You are not supposed to surpass 85 decibels at CES 2015 which is kind of impossible anyway with the general noise from thousands upon thousands of people in one area with every booth playing some sort of audio.

We may have taken it a bit far as a noise violation came flying our way on multiple occasions. Whoops.

The Reference Premiere speakers right at the front of the Klipsch booth have been loved by customers, but perhaps hated by our fellow exhibitors and event organizers.

1947 KLIPSCHORN

As we said in the Day 1 blog, the Klipsch audio museum has, in some ways, stolen the show. CES 2015 is full of people showing shiny new objects. We have shiny new objects too, but we believe that reflecting and appreciating our past is just as important.

Part of this dedication to our heritage is the display of the 13th Klipschorn that was ever made. Built in 1947, it still works and sounds terrific. How incredible is that? It is a very special piece of audio history.

We’ll have much coming from CES 2015 even after the show’s completion. Stay tuned!

 

Klipsch at CES 2015: Launch Day

Day 1 of the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics show was one to remember for us all.

We teased you repeatedly that 01.06.15 would be the day of our biggest launch in years and we believe full-heartedly that we delivered. Honestly, we can’t believe that we kept it all a secret this well. (Although, some of our cunning forum members managed to scoop us!)

Here is what we introduced to the world:

Klipsch Reference Premiere (Available now)

Klipsch Reference On-Ear (End of January)

Klipsch Reference Premiere with Dolby® Atmos (Projected Q2)

Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless (Projected Q3)

So much awesomeness.

Klipsch CES Demo Room

Time after time, we took people into our sound room and blew them away with our new Atmos and Wireless demos. We heard from several representatives that we were the only ones who are displaying audio correctly at CES.

We are genuinely proud of that. Hearing really is believing.

Klipsch Reference Premiere

Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers are not just a facelift. This is a whole new line of speakers that are redesigned from the ground-up

We couldn’t fit everything in the demo room, but we were able to showcase a ton of other speakers out on the floor. The Reference Premiere speakers drew people in with their big ol’ copper cones and BIG sound. The R-115SW was definitely “pissing off the neighbors.” (Our apologies to Ericsson and Toshiba!)

The noisy floor environment of CES did allow us to demonstrate the noise isolation capabilities of our in-ear headphones AND the new Reference On-Ear Headphones.

Time after time, people would try out the in-ears and be amazed at their noise isolation abilities. People are misinformed to believe that big cans deliver superior noise isolation. That’s not necessarily true and we were happy to prove it.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear

Klipsch Reference On-Ears are the best sounding and most comfortable on-ears we have ever made.

Comments regarding the Reference On-Ear largely stemmed from its ridiculous comfort level. The cushioning is outrageous and the sound quality is what you would expect from Klipsch. Oh, and people kept mentioning they were happy that they didn’t look like a teenager when they had them on their head unlike some other brands’ headphones – you know who you are.

Heritage Inspired Towers

These Heritage-inspired towers are conceptual (but functional!) speakers.

That’s not all. CES is often about producing concepts and gauging reaction from the audience. We designed Heritage-inspired wireless speakers that intrigued everyone who checked them out. We put them across from our Heritage lineup, which really got the message across that WE are the classic American speaker brand. We have great old stuff and we have great new stuff. These conceptual speakers offer a bridge between the past and the present. They are designed, engineered and built in the United States.

Hell, yah!

Bob Heil Runt La Scala

PWK made this runt La Scala for Bob Heil (pictured) to use with Jeff Beck.

Marky Ramone Colleen Murphy

Marky Ramone poses with Colleen Murphy in the WPWK Radio booth. Outside of products on display, we had Bob Heil and Marky Ramone drop by WPWK Radio to talk with Colleen Murphy of Classic Album Sundays about a whole smattering of topics. We can’t say enough good things about Bob and Marky. They are class acts that GENUINELY love Klipsch and we love them.

 

 

 

Tomorrow, Colleen will be talking with Steve Dobo from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as well as Michael Burrato (Reference Premiere Product Manager) and Vlad Grodzinsky (Reference On-Ear Product Manager). You can check out the schedule here. Once again, we will be posting the interviews as podcasts after the completion of CES, so don’t worry if you’re not in Vegas!

Klipsch audio museum

The Klipsch audio museum has all sorts of PWK treasures.

One more thing…In this blogger’s humble opinion, the Klipsch audio museum that was oh-so-carefully curated by Klipsch historian Jim Hunter stole the show. 

CES is filled with sterile, white environments with flashy lights and obnoxious videos. The Klipsch audio museum was the opposite. It was authentic, honest-to-goodness fun.

People took their time strolling through the isle and snapping pictures of the collection. We even had a live demo of the 13th Klipschorn that was ever built – and it still sounds great! People were sampling a true piece of audio history.

Phew! That’s a lot of information to process, but we’ll have another blog post where we’ll dive into more detail about everything and about some of the stuff I missed.

There’s truly so much going on here with Klipsch at CES 2015. It’s genuinely a great time to be an employee here and we hope you guys love everything that we showed off here!

Klipsch at CES 2015: The Quiet Before the Storm

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world’s biggest and most important electronics show. Once a year, companies across the world descend on Las Vegas to show off their latest wares to customers, fans, media, etc.

Yes, there is a lot of “Bullsh*t” at CES. A LOT.

Not from us. We don’t try to insult your intelligence with technology that doesn’t make a difference and isn’t ever going to happen. We aim to create the best-sounding speakers and headphones dollar-for-dollar on the planet.

Preparations began months in advance for 2015’s show. Well, in all honesty, they pretty much started the moment the 2014 show was over.

In addition to bringing product worth thousands upon thousands of dollars, we brought priceless artifacts that Klipsch historian Jim Hunter has very carefully curated. It was a monumental effort to get these items to Vegas in one piece – a nerve-wracking process to say the least.

Colleen Murphy of Classic Album Sundays will be hosting WPWK Radio throughout CES 2015. Broadcasts will be live for anyone who visits our booth and guests include the likes of Eddie Kramer, Marky Ramone, Bob Heil and Steve Dobo from the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Fans who are not in Las Vegas will be able to download podcasts of the show after CES’s completion.

Of course, the products, museum pieces and radio stations have to come off as approachable and cool in order to draw people into our booth. It is incredible to start with an empty space and then see it fill up into a quasi storefront, full of the best Klipsch speakers and headphones.

With all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into CES 2015, we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s show. As we have been teasing, this is our biggest product launch in years.

You’re going to love it.

So, here’s what you need to do to keep track of all of our new product announcements:

BOOKMARK CES.KLIPSCH.COM

Everything and anything you’ll need to know about Klipsch at CES 2015 is at CES.Klipsch.com

FOLLOW @KLIPSCHAUDIO ON TWITTER

For the most frequent updates and info, follow Klipsch (@KlipschAudio) on Twitter. We will be posting almost non-stop, giving customers/fans unique insight into what is happening at CES and the awesome new things we are showing off.

FOLLOW @KLIPSCHAUDIO ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK

While the updates won’t be as frequent as on Twitter, we will be posting our big announcements on the Klipsch Instagram and Facebook accounts.

We truly hope you enjoy everything we have to offer at CES 2015. Rock on!

The Klipsch Stadium Before the Stadium

The Klipsch STADIUM is ready to fire up the Colts.

The Klipsch STADIUM is ready to fire up the Colts.

The sounds of a football stadium are unmistakable on gamedays. The booming PA, the barking vendors, the crunching tackles and cheers and groans from the thousands of spectators.

Take a step back and you realize that playing professional football is just as mental as it is physical. The endless strings of coaches on the sideline aren’t there as models for their fancy logo’d windbreakers.

The scheming, diagnosing and planning involved in each game is a monumental team effort that goes into effect as soon as the previous game of the effort.

When the Indianapolis Colts are on the road, the team has one final preparatory session the night before they take the field. Fifty-three players ranging from 190 to 350 pounds and their coaches gather in one of the hotel’s oversized meeting rooms

It’s there where the Colts video crew plays a montage motivational highlights for the team. The goal is to fire them up and lock them in to the task ahead of them.

To sufficiently fire up over 50 grown men in an extremely large room, the Colts needed a speaker that they can rock the house AND be portable enough to bring on the road.

The Colts first tried out the Klipsch KMC 3 portable speaker, but the team wanted something even louder. Just like what they expect out of the players on the field, they wanted the best. They needed the Klipsch STADIUM.

With over 400 watts of peak system power and state-of-the-art Tractrix® Horns, the Klipsch STADIUM delivers the power, detail and emotion the team needs.

“These speakers sounded amazing especially in the large meeting rooms at the hotel. The sound was rich, full and the bass pounded even in the back of the room. The players commented that the sound was AWESOME,” said Colts video director Erik Kunttu.

This final film session with the team is highly secretive. In fact, it is so secretive that photos are not allowed.

All of this preparation culminates on Sundays, where Klipsch brand ambassador Andrew Luck (and next season, Robert Mathis) put all their knowledge to the test.

Klipsch takes great pride in providing sound solutions for our hometown Indianapolis Colts.

U-Turn Audio Orbit Basic Turntable Review

Fun fact: 2014 is the first year since 1996 that over a million vinyl albums were sold.

We aren’t going to argue the merits for vinyl over digital or vice-versa (future blog post, perhaps), but we know a lot of people who purchase Klipsch speakers have a great affinity for listening to music “the old way.”

With this mini-revolution in sales, companies across the world have been quick to pedal products to support this revitalized medium. Of course, that means a lot of these products (we won’t name names) are not quite up to snuff and we wouldn’t recommend them with our speakers.

Peter Maltzan, Bob Hertig and Ben Carter founded U-Turn Audio as a Kickstarter project in 2014 “to make great vinyl listening simple and more affordable.”

Starting with a modest goal of $60,000, the three “vinyl lovers” saw a remarkable demand, almost quadrupling their target by finishing their Kickstarter with $233,940.

So, does U-Turn Audio live up to its mission AND deliver on quality? Read on…

U-Turn Orbit White Turntable

FEATURES

U-Turn has two options in its turntable lineup. At $179, there is the Orbit Basic and for $299, there is the Orbit Plus.

Both turntables are belt-driven and employ moving magnet (MM) cartridges with the Orbit Plus utilizing a higher-end cartridge from Grado Labs. More expensive turntables may use moving coil cartridges and may require a more expensive phono pre-amp, but MM cartridges are standard for recreational use.

One of the other key differences between the two models is that the Orbit Plus has an acrylic platter while the Orbit Basic uses a MDF one. The former will have better speed consistency and tighter bass according to U-Turn.

There are a couple features missing that you may find in more expensive turntables such as automation and programming but the company isn’t pretending to take on that market quite yet.

For the rest of this review we will be focusing on the Orbit Basic model, as it is the one we have put through the paces at Klipsch HQ.

Full lists of specifications and features for both versions are below.

Orbit Basic

Features Specs In the box
Unipivot tonearm Dimensions: 5 x 17 x 13″ Orbit turntable
MM cartridge (Audio-Technica CN5625AL) Weight: 11 lbs Dust cover
Fully manual belt-drive W&F: 0.175% (WTD) Drive belt
Two speed pulley (33/45) S/N ratio:  -79 dBA Felt mat
24V Synchronous motor Rumble: -63 dBA AC adapter
Machined MDF plinth Power supply 115V/60Hz Shielded RCA cables
Vibration damping feet 24V synchronous motor Setup guide

Orbit Plus

Features Specs In the box
Unipivot tonearm Dimensions: 5 x 17 x 13″ Orbit turntable
MM cartridge (Grado Black1) Weight: 12.5 lbs Dust cover
Fully manual belt-drive W&F: 0.125% (WTD) Drive belt
Two speed pulley (33/45) S/N ratio:  -79 dBA Felt mat
Machined MDF plinth Rumble: -63 dBA AC adapter
Precision acrylic platter Power supply 115V/60Hz Shielded RCA cables
Vibration damping feet 24V synchronous motor Setup guide

SETUP

Setting up a turntable (like speakers) can sometimes feel daunting but U-Turn Audio has really made it a cinch with the Orbit Basic.
Place the platter over the spindle, plug in the power cord, slide the plastic shield on, and then attach the belt by wrapping it around the pulley and then the platter. After that, plug the included cable into your receiver or phono pre-amp (which we attached to our Klipsch Reference II Bookshelf Speakers – currently on sale) and you’re good to go!

Simple enough, right? This is about as easy as it comes.

The tracking force does not need to be calibrated as the Orbit Basic (and the Orbit Plus) comes optimized for its included cartridge. You do have the option to upgrade your cartridge

If this sound confusing to you, U-Turn includes helpful instructions with videos on its website.

U-Turn Orbit Basic Turntable Black


DESIGN

The Orbit Basic is quite beautiful in a minimalistic sense. There are no unnecessary materials or “gee whiz” design flourishes that detract from its design. It really is something we would place anywhere in the home or office and it wouldn’t look out of place. Perhaps the greatest compliment we can give it is that it looks way more expensive than it really is.

Both the Orbit Basic and Orbit Plus come in black, white, green or blue. We went with the black version because we are Klipsch after all. (How cool would it be to have a black and copper version?!)

One of our favorite parts of U-Turn’s offerings is that the speakers are assembled by hand in the United States, much like our own Heritage Speakers. Assembly occurs in their Woburn, Massachusetts workshop, just a few miles away from Boston. The majority of parts also come from within the country as the acrylic platters are turned in Ohio and plinths find their way from Minnesota.

Combined with U-Turn’s one year warranty, we really feel like these turntables are something you will use (and love) for quite some time.

SOUND QUALITY

So far, we’ve concluded that the Orbit Basic is affordable, easy to setup and boasts a quality build, but how does it sound?

Pretty darn good.

We tested out the turntable with a variety of albums from Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around to a more recent album like Sam Smith’s You’re Not the Only One.

The Orbit Basic really helped deliver a sound experience that we enjoyed and complimented our entire product range. It boasts a beautiful, warm analog sound with crisp highs and good definition.

We played the albums through a variety of speakers including the Klipsch Reference R-15M bookshelf speakers, Reference RB-61 II bookshelf speakers, Reference RF-7 II floorstanding speakers as well as the Klipsch La Scala II speakers from the Heritage Series.

Now, we hear a lot of people asking, “Which one of your speakers is best for vinyl playback?” There really is no right answer. All of our speakers are going to sound great through the Orbit Basic turntable. Klipsch Heritage speakers are a classic pairing with a vinyl setup as they were designed for the format. That being said, you will still get quite a lot of joy with the R-15M speakers, which we used, at the Music City Food + Wine Festival in Nashville.


U-Turn Orbit Basic with Klipsch Speakers

RECOMMENDATION

We won’t mince words here – U-Turn Audio definitely has our recommendation. In fact, we like them so much that we’re bringing a bunch of their turntables to Las Vegas to use in our booth at CES 2015.

Between its design, made in America roots and extraordinary value, the U-Turn turntable is definitely a great pick up for someone looking to get back into their vinyl collection or someone just testing the water with this once-forgotten medium.

The “old way” never sounded so good…especially for $179.

Made in America: WOODCHUCK

Nothing says craftsmanship like the smell of fresh cut wood. And nothing says America like applying that wood to everyday items like your cell phone case, laptop or even a whiskey flask.

As part of our Made in America series, Klipsch is saluting innovative craftsmen that provide quality products built in the USA. WOODCHUCK is doing exactly that through its handcrafted products, manufactured in Minneapolis, MN. From walnut iPhone cases to mahogany journals and cedar cufflinks, the wonderful people at WOODCHUCK have been producing fine wood goods to accommodate your everyday style since 2011.

Made in America - WOODCHUCK Flask - The Klipsch Joint

Your whiskey was aged in wood – your flask can now follow suit.

“I grew up in a Midwestern farm town. We valued things made with high quality, hard work and determination. Growing up there, I also saw the impacts of outsourced jobs in my local community. I feel like one of the reasons I was placed on this earth was to change that. We’re about bringing jobs back to America and re-building our economy,” said Ben VandenWymelenberg – Founder and CEO of WOODCHUCK.

Much like our Founder, Paul W. Klipsch, Ben has been a craftsman as early as he can remember. “I’ve been a craftsman my entire life – always making things, breaking things, fixing things and pushing the boundaries of what I can build with natural materials.” Sounds a lot like Klipsch and why our partnership is such a great fit.

Klipsch began in a small tin shed in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas with the motivation to bring the live music experience into homes through better sounding loudspeakers. We continue to deliver products made in the USA and WOODCHUCK understands what that means.

“We manufacture here to make the best damn quality product on the market. When we’re working with other USA brands, price is usually the last and least important piece. We’re concerned about quality, authenticity and service,” said VandenWymelenberg

What quality products do you enjoy that are made in America? Have an idea of what you’d like WOODCHUCK to wrap in wood? If you need some inspiration, check out the video below of a custom project the team at WOODCHUCK did. Let us know your suggestions.

WOODCHUCK THE WORLD: WOODCHUCK MOTORCYCLE

Defining the Klipsch Sound

How do you define Klipsch sound? Crisp highs, deep bass and a full, encompassing sound? That’s a good start, but it doesn’t completely answer the question.

Mark Casavant, Sr. VP of Global Product Development at Klipsch, was asked to define Klipsch sound. Here’s what he said:

“In a few words, Klipsch sound is akin to the live concert experience – powerful, detailed and emotional. Klipsch sound is easy to recognize by the everyday music listener to the ardent audiophile. It is best heard in a stereo, 2-channel HiFi system for playing music.

Klipsch sound is moving. It involves the listener quickly into the musical performance and is unique in that it seems to breathe with the life of the original live performance. This has a lot to do with the speaker’s ability to effortlessly reproduce sound levels of a live concert. It’s also due to the fact that Klipsch speakers don’t have to work very hard, as high efficiency design is a core Klipsch design attribute. Instruments are easy to “visualize” and vocalists seem to be in the room with you. This is a rare thing and passionate music lovers will go to great lengths to faithfully reproduce the quality of sound that brings the emotion into their favorite piece of music.

I often attend jazz-fusion performances at a local jazz club called the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN. I am proud to call the owner a friend. Many years ago we outfitted the club with a strong and natural sounding Klipsch professional sound system. I have been fortunate to attend many concerts performed by some of my favorite musicians, drummers in particular. Being in such close proximity to the instruments is a rare thing. You can literally feel the power and impact in your chest. These master drummers surround themselves with other master musicians, so it is always a treat to witness such musical talent.

Klipsch strives to bring the live music experience in your home and on the go. Check out some live performances from  Sun King Studio 92 Powered by Klipsch Audio.

Klipsch strives to bring the live music experience in your home and on the go. Check out some live performances from Sun King Studio 92 Powered by Klipsch Audio.

After hearing these great bands live, I use the tracks from their CDs as demo material, simply because I know well how it sounded live. It is powerful, fun music to listen to it and serves the purpose of showing off Klipsch speakers at training, media or trade show events. That’s what it’s all about – having fun doing something you love. And most everyone loves great music!

Audio reproduction is both art and science. So much passion goes into music, its composition, performance and recording. We at Klipsch feel we must meet this passion with our fine speaker designs. The founder of the company, Paul W. Klipsch was motivated by the same passion as a music lover. He attended many live classical performances and sought to bring it into his home with the invention of the legendary and powerful Klipschorn. We have the same goal today, to bring the power, detail and emotion of the live performance home and that is, in essence, Klipsch sound.

Do you agree with Casavant’s definition of the Klipsch sound? How would you define Klipsch sound? What is your favorite live performance to listen to? Let us know below!

How Do Klipsch Horn-Loaded Speakers Work?

You hear Klipsch talk about our unique horn-loaded speakers that create louder sound with less distortion, but do you know how Klipsch horn-loaded technology works? Don’t worry! You do not need to be an audiophile to learn this stuff. Let’s start with the basics.

Horn-Loaded Speakers 101

The larger the radiating diaphragm of a speaker (that’s the circular portion of a speaker that moves back and forth to push air), the more air will be moved and the greater the sound energy. However, large diaphragms are inconvenient and heavy. By using a flared transmission channel (a horn) the effective radiating area of the source of sound can be increased to that of the mouth, thus creating greater air coupling (louder sound).

Because of the gradual change of the diameter of a horn, the source of sound at the throat engages all the air in a horn. We can think of a horn as having an imaginary, massless diaphragm at the mouth. This “virtual” diaphragm is no less effective for being imaginary – the molecules of air are vibrating back and forth as if a diaphragm the size of the horn’s mouth were actually there.

How Do Horn Loaded Loudspeakers Work?

Notice the size of the horn throat where the sound originates versus the size of the horn mouth where the sound leaves the horn and is amplified.

There may appear to be an unreal quality about the action of a horn in that it seems to get something for nothing, making a soft sound into a loud one. A horn is purely a passive device, and does not inject additional energy into the system. But the reason that a horn is able to increase the radiation of sound from a given source so dramatically (by factors of 10 or more) is that most sources of sound have only a very poor bite on the surrounding air, and do not succeed in changing much of the mechanical energy into acoustical energy.

The horn allows the mechanical power capabilities of the source to be tapped much more efficiently. In the case of a horn-loaded speakers, neither the electromechanical efficiency nor the power capability of the speaker itself is changed, but the transfer of mechanical to acoustical energy is greatly increased. This is why our speakers can produce louder sound efficiently, thus pissing off your neighbors.

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