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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

Photo via www.MillCityMen.com

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

Photo Credit: Visit Indy

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.

 

 

 

An Extended Family Through Klipsch

Klipsch is a family. That’s not corporate-rhetoric and it doesn’t just refer those with the last name of Klipsch.

For Christy (“dtel’s wife” on the Klipsch Forum), her path to the Klipsch family began as a child, touring around the country with her parents who owned a portable roller skating rink.

“By the age of 18 months, I had my own roller skates and ‘hit the floor’ dancing with them.  My love of music was born!” said Christy.”

She eventually met her husband Elden (“dtel“) who was already a full-blown “audio geek” and the wheels were set in motion.

Ten years ago, they purchased a set of Klipsch Synergy speakers and joined the Klipsch Forum. They both posted frequently on the Forum, developing a fondness for both the products and the people on the message boards. The Synergy speakers wouldn’t stay for long and they upgraded quickly to three pairs of the Klipsch Forte IIs.

The couple went down to Hope, Arkansas in 2007 for the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage and came back with a pair of Klipsch Cornwall III speakers from a sweepstakes. They wouldn’t stay content with winning speakers, though.

The list of Klipsch products they have purchased is beyond impressive:

“ Our home is truly powered by Klipsch speakers.”

While all of these speakers are great, Christy’s love for Klipsch goes beyond quality products. It’s the sense of community that is so special.

“The Klipsch Forum is like our family.  We rarely miss an opportunity to meet up with our Klipsch friends.  We have traveled to Hope numerous times and even made the trek to Indianapolis for one of the Pilgrimages. “

When Christy says “family,” she means it.

“We make it a point to open our home to Forum members travelling across states, and have had several members as overnight guests. We share our love of “all things Klipsch” with anyone that will listen!”

Christy’s passion has extended to her family, as her daughters and grandchildren have also become Klipsch fans, attending Klipsch Pilgrimages in the past including this year’s employee appreciation event. Christy’s grandson attended his first Pilgrimage when he was four years old! Now 15, he owns a pair of Klipsch Heresy II speakers.

While her husband has been in charge of installing the speakers, Christy and her daughters have decided on aesthetics and helped nudge her husband in the right (louder) direction.

“It was our oldest daughter, Jaime and me that convinced Elden to let us have the MWMs, 402 in our living room. He thought they were too big!”

Audiophiles need not be stereotyped. They come in all forms including that of a proud mother from southern Mississippi who has found a family that keeps on growing.

“I truly lack the words to express what Klipsch means to our family. It’s not just a household brand to us. Each of you are a part of our family.”

 

Happy Mother’s Day! Are you or someone you know an audiophile and a mother? We’d love to hear from you! Post a comment below.

 

 

Gifts For Moms That Rock

Moms rock. While they should be treated as queens every day of the year, Mother’s Day is their one chance to have a day dedicated to them.

We’re guessing that your mom may have insisted that she doesn’t need anything besides your love…well, far be it for us to call your mom a liar, but we think she would be mighty pleased to receive a little something in addition to your affection.

We don’t want to pigeonhole anyone’s mom, so we thought about all of our different mothers and came up with some cool gifts that would fit each different mold.

Klipsch X7i Headphones

The Jetsetter Mom

Klipsch X7i headphones

Got a tarmac-mamma flying from airport to airport? Get her a pair of X7i headphones. Their hand-polished ceramic finish is the epitome of class and the patented oval ear tips’ noise-isolation will ensure that she’ll be able to enjoy her music and movies throughout the entire flight.

Vinyl Me, Please

Photo Credit: TheWeekendEdition.com

The Hipster Mom

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription

We hate the overused term “hipster”, but we’re going to be lazy and apply it here. If your mom has been tracking the new-found success of vinyl and is looking to get back into it, the subscription service Vinyl Me, Please could be perfect for you. Each month, they send you a new record along with some other goodies. It’s a great, no-fuss way to listen to new music and involve yourself in the vinyl medium. Plus, long-time Klipsch La Scala owner/advocate Elijah Wood is on the service’s board of directors.

Woodchuck Tribal

Photo Credit: Cool Hunting

The Mom Who Just Got an iPhone

Woodchuck Phone Case

Did your mother finally take the baby-boomer plunge into the world of smartphones? Get her a case to protect the delicate device that doesn’t look like anything else out there. WOODCHUCK USA makes awesome accessories out of wood from its shop in Minnesota. We dig the tribal look, but you can “Woodchuck” pretty much any design you’d like. You can also buy a Klipsch-branded WOODCHUCK case here.

Klipsch Reference R-20B Soundbar

The No-Fuss Mom

Klipsch Reference R-20B Soundbar

Moms have enough things to worry about. Not hearing the TV shouldn’t be one of them. Simplify her life with the Reference R-20B sound bar and wireless subwoofer. It’s a cinch to setup so she can sit back, relax and enjoy amazing audio.

U-Turn Orbit Turntable

The Mom Who Loves Her Records

U-Turn Audio Turntable

If your mother held onto her old vinyl collection, consider getting her a new turntable. The Orbit turntable from U-Turn is handmade in Boston and doesn’t force you to take on a second mortgage. We gave it our blessing in a recent review.

Mumford & Sons at Klipsch Music Center

The Mom Who Loves Concerts

Concert Tickets

This one is practically a no-brainer. Sometimes, your mom just wants to spend time with you, so what better than a pair of concert tickets for a band you both (or just her) like? With summer finally starting to come around, you could even make a full day of it and enjoy the outdoors.

Shaun Ivy's Heresy II Speakers

The Do It Herself Mom

Klipsch Heresy Speakers

Passive loudspeakers require a receiver, speaker wire, etc…but the juice is worth the squeeze. If your Mom is up for it, it could result in a lifetime hobby, where she finds herself debating on the Klipsch Forum about tube amps and crossovers.

Imogene + Willie denim

Photo credit: Ecouterre

The Old Navy Mom

Imogene + Willie Jeans

It’s time to ditch the “mom jeans” for good. Our friends down in Nashville, TN, Imogene + Willie, can provide an upgrade that goes far beyond the run-of-the-mill denim you’d find at the shopping mall. Now, you may be thinking that you definitely don’t want to see your mom in skin-tight pants and we don’t blame you. Luckily, Imogene + Willie has all sorts of different styles

Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphone

The Mom Who Works All Day

Reference On-Ears

If your mom sits in an office all day, take mercy on her ears and give her a pair of Reference On-Ear headphones. The ground-up acoustic design allows for an accurate representation of all music. Plus, the plush, noise-isolating cushioning allows her to enjoy her music all day long and block out Chad loudly eating his apple on the other side of the cubicle.

Tanner Goods Vanguard Saddle Bag Oak

The Mom Who Loves Leather

Tanner Goods Vanguard Saddle Bag

No, this isn’t about to turn into a chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey. Tanner Goods crafts quality leather objects from wallets to chairs in its Portland workshop. Their women’s purse is simple yet stunning and has that oh-so-delicious leather smell. And as many women would say, you can never have too many handbags. (They call it a “saddle bag”, but you know what we mean.)

Klipsch Stadium Speaker

The Mom Who Has Everything

Klipsch Stadium

Have you already showered your mother with amazing gifts? We bet she doesn’t have anything like the Klipsch Stadium. With unsurpassed elegance and acoustics, it is a terrific statement piece. The Stadium’s 400 watts of peak system power and dual opposing subwoofers gives Mom the opportunity to be the troublemaker this time around. Plus, it streams all of her music and movies wirelessly.

Indy CD & Vinyl

Photo Credit: Visit Indy

The Mom Who Knows What She Wants

Local Record Store Gift Card

Yah, sure, gift cards are a “boring gift”, but let’s be honest, she knows what she wants better than you do. Getting her a gift card from a local record store is a great way to let a rockin’ mom choose whatever she’d like. Also, in case you didn’t know, record stores don’t just sell records anymore. They sell headphones, speakers, turntables, digital downloads, artwork and much more. Plus, they have live music for adults and children alike. Indy CD & Vinyl is a local favorite of ours. We spoke with their owner Andy Skinner last week about Record Store Day.

Got any other suggestions for moms that deserve the best? Let us know in the comments section below!

Klipsch Rocks The Hall (Induction Ceremony Recap)

What a weekend it was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Klipsch Audio. Between the feedback we received from legendary musicians, intimate rehearsals, generosity of our partners, impassioned speeches and, of course, breath-taking performances, our weekend in Cleveland was one we will not forget.

As the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, we took our branding implementation as a serious responsibility. We wanted an impactful presence but not one that overshadowed the occasion.

Joe Walsh backstage with Klipsch

Eagles guitarist/keyboardist Joe Walsh aka “The Clown Prince of Rock” dropped by to say hello to Klipsch and check out our gear.

During rehearsals, we were granted the opportunity to have the inductees and their presenters try out our Reference On-Ear headphones and Reference Premiere speakers. Some of these legendary musicians were already very familiar with our gear; however, for some of them, this was their first introduction and they were simply blown away. Out of respect, we won’t name names, but there is a certain degree of validation that arises when the world’s greatest musicians give you a big ol’ smile and a thumbs up.

Rehearsals were also enlightening, as you realize that many of these musicians fly in the day of the rehearsal without even knowing what song they are supposed to sing or what the words are even. Many of the artists actually had the words up on the teleprompter during the rehearsals and Induction Ceremony and still performed magnificently despite it being a kind of karaoke. Heck, John Legend actually flew to the White House in between rehearsals.

The staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum was truly first-class and we had a blast touring the museum. For first-timers and repeat visitors, there were a lot of interesting pieces on display and exhibits that were just plain cool. If you haven’t been yet, we certainly recommend stopping by Cleveland to take a tour or two.

Klipsch Reference Speakers at the Westin Hotel

Klipsch Reference Speakers looked great at the Westin Hotel, where many performers, inductees and guests were staying.

 

They also worked with us to outfit the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, where all the inductees were staying, and hotel’s décor seamlessly matched our Reference speakers and subwoofers. Furthermore, the live Reference R-28F speaker setup in the lobby resulted in hotel employees and guests asking us how much we wanted for the speakers right then and there. (Click here to see more photos of the Klipsch branding.)

The Induction Ceremony itself was everything you would expect and more with Cleveland’s Public Hall serving as a perfect backdrop for the evening with it’s classic architecture and cozy feel. You could tell how important the moment was to each person that spoke on stage, whether they were a presenter or an inductee.

John Mayer Speech at the Rock Hall

John Mayer inducted Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Mayer, a celebrated present-day musician and heartthrob, spoke in total reverence of inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is a guy who is beloved by millions of people across the world and has made a gazillion dollars, and you could tell how emotional he was inducting someone he modeled himself after.

Legendary singer-songwriter Bill Withers had one of the best speeches of the night, remarking about how awesome it was to have a “Wonder and a Legend” induct him. That’s Stevie Wonder and John Legend, for those wondering.

From Joan Jett’s opening number to the closing ensemble performance with Ringo Starr, each musician’s tribute rocked the house. Inductees received three songs and it’s really difficult to pick favorites out of any of them.

Bill Withers and John Legend at the Rock Hall

Inductee Bill Withers (left) and John Legend (right) performed three of Withers’ most beloved songs.

Green Day brought in a large fan contingent for the evening, who roared at their every move and for good reason, as the band was absolutely on point. On the flip side of the timeline, 80-year-old Sam Lay from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was dazzling in his own right. He had to be physically helped into the drummer’s seat, but once he was there he belted those lyrics and played the drums like it was 1965 again. (Click here to view more photos.)

Below is a Spotify playlist of the original tracks that were performed during the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Rock on.

Have you been to the Induction Ceremony? What are your favorite songs from these inductees? Let us know in the comments.