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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.

Klipsch Speakers: Track-tested Thanks to the IHRA

This year, Klipsch is proud to have become the official audio partner of the IHRA. During every race, custom-built KI-396 and KPT-684-SMA speakers adorn the sidelines of the track, providing crowds with a first-class audio experience.

At first, that may seem like an odd arrangement. After all, Klipsch makes glorious speakers like the Reference series with their shimmering copper cones as well as ever-so-small headphones like the aluminum X11i. But IHRA needs excellent speakers to rise above the noise of the cars and the crowd and Klipsch fits the bill, in more ways than one.

A couple weeks ago, it all made sense, as Klipsch speakers showed that they are tough enough to handle anything that is thrown their way at the track.

Literally, anything.

A couple weeks ago in Baton Rouge, LA at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam Nationals, there was a rather scary wreck in which a vehicle smashed into the side rail, flipping over it.

Tina Pierce VS Alex Taylor Crash Nitro Jam 2015

According to the Speed Society, Tina “The Fastest Chick in Oklahoma” Pierce, did not suffer any significant injuries in the crash.

One of the Klipsch KI-396 speakers found itself directly in the path of Pierce’s Chevrolet S-10, sending it flying through the air. If you watch the video close enough you can see the unlucky speaker catch some air.

Jason Rittenberry, CEO & President of IRG Sports + Entertainment, humorously described the speaker’s flight. “We use Klipsch products at all of our Nitro Jam events and one of the Klipsch speakers went for a wild ride after an accident during the event,” said Rittenberry.

It didn’t look so good at first for the custom KI-396 speaker…

Rittenberry added, “It took a hard hit from a race car and landed in the mud. After repairing the cable, the speaker worked just fine. It’s a testament to the quality of their product.”

IHRK Wreck Photo

Tina Pierce’s car knocks the custom-built Klipsch KI-396 off its perch.

Klipsch does not have a “stress test” that involves a car ramming our professional speakers at full speed, but we are proud to have offerings that can fit just about any purpose.

“There’s no doubt about the durability of Klipsch speakers after an incident at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam Nationals in Baton Rouge,” said Rittenberry.

This was most certainly an interesting start to a unique partnership of which we will discuss more in a future post on the Klipsch Joint. Stay tuned!

Are you an IHRA fan? Do you have a story of your Klipsch speakers taking a beating? Post it in the comments below.

 

Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphones

Our fundamental goal in the development of Reference On-Ear headphones was to set the benchmark, raise the bar and implement the Klipsch Reference sound signature into an on-ear headphone. What we developed is the most comfortable fit and natural sounding headphone in its category. Reference On-Ear transparently represents everything Klipsch stands for.

ACCURATE SOUND FOR EVERY GENRE

Unlike most headphones in the category, Reference On-Ear headphones simply disappear from the stage and put the music in your head. The frequency response curve is smooth and accurate, with no spikes in bass, midrange or high frequencies.

CUSTOM FULL-RANGE NEODYMIUM DRIVER

Klipsch’s custom 40mm driver is the perfect size for an on-ear. Any smaller and distortion-free bass is hard to come by. Any larger, and it’s too big for comfort and higher frequencies start to roll off unless completely enclosed by an over-ear cup.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear - The Klipsch Joint

A closer look at Reference On-Ear headphones’ custom full-range neodymium driver.

 

VOCAL FOCUS

By accurately presenting the transition from bass to midrange and not boosting the lower octave of instrument frequencies, Reference On-Ear headphones create great balance in transition to midrange frequencies. This allows for a natural smoothness in lower notes played by a bass guitar and vocals that are forward and complete.

CLEAN, TIGHT BASS

Reference On-Ear headphones deliver tight bass through a combination of components. The full-range 40mm driver, premium acoustic foam and a transparent wrap equate to accurate bass.

DEEP EAR CUSHIONS

The 15mm deep ear cushions accommodate all ear sizes and favored positions. Narrow cushions are comfortable for a small range of ears as the way the headphone is worn will govern the amount of pressure applied to different parts of the ear. Deep ear cushions and narrow ear cups mean the majority of the headphone acts like a pillow and helps Reference On-Ear headphones stay comfortable for long listening sessions.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear - The Klipsch Joint

Klipsch Reference On-Ear headphones’ ultra-comfortable, deep ear cushions.

ACOUSTIC FOAM

Arguably the most important component in proper sound and fit is the foam that rests between the driver and your ears. It’s objective is to create the necessary front volume to give the driver room to breathe and to funnel sound directly into your ear canal. Competitors make sacrifices here by using low-density (basically packaging) foam. Low-grade foam has a very fast rebound when pressed and leaks sound in all directions. High-density foam has slow recovery and very good acoustic properties.

PADDED HEADBAND

For an optimal listening experience, secure fit and maximum comfort, the headband’s clamp force must be equally distributed on your head. In order to achieve the best fit, the top of your head must help absorb the force used to keep the headphones on your ears. Reference On-Ear headphones use additional padding under the headband to create a comfortable damper and equal pressure distribution throughout the headphone.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear - The Klipsch Joint

Padded headband and optimal clamp-force distribute the weight evenly on your head.

 

WRAP AND SHAPE

The next fundamental component for acoustic transparency and comfort is the protein-enhanced polypropylene wrap. The amount of sound the outer wrap passes through is vital to midrange and high frequencies. Through engineering, we have maximized the amount of openness the wrap provides while decreasing the amount of sound leaked outside your ears. This is evident through the egg-shape of the ear cushion which mimics the ear’s size and shape. This anatomical composition follows our famous oval ear tips design.

Multiple components of Reference On-Ear add up to a headphone that can be comfortably worn for hours. Oftentimes, the most comfortable position to wear on-ear headphones is not the best position for optimum acoustics. Reference On-Ear addresses that by having a combination of 360° ear cup articulation, deep ear cushions, hidden head band extension, and extra padding in the headband.

HIDDEN HEADBAND EXTENSION
The mechanism for expanding and contracting the length of the headband is hidden from view. Reference On-Ear headphones fit a full gamut of different head sizes and has a wide range of extension for both the largest and smallest heads. Hiding the mechanism improves not only the look but also the reliability of the components within.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear - The Klipsch Joint

Reference On-Ear hidden headband extension.

 

COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN

Reference On-Ear headphones collapse into a small form ideal for travel.

Reference On-Ear - The Klipsch Joint

Reference On-Ear collapsable design for easy storage and travel.

 

PADDED TRAVEL POUCH

The jacquard monogramed travel pouch is padded to take advantage of the protection typically only provided by a hard case and compact form factor only available from a soft cloth bag.

IN-LINE APPLE MICROPHONE AND REMOTE

Reference On-Ear uses an Apple-approved headphone remote and microphone that is compatible with all Apple devices. Other devices are compatible for audio only and partial functionality of the remote.

Reference On-Ear Control - The Klipsch Joint

Multi-purpose control pad for accepting/hanging up calls, volume control, and music selection.

 

Check out the Reference On-Ear demo playlist from Spotify put together by Vlad Grodzinskiy – Klipsch Sr. Product Manager and the brains behind Reference On-Ear. Use the playlist as a reference, but be sure to grab the songs in high resolution to get the most out of the music.

You can purchase the Reference On-Ear headphones today at klipsch.com.

Klipsch Heresy Speakers: From Germany to New York to California

Back in 1983, Todd Fitchette was serving as a military policeman for the U.S. Army and stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Fresh out of high school, he was keen on purchasing a sound system in which he could use inside his quarters.

“If there was one thing a young soldier at the time used for bragging rights, it was his stereo system.”

Fitchette first heard Klipsch speakers in high school, where a classmate who ran the high school dances would bring in Klipsch La Scala speakers to use with the rest of his sound equipment. The La Scalas impressed Fitchette with their ability to play the Eagles, Styx, the Bee Gees and other popular dance songs of that generation.

“You not only heard the sound, but you felt it too. I recall being surprised at how big they were and how loud (and clear) they were. I thought their shape was quite cool, too.”

Now, obviously, the La Scalas were too big for Fitchette to lug from the store to the barracks, much less on his subsequent moves, but he did find another suitable option at the military post exchange (PX) in the Vogelweh Military Community– Klipsch Heresy speakers.

His best point of comparison was a pair of Infinity speakers that his roommate owned that Fitchette thought were the “cat’s meow.” Of course, there was no real comparison with the Heresy speakers.

“I simply liked them over the other speakers, including those my roommate had.”

So, the young soldier had decided on the speakers he wanted, but he’s in Germany and it’s 1983. It’s not like he could’ve ordered online at Klipsch.com with free shipping.

After flagging down a suitably sized cab, Fitchette shoved the speakers inside the backseat. The Heresy speakers may be the smallest of the Klipsch Heritage Series; however, they still pose a formidable challenge when trying to transport them in a standard sedan.

The cab took him to the train station, where the second challenging part of these speakers’ journey took place. Fitchette’s biggest concern was getting them on and off the train quickly.

“I knew I had to do it quickly to avoid having one left on the dock of the train station or on the train itself. One thing about the train system in West Germany at the time was they all ran on time. I figured I simply had to put one on the train car and then quickly put the other on the car then move them to where I was sitting.”

Despite some hairy moments, the speakers made it back in one piece to the base. Fitchette never heard one negative thing about them while he was overseas. Well, except for being told to “turn it down” because they were disturbing other soldiers in the barracks that were more than 200 feet away.

Of course, he couldn’t just let the speakers stay in Germany when it was time to come home. They were first shipped back to New York and then eventually all the way to California where Fitchette resides today.

“The wood is still in excellent condition and the speakers still sound good.”

When Fitchette purchased the speakers, they came unfinished, but he stained them into a darker oak finish and they look right at home in the living room, wherever across the planet that may be.

“So that’s it… no stories about how they were hooked up to amps powering guitars played by rock stars or used in a pinch at a concert because the roadies forgot to pack the speakers. Just a story about a guy with a pair of Klipsch Heresy speakers.”

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!