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Good Poop: The First Time I Saw Paul W. Klipsch

Way back in 1976, I found myself in Philadelphia for my first professional society meeting –  the Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, IEEE International Conference on ICASSP. (Whew! What a mouthful.)

As a “green kid” of nearly 25, I was still working as a driver engineer at Rola, one of the USA’s earliest original equipment driver suppliers. Believe it or not, there was a substantial speaker driver manufacturing industry in the USA before Mexico, and then China, assumed dominance respectively.

I was surprised to see this somewhat scruffy old guy walking down the aisle during a paper presentation handing out some kind of trinket. Later I discovered that he was the presenter of the paper I had had come to see: “Loudspeaker Distortion” (included in our Audio Papers collection).

This was the first time I laid eyes on Paul W. Klipsch.

The trinket was nothing less than the little yellow BS button! In the context of a “sophisticated society event”, it was a bit mind-bending to this youngster.

Two years later I would meet him formally for an interview in Hope, Arkansas, and also learn the meaning of his little yellow button.

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

Trent Whitney and his Klipsch KMC 3 in Nepal

Thanks to an enthusiastic community of loyalists, Klipsch receives thousands of comments on social media whether it be on the Klipsch Forums, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – you name it.

In most cases, the kinds of comments are either product-related questions, flattering praise or, of course, the standard “YOU SUCK!” type of messages.

Obviously, we genuinely appreciate the kind words people bestow upon us and wouldn’t be in business if we didn’t have people exalting our speakers and headphones on the Internet. That being said, it is rare that we get a comment that genuinely makes our day.

Back in July, Trent Whitney, a police sergeant in Pocatello, Idaho, posted a message on our Facebook timeline that immediately brought a smile to our faces. He had just come back from a humanitarian trip to Nepal through the JRM foundation and left a message on our page to thank us.

In addition to having large populations in hard-to-reach areas, Nepal has been ravaged by earthquakes, making it difficult for aid to reach the appropriate places. Political red tape doesn’t help either.

Whitney went to Nepal to help with basic medical and housing needs, as well as to bring a little bit of happiness to a group of people that has been through far more than any of us can even imagine.

His red Klipsch KMC 3 portable Bluetooth speaker brought so much joy to the villages’ children, as well as to Whitney and his colleagues.

Klipsch KMC 3 Movie Projector

Whitney used his KMC 3, iPhone, a micro-projector and hung a white sheet to create a makeshift movie theater for residents. Whether in the children’s ward of a hospital or an abandoned, half-destroyed classroom, there were smiles littered across kids’ faces as Despicable Me or Frozen were played. It didn’t even matter that the movies were in English.

In some cases, Whitney had treated them hours earlier, which made him particularly happy to see their smiling faces.

“One little 7 year old boy was admitted with electric burns after he stepped on a live wire a result of earthquake destruction,” said Whitney.

Trent Whitney Home Theater

Most villages in Nepal are remote, leading to a lot of travel for workers like Whitney and his colleagues. Dr. Fahim Rahim, team leader, was rocking out with a pair of Klipsch X-11i in-ear headphones in the air while Dave Coffin, team builder, used the Reference R6i headphones. Rahim has a pair of 1979 Klipsch La Scala speakers, a pair of SW-115 subwoofers at home, while Whitney has pair of Klipschorns and Reference R-115SW subwoofers that we have highlighted on the official Klipsch Instagram page. We are certainly happy to hear that Klipsch fans are doing good deeds around the world.

The travel also led to some awkward circumstances that caused Whitney to bust out the KMC 3 speaker.

“We went back to Kathmandu Airport and our helicopter was late. It started pouring some of that monsoon season rain again so we sought shelter under a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 that had crash-landed at the Kathmandu Airport in March of 2015.  Luckily no one was hurt. This once very nice wide-body aircraft came in handy as a huge personal umbrella for us. During the downpour, we blasted loud music from my portable Klipsch KMC 3 Bluetooth speaker listening to 80’s rock and roll four a couple of hours.  It was awesome!” explained Whitney.

Trent Whitney Klipsch KMC 3 hike

Later on, Whitney and the rest of the team set off on a hike. After picking up batteries for the KMC 3, he found himself running about five minutes behind the group, so he needed to catch up. “I started running with my heavy backpack to catch up to the group with my speaker in hand.  I connected my phone to it and blasted some rock and roll as I ran. The villagers just stared at me as I ran by.”

Villagers and his colleagues are like family members. They brought so much joy to this policeman from Idaho that he left his KMC 3 with a Nepalese family that lost their home in the earthquakes.

“I just couldn’t bring it back with me after seeing how happy this Nepalese family’s little girl was when she danced. They became family to us! I miss my KMC 3, but I miss my new family even more! The spirit of giving never felt so good!”

At the end of the day, it is truly us who should be thanking Whitney and his colleagues.

Click here to read Whitney’s journal in full for Medium.com.

Trent Whitney Klipsch KMC 3 Nepal

Trent Whitney Nepal

Trent Whitney Nepal

Trent Whitney Klipsch Headphones

Klipsch Install Stories: Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery

Sun King Brewing Company was founded in 2009 by Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. They have had extraordinary success focusing on “continually creating traditional, seasonal and unique specialty beers.”

Sun King’s main brewery and offices are located just a few miles south from the Klipsch headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, IN. A couple years ago, we installed Klipsch speakers there, dutifully pumping music into the brewery as visitors sip on tasty beverages.

Colt and Robinson are looking to repeat that success in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, IN. While their plans for a full-scale brewery have been temporarily put on the hold, the award-winning brewing company built a taproom nearby. The location will eventually have a small-batch brewery inside where the mad beer scientists will concoct all sorts of delicious, hoppy beers.

Robinson said, “The new Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery was designed with local in mind. Aside from production of Fresh•Local•Beer, when you look around you will notice that our tables, bar and light fixtures were handcrafted from locally sourced and repurposed wood, so to complete the space, it only made sense to equip the space with great sound provided by our local partner Klipsch.”

For the install, we teamed up with Randy Monteith Audio & Video LLC out of Greenwood, IN. Monteith has been in business since 1991 and is well-known throughout the Indianapolis-area for providing stellar custom audio solutions.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 2

In the taproom, there is a lengthy list of taps (duh!) with all sorts of delicious beers available in pints or growlers. For this area, we installed hanging KI-262-SMA-II speakers and a “flying” KPT-684-SW-SMA subwoofer, which were handcrafted at our manufacturing facility in Hope, AR. The subwoofer is particularly impressive, as it is quite monstrous and more-than-capable of delivering superior bass performance.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 3

The party room is stocked with IC-525-T and KPH-525 speakers. These pendant speakers integrate really well into Sun King’s industrial look. The brewing area is equipped with CA-650-T speakers, which stay out of the way and allow the brewers to focus on what they do best – make gold-medal winning beer.

If you find yourself in the Fishers-area, definitely stop by for a cold one and, of course, top-notch Klipsch sound.

We might just head over there right now ourselves…

Do you have questions or comments about this Klipsch install? Post in the comments section below.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 1

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Sun King Fishers Tap Room Brewery Photo 8

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Klipsch Dolby Atmos Speakers FAQ

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

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

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

What is Dolby Atmos?

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

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

Is Dolby Atmos just a gimmick-y sound effect?

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

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

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

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

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

Do I need a new receiver for Dolby Atmos playback?

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

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140SA Dolby Atmos

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

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

Does Klipsch make Atmos enabled in-ceiling speakers?

Yes… Dolby doesn’t certify architectural products as Atmos enabled although any of the Klipsch in-ceiling speakers meet the spec. The Klipsch CDT-5650-C II and CDT-5800-C II in-ceiling speakers are two particularly great speakers for Dolby Atmos because of their Controlled Dispersion Technology®.

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

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

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

No. Between the in-ceiling speakers and integrated and elevation speakers, Klipsch has many options for consumers to have Dolby Atmos even if they don’t have a dedicated, sound-treated theater room. If you are looking to use the integrated or elevation speakers, a horizontal ceiling made from an acoustically reflective material, such as drywall or plaster is the most ideal setup. That being said, if you have a two-story or vaulted/cathedral ceilings, you can still enjoy the same amazing Dolby Atmos experience. For more details, please see the answer to the next question.

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

A horizontal ceiling between 7.5’ and 14’ high is the most ideal for a Dolby Atmos-enabled elevation speaker; however, we have done a lot of testing with vaulted/cathedral ceilings and you often can get the same experience as you would with a horizontal ceiling. If you have doubts about your particular setup, we would recommend contacting Klipsch customer support. Any photos of your listening area that you can provide will aid the process. Another option for two story or cathedral/vaulted ceilings would be Klipsch in-ceiling speakers which can be angled properly for Dolby Atmos sound.

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

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

What is the ideal ceiling height for Dolby Atmos playback?

The ideal ceiling height is 7.5 feet to 14 feet.

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

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

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

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

Reference Premiere RP-280FA Dolby Atmos Walnut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speakers

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

Mini Klipsch La Scala desktop computer speakers.

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

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

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

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

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

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

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

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

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

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

Mini Klipsch La Scala speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speaker

Mini Klipsch La Scala Speakers

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

 

Made in USA Speakers

The very first Klipsch speaker sold was made by hand back in 1946 in the little town of Hope, Arkansas. Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) built the horn himself out of a tin shed while the original cabinet was made by the local Reed’s Cabinet Shop.

A lot has changed since 1946, but some things haven’t. We still make many of our speakers in that sleepy little southern town with pride and respect for the formula (PWK) bestowed upon us.

The tin shed is now a full-fledged factory with its own cabinet production line and the company’s headquarters have moved to Indianapolis, Indiana; however, the mission remains the same for all of our “Made in USA” speakers. We want to make the world’s best speakers that bring the live music experience to your living room…or wherever you may need music.

Here’s a rundown of our Made in USA speakers…

Klipschorn Speaker Made in USA

Klipschorn (Heritage Series)

Paul W. Klipsch created the Klipschorn because he wanted to bring the live music experience to his home. Boy, he succeeded and then some, didn’t he? With it’s brilliant highs and deep lows, it’s truly the classic American speaker. (Klipschorn history)

It may be hard to believe, but the design of the Klipschorn has genuinely not changed much since PWK made his first one in 1946. It is the only speaker to be in continuous production for over 70 years. We’ve tweaked it here and there, but, as the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Klipsch La Scala Made in USA

La Scala II (Heritage Series)

Named after the Teatro alla Scala in Italy, the original La Scala was unveiled in 1963 as an alternative to the Klipschorn. It offers similar performance and, unlike the Klipschorn, it does not require corner placement. (La Scala history)

The fully horn-loaded, three-way La Scala was used early on by Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller and now has fans like Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood who fulfilled the prophecy of a now famous Klipsch t-shirt.

Klipsch Cornwall Made in USA

Cornwall III (Heritage Series)

Simply put, the Cornwall is the Heresy’s “big brother.” Introduced in 1959, the Cornwall was designed to serve as a bigger and more powerful version of the Heresy as (ideally) a center channel for a pair of Klipschorns. (Cornwall history)

Over the years, the Cornwall has developed its own dedicated following who can’t get enough of its three-way design and direct-radiating 15-inch woofer. Klipsch briefly discontinued the Cornwall in 1990 but quickly changed its mind after an outcry from customers that included a written petition.

Klipsch Heresy Made in USA

A Klipsch Heresy speaker at the flagship John Varvatos store in Detroit, MI.

Heresy III (Heritage Series)

The Klipsch Heresy speaker was introduced in 1957 as a center channel for a pair of Klipschorn speakers. As far as we know, it’s the first commercially-made center channel speaker. (Heresy History)

The Heresy now stands very much on it’s own. Steven Guttenberg calls the Heresy III “a rock’n’roller’s dream speaker” in Stereophile. A little Heresy is good for the soul.

Reference RF-7 II Made in USA

Reference RF-7 II speakers on the line in Hope, AR. (Photo credit: “CECAA850″ from the Klipsch Forums)

Reference RF-7 II

The RF-7 II is the flagship speaker in the popular Reference series lineup. It’s striking copper-and-black aesthetics and muscular performance make it many customers’ choice when building the ultimate home theater.

This speaker is often compared to classic American muscle cars because it’s loud, bold and freakin’ awesome.

Reference RC-64 Made in USA

Reference RC-64 II

Great home theater systems need a proper center channel and few are better than the RC-64 II that is handmade on the line in Hope. With four 6.5” Ceramatllic woofers, the RC-64 II is the most powerful center channel in the Reference series and the perfect compliment the RF-7 II floorstanding speakers.

Palladium Made in USA

Palladium

The Palladium Series was an industry-redefining project that began with a vision – not a budget. Every engineering detail was meticulously pored over to ensure that this speaker was a befitting flagship speaker for the Klipsch brand. We are extremely proud to assemble these breathtaking speakers right here in the heart of America.

THX Ultra2 Made in USA

THX Ultra 2

There is an American-made option for the movie enthusiast who wants their speakers to have the highest THX certification….and it rocks. In fact, we believe that few professional theaters can match the stunning high-output, low-distortion sound that this system achieves.

Sun King Fishers Tap Room Made in USA

Klipsch Professional speakers in action at the Sun King Brewing Tap Room in Fishers, IN.

Klipsch Professional

Many of the Klipsch Professional speakers that you find in movie theaters, race tracks, restaurants, etc are made in Hope, Arkansas alongside the Heritage Series. Building the speakers in Hope allows us to quickly ship products to businesses that match their specifications.

Heritage-Inspired Speakers

The Future

Klipsch is always examining opportunities to bring more manufacturing to Hope, Arkanas. At CES, we showed off a concept for wireless towers and bookshelf monitors that combined beautiful Hope cabinetry with the technology from a Klipsch Stadium.

Do you own a Klipsch speaker that was Made in USA? Post your setup in the comments.

 

 

Dads That Rock: Memories of Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cory ZZ Top

Cory snapped this photo of ZZ Top.

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

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

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

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

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

Cory Chevrolet Beretta

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

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

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

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

Cory Doobie Brothers

 

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

 

Dads That Rock: Heresy Is Good for the Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This was the beginning of my love for Klipsch.

 

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

Dads That Rock: Klipsch Fortes in the Family

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Milligan Klipsch Forte KG1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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