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What Makes Headphones Audiophile Approved?

Headphones have become as ubiquitous as the smartphones they’re connected to. Even if you’re a hardcore vinyl listener who eschews the terrible awfulness that is digital music (allegedly), you have to admit that the format is here to stay. Also, carrying that turntable around is a pain in the ass.

Just because you’re buying headphones, essentially little tiny speakers, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a quality product that makes your music sound great. It doesn’t take a professional audio geek to know to know what you need to look for in order to get a great set of headphones. Luckily, we know some of those so we can just ask them.

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Fit and Comfort

Believe it or not the single most important thing in a pair of headphones has nothing to do with any of the technical stuff. Are the headphones comfortable on your head, or do they clamp your head like a vice? Do your new earbuds fit well in your ears (if the tips are oval, they probably do)? There’s a very simple reason for this. If your headphones aren’t comfortable, then it really doesn’t matter how they sound, because you won’t be wearing them long enough to notice how great the music is.

The other reason that fit matters is that it has a real impact on the music you’re listening to. A set of in-ear headphones is designed to give you a tight seal between your ear canal and the outside world. If you don’t have that, then you’re losing a lot of your music. Low frequencies won’t come through properly. Finally, with bulky earbuds the sound will change dramatically from ear to ear as the fit will be inconsistent. To get the most out of your in-ear headphones they have to be small enough to fit into your ear canal as the engineers intended. Smaller in-ear headphones are often far better than larger ones.

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Drivers

Headphone prices range from a couple of bucks to hundreds of dollars. The main difference between them is often in the guts within. Cheap headphones often have relaxed quality control; you can buy several pairs the same headphone and the volume won’t match between left and right or the two sides will sound quite different. Also, they often exhibit higher levels of distortion. Distortion happens when the speaker is pushed beyond its limits or has been manufactured with less precision and accuracy than its more expensive counterparts. Most headphones use standard dynamic drivers, which are essentially tiny versions of standard speakers. Like those larger speakers the material used and manufacturing quality will be the thing that determines the difference between a good headphone and a poor one. More expensive headphones will often have properly matched drivers with tighter quality control, ensuring the experience is the same every time you wear them and identical between manufacturing batches.

Balanced armature headphones use incredibly small drivers that are highly customizable due to their prevalent use in hearing aids, meaning that multiple speakers can actually be fit inside a small in-ear headphone. Just like a big tower speaker, having multiple speakers means that each one can be specialized and focus on what they’re good at. Smaller drivers also mean they can be universally positioned deep in the ear canal, putting you at the front of the stage.

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Bottom Line

Buying audiophile headphones isn’t as simple as buying the most expensive ones on the shelf. First, pick a brand that has headphones far above and beyond your budget (you don’t have to buy the most expensive ones), this will ensure that even the cheaper models have gone through stringent engineering and quality control. Next, it’s usually a good idea to try a set of headphones from a brand that builds speakers you like. The sound principles will be similar and so will the sound signature. Audio has always been somewhat subjective and headphones are no different. Finally, and most importantly, find the set that sounds good to you by purchasing more than one and returning the rest.

The Social Media Guy Says “Thank You”

This is it. Today is my last day at Klipsch. It is surreal just to type that out.

Now, you may be wondering why the lowly “social media guy” is writing a blog post about his own departure. Is he really that arrogant and self-absorbed? Short answer? Probably. Long answer? Well…

There are two main reasons:  it’s a big deal when anyone leaves Klipsch (much less me) and I wanted to thank each and every one of you who has interacted with Klipsch social media for the four and a half years I have been in charge of the Klipsch platforms.

In the past four and a half years, I have seen many awesome coworkers and friends come and go just like at any normal company. This isn’t a normal company, though. We serve as each other’s second family, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, cracking jokes and generally being a pain in each other’s’ asses. I’m going to miss the crap out of these *******.

Klipsch is a “smaller” company that manages to do downright incredible things in the audio industry, competing against much bigger foes. From marketing to engineering to customer service and so forth, we’re all under one roof with each and every Klipsch employee geared towards being the best, no matter the circumstances.

I should get around to thanking all of you who are reading this post and who have followed Klipsch on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Running these channels has been a challenge as Klipsch customers and fans are some of the most demanding and knowledgeable on the planet.

It has been a tremendous amount of fun, trying to explain the awesomeness of our gear is while having a little fun doing it. I sincerely hope that something I have posted over my four and a half years has brought a smile to your face at one point. I know plenty of you have done that for me.

I have always found it particularly entertaining and amusing when reading the funny responses, you all come up with for our caption contests and things of that ilk. I’ve caught myself laughing out loud in public at some of the ridiculous (and funny) things Klipsch fans have said. Oh and I really appreciate it when you come to Klipsch’s defense when internet trolls baselessly attack the company.

Hopefully, I have been helpful along the way for most of you and you have gotten a first class experience from the Klipsch brand. Yes, we may mess up sometimes, but we do genuinely care about making all of you as happy as possible with your purchases. We get that our products aren’t cheap and that you are expecting the very best.

For those curious, here are my Klipsch setups, check out the details below. I won’t go into all of the portable speakers and headphones that are littered throughout my house. (Side note: my friends and families are probably sick of receiving Klipsch gear as birthday/Christmas presents at this point.)

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LIVING ROOM

  • 2x Reference Premiere RP-260F Floorstanding Speakers
  • 1x RP-450C Center Channel Speaker
  • 2x RP-140SA Dolby Atmos enabled Elevation Speaker
  • 2x RP-250S Surround Sound Speaker
  • Denon Receiver
  • Vizio 50” TV
  • Xbox One

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  • 2x Klipsch Heresy III Floorstanding Speaker
  • Harmon-Kardon HK-730 Twin-Powered Receiver
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable
  • 32” Phillips TV
  • Roku 3

Which one sounds better? Tough to say since I use them for entirely different applications. I have a soft spot for the Heresy speakers because there is just so much history behind them and I love that they were handcrafted in Hope, Arkansas. Oh and they are absolutely stunning in person (even if my cat likes to scratch them) and they are stunning clear at high volumes. (Sorry, not sorry, to my neighbors.)

Anyway, I am not disappearing from the Klipsch landscape all together. The friends I have made here are of the permanent variety (whether they like it or not) and I am always going to be advocate for the company’s products. Heck, you may even find my rummaging through the Klipsch Forums from time to time.

The future for Klipsch is exceedingly bright and all Klipsch fans should be extremely excited by what the future holds. While I have gotten a glimpse of what’s to come, my lips are sealed. You’re just going to have to wait to find out! (Some clues are on the Klipsch Instagram, though.)

Thank you again to my coworkers and Klipsch Nation for these past four and a half years. Rock on.

If you would like to get in touch with me, you can reach me on social media (duh!):

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Klipsch and Elijah Wood: A Prophecy Fulfilled

Chances are you know who Elijah Wood thanks to Lord of the Rings, Flipper, Wilfred and Sin City, among other films and TV shows, but what you might not know is that he is massive Klipsch fan and customer. He is the proud owner of each of the Klipsch Heritage speakers including some really sweet vintage La Scala speakers.

Now, we must state that we have no official relationship with Elijah Wood. It’s merely a mutual fondness for each other’s work. You could even say that a prophecy has been fulfilled…

It all started when Klipsch tweeted a nerdy Lord of the Rings joke in regards to the Klipsch X7i in-ear headphones. While I cannot drudge up the tweet right now, I remember that it was some sort of semi-humorous “my precious” reference. Unbeknownst to me (and the rest of the Klipsch team), Elijah Wood was following @KlipschAudio on Twitter. He saw the tweet, despite not being tagged or referenced specifically and responded enthusiastically at the attempted joke.

Elijah Wood La Scala stickerWe then started “DMing” (direct, private messaging) on Twitter and it came to light that he has been a Klipsch fan for a long time and a proud owner of the famed Klipsch La Scala speakers. He even sent as a photo of the card on the back of the La Scalas which is signed by the individual craftsmen who built his speakers. Elijah’s La Scalas were inspected by Jerry White and tested by Judy Clayton.

As we learned more about Elijah, we learned he is truly a devoted audiophile who has the very best equipment across the board and has a deeply-rooted passion for DJing. His passion was stoked by his close friendship with fellow DJ Zach Cowie who is another massive fan of Klipsch Heritage Speakers and got Elijah hooked on them. The Vinyl Factory got to go inside Elijah and Zach’s record room, where the two talked about their massive record collection in front of Klipschorns. Zach even used a vintage PWK mug in the short film that he picked up over eBay for a sum he doesn’t want you to know. Without knowing their relationship, we actually did a profile on Haley Solar, owner/founder of fashion label Junim LA, who is Zach’s girlfriend and a proud owner of vintage Heresy speakers thanks to Zach.

Without meaning to sound arrogant, it isn’t exactly uncommon for there to be somewhat-secret celebrity fans of Klipsch speakers and headphones. After all, we think our equipment is the best choice for people who are serious about their sound which would include many/most people involved in the movies and music industries. This particularly comes to light at events such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Klipsch Audio, where we are able to talk one-on-one with some of the biggest stars in the business.

What makes our friendship with Elijah a little more uncommon is that he goes out of his way to help promote Klipsch products. He frequently retweets Klipsch posts about the company’s famed Heritage speakers. Responding to our comments, questions and requests in a timely manner, Elijah is always willing to hear us out and even plays along with our silly jokes.

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One of those such jokes is one that is dozens of years in the making. In the 70s, Klipsch produced a bunch of t-shirts to help promote the La Scala speaker. These vintage t-shirts actually go for quite a bit of money these days on Ebay. Check out one listing here.

On the front of the shirt sits a hobbit on top of a La Scala with Klipsch lettering. On the back you can see the back end of both the hobbit and the speaker with the word “Bullshit” spelled out in some form of the elvish language. We

You have probably picked up on the delightful coincidence. THE hobbit – Elijah Wood – is a fan of the La Scala speakers displayed in the shirt. We could never have imagined that when we originally produced the shirt.

When we tweeted Elijah a picture of the vintage t-shirts from an old marketing campaign and he got a big kick out of it. He wanted one of those shirts! Sadly, few of these shirts are available apart from the few that pop up here and there on eBay as mentioned previously.

Partly thanks to Elijah’s request, Klipsch decided to come out with a “reissue” of the shirt. Instead of blue and white, the shirt is in the company’s now signature colors of black and gold. We sent one over to “Frodo” who immediately had a friend take a picture of him with the shirt on and on top of his own La Scalas, tweeting it out to his hundreds of thousands of followers.

Thus, the 40-year-old prophecy had been fulfilled.

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Do you think it is as cool as we do that Elijah Wood loves Klipsch speakers? Post in the comments!

 

 

 

Klipsch Install Stories: Lids

Chances are that if you know anything about hats, you have heard of Lids. The 21-year-old company is a staple in practically every major city, airport and shopping mall in North America.

Of course, Lids does far more than sell flat-brimmed caps that have become ubiquitous across the country. They sell other related gear like officially licensed jerseys, shirts, accessories and novelties.

Back in 1995, Lids opened up their first retail story at Tippaecanoe Mall in Lafayette, IN, just an hour or so north of Indianapolis.  Now boasting over 1,300 locations across North America, Lids’ rapid expansion has resulted in the need for a brand new headquarters. Earlier this year, the company moved into its new Zionsville, IN digs, just mere minutes away from Klipsch’s headquarters.

Despite the proximity, it was a happy coincidence that Lids picked Klipsch speakers to outfit the audio for their swanky new offices.  CCS Presentation Systems, a CIM Integration Company, is one of Klipsch’s local long-term partners. CCS/CIM utilized Klipsch speakers in several special installations including Indianapolis’s Georgia Street project, helping to redefine a public space into an entertainment hub. The companies also worked together in the city of Whiting, IN installing Klipsch speakers in their outdoor parks, providing excellent sound for large-scale community events.

With such an expansive yet unique structure like the Lids new headquarters, the CCS/CIM team felt that Klipsch speakers would provide the sound quality and flexibility needed to meet and exceed their client’s high standards.

From the luxurious meeting rooms to the expansive cafeteria, dozens of Klipsch speakers populate the shimmering headquarters, delivering a truly special sound experience.

“After meeting with Lids, we knew that Klipsch had the right audio solutions for the many applications LIDS wanted to implement in the executive boardroom, dining/bar area and divisible multi-purpose rooms. Working with Klipsch and their sound engineer Trey Cannon has been 100% successful with every system we have installed,” said Rob Childers, Senior AV Engineer for CCS/CIM.

Trevor Gibson, National Sales Manager of Professional Sales for Klipsch, concurred with Childers: “It was clear that LIDS wanted an audio system in their corporate headquarters that was tailored by the needs of each particular space. Thanks to working with a top-shelf local partner like CCS/CIM, we were certain that it would be a world-class installation.”

Dipping into the updated Klipsch portfolio of distributed audio solutions, CCS/CIM selected KPH-525 pendent speakers, CP-6T 70/100 Volt speakers as well as Reference R-20B sound bars and wireless subwoofers to tackle LIDS’ unique installation.

The KPH-525 speakers are perfect for high-ceiling structures or areas with no suspended ceiling for direct, overhead distributed sound. The CP-6T presents an appealing look from all angles with its integrated bracket and its ability to be tightly mounted into a corner with its V-shaped rear profile. The R-20B represents a flexible, easy-to-setup (yet, still great sounding) option that can be shifted around to being used from a meeting room to the divisible banquet hall.

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Up on the top floor, an executive board room with its giant U-shaped conference table and television is outfitted with black KPH-525 pendant speakers. The speakers’ elegant cabinets allow them to look like a discrete design element for the room and assure that every presentation is audibly astounding.

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Down on the lowest on the lowest level, the expansive dining and bar areas – complete with ping pong, pool tables and carnival basketball games – are covered with white KPH-525 and CP-6T speakers that blend naturally into the feel of this large, open room.

The banquet hall that connects to this dining and bar area is also fully immersed with KPH-525 and CP-6T speakers. The giant area is easily divisible, giving Lids the flexibility to separate it into separate rooms while maintaining a high-level audio experience. Adding to the install’s flexibility, a massive portable screen is paired with a R-20B sound bar and wireless subwoofer for when unique situations arise.

“This project has been one of our favorites as the end result was exactly what Lids needed for their new headquarters.  Klipsch was instrumental in the design process, working with our team to create a powerful but very user friendly system,” said Dale Gayman, President of CCS/CIM.

Next time you’re traversing the world or strolling the mall and see a Lids, remember that not only do these people sell terrific gear, they know great sound when they hear it.

Have a comment or question about the Klipsch speakers that were installed at Lids? Post in the comments!

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Klipsch Cornwall Speakers at Hi-Fi Brewing

When we found out that Hi-Fi Brewing Company in Redmond, WA had vintage Klipsch speakers, we knew we liked the place. When we heard the story about their Klipsch Cornwalls and the brewery’s mission statement, we knew we loved them.

Straight from the brewery’s website: “Just as the high fidelity recording techniques developed in the 1960s aimed to recreate–as accurately as possible—the original live musical performance, Hi-Fi Brewing is dedicated to producing beers that are the truest expression of the brewer’s art. Each beer is a faithful rendition of the top-quality ingredients that make it and the passion of the brewing team.”

Now, that’s something that speaks to our soul.

Paul W. Klipsch started making speakers in 1946 because he wanted to bring the live orchestra to the living room and didn’t think anyone else’s products were doing justice to the original performance. Since then, each and every speaker we have made has been a testament to his legacy and we love to hear of companies who do things the same way.

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The Klipsch Joint spoke with founder Ryan McGee on how the Klipsch Cornwalls came to their brewery and how they play a critical role in the brewery’s success.

Back the summer of 1980, McGee’s partner Joe Rovito was eighteen years old and had just finished his freshman year in college. At the time, minimum wage was a mere $3.35, but as McGee said, Rovito was “lucky and talented,” so he scored a job as a millwright at The Chrysler Corporation, making $13.37 per hour.

Rovito worked three 70-hour weeks (with overtime) and promptly “blew it all on a stereo.” He paired a pair of Klipsch Cornwall speakers that cost $1,240 with a Mitsubishi LT-5V vertical turntable, matching FM tuner and a Hafler 200 watt per channel amplifier.

“His mother wasn’t thrilled, but when he got back to campus he could play ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and have it be heard clear across the quad,” McGee said.

In 2013, a full thirty-three years later, Rovito brought those speakers (along with the accompanying now-vintage gear) to Hi-Fi Brewing where he and McGee are co-owners. The speakers didn’t simply come along for the ride, though.

McGee said, “The Cornwalls have become the focal point of the taproom. We get compliments every day on how great they sound.”

These guys are serious about their audio performance, as they use the speakers (now powered with a Sansui receiver) for playing vinyl or as a PA for their monthly comedy night. So serious, that they have outfitted the wall behind the speakers (see photos) with acoustic panels through the round cutouts. On the opposite side of the taproom is a set of massive floor-to-ceiling windows looking into Hi-Fi Brewing’s new 15-barrel brew house.

“We have a nice live-end, dead-end setup for the Cornwalls to play in,” McGee said.

These are our truly kind of guys.

Have you seen Klipsch speakers in a brewing, restaurant or other establishment? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Klipsch Palladium Series: A Masterclass

Every once in a while, there comes along an industry-redefining project. The Klipsch Palladium Series is one such mission.

It wasn’t done overnight. Heck, it took a full decade for this project to fully actualize itself.

Each and every speaker in the Palladium Series was designed to be utterly flawless from the floorstanding speakers to the subwoofer. These are not ordinary speakers. They are the pinnacle of Klipsch engineering and design.

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INNOVATION DOESN’T COME EASY

Ever since the doors of Klipsch opened for business with the introduction of the Klipschorn, the company has strived to be at the forefront of innovation. Of course, this comes with a price.

Much to the delight of the engineers and designers at Klipsch, they were shackled with any sort of budget in mind. The goal was simply to create the best speaker possible in terms of acoustics and design.

Palladium is built on the collective expertise of a global network of partners. From our headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, we went to the corners of the Earth in our quest for the perfect speaker Design consultants in Munich and Los Angeles, manufacturing partners in Dongguan and Shenzhen, China and build specialists at our original Klipsch factory in Hope Arkansas, all collaborated on this masterpiece.

Unlike other high-end audio speakers that rely on off-the-shell driver systems, we opted to build every Palladium driver the ground up. Like we said, we didn’t just want to make a great line of speakers. We wanted to make the BEST line of speakers.

There were struggles. There were disagreements, but not one can argue with the end result.

It is truly a triumph of passion.

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SUPREME PERFORMANCE

The beauty of the Palladium Series isn’t just on the outside. An equally stunning acoustics package resides within these oh-so-sexy cabinets.

Unique to the Palladium Series is a carbon-infused, thermoset composite dual-horn configuration. It consists of a proprietary tweeter design, combining a chambered phase plug and Tractrix® Horn for extended high-frequency response; a second 90º by 60º acoustically dampened Tractrix Horn is coupled to the midrange driver, resulting in remarkably precise and detailed performances.

Strategically placed neodymium magnets inside the titanium diaphragm tweeter and midrange are also used to increase efficiency, maintain dynamic range and drive power, detail and emotion.

The Palladium Series floorstanding speakers’ sport three low-frequency drivers employing hybrid cone woofers which are powered by a unique three-part neodymium magnet structure with dual stabilizing rings that reduce nonlinear flux. Triple ports further enhance low-distortion bass response.

Stepping down a size in speaker, the Palladium P-17B bookshelf speaker offers superior bass performance with a low-frequency driver that employs a 7-inch hybrid cone woofer, powered by a unique neodymium magnet structure. A single port on the rear of the speaker enhances low-distortion bass response.

If you’re looking an immersive home theater experience, look no further than the P-27S surround speakers which employ dual 0.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression drivers mated to 90º by 70º Tractrix horns in our exclusive Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST) provides crystal-clear sonic detail even in listening areas with less than ideal configurations, so the surround sound is pointed at you no matter where you sit.

For each Palladium Series speaker, the woofers’ voice coils respond accurately to the smallest signal modulation, yet can also handle the high power of the most demanding soundtracks.

The Palladium P-312W subwoofer employs three 12-inch drivers—one front-firing woofer and dual side-firing passive radiators—and a potent BASH® digital hybrid amplifier. Fitting nicely into a corner, the subwoofer’s unique enclosure lets the passive radiators face both walls of the corner for maximum output.

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A WORK OF ART

Some of you may think that the design of a speaker doesn’t matter. That’s cool, but you should probably skip to the next section.

For the Palladium Series, we partnered with BMW Group DesignworksUSA and together we created this masterpiece. It’s a signature look that blends classic Klipsch designs with a dramatic, yet clean and contemporary appearance.

The floorstander and bookshelf speakers’ “boat-tail” enclosure hints at the power and performance inside, while maintaining a high degree of sophistication and beauty.

Next to its unique shape, the most striking visual statement is the exotic zebra-grain Linia veneer that’s available in three different finishes: natural, merlot and espresso. The horizontal linear grain and absence of visible fasteners allows Palladium series speakers to elegantly complement your furniture and décor.

Featuring no parallel walls and an extensive internal bracing system, each Palladium speaker’s side panels combine with an angled top panel and a steel-reinforced front baffle to ensure minimal cabinet resonance and maximum acoustic performance. But rest assured, there’s plenty of style to go with all that substance.

The P-27C center channel speaker delivers dialogue as flawlessly as any leading actor. And just like a leading actor, the P-27C looks the part with signature Palladium design cues.

These speakers are also thoughtfully designed for the spaces they will belong in. Featuring a dark smoked nickel satin finish and zebra-grain end caps, the P-27S surround sound speaker offers a slim profile and an even slimmer chance of going unnoticed. It’s meant to be out of the way but not out of mind.

Of course, a true home theater system isn’t simply composed of just floorstanders, bookshelf, center channel and surround speakers, so even the P-312W subwoofer was design as a true masterpiece. Subwoofers need not be boring black boxes.

This is what luxury looks like.

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HANDMADE TO PERFECTION

With all of the effort our engineers and designers went through to make this product a reality, the end product has to measure up to the lofty promises we make about the Palladium Series.

We’re going to be straight up with you. Palladium speakers are extremely difficult to make. The end product is effortless and gorgeous in its design and sound, but the process is nothing but.

We offer our endless thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of our speaker artisans who have made this project a reality.

Go ahead. Delight your ears and eyes.

Psst! You are invited to the Klipsch Palladium PRIVATE SALE: http://www.klipsch.com/palladium-sale

 

2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage

Another year and another Klipsch Pilgrimage is in the books. This year’s event was the biggest one yet and arguably one of the most fun.

From the factory and museum tour to what went down on a nearby farm, the 2016 edition of the Klipsch Pilgrimage will not be forgotten.

Before we dive into the weekend’s events, we have to explain some of the basics to those who may not be “in the know” about this celebration of Klipsch and its community.

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WHAT IS THE KLIPSCH PILGRIMAGE?

Just about every year for – gosh, we don’t know how long – Klipsch fans have come together to visit both the Klipsch factory in Hope, AR and corporate headquarters in Indianapolis which houses the engineering, marketing and customer service teams.

While it’s certainly a celebration of Klipsch speakers and the people who make them, the Klipsch Pilgrimage represents community, togetherness, education and, quite simply, fun. Visitors get to tour the factory, check out the audio museum, demo all kinds of speakers, engage in the Klipsch version of Woodstock and even show their gratitude to Klipsch employees.

This year, more than 150 people travelled to Hope, AR, the largest showing to date for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. Many pilgrims – a mixture of men, women and even entire families – shuttled their way to this little Arkansas town in their cars, trucks and RVs. Klipsch enthusiast Rodney Newton was a most gracious host on his 660-acre property.

Believe it or not, this undertaking is completely organized and run by members of the Klipsch Forums, one of the most influential and engaging audio forums in the world with over 25,000 users. These are some of the brand’s biggest supporters (and critics) and we are always grateful for their passion. We simply wouldn’t be where we are without them.

While we would like to thank everyone involved in putting on this event, we must issue a special THANK YOU to Christy Luquet (aka “dtel’s wife”) who took the reigns this year and made it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

When you really get down to it, it’s incredible and extremely humbling to have a large group of people take time out of their lives, take time off of work and travel to Hope, all on their own dime. This kind of thing just doesn’t happen at other companies. It makes us darn proud to do what we do and is a constant motivation to make the very best speakers and headphones on the planet.

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THE KLIPSCH FACTORY TOUR

The first full day of the Klipsch Pilgrimage was spent touring the Klipsch factory and surrounding facilities. Luckily for the pilgrims, the factory was absolutely buzzing with scores of 70th Anniversary Klipschorns, Heresy III’s and various speakers from the Professional line, all being lovingly handcrafted right before their eyes.

Even though it was technically a normal day of production, it felt like a celebration for everyone involved. Countless visitors remarked in awe about how stunned they were that such amazing products were still being handmade right here in the United States.

The workers at the Hope factory were also genuinely thrilled to have an audience consumed by the work they do day-in and day-out– the endless sanding, screwing, staining, etc. After all, it’s not easy building a Klipsch speaker. Heck, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. For example, the legendary Heresy III is built up from a single sheet of wood. It’s really kind of mind-blowing.

A terrifically funny-but-not-funny anecdote from the factory tour was from the floor manager, Jake Townsend, who told everyone that he has to keep the new, glorious 70th Anniversary Klipschorn logos under the lock and key in his office because they keep “walking away” otherwise. (Not that it stopped any pilgrims from asking if they could have some!)

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SPEAKER DEMONSTRATIONS

As a special treat for the pilgrims, everyone was invited to check out an auditory comparison of the Klipschorn, Palladium P-39Fs and Reference Premiere RP-280Fs. Despite being over 70 years old, most listeners chose the Klipschorn as their favorite; however, each set of speakers showed off their own unique, magical characteristics.

Outside the factory a gargantuan KPT-Cinema Grandeur system accompanied by 1802 subwoofers was set up just for the pilgrims listening pleasure. WOW. That’s all you can really say about a system like that. It’s pretty remarkable.

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PISSING OFF THE NEIGHBORS

It wouldn’t be a Klipsch event without the authorities being called into play. To prepare for the Jason Helms Band hitting the stage on Saturday, the KP-600 had to be tested out back at Rodney’s to make sure they were ready to rock. After all, Klipsch forums member “kharmonddds” hauled this rare PA system (only a few hundred were ever made) in all the way from Lafayette, Lousiana. Needless to say, the system was certainly up for it.

So up for it, that the police called Rodney’s house, telling him to cut it out. Now, it’s important to remember that Rodney owns 660 acres and lives MILES away from his nearest neighbor. That’s how loud this system is. Crazy!

Of course, it turned out to be all in good fun, as Rodney’s neighbor came over to the party and was greeted by those in Klipsch’s famous “Pissing Off The Neighbors” t-shirts who gifted him his own “Pissed Off Neighbor” t-shirt.

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KLIPSCH EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION LUNCH

As a special “thank you” for all their hard work, Klipsch employees in Hope were treated to a spectacular lunch spread on Friday, courtesy of the pilgrims in attendance. Rodney smoked over 60 racks of ribs… all of which were voraciously consumed.

We may sound like a broken record, but, again, most companies don’t have customers/fans/friends like Rodney and the rest of the pilgrims.

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THE KLIPSCH AUDIO MUSEUM AND JIM HUNTER

Klipsch historian Jim Hunter is practically a legend at this point. No one knows more about Paul W. Klipsch than Jim. After all, Jim worked for PWK for many years. It’s always a treat to hear Jim’s epic stories for years gone by.

In addition to telling tales about PWK, Jim led the Klipsch Pilgrimage visitors through the Klipsch Audio Museum, explaining in detail all of the cool pieces in the collection. While we can’t reveal any details quite yet, Jim and the Klipsch Audio Museum will be given more of the attention they definitely deserve. Stay tuned!

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RAFFLE OF “JUDY’S STASH”

For a long time, we’ve had a stockpile of vintage Klipsch speakers in the warehouse next to our headquarters in Indianapolis which we have lovingly called “Judy’s Stash”. Judy Klipsch, who is the wife of Fred Klipsch, kept one of every speaker that we made while Fred Klipsch was CEO of the company.

We wanted to give the product good homes but weren’t quite sure the best way to do that. We finally realized the Klipsch Pilgrimage would be a perfect opportunity to raffle off this massive collection of speakers and subwoofers. Quite a few people left Hope, AR this year with a speaker they will treasure forever.

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DRUMMER JOE HOLLAND

If you read the latest “Good Poop” Jim Hunter, you would have learned about the connection between legendary drummer Joe Holland’s relationship with Paul W. Klipsch. Holland, who was the drummer for the Bob Hope Band, was on hand in Hope to play the exact set he did for the famous Klipschtapes – all at the age of 88!

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THE KLIPSCH VERSION OF WOODSTOCK

On the second day of the Klipsch Pilgrimage, Rodney’s property could have been mistaken for some crazy Klipsch version of Woodstock.

This is the part of the journey where things turned into more than a mere factory tour. It became a celebration of community, as everyone enjoyed each other’s company, engaging in a variety of activities. There were people fishing, skeet-shooting, flying drones, having a drink (or six) and swapping stories, among other things.

To cap it all off, the Jason Helms Band – longtime Klipsch fans – came on by the farm to crank things up on the KP-600 PA System. Everyone sat around in their lawn chairs, enjoying the awesome music, crackling fire and starry night overhead.

It all sounds rather simple and kind of gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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WHY THE KLIPSCH PILGRIMAGE MATTERS

Where to start? There are a myriad of reasons why the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage is an important event, for both the company and its customers/fans/friends.

As employees it’s a humbling experience and we are so thankful to be part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity. We cannot state how exciting it us to stand beside our fans that are willing to travel hundreds of miles to feed employees and to experience our products first hand – all at their own expense. It’s reinvigorating, knowing that the products you make can have such a profound effect on people’s lives.

Furthermore, the Klipsch Pilgrimage allows us to stay in touch with the core base of our fans that have been with us since the beginning – or close to it. While the types of products may change, it is infinitely important to remember what got Klipsch to where it is. The Klipsch Pilgrimage and its attendees are a sort of watchdog for the company in that way. Just like Paul W. Klipsch, they are ready to say “bullshit” when called up.

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HOW TO SIGN UP NEXT YEAR

Interested in going to the Klipsch Pilgrimage next year? Make sure you sign up for the Klipsch Forums and bookmark this sub-forum. We will also blog/Facebook/tweet/MySpace about it as well, but the forums are the first place you’ll see registration information, dates, etc.

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70th Anniversary Edition Klipschorn Speaker

Paul W. Klipsch sold his first Klipschorn back in 1946 and we haven’t stopped making them since then. In fact, the Klipschorn is the only speaker that has been in continuous production for over 70 years.

Think about that for a second. It’s an absolute testament to the quality and perfection of his design, standing the test of time against all newcomers. We would put this up against any speaker, past or present.

Known to many as the original corner-horn loudspeaker, its patented low-frequency horn boasts a unique design that utilizes the floor and walls of the listening room to complete the horn, increasing the low frequency extension and efficiency. The folded low frequency enclosure offers the most efficient use of space possible.

The design is so efficient that you can run Klipschorns with just one watt of power. ONE WATT!

Simply put, this is fundamental design that cannot be improved because the law of physics says so. Case closed.

The 70th Anniversary Klipschorn speaker is a soul-stirring tribute to Paul W. Klipsch’s iconic design. We made only 70 pairs of these speakers – all by hand in the humble town of Hope, Arkansas, where Paul W. Klipsch always made them.

With such a limited production run, each of these speakers will hold a special place in American audio history, as well as in our hearts. We take great pride in saying that these speakers will not only be for you, but for each generation of your family that you pass them onto.

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Limited Edition Australian Walnut

This show-stopping veneer is a unique feature to the 70th Anniversary Klipsch Heritage speakers. While it looks terrific in photos, be ready for your jaw to drop when you see it in person.

We sourced this limited veneer from the costal tablelands of North Queensland, Australia. The Australian Walnut veneer varies in color, but is usually a pale-golden hue highly contrasted with darker streaks of chocolate brown, grey, black or even pink.

Please note that each pair of 70th Anniversary Klipschorn speakers will have a slightly different finish to it, giving your set it’s own personality. These speakers will be uniquely yours.

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Book-Matched Wood Veneer and Speaker Pairs

What the heck is book-matched veneer, you ask? Well, it’s a process that is treasured more than any other cut of wood veneer. The veneer leaves are kept in order as they are delicately sliced from the timber and precisely arranged to provide a mirror image at the splice joint – like turning the pages of a book. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, it allows for a consistent appearance.

Each 70th Anniversary Klipschorn is carefully inspected and labeled with sequential serial numbers, ensuring that the Heritage series speakers leave the factory as a meticulously crafted set. These speakers are legitimate heirloom items. They can stay in your family for generations to come.

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Special Plaque

With the 70th Anniversary Klipschorn, you aren’t just buying a speaker; you’re buying a piece of American audio history. Each speaker features a small plaque identifying its numbered sequence in the series and has been signed by its craftsman.

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New Nameplate

It was an extremely tough decision to remove the iconic PWK badge from the top left/right corner of the Klipschorn; however, we believe that this new Klipschorn badge is the perfect fit for the limited edition model. The cursive font had actually been used in years past, so it’s a nice tribute to Paul W. Klipsch’s original decision.

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Silver Luster Grille Cloth

The new, cursive Klipschorn logo is attached to a breathtaking silver luster grille cloth that we have never used before except on the 70th Anniversary Klipsch Heritage speakers. It has the appearance of chain-link armor, giving these limited edition speakers a rather bold and contrasting appearance. It’s simultaneously tough and elegant.

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New Low-Frequency Horn

While it’s darn-near impossible to improve upon Paul W. Klipsch’s timeless Klipschorn design, we have tweaked it to get even more performance versatility. The rear low-frequency horn has been enhanced and is fully enclosed, offering more placement versatility in the listening room. While we still recommend placing the 70th Anniversary Klipschorn in a corner, we’re sure that many Klipschorn owners will appreciate the added flexibility.

What do you think of the 70th Anniversary Klipschorn speaker? Post your thoughts in the comments below!

2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage Preview

On May 20th, over 125 Klipsch fans will descend upon the rural town of Hope, Arkansas as part of annual celebration, dubbed the Klipsch Pilgrimage. Attendees will come together as a community to share their passion for Klipsch speakers and the employees who lovingly handcraft them.

Of course, this is not the first year for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. It’s been going on for quite some time now with the trip flip-flopping between Hope, where we have a manufacturing facility, warehouse and museum, and Indianapolis, where our corporate, engineering, marketing and customer service headquarters reside.

It is fitting, though, that attendees are trekking their way down to Hope because this year makes the 70th year since Paul W. Klipsch founded the company in the small Arkansas town. This year will be the first time that the trip has been entirely planned and executed by Klipsch fans themselves, many of whom are members of the Klipsch Forums.

“Klipsch and its forum members have a relationship that most companies can only hope to achieve. It is based on mutual respect for high quality speakers and preserving the high standards that Paul W. Klipsch started this company with seventy years ago in that small tin shed in Hope, Arkansas. The close friendships we have made with members on the forum and Klipsch employees became the driving force behind my interest in coordinating the annual Pilgrimage this year. I hope that we can pass the emotion, respect and loyalty we have for Klipsch down to many generations to come,” said Christy Luquet, Klipsch forum moderator and brand enthusiast.

As they did for the 2015 Klipsch Pilgrimage, Christy and her fellow forum members will show their appreciation for the Klipsch employees that handcraft each speaker beloved by many around the world by treating them to a special lunch.

You simply don’t see any other audio companies with fans like this. These devoted people are paying out of their own pocket to go on the Klipsch Pilgrimage AND they’re giving many of us lunch to boot! Seriously.

When you have customers who care so much, it genuinely makes us want to work harder and strive each and every day to make better speakers and headphones. It is humbling to say the least.

During the rest of the Klipsch Pilgrimage, these generous fans will get to tour the Klipsch plant, audio labs and museum, as well as getting demonstrations of both new and current Klipsch speakers. Klipsch historian Jim Hunter and principal engineer Roy Delgado will be tackling the tough questions during a Q&A session. Both Jim and Roy have had the privilege of working first-hand with Paul W. Klipsch and have a combined 65 years of experience with the company. They’ve seen everything!

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Many attendees have also been chomping at the bit to see the 70th anniversary limited edition Klipschorn and Heresy III speakers, which were handcrafted right in the Hope facility that they’ll be touring. We’re sure that they will examine every little differentiating feature about these speakers including the Australian walnut wood veneer, special edition logos, unique grille clothes and, of course, the special, signed plaques on the back.

We are also very excited to welcome special guest Colleen Murphy, founder of the Classic Album Sundays (CAS) organization, to Hope for the Klipsch Pilgrimage. She’s flying all the way from the United Kingdom to be a part of this unique event. Murphy is dedicated to the vinyl revolution, sharing the stories behind noteworthy albums and orchestrating in-depth listening sessions on hi-fi audio systems for the fellow music enthusiasts.

“I’ve been a Klipsch enthusiast for over two decades. I’ve DJ’d in venues from London to New York City to Tokyo on dance floors surrounded by multiple Klipschorns, the same speakers I have squeezed into the living room of my home and that started Classic Album Sundays. Needless to say, Klipsch is in my DNA. I am looking forward to learning more about the brand’s legendary history and spending time with like-minded Klipsch fans.”

Klipsch speakers reproduce the power detail and emotion of the live music experience… something akin to a religious experience. This explains why so many devotees are descending upon the homeland in Hope to give praise at the 2016 Klipsch Pilgrimage. Amen!

If you would like to know more about the Klipsch Pilgrimage and chat with some of the people who will be going, visit www.Klipsch.com/Forums

Register for the Klipsch Pilgrimage (open until May 15)

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Have you gone to a Pilgrimage before? Are you going this year? Let us know in the comments!