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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.

Klipsch Hobbit Shirt Front and Back social

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.

Elijah Wood La Scala edited

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

 

 

 

Klipsch La Scala Trio Home Theater Room Build

The following is story written by Michael Stevens, a member of the Klipsch forums, who describes the journey of how his trio of Klipsch La Scala speakers turned into one of the coolest home theater builds you will ever see. It is story that goes beyond speakers and cabinetry, touching upon the impact of friends, family, the Klipsch community and so much more. You can also check out the entire thread about this project on the Klipsch forums. It has conceptual renderings, more photos, daily videos of the progress, detailed commentary and installation issues as well as host of other goodies.

Since purchasing my first Klipsch speakers in 2008, I have since owned just about every Klipsch Reference speaker as well as a few Klipsch Heritage speakers.  I was always of the opinion that Klipsch Heritage speakers looked “dated” and were too different from the modern design of the Reference Series that I was accustomed to. Since them, I began a quest to hear as many various Klipsch speakers in my own home, with my own gear so that I might know firsthand how they sound and share my thoughts and photos with the Klipsch community. Little did I know I would begin a quest that would lead me much further than I ever thought I would go.

In July of 2014, I saw a listing on Craigslist for a pair of LaScalas.  The seller was asking $850, which was a very good price. At the time, I had been using Klipsch RF-83s and RC-64 in my dedicated home theater room for the past 6 years and absolutely loved them. The gentleman that was selling them was moving into a much smaller home and wanted to downsize to smaller Klipsch speakers. I told him the only speakers I had that I would be willing to part with were a pair of KG 3.2’s that I was using in my office. I shared with him that I would not expect the KG 3.2 to produce anywhere near the sound that the LaScalas would. I made an offer to the seller that I was hoping he would refuse because frankly I did not have anywhere to put the LaScalas nor did I like the style of them. But to my surprise, the seller insisted that I bring the KG 3.2’s over for a listen and was open to my offer.

After listening to the KG 3.2’s, the seller felt they would be perfect for his smaller home and was grateful to trade his LaScalas for $400 cash + my KG 3.2 speakers. I expected to bring them home, do some A/B comparison between the LaScalas and my RF-83’s and share my review with the Klipsch community and then eventually pass them on to someone that would truly appreciate them. From the moment I hooked up the LaScalas, I knew I was in trouble. Although the RF-83s are amazing speakers, the LaScalas produced so much more detail and due to the large midrange horn, vocals sounded much more smoothe and pronounced.

Michael Stevens La Scala Home Theater Build 8

Over the next week, I tried to convince myself that although the LaScalas clearly sounded better, they just were not the style that I preferred. I also knew if I were to incorporate them into my home theater, I would want to purchase a third LaScala to use as a center channel. I knew this would be a long shot but posted in the Klipsch forums regarding my new purchase and wanted to see if anyone had a single LaScala that they would be willing to part with. “Wstrickland1” from the forum said he was selling three LaScalas and had a buyer interested in purchasing a pair from him. The only problem was how to get this beast from South Carolina to Florida. Luckily, “Wstrickland1” said that in a month he would be passing through my area on the way to a business meeting, so within a month, a third LaScala was proudly sitting in my home theater.

What had I gotten myself into? What was I doing? I genuinely thought there would never come the day that I would even consider parting with my RF-83s and RC-64. I began a quest over the next week to do as much comparison between the two sets of speakers. I wanted to make absolutely sure I was making the right decision. To my surprise, at the end of the week, I knew what I must do. I was 100% confident that it was time for “Youthman” (me on the forums) to dip into the dark pool of the Heritage Series!

Michael Stevens La Scala Home Theater Build 7

Within 2 weeks, I sold my RF-83 & RC-64 and have had absolutely no regrets since. Unfortunately, due to the LaScalas size, they would not fit behind my false wall.  I contacted my friend Shaun “Wake” Ivy (Wakejunkie from the Klipsch forum) and he suggested that he could build a new front cabinet that would accommodate the LaScalas. Although Shaun lives 600 miles away, he was confident to make this dream a reality.  Since I was upgrading the front soundstage, I figured I might as well upgrade the screen too.  Shortly thereafter, Shaun purchased the rough-cut red oak wood in August of 2014 and I bought enough Seymour Center Stage XD fabric to build a 150” Acoustic Transparent screen.

The LaScala Trio Home Theater Build had begun!

Little did we know, within a few months of starting the project in January of 2015, at only 36yrs old, Shaun would suffer from three major strokes that would forever change his life. [Editor’s note: We did an article about Shaun on The Klipsch Joint last year.] He was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. The strokes affected Shaun’s short term memory in that he could only remember about three days. After three days, any memories made during those days would simply fade away. What used to take him one hour, now takes him about five-six hours due to the strokes without any ability to retain short term memories. Fortunately, he remembered everything pre-stroke as those memories, knowledge, skills were stored in his long-term memory.

Over the next nine months, Shaun would begin the road of rehabilitation and therapy.  In October of 2015, he contacted me to say that he thought he was ready to begin working on the project again. He asked me if I had plans for New Year’s. Although he didn’t want to make any promises, his goal was to finish the cabinet before the New Year. Jokingly, I told him let’s not specify which year.

It wasn’t long before Shaun realized he would not be able to finish this project alone. His strength, memory and problem solving skills were not anywhere near what they used to be, so he began to recruit help from his dad and several local friends to assist with the project. Over the next eight months, they would continue to build the cabinet that would soon be the new home of the LaScala Trio and four Klipsch RSW-15’s.

On Saturday, June 18, the special day had finally arrived! My dad and I hooked up a 20’ enclosed trailer and headed for Alabama!

During the trip, we met up with Shaun and his wife, making a side trip to pick up his very own Klipsch LaScalas and made a stop to visit the home theater of Superdave, another friend of ours from the Klipsch forum. Within two days of leaving Florida, we had arrived in Alabama, loaded up the cabinet and thus began its journey to its new home.

On Tuesday, June 21, Shaun, myself and my father began the build. Over the next seven days, we ran a 20 amp dedicated circuit, wired five Lutron Dimmers to five Lighting Zones, constructed the front wall and screen and moved the projector outside the room in between a hall closet and my son’s closet.

Obviously, there struggles here and here of which you can read about them on my thread in the Klipsch forums. (You can also see my daily video recaps on my YouTube page.) It was only a one week install which meant nearly-sleepless nights and plenty of energy drinks.

Everything turned out so much nicer than I could have ever imagined. The custom cabinet features hand carvings, a beautiful diamond pattern that surrounds the screen, arch lighting, lighting behind the screen, LED lighting around the screen, the ability to raise the 150” AT Screen that is supported by gas shocks to gain access to the speakers and a drawer that extends to allow easy access behind the components. Shaun’s cabinet is truly a work of art and his craftsmanship and attention to detail is to be admired.

My journey to build my LaScala Trio home theater was so much more than just building a cabinet and setting up some speakers. It was about friendship, family, the Klipsch community, determination, hope and beating the odds. I’m truly grateful for the friendship that I have with Shaun and his family. He is living proof that you can overcome adverse circumstances by surrounding yourself with people that believe in you and are willing to support you through the process.

What do you think of Michael’s La Scala home theater build? Post in the comments!

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Frank van Kasteren’s JubScala DIY Speakers

Klipsch fans come from all over the world. This time, we are talking to Frank van Kasteren, who resides in the small town of Wijk en Aalburg in the Netherlands.

Of course, even in the Netherlands, dedicated Klipsch customers like van Kasteren are prone to creating crazy, yet awesome, DIY speakers using Klipsch speakers.

Van Kasteren is “a huge fan of Klipsch horn loudspeakers.” About a year ago, he purchased a pair of heavily used (“loved”) La Scala Industrial speakers from 1993, which required restoration.

The Dutchman replaced the speakers’ non-original woofers with two originally K-33 woofers that he procured in an online auction. Keep in mind that van Kasteren had to ship these woofers from New York all the way to the Netherlands – not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

“It was worth it” and he happily posted a bunch of photos of the successful restoration on the Klipsch Forums.

Van Kasteren’s La Scala Industrial speakers were bi-amped with two Bryston 3B poweramps + a dbx active crossover before he decided to turn these La Scalas into something a little more potent.

While he loved the way the La Scalas sounded, he was looking for more low-end. He considered adding a subwoofer, but the direct radiating subwoofers weren’t exactly to his liking. His next idea was to go with the Klipschorn to hit those lower frequencies, but he settled on something entirely different.

Van Kasteren procured a Jubilee KPT-535 to serve as the low-end provider for his La Scala Industrial speakers. This combination has actually developed a cult following on the Klipsch Forums thanks to its incredible performance throughout its full range of sound.

These DIY speakers are lovingly dubbed the JubScala, a combination of the big K-402/K69 horn/driver from the Jubilee + the LF-section from the La Scala.

“Bass from a Jubilee is very deep, tight and powerful. I love it!” van Kasteren said.

One of the first changes van Kasteren made was to change out the dbx active crossover for an Electro Voice DX38 active crossover, based on what he had seen from Klipsch engineer Roy Delgado. The subwoofer’s amplifier is a 400 Watt DS4.0 digital plate-amp made by the Dutch company Hypex.

Van Kasteren was kind enough to share his entire setup in detail below the photos, but we must post a warning to everyone before they consider DIY speakers utilizing Klipsch components. While we love these DIY speakers from Klipsch fans, it should be noted that projects like this violate the warranty of the products.

Frank van Kasteren JubScala 3 social

Frank van Kasteren Jubscala 8 social

Frank van Kasteren Jubscala 4 social

LOUDSPEAKERS

25-50 Hz subwoofer

Klipsch Jubilee LF (2x 12″ K31 woofers)

108 dB/1W/1m

400 Watt / 4 Ohm, Hypex DS4.0 amp

50-470 Hz low/mid-low

Klipsch La Scala Industrial LF (1x 15″ K-33 woofer)

105 dB/1W/1m

470-20.000 Hz mid/high

Klipsch K402 horn + Klipsch K69 driver (= P.Audio BD-M750/8 2″ driver)

107.5 dB/1W/1m

POWER AMPS

2x Bryston 3B (4x 120 Watt / 8 Ohm, Bi-Amping)

ACTIVE CROSSOVER

Electro Voice DX38

PRE-AMP

Bryston BP20

INTERLINKS

2x Audioquest Yukon XLR (DX38 >> Bryston 3B’s)

2x Neotech NA-12165 XLR OCC Pure Silver (BP20 >> DX38)

1x Neotech NA-12165 RCA OCC Pure Silver (MacBook Air >> BP20)

CLEAN POWER

Kemp SNS-plug

Kemp QA-plug

USB-DAC

Audioquest Dragonfly

Audioquest Dragontail

2x Audioquest Jitterbug

 

What do you think of the JubScala? Have you heard one of these near-mythical DIY speakers before? Post in the comments below!

 

Steve Bedard’s DIY Klipsch K-402 Speaker

There’s no point in denying that the Klipsch community is full of DIY efforts. Sure, they violate our warranties and sometimes go against our acoustic principles, but goodness, some of the stuff we see from is downright awesome.

We have previously shown you a DIY effort from Klipsch Forum member Jonathan Wood who created a Frankenstein-version of the Klipsch KPT-904 cinema speakers. This time, we’re turning to fellow Klipsch Forums member Steve Bedard who created a similarly monstrous speaker that utilizes a K-402 horn and borrows elements from the elusive Klipsch Belle speaker.

Steve Bedard Klipsch K-402 Horn DIY

For years, Bedard had friends who were pushing the Klipsch La Scala speakers on him and he understood why.

“It’s amazing that a pair of used horns can be purchased for less than a grand and they are not out of place with up-stream gear that costs tens of thousands of dollars.”

Of course, speakers like the La Scala and Bedard’s creation are BIG. He originally thought that such speakers would be far too large for his dwelling, but after gaining more experience and doing some research, he decided to play around with his home system.

He has been tweaking his system for eight years now, focusing on Klipsch modifications for the past three years and hasn’t looked back.

“The horns are just great. Everything else sounds lacking or hyper-real to me now. The horns present a natural feeling of ‘being there’, wherever ‘there’ is, be it a live recording or a mixing booth.”

His first effort was a Bob Crities “CornScala” (a hybrid of the Cornwall and La Scala), which Bedard loved.

After that, he decided that he wanted to build speakers with separate low and high frequency components so that he could try out different combinations of horns, drivers and woofers.

Bedard didn’t jump right away into using the K-402, though. He started off using parts from the CornScala and then a K-502 before finally landing on the K-402.

“I decided to stop with the half-measures and just go with what was described as the best.”

Steve Bedard Klipsch K-402 DIY Speaker Bass Bin

The bass section is based on the Klipsch Belle except Bedard “smoothed out a couple of the angles and joints to make it a bit more modern in appearance.”

This turned into a winning combination for Bedard.

“These things are big in every way, especially the sonic presentation. At reasonable volumes they can present a wall of sound or pinpoint imaging. Fast, punchy, nimble, are words that come to mind when thinking of their dynamics.”

Of course, his creation is admittedly not perfect.

“They don’t ‘measure’ great. Critics will point to the lack of low bass, the peak response at 150Hz and the fall off of the extreme high end. But all speakers exhibit some form of compromise. Some crazy guy once spouted off that the “best speakers for music have response curves that look like they were drawn by a fiddler’s elbow” — I like that visual. These fit the music I play, the music I enjoy.”

For those curious, here is the setup he is using with the speakers:

  • Leben integrated CS-600 amp
  • Leben RS-EQ phono stage
  • PTP Solid 12 (Lenco rebuild) Turntable with a 12″ Schick arm and modified Denon 103 cartridge

Physically, the speakers work for Bedard as well, noting that the plywood aesthetic works with his décor. Obviously, you can’t miss these speakers when you walk into the room. They certainly stand out.

All in all, the project took five months of work and he even had to join a co-op workshop. After all, Bedard lives in Vancouver, Canada, which is an extremely expensive city where affordable space is an issue.

Now, was all of the effort worth it? Obviously, for Bedard, the answer is “yes.” In fact, Bedard isn’t done experimenting with this design. He is going to take the lessons he learned from this effort but use a Cornwall-style bass bin instead of one modeled off the Belle.

“I like having the experience to critically listen and discuss the different designs. Living with the speakers and building them myself are the only way to really educate myself on this stuff. I can see myself swapping the 402 and 510 horns and the Belle and Cornwall bases around for the next few years.”

We can’t wait to check it out!

Before posting this blog, Bedard wanted to make one thing clear about his speakers: “I am standing on the shoulders of great designers. I just built the things and get to listen to them.”

Steve Bedard Klipsch K-402 DIY Speakers

Steve Bedard Klipsch K-402 DIY Speaker

Steve Bedard Klipsch K-402 DIY Speaker

DISCLAIMER: While we love these DIY projects from Klipsch fans, it should be noted they violate the warranty of the products.

What do you think of Steve Bedard’s DIY Klipsch speakers? Have you done something like this yourself? Post 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

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.

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