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What are the Benefits of Bluetooth Speakers?

Today nearly everybody has a smartphone and that means that everybody carries their music with them wherever they go. Since you have the music, you also want to be able to listen to it wherever you are. While this often means bringing along a set of headphones, you don’t always need to keep the music to yourself, and often you’ll want to share it with more people, this is where a nice Bluetooth speaker comes in.

Why Bluetooth Speakers Are Great

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The benefits of Bluetooth speakers are numerous and varied. They connect wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet, or other device, so there’s no additional wires, or anything else, that you need to make them work. Most are also fairly portable, making them easy to take them to the park, the beach, or anyplace else that a group of people may want to listen to music together.

The fact that Bluetooth speakers can be taken nearly anywhere also means that they’re usually pretty sturdy, designed to be used in environment where other speakers could be easily damaged. Drop them in the sand, let them get covered in dust in the garage, it doesn’t matter, most Bluetooth speakers will keep going in nearly any environment. A Bluetooth speaker like the Klipsch Groove is even water resistant so that it can take a splash of water from a swimming pool or a spilled drink, and still keep going.

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Of course, it can also be much simpler than all that. maybe you just need music in a room of your house that doesn’t have a stereo system. Maybe it’s a small room and there isn’t space for anything larger or maybe you’re not ready to spend as much. Bluetooth speakers can bring full range audio into any room in your home for not a lot of money, and without taking up much space.

A Bluetooth speaker is quite simply the most versatile speaker that you can own. Any time and any place that you need music you’ve got a simple and effective way to make it happen.

How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Your Speakers

When you bring new speakers into your house, you are making a lot of people happy. First and foremost, you are happy because all of your research has brought you to this point of audio nirvana. Your friends and family, while skeptical at first, will also reap the benefits. Lastly, if you have a cat, they are going to be stoked as well. After all, you just bought them a pair of giant scratching posts.

I have a cat named Robben (after the famous Dutch soccer player Arjen Robben). He was plucked from the streets after he came right up to my dog and he’s been part of the family ever since. He is technically a “feral” cat despite his playful and loving nature.

While he is insanely cute and wouldn’t hurt a fly (minus birds, mice, chipmunks, snakes and the other various critters he enjoys hunting), he likes to scratch things. My couch and my speakers, specifically.

Now, you’re on your own with your couch (Google has endless results for this problem), I am here to provide you with some first-hand tips on how to deal with your cat scratching your speakers.

Of course, it must be noted that this is not an official guide. Klipsch does not hold any responsibility for your cat and your cat-proofing methods ruining your speakers.

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Add More Scratching Posts

The easiest way to stop your cat from scratching you speakers is to simply give them more appetizing things to scratch or other toys to play with. Place them along the path of where your cat most frequently scampers around.  If you believe you have enough scratching posts, try rearranging them. Do not discard old scratching posts immediately. Place them next to the new scratching posts, so the cat can slowly adjust to the new one.

Take the Grilles Off Your Speakers

I am obviously extremely biased, but I’d say it’s a shame to cover up the copper cones (or the glorious woofers from our non-Reference series speakers). Freeing your speakers from their grilles may indeed remove your feline friend’s temptation of a tall, scratchable surface. Of course, we also must note that your child, niece, partner, etc may decide that the woofers look quite pokable, damaging your speaker(s) worse than a few scratches on the grilles.

In my own situation, Robben decided that the naked speaker was just as tempting, sinking his claws into the woofer itself. My high-pitched (and decidedly not masculine) scream scared him off temporarily.

Startle or Spray Your Cat

I’m not advocating that you take out deep-rooted anger on your cat companion or anything stupid like that. That being said, when your cat starts scratching, let out a yelp or scold them quickly and your cat will scurry away, hopefully never returning to scratch your speakers again.

Better yet, you could fill up a water bottle and give your kitty a quick spray when they commit the crime. It won’t take much, so don’t fill up a Supersoaker.

Spray Your Speakers with an Anti-Scratching Spray

There are tons of anti-scratching sprays that you can find in the aisles of your local pet store. I have only tried out Nature’s Miracle Scratching Deterrent Spray and its effectiveness is hit or miss.

Please be careful when using the spray, some speakers have very sensitive surfaces that should not be sprayed with any sort of liquid. I only spray the grille covers of my Heresy III speakers. Most of the time it seems to work; however, I did witness one such occasion where Robben went right to work on them mere minutes after I had applied the spray.

Add Scratch Covers to Your Speaker

This is the most extreme technique and also the most complicated. Call me lazy, but I cannot attest to whether it’ll be successful or not. Essentially, you need to turn your speakers into modified scratching posts. Put the fabric over the top of the speakers and your feline will have a go on the covers instead of your favorite speakers. Do not attach the fabric cover to the speaker themselves since you would be damaging your speaker that way and making the whole process pointless anyway.

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Put Something On Top of the Speakers

My cat (and presumably yours too if you are still reading) loves to get up to high places including the top of my Reference Premiere RP-260F floorstanding speakers. While it’s adorable and all, his little claws dig into the speaker as he tries to secure a grip.

Now, if the previously listed fixes don’t deter your cat from your speakers altogether, there is a simple fix that will work most the time. Put something on top of your speaker. In lieu of a tasteful plant or meaningful decorative object, I’ve actually placed a pair of Reference Premiere RP-140SA elevation speakers, cat-proofing the top of my speakers AND gifting myself Dolby Atmos technology. Double win.

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Stop Worrying About It

Seriously. Almost all of us tend to fret over the appearances of our speakers to an insane degree, but it really is so much better at the end of the day to just going nuts over every little nick and scratch. Call them marks of character. After all, no one will really notice besides you and the speakers will sound exactly as awesome as they did before your kitten decided to test out their claws.

Do you have any other tips on how to deal with your cat (or other pet) scratching your speakers? Post in the comments!

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Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors: Just Add Vinyl

Whether you are just getting into vinyl or returning to this cool-again medium of music, you are going to want the very best equipment to play your new records. That’s where Klipsch comes in.

The Klipsch Reference R-15PM Turntable Pack has everything you need to make your album collection come to life again – or for the first time.

“How so?” Glad you asked. We explain all the main reasons why the R-15PM Turntable Pack is the ideal solution for any vinyl love. Heck, even if you have a vinyl setup already, we strongly suggest you consider the R-15PM Turntable Pack. It’s that good. It’s that versatile. It’s that EVERYTHING.

There are a lot of solutions out there from companies trying to get a piece of the vinyl one. This just happens to be the right one.

(The R-15PM Turntable Pack is 20% OFF through 8/31/2016 from Klipsch.com if you’re in the U.S.)

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First and foremost, Klipsch is a speaker company and we’re pretty sure that we’re the best at making great-sounding speakers. The Klipsch Reference R-15PM Powered Monitors carry on the company’s legacy, providing room-filling sound in a compact package.

Technically speakers, each monitor includes a 1″ aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 90° square Tractrix Horn and 5.25″ copper spun magnetically shielded IMG woofer. The R-15PM powered monitors also have a built-in custom amplifier, eliminating the need for external amplification which means that world-class Klipsch engineers have full control of the signal path. We’ve picked and tuned the components to be an absolute perfect match throughout, making the system sound incredibly immersive and complete.

Don’t believe us? Just ask CNET and AVS FORUM who reviewed the R-15PM powered monitors.

CNET’s Steve Guttenberg: “No one would describe the R-15PM’s sound as shy and retiring; this little guy kicks butt.”

AVS Forum’s Mark Henninger: “Regardless of whether I used the R-15PMs to listen to my music collection, catch a movie, play video games, or simply to watch a TV show, they delivered clear, dynamic, and completely non-fatiguing sound.”

Oh and they aren’t too shabby on the eyes either. Their minimal, yet striking, design fits with almost any décor situation and the Reference series’ copper cones ensure that these aren’t the typical black box speakers.




We are very proud to have teamed up with Pro-Ject Audio Systems to deliver a Klipsch-branded version of the company’s award-winning Primary turntable. Pro-Ject is an iconic brand in its own right, long serving as one of the gold standards in the turntable business and making some of the very best turntables at attainable prices.

Packing a low vibration synchronous AC motor, a perfectly-matched 8.6” aluminum tone-arm, and an audiophile-grade, low-distortion Ortofon OM 5e magnetic cartridge, the Pro-Ject Primary and R-15PM powered monitors are a match made in heaven.




We mentioned it previously in this blog post; however, it is worth repeating. The R-15PM Powered Monitors have built-in amplification AND inputs, meaning that you can ditch that clunky receiver that takes up entirely too much space on your countertop or in your media cabinet.

Most importantly for the sack of this turntable pack is the inclusion of a phono input. That means you can plug the turntable directly into the speakers. Normally, you would have to plug the turntable into the phono pre-amp and phono pre-amp into the receiver. Not this time!

Really, it’s all about making it easier for the customer who just wants to listen to their dang music BUT also doesn’t want to sacrifice the sound quality for ease of use. We believe we have covered all of the bases with the R-15PM Turntable Pack, making one of the easiest to setup vinyl solutions out there.




We can probably all agree that there is nothing more frustrating than when cables or batteries are not included in the box. We’ve fixed that here. Everything you need to complete your turntable setup comes together. Heck, we’ve also included a few options if you want to connect your R-15PMs in a different way.

This is what you get in the box:

  • 68″ AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 16′ Length of 18AWG speaker wire (bare tinned wire on each end)
  • 5′ USB-A to USB-B cable
  • 5′ Stereo RCA cable

Isn’t it about time someone actually did this? We have done everything we can to make sure you have the easiest setup without giving up ANYTHING in terms of sound quality of versatility.

What do you think of the Klipsch Reference R-15PM Turntable Pack? Post in the comments!

Best Speakers for College

Audio. It’s the fabric of the college experience, whether you’re belting out lyrics at 4 a.m. or confined to the library, frantically studying for that final you somehow forgot about.

Or maybe you’re the type to stream endless seasons of a certain show about prison inmates while downing copious amounts of mac & cheese and other microwaveable food items.

Whatever the case, you shouldn’t settle for crap audio. Klipsch offers the very best speakers for college for any situation at price points that don’t take away too much from your precious beer money.

Disclaimer: the below recommendations of the best speakers for college will assuredly result in the Residential Advisor (RA) knocking on your door. (Worth it.)

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You’re going to need some extremely capable speakers when you’re a few beverages deep and exactly the right song pops up on Pandora. After all, you’re going to crank it UP.

Enter the Reference R-15PM powered monitors. These ultra-versatile speakers have built-in Bluetooth and an endless supply of inputs, allowing you and your buddies to connect to them in just about any way possible. Plus, the amplifier is built-in, so you won’t have to shuffle things around to fit in a clunky receiver.

Thanks to patented Klipsch horn-loaded technology and the custom-engineered amplifier, these speakers are extremely efficient, playing with no distortion even at the highest volumes. No one likes crackling. We like it loud and we do it better than anyone else.

Seriously though, we aren’t liable for the inevitable angry 2 a.m. knock on the door from your RA who was studying for their sociology midterm.

(Oh and they look and sound terrific on your desk, offering crisp and clean background music when you get around to actually studying.)


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College life isn’t restricted to a dorm room. You’re going to be out and about, trying to find yourself (whatever that means) during your schooling.

For those times you are throwing the ol’ Frisbee around the luscious lawn of “the quad,” you should consider the Klipsch Groove portable speaker. It boasts Bluetooth, 8-hour battery life and a durable, splashproof design.

That means you can connect easily, goof around for as long as you want and even beat up the speaker a little bit if you like.

Sounds good? Sounds great.

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Speakers for the Off-Campus Apartment

Klipsch Reference R-4B Sound Bar + Wireless Subwoofer 

Couldn’t stay in a dorm room for four years? We don’t blame you. Off-campus apartments will typically allow you to drill holes into the wall for photos, décor…or speakers.

That being said, your neighbors may not be fellow students, so they probably won’t be as amenable to a full-blown surround system with every wall shaking as if there were no tomorrow. Of course, you can still get in plenty of trouble with the Reference R-4B sound bar and wireless subwoofer, but that’s on you – not us.

Budgets are understandably tight in college. After all, beer isn’t free, but the R-4B is the most affordable option in the line of Klipsch Reference sound bars. Once you split the cost with a few of the roommates, you won’t even think twice about it…Until it comes time to move out and all of you are fighting over the sound bar that made you fall in love with your music and moves again.

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Speakers for Your Professor

Klipsch Heresy III Floorstanding Speaker | 70th Anniversary Edition

Maybe your professor is an audiophile. Maybe you just need to change the topic from that paper you forgot to turn in. Regardless, the Klipsch Heresy III is going to be a head-turner for even the most distinguished educator.

These might even be older than your professor, originating in the early 1950s. Today, they are still handcrafted in Hope, Arkansas and stack up both visually with their mid-century modern appearance and award-winning sound. These speakers are timeless even if your professor’s lectures aren’t.

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Speakers for the Frat House


Now, some of you might call us crazy for recommending the original Heritage Series speaker for a frat house. After all, they have a premium price and frat houses are stereotypically gross, but bare with us.

Yes, the Klipschorn isn’t exactly cheap; however, when you start splitting the cost with all of your fraternity brothers, it starts making a lot more sense. Plus, the Klipschorn will last a lifetime, so the fraternity will not have to replace the speakers for perhaps half a century.

These aren’t speakers that you can just knock over and break. Just stick them in the corners and turn up the music. Everyone is going to want to come to your party…maybe the police too.

Just don’t get kicked out of the house. Trust us, you don’t want to move these guys.

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Headphones for College

Obviously, you cannot crank up speakers all of the time. You’re going to need a good pair of headphones (or two) for studying, working out, etc. That’s why we wrote this: “Best Headphones for College”.

What do you think of our list of the best speakers for college? What did you use in college?


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 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.

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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!

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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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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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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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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.



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.



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


Best Speakers and Headphones for Memorial Day Weekend

Before diving into things, we would be remiss not to mention that Memorial Day is ultimately about honoring those who lost their lives defending this country. We consider Memorial Day weekend a celebration of the lives we are allowed to live, thanks to the ultimate sacrifices they made.

It’s a time for friends, family and a whole lotta fun. Assuming the weather cooperates, we’re guessing most of you will be marauding around outside, forgetting to put on sun screen, grilling up various meats, and drinking too many “beverages” – oh wait, maybe that’s just us.

Anyway, music is likely going to be a big part of your weekend plans, so we’re here to help you figure out exactly what you need to quench your thirst for quality audio.

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Klipsch Groove Portable Speaker

It’s small. It’s rugged. It’s even splash proof. Oh, and it sounds great with an output that belies its stature. This is the speaker that your fun-loving self can beat up a little and it’ll keep on rockin’. Just set it down wherever, add your playlist and get back to grillin’, drinkin’ and whateverin’.

There are simply a myriad of reasons that make the Klipsch Groove an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker for Memorial Day weekend and all summer-long activities.

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Klipsch X12i Headphones

Klipsch’s headquarters are located just a few miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so the Indy 500 holds a special place in our hearts, especially so since it is the race’s 100th anniversary. While we are quite proud to have Klipsch speakers installed at various locations around the track, we have to admit that there are times that call for headphones.

With their slim and lightweight aluminum casing, the Klipsch X12i in-ear headphones will let you hear all of the drivers on the radio with perfect clarity while blocking out the engine noise from the cars whizzing around the track. They also work great as earplugs too, if that’s more your speed.

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Klipsch Reference R6 On-Ear Headphones (Snakepit Edition)

So, we’re showing favoritism toward Indianapolis once again, but here us out. The Snake Pit is essentially a giant mosh-pit for the concerts that occur before the running of the Indianapolis 500. It pretty dang wild. Anyway, we teamed up with the track’s organizers to come out with 100 of these custom headphones to celebrate the 100th running of the race.

If you don’t care about the Snake Pit or simply want something less flashy, you can always just get the standard black finish Reference R6 On-Ear headphones, which deliver amazing performance and comfort at a very palatable price.

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Klipsch R-15PM Powered Monitors

For whatever reason, the weather gods always seem to turn the sun up to 11 for Memorial Day weekend. It is totally understandable if you decide to duck inside, veg-out and watch “Shooter” on FX for the 100th time.

The R-15PM powered monitors are just so dang easy to set up and use that you won’t have to sweat it all – or, at least, you won’t be adding to the sweat that has already accumulated on your back, head and who knows where else. Just plug this versatile speaker pair into a turntable, TV, computer or cell phone and play.

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Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

Let’s say you’re the person with a few acres of land, a sweet-ass pool, a shiny new grille and some wheelers idling on the side. (First of all, we get it. You’re awesome at life.) If this is indeed you, you’re likely going to be hosting a ton of summer parties and your guests are going to expect sound quality befitting the expansive property.

That’s where Klipsch comes in. We have the outdoor speakers to make your backyard into an audio oasis. Sure, the cops may swing by, thanks to the noise complaints but that’s nothing that $20 can’ fix. Oh, and you can be THAT guy that makes a bunch of terrible “rocks” puns too. Think about the possibilities…

What Klipsch speakers and headphones are you utilizing this Memorial Day weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Turntable Setup Guide for Passive and Powered Speakers

A growing number of people are investing in the reborn industry of vinyl music. Whether it be the warm and textured sound or the tactile experience, vinyl is having quite the comeback and turntables are popping up in households around the world.

Some people may be content with some cheap all-in-one-solution for their turntable setup. Affordable all-in-ones typically do not have very good reputation as they have the tendency to ruin records from the amount of force that is applied to them by the stylus. However, if you’re reading this blog, you aren’t satisfied with “good enough.” You want audiophile-grade sound from your turntable.

This doesn’t mean that you ought to be intimidated by the prospect of a proper performance-grade turntable setup. We’re here to make things simple (and sound great) with our turntable setup guide for both passive and powered speakers.

First of all, you need to decide whether you are going to go with powered or passive speakers. Powered speakers like the Klipsch Reference R-15PM powered monitors have internal amplification, while passive speakers like the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-160M bookshelf speakers require external amplification.

From there, it’s really quite simple…

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How to Set Up Passive Speakers With a Turntable

You will only need a few things to set up your passive speakers correctly with a turntable: a receiver, phono pre-amp, RCA cables and a pair of speakers. While there are more components to setting up passive speakers than powered speakers, the process really isn’t much more involved. (If you need help choosing a pair of speakers for your turntable, please click here.)

  1. Connect the turntable with the RCA cables to the preamp. (Some turntables require grounding.)
  2. Connect the pre-amp to the amp with RCA cables.
  3. Connect the amp to the speakers.
  4. Drop the needle and enjoy!

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How To Set Up Powered Speakers With a Turntable

Not to brag, but the R-15PM power monitors are pretty awesome. Besides having internal amplification, they have a built-in phono pre-amp. Most powered speakers still require a separate phono pre-amp. In any case, internal amplification and the built-in phono pre-amp eliminate the need for two separate components – a receiver and discrete phono pre-amp.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect R-15PM powered monitors to your turntable

  1. Connect the RCA and ground cables from the turntable to the R-15PM
  2. Ensure the switch on the back of the R-15PM is set to “Phono”
  3. Plug the turntable and R-15PM into power outlets
  4. Put a record on and enjoy!

This is the easiest way to setup a turntable with quality speakers.

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Turntable Setup and Configuration

Depending on what turntable you have, the amount of setup and configuration will depend on the specific turntable you select. Some turntables come set up straight out of the box while others involve a great deal of tweaking. Of course, there are also turntables that give users the option to upgrade components like the phono cartridge.

We won’t go into the nitty-gritty of every possible turntable setup because we already dove into the anatomy of the turntable, but there are some basics you need to know.

First of all, there are two primary types of turntables: belt drive and direct drive turntables. Simply put, belt drive turntables are for those listening to records while direct drive turntables are what you would see DJs using.

There are also automatic and manual turntables. Automatic turntables simply require you to press a button and the turntable will lift the tone arm and place it on the record. Manual turntables require you to physically place the tone arm on the record.

You may have noticed that we showed off a Klipsch turntable at CES 2016 and, if you’re in Canada, you can already purchase a turntable bundled with the Klipsch R-15PMs as part of the Klipsch Music Crate. Don’t worry, it will be coming to the United States and rest of the world very soon!

Anyway, the Klipsch turntable is a manual, belt-driven turntable created in partnership with Pro-Ject. It sounds great and also offers an extremely easy setup.

The Klipsch turntable comes set up right out of the box, meaning that you will not have to mess with the tracking force or counterweight adjustments. It comes with a moving magnet Ortofon OM 5E cartridge.

Regardless of the type of speakers or turntable you choose, a proper turntable setup is extremely important in delivering quality sound; however, it shouldn’t be considered a daunting challenge.

What does your turntable setup consist of? What guidance do you have for someone looking to set up their new turntable with quality speakers? Post in the comments below!