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Gifts For Dads That Rock

Father’s Day is probably the only day of the year where your Pops gets to puff out his chest and do whatever he wants to do. While he might plan to have a relaxing day, buying something for him can be rather stressful.

We have compiled the ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide, full of things that we know your Dad will love for years to come. We’re not selfish either, as these gift ideas are not just audio-related. We have included a bunch of products from companies that we know and trust.

Klipsch X11i Headphones Father's Day

The Dad Who Travels ALL THE TIME

Klipsch X11i Headphones

If Dad is in the air more than he is on the ground, make sure he is able to traverse the friendly skies in luxury. The Klipsch X11i in-ear headphones are top-of-the-line in comfort and acoustics as well as being one of the smallest headphones out there, allowing Dad to store them in any size bag. Plus, the X11i’s quality microphone will make your long-distance Skype phone calls come through crystal-clear.

U Turn Audio Father's Day

The “Music Was So Much Better in My Day” Dad

U-Turn Audio Orbit Turntable

There is approximately a 1000% chance your Dad has said something along the lines of “You call this music?!” Hopefully, your Pops held onto his record player and can still play all of his records. If not, consider the U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable that we reviewed. Go ahead and give it a spin, Dad.

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers Father's Day

The Dad Who Wants a Man Cave

Reference Premiere Speakers

Every Dad just wants a little space he can call his own. Get him started on his “man cave” or simply outfit his office with a pair of Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers. These copper and black speakers will make a statement not only with their looks but also with their performance of music, movies, sports or whatever your dear ol’ Dad watches.

Tanner Goods Wallet Father's Day

The Dad Who Buys Things Once

Tanner Goods Leather Wallet

Your Dad doesn’t want to have something doesn’t last for a year before he has to replace it. Get him something from Tanner Goods, whose leather products will last a lifetime…and possibly longer. We’re guessing your Dad’s wallet has seen better days, so give him a hand-made upgrade.

Woodchuck USA Pocket Square

Photo via www.MillCityMen.com

The Dad Who Likes to be Different

WOODCHUCK USA Gift Set

We can almost guarantee you that none of your Dad’s friends rock a wooden pocket square. Give your Dad bragging rights by gifting him this sweet wooden pocket square from Minneapolis-based WOODCHUCK USA. It comes in several different options and can be matched with a tie bar and cufflinks. Klipsch offers branded WOODCHUCK merchandise in the Klipsch Gear Store.

Klipsch Heresy Speakers Father's day

The Patriotic Dad

Klipsch Heresy Speakers

Chances are that your Dad grew up with most consumer goods being manufactured in the United States. Things have certainly changed; however, Klipsch still makes a line of speakers in Hope, Arkansas. Klipsch Heresy speakers are a true piece of Americana with their wooden cabinets and rock n’ roller performance. Even better yet, he can pass them onto you and future generations to come.

Imogene Willie Denim Father's Day

The Dad Who Has Holes in His Jeans

Imogene + Willie Willie Rigid Denim

Don’t let your father strut about town in a pair of jeans that he bought from a Sears when Clinton was in office. The “willie rigid” jeans from Imogene & Willie are the perfect fit for Dads. They are cut with enough room for your Dad to be comfortable without making him look like he is wearing a pair of parachute pants. Oh and they’re made in Nashville, Tennessee and can be tailored exactly to your father’s specs.

Performance All-Weather Outdoor Speakers - Outdoor Speakers Buying Guide

Needing to cover larger areas? Klipsch performance all-weather speakers bring the party outdoors all year long.

The Dad Who Spends His Time Outdoors

Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

If your Dad spends a lot of time working in the yard or on the house, a pair of outdoor speakers could be exactly what he needs to make it a little more exciting. Whether it’s the outdoor rock speakers or the performance all-weather speakers, they are sure to bring a smile to your Dad’s face while he removes an endless sea of leaves from the gutter. Check out our outdoor speaker buying guide.

Indy CD & Vinyl

Photo Credit: Visit Indy

The Dad Who Is Impossible to Shop For

Record Store Gift Card / Concert Tickets

Raise your hand if your Dad doesn’t give you any idea of what he wants….While we can’t see you, we’re assuming a whole bunch of you had your hands held up high. In that case, a gift card from a local record store like Indy CD & Vinyl or concert tickets (pick something he likes) would be a safe and enjoyable option for Father’s Day.

Klipsch Merchandise Father's day

The Dad Who Has All the Klipsch He Could Ever Need

Klipsch Branded Merchandise

Is your dad the ultimate Klipsch fan? If his home is already filled with Klipsch speakers and headphones, you could grab him a Klipsch t-shirt, cap, mug or perhaps even a flask. Let him show off his Klipsch pride!

 

What are you getting your Dad for Father’s Day? If you are a Dad, what are you hoping for? Post a comment below.

 

 

 

Best Speakers for College

Music. 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.

Whatever the case, don’t settle for crap audio. Klipsch offers some of the best speakers for college in a wide variety of form factors and price points.

Disclaimer: following any of our recommendations of the best speakers for college will likely result in the Residential Advisor (RA) knocking on your door.

Klipsch Reference R-10B Soundbar

Speakers for the Dorm Room TV

Reference R-10B Soundbar + Wireless Subwoofer 

Bunk beds, one shared closet and a chest of drawers. That’s what you are looking at in the typical dorm room. To put it politely, space is at a premium and you’re not exactly allowed to drill into the walls.

That’s why the Reference R-10B Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer is a great option. Just plop the R-10B in front of the TV and the subwoofer anywhere in the room for deep bass – instantly making your dorm the loudest and proudest on campus.

Klipsch KMC 3 Speaker

Speakers the Dorm Room Party

Klipsch KMC 3 Speaker

While a soundbar is a great upgrade for your TV’s lousy built-in speakers, you need something to really crank up the music when you’re a few beverages in and “Sweet Caroline” pops up on Pandora.

The Klipsch Music Center KMC 3 delivers the goods and is responsible for a quite a few noise violations if our social media followers are to be believed. You better believe that our list of the best speakers for college can really deliver some output.

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 socialogy midterm.

Klipsch GiG Portable Speaker

Speakers for the Quad

Klipsch GiG Speaker

We aren’t going to judge you if you’re one of the cliché Frisbee-throwers that pop up on every university’s website. We will judge you, however, if you are using a product that shares a name with a feminine hygiene product.

The Klipsch GiG speaker provides the portability, connectivity and sound quality that make it a perfect sidekick on the quad. Throw the GiG in your backpack on the way to class and whip it out once the lawn-shenanigans begin. Fun times are guaranteed to ensue.

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers

Speakers for the Off-Campus Apartment

Klipsch Reference Premiere Speakers / Klipsch Quintet Home Theater System

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 your thumping subwoofer. You can still get in plenty of trouble with our Reference Premiere speakers, and they will impress your buddies no matter what volume they’re set to.

Of course, we understand budgets are tight. After all, beer isn’t free. With that in mind, the best-selling Klipsch Quintet home theater system is a great option for affordable surround sound, making movie night oh-so-much-more-awesome.

Klipschorn Speaker

Speakers for the Frat House

Klipschorn

Now, some of you might call us crazy for recommending a 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.

 

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

An Extended Family Through Klipsch

Klipsch is a family. That’s not corporate-rhetoric and it doesn’t just refer those with the last name of Klipsch.

For Christy (“dtel’s wife” on the Klipsch Forum), her path to the Klipsch family began as a child, touring around the country with her parents who owned a portable roller skating rink.

“By the age of 18 months, I had my own roller skates and ‘hit the floor’ dancing with them.  My love of music was born!” said Christy.”

She eventually met her husband Elden (“dtel“) who was already a full-blown “audio geek” and the wheels were set in motion.

Ten years ago, they purchased a set of Klipsch Synergy speakers and joined the Klipsch Forum. They both posted frequently on the Forum, developing a fondness for both the products and the people on the message boards. The Synergy speakers wouldn’t stay for long and they upgraded quickly to three pairs of the Klipsch Forte IIs.

The couple went down to Hope, Arkansas in 2007 for the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage and came back with a pair of Klipsch Cornwall III speakers from a sweepstakes. They wouldn’t stay content with winning speakers, though.

The list of Klipsch products they have purchased is beyond impressive:

“ Our home is truly powered by Klipsch speakers.”

While all of these speakers are great, Christy’s love for Klipsch goes beyond quality products. It’s the sense of community that is so special.

“The Klipsch Forum is like our family.  We rarely miss an opportunity to meet up with our Klipsch friends.  We have traveled to Hope numerous times and even made the trek to Indianapolis for one of the Pilgrimages. “

When Christy says “family,” she means it.

“We make it a point to open our home to Forum members travelling across states, and have had several members as overnight guests. We share our love of “all things Klipsch” with anyone that will listen!”

Christy’s passion has extended to her family, as her daughters and grandchildren have also become Klipsch fans, attending Klipsch Pilgrimages in the past including this year’s employee appreciation event. Christy’s grandson attended his first Pilgrimage when he was four years old! Now 15, he owns a pair of Klipsch Heresy II speakers.

While her husband has been in charge of installing the speakers, Christy and her daughters have decided on aesthetics and helped nudge her husband in the right (louder) direction.

“It was our oldest daughter, Jaime and me that convinced Elden to let us have the MWMs, 402 in our living room. He thought they were too big!”

Audiophiles need not be stereotyped. They come in all forms including that of a proud mother from southern Mississippi who has found a family that keeps on growing.

“I truly lack the words to express what Klipsch means to our family. It’s not just a household brand to us. Each of you are a part of our family.”

 

Happy Mother’s Day! Are you or someone you know an audiophile and a mother? We’d love to hear from you! Post a comment below.

 

 

The 2015 Klipsch Pilgrimage to Hope

Klipsch has a rich history and heritage that we readily “shout from the rooftops,” but we aren’t the only ones shouting.

Our passionate fans are yelling right alongside us. Whether it’s on social media, the Klipsch Forums or even good ol’ personal recommendations, they are critical in magnifying our message.

Because of this dedicated fanbase, we have had several “Klipsch Pilgrimages” in the past, inviting Klipsch fans from all over the world to tour factory in Hope, Arkansas or to our headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

Fans in awe during the factory tour.

Fans in awe during the factory tour.

 

This year, a group of devoted fans from the Klipsch Forums (about 50 altogether) took it upon themselves to hold a “Klipsch Employee Appreciation” event for Klipsch employees at the Hope factory. They invited anyone who wanted to attend and provided a catered lunch to the employees on April 10, 2015.

Lunch was catered by a local favorite — Big Jake’s BBQ — and the attendees even served it themselves! Everyone at the factory was extremely appreciative of their kindness. After all, these are total strangers taking time out of their lives to say “thank you.”

Plenty of companies out there have rabid fan-bases. With gestures like this, we’re pretty sure ours is the best!

Serving food to the factory workers

Serving food to the factory workers

 

The attendees were treated to a tour of the factory as well as the Klipsch Museum of Audio History just across the street. This small building, now museum, once contained the entire Klipsch manufacturing facility in its basement from 1948 to 1952.

Our own resident historian Jim Hunter lent his time and knowledge to show them around the museum, which is chock full of amazing audio relics from our past such as prototypes, testing equipment and even some of PWK’s personal equipment. Smiles could be seen across the group’s faces as Jim went through each historical piece.

You can get your own virtual tour courtesy of Mr. Hunter on YouTube here.

The Klipsch Museum of Audio History

The Klipsch Museum of Audio History

 

The factory tour is always the highlight of the Klipsch Pilgrimage. After all, that’s where Klipsch speakers that have brought so much joy to so many people, are lovingly crafted by hand.

During the tour, an order of RF-7 II floorstanding speakers was being built from the ground up, showing off the craftsmanship for which Klipsch is known. To see first-hand exactly what goes into making these speakers is something truly special. It’s a detailed process that highlights the human, handmade aspect of these speakers.

Fans admiring some freshly-made Klipschorns

Fans admiring some freshly-made Klipschorns

 

"Before the sound." Still beautiful. Heresy and RF-7 II cabinets.

“Before the sound.” Still beautiful. Heresy and RF-7 II cabinets.

 

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When we say hand-made, we mean it.

 

After the tour, engineering master Roy Delgado, Jr. showed off some of the upcoming Klipsch KI Series II Pro speakers, as well as the giant KPT-1802 subwoofer out behind the factory. Needless to say, people were amazed by the sound of these speakers and the subwoofer. We also gave a short A/B/C demo of music through some Klipschorn, RF-7 II, and Palladium P-39F speakers, which left many of the attendees nearly speechless afterward.

Lucky people getting a great demo.

Lucky Klipsch fans getting a great demo.

 

It almost goes without saying that the Klipsch Pilgrimage would feature a party. Heck, we all love speakers, so you gotta turn it up!

On Friday and Saturday night, attendees gathered at a huge property just outside of Hope owned by a longtime friend of some Klipsch employees. Several folks brought some of their own Heritage (Cornwall) speakers along with phono tube amps and turntables to set up in the giant barn/clubhouse.

Everyone rocked out to an interesting variety of music while telling stories about their own audio projects, tales of meeting Paul W. Klipsch himself and how they became Klipsch fans in the first place.

Some Cornwall speakers set up inside the clubhouse

Some Cornwall speakers set up inside the clubhouse

 

Outside the clubhouse, forum member Kevin Harmon – who filmed a short interview he had with PWK back in 1989 – set up his absolutely amazing KP-600 stacks that he had hauled to the pilgrimage. These monsters were LOUD!

Built for a variety of applications, they are perfectly suited for an outdoor venue and attendees of this “live concert” of recorded audio definitely had the “best seat in the house”. Fittingly, Roy Delgado, whose name is on the patent for the KP-600 (along with a host of other Klipsch patents) showed up and helped tune Kevin’s system to perfection.

KP-600 stacks

KP-600 stacks

 

When I say these speakers were loud, I mean it. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof….

In the late night/early morning hours of Saturday/Sunday, the owner of the property received a text from a “nearby” neighbor, asking to “please turn down the music”. I put “nearby” in quotes because this particular neighbor lives no less than 1.6 miles away from where the speakers were sitting. Hundreds of trees, some hilly land, and other buildings also sit between the 2 points.

The neighbor said they could hear every word of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. That’s definitely “Pissing Off The Neighbors.”

1.6 miles as the crow flies. Not enough space, apparently!

1.6 miles as the crow flies. Not enough space, apparently!

 

We are so lucky to have such a loyal and passionate fanbase and we truly thank the ones who put this appreciation lunch and gathering together. This event was strictly created by them without any involvement from Klipsch aside from agreeing on the dates and setting up the tours of the factory and museum.

We strive to continue making products that generations of audio lovers will want to bring to future gatherings and endlessly talk about how they became a Klipsch fan in the first place.

If you want to be a part of future gatherings and pilgrimages, hop on our forums and say “hello.” (Hint, there may be another small, but special Pilgrimage very soon!)

We are one of the only audio companies to maintain a forum community and we owe its members a great deal of gratitude.

Thanks again, everyone! We wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

 

Special thanks to the following forum members for their hard work in putting this together and for other various nice things they’ve done related to this event! (Do let me know if I missed anyone)
Mallette
ssh
Thaddeus Smith
USNRET
dtel’s wife
Seadog

How to Break-in a Speaker

Many audio experts and speaker manufacturers say that loudspeakers benefit from a break-in process. Just like all thing mechanical, speakers have moving parts that move more freely with time and effort.

Two components that particularly benefit from a break-in period include the surround and the spider.

The surround (often times made of various types of rubber or foam) is what connects the edge of the cone to the speaker basket (see Fig. A). You can typically see this part of the speaker when the speaker grille is removed.

How to Break-in a Speaker - The Klipsch Joint

Fig. A – The Surround

The spider connects the basket and the center of the cone (see Fig. B). This speaker component is typically hidden inside the cabinet of a speaker.

How to Break-in a Speaker - The Klipsch Joint

Fig. B – The Spider

Both surrounds and spiders are flexible, allowing them to experience their full range of motion results in freer movement and better response. Think of it like stretching before you exercise.

There are several simple ways to break a speaker in. You could choose to buy costly gear to do so, but it really isn’t required.

The easiest and most enjoyable way is to simply play music with a wide dynamic range. Turn the speakers up a little louder than you normally would will help loosen up the material.

After about 100 hours of use, your speakers should be broken in.

How to Break-in a Speaker - The Klipsch Joint

The speaker surround and spider materials loosen up the more the speaker is used.

Not all speakers will sound dramatically different after break-in. Some improve only marginally, while others can change dramatically. Either way, it’s likely that you’ll notice an improvement.

What movies or music do you like to listen to when breaking-in a speaker? Let us know in the comments section below.

3 Video Games That Have Killer Sound

What sets video games apart from listening to recorded music and movies is the organic, three-dimensional experience – and no two gaming experiences are identical. Everything from the echo of the character’s footsteps in a hall to a grenade detonating off in the distance make the listening experience of video games unique and engaging.

A resounding problem that we have encountered and continue to hear from our customers is that the default speakers in computers, TVs and cheap gaming headsets are not capable of capturing the wide range of ear tingling sounds that today’s game developers are spending time and money to deliver. Gaming soundtracks have become (and are continuing to become) a transformative part of the addictive gaming experience.

We asked our biggest gamers at Klipsch HQ to outline three games that have the range, detail and quality of sound that are known to capture their audiences. If you know of others you like please let us know in the comments section.

So crank up your Reference home theater system, soundbar or KG-300 gaming headset and double tap into these games with kickass sound:

Mass Effect

By David Wilkes – Klipsch Acoustics & Electronics Engineer

The sound quality of Mass Effect evolved with each game making it one of the best video game soundscapes ever.

 

For most games, every single aspect plays an equal role in the game’s enjoyment factor. The sound quality of a video game is, in my opinion, the most important by far. Environmental sounds, weapon feedback, even nuances in voices can make or break a game experience.

With that criteria in mind, I feel only one game series has far surpassed the status quo in every regard: Mass Effect. Mass Effect 1 (ME1) started the trend with unbelievable environmental effects: you can sense that you’re in an enormous open courtyard, clinging for life in a blizzard, on a spaceship hurling through space or that you’re on an uncharted world with minimal atmosphere, which normally would give you very little feedback. In ME1, they’ve been able to create the sound of…absence.

However, ME2 and ME3 took a great thing and made it extraordinary. Both games use an updated sound engine compared to ME1, so the aural experience is now off the charts. The ambient effects in both games give every single “space” a distinct feel.  Each alien race in the game, particularly English speaking ones, has a specific trait which only high resolution systems can reproduce. Said nuances quickly become indicative of that race’s signature demeanor. One in particular sounds very soft with a pleasant reverb so you associate them with kindness. Another has a low frequency metallic undertone so immediately you learn they are business first, kindness never.

For the ultimate experience of what video game audio can be, the first chapter of the final mission of ME3 is your ticket. It’s worth playing through the entire series (yes, you read that right) just to see how far gaming has come.

Final Fantasy

By Greg “Doom” Niehaus – Klipsch Quality Analyst

Final Fantasy has one of the best cinematic soundtracks of any video game series.

 

When I think about game audio that has had an impact on me, I tend to lean heavily toward the Final Fantasy series. While it is difficult to compare the overall game audio of the series to some of the more recent games we have seen, one element outshines even the most meticulously polished audio in any series: the music. Final Fantasy has long had a tradition of using its fantastic music to set the tone of the story. Even the magnitude of individual encounters will often be greatly enhanced by the background music used during battle.

The first memory I have of a truly cinematic experience in a video game was in Final Fantasy VII. Not because of the three dimensional graphics that were new to the series, but because of the score. Going back and listening to the original game music, I can still feel the same energy and emotions that I encountered when first playing through the game. Even now when I play the most recent Final Fantasy MMO (FFXIV), I have moments where the music immediately triggers a change in mood. Where in one instant I was calmly traversing the world, the music generated by an encounter ensures that I am prepared to either fight or flee in the next instant.

While some may view this as a fan being a fan, or perhaps simple nostalgia, a lot of the world seems to agree that it is not. Even disregarding critical praise, it is possible to find elements of the series influence in the physical world. Most gamers can instantly recognize the Final Fantasy “Victory Fanfare” (I also happen to use it as my ringtone). In a more surprising example, the 2004 Olympic Women’s Synchronized Duo Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova used music from Final Fantasy VIII for their routine (they won bronze).

The name Final Fantasy was chosen for the first in the series because the studio making it feared that it may be their last game. A couple decades later it is rightfully still one of the biggest franchises in existence. I would like to think that this is due at least in part, to the impact of its music on the players.

Bioshock

By Andrew Doerr – Klipsch Acoustics Engineer

Bioshock’s ability to give an immersive soundstage through it’s environment and charters is top-notch.

 

Of all the forms of entertainment available to the modern consumer, video games have a distinct advantage in one particular aspect: immersion. However, just because the gaming medium has this capability to immerse the player doesn’t mean all games excel at it.  Occasionally you will find a series of games that have mastered this ability – and Bioshock is one of those series.

Fully immersing a player in an artificial world demands perfection in all facets of video game design. The obvious elements are graphics, gameplay, storyline, level design and so on.  However, the one aspect that is occasionally overlooked is audio. And interestingly enough, it is the audio that can make or break that coveted immersive feeling. Bioshock’s sound design has been carefully crafted so that you are never pulled out of the experience. There are two key elements of immersive sound that Bioshock does well and each has an underlying theme.

First, the environment. The first two Bioshock games in the series are set in an underwater city – making for a difficult soundstage for the gaming developers to design. The creaking of buildings being strained by ocean currents, the dripping of water leaking in and somehow they even portrayed the immense weight of all that water above you in the eerie soundtracks and ambience. It’s not just cheesy water effects, it’s a well thought out sonic environment that never lets you forget you are underwater. And even though no such place exists, you believe that it does through the creative and accurate sounds.

Bioshock Infinite (the third Bioshock game) takes place in a city floating up in the sky and the same theory applies – constant wind and strange, open echoes of gunshots and slamming doors.  The game never lets you forget you are not on solid ground.  Again, no such place exists, but for a few hours you believe it and that’s the power of immersion.

Second, the characters. Many of Bioshock’s characters have magical powers and unrealistic feats of strength. And with a good sound design you believe that these creatures are real – and not only real but terrifying too.

The best example is Big Daddy from the first Bioshock game. Even though this beast resembles nothing human, the essence that this creature once were human is hidden in the sounds it makes. It’s chilling but effective, drawing from what we can relate to.

That’s not all, these enemies are extremely tough and the sound they make when moving and attacking is so haunting that you dread the moment you realize you have to fight one.

Big Daddy from Bioshock - another reason why it's in our top games with killer sound - The Klipsch Joint

Big Daddy from Bioshock – just another reason why it’s in our top video games with killer sound

So how does this make a difference? To me, with a detailed sound design, Bioshock has made the imaginary a reality because for the duration of the game you believe that an underwater city does exist, that these monsters are real and the world you are in is spiraling out of control.  And that is successful immersion.

Klipsch at CES 2015: Launch Day

Day 1 of the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics show was one to remember for us all.

We teased you repeatedly that 01.06.15 would be the day of our biggest launch in years and we believe full-heartedly that we delivered. Honestly, we can’t believe that we kept it all a secret this well. (Although, some of our cunning forum members managed to scoop us!)

Here is what we introduced to the world:

Klipsch Reference Premiere (Available now)

Klipsch Reference On-Ear (End of January)

Klipsch Reference Premiere with Dolby® Atmos (Projected Q2)

Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless (Projected Q3)

So much awesomeness.

Klipsch CES Demo Room

Time after time, we took people into our sound room and blew them away with our new Atmos and Wireless demos. We heard from several representatives that we were the only ones who are displaying audio correctly at CES.

We are genuinely proud of that. Hearing really is believing.

Klipsch Reference Premiere

Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers are not just a facelift. This is a whole new line of speakers that are redesigned from the ground-up

We couldn’t fit everything in the demo room, but we were able to showcase a ton of other speakers out on the floor. The Reference Premiere speakers drew people in with their big ol’ copper cones and BIG sound. The R-115SW was definitely “pissing off the neighbors.” (Our apologies to Ericsson and Toshiba!)

The noisy floor environment of CES did allow us to demonstrate the noise isolation capabilities of our in-ear headphones AND the new Reference On-Ear Headphones.

Time after time, people would try out the in-ears and be amazed at their noise isolation abilities. People are misinformed to believe that big cans deliver superior noise isolation. That’s not necessarily true and we were happy to prove it.

Klipsch Reference On-Ear

Klipsch Reference On-Ears are the best sounding and most comfortable on-ears we have ever made.

Comments regarding the Reference On-Ear largely stemmed from its ridiculous comfort level. The cushioning is outrageous and the sound quality is what you would expect from Klipsch. Oh, and people kept mentioning they were happy that they didn’t look like a teenager when they had them on their head unlike some other brands’ headphones – you know who you are.

Heritage Inspired Towers

These Heritage-inspired towers are conceptual (but functional!) speakers.

That’s not all. CES is often about producing concepts and gauging reaction from the audience. We designed Heritage-inspired wireless speakers that intrigued everyone who checked them out. We put them across from our Heritage lineup, which really got the message across that WE are the classic American speaker brand. We have great old stuff and we have great new stuff. These conceptual speakers offer a bridge between the past and the present. They are designed, engineered and built in the United States.

Hell, yah!

Bob Heil Runt La Scala

PWK made this runt La Scala for Bob Heil (pictured) to use with Jeff Beck.

Marky Ramone Colleen Murphy

Marky Ramone poses with Colleen Murphy in the WPWK Radio booth. Outside of products on display, we had Bob Heil and Marky Ramone drop by WPWK Radio to talk with Colleen Murphy of Classic Album Sundays about a whole smattering of topics. We can’t say enough good things about Bob and Marky. They are class acts that GENUINELY love Klipsch and we love them.

 

 

 

Tomorrow, Colleen will be talking with Steve Dobo from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as well as Michael Burrato (Reference Premiere Product Manager) and Vlad Grodzinsky (Reference On-Ear Product Manager). You can check out the schedule here. Once again, we will be posting the interviews as podcasts after the completion of CES, so don’t worry if you’re not in Vegas!

Klipsch audio museum

The Klipsch audio museum has all sorts of PWK treasures.

One more thing…In this blogger’s humble opinion, the Klipsch audio museum that was oh-so-carefully curated by Klipsch historian Jim Hunter stole the show. 

CES is filled with sterile, white environments with flashy lights and obnoxious videos. The Klipsch audio museum was the opposite. It was authentic, honest-to-goodness fun.

People took their time strolling through the isle and snapping pictures of the collection. We even had a live demo of the 13th Klipschorn that was ever built – and it still sounds great! People were sampling a true piece of audio history.

Phew! That’s a lot of information to process, but we’ll have another blog post where we’ll dive into more detail about everything and about some of the stuff I missed.

There’s truly so much going on here with Klipsch at CES 2015. It’s genuinely a great time to be an employee here and we hope you guys love everything that we showed off here!

Klipsch at CES 2015: The Quiet Before the Storm

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world’s biggest and most important electronics show. Once a year, companies across the world descend on Las Vegas to show off their latest wares to customers, fans, media, etc.

Yes, there is a lot of “Bullsh*t” at CES. A LOT.

Not from us. We don’t try to insult your intelligence with technology that doesn’t make a difference and isn’t ever going to happen. We aim to create the best-sounding speakers and headphones dollar-for-dollar on the planet.

Preparations began months in advance for 2015’s show. Well, in all honesty, they pretty much started the moment the 2014 show was over.

In addition to bringing product worth thousands upon thousands of dollars, we brought priceless artifacts that Klipsch historian Jim Hunter has very carefully curated. It was a monumental effort to get these items to Vegas in one piece – a nerve-wracking process to say the least.

Colleen Murphy of Classic Album Sundays will be hosting WPWK Radio throughout CES 2015. Broadcasts will be live for anyone who visits our booth and guests include the likes of Eddie Kramer, Marky Ramone, Bob Heil and Steve Dobo from the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Fans who are not in Las Vegas will be able to download podcasts of the show after CES’s completion.

Of course, the products, museum pieces and radio stations have to come off as approachable and cool in order to draw people into our booth. It is incredible to start with an empty space and then see it fill up into a quasi storefront, full of the best Klipsch speakers and headphones.

With all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into CES 2015, we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s show. As we have been teasing, this is our biggest product launch in years.

You’re going to love it.

So, here’s what you need to do to keep track of all of our new product announcements:

BOOKMARK CES.KLIPSCH.COM

Everything and anything you’ll need to know about Klipsch at CES 2015 is at CES.Klipsch.com

FOLLOW @KLIPSCHAUDIO ON TWITTER

For the most frequent updates and info, follow Klipsch (@KlipschAudio) on Twitter. We will be posting almost non-stop, giving customers/fans unique insight into what is happening at CES and the awesome new things we are showing off.

FOLLOW @KLIPSCHAUDIO ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK

While the updates won’t be as frequent as on Twitter, we will be posting our big announcements on the Klipsch Instagram and Facebook accounts.

We truly hope you enjoy everything we have to offer at CES 2015. Rock on!

A Product of Divorce: Reference Speakers

Divorce is a terrible thing…unless it ends up with someone getting the best Klipsch Reference Speakers in the world at a bargain price.

Michael Stevens shared his story on the Klipsch Forum (where he is a moderator) and agreed to share his story on The Klipsch Joint. Read his tale below…


Recently, I met a lady with the intent to purchase a pair of original Klipsch Reference RB-81‘s for $208 (for me) and an original RC-64 for $433 (for my friend Wake Junkie). She also had a pair of RS-62 II but I wasn’t really interested in them. Before going, she told me what she would accept for the three speakers and what she would take for all five speakers. I brought enough cash to purchase all five but only planned on buying the RB-81’s and RC-64.

When I arrived, to my surprise, I quickly realized these aren’t the original versions….they are Reference II speakers! She explained that she was recently divorced and she just wanted her ex-husband’s speakers gone from her garage. Before gladly handing her the money – and still in disbelief – I confirmed the amount she said she would take and that I would be receiving the RB-81 II, RC-64 II and the RS-62 II speakers. When I mentioned the RS-62 IIs, she said “No, those aren’t included in the price I gave you. Those were expensive. I was talking about the big speakers”.

I didn’t know she even had “big speakers” for sale.

She walked over to the big speakers and I asked what model they were and she said, “They say RF-7 on the sticker”.

I was about to flip out!

So, I walk over to examine the condition of these Reference speakers and I discover that they are not RF-7 speakers but instead, RF-7 II speakers! I about hit the floor. Not only did she have one pair of RF-7 II, she had two and instead of one pair of RS-62 II, she had two pair!

Michael Stevens Craigslist Post

The original posting on Craiglist for the speakers.

As we were wrapping up, I noticed an Onkyo NR-808 receiver and asked if it was for sale. She said “yes.” I’m guessing it too is just “taking up space.” so I figured, “what the heck.” So, I asked “If I pay your asking price, would you be willing to throw in the Onkyo Receiver?” Without hesitation, she replied, “It was expensive but yes, you can have it”.

At that moment, I was beside myself.

I paid her the money and was loading up my Ford Expedition when I picked up the Onkyo box and it was empty. She realized that the Onkyo is at her mother’s house and fetched her to get it. I only had a few minutes before I absolutely had to go (my wife didn’t even know I was buying speakers).

So with only 10 minutes to get everything loaded, I loaded the last speaker and her mom was not back yet. I had already explained that I was on a tight schedule and MUST leave NO later than 3 PM to give me enough time to get back to meet my wife. At 2:59 PM, I knew I had to go and mom was nowhere in sight so I asked her if I could have one of the pair of RS-62 II speakers instead of the Onkyo receiver and she said “Sure, that’s fine.”

I was seriously ready to faint.

Before I left, she said she had another person coming to buy the rest of the speakers. I texted her several times that night to see if he had come and got no reply. I knew her neighborhood was having a huge community yard sale, so I couldn’t help but wonder if I would be able to purchase the rest of her RF-7 II speaker system.

I went to bed about 30 minutes past midnight but tossed and turned for another 30 minutes. After sleeping on-and-off for a few hours, I decided to just get ready to leave at 6 AM, so I could be at the yard sale when it opened up.

The drive was about one and a half hours away, so I texted her on the way asking how much she would take for the RF-7 II and RS-62 II speakers as well as the RW-10D subwoofer that she also had. I brought the same amount of cash that I had the day before. It seemed like she looked up the value of the speakers again and realized she sold them for much less than she could have because she replied with twice as much as what I paid for the seven speakers the day before.

Ouch!

I didn’t have enough to buy them at that price, but I asked how much for just the RF-7 II and RS-62 II speakers and it turned out to be only a few hundred less. It was still above my budget, but how much for just the RF-7 II speakers? Still about $500 less than what I had.

At this point, I was still in the car and I told her that I was 10 minutes away and I would be willing to offer what I had with me for the RF-7 II and the RS-62 II speakers. She said sorry, but she had a better offer.

I told her I would be in the community until 8 AM since “the other guy” was supposed to come at 7:30 AM to buy the speakers. At 8 AM, I showed up and the guy supposedly came by and wanted to buy them and was going to the bank but that was 1 hour ago. I guessed either he wasn’t coming back or he never existed. She did not want to sell them for my asking price, so I thanked her for considering my offer, wished her well on her yard sale and drove back home. It was worth the risk even if I had driven three hours round-trip for nothing.

Later that night, I could not get it out of my head. Did she sell the speakers to “the other guy”?

The yard sale was over and my guess was she has no prospects to buy the speakers. I texted her back and said, “If they are still available, I would be willing to make one final trip and offered her another $100 from my original offer.”

To my surprise, she texted me the next afternoon saying that she would accept my offer!

After my wife called 911 and the paramedics got a pulse back, I quickly went by the ATM and began my third three-hour round-trip to pick up the remaining speakers. When I arrived, I chatted with the seller and her daughter. They were simply grateful that they finally had garage space once again. They wished me well with my new speakers and hoped I had a safe drive home.

Wakejunkie Reference RF-7 II Speakers

Michael Stevens got his second pair of RF-7 II into the hands of fellow Klipsch forums member “Wakejunkie” whose setup you can see here.

I share my story as an encouragement to all that there still are some AMAZING deals to be had if you are patient and have some cash on hand set aside for those deals.

At no point did I try and manipulate or mislead her. I had a certain amount of cash available that I was willing to spend and made an offer. She had speakers that were of no value to her and was willing to exchange that for the cash I had to offer.

Sometimes they accept your offer, sometimes they don’t. I definitely did not “need” any more Klipsch speakers but the price was right and I was glad to purchase them all from her.


Great story, right?

Michael told us one of his “audio goals is to have owned every (or close to every) Reference and Heritage speaker Klipsch has made.” So, it’s safe to say that he is always on the prowl for Klipsch speakers.

Michael Stevens Speaker List

Michael Stevens took a screenshot on his computer of a list of all the photo albums he has for his collection of speakers.

Next on Michael’s list? The Cornwall, Klipschorn and ever-elusive Belle.

Maybe a few more people just need to get divorced. Not that we would ever wish that!