The Science Behind the Klipsch Sound

Klipsch, one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, has been building premium speakers since 1946. When Paul W. Klipsch, one of America’s most celebrated audio pioneers, founded Klipsch & Associates, he was operating inside a tin shed in Hope, Arkansas.

Paul Klipsch was a relentless perfectionist who spearheaded the Hi-Fi movement with the company’s foundation product: the Klipschorn (still manufactured today). A true music lover, Paul’s goal was to reproduce the excitement of a live orchestra performance in his living room.

He achieved his objective by making the Klipschorn a fully horn-loaded design—technology that established industry standards for high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, low distortion, smooth frequency response and powerful bass. As a result, horn loading has—and always will be—the driving force behind the Klipsch brand’s highly efficient, stunningly precise sound.

Klipschorn Floorstanding Speaker
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Paul Klipsch believed four principles to be the foundation for great sound. They continue to drive the design of every new Klipsch speaker, today and tomorrow:

High Efficiency: Klipsch utilizes horn-loaded technology in each of its speaker categories, minus headphones and subwoofers, because the horn shape results in accurate and dynamic sound transmission.

Low Distortion: Klipsch horn technology reproduces the softest sounds with remarkable clarity and detail and the loudest sounds with no harshness or distortion.

Controlled Directivity: Klipsch horn technology assists in accurately directing sound, which, in turn, creates a more lifelike soundstage.

Flat Frequency Response: Our stunningly accurate speakers offer no unnatural highs, mids or lows, delivering sound as the artist intended.

Dope from Hope

"The Dope From Hope is published occasionally, when something new comes from our Lab or when for other reasons something needs saying."

-PWK

Read these historical tech documents from the 1960s through 1980s - most written by Paul W. Klipsch himself.

Hope Building
Klipsch RF-52 II Horn

Featured Klipsch Technologies

Tractrix® Horns

Tractrix® Horns have for many years been the driving force behind Klipsch’s stunningly precise acoustics. Featured in every Klipsch speaker category, except for headphones and subwoofers, this proprietary technology provides a unique combination of precision, clarity and effortless power.

XT Tractrix® Horn

The XT Tractrix® Horn delivers a wider dispersion pattern—80 x 80 degrees—than a traditional Tractrix Horn. It is a technology that allows our slim speakers to deliver a wider sound field, while also providing more latitude in placement.  

MicroTractrix Horns

A scaled down version of Tractrix® Horn technology, Klipsch MicroTractrix Horns allow the company’s compact satellites, iPod solutions and computer speakers to deliver the same dynamic, unmatched sound transmission as the larger models.

Cerametallic Woofers

A signature feature on the Reference Series speakers, Klipsch’s Cerametallic woofers exhibit a very high stiffness-to-mass ratio and superb damping, resulting in a powerful, solid bass foundation.   


Klipsch RF-7 II Woofers
Klipsch THX Ultra2 Home Theater System

Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST)

As the cornerstone of every Klipsch surround speaker, proprietary Wide Dispersion Surround Technology (WDST) provides astounding sonic detail for rooms with less-than-ideal placement configurations. 

Oval Ear Tips

Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips for headphones and headsets are anatomically shaped to accurately fit inside the human ear canal. These soft, oval silicon tips reduce ear fatigue and provide excellent noise isolation for superior audio performance.