Klipsch Announces Signature Edition Lou Reed Headphones

INDIANAPOLIS (November 15, 2011) — INDIANAPOLIS (November 15, 2011) — Klipsch, a leading global speaker manufacturer, today announces plans for the launch of a signature edition headphone in honor of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed. Boasting an all-new look inspired by the king of New York avant-rock, and complete with an authentic signature from the rock legend himself, fans will have the opportunity to score one of a very limited number of the Klipsch Signature Audio Edition Lou Reed X10i headphones available next month.

With an unwavering passion for live music and a legacy of iconoclastic sound that’s influenced rock musicians around the globe, The Velvet Underground star knew Klipsch was the only brand that aligned with his vision and expectations for a headphone he would be proud to call his own. To ensure the ultimate listening experience, Klipsch is customizing Reed’s favorite headphone, the award-winning Image X10i, for the limited edition run. The launch of the specialty headphones coincides with the release of Reed’s latest project, a collaborative album with Metallica titled Lulu. The album was released on October 31, 2011 in the UK, and one day later on November 1 in the U.S.

“I have been a fan of Klipsch products for eons,” said Reed. “I’ve always admired the unhyped bass, along with the clarity, depth of detail and extraordinary comfort of the company’s headphones. With Klipsch’s help, my dream headphone will soon be available to all of my fans – a serious model for the serious listener.”

Designed with multitasking music lovers in mind, these premium headphones feature an echo cancellation microphone for crystal clear conversations and three-button remote to handle phone calls and playlists at the touch of a button on Apple’s iPod, iPhone or iPad. Gracing the remote is Reed’s coveted signature.

Like all Klipsch in-ear headphones, the Image X10i utilizes the company’s patented oval ear tips for comfortable long-term wear, superior noise isolation and excellent bass. Unlike circular-shaped designs that put stress on the pressure points inside the ear, these soft exclusive ear tips naturally fit the contours of the ear canals.

“Being able to work so closely with Lou Reed on a project such as this is a dream come true for our brand and his fans,” said Mike Klipsch, president of global operations for Klipsch. “65 years ago, Paul W. Klipsch laid the foundation to recreate the powerful, emotional and memorable live music experience for all Klipsch listeners. We continue to strive for the same today and are honored to now have a unique sound solution connected to a true music legend.”

Available in a high-gloss purple finish with copper accents and complete with an authentic, collectible autograph card, the Klipsch Signature Audio Edition Lou Reed X10i headphones will retail for $399.99 (U.S. MSRP) at Klipsch.com and select retailers on December 10, 2011. The first 50 customers to pre-order the product at Klipsch.com will also receive a free copy of the Lulu album singed by Lou Reed.

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About Klipsch Premium Speakers For over 65 years, Klipsch has designed premium speakers for those who are passionate about great sound. Company founder Paul W. Klipsch started this legacy in 1946, and it continues today with sheer commitment to innovation and delivering the world’s most powerful, detailed and emotional sound reproduction. Today, the brand’s diverse product portfolio encompasses home theater, professional cinema, installed whole-house contracting, commercial, computer speakers, iPod® docks and headphones. As one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, Klipsch continues to be the high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and home theater aficionados around the world. Klipsch Group, Inc. is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX).

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