Longtime member of the Klipsch forums known as “WakeJunkie” (name withheld by request) has been a part of a close-knit group of audio enthusiasts who are both the company’s biggest supporters and biggest critics of Klipsch speakers.
He has actually been mentioned on this blog before for receiving the spoils from Michael Stevens’ divorce sale coup, which included Reference RF-7 II floorstanding speakers. As Michael’s best friend, WakeJunkie received them at a “yard sale price.”
Unfortunately, WakeJunkie has had three strokes recently. The doctors gave him a ten percent chance of surviving the first one. Surviving the second one put him at one percent.
Surviving three strokes? Well, it’s a miracle that WakeJunkie is still here.
Prior to suffering his first stroke, WakeJunkie reached out to Klipsch to talk about a different set of speakers he received through a special garage sale find. (Yes, he has two different kick-ass Klipsch speaker setups and, yes, you should be jealous.)
Where Wakejunkie is from, vintage Klipsch speakers are a rare find, but he is always on the lookout for a deal. One day, he just happened to be scouring the yard sales and came across a pair of Klipsch Heresy II speakers. He was excited to say the least.
The owner’s wife was running the yard sale and ran inside the house to ask her husband the price for the Heresy speakers. WakeJunkie was expecting $200-$300 for the pair...
“When she said $25 I about fell out. It was hard to keep my composure. I quickly and quite happily paid her for the speakers and a 50 cent blanket to wrap them in.”
That’s not a typo - $25. He got them in excellent condition with only a couple minor surface imperfections on the cabinets. Everything else, including the cones and grilles, was in perfect shape. They even have sequential serial numbers, dating them to be crafted in 1988.
These speakers replaced a pair of Klipsch Synergy B-2s in WakeJunkie living room. They serve as the perfect complement to his separate home theater room, which boasts the aforementioned RF-7 II speakers, a custom-built RF-7 II center channel and four RS-35 speakers to go along with a 130” transparent screen.
Both these speaker setups have been a welcome retreat for WakeJunkie during his recovery from a multitude of strokes with the speakers in constant use.
“Klipsch therapy has top notch healing abilities.”
The point of this blog post isn’t to pat our backs and scream “KLIPSCH SPEAKERS SAVE LIVES!” Not at all. The point is that the audiophile community is a special one, full of people that care about each other.
Michael posted a topic regarding WakeJunkie's medical issues and the thread is flooded with people offering their thoughts and prayers. Some of these people WakeJunkie knows very well and some of them he doesn’t. Either way, their comments go a long way towards helping him on his road to recovery.
Some people are claiming that great audio doesn’t matter anymore. Well, we call “bullshit.”
When people like WakeJunkie get so much joy out of their systems, it matters. It matters just about as much as anything.
Rock on, WakeJunkie.