Heritage Series. Handmade in Hope, Arkansas.

"I wanted something with a closer approach to accuracy in reproduction." - PWK

Relentless perfectionist, audio pioneer and holder of 23 patents, Paul Wilbur Klipsch started his namesake company with the creation of the Klipschorn® in 1946. Fifty years of continuous innovation later, Paul was inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, putting him in the company of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, among others.

Richard Heyser, writing for Audio magazine once said "...the Klipschorn, along with its designer Paul Klipsch, are true legends in the field of high-fidelity sound. Nothing I could write would do complete justice to its description..." We couldn't have said it better.

Four of our classic Heritage series models are still being manufactured today, including the Klipschorn, La Scala, Cornwall, and Heresy.

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Klipschorn Floorstanding Speaker

The Dawn of a Legend

Paul’s goal was to reproduce the dynamics and excitement of a live orchestra performance in his living room. An engineering breakthrough when it was introduced, the Klipschorn® remains one of the most highly praised loudspeakers in the world and is the only loudspeaker that has been in continuous production for over 65 years.

With extremely high sensitivity, this three-way, fully horn-loaded loudspeaker utilizes the walls and corners of the listening room as part of its design. Able to span more than nine full octaves with rich, smooth, ultra low distortion sound, it’s easy to see why the Klipschorn is truly “A Legend in Sound®.”

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Still Delivering Groundbreaking Performances.

Named after the Teatro alla Scala in Italy, the original La Scala® was unveiled in 1963. The cosmetically improved La Scala II provides Klipschorn-like performance from a smaller cabinet that does not require corner location.

This three-way, fully horn-loaded loudspeaker reproduces sparkling highs, a smooth midrange and amazing low-distortion bass response. The La Scala II is a performer that lives up to its billing.

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Available Heritage Finishes: Black Ash, Cherry, Walnut

Klipsch La Scala II Floorstanding Speaker
Klipsch Cornwall III Floorstanding Speaker

Not All Good Things Must Come to an End.

The Cornwall was initially introduced in 1959 to serve as a larger, full-range alternative to the Heresy®. When it was discontinued in 1990, there was an outcry from consumers resulting in a letter-writing campaign and even a petition to bring back this storied loudspeaker.

It took a while, but we are happy to announce that this famed speaker, now dubbed the Cornwall III, is back and better than ever. A three-way design using horn-loaded compression drivers for the midrange and treble and a direct-radiating 15-inch woofer for the low frequencies, the Cornwall delivers the full-range bass response of the Klipschorn with sensitivity and output approaching the fully horn-loaded models.

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They told him it was Heresy, so that’s what he named it.

First introduced in 1957, the Heresy® was arguably the first-ever center channel loudspeaker, used with the Klipschorn in three-speaker stereo arrays. Legend has it that an acquaintance told Paul this design was in direct violation of PWK’s own fully horn loaded principles and amounted to acoustic heresy. Never one to miss irony, Paul decided Heresy was the perfect name.

Today’s Heresy III is a compact, three-way design that uses horn-loaded compression drivers for midrange and treble reproduction and a direct radiating 12-inch woofer for the low frequencies.

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Klipsch Heresy III Floorstanding Speaker
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A Heritage one can be proud of.

Hand-made in Hope, Arkansas by skilled craftsman, our Heritage speakers have always been built to last. Whether you've picked a set up at a garage sale or had them handed down to you as a family heirloom, you can find information on all the classics by typing in the model number below.

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