Founder Paul W. Klipsch was one of America’s most celebrated audio pioneers and inventor of the revolutionary Klipschorn that powers many movie theatres, stadiums, halls, pubs, and clubs - the only speaker that has been in continuous production - relatively unchanged - for over 65 years.
He passed away in 2002 aged 98. His legacy was recognised by posthumous induction into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. He was most chuffed by his ‘pre-humous’ induction into the Engineering and Science Hall of fame - an honour shared by Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver and the Wright brothers - recognizing those who have improved the quality of the human condition through an individual contribution using engineering and scientific principles.
Klipsch has launched a number of refreshed and new products aimed at the consumer electronics market.
The Stadium is impressive – 12.9kg of a brushed aluminium with a semi industrial design, six speakers (2 x Horns, 2 x mid and 2 x Subwoofer), impressive 2.1 - 26Hz-24KHz - specifications with Bluetooth, Airplay, DLNA, Wi-Fi, digital, optical, USB and analogue inputs. Most suited to apartment living. RRP $2,999
Klipsch Music Centre KMC3 is a ‘portable’ battery powered (8 x D cells for 26 hours), Bluetooth, 2.1 music system weighing 3.5kg. It has 2 full range drivers, and 1 subwoofer in the soft feel, rubberised exterior case. Inputs are Bluetooth and analogue only. RRP $499
Klipsch Music Centre KMC1 is a portable Bluetooth streaming speaker plus hands free call answering. Li-ion rechargeable battery for 8 hours use. RRP $399
Klipsch Music Centre GIG has a retro style handy fold up band that acts as a stand – total weight 600g. It has 2 x 5W RMS speakers and 2 x 5.1cm passive radiators and has a 12 hours Li-ion battery life. Bluetooth and analogue inputs. RRP 249
Klipsch also released a range of sound bars for ‘TV sound reinforcement”. Sound bars are more convenient that setting up a separate AV receiver and speaker system (although Klipsch and Jamo share the same owners).
Its answer is the imposing HD Theatre SB 120 TV sound system that is more a large, 10.4kg, rectangular flat box that can support up to 45kg TV weight on top. The cabinet includes 2 x horn tweeters, 2 x 3” midrange and 2 x Subwoofers. In a demonstration, it was able to fill the large function room with big, clear sound. It has Bluetooth, optical and RCA inputs. RRP $799.
Klipsch also have regular sound bars – SB 1 (RRP $999) and SB 3 (RRP 1399) – both with wireless Subwoofers that made an incredible difference to the TV experience. Both use “horn” technology and it really shows.
Paul W. (stands for Wilbur) Klipsch had one guiding principal – “We are keepers of the sound - no Bullshit” and that is a refreshing change where marketing hype and jargon often supersedes fact. His mantra applies to all Klipsch products which:
- Are high in efficiency meaning that they can be driven by relatively low-powered amplifiers
- Are low in distortion, which Paul Klipsch believed was very important
- Have wide dynamic range, meaning that they accurately reproduce both soft and loud sounds
- Exhibit controlled directivity, meaning that the radiation pattern is directional, rather than diffuse
- Have a flat frequency response, meaning that there is no unnatural emphasis in the bass, mid-range or treble.