Thursday, March 26, 2009

Early Klipschorn document

The Klipschorn is definately one of the most import loudspeakers ever made. It has no been in production over 60 years. No other speaker can make such a boast. Mark Levinson commented early in his career that the Klipschorn was his favorite speaker and his early solid state amplifiers were voiced with Khorns. I wanted Klipschorns ever since I heard one as a kid and I finally found a used pair locally.

This is an early brochure I found several years ago.

This is one of the earliest Klipschorns in existence. It was hand made by PWK. This is located at the Klipsch Audio History Museum in Hope, AR. It was a rare treat to walk among PWK's collection of speakers and audio technology.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Klipsch Belle Prototype

This is a rare Klipsch Belle. The photo was taken when it was located at the Klipsch Audio History Museum in Hope, AR. I think it is now at a University in New Mexico where they also have a Klipsch Museum. The Belle is one of the most beautiful speakers ever made and was in production until 2006. RIP. The performance was a little better than a La Scalla. The difference is the shape. The cabinet is not as deep as the La Scala so flexing is not a problem with the Belle. In 2006 Klipsch fixed this in the La Scala by using 1 inch mdf on the bass horn. The Belle can also be crossed over a little higher than the La Scala. I was told by a Klipsch ingineer that 550hz could be used.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Plexiglass Klipschorn and PWK

This is a pic of PWK with one of two plexiglass Klipschorns. I've never seen one of these in person.

I know I've only posted Klipsch related hi-fi so far but that is only because I have lots of it. In the future I'll post Voigt, Lowther, Altec, Western, Electric, RCA and JBL.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1957 Klipsch Brochure Klipschorn & Shorthorn

If it is one thing Klipsch can be credited with early on in their history it is making a case for hi-fi technology. They did not sell BullShit. Here are a couple pages of their 1957 brochure. I think the company would be better today if they continued the old Dope From Hope papers to teach the salesmen of today.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Klipsch Shorthorn Model T Model S

Shorthorn Model T may have been the first television home theater type speaker.

Here is a Model T I saw in the Klipsch Audio History Factory Museum in Hope Arkansas.

The shorthorn is a back loaded corner horn much smaller and front firing driver. This is basically the EV Aristocrat which was licensed from Klipsch

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Klipschorn and Rebel

Klipsch is on the best bang for the buck audio companies around. PWK wasn't about the most expensive speakers or parts hell anyone can do that. What he did was take average parts and make great speakers.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Klipsch Rebel

The Klipsch Rebel was a back loaded corner horn. It was aimed at those who wanted either something smaller or less expensive than a Klipschorn. I listened to one of these not long ago. What took me by surprise was the 15" Stephens Trusonic driver. It sounded damm nice.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sant Fe Klipschorn

This is a really rare item that I hope will turn up some day. It is a custom enclosure for an early Klipschorn. The date is uncertain but the last known location was Sante Fe New Mexico. If you have any new info on this please let me know.