Showing posts with label Klipsch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Klipsch. Show all posts

Monday, May 1, 2017

Klipsch Museum Of Audio History Donations Needed

Ok friends I have never run ad campaigns or tried to sell anything on itishifi.com even though everyone tells me I should monetize this site. I am a trustee of the Klipsch Museum Of Audio History and my wife is on the executive board. We are a certified 501c3 non profit organization. This past weekend Voxx International and Klipsch donated the original Klipsch factory building including artifact collection of PWK and the massive paper archives of PWK to our museum association. These archives are not just Klipsch related but every industry pioneer from the golden age of Hi-Fi.  To get to the point the building needs some work and we are looking at foundation and HVAC work. This is expensive and we are on a minimal budget starting out. Donations are greatly appreciated.
We would appreciate any donation you can afford. Every donation counts. 





THANK YOU

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/klipsch-announces-transfer-museum-annual-pilgrimage-kick

Here is an older video of the museum much has changed but it is a great window into the museum. Once on a sound financial footing we have many exciting plans moving forward. 



Sunday, April 30, 2017

KLIPSCH 71st Anniversary And Pilgrimage In HOPE, AR

This years pilgrimage was extra special. It started a day early in the Klipsch factory with the founding of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association or KHMA and the donation of the old factory with all artifacts included from Voxx and Klipsch to KHMA. This was very generous and special as John Shalam founder of Voxx and Paul Jacobs current Klipsch CEO attended and gave speeches. I can honestly say Klipsch is in good hands with these men at the helm.  Klipsch is one of the few speaker companies with production facilities still up and running in America. It is a little more expensive to do this but they feel it is the right thing to do. Hi-Fi made in America.
 Curator and President of KHMA Jim Hunter and Travis hanging the updated sign for the Klipsch Museum.
A few items in the museum.
Voigt horn with original waterproof driver.
 Extremely rare RCA corner horn which takes a 15" field coil driver.
 The legendary plexiglass klipschorn is back in Hope, AR....

The pilgrimage started Friday and ended Saturday at Rodney Newtons 600+ acre farm. He has been kind enough to host the pilgrimage. In my opinion guys like Rodney are what makes me proud of Arkansas unlike our legislature but I won't go into that.
I had never heard Paul Jacobs speak before so that was a treat as he shared several stories and his passion for Klipsch was that of the ultimate Klipsch fanatic. He also answered unfiltered questions from all the die hard Klipsch fans. These were not slow pitch questions and fun to watch.

 It is no coincidence that he was flanked by Jubilee's and the new horn loaded sub prototype.

I got to hang out with my favorite beer maker Barrett Tillman and horn designer from Klipsch engineer Roy Delgado.
Roy and Barrett talking horns. 
 Here we have who PWK called "#1 Klipsch Fan" Kevin Harmon who is the only man I know who needs a skid loader to move his KP-600 speaker stacks. He brought four of these to the pilgrimage. Kevin Harmon is also a trustee of KHMA.


Rain had us move two KP-600 stacks inside but Rodney's barn can easily accommodate.


 I'd like to mention Rodney and his ingenuity. Rodney has turned 600 acres into the most beautiful grazing and wetlands around. He was told many years ago that his goals were unattainable and would never work. Rodney went on to prove them all wrong and has created a series of small lakes and big ponds that flow into each other. Amazing and beautiful land. Thanks again Rodney.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Klipsch Pilgrimage In Hope AR April 26-29th 2017

This years Klipsch Pilgrimage to Hope Arkansas is a really special one. The events will kick off with a ribbon cutting of the Klipsch Museum Of Audio History and the founding of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association. The Klipsch museum building and contents have been donated very generously by Klipsch to the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association. KHMA will be a non profit with goals of preserving the legacy of PWK and his archives. PWK corresponded with all of the greats in the audio industry and kept every correspondence. This museum is more than just about preserving the Klipsch legacy but scores of untold stories from the glory days of the entire Hi-Fi industry. Klipsch Historian Jim Hunter makes new discoveries all the time. 
 For more information about the Klipsch pilgrimage please check the following links to the Klipsch forums. There will be museum, factory, laboratory tours and a chance to listen to exciting new speakers in the Klipsch factory listening room.
 If you care about preserving audio history and the goals of Klipsch Heritage Museum Association there will be an opportunity to donate at the pilgrimage and become a member of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association.
 Once the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association website is live there will be many ways to contribute online and become a member of the museum. I will be posting and soliciting donations once this is possible.












If you are a Klipsch fan or a fan of audio history please consider attending this years pilgrimage.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Klipsch MCZ-7 Moving Coil Cartridge


My friend Chris dropped by today and brought these rare Klipsch cartridges. We checked them under the microscope fortunately the cantilever and tip are intact on both of them. Can't wait to give them a spin. For those that think this is weird for Klipsch it really isn't. PWK actually was applying for a patent for a cartridge the same time GE did for a little cartridge called the GE Variable Reluctance cartridge. According to Klipsch historian Jim Hunter he was only a few months behind GE on patent application.




 Should we replace the foam or keep the original lol...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Klipsch Forte III Heritage Rides Again

I grew up on high efficiency Klipsch speakers. The big Klipsch were always around and since then I've always gravitated to highly efficient low distortion speakers. No bigger bang for the buck than Klipsch heritage. It is so great to see Klipsch digging into the heritage history and bringing back a great speaker like the Forte. I am hoping the Chorus is next. These speakers are handmade in Hope, Ar. How many speaker companies can still say that? Bravo Klipsch.
 
Beautiful retro design. 
 

 Klipsch designer Roy Delgado took this tractrix mid horn design from the cinema line which is very successful. It is also where the big fun speakers are. 


Klipsch at CES

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Klipsch Rebel

This is my favorite Klipsch Rebel Ad. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Klipsch Preserves Audio History Announcement At Sound And Vision


The Klipsch Audio History Museum is one of my favorite places to study audio history particularly Klipsch history. For more information about this announcement bounce over to Sound And Vision to see the official announcement.

For those unfamiliar with the museum check out this tour by Jim Hunter. It is well worth watching all four parts.
  What is also being preserved is the vast archives and documentation PWK collected over the years. There isn't an audio pioneer that PWK did not correspond with and keep all letters. Jim has had his hands full with this task as it is an ocean of information. I'm always excited to learn about his discoveries in the Klipsch archives. I'm sure there are more announcements to come. 

Congratulations Klipsch.

Monday, March 21, 2016

KLIPSCH OFFERS A NON-CORNER HORN

High Fidelity magazine announces the Klipsch La Scala
 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Industrial La Scala