Showing posts with label Klipschorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Klipschorn. Show all posts

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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Loudspeaker Enclosures 1949

I can't get enough of these early loudspeaker design articles. Here is a gem from 1949.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Brociner DUAL HORN CORNER Reproducer

1949 Brociner ad for their version of the Klipschorn of which it makes no mention.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Persian Nutwood Klipschorns KBPNL

These are the only pair of Persian Nutwood Klipschorns I have seen in the wild. They look incredible and sound even better in person. There are lots of Klipschorns out there but not many this unique.
That grain pattern is psychedelic. 
The classic cane grills compliment perfectly.
These beauties are on eBay right now. 
The seller is top notch and has 100% feedback.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Vitavox Klipschorn

This is a rare ad from Vitavox from the mid 60's. Their take on the Klipschorn is one of the best ever done. Unlike competitors they actually paid licensing fees to Klipsch.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Brociner Coner Speaker

Licensed of course from Klipsch but here is an early Brociner advert. It features the K5 with trusonic hf driver and 500hz network. The ad says Pisa but every example I have seen had a Trusonic.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Realistic High Fidelity Horn Loudspeakers and Enclosures - 1956

Here is a classic article written by Hartley of Hartley audio store. This has to be the best out of the series and if I find the other 7 I will post them.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bass Horns - BIG AND LOW - 1989

This article was released on the heels of Bruce Edgars Voigt article and PWK interview. I have great appreciation for Bruce Edgars early work. This article by Brian Taylor is rather recent for what I usually post.
 I really like the unfolded Klipschorn pic. Amazing that this was folded into something so small as the Klipschorn bass bin.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RIP Radio Shack - Vintage Ad Featuring Klipschorn

 Radio Shack has been a zombie for years and just didn't know they were dead. HAH Zombie Shack... Good riddance on one hand as they forsake what made them great and were reduced to batteries and phones. On the other hand I'm sad to see them go for rare time they have parts I need in stock. The problem is they usually didn't have the parts in stock I needed. I would rather have seen Parts Express take them over.

These ads must have been late 40's or early 50's because PWK put an end to licensing his products early on due to quality issues.

That is one crude Klipschorn ad.... Dang...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1946 Klipschorn Brochure

This is a rare one for the Klipschphiles.
Thanks to Jim Hunter.


Monday, October 20, 2014

New Trends in Loud Speakers - October 1948

A very early Klipschorn design mentioned in Radio Electronics 1948. Also Altec and a few other interesting designs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rare 1960's Klipschorn Ad

Klipschorn Wide Stage Stereo

Monday, August 4, 2014

Only Klipsch

This image I believe is from the late 60's Stereo Review. If you know the origin please let me know. Klipsch liked it so much they turned it into an advert.

Additional info from Bruce. 

The photo originally came from the Feb 1969 issue of Playboy magazine. It was the lead photo in an article titled “The Sights and Sounds of 69”. The article described “the latest and best in Hi-Fi and TV” and had numerous recommendations for differing budgets. The K-horns were in the top of the line system and were quoted as costing $804 each. The Cornwall used for the center channel was said to be sold for $415. Other pieces from this system were a Marantz Model 7T Pre-amp and dual Marantz power amps.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Amen. "Only a big speaker system can authentically reproduce big instruments".

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Klipschorn Jubilee

I edited this from the photo Klipsch released years ago for the CES show. PWK with his last speaker design the Klipschorn Jubilee. It took about 50 years but PWK and Roy Delgado finally bested the Khorn. 

The criteria for his new speaker was:
Smoother response in the passband.
Distortion lower than the Khorn. 
Decrease in second and third harmonic distortion
 Extended LF response past 600hz and it hits about 1500hz.
Bass response lower than the Khorn.
All design goals met.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Klipsch Historical Archives Online

 I don't go to the Klipsch front web site very often so it seems I missed a major site update. Klipsch engineer Jim Hunter has spent years going through PWK's documents and preserving these historical documents in digital form. Fortunately Klipsch is dedicating a portion of the site to host these documents. 
 You can access the some of the new sections of the site here.

Here are a few examples of the rarities posted. 

Metal printing plates.
Early picture of Klipschorn construction.

It is very interesting that PWK was also interested in phonograph pickup design for many years from 1940 to late 40's.

This is my favorite section  a collection of PDF documents with Klipschisms, quotes, and anecdotes.

Paul's original oscilloscope was a 1930s DuMont model, with similar amplifier for horizontal and vertical. His typical way of using it was to put the output of the audio oscillator into the horizontal input and the output of the item under test, through an attenuator, to the vertical input. Thus the relation of the two was the inclination of the line or ellipse and didn't require keeping the oscillator output constant as its frequency varied. He later (1950s) bought a Precision scope, allowing the DuMont to be used for production testing. -- Jim Haynes

 In the mid-1950's, when Paul came to Boston for the HiFi shows, we would have our Klipschorns along with Marantz amplifiers and Grado cartridges in our demo room. With the usual Harvard and MIT fans around him, he sat down on a Marantz power amplifier. Soon we smelled a peculiar odor, and for a moment thought some competitor had put a stink bomb in the room. Just at that moment Paul gave out a Klipschorn-sized yell!! He turned around showing his bottom to the gathered group of admirers saying, "Look what that "adjective/noun" amplifier did to me." There were two clean burn holes from the output tubes clear through his wool trousers, boxer shorts, and his seared rear end. It wasn't long after that Mrs. Marantz came into the room. Paul went to her, bent over and said, "Look what your amplifier did to me!" He later spent a good deal of the show trying to get Marantz to pay for his trousers" -- Don Davis

Go to the redesigned Klipsch site and check out the new PWK historical information posted. I only posted a few examples. I understand Jim Hunter is going to keep adding information to the site which is great news. I'm still waiting for his book because he is the one to write the book on PWK.