Showing posts with label La Scala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label La Scala. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2016


High Fidelity magazine announces the Klipsch La Scala

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Klipsch La Scala AKA K-447 1963

I'd seen one or two ads claiming the La Scala was really a K-447. I thought this was false information so to set the record straight here is the K-447 La Scala ad from 1963. This even has the bass bin orientation in its original configuration.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Auto Hi-Fi

I'm not in to auto hi-fi but I could get into this but the Miata looks like it may pop a wheelie.

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Thursday, December 16, 2010

PWK's Lab La Scala with Braces

Here is an early La Scala pic with PWK in his lab. Performance was improved with the braces but each one would have to be custom cut to some extent so the idea was dropped. This was later solved with the La Scala II buy going with 1 inch instead of 3/4 baltic birch plywood. I think they still have that couch in the lab listening room lol.

This was the original orientation of the doghouse. I rather like it but also note the braces.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Klipsch La Scala Prototype

This is a La Scala Prototype at the New Mexico State University Klipsch Museum.

The bass bin is at a different angle and also note the internal braces. From what I was told it was difficult to get the braces cut precisely every time so they were dropped because it would slow production and run up cost.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Klipsch restorations by Greg Roberts

Heritage Klipsch are a great bargain in the hi-fi industry. You can buy them used for $1200 and up. This is where someone like Greg Roberts can turn them into masterpieces. If I had the money I'd send my Oak Lacquer Klipschorns to Greg to be restored.

These shorthorn inspired Hersey's did not get the kudos they deserved. They are among my favorite restorations by Greg. It is an homage to the early Klipsch style. Incredible.

Friday, April 17, 2009

La Scala

At one time you couldn't find a DJ or a club that did not use a couple of La Scalas. It started life in 1963 as a portable public address loudspeaker for a candidate named Winthrop Rockefeller. It sounded so good people put it in there homes and clubs to the surprise of Klipsch.

I think this is the original Rockefeller La Scala or as some call it the runt. It is a half size bass bin but notice the handles. This is the only one I have ever seen.

The La Scala remained in production relatively unchanged from 1963-2006. In 2006 they made very important changes to the speaker. The bass bin suffered abit in the bass department due to flexing of the sidewalls. Klipsch forum members fixed this by addind brace inserts but Klipsch went one step further in 2006 they add one inch mdf to tighten up the bass. It worked really well as this is probably one of the most best improvements Klipsch has ever made to a speaker. The bass is much stronger and you would swear it went lower. The La Scala II is a real hi-fi bargain.

Here is a pair of La Scala II's on the factory floor in Walnut veneer.

Here is a shot of the revamped 2006 Heritage line with the La Scala II in cherry.

La Scala exploded view provided by Klipsch Forum member marvel if I remember correctly.

Fans of the Klipsch La Scala did not wait for the company to update the speaker. This has been a big hit in the diy and mod community. To lower bass response some are adding extra volume and ports to the cabinet. I haven't asked any of the engineers at Klipsch if there are any drawbacks to this mod but I will. Here is an example.

Here is an example from Norway. This mod has a La Scala bass bin with the reversible ported mod and a big Oris horn with a Lowther driver. I can't help but think that this must sound great.