Showing posts with label Rebel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rebel. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Klipsch Rebel

This is my favorite Klipsch Rebel Ad. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

RCA DuoCone 515S2 DIY Klipsch Rebel Cabinet

I am surprised it took me so long to get to hear these speakers. This is my setup for their trial run. Two RCA 515S2 drivers one I repaired and the other I bought from Terrence in St.Louis. The one from St.Louis is in a really well made Klipsch Rebel cabinet. Associated gear is as follows. The preamp or autoformer volume control is from Dave Slagle at If you haven't tried an autoformer volume control you owe it to yourself to do so. You will not regret it. The Luxmann KMQ60 is from my friend Terry and it is a great piece featuring the rare NEC 50CA10 power tubes. Source was my laptop. Measurements were taken using truerta via an ecm8000 mic. DISCLAIMER these are amateur measurements taken at 3ft just to get me in the ballpark. If you see something wrong or have advice please share.
RCA 515S2 in Klipsch Rebel cabinet. It does have some improved bass from the cabinet.
Pink Noise. Peek Hold. 3ft. Not smoothed.
Same as above just looks different.
Pink Noise. Peek Hold. 3ft. Not smoothed.
This is the RCA515S2 on the floor in front of the cabinet. It seems my repair was ok and not detrimental to the cabinet. That is really cool. Holy Cow I fixed something and it works afterwards.
Pink Noise. Peek Hold. 3ft. Not smoothed.
Ah what the hell this is with both woofers playing. Pretty much the same.
Pink Noise. Peek Hold. 3ft. Not smoothed.
I like how these sound. I'm surprised I have such a favorable impression given that the high end takes a dive around 10k. They have a really nice feel to them. More listening this week.

I'm wondering what to do with them? Add a tweeter? Should I build another Rebel cabinet or build one of Olson's old corner speaker cabinets. It may be interesting to make an old school console. What do you think? Any advice much appreciated

I was just looking at an ad for the 515S2 and it is advertised at 40-12,000. Also I look at the LC1A and they measure very closely. Interesting.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer St Louis Speaker Road Trip

This was a real quick trip. Left Little Rock at the crack of dawn. Pulled into downtown Memphis for a quick breakfast.
It was really cool to see a recording academy not far from where we ate. I pray they are teaching the evils of compressing the sound to only sound good on clock radios. Evil I say pure EVIL.
Heading out of town we encountered a massive thunderstorm. If you live in the south you know how cool this is. I even opened the sunroof for a minute.

Thank you Terrence in St.Louis for contacting me through this blog and selling me an RCA 515S2 with cabinet. This was the main reason for the road trip but it is nice to get out of town. Now I have two of these pre *edit 515S2 was after LC1 o at the same time* LC1 drivers.
The cabinet is a homemade Klipsch rebel style cabinet. Although this cabinet is 3/4 birch plywood instead of the thinner plywood Klipsch used. The slot in the back is also much wider than the traditional rebel cabinet.
Here is the no frills homebrew cabinet.
The 515S2 is in perfect condition. I can't wait to do some measuring so I can compare it to the 515S2 I repaired. I'll post the results.
I drop by a thrift store in St Louis and found a great Cab Calloway record. Given that it was released in 1950 and has all his big hits it is a miracle it is in as good condition as it is. There is some surface noise but I love it.
The cover is basic but it is the earliest LP of Cab I have seen. I have some Cab Calloway 78's but nothing this cool.
No trip to St.Louis is complete without a visit to Vintage Vinyl. The prices are incredible as is the selection. It was a quick trip through the store so I only picked up a few goodies. I was looking for Stockhausen on vinyl but they were out. Fortunately the staff is very knowledgeable and seemed to remember that Max Neuhaus played with Stockhausen and they had one of his records in. I just put it on for a second but it sounds like Stockhausen percussion....AWESOME!!!!
I also picked up a copy of STUMP's Fierce Pancake... It was $6 I couldn't leave it there at that price.
That was a long quick trip but scored cool records and a mint 515S2.

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Here is another artcle from Dell electronics 1955. This one is for the Cabinart Klipsch Rebel kit.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Klipsch Rebel Cabinart Ad

The PWK caricature with the whip is very cool. This is likely from the mid fifties. In the early days of Klipsch PWK did everything from engineering to pr to sales to day to day running of the company.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

1950's Klipsch Shorthorns and Rebels

Here are some pics of early Klipsch speakers from the Klipsch Factory Museum in Hope,AR. Some of these speakers have been restored. This would have been done by Jim Hunter.

This Klipsch Shorthorn prototype is in the Hope, AR Chamber of Commerce where they have a small but good Klipsch Museum. It was restored by Dexter a former Klipsch employee who does amazing work.

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.