Klipsch

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  • P.O. Box 688 Hope, Arkansas 71801, USA
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  • +1 501 777 6751
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Equipment[add model]

Klipsch manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

Dynamic Headphones
 
Dynamic Speakers
 
Horn Speakers
 
Solid State Amplifiers
 

General information [contribute]

Klipsch web site (October 2000): From humble beginnings in a tin shed in Hope, Arkansas, Klipsch has become one of the leading manufacturers of loudspeakers for audio and home theater use. The company was founded in 1946 by legendary audio engineer Paul W. Klipsch on the promise of a corner, horn-loaded speaker design. Movie theaters and concert halls had long used horns to reproduce motion picture soundtracks, however those horns, at over nine feet long, were much too large for use in the home. Klipsch's solution was to fold the horn back onto itself and place the speaker cabinet in a corner, making the walls of the room an extension of the horn. An unquestionable success, the Klipschorn®, patented in 1945, is still considered by many to be the finest loudspeaker ever made and is the only speaker in the world that has been in continuous production for over 50 years.



While the designs have changed along the way, the foundation of Klipsch's work­horn-loaded technology­has remained constant. The hallmark of Klipsch loudspeakers, horns offer high efficiency, low distortion, controlled directivity and flat frequency response, allowing them to more closely reproduce the quality and tonal characteristics of live sound.


His love of music and desire to hear an "orchestra" in his home is what drew Paul Klipsch to spend his fifth career refining the design principles that changed an industry. He has said, "Audio was a hobby and then a profession, but I still consider myself an amateur in that an amateur is one who practices his art for love." At 95, Paul Klipsch is still active in the company he sold to his cousin, Indianapolis businessman Fred Klipsch, and Fred's wife, Judy, in 1989. In 1993, Klipsch became one of the Klipsch Lanham Investment (KLI) companies, adding third partner Charles Lanham.

Since the change in ownership, the company has experienced tremendous growth. The product line has expanded to include over 30 models and throughout 1997, the company introduced more new product than it has at any time in its 50-year history. While founded on the principle of reproducing "concert quality" audio, much of the company's growth today can be attributed to sales of home theater loudspeaker systems. Priding itself on offering a full-line of products, Klipsch manufactures floorstanding, bookshelf and architectural loudspeakers, powered subwoofers, center channels and a THX system.



With over 800 storefronts carrying the line in the United States, Klipsch has also greatly expanded its international distribution, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Today, Klipsch continues to diversify into other segments of the audio industry.

The company has changed considerably since those early days, but Klipsch looks to the future with an eye to the past. The heritage and drive for perfection of Paul Klipsch's early work is the standard by which Klipsch produces loudspeakers today.

History[contribute]

Klipsch web site (October 2000):

Significant Events

External links

Klipsch Bass Round Tractrix Horns for 2 Compression Drivers
Klipsch Horn Speakers By Mark Winquist
Klipsch La Scala Plans
Klipsch Professional The Legend in Sound

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