Klipsch manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):Dynamic Headphones
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 KlipschornÂ®, 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 workÂhorn-loaded technologyÂhas 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.
Klipsch web site (October 2000):
- 1940 Paul Klipsch develops his first experimental corner woofer (X-1), a prototype of the Klipschorn.
- 1942 X-3 is born.
- 1945 Klipschorn patent is granted on X-3.
- 1946 PWK develops midrange horn to match X-3 woofer.
- 1948 Acquires his first factory building - now the museum.
- 1949 Klipsch Rebel and Klipsch turntable introduced.
- 1956 Klipsch Shorthorn introduced.
- 1957 A new Klipsch speaker, the Klipsch Heresy, is developed. For this speaker, corner placement is not mandatory.
- 1959 Klipsch Cornwall introduced.
- 1963 Klipsch La Scala loudspeaker is designed to be used in the P.A. system for Winthrop Rockerfeller's gubernatorial race.
- 1971 The Belle Klipsch, a more elegant version of the Klipsch La Scala, goes into production.
- 1977 Klipsch & Associates introduces its industrial line.
- 1978 Paul Klipsch awarded AES Silver Medal.
- 1979 Started construction of new test laboratory featuring an anechoic chamber.
- 1980 One-of-a-kind anechoic chamber built with a 4-quadrant "revolving" door to permit testing of corner-type speakers.
- 1982 Klipsch Kg2 introduced.
- 1984 Paul Klipsch inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame.
- 1985 Klipsch Kg4 introduced. Klipsch Forte introduced.
- 1987 Klipsch Chorus introduced.
- 1989 Fred Klipsch (a cousin) and his wife Judy Klipsch, purchase company from Paul Klipsch. Klipsch Quartet introduced.
- 1990 Klipsch Kg1 and Kg3 introduced.
- 1991 Klipsch Kg sw introduced.
- 1992 Klipsch Kg1.2, Kg2.2, Kg3.2, Kg4.2, Kg5.2 introduced. IW 100 & IW 200 in-wall speakers introduced.
- 1993 Powered Subwoofer line introduced. New Mexico State University dedicates the Klipsch Lecture Hall.Center Channel line introduced.
- 1994 Klipsch Kg.5, Kg1.5, Kg2.5, Kg3.5, Kg4.5, Kg5.5 introduced. Klipsch THX introduced. epic series introduced.
- 1995 Klipsch IW50, IW150, IW250 introduced. New Mexico State University dedicates the Klipsch Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
- 1996 Klipsch KV4, Klipsch Rebel VIII introduced. Klipsch, purchases Pyle Manufacturing. Klipsch introduces IC525, IC650, IC800 in-ceiling speakers. Klipsch Synergy series subwoofers introduced. Klipsch Legend KLF20, KLF30 introduced.
- 1997 Klipsch Synergy Monitor and Tower lines introduced. Introduction of voice-matched center and surround speakers completes Klipsch Synergy and Klipsch Legend families. Klipsch introduces Premiere powered speakers which include internally amplified subwoofers. Paul Klipsch inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame for his contributions in acoustics, ballistics and geophysics. Klipsch retains rights to "Klipsch Professional" name and begins manufacturing and marketing professional sound reinforcement and theater products.
- 1998 Klipsch introduces the most compact home theater in its history-the Quintet Micro Theater.
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