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Klipsch: Then and Now

by Blogger ‎10-29-2012 11:33 PM - edited ‎10-30-2012 09:48 AM

In 1946, Paul Wilbur Klipsch opened one of the first loudspeaker companies on the continent. The contribution his organization would make to the field of audio engineering would be nothing short of revolutionary. A winner of the illustrious AES Silver Metal, Klipsch’s innovative speaker designs continue to lead the audio field today. Let’s begin with a look at the history of this legendary company, then see how well the brand's latest components fare.

Originally a radio designer at GE, Klipsch later relocated to Chile where he spent three years working on electrical locomotives. After the U.S. Army began fighting the Nazis, Klipsch left his regular life behind and lent his efforts to liberating Europe – eventually rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. Once he returned from the war, Klipsch began inventing and building loudspeakers. As his efforts grew, so did his company. They would be responsible for ushering in several outstanding designs – including the Belle Klipsch, the Klipsch Rebel, and the Klipsch Heresy.

Flash forward to modern day, and you’ll discover that Klipsch is still a name synonymous with audio quality. From headphones to home theatre systems, Klipsch provides a variety of high-end solutions for consumers who insist on having the very best audio experience possible.

klipsch headphones.jpgLets start small, with a quick examination of the Klipsch Image S4A In-Ear Headphones. The oval tips of these Android-compatible headphones have been specially designed to fit comfortably in the ear – resulting in superior sound delivery, via the S4A’s powerful micro-speakers (which pack a pretty hefty low-end punch).

The Image S4A Headphones include a relatively durable nylon case, several sizes of ear tip options, and a clothing clip for easy transport. More than capable of providing long-term, reliable performance in a wealth of different environments, the S4A are covered by a fairly generous two year warranty.

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Delivering 600 watts of potent, thick sound, the Klipsch 5.1 Channel Home Theatre System succeeds at just about everything. Packing Cerametallic woofers and Tractrix titanium tweeters, this system's speakers deliver unbelievably visceral mid and high tones – which sound absolutely fantastic, especially when accompanied by the system’s 10” inch subwoofer. Powered by a BASH Digital Hybrid amplifier, listeners can look forward to 400 watts of deep, potent performance. With its attractive design and an outstanding 5-year warranty, Klipsch should really be congratulated for the creation of a very appealing audio system.

klipsche igroove ipod dock.jpgLet’s conclude today with a look at the Klipsch iGroove iPod Dock. At $143.99, this mini-system succeeds at delivering an impressive standard of audio quality – especially for a system of this size. Offering a 30 pin connector for the iPod or iPhone enthusiast, this compact performer comes equipped with an easy-to-access auxiliary port – so traditional MP3 players can also enjoy the iGroove’s radiant, distortion-free playback. An ideal solution for a bedroom, dorm room, or kitchen, the iGroove also works great as an alarm clock.

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