In 1946, the talented acoustic engineer Paul Klipsch formed a company in the USA and set himself the task of developing speakers for residential premises of incredible quality for that time. To do this, he created an acoustic system based on a horn of his own design, patenting Klipschorn technology. Paul Klipsch was the first to realize the ability to reproduce live concert sound of music at home, thereby founding the American school of sound and the horn movement in particular.


Paul W. Klipsch is a famous American innovator in the field of acoustics. He made a genuine revolution in such an important area of ​​\u200b\u200bcommercial consumption and high art as the development and production of acoustic systems. He and others like him proved the priority of sound speakers in hi-fi reproduction of recorded music. His calling was shaped by his dissatisfaction with the way the gramophone record sounded at the time. Klipsch saw its imperfections, but even more saw the possibilities of reproducing acoustics. Klipsch approached the problem from a scientific position and created, in particular, corner horn speakers, which gave a much more “live” sound than one might have expected. It is no coincidence that his first important creation, the Klipschorn® horn loudspeaker systems, is still in production and in steady demand throughout the world. They are bought by those who are disappointed in other acoustics or by those who simply do not want to waste time on disappointment. It was Paul Klipsch who first proved that all the drama and wildness of a concert can be recreated in the comfort of your own home.


Klipsch’s interest in technical sciences was influenced by his father, a mechanical engineering teacher at Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana). His father died when Paul was barely 12 years old, and three years later he made his first loudspeaker from a post horn and a pair of headphones. The radio era had not yet arrived, but Paul was ready and open to the mission of high-fidelism.  After graduating from high school in El Paso, Paul entered NMSU, where he played in the student orchestra, then in a jazz band, and was also a good shot with a gun. The love of music prevailed, and the knowledge he gained of the correct sound of instruments was very useful to him in engineering. After graduating from NMSU, Paul goes to work for the famous American multinational electrical company General Electric. Then for three years he is sent to Chile, where there is a repair base for American-made electric locomotives.


Paul Klipsch’s path to fame was consistent. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1926 and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1934. In 1981 he defended his doctorate in jurisprudence – this was useful in entrepreneurial activity. By the way, when in 1955 the technical department of NSMU was transformed into a computer and electronic department, it was decided to give it the name of Klipsch, the most famous of the graduates of this university.  Before World War II, Klipsch worked as a geophysicist for a Texas oil company, but his knowledge of physics was much more appreciated by the military. Serving as a ballista in the Southwest Coast Artillery, Paul Klipsch rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. The service did not prevent Klipsch from working according to his calling. At this time, he creates a giant “corner” horn speaker and demonstrates it to guests of his home. Their reaction convinces him that he is on the right track.

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Klipsch Rebel 

Klipsch’s peaceful career as an acoustician and engineer began in 1946, when he founded an acoustics company under his own name: Klipsch & Associates. He received a patent for the development of household acoustics. During the first years, he collects orders on site and “creates” each product with his own hands. Of course, people like the speakers, and the fame of the new brand flies beyond the state, reaching New York. In an interview in 1999, Paul Klipsch revealed: the glorious Klipschorn, his striking statement, was created by himself, but the name was not given by him, but by enthusiastic customers. One day, while negotiating new supplies with New York, Paul is surprised to learn that they not only know, but also listen to his first large horn speakers. “We have already heard about your corner horns,” said a distant partner. “And we call them Klipschorn.” Of course, Paul Klipschorn’s eccentric and uncompromising spirit is also part of the charm of the speakers that bear his name. When contemplating the concept of a “middle” speaker, which (to enhance the spatial effect) was envisioned between a Klipschhorn stereo pair, Klipsch consulted colleague at the Society of Engineers. He said that such a speaker contradicted Klipsch’s cornerstone ideas about the reflective effect of walls and about corner horns. A colleague half-jokingly declared the new product “acoustic heresy.” “Damn it, of course! – Paul Klipsch suddenly exclaimed. “That’s exactly what I’ll call this model!” A year later, the company was already releasing Heresy. And the model quickly gained stable popularity in the market. Oddly enough, it was the priests who were the first to appreciate it, concerned about the correct scoring of the choir and organ in their parishes.

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Klipsch Heresy III 

There is understandable interest in an article in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (magazine of the Society of Audio Engineers of America), where Klipsch finally lifted the curtain and shared his experience, methodology and knowledge with colleagues. But no one was able to reproduce his columns from these master classes. In 1978, Paul Klipsch was awarded the Society’s highest award, the Silver Medal, for the development of acoustic systems and the original methodology for measuring specifications, primarily nonlinear distortion. In 1984, Klipsch’s name was inducted into the Acoustics Hall of Fame, and in 1997, into the Science and Technology Hall of Fame (the same honor was given to Thomas Edison, George Washington, Carver and the Wright brothers). The Hall of Fame is America’s highest recognition of those individuals who have contributed to progress in one way or another. In this regard, Klipsch was recognized for his enormous personal contribution to improving the quality of human life. At the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Paul Klipsch was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. This title was established in 2000 by the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association in order to perpetuate the names of particularly creative and focused individuals who contributed to the progress of electronics.

Klipsch Belle

There were many more events in Paul Klipsch’s life before he died on May 5, 2002 at the age of 98. His cousin Fred took over his company, Klipsch Audio Technologies. Taking over, he paid tribute to the founder: “Without a doubt, Paul was a genius and could have chosen any of the professions. He chose audio, and the world only became a better place because of it. He was a great man and always tried to do the right thing.” The company’s history is one of triumph, as Paul Klipsch’s technology and methods were and remain as daring as they were effective. In addition to Klipschorn and Heresy, the Rebel, Shorthorn, Cornwall, La Scala and Belle models have earned great demand and love in the world. Many received the title of best. The current generation of brand speakers carefully embody not only the methods, but also the well-known conservatism of the taste of the founding father. Klipsch History Highlights: The cornerstone of Paul Klipsch’s work was the development of the truly revolutionary “corner” horn. Colleagues greeted the concept with hostility as “pseudoscientific” on the grounds that the proximity of the walls would interfere with the sound of such an “open” speaker. However, Paul Klipsch was the first to make reflections of sound waves serve the purpose of a speaker, dramatically improving its efficiency. He considered walls and, above all, corners as an extension of the speaker body and calculated the speaker parameters accordingly. The patent was issued in 1945, the speaker was called Klipschorn, it was very massive, but impressed with its surround and panoramic sound. Its dimensions were more compact than those of its competitors. This was an absolutely revolutionary speaker for its time, which for the first time made it possible to convey the dynamics, accuracy and beauty of music when listening at home.

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Klipsch Palladium P-39F 

Klipschorn remains one of the most famous speakers in the world, and the only one that has been in production for over 60 years. However, Paul Klipsch did not stop at creating Klipschorn and in 1957, when the company had already existed for more than 10 years, expanding its staff, an innovative model was introduced to the world, used not only in a complex of standard stereo systems, but also installed as a center channel.  A year before the announcement of the new product, when Paul Klipsch was developing this smaller speaker, one acquaintance approached him and said that he could not imagine how to announce this acoustics to the public, because its structure goes against the fundamental principles of Klipsch horn acoustics and it’s just kind of… This is acoustic heresy. – “Why the hell not?! – Mr. Klipsch replied, “That’s what I’ll call her!” A year later, the Klipsch Heresy acoustics were announced and, ironically, they became the best-selling church audio equipment in the United States. Klipsch later released the Cornwall speaker in 1959 as a larger, full-length alternative to the Heresy, thus creating the world’s second speaker system designed to be used as a center channel between two Klipschorn stereo speakers. It is noteworthy that Cornwall could be used as a corner speaker (Corner speaker) or as a front speaker (Speaker against the wall). It was for this versatility that Bella Klipsch, Paul Klipsch’s first wife, suggested the name Cornwall.

Klipsch Cornwall

The original 1959 model began to feel dated over time with the same midrange driver and cabinet design. Therefore, between 1981 and 1983, Cornwall underwent some modifications. The main change was the use of a combination of the latest high-sensitivity tweeter with different midrange drivers. The K-51-V and K-55-G speaker models had ceramic magnets (from different manufacturers), and another modification, Cornwall, was produced with Heppner K-52-H midrange drivers, which were later replaced by similar K-52-K speakers, produced by Klipsch.  The result of all the changes was essentially the same Cornwall, but provided a much smoother, extended frequency response. In addition, the horns and subwoofer were mounted flush with the front panel, helping to reduce diffraction effects. When the Cornwall was discontinued in 1990, audiophiles in America and around the world literally flooded the Klipsch office with letters (including actual petitions with numerous signatures) demanding that the speaker be returned to the market. The company’s management could not help but listen to the opinion of the huge number of fans of Klipsch acoustics, and the company developed an updated model Cornwall III. This speaker has a three-way design and is equipped with horn-based compression drivers for mid and high frequencies and a 28-centimeter woofer. All parameters of the Cornwall III are very close to the company’s full horn speakers, and in terms of bass depth it can even compete with Klipschorn itself!

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Another legendary speaker, Klipsch La Scala, which took its name from the Italian Teatro alla Scala, was developed in 1963 and used during the election campaign of gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller. The updated La Scala II speaker, which has undergone cosmetic modifications, has retained all the signature features of the sound of Klipschorn acoustics, but at the same time has much smaller dimensions. It is also a fully horned three-way speaker system with transparent highs, rich mids and stunningly deep lows. This speaker has a record quality-to-price ratio in its class and is highly rated by the specialized press.
Klipsch brand history But this is not the end of the Klipsch company story. In 1997, Paul was elected as the 46th member of the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the science of acoustics. He shared this honor with such brilliant scientists as Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers. In addition, Paul Klipsch is the owner of 32 patents for proprietary solutions and technologies.

Klipsch La Scala 

Today, many acoustic manufacturers, in an effort to make more money from the theater boom, are urgently adapting their initially hi-fi products to the requirements of the Home Theater. The American company Klipsch does not have to do this – even at the dawn of its existence, it equipped real cinemas with its horn speakers, and in 2001 it won a tender to provide sound for the worldwide network of restaurants, cafes, rock clubs, etc. Hard Rock Cafe. Klipsch Audio Technologies has dozens of speaker models capable of working in large halls, but there is also a wide range of kits for home use. Klipsch speakers are installed in hundreds of landmark buildings and structures, including Ron Jon Surf Shop (Orlando), Cold Stone Creamery (Times Square), Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers (Manhattan), and the Granite Mountain Harley Davidson dealership in Georgia, USA. .  In addition to floor-standing and bookshelf speakers, there is an architectural series for installation in walls and ceilings, as well as all-weather speakers for outdoor use. The world’s largest cinema chains, Regal Cinemas, Malco Theaters and Harkins Theatres, exclusively equip Klipsch acoustics, seeing them as an indispensable means of powerful, realistic and expressive scoring of modern soundtracks. Every second newly opened cinema in North and South America chooses Klipsch equipment.

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Klipsch THX Ultra2 System 

Another revolutionary achievement of the company can be safely attributed to the seven-channel home theater set THX Ultra2 System. Just like other timeless Klipsch models, it has remained unchanged since 2004 – good is not sought from good. This set was the first in the world to receive a certificate of conformity from the George Lucas laboratory THX Ultra2, and, by the way, bears the same name. It uses technologies used to create professional cinema audio equipment and is designed to meet the most stringent requirements for real cinema speakers.  In 2004, the Reference series released speaker systems specifically for use with plasma panels and LCD TVs. Featuring a Life Style aesthetic, these speakers combine modern, stylish design with classic Klipsch technology.

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Klipsch Stadium 

To this day, Klipsch Audio Technologies remains true to the ideology laid down by its founder Paul Klipsch, but at the same time keeps up with the times and does not ignore progressive innovations and current trends. The Klipsch company is actively releasing new lines, including:  – elite High End Palladium acoustic systems, in the development of which specialists from the famous DesignworksUSA studio participated;  Klipsch brand history – universal Reference lines, among which a special place is occupied by Reference Dolby Atmos, using spatial sound technology, the principle of which was radically different from the existing multi-channel sound;  – the latest Reference HD Wireless line, which uses reliable high-speed WiSA wireless technology;  – many cutting-edge solutions in the Personal Music Systems line, including the wireless portable speaker Klipsch Groove, the impressive sound bar Klipsch R-4B and the multifunctional shelf system Klipsch R-15PM, which implements all possible options for connecting sound sources, even vinyl players!