Thursday, July 13, 2006

Speaker of the House

Years ago I bought a pair of these.

Yes, humongous speakers. What was I thinking? Well, great sound for a start. In my humble opinion, Klipsch makes the best audio speakers on the planet if not the Universe. The K-Horn is a corner speaker and, yes, I did design and build a house to accommodate these beasts. Surprisingly the K-Horns only require about 2 Watts of power which means you don't need a beefy stereo system to power them. Au contraire, a beefy stereo system will bring the roof down at an output setting of 2 out of 10.

So what drives these monsters today? What brings the roof down with Metallica and Aerosmith?

An iPod. Yep, my little iPod transmitting through an iTrip FM adapter presents my entire audio collecton to the Klipsch as if I had a 500 CD changer.

It's quite a shock to see the little iPod sitting on top of the 4-foot tall K-Horn speaker! Alas.

Recently I added an Apple Airport Express which allows me to transmit to the stereo from any Macintosh on my home network. So, the iMac upstairs, the MacBook down stairs or the iPod can be the life of the party.

As for my CD collection, it's in a box. Somewhere.

Learn more about the Klipsch legend:
From The Klipsch Website

Audio pioneer and company founder Paul W. Klipsch launched the Klipschorn loudspeaker in 1946 to enable people, for the first time ever, to experience the power, detail and emotion of a live performance at home.

Commonly called a corner-horn speaker, the remarkably uncommon Klipschorn includes a highly efficient horn loaded tweeter and midrange compression driver. Its patented folded-horn 15" woofer delivers powerful low frequencies.

Considered a watershed industry event, the introduction of the Klipschorn set the standard for high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, low distortion, and smooth frequency response. These principles, which drive the creation of every single Klipsch loudspeaker, are what make the Klipschorn as sought after today as it was decades ago.

As the only speaker in the world to be in continuous production for 60 years, the Klipschorn has remained relatively unchanged since its inception. In 2005, the company made some minor cosmetic and functional revisions to this legendary speaker, including the elimination of the inset collar, or spacer, between the upper and lower cabinets for a cleaner aesthetic appearance. A horizontal wall seal was added to improve the low frequency horn's response accuracy.


Tom said...

Makes great cat scratcher and fake tree too!

Foo said...

Your iPod and K-horn pairing is a perfect metaphor for my marriage (my lovely bride being the iPod).

I too am a die-hard Klipsch aficionado and refuse to part with my 1985-era KG-4s.

Susan said...

Oh. No.

The speakers are hideous. Where is your wife? I must speak to her immediately and help put an end to this.

My own house and life is dominated by 5' tall Macintosh speakers and another huge pair of KEFs. If the dog even glances in the direction of the speakers my hub starts to have a panic attack. He has considered stanchions to keep cocktail party people from putting drinks on them. He is sick. Clearly. All of you speaker-loving me are. Have you ever heard a woman talk about speakers?? I think not.

Clearly, I have no strong feelings on this subject.

Ok I'm done now.

Susan said...

...that's supposed to say

speaker-loving MEN

my emotions had me typing to fast.