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Klipsch, one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, has been building premium speakers since 1946. When Paul W. Klipsch—one of America’s most celebrated audio pioneers and Engineering and Science Hall of Fame inductee—founded Klipsch & Associates, he was operating out of a tin shed in Hope, Arkansas.
was a relentless perfectionist who spearheaded the Hi-Fi movement with the company’s foundation product: the Klipschorn (patented in 1945 and still manufactured today). A true music lover, Paul’s ultimate goal was to reproduce the excitement of a live orchestra performance in his living room.
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 achieved his objective by making the Klipschorn a fully horn-loaded design by folding the horn back onto itself and placing the speaker cabinet in a corner, making the walls of the room an extension of the horn—technology that established industry standards for high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, low distortion, smooth frequency response and powerful bass. As a result, horn loading has—and always will be—the driving force behind the Klipsch brand’s highly efficient, stunningly precise sound.
While the designs have changed along the way, the foundation of Klipsch’s work — horn-loaded technology — has remained constant, allowing them to more closely reproduce the quality and tonal characteristics of live sound.
Fred S. Klipsch and his wife, Judy, purchased Klipsch & Associates from Paul in 1989, moving business operations to their hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, while continuing manufacturing and distribution in Hope. Fred’s decision to purchase the company almost seemed like destiny.
In the mid-1980s,
Fred Klipsch saw a loudspeaker advertisement in a magazine that bore a familiar name—his. He tore out the Klipsch & Associates ad and carried it around with him for three years before calling the company’s founder. Although they had never met, Fred and Paul Klipsch discovered they were cousins and, without an heir, Paul began talking about a way to keep his privately held company in the family. From there, Fred and Judy would spend the next two decades transforming the humble company into a highly regarded global brand and technology powerhouse, while keeping Paul Klipsch’s legacy alive.
In 2011, Klipsch Group, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX). Since the early days, Klipsch has grown significantly, selling hundreds of premium sound solutions—from tiny headphones to massive professional cinema systems—in order to meet the needs of every lifestyle, application and budget. And, even though the company has changed considerably since those early days, Klipsch still looks to the future with an eye to the past. Everything Klipsch does today and 100 years from now will reflect Paul’s no-compromise spirit and the brand’s commitment to delivering the world’s most powerful, detailed and emotional sound reproduction.