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#1822118 Boxx's Memorial Service

Posted by Thaddeus Smith on 08 January 2015 - 04:53 PM

Was it worth taking the day off to wear the most uncomfortable clothes I own, driving an hour and a half through Dallas traffic, fighting my social anxiety to be part of a crowded room full of strangers?


For this man and his family, most certainly yes. I am truly grateful to have been a small part of today's events, to meet Boxx's family, and to celebrate a life well lived. In overhearing conversations, his eulogy, and brief conversations with his family is was evident that Boxx was the same here as he was everywhere else.


A wonderful husband, a doting father, a loyal friend .. he was goofy and loved to have a good time, always welcoming, intelligent, and most certainly a music lover. So the Boxx we knew was the Boxx everyone knew, and that warms my soul.


Alex, the soundtrack you put together was a perfect amalgam of his favorite artists and it was as though he made it himself. Great selections that had me tapping my toes and recalling fond memories of late night jam sessions. His eulogy was presented by his best friend and also included a beautiful message by Boxx's daughter Genevieve. A few musical selections were played as well, including "Time" and "High Hopes" - I think Boxx would have loved these selections for not only the personal importance they have in his family's life, but also the fact that he got a full chapel of multi-generational people to sit through two very slow Alan Parsons and Pink Floyd songs. I cried the whole time.



Dave and the PAW: you guys knocked it out of the park with the flowers. Thank you for taking that initiative and making it happen so quickly.


Forum guys: It was both weird and humbling to represent a whole segment of people that could have easily doubled the number of people in attendance. I know this forum, and all of the love and support put forth by its members, means a great deal to the family. If any of you were there, my apologies for not seeking you out. So many people in such a tight space started to overwhelm me and I needed to duck out.


Boxx family: Thank you for alerting us so quickly and allowing us to support you and grieve with you. It would have been just as easy to let us know retroactively, or not at all. It was indeed a privilege to to be there in honor of your husband and dad.


Alex and Genevieve: I sincerely hope you guys stick around and interact from time to time, continuing your dad's legacy and leaving your own mark. I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me and I'd really like to get to know you more, here or "offline". I thoroughly enjoyed your dad and it's clear that his influence is found in you both, and that makes me think I'd enjoy you as well.


Michele: Thank you for sharing your husband with us. He spent a ton of time here, but it should never be considered a wasted effort - our lives are enriched as a result of knowing him. I have no doubt your support network is vast, but please don't ever hesitate to reach out to the brothers of Klipsch if you need anything.


Stay thirsty my friend.  :emotion-22:


- Michael








#1785983 Please "Like" me

Posted by John Warren on 04 October 2014 - 11:16 AM

I woke up in the middle of the night last evening realizing I need more "Likes" in my profile.


Please "Like" me so I'll feel better about myself.






#1905891 one year ago.....

Posted by MORE KLIPSCH PLEASE on 27 July 2015 - 09:40 PM

Sooooo about the same time, and one year ago I joined this Klipsch forum thing....


From my very 1st post I was made to feel welcome. There was some fun poked at me for some laughs. But it was all good. 

I was on the site a few times before I joined just poking around. So I decided to give it a shot. 


What a place.....there were people hear that owned more Klipsch speakers than me.....and just had more gear than I did. I quickly told my wife....."see I don't have a problem".... Then my kids find out that I joined a forum to talk about speakers and audio gear...they were laughing at me.....then they find out that there are women on this forum that I have spoken with.....They were asking my wife  "do you know daddy is talking to women on his forum".... It's like I was a criminal...


They just don't understand this audio thing......Most of the time it's parents telling there kids to turn that dam music down......not at our house.....my kids are like..."dad my walls are shaking can you turn it down some"? lol lol..


Well in this year I have seen some stuff.....some really funny shitt, some form member's getting pissed off with each other, some saying there leaving, watched some threads get locked up.. yea I read them but didn't say a word.... and Iv'e watched other forum members giving some help to other forum members.....But the saddest was the passing of Boxx...I was just starting to know his witt.. Yes that was a sad day.....I asked my wife how could I be so sad and so upset over a man I never meet??? Talking with some of my friends I was not the only one who shed a tear...and then the night we all got together and played Pink Floyd for Boxx. I was at the shop working...pumping out the watts to the KP-362's...yea I had a big lump in my throat....


Well what I want to do here is to thank all my friends and all the great people that come to this site to help and teach others. Cuz I sure need it...I may have a good bit of audio gear but I'm no "audiofile"... On my 1st post I stated I want to learn....and I have from so so many that really know there shitt....so yea thank you...


So to all my klipsch peeps...it's been a great 1st year and I look forward to many more....and one day I hope I get a chance to meet some of you...


Take care all..


In the words of Boxx...I will "come often, post often"


MKP :-)


Oh yea one more thing...Tarheel you are the one that "coined" me MKP...thanks I liked it... 

#1816015 Transparency + Reality

Posted by Alex L on 27 December 2014 - 10:24 PM

None of the statements below constitute an official Klipsch statement. These are my personal opinions and thoughts. Please treat them as such...


I don't post a lot here (always lurking, though), so I'm not going to pretend like everyone here knows me. In short, I'm the guy who runs social media for Klipsch.  I have been the voice of the Klipsch Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Google+, etc accounts for almost three years now.


Anyway, in the thread about the big launch we're having at CES 2015, things got a little heated. I don't like to run social media way the traditional way - kissing every customers butt no matter what they say. BUT I do take great pride in being a far more transparent and open representative than you would find at other consumer-oriented brands.


In that spirit, I would like to tackle a few subjects and many more in order to continue this transparency and openness. This is gonna be quite rambling and incoherent, but I just want to get a few things out there.


I LOVE Klipsch...This is my life. This is how I feed myself (sometimes) and put clothes on my back. I spend way too much time thinking about all of this stuff and that is the same thing for 90% of the people who work there. I love coming into work and it's not like I'm getting rich off this job. I love what the company stood for and what it stands for now.


We Love You...From my readings here, I think people are feeling detached from the company here - that we don't care about out. This couldn't be further from the truth. We always ask "Well, what are the forums guys gonna think about X?" Did our marketing drift away from you guys? YES. We admitted that and have taken the necessary steps to appeal both to YOU and the grander audience that we need in order to survive and thrive.


We Need You...You want Klipsch to make certain products? You want Klipsch to make more stuff in the United States? TELL YOUR DEALERS! Screaming about it on the forums does almost nothing. We have to make a business case to make a new speaker and that means dealer buy-in. The fact about Klipsch business is that so little of it is done directly. We rely heavily on our dealers to move product because we simply do not have the advertising or marketing budgets to move tons of product on our own.


Paul W. Klipsch...Not a single day goes by, where someone does not mention him or his audio principles. When Mark Casavant introduced the latest line to the entire company, PWK was in his very first sentence. His audio principles are literally drilled into us every single. The engineers and product managers are absolutely instructed to make products that stick to these principles. Heck, I even have four photos of him in my so-much-better-than-Chad's cube. PLUS, many of our new marketing initiatives are centered around him aka "Good Poop" blog posts, our CES 2015 audio museum, brand video, etc.  As a marketing department, we are working closer than ever with Jim Hunter whose wealth of PWK knowledge is ridiculous. Jim takes almost every single visitor/guest on a tour of Klipsch HQ in which he provides in-depth commentary of PWK and his speakers. All of this is why I take great offense at some posters here who act like we have forgotten him or don't care about his legacy. That is utter horse manure through and through.


Heritage Sales...Certain people seem to take great offense still that we make products that aren't Heritage. Come on, guys! If we didn't make Reference, we would have to lay off everyone. It's really that simple. No one, past or present, would/should/could want that. The ugly truth is that many/most companies would just shut down the line and move on. I know a lot of you guys recognize this already, so I apologize if it seems condescending. We would love to expand on the Heritage line but there needs to be a business case. It doesn't matter if someone from the past would be in charge. The situation would be the same. We can't just make every awesome speaker we think of, unfortunately.


Made in America...Reading the above paragraph, one might think "Oh, Alex is a young punk who hates Heritage and just buys a bunch of Chinese-made crap." Deep breath! I love, love, love our Heritage line and Made in America products. I am actually saving up for Heresy speakers that I will surely pass down to my kids (if that ever happens). Oh and right now I am wearing a Gitman shirt, Flint & Tinder denim, Flint + Tinder underwear, and Chippewa Boots - all products made in America. The initiative with the Made in America blog series and partnerships with companies like Tanner Goods, Woodchuck USA, Imogene + Willie, etc is my baby and it's an initiative that has backing from everyone. We want to make more stuff in America. Even Vlad and the headphone team are looking for creative ways to get Hope involved. We'll see what happens.


Heritage Opportunity...We have a unique opportunity to take advantage of a growing consumer segment - the hipster with disposable income. A popular trend right now is buying handmade and American-made products that, yes, are a little more expensive than the comparable made in China product. Our friends Tanner Goods charge $450 for their Portland-made backpack and they sell quite a few of them! It's quite remarkable. With our current Heritage lineup, we have a unique opportunity to target these consumers. We are looking for unique channels of distribution for Heritage that goes beyond audio-specific dealers.


Heritage Marketing...There is a ridiculous misconception that we haven't marketed Heritage products at all and that's why they're not selling. Wrong, wrong, wrong! I don't know how many of you follow our social media channels or blog, but we talk about our Heritage speakers a ton. Also, be sure to check out the relatively new video we made for the line. Plus, our partnership with Classic Album Sundays is centered around the Heritage Series. If you don't know what it is, CAS is special listening sessions in certain parts of the world where you listen to an album all the way through with Klipschorns or La Scalas and a speaker guest speaker explaining the album. These events are great, but they are expensive, so we can't do it in as many places as we'd like.


Klipsch Professional...We are making a new push with Klipsch Professional. We have great opportunities to grow here. You should see a lot of cool stuff coming through this department in the next few years. A lot of the growth will also be done behind the scenes.


Concepts...Sometimes we make concepts that we aren't allowed to talk about with you guys. These can be Hope-built products that would certainly peak a lot of your interests. Sometimes, these get canned for lack of dealer support. Watch both our own and third party of the Klipsch at CES carefully! Chad and I are asking for permission to show you guys stuff, so we can drum up support for certain things, but no promises.


Website Homepage...Our website currently features a bunch of products that aren't favorites here. That's because they are on discount and we have rarely ever done discounts directly through our website. It is an experiment. In any case, website hero slides will go back to our more heritage-y marketing that we all prefer on 1/1/2015.


This industry is tough for high-end...Here's a little taste of the market for you. The average selling price for soundbars + bluetooth speakers dropped over 40% in only year! Isn't that crazy? We don't do the low-end market particularly well and we recognize that. In fact, we have recommitted to the high-end market. See this recent article from the Indiana Business Journal.


Mistakes...We have made mistakes both in products and in marketing. There is absolutely not denying it. BUT I think everyone here is really going to like the direction we're going in both these departments going forward. Things have change SIGNIFICANTLY in the three years I've been here and I think, now, it's finally for the better.


Soundbars...If you read the article above, you will know that CEO Paul Jacobs said "You can’t replace the experience of a premium home theater system with a sound bar.” Everyone here should be VERY happy about that statement and it's absolutely true. We are committed to superior home theater and two channel solutions. That's our bread and butter. That being said, our soundbars do sound great. I know from personal experience that people on these very forums thought they were hearing professional Klipsch speakers but it was actually a R-20B soundbar. So, with that in mind, let's not always scream and shout that these products can't possibly sound any good, please.


No Voxx, No Klipsch...I can't go into too much detail but the reality is that when Fred Klipsch (who PWK sold the company to) decided to sell Klipsch, there were two choices - Klipsch lives through Voxx or it dies an unrecognizable death. I know many of you have fears they will run us into the ground, but, at this point, it is what it is and we ALL need to make the best about it. It's been what - 4 years? Time to move on.


Criticism...Parts of this post probably come off as me being quite butt hurt and unable to take any criticism. Part of that is true haha! I should let more things go, but I think that also does show how much I care about this place. Anyway, criticism does make us better. It definitely does. That being said, sometimes this place can be brutally negative even when it doesn't make any sense. We need you guys to be part of the solution. 


Anyway, I hope this was worth reading in some way. I really hope it didn't come off as dick-ish or condescending. I know a lot of you recognize already what I just typed out. I am just trying to be open and honest. If you have any questions, fire them over.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Again, none of the statements above constitute an official Klipsch statement. These are my personal opinions and thoughts. Please treat them as such.

#1936569 New addition!

Posted by Shodrewken on 24 October 2015 - 04:59 PM

To my little family! I am proud to present Samantha Mae! Born 10/21/15 at 1:57pm 6lbs 11oz. We were about to head to the hospital, and while my wife was taking a shower to get ready, she yelled my name and said the baby was coming. A few pushes later this little bundle was born...... in our bathroom  :P Fun story to tell when she's older.



#1911525 Update on Dee's condition

Posted by Tony Reed on 09 August 2015 - 07:56 PM

Good news everyone! I have just come from visiting Dee in the hospital. He is doing much better. The doctor wants to treat his condition with drugs... no invasive procedures at this time. Also, he was about to be moved from CCU to a regular room. I'll be visiting him again tomorrow and will keep everyone updated. Keep those prayers going.

#1835947 My new Klipschorns have arrived!

Posted by Trentster5172 on 05 February 2015 - 12:28 PM

A phone call came this morning at about 0715 am from the trucking company. At 745 we were unloading. By 830 we were listening!!!

2015 Klipschorns serial #1 and 2.

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#1827071 Prayers appreciated for Wakejunkie

Posted by Youthman on 17 January 2015 - 09:53 AM

Two days ago, at 36 years old, my best friend Wakejunkie had two strokes. For the most part he's doing fine. Has some balance issues and cannot walk without assistance.

Dr said its a miracle he is alive. Only 10% survive from a stroke like he had and he had two making it around 1% of people that survive.

Here is the latest update from his wife

Update: the doctor has confirmed that it is a tear in his vertebral artery alone causing the strokes. It is a life changing event. The doctor said it is a miracle that he didn't die and to count this as a second chance. He will not be able to play sports anymore, go to the chiropractor, or pop his neck without risk of causing another tear. He should heal from his present symptoms over the next three months but doctor says risk of re-injury is great. It is a weakness of connective tissue and not from previous surgery. Treatment for this event is major blood thinners until the tear heals and then an aspirin type regiment. Please keep him in prayer as he adjusts to these changes.

#1751309 You guys made me cry....

Posted by Amy on 09 July 2014 - 06:59 PM

But in a good way. Thank you all so much for the beautiful flowers....as you can see, I didn't have a vase large enough to hold them, and I was overwhelmed by the gesture. My gratitude for your friendship is unmeasurable... through all the moaning and groaning of rules, warnings and locked threads, I've always felt appreciated and respected here. I won't forget it.

Thank you all for your contributions to this most special of internet corners, to the amazing Klipsch brand, and to me personally and professionally. I will definitely keep in touch.

With love,
Queen Emeritus

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#1938410 New hardware

Posted by BEC on 29 October 2015 - 04:20 PM

How about this:  I have given my opinion about just about everything over the years and will let you know if my opinion changes.


Good caps don't change at all for many years, so no break in.


PWK said letting impedance rise was a good thing to the amp.  I agree with him.


A few of Al's customers have called me to ask why they keep burning up swamping resistors.  Why does Al not seem to have ever heard that?


A speaker with it's crossover, drivers, cabinet and porting should be considered a unit and tested as such.  Acoustic output is the important thing.


Bob Crites

#1851623 Happy Birthday PWK

Posted by Trey Cannon on 09 March 2015 - 12:21 PM

Hello Klipsch.

                I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday to our founder Paul Wilber Klipsch. Today would have been his 111th birthday.

I knew Paul and Valerie a number of years before I started working for the company.  I only had a few conversations with him about audio. Most of our talks were about life.

We talked about love and loss, the past and the future and the usual planes, trains and automobiles.

Paul always struck me as a man that loved to learn. I could be about stuff or people or how the world worked, but he was always looking for new things and how to make the old things better.

I have seen him make changes to a math equation 40 years old while in his 90’s.  He had such an amazing mind. I miss his stories.


…I can just see him talking to Gabriel about changes his horn.


So, if you have a bottle of Scotch around, raise a glass to PWK. I know I will.


Trey Cannon – Systems Engineer

#1946107 paul stuff

Posted by Chief bonehead on 17 November 2015 - 11:33 AM

small bite. from the beginning product by product.  as i have told some close friends of mine, i had never heard of klipsch much less heard from klipsch.  i just a fresh engineer guy out of college, called by klipsch to interview.  i got to spend about 45 minutes with paul and in those 45 minutes, i came out of his office thoroughly convinced that the only way to design speakers was to use horns.  one of the first projects i worked with paul on was the midbass horn and woofer horn of the kp-600.  i know that some people ***** about the way i answer a question with a question (deano?) but that is how paul taught me.  it was quite cool and frustrating working with him.  but i am sure glad he pushed.  paul fingerprints are all over the 600.  the network that crosses over from the mids to highs was basically pauls idea.  at the time i came to work for klipsch, paul was constantly playing with networks.  he was really intrigued by steep slope networks.  m derived.  the manifold to put two 2" diap drivers together was totally designed by him.  i asked him if he would design and of course, he was holding class and i never realized it.  that manifold worked perfectly and provided addition up to the freq i asked.  it was in these details....this projects within projects......macro details today..........and nuances tomorrow....these nuances that paul would later remind ,me that i just needed, to concentrate on the 20%......

#1907370 Klipschorns and never ending mysteries of wives

Posted by YK Thom on 30 July 2015 - 08:34 PM

The old adage, just when you think you've seen it all...
If you are like me and have been married a couple decades you know what I'm talking about. Wives never cease to amaze.
I was sitting at the table reading some posts and was looking at some Khorns. My wife walks by, takes a peek and says " those look nice, who is selling them?" She didn't realize they were speakers. She thought they were (in her words - lovely cabinets). Told her what they were and showed some other photos. She likes them because of the corner placements and looks and dosent mind if I get a pair!
Wow. I showed her LaScalas and the Belles which I thought she would like. Nope...too fat, meaning wide.
Just about fell off my chair. Of all the speakers she would like, the biggest most monstrous powerhouse out there.
So now the search begins. Young guys, never assume you know anything about women; After 28 years I still get blown away.

#1905556 Back home with the Belles

Posted by musicook on 26 July 2015 - 08:21 PM

Wasn't sure where to post this.

As Tasdom mentioned in his Garage Sale post, I now have the Belles.  It started with a 6 hour drive Friday night from the Denver area for which 3 hours I was entertained with quite a lightning show.  I arrived at Tasdom's home the next morning and he had the Belles all hooked up for test drive.  I learned quite a few things from him and his current setup. Thanks again Tasdom for the beautiful speakers and education on your setup.







So I spent the afternoon working on the Belles. One of them had several gouges and chips.  I decided to try the dark walnut Howard's Restore Finish product with some steel wool.  It actually brought out the gouges even more, but there is a nice even color on the speakers now.  I had some leftover stain from my recent refinish of some Heathkit/Altec Valencias so I used a small touchup brush to cover up the chips.



Based on Tasdom's setup, I considered trying to have both the Belles and the Forte IIs upfront, to use the Fortes for the home theater daily use and use the Belles as dedicated two channel music.  But once the LaScalas were out of the way and the Belles in place, it looked too good to clutter it up with 2 sets of speakers.
What I did do is hookup my vintage Altec tube receiver and used an amp/speaker switcher.  The home theater is hooked up to a Pioneer receiver.  The Altec is hooked up to a Onkyo CD player through an Emotiva Stealth DAC so I can adjust the volume.  This worked out well, because the the vintage Altec receiver has a bass and treble control, along with a rumble filter and loudness switch.  I'm able to dial up the bass a bit - Tasdom had the Belles going through an equalizer to bump up both the bass and treble.  So far everything sounds great and I think it will be movie night tonight.
I like the fact that the Belles aren't as deep, as the LaScalas were sticking out much further forward than the media center.
I plan on using them stock for a while, and then upgrading to the ALK Universals.  I use the living room system (I have a full home theater in the basement) more in the winter, because it's nice to watch football and movies near the wood burning stove.  The Academy center is a little off center in the photo, but the tv is on an adjust mount and is off center.  I may stain the Academy with some matching walnut.  The furniture movers seem to fit underneath the speakers just right, so I'm going to leave them for now.

#1849431 Joining the Palladium guys (pics page 9)

Posted by Scrappydue on 03 March 2015 - 07:19 PM

So after hearing palladiums a few months ago i have been itching to try them in my own home. i decided to total up all the money i have in gear around the house, and decided to see what all i can start selling. so while i am losing a lot of gear (that i don't really need) i can finally find out how the klipsch palladiums sound in my home. to me its a price to pay to end the wondering. so selling bedroom setups, and computer setups, and setups i have in storage just because. the only things i will not be selling is anything from my downstairs home theater, and the wife said the cornwalls better not be going anywhere! (I really do love this woman)


so on to what i have coming. on friday i ordered the p-27c in merlot. it should be here tomorrow. now i have p-17's payed for but the seller is really pushing the towers on me. i like towers much better than bookshelves as far as looks. plus the thought of having bookshelves on stands with a 4 year old whizzing by them scares me. so i still haven't decided if i am gonna (or can) fork over the money for the towers. 


since i am selling all my stuff, i will be getting rid of the projector and screen in the living room. me and the wife are ok with it cause we have so many windows so frankly i'm excited to take the kuro out of storage and get it back up. i have a gentleman buying it and a whole 5.1 package from me. i always have good luck selling full packages to people as it just comes easier to me than selling separate pieces. so i have to find a new avr eventually if the palladiums end up staying. i will use my once 805 for right now. HOWEVER i do have to find a subwoofer for the living room. and foot print can't be huge, just don't have the space for it. 


pics will come once the stuff gets here. and as usual waiting is the hardest part...

#1936932 Cables, Coffee, and Cocktails

Posted by JL Sargent on 25 October 2015 - 06:25 PM

Check out the fall colors with this view from my front door today.



#1934270 Please say a prayer for Maron

Posted by sheltie dave on 18 October 2015 - 04:13 PM

Maron had a heart attack last Saturday, and then another one while he was in the hospital. They have had him in a medically induced coma for the past week. Please pray for him in his hours of darkness, that he can come back and lovingly skewer all of us once again.


He is one of the last gray haired eminences with ties to all of PWK's wrecking crew of tin foil hat experimenters.

#1926379 Five year anniversary

Posted by Marvel on 25 September 2015 - 08:34 AM

It's hard to believe, but my wonderful Filipina wife and I are celebrating our fifth anniversary today. We both are working, but plan a nice evening out once we get off.



#1876196 Cables, Coffee, and Cocktails

Posted by minermark on 06 May 2015 - 06:01 PM


We must do something for bob and or his Diner when we leave, any ideas? Looking at Carrot Cake.....dam man


Absolutely.  Leave him carrot cake.



One of the "Hanger Rats" turns out to be Bobs landlord, I ask him what he wanted for his $1100 month income from bob,

  (one acre) $22K, was his reply, gave him 23K cash and i told him to go tell Bob his "New" landlord was an azzhole.

Also ask him NOT to say who it was. Looks like ill be flyin back south to give Bob a present for life. about a month i figure.

Wile he was being a great Host during our stay, he stated many a winter paying the lease or staying open, was always in his thoughts........i can and will fix this because i can.

Undocumented cash from the hanger "Sales" so really it cost me nothing, but sure will make someone happy.

#1806898 Cables, Coffee, and Cocktails

Posted by CECAA850 on 03 December 2014 - 09:30 AM

Back at the rat race today.  Trying to make the best out of a bad situation.