For more than twenty years I’ve belonged to these Klipsch forums. I presently own four pairs of Klipsch speakers. Before and while being a forum member I’ve owned Khorns, Cornwalls, La Scalas, Belles, and innumerable Heresy variants.
I’ve restored La Scalas and Heresys for the band rooms of a local high school and a local middle school. Thousands of young musicians have been exposed to the clean low distortion high output sound of Klipsch.
None of that would have happened without the Klipsch forums. More important, none of it would have happened if the forums then had been like the forums are now. Apparently, it’s a sacrilege that I refreshed the La Salas’ crossovers with parts that we’re not from Klipsch, or that I modified the bass bins with reinforcement to address a known sidewall flexing issue.
I met many friends through the forum. My DIY tapped horn subs were brought to my attention by a post from Carl @CECAA850. My “Supered” HIPs were modified into existence with the assistance of Claude @ClaudeJ1. Countless other friendships started here. I sold a Harman Kardon receiver to Bruce @Marvel. Another member, whose name escapes me but the gratitude remains, sent a Dual turntable to play 78s. Sadly, many of those members have drifted away from this platform.
I just donated $60 to the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association to pay it forward for the kindness of @billybob, who sent me an equalizer so that I could play 78s. To the best of my knowledge, Klipsch does not make such equalizers.
I’ve been an ambassador for Klipsch since the 70s . The forum in the days when the mention of a non-Klipsch product was tolerated was a welcoming place. Unfortunately, that is no longer true.
I’ve lost track of the number of Klipsch products friends and family have chosen upon my recommendations. Clearly Klipsch can do as it chooses with its forums. If the mention of things other than Klipsch is precluded, then my interest in following the Klipsch forums is greatly diminished. The phrase, “biting of your nose to spite your face” comes to mind.
Is Klipsch in danger of losing more business by driving away me and others, or by allowing the mention of things non-Klipsch? I suggest alienating long term members is more problematic than any perceived “competition” from the mention of non-Klipsch modifications. Ultimately, it’s up to Roy @Chief bonehead, and others at Klipsch, whether to allow the forum to return to its former collegial atmosphere or to continue on the off-putting parochial path it appears to prefer.
Change is inevitable and usually resisted. In my opinion, unnecessary changes have made this a less desirable neighborhood. It does no good to tell me and others that we’re wrong to feel alienated. Whether or not that is the intention, that is how I feel