by Nausheen Shaikh April 12, 2016

Klipsch Audio Technologies  (also referred to as "Klipsch Speakers" or "Klipsch Group, Inc.") is an Americanloudspeaker  company based inIndianapolis, Indiana . Founded inHope, Arkansas in 1946 as 'Klipsch and Associates' byPaul W. Klipsch , the company produces loudspeakerdrivers andenclosures , as well as complete loudspeakers for high end,high fidelity sound systems, public address applications, andpersonal computers .

PWK was a perfectionist who spearheaded the hi-fi movement with the company's foundation product, the Klipschorn that is still in production today. A true music lover, Paul Klipsch's aim was to reproduce the excitement of a live orchestra performance in his living room.

1930

While working in Chile, maintaining electric locomotives, Paul Klipsch continued his amateur radio passion. While comparing horn to cone-type speakers, he discovered the superior efficiency of horns.

From 1931-1933 

In graduate schoo at Stanford University, one of Paul W. Klipsch’s classmates mentions to him that speakers sound better in a corner.

It was then during his military service at the Southwest Proving Grounds located in Hope, Ark. that Paul W. Klipsch refined his corner horn speaker design. Visitors to his officer's quarters were amazed by the lifelike reproduction and encouraged PWK to start his own manufacturing business.

1938

Using the idea that horn speakers are more efficient and sound better in a corner, Paul W Klipsch developed a crude prototype of the Klipschorn.

1946

At age 42 and initiating his fifth career, Paul W. Klipsch registers the name Klipsch & Associates and begins selling his Klipschorn speakers out of a tin shed in Hope, Arkansas. 

A local cabinetmaker and the Baldwin Piano Company assist Paul in building his first 20 Klipschorn speakers.

 

1948

Paul W. Klipsch acquires his first factory building, formerly the telephone exchange building for the Southwest Proving Grounds in Hope, Arkansas, and hires his first employee, cabinetmaker Lloyd McClellan. The first Klipschorn built here is numbered 121. 

Today, the original factory is the Klipsch Museum.

1963

Paul W. Klipsch designs the La Scala speaker for the performing arts sector. Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Winthrop Rockefeller later uses it as a public address speaker.

1977

Paul Klipsch received the Audio Engineering Society's second highest honor, the prestigious Silver Medal Award, for his contributions to speaker design and distortion management.

1983

Paul W. Klipsch is inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame.

1989

At age 85, Paul W. Klipsch sells Klipsch & Associates to second cousin and Indianapolis businessman Fred S. Klipsch and his wife Judy. While manufacturing remains in Hope, Arkansas, business operations move to Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The company is re-named Klipsch, Inc.

1992

Klipsch begins supplying the residential contracting market with two in-wall speakers – the IW 100 and IW 200. 

The Academy center channel speaker is introduced, representing the company’s first center channel speaker designed specifically for use in home theater surround sound applications.

1997

PWK was inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame in 1997, an honor shared by Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver and the Wright brothers. The Engineering and Science Hall of Fame recognizes those who have improved the quality of the human condition through an individual contribution using engineering and scientific principles.

2000

Klipsch moves into its current headquarters location on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Indiana. Also the company is renamed Klipsch audio Technologies.

2001

Klipsch breaks ground on the Engineering and Technology Center, one of the Midwest’s most advanced audio research facilities, boasting two anechoic chambers, digital electronics workstations, an engineering model shop and an industrial design lab.

2002

The legendary Paul Klipsch passes away at the age of 98.

2004

At the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Paul W. Klipsch is inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, which was established in 2000 by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to honor the leaders whose creativity, persistence and determination helped shape the consumer electronics industry.

2005

Klipsch enters the iPod accessories space with the iFi, the first iPod-dockable home stereo system on the market.

Klipsch acquires Danish brand Jamo to accelerate global growth. One year later, the company acquires Audio Products International (API), makers of the Mirage®, Energy® and Athena® speaker brands.

2009

In May, Klipsch introduces the Image S4 headphones. At the time, it is one of the most successful product launches in company history.

The S4i was deemed the first third-party headset to offer full control of the iPhone 3GS, iPod touch and iPod music and video content.

Klipsch introduces its affordable HD Theater Series, proving a high-def picture demands high-def sound. In August, Klipsch takes its headphone business a step further, introducing the Image S4i and S2m headsets.

2010

Klipsch diversifies its headphone offering by introducing the Image ONE, the company’s first-ever on-ear sound solution.

The Image S4i also receives a 2010 CES Innovations Award, while Maximum PC puts the ProMedia 2.1 Wireless on its “Best of the Best” list.

Klipsch becomes the official headphone sponsor of the World Series of Poker® (WSOP).

Klipsch Group, Inc. makes yet another splash in the industry after introducing five all-new, cross-brand compatible subwoofers.

 

2011

Klipsch Group, Inc. is purchased and becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX). Soon after, Fred. S. Klipsch transitions to a board member of Audiovox and Paul Jacobs is appointed CEO of Klipsch.

Jamo product design and engineering relocates to the company’s Indianapolis headquarters, while Klipsch Group Europe establishes new headquarters in Paris, France.

Indianapolis’ renowned outdoor amphitheater becomes the Klipsch Music Center and further solidifies an exciting relationship with Live Nation Entertainment.

 

You can explore the legendary collection of Klipsch headphones & earphones here!

Nausheen Shaikh
Nausheen Shaikh


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