Three High-Fidelity Speakers from Klipsch You Must Experience
Get The Famous Klipsch Live Sound in Three Sizes
Klipsch is one of the world’s largest speaker manufacturers, with various lines that run from wireless speakers and soundbars to home theater speaker sets. Many modern casual observers might not know that Klipsch also produces a high-fidelity speaker line called Klipsch Heritage, although they have been well-known to hi-fi audio enthusiasts for decades.
Klipsch was founded by Paul Klipsch in 1946 in a tiny shed in Hope, Arkansas. A maverick and audio industry pioneer, Klipsch’s goal was to reproduce the sound of a live orchestra inside the home. As part of that goal. Klipsch utilized horn technology to bring that live sound into listening rooms worldwide.
While all speaker manufacturers strive to reproduce sound the way it was recorded, the technology choices they make and the way they engineer them give them a certain character. With horn technology, the Klipsch character has always been forward, lively, and dynamic – exactly what you get with a live performance.
In this blog, we’ll cover three of Klipsch's best speakers from the Heritage line – the Forte, Cornwall, and the granddaddy of them all, the Klipschorn. Keep reading to see which of these speakers gets your audio juices flowing in your Dunwoody, GA listening room.
The original tin shed in Hope, Arkansas is now a factory where the Heritage line is hand-assembled by skilled craftsmen. Each Heritage speaker features premium internal components sourced from the U.S. and abroad and is available in book-matched, beautifully finished wood veneers of American walnut, cherry, black ash, and oak. Available only in pairs, no two sets are exactly alike! All Klipsch Heritage speakers are built to last, and owners have handed them down to family for years. Klipsch back up the quality with a full ten-year warranty on materials and workmanship.
The Klipsch Forte
The Forte III sits in the lower to the middle part of the Klipsch Heritage range. Because of its reasonable size and full-range capabilities, when introduced in 1985, it quickly became the most popular Klipsch model in its time. Klipsch reintroduced the Forte in 2017 as a Heritage model, with updated cosmetics and the latest internal acoustic engineering to create a modern classic.
The Forte is a mid-tower design that fits easily in most rooms. It sports a 12-inch woofer with a passive 15-inch rear-mounted radiator for deep bass and titanium diaphragm compression horns for both the midrange and tweeter drivers. While modernized, the Forte doesn't mess with success. As reviewer Steve Guttenberg notes, they "rock with a vengeance."
The Klipsch Cornwall IV
Like most of the Heritage line, the Klipsch Cornwall IV has a history dating back to 1959. The Cornwall IV took everything from its previous Cornwall III iteration and made it better, with a smoother midrange Tractrix horn and port design for deeper, more articulate bass. It sports a 15-inch low-frequency driver for deep bass to 34Hz, a polyimide diaphragm midrange, and a titanium diaphragm compression horn driver. You might need a little more room for this one, as each Cornwall IV weighs 100 pounds. This is a large speaker with a big sound to match. If you love a speaker that effortlessly plays big like a live band is in the room with you, you’ll want to hear the Cornwall IV.
The Klipschorn is a true classic, the world's only speaker in continuous production for over 70 years. This is the speaker that launched the company and is also the only consumer loudspeaker that is fully horn-loaded. In the Klipschorn, even the bass driver is coupled to a horn. The result is unparalleled dynamics across the full audio range, achieved with incredible efficiency. Unlike other huge speakers, the Klipschorn does not require a roomful of amplifiers to drive, as 100 watts of clean power can energize it to concert level volumes. After several decades, the unique design still continues, a speaker specifically architected to be placed in the corners of a room – and you will need a large one for this 220-pound audio titan.
If you’re serious about sound, you owe it to yourself to audition these incredible Klipsch high-fidelity speakers. Make an appointment to visit our Marietta showroom, contact us here, or click below to quickly connect with one of our audio experts. We look forward to serving you!