Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I'm a big fan of Klipsch speakers. I'm not talking about the newer, junky ones sold at Best Buy. Klipsch definitely took a bad turn and lost their credibility by doing that move. But i'm talking about their "classic" speaker line which includes the Klipschorn, LaScalla, Cornwall, Forte, and Heresy.

Most audiophiles will laugh at those and not seriously call them "high end". But most audiophiles don't listen to hard rock. For that, Klipsch are the perfect speaker unrivaled by just about anything. There are two reasons for this. One, they are incredibly efficient and can be driven to concert sound pressure levels using a moderately powered amp. A 40 or 50 watt tube amp is the perfect choice. Two, they will do this with very low distortion mostly due to the horn loaded drivers.

I don't know, but when I first heard that pair of Heresy's way back when playing loud rock and roll, I was sold. Who gives a shit if they are colored. No other speaker gives the visceral punch of these babies. Try to play 120db Slayer on a pair of Magneplanars. They will just fart out at maybe 95db. For those volumes you need to move A LOT of air.

The pair of Forte II's that I have now are my oldest component. If I do switch, i'll probably just get a new pair of Heresy's but I see no reason to change. Maybe i'll pick up a pair of Heresy's on ebay for a spare.

For those with unlimited funds, get the Klipschorn. They're about as big as a coffin, but they look cool. Astound your friends by driving them to ear splitting volumes with a NAD 40 watt integrated amp!!!


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